Sangster News You Choose 3-17-2022

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 29 -  Rising Kindergarten Kindergarten Orientation @ 6:30 pm
  • 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.

Congratulations to Jen Redford!

Jen Redford


Mrs. Redford was recently recognized as FCPS’ Region 4 Outstanding Leader and is now a finalist for the all-county FCPS Outstanding Leader award!    We so appreciate her dedication to the students, staff, and parents of Sangster ES. She is truly deserving of this honor and we are very excited for the all-county award presentation in June of 2022!  

Kinder Orientation

Kindergarten Registration for SY2022-23

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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.

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact Please visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and registration.

General Music Update

We are excited for announce that we will now be able to start recorders in general music (grades 3-6)!  In General Music, recorder is a required instrument that allows student musicians to continue exploration and understanding of instrumental performance and music literacy at a more detailed level. We begin recorder studies in 3rd Grade and continue building our skills in grades 4, 5, and 6. As we begin our practice, we will continue to take health and safety seriously. We have created a 3-tiered system of classroom performance options for students and families to choose from (described below). We understand that while there is excitement about the return of recorders, there is also some anxiety as well. We will respect everyone’s choice regarding masking in the music room as we would in any other classroom setting.

Option 1 – No Mask. Students and teachers continue to observe social distancing throughout class.

Option 2 – Students are provided a disposable playing mask. Students would change into playing masks while we play the recorders and then change back to regular mask (or unmask) when we are done playing. Students and teachers continue to observe social distancing throughout class.

Option 3 – Student keeps their regular mask on 100% of class time. Students and teacher continue to observe social distancing throughout class. Students who choose this option will participate with finger patterns and music literacy during class. When they are able, students would send a flip grid or similar video performing the focus song so their music teacher can see their finger patterns and hear them playing.

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 

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 13, 2022

This week’s character strength is Love of Learning. Those with this strength enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving. People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new. Over time, individuals with this strength may develop deep and wide knowledge. Their knowledge enables them to make significant contributions to others’ understanding.

.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: Humor



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