FH Weekly Update - 1/16/23

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hoped you've enjoyed the long weekend and had a moment to reflect on the profound impact of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. 

We have a very exciting and busy end of January ahead - the building will be buzzing with the Band/Strings concert, Chorus concert, spelling bees, preparations for the February Science Fair, and more! Next week also features an early release and two staff development days at the end of the first semester, so please keep an eye on the calendar. 

Lastly, students do engage in outdoor recess daily even during the winter months.  Please make sure you send your child in with a warm jacket, gloves, and a hat so they are ready to be outside.  If you need support obtaining any cold weather wear, please contact the main office or our parent liaison, Vania Espichan

Thank you for your continued support of our school and students. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • January 16 - School Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:30 PM
  • January 23 - Evening Chorus Concert, 6:00 PM
  • January 24 - Evening Band/Strings Concert, 6:00 PM
  • January 24 - February 3 - Grade Level Spelling Bees
  • January 25 – End of Q2 – Early Release Day
  • January 26/27 - Staff Development Days (Student Holidays)
Front Office Reminders
  • Our doors close in the morning at 9:20. If you arrive with your student after 9:20, please park your vehicle and bring them to the office for a late pass. 
  • If you miss a call from the school, please listen to the voicemail before calling back.  There are almost 100 phone extensions in our building and the office has no way of knowing who called your number.  Not all calls are emergencies, but if there were an emergency with your student, we would continue to try and call you or the emergency contacts listed for your child.
  • As required in all FCPS schools, please be reminded that all visitors to Freedom Hill must display a visitor badge issued from our ScholarChip system.  You must scan your driver’s license and register on the computer located in the main office.  If you do not have a driver’s license, another form of photo ID should be provided and the office will assist you in registering.  Your ID must be brought with you each time you visit or volunteer at Freedom Hill.  If you do not have it with you, you will be denied access beyond the main office.
Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Dates

The winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill in January  This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

We ask that your family try their best to avoid appointments and absences on testing dates:

Combined Fall and Winter VGA score reports will be delivered to families via U.S. Mail as soon as possible after all Winter VGA tests are completed. The anticipated delivery timeline is late February or early March 2023. The intention of combining this VGA reporting is to make it easier for families to view growth in the Vertical Scaled Scores (VSS) from fall to winter and to compare the student’s VSS results to the end-of-year proficiency target. More information pertaining to the VGA can be found here.

Positivity Project: Perseverance

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Perseverance. You complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

 

"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

                                                          ~Babe Ruth

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is involved in perseverance?
  • How is perseverance related to teamwork? Creativity? Optimism?
  • How can a growth-mindset help as you think about perseverance?
Student Transfer Renewal Applications Open February 15

A student transfer is valid for one year only. A parent or guardian must submit a renewal application each year for student transfer consideration. A renewal application may be submitted for students who continue to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer request. For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request must be submitted.

Letters from the principal will be automatically generated from the online student transfer application in February for students eligible and not eligible for renewal and sent to the enrolling parents primary email address. 

For detailed information regarding the renewal process, please visit the Online Student Transfer Application: Renewal Process webpage

FCPS Summer Tech Adventure Camp

Looking for a great summer activity for your student(s)? This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades,
and computer science. Check out the flyer here

Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs - Marshall HS

The FCPS Student Safety & Wellness Office is sponsoring a seminar for caregivers in our community to understand the basics around alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids.  They will review what you can do as a caregiver as it relates to your child, and identify and connect you with community resources.  If you are interested in attending this event, you can sign up here.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

#FHHighlights PTA Updates

Check out the announcements and join us for the PTA meeting this week on Wednesday at 7:30 pm!

 

PTA MEETING JAN. 18, 7:30 PM

Join us for our PTA meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:30 pm. To join us, click here. Meeting ID is: 962 1419 3278 and Passcode: 578340. Or if you are dialing in, use the number 309-205-3325 with meeting ID and passcode.

 

SPELLING BEE ON FEB. 8TH

Our Spelling Bee is on the horizon! Between Jan. 24-Feb. 3rd, kids have the option of participating in a grade-level bee. Participation is optional for students, and 6 students per grade level will advance to the final round. Study lists supplied by Scripps Spelling Bee are here. To make spelling practice and learning fun, Scripps, for the time first time has released an official free mobile app for iOS and Android platforms available. The School Bee will be held on Feb. 8th at 6 pm.

 

SCIENCE FAIR: SAVE THE DATE FEB. 15

Freedom Hill's SCIENCE FAIR is making its return on February 15th. The Science Fair is a great way to showcase something your child learned with a posterboard/tabletop presentation, demonstrate a cool hands-on experiment, or more! See the flyer for the form to fill out and an example tri-fold posterboard. Need ideas? Great resources for ideas are at: education.com and ScienceBuddiesForm due Feb. 1st  to Kerrey at [email protected] or to the PTA Mailbox in the office. We need volunteers to help. Sign up here.

 

RESOLVE TO HELP FHES PTA - 3 STEPS

Make a resolution to help Freedom Hill PTA with things you already do. Three easy ways. - Harris Teeter - sign up your Harris Teeter card to benefit Freedom Hill ESSet up Amazon Smile to benefit Freedom Hill ES - Download the Boxtop for Education app and scan your receipts to put savings toward school (how to do it here).

 

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/8/23

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

What a great first week of 2023! It is always very exciting to see our staff and students rejuvenated after the holidays and ready to take on the second half of this year's learning. We had several new families join our school community after a holiday move, and we wish them a big welcome to our school community and to our weekend updates. 

This week, VGA testing continues for our grades 3-6 families, and "on the radar" are the January PTA meeting, Spelling Bee, band/strings concerts, Science Fair, field trips, and more. It is a fun and exciting time to be a student "On the Hill". Thank you for your support in this new year.

For families who enrolled in Winter Enrichment programs, they begin this week!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • January 9 - 17 - Winter VGA Window (Grades 3-6)
  • January 16 - School Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:30 PM
  • January 24 - Band/Strings Concert, 6:00
  • January 24 - February 3 - Grade Level Spelling Bees
  • January 25 – End of Q2 – Early Release Day
Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Dates

The winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill in January  This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

We ask that your family try their best to avoid appointments and absences on testing dates:

Positivity Project: Prudence

 

 

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

 

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

                                                          ~Caroline Kennedy

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does making good decisions have to do with prudence?
  • Is it hard to make decisions in certain situations? If yes, which situations?
  • Do you find it becoming harder or easier to make good decisions as you get older?
#FHHighlights PTA Updates

Hoping you are back in the swing of things. Winter enrichment begins this week for those who enrolled. Check out additional announcements below as preparations for the Spelling Bee and Science Fair are well under way!

 

PTA MEETING JAN. 18, 7:30 PM
Join us for our PTA meeting to ring in the new year of PTA activities on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:30 pm. To join us, click on the link here. Meeting ID is: 962 1419 3278 and Passcode: 578340. Or if you are dialing in, use the number 309-205-3325 with meeting ID and passcode.

 

WINTER ENRICHMENT BEGINS JAN. 9-14
Just a reminder if you signed your child up for Winter Enrichment, classes began this week! You would have gotten an email confirmation from Baroody Camps.

