Bonnie Brae ES Updates March 11

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Kindergarten Orientation

Bonnie Brae ES will be hosting two Kindergarten Orientation sessions and we hope that you can attend! One will be a Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, March 30th  at 9 AM and the other will be an In-Person Meet & Greet + Building Tour on Thursday, March 31st at 2 PM.  Please visit our K Orientation Website Page to register and learn more about our Kindergarten Program at BBES.

Kindergarten teachers will host both our Virtual Information Session and In-Person Meet & Greet + Building Tour.  Our teachers will be sharing information about what to expect and what students will learn in kindergarten. We can't wait to welcome our new Scottie Dogs! 

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 30, 2022, then it is time to register your child for the 2022-2023 school year.  Children born after September 30, 2017 are ineligible to attend kindergarten.  The Code of Virginia does not allow exceptions for children born after this date.

We request that you begin the registration process as soon as possible. Registration information and forms are available online.

If this does not apply to you, please share this information with a neighbor whose child may be entering kindergarten. Thank you. We look forward to welcoming our new kindergartners and their families!

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Love of Learning.

You master new topics on your own or in school.

Learning never exhausts the mind.”  -Leonardo da Vinci

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

National School Social Work Week! 

We greatly appreciate our school social worker,  Ms. Amy Marshall! This year we are especially grateful for the support she provides our students and families through the challenges that have arisen over the course of the pandemic. Ms. Marshall takes the time to build relationships with students and staff and seeks out opportunities to engage with families. She has also supported with our Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to help support students social and emotional well being. 

Family Engagement Survey Opens March 13

On Sunday, March 13, in the afternoon, you will receive an email from Fairfax County Public Schools via K12 Insight regarding FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey. Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve our practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey. It will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, and Amharic. Please visit our Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information and look for the survey in your inbox on March 13. Your voice matters!

Bonnie Brae's Family Liaison, Santanisha Chang, is available to support access to this survey. She can assist families by providing paper copies with language translations. Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Chang at [email protected] or text at 571-424-9433.

For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

Save the Date! SOL Test Dates for Grades 3-6

SOL testing for Grades 3-6 will occur in May. The dates for each assessment are below. If you have questions about testing please contact Assistant Principal Hawk ([email protected]). For more information please visit the Bonnie Brae Website.

Last Call: Autism Awareness T-Shirts!

Did you know that World Autism Month takes place in April?  To go along with this, the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day is Saturday, April 2, 2022.  All parents, students, and staff who are interested in purchasing a Bonnie Brae Autism Awareness shirt, please click on this link to place your order by Friday, March 11.  Shirts are $15 and will be shipped to school, with distribution to staff and students the week of March 28-30.  We encourage any and all who order a shirt to wear it prior to Autism Awareness Day on March 31 and Fridays throughout the month of April!  If you don’t plan to order a shirt but would like to join in, we encourage everyone to wear blue in support of understanding and acceptance for people with autism on March 31 and Fridays throughout the month of April.  When ordering a shirt, be sure to use the code #BBES to get free shipping to the school.    

Buy Your Yearbook Today!

Yearbooks are officially on sale. Visit our website to learn more.

BBES Parent Course in Schoology

You may have seen your students utilizing Schoology, our new Learning Management System. Did you know that we also have a Bonnie Brae ES Parent Schoology Course? There, you can find lots of helpful information and notices that we put out throughout the year. It is also a great place to access the links for our Parent Coffee and PTO Meetings. We hope to use this platform to house many items going forward. 

New Folder: Non-Profit Organizations - Flyers

New this week: Burke Center Swim Team and Girl Scouts Info

In order to access Schoology, you must be signed up for a Parent Vue account and will use those credentials to sign in. Don't have a Parent Vue account? Register today! 

BBES Lunch Volunteer Opportunity  

We are seeking parent volunteers to support our lunch hours. Lunch starts at 10:45am and ends at 1:30pm. As the weather gets nicer we are looking forward to having some of our volunteers support at some of our outdoor learning spaces as well. 

If you are interested in supporting any day(s) of the week on a consistent basis during any portion of our lunch block, please contact Kathy Rials at [email protected]

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

Cafeteria Host at BBES

Bonnie Brae is currently in search of a Cafeteria Host. Our Cafeteria Host helps our community of students by welcoming them into the cafeteria, helping our younger students open lunch items, and ensure that our cafeteria runs safely and smoothly. 

Interested applicants should contact Kathy Rials at [email protected] to apply. 

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.

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser

The Bonnie Brae ES PTO is planning a Read-a-thon Fundraiser as a send-off to National Reading Month. Grow your love for reading and help raise funds for the BBES Specials Programs! This year's Read-A-Thon will be held March 21st-27th. Pledge Sheets and Reading Logs will be sent home in next week's Tuesday Folders. 

Prizes will be awarded to one student per grade-level and two classes with the highest total pages read! Completed pledges, donations, and Reading Logs and donations can be submitted to your child's classroom teacher, the front office, or email [email protected].  Winners will be announced following Spring Break! All proceeds will go towards the BBES Specials Programs this year.

Spring Carnival

Interested in helping out with the upcoming Spring Carnival? We are forming a planning committee and would love your help!

Email [email protected] if interested.

  PTO Meeting Reminder

On Thursday, March 17 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom.

The Meeting Agenda for March 2022 will be posted here and is also available on the PTO Website. 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.

If you are interested, please reach out to [email protected] and 

[email protected]

Bonnie Brae PTO 

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

It's Daylight Savings Time: Spring Forward!

Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 13, 2022 and is a reminder that Spring will soon be here. We set our clocks forward one hour. While we may have sunnier days, the change in time can interrupt your child’s sleep rhythm. Losing an hour of sleep when we "spring forward" can take a toll on children, especially teens, leaving them sleepier during the day.

Here are a few tips.

  • Stick to bedtime routines.
  • Limit screen time for phones, computers, and TV before bed.
  • Get exercise and go outside to be exposed to natural sunlight.
  • Relax in the evenings with reading, or mindfulness exercises.
  • Prepare for the time change gradually over this coming week. 

Time changes may cause some drowsy days. We usually adjust within about a week. Happy Spring!

  • March 11- Autism Awareness T-Shirt Order Deadline
  • March 16- Parent Coffee (Zoom)
  • March 17- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • March 21-27- Read-A-Thon Week!
  • March 30- Kindergarten Virtual Orientation
  • March 31- Autism Awareness Day
  • March 31- End of Quarter 3- 2 Hour Early Release
  • March 31- Kindergarten In-Person Orientation Meet & Greet

  • April 1- Teacher Work Day (No School)
  • April 4-8- Spring Break

View the 2021-2022 School Calendar

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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