Bonnie Brae ES Updates January 24

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FCPS & Bonnie Brae Continue Universal Masking

We thank our families in advance for continuing to adhere to FCPS Universal Masking requirements. As FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand, shared in Friday's communication:

In accordance with state law, our regulation requiring universal masking remains in place until further notice. Students will be required to comply with the requirements of Regulation 2109.2. Face masks are included in the student dress code and failure to comply remains an SR&R violation. Intentional removal of or refusal to wear a face covering during the times face coverings are required by all students will be treated as a violation of Regulation 2613. In addition, per federal guidelines, students must continue to wear masks at all times on school buses or other FCPS transportation.

We are working towards a day when we can begin to roll back these safety measures, including universal masking. But for right now, we must continue to protect and serve all our students, including our most vulnerable. More than anything else, these mitigation measures allow them to safely remain in our schools.

FCPS Universal Masking Town Hall

FCPS staff will host two virtual Town Hall meetings this week about the continuation of Universal Masking in FCPS schools. 

Please join FCPS virtual community town hall on this important topic on Monday, January 24, from 7-8 p.m. (Register on Zoom.) We will also host a Spanish-language town hall on Tuesday, January 25, from 7-8 p.m. (Register on Zoom.) Both events will also be streamed via Facebook Live. We hope you will be able to participate. 

Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates January 21

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Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their support and flexibility during our first virtual snow day yesterday. Student attendance exceeded our expectations and we recognize this is a result of the partnership between Bonnie Brae and our families. For the time being, we will continue to have students take home their laptops home daily in the event of weather or if they are out of school for another reason. As a reminder, Monday is a staff development day for our staff and no school for students. We look forward to welcoming back students on Tuesday, January 25th. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal 

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal 

Bonnie Brae Elementary School

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department we have identified more than one student at Bonnie Brae who has reported testing positive for COVID-19 during the week of January 10 – January 14.  

FCPS also maintains a Covid-19 dashboard that is updated daily with cases from the school and division level. Parents interested in following specific numbers at Bonnie Brae can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website to keep you informed and aware throughout the week. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit the Virginia Department of Health website.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Other People Mindset- Supporting Others When They Struggle.

“A true friend encourages us, comforts us, supports us like a big easy chair, offering us a safe refuge from the world.” -H.Jackson Brown, Jr.

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Advanced Academic Services in Middle School

AAP services in middle school look a little different than in elementary school. Middle school students may receive services in IB Middle Years Programs, Honors courses, and full-time Advanced Academic services. Please review this document to see how services are provided in middle school and beyond.

Read more about Bonnie Brae's AAP Services.

Next Week: Winter Concert Information

With current COVID restrictions, our fine arts concert will be held this month on January 28. We will present a livestream and a recording of band (6th Grade), strings (5th/6th Grade), and choir (5th/6th Grade) concert next week! The livestream will begin at 9:15 AM via Zoom on January 28 and families are welcome to join.

We will record the concert during the school day in the morning in the event you cannot attend the livestream. After, we will send the recording via a link to families the following week. 

Below are the dress codes for each performing group.

  • Band: Black bottoms, white tops, and optional winter accessories
  • Choir: Black bottoms, white tops, and optional winter accessories
  • Strings: Black bottoms, white tops, and optional winter accessories

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to sharing this presentation with you! -BBES Music Department

Bonnie Brae's Virtual Learning Plan

We have prepared Virtual Instruction Guide for families detailing all of the necessary information your family will need to join us virtually. Additionally, here are the modified Virtual Learning Schedules for all grade levels and programs. 

FCPS shared that our next snow day and those thereafter will be virtual days running on an approximate two-hour delay schedule.  ALL elementary schools will run from 10:30AM – 3:15PM. See the planned schedule for our snow days below:

Read more about Bonnie Brae's Inclement Weather Plan including grade-level schedules, accessing Virtual Classrooms via Schoology, and Technology Information

Recap to our Parent Coffee

Thank you to those that were able to join us on Wednesday this week at our Parent Coffee. Highlighted was Quarantine and Isolation updates, mask policy, and a tech guide for parents supporting Virtual Instruction.

Our next Parent Coffee will be Wednesday, February 16 from 10:00 - 11:00 via Zoom. We hope to see you there!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week

Hate to cook, shuffling kids between activities?! Make dinner easy by joining us for an all week fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO! Get your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Chick-Fil-A!

The Bonnie Brae PTO is hosting an event at the Burke Centre Chik Fil A Spirit Week during the week of January 31 – February 4th anytime between 6 AM - 10 PM (5815 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015). 

  • 15% of all orders placed during the entire week will be donated to the PTO.
  • Be sure to mention Bonnie Brae Elementary when placing your order!

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

As a reminder, Monday, January 24 (professional development day), are holidays for students. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 25. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 24- Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
  • January 28- Winter Concert (Zoom)
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week
  • February 16- Parent Coffee (Zoom)
  • February 17- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • February 21- President's Day (No School)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates January 14

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Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

It has been a great full week of learning here at Bonnie Brae! I want to thank all of our families for the wonderful warm-welcome I have received this week.  Bonnie Brae is truly a special place, and I am so honored to be your principal. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Bonnie Brae staff and families this week. As a reminder, if you’d like the chance to connect with me briefly over Zoom (15 minutes), please email Kathy Rials ([email protected]) or Heidi Vallejos ([email protected]) to request an appointment. These meetings continue to give me a chance to get to hear about your family, to hear your Hopes and Dreams for Bonnie Brae, and hear what I can do to support the success of our Scotties.

Additionally, don’t forget to share your thinking with me through the “Bonnie Brae Descriptors” survey in which I am asking for input from our families. This very brief survey allows families to share with me 3-5 words they feel best describe the great things about Bonnie Brae. If you haven’t already done so, please take the time over the next week or so to open up the survey (linked here) and share your thinking with me. As an FYI, to respect everyone’s privacy, individual responses will only be seen by me.  😊

Enjoy the long weekend!   

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Family. Relationships. Success.

Bonnie Brae Elementary School

Preparing for Virtual Instruction

As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, we are also monitoring the forecast, which indicates the chance for inclement weather Sunday and Monday. Please take a few minutes before the weekend to prepare for the possibility of an inclement weather virtual learning day. Inclement weather virtual learning days will be announced in the same ways that we make all emergency weather announcements, which are posted to the web, text and email, social media, Red Apple 21 and through the local media. Information on how FCPS makes weather decisions is available online.

What to Expect on a Virtual Learning Inclement Weather Day Virtual learning will be synchronous or live, teacher-led instruction. However, teachers may prepare emergency asynchronous lessons that can be used if they have issues connecting due to power or other unforeseen circumstances.

The Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Schedule will be utilized.

  • ALL Elementary Schools will begin at 10:30 AM
  • ALL Middle and High Schools will begin on a two-hour delay
Bonnie Brae's Virtual Learning Plan

We have prepared Virtual Instruction Guide for families detailing all of the necessary information your family will need to join us virtually. Additionally, here are the modified Virtual Learning Schedules for all grade levels and programs. Our amazing teachers have worked hard this week preparing their Zoom sessions and Schoology Courses. In summary, all students will access Virtual Synchronous instruction in the event of a weather closure through their Homeroom and Specialist Schoology Courses. 

Read more about Bonnie Brae's Inclement Weather Plan including grade-level schedules, accessing Virtual Classrooms via Schoology, and Technology Information

FCPS shared that our next snow day and those thereafter will be virtual days running on an approximate two-hour delay schedule.  ALL elementary schools will run from 10:30AM – 3:15PM. See the planned schedule for our snow days above. Important information for parents:  

  • All instruction will take place through Schoology/Zoom.
  • Students and staff are all expected to take laptops home with them to prepare for snow and quarantine instructions (kindergarten will begin taking home devices on Fridays). Tech Support for Families page
  • On snow days, students should begin logging in at 10:15 AM to allow time to familiarize themselves prior to morning meeting. Student attendance will be taken.  
  • All Bonnie Brae students & staff will have a midday break for lunch, physical activity, and a break from screen time from 12:15PM-1:15PM
  • Students will access classroom instruction in their classroom Schoology/Zoom link for both Homeroom and Specialist Courses.
    • Academic blocks will begin with synchronous instruction, then teachers may assign students asynchronous work either on or away from their computers that relate to the content.
  • Specific specials schedules with Zoom information will be provided the day of any virtual snow day (specials schedules will be specific to the day of the week)
  • Preschool teachers will contact their parents and determine an age-appropriate schedule/day for their young learners
Immediate Technology Support

We also will have our Technology Team on standby each morning of Virtual Instruction from 9:45AM-11:00AM via Zoom. If you have questions or are having trouble, our Tech Team will get you right on track for a successful day!

