FH Weekly Update - 1/2/2022

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope that all of our families have enjoyed Winter Break. It always seems to move rather quickly! School has been cancelled tomorrow (Monday) due to inclement weather. As we transition back to the building on Tuesday, we know there is some apprehension about the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our nation. We are providing some special Q&A updates at the bottom of the newsletter today to help families navigate any situations that arise.

As we return from winter break, please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on Tuesday, January 4.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice. Here is the Daily Health Questionnaire that should be used each morning. Children also should not come to school while awaiting test results or if a member of the household has tested positive. We appreciate your support in keeping the Freedom Hill community healthy!  

A variety of testing options are available in the community You can view information and schedules for our regular drive-through diagnostic testing, which starts January 3, on our website. If needed, other local providers are available for testing and vaccinations.

With the increased COVID transmission in our community, we will be limiting visitors inside the building for the time being. Please be sure visitors have a scheduled appointment prior to arriving to the building. We want to do everything possible to keep our students and staff healthy at school.

Wishing you and your family a very safe and happy 2022! See everyone on Tuesday.

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • January 3 - Weather cancellation - school closed
  • January 4 - Students return to school
  • January 6/7 - FCPS Religious/Cultural Observance Dates (no new content taught)

No outdoor lunch this week

FCPS Staff Awards

As a community, we are truly lucky to have the best teaching staff in Fairfax County working with our students each day! Each one of our staff members is deserving of recognition for their part in educating our students during these uncertain times. 

This year, we additionally recognize educators who were nominated by peers, students, and parents to receive our Outstanding Staff Awards for 2021-22. Congratulations to the following staff members!

 

Outstanding New Teacher: Emily Boomer (Enhanced Autism)

Outstanding Professional Employee: Taylor Coleman (School Counselor)

Outstanding Operational Employee: Seham Wooten (Kindergarten Assistant) and Katie Lacroix (Special Education IA)

Outstanding Teacher: (We had a 4-way tie!)

- Marissa Stewart (3rd Grade)

- Mary Gutenson (Head Start / FECEP)

- Alyssa Shultz (Special Education Teacher / Dept. Lead)

- Teri Ruttenberg (Kindergarten Teacher)

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

Health FAQs

When and where can I get my child tested for COVID?

For drive-through diagnostic testing information and schedules starting January 3rd, visit the county's website. For information about other testing opportunities in Fairfax County, please visit the Fairfax County Health Department’s website.

What if my child is not feeling well when school starts on Monday? 

As you have done all school year, please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. This includes having a fever, cough, runny nose, and/or vomiting.  We want our students in school, and we must encourage students and families from contributing to the spread of this illness.

What happens if I send my child to school with a runny nose, cough, or other COVID-like symptoms?

Your child will be sent to our Care Room, and we will call you to come pick up your child. In order to return to school, your child will need documentation of either a negative COVID test or clearance from your healthcare provider. 

What if my child recently tested positive for COVID? When can they return to school? 

At this time, the return to school policy is still the same even if they are vaccinated: A student must stay out of school for 10 days beginning from the start of their symptoms. Therefore, if they start showing COVID symptoms on January 1st and then test positive, they can return on January 11th. They will need a note from either the Fairfax County Health Department or their healthcare provider that clears their return to school. If FCPS changes this policy, we will communicate it promptly. 

My child does NOT have COVID. But they were close to someone who tested positive. What should I do? When can they come to school?

First, call us to share that your child is a close contact. 

Here are the options:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will allow your child to resume in-person learning and activities when your child meets one of the following quarantine periods explained below.

How to Return to In-Person Learning and Activities 

If your child is fully vaccinated, please complete the COVID Contact Vaccination Verification survey. Fully vaccinated students do not need to remain home as long as they do not have symptoms. The Health Department must verify the vaccination after you submit the above survey.

For students who are not fully vaccinated:

  • DAY 8 RETURN: Following seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen (not a home test) or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school date; or
  • DAY 11 RETURN: Following 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of this FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school date; or
  •  DAY 15 RETURN: Following 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

I still have questions. Where can I get answers? 

The first place to go for answers is the FCPS website.

This is a lot of information to digest, and our staff at FH is here to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out. 

As we move through January, it is likely that some teachers may be out because of their own illness or a family member’s. We will work to make sure instructional momentum continues. As always, we are grateful for your continued support, communication, and flexibility. Our hope is that 2022 will bring us all health, happiness and a hopeful return to normalcy! Happy new year!

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights PTA Updates

Welcome back families! We hope you had a restful holiday break. Tune in below to get back into the swing of things of what's coming around the corner!

 

SPELLING BEE IS BACK After a year hiatus, we are so excited the Scripps Spelling Bee is coming back to Freedom Hill! Big Thanks to Thyaga Nandagopal for organizing it. You should have received a flier before break with all the words your child can review - if you need it, here are the words! Classrooms will do their own spelling bees. Then the top 2 spellers will proceed to a school-wide bee scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11th. The winner advances to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee. Contact Thyaga with questions.

 

SPRING ENRICHMENT IS COMING Spring Enrichment activities are around the corner. They will take place from Feb. 14th to April 29th. There are lots of options to choose from like PE Club (it's back!), Fencing, Basketball, Spanish, Kids on Canvas, Soccer, Chess, Discover Magic, Little Coders Animation and business oriented ones like My First Lemonade Stand and Bulls & Bears. Registration opens on January 12th at 9am! Visit enrichmentmatters.com/freedomhill for more info. 

 

JANUARY 20th PTA MEETING at 7:30PM Join us for our PTA meeting on January 20th to hear the latest with what's going on with school, get an update from Dr. Z and see what's going on in the community. Join us here or call 301-715-8592 and use ID: 982 8767 8486. 

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON Thanks to those who help contribute to our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon the last day before holiday break. Sechin Lee and Sarah Lyon got some incredibly yummy food from Olive Garden for our teacher team and staff and a pie to take home. See here! 

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

FH Holiday Update

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Holiday Updates

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you for your many contributions, and to all who have helped to make 2021 a successful year for our school community! As we continue to navigate health challenges and uncertainties, we remain thankful for our fantastic school staff and supportive parent community who always come together with a focus on students. 

In honor of our students' hard work and perseverance this year, we will be celebrating the end of 2021 with an optional pajama day tomorrow (Friday). 

Wishing you and your family a very happy and restful holiday season!

Freedom Hill ES

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • December 17 - Pajama Day
  • December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break - No School
  • January 3 - Students return to school

Winter Break Front Office Hours

The office will be open from December 27-30 from 9:00-12:00. 

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

FH Weekly Update - 12/12/21

GovDelivery1 month 1 week ago

(pictured above - students engaged in discussions to build understanding and inclusiveness as part of Inclusive Schools Week)

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well as we enter the final week of school before the holiday break. Last week, Freedom Hill celebrated Inclusive Schools Week. Our school is privileged to welcome a diverse group of students to our school each day. During Inclusive Schools Week, we celebrate our inclusion of students with disabilities. As part of this week, our Equity and Inclusion Team put together some great resources for classroom discussions to build understanding around many types of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, and more. We look forward to continuing this conversations and support for our students!

