FHES Weekly Update: 1/9/2020

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

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

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

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

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

Wishing you a nice weekend and continued safety,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

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

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

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

                                         ~Caroline Kennedy

Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories

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

School Laptop Updates

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

Amazon Smile: Support our School!

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

Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

FAMILY DINNER OUT AT SILVER DINER ON WEDNESDAY 1/13

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

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

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

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

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

FHES Weekly Update: 1/3/2020

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill Community,

From all of us "on the Hill", wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and start to 2021. We hope this newsletter finds everyone safe after the holiday break!

Our Positivity Project trait of study this week is optimism. It is in this spirit that we enter a new calendar year with our students and community. We are optimistic and hopeful that the pandemic will begin to subside, and that students will be reunited with their teachers in the school building. As we have since last March, our staff deeply appreciates the efforts and partnership of our community and remains open to your feedback. Our doors remain open to assist your family. 

As a reminder, the Fairfax County School Board will be meeting on January 5 to discuss return to school plans. Regardless of their decision, our bell schedule will be changing on January 12. Freedom Hill's bell times will be 9:45-4:15. Teachers will send their families an updated class schedule by the end of the week. 

Looking forward to seeing you in 2021,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • January 4 - Teacher Work Day, AM Meeting will be held
  • January 5 - 8 - Virtual week of instruction for all students
  • January 6 - Curbside Book Checkout, 2-6PM
  • January 11 - Teacher Work Day for 3-6 teachers
  • January 12 - FH Bell Schedule/Master Schedule Change to 9:45-4:15
  • January 12 - (Tentative) Pre-K and Kindergarten Return
  • January 13 - Family Dinner Out, Silver Diner, 5-9PM
Positivity Project: Optimism

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. It represents a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. They keep a positive attitude despite setbacks – and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieve their goals.

FH Outstanding Employees

We are delighted to share that Freedom Hill received many nominations for 2020 Outstanding Employee Awards from our community. Thank you so much. All staff members will be able to view the content of these submissions. A school committee selected our finalists for Freedom Hill. These individuals were honored at a recent staff meeting and will progress to a "next round" for Marshall pyramid winners. 

Outstanding Teacher: Jessica Curran (3rd Grade Teacher)

Outstanding New Teacher: Melanie Callihan (1st Grade Teacher)

Outstanding Professional Employee: Craig Fenton (Technology Specialist)

Outstanding Operational Employee: Sey-Lu Sujo (Student Information Asst.)

Outstanding Leader: Eric Kopacz (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding New Principal: Nicholas Zapadka (Principal)

A big thank you to Ms. Lisa Bliss for organizing this process for us, and an additional thank you to our community for the ongoing support of our staff and students!

Join our Team!

We will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Holiday Meal Service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution
  • Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume
Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

FAMILY DINNER OUT AT SILVER DINER!

Support our school by placing an order at Silver Diner on January 13 from 5-9PM. Make sure you mention you are calling from the Freedom Hill community. Here is a link to their menu. Thank you for supporting the PTA and our school. 

SPIRITWEAR PICK UP

Thank you to everyone who ordered spirit wear during our Fall sale!  If you ordered spirit wear and didn’t pay to have it shipped to your home, it is ready for you to pick up at Michelle Zahalsky’s house, down the street from the school. Email her at mzahalsky@gmail.com to let her know when you want to pick it up, and she’ll put it outside her door for you.  

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

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

FHES Weekly Update: 12/20/2020

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill Community,

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phased- plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January, 2021. Staff worked to improve start times and end times for all levels.

Barring any changes to the plan that may be impacted by the pandemic, the following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in- person instruction. This change will occur even if additional students do not return to the building. 

Freedom Hill's bell times will be 9:45-4:15. 

We feel this plan is a significant improvement and less disruptive over what was presented in the original plan last summer. We understand that changes may present a hardship to some of our families and staff. However, it is the only way we can return all our grade levels to in-person learning, while following the critical guidelines to help keep our students and staff safe.

We wanted to share this information with you before the holidays as we know this will lead to a change in family routines. Additional tentative dates for student return are shown below. The School Board will be voting on health metrics for school return on January 5. Thank you for your understanding.

Wishing you a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season! We look forward to 2021 and seeing all of the incredible things that our students will continue to achieve through the support of our community. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Holiday
  • December 21 - 22 - Front Office Open, 9:00-1:00
  • December 28 - 31 - Front Office Closed
  • January 4 - Teacher Work Day
  • January 5 - 8 - Virtual week of instruction for all students
  • January 6 - Curbside Book Checkout, 2-6PM
  • January 11 - Teacher Work Day for 3-6 teachers
  • January 12 - FH Bell Schedule/Master Schedule Change to 9:45-4:15
  • January 12 - (Tentative) Pre-K and Kindergarten Return
FH Outstanding Employees

We are delighted to share that Freedom Hill received many nominations for 2020 Outstanding Employee Awards from our community. Thank you so much. All staff members will be able to view the content of these submissions. A school committee selected our finalists for Freedom Hill. These individuals were honored at a recent staff meeting and will progress to a "next round" for Marshall pyramid winners. 

Outstanding Teacher: Jessica Curran (3rd Grade Teacher)

Outstanding New Teacher: Melanie Callihan (1st Grade Teacher)

Outstanding Professional Employee: Craig Fenton (Technology Specialist)

Outstanding Operational Employee: Sey-Lu Sujo (Student Information Asst.)

Outstanding Leader: Eric Kopacz (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding New Principal: Nicholas Zapadka (Principal)

A big thank you to Ms. Lisa Bliss for organizing this process for us, and an additional thank you to our community for the ongoing support of our staff and students!

Join our Team!

