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05/10/21

A Note From Your Principal

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

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

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

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

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

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


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Parent ed programs

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

05/03/21

A Note From Your Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

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

Teacher appreciation

lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Parent ed programs

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

04/27/21

A Note From Your Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

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

Looking for lunch volunteers

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


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Parent ed programs

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

04/19/21

A Note From Your Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

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

military child


clean up


GS april


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter


Parent ed programs


Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

04/12/21

A Note From Your Principal

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

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

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

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

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

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

military child


clean up


GS april


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter


Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

03/22/21

A Note From Your Principal

What a week! It was amazing seeing those 3-6 graders coming into the building for the first time last week. Smiles under masks were a mile wide. Teachers are working hard to make online and in-person instruction feel as natural as it can, please continue to give our staff members grace as they become more comfortable with the technology and the guidelines we are working under. 

Last week the School Board approved the 2021-2022 calendar. Below is a portion of the message from FCPS. For full details about the calendar please view it online View SY 2021-22 Calendar.

The calendar recognizes a diverse range of 15 religious and cultural observances including Eid al-Adha, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Día de los Muertos, Diwali, Bodhi Day, Three Kings Day/Epiphany, Orthodox Christmas, Orthodox Epiphany, Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Good Friday, Theravada, Orthodox Good Friday/Last Night of Passover and Eid al-Fitr - all religious and cultural observances where Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has seen above-average absences over the last five years. It also decouples Good Friday from Spring Break.

Last week  the CDC changed its guidance on social distancing for schools. As we get more information from the county and if changes are made to accommodate this new guidance, we will continue to communicate with our families. Please stay tuned.

National Reading Month is concluding this week with a Book Drive on March 24 & 25. Boxes will be setup at the main entrance door and at  Door 8 (SACC) for spring pictures when students come for their scheduled picture time. Students may bring a gently used book to donate. All reading levels welcome. 

Health Screening Commitment Form

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

Transportation

As your return date gets closer, transportation information will be available through ParentVue. Please login to get the most current bus stop and route information from there. If you do not have a ParentVue account reach out to our Technology Specialist, Erica Demick (@email) for assistance.

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Takes, our bell schedule has changed as of February. Please take a few minutes to check out the New Bell Schedule to find your grade level specific schedule. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

  • March 24 & 25 - Spring School Picture Day
  • March 26 - 2 hour early release - Spring Break Begins
  • April 5 - No School - Teacher Workday
  • April 5- K Registration event 12PM - 4PM
  • April 12- K Registration event 9AM - 2PM
  • April 15- PTO meeting
  • April 16- PTO Virtual STEAM Night
  • April 19 - K Registration event 4PM - 7PM

Spring School-Based AAP Services

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP)

SCREENING FOR SCHOOL-BASED (LEVEL II-III) SERVICES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in grades K-8.  Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extensions of the Program of Studies (POS).  Teachers, administrators, and advanced academic resource teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services in each elementary school:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students in kindergarten through grade six receive level I services which consist of model lessons that are designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills.  The lessons are modeled in all classrooms by AARTs and the thinking strategies are then used throughout the year by classroom teachers and other teachers who work with students. Student responses to these model lessons are used as part of the identification process for AAP services.  Parents may also practice the thinking strategies during family conversations and activities.  A description of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/critical-and-creative-thinking.  

  • Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenge through lessons and resources that extend and enrich the POS.  Level II services are part of a talent development pool.  Students are rescreened annually to make decisions about the need for this level of service.

  • Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Students identified by a local school screening committee for part-time advanced academic services are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the POS in the four core subject areas.  Students receive direct instruction from the AART at the local school using curriculum from the AAP Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework.  Students identified for Level III services continue to receive level III services through grade 6.

Screening for school-based services can happen at any time during the school year but is done schoolwide in spring to determine services for the next school year.  Parents or guardians may initiate the screening for school-based (level II and III) services by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form (available at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/elementary-school/current-fcps at the bottom of the page in Forms) to Kaitlin Burg, AART at Bonnie Brae Elementary School, prior to spring screening by April 15, 2021.   Multiple criteria are used to screen students for all levels of AAP services.  Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by Bonnie Brae Elementary School of their student’s eligibility status by May 28, 2021. 

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee.  This new information should be submitted to Jason Skerker via email to @email by June 4, 2021. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlin Burg at @email.


Celebrate the Students

Shhhhh, don't spoil the surprise! There is still time to swing by the school without your student(s) knowing and leave a message of encouragement and support for our students to see as they come to school this week. Sidewalk chalk is available for you by the front door. Let's fill up the sidewalks of our school with messages for all our students. #Scottiepride


School Picture Day

Spring Pictures will be happening March 24 and 25 for both in-person and virtual students. Please check the Bonnie Brae website Spring Picture Day page for all your order information, how the days will look, and sign up if you have a virtual student.   



