Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

It’s been another great week at Bonnie Brae!  We enjoyed seeing so many students and staff join in on kindergarten Color Week, with today being the final day of this fun learning and school spirit opportunity.  Next week we look forward to our first Parent Coffee of the year on Thursday, September 22, at 8:40 AM in the cafeteria.  We hope you can join us as we will be sharing a Responsive Classroom overview for parents and guardians. 

Looking for ways to support here at Bonnie Brae?  Please consider applying for our open Dining Attendant position.  We also invite parents and guardians to volunteer to help in the cafeteria during lunch hours (11 AM-1:30 PM).  If you are interested in helping out as our Dining Attendant or as a volunteer, please contact Kathy Rials, office assistant, at

As always, we thank you for your partnership in your children’s education.  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

  • September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Thursday, September 22 @ 8:40 AM- Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah (No School)

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Other People Mindset: Being Present

Character Strength Features: When I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention.

Quote of the Week: “Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the everyday things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.”
-Booker T. Washington

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National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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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!  

Calendar Reminder

Calendar Reminder: Student Holiday/Professional Work Day, 

Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


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Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Robinson Secondary School on Thursday, September 29, 6:30-7:30 PM. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend: 


Advanced Academic Program (AAP) News

As a reminder, Bonnie Brae is hosting an AAP Overview Meeting to review AAP services and the screening process on October 6, 2022. If you plan to attend, please complete this Google Form by September 23 to help us better plan for our upcoming session. Please contact Larissa Sheehan ( with any questions. graphic Access for Students

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to


Acorn Collection Season is Here!

As the temperatures finally start to drop and we begin our transition into fall, foresters and staff at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) will soon be busy gathering and sorting this year’s acorn crop in preparation for growing the next generation of trees. Students and families can support in this initiative!

Every year, Virginians from all over the state collect and donate acorns and other seeds that VDOF staff plant at the Augusta Nursery, where more than a dozen hardwood tree species get their start.  Successful seedlings are later sold to Virginia landowners, typically to reforest open lands. Trees that begin from homegrown acorns, nuts and seeds are much more likely to thrive in Virginia’s climate. Learn more about the Acorn Collection details here.

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Outdoor Movie Night

Movie Night

Join the PTO and BBES Community for an outdoor movie night on the back playground Friday September 30th! Bring blankets to sit on and get there early to get your spot and grab some  concessions. The PTO will  be selling popcorn, candy, and drinks. We can't wait to see everyone there! 


We need volunteers to make this event a success. Please let us know if you can help with set-up, concessions, or clean-up. Please reach out to

Movie Time: 7:00pm 

Please note that since this event is after school hours, all children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

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.

upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Thursday, September 22 @ 8:40 AM- Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah (No School)
  • Thursday, September 29 @ 6:30 PM - Dr. Reid's Commnunity Conversation (Robinson SS)
  • Friday, September 30 @ 7 PM- PTO Outdoor Movie Night
  • 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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