Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter



Hello, Scottie families!  

What a fantastic Open House and Back-to-School BBQ Bash today!  Special thanks to our Bonnie Brae staff and our PTO for organizing and carrying out this great community event.  

We are looking forward to the first day of school on Monday!  On the first day only, parents (all grades) may walk their child to the classroom door if they wish, but are reminded that they should not enter the classroom.  An announcement will be made at 8:30 AM reminding all parents that they will need to exit the building so that we can get the school day (and year!) started.

Have a great weekend!


Morgan Birge, Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

Melissa Johnson, Assistant Principal

Family.  Relationships.  Success.

week at a glance

Next Week's Events

  • August 21 @ 8:20 AM - First Day of School!
  • August 21, 8:30-9 AM - Kindergarten parents "Tears & Cheers" Coffee & Donuts in the cafeteria


First day of school

First Day of School

Monday, August 21, is the first day of school for the 2023-24 school year. See the complete school year calendar.FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures or videos from the first day of school on social media using the hashtag #FirstDayFairfax. We will share some of the photos on FCPS Facebook and Instagram.


parent toolkit

Parent Toolkit

Please visit our Parent Toolkit webpage where some yearly action items for all parents to complete are housed. Items with an asterisk (*) are time sensitive and require parent action.

Parking & Recess

With the placement of the trailers out on "Scottland Yard," we plan to utilize a portion of our bus loop as a dedicated blacktop space during recess.  We will be blocking off a portion of the bus loop with cones and barriers.  Please be mindful of the closed off areas of the bus loop during the school day.  We will have 15 minute visitor parking near the entrance to the bus loop (see map below). We thank you for being mindful of our recess area during the school day!  


Bus Lanes 2023-2024

Kindergarten Parent Coffee

We would like to invite kindergarten parents to our “Cheers and Tears” coffee and donut gathering with the administrators, from 8:30-9 AM on the first day of school, Monday, August 21. This is a great way to start the year! While there will not be a formal presentation, parents will have an opportunity to meet our administrators and other kindergarten parents and guardians.  On the first day of school, parents (all grades) may walk their child to the classroom door if they wish, but are reminded that they should not enter the classroom.  An announcement will be made at 8:30 AM reminding all parents that they will need to exit the building so that we can get the school day (and year!) started.  Kindergarten parents are invited to head to the cafeteria at that time, where coffee and donuts will be available.  We look forward to seeing many of you there!    

Kiss & Ride Sign Up

As we welcome students back to Bonnie Brae ES, we want to ensure the safe arrival and departure of each child. Bonnie Brae ES has an established area called the Kiss & Ride (at our side parking lot), which is designed as a safe place for adults in private vehicles to load and unload children. With the cooperation of all drivers, we will be able to provide an efficient and safe transfer of children.

If you are interested in using Kiss and Ride to drop off or pick up your child, please complete the Kiss and Ride form. Returning and new Kiss and Riders will receive new tags prior to students returning.

Transportation Patience and Safety

Thank you for your patience as we all get used to new routines this school year. We appreciate our families following kiss and ride procedures and being patient as they wait for their children’s buses. 

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. Email messages will be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Transportation Office at 703-249-7000 with any additional questions. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000. 

To make sure you receive email messages about bus delays, update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE.

Update Contact Information to Receive Messages From FCPS

Be among the first to know about weather closings, bus delays, and other critical communications from FCPS and our school by providing your cell phone number and email in SIS ParentVUE. Make sure you complete the Emergency Care Form for your child every year and update when necessary. 

To update your contact information in ParentVUE, click the “Online Packets” tab in the upper right of the screen, then select the “Online Verification/Update” form in the drop down menu. Click “Begin Packet.”

Parents who do not have a SIS ParentVUE account continue to have the option to communicate updates via the normal paper process. They can also print and complete a blank Emergency Care Information Form needed for updates and submit it to the front office.

School Breakfast & Lunch

Parents/caregivers need to provide their students with money to purchase meals at school, send them with a packed lunch, or apply (and be approved) for free and reduced-price meals benefits. School breakfast for students costs $1.75. Lunch is $3.25 for elementary students and $3.50 for middle, secondary, and high school students. The best way to purchase meals (and keep food lines moving!) is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account today. Our front office staff can help with any questions. MySchoolBucks accounts can be set up to add money to the account automatically, as needed. Families with multiple children can use the same MySchoolBucks account. Visit FCPS’ Food and Nutrition webpage for more information.

The application for free and reduced-priced meals is now available for the 2023-24 school year. Students who were approved for free and reduced-price lunch last year are eligible for the first 30 days of school this year (or until a new application is processed). Families should re-apply as soon as possible for the 2023-24 school year, so eligible students continue to receive meals at no cost.

What is Schoology?

Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a secure forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts will be available after August 21. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online.

Picture Day: Fall Individual Photos

Fall Picture Day is on Tuesday, September 19.  Students will attend picture day with their teachers. Flyers and order forms will be sent home via Tuesday Folders and the information will soon be available on our Bonnie Brae ES Website.

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Services

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available — a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2023-24 Opt-Out Booklets.


After School Program - RunFit Kidz

RunFit Kidz fall registration opens on Friday, August 18. This running program is open to 1st-6th graders. Learn more about the program and register your student to save their spot on their website.

upcoming events

View the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • August 30 @ 6:00-7:15 PM - Back to School Night (PAC, K-3rd grade)
  • September 1 & September 4 - Labor Day Holidays (no school)
  • September 6 @ 6-7:15 PM - Back to School Night (4th-6th grade)
  • September 19 - Fall Picture Day
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