5th / 6th Chorus Signup 

Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr are excited to welcome students back to the school!

We are also excited to offer choir classes in person and virtually starting in April! Students will wear masks and be socially distant during choir rehearsals. Virtual students will join through a Google Meet link that will be sent out at a later time. Below are the choir days and times.

5th Grade Choir: Tues/Thurs – 9:30-10:00am

6th Grade Choir: Wed/Thurs - 1:45 -2:15pm

Beginning in April, we will also be offering an optional Monday choir rehearsal for students that are interested. Parents and students are responsible for transportation to and from the school on Mondays. This rehearsal will be on Mondays at the following times:

5th Grade: 10:00-11:00am (during 6th grade band rehearsal)

6th Grade: 11:00am-12:00pm (during 5th grade band rehearsal)

Please fill out the sign up form below to enroll in choir. Once you are enrolled, Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr will send an email with more information.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJW_OfYj3QcqNQSvUBFmjYWTDCRJGKm-qQgGBKt23bHDPY1g/viewform

If you have any questions, please email Miss Warr at @email and Mrs. Oedemann at @email.

We can’t wait to see you!

Miss Warr

Mrs. Oedemann


Calling All Rising Kindergartners

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2021?  If so, Bonnie Brae will be hosting three Kindergarten Registration days: 

Monday, April 5th from 12-4 pm

Monday, April 12th from 9:30 am-2:00 pm

Monday, April 19th from 4-7 pm.

Please use the following link REGISTER HERE to schedule a time for in-person registration.

All kindergarten requirements and registration forms can be found on the Fairfax County website at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Please complete these forms and bring them with you, as well as proof of address, an original birth certificate, parent ID and record of a physical examination. Physicals need to be dated August 23, 2020 or after and may be provided at a later time.

If you prefer, you have the option of emailing the completed forms to Michele McLaughlin at @email. You can either bring the other documentation with you to one of our in-person registration days or email Michele for an appointment. Due to social distancing guidelines, we ask that only enrolling parents come to registration.

Spread the word that Bonnie Brae Kindergarten Registration is now open to family and friends in your neighborhood!

 


Read-a-thon


Book Drive


GS spring break


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter


Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

03/15/21

A Note From Your Principal

Tomorrow, we welcome back Scotties in Grades 3-6 to the building and we couldn't be more excited to see them. If your Scottie is returning tomorrow please be sure that your student knows how they are getting home, has all the supplies they need including an extra mask, and you have completed the Health Screening Commitment Form which is linked at the bottom. 

As we have had students in the building for the past two weeks we have some changes to procedures that we need to remind you about. 

Kiss & Ride- If you are utilizing Kiss & Ride, please be sure your student is sitting on the passenger side of the car. Students will need to enter and exit your car on the passenger side during drop off and pick up for safety reasons. If your student needs to be buckled into a car seat, please consider parking and picking your student up as a walker to avoid holding up the line.   

Kiss & Ride Exit- When you are leaving Bonnie Brae after dropping off or picking up your student you MUST make a right out of the parking lot onto Sideburn Rd. Fairfax Police have notified the school that they will be out on Sideburn ticketing those drivers that do not follow this traffic pattern. 

Breakfast- As stated at the Parent / Principal Townhall meetings, breakfast and lunch are available at no cost to you for the remainder of the school year. Please remind your student that if they want breakfast it is available to pick up in the lobby or at doorway 3 when entering from kiss and ride. Please remind your student to pick one up if they need it. 

Science Time- With the amazing support of the PTO we are having our fist virtual assembly on March 22 immediately following your students morning meeting. Students experience the amazing Mr. Hagerman and his wonderful experiments for all to enjoy. Check out this short video for a preview of his show. Teachers will provide students with the virtual link after morning meeting to join the fun!

As we return routines and procedures are being updated and tweaked to ensure we are operating at our full potential. Please be patient. With new guidelines and strict social distancing protocols, things will take a little longer than usual. If you feel things are taking too long or have another suggestion how we might be able to change a protocol we have, please refrain from stopping the staff when they are at their arrival or dismissal post. Instead, feel free to come to our next PTO meeting and join in a reflective dialogue on how the BBES return to in-person-learning has been going. We would love to hear from you. 

National Reading Month is also celebrated in the month of March and we are excited to partner with our amazing PTO to celebrate reading. This month the PTO is sponsoring a Read-a-thon with prizes awarded to the classes that read the most. For more information on this and more please visit our Read-a-thon section on the school website. When you visit the website be on the lookout for your favorite Bonnie Brae staff member reading their favorite book. 

