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October 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: September 2022 – Staff and students celebrated Spirit Week expressing gratitude to our donors, volunteers, Board of Directors, and local law enforcement officers. We closed the week with Diversity Day, a showcase of foods from the many different cultures at Mainspring. Staff hosted a fun Zootopia-themed Parent Night Out to raise funds that will go towards an enhanced school security system.

Mainspring Academy is excited to have received a generous $50,000 donation from Fortegra Foundation which will provide many opportunities as we begin our expansion later this school year. We are also grateful to have received grant funding from Autism Speaks for an adaptive art curriculum from Indigo Art Therapy and Florida Autism License Plates for adaptive physical education from Adaptive Personal Training.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please visit our Parent’s Corner for all forms listed below as well as all due dates, closures, and events for the 2022-2023 school year.

Monday, October 3rd- Tuition due by 3:00pm

Tuesday, October 4th- Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting in the cafeteria, 9:15am. More information about the PAC>

Monday, October 10th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students for Teacher Planning Day

Tuesday, October 11- Friday, October 14– SCHOOL CLOSED to students unless enrolled in Fall Intersession

Monday, October 17th – Extended Day and Tuition Payments due by 3:00pm

Wednesday, October 19th – Last Day of the Quarter

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

Saturday, October 22nd- Saturday Service Day for “National Make A Difference Day (10:00am to 3:00pm)

Wednesday, October 26th – Halloween Candy due from all MSA parents. Each class will be assigned different candies/items. Treats will be for the school Trunk or Treat event, and not for the classroom. Candies must be individually wrapped for safety and sanitary reasons.

Amy’s Class
50+ pack of Skittles & 50+ pack of Airheads
Paige’s Class
50+ pack of Starbursts & 50+ pack of temporary tattoos
Jeff’s Class
25+ pack of mini fidget toys & 50+ pack of Nerds
Kim’s Class
50+ pack of gummy candies (individually wrapped) & 50+ pack of Jolly Ranchers
Lisa’s Class
50+ pack of Sour Patch Kids & 50+ pack of Twizzlers (individually wrapped)
Liz’s Class
50+ pack of Gummy Life Savers (individually wrapped) & 50+ flat-sealed lollipops
Callie’s Class
25+ Pop Rocks & 50+ pack of Laffy Taffy’s
Jenn’s Class
50+ pack of Now & Laters & 50+ pack of Dots (individually wrapped)
Sara’s Class
25+ pack of mini slime & 25+ pack of ring pops
Shermaine’s Class
50+ pack of Smarties & 50+ pack of stickers

Friday, October 28th- Flannel Friday: Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their favorite plaid/flannel shirts.

Monday, October 31st – Trunk or Treat

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, October 4th– Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting , 9:15am in the cafeteria

Saturday, October 22nd- Saturday Service Day for “National Make A Difference Day (10:00am to 3:00pm). Please email Sabrena at [email protected] to sign up!

Monday, October 31st – Trunk or Treat. SignupGenius TBD

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!

Aiden-
October 1st

Julia M.-
October 10th

Diana-
October 11th

Ms. Jen W.
October 13th

Taliyah
October 15th

Sadie D.
October 21st

Nathan
October 24th

Grace
October 27th

Riley
October 28th

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating funds to our school, please click here. If you are interested in donating items to our school, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, 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!


September 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: August 2022 – Students were off to a great start l in the first few weeks of school! SMART Interactive Whiteboard installation is now complete and students are already taking advantage of this classroom tool to progress in their learning!

Parents, If you’ve been looking to have a night out while someone you trust watches the kids, you’re in luck! Saturday, September 17 from 4-7pm, Mainspring Academy staff will be hosting a Zootopia-themed Parent Night Out. Children will be able to enjoy the movie “Zootopia”, crafts, playtime, and dinner while you have a night out to yourselves! We are raising funds to enhance our school’s current security system. Registration will be a $50 flat fee for the night per child, with $15 for each additional child. Waivers and fees are due no later than Friday, September 9, 2022 by 3:00pm. Waiver and payment instructions been updated on the Parent Corner of our website under the “Parent Night Out” tab.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please visit our Parent’s Corner for all forms listed below as well as all due dates, closures, and events for the 2022-2023 school year.

