From the Desk of Steve Kelnhofer - Elementary School Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Advent is upon us as we are preparing to celebrate the peace of Christmas. The second week of Advent we focus on peace and preparation. The second purple candle is the Bethlehem Candle. As we prepare for the coming of Christ let us reflect upon peace. During this second week of Advent, may we reflect on our internal and external lives and the work of peace within these realms. Let peace begin with us as we work towards becoming better-versions-of-ourselves in preparation for Jesus’ coming. As we light the Bethlehem candle, let us remember the journey Joseph and Mary took from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Let us enter into their journey and ask how they found peace on this difficult journey. What brings you peace? How do we bring others peace? What moment in your day or week have we stopped and appreciated an unexpected peaceful moment? Do we seek a peaceful time in our day? Are we intentional in finding the gift of peace?


Christmas Concert Information
I find peace in hearing children sing during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Please come join me hearing the joy of Christmas at our Christmas concerts. Most performances are approximately an hour long. The Early Childhood programs are about 30 minutes in length.

December 12th – Grades 5-8 Christmas Concert, 1:00 PM rehearsal program in Hutter gym, 6:30 PM evening program in Hutter Gym.
December 13th – K5 – Grade 4 Christmas Program, 12:45 PM rehearsal program in Hutter gym, 6:30 PM evening program in Hutter Gym.
December 13th – P3/4K Christmas Program, 8:15 AM in Baker gym.


A huge thank you to Ledger Express. Thank you Parent Connectors for your work to put on an amazing experience for our little Ledgers and their families. It’s always fun to see smiles and joy within a beautiful Christmas environment. Thank you to the families that attended the event. Thank you for being an active participant of our SMSA community.


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


Peace Be with You,
Steven Kelnhofer
Elementary Principal, SMSA

News and Information

Principal's Pen Awards


The Principal’s Pen is an opportunity for teachers to recognize students who consistently demonstrate The Ledger Way with a focus on faith, learning, respect for leadership, community and responsibility. The students chosen will attend a special breakfast with Mr. K and Mr. Fisher and special guest, receives a certificate with a brief sentence on how they followed The Ledger Way, and a principal’s pen.


This week’s Special Guest was Eamonn O’Keeffe – High School Principal


This week’s Principal Pen award winners are:

Ryliegh L. (P3) – Ryleigh follows the Ledger Way by being kinds and respectful in class. She shows her faith during prayer and is a great example to her peers.


Justice Y. (P3) – Justice is extremely respectful! She is a role model for her classmates in the way she speaks and acts with everyone she comes across. Great job Justice!


Scarlet C. (4K) – Scarlet always shows the Ledger Core Values! She is a sweet, kind, helpful friend. Scarlet is a hard worker who always does her best job on her work. We love having Scarlet in class!


Brandley F. (4K) – Bradley is a sweet and kind boy to everyone! He works hard on all his work, and he is a great role model to others!


Adrian N. (5K) – Adrian is such a kinds and positive student. He always works hard and does his best! His smile can brighten anyone’s day!


Audrey R. (5K) – Audrey always shows kindness to others. She exhibits great faith as we learn our prayers. She loves to learn and does her best every day!


Cooper C. (5K) – Cooper shows respect and kindness to everyone. He is a great role model inside and outside of the classroom.


Jude G. (1st) – Jude is so respectful to all students and adults! He works hard and tries his best when he learns something new.


Samuel S. (1st) – Samuel is recognized for shining Jesus’ love to his classmates through kindness and wonderful friendship!


Cooper J. (1st) – Cooper is very kind to all his friends. He is also very respectful, responsible, and safe at all times. He’s a role model in our class. He is also a good leader, has strong faith and loves to learn.


Samuel N. (2nd) – Samuel shows leadership by helping other students. He is constantly challenging himself to try his best. Samuel is eager to learn new things.


Porter G. (2nd) – Porter shows leadership in our class by always helping others clean up, push in chairs, stand quiet in line, and waiting his turn without being told.


Kellen K. (2nd) – Kellan works cooperatively with others. He is a team player that includes everyone and supports his friends.



LedgerExpress was a huge success!!!

Thank you so much to all of the families who attending LedgerExpress this past Sunday!!! We had record breaking numbers!! It was a fun filled afternoon that got us all into the Christmas spirit!! So wonderful to watch the excitement on the kids’ faces as they went to each station as well as observing parents connect with other parents! A huge thank you to our Santa’s Crew….Allison Geiger, Tiffany Gurholt, Pam Mand, Amy Meyer-Bremer, Andrea Nuss, Tya Robles, Jessica Smith and Marisa Tymusz who plan this event!!! Also, thank you to all of the families who donated items/baskets to make this event such a huge success! Wishing our SMSA community a wonderful holiday season!



SMSA Faculty and Staff Christmas Gathering 2023 Donations

For over twelve years several SMSA families have sponsored a Christmas Gathering for SMSA teachers, administrators, and staff as a way to show their gratitude.  For many families, the contribution was given in place of individual Christmas gifts, or as an added appreciation.


In previous years, the gathering happened after school but not all SMSA Staff members were able to attend due to other commitments. Instead, this year we will provide a special luncheon that will happen during their school day so that all staff can enjoy.  All staff will each receive a special gift as well.


Please note, this opportunity is optional and offered to any SMSA family that would like to contribute.  We ask each family interested in participating for a minimum donation of $50.


Monetary donations for the special luncheon/gifts will be accepted through Friday, December 22.  Please mail your contribution to Andrea Nuss, W4642 Mill Road, Fond du Lac, WI 54937.  Checks may be made payable to Andrea Nuss. If you are interested in paying through Venmo, please send to @Valerie-Everson-4.


