Bonnie Brae ES Updates May 13


Principals' Message

Dear Bonnie Brae School Community,

Our students continue to be engaged as we look forward to many exciting end of the year events and activities including the PTO spring carnival, 6th grade promotion and our fine arts concert. We look forward to seeing many of our families at these events! 

As you may have noticed in our health updates, we have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases along with many other schools in FCPS. We included some reminders below regarding our layered mitigation strategies and links to the FCPS COVID-19 dashboard. If you have any questions regarding procedures or protocols, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. 



Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal 

Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal 

Bonnie Brae Elementary School

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Next Week's Events

  • *LAST DAY* May 13- Class Placement Parent Input Due
  • May 16-20- SCA Donation Drive
  • May 16- 5th Grade Math SOL Test 
  • May 16- 6th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • May 17- 6th Grade Math SOL Test
  • May 19 - PTO Meeting 6:00pm via Zoom
  • May 20th @ 6:00-8:00pm- BBES PTO Spring Carnival

Positivity Project

Positivity Project 

This past week was our last official week for the Positivity Project. Our teachers and students have engaged with all 24 Character Strengths and have learned a lot throughout the way. Our community will continue to dig deeper into these character strengths as we close out the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for supporting us with meaningful conversations at home.

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Teacher's Choice

Character Strength Features: View All 24 Character Strengths

Increase in COVID Cases in Fairfax County

We are aware that FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and nervousness in our community as our County has transitioned out of the low community level into a medium COVID-19 community level. We want you to know that we are doing everything we can to keep our schools open and safe for all students to learn.

Our layered prevention strategies have generally served us well throughout this school year, and we have continued to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Northern Virginia Health Departments to do what we are able to to keep our students safe. We understand that some people are wondering why we have not returned to requiring universal masking. 

The Code of Virginia mandates that schools cannot require universal masking without allowing the parent/legal guardian to elect for their child to not wear a face covering while on school property (to include FCPS buildings). 

However, there are many things each of us can choose to do to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe and healthy. 

Get Vaccinated or Boosted - Vaccination is the best protection we have against severe illness. Everyone is encouraged to stay up to date with vaccinations and boosters. If you need more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or where to get the dose you need, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Consider a Mask - Mask use is optional for everyone in FCPS schools. However, health experts agree that wearing a mask is an excellent practice for avoiding COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe illness, or live or have social contact with someone in this situation, speak with your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask or take additional precautions.

Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested - This time of year sniffles and fatigue may be allergies, or they may be COVID-19. That is why it is always best practice to stay home if you are sick or having symptoms and get tested as soon as possible. Staying home when you are sick or having symptoms is the best thing you can do to help stop the spread of any virus, especially COVID-19.

Bonnie Brae Class Placement

Thank you for your continued partnership with staff at Bonnie Brae Elementary! We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success. We carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during the class creation process. We encourage family input to share information school staff should be aware of to aid the process of creating classes for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Keep in mind family input is one of multiple pieces of information used to create classes and classes are not finalized until late August. So that your submission can be considered prior to conversations with current staff, please submit your input here no later than Friday, May 13, 2022. Thank you!


6th Grade Panoramic Photo

The yearly 6th grade group Panoramic Photo is scheduled for May 16 at 9 am. Sixth grade students will wear their class t-shirt in the photo. To order a photo, please follow the directions found on this Panoramic Photo Order Form.

SCA Donation Drive: May 16-20

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During the week of May 16-20, the SCA will be collecting Books, Toys and Clothing for donations.  Items can be dropped off in the front foyer.  Thank you!

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6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

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We are excited to celebrate our 6th graders’ promotion into middle school. Weather permitting, we will be on the blacktop. We would like to welcome 2 guests per 6th grade student, in addition to any children under age 5. Please join us in recognizing them on Thursday, June 9th from 9-10am.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

SOL Test Updates


Students are making great progress for SOL testing in Grades 3-6 will. We have two left; Grade 5 and Grade 6 Math occurring next week. The dates for each assessment are available on the Bonnie Brae Website. If you have questions about testing please contact Scott Hawk, Assistant Principal.

BBES Lunch and Recess Volunteer Opportunity  

We are seeking parent volunteers to support during our lunch hours and recess hours. Lunch starts at 10:45am and ends at 1:30pm. Our grade levels have recess scattered throughout the day at various times from 9:30am - 2:45pm. Volunteers in both settings have the opportunity to connect and engage with students on a daily basis and support the safety and supervision of students at Bonnie Brae. Even 30 minutes of support one day a week can be a help to our students. 

If you are interested in supporting any day(s) of the week on a consistent basis during any portion of our lunch block, please contact Kathy Rials,

Thank you for considering this opportunity to support our students and to continue encouraging safety protocols.

Register for Dr. Reid’s Virtual Town Hall (May 17)

Michelle Reid speaking on a stage.

On Tuesday, May 17, incoming superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, from 7 to 8 p.m. Register online.

Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Stay informed about community engagement opportunities by visiting our website.

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spring carnival

BBES Spring Carnival

The rescheduled date for the Spring Carnival is this FridayMay 20th from 6-8pm.

We need a lot of volunteers to make the event successful. Please signup to help at one of the games or to donate a cake for the cake walk at the links below. More carnival details will be released soon!

We look forward to enjoying festivities with you!

Volunteers: Bonnie Brae PTO: Bonnie Brae Spring Carnival- Volunteer Signup

Cake Walk Donations: Cake Walk Donation Signup


Bonnie Brae PTO 


Bonnie Brae PTO Website

PTO Donations


View the 2021-2022 FCPS School Calendar

  • May 13- Class Placement Parent Input Due
  • May 16-20- SCA Donation Drive
  • May 16- 5th Grade Math SOL Test 
  • May 16- 6th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • May 17- 6th Grade Math SOL Test
  • May 19 - PTO Meeting 6:00pm via Zoom
  • May 20th @ 6:00-8:00pm- BBES PTO Spring Carnival
  • June 1 @ 5:30-8:30pm  - Spring Fine Arts Concert
  • June 9 @ 9:00-10:00pm - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

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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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