FH Weekly Update - 2/25/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you and your family are enjoying the weekend! A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual Science Fair, and to Kerrey Olden and our PTA/student volunteers who helped make it such an enjoyable evening. It was an amazing opportunity to see our students pursue some different areas of passion, whether through magnetism, plants, chemistry, geology, space topics, and many more. Great work, everyone! 

On Thursday, we will be celebrating Leap Day with a spirit day - Leap into the Past. Students may dress like their favorite decade (80s, 90s, 2000s, etc.). We hope to see some fun apparel! 

This Friday, we kick off our Read-A-Thon by welcoming local guest author Gabriela Aldeman, who will be sharing her recent book Paula's Patches. Families will be receiving more information on supporting their students literacy journeys as we embark on our year's biggest fundraiser. You can also register now by seeing the link in our PTA section below. Thank you for your support!

As a reminder, FCPS will be closed on March 5. Our building will be used as a polling site for this year's primary elections. 

 

Have a great week!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • February 29 - LEAP Into the Past Day (Decades Day)
  • March 1 - Read-A-Thon Kickoff (Author Visit Event)
  • March 4 - 15 - 2024 Read-A-Thon
  • March 5 - Election Day, School Closed
  • March 18 - 21 - Spring Book Fair, Updated Volunteer Flyer
  • March 22 - End of Q3
  • March 25 - 29 - Spring Break, School Closed
2024-25 Staff Hiring

It may only be February, but we are already recruiting talented and motivated staff members to join our community for the 24-25 school year! We kicked off hiring by attending the FCPS Job Fair this weekend. Dr. Z, Ms. Bliss, and Mrs. Hingl spoke with interested candidates who were eager to hear about the great work of our school. We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, Special Education 
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Recording coming soon)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Love of Learning. You master new topics and skills on your own or in school.

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

                                                          ~B.B. King

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What kinds of things do you like learning?
  • Do you think it’s true that you can learn ANYTHING?

What do you think are the benefits of loving to learn?

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

SCA Leadership

Congratulations to our newly-elected Student Council!

Elementary Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.
Hill Happenings PTA Updates

GET YOUR BOOKS READY! READ-A-THON IS ALMOST HERE!

Our Read-A-Thon starts Monday, March 4th! In addition to individual Read-A-Thon prizes, classes will compete for a surprise activity with the Principals, and a school-wide prize of water balloons thrown at the Principals during Field Day if we raise $10,000.

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today!  Teachers and parents will be able to enter reading minutes after the Read-A-Thon starts.

How to register your reader? It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3...Go!

1 - Go to this link: https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/323738323432/1

2 - Find and select your reader’s teacher

3 - Search for and select your reader, then create your account

Go - Send out emails, texts, Facebook posts, or donate!

Need help? Contact [email protected]

 

NEXT PTA MEETING

Save the date for our next PTA meeting - in-person in the FHES library on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00PM

 

WE NEED YOU FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA needs at least 3 PTA members interested in serving on this school year’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee meets at least once during March/April to review the PTA Board applications and determine a slate of candidates for the PTA Board for the 2024-2025 school year. The slate will be presented at the April PTA meeting. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email [email protected].

The PTA is also looking for any individuals interested in volunteering with the PTA next school year (July 2024 - June 2025), whether that’s in a Board position or on one of our many committees. Look for more information, including application forms, to be posted on the PTA website in the coming weeks. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the students that participated in this year’s science fair, and thank you to all the friends and family that came out and supported them. The cafeteria was buzzing on Friday night with excitement and energy and so many attendees said they were already looking forward to coming back next year!

It was so sweet seeing the FHES community at Donutchew on Saturday! Thank you for supporting the PTA.

 

SAVE THE DATE - SPRING ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION

Registration opens on March 6th, at 9AM for spring enrichment classes! Below is a preview of available classes.  Classes will run from April 3rd to May 31st; before school classes run 8:10-9:10AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15PM. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. Thank you Ross Camara for organizing so many exciting options.

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

FH Weekly Update - 2/19/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you and your family are enjoying the long weekend! We certainly appreciated it after a busy week, with successful 3rd and 4th grade field trips, Valentine's Day celebrations, and of course our annual PTA Spelling Bee! Congratulations to our winner, Anjali S., who will represent Freedom Hill in the county-wide bee. Good luck, Anjali!

The fun and learning continues as we move toward the end of February. Please see details below for the upcoming Science Fair, Family Donuts Out opportunity, the annual Read-A-Thon, and the Spring Book Fair. Many of these events are facilitated by our fabulous PTA. Our organization is excited to welcome new parents into their leadership. It is a wonderful contribute to our school and learn more about our many families. Please email [email protected] with your interest. 

Have a great week!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • February 23 - PTA Science Fair, 6:30PM
  • February 24 - Family Donuts Out, Donutchew of Vienna, 9AM-8PM
  • March 4 - 15 - 2024 Read-A-Thon
  • March 5 - Election Day, School Closed
  • March 18-21 - Spring Book Fair, Flyer
Smartwatch Usage at School

We have seen an increase in students using smartwatches and wearable technology in classes during the school day, and in particular to contact families. This causes a distraction to the student, their teachers, and classrooms. In accordance with FCPS SR&R, elementary students are not allowed to use the call/text function on smartwatches during the school day.  This policy includes non-instructional times including lunch and recess.  If your child is not feeling well, please remind them that they need to tell their teacher and we can support them in the clinic; they can call you from there. Please DO NOT call, message or reply to your child on their cell phone or smartwatch during the school day. Here is the language from the SR&R specific section regarding cell phones and smart watches. 

Elementary school Kindergarten-sixth grade 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Watches that serve a dual purpose (e.g., smart watch) may be worn; however, phone features (e.g., texting, Internet, calls, etc.) are to be off when phone use is prohibited. Students are prohibited from using phones, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms and locker rooms, unless there is a medical necessity or emergency. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, however one-to-one FCPS devices should meet most needs. Cell phones may be used on campus only before and after school.  The full SR&R document is linked here.

Substitutes Needed!

Freedom Hill is eager to hire additional substitutes who are interested in working as instructional assistants in our preschool and special education classrooms. These individuals will support the classroom teacher and students from 9:00-4:00. If interested, please email the school principal, and apply for the position on the FCPS website. Pay bonuses are available this year for substitutes who work high volume days and/or achieve milestones of days worked. Thank you!

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Recording coming soon)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

 

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

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

                                         ~Rick Warren

Questions you might enjoy talking about.

  • How is being honest with yourself related to humility?
  • Would you be a good teacher of humility?
FCPS Summer Camp Information

The FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning engaging summer enrichment programs for students!  For our current Kindergarten - 5th grade students, we have Tech Adventure Camp.  For our current 6th - 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.  Please see the links below for more information and how to register.

Tech Adventure Camp (Gr. K-5), July 8-22

CTE Summer Academy (Gr. 6-11), July 8-26

Elementary Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.
Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information about eating disorders to parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades annually. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

SCIENCE FAIR - THIS FRIDAY!

Don’t forget to join us at this year’s Science Fair on Friday, from 6:30-7:30PM in the cafeteria. We are expecting nearly 50 student participants from grades K through 6 displaying over 30 projects.  Come learn about volcanoes, tornadoes, global warming, magic bubbles, soil and water, and many more exciting topics! There is no cost to attend this event.

