FHES Weekly Update: 10/11/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

On Monday, 10/12 FCPS is observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a Student Holiday.  You and your children may enjoy some of these book recommendations from the American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) - click to learn more! With Monday being a Student Holiday, there will be no Morning Meeting or intervention/enrichment groups. 

At this point in the year, teachers have established routines and positive learning communities. We will now be teaching more content and engaging students in more academic rigor. We very much appreciate your support from home and offer these suggestions below. They may be of help to your family:

Tip #1: Encourage independence when possible. In order for your child’s teacher to know what he/she knows and needs, we need to know that he/she is attempting the work independently unless instructed otherwise. 

Tip #2: Allow children to make mistakes. This is an important piece of the learning process and how we grow and improve. 

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! We hope to see the students online this week and parents at our monthly PTA meeting on Friday. Please see below for more information on our art fundraiser and fall spirit wear sale. 

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

For the master schedule, this week is an "B" week.

  • October 12 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Student Holiday)

  • October 14 - Curbside Library Pickup, 2-6PM
  • October 16 - PTA Meeting, 12 PM
  • October 20 - Family Dinner Out, Noodles & Co. 
  • October 26 - 31 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 30 - 2-hour Early Release (Classes end at 1:15 PM)
  • November 2 - Student Holiday / Conferences
  • November 3 -  Student Holiday / Election Day
Positivity Project - Being Present and Giving Attention

 

 

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Being present and giving others my attention is an important component of building strong relationships.

“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”  

                                              ~Stephen Covey

Caring for Your Computer

Please be mindful that FCPS laptops cannot be left on 24 hours a day. Our computers need rest, just like our students. Make sure to turn the laptop off at night. This will allow the battery to fully recharge and prevent the hard drive from overheating.

Our FCPS laptops will run updates throughout the week and on the weekends. To ensure that your laptop will not auto-run an update in the middle of class, please restart your laptop in the morning.

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

Please click here for the routes and times for the FH community. 

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Updates from the PTA

Great job to all those who participated in Walk to School week. We loved seeing all the photos of everyone out and about! Updates below.

ART FUNDRAISER

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school! The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! Purchase gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

  1. Create Art
  2. Photograph & Upload your art to Square 1 Art
  3. Shop for keepsakes!

Art upload deadline is 10/30, parent order deadline is 11/18, and deliveries should be received the week of 12/7.

More information, including directions and project lesson plans are located on the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website.   Have a question? Need a template or supplies? Reach out to Art Fundraiser coordinators Amber Halaka and Jennifer Liu.  

Please note: This is voluntary and does not take the place of anything Mr. A is teaching and assigning in class.  

ENRICHMENT BEGINS THIS WEEK Enrichment classes begin for those who signed up this week. Missed out? Never fear. They are 4 week classes so the next registration should open shortly.

PTA MEETING FRIDAY
We have our next PTA Meeting this coming Friday, October 16th at 12pm noon. Save the date and let us know if there are specific topics you'd like to talk about! Here's the link or call in at 646-558-8656 with Mtg ID 927 0918 0046. We have put together a tentative school calendar together here. Obviously we'll be adjusting this as we go through out the year and things change so always look for the latest version.PTA MTG FRIDAY OCT. 16th at 12pm 

GEAR UP FOR HARVEST WEEK (10/26-10/31)

We have a spirited week of activities planned for the week of October 26th. Ready to paint, carve or decorate a pumpkin? Grab a pumpkin at your local store or farm before 10/26. Limited pumpkins will be available for FHES families for those who need one (limit one per child) - courtesy of Trader Joe's. More details to come! Questions? Email our amazing co-chairs, Ms. Bliss and Mr. A.

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

PTA dues are due at the end of this month to VA and National PTA. Our Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. We're helping this year with: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Please fill out your PTA form here for families or for teachers and join today! Join before this Friday, October 16th and enter a drawing to win a free yearbook! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

FALL SPIRITWEAR SALE 

Our online spiritwear store is now open until November 6th! There are a bunch of new FHES items that we are offering this time fun looks (pj's, dry fit, etc.) - in child and adult sizes. Flier is here. Orders will be shipped to Michelle Zahalsky's house for pick-up approx. 3-4 weeks after the store close date (so by the first week of December). If you want it shipped to your house, you must select the extra USPS shipping. Thank you to Michelle Zahalsky for organizing this!                                                    

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FHES Weekly Update: 10/4/2020

GovDelivery 2 weeks 4 days ago
Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

We hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather as we transition into the fall months. We have appreciated our partnership with our families and moments shared with students during virtual learning. We welcome the opportunity to continue our work as a community.  Please consider supporting our PTA through their many events that we list at the bottom of the newsletter - they do so much for our students, staff and school!

Last week, Dr. Brabrand met with the School Board regarding the Return to School plan.  The Board approved a motion in support of the Superintendent’s Operational Level 2 plan to bring in small cohorts of students in October for in-person instruction.  Get more information about the Return to School plan. More communication will be coming soon for the families of our preschool and adapted curriculum programs. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

For the master schedule, this week is an "A" week.

  • October 7 - AAP Level IV Information Meeting
  • October 7  - "Walk to School Day" 
  • October 7 - Curbside Library Pickup, 2-6PM
  • October 12 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Student Holiday)

  • October 16 - PTA Meeting, 12 PM
  • October 30 - 2-hour Early Release (Classes end at 1 PM)
  • November 2 - Student Holiday / Conferences
  • November 3 -  Election Day; Student Holiday
Upcoming AAP Level IV Info Mtg.

AAP Screening and Identification for Level IV services- 10/7- 6:30pm This is a comprehensive look at the process to refer students to be screened for the full time AAP services. It is intended for parents of current 2nd-6th grade students. You can access it here.

If you have any questions, please email Tara Fredericks at TLfredericks@fcps.edu.

Caring for Your Computer

Please be mindful that FCPS laptops cannot be left on 24 hours a day. Our computers need rest, just like our students. Make sure to turn the laptop off at night. This will allow the battery to fully recharge and prevent the hard drive from overheating.

Our FCPS laptops will run updates throughout the week and on the weekends. To ensure that your laptop will not auto-run an update in the middle of class, please restart your laptop in the morning.

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

Please click here for the routes and times for the FH community. 

Positivity Project - Teamwork

I hope you're all doing well enjoying exploring teamwork with your children! On Monday, we'll begin learning about open-mindedness. For a 1-page character card overview, click here. And, for P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.  Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored beliefs, plans, or goals. Open-minded individuals are able to weigh all evidence fairly, when it is available. They see the other side and fight the tendency to have a bias for their own views. And, rather than favoring the socially dominant views, they give attention to those that are less dominant.  This character strength helps individuals build knowledge about specific issues or points of view – and provide sound recommendations and advice.

