Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                       

As I have mentioned in previous eLedgers, St. Mary’s Spring Academy is excited to introduce Standards Based Grading in grades kindergarten through third grade for the 2021-22 school year. Standards Based Grading is a best practice initiative the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is leading all of its schools towards implementing in the coming school year.  


Today is the fifth installment of our six session video series.  Please click here to further unpack Standards Based Grading. The video unpacks the proficiency levels of one, two, three and four.  The SMSA timeline of our rollout is reintroduced as well.  


The objective of the video series is to educate parents in short videos to unpack Standard Based Grading.  The series intends to deliver an education and mind-shift to understand Standards Based Grading, why Standards Based Grading is best practice, and how Standards Based Grading functions with the parent and teacher supporting the student’s journey.  


Thank you for your partnership!


Forward Testing

Grades three through eight have completed Forward testing this week. Thank you for partnering with us and having your child attend school during Forward testing.   It made an enormous impact. 


Eighth grade graduation

Eighth grade graduation will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Holy Family in the evening.  Please look for more details to come in the near future.  


Ledger Learning Guide  

Parents are always encouraged to check the SMSA Ledger Learning Guides Home Page to see weekly learning targets, resources and expectations in every course.  Parental partnership in helping students  stay organized and focused on learning is always appreciated. 


God Bless,

Steve Kelnhofer

SMSA Principal


Upcoming Dates

Staff Appreciation Week Donations - Due April 28th

SMSA Families!  Staff Appreciation Week is coming, Monday, May 3rd – Friday, May 7th. We have some special things planned for our amazing SMSA staff and we are in need of your help! 


We are looking for donations of various pre-wrapped candies. Please use this SignUp link,, to sign up for specific items.


We are going to continue with having you drop off your donations at either Katie Mathos (1050 Deer Run) or Andrea Nuss’ (N5530 Boyke Drive) home or you can contact us to meet up at drop off or pick up at SMSA. If you drop off your donation at one of our homes, please write your name on the item. Please have your donations to us by Wednesday, April 28th.

Thank you so much for your help in making this week extra special for our staff. We appreciate you! If you have any questions, please reach out to either Katie ( or Andrea (

Staff Appreciation Week is Coming - Donations Due by April 30th

Hello SMSA Families,

Staff Appreciation Week is coming up, Monday – Friday, May 3rd – 7th. We are kicking off the week by having the Chameleon Food Truck cater lunch to all staff on Monday, May 3. If you would like to contribute monetarily to this, please send money in an envelope to school labeled Andrea Nuss or Katie Mathos and Staff Lunch Donation on it or you can Venmo Katie @Katie-Mathos. If writing a check, please make payable to Andrea Nuss or Katie Mathos. 


Please have all donations in by Friday, April 30th.

Any donation amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!


Also please watch the eLedger the next couple of weeks for updates on other events that will be happening during Staff Appreciation Week!!

Katie Mathos and Andrea Nuss

Summer School Program - Register by April 30th

The 2021 Summer School program is offered to any student that lives within the Fond du Lac School District. It is scheduled for June 14th – July 2nd, 2021, with most classes offered 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Please check out the separate brochures for K-5 elementary students and Grades 6-12 secondary students to see what is all offered this summer and specific information. Elementary classes will be held at Pier and Rosenow. Registration deadline is FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021.


Click here for more information.

News and Information

Summer Reading Challenge to Return!

How many minutes will our Junior Ledgers be challenged to read this summer? In past summer challenges Mr. K has been duct taped to the wall, been slimed, what will he face after this summer? Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Scholarship Opportunities

Herb Herro Scholarship – Now Accepting Applications – Due May 3rd

The Herb Herro Scholarship is offered to current 8th grade SMSA students, who intend to continue their SMSA journey in high school.


The scholarship is financial need based, meaning that students/families must demonstrate financial need by way of completing the tuition assistance application.  In addition, students must complete an application/essay and obtain two letters of recommendation..


This award is a four-year commitment, typically anywhere from a 1/4 scholarship to a full-scholarship each year. Recipients are required to maintain a quarterly 3.0 grade point, complete 20 annual hours of community service, and show active participation in their parish to maintain their award from year to year.


A special committee will review the applications, and if selected to move on to the next round, students will be called in for a formal interview with a panel.


Click here to download the Herb Herro Scholarship Application.


Click here to download the Herb Herro Scholarship Recommendation Form.


Before/After School Care News

No news at this time.


Parent Connectors - Join us Today

If you have any questions, please contact either Andrea Nuss, or Katie Mathos,