 

SPELLING BEE ON FEB. 8TH
Our Spelling Bee is on the horizon! Between Jan. 24-Feb. 3rd, kids have the option of participating in a class-level bee. Participation is optional for students, and 6 students per grade level will advance to the final round. Study lists supplied by Scripps Spelling Bee are here: https://sites.google.com/site/spellingclubfhes/. To make spelling practice and learning fun, Scripps, for the time first time has released an official free mobile app for iOS and Android platforms available here. The School Bee will be held on Feb. 8th at 6 pm.

 

SCIENCE FAIR: SAVE THE DATE FEB. 15
Freedom Hill's SCIENCE FAIR is making its return on February 15th. The Science Fair is a great way to showcase something your child learned with a posterboard/tabletop presentation, demonstrate a cool hands-on experiment, or more! See the flyer for the form to fill out and an example tri-fold posterboard. Need ideas? Great resources for ideas are at: education.com and ScienceBuddies. Form due Feb. 1st to Kerrey at: [email protected] or to the PTA Mailbox in the office. We need volunteers to help. Sign up here.

 

RESOLVE TO HELP FHES PTA - 3 STEPS
It's a new year! Make a resolution to help Freedom Hill PTA with things you already do. Three easy ways.
- Harris Teeter - sign up your Harris Teeter card to benefit Freedom Hill ES
- Set up Amazon Smile to benefit Freedom Hill ES
- Download the Boxtop for Education app and scan your receipts to put savings toward school (how to do it here).

 

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/2/23

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Welcome back for a new year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. Last year at this time, many students had illness in their families after the holidays. Please help us to keep all of our students and staff healthy by screening your student before they return to school tomorrow. If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, kindly keep them at home until they have recovered. We appreciate your support helping us kick off 2023 in a healthy way at Freedom Hill. 

January is a busy month of learning, and our PTA also has much planned for us! Please see the bottom section for more information on winter enrichment, the Spelling Bee, the Science Fair, and the next PTA meeting. Families of students in grades 3-6 should note the VGA (winter SOL) testing dates. 

 

Happy New Year!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • January 3 - School Resumes
  • January 4 - 17 - Winter VGA Window (Grades 3-6)
  • January 16 - School Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:30 PM
  • January 24 - February 3 - Grade Level Spelling Bees
  • January 25 – End of Q2 – Early Release Day
Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Dates

The winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill in January  This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

We ask that your family try their best to avoid appointments and absences on testing dates:

COVID Diagnostic Testing

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Positivity Project: Optimism

This week we will be focusing on the character strength of Optimism. Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Optimism represents a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future-oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. Despite setbacks, they keep a positive attitude and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieving their goals.

Parent Advocacy Handbook

FCPS has published a newly revised Parent Advocacy Handbook for parents and guardians. The handbook contains answers to many questions parents have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student during various stages of their school experience. The handbook is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, and Spanish.

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

#FHHighlights PTA Updates

We hope you had an amazing and restful break and are recharged for the new year. Check out the announcements below.

 

PTA MEETING JAN. 18, 7:30 PM
Join us for our PTA meeting to ring in the new year of PTA activities on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:30 pm. We will be meeting virtually and sending out the zoom info shortly. 

 

WINTER ENRICHMENT BEGINS JAN. 9-14
Just a reminder if you signed your child up for Winter Enrichment, classes begin next week! You would have gotten an email confirmation from: [email protected] if you need a reminder. 

 

SPELLING BEE ON FEB. 8TH
Our Spelling Bee is on the horizon! Between Jan. 24-Feb. 3rd, kids have the option of participating in a grade-level bee. Participation is optional for students, and 6 students per grade level will advance to the final round. Study lists supplied by Scripps Spelling Bee are here: https://sites.google.com/site/spellingclubfhes/. To make spelling practice and learning fun, Scripps, for the time first time has released an official free mobile app for iOS and Android platforms available here. The School Bee will be held on Feb. 8th at 6 pm.

 

SCIENCE FAIR: SAVE THE DATE FEB. 15
Freedom Hill's SCIENCE FAIR is making its return on February 15th. The last time we had one was pre-Covid in February of 2020! Now is the time to start thinking about projects with your child. This is an interactive evening where students can showcase what they have learned. The Science Fair is optional but a fun way for students to think out of the box and test things out! Great resources for ideas are at: education.com and ScienceBuddies. More info will be coming out on it!

 

ON THE HORIZON
Some key dates to mark on your calendar are:
Feb. 8 - FHES School-wide Spelling Bee 
Feb. 15 - Science Fair

   

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

Happy Holidays From Freedom Hill

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Principals' Message

Dear Families,

From all of us at Freedom Hill, wishing you and your family a very happy, safe, and restful holiday season! We look forward to our students' return on Tuesday, January 3rd. Teachers are on leave and are unavailable until this time. 

If you need to visit us in the Front Office, our hours are 9:00-12:00 on 12/19-12/21 and 12/27-12/29.    

Happy Holidays and be well!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • December 17 - January 2 - Holiday Break
  • January 3 - School Resumes
  • January 4 - 17 - VGA Testing, Grades 3-6
Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Dates

The winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill in January  This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

We ask that your family try their best to avoid appointments and absences on testing dates:

Free Diagnostic Testing in January

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

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

FH Weekly Update - 12/11/22

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

It is hard to believe that we are entering our final school week of the 2022 calendar year! We look forward to celebrating 2022 this week, and for all that 2023 will hold for our hardworking students. If you haven’t already done so, this is a good time to update your child’s emergency care card and have an alternate plan in place if the weather causes school to open later, dismiss early, or close for the day.

As a reminder, all parent referrals for AAP Level IV (grades 2-6 students only) are due by Wednesday. No late referrals will be accepted.

We look forward to our December Spirit Week (thank you to our SCA!) and to finishing this calendar year strongly! 

In continued partnership, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • December 12 - 16 - December Spirit Week
  • December 12 - 14 - Candy Gram Sales at Arrival
  • December 15 -  AAP Level IV Referral Deadline
  • December 17 - January 2 - Holiday Break
  • January 3 - School Resumes
Holiday Generosity

We invite you to join our school community in supporting our families during this holiday season through the following:

  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help us send home food and materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card to a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred) at our front office. We will include these with gifts for families in need
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gentle used coats, hats, gloves and scarves are appreciated. 
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?
AAP Referral Deadline

If you are interested in referring your child (grades 2-6) to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the referral form, questionnaire, and 2 work samples no later than December 15th.  Please submit them electronically to [email protected] or to your child's homeroom teacher.  You are also welcome to send in paper copies to your child's homeroom teacher or the front office. Please email [email protected] for any questions or help!

Referral form 

Parent Questionnaire

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

 

Parent Advocacy Handbook

FCPS has published a newly revised Parent Advocacy Handbook for parents and guardians. The handbook contains answers to many questions parents have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student during various stages of their school experience. The handbook is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, and Spanish.

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

iReady Winter Testing

Students in grades 1-6 will participate in the math and reading iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) for the winter window. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

#FHHighlights PTA Updates

Thanks to those who helped with our Ledo Pizza FDO last week! It's an action-packed week with a Teacher Appreciation activity and lunch, Candygrams on sale until Wed., AAP forms due Thursday, and Enrichment closing on Friday. We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing winter break!

WINTER ENRICHMENT CLOSES FRIDAY!
Keep your kids entertained these upcoming winter months with before and after-school enrichment activities. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Cooking: Savory & Sweets, Guitar, Basketball, Spanish, Potions & Explosions, Chess, Pottery, and Minecraft. All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration is open now and closes this Friday, Dec. 16th. Some classes are already full so be sure to check them out this week! More details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.

