Bonnie Brae ES Updates December 10


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

6 students and staff will be 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.

Student Quarantine

FCPS Return to In-Person Instruction and FCPS Activities Options

For students who are temporarily paused due to COVID exposure, they will be following the below quarantining guidelines (families will have 3 options). SACC will maintain the 14 day quarantining period only.

Additionally, if needed, please reference the available COVID diagnostic testing sites for students and staff.

  14-day 10-day 7-day with Negative Test (effective Dec. 6th)
Return Day Day 15 Day 11 Day 8 or later
Return Conditions Symptom free Symptom free

Symptom free 


Negative Rapid Antigen or PCR test taken Day 5 of quarantine or later

Required Documents to be Submitted to School SARA Alert Clearance Letter from Health Department

FCPS Pause Letter indicating return date (exposure in school)


Return Letter for Outside Exposures indicating return date (exposure outside of school - parent must request letter from school as soon as student is quarantined by the HD)

Proof of Negative Test taken on Day 5 of Quarantine or later


FCPS Pause Letter inidicating return date (exposure in school)


Return Letter for Outside Exposures indicating return date (exposure outside of school - parent must request letter from school as soon as student is quarantined by the HD)


NEW: COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Available for All Students

All students now have access to COVID-19 drive-through diagnostic testing at locations across the county, including one in each of the FCPS school regions. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to test quickly to help reduce the spread of the virus. Testing is also a step in the return to school process following illness or exposure.

A full list of locations and schedules is available on our website.

Appointments are not required but families must register through FCPS’ secure online portal before testing.

More information about FCPS’ COVID-19 testing program, including diagnostic testing, is available online.

Positivity Project

Positivity Project 

We continue to work to empower students to build positive relationships through the Positivity Project. For the next week, the focus will be on Self-Control.

You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. “If you learn self-control, you can master anything.”

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


Lockdown Drill:

January 12, 2022

On January 12, 2022 at 9:30 AM, Bonnie Brae will conduct a lockdown drill at school.

Lockdown Drills are used to describe security measures taken to protect against intruders.

  • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.

FCPS Lockdown Frequently Asked Questions

Responsible Digital Citizenship

There is an increasing trend of concerning behavior or dialogue that is occurring outside of school on Social Media Applications. To help address this concern, in November, we offered two sessions on Media-balance and Wellbeing to partner with parents, guardians, or caregivers. Specifically, we hope to continue our collaboration by increasing awareness and implementing proactive strategies to encourage forethought prior to taking inappropriate actions on social media platforms. The slides and recording(passcode: f?#Wt#xt0K) of these sessions are available for your review.

As part of Fairfax County Public Schools' continuing efforts to maintain safe schools, a confidential and anonymous FCPS Tipline is available to students, parents, staff, and other members of the FCPS community.

We encourage students, staff and community members to report safety and wellness issues, such as threats to self or others or, concerns about students’ overall well-being. Tipline users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Additionally, please feel free to reach out to our Mental Health and Wellness Team here at Bonnie Brae if your child may need assistance.

Winter Concert

Upcoming Winter Concert

With current COVID restrictions, we will forgo our usually in-person winter concert this December. Instead, we will present a pre-recorded band (6th Grade), strings (5th/6th Grade), and choir (5th/6th Grade) concert in January!

We will record the concert during the school day and send the recording via a link to families the following week. Below are the dates of the pre-recorded winter concert.

  • January 14 – Concert Date
  • January 28 – Backup Concert Date (in the event of snow on January 14)

Again, this concert will be recorded and sent to families. More information (dress code, etc.) will come in the following weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to sharing this presentation with you!

-BBES Music Department

Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to  Kaitlin Burg, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Kaitlin Burg Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

Photograph Submissions

The 2021-2022 school year has and will always be a year like no other. To help us capture and celebrate these moments for all time, please consider submitting a candid photo of your students for our BBES yearbook. Consider capturing memorable moments throughout the school year such as spirit days, school activities, PTO events and more! 


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 hands

PTO Meeting Reminder

Next week, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom on Thursday, December 16 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Meeting Agenda for December 2021 will be posted here soon. Hope to see you there!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Week

Hate to cook, shuffling kids between activities?! Make dinner easy by joining us for an all week fundraiser to support Bonnie Brae Elementary School PTO! Get your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Chick-Fil-A!

The Bonnie Brae PTO is hosting an event at the Burke Centre Chik Fil A Spirit Week during the week of January 31 – February 4th anytime between 6 AM - 10 PM (5815 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015). 

  • 15% of all orders placed during the entire week will be donated to the PTO.
  • Be sure to mention Bonnie Brae Elementary when placing your order!

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

  • December 15- Parent Coffee (10:00AM - 11:00 AM - Zoom)
  • December 16- PTO Meeting (6:00PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom)
  • December 20-31- Winter Break
  • January 6- Three Kings Day
  • January 7- Orthodox Christmas
  • January 12- Lockdown Drill
  • January 14- Winter Concert
  • January 17- MLK Jr. Day (No School)
  • January 20- End of Q2; 2-hour ER
  • January 21- Teacher Work Day
  • January 21- Mid-year Goal Setting Due
  • January 24- Student Holiday /Staff Development Day
  • January 31- February 4- Chick Fil A Spirit Week

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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