August 9, 2021 – Dr. Clark Email

Dear MOSAIC Families,

We are less than three weeks away from our first day of school. I hope there is an excitement building in your household for the 2021-2022 school year. Please pardon the length of this week’s email. I am providing a great deal of information that I strongly encourage our families to read through in preparation for this school year. For your convenience, I have complied a great deal of information in the 2021-2022 MOSAIC Family Handbook as well. You can find the Family Handbook attached to this email. Please take the time to read through the handbook and this week’s email. All the information you need to be prepared for the first day of school can be found in this week’s email. 

Online registration 

New this school year, all families are required to provide the district with two proofs of residency. These documents can be uploaded in the Parent Portal. Please provide your updated documents before the first day of school. Below is a list of documents that are approved by the district to prove residency. If you need help activating or resetting you password for the Parent Portal, Mrs. Ulrich in our school office at 467-7900 will be happy to help. Thanks for your cooperation and timeliness to this registration process. 

Registration Documents:

List ‘A’ documents

  • Deed or Mortgage statement dated within 30 days of the date of submission
  • Real estate tax receipt dated within 1 year of the date of submission
  • Unexpired lease/rental agreement signed by landlord and tenant including the address, apartment number, and date of rental
  • Landlord verification letter on property management company letterhead for month to month leases only (original lease showing month to month terms required)
  • Sales contract free of contingencies and signed by all parties, provided a copy of the closing statement is submitted within 60 days of enrollment

List ‘B’ documents

  • Utility bill (water, gas, sewer, electric or trash) dated within 30 days of the date of submission including the name, service and mailing address. Trash bills will be accepted if dated within the most recent billing quarter.
  • Personal property tax receipt dated within 1 year of the date of submission
  • Unexpired occupancy permit listing all the occupants of the residence
  • Government acknowledgment of address (i.e. social security, voter registration, welfare, etc.) dated within 30 days of the date of submission

School Food and Nutrition Information 

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all students in the Mehlville School District for the 2021-2022 school year. Lunch menus will be available on the district’s website. 

Students are also welcome to bring their own lunch. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing protocols, students will be eating breakfast and lunch in their classrooms. For the safety of our students and staff, MOSAIC will be a nut free and fish free campus this school year. Please contact Dr. Clark at 314-467-7901 or sclark@msdr9.org if you have any questions regarding these food restrictions. 

MOSAIC Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

The district provides bus transportation to MOSAIC only in the morning. Families are responsible for afternoon transportation. I will share bus route information with our families once our district transportation completes the information. Like in the past, families will be assigned a row (K-1 on playground lot, 2-5 on the lower lot) for student pick up in the afternoon. Kindergarten families will receive their lane placement at the kindergarten meet and greet on Thursday, August 19th. All other families will receive their row placement at supply drop off on Tuesday, August 24th.  

Please view the video below for MOSAIC’s arrival and dismissal procedures. 

Carpooling

I want to encourage families to consider carpooling this school year. Carpooling reduces the amount of cars on the lot and the time it takes to dismiss.  Please fill out the carpool form listed below by Thursday, August 19th only if you are interested in carpooling. This information will be shared in a PDF on Friday, August 20th through email to those who only filled out this document. Please contact the MOSAIC school office at 314-467-7900 as soon as possible once you make carpool arrangements with another family.Carpool Form

Before School and After School Care

Families can choose to utilize Y-Care as a before and after school care for your child. Hours for Y-Care are from 6:30am until the beginning of the school day and from the end of the school day until 6:00pm. Y-Care will take place in MOSAIC’s gym. The most convenient way to get to MOSAIC’s gym is to park in our front lot off Will Avenue and take the steps on the north side of the building to the gym doors. Students at MOSAIC can only attend Y-Care at MOSAIC and are not allowed to attend Y-Care in other Mehlville School District schools. 

We will also have several local childcare providers transporting students to MOSAIC as well. Please make sure to notify your child care provider if you plan on utilizing their transportation services. Below is a list of child care providers that have committed to providing transportation to and from MOSAIC.

Kinder Care – (314)892-1627 – 4105 Telegraph/Kingswood

You may want to contact your child’s daycare provider if they are not listed above. Again, this is the only provider that committed to providing transportation for your child. 

New Staff at MOSAIC

We are welcoming several new staff members to our MOSAIC family this school year. Mrs. Kathryn Stengel will be our new 4th grade studio teacher. Mr. James Osterberg will be serving MOSAIC as one of our new art teachers. Mrs. Melissa Murar and Mrs. Katie Morris are both serving MOSAIC as academic interventionists. Please read the brief messages below from several of our new staff members. 