Internet Connectivity- MiFi Devices

If you do not have internet service at home, you may request a MiFi device for your student. The MiFi will allow your child to connect the FCPS laptop to the internet for learning. The MiFi is filtered to block harmful or inappropriate websites. If you do not have internet access in your home, you may request a MiFi by contacting the Erica Demick, [email protected].

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department we have identified more than one student at Bonnie Brae who has reported testing positive for COVID-19 during the week of January 10 – January 14.  

FCPS also maintains a Covid-19 dashboard that is updated daily with cases from the school and division level. Parents interested in following specific numbers at Bonnie Brae can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website to keep you informed and aware throughout the week. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit the Virginia Department of Health website.

Navigating the Current COVID Surge

With the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout our region, we anticipate significant impacts on our day-to-day routines in school. While we know January won’t be “business as usual,” we want to have students safely in school where they can continue to have social interactions and learn with the assistance of highly skilled educators by their side. Our number one priority is to provide continuous in-person instruction safely. 

FCPS has been working hard to prepare for the staffing shortages that will impact us in every way - from classroom instruction to bus drivers to food service employees. We ask for your partnership and patience as we adapt our operations to keep students in school. 

Here are some ways you can help Bonnie Brae continue with in-person learning: 

  • Keep your children home when they are sick.
  • Have your child  vaccinated or boosted, which is the best protection against serious illness caused by COVID-19. 
  • Sign your child up for optional screening testing and make use of our diagnostic testing if your child has symptoms. 
  • Consider alternative ways to get your child to school, such as walking, cycling or carpooling, to minimize late arrival to school.
  • Remind your child about our layered prevention strategies including proper mask wearing, hand washing and using hand sanitizer. 
  • Apply to be a substitute teacher.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we navigate this surge with our focus on student safety and education.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Perserverance.

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding on the 20th.”  -Julie Andrews

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Lockdown Drill

The lockdown drill will be next Wednesday, January 19, 2022. This will provide time for staff and students to re-establish routines after an extended winter break. 

Lockdown Drills are used to describe security measures taken to protect against intruders.

  • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.

FCPS Lockdown Frequently Asked Questions

Robinson SS Rising 7 Session & Virtual Math Night Rising 7 Parent Session

Bonnie Brae's 6th Grade Parents should have received an invitation from Ms. Frank for the Rising 7 Parent Night Presentations via Zoom beginning at 7:00 PM on January 20. Read more about the Rising 7 Parent Night Presentation and resources available.

Virtual Math Night

Please join the Math department heads and representatives from both middle and high school math departments on January 18th from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM for Virtual Math Night.  During this time we will discuss some things to consider when selecting a math course for your student in their upcoming school year.  There will be time for break out sessions to have questions answered by representatives for select courses including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, AFDA (Algebra, Functions & Data Analysis), AP math courses, and IB math courses.  Please plan to join the Zoom Webinar session via the following link.  Google meet will be used for the breakout sessions.  Links for the breakout sessions will be shared during the virtual meeting on January 18th. 

Zoom link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94083057747

Parent Coffee Meeting

Every month, our Administrative Team offers an opportunity for our community to come together and hear about happenings at BBES! Please join us next Wednesday, January 19 from 10:00AM - 11:00 AM via Zoom. We will be taking time to review some of the latest Covid-19 health protocols and hear some tech tips in the event students would need to access virtual instruction due to weather. 

Winter Concert Updates

With current COVID restrictions, our fine arts concert will be held this month, instead of the usual December date. We will present a pre-recorded band (6th Grade), strings (5th/6th Grade), and choir (5th/6th Grade) concert next week!

We will record the concert during the school day and send the recording via a link to families the following week. Due to the snow week at the beginning of the month, we have pushed our concert day back to give our students more time to prepare.

  • January 28 – New Concert Date

Again, this concert will be recorded and sent to families. Below are the dress codes for each performing group.

  • Band: Black bottoms, white tops, and optional winter accessories
  • Choir: Black bottoms, white tops, and optional winter accessories
  • Strings: Black bottoms, white tops, and optional winter accessories

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to sharing this presentation with you! -BBES Music Department

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

PTO Meeting Reminder

Next Week, Thursday, January 20 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom.

The Meeting Agenda for December 2021 will be posted here and is also available on the PTO Website. Hope to see you there!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week

Hate to cook, shuffling kids between activities?! Make dinner easy by joining us for an all week fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO! Get your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Chick-Fil-A!

The Bonnie Brae PTO is hosting an event at the Burke Centre Chik Fil A Spirit Week during the week of January 31 – February 4th anytime between 6 AM - 10 PM (5815 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015). 

  • 15% of all orders placed during the entire week will be donated to the PTO.
  • Be sure to mention Bonnie Brae Elementary when placing your order!
PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • January 6- Three Kings Day
  • January 7- Orthodox Christmas
  • January 17- MLK Jr. Day (No School)
  • January 18- Robinson SS Virtual Math Night (Zoom)
  • January 19- Lockdown Drill
  • January 19- Parent Coffee (Zoom)
  • January 20- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • January 20- Robinson MS Rising 7 Parent Information Night (7:00PM)
  • January 20- End of Q2; 2-hour Early Release
  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 24- Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
  • January 28- Winter Concert
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae ES Updates January 8

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Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

Hello Bonnie Brae families! This is certainly a strange start to the new year, and for me as your new principal. While it has been different with five straight snow days, I am so excited to finally get to meet our Scotties next week! 

As you may have heard me say, family, relationships, and success are what drive me each and every day. To help me better get to know our families and build relationships, I’d like to offer to connect briefly over Zoom (15 minutes) with any parents and/or guardians who would like to meet with me in the coming weeks and months. These meetings will give me a chance to get to hear about your family, to hear your Hopes and Dreams for Bonnie Brae, and hear what I can do to support the success of our Scotties. To request an appointment, please email Kathy Rials ([email protected]) or Heidi Vallejos ([email protected]), or call the school at 703-321-3900. I’m looking forward to meeting with many of our families! 

Additionally, I have created a “Bonnie Brae Descriptors” survey in which I am asking for input from our families. This very brief survey allows families to share with me 3-5 words they feel best describe the great things about Bonnie Brae.  This will also help me understand all the amazing happenings here.  Please take the time over the next week or so to open up the survey (linked here) and share your thinking with me.  As an FYI, to respect everyone’s privacy, individual responses will only be seen by me.  😊

 

Enjoy these next few days.  I look forward to seeing many of you soon! 

 

Morgan Birge, Proud (New) Principal 😊

Bonnie Brae Elementary School

Navigating the Current COVID Surge

With the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout our region, we anticipate significant impacts on our day-to-day routines in school. While we know January won’t be “business as usual,” we want to have students safely in school where they can continue to have social interactions and learn with the assistance of highly skilled educators by their side. Our number one priority is to provide continuous in-person instruction safely. 

FCPS has been working hard to prepare for the staffing shortages that will impact us in every way - from classroom instruction to bus drivers to food service employees. We ask for your partnership and patience as we adapt our operations to keep students in school. 

Here are some ways you can help Bonnie Brae continue with in-person learning: 

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we navigate this surge with our focus on student safety and education.

Sincerely,  

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

Bonnie Brae Elementary School 

Preparing for Virtual Instruction: Student Laptops

All students (K-6) will begin to take laptops and charging adapters home daily, if weather or health trends warrant it.  As students begin to transport laptops home each day, it is important that laptops are brought to school fully charged.

To prepare for virtual instruction in advance, when your child brings their laptop home, please take the time at home to perform the following:

  • Log into student laptop with your student ID and password.
  • Connect your laptop to your home internet connection.
  • Log into Google account.
  • Log into Schoology. Make sure you can access your teachers courses.

If you have any issues with these steps from home, go to the Tech Support for Families page, to submit a ticket for support.

Internet Connectivity- MiFi Devices

If you do not have internet service at home, you may request a MiFi device for your student. The MiFi will allow your child to connect the FCPS laptop to the internet for learning. The MiFi is filtered to block harmful or inappropriate websites. If you do not have internet access in your home, you may request a MiFi by contacting the Erica Demick, [email protected].

Possible Transportation Delays

Transportation is experiencing a large number of absent drivers as we return from winter break.  The Transportation office will do their best to notify families if their routes are running more than 30 minutes late.  Routes that are running more than 10 minutes late should be posted in the bus delay system. Click on the link below to access the bus delay website. 

FCPS bus delay notification

Get Your Child’s Online Activity Report 

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families

You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours.

Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Prudence.

You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

“Discipline is what gives you freedom in life." -Jocko Willink, Navy SEAL

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Lockdown Drill

The lockdown drill will be postponed until January 19, 2022. This will provide time for staff and students to re-establish routines after an extended winter break. 

Lockdown Drills are used to describe security measures taken to protect against intruders.

  • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.

FCPS Lockdown Frequently Asked Questions

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year K-12 students in FCPS are participating in a Social-Emotional Learning Screener. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). You can find more information about the screener and the importance of social-emotional learning here. This screener will be a useful tool for us here at Bonnie Brae to learn how to best support our students and school community. 

Students in K-2 will take in the winter window. Students in 3-6 took the assessment in the fall however will NOT be participating in the winter window. 

If you choose to opt your child out of the SEL Screener, please return the opt-out form no later than January 18th. The form only needs to be returned if you DO NOT want your child to participate in the SEL screener. If applicable, please print and return to school or send via email to Jenny Martinez at [email protected]

Upcoming Winter Concert

With current COVID restrictions, we will forgo our usually in-person winter concert this December. Instead, we will present a pre-recorded band (6th Grade), strings (5th/6th Grade), and choir (5th/6th Grade) concert in January! The original date of January 14 has now been postponed due to the recent school closures due to Winter Weather. This will give our students ample time to prepare for their upcoming performance.

We will record the concert during the school day and send the recording via a link to families the following week. Below are the dates of the pre-recorded winter concert.

  • January 28 – Concert Date

Again, this concert will be recorded and sent to families. More information (dress code, etc.) will come in the following weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to sharing this presentation with you!

-BBES Music Department

Photograph Submissions

The 2021-2022 school year has and will always be a year like no other. To help us capture and celebrate these moments for all time, please consider submitting a candid photo of your students for our BBES yearbook. Consider capturing memorable moments throughout the school year such as spirit days, school activities, PTO events and more! 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week

Hate to cook, shuffling kids between activities?! Make dinner easy by joining us for an all week fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO! Get your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Chick-Fil-A!

The Bonnie Brae PTO is hosting an event at the Burke Centre Chik Fil A Spirit Week during the week of January 31 – February 4th anytime between 6 AM - 10 PM (5815 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015). 

  • 15% of all orders placed during the entire week will be donated to the PTO.
  • Be sure to mention Bonnie Brae Elementary when placing your order!
PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • January 6- Three Kings Day
  • January 7- Orthodox Christmas
  • January 17- MLK Jr. Day (No School)
  • January 19- Lockdown Drill
  • January 20- End of Q2; 2-hour ER
  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 24- Student Holiday /Staff Development Day
  • January 28- Winter Concert
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Welcome Back Bonnie Brae Families

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Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

Happy New Year! We hope that all our families have had an enjoyable break!  As we return from Winter Break, please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on Monday, January 3. If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice. Here is the Daily Health Questionnaire that should be used each morning. Children also should not come to school while awaiting test results or if a member of the household has tested positive. We appreciate your support in keeping the Bonnie Brae community healthy!  

There is free COVID testing for students who might be showing symptoms today, January 2. Please note that the location has changed to South County High School. Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This testing should only be utilized by students who are symptomatic, and want to know their health status before returning to school. Please note that this testing is not mandatory to return to or school. 

Scheduled appointments will not be available; however, you must register for an account in advance. The building will not be open for use so please plan accordingly. Updates regarding capacity limits will be posted to the FCPS Twitter account and as an alert on the homepage of the FCPS website

Students and staff should come ready to share their FCPS ID or student ID number. For students, registration will also automatically enter the child in their school’s optional screening testing. Parents/guardians must log in to the online portal after the diagnostic test is complete and withdraw their consent, to remove the child from the weekly screening testing pool. 

For regular drive-through diagnostic testing information and schedules starting January 3, visit this website. For information about other testing opportunities in Fairfax County, visit the Fairfax County Health Department’s website.

We are looking forward to seeing our students on Monday! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

Bonnie Brae Elementary School

  • January 6- Three Kings Day
  • January 7- Orthodox Christmas
  • January 12- Lockdown Drill
  • January 14- Winter Concert
  • January 17- MLK Jr. Day (No School)
  • January 20- End of Q2; 2-hour Early Release 
  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 24- Student Holiday /Staff Development Day
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates December 16

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Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Interim Principal of Bonnie Brae these past few months. It’s been my good fortune to experience the wonderful Bonnie Brae spirit shared by the students, staff, and families. Bonnie Brae has a terrific staff and is fortunate to have the support of a wonderful PTA and parents who truly are partners and their child’s education. I will reenter “semi-retirement” and continue consulting with schools across the U.S.  As you already know, Mr. Morgan Birge, will become Bonnie Brae’s new principal on January 3, 2022. I know he is excited to work with all of you and getting to know each of you.  He’ll benefit greatly from your positive support and active participation.

While we didn’t totally escape the challenges that COVID presented as the we began the school year, I believe we are on a good path moving into the new year.

I am hopeful that the coming months of ’22 will see an increase in the amount of after school activities we are able to host, both for our students and our school community.  Fingers crossed 😊

Thank you once again for the opportunity to be a Scottie, if even for a few months.  I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things that Bonnie Brae is accomplishing in the future. Please enjoy a restful winter break!

 

All the best,

 

Dwayne 

Dwayne Young 

Interim Principal 

Bonnie Brae Elementary School

Welcome, Principal Birge!

Bonnie Brae is excited to welcome Morgan Birge as our new principal starting January 3, 2022. Please join us in extending Morgan a warm welcome!

Mr. Birge is a proud product of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), growing up in the Springfield area and graduating from Lake Braddock Secondary School. He spent the first fourteen years of his educational career as a physical education teacher in FCPS. He also served as a resource teacher in the Instructional Services Department, where he helped usher in the county’s standards-based progress reports. Mr. Birge transitioned back to a school-based position when he became the instructional coach at Lemon Road Elementary School. He went on to serve as the assistant principal at Garfield Elementary School and returned to Lemon Road, where he has been serving as the assistant principal for the past five and a half years.

Read more about Mr. Birge.

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 1 positive COVID-19 case this week. 1 is a student and 0 are staff.

4 students and staff will be learning and teaching remotely while in a pause, quarantine, or isolation. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Optimism.

You expect the best from the future and hope to achieve it. 

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear any hardship today.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Get Your Child’s Online Activity Report 

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families

You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours.

Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

Outstanding Employees at BBES

The results are in! We are so proud of our winners here at Bonnie Brae. Please join us in congratulating the following staff members:

Outstanding Teacher Jessica Warr, Music Teacher Outstanding New Teacher Rachel Nguyen, Grade 2 Teacher Outstanding Operational Employee Katie Adriano, PAC Instructional Assistant Outstanding Operational Employee Lisa Jeffries, School Counselor Outstanding Leader Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal Winter Break 

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 20-31. Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

We hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season with time to relax and recharge! 

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year K-12 students in FCPS are participating in a Social-Emotional Learning Screener. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). You can find more information about the screener and the importance of social-emotional learning here. This screener will be a useful tool for us here at Bonnie Brae to learn how to best support our students and school community. 

Students in grades 3-6 took the screener in the fall window and students in K-2 will take in the winter window. 

If you choose to opt your child out of the SEL Screener, please return the opt-out form no later than January 14th. The form only needs to be returned if you DO NOT want your child to participate in the SEL screener. If applicable, please print and return to school or send via email to Jenny Martinez at [email protected]

Photograph Submissions

The 2021-2022 school year has and will always be a year like no other. To help us capture and celebrate these moments for all time, please consider submitting a candid photo of your students for our BBES yearbook. Consider capturing memorable moments throughout the school year such as spirit days, school activities, PTO events and more! 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

PTO Meeting Reminder

Tonight, Thursday, December 16 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom.

The Meeting Agenda for December 2021 will be posted here and is also available on the PTO Website. Hope to see you there!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week

Hate to cook, shuffling kids between activities?! Make dinner easy by joining us for an all week fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO! Get your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Chick-Fil-A!

The Bonnie Brae PTO is hosting an event at the Burke Centre Chik Fil A Spirit Week during the week of January 31 – February 4th anytime between 6 AM - 10 PM (5815 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015). 

  • 15% of all orders placed during the entire week will be donated to the PTO.
  • Be sure to mention Bonnie Brae Elementary when placing your order!
PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • December 16- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
  • January 6- Three Kings Day
  • January 7- Orthodox Christmas
  • January 12- Lockdown Drill
  • January 14- Winter Concert
  • January 17- MLK Jr. Day (No School)
  • January 20- End of Q2; 2-hour ER
  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 21- Mid-year Goal Setting Due
  • January 24- Student Holiday /Staff Development Day
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae ES Principal Coffee December 15th

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Monthly Principal Coffee

As a friendly reminder, we are looking forward to hosting our monthly parent coffee on Wednesday, December 15th from 10:00AM - 11:00AM through Zoom. We will be joined by our new Principal, Mr. Morgan Birge. Mr. Birge officially begins at Bonnie Brae on Monday, January 3, 2022, and we wanted to provide him with the opportunity to introduce himself to the community. If you are unable to attend the parent coffee, then we look forward to other opportunities for the community to meet Mr. Birge. As always, Mr. Young, Mrs. Woo and Mr. Hawk will be available for questions, wonderings and conversations similar to our previous coffee's as well. 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates December 10

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COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 1 positive COVID-19 case this week. 1 is a student and 0 are staff.

