Brookfield News and Notes 10/06/2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Brookfield Families,

Last week’s movie night was so much fun! It was a beautiful evening where we got to see a fun movie, spend time with friends, and support our amazing PTA! Thank you so much to everyone who pitched in and made this community event a huge success! Events like this aren’t possible without volunteers and funds raised by our PTA.  

Speaking of funds, have you sponsored your child for this year’s Fun Run? The Fun Run is Brookfield’s primary fund-raising event for the school year and allows us to have free and low-cost family events, free fieldtrips, and birthday books. We hope you will join us on October 18th to cheer for your child during their scheduled Fun Run time (details coming soon).


Ellen Mukai, Principal

Anthony Ramakis, Assistant Principal

Margaret Sisler, Assistant Principal

Brookfield Recognized by the Virginia Board of Education

Brookfield’s principals accept a certificate at the FCPS School Board meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

Congratulations to Brookfield students and staff!

We have been recognized by the Virginia Board of Education as an Improvement Exemplar School.  Across the state 93 out of 2,015 schools (21 from FCPS) received this recognition for continuing to close achievement gaps in reading, math, and science. We are so proud of our students and staff for their hard work and the learning that has happened because of their effort. Congratulations, Brookfield!


We are at the midway point in the 1st Quarter already! Be on the lookout in Tuesday folders on Tues, Oct. 10 for interims. Students will receive an interim if teacher(s) have identified any areas of concern in academic or citizenship skills. Students receiving intervention(s) will also receive an intervention notification letter.

Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

Children go through a lot of changes, and it can be hard to tell if their behavior is developmentally appropriate or if they could benefit from mental health support. It’s important to talk to your child and pay attention to their actions, especially these warning signs:

  • Increased irritability, hyperactivity, energy, and/or aggressive behavior.
  • Excessive sadness, hopelessness, or worries.
  • Loss of appetite, or significant weight gain or loss.
  • Lack of sleep or too much sleep.
  • A decline in grades, school avoidance, or attendance concerns.
  • Alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawal from activities and/or friends and family. 
  • Thoughts of harming themselves or others.

If you notice any of these warning signs or feel your child may be experiencing a mental health challenge, help is available. All Fairfax County public schools have at least one school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker.

Please reach out to one of these staff members to discuss your concerns and identify resources. Call your school or visit their website for staff members’ contact information. Find additional information to support your child’s wellness

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis such as thoughts of harming themselves or others, please take action right away. Call 988, go to the nearest emergency room, or contact the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health Emergency Services at 703-573-5679.

Projects Funded by Recent School Bonds

Thanks to the support of Fairfax County citizens who approved the 2019 and 2021 bond referendums, projects have been funded at

Armstrong, Bonnie Brae, Braddock, Bren Mar Park, Brookfield, Crossfield, Dranesville, Fox Mill, Herndon, Hybla Valley, Lees Corner, Louise Archer, Mosaic, Oak Hill, Wakefield Forest, Washington Mill, and Willow Springs, elementary schools; Cooper and Frost middle schools; and Centreville, Falls Church, Justice, Madison, and West Potomac high schools. 

Not only do our facilities wear out over time, but they also become outdated, from both a technological and instructional standpoint. FCPS renovates its schools to ensure that students across the division have high quality, effective learning environments.

Watch some of the ribbon-cutting celebrations. Follow the status of FCPS capital projects for updates on renovation projects. 

The 2023 Bond Referendum will be on the ballot in November. Vote on Tuesday, November 7. Learn about registering to vote.

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Montage of photos from Outdoor Movie Night

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Get Involved and Make a Difference

Join the Brookfield Elementary PTA!  We are open to all parents, grandparents, students, community members, teachers, and staff members.

Join now at

Take a look at our flyer!

Bronco's Fun Run!

Fun Run

This year’s main fundraiser is the Broncos Fun Run!

It’s a one month program that kicks off TODAY! Families will gather pledges for every lap your student runs, and we’ll then celebrate at the Fun Run on October 18th where all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student! Donations will go toward educational opportunities for our kids!

Information packets were also sent home in Tuesday Folders and is available here.

Go to to register your student and start fundraising! 


Fairfax County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to all clubs and activities.  
Disclaimer: 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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