From the Office of Kasey Smith, 6-12 Director of Student Life

September Ledger Leaders

Being a Ledger Leader means defining and continually demonstrating our Core Values of Faith, Learning, Leadership, Respect, Responsibility and Community.  Our teachers have submitted students for recognition they feel exhibited these values. The categories for recognition from the middle school are 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade.  The four categories for high school were determined by subject groupings: 1) English/Foreign Language, 2) Math/Science/Business, 3) Art/Music/Phy. Ed. and 4) Social Studies/Theology.


Congratulations to the following students chosen as the September 2018 Ledger Leaders!


Matthew Harmon (6th Grade)

John Coon (7th Grade)

Reese Neumann (8th Grade)

Zachary Hahn ‘20 (English/Foreign Language)

Jennifer Chatterton ‘19 (Math/Science/Business)

Victoria Gaertig ‘21 (Social Studies/Theology)

Emma Hutter ‘19 (Art/Music/Phy. Ed.).


I personally would like to congratulate and say thank you to these students for the impact they have on the SMSA community and for the efforts they make to lead by example!

From the Office of Kollin Petrie, Director of Campus Ministry

Halloween Reflection

Did you know that Halloween started as a Catholic celebration? “Halloween” is a contraction of “All Hallows Evening,” which refers to the October 31st vigil of All Saints Day, an annual Holy Day of Obligation on November 1st. This day is then followed by the Feast of All Souls on November 2nd.


These two feasts remind us of two important truths: #1, we will die and must embrace that reality. #2, Jesus has conquered death, and we can join Him and the Saints in glory if we repent and follow Him.


As we celebrate Halloween, we should keep these truths in mind.  It is good to dress up in fun costumes, but we should avoid demonic and gruesome outfits that glamorize evil and despair, because we believe in the Resurrection and should never give up hope!


You can learn more about the Catholic approach to Halloween by clicking here to read an article from Bishop Konderla about the celebration of Halloween within the Diocese of Tulsa, OK.

A Video Reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz

Without our dignity that comes from God, we are just cosmic accidents. This is a humbling realization, but one that can also be empowering. Fr. Mike says we often misunderstand humility because we think it involves thinking less of ourselves. What it really involves is greater focus on God’s power and goodness, because he is the source of whatever power and goodness we have.


We are Not Cosmic Accidents

From the Office of Katie Helmer, School Nurse

SMSA Flu Clinic - Consent Form Due October 22nd

The Fond du Lac County Health Department will be offering flu vaccines at SMSA on Thursday, November 1, 2018  from 1:00-3:30 p.m. The flu vaccine is recommended every year by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This program is provided at no cost to you. Students in grades 4K-12 will be able to receive the flu shot during the school day without a parent being present; if you feel your child will be cooperative.


The letter from FDL County and below.  Copies will also be available at both North and South Hall offices. The signed consent needs to be returned to school no later than Monday, October 22, 2018  if you would like your child to participate in the clinic.


Fdl County Health Department Form


Parent Consent Form

If you are interested in volunteering to help at the Flu Clinic, please sign up using the SignUp website or contact Katie Hellmer, RN at 920-322-3206 or

Important Upcoming Dates

All System Mass - October 12th

SMSA families and friends are invited to join us for our All System Mass at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Holy Family Church (271 Fourth Street Way).


Additionally, there will be an All System Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Holy Family Church.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 17th & 18th

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held next week, Wednesday October 17th and Thursday October 18th.  If you have not already done so, please reserve a time to meet with your child’s teacher in Skyward.

Walking Tacos and Caramel Apples During Conferences - October 17th & 18th

To help support our students going on the Spanish Service trip to Costa Rica in June, there will be a Walking Taco and Caramel Apple service area outside the North and South Offices during conference night.  This fundraising effort is to offset the cost of the trip and to purchase school supplies for Costa Rican students in need.


Cost is $3.00 dollars for each item.


Enjoy a stress-free supper and support a worthy cause!

Parent Connectors Conference Snacks for Teachers - October 17th & 18th

During conferences next week, the Parent Connectors will be having various snack type items located in the teachers’ workroom areas for them to enjoy!    


If you would like to donate a snack item, please click here sign up!

Please bring your item(s) to either the North or South Office on the day you have signed up for. 


Thank you so much!  We are so grateful for your help!

