FH Weekly Update - 11/27/22


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Community,

We hope all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break! Tomorrow we are back to school as learning resumes through the December holiday season. The last month of the year is always a busy one at Freedom Hill! Please keep your eye on our upcoming events (through this newsletter and from your classroom teacher) for ways to be involved during this exciting time. 

In continued partnership, 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - School Resumes
  • December 5/6 - PTA Family Dinner Out - Ledo Pizza
  • December 8 - Cultural Observance - Bodhi Day
  • December 12 - Outstanding Employee Awards Submissions Close
  • December 15 -  AAP Level IV Referral Deadline

FH Outstanding Employee Awards

Hello parents! It is time for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards! We will be collecting kind comments for our teachers at the links shared below. If you have a teacher that you would like to share some great comments about, please click on the link below and find that teachers name. There is a very quick google form with descriptions of each category and directions to fill out to share your comments. This year, we will be using these comments for a special surprise for the teachers in the school. Please share your thoughts about your incredible teachers! The forms will officially close on December 12th. If you have any questions please reach out to Eric Kopacz, epkopacz@fcps.edu.

Outstanding Teacher- https://forms.gle/jnSNUeR73KpKASM29

Outstanding New Teacher- https://forms.gle/zgFsycM9XdwUmMss8

Outstanding Professional Employee- https://forms.gle/36zMSRsxGnGWyq1R6

Outstanding Operations Employee- https://forms.gle/FHL65Tpjq5UxSrqFA

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. 

Positivity Project: Kindness




This week, we are focusing on Kindness. You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.


"There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world.”  

                       ~Bob Anderson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you bring more kindness to our school?
  • How is kindness related to other character strengths?
  • Why is kindness such an important character strength?

FCPS Calendar Survey

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey was sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 this week.

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.


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 Resources Available

The FLE Parent Resources are now available on Schoology for parents to preview. The contents include the Human Growth and Development lessons that will be taking place in December, including specific lesson plans and media that will be used with students. In order to access the material, please log into Schoology using your SIS username and password. From there, navigate to the FLE parent preview through the All Parent Page. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Eric Kopacz, epkopacz@fcps.edu, or Ian Dowling, itdowling@fcps.edu.

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PTA Updates

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!


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.



Keep your kids entertained these upcoming winter months with before and after school enrichment activities. This is a great opportunity for your kids to check out activities like PE Club, Cooking: Savory & Sweets, Guitar, Basketball, Spanish, Potions & Explosions, Chess, Pottery, and Minecraft. All classes are conveniently at Freedom Hill before or after school. Registration opens Tuesday, December 6th at 9 AMMore details on the flier. For more information, visit the site for class descriptions.



Join the SEPTA (Special Education PTA) for an interactive resource fair about IEPs and community resources. This event will take place in person anytime between 9am - 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at Annandale High School located at 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, VA. Details here! You can: * Watch a simulated IEP meeting * Attend break out sessions explaining the various parts of the IEP This event is geared towards parents, school staff and students aged 14+. CE Credits available. Registration is free at www.fairfaxcountysepta.org



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:

Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day (for those who celebrate)

Dec. 15 - AAP Level IV Referral Deadline

Dec. 16 - Last Day to Register for Enrichment 

Dec. 19-Jan. 2 - Winter Break January  - Winter SOL Growth Assessments

You can always get the latest PTA calendar right here!