Mosaic Matters - October 20, 2021

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Today was Unity Day so we wore orange to bring awareness to anti-bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Spirit Week: October 25-29

Monday, Oct. 25th: Color Block Day (Wear the same color head to toe.)

Tuesday, Oct. 26th: Pattern Day (Wear as many wacky patterns as you can.)

Wednesday, Oct. 27th: Holiday Day (Dress to represent your favorite holiday. No Halloween costumes please.)

Thursday, Oct. 28th: Sports Day (Wear anything to represent your favorite sports team or dress like an athlete.)

Friday, Oct. 29th: Pajama Day (Wear your favorite pajamas.)

PDF with Spirit Week info

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form 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.

For each school-aged child in your  household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3.

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link - https://youtu.be/1xRtyRxco_U

Advanced Academic Programs Information

Parents and guardians are invited to a virtual meeting via Zoom to learn more about the Advanced Academic Programs  in Secondary Schools in FCPS. The meeting will be recorded if you are unable to attend. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Kristine Choi, at kvchoi@fcps.edu or by calling (703) 937-1633.

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM

Where: Zoom (Join Link)

The links for the virtual meetings are also on our website under Events. All recordings and slide decks will be posted to the Advanced Academic Program folder in the Mosaic Parent Schoology course; parents log in with their SIS ParentVue account information.

Community Meeting – Mosaic Elementary School Renovation and Addition

Dear Neighbor:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites you to a virtual meeting on October 27, 2021 at 7:00p.m. to learn more about the planned renovation and addition to Mosaic Elementary School. Representatives of FCPS will provide a description of the project and be available to answer your questions. The website link for the virtual Webex meeting is below, as well as phone, video and mobile device dial-in numbers in the event you prefer to join by conference call or video:

Websitehttps://perkinseastman.webex.com/perkinseastman/j.php?MTID=m4c7ef74ec291195be2a69ac6ac98fa54

Meeting ID: 2630 048 1159

Meeting Passcode: Mosaic

Join from a video system or application:

  • Dial: 26300481159@perkinseastman.webex.com
  • You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only):

Dial:

  • 1-866-469-3239,,26300481159## USA Toll Free
  • +1-650-429-3300,,26300481159## USA Toll Free

We hope to see you on October 27 at 7:00 p.m. If you are not able to attend on October 27 and have questions, please call Holli McKinley at (703) 423-2210.

Sincerely,
Jessica Gillis
Special Projects Administrator
Facilities and Transportation Services

Upcoming Events

October 25 - 29 - Spirit Week

October 26 - AAP Information Meeting: AAP Services in Secondary Schools at 10:00 AM (virtual via Zoom)

October 27 - Community Meeting 7:00 PM

October 29 - 2 Hour Early Release - End of 1st Quarter

November 1 & 2 - NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday

November 5 - Federal Impact Aid Survey Due

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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PTA Meeting

Learn more about the upcoming renovation of Mosaic ES at our PTA Meeting on October 19 at 6:30 PM.

Join us via Zoom: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/99913407447?pwd=bGQySzErUnZMSDFjS1pNdFZmTHQ2Zz09

Meeting ID: 999 1340 7447

Passcode: 519087

If Zoom is not installed on your device, it can be downloaded at the link below or from your Device’s App store: https://zoom.us/download

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. More information for parents can be found on the PACER website.

Upcoming Events

October 19 - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM (virtual via Zoom)

October 20 - Unity Day (wear orange)

October 25 - 29 - Spirit Week

October 26 - AAP Information Meeting: AAP Services in Secondary Schools at 10:00 AM (virtual via Zoom)

October 29 - 2 Hour Early Release - End of 1st Quarter

November 1 & 2 - NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Mosaic Matters - October 8, 2021

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Mosaic staff showing off their new spirit wear!

Dear Mosaic Families,

In an effort to maintain safe arrival and dismissal procedures for our students and staff, we are asking families to NOT use Kingsbridge Drive for an impromptu kiss & ride line. This is causing unsafe conditions for both our students and staff, our bus riders, for families that live on/near Kingsbridge Drive, and for student walkers that use Kingsbridge Drive on their way to school. We encourage everyone to use our main kiss & ride line, on Mosaic school property, for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. We have been notified by the Fairfax County Police Department that tickets may be administered for cars/drivers posing unsafe conditions on Kingsbridge Drive.

