Bonnie Brae Updates October 8

Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

News from the administration

Dear Wonderful Bonnie Brae Families,

We hope you are having a wonderful week. We want to thank the PTO for all their planning and all of the families who showed up to movie night last Friday. It was perfect weather and great to see so many Bonnie Brae families.

As a reminder, this Monday, October 11th will be a student holiday for Indigenous Peoples' Day. This will be a professional development day for staff.

You may have noticed that the tent outside was recently moved for it to be more convenient for classes to be outside during the upcoming nice fall weather. This coming Monday, we will be adding additional picnic tables to the grassy area in front of the tent making it possible for more than one class to utilize this space for Outdoor Learning. Learning in nature provides many socio-emotional learning benefits to include-better attention and concentration, boosting moods, and increasing students engagement while they are at school. We will be sharing updates and pictures as students and classes utilize the new spaces to enhance their instruction and student learning. 



Dwayne Young-Interim Principal

Elaine Woo- Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk- Assistant Principal

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COVID Weekly Update

Every week, we will provide an update on our COVID-19 status to keep you informed. Parents interested in following the daily case reporting can refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCPS website. If you have any questions about how we are staying safe so we can keep learning in person, please contact the BBES office at 703-321-3900. 

Bonnie Brae reports 0 positive COVID-19 cases this week. 

Remember, do your part to keep our school safe: Wear your mask, get vaccinated if you are eligible, practice healthy hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.

Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. We will follow the following guidelines that have been advised by the Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS. 

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:


Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school. Additional information regarding health protocols can be found in the FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Document

Positivity Project

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. Next week's focus is Integrity

You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely. Having integrity means doing the right thing whether someone is watching you or not. What guides you when you are making decisions?

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Books bring joy

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

Our BBES Scholastic Book Fair is set for October 25-29. All classes will come to the Library on Friday, October 22 for a preview. During the week of October 25-29, students in K-3 will come during their Specials time and 4-6 will be assigned a time. Mrs. Lewis will be communicating a schedule for both preview and purchase times to classroom teachers soon. For families, two evening slots for Book Fair will be offered on Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

This year, families can prepare an eWallet for their students by visiting our Scholastic Page and adding funds. This would eliminate the need for students to carry cash on their own.

We are in need of some Parent Volunteers to help support students browsing during the Book Fair. Please visit our Sign-up Genius if you would like to participate during the week.


Hispanic Heritage Month is acknowledged annually from September 15-October 15. The celebration was created to honor the rich history, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.


Monday, October 11, is a student holiday and a professional development day for staff, in observance of  Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world.

FLE Parent Preview Save the Date 

Oak View will be hosting the 2021-22 Robinson Pyramid's virtual presentation of the Family Life Education Parent (FLE) preview on October 18th from 6:00pm-7:00pm for interested families. Additional details regarding how to access the virtual presentation will be shared closer to the date. 

Bus Loop Safety 

FCPS continues to monitor the safety of staff, students, and community. Part of that safety includes physical safety in the bus loops. At the end of the day, when buses are arriving to pick up students in the afternoon, there have been reported safety concerns of families and students crossing through the bus loop. Please continue to use the sidewalks to ensure safety of staff, students, community, and bus drivers.

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Bonnie Brae staff members. 

Bonnie Brae PTO 

PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board. You can learn more about these positions here.  We will be accepting nominations at our next PTO meeting on October 21st. If you are interested, please reach out to and


Looking for ways to get involved at school? Please consider joining the Bonnie Brae PTO! The PTO is committed to fostering relationships between and among the school, families, teachers, and the community. We support the school, teachers and students in multiple ways throughout the school year. Please help us continue our support today! Join here: Bonnie Brae PTO | PTO Membership

I You We Matter

  • October 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day

  • October 18 - Family Life Education Virtual Preview from 6:00pm
  • October 19- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 21- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • October 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair (students will attend with class)
  • October 25- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 27- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 29- First Quarter Ends

Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Our office hours of operation are 8:00am-4:00pm, and our instructional hours are 8:20am-3:15pm and you can always reach us at 703-321-3900.

These messages are also archived on our website. In addition, Bonnie Brae also has a TWITTER feed @BonnieBraeES and Facebook Page

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