FH Weekly Update - 9/5/22

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable long weekend! We kick back into gear tomorrow as we continue our strong start to the school year. As a reminder, this Friday is our PTA Back to School Picnic. We hope to see you for a fun evening!

Over the next school days, our Kindergarten teachers and students will be participating in their annual "Color Days". We encourage your student(s) to participate to show support for our newest students at Freedom Hill!

Tuesday, 9/6 - Blue

Wednesday, 9/7 - Yellow

Thursday, 9/8 - Green

Friday, 9/9 - Red

Monday, 9/12 - Purple

Tuesday, 9/13 - Orange

As always, please reach out at any time if we can support your family. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • September 8 - PTA Fall Enrichment Opens
  • September 9 - Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 13 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • September 20 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle Vienna
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM
Dr. Reid Visiting Picnic

We're excited to share that Dr. Michelle Reid, the new superintendent of FCPS, will be joining our Back to School Picnic on September 9. She is looking forward to meeting the many wonderful faces of the FH community! We encourage you to say hello. 

 

More information on the picnic and preordering meals is available below in our PTA section.

We Are Communicators!

This year, we will be bringing you instructional updates and showcasing the great work of our students. As we work toward developing students who are ready to make their dreams come true, we are excited to share that Freedom Hill will be focusing on the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attribute of "Communicators" this year. Our teachers are already working hard to ensure that our students are developing their communication skills each day across a variety of subjects and contexts. 

In addition, our 5th grade team will also be piloting the FCPS POG POL (Portrait of a Graduation Presentations of Learning) program, in which students will not only be developing communication skills, but will also present their learning and growth before the end of the year. 

Attention 4th, 5th and 6th Graders!

Music Signup is Open! Playing an instrument and/or singing in chorus is a wonderful opportunity for a child, and allows for participation in fun school events like serenading the school at the holidays. Options for this school year are as follows:

4th Grade: Strings

5th/6th Grade: Band or Strings

5th/6th Grade: Chorus (in addition to band/strings if desired)

Please click the link below and fill out the Google Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hirt for band, Ms. Howell for strings, or Mrs. Canape for chorus.

SR&R Acknowledgement

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

The FCPS updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Staff News

Please join us in celebrating recent staff news:

  • Congratulations to our 6th grade teacher, Jasmine (Threatt) Nash, who was recently married!
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Emily Edwards (Math Specialist). She and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby boy, over the summer!
  • Please welcome new staff members to Freedom Hill - Jenny Lee (Public Health Attendant), Jensen Munoz (Student Monitor) and Hina Omer (Student Monitor). We are still on the lookout for another student monitor and great substitutes!
  • As part of federal ESSER grants, Mrs. Victoria Mansuy will be joining us for another year as a reading interventionist. 
Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights PTA Updates

We are so excited to see everyone at the Back to School Picnic this Friday! Get your pre-orders in to the office by Tuesday or online by Wednesday!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC - FRIDAY, 9/9
Come out for our Back to School Picnic on THIS Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm on the Blacktop. You can bring your own food, order a box lunch from Jason's Deli and/or grab a tasty ice cream from the Ben and Jerry's ice cream cart! NOTE: Ben & Jerry's will be donating 20% of proceeds to the PTA and a portion of the Jason's Deli order will go to the PTA as well. We're so excited for everyone to get together, play games and socialize.

Order your Jason's Deli lunch by Wed., Sept. 7th through Pay4SchoolStuff or turn in the paper form here by Tues., Sept. 6th to the office in the PTA Mailbox or through Wednesday folders. The rain date for this event is Sept. 16th.

BTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We need your help! Many hands make the work light. Sign up for a short shift to help with the Back to School Picnic here on our sign up genius:  https://tinyurl.com/FHBTS22

 

CHECK OUT FALL ENRICHMENT
We are so excited to introduce before and after school enrichment classes to you. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Lego Jedi Engineering, All Kids Sports, Musical Theater, Spanish, Soccer, Chess, Cooking and Scratch Jr (STEM). All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration opens this Thursday, September 8th at 9:00 AM and closes Tuesday, September 20th at 11:59 PM. More details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.

 

PTA MEETING, SEPT. 13 AT 8PM
Come join us for our 1st PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 8pm. We will talk about upcoming events, review the proposed PTA budget and have a good conversation with Dr. Z. Join us here with this link or call 301-715-8592 with this meeting ID: 987 5424 4695 and Passcode: 742513. 

 

FDO - CHIPOTLE ON SEPT. 20, 5-9PM
Come join us and support the Freedom Hill PTA with our first Family Dinner Out! Visit Chipotle on Maple Ave. on Sept. 20th between 5-9pm at 213 Maple Ave East in Vienna. 33% of our Freedom Hill sales go to the PTA. You must show the flyer in the store, or say Freedom Hill when you order or order online for pick-up using code A9ME3A7. Check out all the information on the flier in English and Spanish.

