Sangster News You Choose 3-10-2022

Sangster ES News You Choose

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Upcoming Events

  • March 18 -  PTA Movie Night:  Disney's Encanto 
  • March 24 -  PTA Science Display Day
  • March 31 -  End of the Third Quarter (Two Hour Early Release)
  • April 1     -  Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • April 4-8  -  Spring Break

See the complete 2021-2022 school year calendar.

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward! 

Daylight Saving Time


This Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark.

Help your child stay safe by having him or her wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run or dart into the street or cross between parked cars.

Your Views and Opinions Are Important to Us!

This spring all Sangster parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism. Understanding that this has been another unusual year, the impacts of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration when reviewing the feedback.

The questionnaire will be collected online between March 7 and March 18. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!


Kindergarten Registration for SY2022-23

Kinder 22


We are starting to make preparations for the 2022-23 academic year. Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2022 are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall. If you have a child who will attend kindergarten at Sangster next school year, and you have not already been in contact with our registrar, Jackie Balough, please complete this survey and return it to the school via email to:

Please spread the word to your neighbors who don’t already have a child at Sangster. Feel free to pass this form along, or have neighbors with rising kindergarteners call the office at 703-644-8200 to be added to our kindergarten mailing list. Registration information will be provided to all families who complete and return this survey. If preferred, you may request a mailed packet of registration forms by calling the office or emailing our registrar.

A child’s record of immunization, physical examination (within 12 months prior to entering kindergarten), proof of residency, and original birth certificate must be submitted when registering the child.  For more information regarding kindergarten registration, you may visit the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website at

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than March 31, 2022.

Kindergarten Orientation will be scheduled soon and the event will be announced though News You Choose and on the school website.

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

We had a great turnout for the virtual Parent Workshop about How to Support Children with Anxiety, with keynote speaker and Clinical Psychologist Rachel Bailey, On February 15th.  This was sponsored by the West Springfield Elementary Counseling Pyramid.  Approximately 160 people attended. If you were not able to participate live, here is a recording on YouTube. The presentation highlights included:

  • Learn how to respond effectively to your child in the moment when they are feeling worried, shutting down, or even becoming irritable or angry.
  • Discover strategies to foster your child’s overall resilience so they’re better equipped to handle obstacles now and in the future.

Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments

If you’re tired of hearing your child respond, “I don’t know,” every time you ask about homework or tests coming up, this session is for you!  Executive functioning skills, like time management or prioritization, take time to learn. However, once a child develops systems that work for them, these strategies can help them to be successful throughout K-12 school and beyond.  In this session, Ann Dolin talks about how you can help your child develop critical executive functioning skills to finish the school year strong.  Register to attend Ann Dolin's presentation on March 26 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This is part of 17th Annual Special Education Conference 

Back-to-School Immunization Clinic

Immunization Clinic


The State of Virginia requires immunizations for entry into kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th grade, and when transferring into FCPS. The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special immunization clinic for Fairfax County students to complete their school vaccine requirements (the COVID-19 vaccine is not a required vaccine). 

The clinic will be held on Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E, Annandale, VA 22003. Appointments are required.

To make an appointment, call 703-246-7100.

Order your yearbook today!

Yearbook sales are happening NOW! Order online at  with School Code: 13246522  Packages start at $18. The deadline to order yearbooks is April 15, 2022. 

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 Mar 6, 2022

This week’s character strength is Social Intelligence. You show this strength when are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings and understand why they do things. Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness. Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships – and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And, it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.

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 Character Strength: Love of Learning



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