Mrs. Kathryn Stengel (4th Grade Studio)

I am thrilled to be joining the MOSAIC team! I have 15 years of experience as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and instructional specialist. I also spent a few years at home with my two children who will be in fourth (Micah) and first (Gianna) grades this year. My husband Matt is an engineer and we live in Webster Groves. We’ve been enjoying lots of fun in the sun this summer–Cub Scout Camp (I am a den leader.), floating, baseball, hiking, and most recently, a high ropes course! I also enjoy gardening and reading. I am originally from Florissant, but have many friends and relatives in the Mehlville district. As a constructivist educator, I have had my eye on MOSAIC since its beginning. I know it is a truly exceptional place when it comes to bringing out the best in every learner and providing children with meaningful experiences to connect them to our wonderful world. I can’t wait to get started!

Ms. Katie Morris (K-2 Academic Interventionist) 

Hello! My name is Katie Morris and I am so excited to be joining the MOSAIC team this year! This will be my fourth year teaching, as I have taught first grade for the past three years in Jackson, Missouri. My family is so excited to be returning to St. Louis to be closer to family and embark on this new adventure! I have two children named Harper and Miles, a wonderful husband named Andy, and two big loveable dogs named Lucy and Holly. I love to spend time outdoors hiking trails, playing the violin, watching all kinds of music, and family movie nights. I am passionate about working with children and watching them reach their highest potential. At MOSAIC, I look forward to helping our kids grow and find success in the ways that fit them best!

Mrs. Melissa Murar (3-5 Academic Interventionist) 

Hi! I am Melissa Murar and this will be my 10th year teaching. I spent the last six years teaching 4th grad. Prior to that, I taught 5th – 8th graders. I am from Fayetteville, IL but currently reside in Oakville with my husband, John. We have two children – Grayson (3) and Ellie (6 months), and a golden doodle, Stanley. I love the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals, exploring independent restaurants, jogging around our neighborhood, relaxing with a good pedicure, and above all else, I love spending quality time with my children and family. I am beyond ecstatic about being an Academic Interventionist at MOSAIC and ensuring every student shines at their brightest potential.

PTO WEEKLY UPDATE

STOKED FOR SCHOOL!

Our first PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, August 17th beginning at 6:30pm in MOSAIC’s school cafeteria. MOSAIC families can also join us virtually via Zoom at each PTO meeting this school year. The link for the August 17th PTO meeting can be found below in the upcoming events section. It is important to note that childcare will not be available at PTO meetings. This may change later in the school year and hopefully we can once again offer child care service for our families when attending a PTO meeting.

Our first fundraiser of the year will begin in just a few weeks with mums! Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the PTO if you have any questions: mosaicpto@gmail.com

Room Parent Volunteers

We are still in need of a Lead Room Parent and Room Parents for Studio 1, Studio 3, Studio 4, and Studio 5.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 17 at 6pm in MOSAIC’s school cafeteria to coordinate studio parties for this upcoming school year. You can also join us virtually by following this zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95592762593. We are meeting right before the PTO meeting. At this time, childcare will not be available for this meeting. We hope to see you there. 

Event Committees

We are still in need of volunteers for the MOSAIC Mingle on 8/27.

If you would like to volunteer for any of our events this school year please go to the MOSAIC PTO website at mosaic-pto.org. Under “Ways to Be Involved” you will find a sign up list of all of the upcoming events throughout the school year. Check off as many volunteer jobs as you would like! You will receive more information for your selected events as they approach. We are so grateful for all of our wonderful volunteers!

Corporate Gift Match

Reminder, many companies and corporations will support nonprofits in gift matching or volunteer program hours. If you work for a company that supports nonprofits, we would love to hear from you!

UPCOMING EVENTS

TUE 8/17: Room Parent Meeting @ 6:00pm,

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95592762593

TUE 8/17: PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm,

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93893969533

THU 8/19: Kindergarten Meet & Greet @ 6:00pm-7:00pm

FRI 8/27: MOSAIC Mingle @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

TUE 9/7: PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm

WED 9/15: Mum Order Form Due

FRI 9/24: Mum Order Pick Up

Thank you,

MOSAIC PTO

Upcoming MOSAIC Events

Tuesday, August 17th – Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting beginning at 6:30pm
Thursday, August 19th – Kindergarten Meet and Greet from 6:00-7:00pm 

Tuesday, August 24th – Supply Drop Off for 1st-5th grades from 4:00-5:30pm
Wednesday, August 25th – First day of school

Friday, August 27th – MOSAIC Mingle from 6:00-8:00pm
 

Have a great week!

-Scott

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