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Hello, Scottie families!
Thank you to Ms. Lewis and Ms. Cascio for sharing information about their respective roles (librarian and school based technology specialist) with us during our parent coffee this morning! A reminder of the community meeting that will take place next week at 6:30 PM on December 6, where information about the upcoming renovation will be shared. See the flyer and QR code about the meeting and the renovation below!
Finally, thank you to those who have contributed to our December Days of Cheer for our staff. We love our Scottie teachers and staff, and we appreciate all of the wonderful donations!
Have a great weekend!
Morgan Birge, Principal
Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal
Melissa Johnson, Assistant PrincipalFamily. Relationships. Success. Next Week's Events
- December 2 - National Special Education Day
- December 4-8 - PTO Chick Fil A Spirit Days
- December 5-9 - Inclusive Schools Week
- December 6 - Bonnie Brae Construction Meeting (Cafeteria), 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Upcoming Weekly Focus: Supporting others when they struggle
Character Strengths: When other people are struggling, I do my
best to help them out.
Quote of the Week: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by
what we give.”
-WINSTON CHURCHILLA few amazing highlights that happened this week... Save the Date! Bonnie Brae Construction Community Meeting- December 6
Bonnie Brae Elementary School will soon be under construction as work begins on a renovation that will provide modern amenities and add approximately 40,000 square feet to the building. A community meeting will be held with FCPS Design and Construction on December 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria to learn more about what to expect as we enter this new phase of the project. See this flyer for more details.
Learn more about the Bonnie Brae Elementary School renovation.AAP Updates and Reminders
Full time (level IV) referrals are due to Larissa Sheehan ([email protected]) no later than December 15. Additionally, you may submit a Parent/Guardian Questionnaire with your referral, both AAP forms can be found here.
Please visit our Bonnie Brae AAP website to learn more about AAP services provided at Bonnie Brae. A new, pre-recorded AAP Secondary Overview Recording has been added to the AAP Family Newsletters and Presentations section. This presentation provides families with information about gifted services, known in FCPS as “Advanced Academic Programs, or “AAP” in secondary schools. Additional information will be shared at Robinson’s Curriculum Night being held on January 16th at Robinson Secondary School.Need Warm Gear?
We have some new and gently used coats, hats and gloves at Bonnie Brae. If you are in need of these items, please contact April Bowman ([email protected]) to see if we may have something that will work for your child.Clothing Donations Needed
Bonnie Brae is in need of clothing donations for students in grades K-3. These donations are kept in our health room and are used to support students who might need an emergency change of clothes during the school day. Please consider donating any new underwear, gently worn or new sweats (or leggings), and socks for our primary grade students to the main office! Thank you for your support!Special Education Resources for Families
Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to help assist families of students with special needs.
- The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended.
- The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Sign up for their newsletter. Contact the FRC at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.
- Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected].
Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and students.Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon
One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices.
The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.
In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.
For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.Preparing for Winter Weather
Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.
FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.
Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey
Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.
Parents/caregivers, please share your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. An FCPS survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8.Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources
FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.
You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period.
Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.After School Programs - Winter Registration
After School Programs will be running a winter session! Registration for community-based programs is now open and registration for teacher-led clubs opens Tuesday (12/5) at 7pm and closes on Thursday (12/7) at 7pm. Admittance is on a first come, first served basis, and late registrations cannot be accommodated, so be sure to grab your spot! ! Needs-based scholarships are available. See our Winter After School Programs flyer for more details.Chick-fil-A Spirit Week
Skip the cooking AND help support our Sotties at Chic-fil-A where 15% of sales will be donated to our community!
When: ALL WEEK December 4-8 - breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Where: Burke Centre Chick-fil-A
Bring this flyer and mention Bonnie Brae Elementary Spirit Week, or use the mobile ordering code BBES23 to get credit!PTO Volunteer Opportunities are OPEN!
Join in the fun, make an impact, and get involved! Volunteering is one of the best ways to get connected with other amazing Scottie families. Your help makes a huge difference in the lives of our students, so sign up today to help make the magic happen! Bonnie Brae PTO LOVES our amazing volunteers!
- December 13 - Band Concert (Gym), 6 pm
- December 13 - Chorus Concert (Cafeteria), 7 pm
- December 15 - BBES Spirit Day
- December 18-January 1 - Winter Break (no school)
- January 9 - Winter PTO After School Program Begins