Thank you for your continued support, and for helping us keep our students and staff here at Mosaic Elementary safe.

-Mosaic Elementary Administration

WOW!

"Mosaic Elementary ranked first among public elementary schools in Fairfax County, according to Niche's 2022 Best Schools and Districts Rankings...Mosaic was sixth among 1,118 elementary schools and 22nd out of 1,115 in elementary school teachers [in Virginia]." Read the article in the Patch to learn what other FCPS schools made the list!

Advanced Academic Programs Information

Parents and guardians are invited to a virtual meeting via Zoom to learn more about the screening and selection for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in FCPS. The meeting will be recorded if you are unable to attend. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Kristine Choi, at kvchoi@fcps.edu or by calling (703) 937-1633.

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Zoom (Join Link)

The links for the virtual meetings are also on our website under Events. All recordings and slide decks will be posted to the Advanced Academic Program folder in the Mosaic Parent Schoology course; parents log in with their SIS ParentVue account information. 

Community Movie Night

Fairfax HS DECA and Fairfax City Parks & Recreation are hosting a movie night!

When: Saturday, October 16th from 6:45pm - 11:45pm

Where: Fairfax High School football field

What: Hotel Transylvania (PG) at 6:45pm and Lights Out (PG-13) at 9:00pm

Cost: FREE

Fairfax DECA will be selling pizza, Rita's ice, general concessions, and glow sticks at the event.

Technology Reminders Helpful tips for students in Grades 3-6:
  • Laptops should be charged every night at home; charger can stay home.
  • Laptops should be shut down when in a backpack or in a laptop case to avoid overheating.
  • Laptops should be restarted at least once a week to get updates.
  • Clear the cache in Chrome once a week to help Chrome work properly.
  • Only log into Chrome with FCPS Google Account.
  • Keep liquids and food away from laptops.
  • Laptop issues? Students should let their teacher know as soon as possible.
  • More helpful tips can be found on the Student Laptop Responsible Use webpage.
Upcoming Events

October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday

October 12 - Screening and Selection for Level IV 6:00 PM (virtual via Zoom)

October 19 - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM (virtual via Zoom)

October 29 - 2 Hour Early Release - End of 1st Quarter

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Mosaic Matters - September 15, 2021

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Thank you PTA for the wonderful picnic tables!

PTA Meeting

Please join us for the first PTA meeting of the school year. The PTA meets the third Tuesday of each month. All Mosaic families and staff are invited to join us at the meetings. Visit the PTA website for additional information.

This month's meeting will feature our wonderful school counselor who will present “Finding Joy” – coping strategies and stress management for kids and families to help in this stressful year.

You don’t want to miss this meeting!

When: September 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Where: virtual via Zoom

Information about Zoom:

If Zoom is not installed on your device, it can be downloaded at the link below or from your Device’s App store: https://zoom.us/download

Students collaborate on a STEAM project.

Advanced Academic Programs Information

Information about the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in FCPS and upcoming parent sessions and referral deadlines can be found on our website. Please contact our AAP Resource Teacher, Kristine Choi, at kvchoi@fcps.edu or by calling (703) 937-1633 if you have any questions.

COVID Testing

Students may be required to complete COVID testing and provide a negative test result before returning to school after an absence. Testing information is located at Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing on the Fairfax County Government website. Families can call the call center for assistance 703-324-7404, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm.

COVID-19 testing sites are available in Fairfax and the surrounding jurisdictions. Free testing is available at Fairfax County Health Department offices or at the Federally Qualified Heath Centers (FQHCs). Find a testing site in the Fairfax Health District via this document in English or Spanish or search for a testing site in Virginia near you. Note: this may not include every site currently offering testing in Fairfax Health District and testing may be offered for a cost.

Student Laptops

Students in Grades 3-6 will be bringing their laptops to and from school each day. Students should keep the chargers at home. Please remind students to charge their laptop every night so it is ready for school the following day. Laptops should also be shut down when not in use. Your encouragement and support is much appreciated.

Students in Grades K-2 have assigned laptops that they will keep at school. If your student is paused by FCPS or Mosaic for COVID concerns, you can request to pick up the student's laptop so they can access Schoology and asynchronous assignments. Please email the student's teacher and they will leave it in the office to be picked up.

