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Hello Scottie Families!

We are so grateful to our amazing BBES PTO and community for the generous donations of gift cards and treats to make our December Days of Cheer possible! We know that our staff are truly appreciative of the recognition and we wouldn't be able to honor them in this way without the support of our Scottie families!

Along with our December Days of Cheer, we kick-off Inclusive Schools week on Monday with "think outside the box, wear flannel/plaid!" More information below on Inclusive Schools, December Days of Cheer, and the fun spirit days we have planned to celebrate. Be sure to check them out!

Have a great weekend, Scotties!

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

The Outstanding Employees at BBES have been announced! Thank you to those that made nominations to help recognize this great group of staff members. Please join us in congratulating (from left to right):

  • Patrick Osborne, Multiple Disabilities Teacher- Outstanding New Teacher
  • Rheka Mhasawade, Instructional Assistant- Outstanding Operational Employee
  • Cheryl Clark, First Grade Teacher- Outstanding Teacher
  • Erica Demick, Technology Specialist- Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal- Outstanding Leader
  • Morgan Birge, Principal- Outstanding New Principal

At morning meeting, Mr. Weilert's class played would you rather to learn more about their individual preferences and shared similarities. What a great way to start their morning!

Next Week's Events
  • November 28 - December 12   Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Monday, December 5  Think outside the box! Wear flannel/plaid
  • Tuesday, December 6  Be Unique! Wear mismatched, funky clothes
  • Wednesday, December 7 Be comfortable to be you! Wear sneakers and comfy sweats
  • Thursday, December 8  We’re a team! Wear your favorite jerseys
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Friday, December 9  Unity day! Wear BBES spirit wear or blue and white colors
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Other People Mindset | Supporting others when they struggle

Character Strength Features: When other people are struggling, I do my best to help them out.

Quote of the Week: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

December 5-9 - Inclusive Schools Week

Dec 5-9 celebrates Inclusive Schools Week. Inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families create a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. This year’s theme is Unity.

Our students have the same access to academic, non-academic, extra-curricular, and community activities and educational settings as their nondisabled peers, whenever appropriate.

BBES Inclusive Schools Spirit Week

We would like to recognize unity within the community through a schoolwide spirit week.

  • Mon, Dec 5: Think outside the box! Wear flannel/plaid
  • Tue, Dec 6: Be Unique! Wear mismatched, funky clothes
  • Wed, Dec 7: Be comfortable to be you! Wear sneakers and comfy sweats
  • Thu, Dec 8: We’re a team! Wear your favorite jersey
  • Fri, Dec 9: Unity day! Wear BBES spirit wear or blue and white colors
Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day, Thursday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Inclement Weather Guidance

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made. 

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

AAP News and Notes

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the November Family Coffee as we shared more about talent development and differentiating work for all learners.  Please see the link below to review the presented material.

A friendly reminder that Full Time Services (Level IV) Referrals and optional documents (questionnaire and home work samples) for students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15.  Referral forms and questionnaires can be found using the below AAP forms link.  The AAP Overview  slide deck (beginning on slide 34) provides more information on the screening process and home work sample criteria. Be sure to check out the Family Coffee slide deck for more ideas on home work samples!  Please submit all questions and documents to our AART, Larissa Sheehan [email protected]. Thank you!

Links:

BBES Winter Fine Arts Concert

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the BBES Cafeteria for our annual Winter Fine Arts Concert featuring Band and Choir Students. The Band and Choir students have been working so hard to put together a beautiful winter concert! We are so proud of their work.

Learn more about the Winter Fine Arts Concert on our website.

Bonnie Brae Students in Grades K-6 will have the opportunity to attend a daytime showing of the concert with their teachers on December 13th. 

For Strings, a Winter Concert will occur in January and information is forthcoming.

Please reach out to Rochelle Oedemann if you have any questions.

BBES Parent Course on Schoology: New Update A new flyer has been uploaded to our Parent Schoology Course.

New this week: Girls Lacrosse Clinic

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

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

FCPS NewsIn case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Preparing for Winter Weather
    • Keeping Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities
    • Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan
    • Provide Feedback on Secondary World Languages Basal Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12   Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Monday, December 5  Think outside the box! Wear flannel/plaid
  • Tuesday, December 6  Be Unique! Wear mismatched, funky clothes
  • Wednesday, December 7 Be comfortable to be you! Wear sneakers and comfy sweats
  • Thursday, December 8  We’re a team! Wear your favorite jersey
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Friday, December 9  Unity day! Wear BBES spirit wear or blue and white colors
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

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Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- December Cheer & Wants and Needs Reminders!

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Bonnie Brae December Cheer - Reminder!

Thank you to those who have been able to contribute to our December Days of Cheer for staff!  We have our two sign-up opportunities linked below, each with awesome ways to show your support.  Please consider donating and dropping off items by Thursday!

Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12  –  Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- Reminders

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Bonnie Brae December Cheer!

We have shared the importance of showing gratitude these past two weeks, and we have an opportunity for our community to support the PTO and school in showing our staff gratitude prior to winter break.  We have two sign-up opportunities linked below, each with awesome ways to show your support for our staff:

The Bonnie Brae PTO is seeking donations of gift cards to use in a raffle for our wonderful teachers and staff leading up to winter break! Please see the sign-up for gift card donations.

Additionally, we have special activities and treats planned for each day in December to help make the month joyful for our fantastic Bonnie Brae staff, and we cannot do it without you! We appreciate anything that our families are able to donate. Please sign-up for donations for the treats and activities

Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12  –  Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- Reminders

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Bonnie Brae December Cheer!

