Bonnie Brae Updates October 15

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday  Bonnie Brae Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dwayne Young, Interim principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

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

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

1 is student and 0 are staff.

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

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

Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

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

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

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

Positivity Project 

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

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

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

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

Fairfax County Youth Survey (6th Grade Only)

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

Picture Retake Day- Rescheduled

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

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

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

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

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

Parent Coffee Meeting

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

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

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

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

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

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

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

FCPS Cares

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

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Meeting Reminder

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

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

PTO Board Positions

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

Membership 

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

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

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900

 

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Bonnie Brae Updates October 8

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

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

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

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

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

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

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

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

Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

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

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

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

Positivity Project 

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

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

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

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

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

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

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

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

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

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

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

Bus Loop Safety 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Board Positions

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

Membership 

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

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

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

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

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

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Bonnie Brae Updates October 1

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

Our students and staff are in a great groove as we begin October with some beautiful weather outside and engaging learning opportunities at BBES. One of the experiences we would like to highlight is Morning Meeting which is an engaging way each student at Bonnie Brae starts their day. The purpose of Morning Meeting is to set children up for success each day socially and emotionally. Each morning meeting includes a greeting, share, activity and morning message. Many staff are also looking for opportunities to align components of Positivity Project as part of morning meeting as well. 

We also want to take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication each of our staff members have put in this year. They have been working hard to connect with students, plan engaging lessons and collaborate with one another all while navigating evolving health and safety protocols. If you would like to acknowledge a BBES staff member, we invite you to submit your story through FCPS Cares. We also want to acknowledge all the support families are providing as well to our students and staff. We are grateful to have such dedicated families as partners in their child's education. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

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

Bonnie Brae reports 3 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 3 are students and 0 are staff.

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

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

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Being Present- Other People Mindset

Being Present and Giving Others My Attention means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. If we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships. It’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build positive relationships without attention.

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

Face Masks

Universal face masks continue to be one of our primary mitigation strategies. Our students have been wonderful in following this protocol, and they have noticed that they might require a change of mask throughout the day. We ask that students bring 1-2 extra masks as a precaution.

What’s the StreamIN/CheckIN Experience Like?

StreamIN/CheckIN, a way for students being paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19 to learn directly from their teachers, began Monday, September 27. Curious about what the experience is like for teachers and students? Check out this brief video

Learn more about StreamIN/CheckIN on the FCPS website.

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

Librarian's Message

At the beginning of this school year, all FCPS student library accounts were cleared so that children could return to school with a clean slate. No fines will be charged for books lost or damaged during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bonnie Brae ES is proud to announce that we have received a Federal grant to replace library print materials lost during that time. These funds are in addition to our regular annual library budget. Our librarian, Lora Lewis, placed our school’s order on September 28th, and we expect the books to arrive before Winter Break. Over 200 books will be replaced or updated including nonfiction, graphic novels, picture books, fairytales, and more!

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

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

Go Paperless- Feature on ParentVue

ParentVue now has the option to go paperless. This might include paperless options such as progress reports and report cards. You can opt to "Go Paperless" for Secondary Report Cards and Elementary Progress Reports by clicking the checkbox just under your account details in Parent Vue.

Need to Adjust How Your Child Goes Home?

A friendly reminder that if you need to pick up your child early from school, please support our school's dismissal procedures by picking them up by 2:45pm and submitting the early dismissal form. This would help avoid possible confusion for your child during dismissal time and ensure that your child gets to the correct location at dismissal.

Similarly, if there is a different way that your child will be going home, please submit the transportation change form to notify our front office. To ensure that your child safely gets to their new dismissal destination, we ask that you submit this form first thing in the morning or by 2pm.

Bus Loop Safety 

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

Sub and Save the Day!

Like many school districts across the region and country, FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. 

Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. 

Find out what it’s like to spend a day as a Super Sub or find out how to become a sub yourself.

FCPS Cares

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

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Movie Night- Tonight!

Join the PTO and BBES Community for an outdoor movie night on the back playground tonight! We will be showing Ugly Dolls, a fun, musical, animated movie starring Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae and Blake Shelton. Bring blankets to sit on and get there early to get your spot and grab some dinner from the Coyote Grill and Kona Ice food trucks. The PTO will also be selling popcorn, candy, and drinks. We can't wait to see everyone there! 

Food Trucks Arrive: 6:00pm

Movie Time: 7:00pm 

Please note that since this event is after school hours, all children will need to be accompanied by an adult. In addition, all individuals who enter the school must wear a mask.

PTO Board Positions

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

Membership 

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

  • October 1 - PTO Movie Night at 7:00pm 
  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day

  • October 18th - Family Life Education Virtual Preview from 6:00pm
  • October 19- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 21- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

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

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

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

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

Bonnie Brae Movie Night Reminder

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PTO Movie Night Reminder  Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Movie Night- Tonight!

