Mosaic Matters - February 1, 2023

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2nd Grade scientists shared their weather PBLs!

🍭Valentine's Candy Grams

 

Candy Grams will be on sale at Mosaic Elementary from January 30th to February 3rd.  A Candy Gram is a delicious lollipop that is delivered with a special Valentine’s Day message. Each Candy Gram costs $1.50. All funds will go towards 6th grade field trips and t-shirts.

Grades 4-6: Sold in the mornings from 8:15 - 8:50: January 30th to February 3rd in room M2.

Grades K-3: The Candy Gram Form for K-3 is due Friday, February 3, 2023. Paper copies have been placed in teacher mailboxes and will be sent home in Wednesday Folders. Directions are on the form. Send questions and concerns to [email protected]

Whole Class orders - Google Form

Every child at Mosaic will receive a Candy Gram! If you’d like to donate a few bucks to our efforts, send cash or check to Ms. Levis. Every dollar helps :)

Checks made payable to Mosaic Elementary School. 

⛹Gift of Time - February

 

Love is in the air!  Please consider showering our teachers with you by volunteering to provide the gift of time on February 15 and 16.  Parent volunteers will supervise students during recess and then bring them to the cafeteria- rain or shine!  If the weather is wet or too cold, we will still have you support indoor recess.  Please arrive ten minutes before the scheduled time to check in at the office and be sure to bring your government issued ID for check-in.  Feel free to sign up for one slot or many, however, please check that your time slots do not overlap.  Thank you!

😎Summer Learning Programs Registration: Open Now!

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

🌎Family Heritage Night

 

Family Heritage Night (formerly called International Night) will be on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  We hope you'll join us as we celebrate the great diversity of Mosaic!  We'd love for you to contribute something from your country of heritage or from a country you know well. Ways to contribute: bringing food, creating a display, have a child participate in the fashion show or a cultural performance. The link to sign up can be found here!

👨‍🚒👩‍⚕️👮‍♂️Career Day Signup

We are currently recruiting for our 2023 Mosaic Elementary Career Fair. The fair will be held at Mosaic ES on March 30, 2023. We are looking for a wide variety of presenters to showcase their careers at booths during the fair. Presenters can sign up for one or both sessions and are welcome to stay for lunch:

  • Primary Grades (Head Start-3rd grade): 9:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Upper Grades (4th-6th grades): 12:20 p.m.-2:10 p.m.

Please reach out to Laura Zinn [email protected] or Sarah Rowland [email protected] with any questions! Sign up to join us here!

📚Battle of the Books 

 

Mosaic's 2nd Annual Battle of the Books will be held in May, and all 5th and 6th graders are invited to participate. Students read as many of the 10 books on the list as they wish, and then they compete in a Kahoot competition to test their knowledge of all 10 books. Teachers will be hosting informal book discussions in the coming weeks, either before or after school. Students are encouraged to attend as many of these meetings as possible.

Look in the Library Schoology course to find out more about the program, view the meeting schedule, and print permission slips for meetings. Permission slips can also be picked up in the Mosaic library.

Reach out to our librarian, Mrs. Heather Brown ([email protected]), with any questions.

🏗️Renovation info

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding Mosaic's upcoming renovation!

The renovation with additions at Mosaic Elementary School totals approximately 122,000 square feet. The scope of the project includes classrooms, gymnasium, administration expansion, cafeteria/kitchen expansion, and site improvements - including a second vehicular access point for improved safety. All interior space and major systems will be renovated. The overall square footage of the building will be increased for needed program space.

✏️Providence Community Center Offerings

See below for free offerings from the Providence Community Center!

🗓️Upcoming Events

February 16 - Family Heritage Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

February 20 - Presidents' Day (Student Holiday)

 

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

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Mosaic Matters - January 18, 2023

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🍭Valentine's Candy Grams

 

We are currently collecting whole class Candy Gram orders! 

Each candy gram costs $1.50 and can be ordered using this Google form. This is for ENTIRE CLASSROOM orders only. If you are ordering online, please be sure that your child does not also order for the same class. We don't want to duplicate any orders. 

If you are ordering less, students must order them in person with Ms. Levis in room M2 during in-school buying times. Stay tuned for more information regarding in-school purchase days.

Orders will not be filled out until payment is received. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.  Checks or cash can be dropped off to Ms. Levis' mailbox. Make checks payable to Mosaic Elementary School.