 

ROOM PARENTS NEEDED!
We need parent volunteers to help manage classroom funds, organize teacher gifts and assist teachers in planning when there are classroom activities (winter break or field day end of year celebrations). This is a great way to be impactful in your child's class and doesn't require a lot of your time. We still need room parents for Ms. Connors, Ms. Walker, Ms. Price, Ms. Bliss, Ms. Layne, Ms. Finkelstein, Ms. McFarland and Ms. Nash. Contact your teacher and Deb Speert to help. 

 

PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

There are many ways to help the PTA including volunteering your time or giving a financial donation. To contribute financially, you can:

1) Go to Pay4SchoolStuff and select PTA Membership Donation

2) Print the membership and donation family form here (here for teachers). Fill out and return to the PTA Mailbox in the office with a check to FHES PTA.

Your donation goes directly to the programs sponsored by the FHES PTA that help to enrich our children's education. From orientations to educational programs to fun family friendly events, it all happens through the PTA! But we can't do it without your help - whether it's time you give or a donation. Join our PTA organization online today or volunteer for a position.

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

FH Weekly Update

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We want to say a big thank you to everyone for making our first week of school a huge success! We jumped right back into familiar routines, and were overjoyed to see our students smiling and learning again in classrooms and around the building. We appreciate our families for ensuring that all students have entered the building by 9:20 each day, as this sets a routine for maximizing instructional time each day. We are kicking off our Morning News Show tomorrow at 9:20 sharp each day!

This week, we look forward to continuing our partnership through virtual Back to School Night. You will find a session schedule below, and can expect to receive a link to join from your teacher(s). We recommend joining at least 5 minutes early, as Zoom sometimes needs to update. There are two sessions in case families have more than one teacher to visit. We will also be recording  sessions in case your family is not able to attend on Tuesday. 

As always, please reach out at any time if we can support your family. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 30 - Virtual Back to School Night for Parents, 6:00
  • September 2 - 5 - No school - Labor Day Holiday
  • September 8 - PTA Fall Enrichment Opens
  • September 9 - PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 13 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • September 20 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle Vienna
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM
We Are Communicators!

This year, we will be bringing you instructional updates and showcasing the great work of our students. As we work toward developing students who are ready to make their dreams come true, we are excited to share that Freedom Hill will be focusing on the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attribute of "Communicators" this year. Our teachers are already working hard to ensure that our students are developing their communication skills each day across a variety of subjects and contexts. 

In addition, our 5th grade team will also be piloting the FCPS POG POL (Portrait of a Graduation Presentations of Learning) program, in which students will not only be developing communication skills, but will also present their learning and growth before the end of the year. 

Attention 4th, 5th and 6th Graders!

Music Signup is Open! Playing an instrument and/or singing in chorus is a wonderful opportunity for a child, and allows for participation in fun school events like serenading the school at the holidays. Options for this school year are as follows:

4th Grade: Strings

5th/6th Grade: Band or Strings

5th/6th Grade: Chorus (in addition to band/strings if desired)

Please click the link below and fill out the Google Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hirt for band, Ms. Howell for strings, or Mrs. Canape for chorus.

Virtual Back to School Night - 8/30

We are excited to welcome all to our 2022 Virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday! Your child's teacher will be sending you the link to join one of the first two sessions. We will also be holding Advanced Academics Information Night (link), and an open session with the Principals (link) to ask any questions you have about the year. We look forward to seeing you!

SR&R Acknowledgement

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

The FCPS updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Your Help Needed!

We've had many families reach out this summer asking "how can I help in this coming school year?" As you likely know, the nation is currently faced with a significant teacher and school staff shortage. And while we are nearly fully staffed at Freedom Hill, we are looking for interested individuals to serve in a variety of essential support capacities. Here are a few opportunities - we ask your help in spreading these to any interested individuals:

  • Student monitors - we are searching for 2-3 individuals who will provide support to students throughout the school day at lunch, at recess, and around the school. This is a 7.0 hour per day role. Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Dr. Zapadka. 
  • Daily substitutes - a lack of consistent substitutes can cause significant daily hardship for schools. In order to ensure that our students are safe and supported each day, we would like to develop a list of 10 Freedom Hill community members who are interested in substituting consistently. If interested, please apply on the FCPS website and send an email to Ms. Cadena-Gonce and Dr. Zapadka
  • Calling all FH dads! We will be starting our long-awaited Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program this year. This program gives fathers or other caregivers the opportunity to spend a day volunteering in our school and being a presence in their student's academic life. We will be holding our informational Kickoff Night for the program (which will include pizza and refreshments for dads and students) on September 28. Mark your calendars!
  • PTA Volunteers - our wonderful PTA holds a variety of events throughout the school year that benefit and enrich our school community. Volunteers are needed! Please see the PTA section at the bottom of this newsletter.
Superintendent Community Conversations - Marshall Pyramid - September 22

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Marshall High School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend. 