Health Screening Commitment Form

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

Transportation

As your return date gets closer, transportation information will be available through ParentVue. Please login to get the most current bus stop and route information from there. If you do not have a ParentVue account reach out to our Technology Specialist, Erica Demick (@email) for assistance.

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Takes, our bell schedule has changed as of February. Please take a few minutes to check out the New Bell Schedule to find your grade level specific schedule. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

  • March - Read-a-thon ongoing all month
  • March 18 - PTO Meeting 
  • March 19 - PTO STEAM Night 2 
  • March 19 - BBES Celebrate the Students begins
  • March 22- PTO sponsored Virtual Science Assembly
  • March 24 & 25 - Spring School Picture Day
  • March 26 - 2 hour early release - Spring Break Begins
  • April 5 - No School - Teacher Workday

Celebrate the Students

Shhhhh, don't spoil the surprise! We want to celebrate the growth, resiliency, strength of the students at Bonnie Brae during this time. Starting after school March 19 there will be a bucket of sidewalk chalk by the front doors the school. Over the weekend and throughout the week, without your students knowing swing by the school and leave a message of encouragement and support for our students to see as they come to school this week. Let's fill up the sidewalks of our school with messages for all our students. #Scottiepride


School Picture Day

Spring Pictures will be happening March 24 and 25 for both in-person and virtual students. Please check the Bonnie Brae website Spring Picture Day page for all your order information, how the days will look, and sign up if you have a virtual student.   


Calling all 5th Graders

If your student is in 5th grade and returning to in-person learning this month than this message is for you. We are looking for fifth graders to help students safely transition to and from school each day. If helping support safety and being a role model for your classmates sounds like it is up your alley sign up to be be one of our 2020-21 school safety patrols today. Complete the following form to start your patrol application now. 


5th / 6th Chorus 

Do you have a 5th or 6th grader who would be interest in chorus this year?

Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr are excited to welcome students back to the school! We are hoping, if space and time allow, to hold some sort of choir class this year.

If we are able to hold a choir class, students will wear masks and be socially distant.

If you are a 5th or 6th grade student and are interested in being in choir this year, please fill out the Google Form below! This form is not a sign up for choir but simply a form to gauge interest. More information to come!

https://forms.gle/iKeEAR44YJSdTMTb6


Calling All Rising Kindergartners

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2021?  If so, Bonnie Brae will be hosting three Kindergarten Registration days: 

Monday, April 5th from 12-4 pm

Monday, April 12th from 9:30 am-2:00 pm

Monday, April 19th from 4-7 pm.

Please use the following link REGISTER HERE to schedule a time for in-person registration.

All kindergarten requirements and registration forms can be found on the Fairfax County website at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Please complete these forms and bring them with you, as well as proof of address, an original birth certificate, parent ID and record of a physical examination. Physicals need to be dated August 23, 2020 or after and may be provided at a later time.

If you prefer, you have the option of emailing the completed forms to Michele McLaughlin at @email. You can either bring the other documentation with you to one of our in-person registration days or email Michele for an appointment. Due to social distancing guidelines, we ask that only enrolling parents come to registration.

Spread the word that Bonnie Brae Kindergarten Registration is now open to family and friends in your neighborhood!

 


Read-a-thon

Stem night

GS spring break


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

03/08/21

A Note From Your Principal

Before I get into the details for the week I want to pause and recognize that today is International Women's Day. I want to first say thank you to my Mom (I still call her once a week to check in), and my wife (Jennie you are amazing). Both are two of the most amazing strong and women in my life, love you both! To all the women in our lives that are Saints and Superheroes everyday, thank you! Our amazing school could not be what it is without all of the women both in the walls of BBES and out in the community of Bonnie Brae. To all of the amazing women in our community I say thank you. 

Tomorrow, we welcome back our First and Second grade Scotties to the building and we couldn't be more excited to have them join our Kindergarteners who are already here. If your Scottie is returning tomorrow please be sure that your student knows how they are getting home, has all the supplies they need including an extra mask, and you have completed the Health Screening Commitment Form which is linked at the bottom. 

As we return routines and procedures are being updated and tweaked to ensure we are operating at our full potential. Please be patient, with new guidelines and strict social distancing protocols things will take a little longer than usual. If you feel things are taking too long or have another suggestion how we might be able to change a protocol we have please refrain from stopping the staff when they are at their arrival or dismissal post. Instead, feel free to come to our next PTO meeting and join in a reflective dialogue on how the BBES return to in-person-learning has gone. We would love to hear from you. 