🌎Family Heritage Night

Come enjoy a “taste” of Mosaic! Travel around the school and enjoy cultural displays, crafts, and food sampling. Experience storytelling, dancing, singing, and a dazzling international fashion show.  

More information coming soon about signing up to participate or contribute. We’d love to have a wide representation of the diversity that we are so lucky to have at Mosaic!

👨‍🚒👩‍⚕️👮‍♂️Career Day Signup

We are currently recruiting for our 2023 Mosaic Elementary Career Fair. The fair will be held at Mosaic ES on March 30, 2023. We are looking for a wide variety of presenters to showcase their careers at booths during the fair. Presenters can sign up for one or both sessions and are welcome to stay for lunch:

  • Primary Grades (Head Start-3rd grade): 9:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Upper Grades (4th-6th grades): 12:20 p.m.-2:10 p.m.

Please reach out to Laura Zinn [email protected] or Sarah Rowland [email protected] with any questions! Sign up to join us here!

5th Graders enjoyed their field trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center!

📚Battle of the Books 

Mosaic's 2nd Annual Battle of the Books will be held in May, and all 5th and 6th graders are invited to participate. Students read as many of the 10 books on the list as they wish, and then they compete in a Kahoot competition to test their knowledge of all 10 books. Teachers will be hosting informal book discussions in the coming weeks, either before or after school. Students are encouraged to attend as many of these meetings as possible.

Look in the Library Schoology course to find out more about the program, view the meeting schedule, and print permission slips for meetings. Permission slips can also be picked up in the Mosaic library.

Reach out to our librarian, Mrs. Heather Brown ([email protected]), with any questions.

🏗️Renovation info

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding Mosaic's upcoming renovation!

The renovation with additions at Mosaic Elementary School totals approximately 122,000 square feet. The scope of the project includes classrooms, gymnasium, administration expansion, cafeteria/kitchen expansion, and site improvements - including a second vehicular access point for improved safety. All interior space and major systems will be renovated. The overall square footage of the building will be increased for needed program space.

✏️Providence Community Center Offerings

See below for free offerings from the Providence Community Center!

🗓️Upcoming Events

January 25 - End of Second Quarter (2-hour Early Release)

January 26 - Professional Workday (Student Holiday)

January 27 - Professional Workday (Student Holiday)

February 16 - Family Heritage Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or [email protected]

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Mosaic Matters - January 4, 2023

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2nd Graders learned how to mix primary colors to create vibrant monarch butterfly paintings!

🏆6th Graders Excel in WordMasters Challenge!

 

A team representing Mosaic Elementary School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The sixth-grade team scored an impressive 187 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing tenth in the nation

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth grader Avery Dalton earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 54 sixth graders achieved this result. Other 6th grade students from Mosaic Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include Paxton Eason, Eva Huang, Rory Peterson, Veer Raya and Conner Yi. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Jeremy White, 6th grade teacher.  

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. 

Back Row (L to R): Avery Dalton, Conner Yi, Mr. White, Veer Raya; Front Row (L to R): Paxton Eason, Rory Peterson, Eva Huang

🍎January PTA Meeting

Please join the Mosaic Elementary PTA for their January meeting on Tuesday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m. 

Dr. Aste will be answering pre-submitted questions mostly focused on the renovation. Please fill out this survey to submit questions and provide feedback regarding PTA meetings and communication.

Meeting will be virtual via Zoom

🦠COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

¡Marque sus calendarios! Pruebas diagnósticas de COVID estarán disponibles para los maestros, personal y estudiantes de FCPS en cinco localidades a través del condado del 3 al 5 de Enero de 5- 8 p.m. Estas pruebas son para aquellos que están experimentando síntomas de COVID o han estado expuestos a alguien diagnosticado con COVID. Las citas no son necesarias, pero el registro debe ser completado antes de la prueba. Visite la página web COVID Testing para obtener más información.

5th Graders built and tested cars designed to keep eggs safe from cracking!

❄️Winter Weather Procedures

Don't let the warm weather fool you! Despite above average temperatures this week, it is still winter! See below for information about navigating potential upcoming colder days. 