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

We hope your students had a great first few days back to school! Hope to see you at our Back to School Picnic on Friday, Sept. 9th or at one of the many upcoming activities!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC - SEPT. 9TH
Save the date for our Back to School Picnic on Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm on the Blacktop. You can bring your own food, order a box lunch from Jason's Deli and/or grab a tasty ice cream from the Ben and Jerry's ice cream cart! NOTE: Ben & Jerry's will be donating 20% of proceeds to the PTA and a portion of the Jason's Deli order will go to the PTA as well. We're so excited for everyone to get together, play games and socialize. Order your Jason's Deli lunch by Wed., Sept. 7th through Pay4SchoolStuff or turn in the paper form here by Tues., Sept. 6th to the office in the PTA Mailbox or through Wednesday folders. The rain date for this event is Sept. 16th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Many hands make the work light. Sign up for a shift to help with the Picnic here on our sign up genius:  https://tinyurl.com/FHBTS22

 

CHECK OUT FALL ENRICHMENT
We are so excited to introduce before and after school enrichment classes to you. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Lego Jedi Engineering, All Kids Sports, Musical Theater, Spanish, Soccer, Chess, Cooking and Scratch Jr (STEM). All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration opens Thursday, September 8th at 9:00 AM and closes Tuesday, September 20th at 11:59 PM. More details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.

 

PTA MEETING, SEPT. 13 AT 8PM
Come join us for our 1st PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 8pm. We will talk about upcoming events, review the proposed PTA budget and have a good conversation with Dr. Z. Zoom info will be coming shortly!

 

FDO - CHIPOTLE ON SEPT. 20, 5-9PM
Come join us and support the Freedom Hill PTA with our first Family Dinner Out! Visit Chipotle on Maple Ave. on Sept. 20th between 5-9pm at 213 Maple Ave East in Vienna. 33% of our Freedom Hill sales go to the PTA. You must show the flyer in the store, or say Freedom Hill when you order or order online for pick-up using code A9ME3A7. Check out all the information on the flier in English and Spanish.

 

ROOM PARENTS NEEDED!
We need parent volunteers to help manage classroom funds, organize teacher gifts and assist teachers in planning when there are classroom activities (winter break or field day end of year celebrations). This is a great way to be impactful in your child's class and doesn't require a lot of your time. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact your classroom teacher and Deb Speert. 

 

PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
There are many ways to help the PTA including volunteering your time or giving a financial donation. To contribute financially, you can:
1) Go to Pay4SchoolStuff and select PTA Membership Donation
2) Print the membership and donation family form here (here for teachers). Fill out and return to the PTA Mailbox in the office with a check to FHES PTA.

Your donation goes directly to the programs sponsored by the FHES PTA that help to enrich our children's education. From orientations to educational programs to fun family friendly events, it all happens through the PTA! But we can't do it without your help - whether it's time you give or a donation. Join our PTA organization online today or volunteer for a position.

 

AMAZON SMILE - MAKE IT AUTOMATIC
Support the Freedom Hill PTA with any Amazon Smile purchase. Choose "Freedom Hill Elem PTA" on your Amazon Smile page today! Visit Smile here.

 

STAY IN TOUCH - JOIN THE FB GROUP
Stay up to date with Freedom Hill ES Community group - open to all FHES teachers, staff and parents! Get all the updates and interact with other members of the community.

 

WELCOME BACK TEACHERS!
Your PTA is already hard at work! The Teacher Appreciation team, Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee, organized a Welcome Back lunch with Wawa sandwiches, chips and drinks for our teachers last Thursday. Way to go! Thanks to Dr. Z, Mr. Kopacz, Thomas Mawson, Tina Crawford, Jeff Hoffmann and Sahar Javadi for helping out on the day off! 

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

FHES Back to School Update

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Welcome to School Year 2022-23!

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

The first day of school is upon us! It was wonderful to see many families at Open House. I know we speak for our staff when we express how excited we are for our students to return tomorrow. 

Please review the newsletter below for important information on arrival procedures for school. Every beginning and ending of our school day involves the most important goal of the safe arrival and dismissal of our students. It takes a village to supervise this portion of our day but also involves families carefully following our drop-off and pick-up procedures to ensure our students' safety.

As a reminder, school lunches and breakfasts are now paid again. Please ensure your student(s) know your family's plans for breakfast and lunch at school. 

We look forward to continued partnership this year!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 22 - First Day of School 
  • August 30 - Virtual Back to School Night for Parents, 6:00
  • September 2 - 5 - No school - Labor Day Holiday
  • September 9 - PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM
Arrival at School

Please see the below for arrival processes. Safety is our number one priority! Thank you for following the labelled routes. 

  • Parents and caregivers will be asked to say goodbye to their students at the door tomorrow if they choose to walk. Kindergarten families may bring students into the lobby for the first day of school only. They will be met by an adult and walked to class. We are not able to accommodate parent/teacher conversations tomorrow. 
  • Students should arrive at school between 9:05 and 9:20. Students arriving after 9:20 will be marked tardy. Tardy students miss important morning events - please arrive on time if transporting your student(s). 
  • Buses proceed through the yellow line (marked below). For safety reasons, parents and students should not walk through the bus lanes
  • Parents may drop off students using our Kiss and Ride lane. Please see the red line below for the route. Please drive safely and only drop off your student when they have arrived at the drop off curb. If you have not done so already, Kiss and Ride families should stop in the front office tomorrow to receive their dismissal number. 
  • There are entrances for student walkers in the front and side of the school. Please see the blue arrows. Walkers may not enter the bus or Kiss and Ride zones. 
Your Help Needed!

