FHES Community Message

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Community Message

Dear Marshall Pyramid Parents and Community,

We reach out to you today as a united group of educators to acknowledge the events that have transpired portraying the anger and hurt that exists in our country.  Racism and hate have no place in the Marshall Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future. To our Black and African American families and community members, we echo the words of our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand as he shared with FCPS staff, “we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you.”

At each of our schools, we have made a commitment to bring awareness to social and emotional issues within our buildings through an equity lens.  Every school in the Marshall pyramid has an equity lead who partners with the Principal to ensure staff have the tools to recognize and take action on inequities within our buildings. We have participated in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices and are committed to furthering our learning in order to address the topics of racism and equity with our students and with each other.

During this time, we will not sit silently. We have all worked together to create places and spaces where all are welcome and seen. In our classrooms and within our school communities, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences while working to change the conditions that allow injustice. Please know that your schools are here for you and stand with our Black and African American community. It is the diversity of our community members who make the Marshall pyramid a wonderfully unique place to live, work, learn and grow.  We recognize that everyone may be impacted by these recent events differently and we welcome you to reach out to your school’s Principal, school counselor, or clinical staff with any questions or concerns. 

For additional resources, please consider the following:

As a community, we are here and we stand together.  

Sincerely,

Your Marshall Pyramid Principals:

Nicholas Zapadka - Freedom Hill ES

Ashley Castillo - Lemon Road ES

Joshua DeSmyter - Shrevewood ES

Erica Riley - Stenwood ES

Mary Tam - Westbriar ES

Hallie Demetriades - Westgate ES

Amy Miller - Kilmer MS

Jane Quenneville - Kilmer Center

Jeff Litz - Marshall HS

Chad Clayton - Davis Center

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 6/1/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are enjoying this weekend of beautiful weather as the Northern Virginia area slowly begins to open. With two weeks of school remaining, we have some fun events to share with you:

This week - we honor our 6th graders with a virtual spirit week. Please see below for more details!

Next week - Our PE department has put together a week of "virtual field day" activities. Look for more info next week!

Grade level celebrations - you will be hearing from your teacher about how their grade/class will celebrate the end to a successful year. 

Below are reminders about pickup times for your student(s) personal items. When you arrive, please bring with you library books, patrol badges, classroom books, and book donations for our summer Bookmobile. 

June 8:

9:00-11:00 - Last name A

11:00-1:00 - Last names B-D

1:00-3:00 - Last names E-G

June 15:

9:00-11:00 - Last name H-L

11:00-1:00 - Last names M-O

1:00-2:30 - Last names P-R

2:30-4:00 - Last names S-Z

Logistics

When it is your timeslot, please proceed in car through the bus line to the front door.  You can come anytime within the timeslot to collect and drop off your items.  Please place a paper with your child(ren)’s first and last name(s) on your dashboard or passenger side window where it is clearly visible to staff. Staff members will retrieve your items and bring them to your car. Please make sure your car is unlocked. Staff will place items in the back seat to avoid contact.  Staff members will wear masks and gloves for safety. If you will be walking to school, please stand by the marquee sign. 

Thank you for your help to ensure this is a safe process for all. 

Have a great week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • June 1 - 4 - Distance Learning Continues
  • June 1 - 5 - Virtual Spirit Week to Honor 6th Graders
  • June 2 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8pm
  • June 8 - Item pickup - Last names A-G
  • June 8 - 12 - "Virtual Field Day" Spirit Week
  • June 12 - Last Day of School
  • June 15 - Item pickup - Last names H-Z
Virtual Spirit Week FHES Bookmobile Book Drive

Our 2019-2020 school year is coming to a close and with that parents are picking up their children’s materials from school.  Please consider donating gently loved books at that time in the box near the FHES library/bookroom returns. 

FHES staff was able to give away hundreds of books to students who felt they needed them on Thursday, March 12 from our Bookmobile book collection.  Please consider replenishing our Bookmobile collection with books you are looking to donate so that we may begin giving away books again as soon as we are allowed to.  Highly engaging books, including fiction or nonfiction; board books, picture books, chapter books and/or Young Adult, are best.  Please contact Freedom Hill’s reading specialist, Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with any questions.

Music Selection for Rising 5th/6th

Parents of rising 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to choose a music class for next school year. The Music Department has created some helpful information and a great video below. We ask that each current 4th and 5th grade student use the Google Form below to indicate their desire to participate in band, strings, or neither. 

FHES Rising 5th-6th Google Slides Presentation (required student login)

FHES Rising 5th-6th YouTube Presentation

FHES 5th-6th Strings/Band Google Form (for ALL students to complete)

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

Missed Kindergarten orientation? You can watch the presentation here or view the slides here

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Departing / New Staff

As with every year, we will be saying bittersweet goodbyes to some of our teachers and staff members. Though they will be dearly missed at Freedom Hill, they have some wonderful adventures ahead of them. From moves out of state, opportunities closer to home, promotions within K-12, jobs in higher education, and retirements, we are excited for the spirit of FH to spread and flourish. Since we are not able to celebrate them in person this year, we have created a Google Site that allowed them to write a goodbye message. You are also able to leave a message on this site or to contact them individually. We will miss them!

Our hiring for next year is mostly complete. Our philosophy for teacher recruitment is to always begin hiring early and to attract the finest teachers, and we're very pleased to welcome these new staff members. We are also using the Google Site as a place for our new staff to introduce themselves and their experiences. We will continue to update this site with new staff members as they complete their HR requirements and become official. Since we are still months from next school year, many of their final positions for next year are still pending. Thanks for joining us in giving them a big Freedom Hill welcome!

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Parent Clinic

Looking for information/help/support on parenting during distance learning? Any FCPS parent may request a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being.

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/fcps-mental-wellness-consultations-are-available

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 8pm

Join us for the next Virtual PTA meeting on June 2nd at 8pm. We will be celebrating the staff who will be leaving us, announce the Harriet Best award winner and finalize our slate of PTA board officers for 2020-2021. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 933 2752 9720. If you'd like to be a chair for next year, let us know by emailing us!  

 

SCHOOL-WIDE SPIRIT WEEK TO CELEBRATE THE 6th GRADE We are looking to you to help us celebrate our 6th graders this week. We've set up a virtual spirit week where you can post and share the love for our departing 6th graders. Info here. Post at Freedom Hill ES Community or post on Twitter.

Monday - Math 6 Day - How many ways can you use 6 in equations? Take a photo and share your math!

Tuesday - Find 6 Day - Find 6 of something in your house or outside and post it. Bonus if you post 6 pictures!

Wednesday - Creative 6 Day - Create something visually to celebrate 6th graders (art, legos, etc.) and post.

Thursday - Message 6 Day - Create a graduation message to the 6th graders and post it.

Friday - Spirit 6 Day - Wear red, white or FHES gear and share your own 6's (use 6 fingers, 6 toes, get creative)!

 

GROCERY DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED BY JUNE 1st

Some have asked how you can help with families who need help with groceries. You can donate as many Trader Joe's or Giant gift cards as you want in increments of $20-25 to a family in need by mailing the gift card to Freedom Hill, c/o Mary Gutenson, 1945 Lord Fairfax Dr., Vienna, VA 22182. The other option is to order a $35 grocery pack with Caboose Brewery. There is an option to purchase directly through them, indicating Freedom Hill as the recipient on Caboose. If you do this online, once you pick a Day/Time for the order (doesn't matter when), go to to "Community Donations", go to "Grocery Donations" and click the option that says “Food Insecure Families - coordinated w/ FCPS and Vienna VA Foodies". Once Caboose receives the order & fulfills the order for the group of families, they will get in touch with school. We will be running this drive until June 1st!

 

SPROUT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS Our Back to School Supply Kits with Sprout have been set up here. These are the supply kits delivered to school in time for the first day in Fall. It's an easy way to get your back-to-school shopping done in minutes and never leave home. The exact, teacher approved supplies for every grade are listed here. To order them through Sprout, you visit www.sproutsupplies.com (our School Code is FHES001). We did ask Sprout what happens if we have distance learning in fall. Their response was anybody can cancel their order until June 30th so keep that in mind. Some families may want the supplies regardless if there is distance learning at home. The flier is here with more details.

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/25/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

As we enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, we want to take a moment to honor those who have lost their lives in their dedication to our country. FCPS will observe Monday as a holiday. We will be back with synchronous sessions on Tuesday. 

This week, teachers will be entering classrooms and bagging student personal items. Dates for family personal items left in the classroom and medication pickup have been finalized - we will be utilizing the following schedule and will offer additional times over the summer for families who can't make it during these times:

June 8:

9:00-11:00 - Last name A

11:00-1:00 - Last names B-D

1:00-3:00 - Last names E-G

June 15:

9:00-11:00 - Last name H-L

11:00-1:00 - Last names M-O

1:00-2:30 - Last names P-R

2:30-4:00 - Last names S-Z

Logistics

When it is your timeslot, please proceed in car through the bus line to the front door.  You can come anytime within the timeslot to collect and drop off your items.  Please place a paper with your child(ren)’s first and last name(s) on your dashboard or passenger side window where it is clearly visible to staff. Staff members will retrieve your items and bring them to your car. Please make sure your car is unlocked. Staff will place items in the back seat to avoid contact.  Staff members will wear masks and gloves for safety. If you will be walking to school, please stand by the marquee sign. 

Returning Items

If you have items to return, there will be labeled bins that will be located on the driver’s side near the front door. You may exit your car and place your items to return (library books, classroom books, patrol badges, etc.) in the bins. If you have items belonging to a specific teacher, please make sure the item is labeled with the teacher’s name.

Thank you for your help to ensure this is a safe process for all. 