6 students and staff will be learning and teaching remotely while in a pause, quarantine, or isolation. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Student Quarantine FCPS Return to In-Person Instruction and FCPS Activities Options

For students who are temporarily paused due to COVID exposure, they will be following the below quarantining guidelines (families will have 3 options). SACC will maintain the 14 day quarantining period only.

Additionally, if needed, please reference the available COVID diagnostic testing sites for students and staff.

  14-day 10-day 7-day with Negative Test (effective Dec. 6th) Return Day Day 15 Day 11 Day 8 or later Return Conditions Symptom free Symptom free

Symptom free 

AND

Negative Rapid Antigen or PCR test taken Day 5 of quarantine or later

Required Documents to be Submitted to School SARA Alert Clearance Letter from Health Department

FCPS Pause Letter indicating return date (exposure in school)

OR

Return Letter for Outside Exposures indicating return date (exposure outside of school - parent must request letter from school as soon as student is quarantined by the HD)

Proof of Negative Test taken on Day 5 of Quarantine or later

AND

FCPS Pause Letter inidicating return date (exposure in school)

OR

Return Letter for Outside Exposures indicating return date (exposure outside of school - parent must request letter from school as soon as student is quarantined by the HD)

NEW: COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Available for All Students

All students now have access to COVID-19 drive-through diagnostic testing at locations across the county, including one in each of the FCPS school regions. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to test quickly to help reduce the spread of the virus. Testing is also a step in the return to school process following illness or exposure.

A full list of locations and schedules is available on our website.

Appointments are not required but families must register through FCPS’ secure online portal before testing.

More information about FCPS’ COVID-19 testing program, including diagnostic testing, is available online.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Self-Control.

You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. “If you learn self-control, you can master anything.”

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Lockdown Drill: January 12, 2022

On January 12, 2022 at 9:30 AM, Bonnie Brae will conduct a lockdown drill at school.

Lockdown Drills are used to describe security measures taken to protect against intruders.

  • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.

FCPS Lockdown Frequently Asked Questions

Responsible Digital Citizenship

There is an increasing trend of concerning behavior or dialogue that is occurring outside of school on Social Media Applications. To help address this concern, in November, we offered two sessions on Media-balance and Wellbeing to partner with parents, guardians, or caregivers. Specifically, we hope to continue our collaboration by increasing awareness and implementing proactive strategies to encourage forethought prior to taking inappropriate actions on social media platforms. The slides and recording(passcode: f?#Wt#xt0K) of these sessions are available for your review.

As part of Fairfax County Public Schools' continuing efforts to maintain safe schools, a confidential and anonymous FCPS Tipline is available to students, parents, staff, and other members of the FCPS community.

We encourage students, staff and community members to report safety and wellness issues, such as threats to self or others or, concerns about students’ overall well-being. Tipline users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Additionally, please feel free to reach out to our Mental Health and Wellness Team here at Bonnie Brae if your child may need assistance.

Upcoming Winter Concert

With current COVID restrictions, we will forgo our usually in-person winter concert this December. Instead, we will present a pre-recorded band (6th Grade), strings (5th/6th Grade), and choir (5th/6th Grade) concert in January!

We will record the concert during the school day and send the recording via a link to families the following week. Below are the dates of the pre-recorded winter concert.

  • January 14 – Concert Date
  • January 28 – Backup Concert Date (in the event of snow on January 14)

Again, this concert will be recorded and sent to families. More information (dress code, etc.) will come in the following weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to sharing this presentation with you!

-BBES Music Department

Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to  Kaitlin Burg, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Kaitlin Burg [email protected]. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

Photograph Submissions

The 2021-2022 school year has and will always be a year like no other. To help us capture and celebrate these moments for all time, please consider submitting a candid photo of your students for our BBES yearbook. Consider capturing memorable moments throughout the school year such as spirit days, school activities, PTO events and more! 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

PTO Meeting Reminder

Next week, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom on Thursday, December 16 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Meeting Agenda for December 2021 will be posted here soon. Hope to see you there!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week

Hate to cook, shuffling kids between activities?! Make dinner easy by joining us for an all week fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO! Get your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Chick-Fil-A!

The Bonnie Brae PTO is hosting an event at the Burke Centre Chik Fil A Spirit Week during the week of January 31 – February 4th anytime between 6 AM - 10 PM (5815 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015). 

  • 15% of all orders placed during the entire week will be donated to the PTO.
  • Be sure to mention Bonnie Brae Elementary when placing your order!
PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00AM - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
  • January 6- Three Kings Day
  • January 7- Orthodox Christmas
  • January 12- Lockdown Drill
  • January 14- Winter Concert
  • January 17- MLK Jr. Day (No School)
  • January 20- End of Q2; 2-hour ER
  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 21- Mid-year Goal Setting Due
  • January 24- Student Holiday /Staff Development Day
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates December 3

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COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 0 positive COVID-19 cases this week.

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Student Quarantine FCPS Return to In-Person Instruction and FCPS Activities Options

For students who are temporarily paused due to COVID exposure, they will be following the below quarantining guidelines (families will have 3 options). SACC will maintain the 14 day quarantining period only.

Additionally, if needed, please reference the available COVID diagnostic testing sites for students and staff.

  14-day 10-day 7-day with Negative Test (effective Dec. 6th) Return Day Day 15 Day 11 Day 8 or later Return Conditions Symptom free Symptom free

Symptom free 

AND

Negative Rapid Antigen or PCR test taken Day 5 of quarantine or later

Required Documents to be Submitted to School SARA Alert Clearance Letter from Health Department

FCPS Pause Letter indicating return date (exposure in school)

OR

Return Letter for Outside Exposures indicating return date (exposure outside of school - parent must request letter from school as soon as student is quarantined by the HD)

Proof of Negative Test taken on Day 5 of Quarantine or later

AND

FCPS Pause Letter inidicating return date (exposure in school)

OR

Return Letter for Outside Exposures indicating return date (exposure outside of school - parent must request letter from school as soon as student is quarantined by the HD)

NEW: COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Available for All Students

All students now have access to COVID-19 drive-through diagnostic testing at locations across the county, including one in each of the FCPS school regions. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to test quickly to help reduce the spread of the virus. Testing is also a step in the return to school process following illness or exposure.

A full list of locations and schedules is available on our website.

Appointments are not required but families must register through FCPS’ secure online portal before testing.

More information about FCPS’ COVID-19 testing program, including diagnostic testing, is available online.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on  Other People Mindset: Knowing my words and actions affect others. 

Everything that you do and say can affect people in a positive way. “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to  Kaitlin Burg, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Kaitlin Burg [email protected] Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN). Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Rebuilding our Inclusive Community Together.” Join us in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week December 6-12, 2021! Learn more here.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

Calendar Reminder and Cultural Observance Day: Bodhi Day, December 8 

Wednesday, December 8 (Bodhi Day), is a religious and cultural observance day. Religious and cultural observances are designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.

  • December 3- PTO Virtual Paint Night (7:00- 8:00 PM)
  • December 6-12- Inclusive Schools Week
  • December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES PTO Update November 29

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Good Morning Bonnie Brae Community,

We hope you had a joyous and restful Thanksgiving Break. We are certainly grateful for our Staff, Students, Parents, and Community members that we work with each and every day. 

Before registration closes, we wanted to remind everyone of the opportunity to sign up for a Virtual Paint Night. The registration deadline is today, Monday, November 29 and the link is below.

 

Sincerely, 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

Virtual Paint Night

Join us for a night of virtual fun on Friday, December 3 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM! Put on your painters' cap and follow along with Bonnie Brae's very own art teacher Mrs. Fuller!

She will guide you as you learn to paint your very own canvas. Paint a canvas to hang in your home or a gift for the holidays while having fun with your friends! Painting that will be done is shown to the right.

Registration of $35 Includes:

1 Hour Virtual Fun with Ms. Miller

Family Art Kit

  • 4 9x12 Canvases (Additional Canvases $2 each)
  • 10 Color Acrylic Paint Set
  • 10 Brush Set
  • 4 Paint Palettes​

Register by Monday, Nov. 29thRegistration Link Here.

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • December 3- PTO Virtual Paint Night (7:00- 8:00 PM)
  • December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates November 19

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Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We wanted send a quick reminder that next week is a short week, and school is in session on Monday and Tuesday only. We hope that you have plans to spend time with family and friends, and we look forward to hearing stories from our students when we return. Because next week is a short week, we will also not be sending a community newsletter. We will resume the week of November 29th. 

