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Family Focus 4/17/2020

date 04/17/2020 author Ed Friesen category April 2020 comment Leave a comment

April 17, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

We continue to be very proud of our students and teachers at BA. We know this is not easy and we are making adjustments to work load as we move forward. We look forward to honoring the Class of 2020, and continue to discuss options for Senior Week in the event the Governor extends distance learning through the end of the school year. We will all be stronger people for enduring the Covid Challenge of 2020. My prayers are that there will be light at the end of the tunnel and that school, church, and our lives will return to normal sometime in 2020. The “new normal” is very hard for us to do. 

April 2020 Faribault Daily News Column

Opportunities to Grow:

As a long-time educator, I have witnessed several students and staff members rise above the challenges that life can throw at them and find a way to adapt and continue to grow and flourish.  Sometimes the curve balls in life can be very hard to hit.  When the pitch is really inside you will have to hit the ground and dust yourself up and get back in the batting box.

I love baseball.  My dad was a very good pitcher and started throwing the ball back and forth with me before I was in kindergarten. I still have his pitching glove which is smaller than the choppers I wear to shovel snow. As I got older all of the lessons paid off as I could throw the ball hard and have fun playing baseball. Until a few years ago I used to say that I could still help the Twins using their model of pitching to contact.

The many years of pitching finally caught up with my right shoulder. An MRI in late 2018 indicated a slight rotator cuff tear.  An MRI in early 2020 indicated that the shoulder was now a mess and I would need surgery. The tear was into the bicep and the pain was very challenging. The doctor said that I needed the surgery immediately if I hoped to save the parts of my shoulder. I had hoped to wait until after BABS or in the summer but my decision to have the surgery immediately proved to be a blessing with the virus hitting in mid-March.

On March 9th Donna and I walked into Summit Orthopedics at 5:30 a.m. for surgery. This was the first day of spring break and I hoped that I would minimize the number of days of school I would miss. I had no idea on that day that we would probably not be going back to school until fall. Dr. Warner told me that my job was to show up and relax. He would do the heavy lifting and together we would get through this. After several hours I left with my shoulder in a brace and my new ice machine in the car.  The repairs were worse than expected and I now have two screws in my bicep and two holding one of the tendons to the bone. I will not set off any alarms at the airport as the screws are plastic. My favorite Faribault jeweler had promised me that the first few days would be the worst and he was correct. I spent most of my day and night in a recliner for the first few days.  t got better with each passing day.

Going from two hands to one presented many challenges. It was my first time at bat in my youth. I had to keep swinging and to remember to run to first, not third base when I hit the ball. Eventually the swing got easier and someday I hope to hit a homerun again. I am always hopeful and there were days I could hear one of my mother’s favorite comments, “things could be worse.”  After two weeks I got permission to drive one-handed which got easier with practice. There now is no coffee on my morning drive with only one hand. We are on a long break from dancing and we pray that we can resume dancing on the kitchen floor and riding a bike in May. The fine art of shaving is a real challenge with one hand and so is brushing your teeth. 

This has been a reminder for me to appreciate the simple things in life, like the ability to tie your shoes and open a door. We take many things for granted, but between the virus and my surgery I am smelling the flowers, drinking good coffee and practicing social distancing. Like most of you, I am not wired to shelter in place. I pray that someday we can meet for coffee, get on a dance floor and hug each other again. Stay safe, stay home and keep washing your hands.

 

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


UPDATES

BABS 2020

Please check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FaribaultBA/ and please help us spread the word by sharing posts on our upcoming BABS event. See links to the auction site and event web page below. Mark your calendars and plan to join us online for our virtual BABS event!

Please like and share all week long our BABS posts!!!

Calendar Updates

  • Spring Play, April 24-26: Cancelled
  • Prom, May 2: Postponed, new date/format TBD
  • Spring Concert, May 6: Cancelled

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 ksauer@bacards.orgwith 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 ksauer@bacards.org with any questions. Thank you!

Tips for Successful Distance Learning

Mr. Schuman, our Guidance Counselor, sent all BA students a video this week with words of encouragement and tips to staying on track with distance learning. Find the video here: https://youtu.be/M_RC9m4aFlw

Faribault Public Library Online Resources

The Faribault Public Library is offering an electronic library card and numerous online resources. Check out the attached flyer for more information.

SCRIP Update

Good news! Barring any unforeseen circumstances, DMCS will resume placing Scrip orders on Tuesday, April 21. All orders must be received by 8:30 am that morning. You will be able to pick-up your orders every Thursday from 4-6pm starting April 23rd. Pick up will be at DMCS Door # 3 (the side gym door). Just pull up and honk your horn! Peggy will meet you with your order.  PLEASE NOTE: orders must be paid by check. (The online payment option will not be available until further notice.) All standing SCRIP orders will be resumed as well. ACH orders will be processed as usual. If you do not wish to receive your standing order at this time, please notify Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc. You may still purchase gift cards for Hy-Vee, Fareway, Kwik Trip, Walmart and Communinty Scrip at 1st United Bank in Faribault. Please contact Peggy if you have any questions about the program.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Top PSAT Score Congratulations!