 

FAMILY DONUTS OUT

Join us this coming Saturday, February 24th for something extra sweet - an all-day family donuts out at Donutchew of Vienna! From 9AM-8PM, Donutchew will donate 20% of all proceeds to the Freedom Hill PTA. Donutchew offers mochi donuts, croffles, and bubble tea - oh my! Located at 107 Maple Avenue West in the heart of Vienna, Donutchew is a great spot to start the day, catch an afternoon snack, or even an after-dinner treat.  

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPELLING BEE WINNER

Congratulations to all the student participants, especially Anjali who came in 1st place and will move on to compete in the Fairfax County Bee on March 17th.

 

READATHON IS COMING MARCH 4th-15th!

Students logged over 330,000 minutes of reading and raised over $10,000 last year for FHES. The proceeds collected from Read-A-Thon will be used to refresh two aging genre collections, as well as to continue to support hands-on materials for our phonics initiative for K-3 students. If we meet our school-wide goal of $10,000 raised, students get to throw water balloons at Principals during Field Day!  Look for more information to come home with students.

 

WE WANT YOU!

The PTA is looking for folks interested in volunteering with the PTA next school year (July 2024 - June 2025), whether that’s in a Board position or on one of our many committees. 

 

We are also looking for individuals interested in serving on this school year’s Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee will be elected at our next PTA meeting, Thursday, March 7th at 6:00PM in the FHES library.  They will then meet during March/April to review the PTA Board applications and determine a slate of candidates for the 2024-2025 school year that they will present at the April PTA meeting. Voting on the Board candidates will then occur at the following PTA meeting in the beginning of June.

 

If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

PTA SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Looking for the PTA's School Directory? The directory is online! Visit https://freedomhillespta.memberhub.com/directory and log in using the email address you previously provided to the school. If you log in and do NOT have access, please send an email to [email protected] with your name (first and last), the name of your student(s), and the corresponding teacher's name(s). Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

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

FH Weekly Update - 2/11/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

It was a fun week on the Hill! Last week we celebrated School Counselors Appreciation Week, the 100th day of the school year, had a special lunch with our Q2 Soaring Eagle Citizens (see students recognized below), and continued our year of learning! We invite you to join us this Monday evening in the cafeteria for our annual Spelling Bee Finals. On Tuesday, Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach will be sharing more about Special Education for families who are interested (Zoom Link below). We hope you have a great week!

 

It’s Time For Read Across America 2024!

Author Gabriela Aldeman will visit FHES on March 1st to kick off our Read-a-Thon. To pre-order a copy of Paula’s Patches by Gabriela Aldeman, click this link to purchase from Vienna’s own Bards Alley! Proceeds from book sales will go towards offsetting the cost of the visit. Last chance to pre-order a signed copy of the book is this week! All orders close Friday, February 16th

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • February 12 - Spelling Bee Finals, 6PM
  • February 13 - Family Learning Series > Special Education (7PM English, 7:30 PM Spanish, Link)
  • February 19 - Presidents' Day - School Closed
  • February 23 - PTA Science Fair, 6:30PM
  • February 24 - Family Donuts Out, Donutchew of Vienna, 8AM-9PM
Substitutes Needed!

Freedom Hill is eager to hire additional substitutes who are interested in working as instructional assistants in our preschool and special education classrooms. These individuals will support the classroom teacher and students from 9:00-4:00. If interested, please email the school principal, and apply for the position on the FCPS website. Pay bonuses are available this year for substitutes who work high volume days and/or achieve milestones of days worked. Thank you!

Congratulations Q2 Soaring Eagles!

Last week we also celebrated our second quarterly Soaring Eagle Citizens. These students were selected by their teachers as students who showcase our Positivity Project traits, and who enrich our school culture through kindness, friendship, and respect. We hope they had fun eating lunch with our school counselors and principals! Many thanks to Ms. Hill for organizing this event. Congratulations to our Q2 Soaring Eagles:

Preschool / Adapted Programs:

Erica S., Aiden I., Diego Z., & Victoria P. 

Kindergarten:

Camila U., Ali Y., Sahasra S., Maxwell O., Sofia D., Evan H. 

1st Grade:

Sherilyn S., Thiago T., Mason N., Alyson M., Shama A., Ezekiel L. 

2nd Grade:

Omar N., Angela R., Edisson A., Sophia Y., Jean Y., Skyler H.

3rd Grade:

Nadar A., Bareen N., Cullen M., Serena C., William H., Arya S.

4th Grade: 

Shayla R., Ryan H., Kriday A., Keira W., Charlotte H., Marwan S.

5th Grade:

Claudia B., Ezra W., Deven S., Cara N., Daniela G., Gabriel F.

6th Grade:

Arianna C., Panashe S., Chimsom O., Ascary R., Regina V., Linsy F., Jacob C.

Front Office Reminders
  • While it is always a special time when families visit us for lunch, please be sure to 1) notify the classroom teacher, 2) check in at the front office, and 3) be sure to not photograph or share food with another family's student(s).
  • When you know ahead of time that you will be picking up your student early, please notify the teacher and the office so that we can have your student packed up and ready when you arrive.
  • Please consider donating paper towels to school. If you are able to donate, feel free to drop them off in the office anytime, or have them shipped directly to school. 
  • If your child will be traveling home a different way than usual or will be picked up early, please let the teacher and the office know by 2:00.  It is very difficult and not always possible to accommodate the many requests for end of day dismissals during the last few minutes of school.

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 

Coming Soon:

  • Feb. 13 - Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Love. You value close relationships with others and being close to people.

 

"Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

                                                          ~Dalai Lama

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Why do you think defining love can be so difficult?
  • Are there times when love is difficult to give others?

Why do you think it’s often difficult to demonstrate love to our families and/or friends?

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

GOOD LUCK AT THE SPELLING BEE

Good luck to all the students participating in the school-wide Spelling Bee tomorrow, February 12th in the cafeteria beginning at 6:00PM! You don’t need to be a participant to attend.

 

ORDER A COPY OF “PAULA’S PATCHES”

The school-wide read-a-thon is starting next month and Vienna’s very own author Gabriela Aldeman will visit FHES during the school day on March 1st to kick off the PTA’s Read-a-Thon. To pre-order a copy of Paula’s Patches by Gabriela Aldeman, click here to purchase from Vienna’s own Bards Alley! Proceeds from book sales will go towards offsetting the cost of the visit. All orders close this Friday, February 16th.

 

VOLUNTEERS AND SCIENTISTS

We are looking for a few volunteers to help arrange the cafeteria tables, assist students in setting up their projects, direct attendees during the event, and help reset the cafeteria the night of the science fair on Friday, February 23rd. If you can lend a helping hand, or have a student that needs volunteer hours, please sign up here.

 

FAMILY DONUTS OUT

Join us Saturday, February 24th for something extra sweet - an all-day family donuts out at Donutchew of Vienna! From 9AM-8PM, Donutchew will donate 20% of all proceeds to the Freedom Hill PTA. Donutchew offers mochi donuts, croffles, and bubble tea - oh my! Located at 107 Maple Avenue West in the heart of Vienna, Donutchew is a great spot to start the day, catch an afternoon snack, or even an after-dinner treat.  

 

WE WANT YOU!

The PTA is looking for folks interested in volunteering with the PTA next school year (July 2024 - June 2025), whether that’s in a Board position or on one of our many committees. 

 

We are also looking for individuals interested in serving on this school year’s Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee will be elected at our March PTA meeting, and will then meet to review the PTA Board applications and determine a slate of candidates for the 2024-2025 school year that they will present at the April PTA meeting. Voting on the Board candidates will then occur at the following PTA meeting in the beginning of June.