The weather will be mild this week, so we will do our best to get our students outside for lunch and recess. Please continue to send your child(ren) with gloves and coats, as it can be quite chilly in the morning.

We wish everyone a great last week of school before the holidays!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • December 15 - Due date for Level IV AAP Referrals 
  • December 17 - Last Day of School before Winter Break
  • December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Welcome Ms. Gibson!

We are excited to announce that Ms. Kate Gibson, who has been our long-term music substitute for Mrs. Canape this year, has been hired as a full-time teacher and will continue through the end of this school year. We are so thankful to have her expertise, positivity, and caring demeanor at Freedom Hill!

Ms. Gibson graduated from James Madison University with a major in Vocal Music Education and minor in Music & Human Services. She enjoys running, reading, writing music, and listening to podcasts, and her favorite music is rock. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Gibson!

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

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

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

AAP Level IV Referrals *DUE WEDNESDAY*

Level IV AAP Referrals for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Tara Fredericks at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Fredericks within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not heard from her or if you have any questions regarding the process.

Referrals should include:

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights Positivity Project: Self Control

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Self-Control. You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

 

“By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.”

                                                          ~Grenville Kleise

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you consider yourself to be a person who has self-control? What things do you do that indicate this?
  • Why is self-regulation important?
  • What happens when your emotions take over? How can you work on developing greater self-control?
PTA Updates

 

Wishing our families a wonderful holiday season! See you in 2022!

 

CANDYGRAMS ARE BACK The 6th Grade Class of 2021 is hosting a Winter Candy Cane Sale! Tell your classmates, friends, teachers, and staff how much you appreciate them. Purchase them between Dec. 8–16 from 8:30-9:10 am outside school near the main entrance. Candygrams are only 50¢ each or you can buy them for the whole class! Funds raised will be used to support Sixth Grade celebration activities!  All the details are here.

 

WINTER ACTIVITIES George C. Marshall High School has a plethora of winter activities going on including selling Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and a Disney in December show by the Choir. Check out their PTSA site for details!

 

HELPING KILMER PTA Exciting news! For the entire month of December, Vienna Vintner will donate 20% of sales on all retail priced items back to the Kilmer PTA.  Only catch is that you must mention Kilmer Middle School Fundraiser at the time of purchase. So stock up on your holiday wine supply while benefitting the Kilmer PTA at the same time. Thanks for your continued support!

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

FH Weekly Update - 12/5/21

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago

(pictured above - Freedom Hill's Green Team has completed a schoolwide recycling audit and introduced new bins and signage to encourage more sustainable practices at our school!)

 

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! Today we'd like to provide a short update on new COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided by the county. 

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. We encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to Freedom Hill's screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Hope to see you for some pizza at Ledo's tomorrow or Tuesday!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Community Reminders

Thank you to our community for your assistance as we continue to learn during an unusual year. Please help us to ensure smooth functioning in our school by helping us with the below:

  • All students should come to school each day with a water bottle and several masks.
  • Parents should remain vigilant about symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please utilize this checklist daily, and do not send your student to school if they have any symptoms. 
  • Please alert the front office/teacher of dismissal changes before 3:00 each day. Dismissal changes and early dismissals between 3:00-4:00 place a significant burden on the office staff and disruption in classrooms. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • December 6 - 7 - Family Dinner Out - Ledo's Pizza (Falls Church)
  • December 7 - Math Club Meeting, 8:30 (Grades 3-6)
  • December 11 - Green Team Weekend Work Session, 8:30-12:30
  • December 15 - Due date for Level IV AAP Referrals 
  • December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break

RED Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

WHITE Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

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

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

AAP Level IV Referrals

Level IV AAP Referrals for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Tara Fredericks at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Fredericks within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not heard from her or if you have any questions regarding the process.

Referrals should include:

Upcoming Green Team Work Session

Our garden is growing even in our cold weather. Green Team is having its 3rd garden work session on Saturday December 11th, 2021. On this day, we will be clearing the pathways and laying down gravel in our pollinator garden. We will also be attaching trellises to our garden beds and installing a gate for our pollinator garden. In addition, we will be installing deer fencing to keep some of our larger pests out of the garden.  We hope to see you between 8:30 am-12:30 pm behind the school at our school garden.

- Mr. Curtis

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights Positivity Project: Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others

 

 

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Knowing that everything you do and say can affect others - and your relationships with them.

 

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”  

                                                          ~Myles Munroe

Often times, knowing something and acting like you know it doesn’t line up with each other. For example, you know that your words and actions impact other people, but your behavior doesn’t always show that understanding.

What does it look like to KNOW that your words and actions impact others?

PTA Updates

CANDYGRAMS ARE BACK The 6th Grade Class of 2021 is hosting a Winter Candy Cane Sale! Tell your classmates, friends, teachers, and staff how much you appreciate them. Purchase them between Dec. 8–16 from 8:30-9:10 am outside school near the main entrance. Candygrams are only 50¢ each or you can buy them for the whole class! Funds raised will be used to support Sixth Grade celebration activities!  All the details are here.

 

LEDOS PIZZA FDO - DEC. 6-7th Join us at Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6-7 from 5-9pm for a Family Dinner Out. Both dine in and take out will help contribute to Freedom Hill PTA. Ledo's is located at  7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. Thanks to Jen King for organizing!

 

WINTER ACTIVITIES George C. Marshall High School has a plethora of winter activities going on including selling Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and a Disney in December show by the Choir. Check out their PTSA site for details!

 

HELPING KILMER PTA Exciting news! For the entire month of December, Vienna Vintner will donate 20% of sales on all retail priced items back to the Kilmer PTA.  Only catch is that you must mention Kilmer Middle School Fundraiser at the time of purchase. So stock up on your holiday wine supply while benefitting the Kilmer PTA at the same time. Thanks for your continued support!

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/28/21

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope everyone had a wonderful "mini break" for Thanksgiving. We are "back to work" tomorrow with a busy December of learning together. We have just a few short updates for you today:

  1. As a reminder, tomorrow is the last day to nominate your favorite staff member(s) for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards. You can find all of the information below. 
  2. With relatively mild weather this week, we hope to continue our outdoor lunches for students, and our SignUpGenius for parent volunteers for outdoor lunch has been extended. Thank you to our many parents who have joined us during the day to support our students - your help has been essential!
  3. If you have not already, please consider having your student vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free. To find locations near you, use the website to make the appointment:  https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Community Reminders

Thank you to our community for your assistance as we continue to learn during an unusual year. Please help us to ensure smooth functioning in our school by helping us with the below:

  • All students should come to school each day with a water bottle and several masks.
  • Parents should remain vigilant about symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please utilize this checklist daily, and do not send your student to school if they have any symptoms. 
  • Please alert the front office/teacher of dismissal changes before 3:00 each day. Dismissal changes and early dismissals between 3:00-4:00 place a significant burden on the office staff and disruption in classrooms. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 30 - First New Math Club Meeting, 8:30 (Grades 3-6)
  • December 6 - 7 - Family Dinner Out - Ledo's Pizza (Falls Church)
  • December 11 - Green Team Weekend Work Session, 8:30-12:30
  • December 15 - Due date for Level IV AAP Referrals 

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

AAP Level IV Referrals

Level IV AAP Referrals for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Tara Fredericks at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Fredericks within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not heard from her or if you have any questions regarding the process.