Wishing everyone a joyous and restful week ahead!

 

Sincerely, 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 0 positive COVID-19 cases this week.

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next two  week's leading up to Thanksgiving, the focus will be on  Gratitude.

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. “Be thankful for what you have.”

 

Following our Thanksgiving Break, our theme will be Kindness. 

You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people. “In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.”

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Thanksgiving Luncheon Update

Due to vendor and transportation issues, Food Services shared that schools will not be serving Thanksgiving lunch this year. Traditionally, this was also a community event where parents came in to support. However, due to safety protocols, this will not be happening this year.

Thanksgiving Cafeteria Decorations

Our wonderful PTO has decorated the cafeteria with a Thanksgiving theme. Students were able to enjoy the decorations today and into next week. Since teachers have assigned students in the cafeteria every other week, we hope that this will allow for most, if not all, of our students to enjoy. Thank you so much, Bonnie Brae PTO!

Welcome to Our New Family Liaison

Santanisha Chang is our new Family Liaison at BBE. She is an educator, academic advisor and child advocate with significant ties to the Northern Virginia area. Ms. Chang has worked for many years as a substitute teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools. This includes working with all students and families within diverse populations. She is sensitive to the many issues that parents, staff and families encounter and believe working together is our goal.

Recap to Meetings this Week

We held several meetings this week and wanted to pass along the recordings and resources mentioned so that everyone could have the opportunity to watch them back and review.

    • PTO Meeting
      • Highlights: Building Renovation Plan, current budget expenses, upcoming fundraisers, and more!
      • Recording, Passcode: n+j"7N/a,<
    • AAP Meeting
      • Highlights: Informational meeting to learn more about Level IV services and how students are screened for Advanced Academic Services
      • Recording, Passcode: g879#H#@Sh
      • Slides
  • Parent Coffee
    • Highlights: Principal Updates, Meet our new Family Liasion, Presentation on Media Balance & Well-Being
    • Recording, Passcode: f?#Wt#xt0K
    • Slides
Robinson SS Tiny Tots Concert

The Robinson Symphonic Band is proud to present the 26th annual Tiny Tots Concert on December 2 and December 3 at Robinson's Russell Theatre located at 5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032.

  • General Admission is $5 and 2 and under are free!
  • Email [email protected] for additional details
Preschool Transition to Kindergarten

For our pre-school parents, FCPS holds Parent Meetings/Information Sessions to discuss the transition to Kindergarten. Please review the linked flyer for the meeting information.  If you are planning to attend one of the meetings, please email Dorie Johanns. Bonnie Brae is a school in Region 4, however, FCPS will share the same information at all of the meetings if you cannot attend the designated Region 4 meeting.  If you have any questions after the meeting, please reach out to Dorie Johanns to further discuss your child’s transition to Kindergarten. 

Saturday Enrichment Program through William & Mary University

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share their Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family.  SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning.  The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.   There are spring virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register

Outstanding Staff Nominations

Nominations are due today- November 19! Every year, parents, staff members, and the community have an opportunity to nominate Outstanding Employees at our school. Nominations can be made for Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, and Outstanding Operational Employee. If you'd like to nominate one or more of our amazing staff members, please review this Nomination Guide and complete the Nomination Form.  Thank you for recognizing the great work happening here at school. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Virtual Paint Night

Join us for a night of virtual fun on Friday, December 3 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM! Put on your painters' cap and follow along with Bonnie Brae's very own art teacher Mrs. Fuller!

She will guide you as you learn to paint your very own canvas. Paint a canvas to hang in your home or a gift for the holidays while having fun with your friends!

Registration of $35 Includes:

1 Hour Virtual Fun with Ms. Miller

Family Art Kit

  • 4 9x12 Canvases (Additional Canvases $2 each)
  • 10 Color Acrylic Paint Set
  • 10 Brush Set
  • 4 Paint Palettes​

Register by Monday, Nov. 29thRegistration Link Here.

PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
  • December 3- PTO Virtual Paint Night (7:00- 8:00 PM)
  • December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Thursday Meeting Opportunities

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Greetings Bonnie Brae Community,

We wanted to share a quick reminder of two meetings happening tomorrow, Thursday, November 18 with the links to join. 

AAP Level IV Information Meeting

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Parents may join our virtual informational meeting on November 18 at 10:00 AM or 5:00 PM hosted by Kaitlin Burg (Advanced Academic Resource Teacher) to learn about Level IV services and how students are screened. 

Our virtual meeting will be held in Zoom- Meeting ID: 955 1530 7598 and Passcode: 971462

PTO Meeting Reminder

Have you heard about the upcoming renovations at BBES? The FCPS Office of Design and Construction will be joining the PTO meeting on Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM to discuss preliminary plans. The agenda can now be viewed here. It will be a great opportunity to hear about the exciting new addition to Bonnie Brae and have your questions answered. The meeting will be held via Zoom.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
  • December 3- PTO Virtual Paint Night (7:00- 8:00 PM)
  • December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 14- Winter Concert (Choir & Band)
  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates November 12

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Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We are grateful each and every week for the veterans in the Bonnie Brae Community. If you haven't had the opportunity to view our virtual Veterans Day concert, please click the link below. It is one of many ways we were able to honor our veterans at BBES this week. Looking ahead to next week we are going to be hosting our November Principal's Coffee on Wednesday, November 17th at 10:00am. Our focus will be on student wellness in the area of Media Balance and Well-Being with our  Erica Demick who is our Bonnie Brae School Based Technology Specialist. In addition, Caitlin Burg, our Advanced Academic Resource teacher will be hosting a virtual information meeting on Advanced Academics on November 18 at 10:00am and 5:00pm hosted by Kaitlin Burg. We hope your children had a wonderful week and we are looking forward to seeing them back on Monday. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 1 positive COVID-19 case this week. 1 is a student and 0 are staff.

3 students and staff will be learning and teaching remotely while in a pause, quarantine, or isolation. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next two  week's leading up to Thanksgiving, the focus will be on  Gratitude.

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. “Be thankful for what you have.”

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Veteran's Day Virtual Concert

Fourth Grade honored the individuals who have served our country through music. The 4th grade students worked hard to learn songs about and to honor  our Veterans. This year, the 4th grade presented this concert virtually. We encourage you to share this presentation with your family, friends, and a Veteran! 

Below, Second Graders had the opportunity to listen to Col. Krafchick share his experience as a Veteran! Col. Krafchick has been a member of the BBES community and a father of two former Scotties! We are grateful for his service to our country and the time he gave to share his story today with the students!

Today and everyday, we are so grateful for our Veterans and the great sacrifice they have made to serve our country.

Parent Coffee Meeting

Every month, our Administrative Team offers an opportunity for our community to come together and hear about happenings at BBES! Please join us next Wednesday, November 17 from 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom.

This month, our School-based Technology Specialist, Erica Demick, will be joining us as we focus on Student Wellness in the area of Media Balance and Well-being

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise
 

 

AAP Level IV Information Meeting

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Parents may join our virtual informational meeting on November 18 at 10:00 AM or 5:00 PM hosted by Kaitlin Burg (Advanced Academic Resource Teacher) to learn about Level IV services and how students are screened. 

Our virtual meeting will be held in Zoom- Meeting ID: 955 1530 7598 and Passcode: 971462

Preschool Transition to Kindergarten

For our pre-school parents, FCPS holds Parent Meetings/Information Sessions to discuss the transition to Kindergarten. Please review the linked flyer for the meeting information.  If you are planning to attend one of the meetings, please email Dorie Johanns. Bonnie Brae is a school in Region 4, however, FCPS will share the same information at all of the meetings if you cannot attend the designated Region 4 meeting.  If you have any questions after the meeting, please reach out to Dorie Johanns to further discuss your child’s transition to Kindergarten. 

Saturday Enrichment Program through William & Mary University

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share their Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family.  SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning.  The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.   There are spring virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register

Thanksgiving Luncheon Update

Due to vendor and transportation issues, Food Services shared that schools will not be serving Thanksgiving lunch this year. Traditionally, this was also a community event where parents came in to support. However, due to safety protocols, this will not be happening this year.

Outstanding Staff Nominations

Every year, parents, staff members, and the community have an opportunity to nominate Outstanding Employees at our school. Nominations can be made for Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, and Outstanding Operational Employee. If you'd like to nominate one or more of our amazing staff members, please review this Nomination Guide and complete the Nomination Form. Thank you for recognizing the great work happening here at school. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

PTO Meeting Reminder

Have you heard about the upcoming renovations at BBES? The FCPS Office of Design and Construction will be joining the PTO meeting on Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM to discuss preliminary plans. It will be a great opportunity to hear about the exciting new addition to Bonnie Brae and have your questions answered. The meeting will be held via Zoom.

