FH Return to School Update

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Return to School Update

Dear Freedom Hill families,

Mr. Kopacz and I would like to welcome you back from spring break and into the fourth quarter! We are excited to continue the progress we have made both in-person and virtually. To this end, we want to address the recent information that you received regarding the potential expansion of 4-day instruction in the following two phases:

  1. FCPS schools will identify students who are experiencing the greatest learning challenges utilizing our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) process. These students will be contacted with an offer of 4-days per week of instruction. 
  2. FCPS schools will assess the extent to which we can offer additional 4-day opportunities to students who are currently in-person students. This will depend on a variety of factors including classroom space, staffing, and will likely vary by grade level. 

This week, we are developing school lunch plans to support the 6-foot lunch guidance. As you may know, students are currently eating lunch in their classrooms. With 3-foot distancing in classrooms, this will no longer be possible. As a result, we are considering changes to our lunch environment. This may mean that your child may not be eating with his or her classmates. Every space within our building is being utilized and reflects the safety and wellness guidelines presented by the county and the CDC.

In addition, some grade levels have staffing challenges. As mentioned by the county, we will seek to invite our most impacted students to return four days per week, space permitting. After we consider these needs, we will determine the extent to which we can offer 4-day in-person instruction to more students. We understand from families that 3-foot distancing in school may present uneasiness, as community transmission in Fairfax County remains high. We are able to accommodate requests for virtual instruction for the remainder of the year. Additionally, we are not able to take requests from virtual families for in-person instruction at this time. 

We want to do our very best to serve our families and students during this final quarter of school. We sincerely understand the importance of providing students in-person instruction whenever possible. We are invested in determining how many students we can accommodate at this time, and we appreciate your patience as we consider the many implications of the new guidance and begin to potentially redesign classrooms one additional time. At this time, we ask that you refrain from contacting your classroom teacher or the front office with requests, as they are working very hard to provide your student(s) with the instruction that they deserve. No action is needed from families at this time. We will be reaching out to families directly as plans are finalized in the coming weeks. 

In continued partnership,

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Mr. Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

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

FHES Spring Break Update

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

We are so pleased that our school has ended third quarter with success. From concurrent magnetism science labs, to all-virtual "poetry slams", we have seen new types of instruction that have been successful and engaging. Thank you to our students, staff, and families for continuing to find the positive in this year. We have a few brief notes for our spring break week:

  • March 29 - April 2 is Spring Break. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.
  • Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.

We hope you take time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. If you make plans to travel, please be safe. 

 

Wishing you a great week, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 28 - Spring PTA Spiritwear Orders Due
  • March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break - No classes
  • April 5 - Teacher Work Day - Holiday for students
  • April 6 - Quarter 4 begins
  • April 7 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
Spring Break Office Hours

The Freedom Hill Front Office will be open during the following times during Spring Break:

  • Tuesday, 3/30 from 10:00-2:00
  • Wednesday, 3/31 from 10:00-2:00
  • Thursday, 4/1 from 10:00-2:00
Health Information Form

Allergy season is here.  If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, parents must provide/update their child’s Health Information Form and send to the main office. 

Several of the COVID-19 symptoms are also seasonal allergy symptoms and identifying your child’s known seasonal allergy symptoms will help us as we evaluate your child’s health to ensure the continued health and wellness of our students and staff. If your child displays any unexplained or unidentified symptoms listed here, your child will be sent to the Care Room and will be sent home. It will be your responsibility to contact your pediatrician to complete a Sick Student Notification form prior to their reentry to school.

Updates from the PTA

Happy Spring Break! Now that you have a moment to relax, it's the perfect time to sit back and order some Freedom Hill gear you've been meaning to get!

 

LAST CALL FOR SPIRITWEAR ITEMS!

Our spiritwear online sale is wrapping up tomorrow! This is your last chance to order spiritwear for the rest of the year. There are many options for Freedom Hill branded items for sale, including tees and shorts to get ready for the warmer spring weather. Place your orders anytime between now and (tomorrow) Sunday March 28th. Click here to place your order or here to see the flyer.    Orders will be shipped approximately 3 weeks from the end of the sale. All  student orders will be available to pick up at Michelle Zahalsky's house, down the street from Freedom Hill. Staff can pick up orders in their school mailboxes. Select USPS shipping at checkout if you would like your order shipped to your home.

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

FHES Weekly Update: 3/21/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

We hope everyone had a great week! It was another busy week "on the Hill". We are so proud of our staff and students for their hard work! This week we welcomed back grades 3-6 in-person students and continued to see our students engaged in learning both in the school building and at home. Our in-person students have shown curiosity, resilience, and patience as we introduce new safety routines and our virtual students also showed patience as their in-person peers made these adjustments in the building. 

This week, we welcomed the FCPS Safety Audit team for an assessment of Freedom Hill's implementation of the five mitigation strategies for a safe school return. We're happy to report that the audit team gave Freedom Hill many kudos for mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, and cleaning. They also shared that they took pictures of some of our "above and beyond" practices to share with other schools in our area. Way to go staff and students! 

Spring break is just around the corner: Monday, 3/29 - Friday, 4/2. This Friday is an early release at 2:15. Monday, 4/5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. There will be no Morning Meeting, enrichments, or assignments for students to complete. FCPS is committed to providing all students access to meals during this break from school. See the food distribution web page for more information. Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture announced this week that no-cost breakfast and lunch meals for all students have been extended through September 30.

Wishing you a great week, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

School Arrival & Dismissal

Hours of Operation

Front Office Hours: 8:45 - 4:45

Student Hours: 9:45 - 4:15

Kiss 'N Ride Open: 9:35 - 9:45

Bus Routes

In preparation for the upcoming return to school groups, parents are asked to review their student’s route assignments using their SIS ParentVue account. As changes are being made to the routes frequently to accommodate new students returning, this information must be checked within one week of your student returning to face-to-face instruction.  

COVID-19 Arrival Protocols

Due to social distancing requirements, the Kiss 'N Ride will open each day at 9:35, and doors will not be open prior to this time. We will not accommodate early arrivals, as this could compromise our safe social distancing practices in our lobby and hallways. All students will be asked to use our hand sanitizer stands as they enter either the bus or Kiss N' Ride doors. Breakfast will be distributed via bags in the cafeteria, which students take to their classroom.

Walkers

Students walking to school should enter the Kiss 'N Ride door near the student drop off area. Families should not walk across/along the bus lane to the main entrance. Thank you!

Car Riders

Families dropping off their children should use the Kiss 'N Ride loop (see photo below). Please do not park on the street and walk across the bus lanes. This creates a dangerous situation and delays our buses. 

Kiss 'N Ride Registration for Grades 1-6

Planning on picking your student(s) up at the end of the school day in the Kiss 'N Ride? Use the link below to register for a Kiss and Ride Number. Kiss and Ride numbers will be sent home with your student(s). Alternatively, you call the front office to receive a number. 

USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR A KISS AND RIDE NUMBER.  

