Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter




Hello Scottie families!  Happy Friday!  We have had such an amazing start to the 2022-2023 school year, and seeing our students return has brought us so much joy.  We have had the opportunity to visit classrooms and spend time with students at the bus loop, at kiss and ride, at lunch and at recess. 

Thank you for your patience, especially with transportation, while we have steadily worked out many of the kinks from the first week.  Our kiss and ride process is going quicker each day, and we appreciate that everyone continues to watch for our students during arrival and dismissal, as safety is our top priority.  

Next Thursday, September 1, is our first Bonnie Brae spirit day -- Blue & White Day!  Students and staff (families, too) are encouraged to wear Bonnie Brae spirit wear or our school colors of blue and white.  Spirit days will continue throughout the year, typically on the last Friday of each month, and we will communicate these with our community as dates are finalized. 

As a reminder, there is no school in observance of the Labor Day holiday on Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5. 

Have a great weekend!


Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal


                                 Family.  Relationships.  Success.

week at a glance

Next Week's Events

  • Monday, August 29- First Day for PreK and Class-based Students
  • Thursday, September 1 - Blue and White Spirit Day
  • Friday, September 2 – Labor Day Weekend (No School)
  • Monday, September 5 – Labor Day (No School)

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Curiosity

Character Strength Features: You like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

Quote of the Week: “Curiosity is the one thing invincible in nature.” -Freya Stark

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Calendar Reminder

Labor Day Holiday

Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


Attendance Matters!

Regular attendance is important not only for academic growth, but also for physical wellbeing and social-emotional health. If you have concerns regarding attendance for your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to the front office. They will connect you with a member of the BBES Attendance Team to help address your needs.


  • Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that your child will read on grade level.
  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available. 

Bonnie Brae Fine Arts Programs- Due Wednesday, 08/31

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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!

Sign up forms were sent home in Tuesday folders. If you need another form, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or any of the music teachers. Forms are due AUGUST 31.

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,

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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.

Digital Resource Consent

At Bonnie Brae Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used.

This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to the school if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Screen Activity Report for Parents

FCPS has 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 websiteLearn more about our Lightspeed Parent Reports.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Signature

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

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Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

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! 

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PTO Board Positions

The PTO is seeking nominations for the President-Elect and Vice-President of Programs positions on the board.

If you are interested, please reach out to and

Bonnie Brae Spirit Wear!

If you missed getting your 2022-2023 Bonnie Brae Spirit Wear at the Open House, there is still time!

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 We have reopened sales for our Gray, Bonnie Brae Paw Shirt. You can submit your order here: BBES 2022 Spirit-Wear Order Form ( Please make sure you also submit payment via paypal or contact if you prefer to pay via cash. Sales are open 26 August- 6 September. 


We do have a limited inventory of child sizes in our Blue Scottie Dog shirt. Please reach out to if you are interested in that style. 

PTO Meeting Reminder

The PTO will meet the third Thursday of each month at 7pm. We will meet via Zoom to enable the broadest participation as possible! Please join us for the first meeting on September 15th.

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upcoming events

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

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, August 29- First Day for PreK Students
  • Thursday, September 1 - Blue and White Spirit Day
  • Friday, September 2 – Labor Day Weekend (No School)
  • Monday, September 5 – Labor Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, September 6- Fall Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00 PM- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • 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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