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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

As we "sign off" for the summer months, we would like to express our gratitude for your partnership and involvement this year. Together, we supported the success of our Eagles, and they demonstrated incredible growth academically and socially. Thank you for sharing your amazing children with us! We have enjoyed teaching and learning with them. We look forward to an extra special year beginning this fall, as we celebrate Freedom Hill's 75th anniversary.  

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for continued highlights! If your family is transitioning out of the area or to middle school, you can manage your newsletter subscriptions here. Be sure to sign up for Kilmer MS for our rising 7th graders!

Thank you, everyone, for helping us to continue Freedom Hill's legacy as one of the best kept secrets in Fairfax County. We love this community. Wishing you a safe, restful, and wonderful summer. Don't forget to dig into some good books!

 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

FH Year-End Report

Missed our Year-End Report? It is available for you to download in English and Spanish. Many thanks to our families, students, and staff who contributed to share some great news from our year!

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2024-25 FCPS School Calendar

Freedom Hill Family Resources

  • June 18 - PTA Sprout School Supply Orders Due (See Below)
  • June 20 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 5PM (Playground)
  • July 21 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 3PM (Playground)
  • August 16 - Open House for Students, 10-11AM
  • August 17 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 10AM (Playground)
  • August 19 - First Day of School
  • August 27 - Back to School Night for Parents, 6PM

Summer Front Office Hours: 9:00-1:00 Daily

We are eager to interview individuals who are interested in joining our team! Please email Dr. Z. with your interest in our open positions: 

  • Special Education Teacher, Autism
  • Site-Based Substitute - this full-time staff member will substitute daily at Freedom Hill to ensure support for all FH students, and is eligible for an increased pay rate, benefits, and retirement. More information and an application link can be found here
  • Student Monitor - this hourly position will support our school through student supervision, recess support, and cafeteria support. Hours are flexible. Apply here
New FH Family Resources Page

We are excited to introduce our brand-new Family Liaison webpage, designed to support and connect our wonderful elementary school community. This dedicated space is your one-stop hub for resources, updates, and information tailored to help your family thrive during the school year and beyond.

Over the summer, explore a variety of resources, including:

  • Academic Enrichment: Activities and materials to keep young minds active and engaged.
  • Community Events: Stay informed about local events and school activities.
  • Parent Workshops: Access to virtual workshops on parenting tips, educational support, and more.
  • Health and Wellness: Information on maintaining your child’s physical and emotional well-being.
  • School Updates: Important announcements and preparations for the upcoming school year.

Visit us today and discover all the ways we are here to support you and your child. Together, let's make this summer both fun and educational!

Best wishes,

Emely Riera - Family Liaison

School Supply Kit Deadline is June 18!

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

A Reading Message from Mrs. Rossman

It’s summer time and time to pick out fun books to engage and excite our kids! Kids who read over the summer are less likely to backslide on their reading skills. Reading includes “eye” reading (independent) or “ear” reading (listening to a read aloud or audiobook), so grab a new title and share it with your kids.  Putting aside time to read during long, fun summer days can be difficult, but 15-20 min at bedtime is perfect. The Imagination Soup site is an incredible resource for lots of books by category and ages and stages, so check out their summer reading page here and you can explore further once you get there. Here are some recommended books by age/grade for parents who want to go directly to the recommended lists:

Preschool

Kindergarten/pre-reader

First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Fourth grade

Fifth grade

Sixth grade

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

SUMMER PLAYDATES FOR RISING KINDERGARTENERS

If you have a rising kindergartener joining FHES in the fall, mark your calendars to meet up on the following dates/times for a playdate and freeze pops on the FHES playground. Thank you Alexandra Bryden for organizing these!

  • Thursday, June 20th at 5PM
  • Sunday, July 21st at 3PM
  • Saturday, August 17th at 10AM

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

 

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FH Weekly Update - 6/9/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

There is great excitment from all as we enter the final three days of the school year! Learning celebrations have been spectacular in the last few days. We've been so impressed with our students' demonstrations of growth, including band/strings/chorus concerts, 3rd grade research presentations, our kindergarten end-of-year performance, great collaboration and sportsmanship during Field Day (thank you to all of our volunteers!), and much more! Our staff continues to work incredibly hard behind the scenes to not only provide these experiences, but also complete progress reports, class placements, and building closeout. 

Speaking of our staff - this is your last chance to complete an FCPS Cares submission for the year! We'd love to hear your positive feedback on a staff member who has made a different in your family's life. We invite you to submit your story. 

Wednesday is the last day of school, and all FCPS schools dismiss early. Freedom Hill will dismiss at 2:05 PM, and our front office will close at 2:30 so that all staff can attend our year-end celebration. We look forward to sending a final newsletter later in the week, which will contain our 2023-24 End-of-Year Report. 

Enjoy the last three days, Eagles!

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony / Dance (Evening)
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release at 2:05)
  • June 12 - Last Day to Pick up Student Medications (2PM)
  • June 12 - Front Office Closed 2:30-4:00
  • June 18 - PTA Sprout School Supply Orders Due (See Below)

 

2024-25 FCPS School Calendar

  • June 20 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 5PM (Playground)
  • July 21 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 3PM (Playground)
  • August 17 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 10AM (Playground)
  • August 16 - Open House for Students, 10-11AM
  • August 19 - First Day of School
  • August 27 - Back to School Night for Parents, 6PM
Summer Office Hours

Our summer office hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. If you need anything, please call the Main Office at 703-506-7800. Our building will be used for Extended School Year (ESY) classes this summer. 

Spring Photos Are Now Online!

For questions, please email: [email protected]

Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 2:00 pm, student dismissal time, on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Fond Farewells

It is with mixed feelings of sadness and affection that we bid a fond farewell to the following FH staff members. Please join us in wishing them best of luck on their new journeys!

  • Alison Mitchell will be moving to a school in her home county (Prince William) where she will be a preschool special education teacher.
  • Courtney Mocco, Nashwa Osmani, and Zainab Kamara have all accepted upper-grades teaching positions closer to their homes at Hutchinson ES, Greenbriar East ES, and Dogwood ES, respectively.
  • Janet Church and Sylvia Rodriguez are both moving to high school! Janet will be teaching at the Davis Center, and Sylvia will be at Centreville HS.
  • Vicki Mansuy’s ESSER-funded reading position is ending, and she has accepted the position of Reading Specialist at Cunningham Park ES.
  • Chloe Wade will be pursuing work in the private sector and staying in the area.
  • Tina Helwig and her family are relocating to Germany.
  • Angeeza Sayedy is moving to a school near her home in Prince William County, where she will continue as an instructional assistant.
A Reading Message from Mrs. Rossman

It’s summer time and time to pick out fun books to engage and excite our kids! Kids who read over the summer are less likely to backslide on their reading skills. Reading includes “eye” reading (independent) or “ear” reading (listening to a read aloud or audiobook), so grab a new title and share it with your kids.  Putting aside time to read during long, fun summer days can be difficult, but 15-20 min at bedtime is perfect. The Imagination Soup site is an incredible resource for lots of books by category and ages and stages, so check out their summer reading page here and you can explore further once you get there. Here are some recommended books by age/grade for parents who want to go directly to the recommended lists:

Preschool

Kindergarten/pre-reader

First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Fourth grade

Fifth grade

Sixth grade

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions. 

School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget

The Fairfax County School Board voted to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget at their last board meeting. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. 

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Read the news release.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

FANTASTIC FIELD DAY!

The PTA was happy to play a small part in Friday’s fantastic field day by providing treats and pizza. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped bag the ice cream and deliver the pizzas to the classrooms. Huge thank you to Sunaina and Milan Hemrajani for once again getting our pizza order in early before other schools, and picking up and delivering the 160+ pizzas to school!

 

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS!

At our last PTA meeting on Wednesday night, the PTA said thank you to all the volunteers that contribute to the success of the PTA, with many volunteers filling more than 1 role. We are thankful for the room parents, the committee/activity leaders, the entire FHES staff and administration, the families that support our volunteers, and the outgoing PTA Board.

A special thank you to Mr. Kopacz for the friendship and support he has provided to not only the PTA over the years but also all of the students and families. We wish you the best of luck at your new school!

We recognized Amber Halaka as the recipient of this year’s Harriette Best Award. Amber has served on the PTA Board and as a PTA volunteer for numerous years and continues to find ways to give back to the community each year. You can read about all the amazing things Amber does for the community on our PTA website. Congratulations Amber and we appreciate your love of giving back to the Freedom Hill community!

We elected the PTA Board for the 2024-2025 school year - congratulations to everyone!  Thank you to Rachel Shabica and Angela Waugaman for your time on the PTA Board.

  • President: Kerrey Olden
  • Secretary: Hyun Yoo
  • Treasurer: Emily Jacobs
  • VP: Amber Halaka
  • VP of Communications/Technology: Kiara Osorio
  • VP of Membership: Aleksia Forster
  • VP of New Business Development: Camille Paredes

 

SUMMER PLAYDATES FOR RISING KINDERGARTENERS

If you have a rising kindergartener joining FHES in the fall, mark your calendars to meet up on the following dates/times for a playdate and freeze pops on the FHES playground. Thank you Alexandra Bryden for organizing these!

