VIRTUS TRAINING: Sat. September 27, 2014

Just a reminder for all your volunteers who work with children. Registering online is preferred, but walk ins are accepted.

St. Mary of the Lake Parish
Frassati Catholic Academy

Attention: All Volunteers Who Work With Children!

In response to the Charter for the Protection of Children, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis requires training for priests, parish and school staff and all volunteers who have contact with children. This program specifically addresses how entire parish and school communities can protect all of God’s children from sexual abuse.

All are expected to attend a training session called:

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children.
For those of you who are new this year or still need to meet this requirement, St. Mary’s is offering the following session. This is a one-time training, which need not be repeated. It is 3 hours long and full of good information.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 – 11:30 AM

St. Mary of the Lake, Kohler Hall
Parish Life Center/School Building

If this time does not work for you, please search the web site below for a session at another parish. To be sure to get credit for your attendance, you must register on-line as instructed below.

TO REGISTER: The web site will guide you through everything you need to know:
• Go to
• Click on the “Registration” link in the left-hand column
• Select “Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Archdiocese) from the drop-down box
• Create your own “User ID” and “password”
• Follow the screen prompts to continue the on-line registration The website offering specific instructions for registering on-line is:

Fall Parent Evening 9-23-14 Presentation Link

Screen shot 2014-09-17 at 3.11.45 PMDear Frassati Families,

I would like to thank you for such a wonderful family night turnout last evening. It was nice to see all of the kids having a great time! I hope you enjoyed the fellowship and the opportunity to talk with other families. I hope to have periodic social events to continue to build a strong school community. I realize that not everyone was able to attend the presentation at 7:00 pm so I am attaching it to this email so you can review the information shared. I will also be writing more about some of the topics in our future newsletters.

Fall Parent Evening 9-23-14

Happy Wednesday!


9/29 Free Lecture: Iconography, by Debra Korluka

Debra Korluka_Holy_FaceFREE LECTURE: Monday, September 29

Debra Korluka

WBCA is pleased to present a new book called Seeking the Face of Christ – The Way of an Iconographer by Debra Korluka who will be teaching Frassati students iconography in October and November.

All are invited to attend a lecture and book signing on the evening of Monday, September 29th from 7:00-8:30 PM at White Bear Center for the Arts. This book comes highly recommended by critics and professors, and showcases Debra’s journey as an artist and an iconographer. Here is one endorsement of the book:

“‘Reading’ Debra Korluka’s icons, one comes face to face with a theological statement articulated through a special philosophy of colors. One also invariably experiences the essence of lived faith and a sense of belonging to the symbolic and real world of Eastern Christianity. The volume, published in Russia and representing her finest work chiefly produced in the United States, constitutes a vibrant witness of the revival of icon painting during the last half century in the native hearths of the genre and in the Diaspora. It should uplift readers and viewers alike.”
-Theofanis G. Stavrou, Professor of History, University of Minnesota

Class ID: 5A00
Date/Time: Monday, September 29, 7:00-8:30PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Register: White Bear Center for the Arts

(651) 407-0597

Back to School Bash! Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Screen shot 2014-09-17 at 3.11.45 PMTuesday, September 23, 2014

Dinner and Activities – 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(Free will donations accepted)
Parent Night presentation – 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
4690 Bald Eagle Ave
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Join us “On the Lawn” for a family mixer before Parent Night!

  • Spend some time getting to know other Frassati families from 4:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Activities such as ladder ball, bean bags, and an obstacle course will be available.
  • Hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages will be served outside.
  • Parents can head to Kohler Hall for a Parent Night presentation from 7 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Childcare available during the parent presentation from 7 – 7:30 p.m.


FCA Update 9.16

FCA 9.16.14

Hello Falcon Families!

We will primarily send home information via email versus hard copies of flyers/forms. Please see today’s attachments regarding 1) Sping Fling Wine and Cheese and 2) collecting items for a Mission Trip to Haiti.

1. Things to Know/Reminders:

A. The October lunch menu and calendar will be sent out later this week.

B. St. Pius X Church will host “Rocket into Scouting” on Thursday, September 18 from 7-8 p.m. Contact the Frassati office if you’d like a hard copy or electronic copy of info sent to you.

