Happy Advent!

With the arrival of December, we prepare for both the shortest days of the year, and for the long hope of Advent!  For all Christians, the Advent season is an intensive and joyful time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth, a celebration of Immanuel – meaning “God is with us!”  The final days of Advent, from December 17th to December 24th, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).  A liturgical season rich in meaning, tradition and symbols, a good Advent requires patience and prayer.  Advent also can inspire change in us.  Indeed believing that God is always near to us, and faithfully walking beside us at all moments of our life, has the power to change each of us.  We are never alone. God never abandons his children. 


Pope Francis recently wrote an opinion that was published in the New York Times.  It was a profound reflection on 2020, and the “stoppage” as he called it, caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  In every human moment of “stoppage” – personal, communal, or global – Francis believes that God “reveals to us what needs to change.” The Pope counsels: “to come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.”  


A crisis like this pandemic and its life altering effects on so many people can be ripe with tension, anxiety and confusion, causing some to withdraw and isolate.  Paradoxically, the COVID-19 crisis also gives us regular chances to place the needs of others – especially those suffering or vulnerable – ahead of our own personal needs, wants and liberties.  Crisis stops us, and can change us.  


Advent reminds us that God is always creating.  Pope Francis suggests that “this is a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek – and to commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of.”   In this spirit, I wonder: “how are we being called to dream and create change for the Springs community?  How can Ledgers grow into their identity as God’s children so as to faithfully reflect God’s love in the world?”  What bold, positive change can this historic moment of “stoppage” inspire on the Ledge?  


Pope Francis leaves us with much to consider this Advent:  “To come out of the crisis better, we have to recover the knowledge that as a people we have a shared destination. The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone. What ties us to one another is what we commonly call solidarity. Solidarity is more than acts of generosity, important as they are; it is the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity. On this solid foundation we can build a better, different, human future.” 


This Advent, I pray that the trials of this pandemic crisis will strengthen our solidarity, so that our beloved Springs community may grow closer to God, and be more faithful to the Christian calling to “prepare the way of the Lord” and be light for God’s world. 


Be well, God bless. 

Eamonn O’Keeffe, Principal Grades 9-12



December 5th – High School Placement Test administered at SMSA from 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon. This test is required of all 8th grade students who will apply for high school admission to SMSA or any Catholic high school in the Archdiocese. 


December 8th – Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the patronal feast day of SMSA!


December 15th – National Honors Society Induction Ceremony (Virtual) 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Reach out to Mr. Jeff Beissman with questions around event details.


December 17 – Advent Reconciliation Services. Campus Ministry has arranged for many priests to be available to SMSA students for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 



Mid-Quarter Progress Reports

December 4th marks the midpoint of Quarter II.  Teachers have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 7 to update and post grades for this period. On Tuesday, December 8th, at 3:30 p.m. parents can open Skyward, navigate to “Family Access” and then click the “Portfolio” tab to see the posted progress report.  Progress reports are not mailed. Parents can feel free to print the Skyward posted progress report for their records. 


Semester Exams

January 11th – 14th, 2021 marks the end of Semester I and is designated as Exam Week for all high school students.  Key information about Exam Week expectations is being shared with students during December.  Please click the link below for the Exam Week schedule and published SMSA expectations for students and faculty. EXAM WEEK – January 2021 


Winter Sports Season!

SMSA is very pleased to support the safe return of athletics to the Ledge! Ledger girls will compete in basketball, volleyball and dance.  Ledger boys will be competing in basketball, hockey and wrestling. The WIAA and Flyway Conference has established safety and health protocols for successfully initiating indoor competitions.  For example, all  student athletes will be required to wear face coverings as a condition of competition.  Coaches, game staff and officials and any spectators will also need to comply with this mask mandate.  Within the Flyway Conference, student athletes are allowed to designate only two spectators for any home or away contest.  Most games can be viewed via livestream video.  Please consult with our Athletic Director, Mr. Greg Hoffmann, for details around obtaining the livestream link for any given contest.  Despite the many restrictions, our players and coaches are very happy and excited for the privilege to compete during this tenuous and risky public health crisis.  Our mission and core values will be on display all season. Go Ledgers!

Upcoming Dates

Aaron Rodgers Day to Support the Solutions Center - December 11th

In support of the Solutions Center, students will be allowed to wear Packer gear and jeans or sweats (no rips or holes).


Grades P3 – 5th: Thursday, December 10th

Grades 6th – 12th: Friday December 11th


Click here to view the flyer.

News and Information

Music Department Poinsettia Sale

The high school music department is holding their annual Poinsettia Sale fundraiser. If you want to buy a poinsettia for $15, please see any high school music student or email: Coleen at


If you are a high school music student wanting to participate in the poinsettia sale, you have until Sunday, December 6th to sell your tickets. $5 from each sale goes directly into your music department trip account to save up for future trips. Seniors can defer funds into the general music trip account. This is a great deal on poinsettias!

Big Money Raffle

Have You Sold Your Big Money Raffle Tickets Yet!

It’s that time of year again, St. Mary’s Springs Academy’s “Big Money Raffle” (BMR). This cash raffle is one of only three major fundraisers for SMSA that involves EVERY family, Pre-K through 12th grade.


The upcoming holidays are a great time to sell tickets to family and friends as you gather in small groups or virtually! Take your tickets to work or even post them to social media, who among your family and friends would not love a chance to win $20,000!


Tickets may be returned to school with your child or to the North, South or Scrip offices. Returning tickets as soon as they are sold is very important this year. If you have any questions, or if you would like to purchase additional tickets, please contact Kristin Zitlow at


Participation from every family truly makes a difference. Thank you for your support!

High School Counseling

News and Information

No news at this time.

Upcoming Dates

No news at this time.

Career Exploration

No news at this time.

Job Opportunities

Festival Foods Hosting Open Interviews

The Fond du Lac store will be hosting open interviews on 

Tuesday, December 8th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Please click here to view their flyer.


Additional Notes: We’re proud to offer flexible hours, as well as a Tuition Assistance program, called Dollars for Students, to help with saving for college.

Scholarship Opportunities

Ellington Mutual Insurance Company Scholarship

The Counseling Office has received the Ellington Mutual Insurance Company Scholarship. It’s available to graduating seniors who plan to attend a college or technical college. The student’s parents must be a policyholder of Ellington Mutual Insurance Company.

Elks Legacy Awards – Deadline February 5th

The Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. Please click here for more details and the application link. Deadline is Friday, February 5, 2021.

Lands’ End Starboard Scholarship (Grades 8-12)

The Lands’ End School Starboard Scholarship acknowledges and rewards students who display exceptional leadership skills.  Each winning student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  Applications are being accepted from now until Tuesday, December 15, 2020.


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

College/University SMSA visits

No updates at this time.

College/University Virtual Visits

None at this time.