Dear Parents and Guardians,


April of 2022 is heading towards our rearview mirror. Please take a look below at the upcoming events in the important dates section of this eLedger as we transition to the month of May. We are excited for many opportunities to celebrate and learn together as a community.


Individual grade field trips are another way we can learn together. If chaperoning a field trip is of interest to you, please keep an eye out for communication from your child’s classroom teacher. To chaperone a field trip volunteers need to go through the course of SafeGuarding God’s Children or SEE training and have SMSA run a background check. Sabina Carter will be at SMSA Thursday, May 5th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the MPR to do an in person SEE training. Please use this link to sign up for the training.


Thank you for all your support and partnership as we transition to May at SMSA.
Together we create a path for tomorrow’s children to achieve amazing dreams.


God Bless,
Steven Kelnhofer
Elementary Principal, SMSA


Drop off and Pick up Safety

For reasons of safety SMSA asks you to use the Hug and Go lanes, both in front of North Hall and in front of South Hall as intended. Please do not drop off or pick up your child or children at intersections of our parking lot. It appears from my perspective children are being dropped off and picked up in the incorrect locations. Which may be convenient for you, but is not safe for students or convenient to other vehicles.


The main area of concern is the main driveway coming towards SMSA and then at the intersection of making a decision to go left or right as you approach SMSA. This is not a drop off/pick up zone. Please help us stay safe and be a considerate community member. Thank you.


Standards Based Grading

The objective of the video series is to educate parents in short videos to unpack Standard Based Grading. The series intends to deliver an education and mindshift to understand Standards Based Grading, why Standards Based Grading is best practice, and how Standards Based Grading functions with the parent and teacher supporting the student’s journey.


Please select the following six links to see the box set of SBG at SMSA.

Upcoming Dates

Important Dates

May 2nd through May 6th – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6th – May Crowning ceremony at SMSA for grades K-8
May 13th – Second Grade Holy Communion Celebration at Holy Family
May 25th – 5th Grade/Middle School Music Concert – Hutter Gym
Week of May 9th – Scholastic Book Fair in the library
June 7 & 8 – Field Days
June 8, 2022 – 8th grade graduation at Holy Family Church 9:00 a.m. Mass

Support Child Abuse Prevention - Wear Blue Day/Little Needs Donation - Friday, April 29

Join us to mark our support for child abuse prevention by wearing the color blue on Friday, April 29th. This would be a blue top (spirit-wear or other) with uniform pants. Wearing blue helps remind us and encourage others to prevent child abuse and support healthy children and families.


In addition, a free will donation of “little needs” items is available to support Fond du Lac’s Family Resource Center, who exists to support and help develop healthy families through their programming. This donation is not required, but an option to help support a local agency whose mission is tied to childhood abuse prevention. Donations can be dropped off in the boxes located in the front offices.


Donations could include:
Diapers, pull-ups, pull-up underwear, wipes, diaper rash cream, bottles, sippy cups, baby spoons, baby bowls/plates, pacifiers, teething items, baby/children’s shampoo, lotion, nose cleaners and hairbrush/combs.


To read the full message, click here.


Lemonade Day - May 7th

Lemonade Day is coming Saturday, May 7th from 11AM-2PM! SMSA’s 5th Grade entrepreneurs will have Lemonade Stands in the following locations:

  • Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac
  • Gilles Frozen Custard
  • Philly’s on 4th Grocery & Deli


We invite you to visit these stands, enjoy some lemonade and treats, and see what else these creative students have in store for you!


It's BOGO Book Fair Time! - May 10th - 13th

Come visit us May 10-13 in the SMSA Library for some great deals to help you stock up for your summer reading needs! All items are Buy ONE Get ONE. This offer is only available in person, not online.


We also will be rounding up your total for the ALL FOR BOOKS Campaign. All funds collected through the ALL FOR BOOKS Campaign is used to purchase books for our school’s immediate use. Come shop with us and register to win a summer reading gift package!


Got your Scholastic Blue Resuable Bag?? Bring it in for us to bag your items in and receive a free gift while they last!


In-Person Shopping Hours:
Tuesday May 10: 2:30-4:30pm
Wednesday May 11 & Thursday May 12: 7:15-8am/2:30-4:30pm
Friday May 13: 7:15-8am


Can’t make those hours, but still want to shop—contact Lisa at to set up an appointment.


Fashion Academy for grades 8-12 at Mount Mary University - June 27th - July 1st

Get ready to unleash your creativity this summer!


Fashion Academy is a week-long experience for students entering grades 8-12 who have a love of fashion and want to learn more about the industry. Experience fashion through hands-on activities with Mount Mary faculty and meet alumni industry professionals. Learn insider know-how and discover the skills and digital tools needed for a career in fashion design and promotion.


Mount Mary Fashion Academy will be June 27- July 1 | Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Cost: $200 ($13.80 processing fee).


Click this link to learn more

News and Information

Principal's Pen

This week’s Principal’s Pen awards winners are:


Carter M. – For being respectful and responsible and contributing positively to our Ledger community.


Benjamin B. – For always being to class on time and has shown great maturity as the year progresses.


Ella N. – For always being a respectful student in and out of the classroom. She is very helpful and a great friend.


Michael H. – For being a leader in the classroom. He is always helping students in need and is respectful to everybody.


Ashton L. – For always being willing to pray out loud in class, answer questions in class, and help someone, including the teacher. He lives out the value of respect and community.


Simone B. – For always being respectful in class. She works extremely hard and is willing to help others.


Mason Z. – For demonstrating our core values and giving his best effort in all he does. He is respectful, kind and has a gift for making his classmates laugh. He is a wonderful role model for other students.


Lynsey M. – For being respectful, a great helper to everyone in the classroom and a friend to all.


Click here to view our winners.


After School Child Care - Part Time

St. Mary’s Springs Academy is seeking an individual who desires an opportunity to work in a dynamic empowering environment with students in grades 4K-5 as a part-time supervisor for our before/after school care programs. Each of the three classrooms are custom to certain grade levels and activities associated with the range of the grade levels.  


A strong candidate is willing to work as a team member, collaborate with colleagues and complete the Safe Environment Education training. Person with experience in an elementary school and/or child care setting is preferred, but not required. Part-time (15-20 hrs.) from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and/or 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. on scheduled school days during the academic year.  


Qualified candidates should send letter of interest, resume and completed application  ( to: SMSA, Attn: Carrie Wiza, 255 County Road K,  Fond du Lac, WI 54937 or

Scholarship Opportunities

No News at this time


Before/After School Care News

After School Care for 2022/2023

The after school program has reached capacity in registrations for the next school year.  You may register for next school year, and your name will be added to a wait list.  As a reminder, the after school program is for students in grades P3 through grade 5.