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 24 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • March 26 - Early Release at 2:15, Q3 ends
  • March 28 - Spring PTA Spiritwear Orders Due
  • March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break - No classes
  • April 5 - Teacher Work Day - holiday for students
Advanced Academic Programs Screening for School-Based Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in grades K-8.  Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extensions of the Program of Studies (POS).  Teachers, administrators, and advanced academic resource teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services in each elementary school:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)
  • Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)
  • Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Click here to learn more about Elementary School AAP levels of service. Screening for school-based Level II and III AAP services can happen at any time during the school year, but it is done schoolwide in the spring to determine services for the next school year. Parents or guardians may initiate screening for Level II and Level III services by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form. Click here for the form. Please email completed forms to Tara Fredericks, AART at TLFredericks@fcps.edu if you would like your child to be considered for services for the 2021–2022 school year. Multiple criteria are used to screen students for all levels. Families who submit a referral will be notified in June with their student’s eligibility status for Level II-III services beginning in the fall.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Positivity Project: Wildcard Week

 

 

 

 

This week, teachers are going back and hitting lessons they may have missed or character strengths they feel their students really enjoyed discussing. Over the last six weeks, we have learned about Integrity, Love, Humility, Enthusiasm, Social Intelligence, and Love of Learning. The important thing to remember is that everyone has ALL 24 strengths within them, but some shine through more than others!  How do you SHINE?

“Character, not circumstance makes the person.”

        ~Booker T. Washington

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • When you think of character, what comes to mind?
  • Do you think character is just ONE thing, or multiple things?
  • Why do we need to continue educating ourselves about character?
Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

LAST WEEK RECAP 

Thanks for everyone who joined us at Ledo Pizza and PTA Meeting last week! If you missed the PTA meeting, here's the powerpoint and recording. The access passcode is Access Passcode: Z%*y8Nz.

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION HELP NEEDED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 26

Help the Teacher Appreciation Committee raise funds for Teacher Appreciation! Consider contributing by March 26th - either by visiting http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com or mailing/dropping a check to Freedom Hill PTA (mark Teacher Appreciation). Q's? Contact: Angela or Ina.

 

SPIRITWEAR ON SALE TIL SUNDAY!  

Check our online Spiritwear Stone! Place orders by Sunday, March 28th. Orders will be shipped 3 weeks after the sale ends. Click here  to place your order or see the flyer.  

 

PTA BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE

We need 3 people to serve on the nominating committee to facilitate the PTA Board election process for 2020-2021. It's a fairly low time commitment and a great way to get to help. If interested, contact us for info.

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

Reminder: Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

Join us (at this link) tonight from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to our week. Staff participating on Monday will be, Mr. Fenton, Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Trott. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

 

Noche de cuentos para dormir¡Únase a nosotros (at this link) esta noche 8 de 7:30 a 8:00 pm para nuestra cuarta "lectura de Águilas" mensual! Noche de cuentos para dormir. La Sra. Rossman será nuestra MC por la noche mientras celebramos la unión y un comienzo positivo del semana. El personal que participará el lunes será el Sr. Fenton, la Sra. Wilson, la Sra. Savage y la Sra. Trott. ¡Nunca eres demasiado mayor para escuchar una lectura en voz alta! ¡Asegúrate de acompañarnos en tu pijama más acogedor en nuestra lectura de Eagles! programa mensual de cuentos a la hora de dormir y comenzar nuestra semana juntos como una comunidad de PK-6 Freedom Hill.

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

FHES Weekly Update: 3/14/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Without a doubt, our staff enjoyed having our in-person 1st and 2nd graders return to the building last week! We look forward to seeing some of our 3rd – 6th graders joining us in-person this week. We appreciate your continued support as we adapt to the concurrent learning model. We are hopeful that this is a positive new beginning for all of us as we finish out the school year.

Great news – our playground is now open for our students during recess! We will continue to be vigilant with safety measures during play. Students will use hand sanitizer immediately before and after using equipment. The playground remains closed to the public during school hours. 

As more of our students continue to transition back into the building, please read the "arrival and dismissal" information below so that we continue to facilitate safe practices when coming to school. 

3rd - 6th Grade:

  • March 15 - Asynchronous days for students after AM Meeting
  • March 16 - In-person Tues/Wed students return to building
  • March 18 - In-person Thurs/Fri students return to the building

Wishing you a great week, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

School Arrival & Dismissal

Hours of Operation

Front Office Hours: 8:45 - 4:45

Student Hours: 9:45 - 4:15

Kiss 'N Ride Open: 9:35 - 9:45

Bus Routes

In preparation for the upcoming return to school groups, parents are asked to review their student’s route assignments using their SIS ParentVue account. As changes are being made to the routes frequently to accommodate new students returning, this information must be checked within one week of your student returning to face-to-face instruction.  

COVID-19 Arrival Protocols

Due to social distancing requirements, the Kiss 'N Ride will open each day at 9:35, and doors will not be open prior to this time. We will not accommodate early arrivals, as this could compromise our safe social distancing practices in our lobby and hallways. All students will be asked to use our hand sanitizer stands as they enter either the bus or Kiss N' Ride doors. Breakfast will be distributed via bags in the cafeteria, which students may take to their classroom.

Walkers

Students walking to school should enter the Kiss 'N Ride door near the student drop off area. Families should not walk across/along the bus lane to the main entrance. Thank you!

Car Riders

Families dropping off their children should use the Kiss 'N Ride loop (see photo below). Please do not park on the street and walk across the bus lanes. This creates a dangerous situation and delays our buses. 

Kiss 'N Ride Registration for Grades 1-6

Planning on picking your student(s) up at the end of the school day in the Kiss 'N Ride? Use the link below to register for a Kiss and Ride Number. Kiss and Ride numbers will be sent home with your student(s). Alternatively, you call the front office to receive a number. 

USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR A KISS AND RIDE NUMBER.  

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 15 - 16 - Family Dinner Out, Ledo Pizza
  • March 15 - FLE Preview Night, 6PM, Link
  • March 15 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night, 7:30PM
  • March 16 - Grades 3-6 in-person students begin to return
  • March 16 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • March 17 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • March 28 - Spring PTA Spiritwear Orders Due
Return to School Updates

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A:

Recording

Slides - This contains an updated return-to-school timeline for grades 1-2 and 3-6, and embedded community and family resources

Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories

Join us Monday, March 15th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our fourth monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to our week. Staff participating on Monday will be, Mr. Fenton, Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Trott. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

Noche de cuentos para dormir¡Únase a nosotros el lunes 15 de Marzo de 7:30 a 8:00 pm para nuestra cuarta "lectura de águilas" mensual! Noche de cuentos para dormir. La Sra. Rossman será nuestra MC por la noche mientras celebramos la unión y un comienzo positivo del semana. El personal que participará el lunes será el Sr. Fenton, la Sra. Wilson, la Sra. Savage y la Sra. Trott. ¡Nunca eres demasiado mayor para escuchar una lectura en voz alta! ¡Asegúrate de acompañarnos en tu pijama más acogedor en nuestra lectura de Eagles! programa mensual de cuentos a la hora de dormir y comenzar nuestra semana juntos como una comunidad de PK-6 Freedom Hill.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

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?
FLE Preview Night

We will be holding our Family Life Education (FLE) resource preview on March 15th at 6pm. 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 and Human Growth and Development. Staff will be present to go over the curriculum materials and answer any questions that you may have. You may join at this link. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Kopacz epkopac@fcps.edu or Ian Dowling itdowling@fcps.edu.

