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Family Focus 4/3/2020

date 04/03/2020 author Ed Friesen category April 2020 comment Leave a comment

April 3, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

We have now completed week one of the Minnesota Shelter in Place order.  We all need to continue to follow this through April 10 to help minimize the number of people who get sick. The Governor extended school closings through May 4, 2020.  My heart hopes that we can come back this spring but my head tells me that we may not. I know that students are missing school and the BA Staff is really missing all of our students and the chance to be together. My prayers are that we will back together soon.

Parents, we continue to value the partnership that we have between you, your student and our great teachers.  It is critical that you continue to monitor your student’s progress and make sure that they are staying engaged in online learning.  Regular sleep habits and proper nutrition continue to be important.  Make sure that your student is taking part in all online lessons. I understand that these are challenging times for all of us. We appreciate the trust and support that you continue to place in Bethlehem Academy.

We continue to work on BABS 2020.  BABS will take place virtually and you will be able to bid online on many great auction items as well as help us with the Fund-A-Need portion of the program. It is critical that we have a successful BABS on April 25, 2020. Find more details on our website here. We were blessed by your overwhelming support to help us pass our goal of $200,000 for the 2019-20 Annual Fund. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

BA leadership continues to meet each week via Zoom. We will get information out to you as we have it. This week we made the painful decision to cancel the spring play scheduled for late April. There is no chance to get the cast together to rehearse. I am sorry for all of the students who were involved. Spring sports are on hold through May 4. It will be challenging for the sports to take place unless the seasons are extended in to the summer. We have not postponed or cancelled any other events as of today.

This continues to be challenging  times for all of us. This “new normal” is a difficult as I miss attending Mass, meeting people for coffee, and interacting with friends and family. I have two granddaughters and my first grandson was born in the early morning of March 26. I have only seen pictures and heard him cry on the phone. I hope that someday soon I can hold him. We are not wired to shelter in place but by working together we can minimize the numbers of people who get sick.

When we have new information we will share it immediately. Trust that you are in our prayers and in our hearts.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


Freezer Update & Thank You!

The Lunch Ladies got a GREAT response to last week’s call for freezer help. (You will recall that they need to find freezer space for a 1000-lb commodities shipment that can’t be cancelled or diverted.) Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who responded. They’ve got this one figured out!

Easter Flower Pickup April 7-8

The Easter Flowers ordered from the BA Activities Association will be available for pick up @ BA Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 from 3-6pm. In an effort to keep everyone safe, we are changing the plant pick-up process. To get your flowers, please enter the BA parking lot from 3rd Ave SW and park along the sidewalk near the main lobby doors. Remain in your car, roll down your window, and give your name to a committee member. They will locate your order and place it in your trunk. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this unusual time of social distancing.Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Easter! - BA Easter Flower Committee.

Red Cross Blood Drive April 8, 2020

The American Red Cross has added additional appointment times for the April 8 blood drive at Bethlehem Academy.  The blood drive is from 9am to 2pm by appointment only.  The blood drive is considered an essential service and the Red Cross has implemented several additional safety measures.  Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood is constant.  A donation now can help ensure a stable supply for upcoming months.

Schedule an appointment at

Volunteers are needed to assist at registration table and cantina area.  All health and distancing guidelines will be followed. Contact Ed Friesen if you can help.

Got pics? Build our Cardinal Community & Share your Stories!

As we continue distance/online learning, building our community through (virtual) social connections is more important than ever! In the coming weeks, we encourage you to send in funny, interesting, and creative photos/videos related to e-learning to for the chance to appear on BA’s social media channels! And if you haven't already, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter today! We also encourage you to share your own photos/videos on social media using the hashtag: #WEAREBA #TogetherWeFly. Thank you!


Distance/Online Learning

We thank you for your patience as we continue distance/online learning to May 4. This is a new paradigm for all of us. Please be patient with faculty and with your students as we continue to adapt and adjust to this new way of learning. Know that EVERY member of our faculty and staff is here to help. Click here to find staff emails and do reach out if you need anything. 

Tuition Payments

We are aware these are uncertain times for many of our families and finances may be tight. We have asked TADS to turn off all late payment fees. Please reach out to Sr Mary Margaret if you have concerns or need to alter your current payment plans or due dates as we are very willing to work with you. We appreciate the continual payments you are able to make as they help BA maintain a cash flow for salaries. 

COVID-19 Resources on our Website

We have created a COVID-19 resources page under the News tab on our website. It includes links to reputable medical information, distance learning resources, online Mass information, local food & business information, etc. Click here to access.

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 when you can. Also, if you have not yet done so, please re-enroll your student for next year as we cannot finalize schedules for students not enrolled. Click here for more information on re-enrolling in TADS.

2020-2021 Financial Aid & Tuition Agreements

Under the circumstances, we have delayed our normal tuition assistance evaluation process. We will not begin award allocation discussions until after Easter and hope to have tuition agreements out by early May. 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.

2020-2021 School Calendar

The current version of the 2020-2021 school calendar is attached to this email.


Senior Pictures / Yearbook Survey Deadline April 10

Please get your senior and baby pictures to Mr. Zabel and respond to the Senior Yearbook Survey by Friday, April 10. These pictures & information from the yearbook survey will be used in the senior slide show as well as in the BA yearbook and BA Star. Pictures can be sent to Mr. Zabel via email ( Seniors can upload their K-12 photos to the designated Google folder. Thanks for your help and cooperation in honoring the Class of 2020! 

Senior Scholarships/Transcripts

Mr. Schuman will continue to email all seniors any new scholarship offers that come up. See below for a list of current scholarships and deadlines. Students should email Mr. Schuman at with any questions or if a transcript is needed for a particular scholarship. Students still applying to colleges should use Naviance to submit their transcript requests. Parents and students are encouraged to email at any time with questions/concerns.


Rotary STRIVE Program Postponed

Juniors: the Rotary STRIVE program is postponed until further notice. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

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.


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!)

Attached Files

2020-21 Calendar Draft 5-BA.pdf


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