We have shared the importance of showing gratitude these past two weeks, and we have an opportunity for our community to support the PTO and school in showing our staff gratitude prior to winter break.  We have two sign-up opportunities linked below, each with awesome ways to show your support for our staff:

The Bonnie Brae PTO is seeking donations of gift cards to use in a raffle for our wonderful teachers and staff leading up to winter break! Please see the sign-up for gift card donations.

Additionally, we have special activities and treats planned for each day in December to help make the month joyful for our fantastic Bonnie Brae staff, and we cannot do it without you! We appreciate anything that our families are able to donate. Please sign-up for donations for the treats and activities

Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12  –  Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter (Updated Links)

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Hello Scottie Families!

As we wrap up a short week here at Bonnie Brae, we want to take the time to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!  A reminder there is no school tomorrow, and we hope you all have a chance to relax and refresh with family and friends in the coming days! 

Bonnie Brae December Cheer!

We have shared the importance of showing gratitude these past two weeks, and we have an opportunity for our community to support the PTO and school in showing our staff gratitude prior to winter break.  We have two sign-up opportunities linked below, each with awesome ways to show your support for our staff:

The Bonnie Brae PTO is seeking donations of gift cards to use in a raffle for our wonderful teachers and staff leading up to winter break! Please see the sign-up for gift card donations.

Additionally, we have special activities and treats planned for each day in December to help make the month joyful for our fantastic Bonnie Brae staff, and we cannot do it without you! We appreciate anything that our families are able to donate. Please sign-up for donations for the treats and activities

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. November 23-25 Thanksgiving (Holiday)

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Our Girls on the Run club ran their seasonal 5k at Dulles Town Center last weekend with the support of Mrs. Hovey. Although cold, they had a blast and stuck together through it all! 

We have such creative students! These friends made a unicorn turkey, a cupcake turkey, a minion turkey and more!!! What a fun activity!

Next Week's Events Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Kindness

Character Strength Features: You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

Quote of the Week: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

BBES Winter Fine Arts Concert

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the BBES Cafeteria for our annual Winter Fine Arts Concert featuring Band and Choir Students. The Band and Choir students have been working so hard to put together a beautiful winter concert! We are so proud of their work.

Learn more about the Winter Fine Arts Concert on our website.

Bonnie Brae Students in Grades K-6 will have the opportunity to attend a daytime showing of the concert with their teachers on December 13th. 

For Strings, a Winter Concert will occur in January and information is forthcoming.

Please reach out to Rochelle Oedemann if you have any questions.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Calendar Survey
  • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
  • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12   Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter

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Hello Scottie Families!

As we wrap up a short week here at Bonnie Brae, we want to take the time to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!  A reminder there is no school tomorrow, and we hope you all have a chance to relax and refresh with family and friends in the coming days! 

Bonnie Brae December Cheer!

We have shared the importance of showing gratitude these past two weeks, and we have an opportunity for our community to support the PTO and school in showing our staff gratitude prior to winter break.  We have two sign-up opportunities linked below, each with awesome ways to show your support for our staff:

The Bonnie Brae PTO is seeking donations of gift cards to use in a raffle for our wonderful teachers and staff leading up to winter break! Please see the sign-up for gift card donations.

Additionally, we have special activities and treats planned for each day in December to help make the month joyful for our fantastic Bonnie Brae staff, and we cannot do it without you! We appreciate anything that our families are able to donate. Please sign-up for donations for the treats and activities

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. November 23-25 Thanksgiving (Holiday)

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Our Girls on the Run club ran their seasonal 5k at Dulles Town Center last weekend with the support of Mrs. Hovey. Although cold, they had a blast and stuck together through it all! 

We have such creative students! These friends made a unicorn turkey, a cupcake turkey, a minion turkey and more!!! What a fun activity!

Next Week's Events Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Kindness

Character Strength Features: You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

Quote of the Week: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

BBES Winter Fine Arts Concert

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the BBES Cafeteria for our annual Winter Fine Arts Concert featuring Band and Choir Students. The Band and Choir students have been working so hard to put together a beautiful winter concert! We are so proud of their work.

Learn more about the Winter Fine Arts Concert on our website.

Bonnie Brae Students in Grades K-6 will have the opportunity to attend a daytime showing of the concert with their teachers on December 13th. 

For Strings, a Winter Concert will occur in January and information is forthcoming.

Please reach out to Rochelle Oedemann if you have any questions.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Calendar Survey
  • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
  • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12   Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- Reminders

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Upcoming Events
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Monday, November 21- Parent Coffee

Join us on today, November 21 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria. We will spend our time together with Larissa Sheehan, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher to learn more about Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies. We hope you can join us!  

November 23-25 Thanksgiving (Holiday)

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Wednesday, November 16 @ 4:00 - 8:00 PM – PTO Spirit Night at Five Guys
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack!
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter

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Hello Scottie Families!

As we wrap up another great week of learning, we want to share our gratitude for the entire Bonnie Brae family and the support that our parents and staff provide to our Scotties. As a Positivity Project school, we have been learning about gratitude this week, and we are grateful to be a part of such an amazing community!

We are looking forward to our next parent coffee on Monday, November 21, at 8:40 AM.  Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Ms. Larissa Sheehan, will be sharing creative and critical thinking strategies (one of our FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attributes) with families. 

As a reminder, next week is a short week, with school in session November 21 & 22, and Thanksgiving Break taking place from November 23-25. 

We hope you all have a great weekend!  

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

There was widespread participation in our SCA Spirit Day for Anything but a Backpack Day! We loved seeing the suitcases, laundry baskets, grocery carts, coolers, and so many other creative ideas.