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

FAMILY DINNER OUT, LEDO PIZZA MAR. MON-TUE, 15-16 It's here! Go to Ledo's in Falls Church for a Family Dinner Out on Monday and Tuesday, March 15-16 from 5-9pm! Address is 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Ledo will donate a percentage to the FHES PTA for ALL SALES so tell your friends. Thanks to Jennifer King for organizing!

 

PTA MEETING THIS TUE., MAR. 16th at 8PM Join us for our PTA meeting on Tuesday, March 16th at 8pm. This will be a great opportunity to ask any Return to School questions for the administrative team and connect with other parents. Join by clicking the link or call 301 715 8592 to join. Meeting ID is: 912 5816 1423.

 

SPIRITWEAR ON SALE!  Check our online Spiritwear Stone! Place orders by Sunday, March 28th. Orders will be shipped 3 weeks after the sale ends. Click here  to place your order or see the flyer.  

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION HELP NEEDED BY MARCH 26  Help the Teacher Appreciation Committee raise funds for Teacher Appreciation! Consider contributing by March 26th - either by visiting http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com or mailing/dropping a check to Freedom Hill PTA (mark Teacher Appreciation). Q's? Contact: Angela or Ina.

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

Reminder: Last Day for Book Order

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Last Call for Book Orders! Orders due today!

Laura Gehl virtually visited Freedom Hill last week. We had over 300 unique logins for the event! We hope your students enjoyed it.   

Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event. There are 2 different ways to order: 1) Fill out and return this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Thursday, March 11. (Books are slightly less expensive if you pay this way). or 2) To pay online, fill out this this form and pay at Pay4SchoolStuff.  Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19 and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author. You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.  Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions.  

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

FHES Weekly Update: 3/7/2021

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are well! Our excitement has been growing after a successful second week of in-person kindergarten instruction, and with some of our first and second graders returning this week. We also had a very successful author visit with Laura Gehl. If your student enjoyed the book, we encourage you to order a copy through the PTA section below. If our community purchases 25, this covers the cost of the author visit and it becomes no cost to our school community! 

As more of our students continue to transition back into the building, please read the "arrival and dismissal" information below so that we continue to facilitate safe practices when coming to school. We will continue to provide grade-by-grade return to school updates for families in the coming weeks due to transition events:

1st and 2nd grade:

  • March 8 - Student holiday, no instruction 
  • March 9 - Tues./Wed. in-person students return to building
  • March 11 - Thurs./Fri. in-person students return to the building

3rd - 6th Grade:

  • March 8 - Student holiday, no instruction 
  • March 9 - Meet and Greet sessions for students changing teachers
  • March 10 - Students begin with new teachers virtually
  • March 11, 12, 15 - Asynchronous days for students after AM Meeting
  • Week of March 15 - In-person students return to building

Wishing you a great week, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

School Arrival & Dismissal

Hours of Operation

Front Office Hours: 8:45 - 4:45

Student Hours: 9:45 - 4:15

Kiss 'N Ride Open: 9:35 - 9:45

Bus Routes

In preparation for the upcoming return to school groups, parents are asked to review their student’s route assignments using their SIS ParentVue account. As changes are being made to the routes frequently to accommodate new students returning, this information must be checked within one week of your student returning to face-to-face instruction.  

COVID-19 Arrival Protocols

Due to social distancing requirements, the Kiss 'N Ride will open each day at 9:35, and doors will not be open prior to this time. We will not accommodate early arrivals, as this could compromise our safe social distancing practices in our lobby and hallways. All students will be asked to use our hand sanitizer stands as they enter either the bus or Kiss N' Ride doors. Breakfast will be distributed via bags in the cafeteria, which students may take to their classroom.

Walkers

Students walking to school should enter the Kiss 'N Ride door near the student drop off area. Families should not walk across/along the bus lane to the main entrance. Thank you!

Car Riders

Families dropping off their children should use the Kiss 'N Ride loop (see photo below). Please do not park on the street and walk across the bus lanes. This creates a dangerous situation and delays our buses. 

Kiss 'N Ride Registration for Grades 1-6

Planning on picking your student(s) up at the end of the school day in the Kiss 'N Ride? Use the link below to register for a Kiss and Ride Number. Kiss and Ride numbers will be sent home with your student(s). Alternatively, you call the front office to receive a number. 

USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR A KISS AND RIDE NUMBER.  

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 8Staff Development Day; Student Holiday
  • March 9 - Grades 1-2 in-person students begin to return
  • March 12 - Freedom Hill Spirit Day (Wear red!)
  • March 15 - 16 - Family Dinner Out, Ledo Pizza
  • March 15 - FLE Preview Night
  • March 15 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night
  • March 16 - Grades 3-6 in-person students begin to return
  • March 16 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • March 28 - Spring PTA Spiritwear Orders Due
Return to School Updates

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A:

Recording

Slides - This contains an updated return-to-school timeline for grades 1-2 and 3-6, and embedded community and family resources

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

SCA Spirit Day

Hello Freedom Hill! This Friday, March 12th, SCA will be sponsoring a “Virtual-Versary” spirit day, where students and staff will wear Freedom Hill Spirit wear, or just something red to reflect and remember the last we were all together. This day brings up many feelings for us as a community. The SCA students felt this would be a way to show that even when we are apart, our school spirit is still a part of us, and we are united as a Freedom Hill Family.

- Ellena Canape, SCA Sponsor

Positivity Project: Social Intelligence

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Social Intelligence. You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

                                         ~Ernest Hemingway

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does a good listener do?
  • What does being a good listener have to do with Social Intelligence?
  • What can you do to be a better listener?
Feedback Request

This week all parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. The questionnaire will be collected online between March 8 and March 19.

When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

FLE Preview Night

We will be holding our Family Life Education (FLE) resource preview on March 15th at 6pm. 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 and Human Growth and Development. Staff will be present to go over the curriculum materials and answer any questions that you may have. This reminder will also be sent in next week’s newsletter and a link will be provided for attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Kopacz epkopac@fcps.edu or Ian Dowling itdowling@fcps.edu.

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

Laura Gehl virtually visited Freedom Hill yesterday. We had over 300 unique logins for the event! We hope your students enjoyed it.   

Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event. There are 2 different ways to order: 1) Fill out and return this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Thursday, March 11. (Books are slightly less expensive if you pay this way). or 2) To pay online, fill out this this form and pay at Pay4SchoolStuff.  Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19 and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author. You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.  Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions.  