Have a great week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 25 - Memorial Day Holiday 
  • May 26 - 28 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 29 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously)  
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents (will be recorded)
  • June 2 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8pm
  • June 8 - Item pickup - Last names A-G
  • June 15 - Item pickup - Last names H-Z
Music Selection for Rising 5th/6th

Parents of rising 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to choose a music class for next school year. The Music Department has created some helpful information and a great video below. We ask that each current 4th and 5th grade student use the Google Form below to indicate their desire to participate in band, strings, or neither. 

FHES Rising 5th-6th Google Slides Presentation (required student login)

FHES Rising 5th-6th YouTube Presentation

FHES 5th-6th Strings/Band Google Form (for ALL students to complete)

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

This year, our Kindergarten parent orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time, parents will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Departing / New Staff

As with every year, we will be saying bittersweet goodbyes to some of our teachers and staff members. Though they will be dearly missed at Freedom Hill, they have some wonderful adventures ahead of them. From moves out of state, opportunities closer to home, promotions within K-12, jobs in higher education, and retirements, we are excited for the spirit of FH to spread and flourish. Since we are not able to celebrate them in person this year, we have created a Google Site that allowed them to write a goodbye message. You are also able to leave a message on this site or to contact them individually. We will miss them!

Our hiring for next year is mostly complete. Our philosophy for teacher recruitment is to always begin hiring early and to attract the finest teachers, and we're very pleased to welcome these new staff members. We are also using the Google Site as a place for our new staff to introduce themselves and their experiences. We will continue to update this site with new staff members as they complete their HR requirements and become official. Since we are still months from next school year, many of their final positions for next year are still pending. Thanks for joining us in giving them a big Freedom Hill welcome!

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Parent Clinic

Looking for information/help/support on parenting during distance learning? Any FCPS parent may request a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being.

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/fcps-mental-wellness-consultations-are-available

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 8pm

Join us for the next Virtual PTA meeting on June 2nd at 8pm. We will be celebrating the staff who will be leaving us, announce the Harriet Best award winner and finalize our slate of PTA board officers for 2020-2021. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 933 2752 9720. If you'd like to be a chair for next year, let us know by emailing us!  

 

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION 5/29

Please tell your friends and neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on this Friday, May 29th at 11am. Info is above in this newsletter!

 

GROCERY DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED BY JUNE 1st

Some have asked how you can help with families who need help with groceries. You can donate as many Trader Joe's or Giant gift cards as you want in increments of $20-25 to a family in need by mailing the gift card to Freedom Hill, c/o Mary Gutenson, 1945 Lord Fairfax Dr., Vienna, VA 22182. The other option is to order a $35 grocery pack with Caboose Brewery. There is an option to purchase directly through them, indicating Freedom Hill as the recipient on Caboose. If you do this online, once you pick a Day/Time for the order (doesn't matter when), go to to "Community Donations", go to "Grocery Donations" and click the option that says “Food Insecure Families - coordinated w/ FCPS and Vienna VA Foodies". Once Caboose receives the order & fulfills the order for the group of families, they will get in touch with school. We will be running this drive until June 1st!

 

SPROUT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS Our Back to School Supply Kits with Sprout have been set up here. These are the supply kits delivered to school in time for the first day in Fall. It's an easy way to get your back-to-school shopping done in minutes and never leave home. The exact, teacher approved supplies for every grade are listed here. To order them through Sprout, you visit www.sproutsupplies.com (our School Code is FHES001). We did ask Sprout what happens if we have distance learning in fall. Their response was anybody can cancel their order until June 30th so keep that in mind. Some families may want the supplies regardless if there is distance learning at home. The flier is here with more details.

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/18/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope this finds your family well, and with another week of distance learning completed. We have been so impressed with the ways in which our students are engaging in content through technology during this time, and how our community has learned and adapted through this shift. In addition, many of us were excited to enjoy a beautiful day on Wednesday with "Bike/Walk Around Day". Despite the remix on the traditional "Bike/Walk to School Day", it was nice to see so many smiling and involved. Thank you to Sam Lee and our PTA for getting us out of the house!

As we enter the last month of school, we will begin the process of closing out the school year and the physical building. Parts of this process include virtual class celebrations, teacher pack up, and the dissemination of student belongings that were left at FHES. FCPS has provided very clear guidelines as to what this will look like in the coming weeks. Our teachers will begin gathering student items and packing up their classrooms starting next week.  Live sessions will continue during this time. 

We are currently finalizing our June dates for families to pick up student items and medications, and will communicate this next week. Don't worry if you will be out of town - we will have more dates later or can transfer your child's bagged belongings to their classroom next year. 

Have a great week!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 18 - 21 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 22 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously)  
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents (will be recorded)
  • June 2 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8pm
Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

This year, our Kindergarten parent orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time, parents will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Class Placements

If your child is definitely (or possibly!) returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in August.  As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests.  Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete this form online (one per child) by Friday, May 22nd for it to be taken into consideration. This could include your child's strengths, growth areas, and what type of teacher best suits their learning style. Thank you.

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Individual Lifetouch Photos

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families wishing to order their individual photos from Lifetouch this year will need to call the customer service number at 1-800-736-4753 to obtain their individual access code. This code will allow for orders to be placed online at mylifetouch.com. Apologies for the inconvience this causes. 

Public Library Offering Reading Help

The Fairfax County Public Library is offering Reading Help / Ayuda de Lectura virtually to K-6 students, Mondays - Thursdays, at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/6685277

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING ON JUNE 2nd, 8pm

Thanks who joined us for our Coffee/Brown Bag with Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz. The recording is here and password: 9T+f+B0=. Join us for the next Virtual PTA meeting on June 2nd at 8pm. We will be celebrating the staff who will be leaving us and finalizing our slate of PTA board officers for 2020-2021. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 933 2752 9720. If you'd like to be a chair for next year, let us know by emailing us!

 

BIKE/WALK ABOUT DAY ON MAY 13

Thanks to everyone for a great Bike/Walk About Day last week! Check out Twitter and Facebook for the photos captured! Big props to Sam Lee and Ms. Trzcinski for pulling this together!

 

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION 5/29

Please tell your friends and neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, May 29th at 11am. Info is above in this newsletter!

 

GROCERY DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED BY JUNE 1st

Some have asked how you can help with families who need help with groceries. You can donate as many Trader Joe's or Giant gift cards as you want in increments of $20-25 to a family in need by mailing the gift card to Freedom Hill, c/o Mary Gutenson, 1945 Lord Fairfax Dr., Vienna, VA 22182. The other option is to order a $35 grocery pack with Caboose Brewery. There is an option to purchase directly through them, indicating Freedom Hill as the recipient on Caboose. If you do this online, once you pick a Day/Time for the order (doesn't matter when), go to to "Community Donations", go to "Grocery Donations" and click the option that says “Food Insecure Families - coordinated w/ FCPS and Vienna VA Foodies". Once Caboose receives the order & fulfills the order for the group of families, they will get in touch with school. We will be running this drive until June 1st!

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/11/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

From all of our staff, we would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all of our moms! Mother's Day this year takes on special significance due to everything our mothers have done to ensure family safety, happiness, and learning this year. Thank you for everything you do and have done!

And speaking of thank yous - our teachers are so appreciative of the community's outpouring of support and thanks during last week's Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their teacher in some way to thank them for their role in our students' lives. I loved seeing so many notes of appreciation and being able to hear stories of how our teachers have continued to engage and inspire students during distance learning. 

Many have asked in the last few weeks, "Why is every Friday a teacher workday?" The Friday workday was instituted as part of the FCPS Distance Learning Plan for the rest of this academic year. Teachers are engaged from Monday-Thursday planning instruction with their teams, delivering synchronous instruction and office hours, creating asynchronous resources, and, of course, taking care of their own families as best they can. We are utilizing the weekly Friday workday to hold our staff meetings, professional development meetings, student support meetings, and using the time to continue to shift into a distance learning framework. This week and next week we will be using the Friday workdays to develop data-driven processes for next year's class placement (see below for parent input form), to finalize a plan for building cleanout and student item pickup, and to plan end-of-year events (among other to-dos). 

Wishing you a great week and a happy Mother's Day!

Dr. Z. 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 11 - 14 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 11 - Virtual Lunch with School Administration
  • May 15 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously)  
  • May 13 - Bike/Walk Around Day
  • May 15 - Claim Readathon Prizes
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 
Specialist "Live" Hours

In addition to attending morning meetings, our Specials teachers are going live with office hours beginning this week! We encourage interested students to attend for a Specials lesson or just to speak with their teachers. The link to their optional virtual classrooms can be located in a Google slide show on each of the classroom pages (Google or Blackboard, depending on grade level).  Please find their schedule here:

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

This year, our orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time you will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Class Placements

If your child is definitely (or possibly!) returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in late August.  As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships.  Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests.  Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete this form online (one per child) by Monday, May 18th for it to be taken into consideration. Thank you.

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Public Library Offering Reading Help

The Fairfax County Public Library is offering Reading Help / Ayuda de Lectura virtually to K-6 students, Mondays - Thursdays, at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/6685277

PTA Information

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

What a great outpouring of support from the community for Teacher Appreciation Week! We hope all our teachers, staff and administrators felt lots of appreciation. Every role is important and contributes to making this community so special. If you missed it, check out our Facebook group, Twitter or our website for our Twitter feed in the bottom left of the home page. A big thanks to Tina Crawford and family for mailing out FHES stickers for computers, a free pizza coupon and cards to staff and to Kelly Harris for providing the addresses for us!