  • Thursday, June 20th at 5PM
  • Sunday, July 21st at 3PM
  • Saturday, August 17th at 10AM

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

 

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FH Weekly Update - 6/2/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope your weekend is well as we prepare for the final eight days of the school year! Our week of parades was truly thrilling. On Wednesday, we welcomed back our formal FH Eagles who are graduating from Marshall HS on Monday. Our students always look in awe and pride at our seniors as we consider their great accomplishments and hopeful futures, and it's such a pleasure to see the graduates reconnecting with previous teachers and staff. 

We must also thank our wonderful PTA, volunteers, and attendees for continuing our tradition of our Culture/Heritage Parade. It is one of our favorite days of the year, and seeing the vibrant, colorful displays that represent the incredible diversity of our learning community is fascinating and educational. In particular, a big thanks to Smriti Choudhary, Rachel Shabica, and Yasemin Bayraktar for their organization. 

A few last notes for this week:

  • This week, we have our end-of-year musical concerts, as well as our final PTA meeting of the year. With many contributing families currently in our 5th and 6th grades, we are eager to invite new families into our PTA organization who have an interest in supporting our programs. 
  • Field Day is Friday! We hope for great weather and a fun morning together. As a reminder, the cafeteria will be closed for lunch as the PTA is buying pizza for all. Families are asked to pack an alternative for lunch if they would like to decline the PTA lunch.  
  • If you have any Freedom Hill library books at home, please be sure to return them this week to Ms. Trott.
  • Be sure to check the Lost and Found this week if you have any missing clothing items - they will be donated at the end of the school year. 
  • It is a great time to print a copy of the 2024-25 FCPS Calendar! In addition, we have finalized our dates for Rising Kindergarten Playdates, Open House and Back to School Night. They are available below for your family calendar. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • June 4 - Year-End Band (6PM) and Strings (7PM) Concert
  • June 5 - Year-End Chorus Concert (6PM)
  • June 5 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM (In-Person)
  • June 7 - Field Day
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony / Dance (Evening)
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release at 2:05)
  • June 18 - PTA Sprout School Supply Orders Due (See Below)

 

2024-25 FCPS School Calendar

  • June 20 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 5PM (Playground)
  • July 21 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 3PM (Playground)
  • August 17 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, 10AM (Playground)
  • August 16 - Open House for Students, 10-11AM
  • August 19 - First Day of School
  • August 27 - Back to School Night for Parents, 6PM
Spring Photos Are Now Online!

For questions, please email: [email protected]

Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 2:00 pm, student dismissal time, on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources

Fairfax Summer Camp Opportunities

2024 Summer Parktakes:

The 2024 Summer Parktakes guides are available in the front office if you have any families who may be interested. Page 37 has all the Camps info. New this year is extended care for before and/or after camp.  This is a great option for working parents.

Here’s the summer Parktakes link.

 

RecPac Camps:

June 24-August 1 from 8:30am-4pm for grades 1-6 (students who have completed kindergarten through rising 7th grade and are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church. Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). Students can register for one or more specific sessions. Fee is determined by a sliding scale based on your family’s total annual income. Students who are Fairfax County residents and currently receive public assistance are eligible for partial scholarships.  Please see the attached Recpac brochure with registration form in both English and Spanish.

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions. 

School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget

The Fairfax County School Board voted to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget at their last board meeting. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. 

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Read the news release.

Caribbean American Heritage Month

FCPS celebrates the rich diversity and honors the many contributions of immigrants of Caribbean heritage to our nation during the month of June. Caribbean individuals are some of the most ethnically diverse in the world. There are more than 8.5 million individuals in the United States born in the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry. Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

In the month of June, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. We stand with those facing an ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people. Each individual in our school community should feel valued for who they are. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

CULTURE/HERITAGE DAY - A GREAT SUCCESS!

Thank you to Smriti Choudhary, Rachel Shabica, FHES Staff partner Yasemin Bayraktar and the many volunteers for putting together a truly awesome Culture/Heritage day on Friday! The spirit, joy, and enthusiasm of students and staff was felt throughout the school. We are so proud to celebrate the diversity of our FHES community!

 

LAST PTA MEETING - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5th

Join us this Wednesday, at 6:30PM for the last PTA meeting of the school year. Lots of exciting items on the agenda - voting in the new Board members, recognizing the recipient of the Harriette Best award, celebrating departing staff and more! This is an in-person event to be held in the FHES library immediately following the chorus concert. Light refreshments will be served.

 

FIELD DAY TREATS - FRIDAY, JUNE 7th

The PTA is providing treats and pizza to all students during Field Day. There will be Fla-Vor-Ice brand freeze pops during the field day activities, followed by lunch and dessert of Domino’s pizza and Giant store-brand vanilla/chocolate ice cream cups. The cafeteria will be open for breakfast but closed for lunch. Families are asked to pack an alternative for lunch if they would like to decline the PTA lunch. 

 

SUMMER PLAYDATES FOR RISING KINDERGARTENERS

If you have a rising kindergartener joining FHES in the fall, mark your calendars to meet up on the following dates/times for a playdate and freeze pops on the FHES playground. Thank you Alexandra Bryden for organizing these!

  • Thursday, June 20th at 5PM
  • Sunday, July 21st at 3PM
  • Saturday, August 17th at 10AM

 

JOIN A PTA COMMITTEE FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA relies on committee volunteers to plan events throughout the year. Please consider joining a committee - it’s a great way to build relationships within the FHES community.  And the best part?  No experience is necessary - we will train you! 

Complete this online form, or complete and return the flier that came home with your student by Friday, June 7th (extended date). Send any questions to [email protected].

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

 

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FH Weekly Update - 5/27/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are well! What an exciting time it is as we move into the final two and a half weeks of the 23-24 school year. Our students continue to enjoy some amazing field trips (especially our PreK students pictured above at Frying Pan Park!), finish their SOL testing, and plan for end-of-year celebrations. We have also seen our community gearing up for next year. New Patrols are being trained and initiated, our 6th grade News Crew is teaching the technology to younger students, our staff are diligently preparing the data needed for class placements for next year, and our PTA is recruiting new membership. Here are a few brief reminders for the week:

  • It is a week of parades! Our graduating Marshall High School seniors will be returning on Wednesday for their annual parade at Freedom Hill, which we expect to start between 2:45-3:00. On Friday, we are celebrating our annual Culture/Heritage Day with a student parade beginning at 10AM. Please see our PTA section below for signup information.
  • Field Day is June 7th and will be here before you know it. We are in need of parent volunteers. Please sign up here. As a reminder, the cafeteria will be closed for lunch as the PTA is buying pizza for all. 
  • Be sure to see the dates below for our end-of-year musical concerts, as well as our final PTA meeting of the year on June 5. With many contributing families currently in our 5th and 6th grades, we are eager to invite new families in our PTA organization who have an interest in supporting our school programs. 
  • It is a great time to print a copy of the 2024-25 FCPS Calendar! It will remain linked below in the "Upcoming Dates" section. 

Have a great week!

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • May 29 - Marshall HS Senior Walk, 2:45
  • May 31 - FH Culture/Heritage Parade, 10:00-10:30
  • June 4 - Year-End Band (6PM) and Strings (7PM) Concert
  • June 5 - Year-End Chorus Concert (6PM)
  • June 5 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM (In-Person)
  • June 7 - Field Day
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony / Dance (Evening)
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release at 2:05)
  • June 18 - PTA Sprout School Supply Orders Due (See Below)

2024-25 FCPS School Calendar

Spring Photos Are Now Online!

For questions, please email: [email protected]

Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 2:00 pm, student dismissal time, on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources

Fairfax Summer Camp Opportunities

2024 Summer Parktakes:

The 2024 Summer Parktakes guides are available in the front office if you have any families who may be interested. Page 37 has all the Camps info. New this year is extended care for before and/or after camp.  This is a great option for working parents.

Here’s the summer Parktakes link.

 

RecPac Camps:

June 24-August 1 from 8:30am-4pm for grades 1-6 (students who have completed kindergarten through rising 7th grade and are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church. Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). Students can register for one or more specific sessions. Fee is determined by a sliding scale based on your family’s total annual income. Students who are Fairfax County residents and currently receive public assistance are eligible for partial scholarships.  Please see the attached Recpac brochure with registration form in both English and Spanish.

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions. 

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

THIS FRIDAY - CULTURE/HERITAGE DAY

This Friday, May 31st is the annual Freedom Hill Culture/Heritage Day (formerly International Day) parade where students showcase their culture and heritage. This is an optional event for all students. All student participants should arrive on-time to school, and then they will gather in the cafeteria at 9:30AM, with the parade beginning at 10AM and lasting approximately 30 minutes as the participants walk the halls of the school dressed in their culture/heritage attire and carrying flags as fellow students observe the parade by their classrooms. Sign up your student(s) here and also consider signing up to help organize the student(s) or clean-up afterward. Reach out to Smriti with any questions at [email protected].

 

JOIN A PTA COMMITTEE FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA relies on committee volunteers to plan events throughout the year. Please consider joining a committee - it’s a great way to build relationships within the FHES community.  And the best part?  No experience is necessary - we will train you! 

Thank you to those who have already volunteered, including those who are jumping into this year’s field day! There’s still time and room for additional volunteers. Check out the list: Kindergarten playdates, Marquee sign, Tears & Cheers, Spiritwear, Teacher Appreciation, and the Back to School picnic. If interested, complete this online form, or look for a flier to come home with your student and return the completed form by Friday, May 31st. Send any questions to [email protected].

