Scottie Tales for the week of February 22

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A Note From Your Principal

It was refreshing to get an actual snow day last week as it reminds me of how things used to be before the COVID pandemic. Even though things won't be "back to normal" for quite a while, having a snow day these days appreciate many things that we would have taken for granted in the past. I think it is one of the silver linings of this pandemic.

It is finally happening! Our first large group of students (PreK and Kindergarten) are set to return to in-person learning tomorrow and we could not be more excited to welcome them in. Thank to all of you who have had and continue to balance being a parent, teacher, guidance counselor, social (distanced) coordinator, on top of still being responsible for your career during these times. We are partners through this difficult time and I am hopeful this means there some sort of light at the end of this tunnel.

There is a lot of return to school information coming out, and staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next two weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. If you missed the PreK / K town Hall please take a minute to view the recording. All other meetings will be recorded and the link will be sent out the following day for those who were not able to attend.  Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Recording Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link (Spanish) Grades 1 & 2 March 3 7 pm - 8pm Guest Link  Grades 3 - 6  March 9 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link

(Spanish) Grades 3-6  March 10 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link 

 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) were sent out last week. 

As your return date gets closer transportation information will be available through ParentVue. Please login to get the most current bus stop and route information from there. If you do not have a ParentVue account reach out to our Technology Specialist, Erica Demick (eademick@fcps.edu) for assistance.

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule has changed this week.  Please take a few minutes to check out the Bonnie Brae website to find your grade level specific schedule.

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is being EXTENDED into this week due to the school closing last week. We will continue collecting food to support those families in our community who are struggling to stock their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. The food collection boxes are located in the vestibule.

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 

Upcoming Events
  • Feb 16-26 Bonnie Brae Give Back Food Drive (see message above)
  • Feb 25 - PTO meeting (Rescheduled due to weather) 
  • March 2 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall
  • March 3 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall in Spanish
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release
  • March 8 - No School - Staff Development Day
Winter Concert

The students participating in the band program have been working hard this school year. Take a minute to view their Winter Concert. You guys sound great! Keep up the hard work! The winter concert recording is here

5th / 6th Chorus 

Do you have a 5th or 6th grader who would be interest in chorus this year?

Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr are excited to welcome students back to the school! We are hoping, if space and time allow, to hold some sort of choir class this year.

If we are able to hold a choir class, students will wear masks and be socially distant.

If you are a 5th or 6th grade student and are interested in being in choir this year, please fill out the Google Form below! This form is not a sign up for choir but simply a form to gauge interest. More information to come!

https://forms.gle/iKeEAR44YJSdTMTb6

Calling All Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

SIBSHOPS: Virtual Workshop

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team

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Scottie Tales for the week of February 16

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A Note From Your Principal

Can you all believe this Friday is the midpoint of the third quarter, where has the time gone? Next Tuesday we are welcoming our PreK and K students back to in-person learning and we could not be more excited. 

There is a lot of return to school information coming out, and staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next three weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link  Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link Grade 3 - 6 March 9 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link

 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) will be coming home soon so be on the lookout for an email from your teacher. 

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule has changed this week.  Please take a few minutes to check out the Bonnie Brae website to find your grade level specific schedule.

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is off and running. We are collecting  food  to support those families in our community who are struggling to stock their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. The food collection boxes are located in the vestibule.

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 

Upcoming Events Winter Concert

The students participating in the band program have been working hard this school year. Take a minute to view their Winter Concert. You guys sound great! Keep up the hard work! The winter concert recording is here

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

SIBSHOPS: Virtual Workshop

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team

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Scottie Tales for the week of February 8

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A Note From Your Principal

I hope you all kept that shovel handy because it looks like we have more winter weather heading our way. It was nice to get out and see the children playing in the snow this past week, it almost felt like a real winter. 

There is a lot of return to school information below. Your Bonnie Brae staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions we will need to make Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next three weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link  Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link Grade 3 - 6 March 9 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link

 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) will be coming home later this week. 

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule is changing starting February 16. With the bell change, a new master schedule had to be adopted in order to meet all the needs of our students with a shorter school day. Please take a few minutes to check out the Bonnie Brae website to find your grade level specific schedule.