Join the PTO and BBES Community for an outdoor movie night on the back playground tonight! We will be showing Ugly Dolls, a fun, musical, animated movie starring Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae and Blake Shelton. Bring blankets to sit on and get there early to get your spot and grab some dinner from the Coyote Grill and Kona Ice food trucks. The PTO will also be selling popcorn, candy, and drinks. We can't wait to see everyone there! 

Food Trucks Arrive: 6:00pm

Movie Time: 7:00pm 

Please note that since this event is after school hours, all children will need to be accompanied by an adult. In addition, all individuals who enter the school must wear a mask.

Membership 

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

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

Bonnie Brae Updates September 24

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates  Message From the Principals 

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

We thank those of you who are able to make it to our recent Parent Coffee and, though our numbers were small, we did have a nice conversation about the current Fairfax County Health Department approach to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our school. For those who wanted to attend but were unable, here is the link to the recording.  

We also want to thank the parents who have volunteered help supervise students during lunchtime.  We could always use your help, if even for an hour! If you have are available and would like to help out during the lunch time please reach out to Ms. Rials in our front office (703-321-3900) and she can provide you with more details.

It's been a month since we opened school. During that time we have focused our reentry to school with building solid relationships, relearning the procedures and routines of the classroom, discovering the joy of learning together, and doing our best to mitigate the current health challenges. We are extremely proud of our students and staff and how they continue to work every day to build and contribute to the wonderful Bonnie Brae spirit.

Thank you for your support and contribution in that effort!

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

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

Bonnie Brae reports 1 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 0 are students and 1 is staff.

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

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

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Being Present- Other People Mindset

Being Present and Giving Others My Attention means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. If we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships. It’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build positive relationships without attention.

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

Advanced Academics Information Sessions

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Please join our virtual parent meeting on September 29 at 10:00am or 5:30pm hosted by Kaitlin Burg (Advanced Academic Resource Teacher) to learn more about AAP services at Bonnie Brae.

Our virtual meeting will be held in Zoom- Meeting ID: 959 3459 5804 and Passcode: 611520

Bus Loop Safety 

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

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Movie Night

Save the date for PTO Movie Night. Join us outside under the stars for a family fun night on October 1st at 7:00pm. More details to come soon.

Order Your Spiritwear- Sale ends tonight!

Final call for families interested in ordering BBES spiritwear from the BBES PTO. If you are interested in ordering you may place your order online. 

PTO Board Positions

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

Membership 

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

Upcoming Events
  • September 24- Robinson SS Homecoming and Taste of Robinson (4:30 - 7:00 PM)
  • September 29 - Advanced Academics Information Session (Zoom)- 10:00 AM or 5:30 PM
  • October 1 - PTO Movie Night at 7:00pm 
  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day

  • October 18th - Family Life Education Virtual Preview from 6:00pm
  • October 19- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 21- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

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

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

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Bonnie Brae Updates September 17

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates  Message From the Principals 

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

Thank you to all of our families and Bonnie Brae staff who attended last evenings PTO meeting. We are getting into our stride as our staff continues to look for opportunities to build relationships with students and provide a wide variety of learning experiences. As we reflect upon the year and begin to look ahead we cannot emphasize the importance of teamwork. We are grateful for all staff at Bonnie Brae who work as a team to ensure student success and for all of our families who work as partners in their child's education. Teamwork is also our Positivity Project trait for next week and you can learn more about it below. 

We recognize the health and safety of our students and community continues to be a priority. Below you will see a weekly COVID-19 update to keep you informed. As the global pandemic evolves, we will continue follow guidance with the Fairfax County Health Department and shift our processes as needed. When this shift occurs, we will be sure to communicate with you.

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

COVID Weekly Update

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

Bonnie Brae reports 4 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 4 are students and 0 are staff.

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

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

Positivity Project 

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

You work well as a member of a group or a team. You are loyal and sacrifice your individual desires for the greater good.

What does teamwork look like to you? How is it different in different places? What does teamwork look like at home, school, with friends, or on a specific team?

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

Asynchronous Resources

As we navigate throughout the year we recognize students may be out of school for a wide variety of reasons. If students are absent for an extended amount of time the classroom teacher will connect to share learning opportunities. In addition, members of our resource and specialist team have created a wide variety of learning experiences for your child that are listed below. As learning opportunities evolve, we will continue to share updates.  

Virtual Principals Coffee 

We will be hosting a Virtual Principal's Coffee on Wednesday, September 22nd from 10:00am-11:00am. The purpose of the coffee is to share the latest updates regarding health protocols and procedures the Fairfax County Health Department and Fairfax County Public Schools are currently implementing. We will record the coffee and share in our Friday updates on September 24th.  

In order to access, please use the meeting link below.

Zoom Meeting Link- Meeting ID: 959 3459 5804 and Passcode: 611520

Advanced Academics Information Sessions

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Please join our virtual parent meeting on September 29 at 10:00am or 5:30pm hosted by Kaitlin Burg (Advanced Academic Resource Teacher) to learn more about AAP services at Bonnie Brae.