We will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Holiday Meal Service

Below is an overview of the Winter Break meal service plans:

  • Monday, 12/21 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals  
  • Tuesday, 12/22 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits  Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits
  • Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21 -- No food service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution
  • Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume
Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! We wish you all a safe and relaxing winter break! 

THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the Room Parents and Families who helped arrange holidays gifts for teachers or added a video on various FlipGrids. You are all awesome!

SPIRITWEAR PICK UP

Thank you to everyone who ordered spirit wear during our Fall sale!  If you ordered spirit wear and didn’t pay to have it shipped to your home, it is ready for you to pick up at Michelle Zahalsky’s house, down the street from the school. Email her at mzahalsky@gmail.com to let her know when you want to pick it up, and she’ll put it outside her door for you.  

WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES While Enrichment Matters enrichment activities will continue in late January, check out these providers for Winter Break camps:

Little Coders, Scratch, Python, Web Dev & more! 4-day camps | Ages 5-18 INFO HERE

Silver Knights Enrichment Camps - Chess and Tactics - INFO HERE

 

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

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

FHES Weekly Update: 12/14/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

We hope you are well and that you students are excited for a fun final week of school before the holiday break. Our wonderful SCA students have created a Winter Spirit Week for us that you will see above. We hope your students are interested in participating. You also should have received an email from your classroom room parent about contributing to a small holiday surprise for our teachers. We'd love to have you participate!

There was a School Board work session Thursday where the return to school plans were discussed. Here is the link for the slide deck presentation. Highlights include proposed updated January return dates for K-12 in-person instruction, the addition of the mitigation metric for decision-making, and changes to the bell schedule. FCPS plans to adjust our bell schedule to 10:05 AM – 4:50 PM for all PK-6 instruction. Please be on the lookout for information over the next several weeks. Proposed changes are subject to approval by the School Board during their January 5th meeting. At this time, we will continue to be virtual and if anything should change, FCPS leadership and our administration will convey those updates to you.

 

Have a great week!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • December 14 - 18 - SCA Winter Spirit Week
  • December 16 - Curbside Library Checkout
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Holiday
  • January 4 - 8 - Virtual week of instruction for all students
  • January 11 - (tentative) FH Bell Schedule/Master Schedule Change
Group 3 Returns to Virtual Learning

Due to rising community health metrics, Group 3 will revert to virtual learning beginning Monday, December 14. This includes our Monday ESOL students and our Tuesday-Friday students in Ms. Winkler's class. Group 2 students (Ms. Witt's class) will continue to come to the school for in-person instruction.

Join our Team!

We will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Holiday Meal Service

Below is an overview of the Winter Break meal service plans:

  • Friday, 12/18 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday, 12/21 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals  
  • Tuesday, 12/22 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits  Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits
  • Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21 -- No food service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution
  • Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume
What Does P2 Mean to You? (AM News Opportunity)

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

 

The traits for the month of January are:

January 3-9: Optimism

January 10-16: Prudence

January 17-23: Perseverance

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

 

Thank you!

Mrs. Canape

Positivity Project - Self-Control

Next week, we will focus on self-control. Self-control means have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Possessing this strength protects people from destabilizing emotional extremes. Those with self-control are able to limit impulsive behavior. They have the ability to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. Self-control does not mean a lack of thoughts, feelings, or impulses; it just means you have command over them.

Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

SPIRITWEAR PICK UP

Thank you to everyone who ordered spirit wear during our Fall sale!  If you ordered spirit wear and didn’t pay to have it shipped to your home, it is ready for you to pick up at Michelle Zahalsky’s house, down the street from the school. Email her at mzahalsky@gmail.com to let her know when you want to pick it up, and she’ll put it outside her door for you.  

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

FHES TEACHER APPRECIATION LOVE We are happy to report the Teacher Appreciation Committee has delivered a very special gift to the school mailboxes of all Freedom Hill teachers and staff. We know our staff and teachers are working tirelessly so please accept this small token of our unwavering gratitude! Though we are unable to be together in-person for a breakfast or luncheon, being “virtually unstoppable” is pretty amazing! Thanks to Angela Waugaman and Ina Soepangkat for putting these together and Kelly Harris for distributing.       

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

Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

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

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night, and we are celebrating togetherness and the coming holiday season. Guest readers will be Mr. Fenton, Ms. Curran, Ms. Damon, and Ms. Connors. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud!

Mark your calendars for our next date: January 11

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

FHES Weekly Update: 12/6/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

We hope all are doing well. With the end of the calendar year approaching, we'd like to provide this helpful student calendar link for families who'd like to view or print:

2020-21 School Calendar

We look forward to providing continued updates as our return to school plans are reassessed. Look for an update this Thursday at the School Board meeting. The table below will be updated as we receive important dates for return to school:

Grade Level:

PreK, K, Specialists

Grades   1-2

Grades 3-6

Teacher Assignments Mailed:

Completed

TBD

TBD

Teacher Planning Days (Asynchronous Days for Students)

Completed 

Completed 

TBD

Students return:

TBD

TBD

TBD

 

Have a great week!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • December 7 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night
  • December 7 - 11 - National Inclusive Schools Week
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Holiday
Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories

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

Inclusive Schools Week

This week is National Inclusive Schools Week. We spend time celebrating inclusion of all students in our community. Freedom Hill teachers will be leading some short discussions on inclusion. Please let your teacher know if you have a topic you'd like to contribute!

This Virtual Classroom has a variety of resources that you may wish to share with your children this week. 

Positivity Project - Words and Actions Matter

This element means that everything we do, say, text, tweet, snap, or post can positively or negatively impact other people. According to research from McKinsey & Co, “the typical American hears or reads more than one hundred thousand words every day.” Think about that for a moment: 100,000 words every single day. Now, stop and ask yourself, “Are the percentage of words someone else hears or reads from me helping or hurting that person?” As Rachel Wolchin says, “Be mindful with words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you may stick with someone for a lifetime.”

