Meet the Falcons, Part 5

We are in the home stretch of our ‘Meet the Falcons’ series, and hope you have enjoyed these round-up posts!

This week we are meeting school counselor Virnig, preschool teacher Rocklin, middle school math teacher Heinz, and preschool teacher Barry.

You can find part-1 here, part-2 here, part-3 here, and part-4 here.

Virnig

Favorite Book:

Anything by Matthew Kelly.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Art because there are millions of ways to express yourself through art.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Cabin season!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

Rocklin

Favorite Book:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

English because I LOVE to read!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Spending time with my family in Duluth and spending time with my best friend and her new baby girl, Quinn.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discover a new dinosaur.

 

Heinz

Favorite Book:

Burning Shore by Wilber Smith.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Math: There are multiple ways to arrive at the same destination 🙂

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Sunny days!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

 

Barry

Favorite Book:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. As a child, my favorite book was Call of the Wild by Jack London

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Literature. A good book can take you anywhere!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Gathering together with extended family in the Outer Banks, NC!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

 

 

 

 

Have a follow-up question for one of these Falcons? Send us an email at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org.

Meet the Falcons, Part 4

Welcome back to part FOUR of our Meet the Falcons series!

This week we are meeting one of our Educational Aides Goeltl, another Educational Aide Williams, second-grade teacher Berens, and second-grade teacher Urness.

You can find part-1 here, part-2 here, and part-3 here.

Enjoy!

Goeltl

Favorite Book:

I have too many favorites to pick just one!

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Growing up was always English. I loved to read and write stories!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Family vacations this summer and being outside hiking, fishing and gardening.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

Williams

Favorite Book:

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Literature. I enjoy reading and writing.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Spending time outdoors with family and friends Going to the lake for weeks at a time, swimming, fishing, boating, and having bonfires.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Berens

Favorite Book:

Mrs. Spritzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Math. I love when my kiddos get that “A-ha” moment when they start understanding a problem and building that foundation with them.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I am looking forward to being outdoors as much as possible. Also, getting to meet my first nephew in August. ☺️

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

 

Urness

Favorite Book:

Maude Hart Lovelace: Betsy-Tacy Series.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Reading-I love when children get excited about reading Chapter Books and I love the fun they discover reading can bring them.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends, outdoor BBQ’s, and gatherings on my deck. I’m looking forward to enjoying my morning cup of coffee on the deck and not rushing about.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

 

 

 

 

Have a follow-up question for one of these Falcons? Send us an email at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org.

Meet the Falcons, Part 3

Welcome back to part three of our Meet the Falcons series!

This week we are meeting our Health Aide & Business Admin Kroll, middle school social studies teacher Christopherson, middle school Spanish and art teacher Barrett, and first-grade teacher Blustein.

You can find part-1 here, and part-2 here, if you missed our previous posts.

Enjoy!

Kroll

Favorite Book:

The Shack by William P. Young.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Psychology – what makes people tick is fascinating!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Working in my garden!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

Christopherson

Favorite Book:

Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly. 

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Phy. Ed. I enjoy playing games and coaching kids.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Fishing, camping, and music festivals.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discover a new dinosaur.

 

Barrett

Favorite Book:

Anything by the late author, Terry Pratchett.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

In high school and college, my favorite subject was theater. I have a Theater major and acted in the Twin Cities for a while. Before that, Literature or History. Love learning about other places and cultures-even fictional ones!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Relaxing! Visiting open places in the Twin Cities. Working on a slimmer, pre-COVID me!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discovery a new dinosaur.

 

Blustein

Favorite Book:

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Science because I love getting my hands dirty and exploring the world around us!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Going on a trip to Colorado with 4 of my best friends!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

 

 

 

 

Have a follow-up question for one of these Falcons? Send us an email at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org.

Meet the Falcons, Part 2

Welcome back to part two of our Meet the Falcons series! If you missed the first post, you can find that here.

This week we are meeting our third-grade teacher McKeever, Distance Learning Coordinator Lehn, Administrative Assistant Kemp, and kindergarten teacher Munns.

Enjoy!

McKeever

Favorite Book:

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Favorite School Subject & Why:

My favorite school subject is Science. I love hands-on lessons and applying the content to real-world scenarios.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

This summer I’m looking forward to sleeping in, nannying three awesome kiddos, attending multiple weddings, golfing trips, bringing my dog on many walks, and enjoying my time up at my cabin in Nisswa, MN!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

Lehn

Favorite Book:

I have two favorites: Dreaming a World by Sangsoon Han, and I Wish for You a Beautiful Life by Sara Dorow.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

I always loved math. The more advanced the classes, the more I loved the challenge, and the feeling after learning something new or solving a problem.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Relaxation at the cabin – reading a book and reconnecting with family and friends.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Kemp

Favorite Book:

I like historical fiction.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Literature because I like to read!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I can’t wait to relax at the cabin!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Munns

Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.

