Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.
Hello, Scottie families!
Happy Friday! We had a great first PTO meeting of the year Wednesday evening. Thank you to those who were able to attend, as it was our first in-person PTO meeting in over three years!
We are looking forward to next week where we will be celebrating Blue Star Schools Welcome Week, in which we welcome our military families. We will celebrate our military (and all) parents at our first parent coffee of the year on Friday, September 29. See below for details. Also, next Friday we have our first SCA Spirit Day of the year - Multiples Day! Come dressed as twins, triplets, quadruplets, or wear Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white, and we will create rooms full of multiples!
We end next week with our PTO outdoor movie night on Friday as well. See the PTO section below or click here to volunteer to help out! A reminder that movie night is a family event, and students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. We look forward to seeing our Scottie families next Friday night!
Finally, a reminder that all FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 25 for Yom Kippur.
Have a great long weekend!
Morgan Birge, Principal
Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal
Melissa Johnson, Assistant PrincipalFamily. Relationships. Success. Next Week's Events
- September 15-October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month
- September 23-October 1 - Blue Star Welcome Week
- September 25 - Yom Kippur (no school)
- September 29 - SCA Spirit Day: Multiples Day/Blue & White Day
- September 29 - Parent Coffee (8:40 am-9:25 am)
- September 29 - PTO Movie Night (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Upcoming Weekly Focus: Perspective
Character Strength Features: You appreciate that people see things in
different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.
Quote of the Week: ““The simple things are also the most extraordinary
thing, and only the wise can see them.”
-PAULO COELHOA few amazing highlights that happened this week... Yom Kippur
From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Fairfax County's inaugural Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Fairfax Fiesta, is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at the PARC at Tysons (8508 Leesburg Pike). The free event, presented by the Fairfax County Government and Celebrate Fairfax!, aims to provide an extraordinary experience for all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about Fairfax Fiesta.Blue Star Welcome Week
Blue Star Welcome Week is an opportunity to empower military families to thrive as they serve. There are approximately 14,500 military-connected students enrolled in FCPS. Each year, one-third of our military families transition into or out of our district. Blue Star Welcome Week gives schools an opportunity to welcome and connect with their military families. The goal is to create a sense of belonging and ensure that our military families feel celebrated and welcomed into their school communities.
We look forward to a great week, and a great finish to next week with our first Bonnie Brae spirit day of the year, and our first parent coffee! See below for more information on these fun opportunities to connect as a Bonnie Brae community!Parent Coffee – September 29
As we close out Blue Star Welcome Week, please join us on Friday, September 29 from 8:40-9:25 am in the cafeteria for our September parent coffee. Our physical education, art, and drama teachers are looking forward to sharing information about their programs with parents. Come to connect with other parents, hear from our specialists, and grab a coffee and some breakfast snacks!SCA Spirit Day - Multiples Day!
Our SCA Leadership has selected our first SCA Spirit Day – Multiples Day! On Friday, September 29, we encourage our Scotties to come dressed as twins, triplets, quadruplets, or more! Looking to join a group for this fun day? Come dressed in Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white and we will create rooms full of multiples!National Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.Challenge Materials Review Committee
Good afternoon, Bonnie Brae families! As detailed in Regulation 3009, principals are required to submit a list of individuals who are available to serve on a Challenged Materials Review Committee if a departmental committee is needed. Names of two parents are required. Parents must not be employed by FCPS and contact information should be provided.
The list of potential committee members will be maintained at central office. Names are randomly chosen to serve if a central departmental committee is required to review a challenged material.
If you would like to submit your name as a parent volunteer for Bonnie Brae, please fill out this form. Thank you!Advanced Academics Programs (AAP) News
Welcome to a new year of learning and fun! Please read the following updates to learn more about our latest AAP happenings!
The FCPS AAP Fall Newsletter has been linked to our Bonnie Brae AAP site. Please note under the CogAT testing section, the listed date to request a retake has been extended to September 22.
We will be holding a family information meeting on October 4 to provide an overview of AAP services and the full time (level IV) referral process. Session 1 will be held at 8:45am our Bonnie Brae Café. Session 2 will be held virtually at 6:00pm via ZOOM. A link to this session will be sent out the week of the Oct 2. Both meetings will share the same information, please select the best time for your schedule. We look forward to seeing you October 4th!
Please email our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Larissa Sheehan ([email protected]) with any questions.When a Student Should Stay Home From School
Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.
Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit FCPS’ website for information on when you should keep your child at home.
If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify their teacher, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent.
Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits.Student Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement Due
FCPS’ updated Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) booklet is available online and in SIS ParentVUE. The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment.
Each year, we ask parents/caregivers to review and sign the SR&R. The SR&R will be visible upon logging in to SIS ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgment has been completed.
Signatures are due by Friday, September 29. Please contact our front office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. Visit the SIS ParentVUE Account Overview webpage for help logging in to your account.We All Belong at School
Each one of us is unique, and every student matters. If your student is having a difficult time attending class, please speak with a trusted adult at school. There are solutions.
Join Superintendent Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation at Hayfield Secondary School on Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., or at Whitman Middle School on Wednesday, September 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions.
These events are part of a series of Community Conversations this fall and spring in each region. Days and times for the additional region events will be shared soon. Visit FCPS’ webpage to find out when and where you can engage with Dr. Reid.
Register to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability.Make a SUBstantial Difference!
FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers. Weekly virtual substitute teacher information sessions are held each Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Register for an upcoming session on Wednesday, September 27, and Wednesday, October 4.
The School Board has approved a list of 18 days for substitutes to receive high-volume pay. All teacher substitutes will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $80 for each high-volume day they work. See the list of high-volume days and more information.
A bonus program for substitutes who accept more than the 10 required days has also been approved. Substitutes working 50 days within a school year, will earn a $200 bonus. Substitutes working 100 days within a school year, will earn a $300 bonus. Substitutes working 150 days within a school year, will earn a $400 bonus. Get more information on this sub bonus program.Robinson Annual Homecoming Parade
Robinson's Homecoming Parade takes place on Friday, October 13th from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm. If families want to catch a glimpse of the Homecoming Court, teacher bikers, fall sports teams, the Marching Rams, the Robinson pyramid mascots, and more, then come view the parade along Cascade Ln., Gainsborough Dr., and Wheatstone Dr.PTO Movie Night
We're excited for our first Movie Night of the year! We hope everyone can join us! We're still looking for AWESOME VOLUNTEERS to ensure a successful event! We'll need all hands on deck and a full roster of amazing volunteers, so please sign up for a slot to help make the magic happen! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DACA72BA7F85-movie#/
When: Friday, September 29th, concessions start at 6:30PM and movie begins at 7PM
Where: Bonnie Brae Elementary School in front of the school (this will remain an outdoor event, so if it rains, an alternate date will be announced)
Movie: The Super Mario Bros.
Please note that this is a family event and students must be accompanied by their parents at all times and may not be dropped off.PTO Volunteer Opportunities are OPEN!
Bonnie Brae PTO LOVES our amazing volunteers! Join in the fun, make an impact, and get involved! Volunteering is one of the best ways to get connected with other amazing Scottie families. Your help makes a huge difference in the lives of our students, so sign up today to help make the magic happen!
At times there are external opportunities that students may want to explore. When schools share these opportunities with families and students, please know:
- October 2 - Fall After School Programs Begin
- October 4 - AAP Family Information Meetings
- October 9 - Staff Development Day (no school for students)
- October 11 - Chipotle PTO Restaurant Night
- October 13 - Robinson Annual Homecoming Parade
- October 20 - PTO Fall Festival, 6 pm-8 pm