National Reading Month is also celebrated in the month of March and we are excited to partner with our amazing PTO to celebrate reading. This month the PTO is sponsoring a Read-a-thon with prizes awarded to the classes that read the most. For more information on this and more please visit our Read-a-thon section on the school website. When you visit the website be on the lookout for your favorite Bonnie Brae staff member reading their favorite book. 

We are hosting our last round of Parent Principal Town Halls next week for grades 3-6. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. All meetings will be recorded and the link will be sent out the following day for those who were not able to attend.  Dates, times, and recordings from previous meetings are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link
Grades 3 - 6  March 9 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link

(Spanish) Grades 3-6  March 10 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link 

 

Health Screening Commitment Form

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

Transportation

As your return date gets closer, transportation information will be available through ParentVue. Please login to get the most current bus stop and route information from there. If you do not have a ParentVue account reach out to our Technology Specialist, Erica Demick (@email) for assistance.

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Takes, our bell schedule has changed as of February. Please take a few minutes to check out the New Bell Schedule to find your grade level specific schedule. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

  • March - Read-a-thon ongoing all month
  • March 9 - Grades 1 & 2 Return to In-person learning
  • March 9 - Grades 3 - 6 Parent Principal Town Hall 7pm
  • March 10 - Grades 3 - 6 Spanish Parent Principal Town Hall 7pm
  • March 14 - Daylight Savings Begins (spring clocks forward)
  • March 18 - PTO Meeting 
  • March 19 - PTO STEAM Night 2 
  • March 19 - BBES Celebrate the Students begins
  • March 24 & 25 - School photos taking place 
  • March 26 - 2 hour early release - Spring Break Begins
  • April 5 - No School - Teacher Workday

Celebrate the Students

Shhhhh, don't spoil the surprise! We want to celebrate the growth, resiliency, strength of the students at Bonnie Brae during this time. Starting after school March 19 there will be a bucket of sidewalk chalk by the front doors the school. Over the weekend and throughout the week, without your students knowing swing by the school and leave a message of encouragement and support for our students to see as they come to school this week. Let's fill up the sidewalks of our school with messages for all our students. #Scottiepride


Calling all 5th Graders

If your student is in 5th grade and returning to in-person learning this month than this message is for you. We are looking for fifth graders to help students safely transition to and from school each day. If helping support safety and being a role model for your classmates sounds like it is up your alley sign up to be be one of our 2020-21 school safety patrols today. Complete the following form to start your patrol application now. 


5th / 6th Chorus 

Do you have a 5th or 6th grader who would be interest in chorus this year?

Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr are excited to welcome students back to the school! We are hoping, if space and time allow, to hold some sort of choir class this year.

If we are able to hold a choir class, students will wear masks and be socially distant.

If you are a 5th or 6th grade student and are interested in being in choir this year, please fill out the Google Form below! This form is not a sign up for choir but simply a form to gauge interest. More information to come!

https://forms.gle/iKeEAR44YJSdTMTb6


Calling All Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 


Read-a-thon

Stem night

lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

03/01/21

A Note From Your Principal

March is here which means Spring in right around the corner. With the promise of a new season, we welcomed our littlest Scotties back to the building last week. It was such a breathe of life and joy that was brought back into our school building once the students entered. We are equally excited to have our First and Second graders joining us next week. 

National Reading Month is also celebrated in the month of March and we are excited to partner with our amazing PTO to celebrate reading. This month the PTO is sponsoring a Read-a-thon with prizes awarded to the classes that read the most. For more information on this and more please visit your Read-a-thon section on the school website. 

There continues to be a bounty of return to school information coming out, and are staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next two weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. All  meetings will be recorded and the link will be sent out the following day for those who were not able to attend.  Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link
PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Recording
Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link
(Spanish) Grades 1 & 2 March 3 7 pm - 8pm Guest Link 
Grades 3 - 6  March 9 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link

(Spanish) Grades 3-6  March 10 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link 

 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) were sent out last week. 

Health Screening Commitment Form

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule has changed as of February. Please take a few minutes to check out the New Bell Schedule to find your grade level specific schedule.

Transportation

As your return date gets closer, transportation information will be available through ParentVue. Please login to get the most current bus stop and route information from there. If you do not have a ParentVue account reach out to our Technology Specialist, Erica Demick (@email) for assistance.