Referrals should include:

Upcoming Green Team Work Session

Our garden is growing even in our cold weather. Green Team is having its 3rd garden work session on Saturday December 11th, 2021. On this day, we will be clearing the pathways and laying down gravel in our pollinator garden. We will also be attaching trellises to our garden beds and installing a gate for our pollinator garden. In addition, we will be installing deer fencing to keep some of our larger pests out of the garden.  We hope to see you between 8:30 am-12:30 pm behind the school at our school garden.

- Mr. Curtis

New Math Club for 3-6 Students

Starting on Tuesday, November 30th, we are starting a math club for 3rd-6th grade students.  We will meet each week on Tuesday at 8:30 in the cafeteria to practice math problem solving, learn new strategies, and practice challenging math problems!  All 3rd-6th graders are welcome!  If you have any questions, email Tara Fredericks at [email protected] .

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights Outstanding Employee Awards 2021-22

Hello Freedom Hill Families and Staff!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Freedom Hill Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the Google forms linked as the heading below. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non- instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, Family Liaisons  

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 29th.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Kopacz at [email protected]. Thank you for helping us recognize our wonderful community and staff!

COVID-19 Screening Testing- Preregistration and Consent, Online Portal Open

All FCPS schools will begin random COVID-19 screening testing of 10% of students who have parental consent beginning the week of November 15.  Screening testing will happen weekly at Freedom Hill on Tuesday afternoons.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the secure online portal.

If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 testing webpage.

PTA Updates

NOMINATE A STAFF MEMBER In the season of giving gratitude and thanks, take a few minutes to nominate our amazing teacher and specialists for the FHES Employee Appreciation Awards! Nominations are now open now until MONDAY, 11/29! To submit a nomination, fill out the Google form in the newsletter. 

 

CANDYGRAMS ARE BACK The 6th Grade Class of 2021 is hosting a Winter Candy Cane Sale! Tell your classmates, friends, teachers, and staff how much you appreciate them. Purchase them between Dec. 8–16 from 8:30-9:10 am outside school near the main entrance. Candygrams are only 50¢ each or you can buy them for the whole class! Funds raised will be used to support Sixth Grade celebration activities!  All the details are here.

 

LEDOS PIZZA FDO - DEC. 6-7th Join us at Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6-7 from 5-9pm for a Family Dinner Out. Both dine in and take out will help contribute to Freedom Hill PTA. Ledo's is located at  7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. Thanks to Jen King for organizing!

 

WINTER ACTIVITIES George C. Marshall High School has a plethora of winter activities going on including selling Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and a Disney in December show by the Choir. Check out their PTSA site for details!

 

HELPING KILMER PTA Exciting news! For the entire month of December, Vienna Vintner will donate 20% of sales on all retail priced items back to the Kilmer PTA.  Only catch is that you must mention Kilmer Middle School Fundraiser at the time of purchase. So stock up on your holiday wine supply while benefitting the Kilmer PTA at the same time. Thanks for your continued support!

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

FH Thanksgiving Update

GovDelivery1 month 4 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

As we enter the holiday season and look ahead to the start of 2022, I wanted to take the opportunity to share the work that our school community is involved in as part of the Marshall Pyramid within Fairfax County Public Schools. I meet regularly with nine other principals in the Marshall Pyramid to support the ongoing work of strengthening our community and increasing student achievement. Our pyramid is very proud to share our new logo, which will serve as a framework for creating cultures of belonging and educational excellence in each of our schools.  

The Marshall Pyramid principals are committed to cultivating a culture of belonging in which all students are valued and their strengths and interests are developed to achieve academic excellence. We model what we ask our staff and students to do with each other as principals:

  • We collaborate and problem solve.
  • We focus on creating trusting partnerships.
  • We make connections and build relationships.

Each school in the Marshall Pyramid is actively committed to building a pre-K through 12th grade framework for our students that embodies a culture of belonging and educational excellence.  We look forward to continuing to partner with our students, staff, families, and community in this endeavor and wish everyone a continued safe and happy school year.

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you and your children after the break!

Sincerely,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Thanksgiving Reminders

On Wednesday (11/24), Thursday (11/25), and Friday (11/26) all FCPS schools and offices are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We have encouraged our hardworking and selfless staff to disconnect from email as we prepare for a busy December. Have a wonderful break! We will see everyone on Monday. 

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/21/21

GovDelivery2 months ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

As we enter Thanksgiving week, we have much to be grateful for this year. We are grateful for a community that is working together to keep our students safe, for parents involved in their students' education, for dedicated staff working tireless to provide quality instruction, and OF COURSE for our students who have continued to amaze us. This week, Freedom Hill students captured thoughts on gratitude and created gratitude chains to be displayed around the school. It is clear that they have many things that they are grateful for in their lives! As we depart for a few days for the holiday, we wish you and your family a safe, restful, and thankful time. 

We are also excited to hear so many of our Eagles have already received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The Fairfax Health District and FCPS is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 at ten clinics located at schools across Fairfax County. All children are welcome, and a parent or responsible adult must accompany them. We are encouraging parents to consider having their children vaccinated as a way to keep our schools open and safe as we come out of the pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccine is free. To find locations near you, use the website to make the appointment: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Community Reminders

Thank you to our community for your assistance as we continue to learn during an unusual year. Please help us to ensure smooth functioning in our school by helping us with the below:

  • All students should come to school each day with a water bottle and several masks.
  • Parents should remain vigilant about symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please utilize this checklist daily, and do not send your student to school if they have any symptoms. 
  • Please alert the front office/teacher of dismissal changes before 3:00 each day. Dismissal changes and early dismissals between 3:00-4:00 place a significant burden on the office staff and disruption in classrooms. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 23 - School COVID Screening Cancelled (Holiday)
  • November 24 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break, Front Office Closed
  • November 30 - First New Math Club Meeting, 8:30 (Grades 3-6)
  • December 6 - 7 - Family Dinner Out - Ledo's Pizza (Falls Church)
  • December 11 - Green Team Weekend Work Session, 8:30-12:30
  • December 15 - Due date for Level IV AAP Referrals 

RED Days This Week: Monday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

AAP Level IV Referrals

Level IV AAP Referrals for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Tara Fredericks at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Fredericks within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not heard from her or if you have any questions regarding the process.

Referrals should include:

Upcoming Green Team Work Session

Our garden is growing even in our cold weather. Green Team is having its 3rd garden work session on Saturday December 11th, 2021. On this day, we will be clearing the pathways and laying down gravel in our pollinator garden. We will also be attaching trellises to our garden beds and installing a gate for our pollinator garden. In addition, we will be installing deer fencing to keep some of our larger pests out of the garden.  We hope to see you between 8:30 am-12:30 pm behind the school at our school garden.

