October 5, 2018 | Vol 12, Iss 8, No 404



This week began with Coffee after Carpool, I hope you had a chance to stop in to meet someone new. We held a fire drill on Tuesday. There was a wonderful faculty luncheon hosted by Grace Church (they rent space for their church on the weekends). We have had some fabulous athletics this week with lots of excitement as the tournaments have begun. Today brought an early dismissal with some time for teachers to prepare for student conferences which begin next week.


All season long, our volleyball team has had to practice in a gym that isn't their home gym, because we are still working on the floor repairs. So they have had a difficult season, but the Lady Mustangs managed to beat the #1 seed team in their first game of the tournament. Even in the face of difficulty, they continued to have a positive attitude, a shining example for all of us. The photo above came from my granddaughter's elementary school (Adairsville Elementary), it made me think of our girls. Ladies there is nothing wrong with landing among the stars.

Have a nice long weekend and we will see you TUESDAY!


Fine Artist of the Week

Meet Upper School student Samson Skidmore! He is the newest member of the MSA Bands' amazing string section. Playing the largest instrument on stage with the lowest pitches. Samson rocks the Double Bass, bringing depth and musical energy to our ensemble. Because of his skilled musicianship, his focused rehearsal style, and his easy-going, excellent attitude. Samson has been chosen as our Musician of the Week! Samson, you rock!


Parent Thank You

Thank you to Lauren Stormont for your assistance in MSA hosting the International Dyslexia Association community outreach movie event on September 12. Because you helped, things went smoothly and people were able to enjoy refreshments. Thanks!

Margaret Brito


Columbus Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Mill Springs Academy will be CLOSED as we observe Columbus Day on Monday, October 8th.


Have a safe holiday.


College Acceptance

Please congratulate Michael Healey on his acceptance to Kennesaw State University!


Volunteers Make a Difference

Service is a big part of our community at Mill Springs Academy. We find when our kids participate in community service, it leaves them with a lasting positive feeling and helps them grow to be an important part of their community. The same goes for our parent volunteers. Our parents make a difference all around campus by providing the valuable resource of your time. You are working at the Used Uniform Store, passing out Chick-fil-A lunches, or hosting a lunch for our faculty and staff. Each time you volunteer at school or on a PVA committee, it is one more opportunity to show your child the value of giving back, the importance of their school, and the importance of their education. When you step up to help lead at your child's school, it is an opportunity to make changes that benefit all students and better the environment in which they will learn and grow.


There are many ways to be a parent volunteer. Please contact the PVA to get involved and make a difference! Contact us at


Conferences are Coming!

Whatever days your school is holding conferences, there are no classes for your student. Please pay close attention to the schedule, which follows:


Lower/Middle Parent Conferences

October 11 and 12

PreUpper Student Conferences

October 18 and 19

CommArts/Upper Student Conferences

October 12 and 19


Students should wear their uniform to the conference. If you have any questions, please contact your principal, they will be glad to answer them for you.


37th Annual Founder's Day

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending our annual Founder's Day event on:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

11:30am - 1:00pm

For those families new to Mill Springs, our Founder's Day event is kind of like a fall, family picnic and is our way of honoring the school's founder, Tweetie L. Moore. The event is FREE OF CHARGE and includes:

  • Lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A
  • Rock Climbing Wall with Spider Jumps
  • Outdoor Laser Tag
  • Two Giant Hamster Balls
  • Bounce House

NOTE: The event will take place near our athletic fields on the MSA campus. When entering the campus that day, please follow all traffic signs down into the fields for event parking.


It's Time for the Annual MSA Can-a-thon!

Let's get together to feed those in need! Please join MSA and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to take a bite out of hunger in Metro Atlanta. We have big goals this year, so we hope you will participate (and maybe bug a neighbor or two). Many hands make light work and big differences!

Dates: October 9 – November 26, 2018

*Please do NOT bring glass items or perishables



  • Whole grain goods: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole grain cereal, whole wheat flour, whole grain crackers, plain oatmeal.
  • Shelf stable milk (cow, soy, rice, etc.)
  • Fruit, dried or canned in light syrup or juice 
  • Low-sodium, no salt added vegetables
  • Low-sodium pasta sauce in plastic container
  • Foods high in protein: Natural peanut butter (no hydrogenated oil), dried beans, dried peas, dried lentils, canned tuna (canned in water, not oil), canned salmon (canned in water, not oil), canned chicken (canned in water, not oil), unsalted nuts
  • 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, canola oil)