Student Laptop Responsible Use Guidelines

Upcoming Events

September 21 - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM (virtual via Zoom)

September 29 & 30 - School Pictures

October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday

October 12 - Screening and Selection for Level IV 6:00 PM (virtual via Zoom)

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Order your Spirit Wear!

Our Mosaic Elementary School Spirit Wear is now available! The PTA is taking orders for several clothing items with the new Mosaic Elementary logo. They won’t have items in stock at school, so make sure you place your order by September 20th here: https://www.customink.com/g/rfb0-00cg-91qd

When completing your purchase, please add your home address as the delivery option. At this time we won’t be able to receive the items at school or have it delivered to any store for pick up. 

Notification of Testing Sent Home Today

Students at Mosaic ES will be participating in upcoming Fairfax County Public School screeners and assessments. Notification of these screeners and assessments was sent to families today via an eNotify email and in Wednesday folders. Please read through the notifications to learn more. You can find additional information about Student Tests and Assessments on the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/performance-and-accountability/student-assessment

Welcome Parents and Guardians to Schoology!

To access Schoology, parents and guardians need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. If you forgot your password, use Forgot Password on the login page under More Options. FCPS will be mailing SIS ParentVUE activation letters to parents and guardians that have not yet activated their SIS ParentVUE accounts. Need the letter sooner? Fill out a Parent Support Request.

Visit the Mosaic Families Schoology course when you log into your Schoology account.

Can you help?

Please consider supporting this very important program at Mosaic Elementary. To ensure 100 kids at our school have full bellies over the weekend, you can help send them home on Fridays with a bag full of satisfying and nutritional food. There are many ways for you to get involved: 

  • Pack bags after school in the cafeteria on Wednesdays (1 hour/week)
  • Order food on-line (1 hour/week)
  • Pick up food at Wegmans & drop off at school (1.5 hours/week)
  • Maintain our Amazon Wish List (1 hour/month)
  • Coordinate a food drive with your office, faith community, or Scouts (commitment time varies)
  • Prepare grant and/or donation letters (1-2 hours/month)
  • Create and maintain a Sign-Up Genius for packing volunteers (1 hour/month)

If you'd like more information about any of these opportunities, please e-mail jennyholliday@yahoo.com. Thank you for considering!

Upcoming Events

September 8 - Back to School Night: Grades K-3 6:30 PM (virtual via Zoom)

September 21 - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM (virtual)

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Mosaic Matters - September 1, 2021

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Back to School Nights: 9/2 and 9/8

When:

Grades 4-6 on Thursday, 9/2 at 6:30 PM

Grades K-3 on Wednesday, 9/8 at 6:30 PM (new date)

Where:

The teacher presentation will be virtual using the Zoom platform. Your child’s teacher has emailed a link to parents/guardians' email address listed in SIS. Contact your child's teacher if you did not receive the link.

Information about Zoom:

If Zoom is not installed on your device, it can be downloaded at the link below or from your Device’s App store: https://zoom.us/download

Additional Resources:

Technology Support for Families (scroll to the Zoom section)

Navigating Zoom

How Parent/Guardian(s) Join Zoom Meetings

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Overview and Elementary Continuum 

Parents and guardians are invited to a virtual meeting via Zoom to learn more about the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in FCPS. The meeting will be recorded if you are unable to attend. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Kristine Choi, at kvchoi@fcps.edu or by calling (703) 937-1633.

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM

Where: Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvf-mrqzgoEtCXWnEhSldgbMiql80y3xZG

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Upcoming Events

September 2 - Back to School Night: Grades 4-6 6:30 PM (virtual via Zoom)

September 3-6 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend

September 7 - AAP Overview Meeting 10:00 AM (virtual)

September 8 - Back to School Night: Grades K-3 6:30 PM (virtual via Zoom)

September 21 - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM (virtual)

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Mosaic Matters - August 25, 2021

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Wow, what a week! We’re thrilled to welcome 950 Mustangs back to school! Everyone is settling in and getting used to our new normal. I hope your children are coming home happy talking about their great teacher and excited about reconnecting with friends.  We now have two large tents where students each lunch each day in addition to the cafeteria. PE classes have been outside all week, and all classes are learning outside at times throughout the day. It would be more enjoyable if the temperature wasn’t 95 degrees, so we’re looking forward to cooler Fall weather soon! Several parents have asked about coming to the cafeteria to have lunch with their children. At this time, we aren’t allowing visitors at all to the classrooms or cafeteria. I hopeful we will be able to allow that in the Spring.