 

NEED A FEW VOLUNTEERS ON 12/13 
We are seeking 4-6 volunteers to assist us with a teacher appreciation activity for the week before break. This will be a short easy activity that anyone can do. We will meet Tuesday, 12/13 in the art room from 4:00-6:00 pm. If you would like to participate, please sign up here. If you can't volunteer but would like to leave a kind note for a teacher, submit an Outstanding Employee form by December 12th! If you'd like more info about the activity, contact [email protected]

 

CANDYGRAMS ON SALE TIL 12/14
Candy Grams Are Here! You can still purchase them until Wednesday, Dec. 14th! The Sixth Grade Class of 2023 is hosting a Winter Candy Cane Sale! Tell your classmates, friends, teachers, and staff how much you appreciate them!
When: December 7th – 14th from 8:30-9:10 am
Where: Outside near the main entrance
How Much: 50₵ each
Order form link here. Your payment along with a completed order form may be returned to the CANDY GRAMS box in the FHES main office. Want to write out your own messages? It’s easy. Go here for printable message notes. Turn in your message along with your order form and payment to the CANDY GRAMS box. Q's? Contact Christine Khuo. 

 

TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION LOVE
Props to Sechin Lee and Sara Lyon for organizing an awesome Teacher/Staff Luncheon to take place on Wed., Dec. 14th with a taco bar from Anita's! 

 

SPELLING BEE COMING AFTER BREAK
Save the date for our Spelling Bee coming up after the break. Between Jan. 24-Feb. 3rd, kids have the option of participating in a class-level bee. This year will be a little different as the kids who want to participate will be placed in a room together and one grade-level teacher will conduct the grade-level bee. If there are 3 classes in a grade, 6 students (3*2) will be selected from the grade to advance to the School Bee. Study lists supplied by Scripps Spelling Bee are here:https://sites.google.com/site/spellingclubfhes/. To make spelling practice and learning fun, Scripps, for the time first time has released an official free mobile app for iOS and Android platforms available here. The School Bee will be held on Feb. 8th at 6 pm.

You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here!

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

FH Weekly Update - 12/4/22

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! Two weeks of school remain until the winter holidays, and we look forward to two weeks of learning and fun! Yesterday, I was honored to sing at the Wolftrap Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long with Mrs. Canape and some of our Chorus students. It definitely helped me to feel the holiday cheer! Our students were well prepared and did a fabulous job! 

A few brief notes for this week:

  • This week, we celebrate our inclusive practices with Inclusive Schools Week. The FCPS theme for this year is "United Within Our Community". Our staff believe that every student at Freedom Hill can learn and grow. Though we are all different, we all benefit from the learning community that we have built together. A big thank you to Ms. Shultz and our special education team who have prepared a variety of topics for us to discuss this week during our Morning Meetings.
  • If you have not already, please consider taking a moment to nominate a staff member who has positively influenced your family in the Outstanding Employee Awards section below before 12/11.
  • Are you or someone you know open to working a few hours a day to support our school? We are looking for student monitors to work 3 hours per day to support our students in the cafeteria and at recess. Please send me an email if you are interested in joining us from 10:30-1:30 each day. 
  • Do you use Amazon for holiday shopping? If so, consider logging onto the website through Amazon Smile and selecting the Freedom Hill PTA. A small % of your order will be donated to our school community. 

On Thursday, FCPS will be observing Bodhi Day. A blessed Bodhi Day to all who celebrate.

In continued partnership, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • December 5 - 9 - Inclusive Schools Week
  • December 5/6 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Ledo Pizza
  • December 8 - Cultural Observance - Bodhi Day
  • December 11 - Outstanding Employee Awards Submissions Close
  • December 15 -  AAP Level IV Referral Deadline
FH Outstanding Employee Awards

Hello parents! It is time for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards! We will be collecting kind comments for our teachers at the links shared below. If you have a teacher that you would like to share some great comments about, please click on the link below and find that teachers name. There is a very quick google form with descriptions of each category and directions to fill out to share your comments. This year, we will be using these comments for a special surprise for the teachers in the school. Please share your thoughts about your incredible teachers! The forms will officially close on December 11th. If you have any questions please reach out to Eric Kopacz, [email protected].

Outstanding Teacher- https://forms.gle/jnSNUeR73KpKASM29

Outstanding New Teacher- https://forms.gle/zgFsycM9XdwUmMss8

Outstanding Professional Employee- https://forms.gle/36zMSRsxGnGWyq1R6

Outstanding Operations Employee- https://forms.gle/FHL65Tpjq5UxSrqFA

Holiday Generosity

We invite you to join our school community in supporting our families during this holiday season through the following:

  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help us send home food and materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card to a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred) at our front office. We will include these with gifts for families in need
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gentle used coats, hats, gloves and scarves are appreciated. 
Positivity Project: Helping Others When They Struggle

 

 

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Supporting others when they struggle is an important test of our character every single day.

“We rise by lifting others.”

                    ~Robert Ingersoll

When you put others first, you look to comfort people in the small, day-to-day disappointments, whether they are friends, classmates, acquaintances, family, and even rivals.

Think of a time you went through something difficult and someone encouraged you. How can you pass on that act of kindness this week? 

AAP Referral Deadline

If you are interested in referring your child (grades 2-6) to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the referral form, questionnaire, and 2 work samples no later than December 15th.  Please submit them electronically to [email protected] or to your child's homeroom teacher.  You are also welcome to send in paper copies to your child's homeroom teacher or the front office. Please email [email protected] for any questions or help!

Referral form 

Parent Questionnaire

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

 

Welcome to New Staff!

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to our Freedom Hill community:

  • Ms. Chitra Chillara is joining us as a special education Instructional Assistant
  • Ms. Sayuri Herron is joining us as a Classroom Monitor
Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

iReady Winter Testing

Students in grades 1-6 will participate in the math and reading iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) for the winter window. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

We hope you had a great weekend. We'd love you all to join us tomorrow and Tuesday to support the PTA with Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church. See you then!

 

LEDO PIZZA TOMORROW AND TUESDAY
We're excited to partner with Ledo Pizza in Falls Church for a Family Dinner Out for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5-6th. 20% of all in person and take out sales those nights will go toward Freedom Hill so please join us there! The location is 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 (by Trader Joe's). Catering orders that week count too. Just mention Freedom Hill when you purchase! Flier is here.

 

WINTER ENRICHMENT OPENS TUESDAY
Keep your kids entertained these upcoming winter months with before and after school enrichment activities. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Cooking: Savory & Sweets, Guitar, Basketball, Spanish, Potions & Explosions, Chess, Pottery, and Minecraft. All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration opens Tuesday, December 6th at 9 AMMore details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.

 

VOLUNTEER FOR A "TA" PROJECT
We are seeking 6-10 volunteers to assist us with a teacher appreciation activity for the week before break (12/12-12/16). This will be a short easy activity that anyone can do. We will meet Tuesday, 12/13 in the art room from 4:00-6:00 pm. If you would like to participate, please sign up here. If you can't volunteer but would like to leave a kind note for a teacher, submit an Outstanding Employee form by December 12th! If you'd like more info about the activity, contact [email protected].

 

HELP GIVE BACK
There are lots of ways to support families during this holiday season with the following:
  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help FHES send home food & materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card at the FHES office for a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred). FHES will include these with gifts for families in need.
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves are appreciated. 

