Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter



Hello, Scottie families!  

It has been a wonderful first few weeks of school!  Our students are building classroom communities, developing skills in reading and writing, having rich conversations about math, learning about FCPS' Portrait of a Graduate attributes, and strengthening relationships through The Positivity Project's "Other People Mindset."  We are excited for all that is to come!

We had another great Back-to-School Night on Wednesday!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS Superintendent, was in attendance for a portion of the event and she was thrilled to meet and greet many of our Bonnie Brae parents!   

Be sure to check out the PTO section below for information on registering for a PTO sponsored After School Club.  Registration opens Tuesday, September 12 at 7 PM.  Contact the PTO with any questions.

It looks like slightly cooler temperatures are on the horizon for the weekend.  Enjoy the time with your friends and family!  


Morgan Birge, Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

Melissa Johnson, Assistant Principal

Family.  Relationships.  Success.

week at a glance

Next Week's Events

  • September 11 - National Day of Service and Remembrance

Scottie Feature

A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Collage of Learning

Photos of learning


Remembering 9/11

Each year, the United States commemorates the tragic loss of life on September 11, 2001, and the acts of courage, compassion, and sacrifice that followed. The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, also called Patriot Day and 9/11, is a chance to reflect and to act in service to others as a way of honoring those who were injured or killed in the terrorist attacks.

Volunteer Fairfax is a resource that can be used to find out about service-learning opportunities in the community. Service learning is a great way for students and families to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. More information about volunteer opportunities on this day can be found on Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Picture Day Ordering Information

Fall Picture Day is on Tuesday, September 19.  Paper order forms will be sent home in Tuesday Folders on Tuesday, September 12th.  Online orders are also an option.  Paper order forms and online ordering should be completed by Tuesday, September 19th.  Families may place online orders up until 24 hours after picture day.  After 24 hours, the online ordering access may close.

All students who pre-purchased pictures will receive their picture packages at school.  

Students who did not prepay for pictures will receive a "Proof" of their picture from picture day.  Proof packages offer families a second opportunity to order pictures.  Proof packages are subject to shipping and handling costs of up to $8.50 and will be shipped directly to home.

SCA Update

Our SCA sponsors are looking forward to next steps in determining the SCA Cabinet and Leadership Team (grades 4-6) for this school year.  Thank you to all those students who applied to be a candidate for SCA.  Candidates will be announced Monday, September 11 and voting will take place Wednesday, September 13 in classrooms.  Please direct any questions to Rochelle Oedemann ( or Lynda Falkenstein (

Caregiver Checklist: Have You Completed These Important Forms?

During the first weeks of the year, caregivers receive many forms to complete. Several of the most important ones are below:

  1. Digital Resources Consent: Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent/caregiver consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Digital Resources - Parent Consent page. This page also includes directions on how to provide permission.
  2. Student Rights and Responsibilities: This document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses. Parents using SIS ParentVUE will be prompted to sign the document when they log in to that platform. A printable version of the document with a signature sheet is available on the SR&R webpage.
  3. Opt-Outs: The Opt-Out Booklet is online or available from your child’s school. It contains information on: 
    1. Parents’ rights to inspect and consent or opt out before their child participates in certain surveys.
    2. Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials.
    3. Rules regarding student records and disclosure of student information (including photo/video of students) and the right to opt out.
    4. Parents’ rights to opt out of the Social Emotional Learning Screener,Social Emotional Learning Screener, physical exams not required by state law, career or social emotional counseling, Library Equity Access Pass Project, and/or
    5. The process by which complaints may be filed if parents or students believe their rights have been violated.

Paper forms can be signed and returned to school.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information and Emergency Care forms are required for all students. Enrolling parents/guardians who have a SIS ParentVUE account may submit them electronically by using the Online Verification/Update packet. 

For families without SIS ParentVue accounts, forms can be located in the Back to School packets and on the General Registration Forms page. 

The Importance of Up-to-Date Immunizations

Immunizations are required Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep students protected from serious diseases. While COVID-19 vaccinations are not required, many other immunizations are. Check with your students’ healthcare providers now to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Immunization records can now be updated online in SIS ParentVUE through the Online Verification Update form. To access that form, click Online Packets in the top right of the screen after logging in to SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers can obtain an activation key letter to activate their SIS ParentVUE account by contacting the main office.

2023-24 Health and Safety Guidance for Schools

Although the COVID-19 hospital transmission levelCOVID-19 hospital transmission level (previously the COVID-19 Community Transmission level) for Fairfax County is currently low, COVID-19 cases have risen in Virginia during the last few weeks, and flu season will soon be upon us. Be sure to review FCPS Health and Safety Guidance for the best ways to prevent the spread of disease and to find out when students should stay home from school.

Strings Students

Students Are Learning Every Day

As you plan upcoming trips and other family events, please remember the importance of sending your child to school every day. Review the FCPS School Year Calendar and try to plan any time away during long breaks from school. 

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent (missing 18 days or more) in kindergarten and first grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of third grade.

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits.

How to Access Free Resources from

All FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/caregivers can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Get more information on the Online Tutoring Services webpage.

Students can access via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to

STEAMOLOGY STEM Fest Offers Hands-On Activities for Students

Students are invited to participate in STEM FEST on Saturday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South County High School. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can participate in robotics demonstrations, coding experiments, and more. High school students are invited to volunteer. Visit the STEAMOLOGY website for more information.


Teacher-Led After School Clubs

Registration for Teacher-led After School Clubs opens Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7pm! Make sure to check out the available programs and register early to get your spot. Community-led program registration is now open! Email with any questions. Needs-based scholarships are available.

Disclaimer About After-School & Enrichment Opportunities

At times there are external opportunities that students may want to explore. When schools share these opportunities with families and students, please know: 

Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

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  • September 19 - Fall Picture Day
  • September 25 - Yom Kippur (no school)
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