Thursday, September 1st – Look out for FES-UA

Thursday, September 1st –Tuition due by 3:00pm

Monday, September 5th – SCHOOL CLOSED for Labor Day

***SPIRIT WEEK 9/6-9/9***

Tuesday, September 6th –Spirit Day/ Show your Kindness Colors. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their Mainspring Academy t-Shirts OR any outfit incorporating blue and green. Staff will decorate their doors with a blue and green theme with messages of gratitude for our donors, volunteers, and Board of Directors.

Wednesday, September 7th– Superhero Day. Students and staff are encouraged to dress like their favorite superheroes, or with t-shirts honoring their favorite superheroes! The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be visiting the school beginning at 10:00am.

Thursday, September 8th– Team Player Day and Kindness Challenge. Students and staff are encouraged to dress in jerseys or t-shirts representing their favorite sports teams! Each class will complete their kindness challenge in honor of our Board of Directors.

Friday, September 9th– Diversity Day. Students and staff are encouraged to dress representing their cultures. Parents and staff are invited to sign up to bring a dish from their cultures to share for all to try.

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Tuesday, September 6th – Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting in the cafeteria, 9:15am. More information about the PAC>

Friday, September 9th – Intersession (October 11-14) Deposit and Contract due by 3:00pm

Friday, September 9th – “Wild About Safety” Parent Night Out Waiver and Payment due by 3:00pm

Thursday, September 15th- Extended Day Fees due by 3:00pm

Friday, September 16 – Jacksonville Jaguars Spirit Day. Staff and students are encouraged to celebrate the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Homecoming Game by wearing their favorite Jags jerseys or t-shirts.

Saturday, September 17th – “Wild About Safety” Parent Night Out, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Fall Intersession Full Payment due by 3:00pm

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, September 6th– Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting , 9:15am in the cafeteria

Friday, September 9th- Volunteers will be needed to bring in dishes, serve, and clean up! Sign up HERE.

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!

Jaelyn-
September 4th

Sam-
August 2nd

Olivia-
September 13th

Luke
September 15th

Molly
September 22nd

Ms. Jenn B.
September 29th

Ms. Dominique
September 30th

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating funds to our school, please click here. If you are interested in donating items to our school, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, 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!


August 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: July 2022 – Thanks to the support of HEAL Foundation, our students had the opportunity to experience a fun STEAM Summer Camp Program dancing and painting with Champaint77 Mobile Paint Program, making tie dye shirts for their Mathletes obstacle course, and checking out dinosaurs at MOSH.

Our parent volunteers also worked very hard during our first Saturday Service Day of the year to beautify the school and prepare for our students’ first day!

We are excited to begin another wonderful school year!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please visit our Parent’s Corner for all forms listed below as well as all due dates, closures, and events for the 2022-2023 school year.

Monday, August 1st – Tuition due by 3:00pm

Wednesday, August 10th – First Day of School and School Supplies due (parents will be receiving a list from their child’s teacher)

Friday, August 12th –School T-Shirt Order Forms and Cash/Check only due by 3:00pm

Monday, August 15th– Extended School Day Fees due by 3:00pm

Tuesday, August 16th– Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting and breakfast at 9:15am in the cafeteria. More information about the PAC>

Wednesday, August 17th – National Nonprofit Day and Staff Fundraiser Launch

Wednesday, August 31st – Special Olympics Florida forms due by 9:00am

Thursday, September 1st – FES-UA Quarter 1

Thursday, September 1st – Tuition due by 3:00pm

Monday, September 5th – SCHOOL CLOSED for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6th – Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting at 9:15am in the cafeteria. More information about the PAC>

  • Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, September 9, 2022 – SPIRIT WEEK
    • Tuesday, September 6 – Show Your Kindness Colors
      • Students and staff are encouraged to wear their Mainspring Academy t-Shirts OR any outfit incorporating blue and green. Staff will decorate their doors with a blue and green theme.
    • Wednesday, September 7- Superhero Day
      • Students and staff are encouraged to dress like their favorite superheroes, or with t-shirts honoring their favorite superheroes! The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be visiting the school beginning at 10am.
    • Thursday, September 8 – Team Player Day and Kindness Challenge
      • Students and staff are encouraged to dress in jerseys or t-shirts representing their favorite sports teams! Each class will complete their kindness challenge in honor of their chosen vendors.
    • Friday, September 9 – TBD – Diversity Day/Board Appreciation Event*
      • Students and staff are encouraged to dress representing their cultures.

