Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Next Week's Events

  • Monday, September 12- Blue Day (Color Week)
  • Tuesday, September 13- Purple Day (Color Week)
  • Wednesday, September 14- Brown Day (Color Week)
  • Thursday, September 15- Black Day (Color Week)
  • Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00 PM- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, September 16- White Day (Color Week)

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Open-mindedness

Character Strength Features: You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

Quote of the Week:“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” -Frank Zappa

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Color Week pt 2

Color Week!

Continue to join us each day next week until Friday, September 17 by wearing the colors of the day here at BBES. Kindergarten will be learning their colors the next two weeks and would love for all Scotties throughout the building in Grades K-6 to participate in wearing the color noted above if possible. Thank you for your support of our young learners!


Parent Coffee

Please join us for our first Parent Coffee! We plan to meet in the Cafeteria on September 22, 2022 from 8:40 - 9:25 AM. Bonnie Brae is a Responsive Classroom school and we will be sharing a Responsive Classroom overview for our parents and guardians. We hope to see you there!  

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Advanced Academic Program (AAP) News

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest of either the CogAT or the NNAT in grades 3-6. Requests must be made during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Natalie Vershaw (, no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Bonnie Brae AAP Overview Meeting

An information meeting will be held at Bonnie Brae on October 6, 2022, at 8:45 AM and virtually at 6:00 PM (Zoom). Our AART, Larissa Sheehan, will provide information about levels of service, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. The same information will be presented at both meetings so you may select the session that works best with your schedule. Please contact Larissa Sheehan ( to request translation services. Additional information relating to advanced academics at Bonnie Brae and FCPS will be communicated on our school website. Please bookmark this site for access to the latest AAP resources and updates. We hope to see you in October!

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  

  • If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms were included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6)
  • Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6).
  • A preview of the FLE Curriculum can be found on our BBES Parent Schoology Course.
  • Program questions may be addressed by contacting our FLE lead, Chris Orahood  at, or FCPS Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or

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Parent Toolkit

The information shared below can also be found online in the Parent Toolkit.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. 

For SY 22-23, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the weCare@school (weCare) module; or thorough Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts.


FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS).

  • Please review, sign, and return the SR&R to Bonnie Brae in ParentVue. 
  • 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.

Digital Resource Consent

At Bonnie Brae Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources. Please complete these forms so your child is able to access all resources.

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.

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After School Activities

The PTO is seeking a volunteer to serve as the After School Programs Coordinator to organize some after school programs for Bonnie Brae. 

If you are interested, please reach out to to learn more.

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 next week on Thursday, September 15th.

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upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, September 12- Blue Day (Color Week)
  • Tuesday, September 13- Purple Day (Color Week)
  • Wednesday, September 14- Brown Day (Color Week)
  • Thursday, September 15- Black Day (Color Week)
  • Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00 PM- PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, September 16- White Day (Color Week)
  • Thursday, September 22 @ 8:40 AM- Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah (No School)
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Yom Kippur (No School)
  • Thursday, October 6 @ 8:45 AM- AAP Overview Information Session at BBES
  • Thursday, October 6 @ 6 PM- AAP Overview Virtual Information Session (Zoom
  • Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • Friday, October 28 – Quarter Ends 2-hour early release (dismissal at 1:15 PM)
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
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