FHES Summer Update: 8/3/2020

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August 3 Update

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

I hope you are well as we enter August! As you have undoubtedly heard, the Fairfax County School Board recently supported Dr. Brabrand’s revised recommendation that we begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students. The online school year will begin, as scheduled, on September 8. I look forward to spending the month of August engaged with our staff and building our capacity to reach each of our wonderful students through the high quality instruction and the caring relationships upon which our school's reputation is built. 

I'd like to share a few brief updates below, and I invite you to attend a brief Q&A session with Mr. Kopacz, the PTA, and I on August 4th. You can find more information and submit a question in the PTA section below. As always, please reach out with any additional questions you may have as we draw closer to the beginning of school. 

  1. We expect that class placements will be completed by mid-August and shared with you through ParentVue. All students will attend virtually with a Freedom Hill teacher and peers. We value the partnership between parents, teachers, and our students. Our teachers will be reaching out to set up times to meet with students and family members virtually, on an individual basis, before school begins. Families of special education students will also be contacted by their new case manager by the end of August to discuss learning needs during virtual learning. Read more Special Education updates here.
  2. Elementary students will receive real-time, interactive instruction Tuesday through Friday. The elementary day will include additional small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students. Significant investment in new digital resources will provide a more personalized approach to learning in mathematics and language arts.
  3. Our bell schedule will revert to our normal schedule from last year - students will attend Tuesday - Friday from 9:20 - 4:05. A sample daily schedule has been crated by the county and can be viewed here. We are in the process of creating the new FH-specific master schedule for each grade level, and look forward to sharing these by mid-August to assist with your family's preparations. 
  4. All Freedom Hill students will have the opportunity to check out a laptop this year if needed. If you were using an iPad or similar device in the spring to connect, we encourage you to check out a laptop. Laptops will be distributed in late August with more information and dates forthcoming. MIFI devices are also available for families who require internet access.  
  5. We are awaiting further information from the county government on the operational status of SACC. We expect an update around August 7. 
  6. We encourage you to follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES. We are currently showcasing biographies and pictures of our new teaching staff. 

Wishing you a wonderful, albeit likely rainy, week! Be safe. I look forward to sharing additional updates in the coming weeks. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal 

Have a Freedom Hill computer?

FCPS plans to offer a device to any student that needs one to access virtual learning. If you have a child entering fifth or 6th grade and has a Freedom Hill laptop, we will be collecting it as new devices will be offered to rising 5th and 6th graders. We are actively preparing devices for families that indicated their need for a device in the Back to School Survey. If you have questions about your child’s device, please email Mr. Fenton at CEFenton@fcps.edu. Information regarding distribution of new devices will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Students

Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade~ For NEW FCPS Students

~To ensure social distancing, just the child and one parent should attend. ~Masks are required for all participants.

~Appointments required! Call today! 703-698-2550

Dates:   August 20th and August 27th

Where: Inova Cares Clinic for Children, 6400 Arlington Blvd. Ste 200, Falls Church, VA 22042

From The PTA

Well we've had a bunch of ups and downs in all the decisions leading up to the beginning of school. Your PTA has been meeting over the summer planning as best we can for this year and thinking creatively when it comes to activities, budget and where we can make the most impact. In the meantime, Dr. Z wanted to host and open Q&A for parents to connect with them. And we have a couple updates from Mr. Curtis and on KG Meet and Greets below. Be sure to stay connected on the Freedom Hill ES Community group on Facebook! 

 

Q&A WITH DR. Z ON AUG. 4 AT 7:30PM Join Dr. Z on Tuesday, August 4th at 7:30pm for an update on Return to Learn and an Open Q&A session. You can submit questions for him ahead of time here. Here's where you can join us: Zoom Link for Tue., Aug. 4 at 7:30 pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 920 7607 2609.

 

KG PARENT MEET-UP AUG. 8, 10AM Our next and last KG Meet & Greet Saturday, Aug. 8th at 10am! Come and ask questions and get to know one another. Drop in and say hello and meet some friends. Click the link for the zoom meeting Saturday, Aug. 8th, 10am or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 922 4545 9943.

 

READING WITH MR. FENTON Mr. Fenton, our IT specialist, is reading over the summer with the students. Listen to exciting books with stories from Sideways School, Wizards of Once, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and many more!

Sessions will be held twice per week. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11AM) One is for K-3, and another is for 4-6, where he and some special guests will read a variety of books. If your student is interested, fill out the form here to be invited into the Blackboard Collaborate session. Q's? Contact Mr. Fenton

 

Questions? Contact our Freedom Hill PTA President, Sahar Javadi at president@freedomhillpta.org

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FHES Summer Update: 7/13/2020

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July 13 Update

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

I hope this message finds you well! Just a brief reminder today that the due date for parent back-to-school surveys is this Wednesday, July 15. Families have the opportunity to choose a full-time virtual learning option or the hybrid option within the school building. If you have already submitted, you can still change your survey by the due date. 

These are two great videos to assist you and your family: The first video explains step by step how to complete the enrollment form. The second video provides a brief overview of what school will look like when in-person and virtual classes resume.

I know that this is a major decision for all families as we weigh the social, academic, and health factors involved. A suggestion from Dr. Brabrand offered at a recent town hall meeting is to have your child wear a mask for a full day. Knowing that all children will be required to wear masks for the entire school day in the hybrid model, this test may help you make a choice that is best for your child. Please know that your child will have a positive year no matter what choice you make, and that our teachers are excited to resume the great work of our school community!

For those who are still undecided about their choice this year, I am happy to speak with you and have scheduled some virtual "drop in" office times tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday morning. To sign up for a time slot, please use this link. 

Best wishes for a great week,

Dr. Z. 

Enrollment Flier 2020-21 School Year Updates

The following recent details may be helpful to your family as your plan for this coming year:

Bell Schedule

The superintendent's current proposal for Freedom Hill's hybrid bell schedule is 10:05-4:50. This will be discussed at today's School Board meeting.

Hybrid Attendance Days

Students enrolled in the hybrid option will attend school 2x per week.There will be a division-wide alpha split by last name to determine days of attendance. At present, the split is A-K (T/Th); L-Z (W/F). Families with different last names will follow the schedule of the eldest child in the household.

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships: The county is communicating with SACC and other community agencies about childcare. Information about SACC services will be forthcoming.

Professional development for regulated childcare providers and community-based organizations to support virtual and asynchronous instruction will take place before the start of school.

Facilities

Protocols and guidelines continue to be developed, including health screening questionnaires for students, staff, and visitors. A parent/guardian screening commitment form will be distributed (one time) prior to face-to-face instruction.
Additional information regarding student masks will be provided. All students above the age of 2 are required to wear a mask as of the latest communication with county officials. Please keep this in mind when making your decision.

Plexiglass is already being placed in common areas like the front office. Additional plexiglass will be placed in classrooms and other learning environments as available and needed.

Specials are being discussed as to whether they will support a push-in model, take place in classrooms, or be virtual. Transitions between classrooms are allowed, and will occur, if needed. Safety precautions and directives will be in place to support these transitions.

