Grow with us! Sara Mueller, Religion Teacher



My personal opportunities for growth here at Frassati certainly match those of my students.  Daily exchanges in the classroom are always enlightening, sometimes challenging, and even occasionally frustrating. But, the true joy of this profession comes in realizing that these feelings are a result of dealing with the “whole child”… unique individuals, with vibrant personalities, zeal for faith, and a thirst for knowledge.

Over the past few years, it has been a marvel to witness students’ growth: physically, mentally, and spiritually, from elementary school to middle school. It shouldn’t surprise you that, as a religion teacher, I find spiritual growth the most rewarding. I love the challenge of making Catholicism relevant to adolescents in today’s secular culture. As I watch them embrace our beautiful faith, I have a renewed confidence in the future of our society. These children are going to make a difference in the world.

Sara Mueller Bio

I grew up in Mahtomedi, traveled out to the Ohio Valley for college, and have now made my way back to the Twin Cities. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Franciscan University.  I love reading, exercising, traveling, and spending time with my family. I am also one of those crazy people that LOVE winter!  Teaching at Frassati continues to be a great blessing in my life, and I am privileged to be a part of the team.

Youth Safety Event–Thurs. Nov 19 5:30-7:45 PM

Calling all parents!

White Bear Lake Area Schools and the White Bear Lake Police Department will host a District-Wide Safety Information Night from 6-8:15 p.m. on November 19, 2013 at WBLAHS – South Campus. A free dinner will be served from 5:30-6 p.m. that evening to attendees, and free childcare will be available for those attendees who need it.

During this event, parents will be able to attend two breakout sessions on the following topics: Internet Safety, Teen Driving Laws and Safety, Youth Drug Trends and Awareness, Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating. The evening was scheduled in such a way that a family who sends two adult participants can cover all four topics, which were selected based upon topics that are most requested by parents, and especially parents of preteens and teens.

Find a “Cop’s Corner” article about the event in the Nov. 5 issue of the White Bear Press or available online here.


St. Mary’s Fall Festival

FCA 9.10.15

Our Newsletter 9.10.15 is attached as well as a flyer about the upcoming St. Mary of the Lake Fall Fall Festival.

If you have not yet turned in your back to school forms, please do so ASAP.

Band Updates

Beth Johnson, our band director, met with returning band students,  4th grade students and other students who may be interested in joining band.

On, Thursday, September 24 she will hold a parent meeting from 5:00 – 5:45 in the music room (134) for any students who are interested in joining the Frassati band this year.  If you have questions regarding our band program, please contact Beth Johnson directly at

Frassati Fall Sports – Go Falcons!

The soccer team will play their first game at Polar Lakes on Friday, September 11 at 3:45.

The volleyball teams will play at home on Monday, September 14 beginning at 4:00.

We look forward to our 3 day preschoolers starting tomorrow!

Have a great night!

Peggy Kemp

Administrative Assistant

Frassati Catholic Academy

4690 Bald Eagle Ave.

White Bear Lake, MN  55110

651-429-7771 – option 2

New Scholarship Opportunities:

Congratulations to our First Graduating Class at Frassati Catholic Academy:
On Wednesday, June 4, 2015, fifteen eighth grade students graduated from Frassati Catholic Academy. They are moving on to different high schools to continue their educational journeys and will have many opportunities to put into practice the faith and knowledge they have learned here at Frassati! We are thankful for and immensely proud of these students. We ask that God may bless them during their high school years and may they know the special place they hold in our Frassati Catholic Academy school community. Congratulations to our first graduates of the Class of 2015.

New Scholarship Opportunities:
New Families:
We are excited to announce that Frassati Catholic Academy recently received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Richard M. Schulze Foundation.  This grant was given with the express purpose of helping us increase our school enrollment and is effective June 22, 2015.

We are announcing two types of tuition credits designed to attract new students and families to Frassati Catholic Academy.

