Mid-Summer Updates + Bookmobile Tomorrow

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Summer Bookmobile Tomorrow!

 

The FHES Bookmobile is coming tomorrow, July 20th, from 10:00 to 11:00! FHES teachers will bring our collection of free books to the Idlywood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run streets in Falls Church on the following Tuesdays this summer. We can’t wait to see FHES students tomorrow! Our next bookmobile is: Tuesday, August 3rd 10:00-11:00      

 

¡La biblioteca móvil de FHES llegará mañana, 20 de julio, de 10:00 a 11:00! ! Los maestros de FHES traerán nuestra colección de libros gratuitos a Idlywood Village West en la esquina de las calles Los Pueblos y Pimmit Run en Falls Church los siguientes martes de este verano. ¡Estamos ansiosos por ver a los estudiantes de FHES mañana! Nuestra próxima biblioteca móvil es: martes 3 de agosto 10: 00-11: 00.

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

Summer Office Hours - 9:00-12:00 

  • Summer Meal Distribution Information 
  • July 20, August 3 - Remaining FH Bookmobile Dates
  • August 10 - Rising Kindergarten Play Date, 6PM
  • August 20 - Student Open House, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • August 23 - First Day of School 2021-22 (Calendar)
  • August 31 - Parent Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00 PM

Summer Office Hours - 9:00-12:00 

Did You Know?

This summer, nearly every Freedom Hill classroom is being used for student learning. We have welcomed students from over 15 elementary schools for Extended School Year (ESY), and we are also hosting our own summer school program. A big thank you to all of our teachers involved, and especially Ms. Doherty, who is our summer school Director this year. 

(pictured below - Mr. Curtis's class has created solar ovens - quite effective in the Virginia heat!)

Yearbooks Pickup Info

Reminder - yearbooks have arrived!  For those students and families who pre-ordered, please stop by the school between 9:00 AM and 12 PM to pick up your copy.

School Supply Lists

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS ARE IN! School supply lists for next year for each grade have been updated. Check them out here. Please note: we are not doing pre-ordered school supplies via Sprout this year. 

PTA Updates

It's hard to believe the beginning of school will be here before you know it. Your PTA Board already is hard at work and we've already had our first planning meeting for the school year. Couple of announcements:

 

PTA EVENTS REIMAGINED

We are making adjustments to follow covid-19 guidelines and safety measures. With that there will be a few changes to our fall events. Read below for details:

* Back to School Picnic - Instead of having a Back to School BBQ, we are going to have a Back to School Picnic. We're hoping to bring a combination of either box lunch pre-orders and possibly food trucks to this fun community event where everyone can gather and catch up. You can still bring your own food/snacks/blankets and hang out on the black top. 

 

PTA POSITIONS TO EXPLORE

We've have some great people step up to volunteer for a couple of positions so let's keep the momentum going. The top positions we need are:

1) Teacher Appreciation Chair/Co-Chairs - this is a great position to do with someone. If you are creative and can think of ways to show appreciation (we also have lots of ideas and resources), this position is for you. Time commitment is an effort every few months at key celebrations during the year and during the 1st week of May for Teacher Appreciation Week.

2) Harvest Fun Movie Night Chair/Co-Chairs - With HFN changed, we're looking for someone to help coordinate the logistics of a Halloween Movie Night and a few activities (guess the # of candy in a jar, etc.).

There are additional positions that need to be filled as well (International Parade Chair, Field Day Sponsorship Chair, Field Day Logistics, Garden/Landscape Chair, etc.). Contact PTA President, Sahar Javadi, to talk about what's involved at president@freedomhillpta.org

 

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATE - AUG. 10th at 6pm

We had a great Kindergarten playdate July 17th and had about 20 families of incoming kindergarteners come join us on the playground. It was wonderful to meet everyone. We'll do this again on August 10th at 6pm to meet on the playground for a cool and icy treat. We look forward to seeing you then!

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FH Bookmobile Delayed + Summer Updates

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Summer Bookmobile Wednesday!

Due to rain, the FHES Bookmobile is delayed until Wednesday, June 23rd from 10:00 to 11:00! ! FHES teachers will bring our collection of free books to the Idlywood Village West at the corner of Los Pueblos and Pimmit Run streets in Falls Church on the following Tuesdays this summer. We can’t wait to see FHES students tomorrow! Our next bookmobile is: Tuesday, July 6th  10:00-11:00              

¡ Debido a la lluvia, el Bookmovile se retrasa hasta 23 de junio de 10:00 a 11:00! ! Los maestros de FHES traerán nuestra colección de libros gratuitos a Idlywood Village West en la esquina de las calles Los Pueblos y Pimmit Run en Falls Church los siguientes martes de este verano. ¡Estamos ansiosos por ver a los estudiantes de FHES mañana! Nuestra próxima biblioteca móvil es: martes 6 de julio 10: 00-11: 00

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

Summer Office Hours - 9:00-12:00 

  • Summer Meal Distribution Information 
  • June 23, July 6, July 20, August 3 - FH Bookmobile Dates
  • August 20 - Student Open House, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • August 23 - First Day of School 2021-22 (Calendar)
  • September 2 - Parent Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00 PM

Summer Office Hours - 9:00-12:00 

Yearbooks Pickup Info

Yearbooks have arrived!  For those students and families that pre-ordered, please stop by the school between 9:00 AM and 12 PM to pick up. We also have a small supply of extras available for purchase if you didn’t have a chance to place your order in the spring. Yearbooks are $15 and payment may be made in cash or check (made out to Freedom Hill).

Summer Math Challenge

Participate in a free six-week online math skills maintenance program designed for students who have just completed grades 1-8. The 2021 Challenge will support student learning at home and offers daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources at each student’s ability level. Parents can monitor their child's progress and generate weekly badges and a certificate to celebrate accomplishments. Sign up for the Summer Math Challenge at the Lexile and Quantile Hub.

School Supply Lists

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS ARE IN! School supply lists for next year for each grade have been updated. Check them out here. Please note: we are not doing pre-ordered school supplies via Sprout this year. 

FH Digital Summer Resources

This year students and staff utilized Imagine Learning, Pioneer Valley, ST Math, and other digital resources. All current students will continue to have access to programs for most of the summer. Moving forward, the County has renewed our contracts for next school year.

 

Our FHES Digital Learning Tools webpage, https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/digital-learning-tools, provides quick access for students.