Our actions can also have ripple effects long after we make them. Deeds highlighting our character – such as forgiving a sibling, being present and enthusiastic about a colleague’s presentation, or kindly holding the elevator door for a stranger – can impact the people we love, work with, or even just bump into on the street. Through your actions you have the power to make somebody happy, sad, inspired, or discouraged. And, always remember, our words and actions are our choices to make.

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home: A Behavioral Support Series for Families

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you this series of webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7 

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021: Teaching your Child to Follow Directions
Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS ON SALE

Do all your holiday shopping while helping raise money for your FHES PTA! Gift cards make fabulous presents for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, staff, childcare providers, tutors, coaches and scout or community leaders. Great options include Starbucks, Amazon, Target, Bath & Body Works, Home Depot and more! Deadline: THIS Wed. Dec. 9th (to get by Tues. Dec. 15th) More brands and full list of retailers here that can be added to the form. Gift card forms are here to download. Orders can be emailed to Tina Banach at tina.banach@outlook.com or dropped off in the PTA mailbox at school. Q's or issues with the form? Contact Tina Banach.

SPIRITWEAR PICK UP

Thank you to everyone who ordered spirit wear during our Fall sale!  If you ordered spirit wear and didn’t pay to have it shipped to your home, it is ready for you to pick up at Michelle Zahalsky’s house, down the street from the school. Email her at mzahalsky@gmail.com to let her know when you want to pick it up, and she’ll put it outside her door for you.  

 

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

 

SEPTA FREE SCREENING  SEPTA (the Special Education PTA) is doing a free movie screening of an impactful movie on restraint and seclusion called "The Kids We Lose" on Dec. 7 from 7:00-9:30 pmThe Kids We Lose is a 90-minute documentary film about the human side of being a child or student with behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff in facilities, mental health clinicians, and judicial and law enforcement professionals in trying to ensure that these kids receive the help they need. The Kids We Lose also exposes the often brutal, inhumane ways in which kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are treated in schools, inpatient psychiatry units, residential facilities, and prisons. Please note the movie is somewhat graphic. If you'd like to learn more about this important topic, check out the trailer here or register for the free viewing here.

 

FHES TEACHER APPRECIATION LOVE We are happy to report the Teacher Appreciation Committee has delivered a very special gift to the school mailboxes of all Freedom Hill teachers and staff. We know our staff and teachers are working tirelessly so please accept this small token of our unwavering gratitude! Though we are unable to be together in-person for a breakfast or luncheon, being “virtually unstoppable” is pretty amazing! Thanks to Angela Waugaman and Ina Soepangkat for putting these together and Kelly Harris for distributing.       

 

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FHES Weekly Update: 11/29/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

We hope all had a happy, restful, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. We are back to school tomorrow virtually - all grade levels will return to our original schedule, which includes Monday morning meeting and intervention group times. With the end of the calendar year approaching, we'd like to provide this helpful student calendar link for families who'd like to view or print:

2020-21 School Calendar

We look forward to providing continued updates as our return to school plans are reassessed. The table below will be updated as we receive important dates for return to school:

Grade Level:

PreK, K, Specialists

Grades   1-2

Grades 3-6

Teacher Assignments Mailed:

Completed

TBD

TBD

Teacher Planning Days (Asynchronous Days for Students)

Completed 

Completed 

TBD

Students return:

TBD

TBD

TBD

 

December approaches! We look forward to a successful end to the calendar year. Stay warm and safe, and as always, please reach out if there's anything we can do to support your family. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • November 30 -  Monday morning meeting/interventions resume
  • December 1 - Referral deadline for AAP Level IV
  • December 7 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night
  • December 21 - January 1 - Window Holiday
AAP Level IV Screening

Reminder: Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Please contact me with any questions!

Tara Fredericks

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

TLfredericks@fcps.edu

Playground Closed During School

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the FHES playground to play during school hours. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Positivity Project - Kindness Week

Kindness means you are generous and you enjoy doing good deeds for other people. Kindness has been a foundation of moral and spiritual life across cultures and religions throughout history. This character strength is grounded in the belief of a common humanity in which others are worthy of care, attention, affection, and compassion. Aristotle defined kindness as, ”helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.”

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS ON SALE

Do all your holiday shopping while helping raise money for your FHES PTA! Gift cards make fabulous presents for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, staff, childcare providers, tutors, coaches and scout or community leaders. Great options include Starbucks, Amazon, Target, Bath & Body Works, Home Depot and more! Deadline: Wed. Dec. 9th (to get by Tues. Dec. 15th) More brands and full list of retailers here that can be added to the form. Gift card forms are here to download. Orders can be emailed to Tina Banach at tina.banach@outlook.com or dropped off in the PTA mailbox at school. Q's or issues with the form? Contact Tina Banach.

PTA MEETING RECORDING

Thanks to everyone who came out to Chipotle and to the PTA meeting. If you missed it, the presentation and recording is here. Here's the recording and password: Y?XNNV95. Here's the minutes and powerpointThere are no PTA meetings scheduled for December or January.

ART FUNDRAISER

If you still want to upload art and order items, you still can (they just may not arrive in time for the holidays). Visit the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website for details. 

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

MARSHALL HOLIDAY SALE - Poinsettias and Candles Support the Marshall High School Class of 2021 by purchasing beautiful 7" poinsettias in four color choices (pink, red, marble and white) and Chanukah candles (purple, blue or multi-colored).  Purchases can be made on P44S.com. If you have an account but are associated with Freedom Hill, just edit your account to associate with Marshall High School temporarily to make the purchase.  Once you've completed the purchase you can edit your account again to associate with your current school. You may also email or text Dianne Gurdak with your order at dsgurdak@positek.net or 703-403-2463 and Venmo or mail her a check. Orders can be picked up December 5 at Marshall High School. Thank you for your support!