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT, LEDO PIZZA MAR. 15-16  Save the dates for a Family Dinner Out on March 15-16! We'll be back at Ledo Pizza at 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church for some yummy food. Ledo will donate a percentage to the FHES PTA. Thanks to Jennifer King for organizing!

 

NEXT PTA MEETING MAR. 16  Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, March 16 at 8 pm. We will provide more details soon. 

 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

FHES Weekly Update: 2/28/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

As we enter March, we have much to celebrate. Our kindergarten and Head Start in-person and virtual students had a successful first week, and we will be transitioning additional in-person students back into the building in the coming weeks. We have much to be thankful for: our conscientious staff who have taken much care to prepare our in-person and virtual classrooms, our engaged community that is supporting our school during this time of transition, and, of course, our wonderful, energetic students who continue to demonstrate grit and determination this year. 

We will continue to provide grade-by-grade return to school updates for families in the coming weeks due to transition events:

1st and 2nd grade:

  • March 1st - Asynchronous day for students after AM Meeting
  • March 2nd - Meet and Greet sessions for students changing teachers
  • March 3rd - Students begin with new teachers virtually
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release, students end at 2:15
  • March 8th - Student holiday, no instruction 
  • Week of March 8th - In-person students return to building

3rd - 6th Grade:

  • February 26th - teacher placement emails were sent
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release, students end at 2:15
  • March 8th - Student holiday, no instruction 
  • March 9th - Meet and Greet sessions for students changing teachers
  • March 10th - Students begin with new teachers virtually
  • Week of March 15th - In-person students return to building
  • March 1, 11, 12, 15 - Asynchronous days for students after AM Meeting

FCPS is working hard to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Please take a few moment to share this video related to safely returning to school with your entire family. You might wish to share this Social Story created by Sara Delia for Learning at Home or Returning to School with your child depending on your family’s choice earlier in the year.

We hope these resources are helpful. We also hope to see your student(s) tomorrow AM as we kick off Read Across America Week with a guest virtual author visit. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 1 - Read Across America Week Author Visit - Info Below
  • March 1 - Asynchronous Mondays for all students after AM Meeting
  • March 3 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release, students end at 2:15
  • March 8Staff Development Day; Student Holiday
  • March 9 - Grades 1-2 in-person students begin to return
  • March 15 - 16 - Family Dinner Out, Ledo Pizza
  • March 16 - Grades 3-6 in-person students begin to return
  • March 16 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
Return to School Updates

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A:

Recording

Slides - This contains an updated return-to-school timeline for grades 1-2 and 3-6, and embedded community and family resources

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Read Across America Week Author Visit

Laura Gehl is virtually visiting Freedom Hill on Monday, March 1st for a prek-6th grade event.  Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event!  To support FHES, please order and fill out and return this form in person or by mail with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Friday, March 5th. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author. The event will take place immediately following morning meeting on Monday, March 1st and can be accessed by a link provided to parents and teachers (preK-3), direct email invitation (4th-6th).  You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/

Positivity Project: Enthusiasm

 

 

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Enthusiasm. You approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  

  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you tap into enthusiasm for things you don’t like so much?
  • How can you encourage each other in the things that you love and the things you don’t like so much?
  • What type of mindset do you need to have to be able to approach things in life you don’t like with enthusiasm?
Imagine Learning & Literacy

Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive program designed to accelerate reading and language proficiency in grades K-6. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

ST Math

ST Math is visual instructional program designed to help students build deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

Required Health Screening Form

If you chose for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop it off at the front office between 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. This form is required before your child can enter the building. 

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

 

PTA DISTRIBUTES GIFTS TO TEACHERS  The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee distributed gifts for all FHES staff this week to prepare for return-to-school. Special thanks to Angela Waugaman (mom of Emory and Alexis) for coordinating this effort. We hope the FHES team will accept this small token of appreciation and know that we’re all in this together!

 

CELEBRATE READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK MAR. 1

Laura Gehl will virtually visit Freedom Hill on Monday, March 1 for a prek-6th grade event. The event will take place immediately following morning meeting.

Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event!  To order, fill out and mail or return this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Friday, March 5. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19 and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author.  You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.   Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions.  

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT, LEDO PIZZA MAR. 15-16  Save the dates for a Family Dinner Out on March 15-16! We'll be back at Ledo Pizza at 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church for some yummy food. Ledo will donate a percentage to the FHES PTA. Thanks to Jennifer King for organizing!

 

NEXT PTA MEETING MAR. 16  Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, March 16 at 8 pm. We will provide more details soon. 

 

PTA MEETING RECORDING In case you missed the February 10 PTA meeting, you can access a recording of the meeting here.  The PTA meeting was preceded by the Principal's Return to School Presentation and Q&A. You can view the recording here and access the slides here

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

Reminder: SCA Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

Eagles Read with SCA 

Join us at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/37b107af573746b4bc40482bfad1ba8e  TONIGHT! February 22nd from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our first SCA Sponsored "Eagles Read"! Mrs. Canape will be hosting as we enjoy readings by African American authors and about African American historical figures. For every person who attends, SCA will donate $2 to the SEO: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. https://www.seo-usa.org/scholars/ We look forward to seeing you!Bedtime Stories Night.

 

Noche de cuentos para dormir

Únete a nosotros https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/37b107af573746b4bc40482bfad1ba8e ¡ESTA NOCHE! ¡22 de febrero de 7:30 a 8:00 pm para nuestra primera "lectura de águilas" patrocinada por SCA! La Sra. Canape será la anfitriona mientras disfrutamos de lecturas de autores afroamericanos y sobre figuras históricas afroamericanas. Por cada persona que asista, SCA donará $ 2 al SEO: patrocinadores para oportunidades educativas. https://www.seo-usa.org/scholars/ ¡Esperamos verte! Noche de Cuentos para dormir.

 

قصة ليلة النوم

انضم إلينا https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/37b107af573746b4bc40482bfad1ba8e  الليلة! 22 فبراير من الساعة 7:30 - 8:00 مساءً لأول مؤتمر برعاية SCA بعنوان Eagles Read! ستستضيف السيدة كاناب ونحن نستمتع بقراءات مؤلفين أمريكيين من أصل أفريقي وعن شخصيات تاريخية أمريكية من أصل أفريقي. لكل شخص يحضر ، سوف تتبرع SCA بدولارين لكبار المسئولين الاقتصاديين: الرعاة للفرص التعليمية. https://www.seo-usa.org/scholars/ نتطلع إلى رؤيتك ليلة قصص ما قبل النوم.

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FHES Weekly Update: 2/21/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

It is a week of much excitement for us "On the Hill". Our in-person kindergarten and Head Start students will be returning to the building and concurrent instruction will begin. Our staff are excited that our extensive preparations will finally yield students returning to us. Despite our many months of all-virtual education, we're so proud that we can continue to engage with our community, whether virtually or in-person. Two opportunities for your family to join us soon include tomorrow with our SCA Eagles Read! event, and next week when author Laura Gehl visits us to celebrate Read Across America week. More information is below.

