A Message from Grade 6 - 12 Principal - Eamonn O'Keeffe

Beginning of the Year Reflection

“Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelations 21:5)

How fortunate we are to restart, to reset, to return.  New beginnings are an extraordinary grace from God! Each academic year offers students, parents and educators the opportunity and blessing of a fresh start.  At this time of year, new dreams take shape, new goals are crafted and fresh pledges are made by students, parents, coaches and teachers.  


Like New Year’s Day, the start of school includes a fair amount of wishful thinking and a particularly optimistic brand of hopefulness and goodwill.  There is a collective consciousness around making things better; around building better relationships; making better decisions; taking better care of oneself and others; of studying more and better; about being a better friend and a better self.  This is good! Indeed, this is how it should be. 


At SMSA, we are striving to be a better Catholic school community.   As people of faith, we know that God calls us to build His Kingdom, the “City of God” – the “shining city on a hill” that we read about in the New Testament.  But how? As always, Jesus offers us a way: 


Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16


In this new year at SMSA, let’s give every effort to be a ‘shining school on the ledge:’  In other words, someplace where students are proud to let their light shine!  A community that is safe, positive, loving, encouraging and inspiring. A place where God’s presence is felt in the behavior and actions of all, and where prayer and creativity, accompany inquiry, reflection, learning and integrity. A place where students are dedicated to understanding their God-given gifts and where caring classmates, teachers, coaches and parents work collaboratively to help each and every student to identify and unpack their gifts.  Though it may not be explicitly stated in our Curriculum Guide, this is the essence of Catholic education. At SMSA our Ledger Way points us to this higher ground!


I believe that God’s creative and loving Spirit is ever near to us, always eager to love us, shape our hearts and “make things new again” in our lives.  We have so much to look forward to at SMSA this year! I look forward to being on this journey with you as a partner in mission.  


Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us.  

A Word of Gratitude

For me personally, the return of school this year is extremely special!  I am very excited, grateful and blessed to begin anew as principal for this generous and lively Springs community that has not been shy about sharing its pride or passion.  The warmth and enthusiasm I have encountered since joining SMSA may represent the greatest experience of welcome and hospitality of my career in Catholic education. My sincerest thanks to the students, parents, alumni, staff and faculty that have gone the extra step to make sure my new start has been so very positive!  Be assured that I will be holding our community in daily prayer throughout this year. 

High School Update

  • September 3, 2019 – First Day of Classes! 
  • Open House, August 29, 2019: Scheduled for 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29th. Please plan to drop-off student supplies, obtain course schedules, receive new locker assignments and combinations and meet teachers. 
  • Student Schedules:  I am grateful to Mr. John Resop for his dedication to resolving complex scheduling conflicts while working to finalize student schedules.   I also thank Mr. Resop for the patient tutoring he has graciously provided to me around the SMSA scheduling process. Skyward access for all student schedules will be enabled by Friday, August 16th. Regarding schedule change requests: Students who have a schedule that still contains conflict (i.e multiple courses scheduled during the same class period) should reach out to Mr. Resop before the start of school. If there is an error on a student schedule that was made by the school (i.e. wrong course choice reflected) please connect with Mr. Resop to address that matter. Any schedule change that is initiated by a parent or student and which does not reflect an error or conflict, shall be managed by the guidance office only after the first day of school (Tuesday, September 3rd). Finally, Open House on Thursday, August 29th is NOT an appropriate time to arrange for schedule changes. 
  • Daily Bell Schedule: Last year, a faculty advisory committee worked with administration to integrate a “9th Hour” flexible activity period into the daily bell schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.  The new schedule has been finalized and will be operational from the very first day of school. The eight standard academic periods are intact. Ledger Period remains along with the new “9th Hour” option which also serves as homeroom. For students in grades 6 – 12 the school day begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Copies of the new daily bell schedule will be available at Open House on Thursday, August 29th.  
  • Faculty Meet and Greets: Individual meetings with nearly every member of the faculty and staff have been completed.  These sessions have been valuable as a general operational orientation to SMSA while also provided important information about heritage and mission.  Also a great help in setting priorities for this year. 
  • Interviewing Prospective Faculty: Recent interviews have positively resulted in the hiring of new and talented faculty in the middle school and high school level. Interviews will continue until all hiring needs are met. Watch for a full summary and profiles of all new SMSA faculty in a future eLedger. 
  • August In-service Days Scheduled for Faculty: While many faculty members have been frequent visitors to campus through the summer, Thursday, August 22nd marks the first official day that faculty return for the 2019-2020 school year. New faculty will begin with a special day of orientation to SMSA on Friday, August 23rd.  On Monday, August 26th – Friday, August 29th full day In-services are planned for all faculty and staff. 
A Message from the Athletic Director - Gregory Hoffmann
To all middle school and high school athletes and their parents.  If you were unable to attend the Athletic Code meetings in late July, please go to the Athletics page on the Springs website by clicking here, and chose either middle or high school to view the power point from the meeting.
We are also looking for more high school parents to join one of the concessions teams that are located on the Athletics page.  Teams 1, 6, and 10 could still use a few helpers.  Email me at ghoffmann@smsacademy.org to let me know if you would like to sign up.  There is also more information about this program in the High School Power Point.
A Message from the Campus Ministry Director - Kollin Petrie '07