 

BROWN BAG LUNCH ON MAY 11

Come chat with our Dr. Zapadka and Mr. Kopacz tomorrow (Monday, May 11th) from 12:30-1pm. Join here online or call by phone 1-301-715 -8592 and use ID: 965 6300 6403. Many PTAs are working with their principals on virtual coffees or lunches and we wanted to try this out during the day.
 

 

BIKE/WALK ABOUT DAY ON MAY 13

This year, FHES is again participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 13th. Our school will join over 2000+ schools across the US to help raise awareness on road safety and promote exercise. This year will of course be a little different, but there are two ways we invite you and your family to participate:

1- Get outside- ride your bike or take a walk!

2- Write a message of encouragement or thanks to members of your community on the sidewalk with chalk or in your window.

Take photos of the above and post them to the FHES Facebook group or tweet them tagging the @FreedomHillES account and using hashtags #BiketoSchool, #VisionZero, or #FHHighlights. Props to Sam Lee and Ms.Trzcinski for pulling this together!

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize contact-less porch pick-up by May 15th. Please include your student(s) full names. 

 

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION 5/29

Please tell your friends and neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, May 29th at 11am. Info is above in this newsletter!

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 5/4/2020

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear Freedom Hill families,

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Before we discuss our teachers, we want to thank all of our parents, caretakers, and community members that have provided for our students' academic and wellness needs during these last months and helped to ensure their safety. So many have made lifestyle adjustments and have earned an "Honorary Teacher" badge. This week, we appreciate you, as well!

From our PTA:

What an extraordinary time to be a teacher. Quite a transition from in person to online learning and that's no easy feat. Let's celebrate our classroom teachers, specialists, administration and FHES staff! While we would have loved to celebrate them in person, our Teacher Appreciation team (thank you Tina Crawford) has sent every staff member an envelope with some tokens off our appreciation in the mail! And look out on Friday on social media for a little surprise!  We want our students and parents to help out virtually:

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • This week: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4 - 7 - Distance Learning Continues
  • May 8 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously) 
  • May 11 - Virtual Lunch with School Administration 
  • May 13 - Bike/Walk Around Day
  • May 15 - Claim Readathon Prizes
  • May 29 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 
Specialist "Live" Hours

In addition to attending morning meetings, our Specials teachers are going live with office hours beginning this week! We encourage interested students to attend for a Specials lesson or just to speak with their teachers. The link to their optional virtual classrooms can be located in a Google slide show on each of the classroom pages (Google or Blackboard, depending on grade level).  Please find their schedule here:

Rising Kindergarten Information

Do you have a son or daughter who will be in Kindergarten this fall? Or do you have a neighbor or friend who is ready to register? Please see below:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

This year, our orientation will be online. Please mark your calendar for May 29 at 11:00AM. At this time you will be able to meet the Freedom Hill administration, Kindergarten teachers, Student Information Assistant, and health office staff and hear about your child's transition to Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open! Please email our Student Information Assistant, Sey-Lu Sujo, to begin the process and see the following for more details:

- FCPS Kindergarten Registration Page

- Required Forms

You will need to complete all FCPS registration forms, as well as providing the birth certificate, deed or lease of residence, immunization records, and proof of a physical. 

Quarter 3 Grades

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter 3rd quarter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8.

Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 a.m.

Progress reports for printing will begin generating after 6:00 p.m. on May 12. We anticipate the printed report cards will be provided to the postal service by May 23. Actual delivery to homes will be dependent on the postal service. 

Moving Over the Summer?

If you will be moving over the summer or not returning to FHES, please email our Student Information Assistant,  Sey-Lu Sujo. Thank you. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution has been accomplished for students in grades 3-6. If you missed out on our distribution day, please email our technology specialist, Craig Fenton, to schedule a time to pick up a device. He will be holding "office hours" each Wednesday. 

At this time, the Fairfax County School Board has not included grades K-2 in the laptop distribution plan. We will update the community if this changes. 

Individual Photos from Lifetouch

From our Lifetouch representative:

Due to the school closure, parents have two options to order individual pictures. Log in to MyLifeTouch.com, enter the job number HJ229117Q0 or contact our Parent customer service number at 1 800-736 4753 and give the job number of HJ229117Q0. Please email ostanley@lifetouch.com with questions. 

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING RECAP AND AWESOME FOGO DE CHAO FDO

We had a great virtual PTA meeting last week. Thanks to all who attended and our special guests Karl Frisch, the FHES Mental Wellness team and Dr. Z and Mr. Kopacz. Here are the meeting minutes and the powerpoint. Special thanks to our nominating committee for putting together our Officer Slate for 2020-2021. Thank you to those of you who participated with the Fogo de Chao Family Dinner Out/Fogo to Go! We are working with them to determine how much we raised for No Kid Hungry and the PTA.

 

BROWN BAG LUNCH ON MAY 11

Come chat with our administrative team on Monday, May 11th from 12:30-1pm. Join here online or call by phone 301-715 -8592 and use ID: 965 6300 6403. Many PTAs are working with their principals on virtual coffees or lunches and we wanted to try this out during the day. Let us know if there is a specific topic you'd want to discuss so Dr. Z and Mr. K. can bring appropriate staff if needed. The power of our FHES community is great! 

 

BIKE/WALK ABOUT DAY ON MAY 13

This year, FHES is again participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 13th. Our school will join over 2000+ schools across the US to help raise awareness on road safety and promote exercise. This year will of course be a little different, but there are two ways we invite you and your family to participate:

1- Get outside- ride your bike or take a walk!

2- Write a message of encouragement or thanks to members of your community on the sidewalk with chalk or in your window.

Take photos of the above and post them to the FHES Facebook group or tweet them tagging the @FreedomHillES account and using hashtags #BiketoSchool, #VisionZero, or #FHHighlights. Props to Sam Lee and Ms.Trzcinski for pulling this together!

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize contact-less porch pick-up by May 15th. Please include your student(s) full names. 

 

Quick Links

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 4/27/2020

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Principal's Message

Hello Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are well! I want to share with you the plan we have for our school to move forward with Distance Learning.  We currently plan to resume synchronous learning on Monday, April 27. We were eager for flexibility, and have empowered our grade level teams to pursue the most effective and developmentally appropriate methods for their students.

What will be different now?

What is the plan for this week?

  • Grade level teams will communicate their new/modified learning plan with guidance on how to access their platform.
  • Teachers are continuing to provide and post asynchronous learning activities as they have all along.
  • Special education staff will be finalizing Temporary Learning Plans. 

By every indication, these revamped directions will yield success.  However, past experiences have taught us to be prepared. Should we experience bandwidth issues, we will immediately shift to asynchronous instruction on Monday, and FH teachers are fully prepared to immediately make that shift. 

Our teachers deserve our utmost gratitude for staying focused on what’s most important- your children and their learning. I am amazed by the way they have stayed the course and shown resilience and persistence through the challenges. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience, support, and willingness to adapt with us.

All the best,

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 27 - 30 - Distance Learning (see below)
  • April 28 - Virtual PTA Mtg., 8PM 
  • April 30 - Fogo to Go Family Dinner Out
  • May 1 - Weekly Teacher Workday (students work asynchronously) 
Quarter 3 Grades

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8.

Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 a.m.

Progress reports for printing will begin generating after 6:00 p.m. on May 12. We anticipate the printed report cards will be provided to the postal service by May 23. Actual delivery to homes will be dependent on the postal service. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. There is also bus route food distribution that stops at Freedom Hill Monday-Friday at 10:40, as well as a few other stops in the community. Check out the schedule here

Distance Learning Plan

FCPS is embarking on a four-tiered approach to distance learning. All work and assignments are currently optional and will not receive a grade. Our priority is to offer continued learning opportunities to all our students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Part 1: Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for the remainder of the school year, all elementary students will receive an optional weekly learning packet in the U.S. Mail. These packets were created centrally, but teachers may reference them when new learning begins on April 14. Students are encouraged to work on these packets at home next week and beyond as independent practice. Packets can also be found in Blackboard after clicking "Distance Learning Resources"

Part 2: Virtual Teaching

Classroom teachers and specialists will be either teaching live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Google Classroom / Google Meet. Our plan is that core instruction (community building, language arts, and math) will begin first and we will layer in additional learning opportunities as we grow in our capacity. 

Part 3:  Channel 21 Programming

FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Students can watch on their TV through Channel 21 or can use these links to view building level instructional programming. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming.

Part 4: Staff Office Hours

Beginning April 14, all staff will have regular virtual office hours to be available to work with students groups and answer student and parent questions in real-time. Staff will explore various methods of communication and accessibility for office hours and will communicate through email and post their schedule on blackboard.

Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution has been accomplished for students in grades 3-6. If you missed out on our distribution day, please email our technology specialist, Craig Fenton, to schedule a time to pick up a device. He will be holding "office hours" each Wednesday. 

At this time, the Fairfax County School Board has not included grades K-2 in the laptop distribution plan. We will update the community if this changes. 

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING, 4/28 AT 8PM

We'll be having our virtual PTA meeting Tuesday, April 28th at a later time, 8pm. Our School Board Member, Karl Frisch, will join us. Let us know if you have questions for him we can submit ahead of time. Virtual meeting is here

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT TO GO AT FOGO DE CHAO, 4/30 Fogo de Chão in Tysons Corner is a Brazilian Churrasceria partnering with us for a FDO/School Spirit Night. While we won't be dining in of course, it will be a Fogo To-Go night where families order take out, delivery or butcher shop options. Fogo de Chão will donate 10% of sales to our PTA and another 10% to No Kid Hungry. They have a variety of options available on Fogo To-Go & Butcher Shop Menu, starting at $7 for appetizers, $10 for sandwiches and $16 for entrees. Save the date and mention FHES.

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize pick up.  Please include your student(s) full names. 

