2019-2020 Faculty Staffing Update
Due to increasing enrollment at the Middle and High School levels and a need to add additional sections, we are pleased to report that we are looking to add to our fantastic teaching team!  In addition, Catherine Petrie, our Middle School Theology/Spanish teacher, has decided to stay at home full-time with her children at the end of the school year.  Christine Glass, High School Science teacher, has also requested to go part-time, so we are seeking to offset her position with another instructor at the High School level.
As a result, the following positions are currently being sought for the 2019-2020 academic year:
-High School English (full-time)
-High School Science (part or full-time)
-Middle School World Languages – Spanish preferred (part or full-time)
-Middle School/High School Theology Teacher (full-time)
-Middle School/High School Social Studies (part or full-time)
Please visit our website by clicking here to view a description of the teaching positions available.
Important Upcoming Dates

Catholic Schools Week Mass *TIME CHANGE* - Monday, January 28th

Our Catholic Schools Week All System Mass with The Most Reverend Archbishop Listecki, will take place at our normal Mass time at 8:45 a.m. (instead of 9:30 a.m.) on Monday, January 28, 2019. 


Hope to see you there!

Last Call - BIG MONEY RAFFLE TICKETS - Drawing held Friday, January, 25th

This is your last chance to purchasing your winning Big Money Raffle tickets before the live drawing this Friday, January 25th at noon! ALL tickets must be returned before noon on Friday to be entered into the drawing.


Do not miss your opportunity to win $20,000.00, buy your tickets today! Tickets can be purchased at the North or South Hall office, Scrip office or by contacting Kristin Zitlow at 920-322-8006 or by email at kzitlow@smsacademy.org.

Hockey Team Announces Grade School Event - Saturday, January 26th

Grade School students are invited to cheer on the Ledger varsity hockey team on Saturday, January 26, 2019 as they take on the Sun Prairie Cardinals.  The game begins at 4:30 p.m. at Blue Line Family Ice Center (550 Fond du Lac Avenue).  All Grade School students present will be eligible for prizes and raffle drawings.  Fans will be treated to a “mini game” by our local Blue Line U8 hockey teams. Following the game, Grade School students are invited to a gathering where they will receive player trading cards and autographs from the Varsity and JV skaters (while supplies last).

Wear your Ledger Blue to Mass - Sunday January 27th

Help show off your Catholic Schools Week and Ledger pride by wearing SMSA gear or Ledger Blue to Mass at 10:15 a.m. at Holy Family (271 Fourth Street Way) on Sunday January 27, 2019.  Please click here to view the flyer.


We hope to see you there!

Catholic Schools Week Day Of Giving - Tuesday, January 29

As we celebrate Catholic Schools, we seek your support to help provide an academic, faith-based journey for our students as they prepare to excel in higher education and professional endeavors. Tuesday, January 29th (11:00 a.m.) through Wednesday, January 30th (11:00 a.m.), we ask you to support Catholic Education with a gift to our school during Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. Your support, no matter the amount, makes a huge impact on the success of our school, students, faculty and staff. Thank you for supporting Catholic school education.


When SMSA reaches its “Day of Giving” goal of $10,000, Principal, Steve Kelnhofer, will spend a night sleeping under the stars on the SMSA roof!  If we can double our goal and raise $20,000, Fr. John will also spend the night on the SMSA roof!


Help us put Mr. Kelnhofer and Fr. John on the roof by clicking here to donate from Tuesday, January 29th at 11:00 a.m. through Wednesday, January 30th at 11:00 a.m.


Thank you for support of SMSA and Catholic Education! God Bless!

Open House - Thursday, January 31st

Know any families interested in learning more about St. Mary’s Springs Academy?  Invite them to attend our OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and learn about what life is like on the Ledge!


Featured spaces open during the event include: innovative classrooms, K-8 library, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab, High School Science Wing, playground spaces, Fine Arts Wing, Student Success Suite (High School Lounge), and The Chapel of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Ledge.

Safe Environment Training at Holy Family - Thursday, January 31st

There will be a SET training at Holy Family Church Hall (271 Fourth Street Way) on Thursday, January 31, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. As always, participants must register online by clicking here.  Safe Environment Training is required for parents and guardians who are interested in volunteering at school, being a chaperone on field trips or any other instance where you may be with a group of children.

Catholic Schools Week - Monday, January 28th - Friday, February 1st

Dress up Days and Mass Schedule:

Monday January 28, 2019 – Celebrate Your Community!

Dress your best for Mass!  (School appropriate lengths for dresses/skirts and covered shoulders.  Please wear ties with oxford shirts for 6th-12th grade)


All System Mass from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church presided by the Most Reverend Archbishop Jerome Listecki..  All are welcome!


Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – Celebrate Your Students!

Students may dress in Spirit wear tops and jeans (with no holes and no sweatpants) or uniform pants.  If students do not choose to participate in the dress up day, please have them come to school in their school uniform.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – Celebrate Your Nation!

Students may dress in red, white and blue tops and jeans (with no holes and no sweatpants) or uniform pants.  If students do not choose to participate in the dress up day, please have them come to school in their school uniform.


Thursday, January 21, 2019 – Celebrate Vocations!

Students may dress in neon tops and jeans (with no holes and no sweatpants) or uniform pants.  If students do not choose to participate in the dress up day, please have them come to school in their school uniform.