“Walk to School” Day- 10/7/2020

Once again, FHES is participating in National Walk to School Day. Our school will join over 2000 schools across the US to help raise awareness on road safety and promote exercise. This year will be a little different, but there are two ways we invite you and your family to participate on October 7th:

1- Walk to school or your bus stop

2 - Walk to your favorite place or spot in your neighborhood

There is no central meeting point or time- entirely your choice! If you see friends and neighbors along the way, please do greet them safely and responsibly.

Take photos of your walk and post them to the FHES Facebook group or tweet them tagging the @FreedomHillES account and using hashtags #WalktoSchool, #FCPSWalkingWednesdays, or #FHHighlights. Stay on the lookout for future “Walking Wednesday” activities from the FCPS Safe Routes to School Program.

Thank you to Sam Lee for continuing to promote this very positive experience!

Updates from the PTA

ART FUNDRAISER

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school! The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! Purchase gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

  1. Create Art
  2. Photograph & Upload your art to Square 1 Art
  3. Shop for keepsakes!

Art upload deadline is 10/30, parent order deadline is 11/18, and deliveries should be received the week of 12/7.

More information, including directions and project lesson plans are located on the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website.   Have a question? Need a template or supplies? Reach out to Art Fundraiser coordinators Amber Halaka and Jennifer Liu.  

Please note: This is voluntary and does not take the place of anything Mr. A is teaching and assigning in class.  

 

ENRICHMENT CLOSES MONDAY, OCT. 5TH  We are partnering with Enrichment Matters to deliver virtual enrichment activities for you. Here's the recording from the Open House. Classes are mostly on Mondays but on additional days too before or after school with topics like Chess, Kitchen Science: CookingXSTEAM, Tennis Fitness, Drawing, Science Club, Mudskippers Pottery, Money Matters, Spanish, Game Show Vocab, Blue Wand Magic, Math Essentials, Structural Engineers, Minecraft Modding, Intro to Python, etc. For those who had classes that were canceled last spring - this is a great chance to redeem your credits!  Sessions will be 4 week sessions (from 10/12 - 11/7). Get more info here or register for the zoom here. **Please note, we do not recommend any class that conflicts with Monday Morning Meeting or any special meeting times your teachers have arranged. Entrepreneurs Club is at 9:30am and we've reached out to EM to see if they will be rescheduling the time.  

Enrichment Registration closes THIS MONDAY, October 5th at midnight. New sessions have been added to meet the demand for classes. There will be kids from multiple schools in classes. Here's the flier with all the details

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT AT LEDO'S SUCCESS Thanks for those who participated at our FDO with Ledo Pizza in Falls Church! We'll get more details on how much money we raised later in the month. Save the date for our next FDO's on Tuesday, October 20th for Noodles & Co. and Tuesday, Nov. 17th at Chipotle!

PTA MTG FRIDAY OCT. 16th at 12pm 

We have our next PTA Meeting on Friday, October 16th at 12pm noon. Save the date and let us know if there are specific topics you'd like to talk about! Here's the link or call in at 646-558-8656 with Mtg ID 927 0918 0046. We have put together a tentative school calendar together here. Obviously we'll be adjusting this as we go through out the year and things change so always look for the latest version.

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

The Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. Even though we are not physically together at this time, we still plan to support all student(s) and the school community through the following activities: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Check out the NEW PTA membership form for families or for teachers and join today! Join before October 16th and enter a drawing to win a free yearbook!! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

FALL SPIRITWEAR SALE Coming later this month....our Fall online spiritwear sale.  We'll have some new items including comfy lounge pants - perfect for virtual school, face masks, and lots of warm tops to stay warm this winter.  Great for holiday gifts! Stay tuned for info.

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

FHES Weekly Update: 9/27/2020

GovDelivery 3 weeks 4 days ago
Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

It was a busy week!  Thank you to everyone who attended Back to School Night, Part 2.  Mr. Kopacz and I were able to join most of the classrooms and were excited to see many faces we have not seen recently. We also had a great PTA meeting last week where we finalized the budget for the year. One of the best things you can do to support our school is to join the PTA. We encourage you to read the PTA updates at the bottom of this newsletter each week. This week, you can find information on how to join.

We would like to offer one last reminder to families of several beginning-of-year items we need from all. Thank you to those who have completed these!

  • If you have not done so already, please consent to our use of digital technology so that our teachers may incorporate it into instruction. You can find the link here
  • If you have not done so already, please complete and return (scan or drop off) the two required forms. They are listed below in the "Required Forms" section below. 
  • Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

We love interacting with our students, whether online or for a few minutes outside of the building. Please keep us informed of how we can support your learning at home. 

All the best, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

For the master schedule, this week is a "B" week.

  • September 28 - Specialist "Clubs" Begin (See Below)
  • September 30 - Weekly Curbside Library Checkout
  • September 29-30 - Family Dinner Out - Ledo's 
  • October 1 - Advanced Academics Overview Meeting #2
  • October 7 - AAP Level IV Meeting
  • October 12 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Student Holiday)

Advanced Academics Info Nights

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County

Thank you to all who attended our first Advanced Academics Information Night on September 24th. If you were unable to attend, please email any questions you have to Mrs. Fredericks, or attend one of our upcoming sessions:

  • AAP Overview of Services- 10/1- 6:30pm This is a repeat of the presentation from 9/24.  It covers all of the AAP services offered by Fairfax County Public Schools from K-12.  You can access the meeting here.  Prefer to access it on your own time?  Here are narrated presentations from the county: AAP Overview Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado
  • AAP Screening and Identification for Level IV services- 10/7- 6:30pm This is a comprehensive look at the process to refer students to be screened for the full time AAP services.  It is intended for parents of current 2nd-6th grade students.  You can access it here.

If you have any questions, please email Tara Fredericks at TLfredericks@fcps.edu.

Monday "Clubs"

On Monday mornings, students will continue to have AM Meeting with their teacher and may then be selected to participate in academic intervention/enrichment each week. Our specialists will also be leading several voluntary virtual clubs in which students can participate. Our club schedule can be found here. Please email the club sponsor if you are having any issues joining. 

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

Please click here for the routes and times for the FH community. 

Curbside Library

Our first curbside checkout day was a success! Over 160 books were checked out and picked up! We will continue this each Wednesday from 2:00-6:00. To request books, students should log into the Destiny Discover Library Catalog with their FCPS username and password. They can place up to five books on hold at a time, making sure to do so by the Tuesday evening before pickup day. Confirmation emails will be sent to student Gmail accounts for grades 3-6, and to parent emails for K-2. On the day of pickup, please wear a mask and either drive or walk to the bus loop to retrieve your books.  Library books can be returned during the same window of time as pickup. They will be quarantined for seven days before becoming available again. Click here for instructions for placing books on hold.

