From the Desk of Steve Kelnhofer - Elementary School Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Our second set of Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 8th, 2024. The conferences are scheduled from 3:40 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. This set of conferences are either recommended by the teacher, or may be scheduled by the parent/guardian if they wish to conference with your child’s teacher. (It is not required to have a conference for the spring conferences.) The Skyward conference scheduler was opened to parents of our P3 – grade 8 students on January 25th, 2024.


If you choose to schedule a conference for your child, please log into your Skyward account and follow these steps to schedule a time.

  1. Log into your skyward account
  2. Select teacher conferences from left menu bar
  3. All conferences
  4. Select a time that works for you
  5. To cancel/reschedule a conference
  6. Log into your skyward account
  7. Select teacher conferences left menu bar
  8. View scheduled time
  9. To update a scheduled conference follow these steps
  10. All conferences
  11. Select a new time for child


Thank you for your partnership and communication to support your child’s educational experience here at SMSA. Please call the South Hall Office (920-322-8046) if you have any questions regarding conferences.



Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week has been filled with a joy and spirit to celebrate who we are and the holistic education at SMSA. We get to celebrate a curriculum filled with our faith as we gain skills, Knowledge, methods of application, and engage in learning. Thank you for your partnership in making this week truly special. Joy and excitement can be observed all around SMSA as the week progresses forward. It’s a special place to learn, play, and grow in faith. The faculty, staff and administration are blessed to get to work with children 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


Principal's Pen Winners


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 Ashley Lane-St. Mary’s Springs Academy Donor and Alumni Assistant Director This week’s Principal Pen award winners are:


Brecken K. (6th grade)- Brecken consistently show responsibility in learning in the classroom. He turns his assignments in on time and will ask questions if needed before submitting.


Liam G. (6th grade) – Liam is extremely respectful and always ready to learn. He is a leader at SMSA by always trying his best and leading by example. He is prepared for class and on time. Liam is great at participating in class and sharing his ideas. He is a very responsible student. Our SMSA community is lucky to have Liam!


Jaymes H. (6th grade) – Jaymes is a great addition to our SMSA community. Jaymes shows great responsibility with his school work and sports. He is respectful to his peers and teachers and is a great role model of our Ledger Way Core Values.


Holly G. (7th grade) – Holly is a wonderful student who is always showing great leadership by being a role model for others in the classroom and out. She always pushes herself to be the best student and person she can be. She builds a strong community by being very kind and inclusive to all those around her. Her smile brighten up a room.


Alison B. (7th grade) – Alison respects me as a teacher. She leads with a positive attitude and energy, which adds to our positive classroom environment. Alison is responsible with doing work of quality.


Elizabeth D. ( 7th grade) – Elizabeth works very well in class, is very respectful, and volunteers to help out in the classroom when needed. She does a great job of demonstrating the Core Values!


Molly S. (8th grade) – Molly embodies our core value of faith with grace and dedication. Her commitment to spiritual growth is evident by her active participation in Bible study group where she not only deepens her own faith understanding but also inspires classmates and teachers with her insights. Molly never hesitates to take on a participation role in chapel mass, and she is an outstanding role model for younger students.


Grace W. (8th grade)– Grace shows quiet leadership and love of her community by consistently showing great loyalty to her friends when they are in need.


Gabe R. (8th grade) –Gabe has shown a lot of responsibility in getting his work done. He is very respectful to everyone around him and is always kind and considerate.




SMSA is hosting a “A Safe Environment Is My Responsibility,” initial Safe Environment Education training for staff and volunteers.


SEE Training (Safe Guard Training) is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th, from 5:30-8:30 pm in the multi-purpose room.


Register by clicking here, or emailing Melissa Trepte at – SEE Training.



SMSA GoGuardian Beacon

SMSA has adopted GoGuardian Beacon services as part of our school’s broader suicide prevention program.
GoGuardian Beacon is important to our school community because suicide is now one of the most pressing issues facing youth. GoGuardian Beacon may help SMSA intervene even when students have difficulty asking adults for help. Nine out of ten teens (90%) who report symptoms of depression say they have gone online for information on mental health issues – Digital Health Practices, Social Media Use, and Mental Well-Being Among Teens and Young Adults in the U.S. (2018). GoGuardian products are used in over 8,500 schools and 5,000 districts in the US, supporting over 23 million students.


Catholic Schools Week

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week beginning January 29th, 2024. Please join us at Holy Family Mass at 10:00 A.M. to kick off the celebration week. Please follow the link attached to learn more about the activities during Catholic Schools Week. It’s an exciting to celebrate who we are as a Catholic School.
Catholic Schools Week Information


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

News and Information

SMSA Uniform Approved Vests At Hopper's

SMSA uniform approved vests are in stock at Hopper’s. Vests are $35 and come in youth, ladies and men’s sizes.


You can also still purchase 1/4 zips and crews, which are uniform approved, the cost for those are $30 each.


NEW Store Hours: 9 am till 5 pm, Monday-Friday.  CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays.


77 N. Main Street

Fond du Lac, WI 54935




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



Girls in Grades 3-5 - Girls on the Run 2024 Registration Opens Soon!

Girls on the Run inspires girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths while building a sense of connection and confidence in a team setting. Trained coaches use physical activity and dynamic lessons to build social, emotional, and physical skills while encouraging healthy habits for life. The team completes a community service project together and participates in a 5k at the end of the season. Registration opened on January 29! Click here for more information.



Bibles and Blanket Project for Catholic Schools Week

Our annual Bibles and Blankets Project for Catholic Schools Week is made possible this year by the generosity of our Elementary and Middle School students and families who supported our Penny War this past fall!


Students from all grades will have the chance to help cut and tie blankets or create prayer cards for our bundles. The Holy Family Warming Shelter will receive 30 twin size fleece blankets to be used in their facility as a result. Thank you!


Bibles and Blankets Project



Ledgerfest 2024 Class Baskets Donation Deadline February 1, 2024

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.





Register Today for Ledgerfest 2024 - March 23rd!


To learn more and to register for this fun evening out, in support of SMSA, click here!




Parents of Performing Arts

Parents with students in the performing arts, come to help support the performing arts at SMSA! 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 rest of the school year:
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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

January 28th – February 2nd – Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
February 8th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 9th – No School/In-service
February 23rd – End of 2nd trimester

Before/After School Care News

There will be no before or after school care on Friday, February 9th, due to no school for in-service.




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