Winter Coat Drive - Ends October 15th

SMSA soccer players will be collecting new or gently used winter coats for children and adults.  This drive is in partnership with The Fond du Lac Salvation Army Coat Drive. Please drop off your donations to either the South or North Office.  Coats will be collected Monday, October 15th.


Thank you in advance for your donation.

Big Money Raffle Ticket Distribution - October 17th & 18th

Big Money Raffle is one of only three major fundraisers for St. Mary’s Springs Academy.  This fundraiser is for every family from pre-K through 12th grade.  Since this fundraiser started, Big Money Raffle has contributed over $2,000,000 to the System.  For more information on this fundraiser, please click here.


All profits go toward the operational expenses of SMSA and help keep tuition costs consistent within the region.


Tickets will be distributed during your child/children’s Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 18th, depending on which day your conferences are scheduled.


Stay tuned for more information on this fabulous fundraiser!

Enchanted Forest Fall Book Fair - October 16th - 18th

On Tuesday, October 16 at 2:45-4:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday October 17th and Thursday October 18th from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 2:45-7 p.m. the Enchanted Forest Book Fair will be open for business!  The Book Fair will be held on the 4th floor in the Multipurpose Room.  Think Christmas gifts! Books make the best gift!  Teachers will also have wish lists available of books they would like in their classroom.


Can’t make it the Book Fair?  Feel free to shop online!  Click here from now until October 23rd.  

Our K-5th grade classes have also been busy creating an enchanted pumpkin story!  Come check them out and make a donation to All for Books to vote for your favorite pumpkin story!  The winning class wins a pizza party!  All donations will be used to support Scholastic’s All for Books Campaign helping to put more books in the hands of our students.  Scholastic, in return, matches our donations and gives books to underprivileged schools.


We are also still in need of volunteers, especially for our late shifts. These hours do qualify towards your 4 hours of required volunteer hours.  SEE training is not a requirement as one will not be working one on one with children.


Click here to sign up!   

No School - October 19th

Please note, there will be no school Friday, October 19, 2018 due to teacher in-service.

High School Music Department's Fall Concert - October 21st

The High School Music Department’s Fall Concert will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (39 E. Follett St).


This concert will feature the Concert Choirs, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Vocal Jazz ensembles.  


Hope to see you there!

News & Updates

Parents of Athletes

The rainy weather that we have been experiencing this fall has resulted in many athletic schedule changes.  This is just a reminder that all changes to the Athletic Schedule can be found by clicking here to visit the Rschool website.  


We also encourage you to sign up for Notify Me by clicking here.  This will allow you to sign up for automatic notifications for whichever sports you choose. You can receive those notifications through email or text.


As always, thank you for your support of SMSA athletics.

Living Nativity - Tickets on Sale Now

On Sunday, December 2nd, at 4 p.m. and then again at 7 p.m., The Living Nativity a re-telling of the Christmas story, will be presented at Holy Family Catholic Church.  Enjoy a Christmas experience for all ages with live animals, biblical characters and the greatest story ever told.  Sheep, goats, donkeys and camels along with inspiring music will make for a truly memorable and unique experience. An indoor petting zoo will follow the story of the birth of Jesus and also an opportunity to have your family photo taken with the Christmas animals.


Tickets are on sale, and are $10/person; children 2 and under are free.  Tickets are available at Holy Family Parish as well as the North and South offices at SMSA.

Tickets may also be purchased by clicking here or calling 920-921-0850.

NFL Blitz Cards Weekly Winners

Congratulations to our Week 4 Winners!

Teri Twohig – $75

Tanya King – $25

Jeannine Harbridge – $10

Jow Flood – $10

Mark Klapperich – $10

Ann Schlaefer – $20


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

Your Athletic Booster Club is off to a good start for the 2018-2019 school year.  Many thanks to all who contributed to the Friends of the Ledgers campaign, concessions workers, ticket takers and those stepping up as officers, coordinators or volunteering in some other way.  


Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, October 10th starting at 6 p.m. at the high school.  We will be reviewing requests to provide funding to various sports teams and preparing for playoffs.  


Hope to see you there!

October Parents for Performing Arts Meeting (PPA)

Please join us for the October PPA meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the SMSA cafeteria.

Questions about PPA can be directed to Cindi Hutter, PPA President 920-517-1610.