From the Desk of Steve Kelnhofer - Elementary School Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week we have started our final trimester of the school year. Report cards are available to digitally sign and access in Skyward on February 29th. Student learning and safety will remain on the top of our priority list at SMSA. In keeping both of these priorities on the forefront of SMSA, we remind you to communicate or set up a conference with teachers during their business hours if there is a concern or question regarding the learning during the second trimester as we head into the third trimester. SMSA encourages healthy partnerships to create a successful school experience and student achievement.


Forward testing for Grades 3 – 8 will be occurring March 26th through April 5th. Please join us in making this a successful endeavor by having your child(ren) here at SMSA during the testing window. As part of the Forward testing, students need to have wired earbuds/or wired headphones to take a piece of the Forward Exam.


Please know I’m praying for you during this Lenten season. My prayer is for families, let us make time to notice each other and have an attitude of gratitude. Let us know we are cared for each and every day.


Thank you for your continued partnership with SMSA. Together we create a path for tomorrow’s children to achieve amazing dreams.


God Bless,
Steven Kelnhofer
Elementary Principal, SMSA




Fond du Lac Noon Optimist Tri Star Skills Basketball Competition


This Saturday, March 2, 2024, Noon Optimist is hosting their annual Tri Star Skills Basketball Competition at Riverside Elementary School Gym.


Registration: 8:00 a.m.

Competition: 9:00 a.m.

Event concludes at 12:00 p.m.


Fond du Lac County Youth, ages 8-13, are invited take part in skills competitions: Passing, Dribbling, Shooting. There will be a boys bracket and a girls bracket.


Registration forms are available at and the morning of competition. Please note a parent/guardian must sign the permission form.


The winner has an opportunity to compete in the district competition Saturday, April 13, 2024 at St. Mary’s Springs Academy.



St. Mary's Springs HS Baseball Apparel Order Form - Closes March 4, 2024

Calling all Ledger Baseball fans! Shop BSN’s HS Baseball apparel before the store closes on March 4, 2024.


To view and purchase Ledger Baseball apparel, click here.





P3 - 8 Grade Yearbook Order Form - Must be submitted by March 14, 2024


Click here to order your Yearbook now!



2024-2025 Key Academic Calendar Dates

Click here to view key dates for the 2024-2025 Academic School Year, including SMSA’s start date, Christmas break, spring break and graduation dates.


Reminder that you can view this information, along with handbooks, dress code and uniform criteria and other important resources on our website year round by clicking here.



News and Information

Register Today for Ledgerfest 2024 - March 23rd!


Do not miss out, register now for this fun evening in support of SMSA, click here!




WI Parental Choice Program Opens February 1, 2024

The WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) online application period will open February 1, 2024 and will close on Thursday April 18, 2024.


The DPI requires current Choice families to fill out the application for the 2024-2025 school year. Filling out the application for next school year (2024-2025) informs the DPI that you want to receive your Choice voucher for 2024-2025. If the DPI does not receive an application from a current Choice family the DPI assumes that you do not want the voucher for the next school year and your voucher will not be renewed.


New and current families must electronically submit their application here.


Current Choice families are not required to provide income documentation.


NEW families, applying for a school voucher, must be income eligible to apply. The following income limits have been posted for 2024-2025:
Family Size Maximum Yearly Income*
1 $32,076
2 $43,384
3 $54,692
4 $66,000
5 $77,308
6 $88,616
For each additional member in a family add $11,308.


Family income includes the income of the student’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) that reside in the same household as the student.
Current Choice families are not required to provide income documentation. Proof of residency documents are required for current and new families.


WI Parental Choice Program information is available on our SMSA website by going to the Enroll tab at the top.


Questions about WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) can be directed to:
Carol Ellestad
SMSA Choice Designee or (920) 322-8002



Parents of Performing Arts

Join us on the third Wednesday of each month in Lauby Lounge for the PPA meeting. All parents who have children in Middle School or High School are encouraged to attend.

Watch for an email to sign up to volunteer to help make the musical a success! Many hands make light work!


Meeting dates:
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Note the change in usual day


All meetings will be held at 6 pm in the Lauby Lounge (first floor teacher lounge). Contact Anne Brunette ( with any questions about the PPA!



Lost & Found

With cold weather here, please remind your child(ren) to stop by the lost and found if they are missing a glove, hat, boot or even their jacket. The lost and found has been a very popular spot this year.







Upcoming Dates

March 9th-19th – Spring break
March 26th – April 5th – Forward testing for Grades 3 – 8
March 29th – No school for Good Friday
April 1st – No School for Easter Monday



Before/After School Care News




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