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Dear Bonnie Brae,

 

The second quarter will end on Friday, January 24th.  Students and teachers continue to work hard to reach our school-wide goals, and individual goals set in September.  We welcome opportunities to partner with parents to ensure student success. 

 

Bonnie Brae continues to lead the way for learning opportunities! We recently supported new teachers to the county. They visited our classrooms and observed student engagement.  Additionally, we invited a group of teachers to our school to see teaching and learning in co-taught classrooms.  The teachers and administrators were so excited about what they saw, they've asked to return with another group. Finally, we conducted lab-sites with the second and fifth grade teams.  It gave our teachers a chance to learn alongside one another with the support of our literacy coach and central office support to strengthen our literacy practices.

 

As an administrative team, we couldn't be prouder to serve such a dynamic school community of learners and collaborators. 

 

Warm regards,

 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Bonnie Brae Lab-sites

Second teachers learning side by side! 

MLK Day of Service!

Martin Luther King Day of Service with Region 3! Some Bonnie Brae Scotties went to support America's Adopt A Solider for a day of service!

Mark your calendars

     January

    20    MLK Holiday

    21    7th grade counselors on site for 6th graders

    23    90th day of school celebration

    27    Teacher Workday/Student holiday

    28    Staff development day/Student holiday

    29    Panera Bread Fundraiser

 

PTO Panera Bread Fundraiser

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All we need is love! Thanks Scottie!

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Dear Bonnie Brae,

 

“Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!”

 

Warm regards,

 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Bonnie Brae is excited to join the fun with the Mason Athletics Super Reader Program! 

Mark your calendars

     January

    16         85th day of school (80's day celebration)

                 6th grade Robinson parent night

    20         MLK Holiday

    21        6th grade counselors on site

    23        90th day of school celebration

    27        Teacher Workday/Student holiday

    28        Staff development day/Student holiday

 

Influenza Notice

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Fairfax County Health Department is seeing a rise in influenza (flu) activity. In our community, visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for flu-like illness have increased and flu outbreaks have been confirmed. Statewide, influenza has reached widespread levels.  Flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.  It spreads easily between people and can cause severe illness. People who are sick with flu will have some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feeling tired (fatigue).

To help keep yourself and your family healthy:

  • It’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all persons aged 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Vaccination not only protects children and adults who get the vaccine, but also protects others who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as infants, young children, older adults and people with certain long-term health problems.
  • Practice healthy habits that stop the spread of flu (and other germs):
    • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your upper sleeve. Use tissues and dispose of them properly.
    • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, when soap and water are not available (with supervision for younger children).
    • Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces at home that people often touch. 

To stop flu from spreading to others, keep children home when they are ill. If your child has flu symptoms, he or she should remain home and away from others (including after school activities, sports teams, and social gatherings) until the fever has been gone for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Advil®) or other treatment) and symptoms are better. If your doctor or healthcare provider prescribes treatment for your child, follow all directions for taking the medicine.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or school public health nurse.

Influenza Fact Sheet

What is influenza? Influenza is commonly referred to as "the flu." It is caused by a virus. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B.

When does influenza occur? Influenza occurs most often in the late fall and winter months in the United States and sometimes continues into the spring.

Who gets influenza? Anyone can get influenza. Illness is most serious in young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes) or those with weak immune systems.

How is it spread? Influenza spreads easily in secretions from the nose or throat, usually when an ill person coughs or sneezes. One also can get influenza from touching a surface, like a table or doorknob, that is contaminated with the secretions of someone who is ill and then touching their mouth, nose or eye.

How soon after exposure do symptoms appear? What are the symptoms of influenza? Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after exposure. Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, chills, cough, sore throat and body aches. Diarrhea is not common. Although most people are ill for less than a week, some people have serious illness and may need to be hospitalized.