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION MAY 4-8

We have some great, creative ideas for Teacher Appreciation week that our Teacher Appreciation Chairs have worked on. Look for more details to come from your room parents this week!

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FHES Wednesday Update

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Wednesday Message

Good evening Freedom Hill families,

We are excited to share that Freedom Hill staff have been given the flexibility to make decisions that we feel will provide strong synchronous (live) learning opportunities for our students. Teacher, parent, and student feedback have all demonstrated that this face-to-face connection is so important at this time! 

To ensure that technology approaches are workable, the following grade levels will be piloting live instruction tomorrow (Thursday) with some changes to our delivery:

Kindergarten - 8:30AM - Blackboard Collaborate

5th Grade -  10:00AM - Google Meet through Google Classroom

6th Grade - 9:30AM - Blackboard Collaborate 

Families in the grade levels above will receive information on joining these sessions tomorrow. We will receive feedback from these grade levels and make adjustments if needed. Unless there are further complications, we expect all grade levels to resume their previous live schedules on Monday. On Thursday, all students will continue to access the curriculum asynchronously with communication from their teachers. Special education teachers will continue to be in contact with families as Temporary Learning Plans are completed. 

We appreciate your partnership and patience!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal 

Administrative Professionals Day

We are so thankful to have the most caring, hardworking, and dedicated front office staff in Fairfax County! For those who spend time in our office, you know this is not an exaggeration, and chances are you have heard from one of these ladies in the last few weeks as they keep up a dizzying pace of family support! With two new administrators in the building this year, we are personally very grateful that they welcomed us with open arms and have been invaluable, positive supports during this year of transition. Thank you so much:

Kelly Harris

Katherine Cadena-Gonce

Sey-Lu Sujo

Jessica Guzman (not pictured)  

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FHES Tuesday Update

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Morning Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

Last night, Dr. Brabrand emailed the community with a comprehensive plan on addressing the problems that have arisen with the current distance learning format. Details are as follows:

  • Students will resume asynchronous (independent) assignments today as directed by their teacher.
  • Staff will be available to answer questions via email for students needing further guidance.

We will provide you with an update soon regarding our next steps as we shift our distance learning plan. Please know that our teachers and staff have been working and adapting with every change to best teach our students in this new environment. As new plans are identified, the staff will continue to create assignments to engage students in meaningful learning activities.

This week is also National Volunteer Week. Though we are not able to celebrate in school, we send warm greetings and thanks to all of our room parents, chaperones, PTA members, and other volunteers that make FHES an even more special place. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sincerely,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal 

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 4/20/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

On February 21st of this year, teacher and children's author Jasmyn Wright visited us at Freedom Hill to share her new book, "I'm Gonna Push Through". Among other lessons that day, she taught our students and staff that "We can push through anything we put our minds to". In retrospect, and based on this very unusual year, we're so thankful for her message and reminders that we own our reactions to all situations. Though times may be difficult and unexpected roadblocks may present themselves, we as a community choose to hold our heads high and to focus on positivity and solutions. 

Today I'd like to thank our entire community for their support last week when our school division's technology was not able to support our instruction. Thank you to our wonderful students who did their best to engage with their schoolwork, even without face-to-face interactions with their teachers. Thank you to our parents and caregivers, who managed another hectic week, often playing the role of mom/dad, employee, teacher, and more all at the same time. And finally, thank you to an incredibly dedicated and hardworking staff for again responding to another obstacle with grit, hard work, and perseverance. 

As Monday approaches, we would appreciate it if all families brought out their "good luck" rituals that our Blackboard system will support us tomorrow. I, for one, will be wearing my lucky PJs to bed in the hope that we will see everyone tomorrow. If technology is not cooperative, I've asked our teachers to communicate with their families an alternative learning plan for the day.

"We're Gonna Push Through!"

Have a wonderful week, 

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 20 - 23 - Distance Learning (see below)
  • April 24 - Weekly Teacher Workday
  • April 26 - Deadline to pre-order yearbook (you can buy one later this year if you miss the deadline)
  • April 28 - Virtual PTA Mtg. 
2019-20 Yearbooks on Sale

Check out our yearbook cover! Our fabulous 6th graders and their artwork are showcased. If you would like to pre-order a customized version, please use the link above before April 26. More copies will be available afterwards. Parents are still welcome to email Ms. Bliss any great photos from the year. 

Distance Learning Plan

FCPS is embarking on a four-tiered approach to distance learning. All work and assignments are currently optional and will not receive a grade. Our priority is to offer continued learning opportunities to all our students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Part 1: Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for the remainder of the school year, all elementary students will receive an optional weekly learning packet in the U.S. Mail. These packets were created centrally, but teachers may reference them when new learning begins on April 14. Students are encouraged to work on these packets at home next week and beyond as independent practice. We understand these packets were not delivered properly at first, and district leadership is adjusting their mailing schedule. Packets can also be found in Blackboard after clicking "Distance Learning Resources"

Part 2: Virtual Teaching

Classroom teachers and specialists will be either teaching live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or recording themselves teaching and posting links to the videos following Spring Break. A detailed schedule has been shared by your child's classroom teacher. Our plan is that core instruction (community building, language arts, and math) will begin first and we will layer in additional learning opportunities as we grow in our capacity. 

Part 3:  Channel 21 Programming

FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Students can watch on their TV through Channel 21 or can use these links to view building level instructional programming. Channel 21 includes elementary school programmingChannel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

Part 4: Staff Office Hours

Beginning April 14, all staff will have regular virtual office hours to be available to work with students groups and answer student and parent questions in real-time. Staff will explore various methods of communication and accessibility for office hours and will communicate through email and post their schedule on blackboard.

Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution has been accomplished for students in grades 3-6. If you missed out on our distribution day, please email our technology specialist, Craig Fenton, to schedule a time to pick up a device. He will be holding "office hours" each Wednesday. 

At this time, the Fairfax County School Board has not included grades K-2 in the laptop distribution plan. We will update the community if this changes. 

Parent Access: Blackboard

If you are looking to access Parent View on SIS or Blackboard but, you haven't created an account,  click on this link to create an account through the FCPS FASTeam.  Blackboard will be the primary source parents will visit to access resources for your students while away from school.  Remember, students also directly access Blackboard with their FCPS username and password. 

PTA Information

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING, 4/28 AT 8PM

We'll be having our virtual PTA meeting Tuesday, April 28th at a later time, 8pm. Our School Board Member, Karl Frisch, will join us. Let us know if you have questions for him we can submit ahead of time. Virtual meeting is here

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT TO GO AT FOGO DE CHAO, 4/30 Fogo de Chão in Tysons Corner is a Brazilian Churrasceria partnering with us for a FDO/School Spirit Night. While we won't be dining in of course, it will be a Fogo To-Go night where families order take out, delivery or butcher shop options. Fogo de Chão will donate 10% of sales to our PTA and another 10% to No Kid Hungry. They have a variety of options available on Fogo To-Go & Butcher Shop Menu, starting at $7 for appetizers, $10 for sandwiches and $16 for entrees. Save the date and mention FHES.

 

INTERESTED IN THE PTA BOARD?

Are you interested in being on the PTA Board for the 2020-2021 school year? Did you get an initial taste of being involved in the PTA this year and want to get more involved? Now is the time! Our nominating committee is going to be preparing our slate (i.e. the list) of candidates for next year. If you are interested, submit this short form to nominating_committee@freedomhillpta.org by April 23rd. Questions about a position? Feel free to reach out to any member of the board to learn more about what's required and the time commitment.

 

READ-A-THON PRIZES ARE IN!

Read-a-thon prizes have arrived and a big thanks to the Camara family for sorting them! Please email readathon@thecamaras.net to coordinate read-a-thon prize pick up.  Please include your student(s) full names. 

Quick Links

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FHES Update: Thursday/Friday

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Morning Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

As you received from FCPS, the synchronous distance learning lessons have been cancelled for the remainder of the week. Parents should expect to hear from their child’s classroom teacher by noon today as they provide learning opportunities students may complete while live sessions are not possible. This will include activities posted in Blackboard 24/7 from our ESOL and specialist teachers, as well. Keep in mind, that while these are all optional, our staff is committed to continuing the rhythm established on Tuesday.

Thank you for your partnership and positive messaging this week. We know a safe distance learning community is ahead and are happy to be on this journey with you. Please assure your student(s) that we are excited for more days together starting on Monday. 

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal 

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FHES Update: Blackboard Issues

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Blackboard Issues

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

We are aware of the ongoing county-wide issues with Blackboard. FCPS is in contact with the vendor and they are attempting to rectify the situation. We will attempt our 10:30 classes again at 11:00 this morning. 

If Blackboard is still unresponsive at the time of your student's class, we will unfortunately need to postpone class for the day. Our teachers are all prepared and excited to greet students again today, and we are all struggling with this reality and disappointment on our second day back. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for bearing with Blackboard as services are restored. 

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FHES Update: 2 Hour Delay Today

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Two Hour Delay Today

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

What a first day of Distance Learning! We are thrilled that so many students and families were able to attend yesterday as we bring our community back together after a period away. 

By now you've received an email with details about a two-hour delay this morning. For example, if you normally log in for live teaching at 8:30 it will now take place at 10:30.  Our staff will be in touch with any custom tweaks they would like to make to their afternoon schedules.

Thank you for your flexibility today as teachers incorporate additional security features within their Blackboard 24/7 sites. We will no longer be using dedicated links to enter our virtual classroom - students will be able to enter the Blackboard Collaborate environment through their teacher's Blackboard site. Teachers will provide additional instructions in the next few hours. 

Due to our change in schedule, we will be asking teaches to record their sessions this AM for families unable to attend. 

