A Message from the SMSA Nurse, Katie Hellmer

Immunizations Update

    1. The Wisconsin Student Immunization Law requires that all students entering 6th grade receive a dose of Tdap ( Tetanus/ Diphtheria/ Pertussis) vaccine. Please have your child immunized well in advance of school starting, as it is often difficult to obtain clinic appointments when you wait until late summer.  To check if your child’s immunization record is up to date, contact SMSA school nurse, Katie Hellmer, call your child’s healthcare provider or the Fond du Lac County Health Department at 920-929-3085.


  1. With the outbreak of measles happening in the United States (as of today, none reported in Wisconsin) FDL County Health Department has recommended we make parents aware of the state immunization requirements, which are also followed by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee requirements for SMSA. It includes: If a substantial outbreak occurs in a school, or day care center, or in the municipality in which the school or day care center is located, the school or day care center shall exclude students who have not received all required immunizations against the disease, including students in all grades who have not had two (2) doses of measles vaccine when it is an outbreak of measles that is occurring, when ordered to do so by the department. The exclusion shall last until the student is immunized or until the department determines that the outbreak has subsided.

If you have any questions you are encouraged to contact the FDL Health Department at 920-929-3085 or Katie Hellmer, RN at khellmer@smsacademy.org

A System Prayer From SMSA Chaplin, Fr. John Mitchell

A System Prayer on Finding a New President

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.


Lord God, as our school searches for a new President to lead our community, send down your Holy Spirit to guide the decision making process. Send us a leader who will bless and strengthen our school according to your will, and who will in turn be blessed and strengthened by serving in our midst. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Important Upcoming Dates

Jazz Night at University of WI FdL Commons - May 11th

Join us for an evening of music and dinner as our SMSA Vocal Jazz and Jazz Band perform during Jazz Night at the UW Fond du Lac Commons area Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Please click here to purchase tickets online.


Please click here to view the flyer.

Rosary - Chapel of St. Mary: Our Lady of the Ledge - May 13th

Please join us as we pray the Rosary on Monday, May 13, 2019.


Please stop in the North or South office for a visitor’s pass.

Safeguarding God's Children(SEE Training) - May 13th

There will be a Safeguarding God’s Children Safe Environment (SEE) training at Holy Family Church Hall on Monday, May 13, 2019.  This training is manditory for any parent or guardian wanting to volunteer at the school. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Holy Family does not plan on doing any more trainings until August.


To view the flyer on this event, please click here.

Please sign up for this training by clicking here.

Friends and Family 40% off at Lands’ End - ends May 14th

Receive 40% off full-price styles online, in-store or by phone (excludes buy more and save pricing, monogramming, gift boxing, gift cards, shipping, taxes, duties, Lands’ End Business Outfitters purchases, bulk orders and excluded items as marked).  


Use Promo Code: ADMINBUDS and Pin: 8642

SMSA Showcase - May 15th

Save the date! Wednesday, May 15, 2019 for the first annual PK through 12th grade SMSA Showcase Open House from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  All grandparents and families are welcome!  Let your child(ren) shine as they guide you through the hallways of SMSA.  Enjoy viewing classroom projects, student artwork and take time to pray in the chapel.  Both entrances will be open for this event.  Greeters will begin your walk through SMSA!


*This SMSA Showcase replaces the annual Grandparents Day.


-Parent Connectors

SMSA Showcase Open House Volunteer Opportunities - May 15th

At our SMSA Showcase Event, May 15, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., we will be providing cookies and bottled water in the Commons Area.  Please use the link below if you would like to sign up to donate item(s).  When signing up to bring cookies, each spot is for one dozen cookies.  You can sign up for more than one spot, if you would like. Please make sure all cookies are Nut Free!


All items can be brought to either office areas on Wednesday morning. Thank you so much!

Click here to sign up!

Used Bike Donation - May 23rd

Help support SMSA’s efforts to provide St. Vincent de Paul Store with used bikes for struggling adults who need transportation to and from their new jobs.  


Please click here to view the flyer.

