FHES Weekly Update: 1/9/2020


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

I hope this finds you and your family safe and well after a very challenging week for our region and our nation. We know the events at the Capitol Building have impacted us all in different ways and we hope you and your child had a safe space to process those feelings if needed. As we enter into the last few weeks of second quarter, we will continue to do our very best to support our students and families during these difficult times. Please contact your child's teacher or counselor if we can provide additional support or resources. 

We are bringing you the weekend update a day early to share updates about next week's schedule. As Superintendent Brabrand shared recently, in-person instruction and phase-in plans are currently paused. Community transmission of COVID-19 in Fairfax County remains high. Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2.

Because we will not be transporting students to school during the pause in our plan, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule and class schedule. 

Monday, January 11 is an independent (asynchronous) learning day for students and a teacher preparation day. Morning meeting and asynchronous academics will be provided for students. There are two great reading opportunities available Monday - our Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories Night and a virtual guest author at the Thomas Jefferson Community Library. Please see below.

Wishing you a nice weekend and continued safety,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

  • January 11 - Asynchronous Learning Day for Students
  • January 11 - Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories, 7:30PM
  • January 13 - Curbside Book Checkout, 2-6PM
  • January 13 - Family Dinner Out, Silver Diner, 5-9PM
  • January 18, 20 - Student holidays (MLK and Inauguration) 
  • January 18 - 20 - Registration for PTA Winter Enrichment

Monday Opportunity for Families


Positivity Project: Prudence


This week, we are focusing on Prudence. You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

“When you make the right decision, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.”

                                         ~Caroline Kennedy

Eagles Read! Bedtime Stories

Join us on January 11th from 7:30 – 8:00 pm for a read aloud night with Mr. Kopacz, Mr. Fenton, Mrs. Pennino, Ms. Stromlund, Mrs. Trott and Mrs. Rossman. You’re never too old to listen to a read aloud! So, be sure to join us in your coziest pajamas at our Eagles Read! monthly bedtime story-time program and start our week together as a PK-6 Freedom Hill community. Look for a link on Monday, Jan 11th in your email.

School Laptop Updates

When logins to school systems do need function correctly, it is possible that your school laptop made need to update. This can be accomplished from an FCPS site. 


Amazon Smile: Support our School!

Looking for an easy way to support Freedom Hill? We have an AmazonSmile account! Every time you shop at Amazon and select the Freedom Hill PTA as your designated charity, a portion of your purchase will be donated to FH. Just remember, to shop at smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon page each time you make a purchase. Supporting Freedom Hill couldn't be easier!


Forms for Families

We will periodically re-post forms for our families:

Consent to use digital resources

Opt-Out forms  

Paperless Report Cards

Student Rights and Responsibilities & Acknowledgement

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


We are kicking off the year with a family dinner out (FDO) at Silver Diner! Support our school by placing an order at Silver Diner next Wednesday January 13 from 5-8PM. Make sure you mention FHES. 20% of sales from dine-in, carry-out and online ordering from either Silver Diner app or www.silverdiner.com. You can write Freedom Hill under "Other Instructions". Silver Diner is located at 8101 Fletcher St, McLean, VA 22102. 

WINTER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES, INFO NIGHT 1/14, REG OPENS 1/18 The next session for activities with Enrichment Matters is around the corner! Beat the winter blues and get your kids involved with activities like Improv, Chess, Art, Pottery, Science Club, Watercolors, Jr. Chefs, Little Vets and Cooking classes. Open House for more info is Jan. 14th at 7pm. Registration opens from 1/18 at 8am thru 1/20 at midnight. Remember this is with other schools so register early. Find more details at enrichmentmatters.com. See the flier for details. 

ATTENTION KILMER BOUND 6TH GRADE FAMILIES Want to have fun playing a band instrument in school every day? Make great music with your friends? Be a member of the largest team at Kilmer MS? Then you want to be in the Kilmer Band program! Whether you have never played an instrument before or you've been playing for a while, we've got a place for you in the Kilmer MS Bands. For lots of info, visit tinyurl.com/kilmermsbands. Email the lead band director, email Ms. Bonneau for any questions.

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.