Scottie Tales for the week of May 24

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A Note From Your Principal

I hope you are all doing well. If your family is anything like mine, you have been in full swing with evening and after school activities and it is almost as if life back to normal. We are counting down until the end of the 2020-2021 school year with just 14 school days left.

Items below will need your attention, and require response from you. Please take time to read and as always feel free to reach out to the school with any questions you might have.

Please enjoy the weather, our special guests (the cicadas) and the festivities that accompany this time of year. Have a great week, make sure you are taking time to get our kids (and ourselves) unplugged and outside.  

End of Year Laptop Collection

You will have two options for returning the student laptop to the school. Please fill out this Google Form to let us know your intention.

1. Return the laptop at the end of the school year

  • In-person students may simply drop-off the laptop and charger before they leave the building on the last day of school.
  • Virtual students must drop off the laptop in the Bus Loop during the drop-off windows:
  1. Monday, June 14 between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm
  2. Tuesday, June 15 between 7:30 - 9:00 am
  3. Wednesday, June 16 between 7:30 - 9:00 am

2. If your student is participating in Summer Learning Programs, you may keep the laptop through July 23, 2021.

  • We will have a drop-off window at the end of summer learning programs. Laptops should be returned to school no later than July 30. We will reach out to schedule a time for return.

If your student currently has a MiFi device for home internet access, and are not currently enrolled in a Summer Program, please return the MiFi device.

*All virtual student laptops should be returned to Bonnie Brae Elementary School in the Bus Loop.

If your student will no longer be enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools, please plan to drop off the FCPS laptop per the instructions above.

Library Books

Bonnie Brae currently has over 700 over due library books signed out to students. While we love making sure students have books we do need the books returned and accounted for before sending them back out to our community. Starting Tuesday, May 25 there will be book collection bins outside the front doors during school hours for you to return your books. Please check your shelves, closets, cars, under the bed, behind the sofa, and anywhere you can think of to locate and return our books. 

Our library will be offering summer checkouts. Please be on the lookout for those hours coming soon. 

Bonnie Brae Summer Learning Opportunities

FCPS has made summer learning a priority for students as a response to the impact COVID has had on all of us. We are offering 3 programs at Bonnie Brae this summer; Bridges to Kindergarten (students starting K in the fall of 2021); Bridges to First (students who will be in first grade in the fall of 2021), Summer Olympians Aspire & Reach [SOAR] (current K-6 graders). These programs are going to support students who were 100% virtual this year or who are working below grade level for reading and/or mathematics. The school team is working on sending out invitations for those students who are identified. All three programs are only offered in-person. If you receive and invitation for one of these programs please respond to your invitation be the end of this week. 

If you have questions about any of these programs please reach out to your classroom teacher. 

June 8th- 100% Virtual Instruction Day

As mentioned in previous Scottie Tales June 8 is 100% virtual instruction due to the election. Classes will be operating on a modified 100% virtual schedule for the day. Please be on the lookout for more details about the schedule for the day coming from your homeroom teacher later this week. 

 

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
  • May 31- Memorial Day No School
  • June 7- 6th grade in-person promotion ceremony
  • June 8- Election Day Synchronous learning day for all 
  • June 10- 6th grade celebration
  • June 11- Last day of school 2hr early dismissal

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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TONIGHT -PTO Parent information session: Anti-Trafficking and protecting our kids

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Free Parent/Staff Info Session: Anti-Trafficking and How the COVID-19 Pandemic has put our kids at risk

May 13, 2021, 7:00pm

Please join BBES Staff and the PTO for a free parent/staff information session on Anti-Human Trafficking. Anne Basham, CEO of Anti-Trafficking International, will lead a discussion on how the COVID-19 Pandemic has put kids at an even higher risk. The session, designed for parents, guardians, teachers and staff, will provide critical information on the risk that exists today for elementary school aged children due to increased time online, tips for keeping kids safe, and warning signs to look out for. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from and ask important questions of an expert.