Families and individuals who struggle to put food on the table also have a tough time with the household essentials many of us take for granted. In addition to food, these non-food items are greatly needed and appreciated:

  • Paper products
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries

Public Open House

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 - 11:00am

Student Activity Center


Many of you have attended an Open House on campus, and if you have, you know it is a great opportunity for someone to get a good feel for what Mill Springs is all about. If you haven't attended an Open House, it provides potential families with an overview of the school, a wonderful Fine Arts presentation, at least one parent and one student perspective, a tour of the school and an opportunity to speak with the principal. If you know someone that might benefit from attending MSA, PLEASE invite them to an Open House or better yet bring them! Word of mouth is by far the biggest way families find their way to Mill Springs. We know that you sometimes have the chance to be "Mill Springs on the Street" and we truly thank you for sharing MSA!


Researching for the History Festival

The 7th and 8th grade students are hard at work on the Communication Arts History Festival for this year already! The Festival's topic will be on "Technology through Time." We are very excited about all the amazing innovations throughout history we are discovering! Pictured (L-R) our 7th graders are hard at work researching in the library: Will Harvin, Olivia Wallace, Simon Crawford, Alec Robinson, Brayden Thomas, Ella Parsons.


Thank you Friends of the Library!

I want to send a special thank you to the 2018 "Friends of the Library" members. Because of your generosity, the library has been able to add some wonderful new "STEM" focused nonfiction books and diverse novels to our collection. So far the students really love the books about self-driving cars and engineering, and our Upper students are able to choose from a wide variety of World Literature novels for class. Thank you so much for supporting reading and learning at MSA!


You can join MSA's Friends of the Library program anytime by signing up at


2018 Friends of the Library @ MSA

Bridges Family (Middle)

Burns Family (PreUpper)

Burris Family (Middle)

Carlson Family (PreUpper)

Johnson Family (Lower)

Jones Family (Lower)

Kelm and Story Families (Upper)

Bliss and Labbate Families (Middle)

Leber Family (Middle)

Martin Family (Upper)

McCullers Family (Middle)

Schneiderman Family (PreUpper)

Sutlive Family (Middle)


Turn in Free $$ Labels and Caps

Send them with your student, drop them in the office, or bring them on conference day!

Box Tops, Coke caps (PowerAde, Minute Maid, & Dasani), and Tyson A+ labels are due by Friday, October 19th to be eligible for the drawing. Place items in a Ziploc bag or envelope with your student's name & grade on the bag. Drop in the collection containers in each school or office. Fall drawing winners will be announced in November.

EACH School will have a winner who can choose a $10 Gift Card from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Dick's or Target.


Contact Lesly Huffman at  with any questions.


Internet Scavenger Hunt

This week in U.S. History students learned about how our government was formed. We discussed the early challenges that the Constitutional Convention faced when big states and small states could not agree. We learned that the states finally came to a compromise and we developed our three branches of government. Students completed an internet scavenger hunt to find out details about each of the branches of government. In the photo Evan Eisenstat is giving a thumbs up while working on his scavenger hunt. Evan stated, "the scavenger hunt is fun, I learned lots of new stuff!"

--LaToyia Armstead, Middle School Instructor


Weekly News Contest WINNER

The following student is the lucky winner of a free game of bowling at any one of the several AMF/Bowlero Lanes. Congratulations go to:

William Gaines - Middle School


You can pick up your gift card from your principal if you haven't already received it. Make sure you tell your friends you won and watch for another contest in the future.

--Cheri Harwood


Join the Mill Springs Academy Mustangs Team

Saturday, October 20 at 8:30am

5K Run (timed or untimed) and 100-Yard Kids Dash


Register NOW for IDA-GA's annual Dyslexia Dash! It will be a fun morning for all, AND every registration means money going towards training teachers and educating parents and professionals about dyslexia. 


"The impact IDA-GA funding has had on reaching public school readers through teacher training is not something I can properly put into words. After 5 years of partnership, I can only estimate that the number of readers directly impacted ... is well into the thousands." - Jennifer Rhett, Executive Director, Reading is Essential for All People (REAP)


Join the MSA Team by registering today.


A Love of Reading

Lower School students love to read! Last Friday, we had our first 400 Minute Reading Party, where students brought in snacks to share to celebrate the students who read 400 minutes (or more) in the month of September. In reading class, the third graders are finishing up a mystery titled, "Who Cloned the President?" and the fourth graders are reading a book called "The Trouble with Tuck." We are having fun making predictions and discussing the stories. We also love visiting the library each Thursday to pick out new books and listen to Brittany read a story (pictured) or teach a lesson. Students love getting comfortable in the library and reading with Kayso!


