FH Weekly Update - 10/24/21

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

What a blast seeing so many families at our Halloween Spooky Movie Night! We hope you enjoyed the movie and the time together as much as we did. A big thank you to Tori Brent, our SACC crew, Mr. Fenton, Liz Spinney, Kerrey Olden, and all of our volunteers. This week, we are hosting our Harvest Spirit Week, which culminates with Book Character Dress Up Day on Friday (please - no costume masks or toy weapons at school). Also on Friday, "tiny pumpkins" will be provided for our PK-3 students to celebrate the harvest season. Thank you to Trader Joe's for the pumpkin donations!

With the quarter ending on Friday, October 29th, there is also a 2 hour early release for all students. Our dismissal time will be at 2:10pm on this day.  There are student holidays on Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd, while teachers are conducting parent teacher conferences.  We hope you have signed up for a time to connect and partner with your child’s teacher.

Last week, Superintendent Scott Brabrand presented the School Board with FCPS’s plans for the rollout of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for our students aged 5-11. The combination of screening testing and the expansion of vaccination to elementary school students are both aimed at keeping schools and offices safe places to learn and work this year. FCPS will continue to provide updates, so stay tuned for more communication. 

Finally, we have extended our parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our outdoor lunch as long as the weather remains mild. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • 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
  • November 4 - Cultural Observance Day - Diwali

RED Days This Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

WHITE Days This Week: Tuesday, Thursday

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. 


Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools - but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

Positivity Project: Creativity


Individuals with this strength may be described as:

  • Original
  • Imaginative
  • Innovative

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

  • I am always thinking of new ways to do things.
  • I have a large imagination.
  • I like to daydream.
  • Creativity takes courage.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

PTA Updates



What an amazing Halloween Spooky Movie Night we had on Friday. Thank you to Ms. Tori and the SACC team, Mr. Fenton, Liz Spinney, Kerrey Olden and all our parent and kid volunteers for making it an incredible evening for all!


Join us for our Family Dinner Out at Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery at 213 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna on THIS 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


To access the new Freedom Hill PTA AtoZ Connect site, visit https://freedomhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com. 1) Click "Register/Login", then "Create Account" (Create your family's account and click "verify my email".) 2) You've got mail! (Check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.) 3) Finish your registration (Parent/Family and Student Info & Directory Publish Preferences)


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 Wed., Oct. 27th! Or turn in this flier form with your donation to the PTA mailbox in the front office.


Help former FHES student, Jose Gonzalez, with his Eagle Scout project to get books in the hands of FHES children. Jose hopes to benefit students by building their family libraries and learn about the positive impact scouting can have on their lives. Donate books in the blue bin by FHES' front doors!