FH Weekly Update - 4/2/24


Principals' Message

Dear Freedom Hill Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! It is an exciting time "On the Hill" as we kick off the 4th quarter with our students back in the building tomorrow. Our staff have been diligently preparing this week - they've been working hard to complete grading for Q3, to develop instructional plans for the remainder of the year, and today they previewed coming changes to our reading and math curriculum, which will take effect this fall. We also held Kindergarten Orientation today, and loved meeting our soon-to-be Eagles! We are excited to be back in action tomorrow.  

As a reminder, this Thursday is Spring Picture Day. Students will be having an individual picture and class picture taken, and families will have the opportunity to purchase photos at the Victor O'Neill Studios website by logging in with your student's lunch number ten days after picture day. 

Also this Thursday, the two administrators will be leading a short virtual session in the evening to share information on the Virginia SOL assessments that students in grades 3-6 will be taking in April/May. This may be particularly helpful for grade 3 families with children taking the assessments for the first time. Please join us at the Zoom link below. 


In partnership,

Nicholas Zapadka, Principal

Eric Kopacz, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

FCPS Lunch Menu

  • April 3 - Q4 Begins
  • April 4 - Spring Individual and Class Picture Day
  • April 4 - FH Family Learning Series - The SOLs, 7:00PM, Link
  • April 10 - Eid al-Fitr, School Closed
  • April 11 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • April 11 - April PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7:30PM
  • April 19 - Freedom Hill vs. Westgate Faculty V-ball Game, 7PM

2024-25 Staff Hiring

We are expecting openings in the following areas, and ask for our families' support in referring interested candidates to us:

  • Teacher, Special Education (Autism)
  • Teacher, Special Education (Preschool Autism)
  • Instructional Assistant, PreK
  • Daily Substitute Teachers and Assistants 

Family Learning Series

Our expert Instructional Support Team is excited to share the dates and topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Sessions are simulcast in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you!


  • Introduction to Advanced Academics with Mrs. Fredericks (September 2023, Link)
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Screening with Mrs. Fredericks - for families with students in grades 2-6 (October 2023, Link)
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Pizza Night with Dr. Zapadka, Mr. Kopacz. Please email David Hay with inquiries. 
  • Introduction to Special Education & Section 504 with Mrs. Tingler and Mr. Grumbach (Link)
  • The Science of Reading & Supporting Your Child at Home with Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Mansuy (Link)

This Week

  • April 4 - All About the SOLs with Mr. Kopacz and Dr. Zapadka (7PM in English and Spanish, Zoom Link)

Kindergarten Registration

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Sujo, at ssujoromero@fcps.edu to schedule a registration appointment.


2024 SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing will be taking place starting at the end of April 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 below. As always, please try to avoid absences/appointments during testing days and ensure that your child has a full night’s rest and good breakfast on their testing dates. Thank you!


Solar Eclipse on April 8th

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8th, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. 

Because the timing overlaps with FH dismissal at 4:05 PM, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

PTA Updates


The PTA is looking for individuals to serve on the PTA Board next school year (July 2024 - June 2025). Position descriptions and an application form are available on the PTA website. Please submit your application by this Thursday, April 4th - it takes less than 5 minutes to complete. If you have an interest in any position or just want more information, please send a message to info@freedomhillpta.org.



Our next PTA meeting will be a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30PM.  Zoom link will be provided next week, and the agenda will be posted to the PTA website prior to the meeting. 



Mark your calendars for the annual Freedom Hill ES vs. Westgate ES staff volleyball game on Friday night, April 19th, from 6:30-8PM at Marshall High School. Students, families, and staff LOVE watching and cheering for Freedom Hill! Look for a flier to come home this week with more information. Don’t forget to pre-order your pizza and tickets, and sign-up to lend a helping hand during the event. 

Thanks to Rachel Shabica for coordinating with Westgate PTA to ‘serve’ a great time and we hope you ‘dig’ the event! (All puns intended!)



Save the date for another opportunity to dine out (or take out) with the Freedom Hill community on Tuesday, April 30th at the Vienna Shopping Center located on Maple Ave West in downtown Vienna. Grab pizza at Mod Pizza all day (10:30AM to 10:00PM) and dessert from Ben & Jerry’s from 4PM to 9PM. If ordering online at Mod, use code MODGIVES20.  The PTA receives a portion of all sales from both locations!