Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter



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What a great turnout for our Open House and Bonnie Brae Back-to-School BBQ Bash!  It was wonderful to see our Scotties and their families today.  Thank you to the PTO for partnering with us for this event, as we served over 800 hot dogs and 300 slices of pizza!  Also, a HUGE thank you to our staff who worked throughout the day to provide such a welcoming and positive envirnment for our families and students.  

We are looking forward to the first day on Monday!  As we start this year, we are excited to support our students as they connect, collaborate, and create using FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attributes.  We look forward to partnering with you during the 2022-2023 school year!  

As a reminder, school begins at 8:20 AM and ends at 3:15 PM daily.  As we begin a new year, please be patient as buses may run later than usual and the Kiss and Ride line will likely be longer.  We will work together to ensure a safe return to school for all. 

Have a wonderful weekend with your families, Scotties! 


Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal


                                 Family.  Relationships.  Success.

Next Week's Events


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Parent Toolkit

Please visit our Parent Toolkit webpage where some yearly action items for all parents to complete are housed. Items with an asterisk (*) are time sensitive and require parent action.

Emergency Care Updates in SIS ParentVue

  • FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account
  • weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to go online to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience
  • Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school
  • eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, transportation, attendance, weather closings and delays, and essential outreach messages
  • Messages are sent via email and text messages. Occasional phone messages are sent as well
  • More information available here

Device Distribution

  • Laptops for Grades 1-6 will be distributed during school over the first two weeks
  • iPads will be distributed to Kindergarten students during the month of September
  • Devices for Grades 3-6 will come home with students nightly and need to be charged
  • Devices for Grades K-2 will remain at school, and only go home as needed

First Day of School

  • School hours are 8:20 – 3:15
  • On the First Day of School, doors will open at 8:15
  • Families are invited to escort their child to class on the first day of school
  • Attending family members will drop child at classroom door and refrain from entering the classroom
  • Please take pictures in advance of entering the school building

Kiss & Ride Sign Up

As we welcome students back to Bonnie Brae ES, we want to ensure the safe arrival and departure of each child. Bonnie Brae ES has an established area called the Kiss & Ride (at our side parking lot), which is designed as a safe place for adults in private vehicles to load and unload children. With the cooperation of all drivers, we will be able to provide an efficient and safe transfer of children.

If you are interested in using Kiss and Ride to drop off or pick up your child, please complete the embedded form. Returning and new Kiss and Riders will receive new tags prior to students returning.

Families who have signed up for Kiss and Ride will receive additional information via email.

Bus Transportation

  • Please check ParentVue for assigned bus pick up and drop off time
  • Please arrive early and anticipate delays as drivers perfect routes during the first 7-10 days of school
  • Kindergarten students must be met by a family member at the bus stop.  Kindergarten students will not be released to an elementary aged siblings.


  • Students are welcome to walk to school
  • They will enter through Door 1
  • Walkers are permitted to leave school at dismissal via Door 1
  • Kindergarten walkers must be met by a family member at Door 1


  • Students will be accessing the cafeteria during lunch
  • Students will be washing hands and/or sanitizing before and after lunch
  • Lunch schedules have been developed to maximize space when possible
  • Outdoor seating may be an option classes can explore on occasion
  • Families will not be permitted to eat with their children to start the year due to space limitations

Meal Service

  • Breakfast and Lunch meals are available for purchase in the cafeteria
  • Grant for free meals has ended
  • Families requiring assistance through Free/Reduced Price meal option must apply online
  • Students will be assigned a pin number and must enter it prior to every purchase
  • Hot lunches will be available
  • Menus are now live and available here
  • Consider adding funds to support additional lunch purchases via MySchoolBucks

Bonnie Brae Fine Arts Programs

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We are excited to offer Band, Chorus, and Strings to ALL interested 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students!

  • ALL interested 4th Grade students may choose to sign up for STRINGS!
  • ALL interested 5th & 6th Grade students may choose to sign up for either STRINGS, BAND, or CHORUS!

During the first week of school, our students will have the opportunity to see and hear a variety of the Instrumental choices that we offer, so please keep an eye out for more information to come in Tuesday Folders, such as Sign-Up Forms and how to rent an instrument to use for class!

If you are interested in signing up for our Fine Arts Programs, please complete the forms below:

We are so excited to be together soon!  Please consider signing up for Band or Strings – making music together will really make this year special for all!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mr. Gurian, Band,

Mr. Miller, Strings

Mrs. Oedemann, Chorus,

Ms. Warr, Chorus,

Picture Day: Fall Individual Photos

fall picture day

Fall Picture Day is on Tuesday, September 6 throughout the day! Students will attend picture day with their teachers. Flyers and order forms will be sent home via Tuesday Folders and the information is also available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVTRXHBZ9

Cafeteria Help Wanted!

Looking for a way to support our school for a few hours each day?  We are in need of a dining attendant to help out during lunch.  Our dining attendant (a paid position) supports students during lunch, with working hours from 10:30 AM-1:45 PM.  Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Hector Collazo, at, if you are interested! 

student at lunch

New Student Registration

We're excited to welcome our newest Scotties to Bonnie Elementary School! Looking for information about registering a new student with us?

Need assistance? Contact our School Registrar, Jenny Martinez.

Important Information-

  • Children turning 5 on or before September 30 should be registered for kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. 
  • Now is the time for students to be registered. Schools are planning playdates, screenings, teacher visits, and other gatherings for kindergarten students to get to know their teachers and each other over the summer. Register soon to make sure you don’t miss out! 

upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 22 @ 8:20 AM- First Day of School!
  • August 24 @ 6:00 - 7:15 PM- Virtual Back to School Night
  • Friday, September 2 – Labor Day
  • Monday, September 5 – Labor Day
  • September 6- Fall Picture Day
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Yom Kippur
  • Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday
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