Bonnie Brae ES- Family Newsletter



Hello, Scottie families!  

What a joyful day of learning today, as we celebrated our October SCA Spirit Day - Costume Day!  We also had a fantastic Fall Fest last weekend, a fun event that so many of our Scottie families were able to attend. Thank you to the PTO for organizing and to all the volunteers for supporting the Fall Fest and our Book Fair.

We have another great community event coming up on Thursday, November 9 -- Math & Literacy Night.  Come and participate in fun math and literacy games and activities that students can also do at home!

Finally, a reminder we have a two-hour early release on Friday, November 3 as the 1st grading period comes to a close.

Go Scotties!  Enjoy the weekend!

Morgan Birge, Principal

Natalie Vershaw, Assistant Principal

Melissa Johnson, Assistant Principal

Family.  Relationships.  Success.

week at a glance

Next Week's Events

  • October 30 - Final Day of the Bonnie Brae Book Fair
  • November 3 - End of First Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release

Positivity Project Logo

Positivity Project

Upcoming Weekly Focus:  OPM - Knowing my words and actions affect others.

Character Strengths: Everything you say and do can affect others
— and your relationships with them.

Quote of the Week:  “The right word spoken at the right time can make all
the difference in building people up. Choose well.”

                                                                                              -MICHAEL HYATT

Scottie Feature

A few amazing highlights that happened this week...

Learning in the Primary Grades

Learning in the Primary Grades



Book Fair is wrapping up! Monday, October 30 is a make-up day for students who were absent on their class’s shopping day or who still have funds left in their Scholastic eWallet.

Fall Pictures and Picture Make-Up Day

We expect to distribute fall pictures the week of October 30th.  If a family did not order a package ahead of time, the proof sheet that will be sent home will include directions for ordering.

Our picture make-up day is Thursday, November 9th.  For more details, please visit our Make-Up Picture Day webpage

Students wanting a retake should bring their original order or proof to the photographer on November 9th. 

If a student is new to Bonnie Brae or was absent on our September picture day, they should also plan on having their picture taken on November 9th. 
We will send order forms home to families of students who were absent or new to Bonnie Brae.  The order forms should be brought to the photographer on Picture Day.        

Costume Day

Math and Literacy Night - November 9

On November 9, BBES 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!


¡Hola comunidad de Bonnie Brae! El 9 de noviembre, BBES organizará una Noche de Matemáticas y Alfabetización para familias y estudiantes. Venga y participé en divertidos juegos y actividades de matemáticas y alfabetización que los estudiantes también pueden hacer en casa!

math and literacy night

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!

Veterans Day

Community Table

All are welcome at the free Community Table Dinner on November 14 at Burke Presbyterian Church.  Please see the Community Table flyer for more information.  

Outstanding Employee Awards

Each fall, Fairfax County Public Schools acknowledge Outstanding Employees. The recognition of outstanding employees begins at individual schools and then employees may be further recognized in their region and in the entire county. Nominations are now open for the Bonnie Brae community to recognize outstanding Scottie Staff.

We are accepting nominations for Bonnie Brae Elementary Staff Members for the 2023 – 2024 school year.  Please review the attached flyer for categories and next steps.  Included on the flyer is a link to a form for families to complete.

This form will help us to collect nominations for:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Please consider nominating an outstanding staff member, so that they may be recognized for their day-to-day efforts in supporting our students, staff, and FCPS initiatives. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 10, 2023.

costume spirit day

Portrait of a Graduate

You might have heard your child talking about Portrait of a Graduate, or POG. What is POG?  Very simply, POG is FCPS’ commitment to ensuring that all students have the skills to be successful today, tomorrow and in the future. POG is broken down into 5 important attributes:  Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical & Global Citizen, Creative & Critical Thinker, and Goal-Directed & Resilient Individual.  

Students use these skills in all school subjects, at home, in the community, with hobbies and interests, in future careers, passions, and relationships.  We’re not focusing on these skills as an extra thing, students will use these skills to learn all content areas in a deeper, more meaningful way. 

This year, Bonnie Brae Scotties are focusing on being Creative & Critical Thinkers.  Consider how you, as an adult, use this skill to find success in your life!  

How will students focus on these skills?

  • Learn about the skills, including what they look and sound like, and why they are important  
  • Apply the skills as they learn in their classes 
  • Reflect on HOW the skills helped them find success and WHAT they can do to grow

Throughout the year, you will see and hear how your child is learning to discuss their growth in these important skills. We’re excited to see them developing skills that will help them throughout life! Learn more about Portrait of a Graduate on the FCPS POG webpage.

Modeling Creative and Critical Thinking Skills with Classes

Tips to Help Keep Children Safe

The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) reminds parents and caregivers that it’s important to talk to your children about safety topics including:

  • What parents should know about their children’s plans.
  • Having a meeting spot in case of getting separated.
  • Establishing safe areas. 
  • What to do if you are followed.

Visit the FCPD website for more details on how to discuss safety topics.

FCPS Buildings Benefit All Community Members

In addition to our students and teachers, we estimate millions of visits by students and community members to Fairfax County public schools. Most of the public meeting and recreational facilities available in the county are FCPS facilities. FCPS works with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and with the Fairfax County Park Authority to ensure that school facilities and athletic fields are available to the public after school hours. 

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

Costume Spirit Day


Chuck E. Cheese FUNdraiser COMING SOON!

Mark your calendar for our next FUNdraiser at Chuck E. Cheese! All Scotties are welcome to come and play, and 20% of sales will come back to the BBES PTO!

When: Friday, Nov. 10th from 3-9 pm 

Where:  Chuck E. Cheese, Fairfax location

Present the Chuck E. Cheese coupon sheet and mention Bonnie Brae for food or game pass purchases. Hard copies of coupon sheets will go home in Tuesday folders on 10/31. 

chuck e cheese fundraiser

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 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 - Veteran's Day Breakfast, 8:40 am-9:40 am
  • November 10- Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night, 3 pm-9 pm
  • November 15 - PTO Meeting (In-Person), 6 pm-7 pm
  • November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday (no school)
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