Bonnie Brae ES Updates November 5

Bonnie Brae Friday Updates 

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We are looking forward to seeing many of our students and families this evening at our PTO Glow Up Event from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at BBES. This is an exciting event to wrap up our week. Looking ahead to next week, our positivity project focus will be bravery. This aligns with Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11th. We are grateful for all of the individuals who have served our country. As a way to honor our veterans, our fourth grade and music team has created a virtual concert. Details of how to access the virtual concert are below. 

We hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend and are looking forward to another great week of learning. 




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 1 positive COVID-19 case this week. 1 is a student and 0 are staff.

5 students and staff are learning and teaching remotely while in a pause, quarantine, or isolation. 

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 Bravery.

You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”

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

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day Virtual Concert

Veterans Day is November 11, and the 4th grade would like to honor the individuals 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 grade will present this concert virtually. Please click this LINK to view the Veterans Day concert. Students will also have a chance to view the video with their classroom teachers.

We encourage you to share this presentation with your family, friends, and a Veteran!

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

  • On Wednesday, October 26 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.  

Family Learning Session- Student Wellness

On Monday, our BBES Mental Heath & Wellness Staff members offered a Family Learning Session with a focus on Student Wellness. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with families on Mindfulness, Positive Reinforcement, Media Balance, and Growth Mindset. Thank you to all who were able to attend! If you can, please take a moment to provide us feedback and suggestions through this survey for future Family Learning Sessions.

Student–Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

We currently have 75% of our Federal Impact Aid forms signed and returned and need help getting too 100%!  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

National School Psychology Week

During the week of November 8-12, 2021 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is "Let's Get in Gear." The theme's acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.


Our School Psychologist, Grace Sizelove, works to support and care for our students’ academic success and social and emotional well-being. Her role includes working directly with students as well as consulting with and supporting our school, staff, and families. Thank you for all you do Grace!

Thanksgiving Luncheon Update

Due to vendor and transportation issues, Food Services shared that schools will not be serving Thanksgiving lunch this year. Traditionally, this was also a community event where parents came in to support. However, due to safety protocols, this will not be happening this year.

give thanks

award ribbon

Outstanding Staff Nominations

Every year, parents, staff members, and the community have an opportunity to nominate Outstanding Employees at our school. Nominations can be made for Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, and Outstanding Operational Employee. If you'd like to nominate one or more of our amazing staff members, please review this Nomination Guide and complete the Nomination Form. Thank you for recognizing the great work happening here at school. 

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

Join your Bonnie Brae friends on Friday, November 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm 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.

Glow up

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. 

PTO Donations


Daylight Savings

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 7

Don't forget to turn clocks back 1 hour on Sunday Morning!

Calendar Reminder

Veteran's Day

As a reminder, Thursday, November 11, is a two-hour early release for students for the Veterans Day holiday. Classes will resume on Friday, November 12. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

  • 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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