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Family Focus 3/20/2020

date 03/28/2020 author Ed Friesen category March 2020 comment Leave a comment

March 20, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

As you know, Governor Walz last Sunday closed all schools through March 27. All schools are now doing online learning. We trust there will be an update from the Governor next week and will send more information as we receive it.

I also hope you had a chance to read the March 16 Faribault Daily News article about area school closures. As I said in that article, rather than looking at the COVID-19 situation as a crisis without a solution, I believe the closure could open the door for new opportunities to students. What’s hard is no longer seeing students in person. We’re counting on staff keeping regular online hours in order to email back and forth. Although there have been no official decisions as of yet, I don’t see any face-to-face contact happening for a long period of time. Please continue to hang together with staff and trust we’ll get it done. Ultimately our mission is student learning, so that’s got to be the key, even though we won't be doing that face to face. Please reach out to faculty and staff with any questions or concerns you have. We will announce the events that will be cancelled or postponed for the school year by the end of next week or by April 1 at the latest.

As you know, I am fond of extending a “Nice Bike” to acknowledge, honor, and connect with others. “Nice Bike’ honors other people by knowing what’s important to them, not to ourselves but to them. It is giving a sincere compliment; it is affirming others for a job well done and taking an interest in what others are contributing to the team.

A “Nice Bike” to our Bethlehem Academy Cardinal family!

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


Distance/Online Learning

We thank you for your patience as we finish the 3rd day of distance/online learning. We will continue with this model through at least March 27, although faculty have prepared for classes to continue in this way for much longer. We will have an official announcement on plans for classes next week, in keeping with the recommendations of the CDC, MN Department of Health and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Please contact any member of our staff with questions. We are here to help.

COVID-19 Resources

Minnesota Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

National Association of School Psychologists – Parent resource for talking to children


Bethlehem Academy Resources

In addition to our weekly parent email, we invite you to join the Bethlehem Academy Facebook page or follow us on Instagram or Twitter to stay up-to-date on BA happenings. Please also check our website for additional information and resources.

2020-2021 Class Registration and Enrollment

We continue to work on class registrations for next year. Please check in with your student and encourage them to submit their 2020-2021 class registration in PowerSchool. Also, if you have not yet done so, please re-enroll your student for 2020-2021 as we cannot finalize schedules for students not enrolled. Click here for more information on re-enrolling in TADS.

Tuition Assistance Update

Although the initial financial aid deadline has passed, please know that it is not too late to apply for financial aid! Any family who is concerned about affording full tuition and fees may still apply for tuition assistance through TADS, with whom we partner to fairly assess need. Contact Kris at with questions on this process.

Accreditation Visit, Mar 23-25

MNSAA has postponed all accreditation visits until later this spring or early fall. We let you know as soon as we have a new date for this visit.


Attention Senior Parents

Mr. Zabel is still working to collect senior pictures and baby pictures. These pictures will be used in the senior slide show as well as the BA yearbook and BA Star Bulletin. Pictures can be sent to Mr. Zabel via email ( Please remind your seniors to upload photos of memories from their K-12 years to the designated Google folder. Thanks for your help and cooperation in honoring the Class of 2020!

Rotary STRIVE Program Open to Grade 11 Students

Juniors interested in the Rotary STRIVE program should know that the March 18 meeting was postponed. More details will follow. If you have any questions, please e-mail


Faribault Elks Lodge

Faribault Elks Lodge is offering scholarships for post-secondary education to high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2020. Click here for application or visit and click on scholarships, then start the application. Deadline is March 31, 2020.

P.E.O. Scholarship

The P.E.O. Chapter AR of Faribault will be awarding one $1,000 scholarship to a 2020 graduating female pursuing post-secondary education from either FHS or BA. The application requires three short questions and a completed application form. Deadline is April 3, 2020. Please email Mr. Schuman for an application.

Faribault Sertoma Club

The Faribault Sertoma Club will offer (2) $1500 scholarships for post-secondary education to high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2020. The recipients of these scholarships will be students who best personify Sertoma’s motto, “Service to Mankind.” Please email Mr. Schuman for an application. Deadline is April 30, 2020.


Seeking New Members for BA Board of Directors

It is time to think about joining the Bethlehem Academy Board of Directors. If you are committed to the mission of BA and want to help shape the future, consider applying for an open position on the Board. It meets monthly, works in-between on committees and is a vital part of BA. Applications are available here. Term begins August 2020 for three years. Questions? Contact Kathy Nass at 507-323-5365.

Student Summer Work Program

We are looking for student workers who will be in grades 9-12 next fall to help clean and prepare the schools for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Tuition credit provided. Please click here for additional information.


Summer event dates below – please add these to your calendar! More information coming soon.

  • Cardinal Café @ the Rice County Fair: July 22-26
  • Cardinal Golf Classic: Friday, August 7
  • S.M.A.R.T. Challenge Ride: Thursday, August 6-Saturday, August 8 (1-day ride options available!)

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