Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

What an amazing night last night!  Such a treat to learn about each others cultures while also learning how to support our students with their math, literacy, and wellness needs.  Families were also provided the opportunity to dive into The Positivity Project and hear more about the 24 positive character strengths inherent in each and every one of us.  Thank you to all who made it out, to the Bonnie Brae staff who organized the event, and to those families who made food and/or participated in our "This is Us" cultural celebration. 

Once again this year, Bonnie Brae has set up an opportunity for families and staff to purchase autism awareness t-shirts.  Click on this link or see the section below to place your order by April 5

Next week is Spring Break and our office will be closed.  We hope that you all get to have a wonderful break with your family, and we look forward to seeing our Scotties back at school on Monday, April 10!


Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal 

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Family.  Relationships.  Success.


  • April 3-7- Spring Break

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus:  Fairness

Character Strength Features:  You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

Quote of the Week:  “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
                                          --ALBERT EINSTEIN


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A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

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Autism Awereness T-Shirts Available for Purchase!

Did you know that World Autism Month takes place in April?  To go along with this, the 16th annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2023.  All parents, students, and staff who are interested in purchasing a Bonnie Brae Autism Awareness shirt, please click on this link to place your order by Wednesday, April 5.  Shirts are $10 and will be shipped to school, with distribution to staff and students the week of April 17-20.  We encourage any and all who order a shirt to wear it during the month of April to support autism acceptance. 

Pilot of Online Registration Includes BBES

Online Registration (OLR) will be available at more than 30 pilot schools beginning Friday, March 31. All FCPS schools will offer online registration beginning in June.

Families will be able to register their students electronically via SIS ParentVUE. Directions to setting up a SIS ParentVUE account are on the online registration page. 

The new system reduces manual data entry of basic student registration at all schools, allows online registration using the portal at any hour of any day, and enables secure electronic upload of student registration documents and storage, reducing paper records management. Parents/Guardians will continue to have the option of downloading the registration form bundle or paper registration forms as needed. Visit our website for more information on registering your child.

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date!  Have a rising kindergarten student?  Kindergarten orientation for 2023-2024 will take place at Bonnie Brae on Thursday, April 27, from 4-5:30 PM!  Kindergarten orientation is for parents and kindergarten students.  We look forward to meeting our newest Scotties next month!


Spring Picture Day

Spring Picture Day Order Form

Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, April 18th.  Individual and class pictures will be taken on this day. Families can pre-order spring pictures by visiting the Lifetouch website and enter either your child's student id number or picture day id (EVTXTSQSC).  View our Spring Picture Day flyer for more details.  The flyer will also be sent home in Tuesday Folders after Spring Break.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Picture Day

Spring picture day is Tuesday, April 18 and we are in need of 4-6 parent volunteers.  Volunteers will help organize classes when they arrive to the gym, hand out picture day portrait cards, and help the day run smoothly. Lifetouch will be onsite from 8:30-3:00 PM.  Please indicate your interest and availability using this Spring Picture Day Volunteer Form.  Someone will contact you to confirm your time.

Thank you in advance!

AAP News

The Spring Newsletter is translated and available! Please review the provided letter and direct any questions to our AART Larissa Sheehan at This newsletter and other important AAP News can be found on our Bonnie Brae AAP webpage. Please check back often for updates!

Accessing Schoology and Clever at Home

Students can access digital resources for learning (ie Lexia, STMath, Wixie, Science A-Z, ...) while at home using their FCPS username ( and password.  Please see the FCPS Digital Resources to Support Student Learning at Home page or the BBES Student Links page for details and links.

Spring 2023 Data Collection for FCPS ESSER/RTS

FCPS’ Office of Research and Strategic Improvement (ORSI) will gather information about FCPS’ teaching and learning efforts this school year from school-based administrators, teachers, students, and families this spring. These data collection efforts are part of FCPS’ ongoing study of what is working and what needs improvement following the pandemic. This includes FCPS’ use of $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students.

Surveys will be administered to students in grades 4 -12, all teachers, and all families from April 17 to May 1.  The family survey has been translated into the major languages.

  • Family Survey:  Survey links will be shared via email to the enrolling parent.

Thank you in advance for supporting data collection to inform FCPS about its teaching and learning efforts this year and help us best meet the needs of our students and staff.

Order Your Bonnie Brae ES Yearbook Today

If you would like to order a Bonnie Brae ES Yearbook, please visit the Yearbook page on our Bonnie Brae ES website.  The order deadline is Friday, April 21st.  

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Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize children from military families for their contributions and sacrifices. We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank children from Uniformed Services, State Department, and Foreign Services and other families for their service and sacrifices. We recognize that children serve too. The nationwide commemoration was established in 1986 by former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger.

FCPS is proud to have more than 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community and recognize their strength and resilience. 

To show our support, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 20 for military children. 

Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue. 

Post your picture and tag #PurpleUpFCPS. Let’s Purple Up! for military kids! 

COVID Test Kits Available

COVID-19 BinaxNOW test kits are available to Bonnie Brae families to pick-up prior to Spring Break. Test kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last, and there is no charge for the kit.  FCPS is not requiring COVID-19 testing to return to school following Spring Break, but if you would like a COVID test kit (max two kits per student), please contact Jessica Martell, office assistant, at  

upcoming events

View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • April 13 - Two Hour Early Release Day
  • April 14 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday and Orthodox Good Friday
  • April 18 - Spring Picture Day (Individual and Class Picture)
  • April 21 - Student Holiday, Eid al-Fitr
  • April 26 - Restaurant Night at Chipotle in Burke from 4-8 pm
  • April 27 - Kindergarten Orientation from 4-5:30 pm
  • May 1-5 - Restaurant Night at Chik Fil A in Burke; all day
  • May 12 - PTO Spring Carnival from 6-8 pm
  • May 19 - PTO Spring Carnival rain date

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