Second Graders worked hard preparing for a FIFA World Cup Parade in celebration of the tournament beginning this weekend. Special Thanks to our stupendous Second Grade Teachers for building excitement in our school! Let's go #TeamUSA!

6th graders in Miss Warr’s class learned to play ‘Instrumentopoly’! This board game teaches students the names of the  instruments in each instrument family while also engaging them in an exciting music version of the original Monopoly game!

These heroes are deserving of our thanks every day, and we were so happy to have celebrated them last Thursday at our Veterans Day Breakfast! We are grateful for their sacrifices. Thank you, veterans, for your courage, strength, and bravery in keeping us all safe!

Next Week's Events
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Gratitude

Character Strength Features: You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Quote of the Week: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy

Monday, November 21- Parent Coffee

Join us on Monday, November 21 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria. We will spend our time together with Larissa Sheehan, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher to learn more about Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies. We hope you can join us!  

November 23-25 Thanksgiving (Holiday)

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

TalkingPoints

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. Look our for messages from your Bonnie Brae teachers coming soon! For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage.

Parents may opt to receive SMS text messages or visit their device's app store to download TalkingPoints for Parents. The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact the front office at your child’s school and ask for the registrar.

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process

FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28.

Alcohol and The Holidays

A few things to consider for parents and families in regards to alcohol and the holidays.

Register Now for SibShops

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

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

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

Saturday, December 3, 2022  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Providence Community Center.

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services. There is only an in-person option.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Calendar Survey
  • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
  • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, November 16 @ 4:00 - 8:00 PM – PTO Spirit Night at Five Guys
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Thursday, November 17 – Thanksgiving Lunch (Students Only)
  • Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack!
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
Tonight! Wednesday, November 16-  PTO Fundraising Event at Five Guys Burke - 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us for Spirit Night at Five Guys tonight, Wednesday, November 16 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM! Make dinner easy by joining us for a fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO!

Five Guys will donate 20% of all orders (Online Orders, Call-In, Walk-In) between 4-8 pm to the PTO.

Don't forget to mention "Bonnie Brae PTO" when placing your order!

 

Five Guys

Burke Centre Shopping Center

5761 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015

(703) 988-6771

Thursday, November 17- PTO Meeting

Join us on, Thursday, November 17th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

Thursday, November 17- Thanksgiving Menu- Students Only

As you know, the annual FCPS Thanksgiving luncheon that included inviting our students’ parents, guardians, and family members in years past has not been offered over the last few years due to COVID-19. This school year, FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is excited to be able to provide a Thanksgiving lunch menu for students on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Unfortunately, FCPS has reported that supply chain challenges continue to impact daily operations of the FNS; as a result, the lunch this year is not open to parents, guardians, and other guests. We are working with the PTO to schedule a family lunch at a day later this school year and look forward to announcing a family luncheon date soon! 

Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack Day!

Friday, November 18th is our next SCA Spirit Day – Anything But a Backpack Day!  Our SCA Leadership Team invites Bonnie Brae staff and students to bring their belongings in anything but a backpack on November 18th.  Examples include a small cooler, a bucket, a small basket, a duffle bag, etc. (if riding a bus, containers must be small enough to fit on a student’s lap).  As a reminder, for all Bonnie Brae spirit days we encourage participation through the SCA theme for that month, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white! 

Poster created by Minna A., SCA Leadership Team

Monday, November 21- Parent Coffee

Join us on Monday, November 21 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria. We will spend our time together with Larissa Sheehan, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher to learn more about Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies. We hope you can join us!  

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Wednesday, November 16 @ 4:00 - 8:00 PM – PTO Spirit Night at Five Guys
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack!
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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Hello Scottie Families!

Thank you to our Scottie community for providing the food this morning for our Veterans Day breakfast!  Veterans of our Bonnie Brae family embody the Positivity Project character strength of bravery, and we are so glad that many of them were able to join us this morning with their child or grandchild!  

As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day.  Have a great weekend, Scotties!

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Our third grade students and teachers had a blast at the National Zoo on Wednesday. Check out this curious sea lion getting in on the action!

Mrs. Vershaw, Assistant Principal, lead morning meeting with these amazing sixth graders in Mrs. Sorenson's class! Playing “Would You Rather” and hearing their reasoning was such a great start to her day!

Next Week's Events
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack!
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Gratitude

Character Strength Features: You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Quote of the Week: “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” -Dalai Lama

Thursday, November 17- PTO Meeting

Join us on, Thursday, November 17th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack Day!

Friday, November 18th is our next SCA Spirit Day – Anything But a Backpack Day!  Our SCA Leadership Team invites Bonnie Brae staff and students to bring their belongings in anything but a backpack on November 18th.  Examples include a small cooler, a bucket, a small basket, a duffle bag, etc. (if riding a bus, containers must be small enough to fit on a student’s lap).  As a reminder, for all Bonnie Brae spirit days we encourage participation through the SCA theme for that month, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white! 

Save the Date: Parent Coffee

Join us on Monday, November 21 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria. We will spend our time together with Larissa Sheehan, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher to learn more about Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies. We hope you can join us!  

Last Chance! Outstanding Employee Awards

We are accepting nominations for Bonnie Brae Elementary Staff Members for the 2022 – 2023 school year.  Please review the attached flyer for categories and next steps.

FCPS is encouraging all schools to identify outstanding employees.  This outreach more readily recognize FCPS employees is in response to employee feedback from the school district's annual Working Conditions Survey.

This form will help us to collect nominations for:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Please consider nominating an outstanding staff member, so that they may be recognized for their day-to-day efforts in supporting our students, staff, and FCPS initiatives. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022.

Online Tutoring

📚 Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test?