Librarian Katherine Trott can help with any questions you have, and can be reached at sktrott@fcps.edu.

Positivity Project - Teamwork

I hope your family had fun exploring curiosity! On Monday, we'll begin learning about teamwork.  For a 1-page character card overview, click here. And, for P2 for Families (password: P2), click here

Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. Citizenship is a willingness to work towards the common good as opposed to one’s own self-interest.  Those with strengths in teamwork and citizenship often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources to further group goals and help move toward the greater good. This strength is associated with naturally positive feelings that accompany being a member of a family, team, school, political party, ethnic group, or country. However, those positive feelings can come at a cost with negative behavior towards the “out-group” in the form of blind obedience, disparaging words, or prejudice. This is important to guard against by leveraging a person’s other positive character strengths.

Required Forms Updates from the PTA

PTA MTG RECAP Thanks to those who joined us for the PTA meeting. We went over upcoming FDO's, had a membership update and approved our budget. We also went over what's going well and what improvements could be made with Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz. Here's the recording (the password is eG*e5UUC). We have put together a tentative school calendar together here. Obviously we'll be adjusting this as we go through out the year and things change so always look for the latest version.

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT- LEDO'S ON 9/29-30 We're doing our first Family Dinner Out of the year at Ledo Pizza in Falls Church (on Rt. 7) on this Tuesday and Wednesday! Ledo's will donate 20% of earnings to the PTA from 5-9pm on 9/29 and 9/30. Info is here. The restaurant only will have 8 tables for sit in so we definitely encourage carry-out. Ledo's is located at 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043. Thanks to Jennifer King for organizing this!

 

ENRICHMENT IS HERE, REG OPENS 9/28 We are partnering with Enrichment Matters to deliver virtual enrichment activities for you. Here's the recording from the Open House. Classes are mostly on Mondays but on additional days too before or after school with topics like Chess, Kitchen Science: CookingXSTEAM, Tennis Fitness, Drawing, Science Club, Mudskippers Pottery, Money Matters, Spanish, Game Show Vocab, Blue Wand Magic, Math Essentials, Structural Engineers, Minecraft Modding, Intro to Python, etc. For those who had classes that were canceled last spring - this is a great chance to redeem your credits!  Sessions will be 4 week sessions (from 10/12 - 11/7). Get more info here or register for the zoom here. **Please note, we do not recommend any class that conflicts with Monday Morning Meeting or any special meeting times your teachers have arranged. Entrepreneurs Club is at 9:30am and we've reached out to EM to see if they will be rescheduling the time. 

Enrichment Registration opens on Sept. 28th at 8:00am and closes midnight on October 5th. Grab your spot early because Enrichment Matters will have kids from multiple schools in classes. Here's the flier with all the details

 

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

The Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. Even though we are not physically together at this time, we still plan to support all student(s) and the school community through the following activities: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Check out the NEW PTA membership form for families or for teachers and join today! Join before October 16th and enter a drawing to win a free yearbook!! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

 

SCAN YOUR BOXTOPS! Ending today - earn a bonus box top with your receipt scan. Earn 1 bonus box top with every eligible receipt scan up to 5 scans. If you don't have the Box Top app, download it today.

 

LINK YOUR HT CARD TO EARN FUNDS It's that time of year again. Link up your Harris Teeter account to support Freedom Hill. Here's how:  1. Log in to your HT account online or open the HT app 2. Click on My Account 3. Search for the Together in Education section, type Freedom Hill Elementary School or the #7629. If you're on the app, you're done! 4. If you're online, click the school name and then Add School You can also ask a cashier to link your account inside an HT store. Alternatively, you can add your name and VIC card number to this form:  https://tinyurl.com/fhesht. Questions? Ask Deb Speert

 

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

FHES Weekly Update: 9/20/2020

GovDelivery 1 month ago
Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

We start off the newsletter today by congratulating our 2nd grade team lead, Regina Patterson, on the defense of her doctoral dissertation on Friday. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Congratulations, Dr. Patterson! We are very proud and know that her current and former families are, too!

We have an eventful week ahead! Some things to look out for this week:

  • We will be administering the iReady Universal Screener to many of our students starting Monday. More info is below. Due to this, we will begin our specialists' "clubs" the following Monday, 9/28. 
  • Our study of Positivity Project traits begins this week. Up first is curiosity
  • Our second virtual Back to School Night will be held this Thursday. You will receive attendance instructions from your teacher(s). We will record sessions for viewing later on. 
  • Our weekly curbside library book checkout continues this Wednesday.

As a reminder from last week, we also have several beginning-of-year requests for our families:

  • If you have not done so already, please consent to our use of digital technology so that our teachers may incorporate it into instruction. You can find the link here
  • If you have not done so already, please complete and return (scan or drop off) the two required forms. They are listed below in the "Required Forms" section below. 
  • Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

We love interacting with our students, whether online or for a few minutes outside of the building. Please keep us informed of how we can support your learning at home. 

All the best, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • September 21 - Students attend AM Meeting
  • September 22 - 25 - Students use normal schedule
  • September 22 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8:00PM - link below
  • September 23 - Weekly Curbside Library Checkout
  • September 24 - Advanced Academics Info Night, Link Below, 5:30
  • September 24 - Back to School Night #2, K-3 @ 6:00, 4-6 @ 7:00
  • September 28 - Specialist "Clubs" Begin
  • September 29-30 - Family Dinner Out - Ledo's 
Advanced Academics Info Night

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has a variety of AAP services for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  To learn more about these services, please watch the following video.  AAP Overview Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado 

Tara Fredericks, the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at Freedom Hill, will be holding Question and Answer sessions to answer any questions you may have about the information on the video. The first will be held Thursday, September 24th at 5:30pm, before Back to School Night. You can join at this link. Please email Mrs. Fredericks at TLfredericks@fpcs.edu with any questions.

iReady Universal Screener

Beginning this week, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. This assessment will let the teacher know some information about your student that is helpful for planning instruction. This assessment is NOT for a grade.  If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact one of the school’s test coordinators, Eric Kopacz or Tim Scesney.

Testing Notifications:

English

Spanish

Arabic

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

Please click here for the routes and times for the FH community. 

