Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

Thank you to all who contributed to our December Days of Cheer and Wants and Needs drive!  We have such a supportive community and we appreciate our Scottie families!  As a reminder, our Wants and Needs drive continues through December 12.  See below for more information.

Next week we look forward to many exciting events, including our band and chorus winter concert, a 6th grade AAP parent information session, and our December PTO meeting.  Finally, we can't wait for our December SCA school spirit day on Friday; Pajama Day!  As with all spirit days, we encourage everyone to participate (parents, too!), either by dressing in pajamas, or wearing Bonnie Brae spirit wear colors of blue and white.   

One more week until Winter Break!  We hope you all enjoy this weekend, and we will see our Scotties on Monday!


Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal



Winter Break Office Hours

Our office will be closed over winter break.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year, on January 3, 2023!

Family.  Relationships.  Success.

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A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Thursday, students and teachers all over the school created snowflakes to spread December Cheer and decorate our hallways!


Inclusive schools week was a joyful week filled with lots of schoolwide participation. We celebrated being unified and unique! We love our Scottie Community.


Think Outside the Box! Plaid Day


We're a Team- wear your favorite jersey!


Be Unique with mismatched clothing!

week at a glance

Next Week's Events

  • November 28 - December 12   Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert (Cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, December 14 @ 9:00 AM – AAP 6th Grade Q & A Session (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 15 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • December 19 - January 2 – Winter Break (No School)

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Self-Control

Character Strength Features: You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

Quote of the Week: “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” -Marcus Aurelius

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Bonnie Brae ES "Wants and Needs" Drive

Let’s come together as a school community to assist in making sure that every child is getting something that they want AND need this holiday season. ECHO directly helps local families in need with obtaining items related to basic needs, as well as, holiday gifts and meals. Bonnie Brae will be hosting a donation drive from November 28 until December 12 where families may donate items to the boxes outside of the Main Office to help families in need. 

Learn more about our BBES “Wants and Needs” Drive to see what families want and need!

BBES Winter Fine Arts Concert

Tuesday, December 13 -

Winter Concert

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the BBES Cafeteria for our annual Winter Fine Arts Concert featuring Band and Choir Students. The Band and Choir students have been working so hard to put together a beautiful winter concert! We are so proud of their work.

Learn more about the Winter Fine Arts Concert on our website.

Bonnie Brae Students in Grades K-6 will have the opportunity to attend a daytime showing of the concert with their teachers on December 13th. 

For Strings, a Winter Concert will occur in January and information is forthcoming.

Please reach out to Rochelle Oedemann if you have any questions.

AAP News and Notes

Wednesday, December 14 -

Attention 6th Grade Families!

Please take a moment to read over the AAP Secondary Overview Presentation (also linked through our Bonnie Brae AAP Website) to learn more about secondary level gifted services provided by FCPS.

If you have any lingering questions, please plan to join us for a virtual Q & A session on Zoom. This session will be held from 9:00-9:30 am on Wednesday, December 14. Please reach out to our AART, Larissa Sheehan ( with any additional questions.

December 19 - January 2 -

Winter Break (Student holiday)

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Calendar Reminder


Inclement Weather Guidance

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made. 

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in weCare@school, bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Save the Date: Family Math Week

ST Math is hosting family math week from January 9, 2023 until January 13, 2023. During the week of January 9, 2023, students will be encouraged to log onto the FCPS Family Math website to engage in math activities including stories that include mathematical concepts and a variety of different math games from around the world. All activities are available in English and Spanish. 

To learn more about ST Family Math Nights check out this video and flyer to share with teachers and help us reach our goal of logging on for one million minutes collectively as an FCPS community. 

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Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

FCPS students who’ve used have provided positive feedback:

  • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
  • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ webpage.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Outdoor Learning Spaces
    • Job Opportunities for Bus Drivers and Food Services Workers
    • Strategic Planning Community Forums

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.

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Afterschool Programs are Back!

After School programs are coming back to Bonnie Brae! The PTO is excited to offer a variety of programming for our students starting in January. Registration opens next week and spots are limited due to class size restrictions, so be sure to check out the Afterschool Program Flyer with more information ahead of time to be ready to register on December 13th! If you have any questions, please reach out to

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PTO Meeting Reminder

Join us next week, Thursday, December 15th at 7 PM, for our monthly PTO Meeting (Zoom)

The PTO Meetings for the 2022-2023 school year will continue to occur on the the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 28 - December 12   Bonnie Brae "Wants and Needs" Drive
  • Tuesday, December 13 @  6:00 - 8:00 PM – Winter Concert  (Cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, December 14 @ 9:00 AM – AAP 6th Grade Q & A Session (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 15 @ 7:00 PM – PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • December 18 - 26 – Chanukah
  • December 19 - January 2 – Winter Break (No School)
  • December 25 – Christmas
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