 

If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

PTA SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Looking for the PTA's School Directory? The directory is online! Visit https://freedomhillespta.memberhub.com/directory and log in using the email address you previously provided to the school. If you log in and do NOT have access, please send an email to [email protected] with your name (first and last), the name of your student(s), and the corresponding teacher's name(s). Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

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

FH Weekly Update - 2/4/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you had a great weekend! We are coming off of an exciting week at Freedom Hill. Our chorus delivered a wonderful concert on Wednesday, and many of our classrooms tuned in to see and learn more about Punxsutawney Phil. It seems spring may be coming soon than we'd think! Before we get there, we still have some great events upcoming in February. Keep your calendar marked with the Spelling Bee Finals, Science Fair, and Family Learning Series session that will focus on Special Education services in FCPS. 

We will be sending home a flier in the coming days related to recruiting substitute staff for our school. We are eagerly searching for individuals who are especially interested in serving as instructional assistants working with our preschool and special needs teachers and students. Please see the additional information below and reach out if you are interested in joining us. 

This week is National School Counseling Week. Please join us in appreciating our wonderful Ms. Donna Hill! 

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • February 7 - Q2 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • February 12 - Spelling Bee Finals, 6PM
  • February 13 - Family Learning Series > Special Education (7PM English, 7:30 PM Spanish, Link)
  • February 19 - Presidents' Day - School Closed
  • February 23 - PTA Science Fair, 6:30PM
  • February 24 - Family Donuts Out, Donutchew of Vienna, 8AM-9PM
Substitutes Needed!

Freedom Hill is eager to hire additional substitutes who are interested in working as instructional assistants in our preschool and special education classrooms. These individuals will support the classroom teacher and students from 9:00-4:00. If interested, please email the school principal, and apply for the position on the FCPS website. Pay bonuses are available this year for substitutes who work high volume days and/or achieve milestones of days worked. Thank you!

Front Office Reminders
  • While it is always a special time when families visit us for lunch, please be sure to 1) notify the classroom teacher, 2) check in at the front office, and 3) be sure to not photograph or share food with another family's student(s).
  • When you know ahead of time that you will be picking up your student early, please notify the teacher and the office so that we can have your student packed up and ready when you arrive.
  • Please consider donating paper towels to school. If you are able to donate, feel free to drop them off in the office anytime, or have them shipped directly to school. 
  • If your child will be traveling home a different way than usual or will be picked up early, please let the teacher and the office know by 2:00.  It is very difficult and not always possible to accommodate the many requests for end of day dismissals during the last few minutes of school.

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 

Coming Soon:

  • Feb. 13 - Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

 

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

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

                                                          ~Karen Kingsbury

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Be grateful. The root of jealousy is cut off when you focus on the things you DO have, not that you don’t have.
  • Be inspired instead of discouraged by their success.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is different.

Know that your value does not come from external things.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

SPELLING BEE

Don’t forget - the school-wide Spelling Bee is next Monday, February 12th in the cafeteria beginning at 6:00PM. You don’t need to be a participant to attend.

 

VOLUNTEERS AND SCIENTISTS

We are looking for a few volunteers to help arrange the cafeteria tables, assist students in setting up their projects, direct attendees during the event, and help reset the cafeteria the night of the science fair on Friday, February 23rd. If you can lend a helping hand, or have a student that needs volunteer hours, please sign up here.

This year’s Science Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd from 6:30-7:30PM in the cafeteria and we already have a variety of projects submitted.  There’s still time to participate in the fun. No prior science fair experience required! Last year we had participants from Kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information - check out the flier on our PTA website here. Project submissions/ sign-ups due by Friday, February 9th.

 

FAMILY DONUTS OUT

Join us Saturday, February 24th for something extra sweet - an all-day family donuts out at Donutchew of Vienna! From 8AM-9PM, Donutchew will donate 20% of all proceeds to the Freedom Hill PTA. Donutchew offers mochi donuts, croffles, and bubble tea - oh my! Located at 107 Maple Avenue West in the heart of Vienna, Donutchew is a great spot to start the day, catch an afternoon snack, or even an after-dinner treat. Thank you Camille Paredes for organizing this sweet event!  

 

WE WANT YOU!

The PTA is looking for folks interested in volunteering with the PTA next school year (July 2024 - June 2025), whether that’s in a Board position or on one of our many committees. 

We are also looking for individuals interested in serving on this school year’s Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee will be elected at our March PTA meeting, and will then meet to review the PTA Board applications and determine a slate of candidates for the 2024-2025 school year that they will present at the April PTA meeting. Voting on the Board candidates will then occur at the following PTA meeting in the beginning of June.

If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

PTA SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Looking for the PTA's School Directory? The directory is online! Visit https://freedomhillespta.memberhub.com/directory and log in using the email address you previously provided to the school. If you log in and do NOT have access, please send an email to [email protected] with your name (first and last), the name of your student(s), and the corresponding teacher's name(s). Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/28/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! Tomorrow kicks off the 2nd semester of the 23-24 school year! Our teachers were hard at work last Thursday and Friday as they continue to plan engaging instruction for our students across many subjects and grade levels. We hope that you will join us in February for our Spelling Bee Finals, Science Fair, and Family Learning Series session that will focus on Special Education services in FCPS. 

This Thursday, we have a special opportunity for students to see and learn more about Punxsutawney Phil as we eagerly await his arrival on Groundhog's Day. We will virtually learn more about Punxsutawney's home, care, lifestyle, and the tradition of predicting the beginning of spring. A big thanks to Mrs. Hussin for organizing this for us!

Also this week, WIDA testing begins for our English learners. They will have the opportunity to show their fabulous growth across four domains - reading, writing, listening, and speaking! We know they are well-prepared. 

Lastly, please note an FCPS calendar change - March 5 will now be a student holiday due to primary elections utilizing the building. 

See you soon!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • February 7 - Q2 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • February 12 - Spelling Bee Finals, 6PM
  • February 13 - Family Learning Series > Special Education (7PM English, 7:30 PM Spanish, Link)
  • February 19 - Presidents' Day - School Closed
  • February 23 - PTA Science Fair, 6:30PM

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 

Coming Soon:

  • Feb. 13 - Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
Regular Attendance Leads to Success!

Attendance is an important indicator of student success in school. Recently, we sent home a flyer highlighting the significance of student attendance and the success students see when they achieve regular attendance in school. This week, families who have a student who has missed 5 or more days of school will be receiving a letter as a reminder of the importance of arriving to school with consistency, every day and on time. As we establish our 2024 routines, please have a conversation with your child/children about ensuring continued attendance and participation in school. Thank you, and as always, please feel free to reach out to the school for support if needed.

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes.

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

Dual Language Immersion Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

PTA SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Looking for the PTA's School Directory? The directory is online! Visit https://freedomhillespta.memberhub.com/directory and log in using the email address you previously provided to the school. If you log in and do NOT have access, please send an email to [email protected] with your name (first and last), the name of your student(s), and the corresponding teacher's name(s). Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

WHERE ARE THE SCIENTISTS?

Have your student ever wondered how to make a bouncy ball? Or questioned why oil and water don’t mix? Now’s the time to find out! This year’s Science Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd from 6:30-7:30PM in the cafeteria and we’re looking for all the Freedom Hill scientists to join the fun. No prior science fair experience required! Last year we had participants from Kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information - check out the flier on our PTA website here. Project submissions/ sign-ups due by Friday, February 9th.

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/21/24

GovDelivery1 month ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope everyone enjoyed a true wintry week in Northern Virginia. Thank you to everyone who sent a picture of your activities in the snow. We loved seeing our students and families enjoying the time together. 