Join us at the link below:

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PTO Parent information session: Anti-Trafficking and protecting our kids

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Free Parent/Staff Info Session: Anti-Trafficking and How the COVID-19 Pandemic has put our kids at risk

May 13, 2021, 7:00pm

Please join BBES Staff and the PTO for a free parent/staff information session on Anti-Human Trafficking. Anne Basham, CEO of Anti-Trafficking International, will lead a discussion on how the COVID-19 Pandemic has put kids at an even higher risk. The session, designed for parents, guardians, teachers and staff, will provide critical information on the risk that exists today for elementary school aged children due to increased time online, tips for keeping kids safe, and warning signs to look out for. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from and ask important questions of an expert.

Join us at the link below:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/414689242a694333a2ba3ed438369148

 

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Scottie Tales for the week of May 10

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A Note From Your Principal

I hope everyone took time to celebrate all the Mothers and those in your life that are a mother figure to you. I cannot believe we have 19 (in-person) days left of the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to the entire community to showing an unreal amount of love for our amazing teachers last week. From flowers and handmade cards, to the amazing breakfast our fabulous PTO provided you spoiled our teachers something good!

With all that is going on and changing it is hard to believe we already need to think about the 2021-2022 school year. As the end of this year approaches we are starting preliminary discussions about class groupings for next year and would like your input. Please take a moment to complete the Parent Input Survey give us more insight on your child. Tell us more about the type of learner your child is and the type of learning environment your child thrives in. This information will help us better match your child to one of our amazing teachers. As you fill out the survey, please DO NOT name teachers. Teaching assignments are made to meet the needs of our students and teacher requests will not be honored. The deadline to complete the survey is today by 4PM. 

Lastly, SOL testing for Grades 3-6 is continuing this week. By now, all parents/guardians with children in Grades 3-6 should have received communication with information about testing. If you have questions about testing please contact Assistant Principal Bennink (knbennink@fcps.edu). For more information and a schedule for the SOL testing window please visit the Bonnie Brae website.

Have a great week, make sure you are taking time to get our kids (and ourselves) unplugged and outside.  

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
  • May 13- PTO sponsored workshop on keeping kids safe  
  • May 20- PTO Meeting 
  • May 31- Memorial Day No School
  • June 7- 6th grade in-person promotion ceremony
  • June 8- Election Day Synchronous learning day for all 
  • June 11- Last day of school

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 May 3

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A Note From Your Principal

April was full of showers, let's hope we get more sunshine to help these May flowers. It is hard to believe we are in the last full month of the 2020-2021 school year. What a year it has been. The School Board is meeting this week to discuss what type of virtual school FCPS will offer for the next school year. Please be on a look out for that information coming to you later this week. 

This week, we take time to show our appreciation for our teachers. This year we have asked our teachers to do more than ever before. We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of teachers in front of our students each day. Please make sure to see the appreciation calendar below. Thank you, teachers, for all you do for the students at BBES!

Don't forget Sunday is Mother's Day. Make sure you call that special woman in your life and thank them for all they have done to help you. Thank you Jennie for being an amazing mom to our girls, and thank you Mom for all you've given and taught me, love you both! 

As we brought back more students last month we had to get creative on the space we are using in the building especially for lunch. During lunchtime students are eating in one of three locations depending on the number of in-person students they have in class. Students are either eating in classrooms, in the cafeteria, or in the gym. If students are eating in the gym we had to find a way to create a sanitary eating surface that could be setup, cleaned and removed in a timely manner. As usual, the PTO came to the rescue. All students eating in the gym are eating six feet apart with two chairs and large plastic lunch trays (think buffet line). One chair for sitting and one chair to place the tray on to create a flat surface for their lunch. All chairs and trays are sanitized before and after use following CDC guidelines. 

As Dr. Brabrand stated June 8th is an election day and over 100 schools in the county are polling centers. Due to the current guidelines for social distancing all school that day will be 100% synchronous for all students. No students will be coming to school for class on June 8, 2021. 

Lastly, please remember to contact the attendance line for student absences before 10 AM if possible. This will prevent the automated system from calling you to report the absence. As a reminder, vacation is not considered an excused absence so be mindful of those three day weekends, the days add up. 

