Message from the P3 - Grade 5 Principal, Steven Kelnhofer

Dear Parents,


As the autumn weather arrives in Wisconsin, those pesky mosquitoes have decided to join in the fun.  Students have been spotted with bites from mosquitoes as they are enjoying the outdoors.  Teachers will be or have sent out a message explaining what you can do before sending your child/children to school to help defend against the mosquitoes. Unfortunately, we can’t spray or apply repellent here at school because of safety concerns and allergies.  However, you may spray or apply repellent before your child/children arrive to school.  Teachers will also mention other methods such as dryer sheets in pockets and repellent bracelets to repel mosquitoes.  Pants and long sleeve shirts may help out as well acting as a skin barrier.


Band and Choir Update for Fifth Grade

Music is an important subject and valued here at SMSA as part of our students educational experience.  I know our eager students want to get to practicing and learning new skills with their voice and/or an instrument.  We are currently going through a hiring process with hopes to find a new team member very soon to join our outstanding music department.  Until a hire is complete, we are working internally to problem solve and find ways to have students experience music SMSA is accustomed too.


Fifth Grade Chapel Time

Our fifth grade parents had the opportunity to experience our first week of Chapel Time with their child/children.  It appeared to be a wonderful experience with parents and children having a faith moment in the chapel.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to enjoy this time with your child/children.


Hug and Go

Thank you for using the Hug and Go lanes effectively as we are getting into the swing of traffic flow this school year.   Parents have been pulling as far forward as they can to allow space for parking behind them and we thank you for that.  This cooperation helps to create a beautiful flow of traffic that is safe and efficient.


God Bless, Mr. Kelnhofer

Upcoming Events/News

SMSA Homecoming Week - September 17-21

Homecoming is next week!  Join in on the fun with these dress up days leading up to the Pep Rally on Friday, September 21st.  Go Ledgers!


Monday: Favorite Character

Whether they are from a book, movie, or game, dress as your favorite fictional character or real life role model!  Clothing items must be school appropriate (i.e. no weapons or masks).


Tuesday: Vacation Day

Tuesday’s the day to show off your relaxation side by dressing like you’re a tourist going on vacation.  Clothing items must be school appropriate (i.e. no swimsuits, flip flops, or spaghetti strap tank tops).


Wednesday: Neon Day

The brighter the better for Wednesday’s dress up day.  Jeans and sweats can be worn with neon colored clothing!


Thursday: Rainbow Theme

Each grade level has been given a color of the rainbow to wear for Thursday.  Together we can make a rainbow!  Jeans and sweats may be worn with grade level color.

  • P3/K4- Red
  • Kindergarten- Orange
  • 1st grade- Yellow
  • 2nd grade- Green
  • 3rd grade- Blue
  • 4th grade- Purple
  • 5th grade- Red


Friday: Liturgy and Spirit Wear

SMSA sweatshirt, tshirt, or polo and non-ripped jeans or dress code approved shorts/pants.  No sweats due to All System Mass in the morning.  Mass attire not required for this day!

Picture Day - September 25th & 26th

School pictures are scheduled on September 25th and 26th .  A make-up day will be scheduled at a later time for those that are absent on either day.


Envelopes for your orders with payment are to be returned on picture day only!  Checks should be made payable to Gueller’s.  


Please click here to view the full schedule to find which day and time your child(s) picture will be taken.

Magical Summer of Reading

The 2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge has ended!   A huge thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this summer the most magical one yet.  We had 137 students participate and logged over 104, 419 minutes!  We surpassed Mr. K’s goal of 85,000 minutes by 23%!   Way to go!


Stay tuned for top readers to be announced and to find out “What will Mr. K do?” 


Keep on Reading!

Elementary Mass - September 14th

Join us, on September 14th, as our elementary students lead us in prayer in The Chapel of St. Mary at SMSA.


Next week’s schedule:

8:10 a.m. – Mrs. Garlow’s 2nd grade class will lead us in prayer.


9:00 a.m. – Mrs. Townsend’s 5th grade class will lead us in prayer.


Watch for Friday, September 21st class leads in the next edition of the eLedger.

Do you have a love for books? Join our Book Fair Committee!

The Book Fair Committee is a fantastic way to be involved in your child’s school.  Whether you’re setting up for the pre-fair or helping with book fairs, your efforts will be rewarded with the friendly smiles you encounter and the unique glimpse you get into the academic world of the students.

As a member of the committee, you will be scheduled to volunteer at book fairs as your interest dictates and your time allows.  All meetings held are not mandatory; this committee requires only as much time as you are willing and able to give, but your assistance to the school is invaluable. This committee is overseen by two co-chairs.

SMSA sponsors two Scholastic book fairs during the school year.  One in fall held in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences, and one in spring which is typically a BOGO book fair.  Profits are used to buy new books or learning resources for the elementary school.  Each book fair runs for approximately 3 days, times varying.  Several committee members/volunteers are needed each day to help work the checkout as well as assist during class preview times.  Committee Members/Volunteers are invited to sign up for any of several 2-hour shifts that are scheduled during the book fair.  Time Commitment: at least one 2-hour shift during the week of the book fair.


If you are interested in joining our committee, please email one of the co-chairs; Lisa Serovy; or Jen Kebble;

Box Tops, Milk Moola & Loaves For Learning

Let’s start the school year off right!  Bring in those Box Tops, Milk Moola Caps and Loaves for Learning labels you’ve collected over the summer.  Please give these items to your teacher the first week of school and enjoy a classroom treat provided by the SMSA Grandparents Club.


Keep collecting throughout the school year and watch for special promotions.  Last year, these programs generated over $3,000 providing assistance to our special programs (music, art, phy-ed, etc.).


Let’s top that this year! Together we can do great things for SMSA!

Before/After School Care News

Dear Parents,

Please remember to pick up a calendar to fill out and turn back in for when your child/children will be using after school care.  


Peanut free snacks are allowed in after school care.  Please provide a snack via backpack day to day or provide a bin for a long duration that we will house for the students younger than 1st grade.  


Students in 1st grade or below will be either on the lower playground or in the Child Care Center.  


Students grades 2nd – 5th can bring a snack day to day or keep a snack bin by their cubby or locker.  These students will be in the library or on the upper playground.

Thank you for all your help getting the year going.