We've had many families reach out this summer asking "how can I help in this coming school year?" As you likely know, the nation is currently faced with a significant teacher and school staff shortage. And while we are nearly fully staffed at Freedom Hill, we are looking for interested individuals to serve in a variety of essential support capacities. Here are a few opportunities - we ask your help in spreading these to any interested individuals:

  • Student monitors - we are searching for 2-3 individuals who will provide support to students throughout the school day at lunch, at recess, and around the school. This is a 7.0 hour per day role. Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Dr. Zapadka. 
  • Daily substitutes - a lack of consistent substitutes can cause significant daily hardship for schools. In order to ensure that our students are safe and supported each day, we would like to develop a list of 10 Freedom Hill community members who are interested in substituting consistently. If interested, please apply on the FCPS website and send an email to Ms. Cadena-Gonce and Dr. Zapadka
  • Calling all FH dads! We will be starting our long-awaited Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program this year. This program gives fathers or other caregivers the opportunity to spend a day volunteering in our school and being a presence in their student's academic life. We will be holding our informational Kickoff Night for the program (which will include pizza and refreshments for dads and students) on September 28. Mark your calendars!
  • PTA Volunteers - our wonderful PTA holds a variety of events throughout the school year that benefit and enrich our school community. Volunteers are needed! Please see the PTA section at the bottom of this newsletter.
Transportation Information

Bus transportation information will be shared with families this week and will continue to be populated prior to the start of school. Please access the information via ParentVue. Additional information regarding bus transportation and how to access please access these links: 

Bus Delay Notification System  and the Transportation page.

Breakfast and Lunch Reminders

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60. Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at this link. 

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.  A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. 

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

CHAIRS NEEDED!

We need help with the FHES Spelling Bee, Halloween Movie Night and a few other positions. We have volunteers ready to train you. Check out our FULL LIST of volunteers here for additional positions needed. Remember a PTA is nothing without its volunteers to support it and it can not rely on just a few people. Please email Sahar Javadi or Rachel Shabica for more details. 

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

FHES Back to School Update

GovDelivery1 month 1 week ago
Welcome to School Year 2022-23!

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

It is time to launch into another great school year! The staff at Freedom Hill have been working diligently to prepare a welcoming, safe environment for students and families. Our goals for the beginning of the year are like each school year – to know each child by name and by need, and to provide learning opportunities that allow our students to develop the skills they will need to make their dreams a reality.

Classroom teacher assignments were mailed from the school yesterday and should arrive soon. In addition, we look forward to hosting families on August 19 for our annual Open House. Times are listed below, and we have assigned times by last name to promote social distancing and time to speak with teachers. If you have several students, you are welcome to attend both sessions if needed to stop into each classroom. As with last year, we are hosting an earlier time for students and families in our specialized programs. 

We are still on the search for individuals interested in joining us as student monitors and substitute teachers. Please see below for more information!

We encourage our new and returning families to read this newsletter each weekend, making special note of the "Upcoming Dates" section below. We also feature updates from our wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic PTA at the end of each newsletter.

Finally, if you will be using the Kiss 'N Ride this year, please stop into the office on Thursday or Friday to pick up your number. We will be distributing them during Open House, as well. Families with students who take medications at school should also find a special note below about drop-off times. 

We look forward to continued partnership this year!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 19 - Open House, 9:00-11:30 (see your times below)
  • August 22 - First Day of School 
  • August 30 - Virtual Back to School Night for Families, 6:00
  • September 9 - PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM
Medication Drop-Off Times

The school health room/clinic will be accepting medications for students from parents on August 17th from 1pm to 3pm and on  August 18th and 19th from 9am – 2:30pm.  Please be advised that there is a new process and paperwork for medication drop off this school year in the county.  All medication must be in new/unopened containers and there is another form to fill out, so please allow more time than in past years.

Open House - August 19

Each year we welcome families into the building the day before school starts for you to have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, to drop off school supplies, and to see their classroom. To alleviate parking and interior crowding, we will offer several sessions on Friday:

  • 9:00 - 9:45 - EAC, ID, IDS, and Preschool Class-based
  • 10:00 - 10:30 - Student Last Names A-L
  • 10:45 - 11:15 - Student Last Names M-Z

Some other details:

  • You will meet your child's teacher and visit the classroom to explore the safe and welcoming environment that our incredible teachers have created. 
  • If you cannot attend the Open House, staff members will be available on the first day of school to assist students in locating their classrooms. You could also look it up in your ParentVue account starting this Wednesday.
  • The PTA will be selling FH spirit wear in the lobby!
School Supply Lists

School supply lists for the 2022-23 school year can be found on our website

Your Help Needed!