With all that is going on and changing it is hard to believe we already need to think about the 2021-2022 school year. As the end of this year approaches we are starting preliminary discussions about class groupings for next year and would like your input. Please take a moment to complete the Parent Input Survey give us more insight on your child. Tell us more about the type of learner your child is and the type of learning environment your child thrives in. This information will help us better match your child to one of our amazing teachers. As you fill out the survey, please DO NOT name teachers. Teaching assignments are made to meet the needs of our students and teacher requests will not be honored. The deadline to complete the survey is May 10 by 4PM. 

Lastly, SOL testing for Grades 3-6 began last week. By now, all parents/guardians with children in Grades 3-6 should have received communication with information about testing. If you have questions about testing please contact Assistant Principal Bennink (knbennink@fcps.edu). For more information and a schedule for the SOL testing window please visit the Bonnie Brae website.

Have a great week, make sure you are taking time to get our kids (and ourselves) unplugged and outside.  

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
  • April 27- SOL testing begins
  • May 3- Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • May 13- PTO sponsored workshop on keeping kids safe  
  • May 20- PTO Meeting 
  • May 31- Memorial Day No School
  • June 8- Election Day Synchronous learning day for all 
  • June 11- Last of school

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 April 26

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A Note From Your Principal

It was great seeing all these students back in the building last week. We've returned to eating lunch in the cafeteria (for most students), having PE in the gym, music in the music rooms and most importantly- more in-person learning is happening. 

Last Thursday was Earth Day and to celebrate we held our April Bonnie Brae Gives Back event during the school day. The students spent their recess time cleaning up the school grounds, the ball fields and blacktop area. A special thanks to the PTO who went out and procured student gloves and trash bags for the cleanup efforts. The grounds look great!  

There will be additional opportunities for certain students to receive in-person instruction this summer. While information about these programs is still being solidified by the county, the dates for students will be July 12- July 30. More information on the summer learning opportunities will be coming out shortly. 

With all that is going on and changing it is hard to believe we already need to think about the 2021-2022 school year. As the end of this year approaches we are starting preliminary discussions about class groupings for next year and would like your input. Please take a moment to complete the Parent Input Survey give us more insight on your child. Tell us more about the type of learner your child is and the type of learning environment your child thrives in. This information will help us better match your child to one of our amazing teachers. As you fill out the survey, please DO NOT name teachers. Teaching assignments are made to meet the needs of our students and teacher requests will not be honored. The deadline to complete the survey is May 10 by 4PM. 

Lastly, SOL testing for Grades 3-6 will begin this week. By now, all parents/guardians with children in Grades 3-6 should have received communication with information about testing. If you have questions about testing please contact Assistant Principal Bennink (knbennink@fcps.edu). For more information and a schedule for the SOL testing window please visit the Bonnie Brae website.

Have a great week, make sure you are taking time to get our kids (and ourselves) unplugged and outside.  

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
  • April 27- SOL testing begins
  • May 3- Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • May 13- PTO sponsored workshop on keeping kids safe  
  • May 20- PTO Meeting 
  • May 31- Memorial Day No School
  • June 11- Last of school
Looking for lunch volunteers

With more students returning to in-person instruction and CDC guidelines stating students need to remain six feet apart when eating we have had to get creative with lunchtime. Students are eating in the cafeteria and the gym and we need some help monitoring and supporting students during lunch. If you are free from 10:40 - 1:00PM Tuesday through Friday we could use your help. Please respond to the Lunch Support Survey  indicating which day you can commit to helping our students during lunch. The survey closes Friday 4/30 at 4 PM. If you can help you will receive an email from us Monday 5/3 outlining the details and next steps you will need. 

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 April 19

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A Note From Your Principal

We are beyond excited to be welcoming back more Scotties this week. As I shared at the PTO meeting this past Wednesday, we were able to offer all of our students who are attending in-person an opportunity to expand to 4 days a week. Those families that elected to expand to the 4 day per week schedule will begin tomorrow. With more students coming a few changes will need to be put in place to meet the new CDC guidance for safe in-person learning. 