 

LAST PTA MEETING - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5th

Save the date for the last PTA meeting of the school year. Lots of exciting items on the agenda - voting in the new Board members, recognizing the recipients of the Harriette Best award, celebrating departing staff and more! This is an in-person event to be held in the FHES library at 6:30PM, immediately following the chorus concert. Light refreshments will be served.

 

FIELD DAY TREATS - FRIDAY, JUNE 7th

The PTA is providing treats and pizza to all students during Field Day. There will be Fla-Vor-Ice brand freeze pops during the field day activities, followed by lunch and dessert of Domino’s pizza and Giant store-brand vanilla/chocolate ice cream cups. The cafeteria will be open for breakfast but closed for lunch. Families are asked to pack an alternative for lunch if they would like to decline the PTA lunch. 

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are well! Thank you to all of the families who continue to volunteer their time as the school year moves toward its conclusion. We have a few important reminders for you this weekend:

  • SOL testing continues! Our students are doing a fabulous job so far, and each of our 3rd-6th graders has already taken at least one assessment. Thank you to our families for ensuring students have been present at school and well-rested. 
  • Field Day is June 7th and will be here before you know it! We are in need of parent volunteers. Please sign up here
  • This is the last week to submit parent input for class placement for the 24-25 school year. Please complete the form below (one per child) by Sunday, May 26th. If your family will not be returning next year, please call Ms. Sujo in the front office to let her know. 
  • We are excited to introduce our new Assistant Principals below. We are privileged to be welcoming two truly exemplary educators to "The Hill" as we continue our legacy of support for our students and families. 

Have a great week!

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • May 20 - 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment
  • May 21 - 4th/6th Math SOL Assessment
  • May 21 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle Vienna
  • May 26 - Last Day to Submit Parent Input for Class Placement
  • May 27 - Memorial Day (School Closed)
  • May 29 - Marshall HS Senior Walk @ FHES, 2:45
  • May 31 - FH Culture/Heritage Parade, 10:00-10:30
  • June 7 - Field Day
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release at 2:05)
Welcome, New Assistant Principals!

Freedom Hill will be welcoming two new Assistant Principals for the 24-25 school year. Our administrative team is growing to ensure exemplary support for the very diverse, unique needs of our Freedom Hill students and families. They start their new roles on July 8, and we expect to host a community meet and greet with them over the summer. Please join us in welcoming them! 

Mr. Tim Scesney is excited to return to Freedom Hill after spending several years as our School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS). For the last three years, Mr. Scesney has served as the Assistant Principal of Sleepy Hollow ES. He believes in developing deep family connections and in a school culture where each child is valued. Before his administrative experiences, Mr. Scesney was a primary and upper-grades elementary teacher, and the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Employee Award at both Sleepy Hollow (2020) and Freedom Hill (2019). Mr. Scesney completed his administrative licensure at the University of Virginia. He also holds degrees from Marymount University (M.Ed.) and Gettysburg College (B.A.). 

Ms. Holly Sims joins us from Crossfield ES, where she is currently completing an 11th school year as a School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS). She was a classroom teacher for 16 years, and has focused her career on supporting school-wide, innovative learning practices for students. She believes that building relationships, continuous improvement, and family engagement are core elements of a vibrant elementary learning community. She was the 2022 recipient of Crossfield's Outstanding Professional Employee Award, and was also selected as the recipient of the award for the entire Oakton HS pyramid. Ms. Sims completed her administrative licensure at the American College of Education. She also holds degrees from Michigan State University (M.A.) and Indiana University, Bloomington (B.S.).

Our students' eye health is so important! This week is Myopia Awareness Week. Please see the attached document(English/Spanish) for important information on myopia prevention and control, which are appropriate for all young people from birth through age 26 years. 

Spring Photos Are Now Online!

For questions, please email: [email protected]

Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 2:00 pm, student dismissal time, on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources

Fairfax Summer Camp Opportunities

2024 Summer Parktakes:

The 2024 Summer Parktakes guides are available in the front office if you have any families who may be interested. Page 37 has all the Camps info. New this year is extended care for before and/or after camp.  This is a great option for working parents.

Here’s the summer Parktakes link.

 

RecPac Camps:

June 24-August 1 from 8:30am-4pm for grades 1-6 (students who have completed kindergarten through rising 7th grade and are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church. Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). Students can register for one or more specific sessions. Fee is determined by a sliding scale based on your family’s total annual income. Students who are Fairfax County residents and currently receive public assistance are eligible for partial scholarships.  Please see the attached Recpac brochure with registration form in both English and Spanish.

Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Freedom Hill staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Sunday, May 26th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. 

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

SEE YOU TUESDAY - DINNER OUT AT CHIPOTLE

Join the FHES community for the last family dinner out of the school year this Tuesday, May 21st from 5-9PM at Chipotle located at 213 Maple Avenue East in downtown Vienna. If ordering online for pick up, use code R72HVY3; if dining in, mention FHES or show the flier.  FHES will receive 25% of the event sales - see you there!

 

SAVE THE DATE - CULTURE/HERITAGE DAY

Save the date of Friday, May 31st for the annual Freedom Hill Culture/Heritage Day (formerly International Day) parade where students showcase their culture and heritage. This is an optional event for all students. All student participants should arrive on-time to school, and then they will gather in the cafeteria at 9:30AM, with the parade beginning at 10AM and lasting approximately 30 minutes as the participants walk the halls of the school dressed in their culture/heritage attire and carrying flags as fellow students observe the parade by their classrooms. Sign up your student(s) here and also consider signing up to help organize the student(s) or clean-up afterward. Reach out to Smriti with any questions at [email protected].

 

JOIN A PTA COMMITTEE FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA relies on committee volunteers to plan events throughout the year. Please consider joining a committee - it’s a great way to build relationships within the FHES community.  And the best part?  No experience is necessary - we will train you! 

We have an immediate need for an individual to help Sunaina H. with this year’s field day. In addition, other committees that need volunteers for this summer include: Kindergarten playdates, Marquee sign, Tears & Cheers, Spiritwear, Teacher Appreciation, and the Back to School picnic. If interested, complete this online form, or look for a flier to come home with your student and return the completed form by Friday, May 31st. Send any questions to [email protected].

 

LAST PTA MEETING - WED., JUNE 5th

Save the date for the last PTA meeting of the school year. Lots of exciting items on the agenda - voting in the new Board members, recognizing the recipients of the Harriette Best award, celebrating departing staff and more! This is an in-person event to be held in the FHES library at 6:30PM, immediately following the chorus concert.

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

 

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Principal's Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

It is with bittersweet feelings that I ask you to see the message below, in which Mr. Kopacz, our Assistant Principal, announces his departure from Freedom Hill at the end of the school year. As many of our families know, Mr. Kopacz has provided a high level of support to our community over the last five school years, and his impact has been significant. While we are losing a steadfast, positive, and student-centered leader, I take comfort in knowing that Mr. Kopacz now has the opportunity to similarly impact another school, and to live very close to home to maximize his time with his wife and son. 

As summer draws closer, I hope you will join me in celebrating his five years of contributions to our community! Mr. Kopacz will be missed but remembered very fondly.

In partnership,
Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Message from Mr. Kopacz

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce I will be leaving Freedom Hill at the end of the school year to be the Assistant Principal at Hunt Valley Elementary School. In my five years of working here I have met engaged, hard-working students and caring, enthusiastic families. Freedom Hill is a special school with an exceptional culture that can’t be found just anywhere. It has been wonderful to be a part of this community and to experience such a positive school environment. From parent volunteers for after school events, programs like Watch D.O.G.S., and dedicated PTA members, it is clear that Freedom Hill is a great nest for students. Coupled with the incredible teachers and staff I have worked with, it is no wonder why Freedom Hill is such an excellent place to be. Finally, the students are truly one of a kind. Their passion and enthusiasm make coming to Freedom Hill every day a joy. I will never forget the people I have met on this part of my journey. I am proud to have served the Freedom Hill community over these last years and thank you all for your support.

Wishing everyone the best and many more happy school years to come,

Eric Kopacz

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FH Weekly Update - 5/12/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Freedom Hill moms!

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your support making Staff Appreciation Week very special for our staff. Our PTA and families were instrumental in making it a great week! We completely lost track of all of the notes of appreciation we read written to our teachers and staff, and are truly proud of the impact our staff has on our students each day and every year. Thank you for supporting our hardworking educators! 

And speaking of the PTA, Ms. Camille Paredes has been heading up our Family Dinners Out this year and is interested in your feedback on potential locations for next year. You can email her here

As we continue to fly through the month of May, we want to take a moment to tell you how proud we are of our students as they work through many end-of-year assessments. SOLs continue this week - make sure to double check the schedule for when your students are testing. 

A couple of things we know to have a positive impact on students taking tests:

  • A good night's sleep
  • Encouragement/belief from families and teachers
  • A healthy morning meal

Have a great week!

All the best,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • May 16 - 3rd/5th Grade Math SOL Assessment
  • May 17 - Last Day for Harriette Best Award Nominations
  • May 20 - 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment
  • May 21 - 4th/6th Math SOL Assessment
  • May 27 - Memorial Day (School Closed)
  • May 29 - Marshall HS Senior Walk @ FHES, 2:45
  • May 31 - FH Culture/Heritage Parade, 10:00-10:30
  • June 7 - Field Day
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release at 2:05)
Spring Photos Are Now Online!