Monday evening at 5:30 we are holding our annual Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) kickoff dinner and social. This is a time for students and their dads/male caregivers to come together to enjoy a pizza meal and to learn more about our volunteer program for our FH fathers. If you have not already signed up, please do so by 5:00PM today to ensure we have enough pizza and refreshments. A big thanks to our "Top DOG", Mr. David Hay, for his ongoing coordination of this school program. And don't worry, FH moms, we are excited to have you into the building as well! You can always check with your child's teacher to learn about any upcoming class events and volunteerism needs (and definitely mark your calendar for Field Day on June 7!) 

This week, we will wrap up the 2nd quarter.  We have seen such tremendous growth in our students so far this year, we can’t wait to see what the 2nd half of the year holds. As a reminder, we have a 2-hour early release on Thursday and a student holiday on Friday. Our hardworking staff will be using this time to complete Q2 grading and to begin planning engaging instruction for February.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • January 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night (5:30 - Sign Up Here)
  • January 23 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Noodles and Co. 
  • January 25:  End of Q2 - 2-Hour Early Release at 2:05
  • January 26 -  Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
  • February 7 - Q2 Progress Reports Sent Home
FH Family Learning Series - Mark Your Calendars!

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held (mostly) virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)

Coming Soon:

  • Date TBD - Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link)
  • Jan. 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz, and Mr. Hay (In-Person Only, 5:30PM in Cafeteria, Reserve Your Spot)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
Regular Attendance Leads to Success!

Attendance is an important indicator of student success in school. Recently, we sent home a flyer highlighting the significance of student attendance and the success students see when they achieve regular attendance in school. This week, families who have a student who has missed 5 or more days of school will be receiving a letter as a reminder of the importance of arriving to school with consistency, every day and on time. As we establish our 2024 routines, please have a conversation with your child/children about ensuring continued attendance and participation in school. Thank you, and as always, please feel free to reach out to the school for support if needed.

 

 

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

 

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

                                                          ~Ernest Hemingway

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does a good listener do?
  • What does being a good listener have to do with Social Intelligence?

What can you do to be a better listener?

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

As the weather grows cooler, we monitor for very low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. At this time, it is our intention to have outdoor recess on most days as weather permits. 

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and/or other cold-weather clothing so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, our Family Liaison, Ms. Riera Pineros, can assist you. You can also call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Dual Language Immersion Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

DINE OUT AT NOODLES & COMPANY

Save the date for another fun family dinner out this Tuesday, January 23rd from 4-9PM at Noodles and Co. located at 201 Maple Avenue East in Vienna. Make sure to mention FHES PTA when placing your order to dine-in or carry-out. Ordering online? Use code “Giving25” to make sure we get credit for your order. Thank you Camille Paredes for organizing this FDO!

 

PTA SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Looking for the PTA's School Directory? The directory is online! Visit https://freedomhillespta.memberhub.com/directory and log in using the email address you previously provided to the school. If you log in and do NOT have access, please send an email to [email protected] with your name (first and last), the name of your student(s), and the corresponding teacher's name(s). Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

PREPARE TODAY FOR THE SCIENCE FAIR

No plans for the upcoming long weekend? Start a science fair project! This year’s Science Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd from 6:30-7:30PM in the cafeteria. Last year we had participants from Kindergarten through 6th grade! For more information - check out the flier on our PTA website here. Project submissions/sign-ups due by Friday, February 9th.

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/16/24

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we hope you and your family had a moment to reflect on the legacy of a very important man in American (and world) history. His words still ring very true today, and we hope that the care and high expectations for all of our students at Freedom Hill will continue to allow them to make their dreams a reality. 

But first, we must celebrate our first snow day in a very long time! As I shared last night, I'll be doing a short read aloud for families today at 1:00. I invite you to meet me at this Zoom link as I read Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. It is a story of winter exploration and learning about what our animal friends are up to during the winter. All are welcome!

We look forward to seeing our Eagles very soon. Enjoy the snow and be safe! Don't forget we have a PTA meeting this Thursday, and our Watch DOGS kickoff next week! Be sure to sign up for the kickoff below if you have not already.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • January 16 - FH Parent Learning Series Postponed
  • January 16 - Read Aloud w/ Dr. Z., Zoom, 1:00
  • January 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:30, Zoom
  • January 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night (5:30 - Sign Up Here)
  • January 23 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Noodles and Co. 
  • January 25:  End of Q2 - 2-Hour Early Release at 2:05
  • January 26:  Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
FH Family Learning Series - Mark Your Calendars!

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held (mostly) virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)

Coming Soon:

  • Date TBD - Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link)
  • Jan. 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz, and Mr. Hay (In-Person Only, 5:30PM in Cafeteria, Reserve Your Spot)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
Regular Attendance Leads to Success!

Attendance is an important indicator of student success in school. Recently, we sent home a flyer highlighting the significance of student attendance and the success students see when they achieve regular attendance in school. This week, families who have a student who has missed 5 or more days of school will be receiving a letter as a reminder of the importance of arriving to school with consistency, every day and on time. As we establish our 2024 routines, please have a conversation with your child/children about ensuring continued attendance and participation in school. Thank you, and as always, please feel free to reach out to the school for support if needed.

 

 

 

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

 

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

                                                          ~Babe Ruth

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is involved in perseverance?
  • How is perseverance related to teamwork? Creativity? Optimism?

How can a growth-mindset help as you think about perseverance?

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

As the weather grows cooler, we monitor for very low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. At this time, it is our intention to have outdoor recess on most days as weather permits. 

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and/or other cold-weather clothing so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, our Family Liaison, Ms. Riera Pineros, can assist you. You can also call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Our Freedom Hill dads/male caregivers are invited to bring their student(s) to Freedom Hill for a pizza dinner and to learn about our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) volunteer program. We will be holding it this year on January 22 at 5:30. We have made some tweaks this year based on community feedback (including having half-day signups that may be more manageable for our working D.O.G.S). Even if you are a returning participant, we'd still love to have you out. Planning to attend? Please complete this quick form so we have enough pizza!

Thank you David Hay for coordinating this great program as our "Top Dog" again this year. 

Dual Language Immersion Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

UPCOMING PTA MEETING

Join us virtually at our first meeting of 2024 this Thursday, January 18th from 7:30-8:30PM using this link: Zoom.  Agenda and financials will be posted to the FHES website later this week. After this week’s meeting, our next PTA meeting is scheduled for March so join on Thursday and hear about upcoming events in January, February, and early March.

 

DINE OUT AT NOODLES & COMPANY

Save the date for another fun family dinner out next Tuesday, January 23rd from 4-9PM at Noodles and Co. located at 201 Maple Avenue East in Vienna. Make sure to mention FHES PTA when placing your order to dine-in or carry-out. Ordering online? Use code “Giving25” to make sure we get credit for your order. Thank you Camille Paredes for organizing this FDO!

 

PTA SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Looking for the PTA's School Directory? The directory is online! Visit https://freedomhillespta.memberhub.com/directory and log in using the email address you previously provided to the school. If you log in and do NOT have access, please send an email to [email protected] with your name (first and last), the name of your student(s), and the corresponding teacher's name(s). Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

“BEE” PREPARED

The Spelling Bee is coming to FHES! If your student in 1st through 6th grade is planning to participate, they can find the word lists and more information on the PTA website here: Spelling bee. Students selected from each grade will advance to the School Bee on Monday, February 12th, at 6PM.