  • Some classes will be eating lunch in the cafeteria and the gym at 6 feet apart. We will be asking parents to come and help out with lunch supervision next week. Please be on the lookout for a signup if you are able to support us. 
  • Students coming 4 days a week will have the option to leave laptops at school Tuesday through Friday. Laptops will go home Friday so students can participate in morning meeting the following Monday. 
  • Chargers need to come to school when the laptop comes. We do not have enough power cords to accommodate all the laptops at this time. To avoid misplacing chargers, please also label it with your student's name using a label or piece of tape. 

There will be additional opportunities for certain students to receive in-person instruction this summer. While information about these programs is still being solidified by the county, the dates for students will be July 12- July 30. More information on the summer learning opportunities will be coming out shortly. 

With all that is going on and changing it is hard to believe we already need to think about the 2021-2022 school year. As the end of this year approaches we are starting preliminary discussions about class groupings for next year and would like your input. Please take a moment to complete the Parent Input Survey give us more insight on your child. Tell us more about the type of learner your child is and the type of learning environment your child thrives in. This information will help us better match your child to one of our amazing teachers. As you fill out the survey, please DO NOT name teachers. Teaching assignments are made to meet the needs of our students and teacher requests will not be honored. The deadline to complete the survey is May 10 by 4PM. 

Lastly, SOL testing for Grades 3-6 will begin next week. By now, all parents/guardians with children in Grades 3-6 should have received communication with information about testing. If you have questions about testing please contact Assistant Principal Bennink (knbennink@fcps.edu). For more information and a schedule for the SOL testing window please visit the Bonnie Brae website.

Have a great week, make sure you are taking time to get our kids (and ourselves) unplugged and outside.  

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
  • April 20- 4 Day a week opportunity begins for those who were invited
  • April 21- Purple Day wear purple to celebrate Military Child month
  • April 22- Earth Day- Bonnie Brae ES clean up event during recess
  • April 27- SOL testing begins
  • May 3- Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • May 13- PTO sponsored workshop on keeping kids safe  
  • May 20- PTO Meeting 

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

Please share our news with any neighbors or community members that might not be receiving this newsletter. If you need help signing up, head to the Bonnie Brae website and signup for News You Choose at the bottom of the home screen You may also click here to sign up.

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Scottie Tales for the week of April 13

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A Note From Your Principal

It is official, spring has sprung. I hope you all enjoyed spring break and with that the start of a return to a more normal life. Personally, it was amazing to spend Saturday watching my 7 year old play softball with her team. Like many of you it has been 13 months since I've seen her play any team sport. I had forgotten how much fun kids have when they play sports. To see her with her new "best friends" playing softball (doing cartwheels in the outfield) made me take a moment to realize how we have been and continue to be impacted by the pandemic. 

Last week saw a lot of change to the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. With Dr. Brabrand's communication about the CDC social distancing recommendation moving from 6 feet to 3 feet we are able to expand the 2 day a week learning opportunity to 4 days a week at this time. The invitation for the in-person learning increase went out Friday and has a firm deadline of April 12, at 5PM. This deadline is in-place to ensure we can get FCPS transportation set for those who are expanding to 4 days a week. At this time there is no option to expand the in-person option to those families who chose to remain in the virtual setting. 

SOL testing for grades 3-6 will being in just three short weeks. All parents/guardians with children in grades 3-6 should be receiving communication with information about testing coming soon. If you have questions about testing please contact Assistant Principal Bennink (knbennink@fcps.edu). For more information and a schedule for the SOL testing window please visit the Bonnie Brae website.

Have a great week, make sure you are taking time to get our kids (and ourselves) unplugged and outside.  

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
  • April 15- PTO meeting
  • April 16- PTO Virtual STEAM Night
  • April 19 - K Registration event 4PM - 7PM
  • April 20- 4 Day a week opportunity beings for those who were invited
  • April 21- Purple Day wear purple to celebrate Military Child month
  • April 22- Earth Day- Bonnie Brae clean up event during recess
  • April 26- SOL testing begins

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

Please share our news with any neighbors or community members that might not be receiving this newsletter. If you need help signing up, head to the Bonnie Brae website and signup for News You Choose at the bottom of the home screen You may also click here to sign up.

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