Virtual Paint Night

Join us for a night of virtual fun on Friday, December 3 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM! Put on your painters' cap and follow along with Bonnie Brae's very own art teacher Mrs. Fuller!

Register by Monday, Nov. 29thRegistration Link Here.

PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact [email protected] for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

  • November 17- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • November 18- AAP Level IV Meeting (10am or 5 pm- Zoom), PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 PM- Zoom), 
  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
  • December 3- PTO Virtual Paint Night (7:00- 8:00 PM)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES PTO Update- Thursday Night @ Five Guys

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Bonnie Brae PTO 

Scotties, do you have dinner plans on Thursday? Now you do!

Join us for Spirit Night at Five Guys this Thursday, November 11th from 4:00pm-8:00pm! Make dinner easy by joining us for a fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO!

Five Guys will donate 20% of all orders (Online Orders, Call-In, Walk-In) between 4:00pm-8:00pm to the PTO.

Don't forget to mention Bonnie Brae PTO when placing your order!

PTO Meeting Reminder

Next week, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom on Thursday, November 18 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Meeting Agenda for November 2021 will be posted here soon. Hope to see you there!

Membership 

Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership. 

  • November 17- Parent Coffee (10:00PM - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • November 18- PTO Meeting (6:00PM - 7:00 PM- Zoom)
  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae ES Updates November 5

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We are looking forward to seeing many of our students and families this evening at our PTO Glow Up Event from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at BBES. This is an exciting event to wrap up our week. Looking ahead to next week, our positivity project focus will be bravery. This aligns with Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11th. We are grateful for all of the individuals who have served our country. As a way to honor our veterans, our fourth grade and music team has created a virtual concert. Details of how to access the virtual concert are below. 

We hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend and are looking forward to another great week of learning. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 1 positive COVID-19 case this week. 1 is a student and 0 are staff.

5 students and staff are learning and teaching remotely while in a pause, quarantine, or isolation. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Bravery.

You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Veteran's Day Virtual Concert

Veterans Day is November 11, and the 4th grade would like to honor the individuals who have served our country through music. Over the past several weeks, the 4th grade students have been working hard to learn songs about and in honor of our Veterans.

This year, the 4th grade will present this concert virtually. Please click this LINK to view the Veterans Day concert. Students will also have a chance to view the video with their classroom teachers.

We encourage you to share this presentation with your family, friends, and a Veteran!

We are so grateful for our Veterans and the great sacrifice they have made to serve our country.

Thank you,

4th Grade Team

Music Team

Principal Selection Information
  • On Wednesday, October 26 our Region 4 Office offered an information session on the Principal Selection process. The recording for the meeting is now available; password- JzjP3#Zutb.
  • An advisory interview panel  (three staff and three parent representatives from the BBES school community) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15, 2021.  
Family Learning Session- Student Wellness

On Monday, our BBES Mental Heath & Wellness Staff members offered a Family Learning Session with a focus on Student Wellness. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with families on Mindfulness, Positive Reinforcement, Media Balance, and Growth Mindset. Thank you to all who were able to attend! If you can, please take a moment to provide us feedback and suggestions through this survey for future Family Learning Sessions.

Student–Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

We currently have 75% of our Federal Impact Aid forms signed and returned and need help getting too 100%!  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. We thank those of you who have already turned in your form.

Returning this form is important because FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3 million in unrestricted funds from the Impact Aid grant. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.  For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Additional information about the Impact Aid Survey can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/impact.

National School Psychology Week

During the week of November 8-12, 2021 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is "Let's Get in Gear." The theme's acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.

Our School Psychologist, Grace Sizelove, works to support and care for our students’ academic success and social and emotional well-being. Her role includes working directly with students as well as consulting with and supporting our school, staff, and families. Thank you for all you do Grace!

Thanksgiving Luncheon Update

Due to vendor and transportation issues, Food Services shared that schools will not be serving Thanksgiving lunch this year. Traditionally, this was also a community event where parents came in to support. However, due to safety protocols, this will not be happening this year.

Outstanding Staff Nominations

Every year, parents, staff members, and the community have an opportunity to nominate Outstanding Employees at our school. Nominations can be made for Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, and Outstanding Operational Employee. If you'd like to nominate one or more of our amazing staff members, please review this Nomination Guide and complete the Nomination Form. Thank you for recognizing the great work happening here at school. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Glow Up Dance Event

Join your Bonnie Brae friends on Friday, November 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm for a Glow Up Dance on the back blacktop. Mr. Collazo will be resuming his role as DJ so get ready for a great time. It is free to attend and each child will receive one free glow bracelet upon entry. The PTO will also be selling other glow in the dark goodies as well as concessions. Costumes are welcome.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult and anyone entering the school must wear a mask.

PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board. You can learn more about these positions here.  We will be accepting nominations at our next PTO meeting on October 21st. If you are interested, please reach out to [email protected] and [email protected]

Membership 

Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership. 

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 7

Don't forget to turn clocks back 1 hour on Sunday Morning!

Veteran's Day

As a reminder, Thursday, November 11, is a two-hour early release for students for the Veterans Day holiday. Classes will resume on Friday, November 12. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

  • November 5- PTO Glow Up Event (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  • November 8-12- National School Psychology Week
  • November 11- Veteran's Day- 2 hr. Early Release
  • November 17- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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5420 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.321.3900
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Bonnie Brae Updates October 29

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

It is hard to believe we are at the end of our first quarter. It has been exciting to have students back at BBES this quarter and want to extend our appreciation to all of our staff and families as we navigated various health updates throughout the quarter.

As a reminder, today is a two hour early release and Monday and Tuesday are teacher workdays. Students will not report to school on Monday and Tuesday.

Our staff will be collaborating, planning, connecting with families and finalizing first quarter progress reports. In addition, members of our BBES staff will be hosting a family learning session with a focus on social and emotional well being on Monday, November 1 from 10:00am - 11:00 am via Zoom and invite families to attend.

Our PTO has also been in the process of planning the Glow Up Dance event. Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating for this evening and the event will be postponed to Friday, November 5th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 

We are looking forward to a successful second quarter at BBES! As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have questions concerns or need for us in anyway, Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 0 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Perspective.

You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. The ability to stand in someone’s shoes.

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Bonnie Brae ES Family Learning Sessions- Student Wellness

Bonnie Brae is excited to offer families an opportunity to meet and learn with members of our Mental Health Team on Monday, November 1 from 10:00am - 11:00 am via Zoom for a Family Learning Session with a focus on Student Wellness. Our team is offering several sessions for families to learn strategies to support their children at home. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes and families will have the opportunity to attend two sessions. We look forward to connecting with families on Monday. Below is a preview of the sessions being offered by our own BBES staff. 

Breakout Group 1

Mindfulness at Home

Amy Marshall, Social Worker

Lisa Jeffries,School Counselor

Come learn about mindfulness strategies and how you can utilize them at home with your kids. We'll be sharing some different mindfulness techniques, resources, and at home activities.

 

Breakout Group 2

Positive Reinforcement at Home

Grace Sizelove, School Psychologist

Learn more about positive behavior supports and positive reinforcement tools that can be used in the home setting.

 

Breakout Group 3

Media Balance and Well-Being at Home

Erica Demick, School Based Technology Specialist

This Media Balance & Well-being session will provide key points, guiding questions, and links to resources to help parents/caregivers plan for healthy and balanced student technology use.

 

Breakout Group 4

 

 

 

Books that Promote Mindfulness in Kids at Home

Kate White, School Counselor

Come learn strategies and books that promote helpful conversations at home to support your child socially and emotionally. 

 

Breakout Group 5  

Helping your child embrace challenges through growth mindset

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal 

Kids face challenges at home and in school each day. The language we use can have a significant impact on how students respond to challenges. Come learn some phrases to help your child embrace challenges and develop a growth mindset. 

Veteran's Day Virtual Concert- November 11

Veterans Day is November 11, and 4th grade would like to honor the men and women who have served our country through music. Over the past several weeks, the 4th grade students have been working hard to learn songs about and in honor of our Veterans.

This year, the 4th graders will present this concert virtually. At the beginning of November, a link to a video will be shared with you via ‘News You Choose’ so you, your families, and Veterans can view and enjoy a presentation honoring Veterans.

When this link is available, we encourage you to share it with the Veterans you know!

We are so grateful for our Veterans and the great sacrifice they have made to serve our country.