Here are a few brief updates for families by grade level:

Kindergarten and Head Start - Teacher and days of in-person instruction were emailed to families in November. Our parent liaison will be following up with in-person families on Monday with reminders on days of attendance. 

1st and 2nd grade - Teacher placement letters and days of instruction for in-person students were emailed Friday. Please call the front office if you did not receive one. 

3rd - 6th Grade - Teacher placement letters and days of instruction for in-person students will be emailed this Friday, 2/26. 

FCPS Food and Nutritional Services will be distributing reusable, metal water bottles to children and families who pick up meals from bus routes on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (while supplies last). The water bottles are intended to provide a refillable container for children to use when they return to in-person instruction. Each water bottle will come with a sticker to label the bottle for easy identification! We encourage all families to stop by and obtain one for their child! Meal kits can be picked up at bus stops found here.

FCPS is working hard to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Please take a few moment to share this video related to safely returning to school with your entire family. You might wish to share this Social Story created by Sara Delia for Learning at Home or Returning to School with your child depending on your family’s choice earlier in the year.

We hope these resources are helpful. See you soon!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • February 22 - SCA Hosts "Eagles Read" for Black History Month
  • February 22 - IAAT Testing, Cafeteria
  • February 23 - Kindergarten & Head Start Return to School (Tuesday/Wednesday Students)
  • February 24 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • February 24 - WIDA ACCESS Testing, Cafeteria
  • February 25 - Kindergarten & Head Start Return to School (Thursday/Friday Students)
  • February 26- Grades 3-6 teacher assignments emailed to families
  • March 1 - Read Across America Week Author Visit
Return to School Updates

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A:

Recording

Slides - This contains an updated return-to-school timeline for grades 1-2 and 3-6, and embedded community and family resources

SCA Black History Month Eagles Read!

Join us Monday, February 22nd from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our first SCA Sponsored Eagles Read event!

In honor of Black History Month, Mrs. Canape will be hosting as we enjoy readings by African American authors and about African American historical figures. For every person who attends, SCA will donate $2 to the SEO: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. https://www.seo-usa.org/scholars/ We look forward to seeing you! A link will be sent on Monday. 

Read Across America Week Author Visit

Laura Gehl is virtually visiting Freedom Hill on Monday, March 1st for a prek-6th grade event.  Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event!  To order, fill out and mail or return the this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Friday, March 5th. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th. The event will take place immediately following morning meeting on Monday, March 1st.  You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.  Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions.  

Positivity Project: Cheering Others' Success

 

 

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching pillars of the Positivity Project. Cheering others’ success is an important test of our character every single day.

“Friends don’t get jealous of each other or begrudge the other for finding success. They celebrate every victory together.”  

                                         ~Karen Kingsbury

 

How to Be Happy for the Success of Others
  1. Be grateful. The root of jealousy is cut off when you focus on the things you DO have, not that you don’t have.
  2. Be inspired instead of discouraged by their success.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is different.
  4. Know that your value does not come from external things.
Imagine Learning & Literacy

Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive program designed to accelerate reading and language proficiency in grades K-6. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

ST Math

ST Math is visual instructional program designed to help students build deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

Required Health Screening Form

If you chose for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop it off at the front office between 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. This form is required before your child can enter the building. 

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

We hope you all enjoyed the Presidents' Day holiday this week! In case you missed the meetings on February 10, recordings are provided below. We hope your students are engaging in meaningful learning experiences during Black History Month. 

 

PTA MEETING RECORDING In case you missed the February 10 PTA meeting, you can access a recording of the meeting here.  The PTA meeting was preceded by the Principal's Return to School Presentation and Q&A. You can view the recording here and access the slides here

 

SESSION 4 OF ENRICHMENT MATTERS  Enrichment Matters registration opens Monday, February 22 at 8 am and closes at midnight on February 24 (classes that include mailed supplies may close on February 23). Classes will run March 1–26 and include everything from art to STEM. Enrichment Matters providers have a bunch of new classes this session that will help your student continue expanding their education from home. For more information, go to Enrichment Matters or see the full schedule here

 

CELEBRATE READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK MAR. 1 Laura Gehl is virtually visiting Freedom Hill on Monday, March 1 for a prek-6th grade event. The event will take place immediately following morning meeting on Monday, March 1. Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event!  To order, fill out and mail or return this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Friday, March 5. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19 and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author.  You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.   Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions  

 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

FHES Weekly Update: 2/14/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

Thank you to those who joined us for last week's return to school presentation and/or PTA meeting. For those unable to make it, we are providing recordings below for both events, as well as the slides that were presented by the administration for return to school. We look forward to partnering with you for a safe return for our in-person students and continued success for our virtual students. We will be sharing additional information this weekend. 

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A

Recording

Slides - This contains an updated return-to-school timeline for grades 1-2, and community and family resources are embedded at the end

 

PTA Meeting 

In this meeting we were jointed by guest presenters Emily Edwards and Melissa Rossman, our math and reading specialists, respectively. They presented on the value of the ST Math and Imagine Learning platforms. We encourage you to tune in for this great information.

Recording

 

On Tuesday, Freedom Hill begins the new bell schedule of 9:45-4:15 as per FCPS changes. Please ensure you have checked your email for your new class schedule(s) from your teacher(s). Thank you!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • February 15 - No School - Presidents' Day
  • February 16 - FCPS Begins New Bell Schedule - 9:45-4:15
  • February 16 - ECCB & ID Return to School
  • February 17 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • February 19- Grades 1-2 teacher assignments emailed to families
  • February 22 - SCA Hosts "Eagles Read" for Black History Month
  • February 23 - Kindergarten & Head Start Return to School
  • February 26- Grades 3-6 teacher assignments emailed to families
  • March 1 - Read Across America Week Author Visit
Return to School Updates

The following return to school dates were unanimously approved by the Fairfax County School Board:

SCA Black History Month Eagles Read!

To celebrate Black History Month, SCA is going to have an Eagles Read on Monday, February 22nd at 7:30PM that focuses on books by black authors or about black historical figures. For every person who attends, SCA will donate $2 to SEO: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. Information is here. Thank you! ~Ellena Canape

Read Across America Week Author Visit

Laura Gehl is virtually visiting Freedom Hillon Monday, March 1st for a prek-6th grade event.  Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event!  To order, fill out and mail or return the this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Friday, March 5th. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th. The event will take place immediately following morning meeting on Monday, March 1st.  You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.  Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions.  

Positivity Project: Humility

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Humility. You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

                                         ~Rick Warren

Questions you might enjoy talking about.

  • How is being honest with yourself related to humility?
  • Would you be a good teacher of humility?
Imagine Learning & Literacy

Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive program designed to accelerate reading and language proficiency in grades K-6. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

ST Math

ST Math is visual instructional program designed to help students build deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

Required Health Screening Form

If you chose for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop it off at the front office between 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. This form is required before your child can enter the building. 