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Freedom Hill Weekly Update 4/13/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! After an unusual spring break, our staff is excited to finally welcome our students "back" tomorrow for the first day of distance learning. Though the FHES building remains dark, our staff remain eager to meet our students' needs. They were busy over spring break planning instruction, ironing out some kinks with technology, distributing laptops, hiring new staff members for next year, and many of our teachers have already started communicating with their students using Blackboard. 

Our theme for the first week of distance learning is Community and Connectedness. Our classroom teachers will be prioritizing building a new classroom culture, ensuring technology needs are met, and helping families adapt to our new schedule. Our special education teachers will be spending the first week creating Temporary Learning Plans for each of their students and finalizing them with their families before their instruction begins. Each teacher will be participating in one hour of synchronous learning in the morning, with office hours in the afternoon. They will be providing independent work on their Blackboard site that your child may choose to complete throughout the day. Please remember that work is ungraded for the rest of the year per FCPS. If you have questions about your child's schedule or need the link to their online classroom, please email your teacher directly and they will be happy to assist. 

Students in SCA did a fabulous job putting together a virtual spirit week tied to the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate traits. Check them out below! 

As we (parents, students, and school staff) enter uncharted territory this week, I ask that we all give ourselves permission to not be perfect, to adapt, and to make mistakes. Our community is truly lucky to have committed families and educators. We will all be learning a great deal in the coming weeks from one another, and it will be important to remember that we all have positive intentions. We're better together, and we will do great things!

See you on Blackboard this week,

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 13 - Teacher Workday 
  • April 14 - 16 - Distance Learning (see below)
  • April 14 - 17 - SCA Spirit Week (see below)
  • April 15 - Deadline to turn in Enrichment Matters form (details below)
  • April 17 - Teacher Workday
  • April 26 - Deadline to pre-order yearbook (you can buy one later this year if you miss the deadline)
  • April 28 - Virtual PTA Mtg. 
Distance Learning Plan

FCPS is embarking on a four-tiered approach to distance learning that will begin officially following Spring Break. All work and assignments are currently optional and will not receive a grade. Our priority is to offer continued learning opportunities to all our students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Part 1: Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for the remainder of the school year, all elementary students will receive an optional weekly learning packet in the U.S. Mail. These packets were created centrally, but teachers may reference them when new learning begins on April 14. Students are encouraged to work on these packets at home next week and beyond as independent practice. We understand these packets were not delivered properly at first, and district leadership is adjusting their mailing schedule. Packets can also be found in Blackboard after clicking "Distance Learning Resources"

Part 2: Virtual Teaching

Classroom teachers and specialists will be either teaching live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or recording themselves teaching and posting links to the videos following Spring Break. A detailed schedule has been shared by your child's classroom teacher. Our plan is that core instruction (community building, language arts, and math) will begin first and we will layer in additional learning opportunities as we grow in our capacity. 

Part 3:  Channel 21 Programming

FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Students can watch on their TV through Channel 21 or can use these links to view building level instructional programming. Channel 21 includes elementary school programmingChannel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

Part 4: Staff Office Hours

Beginning April 14, all staff will have regular virtual office hours to be available to work with students groups and answer student and parent questions in real-time. Staff will explore various methods of communication and accessibility for office hours and will communicate through email and post their schedule on blackboard.

SCA Digital Spirit Week

Our SCA has worked together to create our next spirit week utilizing the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate traits. As with last time, please feel free to share your pictures to the Freedom Hill ES Community Facebook page, and on Twitter at @FreedomHillES and #FHHighlights

Tuesday, April 14: I am a Creative & Critical Thinker – “I can create solutions that are new.”

It’s the first day of Distance Learning, and this presents an interesting challenge: Where will you do your distance learning in your home? Show us your new at home classroom! How did you create it?

 

Wednesday, April 15: I am a Communicator  - “I use technology to find and share ideas.”

Show how you, your friends, and your family are still working together and staying touch to make your distance learning happen! What is your favorite way to stay in touch with your teachers and classmates?

 

Thursday, April 16: I am an Ethical and Global Citizen- “I am learning to communicate in another language so that I can connect with the world.”

While we primarily speak English in our schools, we are fortunate to have several languages in our community. Post a short video of you, or even your whole family saying “Hello” and a short message in the language you speak at home, and then say what it means in English so we can all learn from each other.

 

Friday, April 17: I am Goal Directed and Resilient – “I don’t give up when something is hard.”

You’ve finished your first week of distance learning! Describe a problem or challenge you faced in this week. How did you overcome it? What did you learn this week that can help you going forward?

AAP Updates

AAP decision letters will be mailed this week from the FCPS central offices. Due to the closing of schools, Freedom Hill will not be holding the traditional AAP orientation. All AAP community members will be sent a narrated PowerPoint to familiarize families with AAP offerings. We look forward to continuing our strong Local Level IV program at Freedom Hill next year!

Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution has been accomplished for students in grades 3-6. If you missed out on our distribution day, please email our technology specialist, Craig Fenton, to schedule a time to pick up a device. He will be holding "office hours" each Wednesday afternoon. 

At this time, the Fairfax County School Board has not included grades K-2 in the laptop distribution plan. We will update the community if this changes. 

Parent Access: Blackboard

If you are looking to access Parent View on SIS or Blackboard but, you haven't created an account,  click on this link to create an account through the FCPS FASTeam.  Blackboard will be the primary source parents will visit to access resources for your students while away from school.  Remember, students also directly access Blackboard with their FCPS username and password. 

PTA Information

COMING UP - SCA SPIRIT WEEK & DISTANCE LEARNING

We are so excited to start Distance Learning on 4/14 with everyone. We're also very excited for the Student Council Association's (SCA) Spirit Week this week! Post photos on the Freedom Hill ES Community or on Twitter!

 

UPDATE ON SPRING ENRICHMENT

For those of you who signed up for Spring Enrichment, please read the detailed email from Enrichment Matters sent on Friday, 3/27. For canceled programs, they are automatically giving you a full credit for 2020-2021 enrichment programs with Enrichment Matters. Since Enrichment Matters incurs credit card processing fees both when getting and refunding payments and they must pay a staff member to administer funds, they are offering an 85% refund on pre-paid spring classes in lieu of a future credit for those who need it and request it individually. Families needing this option should fill out THIS FORM no later than THIS WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020.  Please note that even if you have already emailed or called someone at EM or the FHES PTA, this form is the sole place to track responses.

Our PTA does plan on using Enrichment Matters next school year. Virtually all of the Providers are very small businesses that operate on narrow margins. The cancellation of spring classes is financially devastating for them. Instead of a credit, if you find it in your means to donate your prepaid tuition (either all or half) in order to allow Enrichment Matters to pay the Providers this spring, your generosity and support would help them immensely. If you would like to do this, please fill out this form no later than April 15, 2020. Many providers are working on online options as well - we'll keep you posted on those.

                                                               

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING, 4/28 AT 8PM
We'll be having our virtual PTA meeting Tuesday, April 28th at a later time, 8pm. Our School Board Member, Karl Frisch, should be able to join us. Check out his latest newsletter on Distance Learning here and let us know if you have questions for him we can submit ahead of time. Virtual meeting info coming next week.

 

FAMILY DINNER OUT TO GO AT FOGO DE CHAO, 4/30 Fogo de Chão in Tysons Corner is a Brazilian Churrasceria partnering with us for a FDO/School Spirit Night. While we won't be dining in of course, it will be a Fogo To-Go night where families order take out, delivery or butcher shop options. Fogo de Chão will donate 10% of sales to our PTA and another 10% to No Kid Hungry. They have a variety of options available on Fogo To-Go & Butcher Shop Menu, starting at $7 for appetizers, $10 for sandwiches and $16 for entrees. Save the date and mention FHES.

 

INTERESTED IN THE PTA BOARD?

Are you interested in being on the PTA Board for the 2020-2021 school year? Did you get an initial taste of being involved in the PTA this year and want to get more involved? Now is the time! Our nominating committee is going to be preparing our slate (i.e. the list) of candidates for next year. If you are interested, submit this short form to nominating_committee@freedomhillpta.org by April 23rd. Questions about a position? Feel free to reach out to any member of the board to learn more about what's required and the time commitment.

 

SPIRITWEAR UPDATE

With the many states have stay at home orders, we are anticipating a delay from our Spiritwear vendor in Illinois for spiritwear orders. Michelle Zahalsky has reached out to them and we will be giving you more information as we get info. Thank you for your patience!

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 4/6/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! It certainly feels like we are entering uncharted territory this week with a mostly "stay home" spring break. Nevertheless, everyone at FHES is hard at work readying for our distance learning program to begin on April 14. 

Our staff spent this week preparing to welcome our students back to our online classrooms. We planned for virtual infrastructure, distributed laptops to the community, met as teacher teams to plan instruction, and developed staff work groups to collaborate on topics such as family technology support, mental health support, supporting students with disabilities, and community outreach. We're so excited to see our students again! 

At this time, each family should have received a distance learning schedule from their teacher. We wanted everyone to have these before spring break to aid with home scheduling and creating routine. We understand the difficulty of families providing a dedicated device to every child at home, so we have prioritized breaking our grade level AM instruction into different periods so that students can "hand off" their devices to siblings as needed. All of our online learning will continue to be supplemented by "FCPS TV" as well as the optional mailed learning packets - we know these were late this week, and division leadership is making adjustments to mailing to ensure they are getting home. 

As we begin instruction on April 14, please know that I have encouraged our teachers to spend the first week developing an online sense of community and norms, ensuring that our students are feeling emotionally supported, and working with families to troubleshoot technology. We hope to set the strong groundwork for several months of positivity online. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as our staff orients to something very new for us all.

