FH Weekly Update - 2/12/23


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

It was a fun week on the Hill! Last week we celebrated School Counselors Appreciation Week, held our Spelling Bee Finals (many thanks to Amit Sharma and Thyaga Nandagopal), had a special lunch with our Q2 Soaring Eagle Citizens (see winners below), and continued our year of learning! We invite you to join us this Wednesday evening for our annual Science Fair. Even if your student is not working on a project, there is much to learn by visiting the many interactive displays!

In other news, the School Board has approved school calendars for the next three school years. You may wish to print these for reference. The 2023-24 calendar is here, and you can find the additional calendars on the website

Wishing you a wonderful week! 

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • February 7 - 14 - Candygram Sales
  • February 14 - Spread the Love Day! Wear pink, red, or purple!
  • February 15 - Science Fair, 6:30PM
  • February 17 - SCA Meeting, 8:30AM
  • February 20 - Presidents' Day (No School)
  • February 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6PM

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar 


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.  Learn more about Black History month.

Congratulations Q2 Soaring Eagles!

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Last week we also celebrated our second quarterly Soaring Eagle Citizens. These students were selected by their teachers as students who showcase our Positivity Project traits, and who enrich our school culture through kindness, friendship, and respect. We hope they had fun eating lunch with our school counselors and principals! Many thanks to Ms. Hill and Mrs. Coleman for organizing this event. Congratulations to our Q2 Soaring Eagles:

Preschool / Adapted Programs:

Maayin P., and Spruha T. 


Riley B., Aahan G., Kevin M., Frederic F., Areen N., Liam L. 

1st Grade:

Yoseph B., Angela R., Sophia M., Cameron C., Faris S., Alex S.

2nd Grade:

Raoul C., Dalia O., Francis S., Veronica O., Kathia C., William H. 

3rd Grade:

Adonay G., Sammi A., Nyla R., Eyasu M., Michael P., Charlotte G., Tomas L.

4th Grade: 

Nicole T., Jane H., Ehan H., Angely M., Allisson P., Mohammad N.

5th Grade:

Bashar A., Salma J., Nasser S., Mia S., Wesam A., Ethan D., Ascary R.

6th Grade:

Amith C., Bianca S., William M., Sashank G., Melanie C., Justin G. 

Positivity Project: Love






This week, we are focusing on Love. You value close relationships with others and being close to people.


"Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

                                                          ~Dalai Lama


Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Why do you think defining love can be so difficult?
  • Are there times when love is difficult to give others?
  • Why do you think it’s often difficult to demonstrate love to our families and/or friends?

Spelling Bee Success!

We concluded the Freedom Hill Spelling Bee 2 days ago on Feb 08, 2023. The stars of the show were the contestants from grades 1 through 6. Each encouraged and supported their fellow eagles round after round. Each showed tremendous courtesy and grace before and after they spelled their word whether they got it right or not. Each showed immense physical and mental endurance, boundless courage and an indomitable spirit!  Each contestant is a winner – they inspired us and won our hearts and minds!

However, three contestants deserve a special mention -

  • Emily Zahalsky, a 4th grader from Hussin’s class was the second runner-up.
  • Anjali Sharma, a 5th grader from Bliss’s class was the first runner-up.
  • Kavya Thyagarajan, a 6th grader from Finkelstein’s class was the Freedom Hill Spelling Bee Champion! Kavya has our best wishes as she moves on to represent FHES at the Fairfax County spelling bee to be held on March 19th at the Lake Braddock School in Burke, VA.

The FHES 2022-23 spelling bee was a SUCCESS! We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the students, teachers, front office staff, technology team, facilities team, school administrators and the PTA parent volunteers and many more - Thank you!!


Thyaga Nandagopal & Amit Sharma

FHES Spelling Bee Coordinators and PTA Parent Volunteers

Staff Updates

  • Congratulations to 6th grade teacher Mrs. Nash! She recently completed a masters degree in Educational Administration and passed the School Leaders Licensure Assessment!
  • Please join us in welcoming Ms. Samantha Pineda to our staff as a Student Monitor. She is a graduate of Freedom Hill and is excited to return to our school to support our students and staff. 



PTA Updates



Candygrams for Valentine's Day are back! Order forms and notes are here with options to purchase lollipops. Sixth grade volunteers will be selling from Feb. 7-14. 



Have you been waiting for a FHES piece of clothing in a certain size? This is the time to order it! Spiritwear is on sale here and open until March 1st! Check out our store online. Spiritwear will be delivered approximately 3 weeks after the sale closes. Check out details here!


Freedom Hill’s Read Across America Read-a-Thon kicks on March 2nd with author Shannon Earle. All students will have a chance to hear from Ms. Earle about her book, The Penguin of Ilha Grande, and engage in a Q & A with her. All students who wish to order a book and have it personalized should send an order form (ENG)  (click here for Spanish) send an order form to school.  Books may be purchased on myschoolbucks or by cash/check attached to the order form. Any parent who wishes to purchase a book and request a personalization in person on the day of the event, may do so in the FHES lobby on March 2nd between 10:20-11:15. Let’s get ready to celebrate reading! Please contact FHES Reading Specialist, Ms. Rossman for more information.


ON THE HORIZON Check out our FHES Calendar to plan further out in the year. Check out our FHES Calendar to plan further out in the year.