ON-SITE COORDINATOR NEEDED
We're looking for a new on-site coordinator for our after-school activities starting 1/9/2023-3/17/2023. This is a paid position for 1.5 hours a day Mon-Thur. after school. The primary responsibility is to take attendance and to remain with the students until a parent picks them up after class. So if you, a neighbor, or a high school/college student are interested in helping out our school please reach out to Ross Camara here
PLUS - If you are a parent or relative of a current student we include one free registration to an enrichment class.

 

SPELLING BEE COMING AFTER BREAK
Save the date for our Spelling Bee coming up after the break. Between Jan. 24-Feb. 3rd, kids have the option of participating in a class level bee. Depending on student interest, students may be combined at grade levels for the first round. If there are 3 classes in a grade, 6 students (3*2) will be selected from the grade to advance to the School Bee. Study lists supplied by Scripps Spelling Bee are here: https://sites.google.com/site/spellingclubfhes/. To make spelling practice and learning fun, Scripps, for the time first time has released an official free mobile app for iOS and Android platforms available here. The School Bee will be held Feb. 8th at 6pm.

 

ON THE HORIZON
Some key dates to mark on your calendar are:
Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day (for those who celebrate)
Dec. 13 - Teacher Appreciation Activity for Parents
Dec. 15 - AAP Level IV Referral Deadline
Dec. 16 - Last Day to Register for Enrichment 
Dec. 19-Jan. 2 - Winter Break
January  - Winter SOL Growth Assessments
You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here!

 

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/27/22

GovDelivery2 months ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break! Tomorrow we are back to school as learning resumes through the December holiday season. The last month of the year is always a busy one at Freedom Hill! Please keep your eye on our upcoming events (through this newsletter and from your classroom teacher) for ways to be involved during this exciting time. 

In continued partnership, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - School Resumes
  • December 5/6 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Ledo Pizza
  • December 8 - Cultural Observance - Bodhi Day
  • December 12 - Outstanding Employee Awards Submissions Close
  • December 15 -  AAP Level IV Referral Deadline
FH Outstanding Employee Awards

Hello parents! It is time for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards! We will be collecting kind comments for our teachers at the links shared below. If you have a teacher that you would like to share some great comments about, please click on the link below and find that teachers name. There is a very quick google form with descriptions of each category and directions to fill out to share your comments. This year, we will be using these comments for a special surprise for the teachers in the school. Please share your thoughts about your incredible teachers! The forms will officially close on December 12th. If you have any questions please reach out to Eric Kopacz, [email protected].

Outstanding Teacher- https://forms.gle/jnSNUeR73KpKASM29

Outstanding New Teacher- https://forms.gle/zgFsycM9XdwUmMss8

Outstanding Professional Employee- https://forms.gle/36zMSRsxGnGWyq1R6

Outstanding Operations Employee- https://forms.gle/FHL65Tpjq5UxSrqFA

Holiday Generosity

We invite you to join our school community in supporting our families during this holiday season through the following:

  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help us send home food and materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card to a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred) at our front office. We will include these with gifts for families in need
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gentle used coats, hats, gloves and scarves are appreciated. 
Positivity Project: Kindness

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Kindness. You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

 

"There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world.”  

                       ~Bob Anderson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you bring more kindness to our school?
  • How is kindness related to other character strengths?
  • Why is kindness such an important character strength?
FCPS Calendar Survey

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey was sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 this week.

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

FLE Resources Available

The FLE Parent Resources are now available on Schoology for parents to preview. The contents include the Human Growth and Development lessons that will be taking place in December, including specific lesson plans and media that will be used with students. In order to access the material, please log into Schoology using your SIS username and password. From there, navigate to the FLE parent preview through the All Parent Page. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Eric Kopacz, [email protected], or Ian Dowling, [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

 

LEDO PIZZA FDO 12/5 and 12/6

We're excited to partner with Ledo Pizza in Falls Church for a Family Dinner Out. 20% of all in person and take out sales those nights will go toward Freedom Hill so please join us there! The location is 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 (by Trader Joe's). Catering orders that week count too. Just mention Freedom Hill when you purchase! Flier is here.

 

WINTER ENRICHMENT OPENS DEC. 6TH

Keep your kids entertained these upcoming winter months with before and after school enrichment activities. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Cooking: Savory & Sweets, Guitar, Basketball, Spanish, Potions & Explosions, Chess, Pottery, and Minecraft. All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration opens Tuesday, December 6th at 9 AMMore details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.

 

IEP PALOOZA 12/3 FROM 9AM -12PM

Join the SEPTA (Special Education PTA) for an interactive resource fair about IEPs and community resources. This event will take place in person anytime between 9am - 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at Annandale High School located at 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, VA. Details here! You can: * Watch a simulated IEP meeting * Attend break out sessions explaining the various parts of the IEP This event is geared towards parents, school staff and students aged 14+. CE Credits available. Registration is free at www.fairfaxcountysepta.org

 

ON-SITE COORDINATOR NEEDED

We're looking for a new on-site coordinator for our after-school activities starting 1/9/2023-3/17/2023. This is a paid position for 1.5 hours a day Mon-Thur. after school. The primary responsibility is to take attendance and to remain with the students until a parent picks them up after class. So if you, a neighbor, or a high school/college student are interested in helping out our school please reach out to Ross Camara here.  PLUS - If you are a parent or relative of a current student we include one free registration to an enrichment class.

 

ON THE HORIZON

Some key dates to mark on your calendar are:

Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day (for those who celebrate)

Dec. 15 - AAP Level IV Referral Deadline

Dec. 16 - Last Day to Register for Enrichment 

Dec. 19-Jan. 2 - Winter Break January  - Winter SOL Growth Assessments

You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here!

 

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/20/22

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

As we begin a week of gratitude, we want to express our continued thanks and appreciation for all who make our school community a warm, respectful, engaging, and supportive place for our students. It takes contributions from many individuals and groups to provide for 500+ learners, and we are deeply thankful for our staff, students, families, PTA, and the many individuals who enhance our school. We wish everyone a restful and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

But before that begins, we invite everyone to join us for two Spirit Days this week:

  • Monday World Cup Spirit Day - the world's tournament begins! Wear red/white/blue to support the USA in their first game tomorrow, or wear the colors of another nation that you support!
  • Tuesday FH Diabetes Awareness Day - wear blue in support of our awareness campaign for our students with diabetes.

Lastly, please see the Outstanding Employee Awards section below and consider working with your student(s) to nominate staff members who have made a meaningful impact on them. We are excited to share these with staff before they depart for the winter holidays in December. 

In continued partnership, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 21 - World Cup Day (Wear Red/White/Blue or the colors of a nation you support!)
  • November 22 - FH Diabetes Awareness Day (Wear Blue!)
  • November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)
  • November 28 - School Resumes
FH Outstanding Employee Awards

Hello parents! It is time for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards! We will be collecting kind comments for our teachers at the links shared below. If you have a teacher that you would like to share some great comments about, please click on the link below and find that teachers name. There is a very quick google form with descriptions of each category and directions to fill out to share your comments. This year, we will be using these comments for a special surprise for the teachers in the school. Please share your thoughts about your incredible teachers! The forms will officially close on December 12th. If you have any questions please reach out to Eric Kopacz, [email protected].