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

 

PTA ENGAGEMENT SURVEY Thank you to the 30 PTA members who filled out our survey! Respondents provided important feedback about their PTA communication preferences and interest in potential future events for the remainder of this school year. 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

Return to School Presentation Recording

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Return to School Resources

Good evening Freedom Hill families,

Thank you to those who joined us for yesterday's return to school presentation and/or yesterday's PTA meeting. For those unable to make it, we are providing recordings below for both events, as well as the slides that were presented by the administration for return to school. We look forward to partnering with you for a safe return for our in-person students and continued success for our virtual students. We will be sharing additional information this weekend. 

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A

Recording

Slides - community and family resources are embedded at the end

 

PTA Meeting 

In this meeting we were jointed by guest presenters Emily Edwards and Melissa Rossman, our math and reading specialists, respectively. They presented on the value of the ST Math and Imagine Learning platforms. We encourage you to tune in for this great information.

Recording

 

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Reminder: Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

Join us TONIGHT from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our fourth monthly "Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night" at this link.

Mrs. Trott will be our MC. Staff participating on Monday will be Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Qian and Mrs. Pantzer. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

 

Noche de cuentos para dormir¡Únase a nosotros el lunes 8 de febrero de 7:30 a 8:00 pm para nuestra cuarta "lectura de águilas" mensual! LINK Noche de cuentos para dormir. La Sra. Trott será nuestra MC por la noche mientras celebramos la unión y un comienzo positivo del nuevo año. El personal que participará el lunes será el Sr. Fenton, la Sra. Stewart, la Sra. Qian y la Sra. Pantzer. ¡Nunca eres demasiado mayor para escuchar una lectura en voz alta! ¡Asegúrate de acompañarnos en tu pijama más acogedor en nuestra lectura de Eagles! programa mensual de cuentos a la hora de dormir y comenzar nuestra semana juntos como una comunidad de PK-6 Freedom Hill.

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FHES Weekly Update: 2/7/2021

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

Today we are writing to you with hopeful news! The Fairfax County School Board has given unanimous consent for some students to begin transitioning back into the school building. We are working closely with the Health Department and county officials to ensure that we are meeting all CDC guidelines and faithful implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies. We have some important news and dates to share with you this weekend:

Timeline for Return

February 23: Pre-K and Kindergarten in-person students return

March 9: 1st and 2nd Grade in-person students return

March 16: 3rd - 6th Grade in-person students return

 

Bell Schedule Change

FHES will be shifting to a 9:45-4:15 bell schedule beginning on February 16th. The bell schedule change will apply to both in-person learning as well as students who are doing full-time virtual learning. Teachers will send their families an updated master schedule this week. 

 

New Teacher & Days of the Week Notifications 

As we have mentioned, the new bell schedule and return plans require that some students change their teacher. Teacher changes and the two days of the week that students will attend in-person school will be communicated at least one week before your student's grade-level return date. 

 

Resurvey / Change of Choice

FCPS does not have plans to resurvey parents about your selection of virtual or in-person instruction, and a recent communication from Dr. Brabrand reminded families that their choice was for the entirety of the 2020-21 school year. Our regrouping of classes was according to the choices families selected in the Fall. While we will do our best to accommodate change requests, please know that several grade levels are already at or very close to their "max" in-person occupancy based on CDC guidelines. 

 

For those seeking additional information, we will be holding an informational Q&A session this Wednesday, 2/10 at 7PM at this link. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we move forward together.

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • February 8 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night, 7:30
  • February 10 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • February 10 - Return to School Q&A, 7PM
  • February 10 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • February 16 - FCPS Begins New Bell Schedule
  • February 16 - ECCB & ID Return to School
  • February 23 - Kindergarten & Head Start Return to School
Return to School Updates

The following return to school dates were unanimously approved by the Fairfax County School Board:

Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories 2/8

Join us Monday, February 8th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our fourth monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Trott will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to the new year. Staff participating on Monday will be, Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Qian and Mrs. Pantzer. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

Positivity Project: Love

Next week, we'll discuss the strength of love. For a 1-page character card overview, click here. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people. Love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. When one person loves another person, that person: comforts and makes the other feel safe; sacrifices on the other’s behalf; supports the other during struggles; and places the other’s needs ahead of their own. If you love a person, that person makes you feel safe and secure. You can be yourself with that person.

Imagine Learning & Literacy

Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive program designed to accelerate reading and language proficiency in grades K-6. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

ST Math

ST Math is visual instructional program designed to help students build deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

Parent Resource Center Webinars

From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

Learn practical tools that can be applied IMMEDIATELY to restore your sense of calm and focus so you can cultivate joy and connection in your family.

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

Friday, February 12, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

 

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions

Parents/guardians will receive an overview of instructional control and will review strategies to support their students with following directions.

Thursday February 18, 2021, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Register for Teaching Your Child to Follow Directions

 

Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Parents and families are critical in helping children develop social and emotional awareness. This webinar will highlight strategies to see children’s behavior and emotions as communication, create emotional safety, and recognize/support personal and family strengths.

FCPS Social Worker, Jeanne Veraska & FCPS School Psychologist, Lisa Phifer

February 17, 2021 6:30 - 8 p.m. or February 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

 

Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families

Join licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Bateman for a webinar on parenting strategies to help children cope with the pandemic. 

Strategies include coping with stress, changes in routine, uncertainty, loss of regular activities and social interaction, virtual school, etc.

Friday, February 26, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families               

Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

PTA MEETING FEB. 10 Please join us for our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, February 10 at 8 pm. (We will not have a meeting on February 5). Join here online

 

PTA ENGAGEMENT SURVEY Thank you to the 30 PTA members who filled out our survey! Respondents provided important feedback about their PTA communication preferences and interest in potential future events for the remainder of this school year. 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

FHES Weekly Update: 1/31/2021

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

Thank you for your continued support at home as we march into the third quarter of our year. Last week, staff participated in professional development on using the Imagine Learning adaptive reading program. As a school, we are setting a goal of having all students access this program for a minimum of 30-minutes a week to ensure that we are all growing as readers. Our teachers will discuss this with students. If you are having any technical challenges accessing the program, please let your teacher know so that we can support.

As we continue to strive for a successful virtual year, our planning is also beginning for the 2021-22 school year. We are asking that all families complete this intention form (one per child) by January 31, 2021. As you know, FCPS has put a pause on the draft schedule for students returning to in-person learning as well as the update bell schedule. We expect an update this week at the February 2 School Board meeting. The draft plan being proposed by the superintendent is below.

Please keep an eye on your email or on local news in case school delays/cancellations are issued. Wishing you a safe week and hope everyone can have some fun in the snow!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • January 31 - Student intention survey due (see above)
  • February 1 - PTA Citizenship Contest Essays Due
  • February 3 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • February 4 - Kilmer MS Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night, 6PM
Return to School Updates

The superintendent shared the updated draft return-to-school dates with the School Board on 1/21. This plan will be further discussed at their next meeting on 2/2. 

Positivity Project: Integrity

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Integrity. You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

“Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.”

