FHES Bookmobile Tomorrow!

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The FHES Bookmobile is coming tomorrow, June 22nd, from 10:00 to 11:00! FHES teachers will bring our collection of free books to the Idlywood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run streets in Falls Church tomorrow! We can’t wait to see our FHES students tomorrow.

Our next bookmobile visit is: Wednesday, July 6th 10:00-11:00             

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH End-of-Year Update

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you to everyone for another wonderful year "on the Hill". As we all know, it truly "takes a village" to have a successful school year supporting our students, and this is another year in which we are so grateful for support from many areas. We hope you family has some time this summer to reflect on everything they have accomplished this year. While it was another year of isolation, masks, hand sanitizer, and health notifications, it was ALSO another year of growing as readers and mathematicians, becoming deeper thinkers, and learning to be supportive friends. 

We'd like to take a moment to appreciate many of those involved this year:

  • Thank you to our wonderful staff, who have overcome so much uncertainty this year, from viruses, a lack of substitutes, new assessments, and more - you are what makes "the magic happen" each day for our students! A special thank you to our team leaders and everyone who volunteers extra time to make Freedom Hill an extra special place, from Green Team, Patrols, chorus, and many other areas. 
  • Thank you to our parents and guardians. Whether we saw you this year in the building or not, it is so clear to us that our students are well supported and ready to learn at school each day. Thank you! 
  • Thank you to our PTA, who do so many big and little things to enhance our school culture, to bring us together, to provide needed resources, and to help us celebrate our successes!
  • Any finally, thank you to our students! You inspire us each and every day with your love for learning, your resilience, and the way you make us smile. Thank you for your hard work this year. Rest up this summer (and don't forget to read a few good books!), have some fun, and we will see you for another great year of learning in August. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • June 21 - Sprout School Supply Orders Due
  • June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3 - FH Bookmobile Dates
  • July 16, August 16 - Kindergarten Playdates
  • August 19 - Open House, 10:00
  • August 22 - First Day of School!
FH Summer Bookmobile

The FH Summer Bookmobile is BACK again this summer! See the flyer below for details. For more information about summer reading check out this great blogpost with great book suggestions by grade level and ideas for reading as a family over the summer!

Dates: June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3

Departing Staff "Farewells"

The following staff members will be departing this summer. While some wonderful opportunities await them, we will certainly miss them next year. Thank you to the following staff members for their many contributions to our school community:

(you may click on links for a goodbye message from the individual)

  • Seham Wooten (Kindergarten Assistant) is retiring! Congratulations, Ms. Wooten!
  • Caitlin Wilson (2nd grade) is moving to Baltimore with her new husband! She plans to continue teaching. 
  • Emily Boomer (Enhanced Autism) and her husband are returning home to San Francisco! She plans to continue teaching. 
  • Abigail Manzo (6th grade) and her husband are moving, and Mrs. Manzo is beginning a new role in the private sector. Good luck!
  • Christina Winkler (Special Education) is joining FCPS Assistive Technology Services. Congratulations, Ms. Winkler!
  • Meihua Qian (ESOL) will be transferring to Haycock ES and continue as an ESOL teacher. Best of luck, Ms. Qian!
  • Randenese Greene (Intellectual Disabilities) is transferring to West Potomac High School, where she will continue in special education.
  • Sarah Robles (part-time Music) has been hired full time at Parklawn ES. Congratulations, Ms. Robles!

Another big thank you to our "one year" staff members / IAs who supported our students this year - we hope to see them again!:

  • Kate Gibson (Music)
  • Liz Finnerty (Math Intervention)
  • Julie Oh (Long-Term Sub)
  • Patricia Ingram (Long-Term Sub)
  • Patrick Reilly (Long-Term Sub)
  • Evelyn Arevalo, Nikki Hairston, Tori Brent, and Angeeza Sayedy, Angela Park (Classroom Monitors, IAs)

With the exception of the three job listings below, we are fully staffed for next year! We look forward to introducing our new staff members in August. 

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancies:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

- Special Education Instructional Assistant

- Music Teacher (part time)

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. 

 

 

The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Tutor.com Summer Access

Freedom students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services

SOL Score Report Preview

If your student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE now. Use a web browser to log into your SIS ParentVUE account: https://sisparent.fcps.edu. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section. You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July. Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration

PTA Updates

Three cheers for finishing the school year! And parents, give yourselves a pat on the back for navigating your kids through it. Our newsletter frequency will be reduced during the summer to center around only when there is an activity. Have a great summer!

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FALL

Time to plan ahead and skip the trip to the store this summer! Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2022-23 school year are available now!  Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and enter school code FHES001 by June 21st. Check out the flier for details. Thanks to Nicole Camara for organizing!

 

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATES

For our rising kindergarteners, we will have a couple of Kindergarten playdates on Saturday July 16th from 10-11am and on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30-6pm for our special education kindergarteners and from 6-7pm for all the kindergarteners together. Bring some water and meet us at the playground to meet other families! We'll have a tasty treat for the kids. *Incase of inclement weather or excessive heat, we'll send a note out closer to the date.

 

BOOKMOBILE IS BACK

Check out the Bookmobile this summer. The BookMobile is where you can get FREE Books, see FHES Teachers and get some cold treats! Bookmobile will be located at Idylwood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run Streets in Falls Church. The dates are Wednesdays from 10-11am on June 22, July 6, July 20 and August 3. Keep up your summer reading with the bookmobile! Thank you to Melissa Rossman and Mary Gutenson for running this effort!

 

HARRIET BEST AWARD WINNERS

Let's give a huge round of congratulations to our two outstanding Harriet Best Award winners for the 2021-2022 school year. Drumroll please...the two recipients are: Katherine Cadena-Gonce and Elizabeth "Liz" Spinney! Read all about their awesome endeavors and why they won this award on our Facebook group.

 

NEURODIVERSITY AND ABILITY INCLUSION COMMITTEE

The NAI committee will continue to virtually meet (for 30 minutes) every two weeks through the summer to support the goals established over the last few months. They will be working to create NAI Moments and highlights to be in communication. They will be supporting the play date for families connected to special education in August held adjacent with the rising K play date.

The NAI committee would love to have some additional members. Parents of children connected to special education and parents of children in general education are welcome. The next meeting will be on 23 June (Thursday). Reach out to Monica Joyce ([email protected]) to bring your enthusiasm!

 

DEBATE CAMP

Is your child skilled at debating with you? Here's their chance to take it to the next level! Two now seniors (formerly at FHES) from Thomas Jefferson founded the Nation’s Capital Debate Academy four years ago with a passion to teach public speaking and debate to elementary and middle schoolers. They are running an online debate camp during the upcoming summer break for 5th to 8th grade students. On top of that, there's a special code for FHES students! Use the 2022FHES code and 10% of their camp fee goes back to the PTA. Also, this summer, we are offering a discounted fee for need-based students too! Check out the site and the registration link. Here's the flyer with more details!

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 6/5/2022

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Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We have arrived at the last week of school! But before we discuss that, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who made Field Day a success on Friday. As Mr. Dowling says, "teamwork makes the dream work", and we could only make such a fun day happen with the support of so many parents, staff, and community members. We were lucky to have fabulous weather and a well organized event. Thank you in particular to all of our Field Day organizers -  Mr. Dowling, Sunaina Hemrajani, Diana Hernandez, and Kerrey Olden. 

This week promises much joy as each classroom celebrates with an end-of-year celebration. Our students certainly deserve the fun after such a hardworking year. We will also be honoring our 6th grade class with our annual Promotion Ceremony. We hope to see you. 

Next week, we will send a brief "year in review" newsletter that will include some goodbye messages from our departing staff. As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • June 6-10 - Classroom End-of-Year Celebrations
  • June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • June 10 -  Last Day of School - 2-Hour Early Release
  • June 21 - Sprout School Supply Orders Due

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

FH Summer Bookmobile

The FH Summer Bookmobile is BACK again this summer! See the flyer below for details. For more information about summer reading check out this great blogpost with great book suggestions by grade level and ideas for reading as a family over the summer!