For questions, please email: [email protected]

 

 

This week, we were working on reviewing our year-long exploration of Character through the Positivity Project. During these last thirty-four weeks, we have learned that our character is a family of thoughts, feelings, and actions that are recognized and encouraged across our different cultures for the values they cultivate in people and society. Our character is complex. It is the combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions. 

Just like other things in our life, we have strengths and weaknesses of character, as well. As you spend time together at home, now and throughout the summer, consider the following questions:

Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”

           ~Booker T. Washington

Fairfax Summer Camp Opportunities

2024 Summer Parktakes:

The 2024 Summer Parktakes guides are available in the front office if you have any families who may be interested. Page 37 has all the Camps info. New this year is extended care for before and/or after camp.  This is a great option for working parents.

Here’s the summer Parktakes link.

 

RecPac Camps:

June 24-August 1 from 8:30am-4pm for grades 1-6 (students who have completed kindergarten through rising 7th grade and are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church. Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). Students can register for one or more specific sessions. Fee is determined by a sliding scale based on your family’s total annual income. Students who are Fairfax County residents and currently receive public assistance are eligible for partial scholarships.  Please see the attached Recpac brochure with registration form in both English and Spanish.

Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Freedom Hill staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Please let us know how we can support your family in making consistent attendance a priority for your child. Visit our website for attendance resources.

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. 

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

STAFF APPRECIATION - THANK YOU!

Thank you to Sarah Lyon and all the volunteers that contributed their time and various treats as part of this year’s SUN-sational Staff Appreciation Week!

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT - NOMINATIONS FOR HARRIETTE BEST AWARD

Do you know a staff member or parent/guardian that continually goes above and beyond to support the Freedom Hill Community? Nominate them today! We are seeking nominations of staff and family members of our Freedom Hill community for Freedom Hill’s annual Harriette Best Award. You can use this online form, or use the paper form that came home with your student(s). Nominations are being accepted now through Friday May 17th (date extended), and the award recipients will be announced at the year-end PTA Meeting on June 5th.

The Harriette Ann Best Award was instituted more than a decade ago by the FHES PTA as a tribute to honor former Assistant Principal Harriette Best. Mrs. Best was the epitome of dedication to the staff, students, and community of Freedom Hill from 1991 through 2003. She devoted hours of her own time and went above and beyond on a regular basis to assure that the staff and students at Freedom Hill had anything and everything they needed to be successful. This award is given each year to the parent(s) and/or staff member(s) who best exemplify the values and contributions for which Mrs. Best was known. A commemorative plaque hangs outside the cafeteria with all award recipients.

 

DINNER OUT AT CHIPOTLE

Join the FHES community for the last family dinner out of the school year on Tuesday, May 21st from 5-9PM at Chipotle located at 213 Maple Avenue East in downtown Vienna. If ordering online for pick up, use code R72HVY3; if dining in, mention FHES or show the flier.  FHES will receive 25% of the event sales - see you there!

 

SAVE THE DATE - CULTURE/HERITAGE DAY

Save the date of Friday, May 31st for the annual Freedom Hill Culture/Heritage Day (formerly International Day) parade where students showcase their culture and heritage. This is an optional event for all students. All student participants should arrive on-time to school, and then they will gather in the cafeteria at 9:30AM, with the parade beginning at 10AM and lasting approximately 30 minutes as the participants walk the halls of the school dressed in their culture/heritage attire and carrying flags as fellow students observe the parade by their classrooms. Sign up your student(s) here and also consider signing up to help organize the student(s) or clean-up afterward. Look for a flier coming home this week and reach out to Smriti with any questions at [email protected].

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

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FH Weekly Update - 5/5/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are well! Last week, some summer weather finally arrived, and things were heating up both inside and outside our school building. The principals took to the roof to have some fun with our grade levels who won our Read-A-Thon competition this year. Our 3-6 graders completed the Reading SOL. Initial scores are coming in, and we are so pleased to see our students demonstrating that they have learned at very high levels this year. In our classrooms, we continue to see our students engaged in fun and hands-on learning, which is a huge testament to our teaching staff. Check out some pictures below of our 3rd graders "operating" on non-fiction texts to identify common text features. 

And speaking of our staff... this week is Staff Appreciation Week! We are so thankful for our amazing teachers and staff who make Freedom Hill the wonderfully supportive school community that benefits our students each day. This is a great week for your family to express appreciation for our teachers, specialists, and instructional assistants. Need an idea? 

  • Gratitude - a heartfelt note about the impact the staff member has had on your family goes a long way!
  • Snacks - do you know your teacher's favorite snack? Providing a snack is a simply and thoughtful gesture to keep our educators energized
  • Gift Card - our staff are often spending their own money on making their classrooms special places for our students. Consider returning their kindness with something special. 

We want to thank Sarah Lyon and our PTA who have been doing a fabulous job with many events and meals for our staff during their busy days of teaching! We know it will be a great week. 

All the best,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • May 6 - 10 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 8 - Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day
  • May 16 - SOL Testing Resumes
  • May 27 - Memorial Day (School Closed)
  • May 31 - FH Culture/Heritage Day
Spring Photos Are Now Online!

For questions, please email: [email protected]

 

 

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?
Congratulations, Arianna!

A big congratulations to Arianna Cimino, who is the 2024 recipient of the Helping Hands Award presented by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna! Arianne was selected as the 6th grader who embodies the tenet of Optimist International that “giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.” Arianna was presented the award last week, accompanied by her teachers, Ms. McFarland and Ms. Bayraktar. 

Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Freedom Hill staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Please let us know how we can support your family in making consistent attendance a priority for your child. Visit our website for attendance resources.

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

STAFF APPRECIATION - SAVE THE DATE

This year’s SUN-sational Staff Appreciation Week is this week, May 6th through May 10th. There will be treats for the staff all week long.  If you’re able, please sign-up here to volunteer to lend a helping hand to set up/clean up, or bring in an item as needed. Teacher appreciation week is a great opportunity for each of us to remember that a small note of appreciation goes a long way - feel free to send an email or even a handwritten note to school in your student’s backpack!

 

NOMINATIONS FOR HARRIETTE BEST AWARD

Do you know a staff member or parent/guardian that continually goes above and beyond to support the Freedom Hill Community? Nominate them today! We are seeking nominations of staff and family members of our Freedom Hill community for Freedom Hill’s annual Harriette Best Award.  You can use this online form, or use the paper form that came home with your student(s). 

Nominations are being accepted now through May 15th, and the award recipients will be announced at the year-end PTA Meeting on June 5th.

The Harriette Ann Best Award was instituted more than a decade ago by the FHES PTA as a tribute to honor former Assistant Principal Harriette Best. Mrs. Best was the epitome of dedication to the staff, students, and community of Freedom Hill from 1991 through 2003. She devoted hours of her own time and went above and beyond on a regular basis to assure that the staff and students at Freedom Hill had anything and everything they needed to be successful. This award is given each year to the parent(s) and/or staff member(s) who best exemplify the values and contributions for which Mrs. Best was known. A commemorative plaque hangs outside the cafeteria with all award recipients.

 

SAVE THE DATE - CULTURE/HERITAGE DAY

Save the date of Friday, May 31st for the annual Freedom Hill Culture/Heritage Day (formerly International Day) parade. Additional details, including time and how to sign up to participate, will be finalized and communicated soon!

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

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

FH Weekly Update - 4/28/24

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you had a wonderful weekend! The weather is heating up, and so seem to be our activities at Freedom Hill. It was fabulous seeing so many things happening on campus last week, from several exciting field trips, the Staff vs. 6th Grade Volleyball game, a variety of student projects on display, and much more.

We also celebrated our amazing office staff for Administrative Professionals Day. Their warm and pleasant demeanor does not go unnoticed as many visitors share how welcoming they feel when they enter our school. Our staff treated them to many tokens of appreciation and a wonderful lunch outside of the building. Thank you Ms. Sujo, Mrs. Harris, Ms. Cadena-Gonce, and Ms. Riera! 

As we look ahead to next week, we want to remind families that SOLs will be starting for students in 3rd-6th grade. Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time, gets plenty of rest, and eats a healthy breakfast to fuel their minds for testing. We have full confidence in our students and know that they will do their best! If you'd like to learn more about the Virginia SOL assessments, including our process for taking them at Freedom Hill, tune in to the recording of our recent Family Learning Series session at this link

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • April 30 - SOL Testing Begins (full schedule below)
  • April 30 - PTA Family Dine Out Day - MOD Pizza / Ben & Jerry's - Vienna Shopping Center Locations
  • May 3 - Teacher Work Day (No school for students)
  • May 6 - 10 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 8 - Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day, Flyer

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Enthusiasm. You approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

           ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you tap into enthusiasm for things you don’t like so much?
  • How can you encourage each other in the things that you love and the things you don’t like so much?
  • What type of mindset do you need to have to be able to approach things in life you don’t like with enthusiasm?
Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Freedom Hill staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Please let us know how we can support your family in making consistent attendance a priority for your child. Visit our website for attendance resources.

