Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter


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Hello Scottie Families!

As we are rolling along in the 4th quarter, we want to encourage parents and guardians to consider joining our amazing PTO as a board member.  Our PTO  supports so many Bonnie Brae events, including movie night, the Fall Festival, and the upcoming Spring Carnival, to name just a few!  Our board members are crucial to the success of these fun community opportunities and we greatly  appreciate them!  Open board positions include: President Elect, Secretary, VP Programs, and VP Fundraising. For more information on joining the board, please contact

We can't wait to celebrate our teachers and staff next week during Staff Appreciation Week!  We have such an incredible staff at Bonnie Brae, and we are looking forward to celebrating them with special meals, gift card giveaways, and other surprises throughout the week!

Enjoy the beautiful weather and time with your families this weekend!


Morgan Birge, Principal

Elaine Woo, Assistant Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal 

Family.  Relationships.  Success.


  • May 8 - Grade 4 Reading SOL
  • May 9 - Grade 6 Reading SOL
  • May 10 - Grade 5 Science SOL
  • May 11 - Grade 3 Reading SOL


Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus:  Leadership

Character Strength Features:  You value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Quote of the Week:  “When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful...Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.’”

                                                  -MALALA YOUSAFZAI

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A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

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Staff Appreciation Week -

Giving the Gift of Recess Time

As a way to show the teachers how much we appreciate them, please consider volunteering to supervise students during recess. Feel free to sign up for one slot or many! Here is the link to the sign-up genius.


SOL Testing Resources

As shared at our parent coffee this morning, here are some resources available to Bonnie Brae students to support with SOL test review. 

Parent Input for Next Year's Class Placement

We are getting ready to discuss class placement for the 2023-24 school year and would love to get your input for consideration during these discussions. If you would like to provide input, please complete this form by May 19, 2023. We look forward to continuing this collaboration with you and your children to best support their learning needs.

Bonnie Brae Bookmobile

This summer, Bonnie Brae Elementary School (BBES) will introduce the Bonnie Brae Bookmobile to provide books to students during Summer 2023.  The Bonnie Brae Bookmobile will run on July 6, 2023 from 10 a.m.-12p.m. and July 25, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. and will be stopping at four locations in the community, with the last stop being the BBES parking lot, to distribute books and popsicles to our students! Community stops will be announced before the end of the school year. 

We need your support!  Please consider making a donation of any new or gently used books to support this summer reading initiative!  New and/or gently used books will be collected beginning May 8, 2023 through June 17, 2023 in boxes outside the library by the music room.  Questions or suggestions?  Please contact Karen Radcliffe at  

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.

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Institute for The Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts (EIFTA). EIFTA is a weekly arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades and will be held during the month of July.  Students take classes in art, music, theatre, and dance every day.   Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the website for more information or email

Students in all FCPS secondary schools can enroll in the Institute for the Arts (IFTA). IFTA is a two- or four-week summer arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th through 12th grades.  Students create their own schedules in art, music, theatre, and dance from nearly 80 courses offered. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the website for more information or email

Arrival & Dismissal Safety

The safety of our students, parents, and staff continues to be our top priority.  Please see below for reminders of important safety procedures implemented here at Bonnie Brae during arrival and dismissal. 


  • In order for our buses to arrive and exit in a timely manner (to service the entire county), the bus loop needs to be clear of all personal vehicles at the following times:
    • 8:10-8:45 am
    • 3:00-3:45 pm


  • Speed Limit: <5 MPH
  • Any students arriving by car must utilize the Kiss & Ride loop (or park in a designated parking space along Sideburn Road, with an adult walking their child to the front entrance)
  • Yield to all pedestrians in the Kiss & Ride/parking lot entrance and be on the lookout for staff members helping students / parents cross the entry way
  • When waiting to turn into Kiss & Ride, keep the entry and exit lanes clear of vehicles so students can cross safely with staff assistance
  • When departing the Kiss & Ride loop, please only turn right onto Sideburn Road
  • Only utilize parking along Sideburn Road that is designated for parking.  “Double parking” is not permitted by Fairfax County and is a safety hazard to arriving/departing students and families. 
  • U-Turns on Sideburn Road are prohibited by Fairfax County


  • Please continue to use the sidewalks to ensure safety of staff, students, community, and bus drivers
  • Students and families should cross Sideburn Road at the designated crosswalk by Nellie White Ln.
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Bonnie Brae Field Day

Mr. Oviatt and Mr. Orahood, Bonnie Brae's amazing PE teachers, are organizing a school-wide Field Day. We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help spearhead this event the first week of June. 

Please sign-up on our Field Day SignUp Genius if you are interested and able to support this event. Thank you! 

PTO Spring Carnival

PTO Spring Carnival - New Date!

Join us Friday, May 19 for the Spring Carnival (Rain date: 9 June). We need a lot of volunteers to make the event successful. Please email if you are able to volunteer some time!

2023-2024 PTO Board 

We are currently soliciting nominations and interest for the 2023-2024 PTO Board members. Join this fun, collaborative group and support Bonnie Brae! For more information on joining the board, please contact

Open positions include: President Elect, Secretary, VP Programs, and VP Fundraising. 

Nominations and Elections will be held at the May and June PTO Meetings.

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View the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • May 15 - Grade 6 Math SOL
  • May 16 - Grade 5 Math SOL
  • May 17 - Grade 3 Math SOL
  • May 18 - Grade 4 Math SOL
  • May 19 - PTO Spring Carnival, 6-8 pm
  • May 19 - Parent Input Form for Next School Year Due 
  • May 26 - Parent Coffee, 8:40-9:25 am (cafeteria)
  • May 29 - Memorial Day Holiday (no school for students)
  • June 2 - 5th & 6th Grade Strings Concert, 6 pm (Robinson)
  • June 5 - 4th Grade Strings Concert, 6 pm (Bonnie Brae)
  • June 6 - 5th & 6th Grade Band and Chorus Concert, 6 pm (Robinson)
  • June 9 - Last Day of School for ECCB and PreK Students
  • June 9 - PTO Spring Carnival Rain Date

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