Dates: June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3

Medication Pickup Reminder

If your child has medication in our School Health Room, you will need to pick it up before the end of the day on the last day of school.  If it is not picked up, Mrs. Berg is required to discard it.  Medication cannot be sent home with your child.  If you require Authorization Forms for the 2022-2023 school year, they may be downloaded from the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancies:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

- Special Education Teacher, Intellectual Disabilities

 

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. 

 

 

The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  2. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  3. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights PTA Updates

We're at the home stretch! Thank you for all your partnership this past year. Field Day was a huge success and we are so glad the kids had a great time.

 

FIELD DAY RECAP

What a great Field Day! Thank you to Mr. Dowling, Thomas Mawson, all the staff and all the parent volunteers for your help! Big thanks to Sunaina Hemrajani., Diana Hernandez and Kerrey Olden for stepping up and organizing the pizza and ice cream with the school staff! And last but not least, thank you to Dr. Zapadka and Mr. Kopacz for willing to be the water balloon targets to celebrate hitting our Readathon goal.

 

PTA MEETING RECAP We had our last PTA meeting of the year where we elected our new PTA board, recognized the hard work of all our PTA chairs and volunteers from this past year and celebrated of departing staff, teachers and 6th grade parents!

 

BOARD SLATE FOR 2022-2023 Congratulations to our new PTA Board for the 2022-2023 school year President: Sahar Javadi Vice President: Rachel Shabica Treasurer: Kerrey Olden VP Membership: Angela Waugaman VP IT & Communications: Amber Halaka Secretary: Hyun Yoo VP Business Development: Jeff Hoffmann If you are interested in a PTA chair position, there is plenty of help needed. Email [email protected].

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FALL Time to plan ahead and skip the trip to the store this summer! Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2022-23 school year are available now!  Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and enter school code FHES001 by June 21st. Check out the flier for details. Thanks to Nicole Camara for organizing!

 

EOY REMINDER  Classroom Teachers and Room Parents: Make sure you are coordinating with each other to use all the classroom funds by end of year.

 

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATES For our rising kindergarteners, we will have a couple of Kindergarten playdates on Saturday July 16th from 10-11am and on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30-6pm for our special education kindergarteners and from 6-7pm for all the kindergarteners together. Bring some water and meet us at the playground to meet other families! We'll have a tasty treat for the kids. *Incase of inclement weather or excessive heat, we'll send a note out closer to the date.

 

HARRIET BEST AWARD WINNERS Let's give a huge round of congratulations to our two outstanding Harriet Best Award winners for the 2021-2022 school year. Drumroll please...the two recipients are: Katherine Cadena-Gonce and Elizabeth "Liz" Spinney! Read all about their awesome endeavors and why they won this award on our Facebook group.

 

DEBATE CAMP Is your child skilled at debating with you? Here's their chance to take it to the next level! Two now seniors (formerly at FHES) from Thomas Jefferson founded the Nation’s Capital Debate Academy four years ago with a passion to teach public speaking and debate to elementary and middle schoolers. They are running an online debate camp during the upcoming summer break for 5th to 8th grade students. On top of that, there's a special code for FHES students! Use the 2022FHES code and 10% of their camp fee goes back to the PTA. Also, this summer, we are offering a discounted fee for need-based students too! Check out the site and the registration linkHere's the flyer with more details!

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 5/30/2022

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you and your family enjoyed the long weekend, and had some time to reflect on the Memorial Day remembrances. 

On Thursday, we had the wonderful opportunity to welcome back our current graduating seniors to Freedom Hill. They are graduating tomorrow! It was really thrilling to not only see them in the building again after many years, but to see our young students so enamored with what will certainly be their future selves. Congratulations Marshall High School Class of 2022! We are very proud of you.

This week, many of our end-of-year activities kick into full gear, culminating with Field Day on Friday. A big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who make this day possible. Though we only have two weeks of school remaining, learning is still happening each day, and we ask that your child(ren) continues to attend until the end of the year. 

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • June 2 - PTA Meeting, 7:30 PM
  • June 3 - Field Day
  • June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • June 10 -  Last Day of School - 2-Hour Early Release
  • June 21 - Sprout School Supply Orders Due

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancies:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

- Special Education Teacher, Intellectual Disabilities

 

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  2. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  3. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights PTA Updates

We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day holiday weekend. See important details around Field Day below!

 

GET READY FOR FIELD DAY, 6/3!

Field Day is Friday, June 3rd. You can still volunteer on the Sign-Up Genius form.  There will be a special NEW station this year where the kids will get to throw water balloons and Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz thanks to meeting our Readathon goal this year! Thank you to both Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz for being such good, cooperative sports!  After the activity part of Field Day is over, kids will have a pizza lunch from Papa John's, vanilla and chocolate ice cream cups and freeze pops in the cafeteria courtesy of your Freedom Hill PTA. If they do not want this food, please have them bring their lunch as the cafeteria normal lunch will be closed. Big thanks to Sunaina Hemrajani., Diana Hernandez and Kerrey Olden for stepping up and organizing this with the school staff! Thank you to Mr. Dowling and Thomas Mawson for partnering with us and for your help!

 

PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2 at 7:30PM 

We are going to have our last PTA meeting of the year on June 2nd at 7:30 pmPlease login here or call in using 301-715-8592 and Meeting ID 998 3907 4815 and password 078411. We will be electing our new PTA board, recognizing the hard work of all our PTA chairs and volunteers from this past year and celebrating the work of departing staff, teachers and 6th grade parents!

 

BOARD SLATE FOR 2022-2023

Join us for our upcoming PTA Meeting on June 2nd where we will vote in our 2022-2023 board. Our nominating committee presents the following slate for the 2022-2023 school year for the PTA Board: President: Sahar Javadi Vice President: Rachel Shabica Treasurer: Kerrey Olden VP Membership: Angela Waugaman VP IT & Communications: Amber Halaka Secretary: Hyun Yoo VP Business Development: Jeff Hoffmann If you are interested, please send in a short form here to [email protected].

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FALL

Time to plan ahead and skip the trip to the store this summer! Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2022-23 school year are available now!  Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and enter school code FHES001 by June 21st. Check out the flier for details. Thanks to Nicole Camara for organizing!

 

HARRIET BEST AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations are open for the Harriet Best Award. Please email the name of your nominee to [email protected] and write a short explanation on why this person should get this award. Nominations due by Monday, May 30th. The Harriette Ann Best Award was instituted more than a decade ago by the Freedom Hill’s Parent Teacher Association as a tribute to honor our former Assistant Principal who went beyond the norm. Since its inception, this award has been given each year since to outstanding parent(s) and/or staff member(s) who best exemplify what Mrs. Best continued to accomplish until her retirement. 

 

FIELD DAY/EOY REMINDER 

Classroom Teachers and Room Parents: Make sure you are coordinating with each other 1) to use all the classroom funds by end of year and 2) make any additional purchases for field day (drinks, water, fruit, etc.). Pizza and Ice Pops will be covered by the PTA and served at Field Day this year and doesn't come out of classroom funds. If children do not want to eat pizza and ice pops, please have them bring a lunch as the cafeteria will be closed for other food that day.

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 5/22/2022

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We're hoping you're enjoying this unusually warm May weekend! The excitement continues at school, with many field trips, end-of-year events, and more. We'd like to wish a big congratulations to our 3rd-6th grade students and staff for completing their SOL assessments this year. We would also like to thank our PTA, Mr. Fenton, and our SACC crew who organized Friday's Outdoor Movie Night. Hope all had a great time!

Here's a quick reminder from our Front Office - our yearbooks are nearly sold out! There is normally a big rush to buy a yearbook once our pre-orders are delivered to the classrooms. Very few will be available, however. Make sure you pre-order (see below for details). 

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Please note - if your child received a negative COVID-19 test, but is still coughing, sneezing, or has a fever, they should still stay home. Influenza and the common cold are also transmissible, and we are doing our best to ensure our students and staff have healthy last few weeks of school! 