Summer Bookmobile Donation Request

The Freedom Hill Bookmobile is getting organized for summer 2024! We are in desperate need of our students’ favorite categories of books (click links to see examples):  I Can Read books,  2nd-3rd grade series books, graphic novels, and novels from easier to more complex for grades 4-6. We are low on storage as FHES grows, so we are accepting books that are within 5-10 years old and, hopefully, mostly I Can Read, 2nd-3rd grade series books, graphic novels and novels for grades 4th-6th graders. We have TONS of picture books, so you can hold onto those for now. Donations can be labeled as Bookmobile or Rossman and dropped in the main office. Students in need of service hours can reach out to Mrs. Rossman, [email protected], to help her sort books. Our FHES students thank you!

School Pictures Available Soon!

Currently the photography company is working on processing all of the photos taken at Freedom Hill last week.  This usually takes 2-3 weeks.  Upon completion, you will be notified by email that the individual portraits and class photos are available to view and purchase through the Victor O’Neill Studios website.  You will also get a hard copy preview with ordering information in your child’s backpack after they arrive here from the company. We will provide an additional update when online viewing is ready.

Family Learning Series

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Sessions are simulcast in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)
  • All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (Link)
2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

SEE YOU TUESDAY AT MOD PIZZA & BEN & JERRY’S

We hope to see you this Tuesday, April 30th at another family dinner and dessert out!  Join the Freedom Hill community at the Vienna Shopping Center located on Maple Ave West in downtown Vienna. Grab pizza at Mod Pizza all day (10:30AM to 10:00PM) and dessert from Ben & Jerry’s from 4PM to 9PM. If ordering online at Mod, use code MODGIVES20.  The PTA receives a portion of all sales from both locations!

 

STAFF APPRECIATION - SAVE THE DATE

This year’s SUN-sational Staff Appreciation Week is May 6th through May 10th. There will be treats for the staff all week long.  If you’re able, please sign-up here to volunteer to lend a helping hand to set up/clean up, or bring in an item as needed. Teacher appreciation week is a great opportunity for each of us to remember that a small note of appreciation goes a long way!

 

NOMINATIONS FOR HARRIETTE BEST AWARD

Nominate one (or more) staff or family members of our Freedom Hill community for the annual Harriette Best Award using this online form, or use the paper form that came home with your student(s).  Nominations are being accepted now through May 15th, and the award recipients will be announced at the year-end PTA Meeting on June 5th.

The Harriette Ann Best Award was instituted more than a decade ago by the FHES PTA as a tribute to honor former Assistant Principal Harriette Best. Mrs. Best was the epitome of dedication to the staff, students, and community of Freedom Hill from 1991 through 2003. She devoted hours of her own time and went above and beyond on a regular basis to assure that the staff and students at Freedom Hill had anything and everything they needed to be successful. This award is given each year to the parent(s) and/or staff member(s) who best exemplify the values and contributions for which Mrs. Best was known. A commemorative plaque hangs outside the cafeteria with all award recipients.

 

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2024-2025

For your convenience, the PTA partnered with Sprout School Supplies for the upcoming year. Sprout offers prepackaged school supply kits customized to match the Freedom Hill grade-specific classroom lists.  Supply kits are delivered directly to school prior to the 1st day. Make back-to-school easier than ever and order your school supply kit now through June 18th at sproutsupplies.com with our School Code FHES001.

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

FH Weekly Update - 4/21/24

GovDelivery1 month 4 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are enjoying a great weekend! Last week was a memorable one, with the staff volleyball game, the Marshall Pyramid Art Show, the 5th grade field trip, and more. What a pleasure to see so many members of our community supporting our students in staff around the area. Thank you, thank you! 

This week, we hope your family will join us for an Earth Spirit Week as we reflect on our planet and our responsibility to protect it. Staff Appreciation Week is also coming from May 6-10, and our wonderful PTA is planning a nice week of support for our staff. Have you thought about how you might say thank you to your teacher(s) this year? 

Lastly, this week is "Volunteer Appreciation Week". If you have volunteered at Freedom Hill this year in any capacity, please know how appreciated you are! The strength of our school community lies in its desire to support our students, and we couldn't be more thankful for you. 

Wishing a pleasant holiday this week to all of our families celebrating Passover or Theravada New Year. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • April 22 - Earth Week Spirit Week
  • April 22/23 - Passover Observances (No evening FHES activities)
  • April 23 - Full Time AAP Family Orientation, 10AM
  • April 24 - Theravada New Year Observance (No tests/assessments at school)
  • April 30 - SOL Testing Begins (schedule below)
  • April 30 - PTA Family Dine Out Day - MOD Pizza / Ben & Jerry's - Vienna Shopping Center Locations

 

 

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?

Earth Week at Freedom Hill

For Earth Week, students are invited to wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit! You may also engage at home with this BINGO choice board!

  • Monday, April 22 – Earth Day - wear green
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Watershed Day - wear blue
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Zero Waste Day - wear white
  • Thursday, April 25 – Climate Change Day - wear red
  • Friday, April 26- Wildlife Day - wear nature print
Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Freedom Hill staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

Congratulations Q3 Soaring Eagles!

Last week we also celebrated our third quarterly Soaring Eagle Citizens. These students were selected by their teachers as students who showcase our Positivity Project traits, and who enrich our school culture through kindness, friendship, and respect. We hope they had fun eating lunch with our school counselor and principals! Many thanks to Ms. Hill for organizing this event. Congratulations to our Q3 Soaring Eagles:

Preschool / Adapted Programs:

Hadhif M. & Liam S. 

Kindergarten:

Abraham R., Chloe P., Madison C., Anderson W., Spruha T., Drake R.

1st Grade:

Andres Z., Scarlett R., Lucy B., Brandon C., Maya A., Diego O.

2nd Grade:

Sophia M., Michael F., Vedant H., Kira M., Liam J., Charlotte J.

3rd Grade:

Maria A., Samuel M., Ruth B., Josiah E., Elianny P., Nour E.

4th Grade: 

Alya A., Michael P., Roselyn L., Adam M., Gabriel A., Tala A.

5th Grade:

Radeen O., Allison G., Karim A., Claire O., Sophia M., Mohammad N. 

6th Grade:

Alex R., Karthika E., Yusuf S., Arjun J., Mia S. 

Summer Bookmobile Donation Request

The Freedom Hill Bookmobile is getting organized for summer 2024! We are in desperate need of our students’ favorite categories of books (click links to see examples):  I Can Read books,  2nd-3rd grade series books, graphic novels, and novels from easier to more complex for grades 4-6. We are low on storage as FHES grows, so we are accepting books that are within 5-10 years old and, hopefully, mostly I Can Read, 2nd-3rd grade series books, graphic novels and novels for grades 4th-6th graders. We have TONS of picture books, so you can hold onto those for now. Donations can be labeled as Bookmobile or Rossman and dropped in the main office. Students in need of service hours can reach out to Mrs. Rossman, [email protected], to help her sort books. Our FHES students thank you!

2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Intellectual Disabilities)
  • Teacher, Grades 4-6
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 
School Pictures Available Soon!

Currently the photography company is working on processing all of the photos taken at Freedom Hill last week.  This usually takes 2-3 weeks.  Upon completion, you will be notified by email that the individual portraits and class photos are available to view and purchase through the Victor O’Neill Studios website.  You will also get a hard copy preview with ordering information in your child’s backpack after they arrive here from the company. We will provide an additional update when online viewing is ready.

Family Learning Series

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Sessions are simulcast in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)

Recording Coming Soon

  • All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka 
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2024

Is April 25! Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing children to what a parent or mentor does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities of work and family life, providing boys and girls a chance to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Learn more here

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

Passover

Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22nd, and Tuesday, April 23rd, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Theravada New Year

In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration. 

Wednesday, April 24th, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

Dr. Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

WE HAVE THE BEST FANS!

Thank you to all the fans who cheered on our wonderful staff in Friday night’s volleyball game.

 

LET’S EAT - MOD PIZZA & BEN & JERRY’S

Save the date for another opportunity to dine out (or take out) with the Freedom Hill community on Tuesday, April 30th at the Vienna Shopping Center located on Maple Ave West in downtown Vienna. Grab pizza at Mod Pizza all day (10:30AM to 10:00PM) and dessert from Ben & Jerry’s from 4PM to 9PM. If ordering online at Mod, use code MODGIVES20.  The PTA receives a portion of all sales from both locations!

 

STAFF APPRECIATION - SAVE THE DATE

This year’s SUN-sational Staff Appreciation Week is May 6th through May 10th. There will be treats for the staff all week long.  If you’re able, please sign-up to volunteer to lend a helping hand to set up/clean up, or bring in an item as needed. Look for a flier with all the details to come home this week, or check out the flier on the PTA website.

 

NOMINATIONS FOR HARRIETTE BEST AWARD

Nominate one (or more) staff or family members of our Freedom Hill community for the annual Harriette Best Award using this online form, or use the paper form that will come this week with your student(s).  Nominations are being accepted now through May 15th, and the award recipients will be announced at the year-end PTA Meeting on June 5th.

 

The Harriette Ann Best Award was instituted more than a decade ago by the FHES PTA as a tribute to honor former Assistant Principal Harriette Best. Mrs. Best was the epitome of dedication to the staff, students, and community of Freedom Hill from 1991 through 2003. She devoted hours of her own time and went above and beyond on a regular basis to assure that the staff and students at Freedom Hill had anything and everything they needed to be successful. This award is given each year to the parent(s) and/or staff member(s) who best exemplify the values and contributions for which Mrs. Best was known. A commemorative plaque hangs outside the cafeteria with all award recipients.