Health Screening Commitment Form

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

  • March 1 - PTO Read-a-thon begins
  • March 2 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall
  • March 3 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall in Spanish
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release
  • March 8 - No School - Staff Development Day
  • March 9 - Grades 1 & 2 Return to In-person learning

Winter Concert

The students participating in the band program have been working hard this school year. Take a minute to view their Winter Concert. You guys sound great! Keep up the hard work! The winter concert recording is here


Calling all 5th Graders

If your student is in 5th grade and returning to in-person learning this month than this message is for you. We are looking for fifth graders to help students safely transition to and from school each day. If helping support safety and being a role model for your classmates sounds like it is up your alley sign up to be be one of our 2020-21 school safety patrols today. Complete the following form to start your patrol application now. 


5th / 6th Chorus 

Do you have a 5th or 6th grader who would be interest in chorus this year?

Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr are excited to welcome students back to the school! We are hoping, if space and time allow, to hold some sort of choir class this year.

If we are able to hold a choir class, students will wear masks and be socially distant.

If you are a 5th or 6th grade student and are interested in being in choir this year, please fill out the Google Form below! This form is not a sign up for choir but simply a form to gauge interest. More information to come!

https://forms.gle/iKeEAR44YJSdTMTb6


Calling All Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 


Read-a-thon

Stem night

lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

02/22/2021

A Note From Your Principal

It was refreshing to get an actual snow day last week as it reminds me of how things used to be before the COVID pandemic. Even though things won't be "back to normal" for quite a while, having a snow day these days appreciate many things that we would have taken for granted in the past. I think it is one of the silver linings of this pandemic.

It is finally happening! Our first large group of students (PreK and Kindergarten) are set to return to in-person learning tomorrow and we could not be more excited to welcome them in. Thank to all of you who have had and continue to balance being a parent, teacher, guidance counselor, social (distanced) coordinator, on top of still being responsible for your career during these times. We are partners through this difficult time and I am hopeful this means there some sort of light at the end of this tunnel.

There is a lot of return to school information coming out, and staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next two weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. If you missed the PreK / K town Hall please take a minute to view the recording. All other meetings will be recorded and the link will be sent out the following day for those who were not able to attend.  Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link
PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Recording
Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link
(Spanish) Grades 1 & 2 March 3 7 pm - 8pm Guest Link 
Grades 3 - 6  March 9 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link

(Spanish) Grades 3-6  March 10 7 pm - 8 pm

Guest Link 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) were sent out last week. 

As your return date gets closer transportation information will be available through ParentVue. Please login to get the most current bus stop and route information from there. If you do not have a ParentVue account reach out to our Technology Specialist, Erica Demick (@email) for assistance.

If your student(s) are coming back to in-person instruction, the county is asking you to complete the Parent/ Guardian Health Screening Commitment form either in paper or in ParentVue prior to the return of your student(s) group. Please visit the FCPS website for more information on the Commitment Form.

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule has changed this week.  Please take a few minutes to check out the Bonnie Brae website to find your grade level specific schedule.

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is being EXTENDED into this week due to the school closing last week. We will continue collecting food to support those families in our community who are struggling to stock their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. The food collection boxes are located in the vestibule.

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

  • Feb 16-26 Bonnie Brae Give Back Food Drive (see message above)
  • Feb 25 - PTO meeting (Rescheduled due to weather) 
  • March 2 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall
  • March 3 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall in Spanish
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release
  • March 8 - No School - Staff Development Day

Winter Concert

The students participating in the band program have been working hard this school year. Take a minute to view their Winter Concert. You guys sound great! Keep up the hard work! The winter concert recording is here


5th / 6th Chorus 

Do you have a 5th or 6th grader who would be interest in chorus this year?

Mrs. Oedemann and Miss Warr are excited to welcome students back to the school! We are hoping, if space and time allow, to hold some sort of choir class this year.

If we are able to hold a choir class, students will wear masks and be socially distant.

If you are a 5th or 6th grade student and are interested in being in choir this year, please fill out the Google Form below! This form is not a sign up for choir but simply a form to gauge interest. More information to come!

https://forms.gle/iKeEAR44YJSdTMTb6


Calling All Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 


SIBSHOPS: Virtual Workshop

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, virtual 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!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs


food for others


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culinary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

02/16/2021

A Note From Your Principal

Can you all believe this Friday is the midpoint of the third quarter, where has the time gone? Next Tuesday we are welcoming our PreK and K students back to in-person learning and we could not be more excited. 

There is a lot of return to school information coming out, and staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next three weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link
PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link 
Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link
Grade 3 - 6 March 9 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link

 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) will be coming home soon so be on the lookout for an email from your teacher. 

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule has changed this week.  Please take a few minutes to check out the Bonnie Brae website to find your grade level specific schedule.

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is off and running. We are collecting  food  to support those families in our community who are struggling to stock their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. The food collection boxes are located in the vestibule.