Friday, September 9- Fall Intersession (Oct.10-14) Contract and Deposit Fee due by 3:00pm

Thursday, September 15- Extended Day due by 3:00pm

Friday, September 16 – Jacksonville Jaguars Spirit Day

  • Staff and students are encouraged to celebrate the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Homecoming Game by wearing their favorite Jags jerseys or t-shirts.

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Fall Intersession Full Payment due by 3:00pm

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, August 16th– Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting , 9:15am in the cafeteria – A SignUpGenius will be created for breakfast items for the meeting. TBD.

Tuesday, September 6th- Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting , 9:15am in the cafeteria

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

Alison-
August 25th

Godfrey
August 27th

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating funds to our school, please click here. If you are interested in donating items to our school, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, 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!


July 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: June 2022 – Our students and staff celebrated the start of summer by dressing up for Cruiseday Tuesday and cooled down with friends on Summer Splash Day for the last day of school.

Mainspring is excited to share the news about our new passenger van! Next school year, vocational classes will be able to engage in regular community-based learning, and all classes will be able to schedule more frequent fun outings. We are so grateful to our friends at Fortegra for helping to make these opportunities possible for our students!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please visit our Parent’s Corner for all forms listed below as well as all due dates, closures, and events for the 2022-2023 school year.

Friday, July 15th – Tuition due by 3:00pm (Card, check, money order, or cashier’s check only)

Friday, July 22nd – Updated Immunizations and Physical forms from no earlier than the year 2021, Birth Certificates, completed Student Enrollment Packets, and completed Extended School Day Forms due no later than 9:00am

Saturday, July 30th – 10:00am-3:00pm Saturday Service Day for First Day of School Prep (Volunteers needed, see below)

Monday, August 1st – Tuition due by 3:00pm

Wednesday, August 10th – First Day of School and School Supplies due (parents will be receiving a list from their child’s teacher)

Friday, August 12th –School T-Shirt Order Forms and Cash/Check only due by 3:00pm

Monday, August 15th– Extended School Day Fees due by 3:00pm

Tuesday, August 16th– Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting and breakfast at 9:15am in the cafeteria. More information about the PAC>

Wednesday, August 17th – National Nonprofit Day and Staff Fundraiser Launch

Wednesday, August 31st – Special Olympics Florida forms due by 9:00am

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Saturday, July 30th, 2022, 10:00am-3:00pm – Saturday Service Day for First Day of School Prep – Volunteers will be needed to help touch up the school! This is a great opportunity for anyone that needs to get a head start on your 10 parent participation hours 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. Future Saturday Service days will be scheduled for: 10/22 for National Make a Difference Day, 12/3 for International Volunteer Day, and 4/22 for National Volunteer Week. Please put your name on the volunteer list by emailing Nicole at [email protected]. We will email additional details that week!

Tuesday, August 16th– Open Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting , 9:15am in the cafeteria – A SignUpGenius will be created for breakfast items for the meeting. TBD.

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!

Ms. Liz
July 1st

Teddy-
July 1st

Miles-
July 12th

Eliza
July 16th

Ms. Nicole
July 17th

Ms. Amy
July 20th

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating funds to our school, please click here. If you are interested in donating items to our school, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, 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!


June 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: May 2022 – Making Strides for Autism toured the school, then generously gifted 5 sensory bags to classrooms, which included noise-canceling headphones, weighted lap pads, sensory toys, and PECS cards.

Parents and students came together to celebrate Mainspring teachers and staff for Teacher Appreciation Week 2022. They decorated the teachers’ curriculum room, provided a large breakfast, sent kind notes from home, gifted movie snack kits with Redbox gift cards, and painted flower pots!

Families attending Mainspring Academy for the 2022-2023 School Year,

Please remember that updated physicals and immunizations will be due prior to the 1st day of school in August. Along with your enrollment forms we will send over the summer and first tuition payment in July, your child may not come in the first day until these have been given to Nicole. Appointments at doctor’s offices typically fill up fast for summer for physicals and immunizations, so please make appointments early! Physicals and immunization dates can be no older than from the year 2021. If you need an update, you should have gotten an email from Nicole. Next summer, physical and immunization forms can be no older than from the year 2022, so it may even be worth it to go ahead and get this done regardless. For some parents, a new appointment may not be needed and you may simply need to call your doctor’s office and ask if you can pick up an updated form.

