September 2021 Newsletter

August 31, 2021

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: August 2021 – After a busy planning week preparing our classrooms and thanks to the help of our wonderful parent volunteers, our students had a productive, engaging, and well-adjusted first month of school. Students have even had the opportunity to enjoy the return of programs such as art, yoga, music, and Food Truck Fridays!


Monday, September 6th – SCHOOL CLOSED

Wednesday, September 8th – Signed Intersession Contracts and Deposits Due

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. Students and staff are encouraged to 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 from 11am- 1pm to celebrate the many different cultures of Mainspring!

Monday, September 13th – Intersession Full Payments Due

Wednesday, September 15th – School T- Shirt Order Forms and Cash/Checks Due from Staff and Students.

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

Friday, October 8th – Special Olympics Basketball (pending COVID status) (12:00pm-2:00pm), duPont Family YMCA 7373 Old King’s Rd S, Jacksonville, FL, 32217

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.


Teacher Fundraiser Nights – Parents may receive (1) participation hour per night for attending a teacher(s) fundraising night! A percentage of proceeds from meals will help our school towards our Fall staff-led fundraiser for playground equipment.

Sunday, September 12th – Ms. Michelle’s Fundraiser Night– Smoothie King (4:00pm-9:00pm), 550 Durbin Pavilion Dr. 20 RSVP’s needed in order for the event to take place. Please RSVP HERE and attend!

Tuesday, September 14th – Ms. Paige and Ms. Amy’s Fundraiser Night – Chipotle (5:00pm-9:00pm), 4865 Towncenter Pkwy Ste 1. You can also order online on this date and within this time frame with the promo code W9QV2W4 . $150 in total sales are needed for the restaurant to donate to the school.

Friday, September 24th – Mr. Dan’s Fundraiser Night – Flame Broiler (4:00pm-9:00pm), 7159 Phillips Hwy. 20 RSVP’s needed in order for the event to take place. Please RSVP HERE and attend!

Parent-led Fundraiser Planning – Parents may receive participation hours for attending the Zoom parent-led fundraiser meeting on Monday, August 30th at 5:30pm and any subsequent independent arrangements and planning.

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. Staff and families, please sign up HERE to indicate the dish you will be bringing. We will also need parents to help serve to students!

Friday, October 8th – Special Olympics Basketball (pending COVID status). 12-15 volunteers will be needed to run each station and calculate scores. Volunteers must be at the location no later than 11:00pm and help with cleanup at 2:00pm. Please contact Sabrena at [email protected] if you or your group are interested in helping!

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-12:30 to decorate their vehicles and distribute candy. If you will be participating, please contact Sabrena at [email protected] to sign up!

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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September 10th

September 11th

September 13th

September 15th

Ms. Kim
September 16th

September 22nd

Ms. Jenn
September 29th

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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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