Curbside Library

Our first curbside checkout day was a success! Over 160 books were checked out and picked up! We will continue this each Wednesday from 2:00-6:00. To request books, students should log into the Destiny Discover Library Catalog with their FCPS username and password. They can place up to five books on hold at a time, making sure to do so by the Tuesday evening before pickup day. Confirmation emails will be sent to student Gmail accounts for grades 3-6, and to parent emails for K-2. On the day of pickup, please wear a mask and either drive or walk to the bus loop to retrieve your books.  Library books can be returned during the same window of time as pickup. They will be quarantined for seven days before becoming available again. Click here for instructions for placing books on hold.

Librarian Katherine Trott can help with any questions you have, and can be reached at sktrott@fcps.edu.

Positivity Project - Curiosity

Each week we focus on a particular aspect of the Positivity Project. Our first official character strengths is curiosity. Curiosity is a crucial component of one's character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. All individuals experience curiosity, but differ in their willingness to experience it – behaviorally, intellectually, and emotionally. Curiosity is associated with novelty seeking. Novelty-seekers are more willing to endure risks – such as physical risks of skydiving or social risks of meeting new people – in order to gain the benefits of new experiences. Curiosity is also associated with being receptive to exploring new ideas, feelings, or values – which carry their own inherent risks and rewards.

Required Forms Updates from the PTA

 

FREEDOM HILL SUPER HEROES We are so appreciative of our technology team, Tim Scesney and Craig Fenton! They have worked countless hours over the summer and during the opening of school to get all our students situated with laptops, mi-fis and tech set-ups. On Friday, these two and the office staff were treated to a lunch by Dr. Z and Tim and Craig got a thank you from the PTA (including gift cards and Super Hero name plates!). Three cheers for the team!

 

FIRST PTA MTG, TUE. SEPT. 22, 8PM We're excited to kick off the school year. Join us THIS Tuesday for our first virtual PTA meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 8pm. Here's the link to join or dial 312-626-6799 with Meeting ID: 977 2261 1996. We will be reviewing the budget and have put together a tentative school calendar together here. Obviously we'll be adjusting this as we go through out the year and things change so always look for the latest version.

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT- LEDO'S ON 9/29-30 We're doing our first Family Dinner Out of the year at Ledo Pizza in Falls Church (on Rt. 7). They will donate 20% of earnings to the PTA from 5-9pm on Tuesday 9/29-Wednesday 9/30. Info is here. The restaurant only will have 8 tables for sit in so we definitely encourage carry-out. Ledo's is located at 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043. Thanks to Jennifer King for organizing this!

 

ENRICHMENT IS HERE, INFO NIGHT 9/24 at 7PM, REG OPENS 9/28 We are partnering with Enrichment Matters to deliver virtual enrichment activities for you. Mostly on Mondays but on additional days too before or after school with topics like Chess, Kitchen Science: CookingXSTEAM, Tennis Fitness, Drawing, Science Club, Mudskippers Pottery, Money Matters, Spanish, Game Show Vocab, Blue Wand Magic, Math Essentials, Structural Engineers, Minecraft Modding, Intro to Python, etc. For those who had classes that were canceled last spring - this is a great chance to redeem your credits!  Sessions will be 4 week sessions (from 10/12 - 11/7). Join to learn more in their Virtual Open House Thursday, Sept. 24th at 7pm (this is during the second part of grades 4-6 Back to School Night part 2, we will work on getting a recording too). Get more info here or register for the zoom here. **Please note, we do not recommend any class that conflicts with Monday Morning Meeting or any special meeting times your teachers have arranged. Entrepreneurs Club is at 9:30am and we've reached out to EM to see if they will be rescheduling the time. Registration opens on Sept. 28th at 8:00am and closes midnight on October 5th. Grab your spot early because Enrichment Matters will have kids from multiple schools in classes. Here's the flier with all the details

 

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

The Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. Even though we are not physically together at this time, we still plan to support all student(s) and the school community through the following activities: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Check out the NEW PTA membership form for families or for teachers and join today! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

 

LINK YOUR HT CARD TO EARN FUNDS It's that time of year again. Link up your Harris Teeter account to support Freedom Hill. Here's how:  1. Log in to your HT account online or open the HT app 2. Click on My Account 3. Search for the Together in Education section, type Freedom Hill Elementary School or the #7629. If you're on the app, you're done! 4. If you're online, click the school name and then Add School You can also ask a cashier to link your account inside an HT store. Alternatively, you can add your name and VIC card number to this form:  https://tinyurl.com/fhesht. Questions? Ask Deb Speert

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

FHES Weekly Update: 9/13/2020

GovDelivery 1 month 1 week ago
Principals' Message

Happy sunny Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

It was a fabulous first week of school - thank you for supporting your student(s) as we navigated a few days of technology learning. Mr. Kopacz and I were able to visit each classroom and were so excited to see our students engaged, smiling, and present. On most days this week we had 99% attendance and I feel this speaks to our teachers' and community's preparedness and desire to make this a great year. Thank you again. We were also able to deliver yard signs to our new kindergartners. It was really nice to see several families, even from afar. Our community remains strong. 

Today we'd like to offer some more details about our Monday schedule:

  • Students will have Morning Meeting at 9:20. 
  • Teachers will be leading intervention and enrichment groups after Morning Meeting each Monday. This week, teachers will be modeling routines for how students will report to them at these times. 
  • In the coming weeks, FH staff will also be leading Monday AM clubs for any interested students. This schedule will be released this week. These clubs will be supplemented by PTA Monday Enrichment. 
  • All students will have asynchronous work provided for Mondays. 

We also have several beginning-of-year requests for our families:

  • If you have not done so already, please consent to our use of digital technology so that our teachers may incorporate it into instruction. You can find the link here
  • If you have not done so already, please complete and return (scan or drop off) the two required forms. They are listed below in the "Required Forms" section below. 
  • Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

It looks like the weather for this week will be fabulous. I hope that you and your student(s) are able to get some fresh air during breaks each day. All the best, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • September 14 - Students attend AM Meeting
  • September 15 - 18 - Students use normal schedule
  • September 22 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8:00PM - link below
  • September 24 - Back to School Night - Part 2, 6:00-8:00PM
  • September 29-30 - Family Dinner Out - Ledo's 
Front Office / Attendance Information

The many smiling faces of our front office (Kelly, Sey-Lu, Katherine, Jessica, Vania) continue to be here for you! As always, please use the attendance line or attendance email below when your child is not able to attend school on a given day:

Office Hours:                    8:30 - 3:45

Attendance Line:              703-506-7878

Attendance Email:           FreedomHillElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

Please click here for the routes and times for the FH community. 