How is influenza diagnosed and treated? Lab tests are available to diagnose influenza; however, doctors usually diagnose influenza from the person’s symptoms. Rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medicine (e.g., acetaminophen [Tylenol®]) are the usual treatments. Some prescription drugs may reduce the severity of influenza. Aspirin should not be given to children with flu-like illnesses because of the possibility of a serious complication called Reye’s syndrome.

How long can a person spread influenza? Influenza can spread from one person to another beginning about one day before to about a week after the illness starts.

Who should be vaccinated against influenza? All children over than 6 months old and all adults are recommended by CDC for influenza vaccination (except for those who have a specific reason not to get the vaccine such as an allergy). Vaccination every year is important because: 1) influenza viruses change from year to year, and 2) protection from the vaccine decreases over time.

Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza infection or complications. This includes all children aged 6 months-18 years, all persons aged >50 years, and:

  •      Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
  •      Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
  •      People who have long-term heart or lung problems, including asthma;       and,
  •      People who have other serious medical conditions, such as kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV), or a seizure disorder.

People in these higher risk groups also can be protected if those around them – in families and at work – are vaccinated against influenza.

What else can one do to stop the spread of influenza? Good health habits can help prevent influenza. These include covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; washing your hands often; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth; staying home from work, school, and errands when you are sick; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Antiviral medications may also be used to prevent or treat influenza, but are not a substitute for vaccination. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/flu/) or talk to a healthcare professional.

 

This information above was emailed to parents from the County of Fairfax.  However, it is worth repeating.  

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Third graders

Mr. Tomnay's third graders are enjoying their time to read independently.

80th day of school!

Mrs. Belita and her girls didn't let a snow day stop them from celebrating the 80th day of school!  You can still participate this Thursday if you missed it!

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Early Release

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Two-hour Early Release

Good Morning Bonnie Brae,

 

Fairfax County Public Schools has announced a 2 Hour Early Release today due to the anticipated snow and possible hazardous driving conditions later today. Because of this early release, Bonnie Brae ES will dismiss at 1:15 PM this afternoon.

Please anticipate that your students will be walking home or arriving at their bus stop two hours earlier than the regular schedule. All other regular dismissal procedures will remain in place.

Our staff will be working hard this afternoon to ensure a safe trip home from school for all of our students. We will reach out to you throughout the day if there are any changes or updates. 

 

Please review the information below posted at Early dismissal

 

Morning preschool (special education) classes are dismissed at approximately 11 a.m. 

Full-day preschool (special education) and Family and Early Childhood Education Program-Head Start classes are dismissed two hours earlier than the usual time.  

Afternoon preschool (special education) classes are canceled. 

SACC will stay open until 6:15 p.m. SACC administration requests parents make every effort to pick up children earlier, if possible. 

All late buses are canceled.

The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:

•             extracurricular activities
•             interscholastic contests
•             team practices
•             field trips
•             middle school after-school programs
•             professional learning and training courses
•             adult and community education classes
•             recreation programs and community use by outside groups

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Warm regards,

 

April L. Cage, NBCT

Principal

 

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Dear Bonnie Brae,

We'd like to take this time to thank all the parents and staff members that took the time to make nominations for this year's outstanding employees!

Congratulations to the following people!

Outstanding Teacher... Ms. Megan Sidari

Outstanding New Teacher... Ms. Sian Stephan

Outstanding Support Employee... Mrs. Tina Fitzgerald

Outstanding Principal... Mrs. April Cage

 

We are humbled to receive your heart felt sentiments about the work we do on a daily basis for our school community.  Thank you so much!

As a gentle reminder, school is closed 12/23/19-1/3/20.  School starts back on January 6th.

 

Warm regards,

 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Indoor snowball fight!

We came from behind and a few parents joined in too!  It was so much fun! We were able to sneak in on  a few classes!

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Winter Concert! Lunch Fund Debt Cancellation

Many organizations have reached out to FCPS to assist with lunch fees for students.  In our school specifically a teacher along with her family and friends have collected funds to do the same!