Schoology Transition

Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ends on June 30. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology will be used division-wide starting in July.

Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model.  
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals.
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences.
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space.

Students will have a Schoology account by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology.
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts.

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • Your child’s class. 
  • Your child’s assignments and participation.
  • Your child’s calendar.
  • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. 

More information about Schoology is available online

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FH Weekly Update: Summer Edition

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

We hope all is well as we celebrate the beginning of summer. This has been, without a doubt, the most challenging year that our school community has experienced. We are so proud of the resilience of our students, their families, our PTA, and our staff this year. There are simply too many examples to list here of actions taken by our community to ensure our students would succeed this year.  Suffice to say, at every twist and turn, our community came together to support one another. 

On Thursday, we celebrated the promotion of our dear 6th grade class. They are now middle schoolers! Some of their reflections on their time at Freedom Hill are showcased above. Their messages speak to enduring relationships, a love of learning, our diversity, and wonderful teachers. This is the bedrock of Freedom Hill, and we are excited for August when we will continue this work! Best of luck to our new 7th graders - we will miss them. 

Until then, Freedom Hill will be a busy place. This summer, we will be welcoming students from over 15 schools for Extended School Year, hosting our own small summer school program, and getting our classrooms ready for the 2021-22 school year. Our office will be open daily from 9 - 1:00. Stop in and see us!

Finally - yearbooks will be delivered in the next few weeks. We will reach out when they are ready for pickup. A small supply is available for those who have not yet ordered. 

Wishing you and your family a restful, happy summer.

Nick & Eric

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

Summer Office Hours - 9:00-1:00 (will be extended during summer school)

Summer Reading Info and Bookmobile

While summer is a time to hit the beach and pool, it's also a great time to read some excellent books. Check out all the summer reading resources we have on our website!

In addition, our summer Bookmobile will be in operation this summer! Check out the dates below.

Summer Math Challenge

Participate in a free six-week online math skills maintenance program designed for students who have just completed grades 1-8. The 2021 Challenge will support student learning at home and offers daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources at each student’s ability level. Parents can monitor their child's progress and generate weekly badges and a certificate to celebrate accomplishments. Sign up for the Summer Math Challenge at the Lexile and Quantile Hub.

FCPS Laptops - Return this Week

Virtual students should return their laptop and charger this week, June 14th through June 17th. Students who are participating in ESY should NOT return their device.

Steps for Return: Wrap the charger neatly. Lightly clean the surfaces with a cleaning wipe. Leave name tags and bar codes on the device.

FH Digital Summer Resources

This year students and staff utilized Imagine Learning, Pioneer Valley, ST Math, and other digital resources. All current students will continue to have access to programs for most of the summer. Moving forward, the County has renewed our contracts for next school year.

 

Our FHES Digital Learning Tools webpage, https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/digital-learning-tools, provides quick access for students.

Score Reports Arriving with Report Cards

Along with report cards, your child may receive three additional score reports. These score reports reflect assessments that were given at different times and different grade levels.

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program(VKRP)- The VKRP was given in the Spring and only to Kindergarteners. Parent will see a score report that reflects achievement in three areas: math, reading, and behavior.

iReady (Universal Screener)- The Iready assessment was used in grades K-6 and assesses both reading and math (Only reading for Kindergarteners). Not all students were required to take this assessment and may not be receiving score reports.

DRA2 Progress Monitoring- The DRA2 Progress monitoring assessment assesses students in the area of Reading. Not all students were required to take this assessment and may not be receiving score reports.

If you have any questions about your score reports please contact Eric Kopacz epkopacz@fcps.edu or Tim Scesney Tscesney@fcps.edu.

Updates from the PTA

PTA CHAIR POSITIONS OPEN

We'd love to get our PTA back up to full swing but need YOUR help with volunteers. We are looking for people to help with the events: Back to School type event, Teacher Appreciation Chairs, International Celebration, Community Bingo Night, Science Fair, Enrichment Activities, Fundraiser type of events (like Readathon or 5K type of events), Field Day and more. COVID-19 has made us rethink so many aspects of life so with that in mind, just because something has been done a certain way before - doesn't mean it has to be done the same way again. Contact us to talk through the planning process and think through ideas at our info email. 

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

FH Weekly Update: 6/6/2021

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

Welcome to June! This week is the last week of the 2020-2021 school year! Please be reminded that Tuesday, June 8th is a virtual, synchronous day.  There will be no in-person learning at school this day, but please plan on having your child log on at 9:45 for a full day of online learning!  Additionally, the last day of school is Friday, June 11th and students will be released 2 hours early (2:15pm).  

This week in the newsletter, we are sharing the bittersweet news of transitioning staff. We say goodbye (or see you soon!) to wonderful educators who have served our community for many years. We're also excited to share some information on the experienced, passionate, and diverse staff members who will be joining us next year. 

Wishing your family a wonderful final week of the school year! Enjoy the celebrations as we reflect on a year of success despite the many challenges involved. 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • June 2 - 10 - Classroom/Grade Level Celebrations
  • June 8 - Virtual instruction for all students (Election Day)
  • June 10 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremonies
  • June 11 - Check the Lost and Found! Items will be donated after this date
  • June 11 - Last Day of School - 2 hour early release
  • June 14 - 17 - Laptop Return Week for Virtual Students
  • August 23 - First Day of School 2021-22 (Calendar)
Staff Departures

We are not saying "Goodbye" to these staff members, because we'll be insisting that they visit Freedom Hill very soon! Please click the hyperlink on their name to see a photo and read their farewell messages to our community. We will miss them very much next year, but we are thankful for their many years of wonderful service to our students.  

Retirements:

Ms. Jean Witt - Pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Cristye Miller - Kindergarten Assistant

Mrs. Cindy Beaman - Kindergarten Assistant

Promotions:

Ms. Beth Curtis - our Intellectual Disabilities teacher was promoted to School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS) at Key Center

Departures:

Ms. Melanie Callihan - our 1st Grade Teacher is relocating home to Charlottesville and will be teaching in Albemarle County

New Staff Members

We are very pleased to announce our new staff members for the 2021-22 school year! Click on their name for a picture and a short bio.  