Coming 9/16 - Curbside Library

Curbside library service begins this Wednesday, September 16 and runs each Wednesday during virtual learning from 2:00-6:00 pm. To request books, students should log into the Destiny Discover Library Catalog with their FCPS username and password. They can place up to five books on hold at a time, making sure to do so by the Tuesday evening before pickup day. Confirmation emails will be sent to student Gmail accounts for grades 3-6, and to parent emails for K-2. On the day of pickup, please wear a mask and either drive or walk to the bus loop to retrieve your books.  Library books can be returned during the same window of time as pickup. They will be quarantined for seven days before becoming available again. Click here for instructions for placing books on hold.

Librarian Katherine Trott can help with any questions you have, and can be reached at sktrott@fcps.edu.

Technology: Digital Resources Consent

Many of our Digital Resources used this year require parental consent. Please take a look at the digital resources and privacy/security agreements for these items. A consent form and information on the resources can be found on our school website.

Required Forms Technology Support

FCPS has created a new Parent Technology Help Desk.  If you need support with technology, you should reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS. An online portal is also available to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Upcoming Parent Sessions

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Updates from the PTA

FIRST PTA MTG, TUE. SEPT. 22, 8PM We're excited to kick off the school year. Join us for our first virtual PTA meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 8pm. Here's the link to join or dial 312-626-6799 with Meeting ID: 977 2261 1996. We also have put together a tentative school calendar together here. Obviously we'll be adjusting this as we go through out the year and things change so always look for the latest version.

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT- LEDO'S ON 9/29-30 We're doing our first Family Dinner Out of the year at Ledo Pizza in Falls Church (on Rt. 7). They will donate 20% of earnings to the PTA from 5-9pm on Tuesday 9/29-Wednesday 9/30. Info is here. The restaurant only will have 8 tables for sit in so we definitely encourage carry-out. Ledo's is located at 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043. Thanks to Jennifer King for organizing this!

 

ENRICHMENT IS HERE, INFO NIGHT 9/24 at 7PM, REG OPENS 9/28 We are partnering with Enrichment Matters to deliver virtual enrichment activities for you. Mostly on Mondays but on additional days too before or after school with topics like Chess, Kitchen Science: CookingXSTEAM, Tennis Fitness, Drawing, Science Club, Mudskippers Pottery, Entrepreneurs Club and Money Matters, Spanish, Game Show Vocab, Blue Wand Magic, Math Essentials, Structural Engineers, Minecraft Modding, Intro to Python, etc. For those who had classes that were canceled last spring - this is a great chance to redeem your credits!  Sessions will be 4 week sessions (from 10/12 - 11/7). Join to learn more in their Virtual Open House Thursday, Sept. 24th at 7pm (this is right after our Back to School Night part 2). Get more info here or register for the zoom here. Registration opens on Sept. 28th at 8:00am and closes midnight on October 5th. Grab your spot early because Enrichment Matters will have kids from multiple schools in classes. Here's the flier with all the details

 

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

The Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. Even though we are not physically together at this time, we still plan to support all student(s) and the school community through the following activities: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Check out the NEW PTA membership form for families or for teachers and join today! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

 

LINK YOUR HT CARD TO EARN FUNDS It's that time of year again. Link up your Harris Teeter account to support Freedom Hill. Here's how:  1. Log in to your HT account online or open the HT app 2. Click on My Account 3. Search for the Together in Education section, type Freedom Hill Elementary School or the #7629. If you're on the app, you're done! 4. If you're online, click the school name and then Add School You can also ask a cashier to link your account inside an HT store. Alternatively, you can add your name and VIC card number to this form:  https://tinyurl.com/fhesht. Questions? Ask Deb Speert

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

FHES Back To School Update: 9/7/2020

GovDelivery 1 month 2 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Happy Labor Day, Freedom Hill Families!

From all of us at Freedom Hill, we wish your family an exciting, successful first day of school tomorrow. This first day would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of many this summer, from FCPS administrators, Freedom Hill teachers, our wonderful support staff, and our families that have done much to adjust to a new way of approaching the school year. 

As we begin virtual learning tomorrow, we recognize that this will be time of rapid learning and growth for all of us. Please know that we also recognize that all students are unique and will respond to distance learning differently. If your student needs to stand up at the desk, that is fine. If you student needs to take a break in the middle of instruction, that is fine. If your student experiences some sad feelings or anxiety about doing school from home, they are not alone! This will be a time period where communication is so important. Please share with your child's teacher how things are going at home and, if needed, advocate for how we can help. Freedom Hill has many dedicated professionals ready to help your child - please let us know what we can do. 

We look forward to sharing in our community's successes and growth this year. Have a wonderful first day!

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • September 8 - First day of school for students!
  • September 9 - Additional Laptop Distribution, Sign Up 
  • September 10 - Band/Strings Q&A for Families (click for flier)
  • September 24 - Back to School Night - Part 2, 6:00PM
Front Office / Attendance Information

The many smiling faces of our front office (Kelly, Sey-Lu, Katherine, Jessica, Vania) continue to be here for you! As always, please use the attendance line or attendance email below when your child is not able to attend school on a given day:

Office Hours:                    8:30 - 3:45

Attendance Line:              703-506-7878

Attendance Email:           FreedomHillElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

Back to School Supplies & Laptops

Last week, we spent 4 days distributing laptops, school supplies, student belongings from 2019 – 2020, and materials provided by the school to support distance learning. It was a lot of fun to see our Eagles and their families. If you were not able to pick up your supplies, please contact the front office to schedule a time to visit us. We will hold another laptop checkout day this Wednesday. Sign Up for a time at this link. 

Coming 9/16 - Curbside Library

Freedom Hill is excited to get library books back into student hands this fall! We will offer curbside pickup service to families each Wednesday during distance learning from 2:00-6:00 pm, starting September 16. Students will log in to the Destiny Discover library catalog, find books they want to read, place holds on them, and then wait for a confirmation email. Library books can be returned during the same window of time as pickup. Returned books will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before becoming available again. Have questions? Email librarian Katherine Trott at sktrott@fcps.edu

Technology: Digital Resources Consent

Many of our Digital Resources used this year require parental consent. Please take a look at the digital resources and privacy/security agreements for these items. A consent form and information on the resources can be found on our school website.