- Mr. Curtis

New Math Club for 3-6 Students

Starting on Tuesday, November 30th, we are starting a math club for 3rd-6th grade students.  We will meet each week on Tuesday at 8:30 in the cafeteria to practice math problem solving, learn new strategies, and practice challenging math problems!  All 3rd-6th graders are welcome!  If you have any questions, email Tara Fredericks at [email protected] .

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights Outstanding Employee Awards 2021-22

Hello Freedom Hill Families and Staff!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Freedom Hill Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the Google forms linked as the heading below. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non- instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, Family Liaisons  

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 29th.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Kopacz at [email protected]. Thank you for helping us recognize our wonderful community and staff!

COVID-19 Screening Testing- Preregistration and Consent, Online Portal Open

All FCPS schools will begin random COVID-19 screening testing of 10% of students who have parental consent beginning the week of November 15.  Screening testing will happen weekly at Freedom Hill on Tuesday afternoons.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the secure online portal.

If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 testing webpage.

PTA Updates

PTA MEETING RECAP  Thanks to those who joined us for our PTA Meeting last week. If you missed it, here are the slides and the recording! If you missed it, here are the slides and the recording with a passcode of r7bj.=FW. 

 

CANDYGRAMS ARE BACK! The 6th Grade Class of 2021 is hosting a Winter Candy Cane Sale! Tell your classmates, friends, teachers, and staff how much you appreciate them. Purchase them between Dec. 8–16 from 8:30-9:10 am outside school near the main entrance. Candygrams are only 50¢ each or you can buy them for the whole class! Funds raised will be used to support Sixth Grade celebration activities! All the details are here.

 

LEDOS PIZZA FDO - DEC. 6-7th! Join us at Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6-7 from 5-9pm for a Family Dinner Out. Both dine in and take out will help contribute to Freedom Hill PTA. Ledo's is located at  7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. Thanks to Jen King for organizing!

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/14/21 (Update)

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! We had a wonderful and eventful week at Freedom Hill. We celebrated Veterans' Day with several guest speakers, began our Book Fair for the first time since we can remember, saw many of our students leaving for vaccination appointments, and celebrated our first quarterly Soaring Eagle Citizens. These students were selected by their teachers as students who showcase our Positivity Project traits, and who enrich our school culture through kindness, friendship, and respect. Congratulations to our Q1 Soaring Eagles:

Preschool:

Tito M & Areen N

Kindergarten:

Esme R., Jeffrey G., Tara K., Daniel A., Samantha M., Daniel H. 

1st Grade:

Sarah H., Benji H., Josh L., Lilly C., Tameem O., and Navya S.

2nd Grade:

Maria G., Ryan H., Gabriel A., Natalie H., Keira W., Chikamso J., Roselyn L., and Sebastian B. 

3rd Grade:

Axel V., Sophia M., Alaina A., Ethan L., Ehan H., and Elizabeth H.

4th Grade: 

Nasser S., Chidubem J., Hilman M., Eylee E., Ascary R., and Arianna C.

5th Grade (pictured above):

Emma F., Nate H., Alyaa E., Lehi M., Dylan L., Melanie C. 

6th Grade:

Ian W., Maya L., Hanna E., Junior G., River G., Genesis V., 

 

Book Fair

Thank you to all the families who braved the rain and wind on Saturday morning to support the Book Fair! Despite the early closure, we had an amazing morning of shopping and fun. Ms. Trott was blown away at how everyone pitched in to help protect the fair from the rain.  Students will have opportunities to shop the fair this week during school hours, and families can sign up to visit the fair on Monday and Friday afternoon from 4:20-6:00 pm. You can also shop the online fair and have items shipped to home at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/freedomhillelementaryschool

Outdoor Lunch

As a final reminder, we have extended our outdoor lunch parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our optional outdoor lunches as long as the weather remains mild and will allow students to bring their jackets outside. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 15 - Book Fair Family Night, 4:20-6:00PM, Sign Up
  • November 17 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • November 19 - Book Fair Family Night, 4:20-6:00PM, Sign Up
  • November 24 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break, School Closed

RED Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

WHITE Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights Outstanding Employee Awards 2021-22

Hello Freedom Hill Families and Staff!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Freedom Hill Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the Google forms linked as the heading below. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non- instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, Family Liaisons  

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, Nov 23rd.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Kopacz at [email protected]. Thank you for helping us recognize our wonderful community and staff!

Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

 

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”  

                                                          ~Robert Holden

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?
COVID-19 Screening Testing- Preregistration and Consent, Online Portal Open

All FCPS schools will begin random COVID-19 screening testing of 10% of students who have parental consent beginning the week of November 15.  Screening testing will happen weekly at Freedom Hill on Tuesday afternoons.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the secure online portal.

If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 testing webpage.

New Staff Members

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to our Freedom Hill community. They will be working directly with students in small groups as interventionists in reading and math, and will be assisting our teachers as we provide tiered supports for our students this year. 

(pictured left) Vicki Mansuy - Reading Intervention

(pictured right) Liz Finnerty - Math Intervention

PTA Updates  

PTA MEETING - NOV. 17, 8PM Join us for the next PTA meeting next week on Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. Join us here or dial in 301 715 8592 with Meeting ID: 959 1668 4568. 

 

CHECK OUT GIRL SCOUTS AT FHES Interested in Girl Scouts? There are Girl Scouts troops at Freedom Hill - it's a great leadership experience. Check out the flier for more info or contact Barbara Brown to get all the details.

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/14/21

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! We had a wonderful and eventful week at Freedom Hill. We celebrated Veterans' Day with several guest speakers, began our Book Fair for the first time since we can remember, saw many of our students leaving for vaccination appointments, and celebrated our first quarterly Soaring Eagle Citizens. These students were selected by their teachers as students who showcase our Positivity Project traits, and who enrich our school culture through kindness, friendship, and respect. Congratulations to our Q1 Soaring Eagles:

Preschool:

Tito M & Areen N

1st Grade:

Sarah H., Benji H., Josh L., Lilly C., Tameem O., and Navya S.

2nd Grade:

Maria G., Ryan H., Gabriel A., Natalie H., Keira W., Chikamso J., Roselyn L., and Sebastian B. 

3rd Grade:

Axel V., Sophia M., Alaina A., Ethan L., Ehan H., and Elizabeth H.

4th Grade: 

Nasser S., Chidubem J., Hilman M., Eylee E., Ascary R., and Arianna C.

5th Grade (pictured above):

Emma F., Nate H., Alyaa E., Lehi M., Dylan L., Melanie C. 

6th Grade:

Ian W., Maya L., Hanna E., Junior G., River G., Genesis V., 

 

Book Fair

Thank you to all the families who braved the rain and wind on Saturday morning to support the Book Fair! Despite the early closure, we had an amazing morning of shopping and fun. Ms. Trott was blown away at how everyone pitched in to help protect the fair from the rain.  Students will have opportunities to shop the fair this week during school hours, and families can sign up to visit the fair on Monday and Friday afternoon from 4:20-6:00 pm. You can also shop the online fair and have items shipped to home at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/freedomhillelementaryschool

Outdoor Lunch

As a final reminder, we have extended our outdoor lunch parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our optional outdoor lunches as long as the weather remains mild and will allow students to bring their jackets outside. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 15 - Book Fair Family Night, 4:20-6:00PM, Sign Up
  • November 17 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • November 19 - Book Fair Family Night, 4:20-6:00PM, Sign Up
  • November 24 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break, School Closed

RED Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

WHITE Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

From the Twittersphere - #FHHighlights Outstanding Employee Awards 2021-22

Hello Freedom Hill Families and Staff!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Freedom Hill Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the Google forms linked as the heading below. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non- instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, Family Liaisons  

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, Nov 23rd.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Kopacz at [email protected]. Thank you for helping us recognize our wonderful community and staff!

Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

 

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”  

                                                          ~Robert Holden

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?
COVID-19 Screening Testing- Preregistration and Consent, Online Portal Open

All FCPS schools will begin random COVID-19 screening testing of 10% of students who have parental consent beginning the week of November 15.  Screening testing will happen weekly at Freedom Hill on Tuesday afternoons.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the secure online portal.

If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 testing webpage.

New Staff Members

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to our Freedom Hill community. They will be working directly with students in small groups as interventionists in reading and math, and will be assisting our teachers as we provide tiered supports for our students this year. 

(pictured left) Vicki Mansuy - Reading Intervention

(pictured right) Liz Finnerty - Math Intervention

PTA Updates  

PTA MEETING - NOV. 17, 8PM Join us for the next PTA meeting next week on Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. Join us here or dial in 301 715 8592 with Meeting ID: 959 1668 4568. 

 

CHECK OUT GIRL SCOUTS AT FHES Interested in Girl Scouts? There are Girl Scouts troops at Freedom Hill - it's a great leadership experience. Check out the flier for more info or contact Barbara Brown to get all the details.

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/7/21

GovDelivery2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! A moment that many of us have been waiting for has arrived - community clinics and local pediatricians have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

This week, we are excited to share that our Book Fair is finally returning! Ms. Trott has been hard at work developing a new schedule to keep us safe inside while also offering some weekend times next Saturday (at the same time as our outdoor Green Team work session). On Thursday we celebrate Veterans' Day. We are thankful for our school community and family members who have served, or are currently serving our country. FCPS has scheduled a 2-hour early release for Veteran’s Day. 

Additionally, on Monday we are having our first lunches for our Soaring Eagles Citizenship Award winners for first quarter. Each teacher selected two students to be recognized based not on academic performance, but rather on exemplary showcasing of our Positivity Project traits. These students have been models for their peers and contributed to our wonderful school culture. They will be invited to eat lunch with the principals and school counselors, and will receive a variety of prizes. Thank you to Mrs. Coleman and Ms. Hill for organizing this great recognition program. 

We have extended our parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our optional outdoor lunches as long as the weather remains mild and will allow students to bring their jackets outside. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 10 - Q1 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • November 11 - Veterans' Day, 2-hour early release at 2:10
  • November 11-12 - Book Fair Preview for Students
  • November 13 - Green Team Weekend Session and Book Fair, 8:30 - 12:00
  • November 17 - PTA Meeting, 8PM

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

Positivity Project: Bravery

Individuals with this strength may be described as:

  • Courageous
  • Valorous
  • Heroic

Individuals with this strength may act, feel or say the following things:

  • I would prefer to try and fail, than never to have tried at all.
  • Doing what is right is the most important thing
  • I know what I am afraid of and take action to overcome my fears.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

Activating ParentVue Accounts

The SIS - Student Information System - is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Freedom Hill families have already activated the SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (http://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account. Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Staff Annoucements

We are excited to share several staff announcements! Please join me in celebrating with our staff as we look forward to new little Eagles joining our school family: 

  • Mrs. Canape will be returning from her maternity leave on November 19! We are excited for her to return and are thankful for our wonderful long-term substitute, Ms. Gibson, for being such a fabulous teacher for our students.
  • Mrs. Coleman, one of our school counselors, and her husband are expecting their first child this spring! Congratulations!
  • Mrs. Hollaar, our first grade teacher, and her husband are expecting their first child this spring. Congratulations!
  • Mr. Kopacz, our Assistant Principal, and his wife are expecting a baby boy this spring. Congratulations!
Book Fair Returns!

We're so excited to be bringing the book fair back to the Freedom Hill library IN PERSON! Please see the linked details below in the PTA section. 

Scoliosis Fact Sheet for Parents of 5th/6th Graders

Families of 5th and 6th grade students: Please check out the Scoliosis Fact Sheet 

PTA Updates

We hope your family had a wonderful weekend and is adjusting to daylight savings. Please note our International Parade is being rescheduled to Spring instead of in November.

FHES BOOK FAIR IS BACK! NOV. 11-19 with SPECIAL EVENT NOV. 13TH!

We're so excited to bring our FHES Scholastic Book Fair back to students! Join us for the Fall is in the Air event on Saturday, Nov. 13th from 10am-1pm on the black top. Lots of other opportunities to purchase books (in person at school and online) as well. All the details are here in the flier! Shop online starting Nov. 11 at https://tinyurl.com/fhesfallbook. Contact Ms. Trott with questions. 

GREEN TEAM - NOV. 13TH

Our school’s food garden looks great and our beds are planted for the fall. Our next weekend work session will be on Nov. 13th, from 8:30 AM – 12 PM.  We will be focusing on laying down gravel pathways, cleaning up our pollinator garden, and cleaning up our front beds at school.  Want info about Green Team Activities and NEWS?  Sign up for our Mailing List using this form HERE.

NEXT PTA MEETING - NOV. 17th at 8PM

If you missed the last PTA meeeting, here are the slides, minutes and recording with (Access Password: X78V=gp?). Next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. 

BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED

Help former FHES student, Jose Gonzalez, with his Eagle Scout project to get books in the hands of FHES children. Jose hopes to benefit students by building their family libraries and learn about the positive impact scouting can have on their lives. Donate books in the blue bin by FHES' front doors!

GIRL SCOUTS AT FHES

There are Girl Scouts troops at Freedom Hill - it's a great leadership experience. Check out the flier for more info or contact Barbara Brown to get all the details. 

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/31/21

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope all are well as our first quarter of the school year comes to an end (and in style with Harvest Spirit Week)! We'd like to say a very big "THANK YOU" to our families, teachers, and students for everyone's collective efforts to make this a great start to the school year. Our community continues its traditions of kindness, positivity, understanding, hard work, and engaging learning each week. We are so proud! 

This week, students will be on holiday on Monday and Tuesday as our teachers conduct conferences, prepare progress reports, and plan for the second quarter. Our front office will be open from 8:30-12:00 on both days. Don't forget that Tuesday is Election Day! If you have not already, it is a great time to introduce your child to one of the foundational tenets of democracy through voting. Best wishes to our families celebrating Dia de los Muertos and Diwali this week. 

On Wednesday, we have School Picture Makeup Day for any students who missed our first date. 