Please join us in applauding BA junior Verity Wray-Raabolle for her outstanding achievement on the 2019-2020 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Test. She is among the top 1% of the more than 1.5 million high school juniors across the United States who took the exam, and is one of the 50,000 highest scoring students who will be recognized as either a Semifinalist or Commended student next fall. We are very proud of Verity at BA. She is an outstanding student, and a kind, caring person who reflects the values that BA students proudly display as students and as leaders in their schools and communities after graduation.

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! In the coming weeks, we will continue honoring 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 ksauer@bacards.org. And if you haven't already, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twittertoday! We also encourage you to share your own photos/videos on social media using the hashtag: #WEAREBA #TogetherWeFly. Thank you!


SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 jschuman@bacards.org 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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com if you have any questions.


BA VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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 jglynn@familyservicerochester.org 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 @lifeenrichmentfb@milestoneseniorliving.com 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

Family Focus 4/9/2020

date 04/17/2020 author Ed Friesen category April 2020 comment Leave a comment

April 9, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

I continue to be very proud of the BA staff and students as we finish week four of online learning.  We continue to work to meet the needs of your student and to address any technology issues that get in the way of teaching and learning.  I know that we are all learning things that we can use for the rest of this year and for many years to come.  

We have decided to postpone the May 2nd Prom. Instead, we are working on options for a rescheduled and less formal event, hopefully sometime this summer. We are also looking at the end of the year school activities including the Mary Ceremony, the Awards Ceremony, and Graduation 2020.  We will have an answer for you soon on those three very important school events. We are looking at the possibility of having the seniors come back in the fall for a formal graduation ceremony on a weekend. This would allow us to have student speakers and present your students diploma in a formal setting.  We will also look at doing something simple at the end of May for graduation. We will have a clear answer in the next few days.

I know these are very challenging times as we pray that we can beat this virus through the shelter in place model that has been extended through May 4th. You can reach all of us via e-mail and we can call you back with any questions that you may have.  This will be the first Easter that I have not been in church, had an Easter egg hunt or had an Easter basket. I have still not held my new grandson born on March 26, 2020.  Stay safe, stay home and remember the value of prayer.

 

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

 

UPDATES

Upcoming Events

 

2020-2021 BA-DMCS School Calendar: Copy attached for your reference.

Tips for Successful Distance Learning

Still struggling a bit to manage distance/online learning? Faculty offer the following tips for navigating this new environment:

  • Establish a routine by setting a wake-up time and bedtime.
  • If prioritizing work is a challenge, encourage students to follow their class schedule.
  • Encourage lots of breaks and get outside.
  • Include physical activity as part of the day.
  • Try not to do schoolwork on a bed. It is important to distinguish a workspace from a sleeping space.

Student Cell Phone Numbers

During this period of distance/online learning, it may be helpful for teachers to have student cell phone numbers as an additional way to communicate with students.  This may include texting announcements and assignments as well as calling students for follow up and feedback on assignments.  If you are willing to provide your child's cell phone number, please complete this secure form.

Message from the Sinsinawa Mound

Please see attached letter of encouragement, gratitude and appreciations from Sr Colleen Settles, OP, D. Min., Corporate Chair for Sponsored Schools Dominicans of Sinsinawa.

SCRIP Update

Good news! Barring any unforeseen circumstances, DMCS will resume placing Scrip orders on Tuesday, April 21. All orders must be received by 8:30 am that morning. You will be able to pick-up your orders every Thursday from 4-6pm starting April 23rd. Pick up will be at DMCS Door # 3 (the side gym door). Just pull up and honk your horn! Peggy will meet you with your order.  PLEASE NOTE: orders must be paid by check. (The online payment option will not be available until further notice.) All standing SCRIP orders will be resumed as well. ACH orders will be processed as usual. If you do not wish to receive your standing order at this time, please notify Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc. You may still purchase gift cards for Hy-Vee, Fareway, Kwik Trip, Walmart and Communinty Scrip at 1st United Bank in Faribault. Please contact Peggy if you have any questions about the program.

April Students of the Month

Congratulations to the 6 middle school and 12 high school students of the month for April! We were not able to celebrate their achievements in person, so faculty prepared an awards ceremony video. Check out our Facebook page for more!

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thank you to the faculty, staff, alumni and community members from Faribault, Medford, New Prague, Northfield, and Owatonna who participated in the April 8 Red Cross blood drive. Over 50 people successfully donated much-needed blood!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 

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 next week 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 ksauer@bacards.org with questions on this process.

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! In the coming weeks, we will be honoring 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 ksauer@bacards.org. And if you haven't already, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twittertoday! We also encourage you to share your own photos/videos on social media using the hashtag: #WEAREBA #TogetherWeFly. Thank you!

SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 (bzabel@bacards.org). 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 jschuman@bacards.org 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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com if you have any questions.

BA VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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 @lifeenrichmentfb@milestoneseniorliving.com 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 jennifer.pelletier@msa.state.mn.us 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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER 2020 EVENTS!

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

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


UPDATES

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 https://www.redcrossblood.org/

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 ksauer@bacards.org 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!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 ksauer@bacards.org with questions on this process.

2020-2021 School Calendar

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


SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 (bzabel@bacards.org). 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 jschuman@bacards.org 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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Rotary STRIVE Program Postponed

Juniors: the Rotary STRIVE program is postponed until further notice. Please e-mail Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com 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.


BA VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.


SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER 2020 EVENTS!

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

 

Family Focus 3/28/2020

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

March 28, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

The Governor has now extended the closing of all schools in Minnesota through May 4, 2020.  Bethlehem Academy will continue with online learning through that date. If necessary, we are prepared to go through the end of the 2019-2020 school year online.

April and May are typically busy months at BA. We are exploring options to maintain as many of these events as we can. BABS will move to an online auction format and take place April 25; raffle tickets are still being sold (see attached order form). Drawing will be held at approximately 7:30 pm APRIL 25. Spring sports are suspended to May 4. Production of the spring play, The Wizard of Oz, has been cancelled. We anticipate spring concerts will not take place. We are dedicated to honoring the Class of 2020 and are brainstorming ways to hold prom and conduct graduation events while maintaining social distancing rules that may be in effect.

These are unprecedented times for everyone. We are used to quick responses and events falling into familiar patterns. There is a lot of gray right now and no one has enough answers and can tell when this will end. It appears that we are in this new normal for many months to come. I wish I knew the answers but like everyone else I pray that a vaccine will be developed and that people across the world can return to life as we knew it prior to March 2020.

Access to the building is limited. With the exception of deliveries and the U.S. mail, we don’t anticipate anyone coming into the building during this time period. To minimize contact with others, BA staff will address the needs of students and families online or via phone during normal hours.

When we have new information to share, we will provide that as soon as we can.  Trust that you are in our prayers and our hearts.

 

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


UPDATES

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.  Teachers will have designated office hours to focus on responding to correspondence.  Outside of their office hours, teachers will be providing virtual instruction using Zoom or Google Hangouts Meet, preparing curriculum and assessing student learning.  We encourage students to create a consistent schedule for completing their studies.  It is also important for students and teachers to work breaks into their day - get away from their screens and engage in some physical activity.  

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

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

Bethlehem Academy Resources

In addition to our weekly parent email and website resource page, we invite you to join the Bethlehem Academy Facebook page (for morning announcements, etc.) or follow us on Instagram or Twitter to stay up-to-date on BA happenings.  

Freezers Needed

Do you have a spare freezer? Our Lunch Ladies desperately need to find freezer space for 1000 lbs of frozen food from a commodities shipment (which they are unable to cancel or divert) that should arrive in the next few weeks. A large chest or upright freezer or two that could be moved to BA into the early part of next school year would be ideal. All ideas welcome! Please contact Julie Trnka at jtrnka@bacards.org if you can help.

Item Pick-up/Drop-off at School

We hope that your student now has everything they need for distance learning. BA will not be open during the two week stay-at-home order from March 27-April 10. If necessary, we can get items to you via DMCS as they are continuing their drop off/pick up system from 10am-11:30am Monday-Friday. All distancing mitigation procedures will be in place for the pickup.

Red Cross Blood Drive April 8, 2020

We are answering the call of the Red Cross and will be hosting a Blood Drive in Van Orsow Auditorium on Wednesday, April 8. All health guidelines will be strictly adhered to; adults only will staff this drive. Stay tuned for further information on how to volunteer and/or donate.

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 Tuition Assistance

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 ksauer@bacards.org with questions on this process.


 

SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 (bzabel@bacards.org). 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!

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 jschuman@bacards.org 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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.Faribaultelks.org 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.


 

BA VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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.


 

SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER 2020 EVENTS!

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
  • M.A.R.T. Challenge Ride: Thursday, August 6-Saturday, August 8 (1-day ride options available!)
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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


UPDATES

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 ksauer@bacards.org 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 (bzabel@bacards.org). 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 Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com.


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.Faribaultelks.org 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.


BA VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.


SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER 2020 EVENTS!

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!)

March 18, 2020 - Online Distance Learning is in Session

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

Good morning,

Online chool is in session today! Teachers are posting course materials and assignments in PowerSchool and email. It is important that students log in to PowerSchool and check their school email daily. We recognize with so many schools across the nation going online, there may be times during the day that PowerSchool and other websites used by classes may be slow or experience other technical issues. For this reason, we recommend studens check PowerSchool and their email multiple times during the day.

In addition to posting course materials on PowerSchool and email, some teachers may also hold video calls/webinars to provide class instruction and tutoring using tools like Google Meet (Hangout), Zoom, or FaceTime. Teachers will be checking their email regularly and will respond in a timely fashion.

