Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal

Season Greetings Parents,

    Christmas is right around the corner.  Thank you for enjoying the Advent journey with SMSA.  It was adventure filled with bingo bible verses and symbols, kindness straw to fill a manger, giving donations to those in need, beautiful concerts and programs, and much more.  The heart of SMSA is ready for Jesus this season.  The last piece to this journey is this Friday, Dec. 22nd.  In the afternoon students may change into PJ’S and sweats after 1:00 p.m. with a voluntary donation of $3.00 to support Levi in the below mentioned article.  

The faculty and staff will be waiting with anticipation for the return of the students in 2018.  Thank you for being a member of the SMSA family and have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!


God Bless,

Mr. Kelnhofer


Mr. Kelnhofer


Dear Families,

During the season of Advent we are mindful of our waiting for Jesus’ birth. While we are anxiously waiting, we are also aware of the many ways in which we can prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus. The students have used their God-given gifts and talents to create original Christmas cards for Levi Schwantes and his family.

The K-5 students will be enjoying a movie, popcorn, and wearing pj’s on Friday, December 22nd. The students can bring in their own 20 ounce or less drink from home. A free will donation of $3.00 is appreciated.  All the proceeds will go to help Levi and his family. All money needs to be turned in to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, December 22nd. If your family is unable to contribute at this time, your child will still be able to participate. Please read below to learn more about Levi.

Levi Schwantes, son of Karissa and Dan, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This means that his left atrium and left ventricle are underdeveloped and blood cannot get pumped to his body correctly. Levi has had 2 of 3 open heart surgeries in his first three months of life to re-route the blood flow. He may need more surgeries during his life. He requires very extensive medication, around the clock care, feeding schedule, and many, many appointments at Children’s Hospital.

Despite all Levi has been through, he is incredibly loving and happy. He melts the hearts of everybody he meets with his gigantic smile.

All free will donations will benefit Levi and go towards medical bills, living expenses for a one-income household, and a savings account for Levi for his future medical expenses that he will have during his lifetime.

Jill Staerzl

4th Grade Teacher

Upcoming Events
    • The “After School” program welcomes a new member to its team.  Please welcome Isabel Simich to after school care.  She will be helping in the after school program and is looking forward to getting to know you and your child/children.
    • A wonderful way to communicate your needs is by continuing to use the monthly calendar.  Thank you for being active in this process during the first quarter of the school year.  

    • NHS students will be in after school care on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with any homework students may have to complete.
Jobs/Positions Childcare
  • Part Time: Mary’s Springs Academy is seeking individuals who desire an opportunity to work in a supervisory role with children 4 years old through 8th grade. Applicants must be flexible, willing to work as team members, to collaborate with colleagues, and they must complete the Safe Environment Education training.   A part-time (10-15 hrs.) position requires availability from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) most days. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and completed application ( to: SMSA, Attn: Steve Kelnhofer, 255 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 or to