We have extended our parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our optional outdoor lunches as long as the weather remains mild and will allow students to bring their jackets outside. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 1 - 2 - Teacher Work Days, Student Holidays
  • November 3 - Makeup Picture Day
  • November 4 - Cultural Observance Day - Diwali (no assessments)
  • November 5 - Impact Aid Forms Due
  • November 10 - Q1 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • November 13 - Green Team Weekend Session, 8:30 - 12:00

RED Days This Week: Thursday

WHITE Days This Week: Wednesday, Friday

VaxUP FCPS

Tuesday’s news that an FDA panel has recommended Pfizer’s low dose vaccine for children ages 5-11 brings hope that we can add another layer of prevention for children during this pandemic. As we await a final decision, please know that Fairfax County Public Schools and our community partners including the Fairfax County Health Department, Inova Health System, and local pediatric groups, are working together to ensure that every family who wishes to vaccinate their children ages 5-11 will have access to the vaccine. For the latest information on our vaccination rollout plans, visit our website.

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools - but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

Positivity Project: Perspective

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Perspective. You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

 

“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a field of weeds, or a field of wishes...”  

                                                          ~Unknown

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Why is it important to look at things from a different point of view?
  • What are the benefits of looking at things from different perspectives?
  • Why is it important to have perspective in your relationships with others?
Activating ParentVue Accounts

The SIS - Student Information System - is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Freedom Hill families have already activated the SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (http://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account. Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Community Review of Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources and Science Basal Instructional Resources for upcoming school years. A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853. Families reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/VKxcfabLedjYAZpS8. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on November 3.

K - 8 Science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. Families reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6

PTA Updates

We hope your family has a wonderful Halloween if you celebrate today and that your students enjoy the two days off Monday and Tuesday. A few calendar notes from us - Dia de los Muertos is Nov. 1-2 and Diwali is Thursday, Nov. 4th. Don't forget to vote if you can on Election Day on Nov. 2nd. Fall Picture Make-up Day is Wed., Nov. 3rd. And get ready for Daylight Savings coming up on Nov. 7th! Also please note our International Parade is being rescheduled to Spring instead of in November.

FDO RECAP AND THANK YOU

Thanks to those who joined us for Chipotle and Coldstone last week! We collectively made $250 from the evening sales and proceeds. Thank you to Jen King for organizing! Our next FDO will be Dec. 6-7 at Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church on Leesburg Pike. 

TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, WED. OCT. 27th

Props to Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee for pulling off a great Teacher Appreciation breakfast last week! They also put together these amazing cold winter gifts complete with hand sanitizer, emergen-c and cough drops to keep our teacher and staff healthy!   

DEADLINE EXTENDED - UPDATE YOUR DIRECTORY INFO BY NOV. 2nd

To access the new Freedom Hill PTA AtoZ Connect site, visit https://freedomhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. 1) Click "Register/Login", then "Create Account" (Create your family's account and click "verify my email".) 2) You've got mail! (Check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.) 3) Finish your registration (Parent/Family and Student Info & Directory Publish Preferences)

GREEN TEAM - NOV. 13TH

Our school’s food garden looks great and our beds are planted for the fall. Our next weekend work session will be on Nov. 13th, from 8:30 AM – 12 PM.  We will be focusing on laying down gravel pathways, cleaning up our pollinator garden, and cleaning up our front beds at school.  Want info about Green Team Activities and NEWS?  Sign up for our Mailing List using this form HERE (Updated and Fixed Link).

NEXT PTA MEETING - NOV. 17th at 8PM

If you missed the last PTA meeeting, here are the slides, minutes and recording with (Access Password: X78V=gp?). Next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. 

BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED

Help former FHES student, Jose Gonzalez, with his Eagle Scout project to get books in the hands of FHES children. Jose hopes to benefit students by building their family libraries and learn about the positive impact scouting can have on their lives. Donate books in the blue bin by FHES' front doors!

GIRL SCOUTS AT FHES

There are Girl Scouts troops at Freedom Hill - it's a great leadership experience. Check out the flier for more info or contact Barbara Brown to get all the details. 

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/24/21

GovDelivery2 months 4 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

What a blast seeing so many families at our Halloween Spooky Movie Night! We hope you enjoyed the movie and the time together as much as we did. A big thank you to Tori Brent, our SACC crew, Mr. Fenton, Liz Spinney, Kerrey Olden, and all of our volunteers. This week, we are hosting our Harvest Spirit Week, which culminates with Book Character Dress Up Day on Friday (please - no costume masks or toy weapons at school). Also on Friday, "tiny pumpkins" will be provided for our PK-3 students to celebrate the harvest season. Thank you to Trader Joe's for the pumpkin donations!

With the quarter ending on Friday, October 29th, there is also a 2 hour early release for all students. Our dismissal time will be at 2:10pm on this day.  There are student holidays on Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd, while teachers are conducting parent teacher conferences.  We hope you have signed up for a time to connect and partner with your child’s teacher.

Last week, Superintendent Scott Brabrand presented the School Board with FCPS’s plans for the rollout of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for our students aged 5-11. The combination of screening testing and the expansion of vaccination to elementary school students are both aimed at keeping schools and offices safe places to learn and work this year. FCPS will continue to provide updates, so stay tuned for more communication. 

Finally, we have extended our parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our outdoor lunch as long as the weather remains mild. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 25 - 29 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 26 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle/Cold Stone
  • October 29 - First Quarter Ends, 2-hour Early Release Day
  • November 1 - 2 - Teacher Work Days, Student Holidays
  • November 4 - Cultural Observance Day - Diwali

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools - but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

Positivity Project: Creativity

Individuals with this strength may be described as:

  • Original
  • Imaginative
  • Innovative

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

  • I am always thinking of new ways to do things.
  • I have a large imagination.
  • I like to daydream.
  • Creativity takes courage.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

PTA Updates

SPOOKY MOVIE FUN NIGHT

What an amazing Halloween Spooky Movie Night we had on Friday. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team, Mr. Fenton, Liz Spinney, Kerrey Olden and all our parent and kid volunteers for making it an incredible evening for all!

FAMILY DINNER OUT ON TUES., OCT. 26th AT CHIPOTLE & COLD STONE, 5-9PM

Join us for our Family Dinner Out at Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery at 213 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna on THIS Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5-9pm. You must tell BOTH places when you order that you are from Freedom Hill. For Chipotle, you can also order online with the code: MHLE4MG. Tell your friends and see you there!  All the info is here in English and Spanish

UPDATE YOUR DIRECTORY INFO BY FRI. OCT. 29th

To access the new Freedom Hill PTA AtoZ Connect site, visit https://freedomhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. 1) Click "Register/Login", then "Create Account" (Create your family's account and click "verify my email".) 2) You've got mail! (Check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.) 3) Finish your registration (Parent/Family and Student Info & Directory Publish Preferences)

TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, WED. OCT. 27th

Help thank our teachers for a busy first quarter with our Teacher Appreciation team, led by Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee. Donate on Pay4SchoolStuff by marking "teacher appreciation" to help contribute to a lovely breakfast from Marshall High School's Davis Center to treat our teachers on Wed., Oct. 27th! Or turn in this flier form with your donation to the PTA mailbox in the front office.

BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED

Help former FHES student, Jose Gonzalez, with his Eagle Scout project to get books in the hands of FHES children. Jose hopes to benefit students by building their family libraries and learn about the positive impact scouting can have on their lives. Donate books in the blue bin by FHES' front doors!