We encourage you to help your child(ren) to develop a schedule of their time for each day. For example:

  • 8:00am - Religion
  • 9:00am - Math
  • 10:00am - Break/Activity/Recreation
  • 10:30am - English
  • etc.

Attached to this email are planner sheets for high school and middle school. These sheets may be helpful for students to keep track of their assignments and due dates.

We encourage you to set up a parent PowerSchool ID so that you can also keep track of assignments and other course announcements in PowerSchool. There are also additonal communication tools in PowerSchool for you to work with teachers. Please watch for an email with additional information about creating a parent PowerSchool ID.

Tomorrow, March 19, is the feast day for St. Joseph, Bethlehem Academy's patron saint. In 1868, on a very cold winter night, the sisters and boarding students at Bethlehem Academy ran out of firewood. They prayed to St. Joseph. Late at night, an unknown man showed up with a delivery of firewood. Legend has it that man was St. Joseph. As we face this new challenge (opportunity), we pray to St. Joseph:

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

 

Attached Files

HS Planner.pdf

MS Student Planner.pdf

 

Family Focus 3/6/2020

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

March 6, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

Bethlehem Academy Community,

Happy Spring Break! Be safe and enjoy your time together as a family. A reminder that BA offices will be closed from March 9-13. We look forward to seeing your student(s) refreshed and ready to begin the 4th quarter on Monday, March 16.

Coronavirus Update

Just a reminder to be vigilant about hand washing, to cover your mouth with your elbow as you sneeze, and to stay home if sick. Please refer to the March 4 parent email for more information on the COVID-19 outbreak and BA’s response. A reminder that additional resources can be found at the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

2020-2021 Enrollment Due March 17 for Class Registration

Thank you to families who have already re-enrolled their student(s) for next year! If you have not yet done so, please re-enroll by Tuesday, March 17 to facilitate 2020-2021 class registration for your student. Click here for instructions and more information on re-enrolling.

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 ksauer@bacards.org with questions on this process.

Accreditation Visit, Mar 23-25

We continue to prepare to welcome several guests on March 23-25 as part of our MNSAA Accreditation. The faculty and staff have been working hard on the various aspects of our report in order to be fully prepared. We are reminding you that parents may be contacted by a team member and we count on your participation. Everyone will be asked to “Dress for Success” all three days which means student dress down passes WILL NOT be honored March 23-25. All BA students are expected to be in the best dress code they can muster! Thank you for your continued support of BA. Together We Fly!

BABS 2020, April 4

Join us for BABS 2020 - Celebrating Mission and Scholarship. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or at the door. Raffle Tickets are also available for purchase. Please see the attached order form, limited quantities available.

 

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Attention Senior Parents

It is hard to believe it is that time of year again. Mr. Zabel and his Multimedia students are collecting 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. Mr. Zabel is asking that all senior pictures and baby pictures please be turned in before April. Pictures can be sent to Mr. Zabel via email (bzabel@bacards.org) Seniors have also been instructed of what to do in terms of uploading photos of memories from their K-12 years that will go into the senior slide show that will be played at the Mary Ceremony. There is a Google folder where pictures will be uploaded. Please talk to your son or daughter if you have photos that you would like to use. Thanks again for your help and cooperation.

Spring Sports Parent Meeting

The Spring Sports parent meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria. All parents of spring sports participants should attend as the school and coaches will share important information for the upcoming spring season. The activity fee is $135 per participant for baseball, fastpitch softball, track & field and golf. The activity fee may be paid online on our athletics website, https://sports.bacards.org. Fees may also be paid by check at the spring sports parent meeting. Participants need to have a valid sports physical on file and must complete once each school year the annual eligiblity statement & health questionnaire. Note: 6th grade students may only participated on middle school/junior high teams; track and golf do not have middle school-only squads.

Cannon River Driving School @ BA, Mar 16-27

Cannon River Driving School classroom instruction begins March 16-27, from 3-6 pm Mon-Fri.

Rotary STRIVE Program Starts March 18!

Attention Juniors! Would you like to learn more about how to use your time effectively? What about tips for managing stress? Are you prepared to interview for jobs and manage your own finances? Consider joining the Faribault Rotary Strive program to learn about these skills and more! We meet once a month starting March 18th, 2020 at the South Central College Conference Room in the front of their building. Each session starts at 7:15 am and is done by 7:45 am. The Rotary Club provides breakfast and the speaker, so all you need to do is show up! In addition, if you attend 6 out of the 8 sessions you get $50 and you qualify to apply for a scholarship! Meetings will be held this year on: March 18, April 8, May 13 and next school year on September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, and January 13. More information will be provided at the first meeting on Wednesday, March 18th. If you have any questions, please e-mail Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com.

Junior Parent Post Prom Meeting March 19!