Solemnity of Assumption of Mary into heaven - August 15th

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Assumption of Mary into heaven.
The Catechism states, “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.” (CCC, #966)
Click here to view a great video from Dr. Scott Hahn explaining the fascinating biblical roots of this feast.
If you haven’t yet made it to Mass for this holy day of obligation, there are still several opportunities in the area:
Lakeview Estates:  3:00 p.m.
Our Risen Savior:  6:30 p.m.
St. Mary, Marytown:  6:30 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills, Eden:  6:30 p.m.
St. Mary, FDL:  7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s, Lomira:  7:00 p.m.
Happy feasting!
News & Updates

Health paperwork

Paperwork for the 2019/2020 school year will need to be in place if your child will have any type of medication at school (prescription, Epi-pen, inhaler) as well as a new annual health history form. The paperwork will be available at the student Open House and can be emailed to you in advance if requested.


Thank you and please reach out to me at khellmer@smsacademy.org with any questions. 

Food Service Employment at SMSA

Are you looking for an employment opportunity that works for you and your family? One that has a professional growth path for the future? Consider school food service, start out small with hours and a schedule that works great for your young family. As your skill base grows and your time commitment allows, take the opportunities for educational growth in a field that will always work for your number one priority, your family!


Food service currently has a position available for a Server/Cleanup.  Information can be found by clicking here.  

South Street Shuttle Bus - FDL School District Residents ONLY

All K – 12 students who live within the Fond du Lac city limits are eligible to be transported to SMSA from a common point (South Street Parking lot) for pickup and drop-off. The South Street parking lot is located at the parking lot on the north side of Fruth Field off of South Street. This bus is titled “South Street Shuttle” bus.  Parents must stay with their child/ren until loading begins.

All families intending to use the South Street Shuttle bus must register the student riders. There is no cost to the family but student information must be provided on the sign-up sheet. Johnson Bus must have this information so that they are able to contact you in the event of any type of delay or emergency.


To sign up, please click here.

School Supply List

Please visit the links below for your child(s) grade level.

P3 & K4 click here

K-2nd grade click here

3rd-5th grade click here

6th-8th grade click here

High School click here


Gym Uniforms

Gym uniforms are available for purchase at Hoppers Silk Screening (77 North Main Street).
Grade K – 5 families, please purchase the blue SMSA gym shirt from Hoppers, you do not have to purchase the black SMSA gym shorts, you may provide your own black shorts.
Grades 6 – 12 families, please purchase the blue SMSA gym shirt and black SMSA gym shorts from Hoppers.

My Stop Online Bus Tracking App

The Fond du Lac School District, along with Johnson Bus Company, is excited to introduce and implement My Stop. My Stop is a GPS tracking app available for students that are eligible for busing and who ride the bus through the Johnson Bus Company.  My Stop can be downloaded to your iPhone or android device.


