FHES Weekly Update: 12/14/2020


Principals' Message

Happy Sunday, Freedom Hill Community!

We hope you are well and that you students are excited for a fun final week of school before the holiday break. Our wonderful SCA students have created a Winter Spirit Week for us that you will see above. We hope your students are interested in participating. You also should have received an email from your classroom room parent about contributing to a small holiday surprise for our teachers. We'd love to have you participate!

There was a School Board work session Thursday where the return to school plans were discussed. Here is the link for the slide deck presentation. Highlights include proposed updated January return dates for K-12 in-person instruction, the addition of the mitigation metric for decision-making, and changes to the bell schedule. FCPS plans to adjust our bell schedule to 10:05 AM – 4:50 PM for all PK-6 instruction. Please be on the lookout for information over the next several weeks. Proposed changes are subject to approval by the School Board during their January 5th meeting. At this time, we will continue to be virtual and if anything should change, FCPS leadership and our administration will convey those updates to you.


Have a great week!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal


Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

  • December 14 - 18 - SCA Winter Spirit Week
  • December 16 - Curbside Library Checkout
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Holiday
  • January 4 - 8 - Virtual week of instruction for all students
  • January 11 - (tentative) FH Bell Schedule/Master Schedule Change

Group 3 Returns to Virtual Learning

Due to rising community health metrics, Group 3 will revert to virtual learning beginning Monday, December 14. This includes our Monday ESOL students and our Tuesday-Friday students in Ms. Winkler's class. Group 2 students (Ms. Witt's class) will continue to come to the school for in-person instruction.

Join our Team!

We will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Holiday Meal Service

Below is an overview of the Winter Break meal service plans:

  • Friday, 12/18 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday, 12/21 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals  
  • Tuesday, 12/22 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits  Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits
  • Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21 -- No food service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution
  • Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume

What Does P2 Mean to You? (AM News Opportunity)

Hello, Freedom Hill Community! The Positivity Project would love your help with a project for the new year. We would love to hear from your kids about what the traits of the Positivity Project mean to them. Have your child write a sentence, phrase, or draw a picture of what one of the traits for the next month mean to them. Then, take their picture holding what they wrote or drew, and email them to Mrs. Canape at EACanape@fcps.edu . We will share it on New Show the week that that trait is being focused on in our school.


The traits for the month of January are:

January 3-9: Optimism

January 10-16: Prudence

January 17-23: Perseverance

January 24-30: Other People Matter: Supporting others when they struggle.


Thank you!

Mrs. Canape

Positivity Project - Self-Control


Next week, we will focus on self-control. Self-control means have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Possessing this strength protects people from destabilizing emotional extremes. Those with self-control are able to limit impulsive behavior. They have the ability to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. Self-control does not mean a lack of thoughts, feelings, or impulses; it just means you have command over them.

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

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


Thank you to everyone who ordered spirit wear during our Fall sale!  If you ordered spirit wear and didn’t pay to have it shipped to your home, it is ready for you to pick up at Michelle Zahalsky’s house, down the street from the school. Email her at mzahalsky@gmail.com to let her know when you want to pick it up, and she’ll put it outside her door for you.  

ENTER THE VA PTA CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” There are different requirements for various grade levels. Details are here. Essays are due by February 1, 2021. Winners can receive a cash prize and may be sent to the state finals. 

FHES TEACHER APPRECIATION LOVE We are happy to report the Teacher Appreciation Committee has delivered a very special gift to the school mailboxes of all Freedom Hill teachers and staff. We know our staff and teachers are working tirelessly so please accept this small token of our unwavering gratitude! Though we are unable to be together in-person for a breakfast or luncheon, being “virtually unstoppable” is pretty amazing! Thanks to Angela Waugaman and Ina Soepangkat for putting these together and Kelly Harris for distributing.