Attention Junior Class parents! The next Post Prom meeting will be Thursday, March 19th at 530pm at BA. Please join us to plan this great event for our students. Many hands make light work! Questions? Contact Alana at lanagourhan@gmail.com.

Unplanned at the Village Theatre, March 27 & 28

The Peer Ministry club of Bethlehem Academy is teaming up with Pregnancy Options of Faribault to host a showing of the film Unplanned at the Village Family Theater on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 pm. Students and adults are invited to stay after the showing to participate in a discussion to process and unpack the film.

Unplanned covers the true story of Abby Johnson, one of Planned Parenthood’s youngest clinic directors and advocates until the day she saw “something that changed everything.” The film is about abortion “but even more so, it’s a movie about the truth of forgiveness, repentance, and redemption” (Johnson). While the film does not contain swearing or nudity, it was given an R rating for the CGI recreation of what Johnson saw on the ultrasound screen as well as a scene involving the aftermath of the abortion pill. Due to the rating, students will need parent/guardian permission, given through this form, to view the film. Parents and other guests are not only welcome but encouraged to attend as well.

Know that high school students who attend the viewing and stay for the discussion are eligible for extra credit in their religion classes. An alternative extra credit opportunity will be provided to students who cannot or choose not to view Unplanned.

UPCOMING EVENTS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 or in the main office. Term begins August 2020 for 3 years. Questions? Contact Kathy Nass at 507-323-5365.

Rise Up Twin Cities for MS Students, Mar 21

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry is bringing middle school students to a conference called “Rise Up Twin Cities” on March 2. The conference price is $60. See attached flyer for more information; Link to the middle school page can be found here. A direct link to the registration form can be found here. For more information, contact Ang Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.Faribaultelks.org 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 3rd. Applications are available in the counseling office.

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 see Mr. Schumann for an application. Deadline is April 30, 2020.

BA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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 2020-21 school year. Tuition credit provided. Please click here for additional information.

Spring Coaches: Assistant & JV Baseball coaches needed for the 2020 spring season. Contact Ed Friesen for more information.

Morning BA Van Driver: Needed immediately for 6:15-8:00 am route. Tuition credit available. Contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org if interested.

Substitute Teachers: Sought ASAP. Contact Sister Mary Margaret if interested.

DATES TO REMEMBER

(click on hyperlink for more information)

3/9-3/13

Spring Break – No School

3/17

Field Trip, Grade 6 & 7

3/18

Shadow Day

3/18

Spring Sports Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm

3/19

Retreat, Grades 10 & 11

3/20

Mass Day

3/20

Middle School Lock-In

3/23-3/25

Accreditation Team Site Visit

3/25/-3/26

Field Trip, Grade 6

3/25

Mock ACT Exam, Juniors

3/27

Mass Day

4/4

BABS 2020

Online School Activities Calendar: https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER 2020 EVENTS!

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

BABS 2020 Raffle Ticket Order Form.pdf

Drivers Ed Form.pdf

 

Family Focus 2/29/2020

date 02/29/2020 author Ed Friesen category February 2020 comment Leave a comment

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

On being thermometers and thermostats:

Each morning I look out at a thermometer on my deck to see how cold it is, then turn on the radio for the forecast. As a native Minnesotan, I receive a certain satisfaction in being tough and able to endure what would seriously challenge the survival skills of people in warmer climates. Indoor temperature is another matter. I try to keep the thermostat in the house set a bit low for some people’s taste’s but will turn it up whenever we have visitors.

Thermometers and thermostats, although the words sound quite similar, there is a world of difference in what they do. A thermometer gives a reading of how hot or cold it is. That’s it. A thermostat on the other hand, senses when a room is getting uncomfortably cold or hot and kicks in the furnace or air conditioner to change the room temperature.

When we express feelings, fact and opinions on issues in our community, school, or neighborhood we are being thermometers. We might evaluate a person or situation in terms of good or bad, hot or cold according to some criteria, but if that is all we do, we are no more than thermometers, giving reading of the ambient temperature.

On the other hand, if we move from opinion and evaluations to actions, if we respond by finding ways to support and encourage the good as well as finding ways to bring about positive improvement in situations that need change, we are like thermostats, making a difference in our community and for those around us. Being only a thermometer, constantly complaining about the cold, is not going to make the situation any better. On the contrary, complaining will only make me be more focused on my discomfort and feel colder, well on second thought, it may have the additional effect of encouraging others to complain or avoid my company.

If you have been too much like a thermometer, why not go into action and be a thermostat. Remember the four principles from my favorite book, The Fred Factor:

  1. Everyone makes a difference.
  2. Success is built on relationships.
  3. You must continually create value for others.
  4. You can reinvent yourself regularly.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BA Pancake Breakfast/Open House

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Sunday for our very successful pancake breakfast and open house! Your support is so appreciated!

