From the Office of Steve Kelnhofer, PreK - 8th Grade Principal

Dear Parents,

Happy Halloween!  No this is not a trick or a treat, but the first quarter comes to a close on Friday, November 1, 2019.  Teachers will be working on completing grades, end of day, on November 1st into the following week.  Grades will be available to view on an electronic report card Friday, November 8th. Please electronically sign once you’ve viewed the report card.  Thank you.


I’ve found it useful to not focus on the grade when discussing the report card with my child, but focusing on asking them what they think of their accomplishments or growth areas.  It’s best to get an understanding of what they felt they did well and what they would like to do better at next quarter. Then ask them, “What is your plan to reach this goal.” This thought process helps focus on the child and not the grade.  Grades come and go, but our relationship with our child is forever.  


God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer

Love and Logic Tip of the Week:  Wise parents know that doing the right thing won’t guarantee a happy kid.

Halloween Celebrations - November 1st

Students from PreK – 5 will be celebrating Halloween on November 1, 2019 in the afternoon. Please have your child/children bring their costume and they will change into them in the afternoon. We plan on parading to the Mother House (320 Co Road K) around 1:15 p.m. and then returning to enjoy an afternoon of Halloween fun in the classrooms. 


Please no gory/bloody or demonic type costumes.  Masks and weapons of any kind are not allowed.

News and Information

DINO-Mite Bookfair Thank you

Thank you to all the families who visited the book fair and took time to place their vote for their favorite DINO-Mite Pumpkin.  Through your donations we raised approximately $750 for the All for Books Campaign! These funds went directly back to SMSA and were used to purchase books for the library as well as providing each teacher with a new book for their library.  Scholastic, in return, will match this donation and donate to schools/community libraries in need. Way to go Junior Ledger Families!  


The winner of the pumpkin voting was Mrs. Wuest’s 4th Grade Class with their “I Survived the Attacks of September 11th.”  They will enjoy a pizza party.


New this year was the Administrators’ Choice Award.  We had SMSA Administration Staff vote on their favorite pumpkin.  Mrs. Lund’s 5k class won with their “Groovy Joe Ice Cream and Dinosaurs” creation.  They will be treated to a popcorn party.


Thank you to our volunteers who helped us in one way or another for our Fall Book Fair, we couldn’t have done it without you!  See you in May at our BOGO Book Fair!

Seeking Elves R’ Us Shoppers

Elves R Us is looking for shoppers to purchase items for the event.  Items are being collected for the 2019 and 2020 events.  


Please click here to view the flyer for more information!


To start shopping for the event, please contact Dawn Blanck at or Jen Kebble at


Elves R’ Us is a Christmas event that 8th graders have managed for over 25 years.  The 8th graders interview “elves” for jobs to help PreK – 5th grade students shop for Christmas gifts for their friends and families.  Funds raised for this event will go towards the 8th grade class, as well as to SMSA and a local family/community group in need.

Lands’ End Starboard Scholarship - Grades 6 - 8

The Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship acknowledges and rewards students who display exceptional leadership skills.  Each winning student will receive a $10,000 scholarship.


Applications are being accepted beginning Friday, November 1, 2019.


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

Upcoming Dates

Grade 6 - 8 Dance and Activity Night - November 1st

There will be a Dance and Activity night for students in grades 6 – 8 on Friday, November 1, 2019. This event will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at SMSA in Baker Gym. Cost for the dance will be $1. The theme will be Halloween costumes! Students are encouraged to wear costumes, but not required. 


If you wish to wear a Halloween costume we do ask to make sure it is school appropriate. Please no gory/bloody or demonic type of costumes (no devil horns or red eye contacts, etc.). Also, for safety purposes, please no masks. This way we can identify all students in attendance. 


If you prefer not to wear a costume then feel free to wear jeans (with no holes) and a school appropriate t-shirt (no tank tops). Athletic shorts of appropriate length will be permitted as well as sweat pants (no leggings or yoga pants).

Grade 2 - 5 Rotating Chapel Mass - Friday, November 8th

Please join us in the Chapel of St. Mary: Our Lady of the Ledge on Friday, November 8, 2019. Mass will begin at 8:15 a.m.


Make sure to stop at the North or South Hall office for a visitors pass.


Class lead: Mrs. Staerzl, Grade 4

Classes attending: Mrs. Townsend (Grade 5), Mrs. Flatt (Grade 4), Mrs. Packer (Grade 3), Mrs. Ebert (Grade 2)  and Mrs. Mauer (Grade 2).

Grade 6 - 12 Rotating Chapel Mass - Friday, November 8th

Please join us in the Chapel of St. Mary: Our Lady of the Ledge on Friday, November 8, 2019 as grade 11 will be in attendance. Mass will begin at 9:20 a.m.


Make sure to stop at the North or South Hall office for a visitors pass.

Before/After School Care News

No news at this time.

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