 

GET READY FOR THE SCIENCE FAIR

We are hosting the Science Fair on February 23rd and look forward to seeing students’ creative projects! This is a great opportunity for students to make a fun display of something that interests them. Projects may relate to something students have learned during the year but there’s no requirement that the project be based on in-class instruction. All students can choose to participate and they can work individually, with a friend, or with a group of friends. Students are encouraged to plan early so they have enough time to prepare. This is just one site where you can get inspired: Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools (sciencebuddies.org). A copy of the flier that went home last week is available on the PTA website. 

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/7/24

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

What a great start to the year! We were so thankful to welcome our eager learners back to the building this week after the holiday break. As we are doing in our classrooms, it is a great time for families to develop consistent routines for the year. Please ensure that your student arrives by 9:20 each day so that they can be in their classroom for the start of instruction. 

We have a busy January of events! Please see below for information on our Dads of Great Students Kickoff Night, a Family Dinner Out, and our first PTA meeting of 2024. Don't forget that our winter session of PTA Before/Afterschool Programs begins this week! 

Lastly, we are excited to announce this spring's FH Family Learning Series. You will find more information below. We will have a session next Tuesday evening that will provide families with information on Special Education and Section 504. What are these? How do students qualify? Might they be right for your child? Join our Special Ed. Department Chairs, Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach, for a short virtual learning session in both English and Spanish. Viewing links will be available for families who can't make it to the live session. 

 

Have a great week!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • January 15 - No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 16 - FH Parent Learning Series - Introduction to Special Education and 504, 7PM (English) and 7:30 (Spanish), Link
  • January 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:30
  • January 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night (5:30 - Sign Up Here)
  • January 23 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Noodles and Co. 
  • January 25:  End of Q2 - 2-Hour Early Release at 2:05
  • January 26:  Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
FH Family Learning Series - Mark Your Calendars!

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held (mostly) virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)

Coming Soon:

  • Jan. 16 - Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link)
  • Jan. 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz, and Mr. Hay (In-Person Only, 5:30PM in Cafeteria, Reserve Your Spot)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)

 

 

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

 

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

                                                          ~Caroline Kennedy

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does making good decisions have to do with prudence?
  • Is it hard to make decisions in certain situations? If yes, which situations?

Do you find it becoming harder or easier to make good decisions as you get older?

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

As the weather grows cooler, we monitor for very low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. At this time, it is our intention to have outdoor recess on most days as weather permits. 

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and/or other cold-weather clothing so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, our Family Liaison, Ms. Riera Pineros, can assist you. You can also call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Our Freedom Hill dads/male caregivers are invited to bring their student(s) to Freedom Hill for a pizza dinner and to learn about our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) volunteer program. We will be holding it this year on January 22 at 5:30. We have made some tweaks this year based on community feedback (including having half-day signups that may be more manageable for our working D.O.G.S). Even if you are a returning participant, we'd still love to have you out. Planning to attend? Please complete this quick form so we have enough pizza!

Thank you David Hay for coordinating this great program as our "Top Dog" again this year. 

FCPS Math Week

This week is Math Week in FCPS.  Using the link below, ST Math, games from Family Night, or things you have at home, join the FCPS Community for 5 nights of math beginning tomorrow.

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China.  All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish.

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 8, 2024. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

“BEE” PREPARED

The Spelling Bee is coming to FHES! If your student in 1st through 6th grade is planning to participate, they can find the word lists and more information on the PTA website here: Spelling bee. Students selected from each grade will advance to the School Bee on Monday, February 12th, at 6PM. Each grade level will be sending six students to the finals. 

 

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES START THIS WEEK

If your student is participating in a before or after school enrichment class, don’t forget that classes start this week. Homeroom teachers received lists of students participating in classes but please remind your student each day that they have a class. Have fun!

 

DINE OUT AT NOODLES & COMPANY

Save the date for another fun family dinner out on Tuesday, January 23rd from 4-8PM at Noodles and Co. located at 201 Maple Avenue East in Vienna. Make sure to mention FHES PTA when placing your order to dine-in or carry-out. Ordering online? Use code “Giving25” to make sure we get credit for your order. Thank you Camille Paredes for organizing this FDO!

 

GET READY FOR THE SCIENCE FAIR

We are hosting the Science Fair on February 23rd and look forward to seeing students’ creative projects! This is a great opportunity for students to make a fun display of something that interests them. Projects may relate to something students have learned during the year but there’s no requirement that the project be based on in-class instruction. All students can choose to participate and they can work individually, with a friend, or with a group of friends. Students are encouraged to plan early so they have enough time to prepare. This is just one site where you can get inspired: Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools (sciencebuddies.org). Look for a flier to come home with your student this week with detailed information. 

 

UPCOMING PTA MEETING

Join us virtually at our first meeting of 2024 on Thursday, January 18th from 7:30-8:30PM. Agenda, financials and Zoom link to be provided closer to the meeting.

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

FH Weekly Update - 1/1/24

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Welcome back for a new year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. We are "back to work" with lots of fun and learning tomorrow morning. We look forward to seeing all of our Eagles back at school!

As a new calendar year begins, we want to say a big thank you to all who made our holiday season so successful. We had many parent volunteers, staff members, room parents, PTA members, and more who volunteered, organized, and supported our staff and students through a variety of events. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and time!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • January 2 - Return to School
  • January 15 - No School, Presidents' Day
  • January 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night (5:30 - Sign Up Here)
  • January 25:  End of Q2 - 2-Hour Early Release at 2:05
  • January 26:  Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Optimism. You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

 

“When the world says, ‘Give Up’, hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time’.”

 ~Author Unknown

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • When were you optimistic in a situation? How could that situation have turned out differently if you weren’t optimistic?
  • Do you believe that hope and optimism are “contagious”?

What is your dream for your future self?  What will you have to do to achieve that goal?

Our Freedom Hill dads/male caregivers are invited to bring their student(s) to Freedom Hill for a pizza dinner and to learn about our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) volunteer program. We will be holding it this year on January 22 at 5:30. We have made some tweaks this year based on community feedback (including having half-day signups that may be more manageable for our working D.O.G.S). Even if you are a returning participant, we'd still love to have you out. Planning to attend? Please complete this quick form so we have enough pizza!

Thank you David Hay for coordinating this great program as our "Top Dog" again this year. 

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

FCPS News: In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Winter Resources for Families
  • Academy Open Houses
  • Virtual Math Week Coming Soon!

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

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

FH Weekly Update - 12/10/23

GovDelivery2 months 2 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

It’s hard to believe that Winter Break is one week away. Last week, "The Hill" was practically humming with activity - our students performed fabulously in their band/strings concerts, taking VGA Reading assessments, participating in our first-grade field trip to D.C., planning for Spirit Week, and even searching for a rather quick gingerbread man who left clues to his whereabouts around the building!

We will be busy here at Freedom Hill with a good deal of fun packed into our school calendar this week. Please check our Spirit Week schedule below - we'd love to have your child's participation.

Tuesday is the last day to sign up for a before/after-school activity for our winter session. Please see the PTA section below. Friday is also the deadline for Full Time AAP referrals for students in grades 2-6. 

From all of us at Freedom Hill, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays! Thank you for another year filled with the support of our wonderful students.

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • December 11-15 - December Spirit Week (See below)
  • December 12 - Deadline for Before/After School Program Sign-Up
  • December 15 - Referral Deadline for Full-Time AAP Services
  • December 16 - January 1 - Holiday Break 
  • January 2 - Return to School
  • January 15 - No School, Presidents' Day
  • January 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night (5:30 - Sign Up Here)
Holiday Giving Tree

As we celebrate the season of giving this December, we would like to extend an opportunity to come together as a school community to make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. This year, we invite you to participate in our Giving Tree Program by sponsoring a family. As a refresher, our Giving Tree Program is a holiday assistance program that we offer to families for assistance with clothing and gifts.