Ms. Anna Gionfriddo - Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Hena Hasan - 2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Randi Greene - Intellectual Disabilities Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Kronzer - Kindergarten Assistant

Mr. Jeff Wade - Instructional Assistant 

A Special Thanks

A special THANK YOU to the following staff members (photos here) who served in one-year instructional assistant positions this year at Freedom Hill. Each of them was an indispensable member of our team as we began to reopen our school. We hope to see them again!

Mr. Samy Gergess Mekael

Ms. Shaniqua Hairston

Ms. Shawn Saunders Carson

Ms. Nagham Al-Wawi

Ms. Evelyn Arevalo Ruiz

Medicine Pickup

Any medications left in clinic need to be picked up by dismissal on the last day of school or they will be disposed of per clinic protocol. Any questions, please call Mrs. Berg at (703) 506 -7810.

FCPS Laptops

In person students will return their laptop and charger during the final week of school. Virtual students will return their laptop and charger the following week, June 14th through June 17th. Students who are participating in ESY should NOT return their device.

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your device off beforehand.

 

Steps for Return: Wrap the charger neatly. Lightly clean the surfaces with a cleaning wipe. Leave name tags and bar codes on the device.

FH Digital Summer Resources

This year students and staff utilized Imagine Learning, Pioneer Valley, ST Math, and other digital resources. All current students will continue to have access to programs for most of the summer. Moving forward, the County has renewed our contracts for next school year.

 

Our FHES Digital Learning Tools webpage, https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/digital-learning-tools, provides quick access for students.

ENERGY STAR Award

We're happy to announce that Freedom Hill has been awarded an ENERGY STAR award for this school year, signifying that our was among the most energy efficient schools nationally. Thank you to our staff and students! We're looking forward to rebooting our Green Team next year. 

Modified Schedules - June 8/11

Due to Election Day, instruction for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, June 8th will be virtual and synchronous (live) for EVERY student. Students will not attend school in-person on June 8th.

 

On the last day of school (June 11) all students will have a 2-hour early release. 

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

PTA MEETING RECAP

Congratulations to our new PTA Board that was elected. For all the details, check out the powerpoint  and the recording. To access the recording, click on this link (Access Password is: yj3nAVg.)  Also big props to our Harriet Best award winners: Ms. Lisa Bliss and Neda Sarafrazi! Congratulations to Mary Gutenson for winning the VA PTA Distinguished Service award! And a huge shout out to all the room parents, PTA Chairs, current and outgoing PTA board and departing 6th grade parents. Thank you for everything you do!

PTA CHAIR POSITIONS OPEN

We'd love to get our PTA back up to full swing but need YOUR help with volunteers. We are looking for people to help with the events: Back to School type event, Teacher Appreciation Chairs, International Celebration, Community Bingo Night, Science Fair, Enrichment Activities, Fundraiser type of events (like Readathon or 5K type of events), Field Day and more. COVID-19 has made us rethink so many aspects of life so with that in mind, just because something has been done a certain way before - doesn't mean it has to be done the same way again. Contact us to talk through the planning process and think through ideas at our info email. 

PICTURE BOOKS NEEDED!

As our 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, please consider donating gently loved books to the Freedom Hill Bookmobile. In past years, FHES staff have been able to give away hundreds of books to students through the Bookmobile. FHES is especially looking for picture books, including fiction and nonfiction. We will also collect board books, chapter books, and young adult books. You can leave your donated books OUTSIDE the BLUE BIN in front of school. Please contact Freedom Hill’s reading specialist, Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with any questions.

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

FH Weekly Update: 5/30/2021

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

We are swinging into the end of the school year at Freedom Hill! However, we are taking a short respite from our learning tomorrow to celebrate Memorial Day. Please remember that we also have modified schedules on June 8 (Election Day - all instruction is virtual) and June 11 (2-hr early release). 

Be on the look out for next week's newsletter, which will have some important summer updates including:

  • Back to School Information
  • School Supply Lists
  • Recognition of departing staff (We have three staff retirements this year, and one teacher relocating out of NOVA)
  • Introductions of our four new staff members joining us for next year

Did you know that Freedom Hill often qualifies for a 4th kindergarten classroom just before the school year begins due to last minute enrollments? We would love to hire this teacher now! If you know a family with an unregistered rising kindergartener, please encourage them to register ASAP! 

Wishing you a great week ahead, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 31 - No school, Memorial Day
  • June 2 - 10 - Classroom/Grade Level Celebrations
  • June 8 - Virtual instruction for all students (Election Day)
  • June 10 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremonies
  • June 11 - Check the Lost and Found! Items will be donated after this date
  • June 11 - Last Day of School - 2 hour early release
  • June 14 - 17 - Laptop Return Week for Virtual Students
  • August 23 - First Day of School 2021-22 (Calendar)
FCPS Laptops

In person students will return their laptop and charger during the final week of school. Virtual students will return their laptop and charger the following week, June 14th through June 17th. 

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your device off beforehand.

 

Steps for Return: Wrap the charger neatly. Lightly clean the surfaces with a cleaning wipe. Leave name tags and bar codes on the device.

FH Digital Summer Resources

This year students and staff utilized Imagine Learning, Pioneer Valley, ST Math, and other digital resources. All current students will continue to have access to programs for most of the summer. Moving forward, the County has renewed our contracts for next school year.

 

Our FHES Digital Learning Tools webpage, https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/digital-learning-tools, provides quick access for students.

ENERGY STAR Award

We're happy to announce that Freedom Hill has been awarded an ENERGY STAR award for this school year, signifying that our was among the most energy efficient schools nationally. Thank you to our staff and students! We're looking forward to rebooting our Green Team next year. 

SOL Testing / Schedule

A handful of SOL Makeup tests will occur Tuesday, June 1st through Thursday, June 3rd. The students involved have been notified by the front office, their classroom teacher, and our school testing coordinators Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney. Please email them with any questions you have.

 

To date our amazing students and staff demonstrated determination on the Standards of Learning Assessments completed for students in Grades 3-6. We appreciate their hard work during this unique school year. Score reports will be mailed home to families when available.

Modified Schedules - June 8/11

Due to Election Day, instruction for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, June 8th will be virtual and synchronous (live) for EVERY student. Students will not attend school in-person on June 8th.

 

On the last day of school (June 11) all students will have a 2-hour early release. 