Required Forms Technology Support

FCPS has created a new Parent Technology Help Desk.  If you need support with technology, you should reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS. An online portal is also available to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Upcoming Parent Sessions

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Small Group Time on Schedules

Please note that your student will be involved in one of these scenarios during the small group time built into our reading and math blocks. Students should be available for learning at these times:

  • Students may be working with their teaching in a small group
  • Students may be directed to work with peers in a small group
  • Students may be assigned independent asynchronous work
From The PTA

Q&A with DR. Z AND TEAM

A big thanks to Dr. Z, Mr. Kopacz, Tara Fredericks, Melissa Rossman, Tim Scesney and Emily Angle for joining our open Q&A with over 35 parents on Thursday, Aug. 27th! It was a great informative discussion and we even got to try out a new tech tool the students will use called PearDeck. You can see my screen view of it in the recording. Here's the recording. Password is: THD2+$Nb

 

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

The Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. Even though we are not physically together at this time, we still plan to support all student(s) and the school community through the following activities: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Check out the NEW PTA membership form for families or for teachers and join today! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

 

GET CONNECTED WITH FHES ONLINE Communication will be so important this year. Please make sure your friends and neighbors are subscribed to the newsletter and in the Freedom Hill ES Community group if they are on Facebook. We need to get everyone in the loop especially now that we are kicking off school virtually!

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

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

FHES Summer Update: 8/30/2020

GovDelivery 1 month 3 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

A very busy week approaches with only nine days until the first day of school! At our principal Q&A session Thursday evening, we were delighted to hear stories of students, parents, and teachers connecting through virtual sessions. Despite our virtual start to the year, we continue to value our strong, caring, and supportive school community. Thank you to the families and teachers who are developing strong connections before the school year begins!

This week we have several important events as we ready ourselves for the year:

  • Laptop/Material distribution - See below for more information on this, which is occurring Monday-Thursday. Please note that grade levels have prepared bags for ALL students. If you do not need a laptop, we still ask that you try to stop at FH this week to pick up a packet, which includes back to school forms that you will need to complete and return to us along with materials from your grade level. All materials and laptops will still be available later on if you can't make it at this time. For laptop checkout, please bring your student’s Username and Password. This will be used to login during the visit.
  • Back to School Night #1 is this Wednesday evening! PK-3 will begin at 6:00, and grades 4-6 will begin at 7:00. Teachers will be emailing you a link to join their session. We will record all sessions for families who cannot make it, or are split between grade levels. Following our grade level presentations, we will be holding a principal Q&A session for our Spanish-speaking families at 8:00PM at this link

One last request we have of families during our virtual start - please view and update your students' Emergency Care Form through your ParentVue account by September 7. We appreciate it.

 

We look forward to seeing you this week!

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • August 31 - Sept 3 - teachers will be reaching out to schedule 1:1 conferences 
  • August 31 - Sept 3 - Laptop / material distribution dates - see below
  • September 2 - Back to School Night - Part 1, 6:00-8:00PM
  • September 8 - First day of school for students!
  • September 10 - Band/Strings Q&A for Families (click for flier)
  • September 24 - Back to School Night - Part 2, 6:00PM
Technology Distribution Sign Up

Additional times have been added for our community laptop distribution dates from 10:00-3:30pm on August 31 - September 3. We encourage families to have a device for all learners in the home. If your family requires a laptop(s) for virtual learning, please use these links to sign up for a checkout time. If you are picking up multiple devices, you only need one time slot. 

August 31 (full)

September 1 (full)

September 2

September 3

Please bring your student’s Username and Password. This will be used to login during the visit.

We look forward to seeing you this week. A big thank you to Tim Scesney and Craig Fenton for their ongoing efforts readying a plethora of devices. 

If checking out a laptop, please enter the bus lane on the left and park in the staff parking spots. If picking up materials only, please pull to the right and stay in your vehicle - staff will assist you. 

Cuando esté entrando a la línea del bus, por favor diríjase a la izquierda si necesita recoger una computadora y materiales para su niño. Si solo necesita recoger materiales por favor entre a la derecha en la línea del bus. 

School Supplies & Pickup

Freedom Hill grade levels have prepared school materials for ALL students. These will be available for you to pickup on laptop distribution days or by appointment with the front office.  If you are not picking up a laptop, you do NOT need to make an appointment - come over any time on August 31 - Sept 3 from 10-3:30! All students get a bag!

The following school forms will be included with student bags:

  • Health Information
  • Identification of Military Connected Students
  • Homeless Student Referral

These forms must be completed and sent to school by September 11.  Forms can be scanned and emailed to ssujoromero@fcps.edu.  They can also be mailed or dropped off at school.

Coming 9/16 - Curbside Library

Freedom Hill is excited to get library books back into student hands this fall! We will offer curbside pickup service to families each Wednesday during distance learning from 2:00-6:00 pm, starting September 16. Students will log in to the Destiny Discover library catalog, find books they want to read, place holds on them, and then wait for a confirmation email. Library books can be returned during the same window of time as pickup. Returned books will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before becoming available again. Have questions? Email librarian Katherine Trott at sktrott@fcps.edu

Technology: Digital Resources Consent

Many of our Digital Resources used this year require parental consent. Please take a look at the digital resources and privacy/security agreements for these items. A consent form and information on the resources can be found on our school website.

New Parent Liaison

We are excited to have Vania Espichan join the office staff as our new Parent Liaison.  Vania can be reached at vpespichan@fcps.edu or 703-506-7824.  Her schedule will be:

 

Monday

10:00-1:00

At Freedom Hill

Tuesday

10:00-1:00

Working Remotely

Wednesday

11:00-2:00

At Freedom Hill

Thursday

11:00-2:00

Working Remotely

Friday

11:00-2:00

At Freedom Hill

Registration

Student registration is an ongoing process, but by appointment only.  Please contact our Student Registrar, Sey-Lu Sujo, at 703-506-7803 or ssujoromero@fcps.edu

Technology Support

FCPS has created a new Parent Technology Help Desk.  If you need support with technology, you should reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS. An online portal is also available to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Homework During Distance Learning

This year FCPS elementary schools have a new homework policy. Students will not be assigned homework on Tuesday-Friday. Teachers will assign work to do on Mondays during asynchronous instruction for students to complete after their live morning meeting. As always, we encourage you to read with your child for at least 20 minutes each night.

From The PTA

Q&A with DR. Z AND TEAM

A big thanks to Dr. Z, Mr. Kopacz, Tara Fredericks, Melissa Rossman, Tim Scesney and Emily Angle for joining our open Q&A with over 35 parents on Thursday, Aug. 27th! It was a great informative discussion and we even got to try out a new tech tool the students will use called PearDeck. You can see my screen view of it in the recording. Here's the recording. Password is: THD2+$Nb

 

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

The Freedom Hill Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-driven organization that facilitates exciting programs, activities, and traditions that are not otherwise funded by FCPS. Even though we are not physically together at this time, we still plan to support all student(s) and the school community through the following activities: *Materials for students to use during virtual learning *Reading materials and digital resources *Staff development *Grade level wish list items from teacher teams and staff and more

Check out the NEW PTA membership form for families or for teachers and join today! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

 

SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS For those who pre-ordered school supply kits, you can pick them up Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 9:30am-3:30pm. No appointment is needed. If you have a laptop distribution appointment, you can also pick it up then. You should have also received a small refund because there is no hand sanitizer in the kit. If you have questions, contact Nicole Camara or Sylvia Solari

 

ROOM PARENT VERSION 2.0 So what will being a Room Parent be like in this virtual environment? Great question! While we don't anticipate as much of a need in a virtual setting to be helping to stuff fliers in Tuesday Folders or planning activities in the classroom -- there may be other things that may be of use to your teacher. Maybe setting up a Sign Up Genius, organizing a virtual classroom playdate or something else. If you have the creativity and are willing to help - let your teacher know!