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • May 17 - 27 - SOL Makeups and Retakes
  • May 30 - Memorial Day - School Closed
  • June 2 - PTA Meeting
  • June 3 - Field Day (Volunteers Needed!)
  • June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • June 10 -  Last Day of School - 2-Hour Early Release
  • June 21 - Sprout School Supply Orders Due

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancies:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

- Special Education Teacher, Intellectual Disabilities

 

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

Field Day! Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents,

This spring we are beginning to prepare for our annual fitness and field day. The theme is "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work". The event will take place on Friday, June 3rd. Kindergarten through Sixth Grade will be participating from 9:30-11:45am.

In order for the event to be successful, we need volunteers to assist in running the activities. Volunteers would need to arrive no later than 9:10am on the day of the event and stay until 11:50am to help with clean up.

If you can volunteer, please fill out the Sign-Up Genius form by Friday, May 27th. You will receive your activity assignment and details about Field Day through email shortly before the date.  It’s been a few years but if you are a veteran parent, please let us know if you have a particular station you would prefer to be assigned to, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thanks!!!

"The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement." - John C. Maxwell

Mr.Dowling & Mr. Hasenecz
Physical Education Department
Freedom Hill ES

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  2. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  3. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights PTA Updates

Thanks to those of us to joined us for the Outdoor Movie Night on Friday to watch Sing 2. Big props to Craig Fenton, our technology specialist, who took care the technology to make everything happen! Thank you so much! Also big thanks to Ben & Jerry's for coming out with their Food Truck and the SACC Team (Teresa, Tori, Kamal and Corey) who helped staff and organize the event. 

 

PTA SLATE FOR 2022-2023

Join us for our upcoming PTA Meeting on June 2nd where we will vote in our 2022-2023 board. Our nominating committee presents the following slate for the 2022-2023 school year for the PTA Board: President: Sahar Javadi Vice President: Rachel Shabica Treasurer: Kerrey Olden VP Membership: Angela Waugaman VP IT & Communications: Amber Halaka Secretary: Open (this could be you!) VP Business Development: Jeff Hoffman If you are interested, please send in a short form here to [email protected].

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FALL

Time to plan ahead and skip the trip to the store this summer! Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2022-23 school year are available now!  Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and enter school code FHES001 by June 21st. Check out the flier for details. Thanks to Nicole Camara for organizing!

 

PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2 

We are going to have our last PTA meeting of the year on June 2nd. Save the date and more details to come!

 

END OF YEAR REMINDERS 

Classroom Teachers and Room Parents: Make sure you are coordinating with each other 1) to use all the classroom funds by end of year and 2) make any additional purchases for field day (drinks, water, fruit, etc.). Pizza and Ice Pops will be covered by the PTA and served at Field Day this year and doesn't come out of classroom funds. If children do not want to eat pizza and ice pops, please have them bring a lunch as the cafeteria will be closed for other food that day.

 

FIELD DAY, FRIDAY JUNE 3 

Field Day is Friday, June 3rd. Kindergarten through Sixth Grade will be participating from 9:30-11:45am.In order for the event to be successful, we need volunteers to assist in running the activities. Volunteers would need to arrive no later than 9:10am on the day of the event and stay until 11:50am to help with clean up.

If you can volunteer, please fill out the Sign-Up Genius form by Friday, May 27th. You will receive your activity assignment and details about Field Day through email shortly before the date.  It’s been a few years but if you are a veteran parent, please let us know if you have a particular station you would prefer to be assigned to, and Mr. Dowling will do his best to accommodate you.

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 5/15/2022

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

As the weather heats up, so is the anticipation of our end of year festivities! May is flying by in a flash. We're so proud of our students for the learning they are demonstrating this year, from our primary students becoming more advanced readers and writers, to our upper grade students performing admirably on the SOLs. In the coming weeks, we will celebrate the end of the school year with class/grade level festivities, 6th Grade Promotion, Field Day, awards, and much more. Keep your eye out for communications from your classroom teacher about how you can be involved with recognizing our students for their great efforts in 2021-22. 

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • May 16 - 5th Grade Science SOL
  • May 17 - 27 - SOL Makeups and Retakes
  • May 20 - PTA Outdoor Movie Night, 7PM
  • May 30 - Memorial Day - School Closed
  • June 3 - Field Day (Volunteers Needed!)
  • June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • June 10 -  Last Day of School - 2-Hour Early Release
  • June 21 - Sprout School Supply Orders Due

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancies:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

- Special Education Teacher, Intellectual Disabilities

 

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

Field Day! Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents,

This spring we are beginning to prepare for our annual fitness and field day. The theme is "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work". The event will take place on Friday, June 3rd. Kindergarten through Sixth Grade will be participating from 9:30-11:45am.

In order for the event to be successful, we need volunteers to assist in running the activities. Volunteers would need to arrive no later than 9:10am on the day of the event and stay until 11:50am to help with clean up.

If you can volunteer, please fill out the Sign-Up Genius form by Friday, May 27th. You will receive your activity assignment and details about Field Day through email shortly before the date.  It’s been a few years but if you are a veteran parent, please let us know if you have a particular station you would prefer to be assigned to, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thanks!!!

"The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement." - John C. Maxwell

Mr.Dowling & Mr. Hasenecz
Physical Education Department
Freedom Hill ES

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  2. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  3. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

PTA Updates

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT FRIDAY 5/20

Join us THIS FRIDAY, May 20th for our Outdoor Movie Night! This is event is free for our FHES community to celebrate the end of SOLs. We'll be playing Sing 2 on the blacktop or back field (depending on weather and light/shade). Masks are recommended but not required. Bring a blanket or chair and come at 7pm to grab a spot and the movie will start at 7:30pm. We'll also have a food truck from Ben & Jerry's featuring Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Mint Chocolate Chunk, Dirt Cake (new flavor), Vanilla, and Berry Berry sorbet for a Non Dairy option.  We will have three sizes- Kids (1 Scoop)  $4.50, Small (2 Scoops) $5.50, and Large (3 Scoops) $6.50. ALL THE DETAILS ARE HERE!

 

PTA SLATE FOR 2022-2023

Our nominating committee presents the following slate for the 2022-2023 school year for the PTA Board: President: Sahar Javadi Vice President: Rachel Shabica Treasurer: Kerrey Olden VP Membership: Angela Waugaman VP IT & Communications: Amber Halaka Secretary: Open (this could be you!) VP Business Development: Jeff Hoffman If you are interested, please send in a short form here to [email protected].

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FALL

Time to plan ahead and skip the trip to the store this summer! Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2022-23 school year are available now!  Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and enter school code FHES001 by June 21st. Check out the flier for details. Thanks to Nicole Camara for organizing!

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FH Weekly Update - 5/8/2022

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the wonderful ways that the PTA and parents showed their appreciation for our teachers and staff this week. A special thanks to Sechin Lee and Sarah Lyon who were at the school each day to make sure our teachers had something nice for their day! We also had a blast this week with Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day (thanks Sam Lee and family!) and our PTA Bingo night (thanks Gina Song, Liz Spinney, and Sahar Javadi!). 

It was a busy week.  We hope that you and your family are enjoying a relaxing weekend. Happy Mother's Day to all our Freedom Hill moms!

As a final note, this is the last weekend to submit family input for your student(s)' class placement for next year. Please see the link below.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • May 9 - Parent input for class placement due (see below)
  • May 9 - Grade 4 Math SOLs
  • May 10 - Grade 6 Math SOLs
  • May 11 - Grade 5 Math SOLs
  • May 12 - Grade 3 Math SOLs
  • May 13 - PTA Artwork Deadline

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancy:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

SY 22-23 Class Placement Parent Input

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements. If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2022-23 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo, [email protected] or 703-506-7800 to let us know.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in late August. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete the optional Class Placement Input Form by Monday, May 9th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider. Thank you.

Positivity Project: Other People Matter!

 

 

This week, we were working on reviewing our year-long exploration of Character through the Positivity Project. During these last thirty-four weeks, we have learned that our character is a family of thoughts, feelings, and actions that are recognized and encouraged across our different cultures for the values they cultivate in people and society.