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is scheduled to start week of February 15th. We will be running a food drive at Bonnie Brae to support those families in our community who are struggling with food for their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 

Upcoming Events
  • Feb 15 - School Closed for President's Day Holiday 
  • Feb 16 - New Bell Schedule begins
  • Feb 16 - PreK / K Return to School Principal Town Hall 
  • Feb 16-19 Bonnie Brae Give Back Food Drive (see message above)
  • Feb 18 - PTO meeting
  • Feb 19 - Odyssey of Oddities Night
  • March 4 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release
Next FCPS Town Hall

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will host a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. to discuss the Return to School plan. Do you have any questions or concerns about what you can do to help prepare your students for their return to in-person instruction? Submit your questions in advance by email to returntoschool@fcps.edu or call in during the Town Hall at 1-800-231-6359. View the meeting on FCPS Cable Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or the FCPS website

SIBSHOPS: Virtual Workshop

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team

Future Scottie Tales

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Scottie Tales for the week of February 1

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A Note From Your Principal

Third Quarter started off with a wonderful display of winter. I hope between distance learning, you and your family were able to get outside and enjoy the snow that we have missed over the last few years. 

As a reminder, depending on how the School Board votes at their work session today, the new bell schedule (9AM-3:30PM) goes into effect starting February 16. More details about the new schedule and the return dates were posted in last week's newsletter and are available for review on the Bonnie Brae website.

This week is National School Counseling week. Please take time this week to reach out to our fabulous counselors Ms. Jeffries and Mrs. Kaniewski to share your appreciation for all they do for our students and families. I am so impressed with these ladies and the tireless work they do both with students and teachers to make sure we are meeting all of our students social emotional needs especially during these difficult and stressful times. 

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is scheduled to start week of February 15th. We will be running a food drive at Bonnie Brae to support those families in our community who are struggling with food for their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 

Upcoming Events
  • Feb 1- 5 - National School Counseling Week (We love our counselors!)
  • Feb 2 - School Board meeting (voting on Return to Learn schedule)
  • Feb 15 - School Closed for President's Day Holiday 
  • Feb 16-19 Bonnie Brae Give Back Food Drive (see message above)

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.

Community Input Needed

Our school is looking for your help! As we start the third quarter we begin looking to next school year and beyond. One project that is coming is the renovation of our school. The renovation of Bonnie Brae is scheduled to begin March, 2023. Between now and then we are in need of your help. We are looking for three to four members from the community to be part of the Design Committee. This Committee will meet regularly during the planning phases of the renovation providing input along the way. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. 

Design Committee Survey

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team

Future Scottie Tales

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Scottie Tales for the week of Jan 25

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A Note From Your Principal

Can you believe Quarter 3 starts tomorrow? It is crazy how time has flown since I came on in September. Lots of dialog is happening in regards to the potential return to in-person instruction in the next two weeks. Last week, Dr. Brabrand gave the School Board the latest version of the Return to School timeline which is below. I want you to be ready if the School Board approves the Superintendent's latest plan. 

Grade levels Return Date  PAC, ECCB, EAC Feb 16 PreK, K, Spec. Ed (group4) Feb 23 Grades 1-2 March 9 Grades 3-6 March 16

With this proposed Return to School schedule, Bonnie Brae will begin operating with our new bell schedule (9-3:30) starting on Tuesday, February 16 for all students. If this schedule is approved, we will be sending out information to each family confirming the days of the week your student is coming to school, bus stop information, mask and health guidelines, and more specifics about the return to school schedule. If there are class changes that need to be made you will be contacted at this time updating you on the change. Once the school board approves the return to school timeline, I will host a Townhall for each group to give parents specific details about the student's return and allow for time to ask myself and the Administrators questions you and your family might have. Lots of information is coming. We ask that you continue to be patient. we will send out the information as soon as we can. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 

Upcoming Events
  • Jan 26 - Third Quarter begins
  • Jan 27- Rising 7th grade Parent Night (see blurb below for link)
  • Feb 1- 5 - National School Counseling Week (We love our counselors!)
  • Feb 2 - School Board meeting (voting on Return to Learn schedule)
  • Feb 15 - School Closed for President's Day Holiday 
Rising 7th grade Parent Night

Robinson Secondary school is hosting a rising 7th grade parent information night on Wednesday Night. 

There will be sessions at 6:15 for our Rising 7th ESOL families (BBCU link), Spanish Immersion families (BBCU link), and Special Education families (BBCU link). 

Please fill out the following form for the 6:15 event, in case there is an issue, we can email you with updates. 

General session link:  Please join us at 7:00 to learn about our middle school course offerings for school year 2021-2022 for the class of 2027!  (BBCU link)

Community Input Needed

Our school is looking for your help! As we start the third quarter we begin looking to next school year and beyond. One project that is coming is the renovation of our school. The renovation of Bonnie Brae is scheduled to begin March, 2023. Between now and then we are in need of your help. We are looking for three to four members from the community to be part of the Design Committee. This Committee will meet regularly during the planning phases of the renovation providing input along the way. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. 

Design Committee Survey

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team

Future Scottie Tales

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Scottie Tales for the week of Jan 11

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A Note From Your Principal

As we saw last Tuesday night, the School Board has decided to pause all groups on the Superintendent's return to in-person instruction at this time. The pause will be in effect until the board meets again. The next School Board meeting is scheduled to take place February 2. As information becomes available, I will be sure to pass it on in a timely manner. 