SYNOD 2021

We need your help! All Catholics, former Catholics, those interested in the Catholic religion (regardless of your home parish) are asked to complete the Disciple Maker Index at www.disciplemakerindex.com, by Saturday, February 29th. The information which you share in this document is confidential, but at the same time will help form the future for your parish and for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. It is important that we have participation from a variety of age groups. If your child is a junior or senior at BA, he/she will have completed the survey in class. If your child is in the confirmation program, she/he has been invited to participate in the survey. For further information or clarification, contact Sister Kathleen at 507-334-2266, ext. 1018 or by email @ srkathleen@divinemercy.cc

Easter Flower Orders Due March 2

It is time for the annual BA Activities Association Easter flower fundraiser! These beautiful flowers are delivered fresh from Gerten’s Greenhouse and will arrive April 7 and 8 just in time for Easter. All orders are due to the BA office by Monday, March 2. Forms available in the office or click here to find one online. The proceeds from the flower sale supports co-curricular and extra-curricular activites at Bethlehem Academy. Thank you for supporting student activities!

Parent Teacher Conferences, March 5

Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Thursday, March 5 from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Middle school teachers will be in the BA Cafeteria; high school teachers will be in the gym. The conferences are an opportunity for parents to meet to discuss student progress and are meant to be short 5-minute meetings with each teacher. If longer time is required, it is recommended that an individual appointment be arranged directly with that teacher. Faculty emails can be found on our website here.

Trap Team Registration Deadline March 6

BA Trap Team registration is now open and information packets are available in the main office.

Tuition Assistance Update

Thank you to all our families that completed their financial aid applications by the February 17 deadline! Please know that we remain committed to providing a Bethlehem Academy education to all families who desire it and it is not too late to apply for financial aid! Although no longer eligible for Archdiocesan scholarships, 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 ksauer@bacards.org with questions on this process.

2020-2021 Enrollment Due March 17

Thank you to those families who have already re-enrolled their student(s)! If you have not yet done so, please re-enroll soon to facilitate class registration and our planning for next year. We ask that you complete re-enrollment for your student(s) by Tuesday, March 17 to best facilitate this. Click here for instructions and more information on re-enrolling.

Junior Class - Mock ACT Exam at BA, March 25

Juniors in the ACT Prep Class with Cathy Guth must sign up for the April 4th ACT exam. To prepare, all students in the class will take a mock ACT exam at BA the morning of Wednesday, March 25. There is no fee for the mock exam and juniors not currently enrolled in the class may choose to participate. Please contact Cathy Guth at cathy_guth@yahoo.com with questions or to sign up.

Supplies Needed

Cold and flu season is upon us! We go through many boxes of tissues to stay well. If you can donate any boxes of tissue it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us stay healthy!

UPCOMING EVENTS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 or in the main office. Term begins August 2020 for 3 years. Questions? Contact Kathy Nass at 507-323-5365.

Cannon River Driving School, Mar 16-23

Cannon River Driving School is offering Drivers Education at Bethlehem Academy, March 16-27, from 3-6 pm Mon-Fri. Please see the attached registration form for details and to sign up.

Rise Up Twin Cities for MS Students, Mar 21

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry is bringing middle school students to a conference called “Rise Up Twin Cities” on March 2. The conference price is $60. See attached flyer for more information; Link to the middle school page can be found here. A direct link to the registration form can be found here. For more information, contact Ang Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com.

Accreditation Visit, Mar 23-25

We continue to prepare to welcome several guests on March 23-25 as part of our MNSAA Accreditation. The faculty and staff have been working hard on the various aspects of our report in order to be fully prepared. We are reminding you that parents may be contacted by a team member and we count on your participation. Everyone will be asked to “Dress for Success” all three days which means student dress down passes WILL NOT be honored March 23-25. All BA students are expected to be in the best dress code they can muster! Thank you for your continued support of BA. Together We Fly!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.Faribaultelks.org 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 3rd. Applications are available in the counseling office.

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 see Mr. Schumann for an application. Deadline is April 30, 2020.

BA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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 2020-21 school year. Tuition credit provided. Please click here for additional information.

Spring Coaches: Assistant & JV Baseball and Track & Field coaches needed for the 2020 spring season. Contact Ed Friesen for more information.

Morning BA Van Driver: Needed immediately for 6:15-8:00 am route. Tuition credit available. Contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org if interested.

Substitute Teachers: Sought ASAP. Contact Sister Mary Margaret if interested.

DATES TO REMEMBER

(click on hyperlink for more information)

2/28

Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

3/2

Spring Flower Orders Due

3/3

CIS Calculus U of M Field Trip

3/3

MSHSL Large Group Contest: Band & Choir

3/5

Student of the Month, 7:15 am

3/5

Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 pm

3/6

Mass Day

3/6

End of 3rd Quarter

3/9-3/13

Spring Break – No School

3/17

Field Trip, Grade 6 & 7

3/17

Spring Sports Parent Meetings, 6:30pm

3/18

Shadow Day

3/18

Spring Sports Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm

3/19

Retreat, Grades 10 & 11

3/20

Mass Day

3/20

Middle School Lock-In

3/23-3/25

Accreditation Team Site Visit

3/25/-3/26

Field Trip, Grade 6

3/27

Mass Day

Online Activities Calendar: https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

Attached Files

BABS 2020 Flier.pdf

Family Focus 2/22/2020

date 02/22/2020 author Ed Friesen category February 2020 comment Leave a comment

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

A couple of people asked me to explain the term “Nice Bike.” This column from over a year ago does a great job of doing that. Nice Bike to each of you!

