Scottie Tales for the week of May 3

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 ( 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. 


Principal Skerker


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

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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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