Our virtual meeting will be held in Zoom- Meeting ID: 959 3459 5804 and Passcode: 611520

Bonnie Brae Lunch Volunteer Opportunity  

As we continue to seek strategies to increase physical distance during lunch students are eating in the cafeteria and in classrooms. As a result, we are seeking parent volunteers to support our lunch hours. Lunch starts at 10:45am and ends at 1:25pm. 

  • Our largest need for volunteers is currently 10:45am - 11:30am and 12:15pm - 1:30pm. 

If you are interested in supporting any day(s) of the week on a consistent basis during any portion of our lunch block, then please complete this parent volunteer form. 

Thank you for considering this opportunity to support our students and to continue encouraging safety protocols.

FCPS Cares

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

Bonnie Brae PTO  PTO Movie Night

Save the date for PTO Movie Night. Join us outside under the stars for a family fun night on October 1st at 7:00pm. More details to come soon.

PTO Board Positions

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

Membership 

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

Order Your Spiritwear Today!
  • Every Friday is Spirit Day at Bonnie Brae. Show your school spirit with Spiritwear!
  • Feel free to share this with family members near and far!
  • Orders will be delivered 3-4 weeks after the sale ends
  • Sale Deadline: September 22, 2021
  • Place your order online
Upcoming Events
  • September 7-22- PTO Spirit Wear Sale
  • September 22 - Virtual Principal's Coffee 10:00am - 11:00am
  • September 24- Robinson SS Homecoming and Taste of Robinson (4:30 - 7:00 PM)
  • September 29 - Advanced Academics Information Session (Zoom)- 10:00 AM or 5:30 PM
  • October 1 - PTO Movie Night at 7:00pm 
  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day

  • October 19- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 21- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

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

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

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

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Bonnie Brae Updates September 10

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates  Message From the Principals 

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

We again want to thank you so much for all for your support during our return to school. We appreciate how you have stepped up and in to keep our students safe and able to come to school each day. Each day we welcome over 800 students and staff who make Bonnie Brae happy place to learn and grow.

With that said, we also know that our Return To School has been challenging and complex to say the least. We know that you know this too. In this newsletter you will find information about the processes we use to help guide your understanding if someone tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact. 

Please note that this is the current process that we are following, as guided by FCPS Health Department. As the global pandemic evolves, we will continue to shift our process. When this shift occurs, we will be sure to communicate with you.

We'd like to remind everyone that our first step of the FCPS layered mitigation process is the daily self-check that parents are asked to perform each day before sending their children off to school. Parents should be looking for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/chills/temperature
  • Stomachache
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Headache

Should your child have any of these symptoms, please do not send them to school and seek an evaluation by a healthcare provider as necessary.  As you may be aware, students who exhibit any of the above symptoms and are sent to our CARE room will be sent home to isolate for up to 10 days.  This not something that anyone wants. We all want our students to be in school, but school must be a safe place for everyone. Please help to keep everyone safe by completing the daily self-check.

Please see the Return to School Guidance from the Fairfax County Health Department that we follow should your child be sent home from the Care Room with symptoms.

Follow the Return to School Guidance below if your child was sent home with any of the above symptoms:

If NO close contact with COVID-19 case:

  • Positive COVID-19 test – Isolate by staying home until 10 days from onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving: or 10 days from day of positive test if never had symptoms.
  • Negative COVID-19 Test – Stay home until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
  • No testing done and no alternate diagnosis – Isolate by staying home until 10 days onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved.
  • Alternate diagnosis by a healthcare provider that explains symptoms – Stay home until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving or longer as per provider’s instructions.

If close contact with a COVID-19 case:

  • Positive COVID-19 test – Isolate by staying home until 10 days from onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving: or 10 days from day of positive test if never had symptoms.
  • Negative COVID-19 test or no testing done – Quarantine by staying home until 14 days from the date of last exposure, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved.

We hope this information is helpful. If we can help clarify in any way, or if you would like any other help from us, please do not hesitate to contact us asap.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

Positivity Project 

This year students and staff will be participating in the Positivity Project at Bonnie Brae Elementary. The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower students to build positive relationships by:  understanding, and appreciating and living out the 24 character strengths in all of us. Over the course of this year students will learn and understand 24 different character strengths that help define who we are and how we interact with others.

This week's focus is Curiosity

You like exploration and discovery- you ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.  Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity exists for a reason.”

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

Jewish Holidays: September 2021

This month, Jewish people throughout the world will be observing what is known as the High Holy Days or High Holidays.  Most Jewish families will celebrate these holidays, which are often thought of as the holiest days of the year.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Monday evening, September 6.  Some Jews celebrate for one day (through Tuesday night September 7) and some celebrate two days (through Wednesday night September 8).  Most Jews celebrate with large family meals and services.  During the pandemic synagogues services have been a combination of in-person outside, inside with social distancing, or virtual.  Feel free to greet your Jewish friends and colleagues with “Happy New Year,” or try Hebrew with “Shana Tova.”