We've had many families reach out this summer asking "how can I help in this coming school year?" As you likely know, the nation is currently faced with a significant teacher and school staff shortage. And while we are nearly fully staffed at Freedom Hill, we are looking for interested individuals to serve in a variety of essential support capacities. Here are a few opportunities - we ask your help in spreading these to any interested individuals:

  • Student monitors - we are searching for 2-3 individuals who will provide support to students throughout the school day at lunch, at recess, and around the school. This is a 7.0 hour per day role. Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Dr. Zapadka. 
  • Daily substitutes - a lack of consistent substitutes can cause significant daily hardship for schools. In order to ensure that our students are safe and supported each day, we would like to develop a list of 10 Freedom Hill community members who are interested in substituting consistently. If interested, please apply on the FCPS website and send an email to Ms. Cadena-Gonce and Dr. Zapadka
  • Calling all FH dads! We will be starting our long-awaited Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program this year. This program gives fathers or other caregivers the opportunity to spend a day volunteering in our school and being a presence in their student's academic life. We will be holding our informational Kickoff Night for the program (which will include pizza and refreshments for dads and students) on September 28. Mark your calendars!
  • PTA Volunteers - our wonderful PTA holds a variety of events throughout the school year that benefit and enrich our school community. Volunteers are needed! Please see the PTA section at the bottom of this newsletter.
Thank You!

A big thank you to our families and staff who helped the principals to weed and mulch our front bed last week! The school is looking great!

Transportation Information

Bus transportation information will be shared with families this week and will continue to be populated prior to the start of school. Please access the information via ParentVue. Additional information regarding bus transportation and how to access please access these links: 

Bus Delay Notification System  and the Transportation page.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals 22-23

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, and FCPS class fees. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact the main office at 703-506-7800.

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

VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT OPEN HOUSE

Want to help but don't have time to be a PTA Chair? No worries! There are lots of smaller time commitment opportunities through out the year and here's one. Help sell spiritwear on August 19th between 10-11:30. We've set up a schedule in 30 minute shifts so people can of course go meet their child's teacher. Older kids who can manage cash can also help too! We'll be accepting cash, checks and use our iPads with Square for sales. Sign up genius is here!

 

CHAIRS NEEDED!

Three cheers to three new chairs. Tina Helwig who is managing the Back to School Picnic, Aleksia Ilic Forster who is managing In Person Spiritwear Sales and Nicole Camara who is managing Family Dinners Out with training from Jen King. We just need a couple more key positions filled.  The first area is managing our FHES Spelling Bee! Thyaga Nandagopal has does this for so many years at FHES and would be a great trainer. The timing for this starts in late November/early December and wraps up by February. There are also a great many resources since this is a national program done by Scripps.  The second area is taking the lead with Halloween Movie Night. Tori Brent and Sahar Javadi can help train this person. Planning starts in September and the event is Friday, Oct. 21st. This is a great event to partner with a friend and do as co-chairs! Check out our FULL LIST of volunteers here for additional positions needed. Remember a PTA is nothing without its volunteers to support it and it can not rely on just a few people. Please email Sahar Javadi or Rachel Shabica for more details. We have additional PTA positions available - reach out to find out more info!

 

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

FHES Event Postponed

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Beautify the Bed Postponed

Dear Families and Staff,

Due to the Flood Watch and chance of thunderstorms, our "Beautify the Bed" event for this evening will be postponed until tomorrow, August 11 at 6PM. We welcome students and their families to help us weed and mulch the front bed, and to weed around the side of the building. Please bring gardening gloves and any tools that might be helpful. See you tomorrow to help prepare for a great year!

In addition, we are re-sending our summer update newsletter for newly enrolled families. Please see below. 

Principals' Update

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope the summer is well for you and your family! It is hard to believe that August has arrived, and with it our excitement about returning to school. Things have been busy at Freedom Hill, with nearly every classroom used this summer for summer school programs for our school and students from surrounding areas. Our custodial team, led by Mr. Aguilar-Beltran, is hard at work to ensure that our classrooms are in pristine shape for the first day of school. 

We wanted to provide some brief updates to begin August. Please see below for important new information on upcoming dates, vaccinations, a return to paid school meals, and more. 

We've had many families reach out this summer asking "how can I help in this coming school year?" As you likely know, the nation is currently faced with a significant teacher and school staff shortage. And while we are nearly fully staffed at Freedom Hill, we are looking for interested individuals to serve in a variety of essential support capacities. Here are a few opportunities - we ask your help in spreading these to any interested individuals:

  • Student monitors - we are searching for 2-3 individuals who will provide support to students throughout the school day at lunch, at recess, and around the school. This is a 7.0 hour per day role, and more information is provided below. 
  • Daily substitutes - a lack of consistent substitutes can cause significant daily hardship for schools. In order to ensure that our students are safe and supported each day, we would like to develop a list of 5 Freedom Hill community members who are interested in substituting consistently. If interested, please apply on the FCPS website and send an email to Ms. Cadena-Gonce and Dr. Zapadka
  • Calling all FH dads! We will be starting our long-awaited Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program this year. This program gives fathers or other caregivers the opportunity to spend a day volunteering in our school and being a presence in their student's academic life. We will be holding our informational Kickoff Night for the program (which will include pizza and refreshments for dads and students) on September 28. Mark your calendars!
  • PTA Volunteers - our wonderful PTA holds a variety of events throughout the school year that benefit and enrich our school community. Volunteers are needed! Please see the PTA section at the bottom of this newsletter. 

