Bonnie Brae ES Updates December 16

Principals' Message

Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Interim Principal of Bonnie Brae these past few months. It’s been my good fortune to experience the wonderful Bonnie Brae spirit shared by the students, staff, and families. Bonnie Brae has a terrific staff and is fortunate to have the support of a wonderful PTA and parents who truly are partners and their child’s education. I will reenter “semi-retirement” and continue consulting with schools across the U.S.  As you already know, Mr. Morgan Birge, will become Bonnie Brae’s new principal on January 3, 2022. I know he is excited to work with all of you and getting to know each of you.  He’ll benefit greatly from your positive support and active participation.

While we didn’t totally escape the challenges that COVID presented as the we began the school year, I believe we are on a good path moving into the new year.

I am hopeful that the coming months of ’22 will see an increase in the amount of after school activities we are able to host, both for our students and our school community.  Fingers crossed 😊

Thank you once again for the opportunity to be a Scottie, if even for a few months.  I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things that Bonnie Brae is accomplishing in the future. Please enjoy a restful winter break!


All the best,



Dwayne Young 

Interim Principal 

Bonnie Brae Elementary School


Welcome, Principal Birge!

Bonnie Brae is excited to welcome Morgan Birge as our new principal starting January 3, 2022. Please join us in extending Morgan a warm welcome!

Mr. Birge is a proud product of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), growing up in the Springfield area and graduating from Lake Braddock Secondary School. He spent the first fourteen years of his educational career as a physical education teacher in FCPS. He also served as a resource teacher in the Instructional Services Department, where he helped usher in the county’s standards-based progress reports. Mr. Birge transitioned back to a school-based position when he became the instructional coach at Lemon Road Elementary School. He went on to serve as the assistant principal at Garfield Elementary School and returned to Lemon Road, where he has been serving as the assistant principal for the past five and a half years.

Read more about Mr. Birge.

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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.

4 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.

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 Optimism.

You expect the best from the future and hope to achieve it. 

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear any hardship today.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

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


Get Your Child’s Online Activity Report 

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families

You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours.

Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

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Outstanding Employees at BBES

The results are in! We are so proud of our winners here at Bonnie Brae. Please join us in congratulating the following staff members:

Outstanding Teacher Jessica Warr, Music Teacher
Outstanding New Teacher Rachel Nguyen, Grade 2 Teacher
Outstanding Operational Employee Katie Adriano, PAC Instructional Assistant
Outstanding Operational Employee Lisa Jeffries, School Counselor
Outstanding Leader Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Winter Break 

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 20-31. Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

We hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season with time to relax and recharge! 

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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year K-12 students in FCPS are participating in a Social-Emotional Learning Screener. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). You can find more information about the screener and the importance of social-emotional learning here. This screener will be a useful tool for us here at Bonnie Brae to learn how to best support our students and school community. 

Students in grades 3-6 took the screener in the fall window and students in K-2 will take in the winter window. 

If you choose to opt your child out of the SEL Screener, please return the opt-out form no later than January 14th. The form only needs to be returned if you DO NOT want your child to participate in the SEL screener. If applicable, please print and return to school or send via email to Jenny Martinez at

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 Meeting Reminder

Tonight, Thursday, December 16 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, the Bonnie Brae PTO will be hosting the monthly meeting via Zoom.

The Meeting Agenda for December 2021 will be posted here and is also available on the PTO Website. Hope to see you there!

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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 16- PTO Meeting (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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