Bonnie Brae Updates October 22

Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We hope you are having a wonderful week. Many of our students have been taking advantage of the great weather with our outdoor learning spaces and eating lunch outside as well. We recently had our second tent installed and are looking forward to creating opportunities for our students and faculty to utilize this space. 

Looking ahead to next week there are several events throughout the week planned for our students and community as we wrap up our first quarter. 

  • Our book fair will continue through October 29th with students attending with their class during the day and an opportunity for families to come in the evening on Monday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 27th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  
  • Region 4 leadership will be sharing an overview of the principal selection process on Tuesday, October 26th at 5:30pm. A Zoom link will be sent the day before. 
  • We will be holding our monthly principal parent coffee on Wednesday, October 27th from 10:00am - 11:00am via Zoom to share some Bonnie Brae and FCPS updates. 
  • On Friday, October 29th we cap off the week with Book Character Day and a Glow Up Dance Party from 6:00pm -8:00pm sponsored by our PTO. 

As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have questions concerns or need for us in anyway, Have a wonderful weekend!



Dwayne Young, Interim principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

News from the administration


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

Communicating COVID-related Documentation

When you need to submit COVID-related documentation such as test results or physician notes, please send them to to ensure the necessary parties obtain the paperwork.


Positivity Project

Positivity Project 

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

You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things. In what ways are you creative with your learning and thinking?

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

Book Character Day - October 29th

To celebrate our school-wide love of reading and our curricular units on character, students are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a book on Friday, October 29th. Students are welcome to bring a copy of a book that includes the character they are representing. The book may be one that the child has either read, listened to or is planning on reading. 

Guidelines for Book Character Costumes:

  • Characters must be school-appropriate and from elementary/age-appropriate books.
  • Costumes may not involve blood or other horror type elements.
  • No weapons or masks that cover the entire face. 
  • Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day, including shoes for PE/ recess. 

Principal Selection Information

  • The Bonnie Brae community (parents, community, faculty and staff ) is invited to attend the Zoom meeting to be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. A link will be shared the night before the event and all attendees are asked to sign in to better facilitate the event.   
  • An advisory interview panel  (three staff and three parent representatives from the BBES school community) will be held virtually on Monday, November 15, 2021.  If you are interested in serving as an advisory panelist, please submit your information by close of business on November 1, 2021,  using the following link (
  • Should you wish to submit other information you feel is vital in the selection of the next Bonnie Brae principal, such information should be sent to By Monday, November 1, 2021. Such information is confidential.  The above information and more will be reviewed at the meeting on October 26. WE hope that you plan to attend.

Fairfax County Youth Survey (6th Grade Only)

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. Sixth grader students at Bonnie Brae will take the survey in November. For additional information and opt-out information please click HERE.

Books bring joy

Scholastic Book Fair @ BBES

Our BBES Scholastic Book Fair is set for next week, October 25-29. All classes came to the Library today, Friday, October 22 for a preview and had the opportunity to create a Wishlist. Next Week (October 25-29), students in K-3 will come during their Specials time and 4-6 will be assigned a time. All classrooms have been scheduled for both a preview and a checkout time.  For families, two evening slots for Book Fair will be offered on Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 both 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 still 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.

Parent Coffee Meeting

Every month, our Administrative Team offers an opportunity for our community to come together and hear about happenings at BBES! Please join us next Wednesday, October 27 from 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom.


FLE Parent Preview

Last week ,Oak View hosted the 2021-22 Robinson Pyramid's virtual presentation of the Family Life Education Parent (FLE) preview for parents. If you missed it, here are the FLE Presentation Slides.

FLE Lessons are also available and posted on our Parent Schoology Page.


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 

Glow Up Dance Party

PTO Glow Up Dance Event

Join your Bonnie Brae friends on Friday, October 29th, 6-8pm for a Glow Up Dance on the back blacktop. Mr. Collazo will be resuming his role as DJ so get ready for a great time. It is free to attend and each child will receive one free glow bracelet upon entry. The PTO will also be selling other glow in the dark goodies as well as concessions. Costumes are welcome.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. We are following our safety mitigations strategies - all participants must wear a mask.

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. 


  • 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 26 - Principal Selection Process Zoom meeting at 5:30 pm
  • October 27- Parent Coffee Meeting, 10:00am - 11:00am (Zoom)
  • October 27- Evening Scholastic Book Fair for Families (5:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 29 - Book Character Day 
  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
  • October 29- Fall Picture Day (Retakes)
  • October 29- PTO Glow Up Event (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  • November 1 -Teacher Workday 
  • November 2 - Teacher Workday 

Bonnie Brae Hours of Operation

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructional Hours

8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Front Office

(703) 321 - 3900


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