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FHES Weekly Update: 11/22/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

As you are probably aware, gratitude is a trait that our students study through the Positivity Project. We would like to take this opportunity to express how grateful we are for each member of our community.  We recognize the challenges you are facing and the sacrifices you are making in order to partner with us to make this virtual learning situation the best it can be. We appreciate the unwavering support you provide as we continue to navigate this unprecedented time. 

We look forward to providing continued updates as our return to school plans are reassessed. The table below includes important dates to note for return to school:

Grade Level:

PreK, K, Specialists

Grades 1-2

Grades 3-6

Teacher Assignments Mailed:

11/9

TBD

TBD

Teacher Planning Days (Asynchronous Days for Students)

 

11/9, 11/12, 11/13, 11/16

 

11/16, 11/20, 11/23, 11/24

TBD

Students return:

TBD

TBD

TBD

 

From all of us "on the Hill", wishing you a safe week and a very happy holiday!

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • November 23 - 24 - Asynchronous Planning Day for Grades 1-2
  • November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday, School/Office Closed
Viewing Report Cards

Report cards have been mailed home. If you would like to additionally view it online (or have opted out of receiving a paper copy), you may view it through ParentVue on the "Report Card" tab. 

ParentVue Help Link

Creating A ParentVue account 

FH Holiday Assistance

It’s that time of the year again when Freedom Hill organizes a Holiday Assistance Program for those less fortunate in our community. Staff and community members can adopt families and support them with presents for their children. The sign-up link will be open for you to adopt a family and drop off presents at the school until December 4th. Due to COVID-19, we are following protocols for the safety of our community. If you have any questions, please contact us at the main office: (703)-506-7800

We appreciate your generosity!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EADAB23A6FFC52-holiday

Staff Awards

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

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

Outstanding Teacher  

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

Outstanding New Teacher 

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Leader  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal).

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services.

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Be within the first 3 years of their assignment as building principal (in any school/district).

Outstanding Professional Employee  

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee 

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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid).

AAP Level IV Screening

Reminder: Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Please contact me with any questions!

Tara Fredericks

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

TLfredericks@fcps.edu

Playground Closed During School

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the FHES playground to play during school hours. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

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?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

PTA MEETING RECORDING

Thanks to everyone who came out to Chipotle and to the PTA meeting last week. If you missed it, the presentation and recording is here. Here's the recording and password: Y?XNNV95. Here's the minutes and powerpoint. There are no PTA meetings scheduled for December or January.

ART FUNDRAISER

If you still want to upload art and order items, you still can (they just may not arrive in time for the holidays). Visit the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website for details. 

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

SHOW YOUR THANKS WITH WORDS We know it's been said before, but what better way to show how much we appreciate our teachers and staff by submitting outstanding employee nominations. Last day is Tuesday, November 24th.

MARSHALL HOLIDAY SALE - Poinsettias and Candles Support the Marshall High School Class of 2021 by purchasing beautiful 7" poinsettias in four color choices (pink, red, marble and white) and Chanukah candles (purple, blue or multi-colored).  Purchases can be made on P44S.com. If you have an account but are associated with Freedom Hill, just edit your account to associate with Marshall High School temporarily to make the purchase.  Once you've completed the purchase you can edit your account again to associate with your current school. You may also email or text Dianne Gurdak with your order at dsgurdak@positek.net or 703-403-2463 and Venmo or mail her a check. Orders can be picked up December 5 at Marshall High School. Thank you for your support!

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

For those who celebrate, we hope you and your family have a safe and nice Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few printables and activities that can help your kids stay occupied during the holiday. Enjoy!

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FHES Urgent Update - 11/16/20

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Return to School Paused

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

Per Dr. Brabrand's message to the community today, current health metrics have caused FCPS to "pause" return to school for Group 5, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow. Because of this, Kindergarten, Head Start, and intensive needs students will continue with virtual instruction this week. The return date is TBD at this time. 

Here are a few additional, important pieces of information:

  • All grade levels will return to our original daily schedule. Our new schedule will be paused until Group 5 returns. 
  • Kindergarten students whose teacher changed will continue with their new teacher tomorrow, 11/17. 
  • Groups 1-4 students (Ms. Witt's class, Ms. Winkler's class, and Ms. Qian/Mrs. Sakkas's Monday classes) will continue to come to school.
  • Preparation days for Grades 1 and 2 teachers will remain unchanged. Students will participate asynchronously today, 11/16, 11/20, and 11/23. 

As our area continues to see an increase in COVID-19 diagnoses, we encourage our families to take all precautions and to make safety a priority. By working together we can make our school community a safer place. We are thinking of everyone and hope to see you soon!

Dr. Z. 

 

Debido a las métricas de salud y la preocupación, los niños de Kindergarten y Head Start que regresaban mañana, están EN PAUSA. Los estudiantes no regresaran en persona al edificio de la escuela mañana. Todos los estudiantes de Freedom Hill continuaran con nuestro horario original del comienzo del año. No hay cambios. Nos comunicaremos con más información en los días próximos sobre el regreso a la escuela en persona de los niños de Kindergarten y Head Start.

Gracias,

Dr. Z. 

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FHES Weekly Update: 11/15/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

I hope this finds you and your family well during these very unique and challenging times. Our school was overtaken by a flurry of activity last week as we finalized preparations for our kindergarten and Head Start program to return. We enjoyed seeing and interacting with students and parents during conferences, our first Eagles Read! night, and our information session for families of in-person kindergarten students. There are several important updates embedded in this newsletter, so please take a moment to read thoroughly through the information.

For families of students returning this week:

Families who chose in-person instruction for 2 days a week should have received updated information from their classroom teacher on Friday. This email also contained a recording of the parent information session from Friday (in case you couldn't make it!)  Please make sure that you complete your Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form (details below) prior or on the day your child returns to the building.  