Technology

All students who require a laptop for virtual learning will be provided with a device. 

Yearbook Pickup Wednesday

Yearbook Pickup

Thank you to those who were able to come by Freedom Hill to pick up their yearbooks!  We will be offering an additional option this week.  These are for pre-purchased orders as well as new purchases. Yearbooks are $15 and payment may be made with exact cash or check.

Wednesday, July 15th 3:00 – 4:00PM

Karl Frisch Town Hall

Join our Providence District School Board representative, Karl Frisch, for a virtual town hall tomorrow evening. He will be joined by At-Large member Rachna Sizemore Heizer. Registration is at this link, or you can join via Karl's Facebook page.

From The PTA Incoming KG Parent Meet & Greets

Spread the word to your neighbors! We are having incoming Kindergarten Parent Meet & Greets online. We are going to have these virtual meet-ups over the summer so parents can ask questions and get to know one another. No formal agenda, just drop in and say hello and meet some friends. Here are the times below. Click on the links to join the zoom meeting or call in.  Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 950 2677 9230 Saturday, Aug. 8th, 10am or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 922 4545 9943

 

Want to Stay in Touch with the PTA?

Here are three key ways to stay up to date with us.

1) Subscribe to our PTA Newsletter here

2) Stay up to date in our newly formed Freedom Hill ES Community group 

- open to all FHES teachers, staff and parents!

3) Follow us on Twitter here

 

Questions? Contact our Freedom Hill PTA President, Sahar Javadi at president@freedomhillpta.org

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FHES Summer Update: 7/8/2020

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July 8 Update

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

Just a brief update for you this morning to remind you that the deadline for submitting your child's preference for full-time virtual or part-time in-person learning this fall has been extended to July 15. Families who have already submitted are able to use the same form/link and change responses as needed.

Our yearbooks from last year have arrived and Ms. Bliss will be distributing them this week. There are more available for purchase! Please see below.

Finally, SEPTA is holding a special education town hall with the superintendent tonight. I will be attending and wanted to share the registration link below with any other families who would like to attend. 

I hope your families are enjoying some relaxation and coping well with the "tropical" climate this week. Please pass along a big hello from me to our FH students and let them know I am excited to see them again this fall. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Z. 

Yearbook Pickup This Week

Yearbook distribution will take place at Freedom Hill on Thursday, July 9th from 11:30AM – 12:30PM and Friday, July 10th from 1:30 – 2:30PM. Please drive into the bus lane to pick-up your yearbook. Yearbooks may also be purchased at this time for $15(cash or check only). 

Yearbooks will be mailed to families who have moved out of the area - please send your new address to Ms. Bliss at lmbliss@fcps.edu

If you are currently on vacation, you are welcome to pick up your yearbook at a later time!

Special Education Town Hall

To register:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8386873894154780683?fbclid=IwAR0KrWr5xTucPZKI_V9Klh9RFBYhKd8oRJfflDbJt-47Q5RRxnKXW_zJ8U0

From The PTA Incoming KG Parent Meet & Greets

Spread the word to your neighbors! We are having incoming Kindergarten Parent Meet & Greets online. We are going to have these virtual meet-ups over the summer so parents can ask questions and get to know one another. No formal agenda, just drop in and say hello and meet some friends. Here are the times below. Click on the links to join the zoom meeting or call in.  Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 950 2677 9230 Saturday, Aug. 8th, 10am or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 922 4545 9943

 

Want to Stay in Touch with the PTA?

Here are three key ways to stay up to date with us.

1) Subscribe to our PTA Newsletter here

2) Stay up to date in our newly formed Freedom Hill ES Community group 

- open to all FHES teachers, staff and parents!

3) Follow us on Twitter here

 

Questions? Contact our Freedom Hill PTA President, Sahar Javadi at president@freedomhillpta.org

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FHES Summer Update: 6/30

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End of June Update

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

I wanted to check in with you to let you know that we are well aware of your many questions and concerns about the fall. While we do not have many answers yet, we promise to stay in touch with you as we learn more. In the meantime, the form to request face-to-face or virtual instruction sent by the county should be returned by July 10. There will be information in that communication that will hopefully help you to make the best decision for your child(ren) and family. Both methods of instruction will look different next year - virtual instruction will be more comprehensive, and school-based instruction will feature a 2x per week schedule, social distancing, modified transitions, and other changes to student/staff interactions and material sharing. Curriculum provided between the two approaches will be comparable. In both forms, graded assessments will return. More information will be forthcoming for parents of special education students. 

In the end, our biggest concern is the health of our students and staff. We are committed to creating the best possible environment for our Freedom Hill family - however we begin school this fall. To ensure that families have the most up-to-date information about options for returning to school, our wonderful PTA has organized a Return to Learn Update tomorrow evening at 8PM. Please see below for information and directions for joining. We have also copied the most recent letter from the superintendent with helpful links that clarify some of the information about the two options available. 

As always, if you have any questions please also reach out via email. Mr. Kopacz has some well-deserved time off until the middle of July and I may be taking some time away next week. I will, of course, respond as soon as I am home and planning for the fall begins in earnest. 

I am so appreciative of our many voices of community positivity and support as we strive to overcome another uncertain time. As a staff, we stand ready and committed, as always, to doing the best for our young people. We look forward to sharing more details throughout July and August as plans become finalized. Until then, please be well and be safe!

Sincerely,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal  

From The PTA

FCPS RETURN TO LEARN UPDATE

Here's the latest update from Dr. Brabrand on Return to Learn for 2020-2021. There is a lot to consider. We're going to have an open Q&A discussion Wednesday, July 1st from 8-9pm for those who want to talk through details. Zoom info is here or dial in here: 301-715-8592 with meeting ID: 993 1838 2806. We certainly don't have all the answers but want to give an opportunity for people to talk to each other. Be sure to fill out your enrollment preference by July 10th. 

Superintendent's Letter to Families - June 26

Families,

Earlier this week we shared with you our framework for Return to School and how we will offer families this school year a choice of in-school learning for students with health and social distancing protocols in place or an online, virtual learning option at the family’s request. We will be sending a letter early next week which will provide additional details and ask you to select which program you want for your child or children. Please be assured we are committed to presenting as much information as possible so that our families and staff can make informed decisions. We understand the concerns you have about the choice that needs to be made by July 10. Those concerns are being factored in by us as we work to balance the educational needs of our students with our need to ensure a safe learning environment.    In this process, our first priority remains the health and safety of our students and staff. 

Each family situation is uniquely different.  You may want to discuss the options with your health care provider as part of the decision-making process.  We will continue to work closely with the health department in developing the return to school plan and follow their guidance should there be a need to close a school building(s) because of a future outbreak.  We know you have many questions about the return to school options and we have posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the FCPS website to help answer some of those questions. I encourage you to visit the FAQ page often as we will continue to update it regularly throughout the summer. The FAQs cover a variety of topics including face coverings, health screenings, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, transportation, curriculum, and technology access.

Visit the Return to School web page for more details on the plans.  

These links explain in greater detail the two return to school options:

For our special education families, we will be providing you additional information about the upcoming school year plans in the very near future. 

