October 2021 Newsletter

September 27, 2021

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: September 2021 – Our students celebrated National Day of Charity with a School Spirit Week in gratitude of all of our volunteers, donors, and Board of Directors. On Tuesday, students and staff wore green to represent their kindness and compassion and decorated each classroom door with kind messages. On Wednesday, they dressed as their favorite superheroes and received a special visit and storybook reading from Zone 2 of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, each classroom celebrated Team Player Day by wearing their favorite team jerseys; they also chose their favorite school vendor and completed a Kindness Project to send them. We closed out the week on Friday by celebrating the many cultures at Mainspring with a Diversity Day banquet which included a special visit from our Board of Directors.


Monday, October 11th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students for Teacher Planning Day

Tuesday, October 12th – Friday, October 15th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students unless enrolled in Intersession

Thursday, October 21st – Back to the Future Day. Students and staff are encouraged to dress like they’re in their favorite decade!

Friday, October 22nd – Each parent is asked to bring the equivalent of 50 pieces of Halloween candy by this date. Candy with nuts will not be accepted. We will also not accept candy that is expired, removed from original packaging, or easily twisted open (no Tootsie Rolls, twist-open lollipops, twist-open mints, etc.) Ms. Amy, Evie, Michelle, and Lisa’s classes, please send gluten-free candies (Skittles, Swedish Fish, Airheads, Sour Patch, etc).

Saturday, October 23rd – Saturday Service Day for “National Make a Difference Day”.

Monday, October 25th-Friday, October 28th – FALL FESTIVITIES WEEK

Monday, October 25th- Mismatch Monday – Staff and students are welcome to dress in mismatched clothing!

Tuesday, October 26th –Twin Tuesday– Students and staff are welcome to pick someone (student or staff) to dress alike.

Wednesday, October 27th – Pajama Day

Thursday, October 28th – Plaid Day and School-Wide Fall Field Trip (pending COVID status) – Staff and students are welcome to wear flannel/ plaid. Typically, we schedule a school-wide field trip to a farm or corn maze.

Friday, October 29th – Trunk or Treat – Students and staff are welcome to wear Halloween costumes! Parents, please send your child with a bag or candy bucket! Several parent volunteers will be needed to use their creativity skills to decorate their vehicle trunks to distribute candy to the students.

Monday, November 1st – School T-Shirt orders with cash or checks, due to Ms. Peyton no later than 2:45pm

Wednesday, November 17th- Vision is Priceless student vision screening (9:30am-11:00am)

Friday, November 19th – Thanksgiving Luncheon (Details TBD)

Monday, November 22nd – Friday, November 26th – SCHOOL CLOSED to staff and students for Thanksgiving Break

Friday November 26th-Monday, November 29th – Black Friday/Cyber Monday -Don’t forget to make your purchases from smile.amazon.com and choose Mainspring Academy as your charity so that a portion of your purchase will be donated to our school!

Tuesday, November 30th – Giving Tuesday Launch


Silent Auction – Our teachers have put together a silent auction to go towards their fundraiser for playground equipment. Please click here to participate!

Saturday, October 23rd- Saturday Service Day for “National Make a Difference Day”. – Volunteers will be needed to help touch up the school! 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.

Thursday, October 28th – Fall School-wide Field Trip (pending COVID-19 status). Parents are welcome to earn participation hours by assisting with this event. Please keep in mind that hours are not given for chaperoning. Parent volunteers will be assigned to specific roles and tasks to assist teachers.

Friday, October 29th – Trunk or Treat. Several parent volunteers will be needed from 11:30pm-1:30 to decorate their vehicles and distribute candy. If you will be participating, please contact Sabrena at [email protected] to sign up!

Wednesday, November 17th – Vision Screening. (2) parents needed from 9:30am-11:30am to help facilitate. Please email Sabrena at [email protected] to sign up, first come first serve.

Monday, November 29th – Christmas decorations. (2) parents needed to help decorate the lobby and put up the Christmas tree. Please email Sabrena at [email protected] to sign up, first come first serve.

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

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


Show your Mainspring Pride and support our school with a 2021-2022 school t-shirt! Ms. Peyton will be taking orders until no later than 2:45pm Monday, November 1st, 2021. Sizes come in Youth Small, YM, and YL, Adult Small, AM, AL, AXL, A2XL, and A3XL. Youth t-shirts are $20 and Adult $25! The t- shirts are 60% cotton and 40% polyester in a dark navy blue. If you would like to purchase some, please email Peyton at [email protected] or order at the front desk. Cash or checks only by no later than November 1st, 2021! (Once they come in, they must be picked up or we can send them home with a student or staff member. We unfortunately cannot ship them.) Thank you so much for your support!!!

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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October 10th

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October 13th

October 15th

October 24th

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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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