Kindergarten & Head Start

Kindergarten

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Head Start

  • FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK. To apply online: www.fcps.edu search: PreK Email: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

For more information call our English Line: 703-208-7900

  • ¡FCPS PreK y Early Head Start ya está aceptando aplicaciones para el año escolar 2021-22!  Por favor mire este video para ver si su hijo de 3 o 4 años puede calificar para PreK.   Para aplicar en línea: www.fcps.edu busque: PreK Correo electrónico: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

Para más información llame a la línea de español: 703-208-7901

Summer Practice Books

FCPS will be helping to ensure all students have access to learning materials over the summer by providing Summer Practice Books. The books provide suggested activities to support continued learning over the summer break. Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive a digital link. 

Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11th. If books do not arrive ahead of the last day of school, families are encouraged to reach out and request print copies. 

Students will receive the following books:

  • Pre-kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary summer practice book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts practice book and one Math practice book by course enrollment. These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English learners and students receiving Special Education services may receive additional or customized books. 

Please see the Summer Practice Books public webpage for more information and details about customized books for English learners and Special Education students. 

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

PICTURE BOOKS NEEDED!

As our 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, please consider donating gently loved books to the Freedom Hill Bookmobile. In past years, FHES staff have been able to give away hundreds of books to students through the Bookmobile. FHES is especially looking for picture books, including fiction and nonfiction. We will also collect board books, chapter books, and young adult books. You can leave your donated books in the front office. Please contact Freedom Hill’s reading specialist, Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with any questions.

PTA CHAIR POSITIONS OPEN

We'd love to get our PTA back up to full swing but need YOUR help with volunteers. We are looking for people to help with the events: Back to School type event, Teacher Appreciation Chairs, International Celebration, Community Bingo Night, Science Fair, Enrichment Activities, Fundraiser type of events (like Readathon or 5K type of events), Field Day and more. COVID-19 has made us rethink so many aspects of life so with that in mind, just because something has been done a certain way before - doesn't mean it has to be done the same way again. Contact us to talk through the planning process and think through ideas at our info email. 

PTA MEETING THURSDAY, JUNE 3 AT 8PM

Save the date for our PTA Membership meeting on Thursday June 3rd at 8pm. We will conducting our election, honoring all the PTA chairs and volunteers from this year and announcing our Harriet Best award winners. Join us by joining this link or calling 312-626-6799 and dialing 952 0211 3000. 

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

FH Weekly Update: 5/23/2021

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Principals' Message

Good morning Freedom Hill families,

As the end of the school year approaches, we remain thankful for our students' positivity and smiles. Their perseverance through virtual instruction, in-person instruction, SOL assessments, and more continue to brighten our days and give us much hope for next school year! We have much to celebrate this year, and you'll hear from your teacher soon about how your child's class will be celebrating the end of the school year.

In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing some information on the new professional educators who will be joining our staff next year. We can't wait. We will also be honoring our retirees who we will miss a great deal. 

This week, we have newsletter updates on the following:

  • SOL assessments this week
  • Laptop return information
  • 2021-22 School Calendar
  • Summer digital and paper-based resources
  • Kindergarten and Head Start registration

Did you know that Freedom Hill often qualifies for a 4th kindergarten classroom just before the school year begins due to last minute enrollments? We would love to hire this teacher now! If you know a family with an unregistered rising kindergartener, please encourage them to register ASAP! 

Wishing you a great week ahead, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 5 - 28 - SOL Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • May 25 - 5th Grade Science SOL
  • May 26 - 3rd Grade Math SOL
  • May 28 - 6th Grade Math SOL
  • June 2 - 10 - Classroom/Grade Level Celebrations
  • June 8 - Virtual instruction for all students (Election Day)
  • June 11 - Last Day of School - 2 hour early release
  • June 14 - 17 - Laptop Return Week for Virtual Students
  • August 23 - First Day of School 2021-22 (Calendar)
FCPS Laptops

In person students will return their laptop and charger during the final week of school. Virtual students will return their laptop and charger the following week, June 14th through June 17th. 

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your device off beforehand.

 

Steps for Return: Wrap the charger neatly. Lightly clean the surfaces with a cleaning wipe. Leave name tags and bar codes on the device.

FH Digital Summer Resources

This year students and staff utilized Imagine Learning, Pioneer Valley, ST Math, and other digital resources. All current students will continue to have access to programs for most of the summer. Moving forward, the County has renewed our contracts for next school year.

 

Our FHES Digital Learning Tools webpage, https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/digital-learning-tools, provides quick access for students.

FCPS ST Math Webinar

Join us for this important webinar to learn how families can use ST Math with their children to help them develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Discover how learning occurs in ST Math
  • Support students working in the program from home
  • Uncover how to view student progress
  • Locate additional resources for ST Math use at home

Presented by Jim deBerjeois, and Vivian Doughty, Professional Learning Specialists at MIND Research Unit.

May 24, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m AND June 7, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Register for ST Math: Help Children Love Math This Summer: A Webinar for K-6 Families

Freedom Hill Summer School

Freedom Hill will be offering a summer school program this year from July 12-30 this year. Our summer programs will be for our Level I English learners. Families are currently being contacted to confirm attendance. 

SOL Testing / Schedule

Thank you to our students, parents, and staff who continue to assist with SOLs. We appreciate seeing our virtual students in the building on their day of testing.

Below are the dates for SOLs. Please email our school testing coordinators, Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney, with any questions you may have.

Modified Schedules - June 8/11

Due to Election Day, instruction for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, June 8th will be virtual and synchronous (live) for EVERY student. Students will not attend school in-person on June 8th.

 

On the last day of school (June 11) all students will have a 2-hour early release. 

Kindergarten & Head Start

Kindergarten

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Head Start

  • FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK. To apply online: www.fcps.edu search: PreK Email: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

For more information call our English Line: 703-208-7900

  • ¡FCPS PreK y Early Head Start ya está aceptando aplicaciones para el año escolar 2021-22!  Por favor mire este video para ver si su hijo de 3 o 4 años puede calificar para PreK.   Para aplicar en línea: www.fcps.edu busque: PreK Correo electrónico: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

Para más información llame a la línea de español: 703-208-7901

Summer Practice Books

FCPS will be helping to ensure all students have access to learning materials over the summer by providing Summer Practice Books. The books provide suggested activities to support continued learning over the summer break. Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive a digital link. 

Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11th. If books do not arrive ahead of the last day of school, families are encouraged to reach out and request print copies. 

