Bonnie Brae Updates October 29

Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

It is hard to believe we are at the end of our first quarter. It has been exciting to have students back at BBES this quarter and want to extend our appreciation to all of our staff and families as we navigated various health updates throughout the quarter.

As a reminder, today is a two hour early release and Monday and Tuesday are teacher workdays. Students will not report to school on Monday and Tuesday.

Our staff will be collaborating, planning, connecting with families and finalizing first quarter progress reports. In addition, members of our BBES staff will be hosting a family learning session with a focus on social and emotional well being on Monday, November 1 from 10:00am - 11:00 am via Zoom and invite families to attend.

Our PTO has also been in the process of planning the Glow Up Dance event. Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating for this evening and the event will be postponed to Friday, November 5th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 

We are looking forward to a successful second quarter at BBES! 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.

Positivity Project

Positivity Project 

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

You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. The ability to stand in someone’s shoes.

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


Bonnie Brae ES Family Learning Sessions- Student Wellness

Bonnie Brae is excited to offer families an opportunity to meet and learn with members of our Mental Health Team on Monday, November 1 from 10:00am - 11:00 am via Zoom for a Family Learning Session with a focus on Student Wellness. Our team is offering several sessions for families to learn strategies to support their children at home. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes and families will have the opportunity to attend two sessions. We look forward to connecting with families on Monday. Below is a preview of the sessions being offered by our own BBES staff. 

Breakout Group 1

Mindfulness at Home

Amy Marshall, Social Worker

Lisa Jeffries,School Counselor

Come learn about mindfulness strategies and how you can utilize them at home with your kids. We'll be sharing some different mindfulness techniques, resources, and at home activities.


Breakout Group 2

Positive Reinforcement at Home

Grace Sizelove, School Psychologist

Learn more about positive behavior supports and positive reinforcement tools that can be used in the home setting.


Breakout Group 3

Media Balance and Well-Being at Home

Erica Demick, School Based Technology Specialist

This Media Balance & Well-being session will provide key points, guiding questions, and links to resources to help parents/caregivers plan for healthy and balanced student technology use.


Breakout Group 4




Books that Promote Mindfulness in Kids at Home

Kate White, School Counselor

Come learn strategies and books that promote helpful conversations at home to support your child socially and emotionally. 


Breakout Group 5  

Helping your child embrace challenges through growth mindset

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal 

Kids face challenges at home and in school each day. The language we use can have a significant impact on how students respond to challenges. Come learn some phrases to help your child embrace challenges and develop a growth mindset. 

Veteran's Day Virtual Concert- November 11

Veterans Day is November 11, and 4th grade would like to honor the men and women who have served our country through music. Over the past several weeks, the 4th grade students have been working hard to learn songs about and in honor of our Veterans.

This year, the 4th graders will present this concert virtually. At the beginning of November, a link to a video will be shared with you via ‘News You Choose’ so you, your families, and Veterans can view and enjoy a presentation honoring Veterans.

When this link is available, we encourage you to share it with the Veterans you know!

We are so grateful for our Veterans and the great sacrifice they have made to serve our country.

Thank you,

4th Grade Team

Music Team

Principal Selection Information

  • This past Wednesday, our Region 4 Office offered an information session on the Principal Selection process. The recording for the meeting is now available; password- JzjP3#Zutb.
  • 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.

Student–Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning October 13, FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. We thank those of you who have already turned in your form.

Returning this form is important because FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3 million in unrestricted funds from the Impact Aid grant. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.  For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Additional information about the Impact Aid Survey can be found at

Reminder- Student Rights & Responsibilities 

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. These links are also available on our BBES Website.

All students in FCPS should review the Student Rights and Responsibilities.

  • Review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources
  • After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Acknowledgment Form
    • The form must be filled out for each child/student in grades K-6 in the household digitally or on paper
    • Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Community Review of K – 8 Language Arts and Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks

Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. 

K - 8 science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet

All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

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 Glow Up Dance Event

Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating for tomorrow, October 29th. We are postponing this event to Friday, November 5th

Join your Bonnie Brae friends on Friday, November 5th, 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 and anyone entering the school 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. 


Calendar Reminder

Calendar Reminder and Cultural Observance Days: Two-Hour Early Release on October 29; Student Holidays November 1-2

As a reminder, Friday, October 29, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2, for teacher work days. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

  • October 29- First Quarter Ends
  • November 1-2 Teacher Workdays (No School); Día de los Muertos
  • November 4- Diwali
  • November 5- PTO Glow Up Event (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  • November 8-12- National School Psychology Week
  • November 11- Veteran's Day- 2 hr. Early Release
  • November 17- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break

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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