Bonnie Brae ES Updates November 19

Principals' Message

Happy Friday Bonnie Brae Community,

We wanted send a quick reminder that next week is a short week, and school is in session on Monday and Tuesday only. We hope that you have plans to spend time with family and friends, and we look forward to hearing stories from our students when we return. Because next week is a short week, we will also not be sending a community newsletter. We will resume the week of November 29th. 

Wishing everyone a joyous and restful week ahead!



Dwayne Young, Interim Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal

Stop The Spread

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. For the next two  week's leading up to Thanksgiving, the focus will be on  Gratitude.

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. “Be thankful for what you have.”


Following our Thanksgiving Break, our theme will be Kindness. 

You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people. “In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.”

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

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.

Thanksgiving Cafeteria Decorations

Our wonderful PTO has decorated the cafeteria with a Thanksgiving theme. Students were able to enjoy the decorations today and into next week. Since teachers have assigned students in the cafeteria every other week, we hope that this will allow for most, if not all, of our students to enjoy. Thank you so much, Bonnie Brae PTO!



Welcome to Our New Family Liaison

Santanisha Chang is our new Family Liaison at BBE. She is an educator, academic advisor and child advocate with significant ties to the Northern Virginia area. Ms. Chang has worked for many years as a substitute teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools. This includes working with all students and families within diverse populations. She is sensitive to the many issues that parents, staff and families encounter and believe working together is our goal.

Recap to Meetings this Week

We held several meetings this week and wanted to pass along the recordings and resources mentioned so that everyone could have the opportunity to watch them back and review.

    • PTO Meeting

      • Highlights: Building Renovation Plan, current budget expenses, upcoming fundraisers, and more!
      • Recording, Passcode: n+j"7N/a,<
    • AAP Meeting

      • Highlights: Informational meeting to learn more about Level IV services and how students are screened for Advanced Academic Services
      • Recording, Passcode: g879#H#@Sh
      • Slides
  • Parent Coffee

    • Highlights: Principal Updates, Meet our new Family Liasion, Presentation on Media Balance & Well-Being
    • Recording, Passcode: f?#Wt#xt0K
    • Slides

Robinson SS Tiny Tots Concert

The Robinson Symphonic Band is proud to present the 26th annual Tiny Tots Concert on December 2 and December 3 at Robinson's Russell Theatre located at 5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032.


Preschool Transition to Kindergarten

For our pre-school parents, FCPS holds Parent Meetings/Information Sessions to discuss the transition to Kindergarten. Please review the linked flyer for the meeting information.  If you are planning to attend one of the meetings, please email Dorie Johanns. Bonnie Brae is a school in Region 4, however, FCPS will share the same information at all of the meetings if you cannot attend the designated Region 4 meeting.  If you have any questions after the meeting, please reach out to Dorie Johanns to further discuss your child’s transition to Kindergarten. 


Saturday Enrichment Program through William & Mary University

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share their Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family.  SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning.  The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.   There are spring virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register

award ribbon

Outstanding Staff Nominations

Nominations are due today- November 19! 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. 


PTO Paint Night- DEC

Virtual Paint Night

Join us for a night of virtual fun on Friday, December 3 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM! Put on your painters' cap and follow along with Bonnie Brae's very own art teacher Mrs. Fuller!

She will guide you as you learn to paint your very own canvas. Paint a canvas to hang in your home or a gift for the holidays while having fun with your friends!

Registration of $35 Includes:

1 Hour Virtual Fun with Ms. Miller

Family Art Kit

  • 4 9x12 Canvases (Additional Canvases $2 each)
  • 10 Color Acrylic Paint Set
  • 10 Brush Set
  • 4 Paint Palettes​

Register by Monday, Nov. 29thRegistration Link Here.

PTO Event Volunteers Needed!

There are many opportunities to volunteer or serve as a committee chair/member. We are also looking to fill 2 vacant Board Positions! 

Please contact for more information on the PTO Activities listed below:

  • PTO EVENTS.  Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Luncheon, STEAM Fair / BBES Art Fair, Dances, Spring Carnival, Field Day, Multicultural Night 
  • PTO FUNDRAISING. Corporate Sponsorship Liaisons, Restaurant Nights, Fall Fundraiser - Charleston Wrap, Spring Fundraiser – Read-a-Thon
  • PTO PROGRAMS. After School Enrichment, Teacher Taught Enrichment Classes, School Assemblies
  • BBES SUPPORT. Staff Appreciation Activities, Garden/Campus Cleanup, Military & New Family Liaisons, Diversity Committee, Inclusion Committee, Rising Kindergarten Activities, Watch D.O.G.S.
  • PTO SUPPORT. Facebook Page and Website, Membership/Community Communications, Volunteer Coordinators, Financial Reconciliation Committee, Election Nominating Committee

PTO Membership 


Bonnie Brae PTO 


Bonnie Brae PTO Website

PTO Donations

  • November 24-26- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
  • December 3- PTO Virtual Paint Night (7:00- 8:00 PM)
  • December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00 - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter 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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