Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

What a great week it has been!  We enjoyed the amazing talents of our students on display during our band and chorus concerts Tuesday!  The cafeteria was packed, and we are grateful to all who were able to attend this special in-person event!  

SCA Spirit Day - Pajama Day, was also a huge hit today!  It was awesome seeing so many of our staff and students in their PJ's or Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white.  

As we head into break, we hope you all have an opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with family and friends these next two weeks. Happy winter break, Scotties! 

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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Our Fine Arts Winter Concert went off without a hitch on Tuesday! Fifth and Sixth Grade Band and Choir students created such beautiful music during our day and evening concerts. We are so proud of the work they have put in this year! Special thanks to Mrs. Oedemann (Choir), Ms. Warr (Choir), Mr. Gurian (Band), and Mrs. Andray (Band) for putting together such a wonderful day and evening for our students and families.


You could feel the winter cheer throughout the building this week across our staff and students! Check out some photo booth fun and teammate coordination of outfits! Special thanks to the support of our community in making this week possible!

week at a glance

Upcoming Events

  • December 19 - January 2 – Winter Break (No School)
  • December 18 - 26 – Chanukah
  • December 19 - January 2 – Winter Break (No School)
  • December 25 – Christmas
  • January 6 – Three Kings Day

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus: Optimism

Character Strength Features: You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Quote of the Week: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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.

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Winter Break — Office Closed

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

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.


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Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety

On December 6, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to launch a pilot program that will have 10 speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed throughout the county. These cameras will be in nine school zones, including Sideburn Road near Bonnie Brae, and one construction zone. Thanks to our county partners for helping to improve the safety of our students and staff.

Studies show that speed camera enforcement is effective in improving safety by reducing speeding, accidents, and injuries. Read more about the school zone speed camera pilot program.

Virtual Instruction Plan 

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.

Bonnie Brae Elementary' s Virtual Instruction Plan

Bonnie Brae ES has prepared our school's virtual learning plan. Instructional schedules are now available. Check out the site to familiarize yourself with our Virtual Instruction Plan.

Bullying Prevention Parent Info Session

RSVP for January 17

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through schoolwide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways.

The Bullying Prevention Presentation seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Join us in-person at the Terra Centre ES Cafeteria or online (link to follow) on Tuesday, January 17 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  To attend, please complete the Robinson Pyramid Bullying Presentation RSVP so we can prepare for the estimated number of attendees and send links to families who plan to attend online.

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BBES Parent Course on Schoology: New Update

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

New this week: January 16- GMU MLK Day Basketball Event

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! 

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:

    • High School Academy Open Houses
    • Congratulations to VHSL State Champions

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 Program Opportunity

Registration is now open!

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 is now open and spots are limited due to class size restrictions, so be sure to check out the Afterschool Program Flyer.

Needs-based scholarships are available for these programs. For more information, please contact Amy Marshall at for confidential communication.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • December 18 - 26 – Chanukah
  • December 19 - January 2 – Winter Break (No School)
  • December 25 – Christmas
  • January 6 – Three Kings Day
  • January 7 – Orthodox Christmas
  • January 16 – MLK Day (No School)
  • January 17 – Bullying Prevention Presentation (Terra Centre ES/Virtual- RSVP Here)
  • January 22  – Lunar New Year
  • January 25 – Second Quarters Ends, Early Release
  • January 26 – Staff Development Day (No School) 
  • January 27 – Teacher Work Day (No School)
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