Thank you so much for your patience and support. We know these days continue to be challenging, stressful times for all of us. We’re committed to focusing on the positive and making Mosaic a place of joy.

Sincerely,

Mahri Aste, Ed. D.

Principal

Mosaic Elementary

New School Leadership

Two new Assistant Principals have joined our school leadership team. Dr. Jenny Smith comes to the position with a wealth of teaching and administrative experience in FCPS and several other school divisions in the US. Dr. Smith has also been a 6th grade teacher at Mosaic for the last three years. Mr. Michael King joins our team with a wealth of teaching and administrative experience in FCPS as a former math teacher at the middle school level and Assistant Principal at Clearview in Herndon. They have both done so much already to help our staff and students.

First day of school!!

Back to School Night

A quick reminder about Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 1 at 6:30PM for grades K-3 and Thursday, September 2 at 6:30PM for grades 4-6. The teacher presentation will be virtual using the Zoom platform. Your child’s teacher will send you a link next week. Thank you for your patience as we learn to use another technology tool for virtual presentations.

If Zoom is not installed on your device, it can be downloaded at the link below or from your Device’s App store: https://zoom.us/download

Additional Resources:

Technology Support for Families (scroll to the Zoom section)

Navigating Zoom

How Parent/Guardian(s) Join Zoom Meetings

Kindergarteners walking to their classroom on the first day of school.

New School Name

We’re excited that MOSAIC will be installed on the front of our school tomorrow. We’re working with Karl Frisch, our school board member, to plan a renaming celebration sometime this Fall. The PTA is also working on new spirit wear with our new logo very soon.

Beginning of the Year Forms

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Please complete the forms we need to start off the year. Parents are welcome to send forms in with their child, drop forms off at the school, or complete them online. If you have questions about any of the information on this page, please call the office at 703-937-1600.

Kiss and Ride Procedures

Please follow the procedures below to help make Kiss and Ride safe and efficient.

  • Please pull forward to the stop sign before loading and unloading. 
  • Parents should not get out of their cars in the Kiss and Ride lane.
  • Our staff and patrols will open car doors to assist students getting in and out of vehicles at Kiss and Ride. 
  • The Kiss and Ride lane is only one lane, so please be patient and do not pass other cars. This is for everyone’s safety.   
  • Students should exit and enter the right side of the car, closest to the sidewalk.

 Thank you for your assistance and patience when driving.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Parent Information Sessions - Mosaic Elementary

All parents are invited to the following information sessions. They will be recorded if you are unable to attend. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Kristine Choi, at kvchoi@fcps.edu or by calling (703) 937-1633.

  • Overview and Elementary Continuum - September 7 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Screening and Selection for Level IV - October 12 at 6:00 p.m.
  • AAP Services in Secondary Schools - October 26 at 10:00 a.m.

*The links for the virtual meetings will be on the website and in the newsletter the week before each meeting.

Students enjoying lunch under one of our two tents.

Welcome to Schoology

Schoology is our new learning management system (LMS). Teachers will use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe 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. 

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

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

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.

Technology Ready

Students in K-6 have been assigned a computer. Teachers will be helping students reset their FCPS passwords and log onto their laptops.

What will your child do with their FCPS device?

  • PreK Families: The FCPS device issued to your child is meant to stay home for your child’s school-related use. You should not send the device to school with your child each day.
  • Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades: Students will be assigned a device that stays in school. If devices are needed for schoolwork or projects, or in the event of an extended absence or temporary closure, devices will be sent home with students so they can continue to participate in their classwork.
  • Grades 3-6: Students will be issued an FCPS device for school use. Your child will take their device home with them each day, and should come to school each day with their device fully charged. Please review the Student Device Guidelines with your child.

Students should tell their teacher if they have laptop troubles as soon as possible. The teacher will reach out to the Technology Team for support.

Families that do not have any internet access at home can request a MiFi by emailing their child's teacher.

Additional Tech Resource information:

Upcoming Events

September 1 - Back to School Night: Grades K-3 6:30PM (virtual via Zoom)

September 2 - Back to School Night: Grades K-3 6:30PM (virtual via Zoom)

September 3-6 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend

September 21 - PTA Meeting 6:30PM (virtual)

9819 Five Oaks Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Phone: 703.937.1600

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or MosaicElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

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