Our character is complex. It is the combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions. Just like other things in our life, we have strengths and weaknesses of character, as well. As you spend time together at home, now and throughout the summer, consider the following questions:

  • Why are our strengths important?
  • How can knowing our weaknesses in character help us grow?
  • How can you challenge yourself to be the best possible version of yourself?

"Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”

                                     ~Booker T. Washington

Yearbook Orders!

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Herff Jones Website - school code 24920
  2. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  3. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  4. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

PTA Updates

BINGO NIGHT SUCCESS!

Thanks to everyone who came out for Bingo Night! It was a smashing success and so good to get the community together again. A big thank you to Gina Song for being our organizer extraordinaire and Liz Spinney and Sahar Javadi for heading up 6th Grade Pizza Sales. Thank you to our many volunteers from Kilmer, our lovely Bingo callers (Dr. Z, Ms. Curran, Ms. Trott, Mr. Wade and Ms. G) and the many parent, student, SACC volunteers and janitorial team who helped out! See photos on the FHES ES group!    

 

WALK, BIKE, ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY

Congrats on a successful Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day. Despite some rain, we had a good crew come out! Big props to Sam Lee for leading the charge!    

 

TA WEEK WRAP UP!

This is the weekend of thank you's! First, thank you to our incredible teachers and staff who put in so much effort every day! Thanks to Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee who did an incredible job with Teacher Appreciation Week last week.  Check out the flier here! We heard lots of oohs and aahs on their creativity and efforts with WaWa sandwiches, cookies, muffins, donuts, drink station, popcorn, chocolate and sunscreen. Here are the highlights! 

 

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT 5/20

Save the date! Next Friday, May 20th is going to be our Outdoor Movie Night! This is event is free for our FHES community to celebrate the end of SOLs. We'll be playing a movie on the blacktop. Bring a blanket or chair and come at 7pm to grab a spot and the movie will start at 7:30pm. What movie should we choose? Vote on the Facebook Group now for either Sing 2 or Space Jam: A New Legacy. 

 

ARTWORK DEADLINE IS FRIDAY 5/13

LAST CHANCE FOR your child's art to be made into a gift.  You can still submit materials until THIS FRIDAY, May 13th!  A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family or just for fun! Use use our art paper or use a different square piece previously created (at least 8x8 inches), upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts! Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions.    

 

PTA SLATE FOR 2022-2023

Our nominating committee presents the following slate for the 2022-2023 school year for the PTA Board: President: Sahar Javadi Vice President: Rachel Shabica Treasurer: Kerrey Olden VP Membership: Angela Waugaman VP IT & Communications: Amber Halaka Secretary: Open VP Business Development: Open If you are interested, please send in a short form here to [email protected].

 

LEVEL THE FIELD - DONATIONS

FHES PTA is happy to support Joseph Long, a Freedom Hill graduate and currently a junior and Life Scout at Marshall High School. Joseph is working on his Eagle Scout project with a non-profit sponsor called Leveling the Playing Field that works to provide sports equipment to underserved communities. Donate your used sports equipment to this great organization! Or join us at the community event on May 8th at Marshall High School to support the work that Leveling the Playing Field is doing in the greater Washington, DC area. All the details are here!

 

 

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 5/1/2022

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We sure had a busy week last week! Between SOL reading tests, an inspiring music concert, field trips, and more, we are having a great deal of fun in the 4th quarter. This week, we continue with much learning, as well as Teacher Appreciation Week. We are truly lucky to have such a caring, motivated staff to work with our students. Their dedication, passion, and efforts are visible through the many positive interactions with students, the memorable instruction they plan, and the care that each child receives when they enter our school. Please take a moment with your child this week to talk about how your family might display your appreciation for their hard work this school year!

We look forward to seeing you this week for a few other great events, including Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day as well as PTA Bingo Night.

On a final note, the FCPS Transportation department is anticipating major bus delays all day on Monday, May 2nd due to the Eid al-Fitr holiday observance.  If you have the ability to walk, carpool, or utilize Kiss N Ride tomorrow, it will help make sure your child gets to school on time and is returned home in a timely manner.  If your child normally uses the bus, thank you for your consideration in using alternate transportation.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 2 - Cultural/Religious Observation Day - Eid al-Fitr
  • May 3 - Math Club, 8:30
  • May 4 - Walk, Bike, or Roll to School Day
  • May 6 - PTA Bingo Night, 6PM

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6! While the PTA and school administration have some fun things planned, the best forms of appreciation for teachers come right from students and families. We encourage you to consider showing your appreciation for your teacher(s) in some small way! Don't forget about your favorite specialists, special education teachers, ESOL teachers, instructional assistants, and more!

Thank you, Front Office and Mrs. Toler!

Last week, we celebrated our wonderful Freedom Hill office staff.  Our FH family is so lucky to have Mrs. Harris, Ms. Cadena-Gonce, Ms. Sujo, and Ms. Espichan keeping our school running smoothly each and every day.  

A special thank you to Mrs. Toler, who served as our Acting Assistant Principal while Mr. Kopacz was on leave. We will miss her!

SY 22-23 Class Placement Parent Input

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements. If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2022-23 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo, [email protected] or 703-506-7800 to let us know.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in late August. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete the optional Class Placement Input Form by Monday, May 9th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider. Thank you.

Positivity Project: Leadership

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Leadership. You value each member of your group and inspire other people to do their best.

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and actions.”

                                                          ~Harold S. Geneen

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some of the characteristics of a good leader?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader? If not, what are some characteristics that might make that more possible? If so, what are the characteristics of leadership you need to build on to make stronger?
  • How does it make you feel to think about yourself as a leader?
Yearbook Orders!

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Herff Jones Website - school code 24920
  2. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  3. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  4. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

PTA Updates

BINGO NIGHT - FRIDAY 5/6, 6-8pm

Join us on next Friday, May 6th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria for the long awaited return of FHES PTA's Bingo Night! Purchase 1 card for $1 or 5 cards for $6. Have fun playing bingo with your friends and winning prizes! Pre-order your pizza and all pizza proceeds go to the 6th grade celebration activities. All the details and order form is here. You can either order your cards and/or pizza on Pay4SchoolStuff by May 5th at 9pm or turn in the flier to the PTA mailbox by Wednesday, May 4th by 5pm

 

BINGO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Many hands make the work light! We need some volunteers to make our Bingo Night a success. Sign up Genius is here to sign up for a shift. Special 6th Grade Sign Up Genius for 6th graders doing pizza sales and community service. 

 

WALK, BIKE, ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY

Join us on Wednesday for Walk, Bike or Roll to School day is Wednesday, May 4th! Walk or bike to school, thank your bus driver and encourage drivers to pay attention to walkers and bikers. Pick up your prize in front of the school (from FCPS Safe Routes to School program)! All the details are here! Rain date is Thursday, May 5th.

 

PTA MEETING RECAP Thanks for joining us for the PTA meeting. The recording is here with Passcode: [email protected]*5iSMv. Or check out our slides here!

 

PTA BOARD POSITIONS OPEN We want to thank Gina Song and Nicole Camara for doing an amazing job as Secretary and VP of Business Development this year on the PTA Board! They have decided to step down for the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking for 2 new members (or more) for the PTA Board. If you are interested, please send in a short form here to [email protected]. Questions? Feel free to contact [email protected] or for the word document version. 

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 5/2-5/7

Want to see what our amazing Teacher Appreciation Committee has in store for our teachers THIS WEEK (5/2-5/7)? Check out the flier here! Our teacher appreciation team, Sechin and Sara Lyon, are servicing the whole school - this is a great reminder you may want to do something special for your classroom teacher, favorite specialist or administrator too!

 

LEVEL THE FIELD - DONATIONS

FHES PTA is happy to support Joseph Long, a Freedom Hill graduate and currently a junior and Life Scout at Marshall High School. Joseph is working on his Eagle Scout project with a non-profit sponsor called Leveling the Playing Field that works to provide sports equipment to underserved communities. Donate your used sports equipment to this great organization! Or join us at the community event on May 8th at Marshall High School to support the work that Leveling the Playing Field is doing in the greater Washington, DC area. All the details are here!