Friday, February 1, 2019 – Celebrate Faculty, Staff and Volunteers!

Students may dress in a fleece or flannel top and jeans (with no holes and no sweatpants) or uniform pants.  If students do not choose to participate in the dress up day, please have them come to school in their school uniform.

Rosary - Chapel of St. Mary: Our Lady of the Ledge - January 28th

Join us as we pray the Rosary in our Chapel of St. Mary on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Check in at the North or South Hall office for your chapel pass.

High School Placement Testing - Saturday, February 2nd

High School Placement Testing for incoming 9th grade students NEW to SMSA for the 2019-2020 school year, will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


The placement test will be held at St. Mary’s Springs Academy. This date is for students that will be NEW to the SMSA system.

Please email Kelly Mueller at kmueller@smsacademy.org to register your student.

Freshman Scheduling Nights - Monday, February 11th and Wednesday, February 13th

Freshman scheduling nights for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at SMSA.


Students with last names ending in A-L should attend on February 11th and students with last names ending in M-Z should attend on February 13th.  All incoming freshman are required to attend. Your students will be receiving an information packet with a scheduling sheet, curriculum guide and agenda for the evening.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kelly Mueller at kmueller@smsacademy.org.

Ledgerfest 2019 "Calling all Heroes" - Saturday, March 9th

Donations Needed!
Ledgerfest – Calling All Heroes – will be here before you know it (March 9, 2019) and we need your help to make this the best year ever!  We are looking for donations for our silent and live auction and mystery raffle including themed baskets, gift cards, items or experiences to enhance our event.  

Not sure what to do?  Get some friends together and create a group basket with your favorite things, or we would be happy to put a basket together with a monetary donation.  

Ledgerfest can only be made possible by the efforts of energetic volunteers and staff and the kind generosity of our community partners and school families.  All proceeds from this major event support the SMSA Annual Fund which directly offsets one third of the system’s operating budget. Please consider donating an item for our exciting auction and raffle!  


Please click here to view and print the auction donation form. 

For more information or to make a donation please contact Kristin Zitlow at kzitlow@smsacademy.org or at (920) 322-8006.  Thank you!

News and Information

Parent Connectors SMSA Staff Spotlight

We honored the South Office Staff this past week.   Ms. Anderson (Guidance Counselor), Mrs. Gilgenbach (Administrative Assistant), Mrs. Hellmer (School Nurse), Mr. Kelnhofer (Principal) and Mrs. Pickart (Administrative Assistant).  They enjoyed snacks and winter decorations in their office area. Thank you to Andrea Westergaard, Cassady Fleisner, Carrie Weaver and Alexandra Smith for donating the food items!


To show your appreciation towards them, please send them a kind note/email letting them know how grateful we are of them. Your child/children could even draw them a picture and drop it off in the office!


We are blessed at SMSA!

Sign up for Friday Adoration - Need Parent Volunteers

We would like to continue to offer Eucharistic Adoration to our students on Fridays, but we need your help! 


Parents and community members are invited to sign-up by clicking here to take an hour time slot.  All you need to do is sit quietly with Jesus, adoring Him in the Blessed Sacrament.


Adoration Schedule for the remaining school year:
Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019 (System Mass – Adoration starting at 11 a.m.)
Friday, March 1, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019 (System Mass – Adoration starting at 11 a.m.)
Friday, May 24, 2019

From the Office of Kollin Petrie, Director of Campus Ministry

Can God create a rock so heavy even He can't lift it?

God does not have limitations—because he is all-powerful—but there are things he can’t do because they are contrary to his perfect nature. Click Here  to view a video from Ascension Presents as Matt Fradd explains how God cannot do something that is incompatible with the truth. Watch to learn more!

Do you need a break from social media?

Click here to view a video featuring Ascension Presents, wherein Jackie offers some tips for building good habits with social media.
From the Office of Katie Helmer, School Nurse

FDL County Health Department Hearing & Vision Screenings - Thursday, February 28th

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 the Fond du Lac County Health Department will be here to do hearing and vision screens for specific grades at SMSA. 


We are in need of parent volunteers to help the County nurses do the screens. They will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a short training and plan to be done before lunch.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please let me know or sign up by clicking here.


Any questions, contact Katie Hellmer at khellmer@smsacademy.org


Get in KWIK with this news!

Big News at Scrip!  For a limited time Kwik Trip is being offered with a 10% rebate.  


Stock up now!


Stop by the Scrip office or contact Chris Gilles to learn more. 920-322-8059, cgilles@smsacademy.org.

Office Hours

Scrip hours for the academic school year

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

Tuesday & Thursday: Noon – 4:00 p.m


Not sure what Scrip is? Stop by and see us or call Chris at 920-322-8059.  Scrip is an SMSA fundraiser that not only benefits the system but also gives you the opportunity to reduce your tuition.

Click here to read more!

Parents of Performing Arts (PPA) and Athletic Booster Club (ABC) Upddates

ABC Update

We are into the full swing of winter sports!  Thank you to all who are helping with concessions and tickets!  Please make sure to volunteer, even if it’s not your sport, all student athlete teams benefit from proceeds of the ABC revenue.  


Go Ledgers!!!

PPA Update

Please click here to view the meeting minutes from November’s meeting.