FH Weekly Update - 10/17/21


Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We had another busy week of learning! It was great to see many families at our PTA meeting earlier this week. We are so grateful for our supportive PTA Board and all the parent volunteers. Our school and community partnership is one of the things that makes Freedom Hill a great place! And speaking of which, we are still in need of families to sign up to assist with our outdoor lunches!

On Friday, October 29, we will have an optional Book Character School Spirit day, which is the culminating day of our Harvest Spirit Week (see below).  Students may dress up as their favorite book character. If your child chooses to participate in this spirit day, please ensure that they have a school appropriate costume- including no weapons or full face masks. Protective masks covering the mouth/nose are still required.  Hats will be allowed but many not fully cover the head and face.  Students will be dismissed two hours early at 2:05 that day.  

Teachers will be meeting with parents as the quarter ends to discuss each student's progress and goals for the remainder of the year. Many teachers have already begun their first quarter conferences/family check ins.  

We hope to see you at Spooky Movie Fun Night on Friday!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • October 19 - AAP Level IV Info Night, 6pm (Link)
  • October 22 - Spooky Movie Fun Night
  • October 25 - 29 - Harvest Spirit Week
  • October 26 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle/Cold Stone
  • October 29 - First Quarter Ends, 2-hour Early Release Day
  • November 1 - 2 - Teacher Work Days, Student Holidays

RED Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

WHITE Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Safety First! Updates

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. 


AAP Level IV Information Night

From Mrs. Fredericks:

On Tuesday, October 19th, at 6pm we will be holding an information session for parents interested in referring their child for AAP services. This meeting will focus mostly on the process to apply for level IV AAP services (full time) for the 2022-23 school year and is intended for parents of 2nd-6th grade students. All are welcome!

If you would like more general information about AAP services, you can watch the video from the earlier Zoom session (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q42d_XFeOLI) or email me with any questions (TLfredericks@fcps.edu).  Also, please check out the AAP folder on Schoology.  There are links to forms, AAP details, slideshows, videos, and more.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 91756675953

Password: 598528


Positivity Project: Forgiveness


Individuals with this strength might be described as:

  • Compassionate
  • Merciful
  • Kindhearted
  • Well-Wishing

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

  • I can let it go.
  • I forgive you.
  • I don’t hold grudges.
  • I can move on from incidents.
  • I can understand why you did that.
  • Although what you did hurt me, I am ready to move on.
  • Forgiveness shows you are a strong person.

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.‘ ” – Oprah Winfrey


PTA Updates


Thanks to those of us who joined us last week. Here are the slides, minutes and recording with (Access Password: X78V=gp?) if you missed it. Next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. 


Only a few more days! We can't wait to spend a Halloween Spooky Movie Night with you THIS 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) which you can send via Pay4SchoolStuff. You can also pre-order Dominoes Pizza on Pay4SchoolStuff thanks to our 6th grade. 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. The forecast looks good but we have a raindate of Oct. 29th as a back-up. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team and Mr. Fenton for helping us with all the details!


We are excited for Halloween Spooky Movie night but we do need some volunteers to make this happen. Check out the sign up geniuses here and this special sign up genius for 6th grade parents/kids!


Join Tara Fredericks, AAP Specialist, to learn more about Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level 4 info for parents. This Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 6pm. All are welcome but the info is most relevant for parents of 2nd-6th graders. Click here for the link.  


For those of you whose children are doing enrichment activities, don't forget that classes begin this week. Reach out to enrichment@freedomhillpta.org if you have questions!


Join us for our next Family Dinner Out at Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery at 213 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5-9pm. You must tell BOTH places when you order that you are from Freedom Hill. For Chipotle, you can also order online with the code: MHLE4MG. Tell your friends and see you there!  All the info is here in English and Spanish

TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, WED. OCT. 27th Help thank our teachers for a busy first quarter with our Teacher Appreciation team, led by Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee. Donate on Pay4SchoolStuff by marking "teacher appreciation" to help contribute to a lovely breakfast from Marshall High School's Davis Center to treat our teachers on Oct. 27th! Or turn in this flier form with your donation to the PTA mailbox in the front office.


Congratulations to Jessica Cotto who won the September PTA Member raffle! Turn in your PTA membership to enter a win a gift card by end of October. 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!