We would like to thank Mrs. Lindsay Sloane along with her husband Brandon for inviting their family and friends to support families in our school community.

 

Wesley Matthews

Brian & Lauren Krulick

Becca Miller

Erin Leblanc

Nanette & Karl Field

Pamela Otto

Lindsay Sloane

Elizabeth Penaloza

Kate Xeller

Stephen Williams

Jeannine Sloane

Tony & Lauren Cortina

Carah McMullen

Rachael Whalen

Molly Coulter

 

Thank you so much for your donations and support of Bonnie Brae families!

Thank you for supporting our SCA donations!

Mark your calendars

     January

     6          School starts back!

     7          6th grade parent night

     8          80th day of school

     9          PTO meeting at 6 pm

    16        6th grade Robinson parent night

    21        6th grade counselors on site

 

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Dear Bonnie Brae,

We'd like to take this time to thank all the parents and staff members that took the time to make nominations for this year's outstanding employees!

Congratulations to the following people!

Outstanding Teacher... Ms. Megan Sidari

Outstanding New Teacher... Ms. Sian Stephan

Outstanding Employee... Ms. Aura Ortiz

Outstanding Principal... Mrs. April Cage

 

We are humbled to receive your heart felt sentiments about the work we do on a daily basis for our school community.  Thank you so much!

As a gentle reminder, school is closed 12/23/19-1/3/20.  School starts back on January 6th.

 

Warm regards,

 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Indoor snowball fight!

We came from behind and a few parents joined in too!  It was so much fun! We were able to sneak in on  a few classes!

Please follow us @BonnieBraeES.  We love to post the great and wonderful things that are happening in our school community!  This is also a very quick way for us to get information to you!

Winter Concert! Lunch Fund Debt Cancellation

Many organizations have reached out to FCPS to assist with lunch fees for students.  In our school specifically a teacher along with her family and friends have collected funds to do the same!

We would like to thank Mrs. Lindsay Sloane along with her husband Brandon for inviting their family and friends to support families in our school community.

 

Wesley Matthews

Brian & Lauren Krulick

Becca Miller

Erin Leblanc

Nanette & Karl Field

Pamela Otto

Lindsay Sloane

Elizabeth Penaloza

Kate Xeller

Stephen Williams

Jeannine Sloane

Tony & Lauren Cortina

Carah McMullen

Rachael Whalen

Molly Coulter

 

Thank you so much for your donations and support of Bonnie Brae families!

Thank you for supporting our SCA donations!

Mark your calendars

     January

     6          School starts back!

     7          6th grade parent night

     8          80th day of school

     9          PTO meeting at 6 pm

    16        6th grade Robinson parent night

    21        6th grade counselors on site

 

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We are ready to play!

The side playground is open for business! The kids are so excited to play on the new infinity loop!  It's great to see Mrs. Russell's class having so much fun outdoors! A special thank you to the FCPS construction crew!  Also, thanks to our PTO for adding a 2nd Buddy Bench!

Social Media Accounts

Many apps and social media accounts are above the age of our students at Bonnie Brae. Below is a message from FCPS to help parents and students monitor their usage and content. 

When using social media to interact with Fairfax County public schools, offices, or staff, students are expected to exercise appropriate conduct just as they would offline. Here are some recommendations to keep in mind:

  • Please be polite. Treat people the way you would want to be treated.
  • Profanity and racial or ethnic slurs are never acceptable, nor is vulgar media (photos, gifs, videos, etc.).
  • There is no need to shout. Avoid using all capital letters and/or numerous exclamation points in your messages.
  • Do not tag @fcpsnews on tweets to friends that contain vulgar or unacceptable language. 
  • If you wouldn't want your family, principal, or your entire school to see your tweet or post, then don't share it. Once it's online, you can't take it back.
  • Be truthful. For example, if you didn't witness an accident, if you're not a victim of a crime, if your bus was not an hour late, please do not tell us that these situations occurred.
  • The FCPS Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds are not monitored 24/7. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911. If you witness something inappropriate on- or offline, tell your teacher, principal, parent, or another trusted adult immediately. 
  • Be yourself. Don't represent yourself as another person when communicating with us or anyone else. Creating fake FCPS social media accounts is not acceptable either.