We plan to have some further information for you regarding Open House and the beginning of the school year in the coming weeks. Best wishes until then!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 3 - Last Summer Bookmobile Date, 10:00-11:00
  • August 11 - Beautify the Bed! Come help out in front of the school, 6PM
  • August 16 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 5:30-7:00
  • August 19 - Open House for Students, 10:00-11:30
  • August 22 - First Day of School 
  • August 30 - Back to School Night for Families, 6:00
  • September 9 - PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM
Beautify the Bed!

Come join Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz, and our custodial team on August 11 from 6-8PM as we beautify the front bed of Freedom Hill. We will be weeding and mulching, so bring some gardening gloves and any yard equipment that you have! Your help is much needed and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you and preparing our school for a great first day. 

School Supply Lists

School supply lists for the 2022-23 school year can be found on our website

School Immunizations 22-23

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Monitor Positions for SY 22-23

Freedom Hill is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested, please follow the application process below. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • work with students individually and in small groups 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits) Hours: 8:45-4:15, 7 hour paid day with a 30 minute unpaid lunch

TO APPLY: 

Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Dr. Zapadka. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals 22-23

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, and FCPS class fees. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact the main office at 703-506-7800.

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

CHAIRS NEEDED 

Three cheers to Tina Helwig who is organizing our Back to School Picnic on Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm! Be sure to save the date - it's a fantastic event! We do need help in three areas:

  • FHES Spelling Bee - Thyaga Nandagopal has done this for so many years at FHES and would be a great trainer for you. The timing for this starts in late November/early December and wraps up by February. There are also a great many resources since this is a national program done by Scripps. 
  • Halloween Movie Night
  • In-Person Spirit Wear Sales 

Remember a PTA is nothing without its volunteers to support it and it can not rely on just a few people. Please email Sahar Javadi or Rachel Shabica for more details. We have additional PTA positions available - reach out to find out more info!

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATE AUG. 16th For our rising kindergarteners, join us for our kindergarten playdate on Tuesday, August 16th! We'll have 5:30-6pm for our special education kindergarteners and from 6-7pm for all the kindergarteners together. Come socialize at the playground to meet other families! We'll have a tasty treat for the kids too - mini ice cream cones donated by Trader Joe's! 

LAST BOOKMOBILE - AUG. 3rd

Check out the Bookmobile this summer. The BookMobile is where you can get FREE Books, see FHES Teachers and get some cold treats! Bookmobile will be located at Idylwood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run Streets in Falls Church. The last Bookmobile is at 10-11am on August 3. Keep up your summer reading with the bookmobile! Thank you to Melissa Rossman and Mary Gutenson for running this effort!

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

FHES Summer Update / Fall Dates

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope the summer is well for you and your family! It is hard to believe that August has arrived, and with it our excitement about returning to school. Things have been busy at Freedom Hill, with nearly every classroom used this summer for summer school programs for our school and students from surrounding areas. Our custodial team, led by Mr. Aguilar-Beltran, is hard at work to ensure that our classrooms are in pristine shape for the first day of school. 

We wanted to provide some brief updates to begin August. Please see below for important new information on upcoming dates, vaccinations, a return to paid school meals, and more. 

We've had many families reach out this summer asking "how can I help in this coming school year?" As you likely know, the nation is currently faced with a significant teacher and school staff shortage. And while we are nearly fully staffed at Freedom Hill, we are looking for interested individuals to serve in a variety of essential support capacities. Here are a few opportunities - we ask your help in spreading these to any interested individuals:

  • Student monitors - we are searching for 2-3 individuals who will provide support to students throughout the school day at lunch, at recess, and around the school. This is a 7.0 hour per day role, and more information is provided below. 
  • Daily substitutes - a lack of consistent substitutes can cause significant daily hardship for schools. In order to ensure that our students are safe and supported each day, we would like to develop a list of 5 Freedom Hill community members who are interested in substituting consistently. If interested, please apply on the FCPS website and send an email to Ms. Cadena-Gonce and Dr. Zapadka
  • Calling all FH dads! We will be starting our long-awaited Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program this year. This program gives fathers or other caregivers the opportunity to spend a day volunteering in our school and being a presence in their student's academic life. We will be holding our informational Kickoff Night for the program (which will include pizza and refreshments for dads and students) on September 28. Mark your calendars!
  • PTA Volunteers - our wonderful PTA holds a variety of events throughout the school year that benefit and enrich our school community. Volunteers are needed! Please see the PTA section at the bottom of this newsletter. 