Nice Bike:

One of my real passions in life is pedaling my very ordinary bike. I received a Trek 7200 bike for Father’s Day from my children in June 2009. My very first ride was on July 2, 2009 when I rode from Lanesboro to Whalan and back. It is five miles in each direction, but I cancelled the benefits of that ride when I ate a piece of strawberry-rhubarb pie at the Pie Shop in Whalan. I ride nearly every day from March through the first two-inch snow fall in December. It is my time for prayer, thought and reflection. No matter what challenges I am facing, the world always looks better after one or two hours on a bike.

The term “Nice Bike” was coined by one of my best friends, Mark Scharenbroich. We played college football together and Mark has gone on to be one of the best speakers in the nation. We were both educated by the Franciscan Sisters and owe many of the strengths that we have to the foundation that they helped us build in grades K-8.

“Nice Bike” really comes from what a person who rides a motorcycle might say to a fellow rider when they admire their bike. By saying “Nice Bike” you are telling the rider that you like their bike. When I use the word “Nice Bike” I am talking about three powerful actions: Acknowledge, Honor and Connect.

“Nice Bike” acknowledges an awareness of others. It is valuing everyone who works at a company or in a school. It is saying hello to strangers that you pass on the street. To acknowledge is to be aware of the needs of those around you and to help when and where you can without being asked.

“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 it is taking an interest in what others are contributing to the team. My mother told me time and time again that it is always more important to be interested in what the other person likes to do then to be interested in only yourself. It is doing service for others, not because of what it does for you, but because of what it does for the people being served. I continue to serve meals to the homeless two times per month. When you are feeling like you have challenges, spend time with the homeless and help them with your heart and energy. It continues to be very humbling each time that I serve them.

And finally, “Nice Bike” connects us with others. You create a bond both large and small that makes a difference in the life of someone else. You can do that in your neighborhood, at your work, in your school or through any of the wonderful service clubs in this community. “Nice Bike” helps you to make meaningful connections with others instead of always looking out for what is best for you. When you Acknowledge, Honor, and Connect each day, you will truly change the world one person at a time. So, the next time someone does something great around you please greet them for me and say, “Nice Bike.”

We now have nearly ten hours of wonderful daylight to enjoy. We have gained over seventy-five minutes of daylight since the winter solstice. Enjoy and enjoy the “warm” weather this weekend!

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


Note from Mr. Wollin…

It is my pleasure to work with your children. We have a great many wonderful young people here at BA. Every day I learn things from them. I hope that they all look to the future with hope and a positive attitude. I encourage you to help them with the registration process as we prepare for next year. Convincing them to challenge themselves is important. I ask that you encourage them to take a chance and sign up for classes that stretch them out a bit. Challenging yourself in high school will help them deal with the challenges of the future.

Mr. Dave Wollin


ANNOUNCEMENTS

BA Pancake Breakfast!

Join us this Sunday for the Industrial Arts/Hot Lunch Program annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast! Tickets available at the door, so invite your friends and neighbors to join you! Volunteers still needed for this great event – click here to sign up. Please join us for this fun family event - and thank you for supporting these great BA programs!

Open House This Sunday

Help us grow our Cardinal family! Invite interested families and friends to join us from 10 am - 12 noon this Sunday, February 23 for our open house. Info tables, student-led tours and complimentary pancake tickets for all who attend. Help spread the word about our great BA community! Share our open house Facebook and encourage your friends to attend. Thank you!

SYNOD 2021

We need your help! All Catholics, former Catholics, those interested in the Catholic religion (regardless of your home parish) are asked to complete the Disciple Maker Index at www.disciplemakerindex.com, by Saturday, February 29th. The information which you share in this document is confidential, but at the same time will help form the future for your parish and for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. It is important that we have participation from a variety of age groups. If your child is a junior or senior at BA, he/she will have completed the survey in class. If your child is in the confirmation program, she/he has been invited to participate in the survey. For further information or clarification, contact Sister Kathleen at 507-334-2266, ext. 1018 or by email @ srkathleen@divinemercy.cc

BA Activities Associatioin Easter Flower Fundraiser

Parents, families and friends of Bethlehem Academy – it is time to order spring flowers! As in the past, these beautiful flowers delivered fresh from Gerten’s Greenhouse will arrive April 7 and 8, just in time for Easter. We have found that so many times that, because these flowers are so beautiful that offices and businesses love purchasing them! If you can, please share with your office peers. No pressure to buy, just beautiful flowers to add a little color as spring approaches. All orders are due to the Bethlehem Academy office by Monday, March 2. Proceeds from the sales supports co-curricular activities at Bethlehem Academy.

