Extended Day: Nature Center Visit

Our Extended Day Coordinator, Nicolette Olson, does a remarkable job with her program planning! She puts careful attention and detail into planning out a schedule for her students so that they receive unique experiences and opportunities while at the school after hours.

Last week, fitting with the Halloween theme, Nicolette (or Nicky as she is commonly known to the students) coordinated a visit from the Tamarack Nature Center, complete with an owl guest.

The two Nature Experts shared information on the various species of owls we have in Minnesota, handed out owl feathers for the kids to feel, and shared tips with the kids on how we can support our winged wildlife friends.

When our owl guest was brought out, the students very quietly observed the little Northern Saw-whet Owl, while the owl’s caretaker fed it pieces of mice to reassure the owl that he was doing a great job.


What a fun way to spend a Thursday afternoon after school!

The 2021 5K – Results

After last year’s virtual 5K left us all missing time together as a community, our 2021 event was all about celebrating our time together as one big Falcon family!

We cranked up the tunes, cheered for runners and walkers of all ages, and enjoyed time on the fields to catch up, relax and play.

Launched five years ago by two running-enthusiast parents, the Frassati 5K has always served as our school’s fall fundraiser, where we as a community can rally together to fundraise for our community as a community. It’s an all-hands-on-deck initiative where local businesses support us via sponsorship, family, friends, and neighbors are recruited to join a student’s race team, and lastly, where supporters make donations to a team name to help that family further their fundraising efforts.

This event has steadily grown year-over-year, and 2021 crushed every goal imaginable! With 557 race registrations, 14 sponsors, and over $40,000 raised, we owe each and every member of our community a very large and loud – THANK YOU!

The money that we raised will make a big difference in our operating budget for the year ahead and will allow us to further our mission, impacting students’ lives in significant ways!

Before we share a look at the pictures from the big event, we want to highlight our amazing sponsors:


Blue Line Logistics

Nails & Spa

White Bear Mitsubishi 

Khomes – Emily Korb, Remax Results

Creative Adrenaline

Signature Orthodontics 

Custom Products & Services

DeVoe Orthodontics

Sprouted Planner

Buerkle Automotive

Hi Tempo / The Foot Lab

Meridian Financial Partners

Lakes Orthodontics

Tillges Certified Orthotic Prosthetic


If you are looking for the race time results, please see here.

We would like to also offer a special shoutout to all of our event vendors: Front Runner, Dave Lenz our DJ, Boppas Popcorn Shack, our t-shirt vendor Frontrunner Screen Printing, and Pig Approved BBQ.

And one last time, because we mean it so very much, to our students, families, parishioners, neighbors, and friends, thank you for the many ways you show up and support the success of Frassati Catholic Academy!

Now, for a few highlights from our Friday, October 8, fun-filled event:

What You Need to Know for Friday

We are beyond excited to gather as a community this Friday for our 2021 5K!

Below is an overview of the various details you will need to know as you head into race day:

Race packets will be distributed to the students on Thursday.

If you registered for the race, but do not have a student at Frassati, you can collect your race packet one of two ways:

  1. At 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, the ‘Welcome Table’ will have all remaining packets that were not distributed to the students. You are welcome to pick up your packet at this time!
  2. Otherwise, please email Monica Kenney and coordinate a separate time and date to secure your materials.

Over 500 people are registered to participate in Friday’s event, so please be sure to plan your parking strategy and arrive early!

Race participants are welcome to park in the staff parking lot on the north side of the school, in the St. Mary of the Lake church parking lot, or on the streets surrounding the school. However, please avoid parking on the course streets.

The Frassati parking lot will be closed for the event.

If you have a little one participating in the Little Tyke Fun Run, please head to the ‘B’ doors at Frassati at 3:20 p.m. Little Tyke Runners will be divided into two groups, one for those running a 1/2 mile race and the second will be for those running a 1/4 mile race.

The distance that your Little Tyke completes is fully up to you and your little runner!

The whistle will blow at 3:30 p.m. for the 1/2 mile racers to begin their laps. At 3:40 p.m. the 1/4 mile racers will begin their laps.

The Little Tyke Runners will be given their lap count details prior to the whistle being blown, but you may want to help them count their laps as they are completed.

Since this is truly a fun run, we are encouraging the Little Tykes to simply have fun and do the best they can. We will not be monitoring how many laps they complete or how long it takes them to complete their laps.

Each Little Tyke will receive a participation prize. 😉

Starting at 3:45 p.m on Friday, October 8, 5K participants are asked to head to the starting line in the Frassati parking lot, which will be broken up into sections, and marked by cones.

Those who plan to run the entire course are asked to go to the front of the group. Those who plan to do a combination of running and walking on the course are asked to go to the middle. And stroller pushers and walkers are asked to go towards the back of the pack.

At 3:50 p.m. we will have opening remarks, a prayer from Father Talbot, the national anthem, and we will close with a countdown to takeoff.

The course will be clearly marked and labeled, with safety guards stationed at each of our four turns on the course. We will also have a police officer stationed at the 4th Street and Wood Avenue intersection to assist at the crosswalk. Please review the 5K course here.

There will be water available at the 2-mile marker, near Podvin Park.

You will finish your race right where you began, and race times will be shared shortly after.

Following the race, you are invited to join us back on campus for a post-race gathering!

The Pig Approved BBQ truck will be on-site, and you can find their food truck menu here. They accept, cash, credit, Google, and Apple pay.

Boppas Popcorn Shack is the other vendor who will be on-site Friday night, serving fresh Kettle Corn popped on sight for $5.00 per bag. Boppas takes cash only.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic, but ask you to stick to alcohol-free drinks on campus.

While our DJ keeps the beats playing until sunset, please visit with friends, enjoy the playground and hang out!

We will bring extra playground fun out to the fields, but please feel free to bring lawn games, lawn chairs, a picnic blanket, or anything else you would like while you sit back and enjoy the fall evening.

We will have the ‘B’ doors unlocked so that attendees can use those bathrooms and/or water fountains as needed.

Have another question we didn’t address above?!

Please email Monica Kenney and let us know how we can help!