January 2022 Newsletter

December 26, 2021

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: December 2021 – Team Mainspring closed out a magical 2021 by bringing back the annual Christmas Polar Express Pajama Party: Our school received a generous donation from Bamba Box that ensured personalized Christmas gifts for each of our students. Parent, staff, and community supporters worked together to support the memorable day “all aboard the Polar Express”! Additionally, Ms. Lindsay, our art teacher, led the students in creating homemade handsoaps to support Mainspring’s end-of-year “Gift Gram” fundraising. As we prepare for 2022, the staff, students, and families of Mainspring Academy would like to extend our gratitude to: Fortegra, The MaryEllen Willis Foundation, Looking Out Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Petway Family, and US Assure for their kindness and generosity in providing funding for SMART interactive whiteboard displays for each of our eight classrooms. Assistive technology will make a huge impact on the learning, participation, and overall educational experience of all of our students! We would also like to thank the Borkowski Family Foundation for their generous support of adaptive yoga at our school. By the 2022-2023 school year, Mainspring Academy is looking forward to furthering our mission by providing exciting additional programming and technology that is even more tailored to fit the unique needs of our students.


Saturday, January 1st – Monday, January 31st, 2022 Registration OPEN for Miles for Mainspring Virtual Step Challenge Parent Fundraiser to benefit a music therapy program at Mainspring Academy.
Register HERE today!!!

Monday, January 3rd – BACK TO SCHOOL

Friday, January 7th – Signed contracts and $50 deposits due (for February 8-11, 2022) Intersession

Friday, January 14th- Full payments due (for February 8-11, 2022) Intersession

Monday, January 17th – NO SCHOOL for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 28th – Completed Val Pal Questionnaires Due from participating students and staff

Friday, January 28th – Intent to reenroll forms due

Friday, January 28th -CANCELLED-Special Olympics Flag Football at the duPont YMCA: 7373 Old Kings Rd. S, Jacksonville, FL, 32217. Event open to students and guests 12:00pm-2:00pm on the YMCA field (may be moved to the YMCA gym in case of rain or frigid weather). Students in attendance must participate in the event as there will be no staff at the school, nor staff available to sit with students. Students not participating must be picked up from Mainspring no later than 10:45am. VOLUNTEER GROUPS OF 10-15 NEEDED. Volunteers must be signed up with school coordinators and be available 11:00am-2:00pm (details below).

Monday, January 31st – Miles for Mainspring pledge forms and donation collections for extra raffle entries due by 3:00pm

Friday, February 4th Val Pal Questionnaire trade

Tuesday, February 8th- Friday, February 11th- NO SCHOOL unless enrolled in Intersession

Monday, February 14th- Schoolwide Val Pal Exchange, Miles for Mainspring Launch Day Parade and Ice Cream Social

Monday, February 14th-Monday February 21st, 2022 – MILES FOR MAINSPRING VIRTUAL STEP CHALLENGE

Monday- February 14th – Day 1 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 1 raffle winner announced Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday- February 15th – Day 2 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 2 raffle winner announced Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday- February 16th – Day 3 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 3 raffle winner announced Thursday afternoon.

Thursday- February 17th – Day 4 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 4 raffle winner announced Friday afternoon.

Friday- February 18th – Day 5 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 5 raffle winner announced Saturday afternoon.

Saturday- February 19th – Day 6 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 6 raffle winner announced Sunday afternoon.

Sunday- February 20th – Day 7 proof of steps due by 11:59pm. Day 7 raffle winner announced Monday afternoon.

Tuesday- February 22nd- Grand prize raffle winner announced for registrants who completed all 7 days, by afternoon

Monday, February 21st – NO SCHOOL for President’s Day


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.

Monday, February 14th – Parents needed to help donate icecream and toppings for Valentines Day Icecream Social

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.

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Ms. Dina
January 9th

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January 31st

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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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