C. If you are bringing something to school for your child (gym clothes, homework, lunch, etc.) please leave it at the front desk and we will distribute.

D. We are still missing some back to school forms, especially the tan Handbook Acknowledgement Form. Contact the office if you need additional copies.

2. Upcoming Events:

A. Thursday, September 18 – Band meeting will be held at Frassati after school. Contact Beth Johnson for additional band information at 651-748-2414.

B. Tuesday, September 23 – Save the date for our K-8 Family Night. Join us from 4:30 – 7:30. More details to follow.

C. Thursday, October 2 – Spring Fling Wine and Cheese Open House at 6 p.m. in the Frassati cafeteria. Come and join us in supporting our school’s largest fundraiser. (See attachment for additional details.)

D. Saturday, October 4 – The C.A.A will host a cross country meet at Wakefield Park in Maplewood at 8 a.m. There will be a 1.2 mile run for grades 7-8 and 1 mile run for 6th grade and under. This is a free event. Contact Athletic Director Jerry Bennek if your child plans to attend. [email protected]

Peggy Kemp

Mission Trip to Haiti! – Baby Items Needed for Hospital!

Consider helping Healing Haiti and Reiser Relief for your Marathon Act of Service!

Fr. Talbot and a team of missionaries are traveling to Haiti from October 20-27, 2014 with the groups Healing Haiti and Reiser Relief. Both of these groups have connections to St. Mary of the Lake. Our parishioner, Mary Welle, is one of the leaders of Healing Haiti and has traveled there many times. Healing Haiti was founded by local White Bear Lake resident Jeffrey Gacek; Reiser Relief is named after Fr. Bernie Reiser, the former assistant pastor at St. Mary of the Lake, who did so much good for the people of Haiti.

We will be visiting orphanages, eldercare, hospitals and schools.

The following items are needed for our trip:

  • baby bottles
  • small baby blankets
  • baby formula (any kind, any size)
  • baby t-shirts
  • baby lotion and wash (small bottles)
  • baby washcloths
  • disposable diapers
  • Black boys’ socks in various sizes (the kind that fold over at the ankle)

We will also be collecting socks for school kids. We will be buying the girls socks because we are sewing lace on them and need to get started on that project. If you would like to help with sewing email [email protected]. We will need to collect boys black socks in various sizes for children between 4 and 14 years. The younger boys seem to be wearing the kind that fold over at the ankle and the older boys wear the short socks that barely come over the tops of their shoes.

Donations are due by: Oct. 10.

For questions about going to Haiti on a mission trip, contact:
Mary Kathleen Welle, Advocate for the Sick and Dying, Healing Haiti
[email protected] 651-426-2687 H 651-247-5044

For questions on donations, contact: Melissa Gacek
[email protected] 612-306-5405

You can bring these items to school and place in the giant red box by the office. We also need financial support to pay the fees for the extra luggage that will contain all of our items. It costs $40 for a second checked suitcase of up to 50 pounds. Checks should be made payable to St. Mary of the Lake with “Haiti Support” marked in the memo line. The children at Frassati Catholic Academy will be collecting these items as well. Please pray for the people of Haiti and those of us who will travel to be with them. Thanks for your support!!

Fr. Talbot, Mary Welle, Melissa Gacek

FCA 9.8.14‏

Hello Falcon Families!  We’re ready for our 1st full week and we hope our students are too!


If your child will be absent, please report your child’s absence by 8 a.m.  You may call the office at 651-429-7771 or email [email protected].

If your K-5th grade child will have a change in transportation at the end of the day (including attending a sport practice), please be sure to send a note to school about the change.  Last minute changes should be called in to the school office at 651-429-7771.

Lunch money can be sent to school with your child.  Checks should be made payable to Frassati Catholic Academy.

Preschool Families:  Join us for the Preschool Family Pot Luck Picnic from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 at Ramaley Park.

Parent Meetings for Grades 8 & 6:  Parent meetings for the 8th grade Washington DC trip and the 6th grade ELC trip will be held on Thursday, September 11 at 6 p.m.  The 8th grade meeting will be held in Mrs. Schmidtbauer’s room (244) and the 6th grade meeting will be held in Mrs. Prescott’s room (243).