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events


Winter Concert

The students participating in the band program have been working hard this school year. Take a minute to view their Winter Concert. You guys sound great! Keep up the hard work! The winter concert recording is here


Calling All Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 


SIBSHOPS: Virtual Workshop

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, virtual 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!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs


food for others


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


Odyssey of the Mind

IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


Future Scottie Tales

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

02/08/2021

A Note From Your Principal

I hope you all kept that shovel handy because it looks like we have more winter weather heading our way. It was nice to get out and see the children playing in the snow this past week, it almost felt like a real winter. 

There is a lot of return to school information below. Your Bonnie Brae staff is working hard to get everything ready for your students as we switch gears in the upcoming weeks. With all the transitions we will need to make Mrs. Bennink, Mrs. Woo and I will be hosting Principal Town Hall events for the returning grade levels over the course of the next three weeks. This will give us an opportunity to present the most relevant information to you, as well as an opportunity for us to answer those burning questions you still might have. Dates and times are as follows:

Grade level  Date  Time  Link
PreK / K February 16 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link 
Grades 1 & 2 March 2 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link
Grade 3 - 6 March 9 7 pm - 8 pm Guest Link

 

With the return to in-person learning, we had to make some changes to your teacher assignments. Your teacher assignment and designated day of in-person learning (if you are choosing to send your student back in-person) will be coming home later this week. 

As indicated in previous editions of the Scottie Tales, our bell schedule is changing starting February 16. With the bell change, a new master schedule had to be adopted in order to meet all the needs of our students with a shorter school day. Please take a few minutes to check out the Bonnie Brae website to find your grade level specific schedule.

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is scheduled to start week of February 15th. We will be running a food drive at Bonnie Brae to support those families in our community who are struggling with food for their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


Upcoming Events

  • Feb 15 - School Closed for President's Day Holiday 
  • Feb 16 - New Bell Schedule begins
  • Feb 16 - PreK / K Return to School Principal Town Hall 
  • Feb 16-19 Bonnie Brae Give Back Food Drive (see message above)
  • Feb 18 - PTO meeting
  • Feb 19 - Odyssey of Oddities Night
  • March 4 Grades 1 & 2 Return to School Principal Town Hall
  • March 5 - 2 hour early release

Next FCPS Town Hall

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will host a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. to discuss the Return to School plan. Do you have any questions or concerns about what you can do to help prepare your students for their return to in-person instruction? Submit your questions in advance by email to @email or call in during the Town Hall at 1-800-231-6359. View the meeting on FCPS Cable Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or the FCPS website



SIBSHOPS: Virtual Workshop

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, virtual 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!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs


food for others


lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culunary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


Odyssey of the Mind

IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


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02/02/2021

A Note From Your Principal

Third Quarter started off with a wonderful display of winter. I hope between distance learning, you and your family were able to get outside and enjoy the snow that we have missed over the last few years. 

As a reminder, depending on how the School Board votes at their work session today, the new bell schedule (9AM-3:30PM) goes into effect starting February 16. More details about the new schedule and the return dates were posted in last week's newsletter and are available for review on the Bonnie Brae website.

This week is National School Counseling week. Please take time this week to reach out to our fabulous counselors Ms. Jeffries and Mrs. Kaniewski to share your appreciation for all they do for our students and families. I am so impressed with these ladies and the tireless work they do both with students and teachers to make sure we are meeting all of our students social emotional needs especially during these difficult and stressful times. 

Our next Bonnie Brae Gives Back event is scheduled to start week of February 15th. We will be running a food drive at Bonnie Brae to support those families in our community who are struggling with food for their pantry due to the pandemic. Please consider driving by the school and donating much needed items throughout the week. At the end of the week we will take the donated food to the Food for Others pantry located in Fairfax. Take a look below at items that are in critical need. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


National School Counselor

food for others


Upcoming Events

  • Feb 1- 5 - National School Counseling Week (We love our counselors!)
  • Feb 2 - School Board meeting (voting on Return to Learn schedule)
  • Feb 15 - School Closed for President's Day Holiday 
  • Feb 16-19 Bonnie Brae Give Back Food Drive (see message above)

lasagna love flyer

Looking for a way for your family to help a neighbor? Consider volunteering your family's culinary skills and joining the Lasagna Love network.


Odyssey of the Mind

Community Input Needed

Our school is looking for your help! As we start the third quarter we begin looking to next school year and beyond. One project that is coming is the renovation of our school. The renovation of Bonnie Brae is scheduled to begin March, 2023. Between now and then we are in need of your help. We are looking for three to four members from the community to be part of the Design Committee. This Committee will meet regularly during the planning phases of the renovation providing input along the way. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. 