 

Outstanding Teacher- https://forms.gle/jnSNUeR73KpKASM29

 

Outstanding New Teacher- https://forms.gle/zgFsycM9XdwUmMss8

 

Outstanding Professional Employee- https://forms.gle/36zMSRsxGnGWyq1R6

 

Outstanding Operations Employee- https://forms.gle/FHL65Tpjq5UxSrqFA

Holiday Generosity

We invite you to join our school community in supporting our families during this holiday season through the following:

  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help us send home food and materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card to a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred) at our front office. We will include these with gifts for families in need
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gentle used coats, hats, gloves and scarves are appreciated. 
FH Diabetes Awareness Day

During the month of November, people all over the country team up to spread awareness about diabetes for National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM). Bringing attention to diabetes throughout the month not only helps to bring more understanding to this disease but it can also help to help in support with research and support for important legislation. On Tuesday, 11/22, students at Freedom Hill will be wearing blue to show their support for students at Freedom Hill who have diabetes. Thank you to Mrs. Hussin for her support in bringing this to our school. 

FCPS Calendar Survey

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey was sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 this week.

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

IEP Palooza FLE Resources Available

The FLE Parent Resources are now available on Schoology for parents to preview. The contents include the Human Growth and Development lessons that will be taking place in December, including specific lesson plans and media that will be used with students. In order to access the material, please log into Schoology using your SIS username and password. From there, navigate to the FLE parent preview through the All Parent Page. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Eric Kopacz, [email protected], or Ian Dowling, [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

It was great seeing people at the Book Fair and the Thanksgiving luncheon. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday break!

 

LEDO PIZZA FDO 12/5 and 12/6

We're excited to partner with Ledo Pizza in Falls Church for a Family Dinner Out. 20% of all in person and take out sales those nights will go toward Freedom Hill so please join us there! The location is 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 (by Trader Joe's). Catering orders that week count too. Just mention Freedom Hill when you purchase! Flier is here.

 

IEP PALOOZA 12/3 FROM 9AM -12PM

Join the SEPTA (Special Education PTA) for an interactive resource fair about IEPs and community resources. This event will take place in person anytime between 9am - 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at Annandale High School located at 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, VA. Details here! You can: * Watch a simulated IEP meeting * Attend break out sessions explaining the various parts of the IEP This event is geared towards parents, school staff and students aged 14+. CE Credits available. Registration is free at www.fairfaxcountysepta.org

 

ON-SITE COORDINATOR NEEDED

We're looking for a new on-site coordinator for our after-school activities starting 1/9/2023-3/17/2023. This is a paid position for 1.5 hours a day Mon-Thur. after school. The primary responsibility is to take attendance and to remain with the students until a parent picks them up after class. So if you, a neighbor, or a high school/college student are interested in helping out our school please reach out to Ross Camara here.  PLUS - If you are a parent or relative of a current student we include one free registration to an enrichment class.

 

ON THE HORIZON

Some key dates to mark on your calendar are:

Nov. 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec. 3 - IEP Palooza 

Dec. 5-6 - FDO Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church

Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day (for those who celebrate)

Dec. 15 - AAP Level IV Referral Deadline

Dec. 19-Jan. 2 - Winter Break

You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/13/22

GovDelivery2 months 2 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you to our veteran and active service family members who came in to visit our students in their classrooms yesterday. We are grateful and honored to recognize these individuals and thank them for their service as we reflect on the importance of Veterans Day.

This week is National School Psychologists Week. Thank you to our amazing school psychologist, Elyssa Bonner, for all she does to support our students and families. 

This Friday, we are excited to bring back our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Unfortunately, due to supply constraints, we will not be able to offer meals to parents/family members. Family are welcome to bring their own lunch to the cafeteria and eat with their child. Please check your son/daughter's lunch time here. When you enter the building, you will be invited to complete a "gratitude ring" that will be added to a large school display next week. We look forward to seeing you!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 14 - 18 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 15 - FLE Parent Info Night for 4-6, Link
  • November 17 - Makeup Picture Day
  • November 18 - Thanksgiving Luncheon (Schedule)
  • November 22 - FH Diabetes Awareness Day (Wear Blue!)
  • November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)
Holiday Generosity

We invite you to join our school community in supporting our families during this holiday season through the following:

  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help us send home food and materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card to a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred) at our front office. We will include these with gifts for families in need
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gentle used coats, hats, gloves and scarves are appreciated. 
Arrival/Dismissal Safety Reminders

A reminder to our community that our school doors open at 9:05, and we do not have outdoor staff supervision before that time. Please do not drop off students before 9:05 at our front door. 

At the end of the day, parents picking up students should enter the Kiss N Ride line, or pick them up personally at the SACC doors. The front office doors are used exclusively for bus riding students. 

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!

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?
Native American Heritage Month

We will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month the rest of November. We would love to have parents of Native American descent to come and speak on our News Show in the morning, if possible. It would be for about 10 minutes. Our goal is to build awareness around the school community about Native American History and Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. We would love to get our parents and community involved. 

Dates: Nov 17,18, 21 or 22

If you are interested, would you, please email Mrs. Nash for more information and to sign up.  [email protected]

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

FLE Parent Info Night - 11/15

We will be holding our Family Life Education (FLE) resource preview virtually on November 15th at 6 pm. FCPS implements a K-12 FLE program that adheres to state and Virginia Department of Education requirements and guidelines. There are two units of instruction that are designated as Family Life Education, Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development. Staff will be present to go over the curriculum materials and answer any questions that you may have. This night is designated to discuss the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Human Growth and Development curriculum for the lessons that will be delivered this year. A link was sent home via email for the meeting on Tuesday. The current dates for this year depend on grade level, but the lessons will be delivered before Winter Break. Opt outs were sent home; if you feel you did not receive one please contact your classroom teacher or Eric Kopacz, [email protected], or Ian Dowling, [email protected].

IEP Palooza

(3 December 2022, 8:30 AM - NOON at Annandale High School)

Sponsored by FCPS and Fairfax County SEPTA

 

This event will start with a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. It will be followed by breakout sessions that will cover the different components of an IEP document. There will also be a Special Education Resource Fair featuring information tables from community resources and service groups. CE Recertification Credits are available for FCPS Staff. Please register for free at www.FairfaxCountySEPTA.org

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

Thanks to everyone who came to our PTA meeting. We have a great turn out. Hope to see you at the Book Fair and at the Thanksgiving Luncheon this week!

BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK!
Join your child for some book fair fun! Visit the library from 4:15-6:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week or during the Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday. You can set up your child with eWallet too and empower them to make their own book fair purchase decisions! That empowerment can start a love of reading. Plus 25-50% of sales go to the FHES Library! All the details are in the flier here. If you can help out Ms. Trott in the library in the mornings, she'd appreciate it. Sign up genius here.

 

PTA MEETING RECAP
We had some great insights on the book fair from Ms. Trott (especially with a demo of eWallet), the iPad initiative from Ms. Kelly (our Elementary School-Based Technology Specialist), and some good insights on the recess equipment process and how to volunteer in-school from Dr. Z and Ms. Bliss. Take a quick listen, and check out the meeting minutes or slides here. Recording is here and password is: 0*US2z*5

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION RECAP
We had a great Teacher Appreciation breakfast this past Friday! Props to Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee for leading the effort on this and thank you to all our volunteers who helped with this effort!

 

LEDO PIZZA FDO 12/5 and 12/6
We're excited to partner with Ledo Pizza in Falls Church for a Family Dinner Out. 20% of all in person and take out sales those nights will go toward Freedom Hill so please join us there! The location is 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 (by Trader Joe's). Catering orders that week count too. Just mention Freedom Hill when you purchase! Flier is here.