School administrators may be notified if a student conducts him- or herself inappropriately when communicating with the school division via social media. Administrators and/or other FCPS staff may be notified if it appears that a student may be in crisis. 

For more information about student expectations and potential consequences for inappropriate conduct, please refer to FCPS' Student Rights and Responsibilities

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.

Dear Bonnie Brae,

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings.  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs)

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher Mrs. Kaitlin Burg (kmburg@fcps.edu) at any time up through January 9

 December

16                         Canned food drive continues

20                         SCA Pajama Day

12/23-1/3              Winter Break 

 

January 

6                           Students return to school

9                            PTO Meeting at 6 pm

Bonnie Brae's main office is closed beginning Monday, December 23, 2019 and will reopen Monday, January 6, 2020.

The 70th day of school was groovy!

Thank you for supporting our music program in such a big way!

Here are a few snapshots of SACC's Open House performance and awards show!  

A message from the Fairfax County Government Center about Influenza

Dear Parent or Guardian,

This is the time of year when we expect to see an increase in the number of respiratory illnesses in our community, including coughs, colds, sore throats, and flu.  While these illnesses are not unusual for this time of year, there are several things that you can do to protect your child and others. 

To help control the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Have your child vaccinated against influenza (“the flu”):  Vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu.  CDC recommends all persons aged 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine each year.  Flu vaccine is readily available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies.  We encourage you to get it as soon as it is available in the fall or early winter. 
  • Teach your child how to stop the spread of illness: 
  • Use tissues and dispose of them properly.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your upper sleeve.
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, when soap and water are not available (with supervision for younger children).
  • Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces at home that people often touch:  Use regular household cleaning products or mix ¼ cup chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of cool water to wipe down often touched areas. Always follow label instructions for any disinfectant.
  • Look for signs of illness in your child:  Symptoms of flu include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.  Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Symptoms of throat infections commonly include fever and sore throat without the stuffy nose and cough.  The common cold usually does not present with fever.
  • Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if your child shows symptoms of a respiratory illness: 
  • Fever (100.4°F or greater) AND chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.

To stop from spreading illness to others, keep children home when they are ill. If your child has flu symptoms he or she should remain home and away from others until the fever has been gone for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol®) and symptoms are better. If your doctor or healthcare provider prescribes treatment for your child, follow all directions for taking the medicine.  If your child has been diagnosed with bacterial pharyngitis (“strep throat”), he or she should remain home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics so as not to spread disease to others. 

A fact sheet on influenza is attached for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact your school public health nurse or the Acute Communicable and Emerging Diseases Program at hdcd@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-2433, TTY 711.

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Dear Bonnie Brae,

Before long, the new year will be here!  We couldn't be prouder of how hard the students and teachers are working to have another successful school year! One way to continue our success is by attending school every day!  

It’s never too early to start encouraging regular school attendance. Nationwide data shows that starting in Kindergarten, missing 10% (about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  

FCPS expects students to be in school and follow their assigned schedules unless their absence is excused due to:

  • Illness
  • a death in the family
  • a medical, dental or mental health appointment/ procedure
  • military event
  • religious obligations

FCPS regulation states:

“Parents should notify the school prior to, or at the start of, the school day when their child will be absent. When a student has been absent from school for any reason other than for a school sponsored activity, and the parents have not previously contacted the school, the parent must send written or electronic communication citing the reason(s) for the absence to the principal or designee no later than three days following the student’s return to school.”

 

Thank you for your time and attention to this information.

