FH Weekly Update - 3/12/23


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you are well! It was a busy week "On the Hill" as we had school pictures, an exciting 4th grade field trip to Gunston Hall, and our inaugural 6th grade Career Day. We also, of course, kicked off our 2023 Readathon. A big thank you to all of the staff and parent volunteers who made each of these events a success! Let's keep up with the good books this week as we look to end our Readathon strong. 

We hope to see you in the coming weeks with much more fun, including a PTA meeting this week, our spring Book Fair next week, and Family Dinner Out and 2023-24 Kindergarten Orientation all on the near horizon. If you are interested in signing up for before/afterschool spring enrichment, please remember that the signup ends today. 

Finally, the signup form for our Watch D.O.G.S. program is open. Please see below for the link. 

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

  • March 2 - 17 - 2023 Readathon
  • March 12 - PTA Enrichment Signup Closes
  • March 16 - PTA Meeting, 7:30, Link
  • March 20 - 24 - Spring Book Fair, Volunteers Need (SignUp!) 
  • March 21 / 22 - Spring Book Fair Family Nights, 4:30-6:30
  • March 28 - Family Dinner Out at Noodles & Co. and Midnight Treats
  • April 13 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar 

Positivity Project: Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others




This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching pillars of the Positivity Project. Identifying and appreciating the good in others can sometimes be difficult to do if we are too focused on ourselves.


“It’s not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”  



Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is expressing appreciation?
  • Why does it take COURAGE to express appreciation?
  • What are some ways you can show appreciation of others?
  • How does it make you feel when someone expresses appreciation?

Watch D.O.G.S. Signup

The signups for our daily Watch D.O.G.S. (Dad of Great Students) is ready! You can sign up to volunteer for a day at Freedom Hill with this link. Thank you to our "Top Dog" David Hay for organizing this for our community. If you missed it, you can learn more about the program in this quick video

The daily D.O.G.S. will report to the front office at 9:00 to receive their schedule. We look forward to it!


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.


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


Spring Enrichment closes TONIGHT on March 12th. Check out classes like PE Club, Scratch Coding, Spanish, Chess, Messiest Art Class Ever (but not in your house), Theater – Take the Stage, Cooking Around the World, Chemistry Creations, Young Diplomats, Fencing/Archery Combo, Floor Hockey, Multi-Sports from Love the Ball and Party like a Pop Star Dancing! We hope you check out these options as classes will fill up quickly. A huge thanks to Ross Camara for organizing everything for us! Check out the flier for details and visit the site to sign up. NOTE: Winter Enrichment ends with the last classes this week!



Read-A-Thon week 1 results are in and our Eagles love to read! We read over 160,000 minutes and raised over $9000!  We only need $1000 more to meet our school wide goal.  The kids really want to throw water balloons at the Principals during Field Day! It's not too late to register your reader (find instructions here) or donate here. For more information, please visit here or email readathon@freedomhillpta.org.



Join us for our regular PTA meeting on Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. We are excited to get everyone back together and talk about all the upcoming spring events! Join us at this link or dial (646) 558-8656 with Meeting ID: 751 932 7167. See you there! STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

Please help the Teacher Appreciation Committee thank Freedom Hill’s wonderful faculty and staff with a St, Patty's Day breakfast on Friday, March 17 from 8:30-10:30am! The PTA is requesting support for this event by providing breakfast items or with the setup or cleanup. Please sign up at www.tinyurl.com/FHESBreakfast. Food contributions can be delivered to the school the day before or to the front office by 8:15am the day of (March 17). Please label appropriately. If you’re not able to help this time with food or time, please consider donating to the Teacher Appreciation fund via Pay4SchoolStuff or by writing a check payable to Freedom Hill PTA. Please write “staff appreciation” in the memo. Checks can be dropped off in the PTA mailbox in the front office. Here's the flier for details on what items are needed!



We're excited to get back to our Family Dinner Out fundraisers in Spring! Join us on Tuesday, March 28th between 4-8pm at Noodles & Co. and Midnight Treats. For Noodles & Co, in restaurant and online sales count and 25% goes to the PTA. Be sure you mention Freedom Hill or show the flier in person or put in code: GIVING25 for online or app orders. Noodles is located at: 201 Maple Avenue E, Vienna, VA22181. For Midnight Treats, just mention Freedom Hill when paying!



March 2-17 – Readathon

March 16 – PTA Meeting

March 23 – Ramadan begins 

March 28 – FDO Noodles & Midnight Treats Check out our FHES Calendar to plan further out in the year. 

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