You may sign up to sponsor a family in the sign-up genius link below. You will also find the families’ information of clothing sizes, likes, notes, and instructions.

Visit our Sign-Up Genius link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4DADAD2FA4F8C34-46309715-2023

Let’s make this holiday season unforgettable for every member in our community. Your participation in the Giving Tree Program is a gift in itself.

Important notes

  • Gifts must be wrapped, labeled with the family letter/child’s description (age and gender), and have a note of what the item is. Please do not write this information on the wrapping paper.
  • Items will be due on December 11th, 2023 to the Freedom Hill ES Front Office
  • Should you have any questions or concerns, please email the program coordinator at [email protected]
SCA December Spirit Week

We look forward to concluding the calendar year with some fun next week!

FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for community members to recognize staff who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FH teachers and staff. 

We received two submissions this week:

Mrs. Hussin

This is my third child with Mrs. Hussin. She has consistently gone above in beyond over the years, and I can't be happier. All my kids have gotten excellent education and experience during their year with Mrs. Hussin. Her enthusiasm and energy, outmost dedication, care and fun personality is what every child needs in a classroom. I believe she deserves all the recognition and acknowledgement possible.

Ms. Cadena-Gonce

I cannot praise Katherine enough. She has been instrumental for my three kids to feel "at home" and comfortable at school. Her personal touch, greatest care, positive can-do attitude gives me a piece of mind when my kids are in school (2 graduated from FHES), one is still there. Any time I need anything from school, I reach out to Katherine, and she provide just-in-time assistance. Our family loves Katherine!

 

 

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

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

                    ~Grenville Kleise

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

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

Our Freedom Hill dads/male caregivers are invited to bring their student(s) to Freedom Hill for a pizza dinner and to learn about our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) volunteer program. We will be holding it this year on January 22 at 5:30. We have made some tweaks this year based on community feedback (including having half-day signups that may be more manageable for our working D.O.G.S). Even if you are a returning participant, we'd still love to have you out. Planning to attend? Please complete this quick form so we have enough pizza!

Thank you David Hay for coordinating this great program as our "Top Dog" again this year. 

Advanced Academics Information & Referrals

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On October 18th, I held the full time AAP referral information meeting for parents.  If you missed it, or just want to review it, the link to the video is attached here.  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-6th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow things to Tara Fredericks by December 15th:

  • Referral Form- (English,SpanishArabic) filled out by the parent
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended- EnglishSpanishArabic)
  • 2 single sided pages of work samples (optional)

Please email Tara Fredericks ([email protected]) with any questions- I'm happy to help!

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill from 12/5-12/12. This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

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

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Hill Highlights PTA Updates

Happy last week of school this calendar year!

APPRECIATE OUR WONDERFUL FHES STAFF

The PTA is thankful to all the staff that support our students and foster such a positive and caring environment. We’ll celebrate and show appreciation for all staff with lunch from Olive Garden this Tuesday, December 12th. Thank you Sarah Lyon for organizing!

 

“BEE” PREPARED

The Spelling Bee is coming to FHES!  Between the dates of January 16th and 31st, first through sixth grade children will have the option to participate in a grade level Bee conducted by a grade level teacher. Interested students at the same grade level will be placed in a classroom with their peers for the duration of the Bee, where they will be administered the Grade level Bee. If there are 3 classes in a grade, 6 (3*2) students will be selected from the grade to advance to the School Bee on Monday, February 12th, at 6PM. Start preparing today! The word lists and more information are on the PTA website and can be accessed here: Spelling bee

 

GET READY FOR THE SCIENCE FAIR

We are hosting the Science Fair on February 23rd and look forward to seeing students’ creative projects! This is a great opportunity for students to make a fun display of something that interests them. Projects may relate to something students have learned during the year but there’s no requirement that the project be based on in-class instruction. All students can choose to participate and they can work individually, with a friend, or with a group of friends. Students are encouraged to plan early so they have enough time to prepare. This is just one site where you can get inspired: Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools (sciencebuddies.org). More details with sign-up instructions will be posted to the PTA website soon. 

 

LAST CHANCE - REGISTER FOR A BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Registration is ending soon for winter enrichment classes - don’t wait! Classes will run from January 8th through March 8th; before school classes run 8:10-9:10AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15PM. Register for the classes HERE by December 12th. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. Thank you Ross Camara for organizing so many exciting options! 

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

FH Weekly Update - 12/3/23

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Welcome to December! While the days are growing cooler, the learning and fun is heating up at Freedom Hill. A big shout of appreciation to all of our families who attended Mathnasium night and to Avanti Desai for all the organization. We enjoyed participating in the activities with our students! An extra big thank you to the many parents and FH alumni who facilitated the activities with such enthusiasm. This week we look forward to welcoming our community again for our winter Band and Strings concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

As a reminder, this week our grades 3-6 students will be taking the 2nd VGA assessment of the year (schedule below). These reading and math are tests are used to measure growth on current grade level standards. The tests help teachers determine next steps for instruction and prepare students for the end of year SOL testing. Please help us during the busy testing season by having your child at school on time. Thank you!

Finally, a big congratulations to our Q1 Soaring Eagle award recipients! They were selected by their teachers for demonstrating kindness, respect, inclusion of others, and for embodying the Positive Project traits that we learn at Freedom Hill. We hope they had fun eating lunch with our school counselor and principals! 

Preschool:

Ayub A., Nataly R. 

Kindergarten:

Jordan B., Niccolle D., Luna L., Charles S., Cecilia P., Jude A. 

1st Grade:

Daniel L., Riley B., Marialuisa C., Matthew M., Ezra J., Aahan G. 

2nd Grade:

Isahak A., Samantha M., Duncan J., Tara K., Tristan W., Abigail G. 

3rd Grade:

Azhaar E., Syed A., Sarina M., Mahamat S., Francis S., Sophia O., Dalia O.

4th Grade: 

Neil M., Ellie S., Abdullah A., Maria G., Joury A., Riely G.

5th Grade:

Ilean A., Elijah L., Connor M., Nicole T., Madelene A., Ehan H.

6th Grade:

Will C., Julia L., Brayan D., Yara B., Reyder P., Keiry C., Yusuf S.

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • December 5/6 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Ledo's Pizza Falls Church
  • December 5 - 12 -  Winter VGA Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • December 5 - Band December Concert, 6PM
  • December 6 - Strings December Concert, 6PM
  • December 15 - Referral Deadline for Full-Time AAP Services
  • December 16 - January 1 - Holiday Break 
Holiday Giving Tree

As we celebrate the season of giving this December, we would like to extend an opportunity to come together as a school community to make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. This year, we invite you to participate in our Giving Tree Program by sponsoring a family. As a refresher, our Giving Tree Program is a holiday assistance program that we offer to families for assistance with clothing and gifts.

You may sign up to sponsor a family in the sign-up genius link below. You will also find the families’ information of clothing sizes, likes, notes, and instructions.

Visit our Sign-Up Genius link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4DADAD2FA4F8C34-46309715-2023

Let’s make this holiday season unforgettable for every member in our community. Your participation in the Giving Tree Program is a gift in itself.

Important notes

  • Gifts must be wrapped, labeled with the family letter/child’s description (age and gender), and have a note of what the item is. Please do not write this information on the wrapping paper.
  • Items will be due on December 11th, 2023 to the Freedom Hill ES Front Office
  • Should you have any questions or concerns, please email the program coordinator at [email protected]
SCA December Spirit Week

We look forward to concluding the calendar year with some fun next week!

FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for community members to recognize staff who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FH teachers and staff. 

We received one submission last week for Ms. Hasan, a 2nd grade teacher at Freedom Hill:

This recognition is long overdue. My daughter had Ms. Hasan a few years ago and we are so fortunate that she was placed with Ms. Hasan. Ms. Hasan is a compassionate, caring, and nurturing individual and it reflected in the classroom. Our daughter was excited to go to school everyday and she blossomed under Ms. Hasan. Ms. Hasan challenged our daughter, motivated her to step out of her comfort zone and provided positive reinforcement through the school year. Thank you for everything Ms. Hasan and we miss you!

Positivity Project: Supporting Others

 

 

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

 

“We rise by lifting others.”

                    ~Robert Ingersoll

 

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

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

Advanced Academics Information & Referrals

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On October 18th, I held the full time AAP referral information meeting for parents.  If you missed it, or just want to review it, the link to the video is attached here.  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-6th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow things to Tara Fredericks by December 15th:

  • Referral Form- (English,SpanishArabic) filled out by the parent
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended- EnglishSpanishArabic)
  • 2 single sided pages of work samples (optional)

Please email Tara Fredericks ([email protected]) with any questions- I'm happy to help!

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill from 12/5-12/12. This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

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

Hill Highlights PTA Updates

There’s just a few weeks until Winter break starts, but that’s plenty of time to enjoy these fun events!

 

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING MATHNASIUM @ FHES

It was great to see so many students and families playing math games on Friday night. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the Mathnasium event so much fun, and thank you to Avanti Desai for organizing and running the night!

 

DINE OUT AT LEDO’S PIZZA

Plan to join other FHES families either (or both!) Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 6th from 4-9PM for our next Family Dinner Out at Ledo’s Pizza of Falls Church, located at 7510 Leesburg Pike (near Trader Joe’s). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PTA. Thank you Camille for planning this!

 

SUPPORT MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL’S CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

If you’re planning to purchase a Christmas tree, consider visiting the Marshall High School Christmas tree sale! They have a variety of Christmas trees on the school's front lot that have all been freshly cut. All proceeds support the student-athletes. The student-run sale is ongoing and runs through Sunday, December 17th, or as supplies last. Stop by Sundays from 12-6PM, weeknights from 5:30-8:30PM, and Saturdays from 10AM-7PM.

 

REGISTER FOR A BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Registration opens this Wednesday, November 29th at 9AM for your student to try one of the below classes. Classes will run from January 8th through March 8th; before school classes run 8:10-9:10AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15PM. Register for the classes HERE by December 12th. A flier will come home with your student this week. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. Thank you Ross Camara for organizing so many exciting options! 

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/26/23

GovDelivery3 months ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break! Tomorrow we are back to school as learning resumes through the December holiday season. The last month of the calendar year is always a busy one at Freedom Hill. Please keep your eye on our upcoming events (through this newsletter and from your classroom teacher) for ways to be involved during this exciting time. The first will be our Mathnasium Night this Friday. We expect a great event with much deep thinking. We hope to see you there.

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • November 29 - Registration Opens for Before/After School Activities
  • December 1 - Mathnasium Night at FH, 6-7PM
  • December 5/6 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Ledo's Pizza Falls Church
  • December 5 - 12 -  Winter VGA Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • December 15 - Referral Deadline for Full-Time AAP Services
Positivity Project: Kindness

 

 

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

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

                       ~Bob Anderson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you bring more kindness to our school?
  • How is kindness related to other character strengths?

Why is kindness such an important character strength?

Advanced Academics Information & Referrals

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On October 18th, I held the full time AAP referral information meeting for parents.  If you missed it, or just want to review it, the link to the video is attached here.  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-6th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow things to Tara Fredericks by December 15th:

  • Referral Form- (English,SpanishArabic) filled out by the parent
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended- EnglishSpanishArabic)
  • 2 single sided pages of work samples (optional)

Please email Tara Fredericks ([email protected]) with any questions- I'm happy to help!

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill from 12/5-12/12. This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

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

PTA Updates

There’s just a few weeks until Winter break starts, but that’s plenty of time to enjoy these fun events!

ATTEND MATHNASIUM @ FHES

On Friday, December 1st, we’ll be hosting Mathnasium of Tysons in the cafeteria for a fun-filled evening of math games for students from 6-7PM. No purchase necessary to attend! This is a great event to attend with friends and play games together. We need just a couple more volunteers to arrive at 5PM and learn how to run their assigned game/activity, and then help students play the game/activity during the event from 6-7PM. Please volunteer here to help make this event successful. If you have older siblings in middle or high school that need volunteer hours, we would love to have them help too! Thank you to everyone that has already signed up!  Any questions, contact Avanti Desai at [email protected].

 

DONATE ON GIVING TUESDAY

This Tuesday, November 28th is National Giving Tuesday. Please consider supporting the PTA by becoming a member, volunteering your time and talents, or through a monetary donation. Donate online through Givebacks here or through your employer using the PTA EIN of 541437681, or drop off a check to Freedom Hill PTA in the front office. Contact [email protected] for volunteer opportunities and any questions.

 

DINE OUT AT LEDO’S PIZZA

Plan to join other FHES families either (or both!) Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 6th from 4-9PM for our next Family Dinner Out at Ledo’s Pizza of Falls Church, located at 7510 Leesburg Pike (near Trader Joe’s). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PTA. Thank you Camille for planning this!

 

SUPPORT MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL’S CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

If you’re planning to purchase a Christmas tree, consider visiting the Marshall High School Christmas tree sale! They have a variety of Christmas trees on the school's front lot that have all been freshly cut. All proceeds support the student-athletes. The student-run sale is ongoing and runs through Sunday, December 17th, or as supplies last. Stop by Sundays from 12-6PM, weeknights from 5:30-8:30PM, and Saturdays from 10AM-7PM.

 

REGISTER FOR A BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Registration opens this Wednesday, November 29th at 9AM for your student to try one of the below classes. Classes will run from January 8th through March 8th; before school classes run 8:10-9:10AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15PM. Register for the classes HERE by December 12th. A flier will come home with your student this week. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. Thank you Ross Camara for organizing so many exciting options! 

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

FH Weekly Update - 11/19/23

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to share how grateful we continue to be for our wonderful school community. We had another wonderful week "On the Hill", and with each event we are reminded of how lucky we are to have a community that supports our students and participates in our many gatherings and events. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon and our fall Book Fair! We were so pleased with our turnout, and hope everyone had a blast. 

In the spirit of gratitude, we'd also like to celebrate our students' wonderful progress and hard work in Q1, as well as the educators and parents who make this possible. Just a few very brief highlights from Q1:

  • Our students have shown academic mastery in math and reading that surpasses our data from last year. Our phonics initiative tied to the "Science of Reading" continues to support literacy growth. 
  • School focuses on attendance and behavioral expectations have resulted in less days missed and less discipline incidents as compared to Q1 last year. 
  • Our staff members continue to be some of the hardest working in FCPS. They have engaged in professional development, led hundreds of parent conferences, planned collaboratively for engaging instruction, and each day do so many little things to support our learners. 
  • We have welcomed many new staff and students to our school, including a new Enhanced Autism classroom and a new Preschool Autism classroom. 
  • Our Green Team is back! They are meeting weekly and have already started a school-wide recycling initiative. 
  • Our PTA continues to lead many fun programs for our community, and their financial assistance has supported new teachers, school technology, and supplies that benefit students. 

Wishing all of our families a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope to see you in Quarter 2 as we continue our great year. 

