Like many SSM faculty and staff children, the three Politoski kids have grown up before our very eyes. When the family moved to SSM in July of 2006 from Milwaukee, Maddi was just four years old (now in grade 11) with three-year-old sister Emma (grade 10) right behind her. Their little brother, Andrew (grade 8), was less than a year old. Today, the Politoski kids are “all in” at SSM, participating in a wide range of arts and athletics – pretty much spending all their time at School. Their three dogs – Sunny, Bauer, and Herby – round out their family and wait for them to return home after their long days.
While the children have been growing up, their parents - Kristi and Cale - have been keeping pace. Cale has been managing the very busy SSM Sports Complex. It’s a more frenetic place these days as construction crews move through the various spaces to create a true home for fitness and Sabre athletics. In his spare time, he coaches a local bantam hockey team.“ Kristi manages to juggle her work with the Minnesota Department of Corrections along with serving as the SSM Parents’ Association President and shares this observation: “SSM has provided so many incredible opportunities for our family to learn, grow, and bond with those around us.”
The Politoskis began their SSM tenure living in St. Mary’s Hall and then moved to Breck Hall. In 2009, they moved to a home on the golf course just a short walk from campus. Their front lawn has eye-catching displays for Halloween and the holidays often featuring Cale’s spirit animal – the Tasmanian Devil. In the warm months, the tight-knit family has established a winning reputation in local BBQ competitions. The Politoski secret sauce is in high demand as is anything Cale lovingly grills.
“Over the last 12 years, we have built incredible friendships, grieved for those we have lost, and shared in the joy of seeing so many young men and women grow to become incredible adults,” Kristi explains. “We are excited to see what the future holds for our children. We are truly blessed to be a part of something so special.”