Thank you also to our wonderful PTA for organizing "Digital Spirit Week" - we absolutely loved seeing so many students safe and productive at home. Be safe, be well, and enjoy your spring break!

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 6-10 - Spring Break
  • April 10 - Yearbook photos due -  Order Yearbook Here
  • April 13 - Teacher Workday 
  • April 13 - Kindergarten Orientation POSTPONED 
  • April 14 - Distance Learning Begins (details below)
  • April 14 - 17 - SCA Spirit Week (see below)
  • April 15 - Deadline to turn in Enrichment Matters form (details below)
Distance Learning Plan

FCPS is embarking on a four-tiered approach to distance learning that will begin officially following Spring Break. All work and assignments are currently optional and will not receive a grade. Our priority is to offer continued learning opportunities to all our students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Part 1: Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for the remainder of the school year, all elementary students will receive an optional weekly learning packet in the U.S. Mail. These packets were created centrally, but teachers may reference them when new learning begins on April 14. Students are encouraged to work on these packets at home next week and beyond as independent practice. We understand these packets were not delivered properly last week, and district leadership is adjusting their mailing schedule. Packets can also be found in Blackboard after clicking "Distance Learning Resources". Packets are also forthcoming for advanced math and special education (adapted and general curriculum). 

Part 2: Virtual Teaching

Classroom teachers and specialists will be either teaching live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or recording themselves teaching and posting links to the videos following Spring Break. A detailed schedule has been shared by your child's classroom teacher. Our plan is that core instruction (community building, language arts, and math) will begin first and we will layer in additional learning opportunities as we grow in our capacity. 

Part 3:  Channel 21 Programming

FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Students can watch on their TV through Channel 21 or can use these links to view building level instructional programming. Channel 21 includes elementary school programmingChannel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

Part 4: Staff Office Hours

Beginning April 14, all staff will have regular virtual office hours to be available to work with students groups and answer student and parent questions in real-time. Staff will explore various methods of communication and accessibility for office hours and will communicate through email and post their schedule on blackboard.

SCA Digital Spirit Week

Our SCA has worked together to create our next spirit week utilizing the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate traits. As with last time, please feel free to share your pictures to the Freedom Hill ES Community Facebook page, and on Twitter at @FreedomHillES and #FHHighlights

Tuesday, April 14: I am a Creative & Critical Thinker – “I can create solutions that are new.”

It’s the first day of Distance Learning, and this presents an interesting challenge: Where will you do your distance learning in your home? Show us your new at home classroom! How did you create it?

 

Wednesday, April 15: I am a Communicator  - “I use technology to find and share ideas.”

Show how you, your friends, and your family are still working together and staying touch to make your distance learning happen! What is your favorite way to stay in touch with your teachers and classmates?

 

Thursday, April 16: I am an Ethical and Global Citizen- “I am learning to communicate in another language so that I can connect with the world.”

While we primarily speak English in our schools, we are fortunate to have several languages in our community. Post a short video of you, or even your whole family saying “Hello” and a short message in the language you speak at home, and then say what it means in English so we can all learn from each other.

 

Friday, April 17: I am Goal Directed and Resilient – “I don’t give up when something is hard.”

You’ve finished your first week of distance learning! Describe a problem or challenge you faced in this week. How did you overcome it? What did you learn this week that can help you going forward?

Laptop Distribution

Thank you to our parents, students, and volunteering staff who helped to make our laptop distribution day a huge success. We will be publishing a weekly date for additional laptop pickup / computer maintenance for those with hardware needs. 

Parent Access: Blackboard

If you are looking to access Parent View on SIS or Blackboard but, you haven't created an account,  click on this link to create an account through the FCPS FASTeam.  Blackboard will be the primary source parents will visit to access resources for your students while away from school.  Remember, students also directly access Blackboard with their FCPS username and password. 

PTA Information

VIRITUAL SPIRIT WEEK SUCCESS!

We held our first virtual spirit week and what a success! It was great to see so many people participating online on both the Freedom Hill ES Community Facebook group and on Twitter as well. Thanks for making it a great way to interact online!

 

YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED!

FHES is working on putting together our pictures for the yearbook and need your help by April 10th!  What kinds of pictures are we looking for?

  • Students being creative - art, building forts, baking, etc.
  • Students being academically active - working at their desk, reading, etc.
  • Students being active - playing basketball, exploring nature, etc.
  • Family photos - family selfie on the couch, out for a walk, etc. 

How do we submit photos?

  1. Upload photos directly to https://freedomhilles.shutterfly.com/ 
    1. Please put them in the appropriate grade level
    2. Contact Ms. Bliss at LMBLISS@fcps.edu with questions
  2. Email directly to Ms. Bliss - LMBLISS@fcps.edu
    1. Use "Actual Size"
  1. Share your photos on the Freedom Hill ES Community Facebook page. 
  2. Upload your photos to your Google Drive and share with Ms. Bliss at lisambliss@gmail.com

                                                               

UPDATE ON SPRING ENRICHMENT

For those of you who signed up for Spring Enrichment, please read the detailed email from Enrichment Matters sent on Friday, 3/27. For canceled programs, they are automatically giving you a full credit for 2020-2021 enrichment programs with Enrichment Matters. Since Enrichment Matters incurs credit card processing fees both when getting and refunding payments and they must pay a staff member to administer funds, they are offering an 85% refund on pre-paid spring classes in lieu of a future credit for those who need it and request it individually. Families needing this option should fill out THIS FORM no later than April 15, 2020.  Please note that even if you have already emailed or called someone at EM or the FHES PTA, this form is the sole place we are able to track responses.

Our PTA does plan on using Enrichment Matters next school year. Virtually all of the Providers are very small businesses that operate on narrow margins. The cancellation of spring classes is financially devastating for them. Instead of a credit, if you find it in your means to donate your prepaid tuition (either all or half) in order to allow Enrichment Matters to pay the Providers this spring, your generosity and support would help them immensely. If you would like to do this, please fill out this form no later than April 15, 2020. Many providers are working on online options as well - we'll keep you posted on those.

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 3/30/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in our car parade last week! It was a joy to bring members of our community together (from a distance!) and to be able to share a brief moment of happiness together. This week, we hope to see many students and families participating in our Virtual Spirit Week. Details are below. We hope that you will utilize Twitter to share the pictures with us at @FreedomHillES and @FreedomHillPTA so that our staff can also see what everyone is up to during this time. 

We are all adjusting to our new reality since the governor made his announcement last Monday. FCPS is working OVERTIME to get distance learning ready for our students, staff, and parents.  We recognize the complications moving forward with distance learning and Freedom Hill wants to be sure everyone is ready, supported, and has access as we embark on this new learning for all of us. Read below for the difference between continuity of learning (through Spring Break) and distance learning (beginning April 14). We will also be holding a laptop distribution day this Wednesday. If you or a family you know does not have a device at home, please fill out the form below if you have not in previous weeks. We will reach out to you to know when to come on Wednesday. 

I ask you to be patient with our staff as we transition to teaching virtually – this experience is new for all of us and I am instructing the staff to go slow. I also want to remind parents that distance learning is not equal to the instruction provided during a typical school day. 

The health and safety of our staff and community is our top priority as we grow with new skills and challenges. Our people are our most important resource.  Thank you for everything you have done to support our school and community during this time. 

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 30 - April 3 - Virtual Spirit Week
  • March 30 - April 3 - Teacher PD for Distance Learning
  • April 1 - Laptop Distribution from FHES (details below)
  • April 3 - Deadline to purchase FHES Spiritwear Online
  • April 14 - Distance Learning Begins (details below)
  • April 15 - Deadline to turn in Enrichment Matters form (details below)
Distance Learning Plan

FCPS is embarking on a four-tiered approach to distance learning that will begin officially following Spring Break. All work and assignments are currently optional and will not receive a grade. Our priority is to offer continued learning opportunities to all our students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Part 1: Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for the remainder of the school year, all elementary students will receive a weekly learning packet in the U.S. Mail. These packets were created centrally, but teachers may reference them when new learning begins on April 14. Students are encouraged to work on these packets at home next week and beyond as independent practice.

Part 2: Virtual Teaching

Our staff will be working this week to develop a plan for ongoing instruction of our students. Classroom teachers and specialists will be either teaching live through sites like Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or recording themselves teaching and posting links to the videos following Spring Break. More detailed information, as well as a daily schedule, will be shared by your child's classroom teacher. When possible, teachers are being recommended to record any live instruction and share links with the students on blackboard so students who cannot join live may view another time. Our plan is that core instruction (community building, language arts, and math) will begin first and we will layer in additional learning opportunities as we grow in our capacity. 

Part 3:  Channel 21 Programming

Like mentioned above, our FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Students can watch on their TV through Channel 21 or can use these links to view building level instructional programming. Channel 21 includes elementary school programmingChannel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

Part 4: Staff Office Hours

Beginning April 14, all staff will have regular virtual office hours to be available to work with students groups and answer student and parent questions in real-time. Staff will explore various methods of communication and accessibility for office hours and will communicate through email and post their schedule on blackboard.

Laptop Distribution

Here is a link to a survey that we have created to determine the needs of household access for distance learning: Survey.  If you do not currently have a tablet/laptop/device at home that your child(ren) can use for distance learning, please complete this survey. We are asking that you complete it by Monday PM at the latest.

Aquí hay un enlace a una encuesta que hemos creado para determinar la necesidad de los hogares para el aprendizaje a distancia: Survey link. Si usted no tiene actualmente una tableta/computadora personal/ o aparato en casa que su(s) hijo(s) puedan usar para aprendizaje a distancia, por favor complete esta encuesta. Estamos pidiendo que lo completen a más tardar el lunes.