                                         ~Unknown

Questions you might enjoy talking about.

  • What does integrity mean to you?
  • When is difficult to show integrity in your day to day life?
  • Why is it important to show integrity in your relationships with others?

From Mrs. Canape:

Hello, and Happy last week of January to our Freedom Hill Staff! Our Positivity Project Team put together this padlet for our students and staff to reflect and connect on what we learned in the month of January. Please feel free to send this link to your kids so they can post messages of their own, and read what other students write about our January Positivity Project Traits!

Imagine Learning & Literacy

Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive program designed to accelerate reading and language proficiency in grades K-6. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools

Congrats Dr. Z.!

Dear Freedom Hill Community Members,

It is with great joy that I present the news that our very own principal has received the award "2020-21 New Principal of the Year" in FCPS Region 2. Dr. Zapadka’s dedication and professionalism were evident from the first day I set foot in Freedom Hill and have not wavered for a single minute. His calming influence as a leader has helped us weather the coronavirus pandemic. By placing an emphasis on a shared enthusiasm for student learning and caring for one another, Dr. Zapadka has helped grow a school ethos driven by wonderful and resilient educators and community members.  Even when presented with his award, Dr. Zapadka was quick to point out the staff, students, and community members who make Freedom Hill a special place to learn and grow. Going forward, Dr. Zapadka will compete with the other Fairfax County regional winners for the title of "FCPS New Principal of the Year". Regardless of the outcome, I am happy to say that I work with an award winning principal every day.

 

Eric Kopacz

Assistant Principal

Stuff the Bus!

Fairfax County's Stuff the Bus food drive is back and committed to meeting the increased demand for food due to COVID-19. Donate nonperishable foods in person on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at locations throughout Fairfax County. Social distancing will be in place. There is also an option to make monetary donations by visiting Stuff the Bus partner websites. More information here

Parent Resource Center Webinars

From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

Learn practical tools that can be applied IMMEDIATELY to restore your sense of calm and focus so you can cultivate joy and connection in your family.

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

Friday, February 12, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

 

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions

Parents/guardians will receive an overview of instructional control and will review strategies to support their students with following directions.

Thursday February 18, 2021, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Register for Teaching Your Child to Follow Directions

 

Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Parents and families are critical in helping children develop social and emotional awareness. This webinar will highlight strategies to see children’s behavior and emotions as communication, create emotional safety, and recognize/support personal and family strengths.

FCPS Social Worker, Jeanne Veraska & FCPS School Psychologist, Lisa Phifer

February 17, 2021 6:30 - 8 p.m. or February 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

 

Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families

Join licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Bateman for a webinar on parenting strategies to help children cope with the pandemic. 

Strategies include coping with stress, changes in routine, uncertainty, loss of regular activities and social interaction, virtual school, etc.

Friday, February 26, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families               

Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

 

ENTER THE VA PTA CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” There are different requirements for various grade levels. Details are here. Essays are due by February 1, 2021. Winners can receive a cash prize and may be sent to the state finals!

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

FHES Update: Internet Issues

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Internet Outages

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

There are widespread internet outages being reported in the Northern Virginia area that may be affecting internet access at home. This is not related to a single FCPS tool or a single service provider, though Blackboard Collaborate is currently performing slowest. Generally these issues are resolved quickly -  please check with your internet service provider if you continue to have connectivity issues for an extended amount of time. 

We appreciate your patience. 

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

FHES Weekly Update: 1/24/2021

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are well and enjoying the chilly yet sunny weekend. Our 2nd quarter and first semester have come to a close. Tomorrow is a teacher work day and our staff will be involved with professional development related to return-to-school and providing additional reading supports to students. As we continue to strive for a successful virtual year, our planning is also beginning for the 2021-22 school year. We are asking that all families complete this intention form (one per child) by January 31, 2021. 

As you know, FCPS has put a pause on the draft schedule for students returning to in-person learning as well as the update bell schedule, though the superintendent did provide an updated proposal this week. It can be viewed below. While these plans won’t be solidified until the February 2nd School Board Meeting, we wanted you to have this information on your radar. We will communicate with grade level families directly after timelines are confirmed, so please be on the lookout for more information. We will continue to keep you informed as soon as we have information.

Lastly, we have included a variety of webinar links below related to supporting students at home. We encourage you to sign up for any that might be relevant for your family. The FCPS Parent Resource Center does a great job facilitating these and providing learning experiences for families. 

Wishing you a safe week.

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • January 25 - Teacher Work Day; No AM Meetings
  • January 31 - Student intention survey due (see above)
  • February 1 - PTA Citizenship Contest Essays Due
  • February 4 - Kilmer MS Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night, 6PM
Return to School Updates

The superintendent shared the updated draft return-to-school dates with the School Board on 1/21. This plan will be further discussed at their next meeting on 2/2. 

Positivity Project: Helping Others

We hope you're all doing well and enjoying teaching your students about perseverance. Next week, we'll begin learning about the Other People Mindset (OPM) element of Supporting Others When They Struggle. 

Supporting other people when they struggle is a critical piece of being human. There is a Chinese saying that sums this up: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

From Mrs. Canape:

Hello, and Happy last week of January to our Freedom Hill Staff! Our Positivity Project Team put together this padlet for our students and staff to reflect and connect on what we learned in the month of January. Please feel free to send this link to your kids so they can post messages of their own, and read what other students write about our January Positivity Project Traits!

Browser Hygiene – Clear Your Cache

Clearing the cache can help your computer run smoothly. This quick fix can solve issues with frequently used sites like ST Math and Imagine Learning.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

Learn practical tools that can be applied IMMEDIATELY to restore your sense of calm and focus so you can cultivate joy and connection in your family.

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

Friday, February 12, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

 

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions

Parents/guardians will receive an overview of instructional control and will review strategies to support their students with following directions.

Thursday February 18, 2021, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Register for Teaching Your Child to Follow Directions

 

Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Parents and families are critical in helping children develop social and emotional awareness. This webinar will highlight strategies to see children’s behavior and emotions as communication, create emotional safety, and recognize/support personal and family strengths.

FCPS Social Worker, Jeanne Veraska & FCPS School Psychologist, Lisa Phifer

February 17, 2021 6:30 - 8 p.m. or February 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

 

Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families

Join licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Bateman for a webinar on parenting strategies to help children cope with the pandemic. 

Strategies include coping with stress, changes in routine, uncertainty, loss of regular activities and social interaction, virtual school, etc.

Friday, February 26, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families               

Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

 

PTA ENGAGEMENT SURVEY Please take a 5 minute survey so your FHES PTA can best focus on the activities that matter most to you for the rest of the school year. A reminder that the PTA is 100% run by volunteers. The majority of them are parents, teachers & staff who work full time jobs just like you so please help us prioritize what to focus on with limited time, resources and volunteers. Please complete by 1/27.

 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

 

ENTER THE VA PTA CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” There are different requirements for various grade levels. Details are here. Essays are due by February 1, 2021. Winners can receive a cash prize and may be sent to the state finals!