 

 

ARTWORK DEADLINE NOW 5/13

Missed the Artwork deadline? You can still submit materials until May 13th!  A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family or just for fun! Use use our art paper or use a different square piece previously created (at least 8x8 inches), upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts! Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions.    

 

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 4/24/2022

GovDelivery2 months ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! Last week we had a blast with our first whole-school event in quite a long time. A big thank you to Mr. Dowling and our 6th grade team for hosting our annual Staff vs. 6th Grade Volleyball game. We had some beautiful weather, and all enjoyed having our students together again at the same event. 

We have another eventful week ahead, with SOL testing, a PTA meeting, 1st/2nd grade field trips, and an outdoor concert. 

Please consider helping former Eagle Joseph Long on his Eagle Scout project by dropping off any used sports equipment in our school lobby - see more information in the PTA section below!

Last week we celebrated our third quarterly Soaring Eagle Citizens. These students were selected by their teachers as students who showcase our Positivity Project traits, and who enrich our school culture through kindness, friendship, and respect. We hope they had fun eating lunch with our school counselors and principals! Congratulations to our Q3 Soaring Eagles:

Preschool:

Marialuisa C. and Keylor C.

Kindergarten:

Mohammed A., Stephanie U., Audrey H., Vedant H., Ayaana J., Max F.

1st Grade:

Elianny P., Allen C., Azhaar E., Alwalleed A., Lelis A., Raoul C.

2nd Grade (pictured below):

Luciana G., Neil M., Rayan H., Priya R., Zoya Q., Santi C., Nataly S., Andy C., 

3rd Grade:

Aleks H., Quinn M., Ameen R., Nicole T., Cordelia K., Ian R., 

4th Grade:

William F., Viviana M., Jimmy R., Jacob S., Anjali S., Aaradhya T.

5th Grade:

Rachel K., Umida A., Braylen G., Ashley C., Suyay T., Farah K.

6th Grade:

Amin A., Hannah L., Arely G., Abdul A., Maya R., Ayser E., 

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • April 25 - 4th Grade Reading SOL
  • April 26 - Math Club, 8:30
  • April 26 - PTA Meeting, 8PM, Virtual
  • April 27 - 5th/6th Grade Reading SOL
  • April 27 - Strings/Band Outdoor Concert, 6PM
  • April 28 - 3rd Grade Reading SOL (part 1)
  • April 29 - 3rd Grade Reading SOL (part 2)

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6! While the PTA and school administration have some fun things planned, the best forms of appreciation for teachers come right from students and families. We encourage you to consider showing your appreciation for your teacher(s) in some small way!

Front Office Reminders

Thank you for your attention to the following during our school year! This helps our school function smoothly and safely for students. 

  • Our school opens to students at 9:05. Please do not leave your student(s) unsupervised outside of the school before that time. We do not have supervision for students before 9:05. 
  • Our late bell rings at 9:20. If you arrive after 9:20, you will be asked to bring your student(s) into the office to receive a late pass. 
  • Due to health protocols and bus occupancy, FCPS Transportation is not permitting students to ride a different bus home with a friend. 
  • Please call in any changes to your child's dismissal before 3:00. Calling between 3:00-4:00 causes hardship to the school staff and can lead to miscommunication. Thank you very much!
SY 22-23 Class Placement Parent Input

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements. If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2022-23 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo, [email protected] or 703-506-7800 to let us know.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in late August. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete the optional Class Placement Input Form by Monday, May 9th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider. Thank you.

Positivity Project: Purpose

 

 

This week we are focusing on Purpose/Connection. You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

 

"Regardless of whatever I do, I know my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.”

~Tim Tebow 

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? What things could you be doing now to enhance the life of those around you?
  • What gifts, talents, and ideas do you have that you want to share?
Yearbook Orders!

Yearbook sales for the 2021-22 school year have begun! We look forward to sharing our memories for this school year. The cost is $15 per book.  There are four ways to purchase:

  1. Herff Jones Website - school code 24920
  2. Through your account on MySchoolBucks
  3. Exact cash in an envelope with your/your child's name
  4. Check made out to Freedom Hill in an envelope with your/your child's name

Questions regarding payment should be directed to Kelly Harris, [email protected].

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights Online Tutoring Services Have Launched!

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

elementary video and secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

PTA Updates

PTA MEETING, TUESDAY 4/26

Join us on Tuesday April 26th at 8pm virtually to talk through end of year activities and get an update with Dr. Z. Join us here with passcode: 074427 OR dial: +13017158592 with Meeting ID: 957 7263 8893 and passcode: 074427. 

 

BINGO NIGHT - FRIDAY 5/6, 6-8pm

Join us on Friday, May 6th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria for the long awaited return of FHES PTA's Bingo Night! Purchase 1 card for $1 or 5 cards for $6. Have fun playing bingo with your friends and winning prizes! Pre-order your pizza and all pizza proceeds go to the 6th grade celebration activities. All the details and order form is here. You can either order your cards and/or pizza on Pay4SchoolStuff by May 5th at 9pm or turn in the flier to the PTA mailbox by Wednesday, May 4th by 5pm

 

BINGO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  Many hands make the work light! We need some volunteers to make our Bingo Night a success. Sign up Genius is here to sign up for a shift. Special 6th Grade Sign Up Genius for 6th graders doing pizza sales and community service. 

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 5/2-5/7 Want to see what our amazing Teacher Appreciation Committee has in store for our teachers the week of 5/2-5/7? Check out the flier here! While our teacher appreciation team, Sechin Lee and Sara Lyon, are servicing the whole school - this is a great reminder you may want to do something special for your classroom teacher, favorite specialist or administrator too!

 

WALK, BIKE OR ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY - WED., 5/4 Save the date! Walk, Bike or Roll to School day is Wednesday, May 4th! Walk or bike ride to school, thank your bus driver, encourage drivers to pay attention to walkers and bikers! Finally, pick up your prize in front of the school- provided by the FCPS Safe Routes to School program. More details coming in the PTA Newsletter this week.

 

PTA BOARD POSITIONS OPEN We want to thank Gina Song and Nicole Camara for doing an amazing job as Secretary and VP of Business Development this year on the PTA Board! They have decided to step down for the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking for 2 new members (or more) for the PTA Board. If you are interested, please send in a short form here to [email protected]. Questions? Feel free to contact [email protected] or for the word document version. 

 

INCLUSION TEAM STARTING 4/28

The Neurodiversity and Ability Inclusion PTA Team is starting this month! This group will focus on ways to include all people in events and recognizes that everyone has differences in how they communicate, function, and what supports they need. We are hoping to gather a focused group of parents and teachers to understand and guide Neurodiversity and Ability Inclusion for the Freedom Hill Elementary PTA.  Key accessibility concepts are here at the Expo 2020 Dubai UAE. Teachers and parents with children in general education and specialized education at Freedom Hill Elementary are welcome. The first meeting will be April 28th at 8 PM virtually. Contact Monica Joyce at [email protected] for the link or q's. There will be interactive components, so viewing the Zoom meeting on a computer screen or tablet is recommended. Meeting will not be recorded.

 

LEVEL THE FIELD - DONATIONS

FHES PTA is happy to support Joseph Long, a Freedom Hill graduate and currently a junior and Life Scout at Marshall High School. Joseph is working on his Eagle Scout project with a non-profit sponsor called Leveling the Playing Field that works to provide sports equipment to underserved communities. Donate your used sports equipment to this great organization! Or join us at the community event on May 8th at Marshall High School to support the work that Leveling the Playing Field is doing in the greater Washington, DC area. All the details are here!

 

ARTWORK DEADLINE NOW 5/13

Missed the Artwork deadline? You can still submit materials until May 13th! A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family or just for fun! Today is the last day to either use the provided art paper or use a different square piece previously created, upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts! Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions.   