 

ON-SITE COORDINATOR NEEDED
We're looking for a new on-site coordinator for our after-school activities starting 1/9/2023-3/17/2023. This is a paid position for 1.5 hours a day Mon-Thur. after school. The primary responsibility is to take attendance and to remain with the students until a parent picks them up after class. So if you, a neighbor, or a high school/college student are interested in helping out our school please reach out to Ross Camara here
PLUS - If you are a parent or relative of a current student we include one free registration to an enrichment class.

 

ON THE HORIZON
Some key dates to mark on your calendar are:
Nov. 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec. 5-6 - FDO Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church
Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day (for those who celebrate)
Dec. 15 - AAP Level IV Referral Deadline
Dec. 19-Jan. 2 - Winter Break
You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here!

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/6/22

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Wow, what a fun week! A big thank you to all who made one of our favorite events, our International Parade, a success. It was a special day seeing our students demonstrate such incredible pride in their heritage and to learn more about one another. Though we come from many backgrounds, we are united in our belief that our cultural diversity is what makes Freedom Hill a truly different and special elementary school!  A special thanks to our PTA, and especially our event chairs Smriti Choudhary and Rachel Shabica, for helping to make the event possible this year. 

Last week we also 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. We hope they had fun eating lunch with our school counselors and principals! Many thanks to Ms. Hill and Mrs. Coleman for organizing this event. Congratulations to our Q1 Soaring Eagles:

Adapted Programs:

Emilia L. & Jordan B.

Kindergarten:

Daniel L., Kaliana V., Vasudev W., Belkis M., Ezekiel L., Selene C. 

1st Grade:

Saleh A., Francheska M., Katie M., Abigail G., Tara K., Duncan J.

2nd Grade:

Sophy C., Antonio S., Brittany M., Nihaal S., Sofia G., Ayman N.

3rd Grade:

Abdullah A., Miraya A., Sergio L., Shreya M., Romy Y., Anas E.

4th Grade (pictured below): 

Ethan L., Ameen R., Daniela G., Elijah J., Owen O., McKenna L.

5th Grade:

Arianna C., Hannah B., Muhammad K., Lexington Y., Julia L., Adonay V.

6th Grade:

Toula A., Ibrahim Q., Dylan L., Anna N., Deborah M., Shariffah A. 

 

November is a busy month! We encourage you to see the list of important dates below.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 8 - Election Day (School Closed)
  • November 9 - Q1 Report Cards Sent Home
  • November 9 - PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • November 10 - Dunn Loring Elementary Project Community Mtg., 6PM
  • November 11 - Veterans' Day (No school for students)
  • November 14 - 18 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 17 - Makeup Picture Day
  • November 18 - Thanksgiving Luncheon (Schedule Forthcoming)
Arrival/Dismissal Safety Reminders

A reminder to our community that our school doors open at 9:05, and we do not have outdoor staff supervision before that time. Please do not drop off students before 9:05 at our front door. 

At the end of the day, parents picking up students should enter the Kiss N Ride line, or pick them up personally at the SACC doors. The front office doors are used exclusively for bus riding students. 

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!

Positivity Project: Bravery

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Bravery. You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

 

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

                    ~Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some situations that may call for bravery?
  • What are the differences between moral, mental, and physical bravery?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to be brave?
2022-23 Strategic Planning

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

Substitute Bonus and Incentive Program

Work More - Earn a Bonus!!

FCPS has developed a bonus program for substitutes who accept more than the 10 required jobs.  For each milestone substitutes will earn a bonus.  If you meet all 3 milestones, your total bonus will be $900.00.  Bonuses will be paid quarterly.

  • If you work 50 substitute jobs within a school year, you will earn a $200.00 bonus.
  • If you work 100 substitute jobs within a school year, you will earn a $300.00 bonus.
  • If you work 150 substitute jobs within a school year, you will earn a $400.00 bonus.

Work on a High-Volume Day and You will receive Premium Pay!!

FCPS has identified high-volume days.  When you work on a high-volume day, your hourly pay will increase to 1.5 times your regular hourly pay.  All you need to do is accept a job in SmartFind Express and your pay rate will be adjusted for that day. 

Dunn Loring Community Meeting

Join FCPS on Thursday, November 10, for a community meeting to learn more about the Dunn Loring repurposing project, a Fairfax County Public Schools capital project funded by a voter-approved bond referendum. During this meeting, you will learn more about the project and design process to date and have an opportunity to share your views on the project and design process. Public feedback will be shared with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, School Board, and FCPS staff on the community’s view of the project and design process to date. Please be aware, at this stage in the design and construction process, no major changes may be made but small adjustments may be considered. 

The November 10 community meeting will be a hybrid event, allowing participants to choose to attend in person at the Gatehouse Administrative Center (8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church) or virtually via Zoom. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Language interpretation will be provided based on the availability of interpretation staff.

Please be aware, the November 10 meeting will focus on the proposed design and future construction. Boundary discussions will begin at the start of construction, which may be as early as spring 2024. We will share future engagement opportunities with the community as they are scheduled.

Register for the November 10 community meeting

Learn more about the Dunn Loring project (and sign up for email updates)

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

Thanks to everyone who helped out and participated in the International Day Parade this year. It was heartwarming to have this event return after an absence of 3 years! We had a blast. Join us for our PTA meeting on Wednesday at 8pm!

 

PTA MEETING Nov. 9 at 8pm
Join us for our upcoming PTA Meeting on November 9th at 8pm. We'll be talking about upcoming events for the rest of the year and get some time with Dr. Z. and Mr. Kopacz. Mrs. Kelly, our Technology Specialist, will also be joining us to talk about digital resources and the kindergarten iPad initiative. Join us here or call in to 646-558-8656 and use meeting id 751 932 7167. 

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY RECAP
What a wonderful celebration we had for International Day on Friday! It was amazing to see 120 children participate in the parade with flags from over 40+ countries! We also were excited to see children participate with country poster board projects in their classrooms as well as be represented on one global map. It was a true testament to how the diversity of Freedom Hill makes us special! A huge round of thanks goes to our International Chair: Smriti Choudhary, co-chair: Rachel Shabica, all the volunteers who helped, Dr. Z, Mr. Kopacz, Miss Katherine, the teachers for incorporating it into their classrooms and all the staff, and most importantly, the kids! We hope everyone had a great time. If you have photos, feel free to add them here. Special thanks to Sara Haddad who has been covering our social media accounts this year and doing an awesome job!    

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION 11/11
Our FHES staff is onsite on 11/11 for a staff development day (also Veteran's Day). The Teacher Appreciation team thought this would be an awesome time to give them a great breakfast. To help with this effort, check out the flier for details! You can either help financially through Pay4SchoolStuff and select Teacher Appreciation or volunteer to help too! Contact Sara Lyon for details!

 

PTA MEMBERSHIP WINNER
Tony Jensen won the Amazon gift card for our membership raffle. Congratulations Tony and family! We are concluding our fall membership drive and thank everyone who has contributed to the PTA membership. You can always join the PTA though at Pay4SchoolStuff.

 

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

FHES International Parade Tomorrow at 9:30

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Dear Families,

We would like to welcome you to Freedom Hill tomorrow for our annual International Parade! Due to cold temperatures, we will be holding the parade inside this year. Participating students should arrive between 9:00-9:20 and report to the cafeteria. The parade will begin at 9:30 and will walk past all of the classrooms in our school. 

Parents of participating students are welcome to join us in our main hallway for the parade. We look forward to seeing you!     

