Mosaic Matters - November 2, 2022

Painting a Pumpkin

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

🎃Pumpkin Contest: Results Are In!

Mosaic Pumpkin Contest Winners


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 
Kindergarten students with pumpkin

📣Bingo Night this Thursday!

Bingo Night

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

Trick or Trash logo

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 

Veterans Day


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!

Book Fair Header


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; 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:

⌚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!

kids on swings

🍎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: 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

🔬TJ Invitational Science Fair Interest Meeting 

TJ Invitational Science Fair


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.

Kindergarten students in STEAM

🗓️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