FH Weekly Update - 5/29/23


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We wish everyone a very Happy Memorial Day as we honor those who have given their lives in service to our county and to our American democracy. 

It is almost the end of May and there are only fourteen school days left in this school year. It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. We look forward to seeing families at our many end-of-year celebrations, concerts, and Field Day. Please keep an eye on the "upcoming dates" section below, and also our PTA section as they have some additional fun planned for all of us!

As a reminder to families, all library books are due June 2nd. If your child has medication in the School Health Room, a parent must come to FH by Friday, June 16 at 2:00pm to pick up the medication. We also have SOL retakes this week. If your child is participating, we appreciating you having them get a good night's sleep!

Have a great week!

In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar 

  • May 29 - School Closed - Memorial Day
  • May 30 - June 2 - SOL Retakes for Eligible Students
  • June 1 - PTA Meeting, 8PM, Link
  • June 6 - Strings/Chorus Concert, 6PM
  • June 8 - Band Concert, 6PM
  • June 9 - Field Day
  • June 8 - FCPS Family Information Session on ST Math - click to register
  • June 9 - FCPS Information Session for Rising Kindergarten Families
  • June 16 - Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar 

End of Year Testing Results

Most assessment reports are distributed centrally to families through SIS ParentVUE or mailed to the address listed in SIS for any student.  Not sure what assessments your student took this year? A list of tests by grade level is available.

Scores for the following assessments will be centrally posted in SIS ParentVue:

  • SOL Scores are expected to be in the week of June 12th (Grades 3-6)
  • iReady Scores are expected to be in the week of June 20th (Grades 3-6)

The following assessments will be centrally mailed:

  • VKRP expected the week of July 10th (Kindergarten)

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 - Autism

Yearbook Sales

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


Health Clinic Medicine Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is FCPS policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

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!


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

We hope you had a great Memorial Day! Check out the announcements below and join us Thursday for our last PTA meeting of the year virtually at 8pm!


Join us for the last PTA meeting of the year where we appreciate departing staff and 6th grade parent volunteers, our room parents, our PTA Chairs and our PTA Board. We will also have our election for the new PTA officers for 2023-2024 as well as go over summer spending budget items to be ready for fall. Join us for our virtual meeting here. Or call into 646-558-8656 with Meeting ID: 7519327167.



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!



We're excited to welcome the rising kindergarteners to Freedom Hill! Join us this summer at the Freedom Hill playground on the following playdates for a cold treat and a great chance to meet others! Info here.

Kindergarten playdates:

Wed, June 28th 6:30-7:30PM

Thurs, July 20th 6:30-7:30PM

Sat, Aug 12th 10AM-11AM

Have a neighbor with a rising KG? Please spread the word!



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.