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 4/17/2022

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Wishing a very happy holiday to all of our families who are celebrating Ramadan, Passover, and Easter this weekend!

This week, we had heard some exciting news that the FCPS School Board confirmed our new division superintendent. The School Board voted to authorize the execution and delivery of an agreement appointing Dr. Michelle Reid to serve as the division superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools for the period beginning July 1, 2002 and ending June 30, 2026. You can read the press release. We look forward to inviting Dr. Reid to Freedom Hill very soon!

Finally, we invite your student(s) to participate in our Earth Week Spirit Week this week. We'll be wearing a different color each day as we learn about how we can protect our planet. Thanks, Green Team! 

  • Monday, April 18 – Watershed Day (blue)
  • Tuesday, April 19 – Zero Waste Day (purple)
  • Wednesday, April 20 – Climate Change Day (red)
  • Thursday, April 21 – Energy Day (yellow)
  • Friday, April 22 – Earth Day (green)

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • April 19 - Math Club, 8:30
  • April 20 - Q3 Report Cards sent home
  • April 20 - AAP Level IV Orientation, 9:30 (Zoom link was sent)
  • April 21 - Staff vs. 6th Grade Outdoor Volleyball Game, 2:45
  • April 22 - Cultural Observance Day - Orthodox Good Friday
  • April 25 - SOL Testing Begins - See Schedule Below
  • April 26 - PTA Meeting, 8PM, Virtual

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Front Office Reminders

Thank you for your attention to the following during our school year! This helps our school function smoothly and safely for students. 

  • Our school opens to students at 9:05. Please do not leave your student(s) unsupervised outside of the school before that time. We do not have supervision for students before 9:05. 
  • Our late bell rings at 9:20. If you arrive after 9:20, you will be asked to bring your student(s) into the office to receive a late pass. 
  • Due to health protocols and bus occupancy, FCPS Transportation is not permitting students to ride a different bus home with a friend. 
  • Please call in any changes to your child's dismissal before 3:00. Calling between 3:00-4:00 causes hardship to the school staff and can lead to miscommunication. Thank you very much!
SY 22-23 Class Placement Parent Input

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements. If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2022-23 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo, [email protected] or 703-506-7800 to let us know.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in late August. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete the optional Class Placement Input Form by Monday, May 9th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider. Thank you.

Positivity Project: Appreciation of Beauty

 

 

This week, we are focusing on the Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. You notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

 

"Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”

                                                          ~Helen Keller

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What do you think it means to see with your heart?
  • Why do you think we fail to notice the beauty around us?
Spring Photos are Online!

Thank you for a successful Spring Picture Day.

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910702

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights Online Tutoring Services Have Launched!

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

elementary video and secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

PTA Updates

VOLLEYBALL ON APRIL 21ST, 2:45-4PM

Save the date for the 6th Graders to take on the FHES Faculty in a game of Volleyball outside on the Blacktop on Thursday, April 21st from 2:45-4pm! Come cheer your favorite player on. It'll be a fun event so block off the time for it.

PTA MEETING, TUESDAY 4/26

Join us on Tuesday April 26th at 8pm virtually to talk through end of year activities and get an update with Dr. Z. Save the date for 4/26 at 8pm! Meeting info to come.

BINGO NIGHT - FRIDAY 5/6, 6-8pm

Join us on Friday, May 6th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria for the long awaited return of FHES PTA's Bingo Night! Purchase 1 card for $1 or 5 cards for $6. Have fun playing bingo with your friends and winning prizes! Pre-order your pizza and all pizza proceeds go to the 6th grade celebration activities. All the details and order form is here. You can either order your cards and/or pizza on Pay4SchoolStuff by May 5th at 9pm or turn in the flier to the PTA mailbox by Wednesday, May 4th by 5pm. Following FCPS guidelines, masks are optional but recommended.

BINGO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  Many hands make the work light! We need some volunteers to make our Bingo Night a success. Sign up Genius is here to sign up for a shift. Special 6th Grade Sign Up Genius for 6th graders doing pizza sales and community service. 

BINGO DONATIONS NEEDED

Save the date for Bingo Night returning on Friday, May 6! We are need of a few prizes for bingo night winners. They can be small or large, left over gifts, etc. Drop off at: 8518 Quaint Lane or contact [email protected] to arrange pick-up.

ARTWORK DEADLINE NOW 5/13

Missed the Artwork deadline? You can still submit materials until May 13th! A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family or just for fun! Today is the last day to either use the provided art paper or use a different square piece previously created, upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts! Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions.   

INCLUSION TEAM STARTING 4/28

The Neurodiversity and Ability Inclusion PTA Team is starting this month! This group will focus on ways to include all people in events and recognizes that everyone has differences in how they communicate, function, and what supports they need. We are hoping to gather a focused group of parents and teachers to understand and guide Neurodiversity and Ability Inclusion for the Freedom Hill Elementary PTA.  Key accessibility concepts are here at the Expo 2020 Dubai UAE. Teachers and parents with children in general education and specialized education at Freedom Hill Elementary are welcome. The first meeting will be April 28th at 8 PM virtually. Contact Monica Joyce at [email protected] for the link or q's. There will be interactive components, so viewing the Zoom meeting on a computer screen or tablet is recommended. Meeting will not be recorded.

LEVEL THE FIELD - DONATIONS

FHES PTA is happy to support Joseph Long, a Freedom Hill graduate and currently a junior and Life Scout at Marshall High School. Joseph is working on his Eagle Scout project with a non-profit sponsor called Leveling the Playing Field that works to provide sports equipment to underserved communities. Donate your used sports equipment to this great organization! Or join us at the community event on May 8th at Marshall High School to support the work that Leveling the Playing Field is doing in the greater Washington, DC area. All the details are here!

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 4/10/2022

GovDelivery2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Welcome to the 4th quarter of the 2021-22 school year! We hope you had some time over our students' Spring Break to relax and recharge for our final weeks of the year. I know that I speak for all of the staff at Freedom Hill when I share how excited we are to be holding many of our traditional 4th quarter events this year! 

Over the break, I had the opportunity to deliver a variety of items (cards made by our students, as well as monetary/clothing/candy donations from our staff) to Ukrainian refugees in Germany. I was so impressed that many of our students even translated their messages into Ukrainian before writing them. While many organizations and individuals are involved with supporting the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been displaced and/or separated from family, the level of need is still significant. Families who are interested in making a small donation can find worthwhile organizations here

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week, and please let your student(s) know we are excited to see them again tomorrow!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • April 11 - Return to school - Q4 begins
  • April 12 - Math Club, 8:30
  • April 13 -  PTA Artwork Deadline
  • April 15 - Cultural Observance Day - Good Friday 
  • April 15 - Green Team Mtg., 8:15
  • April 20 - Q3 Report Cards come home
  • April 22 - Cultural Observance Day - Orthodox Good Friday

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Kindergarten Registration!

It is already that time of year to start planning for next year. Our Kindergarten registration for rising kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and Ms. Sujo will follow up with you about a registration appointment, which will begin after March 1. You can also see this helpful page for more information on the documents that will be needed.

 

 

If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please start your registration now.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well.  

Positivity Project: Humor

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Humor. You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

 

"A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”

                                                          ~Mignon McLaughlin

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How does humor affect relationships? How does it connect people?
  • How can you incorporate more humor into your everyday life?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you just couldn’t stop laughing? What happened?
Spring Photos are Online!

Thank you for a successful Spring Picture Day.

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910702

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

PTA Updates

We hope you had a great spring break! Stay up to date on the latest happenings at FHES with updates below.

ARTWORK DEADLINE NOW 4/13

Missed the Artwork deadline? You can still submit materials until Wednesday, April 13th! A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family or just for fun! Today is the last day to either use the provided art paper or use a different square piece previously created, upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts! Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions.   

DONATIONS NEEDED

Save the date for Bingo Night returning on Friday, May 6! We are need of a few prizes for bingo night winners. They can be small or large, left over gifts, etc. Drop off at: 8518 Quaint Lane or contact [email protected] to arrange pick-up.