 

Warm regards, 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

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The 60th day of School! Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans; Make Arrangements Now in Case of an Unforeseen Schedule Change

Cold and wintry weather will soon be here! Due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, it may be necessary to close schools for the entire day, to open schools late, or to close early.

Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go if a parent will not be home.

FCPS has several schedules set up to deal with inclement weather; these are put into effect when conditions threaten the safety of students and staff members:

  • Keep schools closed.
  • Open two hours late.
  • Close two hours early.

When Fairfax County Public Schools has a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated in several ways as soon as the decision is made

Note: The official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations.

 

Mark your calendars

     December

     11     Choir Concert/Band/Strings @6 pm

                70th day of school 

     9-20    SCA canned food drive  

     20       SCA Pajama Day       

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Dear Bonnie Brae,

Before long, the new year will be here!  We couldn't be prouder of how hard the students and teachers are working to have another successful school year! One way to continue our success is by attending school every day!  

It’s never too early to start encouraging regular school attendance. Nationwide data shows that starting in Kindergarten, missing 10% (about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  

FCPS expects students to be in school and follow their assigned schedules unless their absence is excused due to:

  • Illness
  • a death in the family
  • a medical, dental or mental health appointment/ procedure
  • military event
  • religious obligations

FCPS regulation states:

“Parents should notify the school prior to, or at the start of, the school day when their child will be absent. When a student has been absent from school for any reason other than for a school sponsored activity, and the parents have not previously contacted the school, the parent must send written or electronic communication citing the reason(s) for the absence to the principal or designee no later than three days following the student’s return to school.”

 

Thank you for your time and attention to this information.

 

Warm regards, 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Please follow us @BonnieBraeES.  We love to post the great and wonderful things that are happening in our school community!  This is also a very quick way for us to get information to you!

The 60th day of School! Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans; Make Arrangements Now in Case of an Unforeseen Schedule Change

Cold and wintry weather will soon be here! Due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, it may be necessary to close schools for the entire day, to open schools late, or to close early.

Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go if a parent will not be home.

FCPS has several schedules set up to deal with inclement weather; these are put into effect when conditions threaten the safety of students and staff members:

  • Keep schools closed.
  • Open two hours late.
  • Close two hours early.

When Fairfax County Public Schools has a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated in several ways as soon as the decision is made

Note: The official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations.

 

Mark you calendars

     December

     11     Choir Concert/Band/Strings @6 pm

                70th day of school 

     9-20    SCA canned food drive  

     20       SCA Pajama Day       

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Inclusive school's week 12/2-12/6

Dear Bonnie Brae,

 

Help us bring awareness to all the differences that make a very special school community!  Below is a summary of all the ways we will celebrate inclusive school's week!  December 2nd - 6th. 

We are a diverse community that makes our school wonderful and unique! We work together to create a climate of inclusiveness and kindness. We are all linked together and connected in our purpose to make Bonnie Brae an amazing school!

 

Monday (12/2): Wear RED for Respect

We respect and support our fellow classmates and recognizes that individual differences are what makes us special.

 

Tuesday (12/3): Wear BLUE for Belonging

“Education takes a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community.” (Inclusive Schools Celebration Guide)

 

Wednesday (12/4): Wear PURPLE for Positivity

At Bonnie Brae, we notice and embrace each other’s abilities. We create a joyful school when we are positive with one another.

 

Thursday (12/5): Wear your FAVORITE COLOR for Friendship

Friendship is a gift we give to one another. We all have gifts and special talents to share.

 

Friday: Wear Bonnie Brae Spirit Wear for Teamwork

We are all part of the same team at Bonnie Brae.

 

Have a wonderful holiday,

 

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

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Thanksgiving Luncheon! Helpful weather related information Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans; Make Arrangements Now in Case of an Unforeseen Schedule Change

Cold and wintry weather will soon be here! Due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, it may be necessary to close schools for the entire day, to open schools late, or to close early.

Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go if a parent will not be home.

FCPS has several schedules set up to deal with inclement weather; these are put into effect when conditions threaten the safety of students and staff members:

  • Keep schools closed.
  • Open two hours late.
  • Close two hours early.

When Fairfax County Public Schools has a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated in several ways as soon as the decision is made

Note: The official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations.

 

Pie in the face!

Thanks to Mr. Collazo, Mrs. Priftis, Ms. Miller and Mr. Saint-Victor for their participation! :-)

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       December

       2-6    Inclusive Schools Week

        4      Level IV AAP Meeting @6pm

        5      PTO Meeting @6pm 

       11     Choir Concert/Band/Strings @6pm

                70th day of school            

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Let's get groovy tomorrow! 60's day

 There will be nifty stations around the school! Let's get jazzed up! Be there or be square!

     Today's Thanksgiving luncheon was a huge success! 

Thanks to our PTO, teachers and volunteers!

 

         Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29

SACC will be open regular hours on Wednesday, but closed on Thursday and Friday. Please mark your calendars.

 

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      November 

      22     60th day of School

      27     Student Holiday

      28     Student Holiday

      29     Student Holiday

       December

       2-6    Inclusive Schools Week

        4      Level IV AAP Meeting @6pm

        5      PTO Meeting @6pm 

       11     Choir Concert/Band/Strings @6pm

                70th day of school            

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Mental Health Corner

NOVEMBER 2019

 

Topic:  Gratitude

 

Description for Parents:

Given that this month we have “World Kindness Day” (Nov. 13) and for those celebrating Thanksgiving, it feels like a fitting time to discuss the power of gratitude. Gratitude involves taking a moment to be grateful for and appreciative of the good in our lives, including things we often take for granted. It’s important to specifically identify what you’re grateful for AND why.  We can be grateful for anything, from the color of the fall leaves to specific members of our family.

 

Did you know that gratitude is actually beneficial to your well-being? Regular gratitude practices have been shown to improve mental, physical, and interpersonal outcomes. Just some of these include increased happiness, better relationships, and better health. That’s right folks, being regularly grateful can help you live longer and better!

 

Try it out and consider making this a weekly practice with your kids. If your child is grateful for a person, consider having them tell that person (in person, through a drawing, a letter, etc.). But know that gratitude practices work even in private, so don’t push them to tell someone if they aren’t comfortable. There are many ways to help your children express gratitude. Consider just talking about it, writing in a journal, a letter to someone, drawing about it, or any other creative way that works for your family.

 

Be careful not to judge how our kids express gratitude. Some young kids may not fully grasp the concept yet and that’s okay. Instead of focusing on what they are grateful for help them learn how to express that gratitude. A simple starter frame is: “I’m grateful/thankful for ____ because _____”. Some examples could be, “I’m grateful for this toy because it makes me happy to play with it”. Make sure to model expressions of gratitude for your kids. And remember to always keep this a positive and easy experience for them.

 

There are FREE workshops offered each month by the FCPS Parent Resource Center. Sessions fill up quickly, so register ASAP!

Upcoming workshops this month include:

-  Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs (Friday, November 22, 10am-12pm)

(To register & learn more, go to: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019 )

 

 

PS, School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is Nov. 11-15th! To learn more about what school psychologists do check out NASP at:

https://www.nasponline.org/about-school-psychology/who-are-school-psychologists

 

Mark you calendars

       November 

 

       21   Thanksgiving Luncheon 

       27    Student Holiday

       28    Student Holiday

       29    Student Holiday

 

            

 

 

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Turkey Feast Luncheon and Order Form

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The Thanksgiving Feast will be on Thursday, Nov. 21 during your child's lunch time which will be extended to 35 minutes. You can bring your own food to the lunch or order a boxed lunch. See the attached document for more information and to order lunch.

You need to order by Friday, Nov. 15 using this form.

