Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

Such a fun week of learning, capped of with a great SCA Spirit Day today (Costume Day)!  Bonnie Brae was filled with students and staff dressed as storybook characters, in costumes, or wearing our school colors of blue and white.  A truly joyful learning experience today, and we loved seeing the Positivity Project character strength of creativity on display throughout the building!

Our Book Fair was a huge success and there is one last opportunity this afternoon for families to come in and purchase. The Book Fair is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM today.  Thank you to Ms. Lewis for all her efforts to make our Book Fair soar!

Enjoy the fall colors this weekend.  Be safe, have fun, and we will see our Scotties back at school on Tuesday!

Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal


Family.  Relationships.  Success.

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A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

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Miss Warr, General Music, engaged students with an amazing classroom environment this week and last with a Black Light Dance Party. The students first learned a choreographed danced or learned a theater script and then the lights went out for their performance. We are so grateful for our amazing educators here at BBES!


Our Bonnie Brae ES Costume Day was a hit! Look at all our amazing Scotties who came ready to celebrate. We've got spirit, yes we do!

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Next Week's Events

  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • November 1 - November 2- Dia de los Muertos
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes), Impact Aid Forms Due

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Other People Mindset: Knowing that my words and actions affect others

Character Strength Features: Everything you say and do can affect others – and your relationships with them.

Quote of the Week: “The right word spoken at the right time can make all the difference in building people up. Choose well.” -Michael Hyatt

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Calendar Reminder

Monday, October 31-

Teacher Workday

Schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Friday, November 4-

Retake Picture Day (Individual Photos)

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Students have the opportunity on Friday, November 4 to receive a picture retake from their Fall Photo Session. All new students will be photographed.Teachers have been assigned a time-slot to bring students who are either missing a picture or have requested a retake.

Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you would like to request your student's photo be retaken.

Flyers and order forms are available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website. Online ordering is available through the Lifetouch Website with Picture Day ID: EVT8WFWCH

All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos

All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days, religious and cultural observances noted in the school calendar. To learn more about Dia de los Muertos, watch this video.

While Dia de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day).

The school calendar recognizes many O days during the school year. Classes are held on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events not be held on these observance days. Read Regulation 2234.12 for details.


Calendar Reminder

Upcoming Calendar Reminders:

Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar.


Veterans Day Breakfast & Classroom Visits

Bonnie Brae is so excited to be able to host the Veteran's Day Breakfast and Read Aloud event on November 10th beginning at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria for Bonnie Brae families and staff who currently serve or have served in the armed forces.  Following, throughout the day, we encourage any service member able to visit one or more classrooms to either read a book or share about their experience. If you can submit a photo, join us for breakfast, or visit a classroom, please complete this google form. We will use photos submitted from the community to create a slideshow both for the event and for our Bonnie Brae Bark News Show to share with students.  

Donations/Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Breakfast

We are asking for volunteers to help make this breakfast special and successful.  We ask that you bring the donated items (labeled Veteran's Day Breakfast to the front office) no later than Monday, November 7th and we ask volunteers to arrive at 7:45am on November 10th.   Please consider signing up to help make this event a success. Thank you!

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Outstanding Employee Awards

We are accepting nominations for Bonnie Brae Elementary Staff Members for the 2022 – 2023 school year.  Please review the attached flyer for categories and next steps.

FCPS is encouraging all schools to identify outstanding employees.  This outreach more readily recognize FCPS employees is in response to employee feedback from the school district's annual Working Conditions Survey.

This form will help us to collect nominations for:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Please consider nominating an outstanding staff member, so that they may be recognized for their day-to-day efforts in supporting our students, staff, and FCPS initiatives. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

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upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Scholastic Book Fair, Family Purchase- last chance!
  • Monday, October 31 – Teacher Workday (No School)
  • November 1 - November 2- Dia de los Muertos
  • Friday, November 4 Fall Picture Day (Retakes), Impact Aid Forms Due
  • Tuesday, November 8 Election Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 10 – Veteran's Day Breakfast & Read-aloud Event
  • Friday, November 11 Veterans Day/School Planning Day (No School)
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 18 @ 8:40 AM – Parent Coffee (Cafeteria)
  • November 23 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 8- Bodhi Day
  • December 19 - January 2 –Winter Break (No School)
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