Mosaic Academy COVID-19 News & Updates


Mosaic Academy COVID-19 

TOWN HALL MEETING via ZOOM (August 6, 2020)


The following is a potential zoom schedule for Mosaic Academy’s Fall of 2020.  
The proposed dates for begining school virtually are also as follows:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th will be our PICK-UP CELEBRATION EVENT!
The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL will be Wednesday, August, 26th.

It is our HOPE and PLAN to begin classes IN-PERSON on Tuesday, September 29th.

 

*ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULES, DATES,
AND INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

 

MOTHER’S DAY OUT

MDO ZOOM: Tuesday or Thursday, Time TBA

Music & Spanish videos will be uploaded.

**ALL SPECIALS (Music, Art, and Spanish will be uploaded and linked to the assignment sheets so students can access according to parent guided schedule.) Videos uploaded WEEKLY (on Mondays.) 

 

 

UPPER SCHOOL (K-8)

KINDERGARTEN:  9-10:30

Mondays – Thursdays: 9:00 -10:15:  Students assigned to small groups and assigned a time for their zoom lesson.

   10:00 – 10:30: ALL TOGETHER for Group Lesson!

Mondays and Wednesdays: READING

Tuesdays and Thursdays: MATH

Fridays: Community Day & Science in the park IN PERSON! (NO zoom)

 

FIRST/SECOND GRADE: 10:30-11:45 IN GROUPS

Mondays – Thursdays: Students assigned to small groups and assigned a time for their morning zoom lesson.

    11:45-12:15:  ALL TOGETHER for group lesson

Mondays and Wednesdays: READING

Tuesdays and Thursdays: MATH

FRIDAY: Community Day & Science in the park IN PERSON! (NO zoom)

 

THIRD & FOURTH GRADE:  9:00-11:00 SMALL GROUP AND LARGE GROUP INSTRUCTION

Mondays: HISTORY only in morning (Time TBA)

Tuesdays and Thursdays:   MATH & ELA

Wednesdays:  SCIENCE & HISTORY

FRIDAYS: Community Day in the Park IN PERSON (NO zoom)

 

FIFTH GRADE:  9:00-11:00 a.m./ 1:00-2:00 p.m. SMALL GROUP AND LARGE GROUP INSTRUCTION

Mondays: ELA & HISTORY

Tuesdays: BIBLE, SCIENCE, MATH, & ELA

Wednesdays: THINKING SKILLS, HISTORY, ELA, & MATH

Thursdays: BIBLE, SCIENCE, MATH, & ELA

Fridays: No zoom

  

 

SIXTH & SEVENTH GRADE:  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m./ 1:00-2:00 p.m. SMALL GROUP AND LARGE GROUP INSTRUCTION

Mondays: ELA, HISTORY, & SCIENCE

Tuesdays: BIBLE, MATH, & ELA

Wednesdays: THINKING SKILLS, ELA, HISTORY, & MATH

Thursday: BIBLE, MATH, & SCIENCE

Fridays: Potential zoom in the morning (TBA)

 

 

 


Mosaic Academy COVID-19 

Planning for Fall (July 2020)


Dear Parents and students, 

Yesterday we were able to participate in a conversation with local health, government, and educational leaders to discuss best plans for the fall to safeguard students and teachers in the light of the continued rise of covid cases in Tarrant County. Based on that conversation, an order was released today that mandates remote learning for area schools until September 28, 2020.   I’ve attached a copy of the official order below for your information. 

Due to the recommendation of local leadership and experts in the field of infectious diseases we will align with these guidelines and will suspend our plans for IN-PERSON learning until this date.  We have provided a brief survey for your family to share any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions that you have regarding this fall and your family’s needs.  

Be assured that our staff have been planning for a remote learning fall semester since we finished our spring semester and so, while we will GREATLY miss the opportunity to start face to face with our beloved students, WE ARE READY!   

PLEASE PARTICIPATE in the conversation with us by completing the survey below, and by attending the Mosaic Academy ZOOM TOWN HALL meeting, Thursday, August 6th, at 6 p.m.  (Zoom link to be provided the week of our meeting.) 