• $1,000 Transfer Credit- for new students who enroll at FCA from another non-Catholic School
• $250 Referral Credit- off of your family tuition for every student you refer who enrolls in our school

Frassati Catholic Academy Sy Bendel Memorial Scholarship

An ongoing scholarship was established at Frassati Catholic Academy in 2014, in memory of Sy Bendel who died on July 27, 2014.  The scholarship is expected to be funded on an annual basis, in an amount between $2,500 and $5,000, with funding to occur by June 30th for the following school year.

Sy grew up with limited means shortly after the Great Depression.  A learning disability made school difficult, but after serving in the Korean War, he worked to the best of his abilities (overcoming those challenges) and graduated from the College of St. Thomas with a degree in Chemistry.  Proud of this achievement, he impressed on his children the benefits of attending Catholic grade school, high school, and college.  Devoted to his Catholic faith, throughout his life Sy demonstrated a serving heart, had an inquisitive nature, and a passion for science and the outdoors.

Awards will be given in $500 increments to prospective or existing students of Frassati who embody traits similar to Sy – especially working up to their potential and serving others.  Preference will be given to applicants who, without the award might otherwise be unable to attend Frassati.

Please complete this form and submit it to Frassati’s Principal Patrick Gallivan at 4690 Bald Eagle Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.  Mr. Gallivan will review the applications with one of Sy’s immediate family members (typically his wife Betty) who will make determinations.  Please be specific as detailed information is critical in the selection process (all information will be kept confidential).

Name of Applicant: ____________________________________________

Would this scholarship influence your ability to attend Frassati? ________________ (Y/N)

Date:  ____________________________________________

In the following space, please describe how the applicant reflects a commitment to working up to his/her potential and to serving others (if more space is needed, attach up to one additional page).

FCA 6.2.15 Updates

2015-16 Fall Sports Registration – Due Friday

If your son or daughter will play fall sports (soccer and volleyball for grades 5-8), please register by Friday, June 5.  Practices will begin at the end of August (prior to the start of school).  A registration form can be found on our website: or picked up in the office.

Uniform Exchange – Happening Now!

If you have uniform shirts, pants, shorts, or fleece that no longer fit your child, feel free to donate them to the school.  All donated items will be available to FCA families free of charge.  Please donate only clean items that are free from stains, holes, tears, etc.

Volunteer Hours

If you received a statement regarding volunteer hours, please remit your payment to the school office by Friday, June 5.  If you have updated information regarding your hours completed, please contact the office via phone or email.

Coming Up

Tonight                                 Valleyfair bus will return to FCA approximately 5:15 p.m.

Preschool Picnic  5:30 – 7 p.m. at Ramaley Park

Wednesday, June 3        Grades 1 & 2 to Cup and Cone

8th grade Graduation – 6 p.m. at SMOL Church (Students should arrive by 5:40 p.m.)  A reception (cake and beverages) will follow in Kohler Hall.

Thursday, June 4              Talent Show – 12:30 p.m. in the gym*** (note this is 15 minutes later than previously advertised)

Talent Show Order of Appearance

Teacher Band

1. Lexi

2. Lily

3. Grace and Ava

4. Anna and Coral

5. Vivian

6. Shawn and Tyler

7. Joe and Shawn

8. John

9. Quinton

10. Charlotte

11. Jake

12. Sierra

13. Marie


15. Alex, Maddie, Megan and Dani

16. Josh

17. Adele, Karis and Elizabeth

18. Eddie

19. Annik and Madison

20. Josie, Kennedy, Rylee and Madelynn

21. Bennett

22. Henry

23. Lindsey, Kate, McKenna, Regan and Ashley

Friday, June 5                    Last day of school!!

                                                Grades K & 3 to Cup and Cone

                                                Enjoy your summer!!!

Monday, June 8                Deadline to sign up for walking in the Manitou Days Parade with your FCA friends!  A sign-up sheet is available at the school office or contact Erin DaRosa at

Summer Fest/Martin Zellar T-shirts

Get your T-shirts here!  Cost is $ 15 for sizes S, M, L, XL and $20 for XXL & XXXL.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary of the Lake Church.