Students will receive the following books:

  • Pre-kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary summer practice book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts practice book and one Math practice book by course enrollment. These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English learners and students receiving Special Education services may receive additional or customized books. 

Please see the Summer Practice Books public webpage for more information and details about customized books for English learners and Special Education students. 

Institute for the Arts Camp

Institute for the Arts (IFTA &E-IFTA) Camp will be held this in person this summer! Each week will focus on a different part of the world and experience Art, Dance, Music, and Theater through the lens of each culture. Campers will have the chance to engage in diverse prospective and participate in creative arts. Camp will be held July 6-30th. Students can register for as many weeks they would like to participate in. 

If you’d like more information please reach out to Mr. A. at alwaldrip@fcps.edu.

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

PTA CHAIR POSITIONS OPEN

We'd love to get our PTA back up to full swing but need YOUR help with volunteers. We are looking for people to help with the events: Back to School type event, Teacher Appreciation Chairs, International Celebration, Community Bingo Night, Science Fair, Enrichment Activities, Fundraiser type of events (like Readathon or 5K type of events), Field Day and more. COVID-19 has made us rethink so many aspects of life so with that in mind, just because something has been done a certain way before - doesn't mean it has to be done the same way again. Contact us to talk through the planning process and think through ideas at our info email. 

PTA MEETING THURSDAY, JUNE 3 AT 8PM

Save the date for our PTA Membership meeting on Thursday June 3rd at 8pm. We will conducting our election, honoring all the PTA chairs and volunteers from this year and announcing our Harriet Best award winners. Join us by joining this link or calling 312-626-6799 and dialing 952 0211 3000. 

PTA BOARD SLATE FOR 2021-2022  Our FHES Nominating Committee is excited to announce the proposed slate for PTA Board officers for the 2021-2022 school year. This slate will be proposed and voted on at the June 3rd PTA Meeting. See below:

2021-2022 PTA BOARD NOMINATION SLATE

President - Sahar Javadi

Secretary - Gina Song

Treasurer - Kerrey Olden

Vice President - Rachel Shabica

VP Business Development - Nicole Camara

VP IT & Communications - Amber Halaka

VP Membership - Angela Wauagaman

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

Reminder: Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

Join us (at this link) tonight from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our fifth monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Trott will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to our week. Staff participating on tonight will be Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Savage and Ms. Wilson. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

Noche de cuentos para dormir

¡Únase a nosotros (LINK) esta noche 8 de 7:30 a 8:00 pm para nuestra cuarta "lectura de Águilas" mensual! Noche de cuentos para dormir.

La Sra. Trott será nuestra MC por la noche mientras celebramos la unión y un comienzo positivo del nuevo semana. El personal que participará esta noche será el Sr. Fenton, la Sra. Savage y la Sra. Wislon. ¡Nunca eres demasiado mayor para escuchar una lectura en voz alta! ¡Asegúrate de acompañarnos en tu pijama más acogedor en nuestra lectura de Eagles! programa mensual de cuentos a la hora de dormir y comenzar nuestra semana juntos como una comunidad de PK-6 Freedom Hill.

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update: 5/16/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are well! It is hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching. "On the Hill" our students and staff are busy with end of year instruction, SOL assessments, hiring new staff for the coming year, and planning end-of-year celebrations. Reading SOLs have been concluded, and it's been a true pleasure to see nearly all of our virtual students come into the building for their test. The excitement on their faces was great to see, and we're looking forward to having everyone back for 5 days of in-person instruction next year. 

Two quick notes on literacy programs: Tomorrow is our last "Eagles Read: Bedtime Stories" night, and this Wednesday is our final curbside library service of the year. We hope to see you!

Though the CDC put out new guidance regarding masks for vaccinated individuals, FCPS continues to have its regulation in place, partly because we have no way of knowing who is vaccinated. Please make sure you are masked on our property during arrival and dismissal unless you are inside your vehicle. Thank you.

Wishing you a great week ahead, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 5 - 28 - SOL Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • May 17 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night
  • May 19 - 5th Grade Math SOL
  • May 19 - LAST Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • May 21 - 4th Grade Math SOL
  • June 8 - Virtual instruction for all students (Election Day)
FCPS Laptops

Over 350 students have checked out a laptop for either virtual or in person instruction. All laptops and chargers will be returned at the end of the school year.

The last day of school is Friday, June 11th. In person students will return their laptop and charger during the final week of school. Virtual students will return their laptop and charger the following week, June 14th through June 17th.  

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your device off beforehand.

Library End of Year Procedures

Student book checkout ends two weeks before the last day of school. We are asking that all books be returned by Friday, May 28th so that the library can prepare for summer programs and for the new school year. Wednesday, May 19th will be the final curbside pickup day. Print notices and parent email notices will be sent out Friday, May 21st. Library accounts can also be checked anytime through Destiny Discover Library Catalog. Instructions for accessing accounts can be found here and on the Library Google Site. The library does not charge overdue fees. 

FCPS is aware that some books checked out during the prior school year were lost during the pandemic. These long overdue books are still on student accounts, but will be removed before the upcoming school year if families cannot find and return them. Contact Ms. Trott with any questions or concerns at sktrott@fpcs.edu.

Freedom Hill Summer School

Freedom Hill will be offering a summer school program this year from July 12-30 this year. Our summer programs will be for our Level I English learners. Families will be contacted this week with offers of admission. 

SOL Testing / Schedule

Grades 3-6 completed their Reading SOL! Thank you to our students, parents, and staff who helped make this possible. There are many logistics that surround testing and we are very thankful for the efforts of everyone involved. We appreciate seeing our virtual students in the building on their day of testing.

Below are the remaining dates for SOLs. Please email our school testing coordinators, Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney, with any questions you may have.

Election Day - June 8

Due to Election Day, instruction for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, June 8th will be virtual and synchronous (live) for EVERY student. Students will not attend school in-person on June 8th.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

PTA CHAIR POSITIONS OPEN

We'd love to get our PTA back up to full swing but need YOUR help with volunteers. We are looking for people to help with the events: Back to School type event,Teacher Appreciation Chairs, International Celebration, Community Bingo Night, Science Fair, Enrichment Activities, Fundraiser type of events (like Readathon or 5K type of events), Field Day and more. COVID-19 has made us rethink so many aspects of life so with that in mind, just because something has been done a certain way before - doesn't mean it has to be done the same way again. Contact us to talk through the planning process and think through ideas at our info email. 