Favorite School Subject & Why:

My favorite subject is reading because you can read to learn anything about everything and everything about anything! Whether you are in a bookstore or library, there is literally a book for anything and everything that you may be wondering about. Now, that is amazing!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I am looking forward to spending a week in July up north on Gull Lake reading, boating, relaxing, and playing yard games! Fingers crossed that I will be cheering on the Twins/Saints at a baseball game this summer, too!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

 

 

 

 

Have a follow-up question for one of these Falcons? Send us an email at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org.

Meet the Falcons, Part 1

At the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, we welcomed many new Falcons to our family! From new students to new front office staff members, to new teachers, our nest expanded and gained many noteworthy rockstars!

Over the summer months, we wanted to take a moment to highlight both our long-time team members and our newest teachers, so that we could all get to know one another a little better.

Each week we will feature a handful of our team members, sharing a short Q & A on each of our Frassati leaders.

For part one of this round-up, let’s get to know fourth-grade teacher Benedetto, middle school religion teacher Urban, third-grade teacher Blomgren, and building substitute and interventionist Hoffman. Let’s go rapid fire on this Q & A!

Benedetto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Favorite School Subject & Why:

I LOVE math! Math was very easy for me growing up and I feel like I just couldn’t get enough and wanted a harder challenge as I was going through school. When I graduated high school, I received my AA in Mathematics.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I am most looking forward to my sister-in-law getting married in Florida, spending weekends at our family cabin in Wisconsin, and golfing!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

Urban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

The Bible

Favorite School Subject & Why:

STREAM. I like interdisciplinary work but everything ties into our Catholic Religion somehow.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Road trips, lake visits, and family time.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discover a new dinosaur.

 

Blomgren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Math and religion – it is always fun and exciting to solve math problems. It is like solving a little mystery that has a correct answer. Religion is awesome because we get to learn more about Jesus, his life, and what he wants from us.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Over the summer I am excited to check as many things off of our Summer Fun List as possible. I love to fish, swim and be with my family!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discover a new dinosaur.

 

Hoffman

 

 

Favorite Book:

“Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Math because I’m always getting better and faster.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Hanging out with my family by our pool.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

 

 

 

 

Have a follow-up question for one of these Falcons? Send us an email at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org.

That’s a Wrap on 2020-2021!

On August 10, 2020, when we received news that Frassati would be re-opening for full-time, in-person learning, on September 8, Falcons old and young rejoiced with great joy!

We knew there was much to learn about navigating in-person learning during a pandemic, but this community was eager to work together to find a way.

Now that we are on the other side of the 2020-2021 year, it is hard to feel anything but awe and immense gratitude for all that was accomplished over these last nine months.

From the students to the teachers, to the staff and the families, to the parishioners, and to our community supporters, we saw countless acts of love that allowed us to keep those doors open each and every school day.

Every member in and around this Falcon nest took it upon themselves to do their part, any part – even if that part was offering up prayers for health and safety.

When we look back and reflect on the year, which somehow went by in a flash, we are left with a wow and a heartfelt thank you.

To each and every one of you, thank you for helping to make this year a tremendous blessing that positively impacted many people’s lives, and will likely continue to positively impact them for many years to come. Thank you.

After memorial day weekend, with one-and-a-half days remaining in the year, there was a lot that needed to be celebrated and a lot of long-awaited gathering that could finally be done!

First up, was the all-school BBQ:

Next up, was the eighth-grade graduation mass: 

 

And the last official event on the schedule was Field Day! Mrs. Reibel set up this year’s event around the theme of the Olympics, and for the first time all year, students got to mix with other students from other grades. It was a great opportunity for students to make some new friends, say hello to friends they haven’t seen in a while, and run around outside before the noon dismissal!

After the Field Day activities, students headed back to their classrooms to wrap up the last bits and pieces of the year.

In Kindergarten, Miss Munns even hosted a Kindergarten Oscars and handed out an award to each student, as they walked the red carpet!

And before we knew it, Mrs. Kemp announced it was officially time for dismissal, that the end of the last day of the school year had arrived.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer!

The Roaming Russell Project

With summer break fast approaching, exciting times lie ahead!

However, our good friend Russell (our school tortoise who hangs out in Mrs. Urban’s classroom) is feeling a bit left out and is determined to join in on the summer fun!

Since this mellow, shockingly speedy, tortoise often has to live life in the calm lane, he came up with a way to join you on your summer adventures so that he too can experience all that summer has to offer. However, he needs your help to BREAK FREE, and has come up with the Roaming Russell project as a way to do just that!