Spirit Wear:  Remember that Frassati Spirit Wear should be ordered online at:  Don’t delay – September 15 is the last day to order!

School Pictures:  Lifetouch will be here on Monday, September 15 (and on Tuesday, September 16 for 2 day preschool students &/or students who are absent on Monday).  Order forms were sent home last week.  Students may be out of uniform for pictures. Please keep order forms at home until picture day.

Website:  The K-8 handbook and teacher email addresses have been added to our school website.

Volleyball:  Our 5th/6th grade volleyball team needs coaches.  If you are able to help for 1-2 hours a day, approximately 4 days a week, please contact the office.  Virtus training/background check are required.  Help support our Falcons!

First Lego League:  Two parents, Barry Cool and Erick Latvala, have graciously agreed to coach the first Frassati Catholic Academy First Lego League team! In addition to our two coaches,
• Team will be made up of 3-10 students between 9-14* years of age.
*Team members may not exceed age 14 on January 1 of the year the Challenge is released.  For example, a student who turns 15 in May of 2013 would be eligible to compete in the Challenge released in August of 2013, whereas a child who turned 15 in December 2012 would not.
•  Team may be of mixed age and gender.
• Practices will be held on Wednesdays starting at 2:15PM (specific dates will be communicated once a team has formed)
• Cost for a student to participate is $75.00

To determine interest, please send an email to Dawn Horgan at [email protected] with your child’s name, grade and age. If more than 10 students are interested in participating in First Lego League, a 2nd team will need to be formed. If this is the case, two additional coaches will need to be identified.

® LEGO® League…
FIRST® LEGO® League in Minnesota (MN FLL®) is part of an international robotics program that includes more than 200,000 kids in 63 countries. 

Teams collaborate to build and program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface (the Robot Game) and create an innovative solution to a problem correlated to the yearly theme (the Project), all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements; the Robot Game, the Project, and FLL Core Values make up what is called The Challenge. 

The Challenge – What a team does…
Each year the details of the yearly Challenge are released in August. Teams typically meet twice a week to fulfill three criteria to be used in judging at regional events:

The Robot Game   

Using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot kit, teams design, build and program an autonomous robot to achieve specific missions inspired by the yearly Challenge. Teams compete in three 2.5 minute rounds and are evaluated on mechanical design, programming, design innovation & strategy. 

The Project

In conjunction with the yarly theme, teams conduct research to solve a real-world problem, develop an innovative solution and present and share their work at the competition and within their communities. They are evaluated in research, innovative solution and presentation.

Core Values

The 8 Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program. Teams are evaluated on HOW they work together, as well as inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism.

This team-based, hands-on, competitive robotics program provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for young people. It spurs innovation, develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology.  Visit the FIRST website for more program details.

FCA Update 9.3.14

Hello Falcon Families!

We have much info to share as we begin the 2014-15 school year.

1. Reminders:

A. Students should not be dropped off before 7:00 a.m.

B. If your K-5th grade child will have a change in transportation at the end of the day, please be sure to send a note to school about the change. Last minute changes should be called in to the school office at 651-429-7771.

C. Lunch money can be sent to school with your child. Checks should be made payable to Frassati Catholic Academy.

2. Preschool: Preschool begins on Friday. We look forward to the arrival of our youngest Falcons!

3. 5th – 8th grade students: Friday, September 5 is the last day to register for our volleyball or soccer teams. Registration forms are available in the office.

4. Spirit Wear: Remember that Frassati Spirit Wear should be ordered online at: Don’t delay – September 15 is the last day to order!

5. School Pictures: Lifetouch will be here on Monday, September 15 (and on Tuesday, September 16 for 2 day preschool students &/or students who are absent on Monday). Order forms will be sent home by the end of the week. Students may be out of uniform for pictures.

6. Handbook: The K-8 Handbook has been completed. Once it is available, please be sure to note the information regarding birthday treats on page 33.

7. Website: Teacher email addresses will be added to our school website ASAP.

Peggy Kemp