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Family Focus 4/25/2020

date 04/25/2020 author Ed Friesen category April 2020 comment Leave a comment

April 25, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

I want to thank all of you for your outstanding support of the 2019-20 BA Annual Fund.  After not meeting our goal for the past several years, we have been able to exceed our goal of $200,000 by $43,000.  We are now at $243,000 and still climbing.  You are helping us to fill the gap between what student pay for tuition and what it costs us to cover our costs and keep the lights on at BA.  Thank you for your help!

TONIGHT is our first and hopefully our last Virtual BABS.  This is the 35th annual BABS and because of Covid-19 we are hosting BABS as a virtual event.  We had several people come together to make a 35 minute video on April 15.  It will be very strange to deliver a speech on the stage in the BA Auditorium at the podium with the cameraman being the only person in the auditorium.  We need you to go on-line and bid on both silent and live auction items.  There are several great items that we hope you will find interesting enough to bid on.  We will conclude the program with the fund-a-need portion of the program.  All dollars generated in the fund-a-need will go to mission and scholarship.  Our enrollment is down and we really need to open our doors for more students.  The dollars that you donate on Saturday will help open the doors for students.  You know the quality of a BA education and how it changes the lives of students forever.

The Governor on Thursday extended distance learning for the rest of the school year.  We are tentatively planning on having the school year end on May 22 for everyone.  We will have a decision on Graduation by next Friday. 

We value all of you for trusting your students’ education with a great faculty.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe



BABS will be live tonight via Facebook and on our YouTube channel at The auction site is live and can be found at Our Fund-a-Need this year is for mission and scholarship – donations can be made online or by sending a check to us at BA.  We are well on our way to our Fund-a-Need goal of $70,000.  If we hit the goal tonight, we will get a matching gift of $95,000.  Thank you for your support. Now, more than ever, #WEAREBA!

Distance Learning Update

Governor Tim Walz on Thursday issued an executive order announcing that all schools in Minnesota will remain closed through the end of the academic year. Our teachers and staff have planned for this possibility and are prepared to continue instructing your child via distance learning through the end of the school year.

In light of this announcement, we have made some adjustments to our academic calender: May 1 and May 4 are distance learning days at BA. (The public schools have this day off; we do not.) The last day of regular class instruction, especially at the high school level, will be May 15. The week of May 18 will be for completion of final projects, papers, tests and make up work with the last day of school falling on May 22. Students will turn in laptops and textbooks the week of May 26-28. 

The Minnesota State High School League yesterday announced the cancellation of all spring activities. We are making plans to host the Mary and Awards Ceremony virtually, with a decision on Commencement by next week. Senior received their caps and gowns yesterday and had their pictures taken. We continue to honor the Class of 2020 via social media posts and will continue to find ways to celebrate them and share this important milestone with the community while still adhering to stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines. 

Thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility during this unprecedented time. The health and safety of our students remains our top priority as we continue to navigate this national health crisis.

Calendar Updates

  • Spring Play, April 24-26: Cancelled
  • May 1: BA in distance learning
  • Prom, May 2: Postponed, new date/format TBD
  • May 4: BA in distance learning
  • Spring Concert, May 6: Cancelled
  • May 15: Last day of regular classes
  • May 18-22: finals/make up week
  • May 22: Last Day of School
  • May 26-28: Laptop and Textbook turn in

2020-2021 Financial Aid & Tuition Agreements

We encourage families with financial aid applications to be responsive to any emails from TADS requesting additional information. Financial aid allocations and Archdiocesen scholarships are in progress and any applications listed as POOR or FAIR in TADS are not eligible until this information is provided. Your help is appreciated, as our goal is to have tuition agreements out in May. Please contact Kris at with questions on this process.

Class Registration and Pending Enrollment

We are reaching out by phone and email to students whose TADS enrollment is pending and/or who have not submitted their 2020-2021 class registration in PowerSchool. Your assistance with this process is appreciated, as it helps us plan for classes and for next year’s budget. Please note that we cannot place students in classes until their enrollment is finalized. Contact Kris at with any questions. Thank you!


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.  

Building our Cardinal Community: Seniors & Community Stories

As we continue distance/online learning, building our community through (virtual) social connections is more important than ever! We continue to honor the Class of 2020 on our social media accounts. We also encourage you to send us YOUR funny, interesting, and creative photos/videos e-learning stories to 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!


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.


Faribault Sertoma Club Scholarship

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.

Rotary STRIVE Program Postponed

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


Summer Lawn Mowing Jobs

The Olmsted County-based Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, a chore-based service to help seniors and those with disabilities with lawn mowing, is expanding in the Faribault area. They currently have two elderly women in our area looking for lawn mowing assistance. This summer the volunteers will not have contact with the homeowner, but will work in the yard on their own, or with their family. Contact at or 507-287-2010 if interested.

Nursing Home Outreach

We encourage you to join Ms. Heselton’s classes in sending letters, poems, or artwork to isolated nursing home residents. Please send your message to:  Milestone Senior Living (2500 14th St NW, Faribault, MN 55021) or contact Anne Pleskonko @ to be a resident penpal; and/or Pleasant Manor Senior Community (41 Brand Ave, Faribault, MN 55021). Residents are lonely without the option for visitors and would love your notes of encouragement!

MSAB Captions Project

Caption podcasts for the MN State Academy for the Blind. Write subtitles for podcasts created by MSAB students. Please contact Jennifer Pelletier at if you would like to help. 

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

April 27 to May 29.pdf


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