To participate in the Roaming Russell project and bring Russell along on your summer journies, simply print off one or both of the pictures below:


Russell couldn’t decide if he photographed better on his left or right side. 😉 

Next, pack Russell’s picture with you when visiting your favorite park, attending a baseball game, and on your special trips both near and far! Russell wants to experience it all!

Finally, take a picture with your Russell picture while savoring your summer fun and send that to us at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org. Over the summer we will share, via Facebook and Instagram, the many ways Russell is living vicariously through your adventures.

If you don’t have access to a printer, simply stop by the main office and we will be happy to share a Russell photo with you so that you can participate in the Roaming Russell project.

Russell can’t wait to see all that you have planned for him!

All Around the School

On a quiet cloudy Wednesday, our Frassati Falcons, from youngest to oldest, settled into moments of focus, loud and wild fun, and small group games.

While some preschoolers worked on animal masks, others were busy with imaginative play.

Another group of preschool students played a game of chase on the playground, while others stayed busy digging sand.

In kindergarten, Mrs. Blood’s class was caught in a blur of excitement, running in the gym.

While Miss Munns’ students took a break from their vocabulary work to enjoy free choice play.

In first grades, Mr. Blustein’s class prepared to trim their growing grass.

And Ms. Lynch’s students worked hard to master their Believe & Read lesson!

In second grade, Beren’s students were quietly engaged in their lessons.


While the other second-grade class enjoyed games in small groups!

Mrs. McKeever’s students were found in the technology lab, preparing for their computer lessons of the day.

And Mr. Blomgren’s class was just wrapping up snack time, preparing themselves for their next lesson of the day.

While Benedetto’s fourth-grade students wrapped up a lesson on the settlers of the West Coast, the students got to experience life on the Oregon Trail.

And in Cibuzar’s room, these quiet students carefully worked on their studies of the day.

While everything about this day felt ordinary and followed along with the routine, we recognize the many blessings that live within these simple days.

Creating New Ways

As we approach the one-year anniversary of last year’s virtual-learning experience, it is hard to not feel in awe of all that this school year has held! From a virtual 5K to a handful of clubs that have been able to meet in-person, to our annual Christmas Concert being recorded and shared via YouTube, to the creative ways our students celebrated Catholic Schools Week while still following COVID guidelines, it has been remarkable to see how our Falcon family has created new ways to “gather”.

One significant way in which families and students came together for a common good took place during Catholic Schools Week when the Student Ambassadors hosted a food drive for the White Bear Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf.

The Student Ambassadors coordinated all aspects of Catholic Schools Week and added in the food drive as a community service project. Students were encouraged to bring items during the week and to select one of four bins to place their donations in. Each of the bins had pictures taped to them of teachers and Ambassadors. Where students placed their donations, was a vote for the people pictured on that trash bin to be pied in the face.

Families sent an astounding number of items to school with their students that week! Mrs. Heinz, the Student Ambassadors advisor, had to deliver the donations in two separate truckloads, as it totaled 1,046 pounds!

The initiative was such a smashing success, that the Student Ambassadors decided to go all-in on the pie-throwing celebration.

Since assemblies are not an option this year, the Student Ambassadors got creative and developed a schedule for some classes to attend the pie-throwing in person, while other classes could watch via Google live. Classes shifted in and out of Kohler Hall, taking turns participating in the fun.

As students took their seats, and Ambassadors set up their live-stream, students’ names were drawn at random, and those individuals got to throw the pies.

What began as families gathering at home to collect donations for those in need, translated into a virtual assembly where Falcons were gathering from their individual classrooms, celebrating the success of our community initiative.

We would like to say a very special thank you to all who supported this project and share a very special thank you to the 2020-2021 Student Ambassadors for creating new ways for us to have fun, come together, and live out our Frassati mission!

Please enjoy this roundup of photos from the excitement:

 

2020 Reindeer Games

Since the school year began in September, it has been an amazing gift to reconnect the students with their community, rebuild routines, and revisit old traditions.

In a year where so much has changed, to reach back and connect with familiar celebrations is a blessing!

As students prepared for their last day of school before Christmas break, the middle school students kicked off the 2020 Reindeer Games, an annual tradition that only the older students get to participate in!

The celebration began with a light breakfast so that everyone was properly fueled for the activities ahead.

From there, students rotated through various challenges, competing against their peers.

Some were wild…

Some involved accuracy and skill…

And some involved a strong memory and teamwork…

Another activity required safety goggles and a trip outside for a special science experiment.

The activity that seemed to cause the most excitement (i.e. whoops, shouts, and hollers!), was the ‘Minute to Win It’ challenges that were held in Kohler Hall.

Participant’s names were drawn at random, and the various grades hyped their representatives as loudly as they could!

The 2020 Reindeer Games were an absolute blast and filled the school with lots of excitement and joy.

It was the perfect ending to a memorable year!