I also want to let you know that I will be holding another Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. and will be prepared to answer as many of your questions as we can.  We are also pleased to let you know that we will continue our grab and go meal distribution through the summer. More information about locations and times can be found on our Food Resources page.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our students and employees during these challenging times.

Sincerely, 

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Freedom Hill Summer Update 6/15/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to say a special thank you to each and every one of you for your partnership this year. Although things ended in an unexpected way, it was a wonderful school year full of opportunities to grow through hardship and new challenges. 

I hope you will all stay informed and engaged as the discussions about how we will resume school in the fall continue. You will receive opportunities through upcoming FCPS surveys to share your ideas and opinions. The voices of Freedom Hill parents deserve to be heard! The School Board will be deliberating on proposed plans throughout June and hope to have a plan to communicate to staff and families by the end of the month. Currently, there are three approaches being considered, and you can read a little about each one here: FCPS Return to School: Fall 2020. As you can imagine, whatever approach is chosen will set in motion even more strategic planning at the school level to guarantee your children are safe and getting the instruction and challenges they deserve from our school. 

Also by the end of the month, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

Please see below for additional summer learning resources from our staff. I hope to see you soon!

Dr. Z. 

Personal Item Pickup Day 2

When to Arrive at FHES

June 15:

9:00-11:00 - Last name H-L

11:00-1:00 - Last names M-O

1:00-2:30 - Last names P-R

2:30-4:00 - Last names S-Z

9:00-4:00 - Anyone who missed last week

What to Bring

Library books, patrol badges, instruments, classroom books, book donations for the Summer Bookmobile, rented laptops if you will not be returning to FH or Kilmer MS. 

Yearbook Sales

We will be selling yearbooks in the line!

Logistics

When it is your timeslot, please proceed in car through the bus line to the front door.  You can come anytime within the timeslot to collect and drop off your items.  Please place a paper with your child(ren)’s first and last name(s) on your dashboard or passenger side window where it is clearly visible to staff. Staff members will retrieve your items and bring them to your car. Please make sure your car is unlocked. Staff will place items in the back seat to avoid contact.  Staff members will wear masks and gloves for safety. If you will be walking to school, please stand by the marquee sign. 

Thank you for your help to ensure this is a safe process for all. 

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

Missed Kindergarten orientation? You can watch the presentation here or view the slides here

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Keep Reading This Summer!

Summer is starting and parents want to keep their children reading.  Parents might read to their students and/or promote their kids reading independently. We have books recommendation lists for either purpose in the link below!  Continue to read and listen to reading on myOn and Tumblebooks and consider audible’s free audiobooks for kids too: https://stories.audible.com/discovery.

Click on this link to see our book lists by grade level, reading level and/or topics of interests AND community reading programs!  Email Mrs. Rossman if you have questions about summer reading: Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu.   

Read Alouds w/ Mr. Fenton

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

Continuing to read over the summer is an important activity. Along with your home reading, why not take an opportunity to stay connected to school!  Mr. Fenton, our IT specialist, likes to participate in guest reading in the classroom and continued this with distance learning. He would now like to continue connecting and reading over the summer with the students. Listen to exciting books about Llamas destroying the world, stories from Sideways School, Wizards of Once, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and many more!

Sessions will be held twice per week. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11AM) One is for K-3, and another is for 4-6, where he and some special guests will read a variety of books. Your student can listen and join discussion in 1 or both sessions which will include students from both schools he supports: Freedom Hill and Stenwood. The sessions begin June 15 and 16. The first K-3 book is Llama Destroys the World. The 4-6 book will be the beginning of Wizards of Once: Twice Magic.

If your student is interested, please fill out the Google form to be invited into the Blackboard Collaborate session. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Craig Fenton: craig.fenton@fcps.edu.

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Summer Learning Packets

This summer students will have the opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed print and digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

Print materials will be mailed to families who did not opt-out of the weekly distance learning packets. Families will receive two envelopes near the end of June:

One Language Arts Essentials Practice Book

One Mathematics Essentials Practice Book

Digital versions of practice books will be available on FCPS 24/7 Learning.

Summer Art Enrichment Program FCPS Family Survey

FCPS would like to gather feedback from our families about distance learning and return to school. If desired, please complete the survey:

If you need background information about COVID-19, please click here. If you have questions about the family survey, please click here.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey

Amharic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey?lang=am

Arabic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey_lang_Ara

Chinese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey?lang=zh  

Farsi: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey_lang_Fa

Korean: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey?lang=ko

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey?lang=es

Urdu: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey_lang_Ur

Vietnamese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReturnToSchoolFamilySurvey?lang=vi

PTA Information

SPROUT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS  Our Back to School Supply Kits with Sprout have been set up here. The deadline to order is June 30th. These are the supply kits delivered to school in time for the first day in Fall. It's an easy way to get your back-to-school shopping done in minutes and never leave home. The exact, teacher approved supplies for every grade are listed here. To order them through Sprout, you visit www.sproutsupplies.com (our School Code is FHES001). We did ask Sprout what happens if we have distance learning in fall. Their response was anybody can cancel their order until June 30th so keep that in mind. Some families may want the supplies regardless if there is distance learning at home. The flier is here with more details.

 

INCOMING KINDERGARTEN PARENT MEET & GREETS OVER SUMMER We are pivoting a bit and doing virtual meet and greets for incoming KG parents over the summer instead of incoming Kindergarten playdates. The following are the time and dates. Encourage any of your neighbors who have incoming FHES kids to join so they can learn more about Freedom Hill's community. This info will be on the PTA website at freedomhillpta.org.

Sunday, June 28th, 3pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 982 0482 1911

Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 950 2677 9230

Saturday, August 8th, 10am or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 922 4545 9943

 

 DONATE BOOKS AT EOY PICK UP

As you do end of year pick-up, please consider donating gently loved books at that time in the box near the FHES library/bookroom returns. FHES staff was able to give away hundreds of books to students who felt they needed them on Thursday, March 12 from our Bookmobile book collection. Please consider replenishing our Bookmobile collection with books you are looking to donate. Highly engaging books, including fiction or nonfiction; board books, picture books, chapter books and/or Young Adult, are best. Contact Melissa Rossman with Q's. 

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 6/8/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

If you are anything like me, the fact that this is the last week of "school" for the academic year comes as a strange feeling. As you know, it has been a year filled with unanticipated challenges for our school community. I have said it before and I will say it again - this community is strong, resilient, caring, and compassionate. Our school staff continue to advocate passionately for students, our parents support them while balancing a multitude of other commitments at home, and our students show the grit and perseverance that we have talked so much about through the Positivity Project. And though next school year still looms with some uncertainty, I know none of this togetherness will change!

We were reminded this week that, despite the progress our nation and our community have made, action is still needed to ensure that ALL families benefit from everything that our community offers. At the elementary level, we educators and parents have the tremendous responsibility of raising our students to see our community's diversity for what it is - a source of learning, understanding, and growth. As Freedom Hill's principal, I am so proud to lead a school where so many different learners are present and valued. Each year, we educate boys and girls from all over the world who have English language needs, learning disabilities, severe disabilities, advanced academic abilities, live many states away from their parents, have significant medical diagnoses, are food insecure at home, and more. Our staff and community value each student no matter their background. As we move into next school year, I look forward to working with our school-based Equity Team and soliciting community feedback as we continue to discuss how we can be a more equitable and inclusive school so that all families will continue to benefit. 