 

Here is the lunch schedule.

 

This is a fun event for all. Thanks.

 

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Wall of Honor! Bring in your photos! A Message from the Principals

 

Dear Bonnie Brae,

On November 11th  we will celebrate Veterans Day!  If you have an opportunity to join us at 9 am, please feel free to come by and help us honor those who have served  our country.  Our military families make so many sacrifices. It is our pleasure to designate time throughout the day to honor them.

Please bring in your photos so that we may honor your Veteran all week long.  Supplies can be obtained from the school to add to the wall.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

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       November 

 

       8      Father/Special Person Dance @6pm

               50th Day of School Celebration

       11    Veteran's Day Celebration

       21   Thanksgiving Luncheon  

       27    Student Holiday

       28    Student Holiday

       29    Student Holiday

 

 

 

         

 

 

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Daughter-Father-VIP Dance

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The PTO sponsored Daughter-Father-VIP Dance is on Friday, November 8 at Bonnie Brae from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Remember to dress in the 80's style! Drinks, snacks and pizza will be available for purchase.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

  • $5.00 for Students
  • $5.00 for Fathers-VIP

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Daughter-Father-VIP Flyer

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A Message from the Principal's

 

Dear Bonnie Brae,

What am amazing 1st quarter we've had! Students and teachers have been working hard at teaching and learning.  Soon, progress reports will arrive with areas of strengths and needs. Take some time to reflect on those strengths and areas you and your child would like to see growth.  As a school we have committed to teach our students how to be goal-directed and resilient.  This Portrait of a Graduate skill will help our students develop in the following areas.

  • Engages in healthy and positive practices and relationships to promote overall physical and mental well-being.
  • Persists to accomplish difficult tasks and to overcome academic and personal barriers to meet goals.
  • Uses time and financial resources wisely to set goals, complete tasks, and manage projects.
  • Shows strong understanding and belief of self to engage in reflection for individual improvement and advocacy.

Counting Down the Decades! 

As a school we will begin to count down the decades!  We will have number stations set up all around the school to reinforce math concepts like skip counting, finding the difference, mental math, fair share and so much more! On each decade day, you can choose to dress up wearing the fashions of that decade.  It's your choice! As a school, we're working to improve student performance in math.  One strategy is to make learning about math fun and engaging.  We hope you'll join in on the fun!  50's day is tomorrow!

Here are the rest of the dates for future planning! 

50th

Nov. 8th

60th

Nov. 22nd

70th

Dec. 11th

80th

Jan. 8th

90th

Jan. 23rd

100th

Feb. 10th

Kind regards,

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Thank you to all the watchdogs for being here at school with us!  You've added another touch of safety and security for our students and staff! We appreciate you!

Mark you calendars

       November 

 

       8      Father/Special Person Dance @6pm

               50th Day of School Celebration

       11    Veteran's Day Celebration

       21   Thanksgiving Luncheon  

       27    Student Holiday

       28    Student Holiday

       29    Student Holiday

 

 

 

         

 

 

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BBES Spirit Night at Chipotle

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Tuesday, Oct. 29 Bonnie Brae will have a spirit night at Chipotle in Burke. We all have to have dinner! Why not have yours at the Chipotle located at 5747 Burke Centre Parkway between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Scottie will be stopping by from   6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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Wear Red/Washington Nationals tomorrow!

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Friday Fun!

Let's rock the red tomorrow! Tell everyone you know! The teachers are planning something really fun to support the home team! You don't want to miss it! Go Washington Nationals! 

Harvest Hoopla, Friday 6-8 pm

Bonnie Brae Families,

Just a reminder that the Harvest Hoopla is this Friday evening. We need your support to pull off a fantastic event. Please sign up below to help out at the event and to donate cakes/pies for the cake walk. 

 

Thank you so much for your participation. 