Survey: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedbz-irOnBc72wZ6r8Lc6XKlk8hIXJSi6TGuIatGZOWV7lBQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please join us in continuing to pray for this year. What strong and resilient students we are raising during these challenging days.  How well will they understand that they can do hard things?  We are in this together and are so incredibly grateful for such wonderful home-educating partners!  

It will be a GREAT YEAR, we have each other!

Mrs. Bray l The Mosaic Academy School Board


Mosaic Academy COVID-19 

Planning for Fall (June 2020)


Dear Parents,

Thank you to those parents who were able to join the zoom call last week and bring your questions to our conversation about what our fall could look like for our community. It was a great discussion and your input was helpful.

I would like to start by acknowledging the reality that we are in uncertain times and that we are all making plans based on the information we have today, and that this is a moving target at present.  One of my favorite reminders during times like these, when my world feels very uncertain and I am forced to acknowledge that I am not in control, comes from Psalm 20:7,

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

I’m reminded that though the virus some days feels like it is hovering over my household and my school community, God is MORE present to us all. For all the things that I cannot control, predict, or know for sure (and there are so many…) I WILL TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD MY GOD.

Our staff met immediately after Memorial Day to begin discussing plans for fall, and are having weekly discussions about curriculum, scheduling and safety protocols that will help us maintain a safe and welcoming environment when we are back together. Student safety in all ways, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and academically, is our focus in all preparations and discussions.

As our staff are planning for the year and dreaming about the learning that will take place with our students in the fall, we are putting our plans in the grid of three different scenarios.

 Fall Plans: we will begin on August 25th as scheduled on our calendar

1) Meet together as normal with appropriate safety measures in place. (Safety measures will be addressed a little later in this communication.)
* NOTE: if we find that students, staff or families are beginning to become sick with COVID-19, we will mandate a school-wide closure for a period of 14 (or more) days to limit the spread through our community. We would immediately move to option 3 below, and then return to “normal” once the school-wide quarantine passed. 

2) Bring the number of students together in the building lower by dividing our student body into two learning groups who will meet physically in the building on different learning days:
*  K-4th Tuesday/Thursday (with Wednesday tutoring remaining available for those who desire it.)
*  5-8th graders Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

          ** MDO classes would be available in some form all five days to accommodate bringing our numbers down lower and to provide support for teacher’s pre-school students. (If space allows on M/W/F MDO parents will be allowed the choice of T/TH, or M/F, Wed. classes will be available with either selection.)

3) State mandated closure: we will return to zoom classes for all grades. MDO teachers will also offer zoom interactions to keep student connection.  Limited in-person MDO MAY be available based on state mandates. If we are allowed to offer care for essential workers, and have staff that are comfortable offering this care, we will do so.

It is our hope that if we are ordered back into lockdown that it will be for a shorter time than in the spring.  We also acknowledge that we have NO control over this and that we will follow whatever guidance is necessary to safe-guard the health and well-being of our students.   

*Zoom schedule: a zoom schedule is being created that spreads the learning for our kinder through fourth grade students across the days of the week and allows for some small group learning as well as whole group opportunities for connection.  Fifth through eighth grade students will continue with 3 instructional days but we MAY move their instruction to Monday/Wed/Friday format if needed.

* NORMAL homework pacing and REAL grades will be assessed during this time and teachers will use Google classroom to send and track student work. Students who do not submit work during this period will not pass their classes.  We will be reliant on our home-educating partners to maintain academic rigor. The good news is that you are already partnering with us and so while there will be some extra management required during a closure, you were made for this because you, as parents, are home-educators and you can do it!

We will do our best to offer all specials during this time as well, once a week as is the normal schedule.

Safety measures (as we know today):

MOTHER’S DAY OUT: 