FCPS students have unlimited access to live, on-demand, 1-to-1 online tutoring support from Tutor.com through Schoology at no cost to families. Sessions are safe and secure with over 200+ subjects covered. Tutors are available 24/7 and tutoring is also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, and French. Detailed information including FAQs and opt-out instructions are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website

Learn how students can log in and access a tutor by watching a video: 

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 SCA Spirit Day- Anything but a Backpack!
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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Thursday, November 10- Veterans Day Breakfast & Classroom Visits

Bonnie Brae is so excited to be able to host the Veteran's Day Breakfast and Read Aloud event this Thursday, November 10th beginning at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria for Bonnie Brae families and staff who currently serve or have served in the armed forces.  Following, throughout the day, we encourage any service member able to visit one or more classrooms to either read a book or share about their experience. If you can submit a photo, join us for breakfast, or visit a classroom, please complete this google form. We will use photos submitted from the community to create a slideshow both for the event and for our Bonnie Brae Bark News Show to share with students.  

Donations/Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Breakfast

We are asking for volunteers to help make this breakfast special and successful.  We ask that you bring the donated items (labeled Veteran's Day Breakfast to the front office) no later than 8:00 AM on Thursday, November 10th.   Please consider signing up to help make this event a success. Thank you!

Calendar Reminder: Veterans Day/School Planning Day- No School Friday, November 11

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Thursday, November 10 – Veteran's Day Breakfast & Read-aloud Event
  • Friday, November 11 Veterans Day/School Planning Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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Hello Scottie Families!

We are looking forward to this upcoming Thursday, November 10, when we invite veterans connected to our Scottie family to join us for breakfast and a chance to read to a class (or share about your experience with a class).  To help us properly plan for this event, please use this form to indicate your attendance. If you would like to donate an item to support the breakfast, please sign up here to bring an item. More information is available below!

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, November 6, at 2 AM.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!  As a reminder, there is no school on Tuesday, November 8 for election day, and schools are closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

We hope you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather that is in the forecast for this weekend! 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Fall fun continues in Kindergarten | These students had a great time in their math rotations! They especially loved the STEM center where they created spider webs & counted as they “stuck” spiders to their webs.

Two students pictured in Mrs. Belita's class celebrating and sharing their personal narrative stories!

Next Week's Events
  • Tuesday, November 8 Election Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 10 – Veteran's Day Breakfast & Read-aloud Event
  • Friday, November 11 Veterans Day/School Planning Day (No School)
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Bravery

Character Strength Features: You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

Quote of the Week: “It is not the critic who counts...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who at worst, if he fails, at least fails by daring greatly.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Calendar Reminders: Election Day- No School Tuesday, November 8

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

Veterans Day/School Planning Day- No School Friday, November 11

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Thursday, November 10- Veterans Day Breakfast & Classroom Visits

Bonnie Brae is so excited to be able to host the Veteran's Day Breakfast and Read Aloud event on November 10th beginning at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria for Bonnie Brae families and staff who currently serve or have served in the armed forces.  Following, throughout the day, we encourage any service member able to visit one or more classrooms to either read a book or share about their experience. If you can submit a photo, join us for breakfast, or visit a classroom, please complete this google form. We will use photos submitted from the community to create a slideshow both for the event and for our Bonnie Brae Bark News Show to share with students.  

Donations/Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Breakfast

We are asking for volunteers to help make this breakfast special and successful.  We ask that you bring the donated items (labeled Veteran's Day Breakfast to the front office) no later than Monday, November 7th and we ask volunteers to arrive at 7:45am on November 10th.   Please consider signing up to help make this event a success. Thank you!

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Book Fair Update

Thank you to our wonderful Bonnie Brae community for another successful Scholastic Book Fair! Families generously purchased 120 books for our amazing teachers to add to their classroom libraries. Over $420 was donated by rounding up purchases and funded another 50 books for teachers and students. Mrs. Lewis sends her heart-felt gratitude to all of the volunteers, families, faculty, and especially our students for this record-breaking event.

Outstanding Employee Awards

We are accepting nominations for Bonnie Brae Elementary Staff Members for the 2022 – 2023 school year.  Please review the attached flyer for categories and next steps.

FCPS is encouraging all schools to identify outstanding employees.  This outreach more readily recognize FCPS employees is in response to employee feedback from the school district's annual Working Conditions Survey.

This form will help us to collect nominations for:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Please consider nominating an outstanding staff member, so that they may be recognized for their day-to-day efforts in supporting our students, staff, and FCPS initiatives. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022.

Save the Date: Parent Coffee

Join us on Monday, November 21 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria. We will spend our time together with Larissa Sheehan, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher to learn more about Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies. We hope you can join us!  

BBES Parent Course on Schoology: New Update A new flyer has been uploaded to our Parent Schoology Course.

New this week: Community Meals- Free Meals on 11/8 and every second Tuesday of the month!

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

FCPS News

n case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Purple Star Schools Support Military-Connected Families
  • $2 Million Grant Supports STEAM
  • FCPS Calendar 
  • Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?
  • Virtual Job Fair

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Thursday, November 17- PTO Meeting

Join us on, Thursday, November 17th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Tuesday, November 8 Election Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 10 – Veteran's Day Breakfast & Read-aloud Event
  • Friday, November 11 Veterans Day/School Planning Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Monday, November 21 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

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Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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Hello Scottie Families!

Such a fun week of learning, capped of with a great SCA Spirit Day today (Costume Day)!  Bonnie Brae was filled with students and staff dressed as storybook characters, in costumes, or wearing our school colors of blue and white.  A truly joyful learning experience today, and we loved seeing the Positivity Project character strength of creativity on display throughout the building!