☃️Preparing for Winter Weather 

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following an inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

🧤🧣Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Our administrative team will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Estaremos atentos a las bajas temperaturas, los avisos y advertencias de viento helado y los avisos meteorológicos que pueden impedir que los niños estén al aire libre. Sin embargo, asegúrese de que su hijo esté vestido apropiadamente con un abrigo y otra ropa de clima frío para que pueda disfrutar cómodamente de su tiempo al aire libre. El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional ofrece algunos consejos para mantenerse seguro durante el tiempo frío.

Si necesita ayuda para proveer a su hijo de ropa para el clima frío, por favor llame a la Planificación de Servicios Coordinados (CSP) del Condado de Fairfax al 703-222-0880. El personal multilingüe puede ayudarle con cualquier dificultad que se le presente, como la alimentación, el alojamiento, el empleo, la asistencia financiera, la atención sanitaria y otras necesidades.

Ms. Jildeh's 3rd Grade Class enjoyed a pancake breakfast the week before Winter Break.

🗓️Upcoming Events

January 16 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Student Holiday)

January 17 - PTA Meeting (Virtual via Zoom) - 6:30 p.m.

January 25 - End of Second Quarter (2-hour Early Release)

January 26 - Professional Workday (Student Holiday)

January 27 - Professional Workday (Student Holiday)

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

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or [email protected]

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🥕🌽🍎Winter Break Food Drive - CORRECTED LINK

 

Share a meal with other Mosaic families by donating a packed bag of groceries OR a $20 gift card to Blessings in a Backpack. Bring a reusable bag filled with the items listed below to the school lobby on Monday, 12/12 or Tuesday, 12/13. You can also drop off a $20 grocery store gift card to the Front Office anytime before Tuesday, 12/13.

Please fill your grocery bag with:

  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 2 packets of gravy mix
  • 2 packages of dinner rolls
  • 2 boxes of stuffing mix
  • 2 boxes of cake/brownie mix
  • 1 bag of apples or oranges.

Please sign up here so we know we have enough bags for our families. As always, THANK YOU for your generous donations!

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Mosaic Matters - November 30, 2022

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⌚Gift of Time - December 

 

It’s time to celebrate our teachers with the December gift of time! On December 6 and 7,  please consider covering recess duty for our teachers. Parent volunteers will supervise students during recess and bring them to the cafeteria. Please arrive ten minutes before the scheduled time to check in at the office and be sure to have a government issued ID for check-in.  Feel free to sign up for one slot or many, however, please check that your time slots do not overlap.  We appreciate you!

📸School Picture Makeup/Retake Day - Dec. 2

Mosaic Absentee & Retake Picture Day is Friday, December 2.  Any student who is new to Mosaic, was absent on Fall Picture Day, or wishes to have their photo retaken can do so. Student portraits can be ordered online. Order code for online purchases is 0037871AR. Order forms will also be available in the front office.  For students who would like to have retakes, please return your photo booklet to school and give it to the photographer at the time of the retake.

Please call Barksdale at 800-220-7667 if there are any questions.

🥕🌽🍎Winter Break Food Drive 

 

Share a meal with other Mosaic families by donating a packed bag of groceries OR a $20 gift card to Blessings in a Backpack. Bring a reusable bag filled with the items listed below to the school lobby on Monday, 12/12 or Tuesday, 12/13. You can also drop off a $20 grocery store gift card to the Front Office anytime before Tuesday, 12/13.

Please fill your grocery bag with:

  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 2 packets of gravy mix
  • 2 packages of dinner rolls
  • 2 boxes of stuffing mix
  • 2 boxes of cake/brownie mix
  • 1 bag of apples or oranges.

Please sign up here so we know we have enough bags for our families. As always, THANK YOU for your generous donations!

Students enjoyed learning about Native American culture from our special guest, Mr. Kelly.

👮‍♂️👩‍⚕️👨‍🚒Career day

We are currently recruiting for our 2023 Mosaic Elementary Career Fair. The fair will be held at Mosaic ES on March 30, 2023. We are looking for a wide variety of presenters to showcase their careers at booths during the fair. Presenters can sign up for one or both sessions and are welcome to stay for lunch:

  • Primary Grades (Head Start-3rd grade): 9:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Upper Grades (4th-6th grades): 12:20 p.m.-2:10 p.m.

Please reach out to Laura Zinn [email protected] or Sarah Rowland [email protected] with any questions! Sign up to join us here!

☃️The Snowman in Concert 

 

Come spend a day in a winter wonderland at James Madison HS!

On Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the JMHS Auditorium enjoy a showing of the animated winter classic The Snowman with live music! Following the movie, families can enjoy crafts and a chance to meet the Snowman and/or take a picture with Santa.

Purchase tickets here.

Thank you to Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Katzman, and parent volunteers for running a successful Book Fair!

FCPS District News 📅Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

 

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

🚌How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?
  • Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.
  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

🗓️Upcoming Events

 

December 2 - Makeup/Retake Picture Day

December 12 - Band/Strings/Chorus Evening Concert at Oakton HS

December 19 - January 2 Winter Break (Student Holiday)

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Attendance: 703.937.1661 or [email protected]

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Mosaic Matters - November 16, 2022

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4th graders learned how to do tinkiling, a traditonal folk dance from the Philippines

📚Book Fair Family Night

The Mosaic Elementary Book Fair will continue in our school library through this Friday, November 18. Families may browse and shop the online fair at www.bookwormcentral.com; search Mosaic.

Families are invited to come and shop in-person tomorrow evening, Thursday, November 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please direct questions to: [email protected]

🎖️Veterans Day at Mosaic 

 

Thank you to the Veterans and students who added posts to our Veterans Day Padlet! Check them out below and please feel free to continue adding to them - as a Purple Star School we recognize our veterans all year round! 

K-3 Mosaic ES Veterans Day Padlet 

4-6 and Staff Mosaic ES Veterans Day Padlet

Thank you to CMSgt Hutson for sharing your experiences with us!

🍎Mosaic Employee Awards 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Mosaic Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form: https://forms.gle/rJigGEfcELo4io8N6 The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18th by 3 p.m.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has information regarding each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are also below.

 Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, or Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike King, Assistant Principal, at [email protected]

FCPS District News 👨‍🏫Tutor.com

 

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

🏫Want to Work for FCPS? Subs, Monitors, and Others needed! 

FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. 

FCPS has started offering bonuses for substitutes who are available to teach on high volume days. Additionally, substitutes who work more, will earn extra bonuses when they reach 50, 100, or 150 days worked in a school year.   

Substitute Teacher and Substitute Instructional Assistant information sessions are held virtually on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session. Sign up for an information session.

🗓️Upcoming Events

 

 

November 14 - 18 - Book Fair

November 17 - Book Fair Family Night, 4-7 p.m.

November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break (Student Holiday)

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

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3rd Graders show school spirit as they collaborate on their pumpkin design.

🎃Pumpkin Contest: Results Are In!

 

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who worked hard on their awesome creative and spirited pumpkins! Results of school-wide voting below:

  • K-3 Most Creative: Ms. Piermatteo's Class
  • K-3 Most Spirited: Ms. Krupczak's Class
  • 4-6 Most Creative: Ms. Crenshaw's Class
  • 4-6 Most Spirited: Ms. Salinas' Class
  • Adult Most Creative: Library Staff 
📣Bingo Night this Thursday!

On Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Mosaic's PTA will host its first Bingo Night in years! Admission will be FREE; however, students will only be allowed to enter the cafeteria with a parent or guardian who stays for the duration of the event.

From 5:30 to 6:00PM, pizza will be available for $2, Rita's Ice for $3, and drinks for $0.50.

Bingo will begin at 6:00 and end at 7:00. With teachers calling and handing out prizes, this is a guaranteed night of fun for the family. Hope to see you there!

♻️Trick or Trash

Mosaic SCA is partnering with Trick or Trash to reduce waste and keep trash out of landfills. We will be collecting candy wrappers from all students from October 31-November 11th. Just bring your empty wrappers in, drop them in a designated box in the lobby of the school, and feel good about reducing your waste! Trick or Trash will then turn our waste into something useful like hard plastic items and dog waste bags!

🎖️Veterans Day at Mosaic 

 

To celebrate Veterans Day, we invite all veterans with a connection to a student or staff member at Mosaic to share their story with our school community!

Contributors can post to the Padlets below. In the subject line, please share your name. In your post, feel free to share a picture, video, or link as well as a shout out to your relative at Mosaic, your branch, years of service, and what patriotism means to you.

Please pass the links on to friends and relatives! For those contributors who have connections to students in multiple grade levels, feel free to choose a grade level or post more than once.

K-3 Mosaic ES Veterans Day Padlet 

4-6 and Staff Mosaic ES Veterans Day Padlet

📚The Book Fair is Coming!