Though our end-of-year celebrations will be virtual this year, I hope that all can take a few moments to speak to their children on the last day of school. They have accomplished what no students have been asked to do in history. They deserve our admiration and our praise!

It has been an honor to serve the FH community this year. I look forward to seeing you and your students at our EOY celebrations this week and when you pick up your student's personal items at the school (see below). Be well, be safe, and have fun this week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • June 8 - 11 - Distance Learning Continues
  • June 8 - 12 - "Virtual Field Day" Spirit Week
  • June 8 - Item pickup - Last names A-G
  • June 11 - Last Day of School
  • June 11 - Virtual 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • June 15 - Item pickup - Last names H-Z
Student Personal Item Pickup

When to Arrive at FHES

June 8:

9:00-11:00 - Last name A

11:00-1:00 - Last names B-D

1:00-3:00 - Last names E-G

June 15:

9:00-11:00 - Last name H-L

11:00-1:00 - Last names M-O

1:00-2:30 - Last names P-R

2:30-4:00 - Last names S-Z

What to Bring

Library books, patrol badges, instruments, classroom books, book donations for the Summer Bookmobile, rented laptops if you will not be returning to FH or Kilmer MS. 

Logistics

When it is your timeslot, please proceed in car through the bus line to the front door.  You can come anytime within the timeslot to collect and drop off your items.  Please place a paper with your child(ren)’s first and last name(s) on your dashboard or passenger side window where it is clearly visible to staff. Staff members will retrieve your items and bring them to your car. Please make sure your car is unlocked. Staff will place items in the back seat to avoid contact.  Staff members will wear masks and gloves for safety. If you will be walking to school, please stand by the marquee sign. 

Thank you for your help to ensure this is a safe process for all. 

Virtual Field Day

One of the most beloved traditions at Freedom Hill is our annual Field Day at the end of the year. Mr. Dowling and Mrs. Trzcinski have been working on creating a virtual field day that you can create at home throughout the week. Every day (or the night before) two new activities will be posted!

The theme this year is Olympics. Every day there will be a challenge and an activity for you and your family to complete. Each day will also be a spirit day where you can post your pictures on Twitter or email them to one of us! Remember to use #FHHighlights when using Twitter! You can also tag @coachtrz. We look forward to seeing some fun happening at home!

FHES Bookmobile Book Drive

Our 2019-2020 school year is coming to a close and with that parents are picking up their children’s materials from school.  Please consider donating gently loved books at that time in the box near the FHES library/bookroom returns. 

FHES staff was able to give away hundreds of books to students who felt they needed them on Thursday, March 12 from our Bookmobile book collection.  Please consider replenishing our Bookmobile collection with books you are looking to donate so that we may begin giving away books again as soon as we are allowed to.  Highly engaging books, including fiction or nonfiction; board books, picture books, chapter books and/or Young Adult, are best.  Please contact Freedom Hill’s reading specialist, Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with any questions.

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

Missed Kindergarten orientation? You can watch the presentation here or view the slides here

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Summer Learning

This summer students will have the opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed print and digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

Print materials will be mailed to families who did not opt-out of the weekly distance learning packets. Families will receive two envelopes near the end of June:

One Language Arts Essentials Practice Book

One Mathematics Essentials Practice Book

Digital versions of practice books will be available on FCPS 24/7 Learning.

Departing / New Staff

As with every year, we will be saying bittersweet goodbyes to some of our teachers and staff members. Though they will be dearly missed at Freedom Hill, they have some wonderful adventures ahead of them. From moves out of state, opportunities closer to home, promotions within K-12, jobs in higher education, and retirements, we are excited for the spirit of FH to spread and flourish. Since we are not able to celebrate them in person this year, we have created a Google Site that allowed them to write a goodbye message. You are also able to leave a message on this site or to contact them individually. We will miss them!

Our hiring for next year is mostly complete. Our philosophy for teacher recruitment is to always begin hiring early and to attract the finest teachers, and we're very pleased to welcome these new staff members. We are also using the Google Site as a place for our new staff to introduce themselves and their experiences. We will continue to update this site with new staff members as they complete their HR requirements and become official. Since we are still months from next school year, many of their final positions for next year are still pending. Thanks for joining us in giving them a big Freedom Hill welcome!

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING RECAP

We had a great virtual PTA meeting last week. Here is the presentation. We did successfully pass our officer board for 2020-2021 so congratulations to our new board. We also gave a huge thanks to our PTA Chairs, our Room Parents, our previous PTA Board and our departing teachers! We also awarded  the Harriet Best award to Diana Hernandez for her amazing contributions over the years. Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

SPROUT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS  Our Back to School Supply Kits with Sprout have been set up here. The deadline to order is June 30th. These are the supply kits delivered to school in time for the first day in Fall. It's an easy way to get your back-to-school shopping done in minutes and never leave home. The exact, teacher approved supplies for every grade are listed here. To order them through Sprout, you visit www.sproutsupplies.com (our School Code is FHES001). We did ask Sprout what happens if we have distance learning in fall. Their response was anybody can cancel their order until June 30th so keep that in mind. Some families may want the supplies regardless if there is distance learning at home. The flier is here with more details.

 

INCOMING KINDERGARTEN PARENT MEET & GREETS OVER SUMMER We are pivoting a bit and doing virtual meet and greets for incoming KG parents over the summer instead of incoming Kindergarten playdates. The following are the time and dates. Encourage any of your neighbors who have incoming FHES kids to join so they can learn more about Freedom Hill's community. This info will be on the PTA website at freedomhillpta.org.

Sunday, June 28th, 3pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 982 0482 1911

Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 950 2677 9230

Saturday, August 8th, 10am or call 877 853 5257 with Meeting ID: 922 4545 9943

 

 DONATE BOOKS AT EOY PICK UP

As you do end of year pick-up, please consider donating gently loved books at that time in the box near the FHES library/bookroom returns. FHES staff was able to give away hundreds of books to students who felt they needed them on Thursday, March 12 from our Bookmobile book collection. Please consider replenishing our Bookmobile collection with books you are looking to donate. Highly engaging books, including fiction or nonfiction; board books, picture books, chapter books and/or Young Adult, are best. Contact Melissa Rossman with Q's. 

 

END OF YEAR NOTES If you haven't heard from your room parent on an End of Year gift for teachers and want to help with that, be sure to reach out to them. Also be sure to take note of this info published in Dr. Z's newsletter which has specific info for next year and next week's school pick up times.

 

VIRTUAL FIELD DAY

Get ready for an exciting event with Mr. Dowling and Mrs. Trzcinski! We will be hosting the first ever Virtual Field Day! Information can be found on the PE Google Site under the Virtual Field Day tab (be sure to login as a student in Google). Each day two new activities will be posted for you to compete to work as a team with your family. Also get ready for some fun spirit days! Our theme this year is Summer Olympics. Thank you and we look forward to the pictures and memories you share!

Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FHES Community Message

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Community Message

Dear Marshall Pyramid Parents and Community,

We reach out to you today as a united group of educators to acknowledge the events that have transpired portraying the anger and hurt that exists in our country.  Racism and hate have no place in the Marshall Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future. To our Black and African American families and community members, we echo the words of our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand as he shared with FCPS staff, “we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you.”

At each of our schools, we have made a commitment to bring awareness to social and emotional issues within our buildings through an equity lens.  Every school in the Marshall pyramid has an equity lead who partners with the Principal to ensure staff have the tools to recognize and take action on inequities within our buildings. We have participated in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices and are committed to furthering our learning in order to address the topics of racism and equity with our students and with each other.

During this time, we will not sit silently. We have all worked together to create places and spaces where all are welcome and seen. In our classrooms and within our school communities, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences while working to change the conditions that allow injustice. Please know that your schools are here for you and stand with our Black and African American community. It is the diversity of our community members who make the Marshall pyramid a wonderfully unique place to live, work, learn and grow.  We recognize that everyone may be impacted by these recent events differently and we welcome you to reach out to your school’s Principal, school counselor, or clinical staff with any questions or concerns. 

For additional resources, please consider the following:

As a community, we are here and we stand together.  

Sincerely,

Your Marshall Pyramid Principals:

Nicholas Zapadka - Freedom Hill ES

Ashley Castillo - Lemon Road ES

Joshua DeSmyter - Shrevewood ES

Erica Riley - Stenwood ES

Mary Tam - Westbriar ES

Hallie Demetriades - Westgate ES

Amy Miller - Kilmer MS

Jane Quenneville - Kilmer Center

Jeff Litz - Marshall HS

Chad Clayton - Davis Center

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 6/1/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are enjoying this weekend of beautiful weather as the Northern Virginia area slowly begins to open. With two weeks of school remaining, we have some fun events to share with you:

This week - we honor our 6th graders with a virtual spirit week. Please see below for more details!

Next week - Our PE department has put together a week of "virtual field day" activities. Look for more info next week!

Grade level celebrations - you will be hearing from your teacher about how their grade/class will celebrate the end to a successful year. 

Below are reminders about pickup times for your student(s) personal items. When you arrive, please bring with you library books, patrol badges, classroom books, and book donations for our summer Bookmobile. 

June 8:

9:00-11:00 - Last name A

11:00-1:00 - Last names B-D

1:00-3:00 - Last names E-G

June 15:

9:00-11:00 - Last name H-L

11:00-1:00 - Last names M-O

1:00-2:30 - Last names P-R

2:30-4:00 - Last names S-Z

Logistics

When it is your timeslot, please proceed in car through the bus line to the front door.  You can come anytime within the timeslot to collect and drop off your items.  Please place a paper with your child(ren)’s first and last name(s) on your dashboard or passenger side window where it is clearly visible to staff. Staff members will retrieve your items and bring them to your car. Please make sure your car is unlocked. Staff will place items in the back seat to avoid contact.  Staff members will wear masks and gloves for safety. If you will be walking to school, please stand by the marquee sign. 

Thank you for your help to ensure this is a safe process for all. 

Have a great week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • June 1 - 4 - Distance Learning Continues
  • June 1 - 5 - Virtual Spirit Week to Honor 6th Graders
  • June 2 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8pm
  • June 8 - Item pickup - Last names A-G
  • June 8 - 12 - "Virtual Field Day" Spirit Week
  • June 12 - Last Day of School
  • June 15 - Item pickup - Last names H-Z
Virtual Spirit Week FHES Bookmobile Book Drive

Our 2019-2020 school year is coming to a close and with that parents are picking up their children’s materials from school.  Please consider donating gently loved books at that time in the box near the FHES library/bookroom returns. 

FHES staff was able to give away hundreds of books to students who felt they needed them on Thursday, March 12 from our Bookmobile book collection.  Please consider replenishing our Bookmobile collection with books you are looking to donate so that we may begin giving away books again as soon as we are allowed to.  Highly engaging books, including fiction or nonfiction; board books, picture books, chapter books and/or Young Adult, are best.  Please contact Freedom Hill’s reading specialist, Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with any questions.

Music Selection for Rising 5th/6th

Parents of rising 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to choose a music class for next school year. The Music Department has created some helpful information and a great video below. We ask that each current 4th and 5th grade student use the Google Form below to indicate their desire to participate in band, strings, or neither. 

FHES Rising 5th-6th Google Slides Presentation (required student login)

FHES Rising 5th-6th YouTube Presentation

FHES 5th-6th Strings/Band Google Form (for ALL students to complete)

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

Missed Kindergarten orientation? You can watch the presentation here or view the slides here

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Departing / New Staff

As with every year, we will be saying bittersweet goodbyes to some of our teachers and staff members. Though they will be dearly missed at Freedom Hill, they have some wonderful adventures ahead of them. From moves out of state, opportunities closer to home, promotions within K-12, jobs in higher education, and retirements, we are excited for the spirit of FH to spread and flourish. Since we are not able to celebrate them in person this year, we have created a Google Site that allowed them to write a goodbye message. You are also able to leave a message on this site or to contact them individually. We will miss them!

Our hiring for next year is mostly complete. Our philosophy for teacher recruitment is to always begin hiring early and to attract the finest teachers, and we're very pleased to welcome these new staff members. We are also using the Google Site as a place for our new staff to introduce themselves and their experiences. We will continue to update this site with new staff members as they complete their HR requirements and become official. Since we are still months from next school year, many of their final positions for next year are still pending. Thanks for joining us in giving them a big Freedom Hill welcome!

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Parent Clinic

Looking for information/help/support on parenting during distance learning? Any FCPS parent may request a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being.

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/fcps-mental-wellness-consultations-are-available

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 8pm

Join us for the next Virtual PTA meeting on June 2nd at 8pm. We will be celebrating the staff who will be leaving us, announce the Harriet Best award winner and finalize our slate of PTA board officers for 2020-2021. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 933 2752 9720. If you'd like to be a chair for next year, let us know by emailing us!  

 

SCHOOL-WIDE SPIRIT WEEK TO CELEBRATE THE 6th GRADE We are looking to you to help us celebrate our 6th graders this week. We've set up a virtual spirit week where you can post and share the love for our departing 6th graders. Info here. Post at Freedom Hill ES Community or post on Twitter.

Monday - Math 6 Day - How many ways can you use 6 in equations? Take a photo and share your math!

Tuesday - Find 6 Day - Find 6 of something in your house or outside and post it. Bonus if you post 6 pictures!

Wednesday - Creative 6 Day - Create something visually to celebrate 6th graders (art, legos, etc.) and post.

Thursday - Message 6 Day - Create a graduation message to the 6th graders and post it.

Friday - Spirit 6 Day - Wear red, white or FHES gear and share your own 6's (use 6 fingers, 6 toes, get creative)!