Our Book Fair was a huge success and there is one last opportunity this afternoon for families to come in and purchase. The Book Fair is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM today.  Thank you to Ms. Lewis for all her efforts to make our Book Fair soar!

Enjoy the fall colors this weekend.  Be safe, have fun, and we will see our Scotties back at school on Tuesday!

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Miss Warr, General Music, engaged students with an amazing classroom environment this week and last with a Black Light Dance Party. The students first learned a choreographed danced or learned a theater script and then the lights went out for their performance. We are so grateful for our amazing educators here at BBES!

Our Bonnie Brae ES Costume Day was a hit! Look at all our amazing Scotties who came ready to celebrate. We've got spirit, yes we do!

Next Week's Events
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • November 1 - November 2- Dia de los Muertos
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes), Impact Aid Forms Due
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Other People Mindset: Knowing that my words and actions affect others

Character Strength Features: Everything you say and do can affect others – and your relationships with them.

Quote of the Week: “The right word spoken at the right time can make all the difference in building people up. Choose well.” -Michael Hyatt

Monday, October 31- Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Friday, November 4- Retake Picture Day (Individual Photos)

Students have the opportunity on Friday, November 4 to receive a picture retake from their Fall Photo Session. All new students will be photographed.Teachers have been assigned a time-slot to bring students who are either missing a picture or have requested a retake.

Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you would like to request your student's photo be retaken.

Flyers and order forms are available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVT8WFWCH

All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days, religious and cultural observances noted in the school calendar. To learn more about Dia de los Muertos, watch this video.

While Dia de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day).

The school calendar recognizes many O days during the school year. Classes are held on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events not be held on these observance days. Read Regulation 2234.12 for details.

Upcoming Calendar Reminders: Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Veterans Day Breakfast & Classroom Visits

Bonnie Brae is so excited to be able to host the Veteran's Day Breakfast and Read Aloud event on November 10th beginning at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria for Bonnie Brae families and staff who currently serve or have served in the armed forces.  Following, throughout the day, we encourage any service member able to visit one or more classrooms to either read a book or share about their experience. If you can submit a photo, join us for breakfast, or visit a classroom, please complete this google form. We will use photos submitted from the community to create a slideshow both for the event and for our Bonnie Brae Bark News Show to share with students.  

Donations/Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Breakfast

We are asking for volunteers to help make this breakfast special and successful.  We ask that you bring the donated items (labeled Veteran's Day Breakfast to the front office) no later than Monday, November 7th and we ask volunteers to arrive at 7:45am on November 10th.   Please consider signing up to help make this event a success. Thank you!

Outstanding Employee Awards

We are accepting nominations for Bonnie Brae Elementary Staff Members for the 2022 – 2023 school year.  Please review the attached flyer for categories and next steps.

FCPS is encouraging all schools to identify outstanding employees.  This outreach more readily recognize FCPS employees is in response to employee feedback from the school district's annual Working Conditions Survey.

This form will help us to collect nominations for:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Please consider nominating an outstanding staff member, so that they may be recognized for their day-to-day efforts in supporting our students, staff, and FCPS initiatives. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • November 1 - November 2- Dia de los Muertos
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes), Impact Aid Forms Due
  • Tuesday, November 8 Election Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 10 – Veteran's Day Breakfast & Read-aloud Event
  • Friday, November 11 Veterans Day/School Planning Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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Bonnie Brae Elementary

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Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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This Week's Events
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase (after 2 HR Early Release)- last chance!
Book Fair Resources:  Tomorrow: Friday, October 28-  SCA Spirit Day – Costume Day!

We are excited that our SCA Leadership Team will be collaborating with our SCA sponsors on monthly Bonnie Brae spirit days this year!  Following tradition, Bonnie Brae will be holding our annual storybook character/costume day tomorrow, October 28, 2022. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character or costume of their choice. We want all of our Scotties to be able to participate in spirit days, and we encourage all students, staff, and parents to take part on October 28 by either dressing in a costume, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

Poster created by Jazmin B., SCA Leadership Team

For students wearing a costume on October 28, below are some important points to consider.

Clothing or costumes must:

  • Be respectful of all cultures, races, ethnic and religious groups, and those with a disability
  • Be appropriate and follow dress guidelines shared in Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contain no blood, gore, or signs and themes of violence
  • Not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons of any type
  • Allow full participation in the day and students to be seated at their desk
  • Not be bulky to the point that it interferes or impedes with other students or classroom activities
  • Ensure that the face is visible (with optional protective COVID-19 face mask)
Friday, October 28- Two-hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:15 PM)

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students

Monday, October 31- Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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This Week's Events
  • October 25 - 28 –Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Wednesday, October 26 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
Tomorrow: Wednesday, October 26-  Parent Coffee -- Topic: Literacy

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria where we will be focusing our time on the topic of Literacy.  We hope you can join us!  

Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMScholastic Book Fair & PTO Fall Festival
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase (after 2 HR Early Release)- last chance!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 21 to 28! Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Friday, October 28-  SCA Spirit Day – Costume Day!

We are excited that our SCA Leadership Team will be collaborating with our SCA sponsors on monthly Bonnie Brae spirit days this year!  Following tradition, Bonnie Brae will be holding our annual storybook character/costume day on October 28, 2022. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character or costume of their choice. We want all of our Scotties to be able to participate in spirit days, and we encourage all students, staff, and parents to take part on October 28 by either dressing in a costume, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

Poster created by Tyler H., SCA Leadership Team

For students wearing a costume on October 28, below are some important points to consider.

