Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                       

As I have mentioned in a previous eLedger, 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.  

Over the next several months, we will be revealing videos through the eLedger to unpack the details of Standards Based Grading.  Today is the first installment of the six session video series.  Please click here to watch the seven minute introduction to Standards Based Grading.  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 mindshift 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!

God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer

Principal SMSA


March 12,  2021:  No school for students, grading day

March 22 – March 26: Spring Break


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. 

Upcoming Dates

Deadline Approaching - Ledgerfest Class Auction Baskets - Deadline February 26th

The deadline to contribute to the themed class silent auction baskets for Ledgerfest is Friday, February 26th. Thank you to those who have sent in your contributions. If you would like to contribute towards your child(ren) grade level basket, please send your cash contribution in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, grade level and “Ledgerfest Donation” written on it. Your children can then give it to their homeroom teacher or drop off in the North or South office. If you send in a check, please make it payable to Andrea Nuss.


*Please note that if you have more than one child attending SMSA, you can send it in one envelope but write each child’s name and the amount you are donating for them, along with their grade level on the envelope. Thank you so much for your support with this portion of the silent auction.


Listed below are the point people of who’s organizing the basket for that specific grade level and their contact information. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions.


P3 – Stephanie Fessler –

4K – Stephanie Fessler –

5K – Jenn Ellestad –

1st Grade– Andrea Nuss –

2nd Grade– Mandy Holz –

3rd Grade – Valerie Everson –

4th Grade – Becky Harmsen –

5th Grade – Andrea Nuss –

6th Grade – Lisa Serovy –

7th Grade – Jacqui Kaufman –

8th Grade – Andrea Nuss –

All High School Grades – Andy King – and Chris Gilles –

Mark your calendars for this year’s Ledgefest, scheduled for Monday – Saturday, April 5th – 10th, 2021!


Click here for more information.


Class of 2025 Academic Orientation Night - March 3rd

We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to our Freshman Academic Orientation Night on Wednesday. March 3, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 


Please join us via Zoom to receive information regarding selecting courses for next year. Your students will receive a packet with a scheduling form, curriculum guide, and an agenda for the evening. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mueller at


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 725 6168 9567

Passcode: q0hvyL

Coach Hyland’s Commemorative Sweatshirts - Sale Ends March 12th

Coach Hyland celebrates his 50th season coaching this year!  To commemorate this milestone season, we are offering a one-time sale of a retro colored, “throw-back” SMSA sweatshirt with a nod to Coach Hyland on the sleeve!


Sale ends Friday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m.


Pick up will be at SMSA in the Scrip Office (or shipped to you for a flat rate fee) the week of March 29th.


All proceeds will benefit expenses related to the artificial turf field upgrade at SMSA.


Click here to order yours before the sale ends!


Sizes available from Youth XS through a Men’s 5XL!  

Youth sweatshirt – $25

Adult sweatshirt – $42


Questions? Contact Chelsea McKay at

Business World in the Classroom Statewide Competitions - Deadline March 15th

In partnership with Kwik Trip, our Wisconsin Business World program launched business-focused competitions open to all 6-12th grade students across the state. The project-based competitions will focus on innovation and production.


Click here for full information. 


Cash prizes will be awarded to top student contestants. Entry deadline is Monday, March 15, 2021.


For questions or input about the competitions, please contact Michelle Grajkowski at (608) 258-3400 or

News and Information

Attention SMSA bus Riders

The FDL School District will be returning to in person learning starting Monday, February 15th. Bus routes and times will be adjusted as needed to accommodate the public school students riding the bus. Johnson Bus will notify families of any changes to their existing route and/or time using the MyStop app. 


Please check MyStop for communication from Johnson Bus.  The South Street Shuttle bus will not have any changes.

Scholarship Opportunities

No news at this time.


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,