Please remember Mainspring does not provide these forms. The forms are called the “Florida Certification of Immunization DH-680” and “State of Florida School Entry Health Form”. New parents, if your child has a religious exemption from immunizations, we will need a copy of this on file. Here are links to what they look like. Your doctor’s office should already be keeping these on file internally: (Physical Form), (Immunization form). Thank you!!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, June 3rd – Summer Camp Week 2 (6/27-7/1) payment due by 3:00pm

Friday, June 10th – Summer Camp Week 3 (7/11-7/15) payment due by 3:00pm

Tuesday, June 14th – Cruiseday Tuesday. Celebrate the start of summer by dressing up like you’re on your way to a tropical vacation!

Wednesday, June 15th – Remaining Parent Participation Balance Fees due by 3:00pm

Wednesday, June 15th – Last day to close parent accounts for the 2022-2023 school year. Remaining tuition, extended day, and other payments due by 3:00pm

Thursday, June 16th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Summer Splash Day Celebration, 11:00am-2:00pm. ***THERE WILL BE NO AFTERCARE***

Friday, June 17th – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR TEACHER PLANNING DAY

Friday, June 17th – Summer Camp Week 4 (7/18-7/22) payment due by 3:00pm

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Friday, June 17th- 10:00am-2:00pm Summer Splash Day – Volunteers will be needed for setup, the event, and cleanup. Items are also needed. Please sign up here!

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!

Ms. Callie
June 3rd

Connor L.
June 4th

Ms. Lindsay-
June 6th

Colten
June 11th

Turner
June 28th








FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating funds to our school, please click here. If you are interested in donating items to our school, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, 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!


May 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: April 2022 – Mainspring Academy’s Board of Directors generously hosted Bourbon and Bites 2022, an exciting banquet fundraiser to benefit Mainspring Academy’s tuition hardship program, which provides families with financial challenges funding to pay for their child’s specialized education. Guests enjoyed a four-course meal with whiskey pairings, prepared by Fish Camp executive chefs.

Mainspring students, staff, volunteers, and parents enjoyed the first Special Olympics event (Track & Field) after a long pandemic hiatus. Students participated in shotput, long jump, 30-yard dash, and 50-yard dash events.

Congratulations to all of our students who participated! Here are our Blue, Red, and Yellow-Ribbon Track and Field Athletes:

Blue (First Place) –
Group A – Maddox and Colten
Group B- Jaelyn
Group C- KJ
Group D- Lincoln

Red (Second Place) –
Group A – Anish, Jude, and Ethan
Group B- Connor S.
Group C- Jeremiah
Group D- Sebastian

Yellow (Third Place) –
Group A – Austin
Group B- Alison
Group C- Tanner and Nealie
Group D- Gabe

Summer Camp 2022 enrollment for Mainspring Academy students ended Monday, April 11th. Open enrollment for non-Mainspring families began Monday, April 11th and ends Friday, May 6th. Non-Mainspring families interested in Summer Camp enrollment for their child must set up a tour and observation session at Mainspring, as well as submit their child’s IEP and/or psychological evaluation prior to submitting an application. Click here to receive a phone call to schedule your tour and observation session.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, May 2nd – Remaining enrollment fees for the ’22-’23 school year are due

Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 13th – Teacher Appreciation Week.

(MONDAY, MAY 2nd – Breakfast from parents. (Our PAC will be assisting with decorating, retrieving items from carline, and setup)

TUESDAY, MAY 3rd – Notes/ Cards from home from parents/students to teachers and paras.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th – Lunch for staff, provided by Mainspring

THURSDAY, MAY 5th – Treat from MSA Parents for staff (Parents worked together to purchase materials and our PAC will be assembling). ***We encourage students wear their teacher’s favorite colors on this day. (MS. JENN B.-Turquoise/ Teal, MR. DAWSON-Orange, MS. CALLIE-Black, MS. LISA-Green, MS. AMY-Light Blue, MS. JANECE-Yellow, MS. PAIGE-Light Blue, MR. DAN-Green)***

FRIDAY, May 6th – Craft from students to teachers and paras (Parents have worked together to purchase supplies for these and our PAC + Ms. Lindsay are coordinating)

Friday, May 6th- Summer Camp (June 27-July 22) – Registration fee, contract, and application due from non-MSA families.