Design Committee Survey


IMatterYouMatter

Resources from the BBES Mental Health team

If you are ever in need of support for your students the mental health team at Bonnie Brae is here for you. Whether it be for a family transition, anxiety over the pandemic, or something else you might need support with our counselors, social worker and psychologist are an email away. There is a bounty of resources as well as staff contact information at on the Bonnie Brae website in the Mental Health & Student Wellness section which you can access at the link below. https://bonniebraees.fcps.edu/student-services/mental-health-wellness-team


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01/25/2021

A Note From Your Principal

Can you believe Quarter 3 starts tomorrow? It is crazy how time has flown since I came on in September. Lots of dialog is happening in regards to the potential return to in-person instruction in the next two weeks. Last week, Dr. Brabrand gave the School Board the latest version of the Return to School timeline which is below. I want you to be ready if the School Board approves the Superintendent's latest plan. 

Grade levels Return Date 
PAC, ECCB, EAC Feb 16
PreK, K, Spec. Ed (group4) Feb 23
Grades 1-2 March 9
Grades 3-6 March 16

With this proposed Return to School schedule, Bonnie Brae will begin operating with our new bell schedule (9-3:30) starting on Tuesday, February 16 for all students. If this schedule is approved, we will be sending out information to each family confirming the days of the week your student is coming to school, bus stop information, mask and health guidelines, and more specifics about the return to school schedule. If there are class changes that need to be made you will be contacted at this time updating you on the change. Once the school board approves the return to school timeline, I will host a Townhall for each group to give parents specific details about the student's return and allow for time to ask myself and the Administrators questions you and your family might have. Lots of information is coming. We ask that you continue to be patient. we will send out the information as soon as we can. 

As always, we are going to come out stronger because of each other. Stay safe, take care of yourself and take care of each other. 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride 


National School Counselor

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 26 - Third Quarter begins
  • Jan 27- Rising 7th grade Parent Night (see blurb below for link)
  • Feb 1- 5 - National School Counseling Week (We love our counselors!)
  • Feb 2 - School Board meeting (voting on Return to Learn schedule)
  • Feb 15 - School Closed for President's Day Holiday 

Rising 7th grade Parent Night

Robinson Secondary school is hosting a rising 7th grade parent information night on Wednesday Night. 

There will be sessions at 6:15 for our Rising 7th ESOL families (BBCU link), Spanish Immersion families (BBCU link), and Special Education families (BBCU link). 

Please fill out the following form for the 6:15 event, in case there is an issue, we can email you with updates. 

General session link:  Please join us at 7:00 to learn about our middle school course offerings for school year 2021-2022 for the class of 2027!  (BBCU link)


Community Input Needed

Our school is looking for your help! As we start the third quarter we begin looking to next school year and beyond. One project that is coming is the renovation of our school. The renovation of Bonnie Brae is scheduled to begin March, 2023. Between now and then we are in need of your help. We are looking for three to four members from the community to be part of the Design Committee. This Committee will meet regularly during the planning phases of the renovation providing input along the way. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. 

Design Committee Survey

01/11/2021

A Note From Your Principal

As we saw last Tuesday night, the School Board has decided to pause all groups on the Superintendent's return to in-person instruction at this time. The pause will be in effect until the board meets again. The next School Board meeting is scheduled to take place February 2. As information becomes available, I will be sure to pass it on in a timely manner. 

With all that is changing around us please be sure to make time and space (if you choose to) to talk to your kids about current events in an age appropriate manner. From the pandemic, the civil unrest, the election and so on, there has been no shortage of impactful events throughout this year that has caused the young lives of our community to change in major ways that we might want to address. We try to shelter our kids but they are aware of our stress and it has an effect on them. When starting these conversations, begin by asking what they know and what they have heard, be short and direct with your answers, take time to ask how this information makes them feel and don't discount or dismiss their emotions. Give age appropriate facts and context when answering questions. If they ask why something happened avoid labels like "bad guys" or "evil." As parents, it is okay to not have all the answers; "I don't know" is an acceptable answer.

For more helpful tips on talking through these impactful times you are welcome to reach out to our amazing school counselors, Mrs. Kaniewski lekaniewski@fcps.edu (Grades 3-6) or Ms.Jefferies, @email (Grades K-2) and they will be more than happy to help. 

There are many important dates to consider this month so please be sure to pay attention to the Upcoming Events section of the Scottie Tales. 

Thank you all for your continued support. We are a strong community and we will continue to get through this together. 

