General News

January 4, 2018

Dear SMSA Parents/Guardians of bus riding students:

The FDL School District and Johnson School Bus are happy to announce that the My Stop app is
now active. It is an amazing tool that allows parents and students to view routing information,
including the location of the bus during the route. Click Here to view the instructions for
downloading the My Stop app.

Your student(s) ID number is located in Skyward under Family Access, on your student’s profile
page. The path or steps for finding this student-specific number is

  • Login to Family Access;
  • Click the Student Information tab;
  • Select “View Bus Schedule” located next to your child’s picture;
  • View the bus number.

This number is different than the student/”Other ID#” in SMSA Skyward. Parents will need to
use this student-specific number to access their child’s My Stop account for the first time only.
You will then be prompted to assign your own number.

If parents need assistance logging in to the app, they can contact Johnson School Bus (920) 921-
3003 or Wendy Burgess at the FDL District office (920) 906-6524.

Kindest Regards,

Kelly Norton, President
St. Mary’s Springs Academy


• JLBC is hosting Basketball Appreciation night on Friday, January 26th after the Girls’
Varsity Game. The girls’ game is starting at 6:30 pm to leave time for Boys and Girls
Varsity players to sign posters afterwards.
• Link to monthly calendars
• For the Athletics Calendar please visit the URL below:


• Start the New Year by making a resolution to Shop with Scrip. This is a major fund
raiser for SMSA and also reduces your tuition costs. Use Scrip cards when you shop in
stores or online – 35% of the rebate you earn can be credited to your SMSA tuition or
any tuition based school – the other 65% offsets the operating costs of the system. It’s a

Volunteer Information

• Ledgerfest is rapidly approaching and volunteers are needed to make this event the
success that it always is. Click here to lend a hand on February 17th. Sign-up at

• Katie Hellmer, the school nurse, is also looking for help with hearing and vision testing
(see below). Also the parent connectors are looking for volunteers to help with their
spotlight as well as winter carnival.

School Nurse
  • Fond du Lac County Health Department will be at SMSA on February 5, 2018 to do
    hearing and vision screens on students in certain grades. I am in need of 12-14
    volunteers to help make this day go smoothly. The times are still to be determined.
    Please contact me if you are interested in helping at or 920-
    322-3206. .
Community & Booster Clubs


• PPA – Parents for the Performing Arts includes all parents with students that participate in the performing arts at Springs.


• Next PPA Meeting: January 17th, 5:30 pm SMSA Cafeteria


• The ABC minutes will be available on the website soon.


• We are still looking help with concessions and ticket sales for our winter sports. Here is the link to sign up

Parent Connectors

Winter Carnival – Friday, February 9th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Commons Area and Baker Gym. Come and enjoy an evening with SMSA families! Your children will enjoy playing various carnival type games to win fun prizes! Food items will be available to purchase!


Grandparents Day – April 25th & 26th – Grandparents will be invited to school to spend some time with their grandchildren.


• If you would like to show your appreciation for the SMSA Staff, come join the Parent Connector Group on a Monday morning to honor them! Please go to the SMSA website and click on “volunteer” to sign up! We would love to have you join us!

Staff Spotlight

Thank you for all you do for SMSA!!!
Staff in the spotlight this week are

Denise Bednarek

  • Physical Education Teacher – Kindergarten – 4th Grade


Carol Ellestad

  • System Business Coordinator


Lori Freund

  • P3 & Enrichment Teacher
  • Hometown: St. Cloud, WI
  • Graduated from Marian University


Kathryne Nett

  • Executive Assistant to the President


Megan Rice

  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Hometown: New Berlin, WI
  • Graduated from Catholic Memorial & Ripon College


Maggie Sales

  • High School English & Spanish Teacher
  • Hometown: Fond du Lac
  • Graduated from Goodrich, UW-Oshkosh, Marian & Mount Mary