FH Weekly Update - 11/7/21

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope you are well! A moment that many of us have been waiting for has arrived - community clinics and local pediatricians have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

This week, we are excited to share that our Book Fair is finally returning! Ms. Trott has been hard at work developing a new schedule to keep us safe inside while also offering some weekend times next Saturday (at the same time as our outdoor Green Team work session). On Thursday we celebrate Veterans' Day. We are thankful for our school community and family members who have served, or are currently serving our country. FCPS has scheduled a 2-hour early release for Veteran’s Day. 

Additionally, on Monday we are having our first lunches for our Soaring Eagles Citizenship Award winners for first quarter. Each teacher selected two students to be recognized based not on academic performance, but rather on exemplary showcasing of our Positivity Project traits. These students have been models for their peers and contributed to our wonderful school culture. They will be invited to eat lunch with the principals and school counselors, and will receive a variety of prizes. Thank you to Mrs. Coleman and Ms. Hill for organizing this great recognition program. 

We have extended our parent support SignUpGenius through November. We are hoping to continue our optional outdoor lunches as long as the weather remains mild and will allow students to bring their jackets outside. Thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2021-22 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 10 - Q1 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • November 11 - Veterans' Day, 2-hour early release at 2:10
  • November 11-12 - Book Fair Preview for Students
  • November 13 - Green Team Weekend Session and Book Fair, 8:30 - 12:00
  • November 17 - PTA Meeting, 8PM

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. 



Positivity Project: Bravery


Individuals with this strength may be described as:

  • Courageous
  • Valorous
  • Heroic

Individuals with this strength may act, feel or say the following things:

  • I would prefer to try and fail, than never to have tried at all.
  • Doing what is right is the most important thing
  • I know what I am afraid of and take action to overcome my fears.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

Activating ParentVue Accounts

The SIS - Student Information System - is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Freedom Hill families have already activated the SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (http://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account. Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Staff Annoucements

We are excited to share several staff announcements! Please join me in celebrating with our staff as we look forward to new little Eagles joining our school family: 

  • Mrs. Canape will be returning from her maternity leave on November 19! We are excited for her to return and are thankful for our wonderful long-term substitute, Ms. Gibson, for being such a fabulous teacher for our students.
  • Mrs. Coleman, one of our school counselors, and her husband are expecting their first child this spring! Congratulations!
  • Mrs. Hollaar, our first grade teacher, and her husband are expecting their first child this spring. Congratulations!
  • Mr. Kopacz, our Assistant Principal, and his wife are expecting a baby boy this spring. Congratulations!

Book Fair Returns!

We're so excited to be bringing the book fair back to the Freedom Hill library IN PERSON! Please see the linked details below in the PTA section. 

Scoliosis Fact Sheet for Parents of 5th/6th Graders

Families of 5th and 6th grade students: Please check out the Scoliosis Fact Sheet 

PTA Updates

We hope your family had a wonderful weekend and is adjusting to daylight savings. Please note our International Parade is being rescheduled to Spring instead of in November.


We're so excited to bring our FHES Scholastic Book Fair back to students! Join us for the Fall is in the Air event on Saturday, Nov. 13th from 10am-1pm on the black top. Lots of other opportunities to purchase books (in person at school and online) as well. All the details are here in the flier! Shop online starting Nov. 11 at https://tinyurl.com/fhesfallbook. Contact Ms. Trott with questions. 


Our school’s food garden looks great and our beds are planted for the fall. Our next weekend work session will be on Nov. 13th, from 8:30 AM – 12 PM.  We will be focusing on laying down gravel pathways, cleaning up our pollinator garden, and cleaning up our front beds at school.  Want info about Green Team Activities and NEWS?  Sign up for our Mailing List using this form HERE.


If you missed the last PTA meeeting, here are the slides, minutes and recording with (Access Password: X78V=gp?). Next PTA meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 8pm. 


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!


There are Girl Scouts troops at Freedom Hill - it's a great leadership experience. Check out the flier for more info or contact Barbara Brown to get all the details.