Clothing or costumes must:

  • Be respectful of all cultures, races, ethnic and religious groups, and those with a disability
  • Be appropriate and follow dress guidelines shared in Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contain no blood, gore, or signs and themes of violence
  • Not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons of any type
  • Allow full participation in the day and students to be seated at their desk
  • Not be bulky to the point that it interferes or impedes with other students or classroom activities
  • Ensure that the face is visible (with optional protective COVID-19 face mask)
Friday, October 28- Two-hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:15 PM)

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students

Monday, October 31- Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Veterans Day Breakfast & Classroom Visits

Bonnie Brae is so excited to be able to host the Veteran's Day Breakfast and Read Aloud event on November 10th beginning at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria for Bonnie Brae families and staff who currently serve or have served in the armed forces.  Following, throughout the day, we encourage any service member able to visit one or more classrooms to either read a book or share about their experience. If you can submit a photo, join us for breakfast, or visit a classroom, please complete this google form. We will use photos submitted from the community to create a slideshow both for the event and for our Bonnie Brae Bark News Show to share with students.  

To all Veterans, thank you for your service.  

Donations/Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Breakfast

We are asking for volunteers to help make this breakfast special and successful.  We ask that you bring the donated items (labeled Veteran's Day Breakfast to the front office) no later than Monday, November 7th and we ask volunteers to arrive at 7:45am on November 10th.  Thank you! Please consider signing up to help make this event a success.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Wednesday, October 26 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes), Impact Aid Forms Due
  • Tuesday, November 8 Election Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 10 Veteran's Day
  • Friday, November 11 School Planning Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8 Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

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Hello Scottie Families!

Tonight is the night!  Our PTO Fall Festival and the opening night of our Book Fair take place at Bonnie Brae from 6-8 PM this evening.  Our PTO board and volunteers have planned a fun, family event, and our librarian, Ms. Lewis, is ready to welcome students and parents to the Book Fair this evening.  The enthusiasm is palpable throughout the building today, and we can't wait to see so many of our families tonight! 

A reminder that Monday is a holiday for students in observance of Diwali, and our office will be closed.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at Bonnie Brae on Tuesday, October 25, for the final week of the first grading period. 

Our SCA Leadership Team is up and running!  Please check out the section below for details on our upcoming October SCA spirit day, Costume Day!  Costume Day is set for Friday, October 28.  We encourage students and staff to participate, either in costume or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

Have a great weekend, Scotties!

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Mrs. Stockburger's Kindergarten Class explored pumpkin STEAM activities! We are so grateful to all the parents that supported this event, the student's curiosity and engagement, and to our amazing K teachers for facilitating!

Fourth Graders in Mrs. Czarnecki's class were the first to preview our Fall Book Fair yesterday. Students were so excited to create their wishlists and see the new arrivals! Shout out to Mrs. Lewis for making this great event possible for our students.

Join us for Fall Festival and Scholastic Book Fair tonight! Fall Festival

Learn more about the BBES PTO Fall Festival below.

Friday, October 21- Opening Night of Our Scholastic Book Fair Next Week's Events
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28 –Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Wednesday, October 26 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Creativity

Character Strength Features: You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Quote of the Week: “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” -Pablo Picasso

Monday, October 24- Diwali (No School)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24 is a holiday for teachers and students. Learn more about Diwali.

Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMScholastic Book Fair & PTO Fall Festival
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase (after 2 HR Early Release)- last chance!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 21 to 28! Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Wednesday, October 26-  Parent Coffee

Join us on Wednesday, October 26 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM for our Parent Coffee in the Cafeteria.  We hope you can join us!  

Friday, October 28-  SCA Spirit Day – Costume Day!

We are excited that our SCA Leadership Team will be collaborating with our SCA sponsors on monthly Bonnie Brae spirit days this year!  Following tradition, Bonnie Brae will be holding our annual storybook character/costume day on October 28, 2022. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character or costume of their choice. We want all of our Scotties to be able to participate in spirit days, and we encourage all students, staff, and parents to take part on October 28 by either dressing in a costume, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

Poster created by Jazmin B., SCA Leadership Team

 

For students wearing a costume on October 28, below are some important points to consider.

Clothing or costumes must:

  • Be respectful of all cultures, races, ethnic and religious groups, and those with a disability
  • Be appropriate and follow dress guidelines shared in Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contain no blood, gore, or signs and themes of violence
  • Not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons of any type
  • Allow full participation in the day and students to be seated at their desk
  • Not be bulky to the point that it interferes or impedes with other students or classroom activities
  • Ensure that the face is visible (with optional protective COVID-19 face mask)
Friday, October 28- Two-hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:15 PM)

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students

Monday, October 31- Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Retake Picture Day (Individual Photos)

Students have the opportunity on Friday, November 4 to receive a picture retake from their Fall Photo Session. Teachers have been assigned a time-slot to bring students who are either missing a picture or have requested a retake. Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you would like to request your student's photo be retaken.

Flyers and order forms are available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVT8WFWCH

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Fall Festival PTO Fall Festival

Come join the BBES Community for an Evening of Food and Fun on Friday, October 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM! Everyone is invited and entry is free! Costumes are encouraged and remember to follow the FCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities to ensure your costume is school appropriate.

Fall Festival Fun includes:
  • DJ & Dance Party
  • Food Trucks & Concessions
  • Games & Prizes
  • Opening Night of the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
Volunteers are needed:

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Wednesday, October 26 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes), Impact Aid Forms Due
  • Tuesday, November 8 Election Day (No School)
  • Friday, November 11 School Planning Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)

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Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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Attendance: 703.321.3939 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
Tonight: Thursday, October 20- PTO Meeting

Join us next week, Thursday, October 20th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

Friday, October 21- Opening Night of Our Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMScholastic Book Fair & PTO Fall Festival
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase (after 2 HR Early Release)- last chance!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 21 to 28! Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Friday, October 21- PTO Fall Festival

Come join the BBES Community for an Evening of Food and Fun on Friday, October 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM! Everyone is invited and entry is free! Costumes are encouraged and remember to follow the FCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities to ensure your costume is school appropriate.