We plan to have some further information for you regarding Open House and the beginning of the school year in the coming weeks. Best wishes until then!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 3 - Last Summer Bookmobile Date, 10:00-11:00
  • August 10 - Beautify the Bed! Come help out in front of the school, 6PM
  • August 16 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 5:30-7:00
  • August 19 - Open House for Students, 10:00-11:30
  • August 22 - First Day of School 
  • August 30 - Back to School Night for Families, 6:00
  • September 9 - PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM
Beautify the Bed!

Come join Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz, and our custodial team on August 10 from 6-8PM as we beautify the front bed of Freedom Hill. We will be weeding and mulching, so bring some gardening gloves and any yard equipment that you have! Your help is much needed and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you and preparing our school for a great first day. 

School Supply Lists

School supply lists for the 2022-23 school year can be found on our website

School Immunizations 22-23

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Monitor Positions for SY 22-23

Freedom Hill is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested, please follow the application process below. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • work with students individually and in small groups 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits) Hours: 8:45-4:15, 7 hour paid day with a 30 minute unpaid lunch

TO APPLY: 

Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Dr. Zapadka. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals 22-23

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, and FCPS class fees. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact the main office at 703-506-7800.

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

CHAIRS NEEDED 

Three cheers to Tina Helwig who is organizing our Back to School Picnic on Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm! Be sure to save the date - it's a fantastic event! We do need help in three areas:

  • FHES Spelling Bee - Thyaga Nandagopal has done this for so many years at FHES and would be a great trainer for you. The timing for this starts in late November/early December and wraps up by February. There are also a great many resources since this is a national program done by Scripps. 
  • Halloween Movie Night
  • In-Person Spirit Wear Sales 

Remember a PTA is nothing without its volunteers to support it and it can not rely on just a few people. Please email Sahar Javadi or Rachel Shabica for more details. We have additional PTA positions available - reach out to find out more info!

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATE AUG. 16th For our rising kindergarteners, join us for our kindergarten playdate on Tuesday, August 16th! We'll have 5:30-6pm for our special education kindergarteners and from 6-7pm for all the kindergarteners together. Come socialize at the playground to meet other families! We'll have a tasty treat for the kids too - mini ice cream cones donated by Trader Joe's! 

LAST BOOKMOBILE - AUG. 3rd

Check out the Bookmobile this summer. The BookMobile is where you can get FREE Books, see FHES Teachers and get some cold treats! Bookmobile will be located at Idylwood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run Streets in Falls Church. The last Bookmobile is at 10-11am on August 3. Keep up your summer reading with the bookmobile! Thank you to Melissa Rossman and Mary Gutenson for running this effort!

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

FHES Bookmobile Tomorrow!

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The FHES Bookmobile is coming tomorrow, July 20th, from 10:00 to 11:00!

We will be at two locations:

  1. The intersection of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run
  2. At Freedom Hill (for summer school students only)

Our last bookmobile visit is: August 3rd from 10:00-11:00             

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

FHES Bookmobile Tomorrow!

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The FHES Bookmobile is coming tomorrow, June 22nd, from 10:00 to 11:00! FHES teachers will bring our collection of free books to the Idlywood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run streets in Falls Church tomorrow! We can’t wait to see our FHES students tomorrow.

Our next bookmobile visit is: Wednesday, July 6th 10:00-11:00             

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

FH End-of-Year Update

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Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you to everyone for another wonderful year "on the Hill". As we all know, it truly "takes a village" to have a successful school year supporting our students, and this is another year in which we are so grateful for support from many areas. We hope you family has some time this summer to reflect on everything they have accomplished this year. While it was another year of isolation, masks, hand sanitizer, and health notifications, it was ALSO another year of growing as readers and mathematicians, becoming deeper thinkers, and learning to be supportive friends. 

We'd like to take a moment to appreciate many of those involved this year:

  • Thank you to our wonderful staff, who have overcome so much uncertainty this year, from viruses, a lack of substitutes, new assessments, and more - you are what makes "the magic happen" each day for our students! A special thank you to our team leaders and everyone who volunteers extra time to make Freedom Hill an extra special place, from Green Team, Patrols, chorus, and many other areas. 
  • Thank you to our parents and guardians. Whether we saw you this year in the building or not, it is so clear to us that our students are well supported and ready to learn at school each day. Thank you! 
  • Thank you to our PTA, who do so many big and little things to enhance our school culture, to bring us together, to provide needed resources, and to help us celebrate our successes!
  • Any finally, thank you to our students! You inspire us each and every day with your love for learning, your resilience, and the way you make us smile. Thank you for your hard work this year. Rest up this summer (and don't forget to read a few good books!), have some fun, and we will see you for another great year of learning in August. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • June 21 - Sprout School Supply Orders Due
  • June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3 - FH Bookmobile Dates
  • July 16, August 16 - Kindergarten Playdates
  • August 19 - Open House, 10:00
  • August 22 - First Day of School!
FH Summer Bookmobile

The FH Summer Bookmobile is BACK again this summer! See the flyer below for details. For more information about summer reading check out this great blogpost with great book suggestions by grade level and ideas for reading as a family over the summer!

