FHES Weekly Update: 11/29/2020


Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

We hope all had a happy, restful, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. We are back to school tomorrow virtually - all grade levels will return to our original schedule, which includes Monday morning meeting and intervention group times. With the end of the calendar year approaching, we'd like to provide this helpful student calendar link for families who'd like to view or print:

2020-21 School Calendar

We look forward to providing continued updates as our return to school plans are reassessed. The table below will be updated as we receive important dates for return to school:

Grade Level:

PreK, K, Specialists

Grades   1-2

Grades 3-6

Teacher Assignments Mailed:




Teacher Planning Days (Asynchronous Days for Students)




Students return:





December approaches! We look forward to a successful end to the calendar year. Stay warm and safe, and as always, please reach out if there's anything we can do to support your family. 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

  • November 30 -  Monday morning meeting/interventions resume
  • December 1 - Referral deadline for AAP Level IV
  • December 7 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night
  • December 21 - January 1 - Window Holiday

AAP Level IV Screening

Reminder: Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Please contact me with any questions!

Tara Fredericks

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher


Playground Closed During School

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the FHES playground to play during school hours. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Return to School Form

For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your student will return. 

Please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop off to the front office between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can also be acknowledged through ParentVue. Again, we need the form prior to the student’s return to school.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdo

Positivity Project - Kindness Week


Kindness means you are generous and you enjoy doing good deeds for other people. Kindness has been a foundation of moral and spiritual life across cultures and religions throughout history. This character strength is grounded in the belief of a common humanity in which others are worthy of care, attention, affection, and compassion. Aristotle defined kindness as, ”helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.”

Family Resources

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

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal 

Freedom Hill Digital Tools Webpage  

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

FCPS Return to School

Updates from the PTA


Do all your holiday shopping while helping raise money for your FHES PTA! Gift cards make fabulous presents for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, staff, childcare providers, tutors, coaches and scout or community leaders. Great options include Starbucks, Amazon, Target, Bath & Body Works, Home Depot and more! Deadline: Wed. Dec. 9th (to get by Tues. Dec. 15th) More brands and full list of retailers here that can be added to the form. Gift card forms are here to download. Orders can be emailed to Tina Banach at tina.banach@outlook.com or dropped off in the PTA mailbox at school. Q's or issues with the form? Contact Tina Banach.


Thanks to everyone who came out to Chipotle and to the PTA meeting. If you missed it, the presentation and recording is here. Here's the recording and password: Y?XNNV95. Here's the minutes and powerpointThere are no PTA meetings scheduled for December or January.


If you still want to upload art and order items, you still can (they just may not arrive in time for the holidays). Visit the Art Fundraiser page of the PTA website for details. 

UPDATE YOUR DIRECTORY INFO  Please update the AtoZConnect directory! You should have gotten an email which will prompt you to update the Freedom Hill Directory with your current information. Take 2 minutes to update your info for your child, teachers, and contact info.      

MARSHALL HOLIDAY SALE - Poinsettias and Candles Support the Marshall High School Class of 2021 by purchasing beautiful 7" poinsettias in four color choices (pink, red, marble and white) and Chanukah candles (purple, blue or multi-colored).  Purchases can be made on P44S.com. If you have an account but are associated with Freedom Hill, just edit your account to associate with Marshall High School temporarily to make the purchase.  Once you've completed the purchase you can edit your account again to associate with your current school. You may also email or text Dianne Gurdak with your order at dsgurdak@positek.net or 703-403-2463 and Venmo or mail her a check. Orders can be picked up December 5 at Marshall High School. Thank you for your support!