FHES Weekly Update: 2/14/2021


Principals' Message

Good afternoon Freedom Hill families,

Thank you to those who joined us for last week's return to school presentation and/or PTA meeting. For those unable to make it, we are providing recordings below for both events, as well as the slides that were presented by the administration for return to school. We look forward to partnering with you for a safe return for our in-person students and continued success for our virtual students. We will be sharing additional information this weekend. 

Principals' Return to School Presentation and Q&A


Slides - This contains an updated return-to-school timeline for grades 1-2, and community and family resources are embedded at the end


PTA Meeting 

In this meeting we were jointed by guest presenters Emily Edwards and Melissa Rossman, our math and reading specialists, respectively. They presented on the value of the ST Math and Imagine Learning platforms. We encourage you to tune in for this great information.



On Tuesday, Freedom Hill begins the new bell schedule of 9:45-4:15 as per FCPS changes. Please ensure you have checked your email for your new class schedule(s) from your teacher(s). Thank you!

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Asst. Principal 

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

  • February 15 - No School - Presidents' Day
  • February 16 - FCPS Begins New Bell Schedule - 9:45-4:15
  • February 16 - ECCB & ID Return to School
  • February 17 - Curbside Library Checkout, 2-6PM
  • February 19- Grades 1-2 teacher assignments emailed to families
  • February 22 - SCA Hosts "Eagles Read" for Black History Month
  • February 23 - Kindergarten & Head Start Return to School
  • February 26- Grades 3-6 teacher assignments emailed to families
  • March 1 - Read Across America Week Author Visit

Return to School Updates

The following return to school dates were unanimously approved by the Fairfax County School Board:


SCA Black History Month Eagles Read!

To celebrate Black History Month, SCA is going to have an Eagles Read on Monday, February 22nd at 7:30PM that focuses on books by black authors or about black historical figures. For every person who attends, SCA will donate $2 to SEO: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. Information is here. Thank you! ~Ellena Canape

Read Across America Week Author Visit

Laura Gehl is virtually visiting Freedom Hillon Monday, March 1st for a prek-6th grade event.  Hooray for Books! is providing a selection of books at special discounted price for this Read Across America Event!  To order, fill out and mail or return the this form with a check (made to Freedom Hill Elementary School) by Friday, March 5th. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th and will include personalized bookplates signed by the author. Books should be available for pickup at FHES by March 19th. The event will take place immediately following morning meeting on Monday, March 1st.  You can learn more about Ms. Gehl and her wonderful books at https://lauragehl.com/.  Contact Mrs. Rossman at Melissa.Rossman@fcps.edu with questions.  

Positivity Project: Humility




This week, we are focusing on Humility. You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

                                         ~Rick Warren

Questions you might enjoy talking about.

  • How is being honest with yourself related to humility?
  • Would you be a good teacher of humility?

Imagine Learning & Literacy

Imagine Language & Literacy is an adaptive program designed to accelerate reading and language proficiency in grades K-6. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools


ST Math

ST Math is visual instructional program designed to help students build deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Staff and students are encouraged to use this engaging and adaptive program as a component of their instructional day. Access is easy through the link our school’s Digital Learning Tools Page https://freedomhilles.fcps.edu/index.php/digital-learning-tools


Required Health Screening Form

If you chose for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to ssujoromero@fcps.edu or drop it off at the front office between 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. This form is required before your child can enter the building. 

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

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


PTA ENGAGEMENT SURVEY Thank you to the 30 PTA members who filled out our survey! Respondents provided important feedback about their PTA communication preferences and interest in potential future events for the remainder of this school year. 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES - KILMER BAND! 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.


DIRECTORY UPDATE 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.