Yom Kippur, a more somber holiday, begins on Wednesday night, September 15, through Thursday night September 16.  It includes fasting and prayer.  Many people of the Jewish faith will refrain from eating for the full 25 hours of the holiday.  Feel free to greet your Jewish friends and colleagues with, “Have a meaningful and easy fast.”

Learn more:

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/9/21/16341470/jewish-high-holy-days-explained-yom-kippur-rosh-hashanah

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-high-holidays/

Robinson's Annual Homecoming Parade

Join Robinson SS for their 50th birthday celebration! The parade will take place on Friday, September 24th at 4:30 pm. Join along Gainsborough and Wheatstone Drive to catch a glimpse of the 2021 Homecoming Court, teacher bikers, fall sports teams, marching band, Robinson Pyramid mascots (including Scottie) and more!

 

Bring a chair and join in the fun- line up anywhere along the route for free handouts, beads, candy, etc!

Taste of Robinson

All students, friends, and family are welcome to food and fun to kick off homecoming weekend! There will be food trucks and lots of games. We hope to see you there, Rams!

Robinson SS Main Entrance

September 24th

5 PM - 7 PM

Masks and social distancing encouraged

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors! 

Enjoy working with students? FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors . Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested. 

If you are interested in applying at Bonnie Brae, please reach out to our assistant principals, Elaine Woo at egwoo@fcps.edu and Scott Hawk at sdhawk@fcps.edu

Bonnie Brae PTO  Membership 

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

 

Order Your Spiritwear Today!
  • Every Friday is Spirit Day at Bonnie Brae. Show your school spirit with Spiritwear!
  • Feel free to share this with family members near and far!
  • Orders will be delivered 3-4 weeks after the sale ends
  • Sale Deadline: September 22, 2021
  • Place your order online
Upcoming Events
  • September 16- PTO Meeting (6:00-7:00 pm)
  • September 7-22- PTO Spirit Wear Sale
  • September 24- Robinson SS Homecoming and Taste of Robinson (4:30 - 7:00 PM)
  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day

  • October 19- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

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

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

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

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Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae Updates September 2

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Bonnie Brae Updates  Message From the Principals 

Hello BBS community!

As we approach what  traditionally was the beginning of the school year (Labor Day Holiday), it's good to know that we already have nearly two weeks of school in the books. Despite our challenges that we continue to work through, we are heartened that many parents, staff and students have expressed how “good” it feels to be back at Bonnie Brae. We can't say enough about your children and how they adjusted to school and what a delightful place Bonnie Brae is because of their presence. We realize that your children are the only reason why our school exists, and we are fortunate that they  have such talented and caring teachers who welcomed them back and who have created nurturing and affirming classroom environments. A positive classroom learning environment is a key component to increasing student belonging, connecting them to meaningful instruction and ensuring academic success. We thank you for supporting our efforts :-)

We'd like to let you know that Ms. Dupuy and Ms. McLaughlin in our front office have retired.  We appreciate their dedication to the Bonnie Brae Community and wish them well as they look forward to exciting times ahead. We will miss them.  We welcome Ms. Vallejo as she moves into the Administrative Assistant role in our front office. We know that she will be outstanding 😊. We also welcome Ms. Rials to Bonnie Brae as our new Office Assistant. Later in September, Ms. Martinez will join us in the front office as Student Information Assistant (SIA). While we are sad to see our beloved colleagues go, we think the new team will serve our students, staff and community exceedingly well.

We hope you enjoy the time with your family this Labor Day Holiday! As always, if you have any questions please reach out to us.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal 

Positivity Project 

This year students and staff will be participating in the Positivity Project at Bonnie Brae Elementary. The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower students to build positive relationships by:  understanding, and appreciating and living out the 24 character strengths in all of us. Over the course of this year students will learn and understand 24 different character strengths that help define who we are and how we interact with others.  This week we will focus on OPM ( Other People’s Mindsets) and how what we do and say can impact others. 

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

Calendar Reminders- No School Friday & Monday

Bonnie Brae will be closed for the Labor Day holiday this Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 7.

Safety Drills Resume 2021-2022

Now that all students are back in school five days a week, FCPS will resume all safety drills. The drills that your child will participate in include; Lockdown drills, Fire drills, Tornado drills and Bus evacuation drills. We will be reaching out early next week to share specifics regarding our first Lockdown Drill.  KPES staff spends time in advance of all drill types to teach and practice with students so that they know what to do and understand the purpose is to keep us all safe in an emergency. 

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors! 

Enjoy working with students? FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors . Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested. 