The table below includes important dates to note for return to school:

Grade Level:

PreK, K, Specialists

Grades 1-2

Grades 3-6

Teacher Assignments Mailed:

11/9

11/30

12/18

Teacher Planning Days (Asynchronous Days for Students)

 

11/9, 11/12, 11/13, 11/16

 

11/16, 11/20, 11/23, 11/24

TBD

Students return:

Week of 11/16

Week of 12/7

Week of 1/11

 

In advance of the return dates, teachers will be provided time to plan for the change (listed in table above). On these days your children will engage in asynchronous work. Teachers will also be planning opportunities to connect with new students prior to class changes. We will communicate this shortly. 

Wishing you safe week, 

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • November 16 - Asynchronous Planning Day for Grades 1-2
  • November 17 - Kindergarten, Head Start return
  • November 17 - FH Begins Updated Schedule (see email from teacher)
  • November 17 - Family Dinner Out, Chipotle 
  • November 18 - Art Fundraiser Order Deadline
  • November 19 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • November 20 - Asynchronous Planning Day for Grades 1-2
FH Holiday Assistance

It’s that time of the year again when Freedom Hill organizes a Holiday Assistance Program for those less fortunate in our community. Staff and community members can adopt families and support them with presents for their children. The sign-up link will be open for you to adopt a family and drop off presents at the school until December 4th. Due to COVID-19, we are following protocols for the safety of our community. If you have any questions, please contact us at the main office: (703)-506-7800

We appreciate your generosity!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EADAB23A6FFC52-holiday

Staff Awards

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

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

Outstanding Teacher  

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

Outstanding New Teacher 

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Leader  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal).

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services.

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Be within the first 3 years of their assignment as building principal (in any school/district).

Outstanding Professional Employee  

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee 

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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid).

Continental Math League

Freedom Hill is starting a CML club on Thursday mornings. CML, or Continental Math League, is a National organization that offers math challenges five times during the year.  It is very similar to the Math Olympiad program.  In the past, CML challenges have been completed during math classes.  Because of our virtual format, we decided to offer it in a new way!  Each week we will be practicing problem solving activities that promote deeper math thinking and application skills.

This will be a virtual club, and all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are invited to attend.  It will be held each Thursday morning from 8:30-9:10, starting November 19th.  Please fill out this form if your child(ren) are interested in joining this club! 

Please contact me with any questions!

Tara Fredericks

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

TLfredericks@fcps.edu

Playground Closed During School

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the FHES playground to play during school hours beginning Monday, November 16th. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

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?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

CHIPOTLE FAMILY DINNER OUT - NOV. 17TH  Stop by Chipotle on Maple Ave. on on Tuesday, November 17th from 5-9pm and pick up some food. Be sure you say FREEDOM HILL to help us earn dollars for the PTA. Thank you Jennifer King for arranging it.

PTA MEETING THIS THURSDAY, NOV. 19TH at 8PM

Our next PTA meeting takes place on Thursday, November 19th. Join the meeting here or phone in with: 312-626-6799 and ID: 989 4927 5843. When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a meeting room and admitted. Let us know questions ahead of time by emailing us

ART FUNDRAISER

If you'd like your student's artwork the week of 12/7, the parent order deadline is 11/18. If you still want to upload art and order items, you still can (they just may not arrive in time for the holidays). Visit the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website for details.

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

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Eagles Read! Tonight

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Bedtime Stories Night

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

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night, and we are celebrating “Children’s Book Week” with Dr. Z, Mrs. Doherty reading the Day The Crayons Quit, Mrs. Trott reading My Tooth is Lost! and Mr. Fenton reading Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! So, be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas as we launch our new Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community. Mark your calendars for upcoming Eagles Read! dates: Dec 7th, Jan 11th. 

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FHES Weekly Update: 11/8/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

We hope that you are enjoying these chilly Fall days! We have had the opportunity to sit in on several parent-teacher conferences over the past few days and are so grateful to have such a supportive community as we navigate through these unprecedented times. We are working hard to finalize schedules and class assignments for our Pre-kindergartners, Kindergartners, 1st Graders, and 2nd Graders as we transition into a combination of 100% virtual learning and the concurrent learning model (2 days/week in-school, 2 days/week concurrent).

We will communicate any changes to class rosters and schedules as soon as possible.  We are trying our best to limit teacher changes. Please know that our staff is exceptional and that they’ll be ready to establish great relationships with new students and build joyful, new classroom cultures. All of our teachers are members of a grade level team. They plan lessons together, solve problems together, and advocate for kids together. We are confident that a new teacher, should your child have one, will continue the great work her/his teammate has started this Fall.

Changes to classes may be necessary due to the many factors involved in shifting to an in-person program for approximately half of our students.  We must honor all parent choices while at the same time protecting staff members with health conditions or with other circumstances that make working from home necessary. We will ensure that siblings are scheduled to attend school in-person on the same days. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

The table below includes important dates to note:

Grade Level:

PreK, K, Specialists

Grades 1 & 2

Grades 3-6

Teacher Assignments Mailed Out:

11/9

11/23

12/14

Teacher Planning Days (Asynchronous Days for Students)

 

11/9, 11/12, 11/13, 11/16

 

11/16, 11/20, 11/23, 11/24

TBD

Students return:

Week of 11/16

Week of 11/30

Week of 1/4

 

In advance of the return dates, teachers will be provided time to plan for the change (listed in table above). On these days your children will engage in asynchronous work. Teachers will also be planning opportunities to connect with new students prior to class changes. We will communicate this shortly. 