 

PTA BOARD SLATE FOR 2021-2022 Our FHES Nominating Committee is excited to announce the proposed slate for PTA Board officers for the 2021-2022 school year. This slate will be proposed and voted on at the June 3rd PTA Meeting. See below:

2021-2022 PTA BOARD NOMINATION SLATE

President - Sahar Javadi

Secretary - Gina Song

Treasurer - Kerrey Olden

Vice President - Rachel Shabica

VP Business Development - Nicole Camara

VP IT & Communications - Amber Halaka

VP Membership - Angela Wauagaman

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

FH Weekly Update: 5/9/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

We'd like to wish all of the mothers in our school community a very Happy Mother's Day! We are appreciative of everything our students' mothers have done this year to support student learning and our transition back to school. 

As announced at the School Board work session last week, FCPS is moving forward with planning for an all in-person, 5 days a week school year this fall. They also shared that there will be a very limited virtual option for students who have a medical need. FCPS sent out communication on Wednesday to current virtual families regarding the process required to apply for the virtual option for next year. This virtual program will be run centrally through FCPS and not through Freedom Hill. The deadline to share that you intend to apply for this option is today.  

We are looking forward to having a sense of normalcy next year and having hopefully everyone back together again. If you have any friends or neighbors that have left Freedom Hill this school year due to the pandemic, please let them know we would love to welcome them back next year.  

As a reminder, though the CDC has updated the guidance regarding mask wearing for vaccinated individuals, FCPS requires the use of masks both indoors and outdoors at all times. We ask that you please continue your use of face masks even when outside, including at arrival and dismissal.  If at any time you do not have a mask, one can be provided for you if you ask a staff member.  

Please see two additional deadlines below this week:

  1. Parent Input for 2021-22 Class Placement
  2. Yearbook Orders

Wishing you a great week ahead, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 5 - 28 - SOL Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • May 10 - Family Class Placement Input due (see below)
  • May 12 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • May 12 - 5th Grade Reading SOL
  • May 14 - 6th Grade Reading SOL
  • May 14 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks 
  • June 8 - Virtual instruction for all students (Election Day)
Yearbook Ordering Flyer

Click here for the yearbook ordering flyer. May 14 is the last day!

2021-22 Class Placement

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.  If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2021-22 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo at ssujoromero@fcps.edu or 703-506-7800 to let us know.  

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in mid-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 OPTIONAL form online by Monday, May 10th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider.  Thank you.

SOL Testing / Schedule

Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s Standard of Learning (SOL) assessments. Freedom Hill will be conducting tests from May 5th to May 28th. This includes virtual students, who are required to come to the building for testing.

The following letter was emailed to families on Friday, April 16th in English, Spanish, and Arabic. It contains information regarding transportation, refusals, and virtual students coming into he building for testing on their assigned days.

Please email our school testing coordinators, Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney, with any questions you may have.

Election Day - June 8

Due to Election Day, instruction for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, June 8th will be virtual and synchronous (live) for EVERY student. Students will not attend school in-person on June 8th.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Positivity Project: Humor

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Humor. You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

“A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”

                                         ~Mignon McLaughlin

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How does humor affect relationships? How does it connect people?
  • How can you incorporate more humor into your everyday life?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you just couldn’t stop laughing? What happened?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

Thanks to all those who participated in Teacher Appreciation Week and Bike/Walk to school day! A big shout out to all our teachers, staff and team at FHES. Good luck to all our students on their SOLs this week!

Teacher Appreciation Week

It was such fun celebrating Freedom Hill teachers and staff last week! Thank you to everyone who donated money toward this effort. Each day our Teacher Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs, Angela Waugaman and Ina Soepangkat, brought special gifts, meals from Panera and Jason's Deli and treats for all FHES staff (see photos below). And, congratulations to our raffle winners who each received gift cards to local eateries: Jeff Wade, Kevin Curtis, Katie Damon, Katherine Trott, Taylor Butts, Desiree Coz, Katherine Cadena-Gonce. Special shout out to Angela and Ina for organizing everything!

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FH Weekly Update: 5/2/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

This week we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. We invite you to think of a simple way to thank you child's teacher, special education teacher, ESOL teacher, specialists, or any other staff member at Freedom Hill who has influenced your child this year. 

A big thank you to our PTA, and especially Angela Waugaman and Ina Soepangkat, who have arranged a wonderful series of gifts for our teachers this week. In addition, we invite your children to take part in the following optional spirit days, whether they are in-person or online:

  • Tuesday - May the 4th Be with our Teachers! - optional Star Wars or Book Character Dress Up Day
  • Wednesday - All A Teacher Needs On A Rainy Day! - rain is in the forecast – wear your favorite PJs and bring your favorite book for indoor recess
  • Thursday - We Root for our Teachers! - optional sports jersey dress up day
  • Friday - Teacher Color Day - finish Teacher Appreciation Week by wearing your teacher's favorite color (do you know what it is?) 

A few other brief notes for this week:

  • In order to give our students more time to eat breakfast, we will be opening the doors at 9:30 each day. 
  • Our cafeteria's hot lunch line returns on Tuesday. 
  • SOLs begin this week for third and fourth graders. A full schedule is below. 

Wishing you a great week ahead, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • May 3 - 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4 - Hot lunches return to cafeteria
  • May 5 - Bike/Walk to School Day
  • May 5 - 28 - SOL Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • May 5 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • May 10 - Family Class Placement Input due (see below)
  • June 8 - Virtual instruction for all students (Election Day)
2021-22 Class Placement

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.  If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2021-22 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo at ssujoromero@fcps.edu or 703-506-7800 to let us know.  

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in mid-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 OPTIONAL form online by Monday, May 10th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider.  Thank you.

SOL Testing / Schedule

Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s Standard of Learning (SOL) assessments. Freedom Hill will be conducting tests from May 5th to May 28th. This includes virtual students, who are required to come to the building for testing.

The following letter was emailed to families on Friday, April 16th in English, Spanish, and Arabic. It contains information regarding transportation, refusals, and virtual students coming into he building for testing on their assigned days.

Please email our school testing coordinators, Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney, with any questions you may have.

Election Day - June 8

Due to Election Day, instruction for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools on Tuesday, June 8th will be virtual and synchronous (live) for EVERY student. Students will not attend school in-person on June 8th.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Positivity Project: Leadership

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Leadership. You value each member of your group and inspire other people to do their best.