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)
  • December 1 - Mathnasium Night at FH, 6-7PM
  • December 5/6 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Ledo's Pizza Falls Church
  • December 5 - 12 -  Winter VGA Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • December 15 - Referral Deadline for Full-Time AAP Services
Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

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

 

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

                    ~Robert Holden

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?

How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?

Advanced Academics Information & Referrals

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On October 18th, I held the full time AAP referral information meeting for parents.  If you missed it, or just want to review it, the link to the video is attached here.  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-6th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow things to Tara Fredericks by December 15th:

  • Referral Form- (English,SpanishArabic) filled out by the parent
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended- EnglishSpanishArabic)
  • 2 single sided pages of work samples (optional)

Please email Tara Fredericks ([email protected]) with any questions- I'm happy to help!

Front Office Requests / Reminders
  • This is a reminder to please mark your student’s name on their lunch box, backpack, and water bottle in permanent marker.  These items are frequently left behind in the hallway or on the playground. 
  • Please consider donating paper towels to school. If you are able to donate, feel free to drop them off in the office anytime, or have them shipped directly to school. 
  • If your child will be traveling home a different way than usual or will be picked up early, please let the teacher and the office know by 2:00.  It is very difficult and not always possible to accommodate the many requests for end of day dismissals during the last few minutes of school.
  • When calling the office regarding your student, please be prepared to give your child’s full name, grade, and teacher’s name.  With over 500 students in our school, we do have many children that share the same first or last name. 
🤒 When a Student Should Stay Home From School

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit FCPS’ website for information on when you should keep your child at home.

If your child has a chronic illness, please notify his/her teacher, so assistance can be provided if needed. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent.

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits.

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill from 12/5-12/12. This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

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

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

Mark your calendars for these great events happening soon after we return from Thanksgiving break!

 

MATHNASIUM @ FHES

On Friday, December 1st, we’ll be hosting Mathnasium of Tysons in the cafeteria for a fun-filled evening of math games for students from 6-7PM. No purchase necessary to attend! This is a great event to attend with friends and play games together. We need just a couple more volunteers to arrive at 5PM and learn how to run their assigned game/activity, and then help students play the game/activity during the event from 6-7PM. Please volunteer here to help make this event successful. If you have older siblings in middle or high school that need volunteer hours, we would love to have them help too! Thank you to everyone that has already signed up!  Any questions, contact Avanti Desai at [email protected].

 

DINE OUT AT LEDO’S PIZZA

Plan to join other FHES families either (or both!) Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 6th from 4-9PM for our next Family Dinner Out at Ledo’s Pizza of Falls Church, located at 7510 Leesburg Pike (near Trader Joe’s). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PTA. Thank you Camille for planning this!

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FH Weekly Update - 11/12/23

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Veterans Day breakfast! What an honor to spend time with the men and women of our community who have sacrificed for the safety of our country and their home countries. We received many submissions from our families honoring veterans, and you can watch our slideshow here (thanks Ms. Bliss!). A special thank you to our two veterans on our Freedom Hill staff who play important roles supporting our students each day, Mr. Mawson (Cafeteria Manager) and Ms. Berg. (School Health Aide). They are pictured below. We are appreciative of their service!

We would also like to thank our community for helping us to make school attendance a priority this year. We are happy to share that our absenteeism rates for the first quarter of the 23-24 school year are lower than last year.  As we know, regular attendance is essential for academic and social success for our students. We will continue to offer support and timely updates to families - please reach out as needed. 

This week, we look forward to the Book Fair, as well as our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday(Schedule). We hope to see you.

Wishing a happy Diwali to all who celebrate!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • November 13-16 - Fall Book Fair (Family Nights Mon/Tues)
  • November 15 – Thanksgiving Luncheon w/ Families (Schedule)
  • November 15 - Q1 Report Cards Sent Home
  • November 15 - November PTA Meeting, Virtual, 8PM, Zoom
  • November 16 - FLE Parent Information Night, Link
  • November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)
Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

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

 

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

                    ~Robert Holden

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?

How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?

Diwali

We wish a fun Diwali to all celebrating! Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs & some Buddhists. The festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Advanced Academics Information & Referrals

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On October 18th, I held the full time AAP referral information meeting for parents.  If you missed it, or just want to review it, the link to the video is attached here.  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-6th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow things to Tara Fredericks by December 15th:

  • Referral Form- (English,SpanishArabic) filled out by the parent
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended- EnglishSpanishArabic)
  • 2 single sided pages of work samples (optional)

Please email Tara Fredericks ([email protected]) with any questions- I'm happy to help!

Front Office Requests / Reminders
  • This is a reminder to please mark your student’s name on their lunch box, backpack, and water bottle in permanent marker.  These items are frequently left behind in the hallway or on the playground. 
  • Please consider donating paper towels to school. If you are able to donate, feel free to drop them off in the office anytime, or have them shipped directly to school. 
  • If your child will be traveling home a different way than usual or will be picked up early, please let the teacher and the office know by 2:00.  It is very difficult and not always possible to accommodate the many requests for end of day dismissals during the last few minutes of school.
  • When calling the office regarding your student, please be prepared to give your child’s full name, grade, and teacher’s name.  With over 500 students in our school, we do have many children that share the same first or last name. 
Lost and Found Items

The fall leaves aren't the only things piling up at Freedom Hill! Lost and found items are located in the cafeteria for students. We already have quite the collection of jackets and sweatshirts. Please stop in before or after school, or encourage your child to go through these items and take what belongs to them. 

🤒 When a Student Should Stay Home From School

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit FCPS’ website for information on when you should keep your child at home.

If your child has a chronic illness, please notify his/her teacher, so assistance can be provided if needed. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent.

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits.

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) will be taking place at Freedom Hill from 12/5-12/12. This is a content-based assessment for 3-6 grade students in math and reading. The assessments will start around 9:30 each morning so please have your child arrive on time. To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Mr. Kopacz. 

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

FLE Parent Info Night (Virtual)

We will be holding our Family Life Education (FLE) resource preview virtually on Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm. FCPS implements a K-12 FLE program that adheres to state and Virginia Department of Education requirements and guidelines.  There are two units of instruction that are designated as Family Life Education, Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development. Staff will be present to go over the curriculum materials and answer any questions that you may have. This night is designated to discuss the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Human Growth and Development curriculum for the lessons that will be delivered this year. A link is provided below for the meeting on Thursday. The current dates for this year depend on grade level, but the lessons will be delivered before Winter Break. Opt out forms and instructions were sent home; if you feel you did not receive one please contact your classroom teacher or Eric Kopacz, [email protected], or Ian Dowling, [email protected].

Meeting Link- https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91512624556

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

THIS WEDNESDAY: VIRTUAL PTA MEETING

Join us at our next virtual PTA meeting this Wednesday, November 15th at 8:00 PM and meet some of the new FHES staff! Use this Zoom link to attend. Agenda and financials to be posted to the PTA website prior to the meeting. 

 

HELP WITH MATHNASIUM

On Friday, December 1st, we’ll be hosting Mathnasium of Tysons in the cafeteria for a fun-filled evening of math games - look for a flier that will come home with your student(s) this week. Students will travel around the cafeteria earning stamps in a passport for each game/activity completed. This is a great event to attend with friends and play games together. We need at least 20 volunteers to arrive at 5PM and learn how to run their assigned game/activity, and then help students play the game/activity during the event from 6-7PM. Please volunteer here to help make this event successful.  If you have older siblings in middle or high school that need volunteer hours, we would love to have them help too! Any questions, contact Avanti Desai at [email protected].

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

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