Mosaic Matters - November 30, 2022

student examining flower

⌚Gift of Time - December 

student on swing


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 

Grocery Bag


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!

Native American Assembly

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 or Sarah Rowland with any questions! Sign up to join us here!

☃️The Snowman in Concert 

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.

students at the book fair

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!

Calendar survey graphic


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)