  • ALL staff will have temperature checks upon entry to the building each day
  • MDO: ALL students will be assigned to a single entry point and be limited to 1 adult for drop-off and pick up. NO parents will be allowed to enter the classrooms for any reason to keep our learning groups secure.
  • MDO teachers will wear masks when students are arriving and during greeting. We MAY allow teachers of our younger students to remove masks once in classrooms because it is our belief that our young students will need to see the faces of their teachers to feel safe and secure. Masks can be alarming. We will navigate this as we go choosing protocols that are best for kids.   We also may allow teachers to remove masks when doing big group instruction if students and teacher can be at a distance. (Example: Mrs. Jackie’s circle time, students spread out on the rug and she is at the front of the group at a 6 foot distance reading, teaching calendar and counting skills. )
  • MDO STUDENTS will NOT be asked to wear masks
  • MDO students will wash hands/use hand sanitizer/wipes when changing activities and learning centers. Centers will be cleaned with Lysol at transitions. Toys will be sanitized frequently. Classrooms sanitized daily.
  • We are requesting donations toward the purchase of portable hand washing stations for classroom which are not near restrooms. Our goal is to be able to purchase 4  4.5 gal washing stations for $180.00 each.  We will place them in our toddler classroom, Mrs. Jackie’s room and two for the elementary floor to be shared among the k-2nd and 3-4th grade students.
  • RECESS and PE: will take place as normal outside, one group at a time in a designated space. Teachers will spray equipment upon leaving the area.

UPPER SCHOOL: 

  • ARRIVAL: students will be dropped off in the Washington Street entrance and will go to a designated meeting spot to join class, and will then be escorted to their classroom by the teacher. Students who arrive late can be escorted to classroom door, but parents will not be admitted to the classrooms (for the fall, re-evaluated for spring.)  The first week of school parents of kinder through second grade students may park in the Washington street lot and walk students to the meeting location. AFTER THE FIRST WEEK, we will ask that you pull into the car pool line and dismiss your child from your vehicle to the staff member assigned to welcome and escort students. ALL STUDENTS will meet in socially distanced areas of the sanctuary prior to going to the classrooms. We will likely check temps upon arrival with no contact thermometers. 
  • DISMISSAL: pick-up will take place outside. Teachers will escort students to an outside location to meet parents after school. (Same procedure for after school clubs and activities.)
  • MASKS: we ask students to wear masks upon entry to the building, when moving around the building, and when working in pairs or small groups. When working independently or in large group instruction, masks will not be required. Grace will be extended for kinder through second grade students who find masks to be  difficult or highly distracting! (Grace will be extended to ALL students, by the way!! This WILL be a challenge and we will all do the best we are able!) Older students will follow similar protocols with masks, and will likely wear masks a little more in the classrooms than their younger peers.
  • Hand-sanitizing and hand washing will be a regular routine and will be directed by the teacher during transitions.
  • Students will use their own supplies and will not share community supplies
  • Classroom surfaces will be sanitized daily (AND OFTEN!!)
  • Bathrooms will be sanitized daily. We are also working toward assigning a mid-day sanitation of the restrooms.
  • LUNCH: it is our hope that most days students can eat out of doors as outside is by far the safest place to be. FOR THIS REASON, we will not allow students to access microwaves for the fall semester. We will be re-evaluating this for the spring.
  • PIZZA DAY: we will not be able to offer pizza day, but are investigating the option of Chick-Fil-A orders instead since this would be individually wrapped. (details TBA as appropriate)
  • RECESS and PE: will take place as normal outside, one group at a time in a designated space. Teachers will spray equipment upon leaving the area.
  • We are requesting donations toward the purchase of portable hand washing stations those classrooms that are far from restrooms. Our goal is to be able to purchase 4 4.5 gal washing stations for $180.00 each.   We will place them in our toddler classroom, Mrs. Jackie’s room and two for the elementary floor to be shared among the k-2nd and 3-4th grade students.

Thank you to those of you who have hung in this far in reading this communication! It is a TON of information and I am hopeful that it gives you as  parents some comfort as you join us in planning for a very uncertain fall semester. The uncertainty applies only to HOW we will be teaching and NOT IF we will be teaching. We are writing lesson plans, planning units such as our school wide fall election of a new mascot, science fair, and our spring Project Based learning unit, ” Who is My Neighbor?”  Yesterday, our upper school teachers met together for a socially distanced professional development workshop on reading and we are so excited about what we learned about helping our students become life-long readers !!

Thank you for sending me articles, questions, thoughts and concerns.  I am reading, researching, planning, and praying daily for wisdom, understanding, discernment and most of all for the safety of you, my community. Mostly, I am excited to see us navigate this unique year ahead of us with courage and strength.  It is going to be AMAZING, whatever shape it takes.