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and actions.”

                                         ~ Harold S. Geneen

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some of the characteristics of a good leader?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader? If not, what are some characteristics that might make that more possible? If so, what are the characteristics of leadership you need to build on to make stronger?
  • How does it make you feel to think about yourself as a leader?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL DAY - MAY 5

FHES is participating in National Bike/Walk to School Day. You can participate by either biking or walking to school or take a ride/walking around your neighborhood. All info is here. Parents, please do take photos and post them to our the Freedom Hill ES FB group or Tweet them by tagging @FreedomHillES and @FreedomHillPTA or using #BiketoSchool and #FHHighlights. Big thanks to Sam Lee for organizing!

TEACHER APPRECIATION

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and the PTA plans to honor FHES staff every day this week. To FHES teachers and staff, please accept our thanks for all that you do, especially during a school year like no other! To our awesome TA chairs, Angela Waugaman and Ina Soepangkat, thank you for all your hard work! Here's what's in store:  

Monday 5/3:

Raffle off a Pancake House gift card

A gift distributed in staff mailboxes to acknowledge all the “extra” effort they have been putting in this year

 

Tuesday 5/4:

Raffle off a Pancake House gift card

Boxed lunches from Jason’s Deli for all staff

 

Wednesday 5/5:

Raffle off a Pancake House gift card

A gift distributed in staff mailboxes, the “stars” of Freedom Hill

 

Thursday 5/6:

Raffle off a Pancake House gift card

A gift distributed in staff mailboxes that will hopefully help “refresh” our hardworking staff

 

Friday 5/7:

Raffle off a Social Burger gift card

Raffle off two Coldstone gift cards

Breakfast from Panera for all staff

 

*For the all-virtual staff, the PTA has put together gift bags that can be picked up in the main office.

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Attendance: 703.506.7878 | Website | Twitter

FH Weekly Update: 4/25/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are well! Last week marked the first time we had all of our in-person students back in the building four days a week. Our learning community is coming alive again within the building, and we couldn't be more pleased. Our virtual students continue to thrive and are eager and willing participants to class discussions and activities, and we love hearing their voices and thoughts through some of our concurrent classrooms. We learned very quickly that our students remain resilient, flexible, and positive despite all the changes they have experienced.  As always, a continued thank you goes out to our amazing teachers for planning such robust and diverse lessons to meet the needs of all of their students, whether near or far.     

We have much more learning in store for our students as we finish out the school year and we are excited to see their continued growth. Thank you for making this transition back to four days a week a smooth and supportive one for our students.  

This week, we have a few family action items with yearbook orders, class placement input for next year, and (if you choose) some thoughts about Teacher Appreciation Week next week. If you know a family with a rising kindergarten student, please remind them to register at the school if they have not already! 

Wishing you a great week ahead, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 28 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • May 3 - 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4 - Hot lunches return to cafeteria
  • May 5 - Bike/Walk to School Day
  • May 5 - 28 - SOL Testing (Grades 3-6)
  • May 9 - Yearbook preorders due (see below)
  • May 10 - Family Class Placement Input due (see below)
School Yearbook Ordering

It is time to order your yearbook! Please see our flier for ordering information. 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week, May 3-7, is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we can't think of a school year when our teachers were more deserving. The school administration and our wonderful PTA will be doing a few things for the teachers, but we encourage your family to consider thinking of a way to make their week extra special, too! 

2021-22 Class Placement

If your child is returning to Freedom Hill next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.  If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2021-22 school year, please reach out to Ms. Sujo at ssujoromero@fcps.edu or 703-506-7800 to let us know.  

Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in mid-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 OPTIONAL form online by Monday, May 10th for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider.  Thank you.

SOL Testing / Schedule

Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s Standard of Learning (SOL) assessments. Freedom Hill will be conducting tests from May 5th to May 28th. This includes virtual students, who are required to come to the building for testing.

The following letter was emailed to families on Friday, April 16th in English, Spanish, and Arabic. It contains information regarding transportation, refusals, and virtual students coming into he building for testing on their assigned days.

Please email our school testing coordinators, Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney, with any questions you may have.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Positivity Project: Purpose

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Purpose/Connection. You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

“Regardless of whatever I do, I know my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.”

                                         ~Tim Tebow

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? What things could you be doing now to enhance the life of those around you?
  • What gifts, talents, and ideas do you have that you want to share?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL DAY - MAY 5

We FHES is participating in National Bike/Walk to School Day. You can participate by either biking or walking to school or take a ride/walking around your neighborhood. All info is here. Parents, please do take photos and post them to our the Freedom Hill ES FB group or Tweet them by tagging @FreedomHillES and @FreedomHillPTA or using #BiketoSchool and #FHHighlights. Big thanks to Sam Lee for organizing!

TEACHER APPRECIATION

May is just around the corner and May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our TA Chairs, Angela and Ina, are hard at work appreciating our teachers and staff! With this in mind, perhaps you'd like to do something extra for that teacher or staff member who has worked tirelessly through out the year. Whether it is an end of year gift pooled together with other parents or a simple card during Teacher Appreciation - keep this in mind for our hard working teachers and staff!

LAST CALL FOR HARRIET BEST NOMINATIONS - DUE APRIL 30

The Harriette Best Award was instituted more than a decade ago by the Freedom Hill’s PTA as a tribute to honor our former Assistant Principal. Since its inception, this award has been awarded by the PTA Board and given each year since to the parent(s) and/or staff member(s) who best exemplify what Mrs. Best continued to accomplish until her retirement. If you'd like to nominate someone for this award, send an email by Friday, 4/30 to info@freedomhillpta.org with the person's name and a summary of their efforts to FHES. 

 

PTA BOARD APPLICATIONS OPEN 

Are you interested in serving on the PTA Board? If you are interested in these or any other position, fill out an application here and email to: nominating_committee@freedomhillpta.org. Questions about a specific position? Feel free to email the current board at info@freedomhillpta.org

 

PTA MEETING RECAP

We had a great PTA meeting last week. The slides are here as well as the recording with password $hi.8ZJU. Given we just had the combined meeting with Dr. Z, we will NOT have our original PTA meeting on April 28th. Also be sure to save the date for the last PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8pm.