Library Books Due - May 24th

Please note:  All SMSA library books are due not later than Friday, May 24th, 2019.

Mass for the First Communicants - May 24th

You are invited to join us as we celebrate our students who have recently experienced their First Communion.  Mass will be held from 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Save the Date! Swing Fore Springs & Summer Fling - July 26th

We are excited to announce Swing Fore Springs & Summer Fling, Friday, July 26, 2019!  Mark your calendars for this fun summer event featuring golf at Whispering Springs Golf Club and Rolling Meadows Golf Course.


Not a fan of golf but still want to participate, we have you covered!  Join us for the Summer Fling at Whispering Springs Golf Club where we will have a Mexican Fiesta buffet along with silent auction and other fun activities!


Interested in sponsoring or attending this event, register online now by clicking here


If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Zitlow at kzitlow@smsacademy.org or (920) 322-8006.  

Volunteers Needed For Swing For Springs and Summer Fling - July 26th

Swing Fore Springs and Summer Fling is Friday, July 26, 2019 and we are looking for both adult and student volunteers to help with this event.


To volunteer for Summer Fling, click here


To volunteer for the golf outing at Whispering Springs Golf Club, click here


To volunteer for the golf outing at Rolling Meadows Golf Course, click here


If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Zitlow at kzitlow@smsacademy.org or (920) 322-8006.  

News and Information

News from FDL County Communications and Emergency Management

The FDL County Communications and Emergency Management team is asking all local schools reach out to parents to share the information below:


Fond du Lac County Communications and Emergency Management is asking everyone to please sign up for a new system available in Fond du Lac County called Smart911.  Smart911 allows individuals to create a Safety Profile for their household at www.smart911.com or on the Smart911 App that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and responders to have in the event of an emergency.  When an individual makes a 9-1-1 call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right responders to the right location with the right information.


The Smart911 app provides greater access to the lifesaving benefits of Smart911 and targeted location-based alerts to all individuals.  The Smart911 App is available on the Apple Store or Google Play.  The information entered is only accessible when 911 is called from a phone number that is tied to a Smart911 profile and is only available to responders for a short time during the call. The information is maintained in a secure database and the information is not able to be queried, shared, or sold.


For more information or questions, please contact Bobbi Hicken, Director of Communications and Emergency Management for Fond du Lac County 920-929-7647.

SMSA Summer Camps

Each summer, St. Mary’s Springs Academy coaches and volunteers work to provide a unique opportunity for students of all ages and attending all schools to develop their understanding and strengthen them physically as it pertains to particular athletic offerings.


Click here to visit our Camps/Clubs page on the website.

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, 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

How to Form a Habit of Prayer

Click here to learn some helpful tips for deepening your prayer life from a couple Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. 

From the Office of Katie Hellmer, School Nurse

Please note the immunization message at the beginning.


To contact Katie Hellmer please click here or 920-322-3206.


Don't Forget Mom! - Mother's Day - May, 12th

Visit the Scrip office and make “Mom” happy this Mother’s Day.

Getting her flowers? We have Haentze Floral, Personal Touch and Stuart’s Scrip.


Taking her out for brunch or dinner? We have Ala Roma, Schmitty’s, Backyard Grill, Blanck’s (Johnsburg and Lake Aire), Friar’s/Sebastian’s/ Salty’s, Ginos, Red Cabin at Green Acres, Schreiner’s, Sunset on the Water and many more.


Want to get her a gift card so she can shop on her own? How ’bout Kohl’s, Lillian’s, Renaissance Salon/Spa, T.J. Maxx, Target and Gap/Old Navy. Just can’t pick out what’s right for her? Get her a Scrip gift certificate and she can choose exactly what she wants.  You can’t go wrong with that option!

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 offset your tuition.

Click here to read more!

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

ABC Update

Thank you for your support!

PPA Update

May PPA Meeting – May 15th

Please join us for the May meeting for PPA on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the SMSA Cafeteria.

PPA Banquet – May 21st

The 2018-2019 PPA Banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the SMSA cafeteria. This event is for all high school music, band, theater and forensics students.


Please watch for sign up information via email.