With all that is changing around us please be sure to make time and space (if you choose to) to talk to your kids about current events in an age appropriate manner. From the pandemic, the civil unrest, the election and so on, there has been no shortage of impactful events throughout this year that has caused the young lives of our community to change in major ways that we might want to address. We try to shelter our kids but they are aware of our stress and it has an effect on them. When starting these conversations, begin by asking what they know and what they have heard, be short and direct with your answers, take time to ask how this information makes them feel and don't discount or dismiss their emotions. Give age appropriate facts and context when answering questions. If they ask why something happened avoid labels like "bad guys" or "evil." As parents, it is okay to not have all the answers; "I don't know" is an acceptable answer.

For more helpful tips on talking through these impactful times you are welcome to reach out to our amazing school counselors, Mrs. Kaniewski lekaniewski@fcps.edu (Grades 3-6) or Ms.Jefferies, lmjefferies@fcps.edu (Grades K-2) and they will be more than happy to help. 

There are many important dates to consider this month so please be sure to pay attention to the Upcoming Events section of the Scottie Tales. 

Thank you all for your continued support. We are a strong community and we will continue to get through this together. 

 

Best,

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride

Upcoming Events
  • Jan 18 - No School MLK Jr Day
  • Jan 20- No School Inauguration Day
  • Jan 21- PTO meeting 6PM
  • Jan 22- End of Quarter 2 - 2hr early release for students 
  • Jan 22- PTO Virtual Paint Night
  • Jan 25- No School Teacher Workday  

Virtual Paint Night is coming. Registration is still open. visit the PTO website to sign up.

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Happy New Year!

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A Note From Your Principal

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

While many are happy to say goodbye to 2020, I ask that you take time to reflect on the many successes from the first half of this school year. As parents and guardians, you have successfully managed to support your child(ren)’s learning from home. Our children have mastered online content and are conquering the digital world. Our teachers mastered new instructional models while maintaining the crucially important relationships with their students. Yes, 2020 was not what anyone imagined, nor a year anyone will soon forget. However, for all these reasons, and many more, I am so very proud. We are hopeful for the future and are gearing up for a great 2021 and second semester.

As we transition back to in-person learning, a bell schedule change is needed to ensure students are socially distanced and buses are cleaned following Fairfax County Health Department guidelines. Bonnie Brae's new bell schedule will be 9:00 AM -3:30 PM. These new hours of operation will be in effect starting January 12. These hours are a change from the previous released bell schedule change and are the most up-to-date information we have at this time. The new bell schedule will go into effect regardless of the school board's decision on returning to in-person learning or staying virtual. The next school board meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 5. Please be on the lookout for more details concerning the return to in-person learning for our students in the days to come.  

We have two weeks left in the second quarter, then students have a few days off (see below) after which we gear up for a great third quarter. Parents remember, you can request a conference at any time and checking in with your student's teacher is always a good idea!

We hope you enjoyed the Winter Break and had some restful, relaxing family time!

Thank you all for your continued support. We are a strong community and we will continue to get through this together. 

 

Best,

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride

Upcoming Events
  • January 12- New bell schedule (9-3:30) takes effect
  • January 18- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 20- No School- Inauguration Day 
  • January 22- 2 hour early release- End of 2nd Quarter 
  • January 22- PTO sponsored Paint Night (see flyer below)

Back by popular demand our very own Ms. Miller will be leading us in creating a wintery theme. 

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Scottie Tales for the week of 12/14

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A Note From Your Principal

Dear Bonnie Brae families,

It is certainly an interesting time as we begin various holiday seasons in the time of COVID-19. With the report of an increase in the community spread of the virus in Fairfax County and the approval of the vaccine imminent, many of us are also making plans for our winter break while waiting for release of firm plans on distribution of the vaccine and timelines. It certainly is a season like no other that I have known. 

As many of you are aware, our FCPS School Board discussed Return to School plans at their meeting last week. The DRAFT proposal for return to school dates is below. The is based on metrics and is subject to change; however, we felt it important that you have these dates as a heads up.  Please note that we will move to a revised bell schedule with the start of Group 5 students.  Our revised schedule will be 10:05 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.  This revised bell schedule will apply to all students, whether in person or virtual.  Please note this bell schedule is subject to change along with start dates.  

 

Student Groups Proposed In-Person Start Date Groups 1-5 (PAC, ECCP, EAC, PreK, K, select SWD students @ BBES) January 12 Grades 1 & 2 January 19 Grades 3 & 4 January 26 Grades 5 & 6 February 2


All of this will be revisited on January 5th at the School Board meeting.

