Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter



Hello, Scottie families!  

We are looking forward to the PTO Fall Fest this evening, from 6-8 PM!  There will be food, games, an opportunity to visit the Book Fair, and tons of fun!  The PTO also encourages costumes to be worn at the Fall Fest. Details on the Parent Night Out PTO fundraiser, scheduled for tomorrow night, are also included in the PTO section below.  Be sure to check it out!

Next Thursday we have our October Parent Coffee.  Parents are invited to attend from 8:35-9:20 AM, with updates from our band, strings, music/chorus, and PE teachers.  We hope you are able to make it!

Friday (October 27) is our next SCA Spirit Day - Costume Day!  SCA Spirit Days are a fun opportunity for Bonnie Brae students and staff to show their Scottie spirit.  As always, everyone is encouraged to participate in Spirit days, either by dressing up, or wearing Bonnie Brae colors of blue and white!

Finally, on the horizon we have our BBES Math & Literacy Night, scheduled for November 9, from 6-7:30 PM.  More details below and to come, but we are excited to share in a fun night of learning with our Bonnie Brae families.

We hope to see you this evening.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Morgan Birge, Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

Melissa Johnson, Assistant Principal

Family.  Relationships.  Success.

week at a glance

Next Week's Events

  • October 20-30 - Bonnie Brae Book Fair
  • October 26 - Parent Coffee, 8:40 am-9:15 am 
  • October 27 - SCA Spirit Day: Costume Day

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Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus:  Creativity

Character Strengths:  You come up with new and original ways to
think about and do things.

Quote of the Week:  “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the
more you have.”
                                                                                                -MAYA ANGELOU

Scottie Feature

A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Extreme Science Assembly

Department of Energy Presentation


Fall Picture Make-Up Day

Picture make-up day is Thursday, November 9th.  More information will be coming home over the next few weeks.  

SCA Spirit Day - Costume Day

We are excited that once again this year our SCA spirit day on October 27 will be…Costume Day!   As students begin to prepare for Costume Day, please keep the following guidelines in mind.

Costumes must:

  • Be appropriate for school.
  • Be respectful to all cultures.
  • Refrain from themes of violence.
  • Not have any weapons.
  • Have faces visible (health related face coverings are acceptable).
  • Allow for full participation in the day.
  • Not be bulky so that it would interfere with learning (self or others).

Veterans Day

Veterans Day Breakfast & Classroom Visits

Bonnie Brae is excited to be able to host the Veteran's Day Breakfast and Read Aloud event on Friday, November 10th beginning at 8:30 am in the cafeteria for Bonnie Brae families and staff who currently serve or have served in the armed forces. We extend a warm invitation to our honored veterans to start their day with a delicious meal, followed by a special opportunity to read a book and share their stories with our students. It's a chance for our students to learn, connect, and express their gratitude. If you can submit a photo, join us for breakfast, or visit a classroom, please complete this google form. We will use photos submitted from the community to create a slideshow both for the event and for our Bonnie Brae Bark News Show to share with students.  

Donations/Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Breakfast

To make this event truly special, we kindly request breakfast donations from our generous community. Let's come together to celebrate our heroes and the values they embody. Please consider signing up by Tuesday, November 7th to help make this event a success. Thank you!

Math and Literacy Night

Math and Literacy Night - November 9

On November 9, Bonnie Brae will be hosting a Math and Literacy Night for families and students. Please come and participate in fun math and literacy games and activities that students can also do at home!”

Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it does on other professional work days.

Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday starts Friday, October 20, and ends Sunday, October 22. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. View the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines for more information.

Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. Find out how to get technical support for ParentVUE

Newsletter for Military-Connected Families

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends a monthly newsletter for military-connected families? Subscribe today.

Dyslexia Open House

FCPS will host a Dyslexia Open House on Thursday, October 26, 4-6 p.m., at 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia. This event is open to families and staff members who would like to learn more about dyslexia and how FCPS supports students with dyslexia.

For the first hour, participants will have the opportunity to visit tables set up with information from a variety of FCPS offices including the Office of the Ombuds, Office of School Psychology, and the Office of Special Education Instruction. During the second hour, speakers will address the importance of dyslexia awareness and how you can support your student with dyslexia. Please register in advance.

Dyslexia Open House

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

Updates to School Facilities

Trends of development and housing turnover are inconsistent across the county and continue to present a facilities capacity challenge. Spaces in schools may be outdated from when buildings were originally built. 

Projects funded by the 2023 Bond Referendum may be updated to meet the current needs of students or may increase space to help relieve overcrowding and provide spaces for small-group and specialized instruction. 

Additionally, all updates to school facilities are made with energy efficiency in mind. FCPS has 220 buildings and 26.5 million square feet of building space. These buildings cost tens of millions of dollars to power each year. As the footprint of FCPS continues to grow, conserving energy for cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions is of the utmost importance.

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

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Kick Off  

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future: A Community Conversation. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. 

Events are open to all. Find out about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid. Your voice matters!


Fall Festival TONIGHT!

Get dressed in your favorite costume and make your way over tonight to the Fall Festival tonight!

When: TONIGHT! Oct. 20th from 6-8PM

Where: BBES 

What: Fall themed activities and Book Fair!

Help us make this a magical event and click here to volunteer! Former Scotties are welcome to help and gain Service Hours too! 

Fall Festival

Bonnie Brae Game Night at iCode PTO Fundraiser

Sign up today!!! Send the kiddos to a fun game night THIS SATURDAY while parents take the night off!

Who: K-6 grade students

Where: iCode in Burke

When: Saturday, October 21st from 6-9PM

Cost: $30 per participant, pizza and drinks included!

Includes 3 hours of supervised gaming by background-checked staff at iCode with other Scotties!

Registration: Click on link and scroll ALL THE WAY TO BOTTOM for the Bonnie Brae Game Night option.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Register early and secure your spot!

iCode Night

Calling all Event Planners!!!

Are you great at event planning, a leader, AND looking for a way to support our students?  The PTO is looking for an Events Lead and needs YOU!!! Make new friends, get involved, and make the magic happen for our kiddos! Events include: BINGO Night, Spring Carnival, VIP Dance, and many more! 

Contact for more details.

Events Lead Digital Flyer

PTO Volunteer Opportunities are OPEN!

Join in the fun, make an impact, and get involved! Volunteering is one of the best ways to get connected with other amazing Scottie families. Your help makes a huge difference in the lives of our students, so sign up today to help make the magic happen! Bonnie Brae PTO LOVES our amazing volunteers!

upcoming events

View the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • November 3 - End of First Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release
  • November 6 - Student Holiday
  • November 7 - Student Holiday and Election Day
  • November 9 - Fall Picture Make-Up Day
  • November 9 - Math and Literacy Night, 6 pm-7:30 pm
  • November 10 - Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night, 3 pm-9 pm
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