 

GET CONNECTED WITH FHES ONLINE Communication will be so important this year. Please make sure your friends and neighbors are subscribed to the newsletter and in the Freedom Hill ES Community group if they are on Facebook. We need to get everyone in the loop especially now that we are kicking off school virtually!

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

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

FHES Summer Update: 8/23/2020

GovDelivery 1 month 4 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

The back-to-school countdown is on! 16 days! Our teachers are back in the "building" and excitement is growing to see our students again. Our staff is currently working through professional development in virtual instruction, online relationship building, new technology tools, and more. If you have not already, you can expect to hear from your students' classroom teacher(s) in the next few days along with an opportunity to set up a meeting time with them. 

In addition to introductions, your classroom teacher(s) will also be sharing the grade-level daily schedule. We encourage you to read more about the FCPS elementary school at this link. In addition to the FCPS requirements, we are pleased to share the following unique aspects of the schedule that was developed at Freedom Hill, which we believe provide additional flexibility for our families. 

  • In addition to the 30 minutes of required specials each day, Freedom Hill students have the opportunity to attend a second, optional 30-minute special with their grade level. This provides the possibility to stay engaged online or to take a break away from the screen each day. Band and strings will be offered as usual and times communicated to families.
  • We are committed to all students accessing Advanced Academics at Freedom Hill. In addition to our normal specials, all students will have the opportunity to attend one CCT (Critical and Creative Thinking) block each week, which will be facilitated by our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher and her assistant. 
  • Each grade level has a dedicated WIN (What I Need) time, during which teachers and specialists will lead targeted small group interventions and enrichment. Your child may be selected to participate in this block throughout the week. 
  • To provide for family flexibility, the schedule features an unstructured activity break preceding or following each lunch block. This will allow most students to have lunch at the same time regardless of grade level, as well as for students to have an extended break after morning screen time. 
  • All student classes conclude by 3:15, which helps to minimize downtime and unnecessary transitions during the day. This also provides staff a 3:15 - 4:15 time period for staff meetings, special education meetings, and to meet with parents. 

We will continue to learn and grow together as we experience a full day of virtual instruction for the first time, and believe that these scheduling considerations will facilitate high levels of learning for students and flexibility for families. We look forward to your continued partnership in the coming weeks, and to potentially see you next week during laptop/material distribution days.

 

Wishing you all the best,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • August 24 - Sept 3 - teachers will be reaching out to schedule 1:1 conferences 
  • August 31 - Sept 3 - Laptop / material distribution dates - signup below
  • September 2 - Back to School Night - Part 1, 6:00PM
  • September 8 - First day of school for students!
  • September 24 - Back to School Night - Part 2, 6:00PM
Technology Distribution Sign Up

Our school staff are busily preparing for community laptop distribution dates from 10:00-3:30pm on August 31 - September 3. We encourage families to have a device for all learners in the home. If your family requires a laptop(s) for virtual learning, please use these links to sign up for a checkout time. If you are picking up multiple devices, you only need one time slot:

August 31

September 1

September 2

September 3

We look forward to seeing you next week. A big thank you to Tim Scesney and Craig Fenton for their ongoing efforts readying a plethora of devices. 

School Supplies & Pickup

This year, many parents utilized our school supply lists to make purchases for the school year. We appreciate this and hope all supplies purchased will be relevant this year when we return to the building. FH teachers have added some additional optional materials that will be helpful during distance learning. You can access those grade level lists here. Freedom Hill has purchased several items for all students - personal white boards, markers, erasers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, math/reading charts for K-2, etc. These will be available for you to pickup on laptop distribution days as needed. If you would like to pick up supplies but do not need a laptop, you do NOT need to make an appointment - come over any time on August 31 - Sept 3 from 10-3:30! 

If you ordered SPROUT supplies through the PTA, these will be available for pick up on any laptop/material distribution day. No signup needed unless you need a laptop! 

FC Public Library Partnership

 

 

On October 1, 2020 the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) program will provide FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card.  Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL - families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time
  • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee
  • Checkouts are limited to physical book 

The Fairfax County Public Library is open for Express services and offers curbside checkout.  

Activating Your SIS Parent Account

The SIS (Student Information System) Parent Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more.  

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

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

Newly enrolled parents will receive an activation key by email.

If you have previously activated your account with the activation key but are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  Select the “Forgot Password” button.  Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  More information is available here.

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat once we introduce our new learning platform.

New Parent Liaison

We are excited to welcome Vania Espichan to Freedom Hill as our new Parent Liaison! Ms. Espichan comes to FH after spending time in the FCPS Department of Special Services. She is currently pursuing a master's degree at George Mason University in Counseling. She is very excited to begin forming connections with the community. We will provide her office schedule soon. 

Registration

If your child is joining Freedom Hill for the first time, please be sure you have completed all of the needed steps to register. Your child will not be able to participate in online learning until all of your paperwork is complete. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Sujo. 

Early Childhood Resource From The PTA

Q&A MTG WITH DR. Z THURSDAY 8PM Join us for another informative Open Q&A session with Dr. Z on Thursday, Aug. 27th at 8pm. Join the Zoom Meeting or call 1-301-715-8592 with Meeting ID: 966 0248 0589. Ask your questions ahead of time here.

 

LINK YOUR HARRIS TEETER CARD TO HELP FHES EARN FUNDS It's that time of year again. Link up your Harris Teeter account to support Freedom Hill. Here's how:  1. Log in to your HT account online or open the HT app 2. Click on My Account 3. In the Together in Education section, type Freedom Hill Elementary School or the #7629. If you're on the app, you're done! 4. If you're online, click the school name and then Add School You can also ask a cashier to link your account inside an HT store. Alternatively, you can add your name and VIC card number to this form:  https://tinyurl.com/fhesht. Questions? Ask Deb Speert

 

SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS For those who pre-ordered school supply kits, you can pick them up Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 9:30am-3:30pm. No appointment is needed. If you have a laptop distribution appointment, you can also pick it up then. You should have also received a small refund because there is no hand sanitizer in the kit. If you have questions, contact Nicole Camara or Sylvia Solari

 

ROOM PARENT VERSION 2.0 So what will being a Room Parent be like in this virtual environment? Great question! While we don't anticipate as much of a need in a virtual setting to be helping to stuff fliers in Tuesday Folders or planning activities in the classroom -- there may be other things that may be of use to your teacher. Maybe setting up a Sign Up Genius, organizing a virtual classroom playdate or something else. If you have the creativity and are willing to help - let your teacher know!

