FHES Weekly Update: 1/17/2021


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We enter an important week for our nation with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tomorrow and the inauguration of a new President on Wednesday. In addition, this Friday is the last day of our second quarter. As we continue to strive for a successful virtual year, our planning is also beginning for the 2021-22 school year. We are asking that all families complete this intention form (one per child) by January 31, 2021. 

As you know, FCPS has put a pause on the draft schedule for students returning to in-person learning as well as the update bell schedule, though we do expect an update very soon. Having students and staff back in our building is something we are looking forward to greatly! 

Wishing you a safe week and hoping that you and your family are able to celebrate and reflect on some of the week's meaningful events.

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

  • January 18, 20 - Student holidays (MLK and Inauguration Days) 
  • January 18 - 20 - Registration for PTA Winter Enrichment
  • January 20 - No curbside book checkout due to holiday
  • January 22 - 2nd Quarter Ends, Early Release for Students at 1:15
  • January 25 - Teacher Work Day
  • January 31 - Student intention survey due (see above)
  • February 1 - PTA Citizenship Contest Essays Due
  • February 4 - Kilmer MS Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night, 6PM

Positivity Project: Perseverance


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 News 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


This week we are studying perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up. The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. 

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

WINTER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES, REG OPENS TOMORROW 1/18 at 8am 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 recording for more info is here.  Registration opens from tomorrow, 1/18 at 8am thru 1/20 at midnight. Remember this is with other schools so register early. Find more details at enrichmentmatters.comSee 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.