If you are interested in applying at Bonnie Brae, please reach out to our assistant principals, Elaine Woo at egwoo@fcps.edu and Scott Hawk at sdhawk@fcps.edu

Student Rights & Responsibilities 

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

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

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

Fall Picture Day is on Wednesday, September 8 throughout the day! Students will attend picture day with their teachers. Flyers and order forms were sent home via Tuesday Folders and are also available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVT6JK4DP

Our makeup picture day will be on Tuesday, October 19th

Health and Safety 

The best way for you to help keep our community safe and moving forward is to continue to carefully monitor your child for signs of illness and keep your child home if they display possible symptoms of COVID-19.  We ask that each morning families self-assess their children using the Health Screening Questionnaire.

Bonnie Brae PTO  Membership 

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

 

Spiritwear 

Be on the lookout for Bonnie Brae Spiritwear coming from the PTO from September 7th - 22nd. More information to come soon on where and how to order. 

Upcoming Events 
  • September 3 - No School Student Holiday 
  • September 7 - No School- Labor Day
  • September 8 - Fall Picture Day 
  • September 16- PTO Meeting (6:00-7:00 pm)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

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

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

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates August 27

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Bonnie Brae Friday Updates  Message From the Principals 

Dear BBES Families, 

First, let us thank our Bonnie Brae students, parents and teacher and staff for a successful first week of school. It was great to see and hear BBES come alive again with the energy of students and staff  coming together again. Even with all of the challenges this year has presented, it felt good to be back in school. 

The Covid-19  pandemic continues to impact our families, community and our school. Please know that the staff of Bonnie Brae is committed  to working with public health officials and FCPS to limit the spread of Covid. We are focused on ensuring the robust deployment of mitigation strategies in school to keep our students safe and able to access instruction. We are also committed to keeping you informed as much as possible and we appreciate your support as the year unfolds.

We want to thank the many parents who have volunteered to become essential volunteers to assist with supervising student during  our lunch period. Half of our students from each class eat in cafeteria during their lunch time. The other half of the class has lunch in the classroom. Our children have adjusted well and in speaking to many of them, they enjoy the change to a smaller setting. As you might imagine supervising students in both settings does create a challenge and that is where we've asked for your support. Thank you again to those who have shown interest in helping us out. We will be in touch soon for next steps.

We also wanted to share our appreciation for the PTO and the volunteers for today's ice cold treat during recess. What a great way to end an exciting first week back! 

Thank you once again for your support of the BBES school staff, our PTO and most all, our children, who are great fun and are doing amazing things.

As always, please reach out it we can assist you in any way,

 

Dwayne Young, Elaine Woo, Scott Hawk

Administration 

Bonnie Brae Elementary  

Health and Safety 

Parents, caregivers or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction. As a reminder, any student who is ill or has COVID-like symptoms should remain at home. 

Emergency Care Information 

Please take a moment to review your child's Emergency Care Form. If any changes need to be made, please follow the steps below: 

  • Click here to log onto SIS
  • Login with your USERNAME and PASSWORD 
  • On the side bar - CLICK on FCPS Links 
  • Then - CLICK on WeCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info 

To CHANGE emergency information: 

  • CLICK on your child's name
  • Make changes - then CLICK on SAVE CHANGES on the lower right side 
  • CLICK on SEND FORM, changes will be updated electronically in our Student Information System 
Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

Digital Resource Consent

At Bonnie Brae Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. Further, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to the school if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

To provide your parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions.

Student Rights & Responsibilities 

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

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

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

Given the current situation with COVID-19 and the prevalence of allergies within our building, we are no longer allowing birthday treats at this time. We recognize birthdays can be a joyous time to celebrate with friends and classmates and out of an abundance of caution, we are going to limit opportunities for students to be eating within close proximity of one another. We appreciate your understanding. 

Child Pick Ups 

If you need to pick up your child early, please notify the office and email the classroom teacher. We ask that early sign outs are limited as students thrive on routine and constancy. We request students not be signed out anytime after 2:45pm. This helps to alleviate any confusion prior to dismissal for students and school staff. 

Picture Day  

Fall Picture Day is on Wednesday, September 8 throughout the day! Students will attend picture day with their teachers. Flyers and order forms were sent home via Tuesday Folders and are also available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVT6JK4DP

Bonnie Brae STRINGS and BAND!

We are excited to once again offer live “In-Person” instruction for strings and band. This opportunity is available to ALL interested 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students!

  • ALL interested 4th Grade students may choose to sign up for STRINGS!
  • ALL interested 5th & 6th Grade students may choose to sign up for either STRINGS or BAND!

Students had an opportunity this week to see and hear a variety of the instrumental choices that are offered at Bonnie Brae from student performers from Robinson Secondary. Information regarding sign-ups, forms and how to rent an instrument will be shared with students. 

We are so excited to be together in our schools once more!  Please consider signing up for Band or Strings – making music together in a live setting will really make this year special for all!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mr. Miller, Strings  edmiller@fcps.edu

Mr. Freeman, Band  nrfreeman@fcps.edu

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Be on the lookout for Bonnie Brae Spiritwear coming from the PTO from September 7th - 22nd. More information to come soon on where and how to order. 