Bonnie Brae PTO

 

http://bit.ly/HarvestHoopla

Impact aid forms provide opportunities for additional funds for schools. Please return your child's form to Bonnie Brae by October 30th. 

If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3, sign, date and return!  Thanks!

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A Message from the Principal's

 

Dear Bonnie Brae,

Yesterday, our school was recognized for working on behalf of all students.  Dr. Brabrand will honor our school's effort and progress to maintain excellence in academic achievement in both reading and math!  Congratulations Scotties! Here is a copy of the letter we received.

Sent on behalf of Jay Pearson, Assistant Superintendent, Region 4

Dear Principal,

Congratulations on being selected to receive the Superintendent’s Excellence in Equity Award. 

Dr. Brabrand and the School Board have created a new and very important recognition to celebrate your school’s progress and achievement as we continue to raise the bar and close student achievement gaps.  After a careful analysis of the Division SOL data, your school has earned a Level 1 performance for each reporting group and all gap group indicators in both English and mathematics for the 2018-19 school year.  We are very proud of this accomplishment.

You will be honored at our November Region 4 Principals’ meeting by Drs. Brabrand and Ivey and myself.  There will be a photo opportunity for this recognition.

Congratulations again on your outstanding performance.

 

Thank you,

Jay

We are deeply honored to have received this recognition. We are even more grateful for the smart, fun, caring and nurturing staff we get to do this work with every single day!  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

The Book Fair Needs You!

The Fall Book Fair will be held in the Bonnie Brae Library from Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25.  Each class will be scheduled for a visit to the Fair.  Please feel free to join your child’s class for his or her Book Fair time.  In addition to scheduled class visits, the book fair will be open on Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 in conjunction with the Fall Festival.  Book Fair flyers will be going home in Tuesday packets on October 15th.  The back page of the flyer contains information on setting up an eWallet account and directions to our fair’s online website.  If you purchase books off the website, they will be delivered to school after the 25th.

Each year I count on volunteers to help run the fair.  I need assistance on Friday, October 18th after school to set up the fair and on the 25th following the festival to pack it all up.  In addition to those two dates, it is extremely helpful to have week day volunteers to answer the kids questions (i.e. how much does this book cost), tidy up, and help our youngest students create wish lists to bring home.  If you’re able to volunteer, please sign up here (https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/VzdHZhTRN). 

Please feel free to email me at aastevenson@fcps.edu or call 703-321-3918 if you any questions about this year’s fair.  

 

Thanks,

Amy Stevenson

Librarian

Bonnie Brae ES

Mark you calendars

        October

        21   Book Fair! Volunteers needed!

        24   4th grade Jamestown Field Trip

        25   Fall Festival/ Book fair ends

        28   FLE night @ Fairview ES  6 - 7 pm

        31   Book Character Day!

         

 

 

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You don't want to miss this event! 

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A Message from the Principal's

 

Dear Bonnie Brae Family,

Beginning Tuesday of next week, door 3 at Kiss and Ride will be closed as they finalize the walkway and install a new door. Door 4 will be used for about a week while this is happening. 

Ken Wilson from Fire and Safety walked thru the building and made recommendations that will allow us to choose alternate routes to maintain student safety.  It's encouraged that we conduct a "blocked entry" fire drill to give students and teachers an opportunity to think quickly and make a safe decision to exit the building.

October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your home and family is prepared in the event of an emergency.

Talk to your students about your home fire drills and how they might exit safely if a door or a hallway were blocked with smoke or debris.  When we practice emergency drills, our students  and staff stay calm and can make quick decisions that keep them safe.  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. Cage, Principal

Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal

Mark you calendars

        October

        14   Student holiday/Columbus Day

        24   4th grade Jametown Field Trip

        25   Fall Festival

        28   FLE night @ Fairview ES  6 - 7 pm

 

         

 

 

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The Mad Scientist visited us last week!  Thanks PTO for such a crowd pleaser! The kids were super excited!

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