The My Stop app displays the school bus’ location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival to a specific student’s bus stop.  The location of the bus is automatically updated every few seconds.

Please click here to view a power point presentation to view how to download this app to your device.


For more information on this app, please click here.


Important Upcoming Dates

August Family Packet - Mailed August 14th/15th

Watch your mailbox for the August Family packet.  This packet includes information on parking/busing, physician forms, emergency contact information, etc.  Please note, some of the included forms need to be turned in before school starts at our Open Campus event on Thursday, August 29th.


Solemnity of the Dedication of the Chapel - August 20th

You are invited to an 8:00 a.m. Mass Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with our new Chaplain, Fr. John LoCoco as we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of our beautiful chapel. All are welcome!


Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Auditions - August 22nd & August 28th

Vocal Jazz and Jazz Band Auditions are open to students in grades 9-12.  Please click here for more information on dates and times and click here for more information on audition times and sheet music.  Please click here to sign up for auditions times.


Hope to see you there!


Open Campus- August 29th

All families/students should plan to attend our Open Campus event on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Drop off your school supplies, meet your teachers, set up lunch accounts and turn in required forms. This event is a great way to ensure the first day of school runs smoothly.


NFL Sports Blitz Sweepstakes - Deadlines August 29th

Process: cards are due back no later than Thursday, August 29, 2019.  They can be returned to the Scrip Office anytime during Scrip business hours, or brought to orientation on August 29th.  Need more cards!? Additional sweepstakes cards are available at the Scrip Office during Scrip business hours.


Prizes: will be awarded to the top student sellers and the class that sells the most cards will be awarded a special class trip or the option to keep that money toward their class fund.


Proceeds: supports the Athletic Booster Club (who purchases uniforms, athletic equipment, sponsors athletic buses for tournaments, etc), Parents of Performing Arts (who purchase equipment for our performing arts programs, support performances, etc), and also the Annual Fund (which bridges the gap between tuition and the operational costs of the school).  


Purpose: SMSA must raise roughly $3 million each year. By having our students involved in fundraising, they too, are learning about the importance and impact of their efforts on the school.


SMSA Football Family Night - August 30th

Join your Ledger football players and cheerleaders at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday, August 30th for a fun Ledger family potluck.


When: Friday, August 30, 2019 (immediately following the 7:00 p.m. game vs Amherst at Fruth Field)
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall
Cost: $20 per family / $7 per individual
Make checks payable to St. Mary’s Springs; pay at the door.
Coaches and wives, players and cheerleaders eat free.


Click here for more information!  Hope to see you there!

Friends of the Ledgers Appeal - Deadlines August 30th to be included on printed materials

The volunteers of the parent-run Athletic Booster Club (ABC) and Parents for the Performing Arts (PPA) invite you to help support student athletic and performing arts activities as part of their joint appeal. These annual donations are essential for our pre-K through 12 students to help offset the expenses that are required to provide these opportunities. Your generosity provides support to both groups with this single direct donation appeal.


Watch your mail for more information, or click here to download the form.


Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Fond du Lac Area Transit Free Fare Day - August 30th

Leave your wallet at home, Free Fare Day is back! Friday, August 30, 2019 rides will be free on board all City Transit buses. Cookies, water, and free gifts for everyone! Plus Fond du Lac Area Transit will be giving away monthly bus passes, tokens, and day passes!


Please click here to read the full press release.

Please click here to view the flyer.

Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner - September 18th

The SMSA Grandparents invite you to share dinner with other SMSA families and supporters at the 6th annual Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner!


Relax and enjoy by renewing and making new friendships in the SMSA Cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.


Click here to view the flyer.


This grandparent event has lots of volunteer opportunities.  Contact

Elaine Rebek at elainerebek@gmail.com or Sue Huck dellahuck@gmail.com for more info on how to be involved.



Scrip Summer Hours

Don’t forget Scrip offers Lands’ End gift cards with a huge 15% rebate. Send your student/s back to school with sharp looking new uniforms!


Scrip Summer Hours:
Monday & Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday & Thursday: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: Closed


Scrip School Year Hours (beginning September 3rd):

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Tuesday, Thursday: Noon – 4:00 p.m.