Thank you,

4th Grade Team

Music Team

Principal Selection Information
  • This past Wednesday, our Region 4 Office offered an information session on the Principal Selection process. The recording for the meeting is now available; password- JzjP3#Zutb.
  • An advisory interview panel  (three staff and three parent representatives from the BBES school community) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15, 2021.  If you are interested in serving as an advisory panelist, please submit your information by close of business on November 1, 2021,  using the following link (https://forms.gle/PxgCXsUaWrUJegvNA).
  • Should you wish to submit other information you feel is vital in the selection of the next Bonnie Brae principal, such information should be sent to [email protected]. By Monday, November 1, 2021. Such information is confidential.  The above information and more will be reviewed at the meeting on October 26. WE hope that you plan to attend.
Student–Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning October 13, FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. We thank those of you who have already turned in your form.

Returning this form is important because FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3 million in unrestricted funds from the Impact Aid grant. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.  For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Additional information about the Impact Aid Survey can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/impact.

Reminder- Student Rights & Responsibilities 

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. These links are also available on our BBES Website.

All students in FCPS should review the Student Rights and Responsibilities.

  • Review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources
  • After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Acknowledgment Form
    • The form must be filled out for each child/student in grades K-6 in the household digitally or on paper
    • Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.
Community Review of K – 8 Language Arts and Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks

Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. 

K - 8 science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet

All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Glow Up Dance Event

Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating for tomorrow, October 29th. We are postponing this event to Friday, November 5th

Join your Bonnie Brae friends on Friday, November 5th, 6-8pm for a Glow Up Dance on the back blacktop. Mr. Collazo will be resuming his role as DJ so get ready for a great time. It is free to attend and each child will receive one free glow bracelet upon entry. The PTO will also be selling other glow in the dark goodies as well as concessions. Costumes are welcome.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult and anyone entering the school must wear a mask.

PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board. You can learn more about these positions here.  We will be accepting nominations at our next PTO meeting on October 21st. If you are interested, please reach out to  [email protected] and [email protected]

Membership 

Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership. 

Calendar Reminder and Cultural Observance Days: Two-Hour Early Release on October 29; Student Holidays November 1-2

As a reminder, Friday, October 29, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2, for teacher work days. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
  • November 1-2 Teacher Workdays (No School); Día de los Muertos
  • November 4- Diwali
  • November 5- PTO Glow Up Event (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  • November 8-12- National School Psychology Week
  • November 11- Veteran's Day- 2 hr. Early Release
  • November 17- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

These messages are also archived on our website

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@BonnieBraeES

5420 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.321.3900
Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae Family Learning Sessions on Monday November 1st

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Bonnie Brae Family Learning Sessions - Student Wellness 

Bonnie Brae is excited to offer families an opportunity to meet and learn with members of our Mental Health Team on Monday, November 1 from 10:00am - 11:00 am via Zoom for a Family Learning Session with a focus on Student Wellness. Our team is offering several sessions for families to learn strategies to support their children at home. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes and families will have the opportunity to attend two sessions. We look forward to connecting with families on Monday. Below is a preview of the sessions being offered by our own BBES staff. 

Breakout Group 1

Mindfulness at Home

Amy Marshall, Social Worker

Lisa Jeffries,School Counselor

Come learn about mindfulness strategies and how you can utilize them at home with your kids. We'll be sharing some different mindfulness techniques, resources, and at home activities.

 

Breakout Group 2

Positive Reinforcement at Home

Grace Sizelove, School Psychologist

Learn more about positive behavior supports and positive reinforcement tools that can be used in the home setting.

 

Breakout Group 3

Media Balance and Well-Being at Home

Erica Demick, School Based Technology Specialist

This Media Balance & Well-being session will provide key points, guiding questions, and links to resources to help parents/caregivers plan for healthy and balanced student technology use.

 

Breakout Group 4

 

 

 

Books that Promote Mindfulness in Kids at Home

Kate White, School Counselor

Come learn strategies and books that promote helpful conversations at home to support your child socially and emotionally. 

 

Breakout 5  

Helping your child embrace challenges through growth mindset

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal 

Kids face challenges at home and in school each day. The language we use can have a significant impact on how students respond to challenges. Come learn some phrases to help your child embrace challenges and develop a growth mindset. 

Calendar Reminder and Cultural Observance Days: Two-Hour Early Release on October 29; Student Holidays November 1-2

As a reminder, Friday, October 29, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2, for teacher work days. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

  • October 29- Book Character Day/Picture Day Retakes
  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
  • October 29- PTO Glow Up Event (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  • November 1-2 Teacher Workdays (No School); Día de los Muertos
  • November 4- Diwali
  • November 8-12- National School Psychology Week
  • November 11- Veteran's Day- 2 hr. Early Release
  • November 17- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

These messages are also archived on our website

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

5420 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.321.3900
Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae Updates October 22

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We hope you are having a wonderful week. Many of our students have been taking advantage of the great weather with our outdoor learning spaces and eating lunch outside as well. We recently had our second tent installed and are looking forward to creating opportunities for our students and faculty to utilize this space. 

Looking ahead to next week there are several events throughout the week planned for our students and community as we wrap up our first quarter. 

  • Our book fair will continue through October 29th with students attending with their class during the day and an opportunity for families to come in the evening on Monday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 27th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  
  • Region 4 leadership will be sharing an overview of the principal selection process on Tuesday, October 26th at 5:30pm. A Zoom link will be sent the day before. 
  • We will be holding our monthly principal parent coffee on Wednesday, October 27th from 10:00am - 11:00am via Zoom to share some Bonnie Brae and FCPS updates. 
  • On Friday, October 29th we cap off the week with Book Character Day and a Glow Up Dance Party from 6:00pm -8:00pm sponsored by our PTO. 

As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have questions concerns or need for us in anyway, Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Interim principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 0 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. We will follow the following guidelines that have been advised by the Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS. 

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school. Additional information regarding health protocols can be found in the FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Document

Communicating COVID-related Documentation

When you need to submit COVID-related documentation such as test results or physician notes, please send them to [email protected] to ensure the necessary parties obtain the paperwork.

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Creativity.

You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things. In what ways are you creative with your learning and thinking?

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Book Character Day - October 29th

To celebrate our school-wide love of reading and our curricular units on character, students are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a book on Friday, October 29th. Students are welcome to bring a copy of a book that includes the character they are representing. The book may be one that the child has either read, listened to or is planning on reading. 

Guidelines for Book Character Costumes:

  • Characters must be school-appropriate and from elementary/age-appropriate books.
  • Costumes may not involve blood or other horror type elements.
  • No weapons or masks that cover the entire face. 
  • Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day, including shoes for PE/ recess. 
Principal Selection Information
  • The Bonnie Brae community (parents, community, faculty and staff ) is invited to attend the Zoom meeting to be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. A link will be shared the night before the event and all attendees are asked to sign in to better facilitate the event.   
  • An advisory interview panel  (three staff and three parent representatives from the BBES school community) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15, 2021.  If you are interested in serving as an advisory panelist, please submit your information by close of business on November 1, 2021,  using the following link (https://forms.gle/PxgCXsUaWrUJegvNA).
  • Should you wish to submit other information you feel is vital in the selection of the next Bonnie Brae principal, such information should be sent to [email protected]. By Monday, November 1, 2021. Such information is confidential.  The above information and more will be reviewed at the meeting on October 26. WE hope that you plan to attend.
Fairfax County Youth Survey (6th Grade Only)

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. Sixth grader students at Bonnie Brae will take the survey in November. For additional information and opt-out information please click HERE.

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

Our BBES Scholastic Book Fair is set for next week, October 25-29. All classes came to the Library today, Friday, October 22 for a preview and had the opportunity to create a Wishlist. Next Week (October 25-29), students in K-3 will come during their Specials time and 4-6 will be assigned a time. All classrooms have been scheduled for both a preview and a checkout time.  For families, two evening slots for Book Fair will be offered on Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 both from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This year, families can prepare an eWallet for their students by visiting our Scholastic Page and adding funds. This would eliminate the need for students to carry cash on their own.

We are still in need of some Parent Volunteers to help support students browsing during the Book Fair. Please visit our Sign-up Genius if you would like to participate during the week.

Parent Coffee Meeting

Every month, our Administrative Team offers an opportunity for our community to come together and hear about happenings at BBES! Please join us next Wednesday, October 27 from 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom.

FLE Parent Preview

Last week ,Oak View hosted the 2021-22 Robinson Pyramid's virtual presentation of the Family Life Education Parent (FLE) preview for parents. If you missed it, here are the FLE Presentation Slides.

FLE Lessons are also available and posted on our Parent Schoology Page.