Parent Access: Blackboard

If you are looking to access Parent View on SIS or Blackboard but, you haven't created an account,  click on this link to create an account through the FCPS FASTeam.  Blackboard will be the primary source parents will visit to access resources for your students while away from school.  Remember, students also directly access Blackboard with their FCPS username and password. 

Positivity Project - Humor

Beginning Monday, we'll focus on the character strength of humor. This is one of those strengths that most people don't associate with the concept of "character." However, we know how important humor is in our lives -- individually and collectively -- especially during times of adversity. Though what the world faces now is a very serious matter, humor can help us see the lighter side of life and gain strength to overcome the unique challenges we all face.  For a one-page overview of humor, please click here.

PTA Information

Our First Virtual Spirit Week!

Many of your still want to connect. We've come up with a Virtual Spirit Week this week! Take a photo of your kids doing the following and share on the Freedom Hill ES Community group  or post on Twitter with the hashtag #FHHighlights and tag @FreedomHillPTA and @FreedomHillES.

Details here!

Monday - Be Creative Day - Show us your artwork, paintings, legos, etc. you've created!

Tuesday - Pet/Stuffed Animal Day - Show us you with your real or stuffed cuddly friend!

Wednesday - Share a photo of you being active, outside, dancing inside, whatever!

Thursday - Wear blue and snap a photo for World Autism Day!

Friday - Wear red or FHES gear and share!

 

SPIRITWEAR SALE ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 3

We extended our online Spiritwear swag sale - available here! There are a bunch of new FHES items that we are offering this time with more popular dry-fit ("performance") and vintage looks - in child and adult sizes. Orders will be shipped to Michelle Z's house and we will figure out distribution from there.                                                                

UPDATE ON SPRING ENRICHMENT

For those of you who signed up for Spring Enrichment, please read the detailed email from Enrichment Matters sent on Friday, 3/27. For canceled programs, they are automatically giving you a full credit for 2020-2021 enrichment programs with Enrichment Matters. Since Enrichment Matters incurs credit card processing fees both when getting and refunding payments and they must pay a staff member to administer funds, they are offering an 85% refund on pre-paid spring classes in lieu of a future credit for those who need it and request it individually. Families needing this option should fill out THIS FORM no later than April 15, 2020.  Please note that even if you have already emailed or called someone at EM or the FHES PTA, this form is the sole place we are able to track responses.

Our PTA does plan on using Enrichment Matters next school year. Virtually all of the Providers are very small businesses that operate on narrow margins. The cancellation of spring classes is financially devastating for them. Instead of a credit, if you find it in your means to donate your prepaid tuition (either all or half) in order to allow Enrichment Matters to pay the Providers this spring, your generosity and support would help them immensely. If you would like to do this, please fill out this form no later than April 15, 2020. Many providers are working on online options as well - we'll keep you posted on those.

 

SCHOLASTIC DELIVERS TO HOMES!

Did you hear Scholastic Book Clubs are now delivering to home addresses? Order some new reading material through your teacher's classroom book club so they still get credit! Visit scholastic.com/bookclubs

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Mid-Week Update - 3/25/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Learning about a school closure through June has made this a very difficult week. In the coming days, weeks, and months we will all have to adjust to a new normal. If there is one thing I know about the Freedom Hill Elementary School community, it is that we band together when needed and we take care of each other. The building may be closed, but we are still in the business of taking care of children. Our dedication to your children and their education will not change. The delivery may change and the methods may change, but the dedication of the teachers and staff remains solid and will endure. FCPS and state leadership are working diligently to determine the best course of action as we enter a new phase in education.  As plans develop and evolve, you will be informed of the next steps, which will happen by the end of the week. Teachers return to (virtual) work on Monday to begin planning for distance learning approaches. These will begin on 4/14 after the designated Spring Break.  

For today, please tell your children we miss them terribly and we are still here for them. We know this is also incredibly hard on parents and families, and we are here for you too. I know we will lift each other up with grace and understanding and the Freedom Hill community will continue to shine through adversity.

I want to present a few opportunities that staff and community have created to help our community retain our connections. We will be completing a faculty car parade tomorrow (3/26) and our first Virtual Spirit Week next week. We are also asking for community help in compiling great pictures for our 2019-20 yearbook. Please see the details below.

Be safe and be well! We are thinking of you all, 

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 26 - Teacher Car Parade, 2:30 PM
  • March 30 - April 3 - Virtual Spirit Week
  • March 30 - April 3 - Teacher PD for Distance Learning
  • April 14 - Distance Learning Begins (details forthcoming)
Teacher Car Parade

From Ms.Trzcinski, organizer:

Good afternoon, Freedom Hill!

This time has been a challenge for both our families and for our staff so what better way to raise our spirits than with a Staff Car Parade! We will be traveling throughout the community on Thursday, March 26, starting around 2:30PM. We will start by heading down Lord Fairfax Rd. towards Wolftrap Rd. then up Woodward Rd. towards Old Courthouse Rd. We will be heading past Marshall HS and then head back towards the school to reach the neighborhoods closer to the school.

Please remember to practice social distancing and keep six feet between your family and the others in your neighborhood. Due to the number of cars (we have a bunch of staff joining us!) we will not be able to stop so also please make sure to stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Make sure to wave SUPER BIG and shout nice and loud as we pass by. Narrow cul-de-sacs can be challenging for large number of vehicles, so we recommend short walks to the end of the street. Please be safe!

Keep an eye on Twitter as we will be updating our location throughout the parade! Check Hashtag #FHHighlights 

Virtual Spirit Week #1

From the PTA:

Many of your still want to connect. We've come up with a Virtual Spirit Week for next week! Take a photo of your kids doing the following and share on the Freedom Hill ES Community group  or post on Twitter with the hashtag #FHHighlights and tag @FreedomHillPTA and @FreedomHillES.

Details here!

Monday - Be Creative Day - Show us your artwork, paintings, legos, etc. you've created!

Tuesday - Pet/Stuffed Animal Day - Show us you with your real or stuffed cuddly friend!

Wednesday - Share a photo of you being active, outside, dancing inside, whatever!

Thursday - Snap a pic with your favorite book or whatever you are reading!

Friday - Wear red or FHES gear and share!

Yearbook Update

From Ms. Bliss:

Dear Parents,

We are working on putting together our pictures for the yearbook and need your help!  It is important that we capture this year and preserve this time in our yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please do not email pictures to staff or classroom teachers. See below for submission options.

What kinds of pictures are we looking for?

  • Students being creative - art, building forts, baking, etc.
  • Students being academically active - working at their desk, reading, etc.
  • Students being active - playing basketball, exploring nature, etc.
  • Family photos - family selfie on the couch, out for a walk, etc. 

How do we submit photos?

  1. Upload photos directly to https://freedomhilles.shutterfly.com/ 
    1. Please put them in the appropriate grade level
    2. Contact Ms. Bliss at LMBLISS@fcps.edu with questions
  2. Email directly to Ms. Bliss - LMBLISS@fcps.edu
    1. Use "Actual Size" - do not reduce size
  3. Share your photos on the Freedom Hill ES Community Facebook page 
  4. Upload your photos to your Google Drive and share with Ms. Bliss at lisambliss@gmail.com

Any questions? Email Lisa Bliss at LMBLISS@fcps.edu

Continuity of Learning

The guidance to date provided by the Virginia Department of Education is that since school divisions cannot ensure equity in access, student instructional assignments should not be required or graded during the closure, at least through March 27. FCPS has provided families with centralized resources to support continuity of learning. These activities can be accessed through the FCPS 24-7 and are available on the FCPS Website. When anyone logs on to FCPS 24-7 they will see a Continuity of Learning module that has links to resources for elementary students as well as resources for middle and high school students.

Freedom Hill also has online activities students can continue to practice with available on the Learning Tools page. Finally, our FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are currently being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programmingChannel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Weekly Update 3/23/2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

As we all embraced this week at home, restructuring our days, and learning how to adapt, remember we continue to be a strong and loving school community. I understand the anxiety and challenges that we all are facing as COVID-19 is uncharted territory for us all.

In the coming week, FCPS will be rolling out our plan for distance learning for the rest of the school year. Teachers will have the opportunity to be trained in new approaches and to understand their roles moving forward. We appreciate your patience as our teaching staff takes on something very unfamiliar and new to them. i know that they are excited to continue to engage students even if not together in the traditional classroom. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please email me. We will continue to support one another. Stay positive, enjoy the slower pace with your family, and please continue practicing social distancing so that we may reopen schools as quickly as possible.

Be safe and be well, 

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 23 - March 27: No school, building closed 
  • March 27 - Bingo Night postponed (tentatively to May 15)
Continuity of Learning

The guidance to date provided by the Virginia Department of Education is that since school divisions cannot ensure equity in access, student instructional assignments should not be required or graded during the closure, at least through March 27. FCPS has provided families with centralized resources to support continuity of learning. These activities can be accessed through the FCPS 24-7 and are available on the FCPS Website. When anyone logs on to FCPS 24-7 they will see a Continuity of Learning module that has links to resources for elementary students as well as resources for middle and high school students.

Freedom Hill also has online activities students can continue to practice with available on the Learning Tools page. Finally, our FCPS cable television channels are now broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are currently being recorded and will be added to the programming lineup shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programmingChannel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

FCPS Food Services

In addition to the previous information about food distribution, FCPS began curbside food pickup at Westgate (7500 Magarity Road, Falls Church) on Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be available from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Those interested in picking up the meals are asked to follow the kiss and ride signage for traffic flow at the school.  FCPS staff will deliver meals to children and adults while they wait in their cars in the kiss and ride line.  For a complete list of distribution sites and times please click here.