Upcoming Events 
  • September 3 - No School Student Holiday 
  • September 7 - No School- Labor Day
  • September 8 - Fall Picture Day 
  • September 16- PTO Meeting (6-7 pm)
Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

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

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

Subscribe to News You Choose emails. 

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Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

Bonnie Brae PTO Ice Pops at Recess

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PTO Ice Pops at Recess on August 27th 

Good afternoon, 

The Bonnie Brae PTO is planning on providing ice pops to students during recess on Friday, August 27th (tomorrow) as long as the weather holds nice. This will be a great way for students to celebrate their first week back at recess. These pops are very friendly for the top food allergies, but we want to ensure we have a safe and fun event and families are aware of the ingredients ahead of time. Please see the below picture to see the ingredients in each ice pop. If there is a food allergy concern, please reach out to your child's teacher. We are hoping to keep this as a great surprise for the students, so please don't mention the event just yet. 

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Bonnie Brae Parent Volunteer Opportunity

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Bonnie Brae Lunch Volunteer Opportunity  

Good afternoon Bonnie Brae families, 

We are off to a wonderful start of the school year. Students arrived with excitement, ready to meet new friends and ready to learn during our first day back! 

In order to increase physical distance during lunch (when masks are off while eating), lunch is occurring in various locations. As a result, we are seeking parent volunteers to support our lunch hours. Lunch starts at 10:45am and ends at 1:25pm. We would welcome your support any day of the week during that timeframe. If you are interested in supporting any day(s) of the week on a consistent basis during any portion of our lunch block, then please complete this parent volunteer form by Friday, August 27th. We will be in touch once we gather responses.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to support our students and to continue encouraging safety protocols.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Elaine Woo, Scott Hawk

Bonnie Brae Administration Team 

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Welcome Back to Bonnie Brae August 20

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Welcome Back Bonnie Brae  Message From the Principals 

Hello Bonnie Brae Families!

Wow, what a fantastic week it's been! The wet weather could not dampen our spirits this past week! It's been great to welcome the Bonnie Brae Staff back to prepare for the year. Our Welcome Walk, Virtual Back to School Night, and Supply Drop Off’s were wonderful events to kick off the year! It was great to see so many of you at our events this week! Check out one of our many celebrations from our Welcome Walk in the photo below. 

We are excited to welcome nearly 760 students back to Bonnie Brae Elementary School (BBES) next Monday, August 23rd ! If you'd like to share any of your family first day photos with us please send them to our wonderful School Based Technology Specialist, Ms. Demick (eademick@fcps.edu). We'd love to post them to BBES  Twitter and Facebook page

Our main form of communication with you will be News You Choose which will be delivered via email each Friday evening. Please use the following link to sign up for News You Choose. You can also find school information on our BBES webpage (https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/) and also on Facebook and Twitter @BonnieBraeES if you use those platforms. The main FCPS webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/) is also a great location for system wide information.

Our teachers will also be sending regular communications home so please look for that either by email or through our BBES Tuesday folders. Also, please plan for a  virtual parent/teacher conference with your child's teacher sometime during the first quarter. Your teacher will have more information coming soon.

We are excited for our first day of school next Monday, August 23rd! We request that parents who are able to walk their child to school please do so on the first day. Parents will be able to walk their child to their classroom. Walkers should plan to arrive no earlier than 8:20am. Please remember that we will not have staff on duty until 8:20 am and students should not be left unattended without supervision. Our Kiss and Ride line begins at 8:20am and at 3:30pm for afternoon pick up.Only those wearing masks will be permitted to enter Bonnie Brae. Everyone at Bonnie Brae will be wearing masks at all times. Please observe proper health screening and social distancing protocols at all times at Bonnie Brae. We really need each of us looking out for all of us so that our students can have a safe and healthy return to school. As always, should you have any questions please reach out to us and we hope that, by working together, we can have a safe, healthy, and happy return to school on August 23rd.

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young, Elaine Woo, Scott Hawk

Administration 

Bonnie Brae Elementary  

Welcome Back Message 

Ms. Megan McLaughlin represents the Braddock District on the Fairfax County School Board and has a message for the BBBES community as we return to school. Ms. McLaughlin's welcome back message can be viewed at the following link

PTO Thank You! 

Thank you to our PTO for your generosity with staff lunch after our welcome walk and for coordinating an opportunity for our students and families to connect during our supply drop off. 

Planning to Have Your Child Ride the Bus?

Eligible bus riders needing transportation may review student route assignment by accessing ParentVue. Families should have also received an eNotify message to remind parents to check their ParentView this week. For more information about bus transportation, including how to access the Bus Delay Notification System, visit the Transportation page.

Kiss and Ride 

As we welcome students back to Bonnie Brae ES, we want to ensure the safe arrival and departure of each child. Bonnie Brae ES has an established area called the Kiss & Ride, which is designed as a safe place for adults in private vehicles to load and unload children. With the cooperation of all drivers the Kiss and Ride is able to provide an efficient and safe transfer of children.