 

Bus Loop Safety 

FCPS continues to monitor the safety of staff, students, and community. Part of that safety includes physical safety in the bus loops. At the end of the day, when buses are arriving to pick up students in the afternoon, there have been reported safety concerns of families and students crossing through the bus loop. Please continue to use the sidewalks to ensure safety of staff, students, community, and bus drivers.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Glow Up Dance Event

Join your Bonnie Brae friends on Friday, October 29th, 6-8pm for a Glow Up Dance on the back blacktop. Mr. Collazo will be resuming his role as DJ so get ready for a great time. It is free to attend and each child will receive one free glow bracelet upon entry. The PTO will also be selling other glow in the dark goodies as well as concessions. Costumes are welcome.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. We are following our safety mitigations strategies - all participants must wear a mask.

PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board. You can learn more about these positions here.  We will be accepting nominations at our next PTO meeting on October 21st. If you are interested, please reach out to  [email protected] and [email protected]

Membership 

Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership. 

  • October 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair (students will attend with class)
  • October 25- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 26 - Principal Selection Process Zoom meeting at 5:30 pm
  • October 27- Parent Coffee Meeting, 10:00am - 11:00am (Zoom)
  • October 27- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 29 - Book Character Day 
  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
  • October 29- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 29- PTO Glow Up Event (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  • November 1 -Teacher Workday 
  • November 2 - Teacher Workday 
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

These messages are also archived on our website

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

5420 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.321.3900
Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae Updates October 15

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday  Bonnie Brae Community,

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of October. We hope that your week was as wonderful as our week has been at school. Here are a few things for your attention.😊

We continue to thank the many parents who continue to support our school by volunteering in our cafeteria! Each day your support is noticed by our students and staff. We can’t thank you enough!

Hopefully, you have seen the announcement from our Region 4 Superintendent, Ms. Gros about the principal selection process. Here are the highlights:

  • The Bonnie Brae community (parents, community, faculty and staff ) is invited to attend the Zoom meeting to be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. A link will be shared the night before the event and all attendees are asked to sign in to better facilitate the event.   
  • An advisory interview panel  (three staff and three parent representatives from the BBES school community) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15, 2021.  If you are interested in serving as an advisory panelist, please submit your information by close of business on November 1, 2021,  using the following link (https://forms.gle/PxgCXsUaWrUJegvNA).
  • Should you wish to submit other information you feel is vital in the selection of the next Bonnie Brae principal, such information should be sent to [email protected]. By Monday, November 1, 2021. Such information is confidential.  The above information and more will be reviewed at the meeting on October 26. WE hope that you plan to attend.

Just a note that classroom teachers have been reaching out to parents to have a conversation to connect with families about how the year has gone so far. The purpose of this conversation is to discuss how your child has returned to school and has adjusted to the new school year. This conversation might also include building friendships, being a good friend and classmate, how best they are learning, as well as other academic considerations. Please make full use of this opportunity to collaborate with your child’s teacher as we know our children benefit when parents and teachers are united and working to together on our students’ behalf.

As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have questions concerns or need for us in anyway, Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Dwayne Young, Interim principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 1 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 

1 is student and 0 are staff.

6 students and staff were learning and teaching remotely while in a pause, quarantine, or isolation. However, 5 students are no longer paused as of today.

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. We will follow the following guidelines that have been advised by the Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS. 

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school. Additional information regarding health protocols can be found in the FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Document

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Forgiveness.

You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.Why do you think saying, “I’m sorry,” can be hard for people? 

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got” -Robert Brault

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Fairfax County Youth Survey (6th Grade Only)

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. Sixth grader students at Bonnie Brae will take the survey in November. For additional information and opt-out information please click HERE.

Picture Retake Day- Rescheduled

Lifetouch has rescheduled our Picture Retake Day to Friday, October 29. If your student missed the September Picture Day date or would simply like a retake, they may get their picture taken on this day.

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

Our BBES Scholastic Book Fair is set for October 25-29. All classes will come to the Library on Friday, October 22 for a preview. During the week of October 25-29, students in K-3 will come during their Specials time and 4-6 will be assigned a time. All classrooms have been scheduled for both a preview and a checkout time.  For families, two evening slots for Book Fair will be offered on Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

This year, families can prepare an eWallet for their students by visiting our Scholastic Page and adding funds. This would eliminate the need for students to carry cash on their own.

We are in need of some Parent Volunteers to help support students browsing during the Book Fair. Please visit our Sign-up Genius if you would like to participate during the week.

Parent Coffee Meeting

Every month, our Administrative Team offers an opportunity for our community to come together and hear about happenings at BBES! Please join us on Wednesday, October 27 from 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom.

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

Oak View will be hosting the 2021-22 Robinson Pyramid's virtual presentation of the Family Life Education Parent (FLE) preview on October 18th from 6:00pm-7:00pm for interested families. 

FLE Lessons are now available and posted on our Parent Schoology Page.

To join this meeting via Zoom, please use this information below:

  • Copy and paste the following link into the address bar of your web browser:
  • Join meeting with the following methods
    • Phone one-tap:
      • US: +19292056099,,95954213524# or 
      • US:+13017158592,,95954213524#
Bus Loop Safety 

FCPS continues to monitor the safety of staff, students, and community. Part of that safety includes physical safety in the bus loops. At the end of the day, when buses are arriving to pick up students in the afternoon, there have been reported safety concerns of families and students crossing through the bus loop. Please continue to use the sidewalks to ensure safety of staff, students, community, and bus drivers.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Meeting Reminder

Next week, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom on Thursday, October 21 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. 

The Meeting Agenda for October 2021 will be posted here soon. Hope to see you there!

PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board. You can learn more about these positions here.  We will be accepting nominations at our next PTO meeting on October 21st. If you are interested, please reach out to  [email protected] and [email protected]

Membership 

Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership. 

  • October 18 - Family Life Education Virtual Preview from 6:00pm (Zoom)
  • October 21- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • October 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair (students will attend with class)
  • October 25- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 27- Parent Coffee Meeting, 10:00 - 11:00 PM (Zoom)
  • October 27- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
  • October 29- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

We hope you are having a wonderful week. We want to thank the PTO for all their planning and all of the families who showed up to movie night last Friday. It was perfect weather and great to see so many Bonnie Brae families.

As a reminder, this Monday, October 11th will be a student holiday for Indigenous Peoples' Day. This will be a professional development day for staff.

You may have noticed that the tent outside was recently moved for it to be more convenient for classes to be outside during the upcoming nice fall weather. This coming Monday, we will be adding additional picnic tables to the grassy area in front of the tent making it possible for more than one class to utilize this space for Outdoor Learning. Learning in nature provides many socio-emotional learning benefits to include-better attention and concentration, boosting moods, and increasing students engagement while they are at school. We will be sharing updates and pictures as students and classes utilize the new spaces to enhance their instruction and student learning. 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 0 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. We will follow the following guidelines that have been advised by the Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS. 

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school. Additional information regarding health protocols can be found in the FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Document

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Integrity

You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely. Having integrity means doing the right thing whether someone is watching you or not. What guides you when you are making decisions?

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

Our BBES Scholastic Book Fair is set for October 25-29. All classes will come to the Library on Friday, October 22 for a preview. During the week of October 25-29, students in K-3 will come during their Specials time and 4-6 will be assigned a time. Mrs. Lewis will be communicating a schedule for both preview and purchase times to classroom teachers soon. For families, two evening slots for Book Fair will be offered on Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

This year, families can prepare an eWallet for their students by visiting our Scholastic Page and adding funds. This would eliminate the need for students to carry cash on their own.

We are in need of some Parent Volunteers to help support students browsing during the Book Fair. Please visit our Sign-up Genius if you would like to participate during the week.

Hispanic Heritage Month is acknowledged annually from September 15-October 15. The celebration was created to honor the rich history, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Monday, October 11, is a student holiday and a professional development day for staff, in observance of  Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world.

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

Oak View will be hosting the 2021-22 Robinson Pyramid's virtual presentation of the Family Life Education Parent (FLE) preview on October 18th from 6:00pm-7:00pm for interested families. Additional details regarding how to access the virtual presentation will be shared closer to the date. 

Bus Loop Safety 

FCPS continues to monitor the safety of staff, students, and community. Part of that safety includes physical safety in the bus loops. At the end of the day, when buses are arriving to pick up students in the afternoon, there have been reported safety concerns of families and students crossing through the bus loop. Please continue to use the sidewalks to ensure safety of staff, students, community, and bus drivers.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board. You can learn more about these positions here.  We will be accepting nominations at our next PTO meeting on October 21st. If you are interested, please reach out to  [email protected] and [email protected]

Membership 

Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership

  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day

  • October 18 - Family Life Education Virtual Preview from 6:00pm
  • October 19- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 21- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • October 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair (students will attend with class)
  • October 25- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 27- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Our office hours of operation are 8:00am-4:00pm, and our instructional hours are 8:20am-3:15pm and you can always reach us at 703-321-3900.

These messages are also archived on our website. In addition, Bonnie Brae also has a TWITTER feed @BonnieBraeES and Facebook Page

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

5420 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.321.3900
Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

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