Blessings to you all,

Mrs. Bray I The Mosaic Academy School Board


Mosaic Academy COVID-19 

Summer Camps Cancellation (June 2020)


Dear Parents,
We are so sad to inform you that we are cancelling all of our summer camps due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Tarrant County and the guidance regarding increased mandates on mask-wearing and the recommendation to stay home unless it is necessary to be out.  We are very disappointed that we won’t have time with the students this summer, but feel it is best for the health of our students, families, and staff to cancel our summer gatherings.

We are hopeful that with care now we can be together when school starts!  See you in August.

Mrs. Bray I The Mosaic Academy School Board


Mosaic Academy COVID-19

Summer MDO Cancellation (May 2020)


Dear Mother’s Day Out families,

Here is a message we did not want to send!  We are very sorry to inform you that due to safety concerns for our very young students during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have no option but to cancel Mosaic Academy’s Summer Mother’s Day Out (MDO) program this year.  It is with heavy hearts that we won’t get to see your little ones until the Fall!  But we first and foremost want to do everything within our power to ensure the safety of our children, and with the current uncertainty still as to social gatherings and social distancing precautions, it makes for a very difficult decision. We are extremely disappointed about cancelling the summer program, but believe that it’s just a little too early to meet yet as student body and it is in everyone’s best interests to wait until August to fill classes again.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all for the 2020-2021 Fall/Spring academic school year.  Classes are filling up quickly, so do not wait if you are wanting to reserve your child’s spot!  Please visit our website at www.mosaicacademy.org to re-enroll your child into the new school year.  Please reach out if you are struggling with re-enrollment.  You can call our office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 817-204-0300 or reply to this email.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you come August!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bray I The Mosaic Academy School Board


Mosaic Academy Classroom Closure (April 2020)


To our Mosaic Academy Families,

Governor Abbott gave a press conference this afternoon where he stated that he is mandating that all schools remain closed through the spring semester.  I am devastated by this news! I guess I was holding out in a little bit of my heart that we could be together again in May for a week or two at least! There are no words!

Here is what was said today:

“Abbott said he has been advised that it would be unsafe to allow people to gather at schools at this time and ordered classrooms closed for the remainder of the year.

“Today’s executive order also addresses schools. The team of doctors advising us have determined that it would be unsafe to allow students to gather in schools for the foreseeable future. As a result, school classrooms are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year,” Abbott said. “That includes, all public, private and higher education institutions.”

Classes can still be held online and teachers are going to be allowed to return to school for video instruction if they wish or to perform administrative duties or to clean out their classrooms.

The governor said schools, including public, private K-12 programs as well as colleges and universities, would receive guidance on how to conclude programs and hold graduations as well as how to offer summer semesters.”

DESPITE OUR CLOSURE, our teachers are planning of some community events for our students:

  • We will hold our pre-k awards via zoom! DATE TBA
  • We will hold our poetry slam and upper school awards via zoom! DATE TBA
  • We HOPE to hold our MDO SUMMER SESSION. We will know more about this mid-May and will announce start date for these preschool classes in a couple weeks as further guidance becomes available.

Blessings to you all,

Mrs. Bray I The Mosaic Academy School Board


Mosaic Academy COVID-19 Information (March 2020)


Dear Mosaic Academy Community, 

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to help safeguard the health and well-being of our students, staff, and their families Mosaic Academy will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. 

Our upper school students will have online sessions via digital conferencing tools.   Our staff will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, to plan for our video classes, and to do some deep cleaning in our classrooms.  Dates and times of student online class sessions will be available Tuesday evening as well as detailed instructions for accessing the meetings.  These will be posted on your student’s assignment sheet pages as well as general information via email. 

If your student does not have a device that will allow them to video conference, you may contact your child’s teacher and we will make arrangements for a device to be checked out for your student’s use.  They can use a cell phone, laptop or PC.  Video capability is preferable, but students can call in via phone and participate as well. 

We will all continue to practice good health and hygiene practices while at home. Here are as a reference the general guidelines to follow:

  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Closing is never our first choice in any situation and we will do our best to keep our upper school students productive during these days.  

Blessings to you all, stay well!

Mrs. Bray | The Mosaic Academy School Board