 

UPDATE PAY4SCHOOLSTUFF As you find out your teacher assignments, don't forget to go into Pay4SchoolStuff online and update your child's teacher. If you don't have a Pay4SchoolStuff account yet, sign up for one here. It's a very easy way to manage your child's activities and a good thing to set up. 

 

GET CONNECTED WITH FHES ONLINE Communication will be so important this year. Please make sure your friends and neighbors are subscribed to the newsletter and in the Freedom Hill ES Community group if they are on Facebook. We need to get everyone in the loop especially now that we are kicking off school virtually!

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

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FHES Summer Update: 8/16/2020

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

It is hard to believe that our students return to us in only 23 days! Our teachers returned on Friday and are so excited to see their new students this fall.  Tomorrow will be our big kickoff with staff. 

In today’s newsletter, we ask that you carefully read and attend to new action items that will streamline our return to school. In addition, we would like to share opportunities to connect with your child's teachers and grade level before school. You will have TWO opportunities to connect with your child’s teacher before school begins, and then an additional evening to connect after the year has begun:

  • 1:1 Virtual Conversations
    • Teachers will begin reaching out to families in the next week to set up 10-minute family chats and to share relevant information, including the daily schedule.  
  • Back to School Night - Part 1 - Wednesday, 9/2 6:00 - 8:00pm
    • This will serve as a virtual orientation: how to access assignments, schedules, and their Blackboard course.
  • Back to School Night - Part 2 - Thursday, 9/24 6:00 - 8:00pm
    • Typical BTSN topics - curriculum, school/classroom policies, addressing frequently asked questions

We understand that this year is challenging and hope that these opportunities to connect will ease any anxiety or uncertainty about what to expect from the school year ahead.  We are lucky to have a truly committed and hardworking team here at Freedom Hill and are eager to partner with you to meet your child’s needs and problem solve the challenges this year may bring.  We are tremendously excited for school to begin and hope you are, too.  As always, please reach out if there is something we can do to help your family during this time. 

Wishing you all the best,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • August 21 - by this date, teachers will reach out to say hello, schedule a 1:1 meeting, and provide the daily class schedule 
  • August 31 - Sept 3 - Laptop distribution dates - see below
  • September 2 - Back to School Night - Part 1, 6:00PM
  • September 8 - First day of school for students!
  • September 24 - Back to School Night - Part 2, 6:00PM
Technology Distribution Plan

Our school staff are busily preparing for community laptop distribution dates from 10:00-3:30pm on August 31 - September 3. We will send a link next week for parents to make appointments to check out a laptop and pick up school supplies with their child. 

The Fairfax County School Board has provisioned a laptop for every 5th and 6th grader, and Freedom Hill has prepared adequate supply for all students in grades K-4 to also receive a laptop if needed by the family. In the back-to-school survey, parents had the opportunity to indicate their family's need for a laptop. If you did not indicate need at the time, but would like to be added to our distribution list, please complete this Google Form. We encourage families to have one device for each learner!

We look forward to providing appointment signup next week. A big thank you to Tim Scesney and Craig Fenton for their ongoing efforts readying a plethora of devices. 

Virtual School Supply List

This year, many parents utilized our school supply lists to make purchases for the school year. We appreciate this and hope all supplies purchased will be relevant this year when we return to the building. FH teachers have added some additional optional materials that will be helpful during distance learning. You can access those grade level lists here. Freedom Hill has purchased several items for all students - personal white boards, markers, erasers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, math/reading charts for K-2, etc. These will be available for you to pickup on laptop distribution days as needed. 

If you ordered SPROUT supplies through the PTA, these will be available for pick up later in August, most likely during our laptop distribution days. More information will be forthcoming. 

Activating Your SIS Parent Account

The SIS (Student Information System) Parent Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more.  

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

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

Newly enrolled parents will receive an activation key by email.

If you have previously activated your account with the activation key but are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  Select the “Forgot Password” button.  Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  More information is available here.

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat once we introduce our new learning platform.

School Counselor Transition

We are excited to wish Ms. Campbell the best on her transition as a full-time counselor at her other school, and to welcome "Miss B." to Freedom Hill as our new part-time school counselor!

Registration

If your child is joining Freedom Hill for the first time, please be sure you have completed all of the needed steps to register. Your child will not be able to participate in online learning until all of your paperwork is complete. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Sujo. 

Early Childhood Resource From The PTA

Well we've had a bunch of ups and downs in all the decisions leading up to the beginning of school. Your PTA has been meeting over the summer planning as best we can for this year and thinking creatively when it comes to activities, budget and where we can make the most impact. Be sure to stay connected on the Freedom Hill ES Community group on Facebook! 

If you missed the recent Q&A session with Dr. Z and would like to listen to the recording, it is here with password: 9HhUht+j.

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

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FHES Summer Update: 8/3/2020

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August 3 Update

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

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

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

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

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

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal 

Have a Freedom Hill computer?

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

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Students

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

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

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

Dates:   August 20th and August 27th

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

From The PTA

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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FHES Summer Update: 7/13/2020

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July 13 Update

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

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

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

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

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

Best wishes for a great week,

Dr. Z. 

Enrollment Flier 2020-21 School Year Updates

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

Bell Schedule

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

Hybrid Attendance Days

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

Community Partnerships

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

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

Facilities

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

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

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

Technology

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

Yearbook Pickup Wednesday

Yearbook Pickup

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

Wednesday, July 15th 3:00 – 4:00PM

Karl Frisch Town Hall

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

From The PTA Incoming KG Parent Meet & Greets

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

 

Want to Stay in Touch with the PTA?

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

1) Subscribe to our PTA Newsletter here

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

- open to all FHES teachers, staff and parents!

3) Follow us on Twitter here

 

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

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FHES Summer Update: 7/8/2020

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July 8 Update

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Z. 

Yearbook Pickup This Week

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

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

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

Special Education Town Hall

To register:

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

From The PTA Incoming KG Parent Meet & Greets

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

 

Want to Stay in Touch with the PTA?

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

1) Subscribe to our PTA Newsletter here

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

- open to all FHES teachers, staff and parents!

3) Follow us on Twitter here

 

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

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