Wishing you safe week, 

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • November 9 - FHES Virtual Bedtime Stories
  • November 9, 12, 13, 16- Independent Learning Days, Kindergarten, Specialist Teachers
  • November 11 - Veteran's Day Early Release (1:15) 
  • November 11 - Curbside Library Pickup, 2:00-6:00
  • November 16 - Week of school return for Pre-K and kindergarten
FHES Bedtime Stories

Join us on November 9th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm to celebrate “Children’s Book Week” with Dr. Z, Mrs. Doherty reading the Day The Crayons Quit, Mrs. Trott reading My Tooth is Lost! and Mr. Fenton reading Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads.  You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! So, be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas as we launch our new Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a K-6 Freedom Hill community. Look for a link on Monday, Nov. 9th in your email.   Mark your calendars for upcoming Eagles Read! dates: Nov 9th, Dec 7th, Jan 11th. 

Employment Opportunity

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested. Please also contact the front office with your information. 

            FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Return to School Form For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Positivity Project - Bravery

 

 

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

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

                                         ~Mary Anne Radmacher

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some situations that may call for bravery?
  • What are the differences between moral, mental, and physical bravery?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to be brave?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

Dr. Z Q&A RECORDING AND PTA MEETING ON NOV. 19TH If you missed the Q&A with Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz, here you go:

presentationrecordingand Google Q&A. Our next PTA meeting takes place on Thursday, November 19th. Meeting info will be coming soon.

ART FUNDRAISER

Today is the last day to upload your art for our art fundraiser!  Purchase gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

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

Art upload deadline is today, 11/8, parent order deadline is 11/18, and deliveries should be received the week of 12/7. More information, including directions and project lesson plans are located on the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website including the template art paper and do's and don'ts. Questions? Reach out to Art Fundraiser coordinators Amber Halaka and Jennifer Liu.  

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION DONATIONS UNTIL TUESDAY Please help the Teacher Appreciation Committee thank FHES' wonderful faculty/staff for going above and beyond as we continue with virtual learning. They are working day and night for the benefit of our children. We’d like to show our gratitude with a small tokens of our appreciation to be delivered to their school mailboxes before the Thanksgiving holiday. BY NOVEMBER 10TH, please consider donating money toward these gifts by visiting www.pay4schoolstuff.com or mailing a check to the Freedom Hill PTA (you can also drop the check off in the main office): 1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182. Questions? Contact Angela or Ina

 

ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Enrichment activities for Session 2 opens today, November 8th. The schedule for session 2 is up on our Enrichment Matters. There are classes like acting, science club, chess, comic book drawing, money matters, pottery, tennis fitness doodlers, entrepreneurs club, guitar club, hip hop dance, lego engineering, python coding and magic academy. Classes and times are hereRegistration will be open from 8 am on Sunday, Nov. 8th and run until midnight, Nov. 13th. Some classes include a mailed supply kit. These classes will close on November 11th to get the supplies to you in time.

 

CHIPOTLE FAMILY DINNER OUT - NOV. 17TH Save the date for Tuesday, November 17th to stop by Chipotle and pick up some food. Be sure you say FREEDOM HILL to help us earn dollars for the PTA. Thank you Jennifer King for arranging it.

 

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

 

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FHES Weekly Update: 11/1/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

As we enter November, there is more changing at Freedom Hill than just the color of the leaves outside. This week, we welcomed back two more small groups of students to the building. We would like to thank Mrs. Qian, Mrs. Sakkas, Ms. Winkler, Ms. Nakano and Ms. Park for their wonderful support of our students and for helping to make safety our #1 priority. Though instruction in the building looks very different than it did last year, we are encouraged by our very positive start. 

Thank you to those who joined us on Thursday for our information session on the return to school. To recap, the tentative dates for return are: 

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten: November 17
  • 1st and 2nd Grades: December 1 
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades: January 4

Prior to the return to school for each grade level, students will have independent learning days. This will allow teachers to plan, set up their classrooms, and prepare for in-person learning:

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Independent Learning Days
    • Monday, November 9 and all following Mondays
    • Wednesday, November 12 - Thursday, November 13
  • 1st and 2nd Grades Independent Learning Days
    • Monday, November 26 and all following Mondays
    • Friday, November 20, Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24

The dates for grades 3 - 6 will be shared later. 

We will be communicating any class changes and schedules to families prior to their return to in-person learning. We appreciate your patience as we carefully review all choices and create a plan that is safe and supportive of both virtual and in-person instruction.

As a final note, the school office will be closed on November 3 due to school use as an election site. Our voicemail is monitored remotely. If you have a pressing concern, please leave a voicemail and our office staff will respond ASAP. 

Wishing you safe week, 

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • November 2 - Student Holiday / Conferences
  • November 3 - Student Holiday / Election Day - Front Office Closed
  • November 4 - Curbside Library Pickup, 2:00-6:00
  • November 6 - Last day for PTA spiritwear purchase
  • November 9 - FHES Virtual Bedtime Stories
  • November 9, 12, 13 - Independent Learning Day, Kindergarten
  • November 11 - Veteran's Day Early Release (1:15) 
FHES Bedtime Stories

Join us on November 9th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm to celebrate “Children’s Book Week” with teachers and Dr. Z and a few bedtime stories.  We’ll launch our new Eagles Read! Monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a Freedom Hill community. Look for a link on Monday, Nov. 9th in your email.

Positivity Project - Perspective

Perspective means that you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner.

Consider Paperless Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all ES parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of SY 20/21. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for ES students and report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any ES siblings as well.

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

Thanks to everyone for an amazing Harvest Spirit Week and especially our co-chairs, Mr. A and Ms. Bliss! We've extended the art upload deadline to November 8th for Art Fundraiser so don't miss it! Visit our Spiritwear Store. 

ART FUNDRAISER

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school! The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! Purchase gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Info is here. The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

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

Art upload deadline is now 11/8, parent order deadline is 11/18, and deliveries should be received the week of 12/7.