 

The Mosaic Elementary Book Fair will take place in our school library November 14 through 18. Students will visit the book fair to make wish lists and shop. Families may browse and shop the online fair at www.bookwormcentral.com; search Mosaic.

Families are invited to come and shop in-person on Thursday, November 17 from 4 PM to 7 PM.

Please direct questions to: [email protected]g

⌚Gift of Time for November 

It’s that time once again to support our teachers with the gift of time! On November 15 and 16,  please consider covering recess duty for our teachers. Parent volunteers will supervise students during recess and bring them to the cafeteria. Please arrive ten minutes before the scheduled time to check in at the office and be sure to have a government issued ID for check-in.  Feel free to sign up for one slot or many, however, please check that your time slots do not overlap.  We appreciate you!

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🍎Mosaic Employee Awards 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Mosaic Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form: https://forms.gle/rJigGEfcELo4io8N6 The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18th by 3 p.m.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has information regarding each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are also below.

 Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, or Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike King, Assistant Principal, at [email protected]

🔬TJ Invitational Science Fair Interest Meeting 

 

TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, will be hosting their 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023 and would like to invite 5th-8th grade students from your school to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free.

Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. Members of the club help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc.

The first interest/brainstorming session is Friday, November 4th, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This session will be held both in-person at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria and virtually. All interested students should sign up using this form.

🗓️Upcoming Events

November 3 - PTA Bingo Night, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)

November 11 - Veterans' Day (Student Holiday)

November 14 - 18 - Book Fair

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

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or [email protected]

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Mosaic Matters - October 26, 2022

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🎃Mosaic's Annual Pumpkin Contest!

 

To celebrate the fall harvest, each classroom received one pumpkin to decorate. This week all students will cast votes in the following categories:

  • K-3 Most Creative
  • K-3 Most Spirited
  • 4-6 Most Creative
  • 4-6 Most Spirited

The competition is fierce! Results will be announced in the next Mosaic Matters!

📣Bingo Night next Thursday, 11/3

On Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Mosaic's PTA will host its first Bingo Night in years! Admission will be FREE; however, students will only be allowed to enter the cafeteria with a parent or guardian who stays for the duration of the event.

From 5:30 to 6:00PM, pizza will be available for $2, Rita's Ice for $3, and drinks for $0.50.

Bingo will begin at 6:00 and end at 7:00. With teachers calling and handing out prizes, this is a guaranteed night of fun for the family. Hope to see you there!

❤️Red Ribbon Week

From October 25th - 28th, our 5th and 6th graders will be participating in Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camerena in 1985 and is the nation's largest and longest-running drug awareness and prevention program.

 

Parents, you can help prevent substance use more than you know. The Fairfax County Youth Survey shows that students who say there are caring adults present in their lives are significantly less likely to engage in risky behaviors or report poor mental health conditions.

During Red Ribbon Week, students will wear red bracelets, participate in discussions and lessons, and sign a pledge provided by the Fairfax Prevention Coalition and DEA.

📝Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

 

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 box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Comenzando el 18 de Octubre, FCPS estará pidiendo a todas las familias que llenen una Encuesta de Estudiantes-Padres para Ayuda de Impacto Federal. Devolver esta forma es importante porque la información de esta encuesta resulta en una subvención adicional de $3 millones cada año del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos. Estos fondos se utilizan para apoyar a todas las escuelas y centros públicos del Condado de Fairfax.

Vea este vídeo para obtener más información. Para poner los subtítulos en español, haga clic en el icono "CC", luego haga clic en "Configuración", oprime Subtitles/CC (1), después haga clic en "Auto-translate" y seleccione "Spanish"

Por cada niño en edad escolar en su hogar, por favor complete, firme, feche y devuelva la encuesta a la escuela de su hijo. Si las secciones 1 y 2 de la encuesta no se aplican a usted, simplemente marque la casilla de la sección 3. Todos los formularios deben ser firmados, fechados y devueltos antes del 4 de Noviembre. Todos los resultados son confidenciales

🎤Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

🌺Dia de los Muertos 

 

Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, are O Days this year.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

🗓️Upcoming Events

October 28 - End of 1st Quarter 1:20 p.m. dismissal (Early Release)

October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)

November 3 - PTA Bingo Night, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)

November 11 - Veterans' Day (Student Holiday)

November 14 - 18 - Book Fair

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

Attendance: 703.937.1661 or [email protected]

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