If you are interested in using Kiss and Ride to drop off or pick up your child, please complete the embedded form and review our Kiss and Ride safety guide.

Welcome back to Bonnie Brae STRINGS and BAND!

We are excited to once again offer live “In-Person” instruction

to ALL interested 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students!

  • ALL interested 4th Grade students may choose to sign up for STRINGS!
  • ALL interested 5th & 6th Grade students may choose to sign up for either STRINGS or BAND!

During the first week of school, our students will have the opportunity to see and hear a variety of the Instrumental choices that we offer, so please keep an eye out for more information to come, such as Sign-Up Forms and how to rent an instrument to use for class!

We are so excited to be together in our schools once more!  Please consider signing up for Band or Strings – making music together in a live setting will really make this year special for all!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mr. Miller, Strings  edmiller@fcps.edu

Mr. Freeman, Band  nrfreeman@fcps.edu

FCPS and Bonnie Brae are ready for a strong return to school on August 23rd!

The Return to School webpage and FAQs webpage are regularly updated with the latest return to school information. The most updated information regarding return to school, health and safety guidance and frequently asked questions can be found here in multiple languages. 

Lunch and Breakfast

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, your school’s front office staff can help.

Your child may choose to bring their meals and snacks to school this year. FCPS encourages this practice for students who have specific dietary requirements or are particularly picky. Bringing food from home ensures your child will have the meals and snacks they enjoy to fuel their day of learning.

Our lunch and breakfast menu can be found here

Bonnie Brae Office Hours 

Our office hours of operation are 8:00am-4:00pm, and our instructional hours are 8:30am-3:15pm and you can always reach us at 703-321-3900.

Upcoming Events 
  • August 21 - Popsicles on the Playground 9:00am - 11:00am 
  • August 23 - First Day of School
  • September 3 - No School 
  • September 7 - Labor Day No School
Bonnie Brae News and Updates 

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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Bonnie Brae Welcome Back PTO Announcements

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Welcome Back PTO Announcements 

Learn more about the PTO and what we're about!

Stop by our table on Supply Drop Off Day, Friday August 20th 12:30pm-4:00pm.

  • Paint rocks to add to our beautiful Rock Garden and get Kona Ice
  • Ice truck will be out front during the entire supply drop off period. Payment via cash, card, apple pay.
  • Purchase your Spirit Wear T-Shirt (Details Below)
Spirit Wear is Back!

Purchase yours on Supply Drop Off Day!

Fresh new design for 2021-2022. Spirit Wear day is every Friday! Show your pride with your own BBES t-shirt.

T-shirts are $12 with sizes in child, adult, and women's.

We accept cash, check, and PayPa

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Bonnie Brae Welcome Back Reminders August 17

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  Bonnie Brae Welcome Walk  

Our first day of school with students is quickly approaching and our staff is looking forward to the opportunity to connect with students and families this week! As a reminder, our Welcome Walk will take place on Thursday, August 19th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Your child's teacher will stop by for a three minute doorstep introduction and conversation. Teachers will also provide you with information regarding our Virtual Back to School Night that evening which begins at 6:00pm

  • If you prefer to opt out of the Welcome Walk, please call the Office Staff at Bonnie Brae at 703-321-3900 to let us know that you would not like a visit to your home.
Medication Drop Off 

Families who would like to drop off medication for their child may do so on Thursday, August 19th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm at the front entrance of Bonnie Brae. Medication authorization forms will also be available.

Supply Drop Off 

Our BBES Supply Drop Off will be on Friday, August 20th during the following scheduled times for each grade level.  

Kindergarten

12:30pm - 1:00pm

1st Grade 

1:00pm - 1:30pm

2nd Grade 

1:30pm - 2:00pm

3rd Grade 

2:00pm - 2:30pm

4th Grade 

2:30pm -3:00pm

5th Grade 

3:00pm -3:30pm

6th Grade 

3:30pm - 4:00pm

 

After you drop off supplies, please stop by and visit with our PTO in front of the school and share in the Koana Ice Truck that the PTO has graciously provided. 

Kiss and Ride 

As we welcome students back to Bonnie Brae ES, we want to ensure the safe arrival and departure of each child. Bonnie Brae ES has an established area called the Kiss & Ride, which is designed as a safe place for adults in private vehicles to load and unload children. With the cooperation of all drivers the Kiss and Ride is able to provide an efficient and safe transfer of children.

If you are interested in using Kiss and Ride to drop off or pick up your child, please complete the embedded form. Kiss and Ride tags will be sent home in advance of students returning. 

FCPS and Bonnie Brae are ready for a strong return to school on August 23rd!

The Return to School webpage and FAQs webpage are regularly updated with the latest return to school information. The most updated information regarding return to school, health and safety guidance and frequently asked questions can be found here in multiple languages. 