Monday, May 9th – Friday, May 13th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students unless enrolled in Intersession

Tuesday, May 17th – Parent Action Committee (PAC) meeting in the cafeteria 9:15am

Friday, May 20th – Summer Camp pay-in-full for all weeks (6/27-7/22) due

Friday, May 27th – Summer Camp Week 1 (6/27-7/1) Payment Due

Monday, May 30th – SCHOOL CLOSED to staff and students

Friday, June 3rd – Summer Camp Week 1 (6/27-7/1) Payment Due

Friday, June 10th – Summer Camp Week 2 (7/5-7/8) Payment Due

Tuesday, June 14th – Cruiseday Tuesday. Celebrate the start of summer by dressing up like you’re on your way to a tropical vacation or cruise!

Thursday, June 16th – Summer Splash Day and last day of school for students

Friday, June 17th – Summer Camp Week 3 (7/18-7/22) Payment Due

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, May 17th at 9:15am- Parent Action Committee Meeting in the cafeteria. We will working together to come up with plans for Summer Splash Day (June 16th) and brainstorming ideas for the ’22-’23 school year

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!

Jordan
May 2nd
Sadie
May 7th

JuanLuis – May 16th

Ms. Sabrena
May 19th

Noah
May 22nd

Ms. Sara
May 29th






FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Click here to view the schedule!

SUPPORT MAINSPRING ACADEMY

If you are interested in donating funds to our school, please click here. If you are interested in donating items to our school, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, 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!


April 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: March 2022 – Mainspring Academy students and staff celebrated National Read Across America Day by dressing up as their favorite storybook characters. Vocational II classes also kicked off a fun season of community outings.

On Thursday, April 28th, 2022, Mainspring Academy’s Board of Directors will be hosting Bourbon and Bites 2022, a fundraiser to benefit Mainspring Academy’s tuition hardship program, which provides families with financial challenges funding to pay for their child’s specialized education. Registration for Bourbon and Bites 2022 ends will end with the purchase of 35 seats! Click here to register now or for additional information.

Summer Camp 2022 enrollment for Mainspring Academy students ends Monday, April 11th. Open enrollment for non-Mainspring families begins Monday, April 11th and ends Friday, May 6th. Non-Mainspring families interested in Summer Camp enrollment for their child must set up a tour and observation session at Mainspring, as well as submit their child’s IEP and/or psychological evaluation prior to submitting an application. Click here to receive a phone call to schedule your tour and observation session.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, April 1st – Intersession (May 9-13) Registration fee and contract due

Tuesday, April 5th – Parent Action Committee Meeting in the cafeteria at 9:30am

Friday, April 8th – Intersession remaining fees due

Monday, April 11th – Summer Camp (June 27-July 22) – Registration fee, contract, and application due from MSA Families

Friday, April 15th – SCHOOL CLOSED to staff and students

Monday, April 18th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students for Teacher Planning Day

Saturday, April 23rd – Saturday Service Day for National Volunteer Week (10am-3pm) – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Thursday, April 28th –Bourbon and Bites 2022 – Premium whiskey paired with a four-course dinner prepared by Fish Camps’ executive chefs to benefit Mainspring Academy’s tuition hardship program. Click here to register or for more information.

Friday, April 29th – Special Olympics Track and Field (12:00pm-2:00pm) – VOLUNTEER GROUPS NEEDED (from 11:00am-2:00pm) – duPont Family YMCA 7373 Old King’s Rd S, Jacksonville, FL, 32217

Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 13th – Teacher Appreciation Week. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, TBD

Friday, May 6th- Summer Camp (June 27-July 22) – Registration fee, contract, and application due from non-MSA families.

Monday, May 9th – Friday, May 13th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students unless enrolled in Intersession

Monday, May 30th – SCHOOL CLOSED to staff and students

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday April 5th at 9:30am – will be our first Parent Action Committee Meeting in the cafeteria. We will working together to come up with themes and plans Teacher Appreciation Week which will be May 2-6, 2022. I’ll also go over how things will be changing with events for next year!

Saturday, April 23rd- Saturday Service Day for “National Volunteer Week”. – 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. 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. Please contact Sabrena at [email protected] if you or your group are interested in being put on the list! The next Saturday service days will be scheduled in July as we approach and prepare for a fresh new school year. Date TBD.

Friday, April 29th – Special Olympics Track and Field . 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!

Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 13th – Teacher Appreciation Week. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, TBD


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!