Fathers' Night with Robert

Thursday, October 25, 2018

 7:00 - 9:00pm

Middle School Great Room


What is LD? What is ADHD?

Come to explore these issues with your host and our Headmaster,  Robert Moore. He will present the F.A.T. City Workshop video "How Difficult Can This Be?" by Richard D. Lavoie, a nationally known expert on learning disabilities.

In this video Richard Lavoie shows why the classroom can be an intimidating place for kids with learning disabilities. In the video he leads a group of parents, educators, psychologists, and children through a series of exercises that cause Frustration, Anxiety, and Tension … feelings all too familiar to children with learning disabilities. By dramatizing the classroom experience so vividly, Lavoie lets us see the world through the eyes of a child. 


At the end of the video, a casual discussion will take place on strategies for working more effectively with our learning disabled children.


This is a Dad's only (grandfathers are welcome too) event! We will serve pizza and wings.


Please RSVP to help us plan for food.


Kroger Community Rewards Program

Make Mill Springs your choice for Kroger's Community Rewards program. Connect your Kroger Plus card to in-store purchases to benefit MSA by CLICKING HERE. Or go to > Savings and Rewards > Kroger Community Rewards. Once you have created an account, or logged in, go to My Account > Community Rewards, Search for Mill Springs and select our school! Your PVA thanks you and your students thank you.


Mrs. Courtney's Escape Room Fun

Guest Journalist - Isabel Stokes, PreUpper

In language arts class, we did an escape room. We traveled to 5 different countries using work folders to complete the task. We had to answer questions for each country, which made a code to allow us to escape and go to the next country. Alongside doing this, we also got to learn about the other continents, read excerpts from books from that country, and hear other vocabulary from around the world.


The escape room was a blast and loads of fun. The teacher was so thoughtful to allow us to do this instead of boring old classwork :) . We are wrapping up the project with a real escape room field trip on October 11. 7th grade parents, get the field trips forms turned into Miss. Nina.


College Day College Fair

Friday, November 2, 2018

10:30am - 12:00pm


All Parents, High School Counselors, and/or College/University Programs are invited, RSVP HERE! 


College Day is an opportunity to meet with representatives of several colleges/universities/programs all in one location. Our hope is to help you make an informed college decision.


Are YOU Stuck?

If so, GREAT! Wait, what? Great? Yes that is great! If you are not STUCK, then let me help you get STUCK. I have lots of stickers (pictured above) in the closet that are just waiting to be STUCK to the window of your car, truck, mini van, bus, whatever you drive. If you don't have a sticker STUCK to the window of your car, come on by and I will be glad to give you one for every car you have. I'd love to see your car in front of me on the road one day! Come get STUCK!

--Cheri Harwood, Director of Communications


Do You Take Pictures?

If you are prone to take pictures of your Mustang at any of the events, on or off campus, whether you take pictures with your cellphone or a camera, I would love to have them to share on our different social media outlets. When you attend any of the athletics or other activities, please keep me in mind and forward your pictures to It's so helpful to have other feet on the street. Thank you in advance, I really appreciate it.

--Cheri Harwood, Director of Communications


Community Cares & Concerns

The Buckley Family
Hurricane Victims
The Smith Family

If there is ever a care or concern you would like to share with the community, please just email me at any time, I will be glad to include either names or situations. For privacy, I will only list names and claim ignorance if anyone asks me for details. Cheri 

It's not enough to get all the breaks. You've got to know how to use them.

 --Huey P. Long




Monday, October 8

  • SCHOOL CLOSED - Columbus Day


Tuesday, October 9

  • Canned Food Drive begins
  • 2:00pm Varsity Soccer AAC Championship @Home


Wednesday, October 10

  • Senior Leadership Trip
  • Testing Grades 9-11
  • 3:30pm Middle Soccer APAC Finals @Waller Park Ext.


Thursday, October 11

  • Varsity Soccer AAC Championship Home (Time TBD)
  • Middle Soccer APAC Finals @Waller Park Ext.
  • Lower/Middle NO CLASSES - Conferences


Friday, October 12

  • Lower/Middle/CommArts/Upper NO CLASSES - Conferences


Saturday, October 13

  • 11:30am Founder's Day Family Picnic


Monday, October 15

  • Chick-fil-A Day


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