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

FH Weekly Update - 4/14/24

GovDelivery2 months ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are enjoying a great weekend! We have a few reminders for you as we kick off another exciting week of learning. 

Don't forget! Our annual Staff vs. the Westgate Staff Volleyball game is this Friday, April 19! Our students love to see their teachers in action, and this is also a great fundraiser for our school. Don’t forget to pre-order your pizza and tickets, and sign-up to lend a helping hand during the event. See you at 6PM at Marshall HS!

On Wednesday, we invite your family to join us in recognizing the sacrifices, and contributions of our military-connected students and their families as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child. One of the most visible displays of support for military-connected youth occurs on Purple Up! Day, a day dedicated to showing appreciation by wearing purple – to represent the combined colors of branches of the military.

Speaking of color coordination, we also hope your family will join us for an Earth Spirit Week next week as we reflect on our planet and our responsibility to protect it. Lastly, this Thursday evening we have some very creative Eagles participating in the Marshall Pyramid Art Show at Marshall HS. Stop over if you have a moment to see their great work!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • April 17 - Purple Up! Day
  • April 18 - Marshall Pyramid Art Show @ Marshall HS, 6-7:30PM
  • April 19 - Freedom Hill vs. Westgate Faculty V-ball Game, 7PM
  • April 22 - Earth Week Spirit Week
  • April 23 - Full Time AAP Family Orientation, 10AM
  • April 24 - Theravanda New Year Observance - No tests/assessments at school

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Purpose. 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?
Earth Week at Freedom Hill

For Earth Week, students are invited to wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit! You may also engage at home with this BINGO choice board!

  • Monday, April 22 – Earth Day - wear green
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Watershed Day - wear blue
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Zero Waste Day - wear white
  • Thursday, April 25 – Climate Change Day - wear red
  • Friday, April 26- Wildlife Day - wear nature print
School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.

Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 
School Pictures Available Soon!

Currently the photography company is working on processing all of the photos taken at Freedom Hill last week.  This usually takes 2-3 weeks.  Upon completion, you will be notified by email that the individual portraits and class photos are available to view and purchase through the Victor O’Neill Studios website.  You will also get a hard copy preview with ordering information in your child’s backpack after they arrive here from the company. We will provide an additional update when online viewing is ready.

Family Learning Series

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Sessions are simulcast in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)

Recording Coming Soon

  • All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka 
Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2024

Is April 25! Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing children to what a parent or mentor does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities of work and family life, providing boys and girls a chance to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Learn more here

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

April is Autism Acceptance Month

This year, the National Institute of Mental Health is providing resources in honor of Autism Acceptance Month.  These resources highlight and focus on inclusivity and connectedness and honor the unique perspectives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. 

Autism Acceptance Month Resource List

Calendar of Self-Paced Learning Opportunities (from the Applied Behavior Analysis Team)

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

Dr. Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

VOLLEYBALL THIS FRIDAY!

Help us rock the Marshall High School gym this Friday night, April 19th, from 6:30-8PM during the annual Freedom Hill ES vs. Westgate ES staff volleyball game. To show your support, wear red, gray or Freedom Hill spirit wear!

Tickets are $5 for adults and children age 5 and older. You can pre-order your tickets and cheese/pepperoni pizzas or slices by Wednesday night to save time. Check-in at the door for pre-ordered tickets, or purchase there. Pom-poms, etc and a limited number of pizza slices will be available for purchase. If you can, sign-up to lend a helping hand during the event. 

Pictured below is last year’s winning team (missing Mr. Kopacz), and a school wide postgame celebration on the court!

 

LET’S EAT - MOD PIZZA & BEN & JERRY’S

Save the date for another opportunity to dine out (or take out) with the Freedom Hill community on Tuesday, April 30th at the Vienna Shopping Center located on Maple Ave West in downtown Vienna. Grab pizza at Mod Pizza all day (10:30AM to 10:00PM) and dessert from Ben & Jerry’s from 4PM to 9PM. If ordering online at Mod, use code MODGIVES20.  The PTA receives a portion of all sales from both locations!

 

SLATE FOR PTA BOARD - 2024-2025

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in serving on the PTA Board next school year, and thank you to the Nominating Committee of Sohni Azim, Sandy Shadchehr, and Reena Shah who slated the following individuals for the 2024-2025 PTA Board as announced during the PTA meeting last week. If you are still interested in serving on the Board, you can self-nominate from the floor during the elections at the next (and last) PTA meeting on June 5th. Also, there are plenty of opportunities to join or lead a committee next year - more details to be shared at the end of the month.

  • ○ President: Kerrey Olden
  • ○ Secretary: Hyun Yoo
  • ○ Treasurer: Emily Jacobs
  • ○ VP: Amber Halaka
  • ○ VP of Communications/Technology: Thanya Kiara Osorio
  • ○ VP of Membership: Aleksia Forster
  • ○ VP of New Business Development: Camille Paredes

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

FH Weekly Update - 4/7/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are well! 

A heartfelt thank you to all the families who joined us last week to volunteer for School Picture Day, and for our Kindergarten Orientation event. If you were unable to attend, please refer to the newsletter for details on registering your child for the 2024-2025 school year. This Thursday, please join us for our April PTA meeting, which has some important topics related to next school year. This month's meeting is virtual and the link is below. 

Mark your calendars! Our annual Staff vs. the Westgate Staff Volleyball game is next week, April 19! Our students love to see their teachers in action. Don’t forget to pre-order your pizza and tickets, and sign-up to lend a helping hand during the event. 

On April 17, we invite your family to join us in recognizing, honoring, and appreciating the resilience, sacrifices, and contributions of our military-connected students and their families as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child. One of the most visible displays of support for military-connected youth occurs on Purple Up! Day, a day dedicated to showing appreciation by wearing purple – to represent the combined colors of branches of the military.

Finally, an early Eid Mubarak to our families who will be ending the season of Ramadan this week. Please see below for more information about this cultural observance. School will be closed on Wednesday in observance of this holiday. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • April 10 - Eid al-Fitr, School Closed
  • April 11 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • April 11 - April PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7:30PM, Link
  • April 17 - Purple Up! Day
  • April 18 - Marshall Pyramid Art Show @ Marshall HS, 6-7:30PM
  • April 19 - Freedom Hill vs. Westgate Faculty V-ball Game, 7PM

 

 

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?

National Assistant Principals Week

Freedom Hill is privileged to have our wonderful Assistant Principal, Eric Kopacz. We are so thankful for all he does to support our community's students, families, and staff. He supports many areas of our school, including school testing, behavior supports, special education, and much more. He always does so with positivity and the belief that every child's future matters!

Join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring the enormous contributions of assistant principals to student success.

National Library Week

This week is National Library Week! Please join us in appreciating the one and only Katherine Trott, our librarian at Freedom Hill. Mrs. Trott enthusiastically wears many hats at Freedom Hill - teacher, specialist, instructional partner, leader, library administrator, book fair coordinator, and much more. 

Explore all that school library programs have to offer for student learning, and the important roles that school librarians play in the school community.

2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, PreK
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 
Family Learning Series

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Sessions are simulcast in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)

Recording Coming Next Week

  • All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka 
Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

April is Autism Acceptance Month

This year, the National Institute of Mental Health is providing resources in honor of Autism Acceptance Month.  These resources highlight and focus on inclusivity and connectedness and honor the unique perspectives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. 

Autism Acceptance Month Resource List

Calendar of Self-Paced Learning Opportunities (from the Applied Behavior Analysis Team)

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

Dr. Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING - THIS THURSDAY

Attend the virtual PTA meeting this Thursday, April 11th at 7:30PM.  Use this Zoom link.  This is our next to last meeting of the school year and the agenda is packed! We’ll highlight the remaining PTA events planned for this school year, present the slate of candidates for next year’s PTA Board, and much more. The full agenda and year-to-date financials will be posted to the PTA website prior to the meeting. 

 

GET READY FOR SOME VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION!

Mark your calendars for the annual Freedom Hill ES vs. Westgate ES staff volleyball game on Friday night, April 19th, from 6:30-8PM at Marshall High School. Students, families, and staff LOVE watching and cheering for Freedom Hill!  Fliers came home last week with more information. Don’t forget to pre-order your pizza and tickets, and sign-up to lend a helping hand during the event. 

Thanks to Rachel Shabica for coordinating with Westgate PTA to ‘serve’ a great time and we hope you ‘dig’ the event! (All puns intended!)

 

LET’S EAT - MOD PIZZA & BEN & JERRY’S

Save the date for another opportunity to dine out (or take out) with the Freedom Hill community on Tuesday, April 30th at the Vienna Shopping Center located on Maple Ave West in downtown Vienna. Grab pizza at Mod Pizza all day (10:30AM to 10:00PM) and dessert from Ben & Jerry’s from 4PM to 9PM. If ordering online at Mod, use code MODGIVES20.  The PTA receives a portion of all sales from both locations!

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

FH Weekly Update - 4/2/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! It is an exciting time "On the Hill" as we kick off the 4th quarter with our students back in the building tomorrow. Our staff have been diligently preparing this week - they've been working hard to complete grading for Q3, to develop instructional plans for the remainder of the year, and today they previewed coming changes to our reading and math curriculum, which will take effect this fall. We also held Kindergarten Orientation today, and loved meeting our soon-to-be Eagles! We are excited to be back in action tomorrow.  