Upcoming Events
  • August 19 - Welcome Walk 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • August 19 - Medication Drop Off 12:00pm - 3:00pm 
  • August 19 - Virtual Back to School Night 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • August 20 - Student Supply Drop -Off  (Grade Level Specific Times) 
  • August 20 - PTO Back to School Event 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • August 23 - First Day of School
  • September 3 - No School 
  • September 7 - Labor Day No School
Bonnie Brae News and Updates 

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Bonnie Brae Welcome Back!  

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae parents and families!

We are just one week away from our exciting return to 5 days per week for the 21-22 school year! 

We are excited to meet our students and families during our first ever Welcome Walk next Thursday, 8/19 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Your teacher will stop by for a three minute doorstep introduction and conversation. 😊 Teachers will also provide you with a link for our Virtual Back to School Night that evening which begins at 6:00pm. Our BBES Supply Drop Off will be on Friday 8/20  during the following scheduled times for each grade level.  

Kindergarten

12:30pm - 1:00pm

1st Grade 

1:00pm - 1:30pm

2nd Grade 

1:30pm - 2:00pm

3rd Grade 

2:00pm - 2:30pm

4th Grade 

2:30pm -3:00pm

5th Grade 

3:00pm -3:30pm

6th Grade 

3:30pm - 4:00pm

 

After you drop off supplies, please stop by and visit with our PTO in front of the school and share in the Koana Ice Truck that the PTO has graciously provided. 

On the first day of school parents (wearing masks) will be permitted to walk their children to the classroom door, if they prefer. Walkers should plan to arrive no earlier than 8:15am. Please remember that we will not have staff on duty until 8:15am and students should not be left unattended without supervision. Our Kiss and Ride line begins at 8:15am and at 3:30pm for afternoon pick up.

Our office hours of operation are 8:00am-4:00pm, and our instructional hours are 8:30am-3:15pm and you can always reach us at 703-321-3900.

Thank you for the nice welcome that so many of you have extended! Please reach out if we can help in anyway. Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday for a Welcome Walk!

Sincerely, 

 

Dwayne Young

Interim Principal 

Bonnie Brae Elementary 

FCPS and Bonnie Brae are ready for a strong return to school on August 23rd!

The Return to School webpage and FAQs webpage are regularly updated with the latest return to school information. The most updated information regarding return to school, health and safety guidance and frequently asked questions can be found here in multiple languages. 

Kiss and Ride 

As we welcome students back to Bonnie Brae ES, we want to ensure the safe arrival and departure of each child. Bonnie Brae ES has an established area called the Kiss & Ride, which is designed as a safe place for adults in private vehicles to load and unload children. With the cooperation of all drivers the Kiss and Ride is able to provide an efficient and safe transfer of children.

If you are interested in using Kiss and Ride to drop off or pick up your child, please complete the embedded form. Kiss and Ride tags will be sent home in advance of students returning. 

Pediatric Health Fair

Inova Health System in partnership with United Healthcare Community Plan, will be offering a Pediatric Health Fair on August 22nd from 10am to 2pm.

100+ WALK-IN and FREE:

  • Well-child checkups (age 5+),
  • School physicals (age 5+),
  • Vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the whole family (age 12+)
  • Fun & activities
  • Back to school swag
  • Food trucks
  • Washington Football Player Meet & Greet

When: August 22nd 10am to 2pm

Where: Inova Cares Clinic for Children - 6400 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church VA 22042

Who: Medicaid holders and uninsured children + COVID-19 vaccination for the whole family (12+ years old

Additional information for the event can be found here and en español

Upcoming Events
  • August 19 - Welcome Walk 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • August 19 - Virtual Back to School Night 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • August 20 - Student Supply Drop -Off  (Grade Level Specific Times) 
  • August 20 - PTO Back to School Event 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • August 23 - First Day of School
  • September 3 - No School 
  • September 7 - Labor Day No School
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

Bonnie Brae News and Updates 

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Bonnie Brae Welcome Walk  

Hello Bonnie Brae Families, 

We hope you are having a wonderful summer. At Bonnie Brae we are excitedly getting ready for the school year ahead. To kick off the new school year, Bonnie Brae will be conducting our first ever Welcome Walk through our neighborhood(s) on Thursday, August 19th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The Welcome Walk is an informal time for you to meet your child's teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Your child's teacher and a BBES staff buddy will come to your home for a brief 3-5 minute doorstep visit. Please help us maintain safe social distancing as much as is possible during our visit. This will be just a few minutes to say hello, provide your first Take Home Tuesday Folder for the year and have a moment for your student to meet their new teacher.

  • If you prefer to opt out of the Welcome Walk, please call the Office Staff at Bonnie Brae at 703-321-3900 to let us know that you would not like a visit to your home.
  • If you have changed your home address, please notify the BBES office as soon as possible at 703-321-3900

The teachers and staff at BBES are looking forward to meeting your child on the Welcome Walk and to a successful school year!   and are looking forward to meeting you on our Welcome Walk!

We hope you enjoy the last days of summer and we will see you soon!!!

 

Dwayne Young

Interim Principal

Bonnie Brae Elementary

 

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