 

GROCERY DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED BY JUNE 1st

Some have asked how you can help with families who need help with groceries. You can donate as many Trader Joe's or Giant gift cards as you want in increments of $20-25 to a family in need by mailing the gift card to Freedom Hill, c/o Mary Gutenson, 1945 Lord Fairfax Dr., Vienna, VA 22182. The other option is to order a $35 grocery pack with Caboose Brewery. There is an option to purchase directly through them, indicating Freedom Hill as the recipient on Caboose. If you do this online, once you pick a Day/Time for the order (doesn't matter when), go to to "Community Donations", go to "Grocery Donations" and click the option that says “Food Insecure Families - coordinated w/ FCPS and Vienna VA Foodies". Once Caboose receives the order & fulfills the order for the group of families, they will get in touch with school. We will be running this drive until June 1st!

 

SPROUT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS Our Back to School Supply Kits with Sprout have been set up here. These are the supply kits delivered to school in time for the first day in Fall. It's an easy way to get your back-to-school shopping done in minutes and never leave home. The exact, teacher approved supplies for every grade are listed here. To order them through Sprout, you visit www.sproutsupplies.com (our School Code is FHES001). We did ask Sprout what happens if we have distance learning in fall. Their response was anybody can cancel their order until June 30th so keep that in mind. Some families may want the supplies regardless if there is distance learning at home. The flier is here with more details.

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/25/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

As we enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, we want to take a moment to honor those who have lost their lives in their dedication to our country. FCPS will observe Monday as a holiday. We will be back with synchronous sessions on Tuesday. 

This week, teachers will be entering classrooms and bagging student personal items. Dates for family personal items left in the classroom and medication pickup have been finalized - we will be utilizing the following schedule and will offer additional times over the summer for families who can't make it during these times:

June 8:

9:00-11:00 - Last name A

11:00-1:00 - Last names B-D

1:00-3:00 - Last names E-G

June 15:

9:00-11:00 - Last name H-L

11:00-1:00 - Last names M-O

1:00-2:30 - Last names P-R

2:30-4:00 - Last names S-Z

Logistics

When it is your timeslot, please proceed in car through the bus line to the front door.  You can come anytime within the timeslot to collect and drop off your items.  Please place a paper with your child(ren)’s first and last name(s) on your dashboard or passenger side window where it is clearly visible to staff. Staff members will retrieve your items and bring them to your car. Please make sure your car is unlocked. Staff will place items in the back seat to avoid contact.  Staff members will wear masks and gloves for safety. If you will be walking to school, please stand by the marquee sign. 

Returning Items

If you have items to return, there will be labeled bins that will be located on the driver’s side near the front door. You may exit your car and place your items to return (library books, classroom books, patrol badges, etc.) in the bins. If you have items belonging to a specific teacher, please make sure the item is labeled with the teacher’s name.

Thank you for your help to ensure this is a safe process for all. 

Have a great week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 25 - Memorial Day Holiday 
  • May 26 - 28 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 29 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously)  
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents (will be recorded)
  • June 2 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8pm
  • June 8 - Item pickup - Last names A-G
  • June 15 - Item pickup - Last names H-Z
Music Selection for Rising 5th/6th

Parents of rising 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to choose a music class for next school year. The Music Department has created some helpful information and a great video below. We ask that each current 4th and 5th grade student use the Google Form below to indicate their desire to participate in band, strings, or neither. 

FHES Rising 5th-6th Google Slides Presentation (required student login)

FHES Rising 5th-6th YouTube Presentation

FHES 5th-6th Strings/Band Google Form (for ALL students to complete)

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

This year, our Kindergarten parent orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time, parents will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Departing / New Staff

As with every year, we will be saying bittersweet goodbyes to some of our teachers and staff members. Though they will be dearly missed at Freedom Hill, they have some wonderful adventures ahead of them. From moves out of state, opportunities closer to home, promotions within K-12, jobs in higher education, and retirements, we are excited for the spirit of FH to spread and flourish. Since we are not able to celebrate them in person this year, we have created a Google Site that allowed them to write a goodbye message. You are also able to leave a message on this site or to contact them individually. We will miss them!

Our hiring for next year is mostly complete. Our philosophy for teacher recruitment is to always begin hiring early and to attract the finest teachers, and we're very pleased to welcome these new staff members. We are also using the Google Site as a place for our new staff to introduce themselves and their experiences. We will continue to update this site with new staff members as they complete their HR requirements and become official. Since we are still months from next school year, many of their final positions for next year are still pending. Thanks for joining us in giving them a big Freedom Hill welcome!

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Parent Clinic

Looking for information/help/support on parenting during distance learning? Any FCPS parent may request a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being.

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/fcps-mental-wellness-consultations-are-available

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 8pm

Join us for the next Virtual PTA meeting on June 2nd at 8pm. We will be celebrating the staff who will be leaving us, announce the Harriet Best award winner and finalize our slate of PTA board officers for 2020-2021. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 933 2752 9720. If you'd like to be a chair for next year, let us know by emailing us!  

 

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION 5/29

Please tell your friends and neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on this Friday, May 29th at 11am. Info is above in this newsletter!

 

GROCERY DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED BY JUNE 1st

Some have asked how you can help with families who need help with groceries. You can donate as many Trader Joe's or Giant gift cards as you want in increments of $20-25 to a family in need by mailing the gift card to Freedom Hill, c/o Mary Gutenson, 1945 Lord Fairfax Dr., Vienna, VA 22182. The other option is to order a $35 grocery pack with Caboose Brewery. There is an option to purchase directly through them, indicating Freedom Hill as the recipient on Caboose. If you do this online, once you pick a Day/Time for the order (doesn't matter when), go to to "Community Donations", go to "Grocery Donations" and click the option that says “Food Insecure Families - coordinated w/ FCPS and Vienna VA Foodies". Once Caboose receives the order & fulfills the order for the group of families, they will get in touch with school. We will be running this drive until June 1st!

 

SPROUT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS Our Back to School Supply Kits with Sprout have been set up here. These are the supply kits delivered to school in time for the first day in Fall. It's an easy way to get your back-to-school shopping done in minutes and never leave home. The exact, teacher approved supplies for every grade are listed here. To order them through Sprout, you visit www.sproutsupplies.com (our School Code is FHES001). We did ask Sprout what happens if we have distance learning in fall. Their response was anybody can cancel their order until June 30th so keep that in mind. Some families may want the supplies regardless if there is distance learning at home. The flier is here with more details.

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/18/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope this finds your family well, and with another week of distance learning completed. We have been so impressed with the ways in which our students are engaging in content through technology during this time, and how our community has learned and adapted through this shift. In addition, many of us were excited to enjoy a beautiful day on Wednesday with "Bike/Walk Around Day". Despite the remix on the traditional "Bike/Walk to School Day", it was nice to see so many smiling and involved. Thank you to Sam Lee and our PTA for getting us out of the house!

As we enter the last month of school, we will begin the process of closing out the school year and the physical building. Parts of this process include virtual class celebrations, teacher pack up, and the dissemination of student belongings that were left at FHES. FCPS has provided very clear guidelines as to what this will look like in the coming weeks. Our teachers will begin gathering student items and packing up their classrooms starting next week.  Live sessions will continue during this time. 