As a reminder, this Thursday is Spring Picture Day. Students will be having an individual picture and class picture taken, and families will have the opportunity to purchase photos at the Victor O'Neill Studios website by logging in with your student's lunch number ten days after picture day. 

Also this Thursday, the two administrators will be leading a short virtual session in the evening to share information on the Virginia SOL assessments that students in grades 3-6 will be taking in April/May. This may be particularly helpful for grade 3 families with children taking the assessments for the first time. Please join us at the Zoom link below. 

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • April 3 - Q4 Begins
  • April 4 - Spring Individual and Class Picture Day
  • April 4 - FH Family Learning Series - The SOLs, 7:00PM, Link
  • April 10 - Eid al-Fitr, School Closed
  • April 11 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • April 11 - April PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7:30PM
  • April 19 - Freedom Hill vs. Westgate Faculty V-ball Game, 7PM
2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, PreK
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 
Family Learning Series

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Sessions are simulcast in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)

This Week

  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM in English and Spanish, Zoom Link)
Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

Solar Eclipse on April 8th ☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8th, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. 

Because the timing overlaps with FH dismissal at 4:05 PM, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

PTA Updates

LAST CALL: APPLY TODAY TO SERVE ON THE PTA BOARD FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA is looking for individuals to serve on the PTA Board next school year (July 2024 - June 2025). Position descriptions and an application form are available on the PTA website. Please submit your application by this Thursday, April 4th - it takes less than 5 minutes to complete. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected].

 

UPCOMING PTA MEETING - NEXT THURSDAY

Our next PTA meeting will be a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30PM.  Zoom link will be provided next week, and the agenda will be posted to the PTA website prior to the meeting. 

 

GET READY FOR SOME VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION!

Mark your calendars for the annual Freedom Hill ES vs. Westgate ES staff volleyball game on Friday night, April 19th, from 6:30-8PM at Marshall High School. Students, families, and staff LOVE watching and cheering for Freedom Hill! Look for a flier to come home this week with more information. Don’t forget to pre-order your pizza and tickets, and sign-up to lend a helping hand during the event. 

Thanks to Rachel Shabica for coordinating with Westgate PTA to ‘serve’ a great time and we hope you ‘dig’ the event! (All puns intended!)

 

LET’S EAT - MOD PIZZA & BEN & JERRY’S

Save the date for another opportunity to dine out (or take out) with the Freedom Hill community on Tuesday, April 30th at the Vienna Shopping Center located on Maple Ave West in downtown Vienna. Grab pizza at Mod Pizza all day (10:30AM to 10:00PM) and dessert from Ben & Jerry’s from 4PM to 9PM. If ordering online at Mod, use code MODGIVES20.  The PTA receives a portion of all sales from both locations!

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

FH Weekly Update - Spring Break Edition

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

Thank you to everyone who made the end of the 3rd quarter a blast! We have seen many community members supporting field trips, the Book Fair, Read-A-Thon, Watch D.O.G.S., staff appreciation, and much more. Your support makes many of these events possible for our students and enhances their opportunities each day. Thank you!

The school building will be closed this week for Spring Break. This is a great time to reserve a copy of the Yearbook, sign up for spring after-school programs (today is the deadline!), order Spiritwear (deadline also today) and provide our school with your feedback by taking the FCPS Family Engagement Survey below.

We'll see everyone on April 3 when school resumes for the beginning of the 4th quarter! Wishing you a safe, restful time this week with your student(s), wherever your plans take you. Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • March 24 - Spring Enrichment Registration Ends
  • March 25 - 29 - Spring Break, School Closed
  • April 1 & 2 - Staff Dev. Days, School Closed for Students
  • April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2PM
  • April 4 - Spring Individual and Class Picture Day
  • April 10 - Eid al-Fitr, School Closed
  • April 11 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • April 19 - Freedom Hill vs. Westgate Faculty V-ball Game, 7PM
2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 
Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.  As as reminder, Kindergarten Orientation will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 2:00. You will learn more about the kindergarten curriculum from our staff, and your child will be able to visit classrooms and connect with new friends.  We hope to see many new and returning families on April 2! 

Solar Eclipse on April 8th ☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8th, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. 

Because the timing overlaps with FH dismissal at 4:05 PM, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will is open.  Parents/caregivers will received the survey link via email from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Easter

A joyful Easter to all in our community who celebrate! This year's Easter artwork was created by Falls Church High School student Dayanara M. The springtime celebration of Easter is the most important Christian holiday. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, who sacrificed so that Christians may have life with God after death.

Summer and Dayanra’s artwork was designed as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students. Learn more about the challenge: https://bit.ly/47oHw2j.

PTA Updates

READ-A-THON RESULTS ARE IN!

Thank you all for a great Read-a-thon!  We crossed the finish line with over 250,000 minutes read and raised over $13,000!  Reading was celebrated across all classrooms with finger flashlight Fridays, SCA spirit week, and teacher's choice rewards, like PJ day or movie time.

Congratulations to the students this year for meeting our school-wide goal! Students can look forward to throwing water balloons at the Principals during Field Day in June!

Students can still accept donations here, and should spend their prize money by Tuesday, March 26th by logging in here.  Questions? Contact [email protected].

 

APPLY TODAY TO SERVE ON THE PTA BOARD FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA is looking for individuals to serve on the PTA Board next school year (July 2024 - June 2025). Position descriptions and an application form are available on the PTA website. Please submit your application by Thursday, April 4th - it takes less than 5 minutes to complete. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected].

 

PURCHASE SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE

With many of us doing spring-cleaning, now’s a great time to look in your student’s closet to see if they need to refresh their FHES spirit wear!  Check out all the t-shirts, shorts and more available for online purchase here through today only. Thank you Michelle Zahalsky for having us covered.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR STAFF VOLLEYBALL GAME

Mark your calendars for the annual Freedom Hill ES vs. Westgate ES staff volleyball game on Friday night, April 19th at Marshall High School. More information to come home in a flier after Spring Break.

Be sure to check out the spirit wear sale if you want to dress the part and show your support at the game!

 

REGISTER FOR SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Don’t want to worry about registering for a class while on Spring Break?  Register here today!  Registration is underway and will close Sunday, March 24th at 11:59PM. Classes will run from April 3rd to May 31st; before school classes run 8:10-9:10 AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15 PM. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify.

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

FH Weekly Update - 3/17/24

GovDelivery3 months ago
Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you had a great week! We'd like to say a big THANK YOU for your support of the Read-A-Thon. Our students logged over 260,000 minutes of reading! We far surpassed our fundraising goal and are so pleased with how invested our students were in our goal of advancing literacy in our school. A big thanks to Amber Halaka for her continued coordination of our community fundraiser. Another big thank you to the staff, families, and students who participated in our 6th Grade Career Day, our 4th Grade Field Trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, and our collaborative Kindergarten/5th Grade Leprechaun Trap creation. Our students had so much fun!

ALSO on the topic of literacy, our Spring Book Fair kicks off this week. Ms. Trott has family nights set up for Wednesday and Thursday evening - see details below! Come support our wonderful library while picking up some great books!

ALSO ALSO on the topic of literacy, Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy facilitated our Family Learning Series session on the new science of learning to read, and shared some information on how families can support their students reading at home. If you couldn't make it, the recording link can be found below. 

On the radar for the coming weeks - Spring Break, Kindergarten Orientation, Spring Picture Day, and the faculty vs. Westgate volleyball game. Don't forget that the Yearbook is now on sale (see purchase options below). 

Enjoy your week as we finish the third quarter of the year!

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • March 18 - 21 - Spring Book Fair, Updated Volunteer Flyer
  • March 22 - End of Quarter 3
  • March 22 - Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • March 24 - Spring Enrichment Registration Ends
  • March 25 - 29 - Spring Break, School Closed
  • April 1 & 2 - Staff Dev. Days, School Closed for Students
  • April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2PM
  • April 4 - Spring Individual and Class Picture Day
  • April 10 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • April 19 - Freedom Hill vs. Westgate Faculty V-ball Game, 7PM
2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, Special Education 
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)

Later this Year:

  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM in English and Spanish)

Due to last week's Read-A-Thon, this week our school community will be focusing again on the character strength of Perspective. Perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner. 

Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.  As as reminder, Kindergarten Orientation will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 2:00. You will learn more about the kindergarten curriculum from our staff, and your child will be able to visit classrooms and connect with new friends.  We hope to see many new and returning families on April 2! 

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

In addition to the SOLs, 5th grade students will be taking the VA Integrated Writing Assessment on March 20. 

Solar Eclipse on April 8th ☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8th, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. 

Because the timing overlaps with FH dismissal at 4:05 PM, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will is open.  Parents/caregivers will received the survey link via email from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

With just this week of school before Spring Break, don’t forget to 1) purchase spirit wear, 2) register for before/after school classes, 3) spend Read-a-thon prize money, and 3) apply for a PTA Board position!

 

READ-A-THON RESULTS ARE IN!

Thank you all for a great Read-a-thon!  We crossed the finish line with over 250,000 minutes read and raised over $13,000!  Reading was celebrated across all classrooms with finger flashlight Fridays, SCA spirit week, and teacher's choice rewards, like PJ day or movie time.

Congratulations to the students this year for meeting our school-wide goal! Students can look forward to throwing water balloons at the Principals during Field Day in June!

Students can still accept donations here, and should spend their prize money by Tuesday, March 26th by logging in here.  Questions? Contact [email protected].