 

Best,

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride


Upcoming Events

  • Jan 18 - No School MLK Jr Day
  • Jan 20- No School Inauguration Day
  • Jan 21- PTO meeting 6PM
  • Jan 22- End of Quarter 2 - 2hr early release for students 
  • Jan 22- PTO Virtual Paint Night
  • Jan 25- No School Teacher Workday  

PTO Paint Night

Virtual Paint Night is coming. Registration is still open. visit the PTO website to sign up.

Girl Scouts



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01/04/2021

A Note From Your Principal

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

While many are happy to say goodbye to 2020, I ask that you take time to reflect on the many successes from the first half of this school year. As parents and guardians, you have successfully managed to support your child(ren)’s learning from home. Our children have mastered online content and are conquering the digital world. Our teachers mastered new instructional models while maintaining the crucially important relationships with their students. Yes, 2020 was not what anyone imagined, nor a year anyone will soon forget. However, for all these reasons, and many more, I am so very proud. We are hopeful for the future and are gearing up for a great 2021 and second semester.

As we transition back to in-person learning, a bell schedule change is needed to ensure students are socially distanced and buses are cleaned following Fairfax County Health Department guidelines. Bonnie Brae's new bell schedule will be 9:00 AM -3:30 PM. These new hours of operation will be in effect starting January 12. These hours are a change from the previous released bell schedule change and are the most up-to-date information we have at this time. The new bell schedule will go into effect regardless of the school board's decision on returning to in-person learning or staying virtual. The next school board meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 5. Please be on the lookout for more details concerning the return to in-person learning for our students in the days to come.  

We have two weeks left in the second quarter, then students have a few days off (see below) after which we gear up for a great third quarter. Parents remember, you can request a conference at any time and checking in with your student's teacher is always a good idea!

We hope you enjoyed the Winter Break and had some restful, relaxing family time!

Thank you all for your continued support. We are a strong community and we will continue to get through this together. 

 

Best,

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride


Upcoming Events

  • January 12- New bell schedule (9-3:30) takes effect
  • January 18- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 20- No School- Inauguration Day 
  • January 22- 2 hour early release- End of 2nd Quarter 
  • January 22- PTO sponsored Paint Night (see flyer below)

Paint Night 2021

Back by popular demand our very own Ms. Miller will be leading us in creating a wintery theme. 

 

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12/14/2021

A Note From Your Principal

Dear Bonnie Brae families,

It is certainly an interesting time as we begin various holiday seasons in the time of COVID-19. With the report of an increase in the community spread of the virus in Fairfax County and the approval of the vaccine imminent, many of us are also making plans for our winter break while waiting for release of firm plans on distribution of the vaccine and timelines. It certainly is a season like no other that I have known. 

As many of you are aware, our FCPS School Board discussed Return to School plans at their meeting last week. The DRAFT proposal for return to school dates is below. The is based on metrics and is subject to change; however, we felt it important that you have these dates as a heads up.  Please note that we will move to a revised bell schedule with the start of Group 5 students.  Our revised schedule will be 10:05 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.  This revised bell schedule will apply to all students, whether in person or virtual.  Please note this bell schedule is subject to change along with start dates.  

 

Student Groups Proposed In-Person Start Date
Groups 1-5 (PAC, ECCP, EAC, PreK, K, select SWD students @ BBES) January 12
Grades 1 & 2 January 19
Grades 3 & 4 January 26
Grades 5 & 6 February 2

All of this will be revisited on January 5th at the School Board meeting.

Please keep in mind that these are tentative dates as health conditions can override these plans. Look for more information from Dr. Brabrand in the coming days.

As a reminder, we will need to make some teacher changes and adjust some students' in-person days as we phase into in-person learning. We do know that we will need to adjust our daily schedule in January and more information about this will be shared in the future. For all the latest on the health metrics driving Return to School decisions, please use this link.

We recognize that the constant change and evolution of decisions is exhausting and hope that this advanced warning is helpful.  We are so appreciative of the flexibility and grace you have shown and continue to show the staff of Bonnie Brae. 

Wishing you and your family a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year. 

 

Best, 

Principal Skerker

#Scottiepride


Upcoming Events

  • December 17- Toys for Tots Drive Thru 2PM-4PM
  • December 17- PTO meeting 6PM
  • December 21- Winter break Begins
  • January 4, 2021- School resumes (Asynchronous for all)

Toys for Tots flyer

Bonnie Brae ES in conjunction with Fire Station 14 will be collecting new and unwrapped toys from the community.


Congratulations Ms. Batty

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to Allison Batty, out long-time School Based Technology Specialist. Ms. Batty has been with Bonnie Brae the past 20 years supporting our staff and students with their technology needs. Thank you for your years of service Ms. Batty, and best of luck in your future endeavors. 

If you would like to send Ms. Batty a message you can email her at acbatty@fcps.edu