Fall Festival Fun includes:
  • DJ & Dance Party
  • Food Trucks & Concessions
  • Games & Prizes
  • Opening Night of the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
Volunteers are needed: Monday, October 24- Diwali (No School)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24 is a holiday for teachers and students. Learn more about Diwali.

Friday, October 28-  SCA Spirit Day – Costume Day!

We are excited that our SCA Leadership Team will be collaborating with our SCA sponsors on monthly Bonnie Brae spirit days this year!  Following tradition, Bonnie Brae will be holding our annual storybook character/costume day on October 28, 2022. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character or costume of their choice. We want all of our Scotties to be able to participate in spirit days, and we encourage all students, staff, and parents to take part on October 28 by either dressing in a costume, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

 

For students wearing a costume on October 28, below are some important points to consider.

Clothing or costumes must:

  • Be respectful of all cultures, races, ethnic and religious groups, and those with a disability
  • Be appropriate and follow dress guidelines shared in Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contain no blood, gore, or signs and themes of violence
  • Not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons of any type
  • Allow full participation in the day and students to be seated at their desk
  • Not be bulky to the point that it interferes or impedes with other students or classroom activities
  • Ensure that the face is visible (with optional protective COVID-19 face mask)
Friday, October 28- Two-hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:15 PM)

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students

Monday, October 31- Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes)

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Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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Upcoming Events
  • Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 PM FLE Parent Preview (Zoom)
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
Tonight, Monday, October 17- Family Life Education Virtual Preview Night

You are invited to attend a virtual opportunity sponsored by Terra Centre Elementary as part of the Robinson Pyramid to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons. School staff will be available to help give you an overview of the FCPS program and help you navigate the resources. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 17th from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM via Zoom. You will also be able to access the Zoom link for this presentation through your Schoology account in our BBES Parent Schoology Course along with the curriculum.

Thursday, October 20- PTO Meeting

Join us next week, Thursday, October 20th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

Friday, October 21- Opening Night of Our Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMScholastic Book Fair & PTO Fall Festival
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase (after 2 HR Early Release)- last chance!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 21 to 28! Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Friday, October 21- PTO Fall Festival

Come join the BBES Community for an Evening of Food and Fun on Friday, October 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM! Everyone is invited and entry is free! Costumes are encouraged and remember to follow the FCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities to ensure your costume is school appropriate.

Fall Festival Fun includes:
  • DJ & Dance Party
  • Food Trucks & Concessions
  • Games & Prizes
  • Opening Night of the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
Volunteers are needed: Monday, October 24- Diwali (No School)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24 is a holiday for teachers and students. Learn more about Diwali.

Friday, October 28-  SCA Spirit Day – Costume Day!

We are excited that our SCA Leadership Team will be collaborating with our SCA sponsors on monthly Bonnie Brae spirit days this year!  Following tradition, Bonnie Brae will be holding our annual storybook character/costume day on October 28, 2022. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character or costume of their choice. We want all of our Scotties to be able to participate in spirit days, and we encourage all students, staff, and parents to take part on October 28 by either dressing in a costume, or by wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

 

For students wearing a costume on October 28, below are some important points to consider.

Clothing or costumes must:

  • Be respectful of all cultures, races, ethnic and religious groups, and those with a disability
  • Be appropriate and follow dress guidelines shared in Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contain no blood, gore, or signs and themes of violence
  • Not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons of any type
  • Allow full participation in the day and students to be seated at their desk
  • Not be bulky to the point that it interferes or impedes with other students or classroom activities
  • Ensure that the face is visible (with optional protective COVID-19 face mask)
Friday, October 28- Two-hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:15 PM)

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students

Monday, October 31- Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 PM FLE Parent Preview (Zoom)
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Costume Day
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

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@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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Hello Scottie Families!

What a fantastic PTO sponsored movie night on Friday evening!  It was wonderful to see so many of our Scottie families enjoying Sing 2!  The weather could not have been better, and our amazing PTO volunteers ensured this was a wildly successful event!  

On the heels of movie night, next Friday (October 21) the PTO is holding their Fall Festival.  This event coincides with the kickoff to our Scholastic Book Fair.  Volunteers are needed, please consider signing up to help out with the Fall Festival or for the Book Fair.  Come on out, have some fun at the Festival, and check out the Book Fair. More details are included below! 

We hope you get to enjoy the great weather that is in the forecast for the weekend as a family.  Go Scotties! 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Second Graders in Mrs. Sloane's class love their Oyamel branch they created with their classroom monarch butterflies!

Galactic Games were created by 6th graders in Mrs. Sorenson's class who served as ambassadors to 5th grade friends in Mrs. Shirey's class. They got to try out these student-created activities and collaborate with each other. Such a fun part of the day!

Third Grade Students in Ms. Maguires class engaging with a brain break dance that helped them also practice their word study skills!

Next Week's Events
  • Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 PM FLE Parent Preview (Zoom)
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PM PTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Integrity

Character Strength Features: You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

Quote of the Week: “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
-
Bob Marley

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are invited to attend a virtual opportunity sponsored by Terra Centre Elementary as part of the Robinson Pyramid to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons. School staff will be available to help give you an overview of the FCPS program and help you navigate the resources. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 17th from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM via Zoom. You will also be able to access the Zoom link for this presentation through your Schoology account in our BBES Parent Schoology Course along with the curriculum.

