FH Weekly Update - 5/21/23


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

It is hard to believe we are less than a month from the conclusion of the 22-23 school year! Our busy pace "On the Hill" continues, with SOL testing, student projects, and plans coming together for end-of-year excitement. It's also been so nice to see several Freedom Hill dads join us for school days as Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students - sign up below!). 

If you'd like to pre-order a yearbook, please see the link below. Now is also a great time to check the Lost and Found in the cafeteria for any articles of clothing you may have lost in the last few months. 

This week, we will be finishing our SOL testing, and we will begin makeups and retakes for qualifying students. We're looking forward to another week of learning with some beautiful spring weather!


In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar 

  • May 22 - 23 - SOL Testing Continues
  • May 22 - Girl Scout Info Meeting (see below) - 6:30PM
  • May 29 - School Closed - Memorial Day
  • June 1 - PTA Meeting
  • June 9 - Field Day
  • June 16 - Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar 

2023-24 Staff Hiring

As you may have heard, a shortage of educators currently exists locally and nationally. We would appreciate our community's support referring future educators to our school! Prospective educators can always email their resume to Dr. Z. with interest in working at Freedom Hill. Our current vacancies for 2023-24 include:

  • Classroom Teacher - Upper Grades (4-6)
  • Special Education Teacher - Intellectual Disabilities

Yearbook Sales

Yearbook sales have opened! Please see our flyer for ordering information.


Girl Scouts

Interested in Girl Scouts? See this flier and join the informational meeting on May 22nd at 6:30 PM. 

Join Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/j/99585437362

Meeting ID: 995 8543 7362  

Passcode: 00506

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.

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

It’s less than a month until school is out! See important announcements below.



Field Day will be on Friday, June 9th. Kindergarten through Sixth Grade will be participating from 9:30-11:45am.

We need volunteers to assist in running the activities. They'd arrive no later than 9:10am on the day of the event and stay until 11:50am to help with clean up. If you can volunteer, please fill out the Sign-Up Genius form by Friday, June 2nd. You will receive your activity assignment and details about Field Day through email shortly before the date. Please share if you have a particular station you prefer too!



The end of the year is quickly approaching. Get ahead for next fall and skip back-to-school shopping with our Sprout School Supply Kits for 2023-2024. It's an easy way to save time and money on back-to-school supplies and support your school community. Check out the flier here or order online with school code: FHES001. Deadline to order is June 20th!



The following is the PTA Board slate for 2023-2024:

President - Kerrey Olden

Vice President - Rachel Shabica

Secretary - Hyun Yoo

Treasurer - Emily Jacobs

VP, IT & Communications - Amber Halaka

VP, Membership - Angela Waugaman



McLean Shell (owned by a FHES parent) has partnered with our PTA to give back to the FHES PTA. For all customer visits, FHES PTA will receive a percentage of the services. Get your VA Safety Inspections, Emissions Inspections, and Oil Changes at McLean Shell, 1350 Chain Bridge Rd. Across the street, a car wash at 6717 Old Dominion Drive. For more information, call (703) 827-5765. Details here.



Marshall HS is is running a Boys Basketball camp June 28th – July 2nd this year and it is open to all rising 2nd – 10th graders.  Please see the informational flier and our online registration is here: Questions? Contact Jerry Lin at: clin@fcps.edu.