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Reminder: Eagles Read! Tonight at 7:30

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Bedtime Stories Night

Join us (at this link) tonight from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our fourth monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to our week. Staff participating on tonight will be Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Canape. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

Noche de cuentos para dormir

¡Únase a nosotros (LINK) esta noche 8 de 7:30 a 8:00 pm para nuestra cuarta "lectura de Águilas" mensual! Noche de cuentos para dormir.

La Sra. Rossman será nuestra MC por la noche mientras celebramos la unión y un comienzo positivo del nuevo semana. El personal que participará esta noche será el Sr. Fenton, la Sra. Savage y la Sra. Canape. ¡Nunca eres demasiado mayor para escuchar una lectura en voz alta! ¡Asegúrate de acompañarnos en tu pijama más acogedor en nuestra lectura de Eagles! programa mensual de cuentos a la hora de dormir y comenzar nuestra semana juntos como una comunidad de PK-6 Freedom Hill.

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FH Weekly Update: 4/18/2021

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Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

We hope you are well as our beautiful spring weather continues in Northern Virginia. Last week, we welcomed back two "pilot" classes of in-person students who attended four times per week. A big thank you to Ms. Damon, Mr. Curtis, and their wonderful students for quickly adapting to our safety procedures and having a successful week! 

We have another exciting week ahead "On the Hill" with school pictures, Eagles Read! bedtime stories night, and a increase to four days of in-person instruction for students who are currently attending school in-person. The county Safety Team visited Freedom Hill again last week, and once again noted that our staff and students have implemented all COVID-19 mitigation strategies with success and consistency. 

In-Person Return

This Tuesday, we are welcoming all current in-person students back to the building for 4-day instruction. The Office of Transportation Services is quickly bringing bus routes together, though we may need to be flexible with routes this week. Students will be able to continue attending virtually this week if parents are not able to transport in the interim. Additionally, we will be bringing back our hot lunch line in the coming weeks!

Yearbook

As a reminder from last week, the deadline for photo submission for the yearbook is coming fast! We need a photo for every child. You will see the cover above, which contains the thoughts, hopes, and dreams  of our 6th grade class and staff members. Student pictures will be family-submitted this year - please see below for more info and a big thank you to Ms. Bliss for facilitating this unusual process this year. Ordering information will be available soon. 

Wishing you a great week, 

Dr. Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
  • April 19 - AAP Level IV Parent Orientation, 4PM (recorded)
  • April 19 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories, 7:30
  • April 20 - All current in-person students return 4x per week
  • April 21/22 - School Picture Dates
  • April 21 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • April 23 - Deadline for sending yearbook picture
  • May 5 - 28 - SOL Testing (Grades 3-6)
School Pictures 2021

Lifetouch will be joining us on April 21st and 22nd for School Picture Day and have provided us with this ordering flier. Parents have the flexibility to order online at mylifetouch.com prior to picture day using the ID found on the attached flyer. Everyone photographed will receive either their prepaid package or a proof sheet in a couple of weeks. Parents will still be able to view images and order pictures online by using the unique Portrait ID and Access Code found in the picture package and/or proof sheet.

In-person students will have their picture taken while at school based on the following schedule:

April 21

Head Start, Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Ms. Manzo, Ms. Doherty

April 22

Pre-K, ID, 1st Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Mrs. Finkelstein

Virtual Students

Families of virtual students can make an appointment for either day from 2-4:30 using this SignUpGenius

School Yearbook Information - Due April 23

We are in the process of putting our yearbook together for this school year and need your help!  

Due to the pandemic, it will look a little different this year. "School pictures" will not be used. Rather, we are capturing pictures of students at home. Each class will have a page with a collage of pictures of students. We ask for your submission of a photo for your child’s picture. 

Photo Submission

Use this form for submitting a photo of your child for their class picture page. When you upload the photo you will be asked to include your name, child’s name, grade, and teacher last name.  Please make sure the photo is a close-up picture of your student. Far away or full body pictures will not crop well into the yearbook. You are welcome to include other photos from throughout the year to be used if space allows. 

Deadline

Photos must be sent in by Friday, April 23rd. 

Questions?

If the form doesn’t work, or you have any questions, please email Ms. Bliss at LMBLISS@FCPS.EDU for help. 

SOL Testing / Schedule

Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s Standard of Learning (SOL) assessments. Freedom Hill will be conducting tests from May 5th to May 28th. This includes virtual students, who are required to come to the building for testing.

The following letter was emailed to families on Friday, April 16th in English, Spanish, and Arabic. It contains information regarding transportation, refusals, and virtual students coming into he building for testing on their assigned days.

Please email our school testing coordinators, Mr. Kopacz and Mr. Scesney, with any questions you may have.

Bedtime Stories Night

Join us Monday, April 19th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for our monthly "Eagles Read"! Bedtime Stories Night.

Mrs. Rossman will be our MC for the night as we celebrate togetherness and a positive start to our week. Staff participating on Monday will be Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Canape. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! Be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community.

Kindergarten Registration!

We are excited to welcome our next class of Kindergarten students.  To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we ask all parents of incoming Kindergartners to visit our registration page to register your child.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to register their incoming Kindergartners. Pass the word!  

Positivity Project: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

 

 

 

This week, we are focusing on the Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. You notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

“Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”

                                         ~Helen Keller

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What do you think it means to see with your heart?
  • Why do you think we fail to notice the beauty around us?
  • What can you do to start noticing that beauty?
Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA

 

PTA MEETING RECAP

We had a great PTA meeting last week. The slides are here as well as the recording with password $hi.8ZJU. Given we just had the combined meeting with Dr. Z, we will NOT have our original PTA meeting on April 28th. Also be sure to save the date for the last PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8pm.

 

SESSION 5 OF VIRTUAL ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION APRIL 19 Enrichment Matters will offer virtual enrichment sessions from April 27th through May 23rd. Registration opened yesterday and will close on Thursday, April 22 at midnight. Classes include Chess, Cooking, Art, Improv, Spy Academy, Minecraft, Pottery, and More! All classes meet via zoom. Register today! Applications for need based scholarships are due by midnight on April 22nd. Email info@enrichmentmatters.com for more information.

 

PTA BOARD APPLICATIONS OPEN Are you interested in serving on the PTA Board? If you are interested in these or any other position, fill out an application here and email to: nominating_committee@freedomhillpta.org. Questions about a specific position? Feel free to email the current board at info@freedomhillpta.org

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

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