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/30/22

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

What a blast we had last week during Harvest Spirit Week. It was great to see so many students AND staff participating with harvest colors, pajamas, fall sports apparel, and dressing as some of our favorite book characters. Mrs. Kelly put together a short slideshow of some of the excitement. This is definitely a learning community that loves to have fun together while we make more progress in the grade level curriculum. 

We begin the 2nd quarter of our school year tomorrow with a Teacher Workday. During this time, our fabulous staff will be engaged in conferences with each of their families, planning instruction for the 2nd quarter, and beginning to finalize grades / report cards. It is a busy day, but we are happy to welcome you to the Front Office tomorrow if you need anything between the hours of 8:30-3:30. 

As with most months, November holds several exciting events. On Friday of this week we hold our annual International Day & Parade (thank you to the PTA and Smriti Choudhary for helping to plan this!).Look for more information soon on Veterans' Day, our Scholastic Book Fair, and our Thanksgiving Luncheon. We look forward to seeing you soon!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 31 - Teacher Workday (No school for students)
  • November 4 - International Day & Parade, 9:30AM
  • November 8 - Election Day (No school for students)
  • November 9 - Q1 Report Cards Sent Home
  • November 10 - Dunn Loring Elementary Project Community Mtg., 6PM
  • November 14 - 18 - Scholastic Book Fair (Info next week!)
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?

2022-23 Strategic Planning

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Impact Aid Survey

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid that was sent home. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County Public Schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to Freedom Hill. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. Please contact Ms. Cadena-Gonce in the front office if you have any questions. 

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

Dunn Loring Community Meeting

Join FCPS on Thursday, November 10, for a community meeting to learn more about the Dunn Loring repurposing project, a Fairfax County Public Schools capital project funded by a voter-approved bond referendum. During this meeting, you will learn more about the project and design process to date and have an opportunity to share your views on the project and design process. Public feedback will be shared with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, School Board, and FCPS staff on the community’s view of the project and design process to date. Please be aware, at this stage in the design and construction process, no major changes may be made but small adjustments may be considered. 

The November 10 community meeting will be a hybrid event, allowing participants to choose to attend in person at the Gatehouse Administrative Center (8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church) or virtually via Zoom. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Language interpretation will be provided based on the availability of interpretation staff.

Please be aware, the November 10 meeting will focus on the proposed design and future construction. Boundary discussions will begin at the start of construction, which may be as early as spring 2024. We will share future engagement opportunities with the community as they are scheduled.

Register for the November 10 community meeting

Learn more about the Dunn Loring project (and sign up for email updates)

About the project

The Dunn Loring Administrative Center was originally built to address the needs of a rapidly growing population. Additions were needed throughout the 1940s and 50s as the Baby Boom generation entered elementary school in this thriving community. Needs changed and by 1978, the school was repurposed, eventually serving FCPS staff as an administrative center. As our community grows in a new era, we have the opportunity to return the building to its original purpose and support the needs of students in the surrounding community. 

The repurposing of the Dunn Loring Administrative Center will provide approximately 900 students with an elementary school rooted in history and poised to provide 21st-century learning, preparing young children for bright futures. Through this single project, FCPS supports quality education in ten other schools by relieving the pressures of increasing enrollment growth. 

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

Thanks to those who helped out with our Family Dinner Out last week! We look forward to the return of the International Parade this Friday! 

INTERNATIONAL PARADE NOV. 4TH
Have you heard about International Parade? Open to everyone, we all celebrate our countries of origin and our diverse community at Freedom Hill. Your child can pick a country that has meaning to them and find a creative way to represent that country. It could be wearing the traditional dress from that country to wearing the country colors to wearing a shirt with the flag on it. Our team will be printing out flag for children to hold in the parade. It takes place on Friday, November 4th at 9:30am on the back soccer field (inside the school hallways if it rains).

If your child would like to participate and represent a country and dress up in the traditional/creative dress, please complete the form at:  https://tinyurl.com/fh-pta-intl-22. The participating students will need to be at school by 8:45am on Nov. 4th to be in the rehearsal. More details here on the flier. 

We always need extra volunteers to help us during the parade rehearsal and/or the parade itself - check the box if you want to help. Q's? Contact Smriti Choudhary at: [email protected]

 

PTA MEETING Nov. 9 at 8pm
Join us for our upcoming PTA Meeting on November 9th at 8pm. We'll be talking about upcoming events for the rest of the year and get some time with Dr. Z and hopefully some special staff members! Join us here or call in to 646-558-8656 and use meeting id 751 932 7167

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION 11/11
Our FHES staff is onsite on 11/11 for a staff development day (also Veteran's Day). The Teacher Appreciation team thought this would be an awesome time to give them a great breakfast. To help with this effort, check out the flier for details! You can either help financially through Pay4SchoolStuff and select Teacher Appreciation or volunteer to help too! Contact Sara Lyon for details!

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/23/22

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are having a great weekend! We also wish a pleasant holiday to those who are celebrating Diwali. Tomorrow, the school is closed in observation of the yearly triumph of light over darkness. We will see our students and staff on Tuesday as we begin our very exciting Harvest Spirit Week. As a reminder, Friday is the end of the first quarter and is a 2-hour early release (2:05) for students. 

A big thank you to all of the students, parents, volunteers, and staff who attended Spooky Movie Night. Be sure to see the information below on more fun ahead with Family Dinner Out and the International Day Parade. A big thank you to our truly fabulous PTA for their assistance in all the planning!

Finally - you should have received an Impact Aid form for each of your students this week. Please be sure to complete the form and send it back to school. It is important for federal funding that we receive 100% participation. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 24 - School Closed - Diwali 
  • October 25 - Family Dinner Out - Mod Pizza / Ben & Jerry's
  • October 25 - 28 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 28 - First Quarter Ends, 2-Hour Early Release
  • November 4 - International Day & Parade
  • November 9 - Q1 Report Cards Sent Home
Positivity Project: Creativity

 

 

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Creativity. You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

 

"Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not." 

                    ~Pablo Picasso

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is one way you were creative today?
  • What is a new idea that you've had this week?
  • How can creativity change the world?
2022-23 Strategic Planning

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Impact Aid Survey

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid that was sent home. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County Public Schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to Freedom Hill. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. Please contact Ms. Cadena-Gonce in the front office if you have any questions. 

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

What an incredible turn out for Halloween Spooky Movie Night! See the recap for details but we hope you all had a great time! We hope you can join us tonight for our FDO, Oct. 25 at Mod Pizza and Ben & Jerry's on Maple Avenue from 4-9pm!

FDO AT MOD & BEN & JERRY'S ON 10/25
Who's ready for some delicious Mod Pizza and Ben and Jerry's ice cream? We are! Join us for to go on Tuesday, Oct. 25th for our  Family Dinner Out at Mod Pizza and Ben & Jerry's on 168 Maple Ave. West, They are BOTH generously donating back to the PTA for our sales between 4-9pm (20%!). For Mod, bring in this flyer in English or in Spanish OR you can order online through the MOD app or website, using the provided coupon code: MODF12349For Ben & Jerry's, just say Freedom Hill! Spread the word to your friends and tell other groups you are part of to help us out! Let's eat some yummy food and raise some funds for FH PTA together.