Instruction of the instructional units occurs at various times during the school year. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Opt-out Information

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s school principal in writing before instruction begins.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Fall Festival

Learn more about the BBES PTO Fall Festival below.

Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMScholastic Book Fair & PTO Fall Festival
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase (after 2 HR Early Release)- last chance!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 21 to 28! Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Retake Picture Day (Individual Photos)

Students have the opportunity on Friday, November 4 to receive a picture retake from their Fall Photo Session. Teachers have been assigned a time-slot to bring students who are either missing a picture or have requested a retake. Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you would like to request your student's photo be retaken.

Flyers and order forms are available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVT8WFWCH

Next Week: PTO Meeting

Join us next week, Thursday, October 20th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

Fall Festival   Bonnie Brae PTO Fall Festival Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 | 6 - 8 PM

Come join the BBES Community for an Evening of Food and Fun! Everyone is invited and entry is free! Costumes are encouraged and remember to follow the FCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities to ensure your costume is school appropriate.

Fall Festival Fun includes:
  • DJ & Dance Party
  • Food Trucks & Concessions
  • Games & Prizes
  • Opening Night of the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
Volunteers are needed:

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 PM FLE Parent Preview (Zoom)
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 PMPTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • October 25 - 28Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes)

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Hello Scottie Families!

We cap off a great week of learning with a fun family event this evening -- an outdoor movie night organized by our amazing PTO!  The PTO will be showing Sing 2, and be sure to bring your chairs and your blankets.  A reminder that admission is free for this fun community event, but consider arriving early to find your spot and grab some concessions, as the PTO will be selling pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks.  We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 10 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and there is no school.  We will see our Scotties back in school on Tuesday, October 11. 

We are looking forward to tonight, and we hope you all have a great weekend with your family.  Go Scotties!

 

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

 

Family.  Relationships.  Success. Next Week's Events
  • Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Staff Development Day (No School)
Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Wild-card/Makeup Week

Character Strength Features: This week's intent is for classroom communities to revisit the Positivity Project traits learned so far in the school year and dig deeper as needed.

Positivity Project Traits Explored: Other People Mindset, Curiosity, Teamwork, Open-mindedness, Being Present and giving othes my attention, Perspective, and Forgivenessr

Calendar Reminder Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Staff Development Day, October 10 

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 10, is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

AAP Overview Meeting Recap

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the AAP Overview Meeting on October 6.  To review a recording of the session (available in English and Spanish), along with the program slide deck, please visit our AAP Website . These resources are located under the AAP Overview Fall 2022 Presentation Recording header.

Please reach out to our AART Larissa Sheehan ([email protected]) with any questions.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Library from October 21-28. Books can be purchased during the school day. Students will be given time during the day to preview the books before their scheduled purchase time visit with their teachers and create a wishlist. Then, students will have a chance to come back and purchase books the week of October 24-28.

There will be three evening sessions where families can come and purchase books:
  • Friday, October 21- (Fall Festival)- 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 25- 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 27- 5:00 - 7:00 PM
SCA Leadership Team

The SCA sponsors are excited to announce elections for the 2022-23 school year!  SCA will be organized a little differently this year, as we align ourselves with the other elementary schools in the Robinson pyramid.  Our SCA will become the Bonnie Brae Leadership Team, and this team will support our school through spirit days and helping our community through kindness and other activities.  For 6th Grade, there will be six Cabinet Members, and for each of 4th and 5th grade, there will be five members on the Leadership Team.

Important Dates:

  • October 11—Grades 4, 5, & 6 vote for candidates within their grade level

The first SCA Leadership Team meeting will take place on Monday, October 17.

Please direct any questions to our SCA sponsors, Rochelle Oedemann or Lynda Falkenstein.

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are invited to attend a virtual opportunity sponsored by Oak View Elementary as part of the Robinson Pyramid to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons. School staff will be available to help give you an overview of the FCPS program and help you navigate the resources. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. You will be able to access the Zoom link for this presentation through your Schoology account in our BBES Parent Course. The link will be posted by Friday, October 15. 

Instruction of the instructional units occurs at various times during the school year. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Opt-out Information

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s school principal in writing before instruction begins.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

BBES Parent Course on Schoology: New Update A new flyer has been uploaded to our Parent Schoology Course.

New this week: Community Table Meal on October 11

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

Outdoor Movie Night

Join the PTO and BBES Community TONIGHT for an outdoor movie night on the back playground this coming Friday, October 7!  We will be showing Sing 2 (rated PG)! 

Bring chairs to sit on, dress warm, and bring blankets. Reminder to get there early to get your spot and grab some concessions!

Admission is free and the PTO will  be selling pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, chips, candy, and drinks. We can't wait to see everyone there!

We need volunteers to make this event a success. Please let us know if you can help with set-up, concessions, or clean-up. Please reach out to [email protected].

Movie Time: 7:00pm

Please note that since this event is after school hours, all children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Fall Festival Save the Date: Bonnie Brae PTO Fall Festival Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 | 6 - 8 PM

Come join the BBES Community for an Evening of Food and Fun! It will also be the first night of the Book Fair. More details will be coming soon!

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Friday, October 7 @ 7 PM- PTO Outdoor Movie Night
  • Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)
  • Monday, October 18 @ 6:00 PM- FLE Parent Preview (Zoom)
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6 PM- PTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 24 - 28-Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25- Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27- Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)

Stay up to date on all things BBES! Subscribe to our School Calendar.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

@BonnieBraeES

Bonnie Brae ES Website

Bonnie Brae PTO

Bonnie Brae PTO Website

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

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