We are currently finalizing our June dates for families to pick up student items and medications, and will communicate this next week. Don't worry if you will be out of town - we will have more dates later or can transfer your child's bagged belongings to their classroom next year. 

Have a great week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 18 - 21 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 22 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously)  
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents (will be recorded)
  • June 2 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8pm
Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

This year, our Kindergarten parent orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time, parents will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Class Placements

If your child is definitely (or possibly!) returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in 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 this form online (one per child) by Friday, May 22nd for it to be taken into consideration. This could include your child's strengths, growth areas, and what type of teacher best suits their learning style. Thank you.

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Individual Lifetouch Photos

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families wishing to order their individual photos from Lifetouch this year will need to call the customer service number at 1-800-736-4753 to obtain their individual access code. This code will allow for orders to be placed online at mylifetouch.com. Apologies for the inconvience this causes. 

Public Library Offering Reading Help

The Fairfax County Public Library is offering Reading Help / Ayuda de Lectura virtually to K-6 students, Mondays - Thursdays, at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/6685277

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 8pm

Thanks who joined us for our Coffee/Brown Bag with Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz. The recording is here and password: 9T+f+B0=. Join us for the next Virtual PTA meeting on June 2nd at 8pm. We will be celebrating the staff who will be leaving us and finalizing our slate of PTA board officers for 2020-2021. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 933 2752 9720. If you'd like to be a chair for next year, let us know by emailing us!

 

BIKE/WALK ABOUT DAY ON MAY 13

Thanks to everyone for a great Bike/Walk About Day last week! Check out Twitter and Facebook for the photos captured! Big props to Sam Lee and Ms. Trzcinski for pulling this together!

 

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION 5/29

Please tell your friends and neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, May 29th at 11am. Info is above in this newsletter!

 

GROCERY DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED BY JUNE 1st

Some have asked how you can help with families who need help with groceries. You can donate as many Trader Joe's or Giant gift cards as you want in increments of $20-25 to a family in need by mailing the gift card to Freedom Hill, c/o Mary Gutenson, 1945 Lord Fairfax Dr., Vienna, VA 22182. The other option is to order a $35 grocery pack with Caboose Brewery. There is an option to purchase directly through them, indicating Freedom Hill as the recipient on Caboose. If you do this online, once you pick a Day/Time for the order (doesn't matter when), go to to "Community Donations", go to "Grocery Donations" and click the option that says “Food Insecure Families - coordinated w/ FCPS and Vienna VA Foodies". Once Caboose receives the order & fulfills the order for the group of families, they will get in touch with school. We will be running this drive until June 1st!

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/11/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

From all of our staff, we would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all of our moms! Mother's Day this year takes on special significance due to everything our mothers have done to ensure family safety, happiness, and learning this year. Thank you for everything you do and have done!

And speaking of thank yous - our teachers are so appreciative of the community's outpouring of support and thanks during last week's Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their teacher in some way to thank them for their role in our students' lives. I loved seeing so many notes of appreciation and being able to hear stories of how our teachers have continued to engage and inspire students during distance learning. 

Many have asked in the last few weeks, "Why is every Friday a teacher workday?" The Friday workday was instituted as part of the FCPS Distance Learning Plan for the rest of this academic year. Teachers are engaged from Monday-Thursday planning instruction with their teams, delivering synchronous instruction and office hours, creating asynchronous resources, and, of course, taking care of their own families as best they can. We are utilizing the weekly Friday workday to hold our staff meetings, professional development meetings, student support meetings, and using the time to continue to shift into a distance learning framework. This week and next week we will be using the Friday workdays to develop data-driven processes for next year's class placement (see below for parent input form), to finalize a plan for building cleanout and student item pickup, and to plan end-of-year events (among other to-dos). 

Wishing you a great week and a happy Mother's Day!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 11 - 14 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 11 - Virtual Lunch with School Administration
  • May 15 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously)  
  • May 13 - Bike/Walk Around Day
  • May 15 - Claim Readathon Prizes
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 
Specialist "Live" Hours

In addition to attending morning meetings, our Specials teachers are going live with office hours beginning this week! We encourage interested students to attend for a Specials lesson or just to speak with their teachers. The link to their optional virtual classrooms can be located in a Google slide show on each of the classroom pages (Google or Blackboard, depending on grade level).  Please find their schedule here:

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

This year, our orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time you will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Class Placements

If your child is definitely (or possibly!) returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.

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 this form online (one per child) by Monday, May 18th for it to be taken into consideration. Thank you.

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Public Library Offering Reading Help

The Fairfax County Public Library is offering Reading Help / Ayuda de Lectura virtually to K-6 students, Mondays - Thursdays, at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/6685277

PTA Information

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

What a great outpouring of support from the community for Teacher Appreciation Week! We hope all our teachers, staff and administrators felt lots of appreciation. Every role is important and contributes to making this community so special. If you missed it, check out our Facebook group, Twitter or our website for our Twitter feed in the bottom left of the home page. A big thanks to Tina Crawford and family for mailing out FHES stickers for computers, a free pizza coupon and cards to staff and to Kelly Harris for providing the addresses for us!

 

BROWN BAG LUNCH ON MAY 11

Come chat with our Dr. Zapadka and Mr. Kopacz tomorrow (Monday, May 11th) from 12:30-1pm. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 965 6300 6403. Many PTAs are working with their principals on virtual coffees or lunches and we wanted to try this out during the day.
 

 

BIKE/WALK ABOUT DAY ON MAY 13

This year, FHES is again participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 13th. Our school will join over 2000+ schools across the US to help raise awareness on road safety and promote exercise. This year will of course be a little different, but there are two ways we invite you and your family to participate:

1- Get outside- ride your bike or take a walk!

2- Write a message of encouragement or thanks to members of your community on the sidewalk with chalk or in your window.

Take photos of the above and post them to the FHES Facebook group or tweet them tagging the @FreedomHillES account and using hashtags #BiketoSchool, #VisionZero, or #FHHighlights. Props to Sam Lee and Ms.Trzcinski for pulling this together!

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize contact-less porch pick-up by May 15th. Please include your student(s) full names. 

 

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION 5/29

Please tell your friends and neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, May 29th at 11am. Info is above in this newsletter!

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/4/2020

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear Freedom Hill families,

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Before we discuss our teachers, we want to thank all of our parents, caretakers, and community members that have provided for our students' academic and wellness needs during these last months and helped to ensure their safety. So many have made lifestyle adjustments and have earned an "Honorary Teacher" badge. This week, we appreciate you, as well!

