Sangster News You Choose 9-30-2021

Sangster ES News You Choose

Presidential Blue Ribbon

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The PTA provided a special treat to staff this week in celebration of Sangster being named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Thank you to the PTA for this kind gesture, and thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who helped us achieve this extraordinary honor! 

Upcoming Events

October 5: AAP Parent Information Meeting (Virtual)

October 7: October PTA Meeting - ZOOM

October 8: PTA Reflections Entries Due to the Main Office

October 11: Student Holiday

SR&R Reminder

Over the next several weeks, administrators will be meeting with students and classes to review SR&R policies and procedures.

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

  1. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.
  2. Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheetand please return the signed signature sheet to your child's teacher.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Spotlight on Sangster’s New Staff Members

Each week we feature two new Sangster staff members via our weekly newsletter and on Twitter so our community can get to know them better.  Welcome, Diane Lewis and Virginia Regan!

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Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information Meeting

In this week’s Thursday folder, you’ll find an AAP fall newsletter with information regarding AAP levels of service, Level IV referral dates, and upcoming parent information meetings. An AAP Information that will address these topics will be held Tuesday, October 5th at 7:00pm. This meeting is not intended for parents of students already enrolled in the Level IV AAP Center.  The link to the Zoom meeting can be found below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 948 4750 2024

Passcode: 764396

October 7, 2021 is also the deadline for parents of students in grades 3-6 who are new to Fairfax County as of January 1, 2021 to submit a Level IV referral form. Students found eligible would be enrolled in Level IV in the second semester.

Referral form:

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Biberaj, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at

Emergency Care and Health Information Forms –

Complete ASAP in WeCare

As the school year begins, it is important that Emergency Care Forms and Health Forms for your student are updated as soon as possible.

Both of these forms are required for all students for SY 2021-22 and are available for electronic submission by parents within the WeCare@School module. Please find more information at the link below!


Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Monday, October 11, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs    

Sangster's New Parent Liaison Position

We have a new position at Sangster – Parent Liaison. Welcome Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman to the Sangster family! This position can look very different, depending on the school. For this year, Stacy will be working closely with school staff to focus on ways to support military-connected families within our Sangster community. Stacy has an extensive background in community engagement, especially working with military families in public schools.  As an active duty spouse, Stacy understands the challenges of a highly-mobile lifestyle. She’s worked as a journalist for the last ten years covering topics relating to military life and school transition. She’s also the co-author of the resource guide book Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers. She recently hosted a webinar for FCPS’s Parent Resource Center on Military Families and School Transition.  Stacy has a rich and diverse history of family engagement apart from her experience working with military families. We are excited to welcome her aboard to support all of our Sangster families.


Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project(P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.


Positivity Project - Week of September 26, 2021

This week’s character strength is Open-Mindedness. You show this strength when you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions. Open-minded individuals are often good listeners and called upon to provide a balanced viewpoint. Both listening and the ability to deliver reasonable and practical advice are marks of good friends and confidantes. This strength helps individuals form meaningful and lasting relationships.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus: The Other People Mindset – being present and giving others my attention



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