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.            

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

FHES Weekly Update: 1/17/2021

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We enter an important week for our nation with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tomorrow and the inauguration of a new President on Wednesday. In addition, this Friday is the last day of our second quarter. As we continue to strive for a successful virtual year, our planning is also beginning for the 2021-22 school year. We are asking that all families complete this intention form (one per child) by January 31, 2021. 

As you know, FCPS has put a pause on the draft schedule for students returning to in-person learning as well as the update bell schedule, though we do expect an update very soon. Having students and staff back in our building is something we are looking forward to greatly! 

Wishing you a safe week and hoping that you and your family are able to celebrate and reflect on some of the week's meaningful events.

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • January 18, 20 - Student holidays (MLK and Inauguration Days) 
  • January 18 - 20 - Registration for PTA Winter Enrichment
  • January 20 - No curbside book checkout due to holiday
  • January 22 - 2nd Quarter Ends, Early Release for Students at 1:15
  • January 25 - Teacher Work Day
  • January 31 - Student intention survey due (see above)
  • February 1 - PTA Citizenship Contest Essays Due
  • February 4 - Kilmer MS Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night, 6PM
Positivity Project: Perseverance

Hello, Freedom Hill Community! The Positivity Project would love your help with a project for the new year. We would love to hear from your kids about what the traits of the Positivity Project mean to them. Have your child write a sentence, phrase, or draw a picture of what one of the traits for the next month mean to them. Then, take their picture holding what they wrote or drew, and email them to Mrs. Canape at EACanape@fcps.edu . We will share it on News Show the week that that trait is being focused on in our school.

 

The traits for the month of January are:

January 3-9: Optimism

January 10-16: Prudence

January 17-23: Perseverance

January 24-30: Other People Matter: Supporting others when they struggle.

 

Thank you!

Mrs. Canape

 

This week we are studying perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up. The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. 

School Laptop Updates

When logins to school systems do need function correctly, it is possible that your school laptop made need to update. This can be accomplished from an FCPS site. 

Amazon Smile: Support our School!

Looking for an easy way to support Freedom Hill? We have an AmazonSmile account! Every time you shop at Amazon and select the Freedom Hill PTA as your designated charity, a portion of your purchase will be donated to FH. Just remember, to shop at smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon page each time you make a purchase. Supporting Freedom Hill couldn't be easier!

Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

WINTER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES, REG OPENS TOMORROW 1/18 at 8am The next session for activities with Enrichment Matters is around the corner! Beat the winter blues and get your kids involved with activities like Improv, Chess, Art, Pottery, Science Club, Watercolors, Jr. Chefs, Little Vets and Cooking classes. Open House recording for more info is here.  Registration opens from tomorrow, 1/18 at 8am thru 1/20 at midnight. Remember this is with other schools so register early. Find more details at enrichmentmatters.comSee the flier for details. 

ATTENTION KILMER BOUND 6TH GRADE FAMILIES Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

ENTER THE VA PTA CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST  Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” There are different requirements for various grade levels. Details are here. Essays are due by February 1, 2021. Winners can receive a cash prize and may be sent to the state finals. 

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

Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

Join us tonight from 7:30 – 8:00 pm AT THIS LINK for our third monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to the new year. Staff participating tonight are Mr. Kopacz, Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Pennino, Ms. Stromlund, Mrs. Trott and Mrs. Rossman. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

 

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

FHES Weekly Update: 1/9/2020

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

I hope this finds you and your family safe and well after a very challenging week for our region and our nation. We know the events at the Capitol Building have impacted us all in different ways and we hope you and your child had a safe space to process those feelings if needed. As we enter into the last few weeks of second quarter, we will continue to do our very best to support our students and families during these difficult times. Please contact your child's teacher or counselor if we can provide additional support or resources. 

We are bringing you the weekend update a day early to share updates about next week's schedule. As Superintendent Brabrand shared recently, in-person instruction and phase-in plans are currently paused. Community transmission of COVID-19 in Fairfax County remains high. Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2.

Because we will not be transporting students to school during the pause in our plan, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule and class schedule. 

Monday, January 11 is an independent (asynchronous) learning day for students and a teacher preparation day. Morning meeting and asynchronous academics will be provided for students. There are two great reading opportunities available Monday - our Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night and a virtual guest author at the Thomas Jefferson Community Library. Please see below.

Wishing you a nice weekend and continued safety,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • January 11 - Asynchronous Learning Day for Students
  • January 11 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories, 7:30PM
  • January 13 - Curbside Book Checkout, 2-6PM
  • January 13 - Family Dinner Out, Silver Diner, 5-9PM
  • January 18, 20 - Student holidays (MLK and Inauguration) 
  • January 18 - 20 - Registration for PTA Winter Enrichment
Monday Opportunity for Families Positivity Project: Prudence

This week, we are focusing on Prudence. You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

“When you make the right decision, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.”

                                         ~Caroline Kennedy

Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories

Join us on January 11th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for a read aloud night with Mr. Kopacz, Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Pennino, Ms. Stromlund, Mrs. Trott and Mrs. Rossman. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! So, be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community. Look for a link on Monday, Jan 11th in your email.

School Laptop Updates

When logins to school systems do need function correctly, it is possible that your school laptop made need to update. This can be accomplished from an FCPS site. 

Amazon Smile: Support our School!

Looking for an easy way to support Freedom Hill? We have an AmazonSmile account! Every time you shop at Amazon and select the Freedom Hill PTA as your designated charity, a portion of your purchase will be donated to FH. Just remember, to shop at smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon page each time you make a purchase. Supporting Freedom Hill couldn't be easier!

Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

Family Resources

 Parent Technology Help Desk  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

FAMILY DINNER OUT AT SILVER DINER ON WEDNESDAY 1/13

We are kicking off the year with a family dinner out (FDO) at Silver Diner! Support our school by placing an order at Silver Diner next Wednesday January 13 from 5-8PM. Make sure you mention FHES. 20% of sales from dine-in, carry-out and online ordering from either Silver Diner app or www.silverdiner.com. You can write Freedom Hill under "Other Instructions". Silver Diner is located at 8101 Fletcher St, McLean, VA 22102. 

WINTER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES, INFO NIGHT 1/14, REG OPENS 1/18 The next session for activities with Enrichment Matters is around the corner! Beat the winter blues and get your kids involved with activities like Improv, Chess, Art, Pottery, Science Club, Watercolors, Jr. Chefs, Little Vets and Cooking classes. Open House for more info is Jan. 14th at 7pm. Registration opens from 1/18 at 8am thru 1/20 at midnight. Remember this is with other schools so register early. Find more details at enrichmentmatters.com. See the flier for details. 

ATTENTION KILMER BOUND 6TH GRADE FAMILIES Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

ENTER THE VA PTA CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST  Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” There are different requirements for various grade levels. Details are here. Essays are due by February 1, 2021. Winners can receive a cash prize and may be sent to the state finals. 

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