Scottie Tales for the week of February 22

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 ( 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. 


Principal Skerker


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!

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.


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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