VOLLEYBALL ON APRIL 21ST, 2:45-4PM

Save the date for the 6th Graders to take on the FHES Faculty in a game of Volleyball outside on the Blacktop on Thursday, April 21st from 2:45-4pm! Come cheer your favorite player on. It'll be a fun event so block off the time for it.

PTA MEETING, TUESDAY 4/26

Join us on Tuesday April 26th at 8pm virtually to talk through end of year activities and get an update with Dr. Z. Save the date for 4/26 at 8pm! Meeting info to come.

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Spring Break Update

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well as we enter Spring Break. We'll see everyone on April 11 when school resumes for our 4th quarter! This week, our Front Office hours are 9:00-12:00 daily. Feel free to stop by if you need anything. 

Wishing you a safe, restful time this week with your student(s), wherever your plans take you. Congratulations to them on the completion of a very successful Q3 at Freedom Hill! 

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Spring Photos are Online!

Thank you for a successful Spring Picture Day.

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910702

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

PTA Updates

KIDS ARTWORK = GREAT GIFTS - BY 4/7

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity!  A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family, just in time for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just for fun! Now thru April 7, use the provided art paper you'll get this week to complete your art, or pick a piece previously created, upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts!  Orders will be received the week of May 2nd.  Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions. 

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 3/27/2022

GovDelivery3 months ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope everyone had a great weekend. We were quite excited last week when our new school bottle fillers were installed. Many thanks to our PTA for this very generous update to several locations in our school!

Looking forward, we have arrived at the last week of our 3th quarter! That is quite hard to believe. Please make note of several changes to our normal schedule this week:

Thursday - 2-hour early release and Kindergarten Orientation

Friday - Teacher Work Day for Q3 grading

April 4 - 8 - There will be no school on these days due to Spring Break

The 4th quarter of our school year together promises much excitement. We look forward to Field Day, 6th Grade Promotion, End-of-Year Celebrations, our Staff vs. Students volleyball game, PTA Bingo Night, lots of learning, and much much more. 

Last week we shared information about the Tutor.com service FCPS will be providing to all students after Spring Break. This week your child brought home a paper copy of an Opt Out form. If you would like to opt your child out of having access, please return the paper form to our front office or complete the Opt-Out through SIS ParentVUE. For more information, see the FCPS website.  

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • Month of March - Kindergarten registration
  • March 29 - Math Club, 8:30
  • March 31 - End of Q3, 2-hr Early Release
  • March 31 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30-3:30 - In-Person
  • April 1 - Teacher Work Day, No School for Students
  • April 1 - Last Day for PTA Spirit Wear Orders
  • April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Family Engagement Survey Is Live!

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey is open until April 3rd. It is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

With parent/caregiver input, the school division will be better suited to develop policies and practices that incorporate their ideas, and help focus everyone on their role in improving student achievement.

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. 

For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. An email link was sent on March 13th, however is also available here: Family Engagement Survey Link. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please reach out to our front office and we can provide one for you.  Please find translated information below.

English - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Korean - Vietnamese

Kindergarten Registration!

It is already that time of year to start planning for next year. Our Kindergarten registration for rising kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and Ms. Sujo will follow up with you about a registration appointment, which will begin after March 1. You can also see this helpful page for more information on the documents that will be needed.

 

 

If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please start your registration now.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well.  

Positivity Project: Humor

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Humor. You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

 

"A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”

                                                          ~Mignon McLaughlin

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How does humor affect relationships? How does it connect people?
  • How can you incorporate more humor into your everyday life?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you just couldn’t stop laughing? What happened?
Staff Updates

Congratulations to these staff members for their recognition last week. We are very proud!

Ms. Jasmine Threatt, our new 6th grade teacher, was named Florida Bay County Coach of the Year! You can read about her accomplishments here

Ms. Katie Lacroix, a special education Instructional Assistant, received the First Class Award from the FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities for her incredible work advancing equity and inclusion at our school.

Spring Photos are Online!

Thank you for a successful Spring Picture Day.

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910702

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights SOL Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

PTA Updates

Thanks who joined in on the fun Family Dinner Out at Mod Pizza and who visited the Book Fair last week! Hopefully you had a great time. Three cheers for our students come out to help Mr. Curtis with the garden this weekend! Check out upcoming details below.

 

ORDER SPIRITWEAR BY FRIDAY! Has your child been hankering for the latest FHES fashions? Our online spiritwear is open for the next few weeks. Check out our Online Store here with new items! Store will be open until Friday, April 1st and items should come 3-4 weeks after the sale closes.

 

TURN ART INTO GIFTS BY 4/7! The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity!  A fun art activity (details here) that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family, just in time for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just for fun! Now thru April 7, use the art paper sent last week in folders or pick a piece previously created, upload to Square 1 Art and order your gifts!  Orders will be received the week of May 2nd.  Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org for the instructions.

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION IN FULL EFFECT Our teachers and staff got a special visit by two leprechauns named Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee right before St. Patrick's Day! They were treated to a yummy breakfast to remind them how much we appreciate everything they do for us!

 

BINGO PRIZE DONATIONS NEEDED!

Bingo Night is coming back to school and will be on Friday, May 6! Thank you Gina Song for volunteering to organize it. As you do spring cleaning, please think of prizes you could potentially donate! Drop off at: 8518 Quaint Lane or contact [email protected] to arrange pick-up. 

 

WATER BOTTLE FILLERS INSTALLED! We are so excited to hear that the TWO NEW water bottle fillers purchased by the PTA have finally been installed!! Three cheers to all our families and staff that made this happen. So much more convenient for classes located upstairs. 

 

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION ON 3/31 SAVE THE DATE! March 31st from 2:30-3:30pm is an orientation for rising Kindergarteners. If you know a family with a child who is turning 5 before Sept. 30th, let them know to attend this meeting via Zoom or in person in the library (It is an early release day at FHES). 

 

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update - 3/20/2022

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well and enjoying the weekend! We hope to see you and your family this week for our spring Book Fair! Mrs. Trott has done a wonderful job, as usual, getting things prepped for a great week. 

We are excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Freedom Hill students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  With this service, students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  

Finally, we want to share that Mrs. Coleman, one of our school counselors, and her husband welcomed their first child last week. Leilani Grace Coleman was born on March 13 weighing 6lbs., 5 oz. Congratulations to the Colemans!

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • Month of March - Kindergarten registration
  • March 17 - 25 - FH Book Fair
  • March 22 - Math Club, 8:30
  • March 23 - Family Dinner Out - Mod Pizza (Leesburg Pike)
  • March 26 - Green Team Garden Work Session, 9:00-noon
  • March 31 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30-3:30 - In-Person

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Family Engagement Survey Is Live!

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey is open until April 3rd. It is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

With parent/caregiver input, the school division will be better suited to develop policies and practices that incorporate their ideas, and help focus everyone on their role in improving student achievement.

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. 

For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. An email link was sent on March 13th, however is also available here: Family Engagement Survey Link. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please reach out to our front office and we can provide one for you.  Please find translated information below.

English - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Korean - Vietnamese

Kindergarten Registration!

It is already that time of year to start planning for next year. Our Kindergarten registration for rising kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and Ms. Sujo will follow up with you about a registration appointment, which will begin after March 1. You can also see this helpful page for more information on the documents that will be needed.

 

 

If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please start your registration now.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well.  

Positivity Project: Humor

Individuals with this strength might be described as:

  • Funny
  • Amusing
  • Hilarious

Individuals with this strength are likely to think, feel, or behave in the following ways:

  • It makes me feel good to make people laugh and smile.
  • People like to spend time with me because I’m fun to be with.
  • Even in trying situations, I can still find the humor.

“Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.” -ROBIN WILLIAMS

 

Special Education Conference 2022

Registration Open for 2022 Special Education Conference

Join us for the 2022 Special Education Conference, Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing, held virtually on Saturday, March 26th. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now available online.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Cullins, A Conversation About Compassion Fatigue.
  • Marlo Keller, Exceptional Family Member Program Pathways: Navigating the Halls of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) School Move.
  • Ann Dolin, Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments.
  • Dr. Lisa Bateman, Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health Challenges and How to Support Children in Asking for Help. 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register.