Positivity Project: Fairness Week

Beginning Monday, we are focusing on the character strength of fairness – don’t let our distance stop you! For a one-page overview of fairness, please click here.  Fairness means that you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. Fairness is complex. That’s because it is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

Quick Links

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Update: Monday Building Opening Postponed

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

I apologize for sending a second newsletter today. As you can see from the Superintendent’s message below, all FCPS schools will be closed until further notice. This includes our "open building" that we had planned for tomorrow to hand out laptops. We had also intended to open the library for students and parents to check out books and to visit classrooms to obtain personal materials. This is all on pause until the building is cleared for normal operations to continue. 

As per Dr. Brabrand's email, the first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard), are available at www.fcps.edu, and are available on our digital learning page. Again, these activities are not required, nor are they graded.

Teacher collaborative planning time to develop Distance Learning lessons (originally scheduled to occur this week) is also on hold. I realize this is a difficult time, and appreciate our community's patience as we ensure safety. Please know that as I receive updates I will communicate with the school community promptly.

Wishing you safety and warm time with family,

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 16-20 - Building Closed
  • March 18 - PTA Virtual Meeting, 8PM (see below)
  • March 27 - Bingo Night postponed (tentatively to May 15)
Superintendent's Message

COVID-19 continues to be a fast-moving event.  This weekend, we have been continuing to evaluate our options going forward with the health and well-being of our students, employees, and community remaining the top priority.   In consideration of these developments, FCPS is announcing the following actions:

  • All FCPS school buildings are closed until further notice.  Food distribution at FCPS sites will continue as scheduled.  More details about the food program are below. 
  • With the school buildings closed, the laptop distribution scheduled for tomorrow is postponed. 
  • All FCPS administrative offices are closed until further notice.
  • Only essential personnel as defined by FCPS program managers and supervisors will be asked to report to work until further notice.  All other employees will work remotely.  It is expected that all FCPS personnel reporting to work will practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

Beginning tomorrow, March 16, we are expanding the grab and go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.   Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the locations listed below:

Annandale Terrace ES,  7604 Herald St., Annandale

Bailey's Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church

Braddock ES,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale

Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly

Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke

Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd., Centreville

Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield

Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna

Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston

Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield 

Graham Road  Community Center,  3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir

Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon

Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 

London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville

Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria

Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax

Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

 

We have also been flooded with generous offers from employees and community members to volunteer at our food distribution sites.  Due to state training requirements for food distribution, we are encouraging those interested in helping to contact one of our community partners.   

These partners are in continuous support of our FCPS families and are connected with the larger effort of Fairfax County. Their contact information is available at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-support

As explained in Friday's letter, we have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded.

We are all in this together. We encourage you to practice social distancing and healthy habits. Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, and if you feel sick – stay home. 

Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.  

Sincerely,

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent Fairfax County Public Schools

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. These emails will direct you as to how to create your account.

PTA Information

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH HELP

Thanks to those of you who reached out about helping with those families who received Free and Reduced Lunch. As you saw in the updates, FCPS is still trying to determine ways to get meals to those families. Additionally, our community raised $3,000 in grocery gift cards and FHES will mail them out to those families next week.

PTA MEETING - MARCH 18th, 6:30 pm

We will make this PTA meeting virtual on Wed., 3/18 at 8pm (later than previous time). The conference call info is below - you can either use Internet or a phone. We will also be changing the topic to be on distance learning ideas and how to share tips with other parents on managing with the kids at home. If you've never been to a PTA meeting before, come join the conversation. Link: https://ellucian.zoom.us/j/3016468917 OR  dial: 877-853 5257 and Meeting ID: 301 646 8917

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

With the kids at home, you may need a mixture of new and familiar resources to keep things interesting.  Freedom Hill Digital Tools (your kids will be familiar with these) Amazing Education Resources (larger list of resources with descriptions of each site) Virginia Dept of Education (use it to hone in on specific topics for your child's grade. Or Google "Virginia 1st Grade Curriculum" for a 1st grader's curriculum, adjust for other grades, etc.)

PTA SPRING ENRICHMENT IS OPEN 

Spring classes are supposed to start April 14th. Many are not filled up yet and we would hate to cancel them. We are working with Enrichment Matters to determine refunds/pro-rate if classes are still closed. But we need to know what your kids would do, so if there is interest - please sign up. There is PE Club, 3D Printing, Unusual Art, Soccer, Spanish, Magic Academy, Sport Tumbling & Yoga, Chess, Beginner Ensemble, All Sports, ZooBots Robotics and KinderTech (trying to get it expanded to 1st grade too). Register online here before it closes on Tues, March 23rd. 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES UPDATE

Bingo Night - Was 3/27, aiming for May 15th Faculty Volleyball Game - Still on for 4/17, this will depend on school guidance 5K/1M/Spring Fling - Not doing this event this year and instead putting community sponsorship efforts into Field Day.  Field Day -  6/5, save the date! SPIRITWEAR AVAILABLE TIL MARCH 20

No sanitizer here but what better way to keep spirits up with new FHES swag! Our online spiritwear store is only open til Friday, March 20th here! There are a bunch of new FHES items that we are offering this time with more popular dry-fit ("performance") and vintage looks - in child and adult sizes. Orders will be shipped to FHES approx. 3-4 weeks after the store close date. 

Quick Links

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

Freedom Hill Update, Tech/Book Pickup Monday

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Due to the declaration of a National Emergency, FCPS is adjusting its plan to ensure the safety of all community members. As communicated recently by Dr. Brabrand, the teacher workday has been delayed and teachers will not report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020. This means that at this time FCPS teachers will not be developing additional content for students. The distance learning plans will be reevaluated by FCPS by March 27, 2020. 

Students will continue to have access to the student learning websites they use at Freedom Hill here:  https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/digital-learning-tools.  Students use these sites regularly and should know their usernames (student id number) and passwords. I highly recommend using DreamBox for daily math practice and MyOn for daily reading practice. 

The Department of Information Technology and the Instructional Services Department have worked collaboratively to offer an instructional learning lineup.  Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.

  • Channel 21 is Elementary Programming
  • Channel 25 is Middle School Programming
  • Channel 99 is High School Programming

Below you will find additional information and resources to support you during the closure. I will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to ensure the safety of the entire community. 

Wishing you safety and quality time with family. See you tomorrow at 3:00 if your family needs a device or a library book!

Dr. Z.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • March 16 - Device/Book Pickup, 3-5 PM
  • March 17-27 - No school for students. Office hours 9:00-1:00
  • March 18 - PTA Virtual Meeting, 8PM (see below)
  • March 27 - Bingo Night postponed (tentatively to May 15)
Device / Book Checkout

The school building will be facilitating laptop checkout for families who do not have a laptop (one per family). This will take place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020. Students will also have the opportunity to gather any personal belongings from their classroom and check out library books.

FCPS Food Services

The FCPS Food Services team has mobilized  “grab and go” meals for students and families in need.  The closest school site for Freedom Hill is Graham Road Elementary School (2831 Graham Road Falls Church, VA 22042).  These meals are for any FCPS student (no age restriction) and are available to adults for a small fee ($2).  Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am-10:30am, and lunch is available from 10:30 am-2:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  More information on this program is available here.    

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community-based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. These emails will direct you as to how to create your account.

PTA Information

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH HELP

Thanks to those of you who reached out about helping with those families who received Free and Reduced Lunch. As you saw in the updates, FCPS is still trying to determine ways to get meals to those families. Additionally, our community raised $3,000 in grocery gift cards and FHES will mail them out to those families next week.

PTA MEETING - MARCH 18th, 6:30 pm

We will make this PTA meeting virtual on Wed., 3/18 at 8pm (later than previous time). The conference call info is below - you can either use Internet or a phone. We will also be changing the topic to be on distance learning ideas and how to share tips with other parents on managing with the kids at home. If you've never been to a PTA meeting before, come join the conversation. Link: https://ellucian.zoom.us/j/3016468917 OR  dial: 877-853 5257 and Meeting ID: 301 646 8917

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

With the kids at home, you may need a mixture of new and familiar resources to keep things interesting.  Freedom Hill Digital Tools (your kids will be familiar with these) Amazing Education Resources (larger list of resources with descriptions of each site) Virginia Dept of Education (use it to hone in on specific topics for your child's grade. Or Google "Virginia 1st Grade Curriculum" for a 1st grader's curriculum, adjust for other grades, etc.)

PTA SPRING ENRICHMENT IS OPEN 

Spring classes are supposed to start April 14th. Many are not filled up yet and we would hate to cancel them. We are working with Enrichment Matters to determine refunds/pro-rate if classes are still closed. But we need to know what your kids would do, so if there is interest - please sign up. There is PE Club, 3D Printing, Unusual Art, Soccer, Spanish, Magic Academy, Sport Tumbling & Yoga, Chess, Beginner Ensemble, All Sports, ZooBots Robotics and KinderTech (trying to get it expanded to 1st grade too). Register online here before it closes on Tues, March 23rd. 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES UPDATE

Bingo Night - Was 3/27, aiming for May 15th Faculty Volleyball Game - Still on for 4/17, this will depend on school guidance 5K/1M/Spring Fling - Not doing this event this year and instead putting community sponsorship efforts into Field Day.  Field Day -  6/5, save the date! SPIRITWEAR AVAILABLE TIL MARCH 20

No sanitizer here but what better way to keep spirits up with new FHES swag! Our online spiritwear store is only open til Friday, March 20th here! There are a bunch of new FHES items that we are offering this time with more popular dry-fit ("performance") and vintage looks - in child and adult sizes. Orders will be shipped to FHES approx. 3-4 weeks after the store close date. 

Quick Links

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

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