Mattison
April 3rd
JJ
April 3rd

Ms. Lisa – April 10th

Ms. Savannah
April 11th

Asher
April 16th

Taylor
April 26th






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!


Bourbon and Bites 2022

Registration for Bourbon and Bites 2022 ends will end with the purchase of 35 seats! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! If you are already registered, or cannot attend, but would like to make a donation to Mainspring Academy’s tuition hardship program, please CLICK HERE.

WHAT: Mainspring Academy’s Board of Directors invites you to enjoy premium whiskey paired with a four-course dinner prepared by Fish Camps’ executive chefs. Bourbon and Bites 2022 will benefit Mainspring Academy’s tuition hardship program, which provides families with financial challenges funding to pay for their child’s specialized education.

WHEN: Bourbon and Bites 2022 will take place, Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 6:00pm EST to 9:00pm EST

WHERE: Julington Creek Fish Camp, Top Floor, 12760 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32233

CONTACT: Please contact Sabrena Snow, Director of Student and Community Affairs at [email protected] or (904)503-0344 for more information about Bourbon and Bites 2022.

March 2022 Newsletter

MAINSPRING ACADEMY: February 2022 – Mainspring Academy students danced the day away and celebrated friendships with a fun Valentines Day Sockhop and Val Pal gift exchange.

During Random Acts of Kindness Week February 14th-21st, 2022, we set the #MilesForMainspring2022 7-Day Virtual Step Challenge, a parent-led fundraiser to support the $10,000 goal for music therapy for the 50 special education students at Mainspring Academy. 50 total registrants participated in the event and 23 successfully completed the 7-day 10,000 step challenge! Thanks to our registrants and amazing event sponsors, we surpassed our fundraising goal. Mainspring awarded seven daily prizes for event winners and announced participant – Officer Kenny Smith – as the winner of the $1,000 Disneyworld Orlando Grand Prize.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, March 1st – 2022-2023 Enrollment Contracts and half of 2022-2023 registration fee due

Wednesday, March 2nd – Read Across America Day (Students and staff are encouraged to dress up like their favorite storybook or comic book characters (or with t-shirts representing their favorite storybook or comic book characters))

Friday, March 11th- SCHOOL CLOSED to students for Teacher Planning Day

Monday, March 14th – Friday, March 18th – SCHOOL CLOSED to staff and students for Spring Break

Tuesday, March 29th – Spring Picture Day Group 1 – TBD

Wednesday, March 30th – Spring Picture Day Group 2 – TBD

Monday, April 1st – Intersession (May 9-13) Registration fee and contract due

Friday, April 8th – Intersession remaining fees due

Monday, April 11th – Summer Camp (June 27-July 22) – Registration fee, contract, and application due

Friday, April 15th – SCHOOL CLOSED to staff and students

Monday, April 18th – SCHOOL CLOSED to students for Teacher Planning Day

Saturday, April 23rd – Saturday Service Day for National Volunteer Week (10am-3pm) – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Sunday, April 24th – HEAL Autism Walk at the Jacksonville Zoo, 7:30am – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Click here for more information.

Friday, April 29th – Special Olympics Track and Field (12:00pm-2:00pm) – VOLUNTEER GROUPS NEEDED (from 11:00am-2:00pm) – duPont Family YMCA 7373 Old King’s Rd S, Jacksonville, FL, 32217

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 30th – (1) parent needed to help facilitate Spring Picture Day (9:00am-12:00pm).

Saturday, April 23rd- Saturday Service Day for “National Volunteer Week”. – 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. 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. Please contact Sabrena at [email protected] if you or your group are interested in being put on the list! The next Saturday service days will be scheduled in July as we approach and prepare for a fresh new school year. Date TBD.

Sunday, April 24th – HEAL Autism Walk at the Jacksonville Zoo, 7:30am – Join Mainspring staff, students, and parents as we walk together to support HEAL Autism at the Jacksonville Zoo. This is not a Mainspring event, but HEAL has helped Mainspring provide trikes, classroom iPads for each teacher, sensory equipment, and funding for camp programming to our students through the years. If you are interested in walking with us to support our friends at HEAL, please register on their website here. (Registration may not open yet until closer to the event, but please keep checking and email [email protected] to let us know you’ll be walking with us!)

Friday, April 29th – Special Olympics Track and Field . 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!


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!

Yusra
March 21st

Gabe
March 25th






FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
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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!