From our PTA:

What an extraordinary time to be a teacher. Quite a transition from in person to online learning and that's no easy feat. Let's celebrate our classroom teachers, specialists, administration and FHES staff! While we would have loved to celebrate them in person, our Teacher Appreciation team (thank you Tina Crawford) has sent every staff member an envelope with some tokens off our appreciation in the mail! And look out on Friday on social media for a little surprise!  We want our students and parents to help out virtually:

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • This week: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4 - 7 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 8 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously) 
  • May 11 - Virtual Lunch with School Administration 
  • May 13 - Bike/Walk Around Day
  • May 15 - Claim Readathon Prizes
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 
Specialist "Live" Hours

In addition to attending morning meetings, our Specials teachers are going live with office hours beginning this week! We encourage interested students to attend for a Specials lesson or just to speak with their teachers. The link to their optional virtual classrooms can be located in a Google slide show on each of the classroom pages (Google or Blackboard, depending on grade level).  Please find their schedule here:

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

This year, our orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time you will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Quarter 3 Grades

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter 3rd quarter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8.

Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 a.m.

Progress reports for printing will begin generating after 6:00 p.m. on May 12. We anticipate the printed report cards will be provided to the postal service by May 23. Actual delivery to homes will be dependent on the postal service. 

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution has been accomplished for students in grades 3-6. If you missed out on our distribution day, please email our technology specialist, Craig Fenton, to schedule a time to pick up a device. He will be holding "office hours" each Wednesday. 

At this time, the Fairfax County School Board has not included grades K-2 in the laptop distribution plan. We will update the community if this changes. 

Individual Photos from Lifetouch

From our Lifetouch representative:

Due to the school closure, parents have two options to order individual pictures. Log in to MyLifeTouch.com, enter the job number HJ229117Q0 or contact our Parent customer service number at 1 800-736 4753 and give the job number of HJ229117Q0. Please email ostanley@lifetouch.com with questions. 

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING RECAP AND AWESOME FOGO DE CHAO FDO

We had a great virtual PTA meeting last week. Thanks to all who attended and our special guests Karl Frisch, the FHES Mental Wellness team and Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz. Here are the meeting minutes and the powerpoint. Special thanks to our nominating committee for putting together our Officer Slate for 2020-2021. Thank you to those of you who participated with the Fogo de Chao Family Dinner Out/Fogo to Go! We are working with them to determine how much we raised for No Kid Hungry and the PTA.

 

BROWN BAG LUNCH ON MAY 11

Come chat with our administrative team on Monday, May 11th from 12:30-1pm. Join here online or call by phone 301-715 -8592 and use ID: 965 6300 6403. Many PTAs are working with their principals on virtual coffees or lunches and we wanted to try this out during the day. Let us know if there is a specific topic you'd want to discuss so Dr. Z and Mr. K. can bring appropriate staff if needed. The power of our FHES community is great! 

 

BIKE/WALK ABOUT DAY ON MAY 13

This year, FHES is again participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 13th. Our school will join over 2000+ schools across the US to help raise awareness on road safety and promote exercise. This year will of course be a little different, but there are two ways we invite you and your family to participate:

1- Get outside- ride your bike or take a walk!

2- Write a message of encouragement or thanks to members of your community on the sidewalk with chalk or in your window.

Take photos of the above and post them to the FHES Facebook group or tweet them tagging the @FreedomHillES account and using hashtags #BiketoSchool, #VisionZero, or #FHHighlights. Props to Sam Lee and Ms.Trzcinski for pulling this together!

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize contact-less porch pick-up by May 15th. Please include your student(s) full names. 

 

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 4/27/2020

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Principal's Message

Hello Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are well! I want to share with you the plan we have for our school to move forward with Distance Learning.  We currently plan to resume synchronous learning on Monday, April 27. We were eager for flexibility, and have empowered our grade level teams to pursue the most effective and developmentally appropriate methods for their students.

What will be different now?

What is the plan for this week?

  • Grade level teams will communicate their new/modified learning plan with guidance on how to access their platform.
  • Teachers are continuing to provide and post asynchronous learning activities as they have all along.
  • Special education staff will be finalizing Temporary Learning Plans. 

By every indication, these revamped directions will yield success.  However, past experiences have taught us to be prepared. Should we experience bandwidth issues, we will immediately shift to asynchronous instruction on Monday, and FH teachers are fully prepared to immediately make that shift. 

Our teachers deserve our utmost gratitude for staying focused on what’s most important- your children and their learning. I am amazed by the way they have stayed the course and shown resilience and persistence through the challenges. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience, support, and willingness to adapt with us.

All the best,

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 27 - 30 - Distance Learning (see below)
  • April 28 - Virtual PTA Mtg., 8PM 
  • April 30 - Fogo to Go Family Dinner Out
  • May 1 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously) 
Quarter 3 Grades

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8.

Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 a.m.

Progress reports for printing will begin generating after 6:00 p.m. on May 12. We anticipate the printed report cards will be provided to the postal service by May 23. Actual delivery to homes will be dependent on the postal service. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Distance Learning Plan

FCPS is embarking on a four-tiered approach to distance learning. All work and assignments are currently optional and will not receive a grade. Our priority is to offer continued learning opportunities to all our students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Part 1: Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for the remainder of the school year, all elementary students will receive an optional weekly learning packet in the U.S. Mail. These packets were created centrally, but teachers may reference them when new learning begins on April 14. Students are encouraged to work on these packets at home next week and beyond as independent practice. Packets can also be found in Blackboard after clicking "Distance Learning Resources"

Part 2: Virtual Teaching

Classroom teachers and specialists will be either teaching live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Google Classroom / Google Meet. Our plan is that core instruction (community building, language arts, and math) will begin first and we will layer in additional learning opportunities as we grow in our capacity. 

Part 3:  Channel 21 Programming

FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Students can watch on their TV through Channel 21 or can use these links to view building level instructional programming. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming.

Part 4: Staff Office Hours

Beginning April 14, all staff will have regular virtual office hours to be available to work with students groups and answer student and parent questions in real-time. Staff will explore various methods of communication and accessibility for office hours and will communicate through email and post their schedule on blackboard.

Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution has been accomplished for students in grades 3-6. If you missed out on our distribution day, please email our technology specialist, Craig Fenton, to schedule a time to pick up a device. He will be holding "office hours" each Wednesday. 

At this time, the Fairfax County School Board has not included grades K-2 in the laptop distribution plan. We will update the community if this changes. 

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING, 4/28 AT 8PM

We'll be having our virtual PTA meeting Tuesday, April 28th at a later time, 8pm. Our School Board Member, Karl Frisch, will join us. Let us know if you have questions for him we can submit ahead of time. Virtual meeting is here

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT TO GO AT FOGO DE CHAO, 4/30 Fogo de Chão in Tysons Corner is a Brazilian Churrasceria partnering with us for a FDO/School Spirit Night. While we won't be dining in of course, it will be a Fogo To-Go night where families order take out, delivery or butcher shop options. Fogo de Chão will donate 10% of sales to our PTA and another 10% to No Kid Hungry. They have a variety of options available on Fogo To-Go & Butcher Shop Menu, starting at $7 for appetizers, $10 for sandwiches and $16 for entrees. Save the date and mention FHES.

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize pick up.  Please include your student(s) full names. 

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION MAY 4-8

We have some great, creative ideas for Teacher Appreciation week that our Teacher Appreciation Chairs have worked on. Look for more details to come from your room parents this week!

Quick Links

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

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