More information, including directions and project lesson plans are located on the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website including the template art paper and do's and don'ts. Questions? Need a template or supplies? Reach out to Art Fundraiser coordinators Amber Halaka and Jennifer Liu.  Please note: This is voluntary and does not take the place of anything Mr. A is teaching and assigning in class.  

FALL SPIRITWEAR SALE 

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

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FHES Q&A Recording

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Return to School Q&A

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

Today we held a Town Hall Q&A for families with questions about their choice between in-person and virtual instruction. If you weren't able to make it, you are able to watch the recording of the presentation and Q&A session here

In addition, families can access the return to school slides that were presented in English and Spanish

In previous newsletters, families received a message including a link to update their preference for location of learning for their Freedom Hill child(ren). The deadline for this submission is Friday, October 30. We are asking parents to use the link if they desire to change their choice that was originally made over the summer. Options are 2x per week in-person instruction with 2x per week virtual instruction (Groups A/B in the picture above) or all-virtual instruction (Group C above). In some situations, students from all three groups will be attending class together through our concurrent model. 

We appreciate your responsiveness to the survey this week and look forward to beginning the class placement and master scheduling process next week.

 ~ Dr. Z.

Additional Updates

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

Return to School Options

All families continue to have the option to remain virtual for the remainder of the school year. Freedom Hill staff will be using your preference from the summer unless you update your choice on or before October 30, 2020. Once your selection is made, you should expect to commit to that format for the duration of the school year in order to prevent further classroom assignment/teacher changes for our children.

 

Teacher Selection

We are not able to share which teachers will be in person and which teachers will be virtual. The reason for this is that the number of teachers in each setting is determined by family selection. We will make every effort to keep children with their current teacher if they are in the same environment. 

 

Health Metrics and Contract Tracing

Freedom Hill is committed to the safety of our students, staff, and community. We will strictly follow all FHD and FCPS health guidelines and protocols. This includes, but is not limited to, 6ft social distance where possible, hand washing, limiting contact, temperature checks, and proper use of PPE. If you have questions, the Return to School Health and Safety Guidance document may support you. 

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FHES Return to School Q&A

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Return to School Q&A

Good evening Freedom Hill families,

On Sunday, families received a message including a link to update their preference for location of learning for their Freedom Hill child(ren). We are asking parents to use the link if they desire to change their choice. Options are 2x per week in-person instruction with 2x per week virtual instruction (Groups A/B in the picture above) or all-virtual instruction (Group C above). In some situations, students from all three groups will be attending class together through the concurrent model. 

We recognize many of you have questions that impact your decision. We invite you to a Q&A information session on Thursday, 11/29. You can access the meeting by clicking on this BBCU link at the following times:

English Session: 11-11:30

Spanish Session: 11:30-12:00

We hope to answer questions you have about what the concurrent model will look like and the health and safety protocols we will be using. Please know that there will be questions we will not be able to answer, but we aim to be as transparent as possible during this time. 

The meeting will be recorded for any parent unable to join us live. Thank you for your partnership and support ~ Dr. Z.

Additional Updates

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

Return to School Options

All families continue to have the option to remain virtual for the remainder of the school year. Freedom Hill staff will be using your preference from the summer unless you update your choice on or before October 30, 2020. Once your selection is made, you should expect to commit to that format for the duration of the school year in order to prevent further classroom assignment/teacher changes for our children.

 

Teacher Selection

We are not able to share which teachers will be in person and which teachers will be virtual. The reason for this is that the number of teachers in each setting is determined by family selection. We will make every effort to keep children with their current teacher if they are in the same environment. 

 

Health Metrics and Contract Tracing

Freedom Hill is committed to the safety of our students, staff, and community. We will strictly follow all FHD and FCPS health guidelines and protocols. This includes, but is not limited to, 6ft social distance where possible, hand washing, limiting contact, temperature checks, and proper use of PPE. If you have questions, the Return to School Health and Safety Guidance document may support you. 

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FHES Weekly Update: 10/25/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

This week, we welcomed back a wonderful classroom of five preschool students. It was a joy to hear the sound of laughter in our hallways again. We are immensely proud of our preschool classroom teacher and assistant, Ms. Witt and Ms. Gionfriddo, for ensuring our students’ safety. While health protocols have resulted in a very different looking school experience, we are encouraged by our first week. 

FCPS is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more, visit here.

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction at Freedom Hill (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

FCPS Group 5:

November 17 – tentative date

Preschool Head Start

Kindergarten

Intensive Support Needs

 

FCPS Group 6:

December 1 - tentative date

Grades 1-2

 

FCPS Group 7:

January 4 – tentative date

Grades 3-6

 

We will be using concurrent instruction for students who receive in-person instruction. This means that students who elect in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home.

In either format, Mondays will be a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. This will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 for Group 5 and on November 16, 2020 for Group 6.  November 12 and 13 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 5 students to give our teachers time to prepare and plan for in-person instruction.  November 20, 23, and 24 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 6 students.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session.  

Here is a video that demonstrates how a concurrent classroom may look.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please make your final selection no later than October 30, 2020 by completing this form or contacting the main office at 703-506-7800 and we will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. 

We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition; however, some students may experience a change in schedule or teacher assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all FCPS students. 

Sincerely, 

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • October 26 - 31 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 28 - Curbside Library Pickup, 2:00-6:00
  • October 30 - 2-hour Early Release (Classes end at 1:15 PM)
  • October 30 - SCA Creative Costume Contest Entries Due
  • October 30 - Upload deadline for art fundraiser
  • November 2 - Student Holiday / Conferences
  • November 3 -  Student Holiday / Election Day
  • November 6 - Last day for spiritwear purchase
Positivity Project - Creativity

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

“Creative people do not see things merely for what they are; they see them for what they can be.”  

