December 2021 Newsletter

November 30, 2021

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: November 2021 – From our community supporters, to our parents and staff, Team Mainspring commenced the season of giving: Our school received a generous donation from the Fortegra Foundation that will support the major needs of the school and enhance the programming currently offered to students. Students planted their first seeds in the farmstand granted to the school by Lettuce Grow and Seeds of Change Therapy. Ms. Lindsay led her art students in making handmade soaps for our annual holiday Gift Grams project. HEAL Foundation, Champion Cycling, and community donors worked together to bring joy to our students after October’s tricycle theft, by generously donating replacement tricycles. Our students and their families came together for our Thanksgiving luncheon with the warm help of some of our parent volunteers. Mainspring is so grateful to our community, families, and staff for the many opportunities we are able to provide for our students thanks to their support, compassion, and generosity.


Saturday, December 4th- Saturday Service Day for “International Volunteer Day” (10:00am-3:00pm)


Monday, December 13th – Staff Holiday Bakeoff

Tuesday, December 14th – Staff Christmas Door Decorating Contest

Wednesday, December 15th – Schoolwide Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Thursday, December 16th – Polar Express Holiday Pajama Party

Friday, December 17th – NO SCHOOL FOR TEACHER PLANNING DAY/ Staff Holiday Party

Monday, December 20th – Friday, December 31st – NO SCHOOL for WINTER BREAK

Friday, January 7th- Signed Contract and Deposit Due for February 8-11 Intersession

Friday, January 14th- Full Payment Due for February 8-11 Intersession

Friday, January 28th – Special Olympics Flag Football (12:00-2:00pm, Volunteers needed 11:00-2:00pm)


Tuesday, November 30thFriday, December 31st – Giving Tuesday/ End-of-Year Fundraising. Parents may receive participation hours for funds raised or donated.

Saturday, December 4th – Saturday Service Day for International Volunteer Day. Volunteers will be needed to help sort and wrap student Christmas gifts, which will be distributed during the December 16th Polar Express event. Volunteers will also be needed to help address and pack donor Christmas cards and Gift Grams for mailing. All volunteers are asked to bring: scissors, tape, at least 2 rolls of wrapping paper, sharpies, (optional – gift label stickers and postage stamps). There may also be projects around the school needing completed (TBD).

Thursday, December 16th – Polar Express Holiday Pajama Party. Several volunteers will be needed to set up Christmas stations along the “train path” around the school. This event will be similar to Trunk or Treat, but parents can sign up for any of the optional table themes. More information on themes and this event have been sent out via email and Class Dojo!

Friday, January 28th – Special Olympics Flag Football. 15 volunteers will be needed from 11am-2pm at the duPont YMCA at 7373 Old King’s Rd. S., Jacksonville, FL, 32217. Volunteers will be assigned to manage different individual skills stations, log scores, and total scores. This is a great opportunity for an employee volunteer project. Please email Peyton Esparza at [email protected] if you may be interested in volunteering.

Parent-led Fundraiser Planning – Parents may receive participation hours for raffle prizes and sponsorships secured for the February parent fundraiser.

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.

Mr. Casey
December 7th

Ms. Stephanie
December 12th

December 13th

December 22nd

Ms. Peyton-
December 29th

Click here to view the schedule!


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!


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