FH Weekly Update - 11/13/22


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

Thank you to our veteran and active service family members who came in to visit our students in their classrooms yesterday. We are grateful and honored to recognize these individuals and thank them for their service as we reflect on the importance of Veterans Day.

This week is National School Psychologists Week. Thank you to our amazing school psychologist, Elyssa Bonner, for all she does to support our students and families. 

This Friday, we are excited to bring back our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Unfortunately, due to supply constraints, we will not be able to offer meals to parents/family members. Family are welcome to bring their own lunch to the cafeteria and eat with their child. Please check your son/daughter's lunch time here. When you enter the building, you will be invited to complete a "gratitude ring" that will be added to a large school display next week. We look forward to seeing you!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 14 - 18 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 15 - FLE Parent Info Night for 4-6, Link
  • November 17 - Makeup Picture Day
  • November 18 - Thanksgiving Luncheon (Schedule)
  • November 22 - FH Diabetes Awareness Day (Wear Blue!)
  • November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)

Holiday Generosity


We invite you to join our school community in supporting our families during this holiday season through the following:

  1. Donate a reusable shopping bag(s) to the front office to help us send home food and materials to families
  2. Drop off a gift card to a local grocery store (Trader Joe's preferred) at our front office. We will include these with gifts for families in need
  3. Contribute to the Girl Scout Cold Weather Drive. A box for collecting adult and children’s items will be placed at the school from 12/1-12/16.  Any new and gentle used coats, hats, gloves and scarves are appreciated. 

Arrival/Dismissal Safety Reminders

A reminder to our community that our school doors open at 9:05, and we do not have outdoor staff supervision before that time. Please do not drop off students before 9:05 at our front door. 

At the end of the day, parents picking up students should enter the Kiss N Ride line, or pick them up personally at the SACC doors. The front office doors are used exclusively for bus riding students. 

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!

Positivity Project: Gratitude



This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.


“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”  

                    ~Robert Holden


Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?

Native American Heritage Month

We will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month the rest of November. We would love to have parents of Native American descent to come and speak on our News Show in the morning, if possible. It would be for about 10 minutes. Our goal is to build awareness around the school community about Native American History and Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. We would love to get our parents and community involved. 

Dates: Nov 17,18, 21 or 22

If you are interested, would you, please email Mrs. Nash for more information and to sign up.  jthreatt@fcps.edu

We're Hiring!

We have one current job vacancy at FH:

  1. Student/Classroom Monitor - hourly position (7 hours, 5 days per week) supporting students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Please email Dr. Zapadka with your interest and resume.

FLE Parent Info Night - 11/15

We will be holding our Family Life Education (FLE) resource preview virtually on November 15th at 6 pm. FCPS implements a K-12 FLE program that adheres to state and Virginia Department of Education requirements and guidelines. There are two units of instruction that are designated as Family Life Education, Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development. Staff will be present to go over the curriculum materials and answer any questions that you may have. This night is designated to discuss the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Human Growth and Development curriculum for the lessons that will be delivered this year. A link was sent home via email for the meeting on Tuesday. The current dates for this year depend on grade level, but the lessons will be delivered before Winter Break. Opt outs were sent home; if you feel you did not receive one please contact your classroom teacher or Eric Kopacz, epkopacz@fcps.edu, or Ian Dowling, Itdowling@fcps.edu.

IEP Palooza

(3 December 2022, 8:30 AM - NOON at Annandale High School)

Sponsored by FCPS and Fairfax County SEPTA


This event will start with a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. It will be followed by breakout sessions that will cover the different components of an IEP document. There will also be a Special Education Resource Fair featuring information tables from community resources and service groups. CE Recertification Credits are available for FCPS Staff. Please register for free at www.FairfaxCountySEPTA.org

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PTA Updates

Thanks to everyone who came to our PTA meeting. We have a great turn out. Hope to see you at the Book Fair and at the Thanksgiving Luncheon this week!

Join your child for some book fair fun! Visit the library from 4:15-6:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week or during the Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday. You can set up your child with eWallet too and empower them to make their own book fair purchase decisions! That empowerment can start a love of reading. Plus 25-50% of sales go to the FHES Library! All the details are in the flier here. If you can help out Ms. Trott in the library in the mornings, she'd appreciate it. Sign up genius here.


We had some great insights on the book fair from Ms. Trott (especially with a demo of eWallet), the iPad initiative from Ms. Kelly (our Elementary School-Based Technology Specialist), and some good insights on the recess equipment process and how to volunteer in-school from Dr. Z and Ms. Bliss. Take a quick listen, and check out the meeting minutes or slides here. Recording is here and password is: 0*US2z*5


We had a great Teacher Appreciation breakfast this past Friday! Props to Sara Lyon and Sechin Lee for leading the effort on this and thank you to all our volunteers who helped with this effort!


LEDO PIZZA FDO 12/5 and 12/6
We're excited to partner with Ledo Pizza in Falls Church for a Family Dinner Out. 20% of all in person and take out sales those nights will go toward Freedom Hill so please join us there! The location is 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 (by Trader Joe's). Catering orders that week count too. Just mention Freedom Hill when you purchase! Flier is here.


We're looking for a new on-site coordinator for our after-school activities starting 1/9/2023-3/17/2023. This is a paid position for 1.5 hours a day Mon-Thur. after school. The primary responsibility is to take attendance and to remain with the students until a parent picks them up after class. So if you, a neighbor, or a high school/college student are interested in helping out our school please reach out to Ross Camara here
PLUS - If you are a parent or relative of a current student we include one free registration to an enrichment class.


Some key dates to mark on your calendar are:
Nov. 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec. 5-6 - FDO Ledo's Pizza in Falls Church
Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day (for those who celebrate)
Dec. 15 - AAP Level IV Referral Deadline
Dec. 19-Jan. 2 - Winter Break
You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here!