A Message From the SMSA Chaplain, Fr. John Mitchell

We have all borne a lot together this past week.  The way our community has rallied together to support each other through our trials has been nothing short of incredible.


Let’s allow the Word of God to continue to be our strength on the road ahead.


The scripture reading below is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians:

(1:3-7)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.  If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.  Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort…
(4:16-18)  …so we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.  For this momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.


I’d also like to share a brief reflection on how to make sense out of suffering, by Jeff Cavins.  Click here to view the reflection on The Meaning of Suffering.

Christ be with you all,
Fr. John Mitchell

Important Upcoming Dates

Air National Guard Team of the Week - Nominations Due October 25th

Our Ledger football team has been nominated for the Air National Guard Team of the Week!  Voting is featured at the bottom of the website and will be available until tomorrow, October 25th. You may vote once per day.


Please click here to vote for your Ledger football team!


SMSA Hockey Logo Wear - Orders Due October 28th

With the help of Hopper’s (77 South Main Street), you have the opportunity to purchase a variety of SMSA hockey logo items, using an easy to navigate on-line form.  Please click here to visit the online store.


The on-line store will be open from October 16, 2018 through midnight on October 28, 2018.  You will not be able to purchase items after October 28, 2018, so please take a peek at the website and place your order today! 


Shirts and sweatshirt logos will be screen printed and hats will be embroidered.  Please note, hats are also adjustable.


Our goal is to distribute the items the week of November 12, 2018.  

Rosary - Chapel of St. Mary: Our Lady of the Ledge - October 29th

All are invited to join in on rosary in our beautiful chapel Monday, October 29, 2018.


Check in at the North or South Hall office for your chapel pass and come join us in prayer!

All System Mass - November 1st

Our next all System Mass will be held Thursday, November 1, 2018.  Please join us as we celebrate the Solemity of All Saints at Holy Family Catholic Church (271 Fourth Street Way) from 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  This Mass will be in honor of Sr. Michaela O’Brien.


Litany of Saints

Please remain seated following Mass as our 3rd grade students pray the Litany of Saints.  The 3rd graders will also be dressed as their favorite Saint.

Early Release - November 2nd

Please note, students will be released at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 due to Teacher In-Service.  


As of now, child care is full.

News and Information

Car Decal Orders in Support of Schueffner Family

New Vision Signs and Decals, Carrie and David Wiza, will be printing car decals in memory of Trent Schueffner.  All donations will be given to the Schueffner family.


Please email Soledad Theel at stheel@smsacademy.org to order your decal today.  Any donation amount will be accepted.  


Please click here to view the decal.  Location pickup will be communicated in an upcoming eLedger.

NFL Blitz Cards Weekly Winners

Congratulations to our Week 7 Winners!

Sandi Roehrig – $75

Janet Ericson – $25

Walter Weber – $10

Ryan Gillespie – $10

Deb Leonard- $10

Leslie VanderKooy – $20

Big Money Raffle

Each year, Big Money Raffle (BMR) raises between $50-$60k.  Your participation in the sale of these tickets is imperative.  BMR helps keep tuition affordable for families as 100% of the profits offset operational costs at SMSA.  Did you know that it costs SMSA $37,000 annually for officials at sporting events, $775 to rent Fruth Field for each home football game, and for all System Masses, it costs $1,670 to bus everyone to Holy Family?


Your participation makes a difference!


BMR Ticket Pick Up

If you were unable to pick up your BMR tickets at conferences last week, we will be making arrangements to get them to you.  You may also contact Kristin Zitlow at kzitlow@smsacademy.org or 920-322-8006 to pick them up.

Extra tickets are available in the Scrip, North or South Hall Offices.

All for Books Enchanted Pumpkin Decorating Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the All for Books Enchanted Pumpkin Contest.  Thanks to your generosity, our contest collected $603.17!  This money was then used to purchase books from our fair to give to our P3-5th grade classrooms!  Scholastic also matched the donation and will give books to a school in need.


The winner of our Enchanted Pumpkin contest, was Mrs. Kuechenberg’s 5th grade class for their creation of “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats NIMH”.  They will enjoy a pizza party and their teacher will receive $25 in Scholastic Dollars to spend at our spring Book Fair.


Spring Book Fair – Save the Date

Our spring Book Fair will be held May 14 – 16, 2019 as we bring back our buy one get one (BOGO) promotion.


Book Fair Committee Looking for Help

The Book Fair Committee is looking for an additional co-chair to help with the planning of our book fairs.


If you are interested, please contact Lisa Serovy at serovy@charter.net.  We would like to thank Jen Kebble for her numerous years of chairing the book fairs.

New Dress-Code Apparel Approved for K-12 Grade

Hoppers Silk Screening (77 N. Main Street) now carries two, dress-code approved, full-zip fleece jackets that may be worn to class.  One is solid black and is available in youth and adult sizes for $32.99.  The other item is grey with royal piping and is only available in adult sizes for $54.99.  Both items have the embroidered SMS dot.  Please visit the links below to view the available fleece options.


Grey with Royal Piping Fleece

Black Fleece

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

How can God be good, but allow bad things to happen? Fr. Mike Schmitz tackles one of the toughest questions religious believers must answer.


Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

From the Office of Katie Helmer, School Nurse

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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.  

PPA Update

Poinsettia Sale Coordinator

PPA is looking for a Poinsettia Sale Coordinator for the music department’s annual fundraiser that will run through the month of November.


Coordinator duties are as follows:

  • Hand out poinsettia tickets to families that request them.
  • Collect payment(s) from families.
  • Keep track of tickets sold, on an already created excel spreadsheet.


Bobbijo Amerling is a great resource who has done it in the past and is willing to help with questions.


The poinsettia sale kicks off our fundraising efforts for the HS Music Department’s trip to Disney in 2020.


Contact Cindi Hutter at chutter@smsacademy.org if you are interested in helping out.

September Meeting Minutes

Please click here to view the September meeting minutes from Wednesday, September 20, 2018.