Dates: June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3

Departing Staff "Farewells"

The following staff members will be departing this summer. While some wonderful opportunities await them, we will certainly miss them next year. Thank you to the following staff members for their many contributions to our school community:

(you may click on links for a goodbye message from the individual)

  • Seham Wooten (Kindergarten Assistant) is retiring! Congratulations, Ms. Wooten!
  • Caitlin Wilson (2nd grade) is moving to Baltimore with her new husband! She plans to continue teaching. 
  • Emily Boomer (Enhanced Autism) and her husband are returning home to San Francisco! She plans to continue teaching. 
  • Abigail Manzo (6th grade) and her husband are moving, and Mrs. Manzo is beginning a new role in the private sector. Good luck!
  • Christina Winkler (Special Education) is joining FCPS Assistive Technology Services. Congratulations, Ms. Winkler!
  • Meihua Qian (ESOL) will be transferring to Haycock ES and continue as an ESOL teacher. Best of luck, Ms. Qian!
  • Randenese Greene (Intellectual Disabilities) is transferring to West Potomac High School, where she will continue in special education.
  • Sarah Robles (part-time Music) has been hired full time at Parklawn ES. Congratulations, Ms. Robles!

Another big thank you to our "one year" staff members / IAs who supported our students this year - we hope to see them again!:

  • Kate Gibson (Music)
  • Liz Finnerty (Math Intervention)
  • Julie Oh (Long-Term Sub)
  • Patricia Ingram (Long-Term Sub)
  • Patrick Reilly (Long-Term Sub)
  • Evelyn Arevalo, Nikki Hairston, Tori Brent, and Angeeza Sayedy, Angela Park (Classroom Monitors, IAs)

With the exception of the three job listings below, we are fully staffed for next year! We look forward to introducing our new staff members in August. 

We are hiring!

We are busy hiring amazing educators for the 22-23 school year! Freedom Hill currently has the following vacancies:

- Special Education Teacher, Cat A

- Special Education Instructional Assistant

- Music Teacher (part time)

We ask the community's assistance in alerting any educators to our vacancies. Interested individuals can email Dr. Z. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. 

 

 

The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Tutor.com Summer Access

Freedom students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services

SOL Score Report Preview

If your student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE now. Use a web browser to log into your SIS ParentVUE account: https://sisparent.fcps.edu. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section. You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July. Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration

PTA Updates

Three cheers for finishing the school year! And parents, give yourselves a pat on the back for navigating your kids through it. Our newsletter frequency will be reduced during the summer to center around only when there is an activity. Have a great summer!

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FALL

Time to plan ahead and skip the trip to the store this summer! Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2022-23 school year are available now!  Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and enter school code FHES001 by June 21st. Check out the flier for details. Thanks to Nicole Camara for organizing!

 

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATES

For our rising kindergarteners, we will have a couple of Kindergarten playdates on Saturday July 16th from 10-11am and on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30-6pm for our special education kindergarteners and from 6-7pm for all the kindergarteners together. Bring some water and meet us at the playground to meet other families! We'll have a tasty treat for the kids. *Incase of inclement weather or excessive heat, we'll send a note out closer to the date.

 

BOOKMOBILE IS BACK

Check out the Bookmobile this summer. The BookMobile is where you can get FREE Books, see FHES Teachers and get some cold treats! Bookmobile will be located at Idylwood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run Streets in Falls Church. The dates are Wednesdays from 10-11am on June 22, July 6, July 20 and August 3. Keep up your summer reading with the bookmobile! Thank you to Melissa Rossman and Mary Gutenson for running this effort!

 

HARRIET BEST AWARD WINNERS

Let's give a huge round of congratulations to our two outstanding Harriet Best Award winners for the 2021-2022 school year. Drumroll please...the two recipients are: Katherine Cadena-Gonce and Elizabeth "Liz" Spinney! Read all about their awesome endeavors and why they won this award on our Facebook group.

 

NEURODIVERSITY AND ABILITY INCLUSION COMMITTEE

The NAI committee will continue to virtually meet (for 30 minutes) every two weeks through the summer to support the goals established over the last few months. They will be working to create NAI Moments and highlights to be in communication. They will be supporting the play date for families connected to special education in August held adjacent with the rising K play date.

The NAI committee would love to have some additional members. Parents of children connected to special education and parents of children in general education are welcome. The next meeting will be on 23 June (Thursday). Reach out to Monica Joyce ([email protected]) to bring your enthusiasm!

 

DEBATE CAMP

Is your child skilled at debating with you? Here's their chance to take it to the next level! Two now seniors (formerly at FHES) from Thomas Jefferson founded the Nation’s Capital Debate Academy four years ago with a passion to teach public speaking and debate to elementary and middle schoolers. They are running an online debate camp during the upcoming summer break for 5th to 8th grade students. On top of that, there's a special code for FHES students! Use the 2022FHES code and 10% of their camp fee goes back to the PTA. Also, this summer, we are offering a discounted fee for need-based students too! Check out the site and the registration link. Here's the flyer with more details!

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

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