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)
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.
- 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
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!
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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