Dear Parents and Guardians,


The third week of Advent invites us to prepare for the coming of Our Lord through the word and actions of joy.  The third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. It is an important reminder of the joy that is ours in knowing the power of love in our lives.  Take some time this week and thank someone for being part of the love in your life.  For where love is, Jesus can be found.  


A special thank you to all of the students at SMSA P3 – 8.  Each day you bring joy to SMSA and to me personally.  It’s a joy to watch you grow, learn, and become the best versions of yourselves through experiencing failures and successes.  Both as important as the other to work in beautiful harmony.  May all of you and all families have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. 


Throughout this Advent season, I pray joy will be part of your journey towards becoming closer to Christ when Christmas day arrives.  


God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer


Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, December 22, 2020:  Grade P3 – 8, may dress in Christmas attire with jeans or sweats.  

Wednesday, December 23rd:  Christmas break begins

Monday, January 4th:  School returns from Christmas break

Friday, January 15:  The second quarter comes to a conclusion. 


Ledger Learning Guide  

Parents are always encouraged to check the SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page to see weekly learning targets, resources and expectations in every course.  Parental partnership in helping students  stay organized and focused on learning is always appreciated. 

Upcoming Dates

Big Money Raffle Tickets on Sale Now - Drawing January 22nd

Have you returned your Big Money Raffle tickets yet? Make sure to sell/purchase all 5 of your BMR tickets and return them to school before the drawing on Friday, January 22, 2021 for your chance to win the grand prize of $20,000, with an additional $10,000 in cash prizes! Help support SMSA and have a chance at winning Big Money!


Additional tickets can be purchased at the North, South or Scrip Offices! For questions please contact Kristin Zitlow at or 920-322-8006. Thank you for supporting St. Mary’s Springs Academy!

Ledgerfest Class Auction Baskets - Items Needed by February 26th

Planning has begun for our annual Ledgerfest fundraising auction and we are in need of your help! Last year we collected money from each grade level and put together some amazing auction baskets, which went over very well during our auction held this past summer. This year, we are asking each grade level to contribute again to putting together a basket around a specific theme. This will then be a part of the silent auction which will run in April.


If you would like to contribute towards your child(ren) class basket, please send your cash contribution in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, grade level and Ledgerfest Donation written on it. Your student can then give it to their homeroom teacher or drop off in the North or South office. If you send in a check, please make it payable to Andrea Nuss. Please note that if you have more than one child attending SMSA, you can send in one envelope but please note each child and the amount you are donating for them, along with their grade level on the envelope.


If you are interested in helping by being a point person for your child’s grade, please contact Andrea Nuss at Each point person will be responsible for putting together the class basket once the money is all collected. If you have a theme or package idea or would like to donate an item please contact us ahead of sending items to school with your child. This is SMSA’s largest auction and the money raised makes a direct impact towards the greatest needs of the school.


Please have all contributions in by Friday, February 26, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Nuss at


Thank you so much for your willingness to help make this year’s Ledgerfest a success!


Andrea Nuss and the Ledgerfest Committee

News and Information

Elves R US: Now recruiting Elves R’ Us 2021 Shoppers!

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Scholarship Opportunities

Lands’ End Starboard Scholarship (Grades 8-12)

The Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship acknowledges and rewards students who display exceptional leadership skills.  Each winning student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  Applications are being accepted from now until Tuesday, December 15, 2020.


For a full list of details and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Before/After School Care News

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Parent Connectors - Join us Today

If you have any questions, please contact either Andrea Nuss, or Katie Mathos,