Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

We cap off a great week of learning with a fun family event this evening -- an outdoor movie night organized by our amazing PTO!  The PTO will be showing Sing 2, and be sure to bring your chairs and your blankets.  A reminder that admission is free for this fun community event, but consider arriving early to find your spot and grab some concessions, as the PTO will be selling pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks.  We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 10 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and there is no school.  We will see our Scotties back in school on Tuesday, October 11. 

We are looking forward to tonight, and we hope you all have a great weekend with your family.  Go Scotties!


Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal


Family.  Relationships.  Success.

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Next Week's Events

  • Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Staff Development Day (No School)

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Wild-card/Makeup Week

Character Strength Features: This week's intent is for classroom communities to revisit the Positivity Project traits learned so far in the school year and dig deeper as needed.

Positivity Project Traits Explored: Other People Mindset, Curiosity, Teamwork, Open-mindedness, Being Present and giving othes my attention, Perspective, and Forgivenessr

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Calendar Reminder

Calendar Reminder

Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Staff Development Day, October 10 

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 10, is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


AAP Overview Meeting Recap

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the AAP Overview Meeting on October 6.  To review a recording of the session (available in English and Spanish), along with the program slide deck, please visit our AAP Website . These resources are located under the AAP Overview Fall 2022 Presentation Recording header.

Please reach out to our AART Larissa Sheehan ( with any questions.


Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Library from October 21-28. Books can be purchased during the school day. Students will be given time during the day to preview the books before their scheduled purchase time visit with their teachers and create a wishlist. Then, students will have a chance to come back and purchase books the week of October 24-28.

There will be three evening sessions where families can come and purchase books:

  • Friday, October 21- (Fall Festival)- 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 25- 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 27- 5:00 - 7:00 PM

SCA Leadership Team

The SCA sponsors are excited to announce elections for the 2022-23 school year!  SCA will be organized a little differently this year, as we align ourselves with the other elementary schools in the Robinson pyramid.  Our SCA will become the Bonnie Brae Leadership Team, and this team will support our school through spirit days and helping our community through kindness and other activities.  For 6th Grade, there will be six Cabinet Members, and for each of 4th and 5th grade, there will be five members on the Leadership Team.

Important Dates:

  • October 11—Grades 4, 5, & 6 vote for candidates within their grade level

The first SCA Leadership Team meeting will take place on Monday, October 17.

Please direct any questions to our SCA sponsors, Rochelle Oedemann or Lynda Falkenstein.

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are invited to attend a virtual opportunity sponsored by Oak View Elementary as part of the Robinson Pyramid to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons. School staff will be available to help give you an overview of the FCPS program and help you navigate the resources. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. You will be able to access the Zoom link for this presentation through your Schoology account in our BBES Parent Course. The link will be posted by Friday, October 15. 

Instruction of the instructional units occurs at various times during the school year. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Opt-out Information

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s school principal in writing before instruction begins.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

BBES parents

BBES Parent Course on Schoology: New Update

A new flyer has been uploaded to our Parent Schoology Course.

New this week: Community Table Meal on October 11

In order to access Schoology, you must be signed up for a Parent Vue account and can use those credentials to sign in. Don't have a Parent Vue account? Register today! 

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Outdoor Movie Night

Movie Night

Join the PTO and BBES Community TONIGHT for an outdoor movie night on the back playground this coming Friday, October 7!  We will be showing Sing 2 (rated PG)! 

Bring chairs to sit on, dress warm, and bring blankets. Reminder to get there early to get your spot and grab some concessions!

Admission is free and the PTO will  be selling pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, chips, 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.

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Fall Festival

Save the Date: Bonnie Brae PTO Fall Festival

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 | 6 - 8 PM

Come join the BBES Community for an Evening of Food and Fun! It will also be the first night of the Book Fair. More details will be coming soon!

upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Friday, October 7 @ 7 PM- PTO Outdoor Movie Night
  • Monday, October 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)
  • Monday, October 18 @ 6:00 PM- FLE Parent Preview (Zoom)
  • Monday, October 24 – Diwali (No School)
  • Friday, October 21 @ 6 PM- PTO Fall Festival/Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 24 - 28-Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 25- Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • Thursday, October 27- Scholastic Book Fair, Family Night
  • 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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