                                              ~Julie Israel

This week is the Fall Harvest Spirit Week! To start off, there is a pumpkin activity on Monday for students and families to enjoy. Trader Joe’s graciously donated a limited number of pumpkins to support families who may not be able to obtain one. They will be located at the front of the school on Monday. We are excited to see your creatively decorated pumpkins! For the schedule .pdf with links, click here

Consider Paperless Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all ES parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of SY 20/21. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for ES students and report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any ES siblings as well.

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

We're so excited for our Harvest Spirit Week this week! Be sure to post your photos on our Freedom Hill ES Community group on Facebook or on Twitter with @freedomhillpta. Friday is the last day to upload art for Art Fundraiser so don't miss it! Visit our Spiritwear Store.

And don't forget to join the PTA before the end of the month!

ART FUNDRAISER

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school! The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! Purchase gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Info is here. The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

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

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

More information, including directions and project lesson plans are located on the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website including the template art paper and do's and don'ts. Questions? Need a template or supplies? Reach out to Art Fundraiser coordinators Amber Halaka and Jennifer Liu.  Please note: This is voluntary and does not take the place of anything Mr. A is teaching and assigning in class.  

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

We have spectacularly excited for this week of activities! A HUGE THANKS to Ms. Bliss and Mr. A for pulling this all together! Please see the picture at the top of the newsletter. Trader Joe's will have some pumpkins available at school for those who need them. Use the links to carve a pumpkin online or print a template to design! Our Positivity Trait this week is Creativity - show us how creative you can get! Voting for your favorite pumpkin contest begins Monday. Show your harvest spirit colors on Tuesday. Get ready to move and groove on Wednesday. Get cozy in pj's for spooky reading on Thursday. And take the art challenge on Friday! Be sure to capture it all on facebook or on Twitter so we can see all your fun! Thanks again to Ms. Bliss and Mr. A!

BOXTOPS DUE WEDNESDAY 10/28

The Box Tops program fall contest is ending this week. If you have physical Box Tops around the house, please be sure to turn them in with this collection sheet to the PTA Mailbox in the office by Wednesday, Oct. 27th. Use the Box Top app? That works too! You can send screenshots to Neda Sarafrazi.

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

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

Please fill out your PTA form here for families or for teachers and join today! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

FALL SPIRITWEAR SALE 

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

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FHES Weekly Update: 10/18/2020

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Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

Last week at the FCPS School Board meeting, FCPS shared its plan for bringing back larger cohorts of students for in person learning in the coming months. They have prioritized bringing our youngest learners back in the building first, and offered a timeline and plan for the return of students. While some decisions were made, many things are yet to be decided.  The School Board and FCPS Leadership Team will continue to develop plans for the remaining cohorts.  As decisions are made, we will send out additional communication. We anticipate that next week we will be sending out communication to confirm your selection for in-person or virtual learning.  

In the meantime, our teachers will continue to diligently plan high quality online learning experiences for our students and appreciate your ongoing support of your child and our school. 

Above you will see a preview of our "Harvest Spirit Week", which will take place next week. We look forward to taking part in the autumn fun!

Best wishes for another great week, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • October 20 - Family Dinner Out, Noodles & Co. 
  • October 26 - 31 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 30 - 2-hour Early Release (Classes end at 1:15 PM)
  • November 2 - Student Holiday / Conferences
  • November 3 -  Student Holiday / Election Day
Positivity Project - Forgiveness

This week we turn our attention to forgiveness. 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.

Consider Paperless Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all ES parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of SY 20/21. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for ES students and report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any ES siblings as well.

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

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

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

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

Updates from the PTA

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather this week. Lots going on - read below to learn more about Noodles FDO next Tuesday, our new Art Fundraiser, our Spirit Wear store or FCPS Cares for Teacher Nominations. And don't forget to join the PTA before the end of the month!

ART FUNDRAISER

The Freedom Hill PTA is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school! The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! Purchase gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Info is here. The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

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

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

More information, including directions and project lesson plans are located on the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website including the template art paper and do's and don'ts. Questions? Need a template or supplies? Reach out to Art Fundraiser coordinators Amber Halaka and Jennifer Liu.  Please note: This is voluntary and does not take the place of anything Mr. A is teaching and assigning in class.  

PTA MEETING RECORDING
Missed the meeting? No problem!

Meeting Recording:

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

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

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

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

Please fill out your PTA form here for families or for teachers and join today! You can join on Pay4SchoolStuff by check via mail/school drop off. Q's? Contact Kerrey Olden.

FALL SPIRITWEAR SALE 

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

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

FHES Weekly Update: 10/11/2020

GovDelivery 3 months ago
Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

                                              ~Stephen Covey

Caring for Your Computer

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

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

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

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

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

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

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

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

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

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

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

Updates from the PTA

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

ART FUNDRAISER

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

The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

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

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

FALL SPIRITWEAR SALE 

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

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

FHES Weekly Update: 10/4/2020

GovDelivery 3 months 1 week ago
Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

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

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

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

Caring for Your Computer

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

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

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

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

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

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

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

Positivity Project - Teamwork

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

“Walk to School” Day- 10/7/2020

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

1- Walk to school or your bus stop

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

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

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

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

Updates from the PTA

ART FUNDRAISER

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

The Art Fundraiser is 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

PTA MTG FRIDAY OCT. 16th at 12pm 

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

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

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

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

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

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

FHES Weekly Update: 9/27/2020

GovDelivery 3 months 2 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Families!

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

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

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

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

All the best, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

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

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

Advanced Academics Info Nights

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County

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

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

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

Monday "Clubs"

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

FCPS Grab and Go Meals

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

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

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

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

Curbside Library

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

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

Positivity Project - Teamwork

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

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

Required Forms Updates from the PTA

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

JOIN THE FHES PTA TODAY!

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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