FH Weekly Update - 10/3/21


Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Fall has arrived! We are starting to enjoy the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, and much fun and learning (and lunch) inside and outside of the building. Our staff and students continue to do a wonderful job following our health mitigation strategies and keeping one another safe. We have a few brief thank yous this week:

  • This week is Custodian Appreciation Week. Our dedicated crew of Salvador, Rosalina, Vilma, and Esther have been working overtime to keep our school clean and safe with many extra responsibilities this year. They also prepared our school with Herculean speed this summer after our many summer school programs ended within hours of the first day of school. If you or your student would like to drop off a thank you card or item, we would be happy to pass it along to them. We will be honoring them with a luncheon on Thursday. 
  • Thank you to our many families who have contributed to making our outdoor lunches a success! Many have made donations for furniture/seating or volunteered their time as a lunch chaperone. With donations we were able to order an additional tent and tables that will arrive soon. 
  • Thank you to our parents and PTA for organizing our upcoming October events. You can see information below on Enrichment programs, Walk/Bike to School Day, and Spooky Movie Night! Mr. Curtis and the Green Team will also be working on the garden next Saturday and would love to have your help! See more information below. 

A brief reminder from our front office - if you need to make a transportation change for your student at the end of the day, please contact our front office by 2:00. This allows our staff to be fully focused on dismissal. Thank you!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • September 28 - October 6 - Testing window for VA Growth Assessment (VGA)
  • October 4 - Enrichment Registration Closes
  • October 6 - Walk/Bike to School Day!
  • October 9 - Green Team Works the Garden!, 8:30-12:00
  • October 11 - Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday)

  • October 14 - PTA Meeting
  • October 22 - Spooky Movie Fun Night

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

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 school clinic or the health department for next steps. 


Vision/Hearing Screenings

Over the next several weeks, Mrs. Berg will begin vision and hearing screening for all students new to Fairfax County Public Schools and all Kindergarten and 3rd grade students. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the  screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. 

Positivity Project: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention


People who show this can be described as:

  • Present
  • Focused
  • Engaged

Individuals with this strength are likely to think, feel, or behave in the following ways:

  • When someone is talking to me, I don’t check my phone.
  • I have a strategy to minimize distractions.
  • I want others to pay attention to me, so I pay attention to them.

“Life is what happens when you put down your phone.“

– Kid President


Remaining 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:

Math - October 6

4th Grade:

Math - October 5

PTA Updates



This is your last chance to check out before and after school classes for your kiddos. A great way for them to check out something new and gain you an extra hour at home! Classes include Hip Hop, Crazy Chem Works, All Sports, Spanish, Pottery, Chess, Soccer, Musical Instruments with Beginner Ensemble and Minecraft using Legos. Here's where you'll register. Questions? Ask us or check out the FAQ. Classes start Oct. 18th and run through Dec. 17th. 


Walk/Bike to School Day is THIS Wednesday, October 6th! (Rain date is Oct. 7).  1) Walk or bike to school or around your neighborhood 2) If walking to school is not feasible, walk to your bus stop or fave spot in your neighborhood *There is no central meeting point or time this year - entirely your choice! Share your experience - All details are here! 


We can't wait to spend a Halloween Spooky Movie Night with you on Friday, October 22nd! We'll be outside on the black top so bring your blankets and yoga mats to sit on and tune in for the show. While we aren't charging for formal admission fees, we are asking for a suggested donation for the evening of activities ($5 per person, $10 per family, more always welcome). You can also pre-order Dominoes Pizza thanks to our 6th grade who'll be managing that. All the details on the night are here in the flier! Visit Pay4SchoolStuff to get your donations and pre-orders in or turn in a check with the form here. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team and Mr. Fenton for helping us with all the details!

HELP IN THE GARDEN ON OCT. 9 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. 


Join us for our 2nd PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, October 14th. We'll talk about upcoming plans for the fall and have a Q&A with Dr. Z. Join us here or call in to 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 958 6180 1480. 


Thank you to those who have already turned in your membership. Just a reminder that 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 what you can and become a member. See Family Forms details here and Teacher discount form here. See our cool thank you gifts in our Family Forms. You can sign up online at http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com too!