Spring Photos are Online!

Thank you for a successful Spring Picture Day.

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910702

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

PTA Updates

Lots of activities are in store for March! See updates below.

 

READ-A-THON SUCCESS!

Thank you all for a great Read-a-thon!  We read over 300,000 minutes and raised over $12,000! A HUGE THANKS to Amber Halaka for coordinating all the Read-a-thon efforts and of course to all the teachers, Ms. Rossman, parents and kids for an awesome effort!

 

ONLINE SPIRITWEAR SALE OPEN! Has your child been hankering for the latest FHES fashions? Our online spiritwear is open for the next few weeks. Check out our Online Store here with new items! Store will be open until April 1st and items should come 3-4 weeks after the sale closes.

 

KIDS' ART EQUALS AWESOME GIFTS - DUE BY APRIL 7TH

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity!  A fun art activity that can be turned into fabulous gifts for friends and family, just in time for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just for fun! Now thru April 7, use the provided art paper you'll get this week to complete your art, or pick a piece previously created, upload to Square 1 Art, and order your gifts!  Orders will be received the week of May 2nd.  Need templates printed out? Ideas for projects? Visit the Art Gifts page at freedomhillpta.org.  

 

BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK!

This month’s read-a-thon supercharged student reading and we want to keep up the momentum going by offering lots of fresh, new titles for home and school libraries. Students previewed books this week and can shop Monday, March 21- Friday, March 25. All proceeds help expand and update our library collection. Families can visit the fair–Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24 from 4:20-6:20 pm. No sign up is needed. Masks are optional, but encouraged. Families can enter through door 5 on the side of the school nearest the library. Cash, credit cards, checks made out to FHES, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay are accepted. Scholastic also offers a convenient, cashless option for students called eWallet. Check out the flier and detailed info here!

 

COME MOD WITH US - FDO ON MARCH 23RD!

Join us at Mod Pizza on Leesburg Pike on March 23rd! Raise 20% of all digital and in-store fundraiser sales on Mar 23 by visiting the restaurant and showing your fundraiser flyer or mentioning the fundraiser at checkout, or ordering online or with the app with the digital coupon code MODF4353. Thanks to Jen King for organizing!

 

GARDEN MEET-UP ON SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH from 9AM-12PM

Calling all gardeners!  With our warming weather we are ready to wake our school garden from it’s winter nap. Come join us on March 26th between 9am and 12pm as we will be preparing our beds for spring planting, finishing our gravel pathways, and planting our spring crops!  All families and ages are welcomed. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothes that can get dirty.  Personal Gardening tools are always welcomed and should be labeled with family names.

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FH Weekly Update - 3/13/2022

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

The Read-A-Thon has ended! We are immensely proud of our super readers for the many minutes that they logged over two weeks. Wet met our school fundraising goal and had lots of fun! Mrs. Toler, our Acting Assistant Principal, also started on Friday and was able to introduce herself to our students. We're looking forward to learning from her during her time at Freedom Hill. 

FCPS will launch a Family Engagement Survey on March 13th to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community.  When schools build strong partnerships with families, respond to their concerns, and honor their contributions, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and increased likelihood of high school graduation. Please check out the special section below for more information and plan to participate when the survey becomes available next week

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or great things to share about our students and staff. Have a great week.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka

Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • Month of March - Kindergarten registration
  • March 14 - FLE Preview Night, 4th/6th Grade, Link, PW: 319952
  • March 15 - Math Club CANCELLED
  • March 17 - 25 - FH Book Fair
  • March 26 - Green Team Garden Work Session, 9:00-noon
  • March 31 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30-3:30

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

Family Engagement Survey Coming Soon!

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey will be open March 13th - April 3rd. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

With parent/caregiver input, the school division will be better suited to develop policies and practices that incorporate their ideas, and help focus everyone on their role in improving student achievement.

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. 

For more information, please check out the survey webpage. On March 13th, the link will be sent to your email and will also go live here: Family Engagement Survey Link. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please reach out to our front office and we can provide one for you.  Please find translated information below.

English - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Korean - Vietnamese

Kindergarten Registration!

It is already that time of year to start planning for next year. Our Kindergarten registration for rising kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and Ms. Sujo will follow up with you about a registration appointment, which will begin after March 1. You can also see this helpful page for more information on the documents that will be needed.

 

 

If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please start your registration now.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well.  

Positivity Project: Love of Learning

 

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Love of Learning. You master new topics and skills on your own or in school.

 

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

                                                          ~B.B. King

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What kinds of things do you like learning?
  • Do you think it’s true that you can learn ANYTHING?
  • What do you think are the benefits of loving to learn?
 

 

Kilmer MS Production of Matilda Jr.

Kilmer Middle School’s Drama Department is excited to announce their performance of Matilda JR!

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

General admission performances are Friday, March 18th (7pm), Saturday, March 19th (2pm & 7pm), Friday, March 25th (7pm) and Saturday, March 26th (2pm & 7pm)! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.kmsdrama.org (starting March 7th) or at all lunches at Kilmer Middle School the week of March 7th.  TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

FLE Parent Preview Night - 4th/6th

Hello 4th and 6th grade parents,

We will be holding our optional 4th & 6th Grade Family Life Education (FLE) resource preview on Monday, March 14, at 6 pm. This preview is only for families of 4th and 6th grade students. FCPS implements a K-12 FLE program that adheres to state and Virginia Department of Education requirements and guidelines.  There are two units of instruction that are designated as Family Life Education, Emotional and Social Health (ESH) and Human Growth and Development (HGD). Staff will be present to go over the curriculum materials and answer any questions that you may have. Please use the following link to access the FLE resource night and sign in using your first and last name. If you have any questions, please contact Ian Dowling [email protected].

Link

Passcode - 319952

From the Twittersphere: #FHHighlights Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

PTA Updates

Great work on Read-a-thon everyone! Stay tuned for additional events through out March as we spring forward (don't forget Daylight Savings is today).

 

READ-A-THON SUCCESS!

Thank you all for a great Read-a-thon!  We read over 300,000 minutes and raised over $12,000!  

  • Congratulations to the students in Ms.Bliss's class! They read the most minutes (30,379!) and win the "Dr. Z is your substitute for the day" prize.
  • Most classrooms met their Read-a-thon goal, and celebrated this week with a Teacher's choice reward (PJ day, movie, etc.)
  • Later this year students will celebrate meeting our school wide goal by watching the Principals get water balloons thrown at them during recess!

Reminder:  Students can still accept donations and should spend their prize money by Friday, March 18. Questions? Email [email protected].

 

PTA MTG RECAP

Thanks for those who joined us at the PTA Meeting. Here are the minutes and the slides incase you missed it! The recording is here with this Password: Ag11B&&&.

 

ONLINE SPIRITWEAR SALE OPEN!

Has your child been hankering for the latest FHES fashions? Our online spiritwear is open for the next few weeks. Check out our Online Store here with new items! Store will be open until April 1st and items should come 3-4 weeks after the sale closes.

 

BOOK FAIR BEGINS!

Just a reminder to support FHES' Book Fair noted above. The proceeds support FHES' library!

 

COME MOD WITH US - FDO ON MARCH 23RD!

Join us at Mod Pizza on Leesburg Pike on March 23rd! Raise 20% of all digital and in-store fundraiser sales on Mar 23 by visiting the restaurant and showing your fundraiser flyer or mentioning the fundraiser at checkout, or ordering online or with the app with the digital coupon code MODF4353. Thanks to Jen King for organizing!

 

GARDEN MEET-UP ON MARCH 26TH!

Calling all gardeners!  With our warming weather we are ready to wake our school garden from it’s winter nap. Come join us on March 26th between 9am and 12pm as we will be preparing our beds for spring planting, finishing our gravel pathways, and planting our spring crops!  All families and ages are welcomed. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothes that can get dirty.  Personal Gardening tools are always welcomed and should be labeled with family names.

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

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