Please keep in mind that these are tentative dates as health conditions can override these plans. Look for more information from Dr. Brabrand in the coming days.

As a reminder, we will need to make some teacher changes and adjust some students' in-person days as we phase into in-person learning. We do know that we will need to adjust our daily schedule in January and more information about this will be shared in the future. For all the latest on the health metrics driving Return to School decisions, please use this link.

We recognize that the constant change and evolution of decisions is exhausting and hope that this advanced warning is helpful.  We are so appreciative of the flexibility and grace you have shown and continue to show the staff of Bonnie Brae. 

Wishing you and your family a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year. 

 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride

Upcoming Events
  • December 17- Toys for Tots Drive Thru 2PM-4PM
  • December 17- PTO meeting 6PM
  • December 21- Winter break Begins
  • January 4, 2021- School resumes (Asynchronous for all)

Bonnie Brae ES in conjunction with Fire Station 14 will be collecting new and unwrapped toys from the community.

Congratulations Ms. Batty

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to Allison Batty, out long-time School Based Technology Specialist. Ms. Batty has been with Bonnie Brae the past 20 years supporting our staff and students with their technology needs. Thank you for your years of service Ms. Batty, and best of luck in your future endeavors. 

If you would like to send Ms. Batty a message you can email her at acbatty@fcps.edu

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Scottie Tales for the week of December 7, 2020

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A Note From Your Principal

Dear Bonnie Brae families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful break and special Thanksgiving. I know it was a very different holiday for many of us and I think it gave us an opportunity to focus on family and what we are grateful for. I know we are grateful for the community's support these past 8 1/2 months.  

It is hard to believe it is December! In two short weeks we will be off for Winter Break. This will be another holiday that we will celebrate in a little different manner than we have before. As the pandemic rages on and seems to be gathering up more steam, please continue to take care of yourselves by practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing your masks.

Due to the increase in the number of cases in the area, Dr. Brabrand sent out a communication to all families yesterday sharing that we will not be welcoming any new groups of students back to school in the month of December. The earliest new groups would come into the building is the second week of January. There will be a School Board work session on Thursday and we hope to have additional information at that time. As a reminder, we will need to make some teacher changes and adjust some students' in-person days as we phase into in-person learning. We do know that we will need to adjust our bell schedule and daily schedule in January. The new bell schedule that we will follow when we return will be from 10:05 AM - 4:50 PM. Please note this and make the necessary arrangements for your family.

As always, thank you for your patience and support as we go through these challenging times together. For all the latest on the health metrics driving Return to School decisions, please visit this link.

 

Thank you for your continued support, we will get through this with one another because of one another. We are a strong community and when strong communities face tough times they come out stronger.

Stay safe and take care of one another,

Jason 
#Scottiepride

Upcoming Events
  • 12/11- PTO sponsored Virtual Bingo Night- to sign up click the link HERE
  • 12/17- BBES Community Give back event- Toys for Tots donation drive-thru 2pm -4pm
  • 12/17- PTO meeting 6pm
  • 12/18- Last day of school before Winter Break
Bonnie Brae Gives Back

On Thursday, December 17, the Bonnie Brae staff is inviting the community to participate in our first of many Bonne Brae Give Back events. We are hosting a Toys for Tots Drive thru from 2-4PM. All online learning will conclude for the day at 2PM. We would like to see all of our students, who are able, to pick out a new and unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. They are in need of toys, to the tune of a 400% increase in requests for support this holiday season. It is time for the Scotties to step up! Pick up a toy, and swing by Bonnie Brae on the 17th between 2-4PM to help our community. 

Scottie Tales Weekly Newsletter

We will be sending out the Scottie Tales each week to keep you up-to-date on all that is happening at Bonnie Brae. If you know of a family who might not be signed up for News You Choose please forward them this newsletter or tell them to visit the school's website to signup so they don't miss out. 

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

Bonnie Brae PTO

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Virtual Bingo Night

 

The Bonnie Brae PTO is sponsoring a Virtual Bingo Night! 

Join us on Friday, December 11th 7-8pm for an hour of fun with our very own Mrs. Edmonson calling numbers.

Participation is EASY!

Sign-up via https://www.bonniebraepto.org/virtual-bingo-2020
We will email you a pdf of your Bingo cards - Print your cards before December 11th
Gather a bunch of pennies, Shopkins, Hatchimals, Legos, or whatever you want to use as your Bingo chips
A Virtual Bingo link will be emailed prior to December 11th
Log on and have fun!
$5 gets you 5 unique Bingo cards

Purchase as many cards as you'd like on the checkout page

All winners will receive a prize!

 

Sincerely,
Pamela Lepold
Bonnie Brae PTO Past-President

 

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