FH Weekly Update - 9/5/22


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable long weekend! We kick back into gear tomorrow as we continue our strong start to the school year. As a reminder, this Friday is our PTA Back to School Picnic. We hope to see you for a fun evening!

Over the next school days, our Kindergarten teachers and students will be participating in their annual "Color Days". We encourage your student(s) to participate to show support for our newest students at Freedom Hill!

Tuesday, 9/6 - Blue

Wednesday, 9/7 - Yellow

Thursday, 9/8 - Green

Friday, 9/9 - Red

Monday, 9/12 - Purple

Tuesday, 9/13 - Orange

As always, please reach out at any time if we can support your family. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • September 8 - PTA Fall Enrichment Opens
  • September 9 - Back to School Picnic, 5:30
  • September 13 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 8PM
  • September 20 - Family Dinner Out - Chipotle Vienna
  • September 28 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6:30-7:30PM

Dr. Reid Visiting Picnic


We're excited to share that Dr. Michelle Reid, the new superintendent of FCPS, will be joining our Back to School Picnic on September 9. She is looking forward to meeting the many wonderful faces of the FH community! We encourage you to say hello. 


More information on the picnic and preordering meals is available below in our PTA section.

We Are Communicators!

This year, we will be bringing you instructional updates and showcasing the great work of our students. As we work toward developing students who are ready to make their dreams come true, we are excited to share that Freedom Hill will be focusing on the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attribute of "Communicators" this year. Our teachers are already working hard to ensure that our students are developing their communication skills each day across a variety of subjects and contexts. 

In addition, our 5th grade team will also be piloting the FCPS POG POL (Portrait of a Graduation Presentations of Learning) program, in which students will not only be developing communication skills, but will also present their learning and growth before the end of the year. 


Attention 4th, 5th and 6th Graders!

Music Signup is Open! Playing an instrument and/or singing in chorus is a wonderful opportunity for a child, and allows for participation in fun school events like serenading the school at the holidays. Options for this school year are as follows:

4th Grade: Strings

5th/6th Grade: Band or Strings

5th/6th Grade: Chorus (in addition to band/strings if desired)

Please click the link below and fill out the Google Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hirt for band, Ms. Howell for strings, or Mrs. Canape for chorus.

SR&R Acknowledgement

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

The FCPS updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Staff News

Please join us in celebrating recent staff news:

  • Congratulations to our 6th grade teacher, Jasmine (Threatt) Nash, who was recently married!
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Emily Edwards (Math Specialist). She and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby boy, over the summer!
  • Please welcome new staff members to Freedom Hill - Jenny Lee (Public Health Attendant), Jensen Munoz (Student Monitor) and Hina Omer (Student Monitor). We are still on the lookout for another student monitor and great substitutes!
  • As part of federal ESSER grants, Mrs. Victoria Mansuy will be joining us for another year as a reading interventionist. 

Follow us on Twitter at @FreedomHillES or #FHHighlights


PTA Updates

We are so excited to see everyone at the Back to School Picnic this Friday! Get your pre-orders in to the office by Tuesday or online by Wednesday!


Come out for our Back to School Picnic on THIS Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm on the Blacktop. You can bring your own food, order a box lunch from Jason's Deli and/or grab a tasty ice cream from the Ben and Jerry's ice cream cart! NOTE: Ben & Jerry's will be donating 20% of proceeds to the PTA and a portion of the Jason's Deli order will go to the PTA as well. We're so excited for everyone to get together, play games and socialize.

Order your Jason's Deli lunch by Wed., Sept. 7th through Pay4SchoolStuff or turn in the paper form here by Tues., Sept. 6th to the office in the PTA Mailbox or through Wednesday folders. The rain date for this event is Sept. 16th.

We need your help! Many hands make the work light. Sign up for a short shift to help with the Back to School Picnic here on our sign up genius:  https://tinyurl.com/FHBTS22


We are so excited to introduce before and after school enrichment classes to you. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Lego Jedi Engineering, All Kids Sports, Musical Theater, Spanish, Soccer, Chess, Cooking and Scratch Jr (STEM). All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration opens this Thursday, September 8th at 9:00 AM and closes Tuesday, September 20th at 11:59 PM. More details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.


Come join us for our 1st PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 8pm. We will talk about upcoming events, review the proposed PTA budget and have a good conversation with Dr. Z. Join us here with this link or call 301-715-8592 with this meeting ID: 987 5424 4695 and Passcode: 742513. 


Come join us and support the Freedom Hill PTA with our first Family Dinner Out! Visit Chipotle on Maple Ave. on Sept. 20th between 5-9pm at 213 Maple Ave East in Vienna. 33% of our Freedom Hill sales go to the PTA. You must show the flyer in the store, or say Freedom Hill when you order or order online for pick-up using code A9ME3A7. Check out all the information on the flier in English and Spanish.


We need parent volunteers to help manage classroom funds, organize teacher gifts and assist teachers in planning when there are classroom activities (winter break or field day end of year celebrations). This is a great way to be impactful in your child's class and doesn't require a lot of your time. We still need room parents for Ms. Connors, Ms. Walker, Ms. Price, Ms. Bliss, Ms. Layne, Ms. Finkelstein, Ms. McFarland and Ms. Nash. Contact your teacher and Deb Speert to help. 



There are many ways to help the PTA including volunteering your time or giving a financial donation. To contribute financially, you can:

1) Go to Pay4SchoolStuff and select PTA Membership Donation

2) Print the membership and donation family form here (here for teachers). Fill out and return to the PTA Mailbox in the office with a check to FHES PTA.

Your donation goes directly to the programs sponsored by the FHES PTA that help to enrich our children's education. From orientations to educational programs to fun family friendly events, it all happens through the PTA! But we can't do it without your help - whether it's time you give or a donation. Join our PTA organization online today or volunteer for a position.