Scottie Tales for the week of February 8

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. 


Principal Skerker


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 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


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.

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