Please address questions to Valerie Everson at, or to Andrea Nuss at


Blessings to you during this holiday season!



Sturgeon Cup 2023 - SMSA vs. Fondy Hockey Apparel Sale


Click here to purchase your 2023 Sturgeon Cup apparel starting Friday, December 1st at 9:00 a.m. The last day to purchase your shirts, in support of the Ledger Hockey team, is Sunday, December 10th. All orders will be delivered to SMSA for distribution on Tuesday, December 19th. 


Proceeds from the sale of the Sturgeon Cup shirts will be donated to the American Legion in Fond du Lac.


On Friday, December 22nd, pack the stands wearing your Sturgeon Cup apparel to cheer on our Ledger Hockey team as they take on Fondy!


The Ledger Alumni Hockey game vs. Fondy will take place before the Varsity game on the 22nd.



Movie and Popcorn Day-December 22nd- to Benefit Lev Werdin

The elementary and middle school will be sponsoring a movie, popcorn and pajama day on Friday, December 22nd. For a $3.00 donation the students in P3-8th grade will get to watch a film, enjoy a bag of popcorn, and wear pjs (P3-5th) or sweats (6th-8th). Students may bring in their own 20 ounce or less drink from home. All the proceeds from the movie and popcorn afternoon will go to help Lev and his family. All money needs to be turned in to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, December 15th. 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 Lev.


Lev Werdin is one year old and was born with Down Syndrome, heart defects, epilepsy, Becker’s muscle dystrophy, severe sleep apnea, lung disease, and severe pulmonary hypertension. Lev has been battling severe pulmonary hypertension in the ICU since January of this year.


Currently, Lev is very ill and remains in the ICU. He’s intubated and medically paralyzed, fighting for his life.


The Werdin family is so grateful that God gave them Lev. He’s one of their biggest blessings! Your support of this project and of Lev is greatly appreciated!



Ledgerfest 2024 Class Baskets

Planning has begun for our annual Ledgerfest fundraising event (our largest and one of the most fun events of the year)! In previous years, we have collected money from each grade level and put together amazing auction baskets that will be in our silent auction.

Follow the link below to donate to your students grade, making this the Best Ledgerfest to date.





Save The Date - Ledgerfest 2024 - March 23rd!



Grades 5-8 Christmas Concert


The concert will be Tuesday, December 12th at 1pm and 6:30pm in Hutter gym here at Springs.


The choir students should arrive by 6:20pm and report straight to the gym in their class places. They may wear anything dressy (church clothes are fine), but NO jeans, please.


Band students are required to arrive and report to the band room by 6:10pm. They may also wear anything dressy, no jeans please. ALL band students are no longer wearing all black for the concert.



K5-4th Elementary Christmas Concert 2023

Dear Parents and Guardians, the Elementary School Music Department, grades 5K-4th, is looking forward to our Christmas concert coming up very soon!


Wednesday, December 13th

During the school day:
All students will wear their school uniforms
12:45pm Performance in Hutter Gym-parents and families are invited


Evening concert:
Students should arrive in the Gym between 6:10pm and 6:15pm
(Students’ coats should be with parents)
Concert begins at 6:30pm


Dress code (for evening only) is as follows:
Students-wear your “Sunday Best” or fancy Christmas attire (no jeans)


Ms. O’Brien and Mrs. Lewis



High School Placement Test - Current 8th Grade Students

As preparations begin to welcome the Class of 2028 to High School, the High School Placement test (HSPT) will be held on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 am – 12:00 PM at SMSA. All 8th Graders, both current students and those who will be joining us from other schools, are required to take the placement test.
The HSPT is administered in 5 parts covering:
  • verbal skills,
  • quantitative skills,
  • reading,
  • math
  • language
The results of the test is one of the resources that is used in determining class placement for freshman year courses. Please reach out to Shannon LaLuzerne, or 920-322-8012, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your students on December 9th!  Thank you.

Have You Returned Your BMR Tickets Yet?



Sold tickets can be returned to SMSA any time before the live drawing on Friday, January 12, 2024.


Please make all checks payable to SMSA. Additional tickets can be picked up at the North, South or Scrip offices at SMSA, or from the following locations in our community: Central Barber, Everson Law Office, Flood Oil Company, Holiday Automotive, Holy Family Catholic Church, Hopper’s Silk Screening & All Star Trophy, Michels Corporation and Twohig Family Dentistry.


Who will be the Grand Prize winner on January 12, 2024, taking home $20,000? Will it be YOU?!


BMR Committee:

Valerie Everson — 920.251.3719
Stephanie Fessler — 920.960.0556
Katie Mathos — 920.979.6757
Lisa Shannon — 920.539.2892
Sasha Smith — 920.517.1693



Parents of Performing Arts

If your child is in high school or middle school band or chorus, theater, or jazz vocals/band, we’d love for you to join us!
PPA meeting Dates for the 2023-2024 year:
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 Join us for a special Christmas meeting at Table One in the Retlaw Hotel at 6:00 PM
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Note the change in usual day


Meetings in 2024 will be held at 6 pm in the Lauby Lounge (first floor teacher lounge).

Contact Anne Brunette at 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

December 12th – Grades 5-8 Christmas Concert, 1:00 PM rehearsal program, 6:30 PM evening program in Hutter Gym
December 13th – K5 – Gr. 4 Christmas Program, 12:45 PM rehearsal program, 6:30 PM evening program in Hutter Gym
December 13th – P3/4K Christmas Program, 8:15am in Baker Gym
December 23rdJanuary 2nd – Christmas Vacation
January 3rd – School resumes

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