If your child has any FCA library books, please send them back to school ASAP.  Mrs. Stelter will send bills for missing books next week.

Baseball uniforms should be returned to the office ASAP.

All lost and found items are now located on a table near the school office.  Please stop by and check it out.  All items remaining after June 5 will be donated to the Goodwill.

State of the School Recap 2015

Our State of the School was a success! You can download the full presentation here: Frassati State of the School 2015 Presentation.

Thanks to all those who attended and to our volunteers who made this event possible!


Coming Up

This Week…Buy One Get One Free Book Fair!  Open Daily ‘til 3 p.m. (Thursday ‘til 8 p.m.)

Thursday, May 21…Spring Concert (See below for details)

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, May 21.  Students are asked to dress nicely (no jeans) and follow the schedule below.

5:45     K-2 students report to gym

6:00     K-2 concert begins

6:30     3-8 students to classrooms – band students to music room for warm up

6:45     3-8 concert begins

Tickets for August 22 Martin Zellar and The Hardways concert will be available for purchase at the Spring Concert.  Special this night – tickets are 2 for the price of 1!  Bring your cash or checkbook!

2014-15 Volunteer Hours – due Tuesday

Please be sure your family’s volunteer hours are recorded in the volunteer box in the office (at Peggy’s desk).  You can either stop by and fill in your information in person or send it via email by Tuesday, May 19.  On Wednesday, we will review all hours and let families know where they stand.  Thank you!  NOTE:  Student volunteer hours do not count towards your family total.

Talent Show Info – Grades 2-8

Students who want to audition for the talent show should sign up in Kohler Hall near the lunch line.  Sign-ups must be completed by Tuesday, May 19.

CAA Golf Tournament – UPDATE

This event is full and we cannot accept any further permission slips at this time.

Students may leave by noon and will need to be signed out in the office.  If your child is riding with a different adult/family, please send a note granting permission for your child to do so.  Thank you!

Summer Tutoring Opportunity

Summer vacation is almost here! To keep skills strong and learning fresh, we are offering a tutoring opportunity.  Liz Sierminski is available for students entering grades 1-4 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. She will tutor in language arts and/or math. Tutoring is $35/hour and available once or twice a week. Please contact her via email ( as soon as possible to set up a summer schedule.

2015-16 Fall Sports Registration

Registration for fall sports (soccer and volleyball for grades 5-8) is now open.  Practices will begin at the end of August (prior to the start of school).  Registration forms are available in the office. 

Manitou Days Parade

Frassati Catholic Academy will participate in the Manitou Days parade on Friday, June 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Participants will receive a free Frassati Spirit Wear T-shirt!  A sign-up sheet is available at the school office or contact Erin DaRosa at  Deadline to register is Monday, June 8.  (BONUS:  Parade hours count towards your 2015-16 volunteer hours!)

Frassati Catholic Academy Talent Show

Frassati Catholic Academy Talent Show

Featuring Talent from Grades 2-8

Tuesday, May 19                     Last day to sign-up (Sign-up sheets in Kohler Hall)

Wednesday, May 20                     Auditions begin (Audition schedule TBD)

Thursday, June 4                          TALENT SHOW in the gym at 12:15 p.m.

Guidelines for Participants

·         All acts must be less than 2.5 minutes.

·         Auditions must show preparation and practice by the individual or group.

·         Individuals or groups should arrive at auditions in costume with props, instruments, full script, and CD or lyrics for review.

·         Content chosen is appropriate (music, scripts, etc.)

·         Costumes must be age appropriate with no bare midriffs, no low rise, and no spaghetti straps.

If you have questions about this event please contact Señora Iannazzo at

Peggy Kemp

Administrative Assistant

Frassati Catholic Academy

4690 Bald Eagle Avenue

White Bear Lake, MN  55110