Sabrena Snow

August 2021 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: Summer 2021 – Thanks to HEAL Foundation’s support for our Nature Discovery Summer Camp Program, our campers had a wonderful time exploring with weekly community outings. Students stayed dry during a storm and bowled at Main Event Jacksonville, hiked at Tree Hill Nature Center, explored Jacksonville history at Ft. Caroline Monument and Timucuan Trail, and had a wild encounter with Amy the ball python from the Jacksonville Zoo 2 You Educational Outreach Program!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, July 31st – Saturday Service Day (10:00am-3:00pm)

Tuesday, August 10th – Meet the Teacher (Time TBD)

Wednesday, August 11th – First Day of School for Mainspring Students

Tuesday, August 17th – National Nonprofit Day Fundraiser Launch

Monday, September 6th – SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday, September 7th – Friday, September 10th – MAINSPRING SPIRIT WEEK

Tuesday, September 7th – Show Your Kindness Colors. In color psychology, GREEN symbolizes compassion, nurturing, and kindness. Wear green in honor of the kindness of our donors, volunteers, and Board. Staff will decorate their doors with a green theme.

Wednesday, September 8th – Superhero Day. Students and staff are welcome to dress like their favorite superheroes! The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be visiting the school beginning at 10am and a special guest will be stopping by to read the students a superhero story at 1:00pm.

Thursday, September 9th – Team Player Day and Kindness Challenge. Students and staff are welcome to dress representing their favorite sports teams! Each class will complete their kindness challenge in honor of the kindness of our donors, volunteers, and Board.

Friday, September 10th – Diversity Day. Students and staff are encouraged to dress in traditional clothing and bring in their favorite dish from their family’s country of origin. Our Board will be joining us to celebrate the many different cultures of Mainspring!

Friday, September 17th – Jaguar Spirit Day. Staff and students are welcome to celebrate the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Homecoming Game by wearing their favorite Jags apparel.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Saturday, July 31st – Saturday Service Day – Volunteers will be needed to help prepare our campus for the students’ return! This is a great opportunity for anyone that needs to make up parent participation hours or get a head start on yours for the upcoming school year. It is also a great opportunity for any families with employee, mission, sport, school, or other groups that need volunteer credit. In addition, we get many comments from parents who enjoy the opportunity to get to know other parents and staff and build a sense of community. We highly encourage families and staff to attend. Help will be needed in general school cleaning and organizing, painting, moving furniture, building furniture, patching holes, minor repairs, hanging décor, and helping any teachers who may need it in their classrooms. A lot more work inside the building will be needed than the last service day in April! Future Saturday service days will be scheduled for: 10/23 for National Make a Difference Day, 12/4 for International Volunteer Day, and 4/23 for National Volunteer Week.

Friday, September 10th – Mainspring Spirit Week Diversity Day – Volunteers will be needed to bring in food from their countries of origin to help celebrate the many cultures of Mainspring Academy. A SignUpGenius will be sent out for this event!

Parents, if you have not already, please join our MSA Parent Support Facebook Group here. Please join our MSA Community Group for volunteer, sponsorship, and donation opportunities here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Jude
August 2nd

Ms. Bianca
August 2nd

Logan
August 10th

Julian
August 21st

Alison
August 25th

Lincoln
August 30th

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating to our school, please click here. For our community supply wishlist, please click here. For our Amazon wishlist, please click here. Give us a call at (904)503-0344 or email our Director of Student and Community Affairs Sabrena Snow at [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to set up a tour of the school!

How to Apply for the McKay Scholarship

The McKay Scholarship is one of several options under Florida’s school choice programs. These programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting- public or private- considering their child’s individual needs. The McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities provides students who have an IEP or 504 plan the opportunity to attend a participating private school, such as Mainspring Academy. In addition to the private school option, parents may also choose to enroll their child in an in-district or out-of-district public school of their choice.

Most of the students at Mainspring are McKay Scholarship recipients and utilize the funding to offset tuition. Whether you choose Mainspring, or another approved private school option, the McKay Scholarship program may help your family cover the costs of tuition until your child’s 22nd birthday.

Dina Parisi, Mainspring Academy’s Head of School has created this quick tutorial to show you how to determine eligibility and file intent for the McKay Scholarship. If you have questions regarding the McKay scholarship, or other scholarship options, please click here to contact us or call (904) 503-0344.

Mainspring Academy Goes Virtual!

Mainspring Academy staff have been hard at work implementing distance learning in order to deliver quality instruction to our special education students during the school closure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

School faculty are interacting remotely through live, interactive Zoom classes. Classes start off with a morning meeting similar to their daily classroom routine and include peer greetings, interactive songs with movement, and teacher interaction through comprehension of the calendar, weather, and relevant current events. Teachers present academic lessons provided by a curriculum used during the normal school year, Unique Learning System (ULS). Students are also able to independently interact with their ULS student accounts to review that week’s lesson on their own time. Classes also touch on weekly themes tailored to what they are working on in the classroom, such as hygiene, chores, cleaning, animals, and more!

In addition to live class meetings, students are also offered interactive, online learning opportunities through Raz-Kids, Brain Pop Jr., i-Ready, Boom Learning, and individual worksheets and reading assignments. Teacher’s Assistants are also uploading weekly supplemental lessons to our YouTube channel, not only maintaining the enrichment activities we typically provide like art, PE, dance, music, and vocational lessons, but also adding new activities such as cooking and Zumba.  Our students are doing an amazing job adapting to their new routine and are engaged, especially when they see their friends!

During this time of uncertainty, Mainspring is proud to say we have created a rich online experience for our students, giving them the consistency they deserve!  We would like to thank our parents for their continued flexibility and for their commitment to their children’s education.  We truly have a wonderful school community!  For calendar updates, please click here