FH Weekly Update - 9/19/21


Dear Freedom Hill Community,

It was another great week on "The Hill!". Our students have established routines thanks to their own hard work as well as the encouragement of our teachers and staff. They have been doing a wonderful job boarding and dismissing from buses, completing fire and other emergency drills, utilizing safe behaviors in the cafeteria, and wearing their masks each day. 

We wanted to make you aware of a change in COVID notification. If we have a positive COVID case at FH, we've been asked to notify the community on Fridays via email through the eNotify system. We will continue to contact families directly if their child has been identified as a potential close contact to a positive COVID case. 

Finally, with cool weather we hope to begin outdoor lunch this week. Finalized grade-level schedules will be sent to you before we begin. We will begin with one grade level per lunch as we learn routines and build confidence with seating and distancing. We are asking for community support in two areas:

  • If you are able to volunteer an hour of your time on a specific day, please use this SignUpGenius to join us as an outdoor chaperone. We are hoping to have a volunteer for each time slot. 
  • We had a generous community partner donate outdoor tables for us, but we'd love to have some additional seating. Please let us know if you are willing to donate or lend outdoor tables/chairs to our students. 

Thank you to everyone who attended our first PTA meeting this week! We look forward to seeing you soon. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • September 20 - Registration begins for after-school enrichment
  • September 21 - Family Dinner Out - Foster's Grill and Ben & Jerry's
  • September 28 - October 6 - Testing window for VA Growth Assessment (VGA)
  • October 10 - Last day for online spirit wear sales

Safety First!

If you child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home! In addition, if any member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, your student may not report to school. Please contact our clinic or the health department for next steps. 


SR&R Acknowledgement Due

Student Rights and Responsibilities - Finalized SR&R documents are now posted here.  This handbook explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.   


Parent/Guardians please acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in your SIS ParentVue Account. If you are unable to do so, you can sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have reviewed this document and return the signed signature sheet to school.  

Digital Resource Consent

Fairfax County Public Schools uses a variety of resources to support student learning. You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy at Digital Privacy in FCPS and a list of all approved digital tools is viewable online in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem Library. If you have questions about any of the digital resources listed below, please contact your child’s school.

To provide your parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions.

Positivity Project: Teamwork


Individuals with this strength think, feel and behave in the following ways:

  • If we can work together we can do amazing things!
  • It is important for our country to work together and make it better.
  • It feels good to help others.
  • Working together will make us more successful and productive.
  • We would love for you to join us!
  • It is more important that WE are successful than it is that I am successful.

“I am a member of the team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”  - Mia Hamm


Virginia Growth Assessment Testing Dates for 3-6

The Virginia Growth Assessment is a new assessment designed to assess students’ knowledge of concepts from the Math and Language Arts curricula. Assessment results will be used to better align instruction to student needs, and will be taken by all public schools students in Virginia. As with our SOLs at the end of the year, we ask that families not schedule appointments on their students' testing dates. An additional informational email will be arriving with more information. Thank you!

3rd Grade:

Reading - September 28

Math - October 6

4th Grade:

Reading - September 24

Math - October 5

5th Grade:

Reading - September 23

Math - September 30

6th Grade:

Reading - September 21

Math - September 29

PTA Updates

ENRICHMENT REG OPENS MONDAY! In person registration for enrichment classes will begins this Monday, Sept. 20th at 9am and ends on Sept. 30th at midnight. Classes include Hip Hop, Crazy Chem Works, All Sports, Spanish, Pottery, Chess, Soccer, Music's Beginner Ensemble, Minecraft Using Legos and more. Here's where you'll register. Classes fill up fast so register early! Classes go thru Oct. 18th-Dec. 17th.


FAMILY DINNER OUT - TUE. SEPT. 21 Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 21st to take a night off of cooking at Foster's Grille and Ben & Jerry's in Vienna on Maple Avenue for a Family Dinner Out. Take Out or Dine In both accepted to help contribute to FHES PTA. Be sure to say Freedom Hill! Time for Foster's is 11am-9pm and Ben & Jerry's is 4-9pm. Both located in the Vienna Shopping Center near 138 and 136C Maple Ave. Thank you to Jen King for planning this and tell your friends!!


JOIN THE GREEN TEAM Are you interesting in joining our schools Green Team?  Come help prepare our school garden for the fall and winter months!  On October 9th, from 8:30am -12:00 pm, we will be planting garlic, harvesting potatoes, and weeding our new garden beds.  Want more information about Green Team?  Please fill out this parent form to learn more. 


BECOME A PTA MEMBER Do you know the PTA is a volunteer-driven organization that helps with programs, activities and traditions NOT provided by FCPS? Things like: capital improvements (new water filling stations), Reading Materials (replenishing classroom libraries), Teacher Wishlists, Technology needs (like Peardeck) and many events through out the year? We have a membership goal to raise $10,000 this year. Do your part and become a member. See Family Forms details here and Teacher discount form here. You can sign up online at http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com too!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED As one big community, we need help with the following areas. See descriptions: • Lunch volunteers - looking for parents to help supervise outdoor lunch. If you are available on certain days of the week, please complete this form. • Room Parents – coordinating holiday and end of year gift for teachers, sending reminders (we give you templates), occasionally help with class activities, contact Deb Speert.


PTA MEETING RECAP AND RECORDING Thanks for those who joined us for our first PTA Meeting. Here are the slides and the recording (link here and password: RzGbD2S$) if you missed it! 


PICNIC RECAP Thanks to all of you who came out to our Back to School Picnic last week. It was a great to see everyone from a safe and social distance outside and raised $500 for the PTA. Big props to Kruti Verma for planning it, Patricia Heimann for running spiritwear sales, Salvador and the custodial team for helping us set up and break down, Mr. Curtis for organizing the paint the fence activity and all the staff and parent volunteers that made it work!   


SPIRITWEAR SALE OPEN Didn't get the size of FHES Spiritwear you wanted? Hankering for some Freedom Hill gear? Check out our ONLINE sale and will be open until October 1st! Hoodies, polos, tie-dyes, pjs, shorts, shirts, hats, baseball tees - we got it all in both kids and adult sizes. Orders will arrive the week of October 25th. Big props to Michelle Zahalsky for organizing this!