 

HARVEST WEEK NEXT WEEK
Join the school celebration of Harvest Week 10/25-10/28
Tuesday - Harvest Color Day
Wednesday - Autumn Sports Day
Thursday - PJ & Books!
Friday - Book Character Dress Up

 

INTERNATIONAL PARADE NOV. 4TH
Have you heard about International Parade? Open to everyone, we all celebrate our countries of origin and our diverse community at Freedom Hill. Your child can pick a country that has meaning to them and find a creative way to represent that country. It could be wearing the traditional dress from that country to wearing the country colors to wearing a shirt with the flag on it. Our team will be printing out flag for children to hold in the parade. It takes place on Friday, November 4th at 9:30am on the back soccer field (inside the school hallways if it rains).

If your child would like to participate and represent a country and dress up in the traditional/creative dress, please complete the form at:  https://tinyurl.com/fh-pta-intl-22. The participating students will need to be at school by 8:45am on Nov. 4th to be in the rehearsal. More details here on the flier. 

We always need extra volunteers to help us during the parade rehearsal and/or the parade itself - check the box if you want to help. Q's? Contact Smriti Choudhary at: [email protected]

 

SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT RECAP
What a fun evening! We hope everyone was able to enjoy the evening. While we were hoping the sound was going to be a little louder, we hope everyone had a great time watching Encanto, eating pizza and seeing their friends dressed up in spooky outfits. We want to give a huge thanks to Avanti Desai, who as a new parent who had never been through previous events, pulled off an enjoyable evening for everyone. It always takes a village, so we also want to thank Tina (and Will) Crawford for helping organize the pizza sales, Kerrey Olden for managing the money, Mr. Fenton for setting up and testing the movie, the custodial team (Salvador, Rosalina and team) who helped set up and ALL the many, many volunteers (older teens, parents and kids) who were so fantastic about volunteering to help out! We truly appreciate it. If you do have a teen volunteer who needs service hours tracked, please have them email the x2Vol forms to [email protected]

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION 11/11
Our FHES staff is onsite on 11/11 for a staff development day (also Veteran's Day). The Teacher Appreciation team thought this would be an awesome time to give staff a great breakfast. To help with this effort, check out the flier for details! You can either help financially through Pay4SchoolStuff and select Teacher Appreciation or volunteer to help too! Contact Sara Lyon for details!

 

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

FH Weekly Update - 10/16/22

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Fall is in the air! As the leaves change and the temperatures begin to drop, our learning for the year is heating up! Check out the pictures above of our 4th graders' very successful field trip to the Kennedy Center. It's a joy to see these experiences returning for our students after several years on hold. 

There are some exciting FH events planned as the first quarter draws to a close. We hope to see you this Friday for PTA Spooky Movie Night, and next week for a Family Dinner Out at Mod Pizza and Ben & Jerry's. On November 4, we will celebrate our incredible cultural diversity through our International Day and Parade. Please see this flier to sign up your child(ren) and for how to be involved with this very special tradition at Freedom Hill. The flier will also be coming home in Wednesday folders this week. 

As you may have heard, I was out of the building last week (and will be again this week) after successful surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. I'd like to say a big thank you to Mr. Kopacz (AP) and Mrs. Tingler (Special Ed. Chair) for their support in the building. Our staff at Freedom Hill are simply fantastic in the lengths they go to support our students. I will see everyone next week for Harvest Spirit Week!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 17 - 19 - CogAT Testing Dates (2nd Grade)
  • October 21 - Spooky Movie Night
  • October 24 - School Closed - Diwali 
  • October 25 - Family Dinner Out - Mod Pizza / Ben & Jerry's
  • October 26 - 29 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 28 - First Quarter Ends
  • November 4 - International Day & Parade
Positivity Project: Integrity

 

 

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

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

                    ~Unknown

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

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

All 2nd grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) on October 17th. 18th, and 19th.  There are 3 sections for this test which will each be held on a different day.  Any makeups will be held on October 20th and 21st.  Please email Tara Fredericks ([email protected]) with any questions. 

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

Office Requests
  • The Art Department is in need of baby wipes to help little hands get cleaned up.  Please consider picking up a package or two of baby wipes as you’re doing your grocery shopping and donating them to school.
  • When calling the school or picking up your child early please know the following:
    • Your child’s first and last name
    • Your child’s teacher’s name
    • Your child’s grade
Special Education Review Final Report

FCPS is committed to providing excellence for all students, and continues to seek ways to improve and ensure the highest quality of special education and related services for students and families. At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged a consultant to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. 

American Institutes for Research® (AIR) presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. Watch the video of AIR’s presentation and visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage for more information.

The School Board will hold a second session to discuss a framework for the Special Education Enhancement Plan at their Tuesday, November 15 work session.

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

Thanks to those who joined us for the PTA meeting last week. We look forward to seeing you FRIDAY for Spooky Movie Night. Be sure to get your pizza orders in by Wednesday.

SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT - OCT. 21st
We can't wait to spend a Halloween Spooky Movie Night with you on Friday, October 21st! The people (well the Facebook people) voted and Encanto will be the movie we see! LOCATION CHANGE: We are going to be moving this event into the cafeteria! Still 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, $15 per family, any amount appreciated) 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 Avanti Desai for organizing!

 

SPOOKY MOVIE HELP NEEDED
Just a few more spots to fill to help with Spooky Movie Night. Here is the main one: https://tinyurl.com/fh-hsmn-22. This one is for 6th grade volunteer hours: tinyurl.com/fh6th-hsm. Sign up today!

 

INTERNATIONAL PARADE NOV. 5TH
Join us for the return of our International Parade on Friday, November 4th at 9:30am on the back field (inside if it rains). If your child would like to participate and represent a country and dress up in the traditional dress, please complete the form at:  https://tinyurl.com/fh-pta-intl-22. The participating students will need to be at school by 8:45am on Nov. 5th to be in the rehearsal. More details here on the flier. 

We always need extra volunteers to help us during the parade rehearsal and/or the parade itself - check the box if you want to help. Q's? Contact Smriti Choudhary at: [email protected].

 

PTA MEETING RECAP
Thanks for joining us for the PTA meeting. For a recap, check out the minutes and powerpoint. There was great information passed on by Ms. Rossman on great changes in the reading program which is available here. Unfortunately the recording did not work so we don't have that. Apologies about that! 

Additionally this a suggested resource from Ms. Rossman of decodable texts. This comes with a caveat that parents can use these to reinforce a skill, but these shouldn’t be the thing they FOCUS on for their students because when kids feel happy about reading they want to keep reading.  The kids need to be our guide at home in their reading journey. Decodable texts here.

 

ROOM PARENT UPDATE
Thank you to all the Room Parents who have volunteered to help out! We really appreciate your time and energy. Regarding grade level funds, we will be sharing a spreadsheet to help with the tracking in the next couple of days. Room Parents should be able to stop by the front office and pick up any cash donations. Teachers, if you have any funds - please give them to the front admin team so the room parents can pick it up in the next week or so. We will combine the amounts donated online with cash donations and share with the grade level room parents and teachers for transparency. Also still looking for one more room parent for Ms. Layne's class - let us know if you can help! Email us here.

 

FDO AT MOD & BEN & JERRY'S ON 10/25
Save the date for our next Family Dinner Out on Oct. 25th at Mod Pizza and Ben & Jerry's on Maple Ave. They are BOTH generously donating back to the PTA for our sales between 4-9pm.

 

FHES PTA CALENDAR
Stay in the know with the latest and greatest PTA Calendar with all the year's details here! Always check the newsletter as events may be updated/changed.

 

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