 

APPLY TODAY TO SERVE ON THE PTA BOARD FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA is looking for individuals to serve on the PTA Board next school year (July 2024 - June 2025). Position descriptions and an application form are available on the PTA website. Please submit your application by Thursday, April 4th - it takes less than 5 minutes to complete. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected].

 

PURCHASE SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE

With many of us doing spring-cleaning, now’s a great time to look in your student’s closet to see if they need to refresh their FHES spirit wear!  Check out all the t-shirts, shorts and more available for online purchase here through this Friday, March 22nd. Thank you Michelle Zahalsky for having us covered.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR STAFF VOLLEYBALL GAME

Mark your calendars for the annual Freedom Hill ES vs. Westgate ES staff volleyball game on Friday night, April 19th at Marshall High School. More information to come home in a flier after Spring Break.

Be sure to check out the spirit wear sale if you want to dress the part and show your support at the game!

 

REGISTER FOR SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Don’t want to worry about registering for a class while on Spring Break?  Register here today!  Registration is underway and will close Sunday, March 24th at 11:59PM. Classes will run from April 3rd to May 31st; before school classes run 8:10-9:10 AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15 PM. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify.

1945 Lord Fairfax Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Phone: 703.506.7800
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FH Weekly Update - 3/10/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you had a great week, and are not feeling too sleepy after losing an hour of sleep! Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour today if you have not already as Daylight Savings Time begins.

Last week, we had a fantastic start to our Read-A-Thon! A big thanks to the PTA, our families, and our staff for facilitating a great week focused on literacy and the love of reading for our students. We continue with another week! As part of our week of reading, we are holding a Spirit Week as well as our next Family Information Series meeting this Wednesday. Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (our reading specialists) will be discussing the new science of learning to read, as well as sharing some guidance on how families can support literacy at home. More details are below. 

Thanks to everyone who joined our March PTA meeting on Thursday. Our fabulous volunteers have organized some great events for our school in recent months. They are on the lookout for parents who are interested in serving on the PTA board next year as well as organizing events. Please consider joining! Please email Kerrey Olden with interest.  

Lastly, our Watch D.O.G.S. program has begun! We had several FH dads in the building last week, and we appreciate their time. If you'd like to sign up for an April date, please contact David Hay. Due to SOL preparations and testing, the program will be taking a break from April 30-May 31. 

Have a great week! Sending warm wishes to all of our families who are celebrating Ramadan. 

 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • March 11 - 15 - 2024 Read-A-Thon, Week 2
  • March 11 - Religious/Cultural Observance - First Day of Ramadan
  • March 13 - Family Learning Series - Literacy, 7PM, Link
  • March 18 - 21 - Spring Book Fair, Updated Volunteer Flyer
  • March 22 - End of Quarter 3
  • March 25 - 29 - Spring Break, School Closed
  • April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2PM
2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, Special Education 
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)

This Week

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM - Simulcast in English/Spanish, Link)

Later this Year:

  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perspective. Perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner. 

Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.  As as reminder, Kindergarten Orientation will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 2:30. You will learn more about the kindergarten curriculum from our staff, and your child will be able to visit classrooms and connect with new friends.  We hope to see many new and returning families on April 2! 

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

In addition to the SOLs, 5th grade students will be taking the VA Integrated Writing Assessment on March 20. 

First Full Day of Ramadan

The first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day, while striving to increase their spirituality through prayers, charity, and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will is open.  Parents/caregivers will received the survey link via email from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids.

Hill Happenings PTA Updates

FINISH STRONG! READ-A-THON ENDS FRIDAY, MARCH 15th

Freedom Hill readers are rounding the corner to this Friday’s finish line!  Our reading Eagles have already raised over $9,000 and have read over 100,00 minutes!!  We are almost to our school-wide prize of water balloons thrown at the Principals during Field Day if we raise $10,000.

If you haven’t already registered your reader and started to record minutes, help us finish strong by registering today. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Many thanks to Amber Halaka for putting together a great event once again!

How to register your reader? It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3...Go!

1 - Go to this link: https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/323738323432/1

2 - Find and select your reader’s teacher

3 - Search for and select your reader, then create your account

Go - Send out emails, texts, Facebook posts, or donate!

 

SHOW APPRECIATION FOR FHES STAFF ON THURSDAY, MARCH 14th

The PTA is thankful to all the staff that support our students and foster such a positive and caring environment. We’ll celebrate and show appreciation for all staff with breakfast this Thursday, March 14th beginning at 8AM. Sign up here if you can bring food or drinks.  Thank you Sarah Lyon for organizing!

 

WE NEED YOU FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA is looking for any individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the PTA Board next school year (July 2024 - June 2025). Look for position descriptions and an application form to be posted on the PTA website later this week. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Be on the lookout for more information on the many PTA committees that run the different events throughout the school year.

 

PURCHASE SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE

With many of us doing spring-cleaning, now’s a great time to look in your student’s closet to see if they need to refresh their FHES spirit wear!  Check out all the t-shirts, shorts and more available for online purchase here through Friday, March 22nd. Thank you Michelle Zahalsky for having us covered.

 

SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES - REGISTRATION IS UNDERWAY

Don’t forget to register here for before or after school spring classes!  Registration is underway and will close Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59PM. Classes will run from April 3rd to May 31st; before school classes run 8:10-9:10 AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15 PM. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. Thank you Ross Camara for organizing so many exciting options.

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

FH Weekly Update - 3/3/24

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Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We have an exciting and eventful new month ahead, beginning with our Read-A-Thon this week. We had such a blast kicking off the Read-A-Thon by welcoming local author Gabriella Aldeman, who shared her writing process with our students and read her book, Paula's Patches. It was fabulous for our students to hear more about her journey as child in Panama who became a author. 

As many of you know, this is our school's/PTA's primary fundraiser for the year, with proceeds benefitting the many extra programs and materials that we have at our school each year. Please see the PTA section below for more information on how to enroll your student(s). As parents and elementary educators, we know that reading is one of the most enriching activities for a child, and we are pleased to promote it this week during Read Across America Week. A BIG thank you to Amber Halaka, who is the PTA lead for our Read-A-Thon this year! 

This week, we also celebrate National School Social Work Week and want to give a special shout out to our school social worker, Mrs. Tara Rice. This week provides us with an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions that Mrs. Rice provides our students, staff, and community. Thank you, Mrs. Rice!

As a reminder, FCPS will be closed on March 5. Our building will be used as a polling site for this year's primary elections. 

 

Have a great week!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • March 4 - 15 - 2024 Read-A-Thon
  • March 5 - Election Day, School Closed
  • March 7 - PTA Meeting, 6:00, Library
  • March 18 - 21 - Spring Book Fair, Updated Volunteer Flyer
  • March 22 - End of Q3
  • March 25 - 29 - Spring Break, School Closed
  • April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2PM
2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, Special Education 
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. The first 30 minutes will be in English, and the second 30 minutes in Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!

Completed:

  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Recording coming soon)

Later this Year:

  • March 13 - The Science of Reading - Our New Approach to Teaching with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)
  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM English, 7:30PM Spanish, Link TBD)

 

 

 

 

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching pillars of the Positivity Project. Identifying and appreciating the good in others can sometimes be difficult to do if we are too focused on ourselves.

 

“It’s not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”  

           ~Confucius

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is expressing appreciation?
  • Why does it take COURAGE to express appreciation?
  • What are some ways you can show appreciation of others?
  • How does it make you feel when someone expresses appreciation?
Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.  As as reminder, Kindergarten Orientation will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 2:30. You will learn more about the kindergarten curriculum from our staff, and your child will be able to visit classrooms and connect with new friends.  We hope to see many new and returning families on April 2! 

2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!

Elementary Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.
Hill Happenings PTA Updates

READ-A-THON STARTS TOMORROW

Our Read-A-Thon starts tomorrow, Monday, March 4th! In addition to individual Read-A-Thon prizes, classes will compete for a surprise activity with the Principals, and a school-wide prize of water balloons thrown at the Principals during Field Day if we raise $10,000.

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today!  Teachers and parents should start entering reading minutes Monday, March 4th. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

How to register your reader? It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3...Go!

1 - Go to this link: https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/323738323432/1

2 - Find and select your reader’s teacher

3 - Search for and select your reader, then create your account

Go - Send out emails, texts, Facebook posts, or donate!

 

NEXT PTA MEETING - THIS THURSDAY

Our next PTA meeting is in-person in the FHES library Thursday, March 7th at 6:00PM.  Agenda will be posted to the PTA website prior to the meeting.

 

WE NEED YOU FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA still needs at least 2 PTA members interested in serving on this school year’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee meets at least once during March/April to review the PTA Board applications and determine a slate of candidates for the PTA Board for the 2024-2025 school year. The slate will be presented at the April PTA meeting. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email [email protected].

 

The PTA is also looking for any individuals interested in volunteering with the PTA next school year (July 2024 - June 2025), whether that’s in a Board position or on one of our many committees. Look for more information, including application forms, to be posted on the PTA website in the coming week. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES - REGISTRATION OPENS WEDNESDAY

Registration opens this Wednesday March 6th, at 9AM for spring enrichment classes! Below is a preview of available classes.  Classes will run from April 3rd to May 31st; before school classes run 8:10-9:10 AM and after school classes run from 4:15-5:15 PM. Limited financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. Thank you Ross Camara for organizing so many exciting options.

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

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