FH Weekly Update - 2/20/23


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you had a wonderful long weekend! We certainly appreciated the extra day of rest after a very busy beginning of February at Freedom Hill! So far this month we've enjoyed the Spelling Bee, Science Fair, and lots of learning each day. A shout-out to our AM News Team, who recently began using updated equipment as part of their daily broadcast to our school. Another kudos to our students who have begun to prepare our lovely school garden for the spring months (pictured above). They have harvested some tasty carrots and garlic!

As we look forward to March, on the radar are our annual Readathon, School Picture Day, the spring Book Fair, several assemblies, and more! But before March, don't forget about this Wednesday's Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night at 6PM! Our Freedom Hill dads/male caregivers are invited to bring their students to Freedom Hill for a pizza dinner and to learn about our new Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) volunteer program. Planning to attend? Please complete this quick form so we have enough pizza!


Looking forward to a great week,


Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal


Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • February 22 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Night, 6PM, SignUp
  • March 1 - School Spirit Wear Deadline (see PTA section)
  • March 2 - 2-hour Early Release
  • March 3 - No School - Professional Dev. Day for Staff
  • March 6 - 17 - 2023 Readathon
  • March 9 - Spring Picture Day w/ Victor O'Neill Studios
  • March 20 - 24 - Spring Book Fair, Volunteers Need (SignUp!) 

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.

2023 SOL Calendar


SOL testing will be taking place in the month of May this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only). These tests will be conducted during the morning of the dates listed in the table above. It is important that your child attend school on the dates designated for them to test.  Please ensure your child gets plenty of rest the night prior. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kopacz, our school testing coordinator.

Positivity Project: Humility




This week, we are focusing on Humility. You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.


"Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”

                                                          ~Rick Warren


Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How is being honest with yourself related to humility?
  • Would you be a good teacher of humility?
  • Why is humility important to lead others and to make a positive impact?

2023-24 Kindergarten Registration Open!

It is already that time of year to start planning for next year.  Our Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and our registrar, Ms. Sujo, will follow up with you.  



If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please register now.  If you have any neighbors with rising kindergartners, please send this information to them, as well.  



PTA Updates


Congrats to all our Science Fair participants! A big thanks to Kerrey Olden for helping to organize it! Be sure to grab your FHES Spiritwear online this week. You’ll want it for the Faculty Volleyball Game in April!



Congratulations to all the Science Fair participants. It was great to bring the event back and see all the creativity at work! Thanks to Kerrey Olden for organizing everything as well the volunteers – David Hays, Rachel Shabica, Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka. If you need a Science Fair certificate and didn’t get one, please contact Kerrey Olden.



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.



Come join feel Dads of Great Students on Feb. 22nd at 6pm in the cafeteria. There will be some pizza and overview of what the Watch DOGS program entails from Dr. Zapadka and Mr. Hay. Parents and students are welcome to come for the fun! Please fill out this form if you are attending. 



Bring your children their future middle school's spring play! See Into the Woods Jr. on March 17-18, 24-25th. You can purchase tickets here. Set in a fairy-tale kingdom, Into the Woods Jr. reimagines the Brothers Grimm tales with their narratives intertwined, and the various plots are tied together by a Narrator. The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. 



March 2 – 2 Hour Early Release, Readathon Author Event at School

March 3 – Student Holiday (Staff Development)

Early March – NNAT3 Assessments (Grade 1)

March 6-17 – Readathon

March 9 – Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 12 – Daylight Savings

March 16 – PTA Meeting Check out our FHES Calendar to plan further out in the year. Check out our FHES Calendar to plan further out in the year.