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/17/21

GovDelivery3 months ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We had another busy week of learning! It was great to see many families at our PTA meeting earlier this week. We are so grateful for our supportive PTA Board and all the parent volunteers. Our school and community partnership is one of the things that makes Freedom Hill a great place! And speaking of which, we are still in need of families to sign up to assist with our outdoor lunches!

On Friday, October 29, we will have an optional Book Character School Spirit day, which is the culminating day of our Harvest Spirit Week (see below).  Students may dress up as their favorite book character. If your child chooses to participate in this spirit day, please ensure that they have a school appropriate costume- including no weapons or full face masks. Protective masks covering the mouth/nose are still required.  Hats will be allowed but many not fully cover the head and face.  Students will be dismissed two hours early at 2:05 that day.  

Teachers will be meeting with parents as the quarter ends to discuss each student's progress and goals for the remainder of the year. Many teachers have already begun their first quarter conferences/family check ins.  

We hope to see you at Spooky Movie Fun Night on Friday!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 19 - AAP Level IV Info Night, 6pm (Link)
  • October 22 - Spooky Movie Fun Night
  • October 25 - 29 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 26 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle/Cold Stone
  • October 29 - First Quarter Ends, 2-hour Early Release Day
  • November 1 - 2 - Teacher Work Days, Student Holidays

RED Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

WHITE Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

AAP Level IV Information Night

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On Tuesday, October 19th, at 6pm we will be holding an information session for parents interested in referring their child for AAP services. This meeting will focus mostly on the process to apply for level IV AAP services (full time) for the 2022-23 school year and is intended for parents of 2nd-6th grade students. All are welcome!

If you would like more general information about AAP services, you can watch the video from the earlier Zoom session (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q42d_XFeOLI) or email me with any questions ([email protected]).  Also, please check out the AAP folder on Schoology.  There are links to forms, AAP details, slideshows, videos, and more.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 91756675953

Password: 598528

              Positivity Project: Forgiveness

Individuals with this strength might be described as:

  • Compassionate
  • Merciful
  • Kindhearted
  • Well-Wishing

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

  • I can let it go.
  • I forgive you.
  • I don’t hold grudges.
  • I can move on from incidents.
  • I can understand why you did that.
  • Although what you did hurt me, I am ready to move on.
  • Forgiveness shows you are a strong person.

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.‘ ” – Oprah Winfrey

PTA Updates

PTA MEETING RECAP

Thanks to those of us who joined us last week. Here are the slides, minutes and recording with (Access Password: X78V=gp?) if you missed it. Next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. 

SPOOKY MOVIE FUN NIGHT THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 22 - PRE-ORDERS DUE WEDNESDAY!

Only a few more days! We can't wait to spend a Halloween Spooky Movie Night with you THIS FRIDAY, October 22nd! We'll be outside on the black top so bring your blankets and yoga mats to sit on and tune in for the show. While we aren't charging for formal admission fees, we are asking for a suggested donation for the evening of activities ($5 per person, $10 per family, more always welcome) which you can send via Pay4SchoolStuff. You can also pre-order Dominoes Pizza on Pay4SchoolStuff thanks to our 6th grade. All the details on the night are here in the flier! Visit Pay4SchoolStuff to get your donations and pre-orders in or turn in a check with the form here. The forecast looks good but we have a raindate of Oct. 29th as a back-up. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team and Mr. Fenton for helping us with all the details!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are excited for Halloween Spooky Movie night but we do need some volunteers to make this happen. Check out the sign up geniuses here and this special sign up genius for 6th grade parents/kids!

AAP PARENT INFO NIGHT - TUE. OCT. 19th at 6PM

Join Tara Fredericks, AAP Specialist, to learn more about Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level 4 info for parents. This Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 6pm. All are welcome but the info is most relevant for parents of 2nd-6th graders. Click here for the link.  

QUICK REMINDER - IN PERSON ENRICHMENT BEGINS THIS WEEK!

For those of you whose children are doing enrichment activities, don't forget that classes begin this week. Reach out to [email protected] if you have questions!

FAMILY DINNER OUT ON TUES., OCT. 26th AT CHIPOTLE & COLD STONE, 5-9PM

Join us for our next Family Dinner Out at Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery at 213 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5-9pm. You must tell BOTH places when you order that you are from Freedom Hill. For Chipotle, you can also order online with the code: MHLE4MG. Tell your friends and see you there!  All the info is here in English and Spanish

TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, WED. OCT. 27th Help thank our teachers for a busy first quarter with our Teacher Appreciation team, led by Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee. Donate on Pay4SchoolStuff by marking "teacher appreciation" to help contribute to a lovely breakfast from Marshall High School's Davis Center to treat our teachers on Oct. 27th! Or turn in this flier form with your donation to the PTA mailbox in the front office.

BECOME A PTA MEMBER

Congratulations to Jessica Cotto who won the September PTA Member raffle! Turn in your PTA membership to enter a win a gift card by end of October. The PTA is a volunteer-driven organization that helps with programs, activities and traditions NOT provided by FCPS. Things like: capital improvements (new water filling stations), Reading Materials (replenishing classroom libraries), Teacher Wishlists, Technology needs (like Peardeck) and many events through out the year? We have a membership goal to raise $10,000 this year. Do what you can and become a member. See Family Forms details here and Teacher discount form here. See our cool thank you gifts in our Family Forms. You can sign up online at http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com too!

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/10/21

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope all have a pleasant 3-day weekend as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day tomorrow. 

Today we'd like to review new health guidelines. With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. Starting Monday, October 4, the Return to School form is no longer needed, we will follow the following guidelines:

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)

OR

Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a  positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples' Day (Student Holiday)

  • October 14 - PTA Meeting
  • October 22 - Spooky Movie Fun Night
  • October 26 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle/Cold Stone
  • October 29 - First Quarter Ends, 2-hour Early Release Day

RED Days This Week: Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

Safety First! Updates

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

Wednesday Folders

In order to provide additional flexibility for our staff and community during the week, we will be transitioning to Wednesday folders effective this week instead of Tuesday folders. 

Positivity Project: Integrity

Individuals with integrity may be described as:

  • Honest
  • Authentic
  • Trustworthy
  • Sincere

Individuals with this strength likely think, feel or act in the following ways:

  • It is important to tell the truth
  • I practice what I preach
  • It is important to have a code of values and stay true to them.
  • I care more about being true to myself than being popular.

“To believe in something and not live it, is dishonest.” – Mahatma Gandhi

PTA Updates

WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL RECAP

Thank you for a great Walk/Bike to School day! Hope everyone had fun. Props to Sam Lee for planning it!

PTA MEETING ON THURSDAY, OCT. 14th

Join us for our 2nd PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, October 14th. We'll talk about upcoming plans for the fall and have a Q&A with Dr. Z. Join us here or call in to 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 958 6180 1480. 

 SPOOKY MOVIE FUN NIGHT ON FRIDAY, OCT. 22 - INFO HERE!

