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

Dear Parents/Guardians,


The autumn leaves have begun to share their true colors as the school year continues to move forward. Students in Grades 2 – 8 have completed their MAP testing for the Fall, parent/teacher conferences have been completed and our awesome teachers continue to inspire throughout the moments of the school days. One could say, our true colors are being shown as well.


Thank you once again for attending conferences as we are near the middle of our first trimester. Parent/Teacher Conferences are an important part of school life to build relationships. Please complete one short survey for each academic area that pertains to your family. We will review the feedback for future conferences. Thank you for providing us positives and opportunities for improvement as we are a learning institution. Thank you. (Please fill out this form) to help us better serve you.


Our classroom Halloween parties will be held on Oct. 31st in the afternoon. Please see more details from individual homeroom teachers. Parents must be SEE trained to attend the classroom parties. Oct. 31st will be our annual Trunk or Treat in out upper parking lot. Please look below for more information. It’s so much fun to build community at these events.


SMSA is excited to host a field trip for Education majors from Marian University. On October 24th, Marian students will be coming to the ledge to experience education first hand as they navigate through a few classrooms for experience. It’s an exciting opportunity for the partnership between Marian University and SMSA.


A special shout out and thank you to the Parent Connectors Committee and the volunteers that put together special treats for the teachers for the two evenings of conferences. This kind gesture means so much to us at SMSA. We appreciate all you do to support our teachers as we go through the school year. You are truly amazing with hearts of filled with love.


Dates to Remember:

October 27: Middle School Halloween dance after school
October 31: Trunk or Treat (Evening program)
October 31: Elementary Halloween Parties (Last hour of the school day)
May 24: Kindergarten – Eighth Grade Mass & 8th grade graduation at Holy Family at 9:00 am


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


God Bless,
Steven Kelnhofer
Elementary Principal, SMSA

News and Information

Principal 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 Kyle Krueger, SMSA’s High School Vice President


This week’s Principal Pen award winners are:

Henry K. (6th Grade) Henry brings a positive atmosphere to our community making everyone feel welcome. He is a great leader when it comes to respect and responsibility.

Paisley S. (6th Grade) Paisley displayed strong leadership by assisting a new sixth-grade student in adjusting to SMSA. She acted responsible and assisted in getting her peer into her locker and getting to the correct classes.

Jillian R. (6th Grade) – Jillian comes to class excited and ready to learn each day. I love her positive attitude!

Thaden C. (7th Grade) – Thaden is a positive community member with outstanding cooperation. He lets his faith shine when we pray and work with each other. His desire to learn is clear when he asks questions and is willing to improve his work.

George T. (7th Grade) – George demonstrates the Core Values of Leadership and Community. He is always willing to read at Mass and share his faith with others. What a blessing to have him in class!

Brady E. ( 7th Grade) – Brady is always trying to be the best student and person he can be. He is always brave by raising his hand frequently in class to give answers to problems/share his thoughts on how to solve problems. Brady also asks questions in front of class and one on one when confused as well as coming in and getting extra help as needed. He is always kind and respectful to all students and staff at SMSA. It is a pleasure having him in class.

Jason G. ( 8th Grade) – Jason demonstrates our core values of community and leadership with his positive attitude, work ethic and ability to inspire others.

Jacob H. (8th Grade) – Jacob is a model young theologian by asking great questions, sharing his love for history, and showing reverence for the Eucharist.

Addison P. (8th Grade) – Addie is responsible as she does her work, and she shows community by her willingness to always help others: especially younger students.




Show Us Your Talent

The SMSA KG – 8th Talent Show is now accepting submissions for the first 50 Entries!


For more information, and to fill out your submission, click here. Or stop by the South Office to fill out your submission form.



It's Big Money Raffle Time!

It’s that time of year again!  Time for St. Mary’s Springs Academy’s “Big Money Raffle” (BMR). Who will win $20,000 this year!? 


This cash raffle is one of only three major fundraisers for SMSA that involves EVERY family, Pre-K through 12th grade. Each family receives 5 BMR tickets to sell and/or purchase.  BMR tickets were distributed during conferences last week, if you did not receive your families tickets at that time, they will be coming home in your youngest child’s backpack this week. Please be sure to check their backpacks and/or folders. 


Please review the information included in the envelope regarding this fundraiser.  Tickets may be returned to school with your child or to the North, South or Scrip offices any time before the noon drawing on Friday, January 12, 2024. 


If you have any questions, or if you would like to purchase additional tickets, please contact a member of the BMR committee, listed below. 


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



MS Halloween Party Grades 6-8


Friday, October 27th
4:00-5:30 pm
Baker Gym
Games, pizza, dancing and prizes!
Costume contest for individual and group


Sign up via the survey that the teachers sent to your student’s email address. Parents will need to pick up promptly at 5:30pm. If anyone needs to leave early, please email Mrs. Lewis at


Come join in the fun!



Lost & Found

Lost & Found is already a popular spot. Please take a moment to see if your child is missing any items, and if so, visit our Lost & Found spot to the left of the South Hall office entrance doors when you walk into school.







Winter Sport Athletic Forms

As fall sports start to wind down, the SMSA Athletic Department is beginning preparations for winter sports. If you have an athlete interested in participating on a winter sports team, the athletic paperwork needs to be completed prior to the season start. If your athlete has competed in a fall sport, they do not need to complete the paperwork again. The forms are included in the link below.


Please contact Kelly Mueller at with any questions. Good luck to our fall sports teams as they finish their seasons. Go Ledgers!


Registration Form



Booster Club Admission and Concession Volunteers Needed!

If you are the parent of an athlete, please consider giving of your time to help out in one of our concession stands or with admissions. The Booster Club supports ALL SMSA sports, so feel free to help out at activities your kiddos are not in, to assure other parents can watch their son or daughter in that particular sport. This is a great opportunity to serve and see/meet more of our Ledger family.


Signing up is easy…..just click on one of the links and select a date that best fits your schedule.


A big thank you to those that have already signed up and given their support!


Varsity Football



Upcoming Dates

October 27: Middle School Halloween dance after school
October 31: Trunk or Treat (Evening program)
October 31: Elementary Halloween Parties (Last hour of the school day)
May 24: Kindergarten – Eighth Grade Mass & 8th grade graduation at Holy Family at 9:00 AM

Before/After School Care News

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