Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to the third quarter of our academic school year.  Please take time to review the various articles below my message as you will find useful information as the school year progresses. Below, under the “News and Information” header, there is an article that will reveal the evolution and adaptations of our Return to the Ledge (RTTL) document from the beginning of the school year and communicate changes in our academic calendar in the coming months as well as information regarding snow days and how SMSA will be navigating them this school year.  


Thank you for your understanding of both of the articles as we continue to partner together through the 2020/2021 school year.  Along the journey we find blessings and challenges.  One of the greatest gifts discovered is the power of a learning community coming together to support faith based education and everything that comes along with it on the Ledge at SMSA.  


As always, I appreciate your support and understanding of the responsibility in partnering with us to keep learning happening on the Ledge.  


God Bless,

Steven Kelnhofer

January 18-22:  MAPS testing for grades 2-8 in reading and math.


January 22:  Narrative report cards will be coming home for grade P3- kindergarten.  Please sign the envelope and send back the envelope for the end of the school year.  Report Cards will be accessible in Skyward for grades 1 – 8.  Please use the directions in this link if you are in need of support to access and sign an electronic report card.   Elementary Report Card Access

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

LAST CALL - BMR Drawing Friday, January 22, 2021

Your chance to win $20,000 with an additional $10,000 in cash prizes ends Friday, January 22nd at noon when we pull the Big Money Raffle winners! Do not miss your chance to win big, purchase your tickets today!


All tickets must be turned in by noon on Friday, January 22nd at SMSA. Tickets can be purchased at the North, South or Scrip offices. Then, listen live to 97.7 at noon to hear if you name is drawn as the big winner. Please show your support of SMSA by selling and/or purchasing BMR tickets. The System relies on your involvement to make this fundraising raffle a success.


Purchase your BMR tickets today and listen on Friday, January 22nd at noon when we give away $20,000!


For questions, please contact Kristin Zitlow at or 920-322-8006.

We Need Your Help- Ledgerfest Class Auction Baskets

Planning has begun for our annual Ledgerfest fundraising auction and we are in need of your help! Last year we collected money from each grade level and put together some amazing auction baskets, which went over very well during our auction held this past summer. This year, we are asking each grade level to contribute again to putting together a basket around a specific theme. This will then be a part of the silent auction which will run in April.


If you would like to contribute towards your child(ren) class basket, please send your cash contribution in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, grade level and Ledgerfest Donation written on it. Your student 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 in one envelope but please note each child and the amount you are donating for them, along with their grade level on the envelope.


If you are interested in helping by being a point person for your child’s grade, please contact Andrea Nuss at Each point person will be responsible for putting together the class basket once the money is all collected. If you have a theme or package idea or would like to donate an item please contact us ahead of sending items to school with your child. This is SMSA’s largest auction and the money raised makes a direct impact towards the greatest needs of the school.


Please have all contributions in by Friday, February 26, 2021.


If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Nuss at


Thank you so much for your willingness to help make this year’s Ledgerfest a success!


Andrea Nuss and the Ledgerfest Committee


News and Information

We need your votes!

We are pleased to share the link to the Catholic Financial Life (CFL) “Give Back Contest.”
Mr. Kyle Sackett, High School Math Instructor-Ledger Learning Guide Coordinator-Google Classroom Professional Development Extraordinaire, was nominated for this incredible contest and we are happy to endorse him!
Kyle can win $500 from CFL if he “wins” the contest. SMSA will earn $4,000. Our job is to VOTE. Make sure to cast your vote with all your devices, votes can be entered every 24 hours!
Deadline for Voting is this Friday, January 22nd.
CONGRATULATIONS Kyle…and thanks for all your do to support students and colleagues at SMSA!

Snow Days/February Schedule Change and Policy Updates

Below are three important updates regarding snow days for the remainder of this academic year, two February schedule updates, as well as a few policy updates to the Return to the Ledge operational plan.


Snow Days/February Schedule Change

As required each year, SMSA submits an official Academic Calendar to the Archdiocesan Office for Schools and to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  Each official Academic Calendar must comply with instructional hour requirements set by the DPI.  For the current year (2020-21) SMSA has submitted an Academic Calendar that includes six (6) extra days of instruction to account for any potential instructional time that may be lost due to “snow days.”


During this year of the pandemic and with virtual learning as a new and legitimate option, some have asked if “snow days” are now a thing of the past, no longer necessary due to advancements in learning technology.  Our Leadership Team has discussed this question and we are now prepared  to share our decision with SMSA parents/guardians, faculty and staff. Therefore, for your planning and preparation: 


For the remainder of 2020-21, should inclement weather require a “snow day” declaration by school Leadership, SMSA students will NOT be expected to attend classes virtually, and the campus will be closed.  Our Leadership team believes that, given the unusually demanding circumstances of the current year and unique strain placed upon families, students, faculty and staff, allowing the mental and physical break which accompanies a “snow day” is most appropriate.  Should all six available “snow days” be used in the next term, only then may SMSA elect to activate virtual learning for any subsequent inclement weather event, thus maintaining fidelity to instructional hour requirements. 


Related to this decision, the Leadership Team also believes that it is appropriate to make the following adjustment to the Academic Calendar for Semester II: 


  • SMSA will utilize a “snow day” for Friday, February 12. NO CLASSES will meet, childcare is closed as well as the entire campus.
  • SMSA will utilize a “snow day” for Monday, February 15. NO CLASSES will meet and childcare is closed.  However, on February 15, campus is open as faculty and administration will be engaged in a full-day of professional development.


We recognize that it is significant to make changes to the school’s Academic Calendar, and we do not make this change frivolously.  Creating this mid-term break opportunity speaks to the value we place on the wellness and holistic balance of students and their teachers at a time year that requires a little more care of the soul. 


Return to the Ledge Update

The Return to the Ledge operational plan (RTTL) was designed to guide our planning, preparations, and ongoing operations for in-person and virtual learning during the healthcare crisis caused by COVID-19. This is a working document, and upon completion of the first semester, we have made some adjustments, including:

  • increased opportunities to celebrate Mass
  • additional library, playground and locker access
  • enhancements to art and music education
  • increased opportunities for performing arts participation


Please click here to view the RTTL addendum, effective January 18, 2021. 


We will continue to monitor and evaluate operating protocols and safety measures, making course corrections which align with the commitments identified in our plan.


We thank all of our parents and guardians for the many sacrifices and adjustments already made in 2020-21 to support SMSA planning, programs and protocols.  We are grateful for your continued flexibility and goodwill.  Thanks in advance for supporting the decisions and changes outlined above.  As always, we are all in this together! 


Scholarship Opportunities

No news at this time.


Before/After School Care News

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