We can't wait to spend a Halloween Spooky Movie Night with you on Friday, October 22nd! We'll be outside on the black top so bring your blankets and yoga mats to sit on and tune in for the show. While we aren't charging for formal admission fees, we are asking for a suggested donation for the evening of activities ($5 per person, $10 per family, more always welcome) which you can send via Pay4SchoolStuff. You can also pre-order Dominoes Pizza on Pay4SchoolStuff thanks to our 6th grade who'll be managing that. All the details on the night are here in the flier! Visit Pay4SchoolStuff to get your donations and pre-orders in or turn in a check with the form here. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team and Mr. Fenton for helping us with all the details!

FAMILY DINNER OUT ON TUES., OCT. 26th AT CHIPOTLE & COLD STONE, 5-9PM

Take a night off cooking and join us at Chipotle and Cold Stone Ice Cream on Maple Ave. on Tuesday, Oct. 26th from 5-9pm. A portion of the proceeds will help raise funds for the PTA so come out, get carry out and spread the word to your friends!

TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, WED. OCT. 27th Help thank our teachers for a busy first quarter with our Teacher Appreciation team, led by Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee. Donate on Pay4SchoolStuff by marking "teacher appreciation" to help contribute to a lovely breakfast to treat our teachers on Oct. 27th! Or turn in this flier form with your donation to the PTA mailbox in the front office.

BECOME A PTA MEMBER

Congratulations to Jessica Cotto who won the September PTA Member raffle! Turn in your PTA membership to enter a win a gift card by end of October. The PTA is a volunteer-driven organization that helps with programs, activities and traditions NOT provided by FCPS. Things like: capital improvements (new water filling stations), Reading Materials (replenishing classroom libraries), Teacher Wishlists, Technology needs (like Peardeck) and many events through out the year? We have a membership goal to raise $10,000 this year. Do what you can and become a member. See Family Forms details here and Teacher discount form here. See our cool thank you gifts in our Family Forms. You can sign up online at http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com too!

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/3/21

GovDelivery3 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Fall has arrived! We are starting to enjoy the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, and much fun and learning (and lunch) inside and outside of the building. Our staff and students continue to do a wonderful job following our health mitigation strategies and keeping one another safe. We have a few brief thank yous this week:

  • This week is Custodian Appreciation Week. Our dedicated crew of Salvador, Rosalina, Vilma, and Esther have been working overtime to keep our school clean and safe with many extra responsibilities this year. They also prepared our school with Herculean speed this summer after our many summer school programs ended within hours of the first day of school. If you or your student would like to drop off a thank you card or item, we would be happy to pass it along to them. We will be honoring them with a luncheon on Thursday. 
  • Thank you to our many families who have contributed to making our outdoor lunches a success! Many have made donations for furniture/seating or volunteered their time as a lunch chaperone. With donations we were able to order an additional tent and tables that will arrive soon. 
  • Thank you to our parents and PTA for organizing our upcoming October events. You can see information below on Enrichment programs, Walk/Bike to School Day, and Spooky Movie Night! Mr. Curtis and the Green Team will also be working on the garden next Saturday and would love to have your help! See more information below. 

A brief reminder from our front office - if you need to make a transportation change for your student at the end of the day, please contact our front office by 2:00. This allows our staff to be fully focused on dismissal. Thank you!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • September 28 - October 6 - Testing window for VA Growth Assessment (VGA)
  • October 4 - Enrichment Registration Closes
  • October 6 - Walk/Bike to School Day!
  • October 9 - Green Team Works the Garden!, 8:30-12:00
  • October 11 - Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday)

  • October 14 - PTA Meeting
  • October 22 - Spooky Movie Fun Night

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our school clinic or the health department for next steps. 

Vision/Hearing Screenings

Over the next several weeks, Mrs. Berg will begin vision and hearing screening for all students new to Fairfax County Public Schools and all Kindergarten and 3rd grade students. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the  screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. 

Positivity Project: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

People who show this can be described as:

  • Present
  • Focused
  • Engaged

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

  • When someone is talking to me, I don’t check my phone.
  • I have a strategy to minimize distractions.
  • I want others to pay attention to me, so I pay attention to them.

“Life is what happens when you put down your phone.“

– Kid President

Remaining Virginia Growth Assessment Testing Dates for 3-6

The Virginia Growth Assessment is a new assessment designed to assess students’ knowledge of concepts from the Math and Language Arts curricula. Assessment results will be used to better align instruction to student needs, and will be taken by all public schools students in Virginia. As with our SOLs at the end of the year, we ask that families not schedule appointments on their students' testing dates. An additional informational email will be arriving with more information. Thank you!

3rd Grade:

Math - October 6

4th Grade:

Math - October 5

PTA Updates

 

ENRICHMENT CLASSES - REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT MONDAY, OCT. 4th!

This is your last chance to check out before and after school classes for your kiddos. A great way for them to check out something new and gain you an extra hour at home! Classes include Hip Hop, Crazy Chem Works, All Sports, Spanish, Pottery, Chess, Soccer, Musical Instruments with Beginner Ensemble and Minecraft using Legos. Here's where you'll register. Questions? Ask us or check out the FAQ. Classes start Oct. 18th and run through Dec. 17th. 

WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL - WED., OCT. 6TH

Walk/Bike to School Day is THIS Wednesday, October 6th! (Rain date is Oct. 7).  1) Walk or bike to school or around your neighborhood 2) If walking to school is not feasible, walk to your bus stop or fave spot in your neighborhood *There is no central meeting point or time this year - entirely your choice! Share your experience - All details are here! 

PRE-ORDER YOUR PIZZA FOR SPOOKY MOVIE FUN NIGHT ON FRIDAY, OCT. 22

We can't wait to spend a Halloween Spooky Movie Night with you on Friday, October 22nd! We'll be outside on the black top so bring your blankets and yoga mats to sit on and tune in for the show. While we aren't charging for formal admission fees, we are asking for a suggested donation for the evening of activities ($5 per person, $10 per family, more always welcome). You can also pre-order Dominoes Pizza thanks to our 6th grade who'll be managing that. All the details on the night are here in the flier! Visit Pay4SchoolStuff to get your donations and pre-orders in or turn in a check with the form here. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team and Mr. Fenton for helping us with all the details!

HELP IN THE GARDEN ON OCT. 9 Are you interesting in joining our schools Green Team?  Come help prepare our school garden for the fall and winter months!  On October 9th, from 8:30am -12:00 pm, we will be planting garlic, harvesting potatoes, and weeding our new garden beds.  Want more information about Green Team?  Please fill out this parent form to learn more. 

PTA MEETING ON THURSDAY, OCT. 14th

Join us for our 2nd PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, October 14th. We'll talk about upcoming plans for the fall and have a Q&A with Dr. Z. Join us here or call in to 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 958 6180 1480. 

BECOME A PTA MEMBER

Thank you to those who have already turned in your membership. Just a reminder that the PTA is a volunteer-driven organization that helps with programs, activities and traditions NOT provided by FCPS. Things like: capital improvements (new water filling stations), Reading Materials (replenishing classroom libraries), Teacher Wishlists, Technology needs (like Peardeck) and many events through out the year? We have a membership goal to raise $10,000 this year. Do what you can and become a member. See Family Forms details here and Teacher discount form here. See our cool thank you gifts in our Family Forms. You can sign up online at http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com too!

 

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

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