Trap Team Registration

BA Trap Team registration is now open and information packets are available in the main office. Registration deadline is Friday, March 6th.

2020-2021 Enrollment Due March 17

Just a reminder that enrollment is open for 2020-2021. Thank you to those families who have already re-enrolled their student(s)! If you have not yet done so, please re-enroll your student soon to facilitate class registration and our planning for next year. We ask that you complete re-enrollment for your student(s) by Tuesday, March 17 to best facilitate this.

Click here for instructions and more information on re-enrolling.

Junior Class - Mock ACT Exam at BA, March 25

Juniors in the ACT Prep Class with Cathy Guth must sign up for the April 4th ACT exam. To prepare, all students in the class will take a mock ACT exam at BA the morning of Wednesday, March 25. There is no fee for the mock exam and juniors not currently enrolled in the class may choose to participate. Please contact Cathy Guth at cathy_guth@yahoo.com with questions or to sign up.

Supplies Needed

Cold and flu season is upon us! We go through many boxes of tissues to stay well. If you can donate any boxes of tissue it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us stay healthy!

Hosting an International Student @ Bethlehem Academy: 2 Immediate Opportunities

Host families are needed IMMEDIATELY for two students. Please consider hosting:

  • Fen: a 10th grade Chinese boy here at BA until the end of this year. Current family love hosting him, but home was meant to be a transitional placement and logistics getting tricky for this multi-child family. No stipend as student is on a pure exchange program.
  • Jisoo: an 8th grade Korean girl here via the KoAm educational program. Student hopes to stay for high school at BA & will go home for summers. Stipend provided.

Benefits of hosting: Host families get an opportunity to learn firsthand about another country and culture; Hosting helps BA & gives our students a chance to expand their world view; Host families provide a bedroom, meals, a supportive home environment, and transportation to/from school; Exchange organization conducts a home visit and background check of the host, provide a monthly stipend (generally $600/month for a high school student, $400/month for a middle school student), reimburse for student expenses (lunch, activities fees, etc.), and provide support to the host family throughout the year; As a small token of our appreciation, BA provides host families with an athletics pass, providing the entire family with free admission to all home athletic events for the year. Contact: Kris at ksauer@bacards.org or 507-334-3948, x206 if interested.

UPCOMING EVENTS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Cannon River Driving School, Mar 16-23

Cannon River Driving School is offering Drivers Education at Bethlehem Academy, March 16-27, from 3-6 pm Mon-Fri. Please see the attached registration form for details and to sign up.

Rise Up Twin Cities for MS Students, Mar 21

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry is bringing middle school students to a conference called “Rise Up Twin Cities” on March 2. The conference price is $60. See attached flyer for more information; Link to the middle school page can be found here. A direct link to the registration form can be found here. For more information, contact Ang Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com.

Accreditation Visit, Mar 23-25

We continue to prepare to welcome several guests on March 23-25 as part of our MNSAA Accreditation. The faculty and staff have been working hard on the various aspects of our report in order to be fully prepared. We are reminding you that parents may be contacted by a team member and we count on your participation. Everyone will be asked to “Dress for Success” all three days which means student dress down passes WILL NOT be honored March 23-25. All BA students are expected to be in the best dress code they can muster! Thank you for your continued support of BA. Together We Fly!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 Faribaultelks.org and click on scholarships, then start the application. Deadline is March 31, 2020

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 see Mr. Schumann for an application. Deadline is April 30,2020

BA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Spring Coaches: Assistant & JV Baseball and Track & Field coaches needed for the 2020 spring season. Contact Ed Friesen for more information.

Morning BA Van Driver: needed immediately for 6:15-8:00am route. Contact Kris Sauer if interested.

Substitute Teachers: sought ASAP. Contact Sister Mary Margaret if interested.

DATES TO REMEMBER

(click on hyperlink for more information)

2/23

BA Pancake Breakfast, 8:30am-12:00pm

2/23

BA Open House, 10:00am-12:00pm

2/24

Boys' Basketball Playoff at Kingsland High School, 7pm

2/26

Ash Wednesday / Mass Day

2/28

Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

3/2

Spring Flower Orders Due

3/3

CIS Calculus U of M Field Trip

3/5

Student of the Month, 7:15 am

3/5

Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 pm

3/6

Mass Day

3/6

End of 3rd Quarter

3/9-3/13

Spring Break – No School

3/17

Field Trip, Grade 6 & 7

3/17

Spring Sports Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm

3/18

Shadow Day

3/19

Retreat, Grades 10 & 11

3/20

Mass Day

3/20

Middle School Lock-In

3/23-3/25

Accreditation Team Site Visit

3/25/-3/26

Field Trip, Grade 6

3/27

Mass Day

Online Activities Calendar: https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

 

Attached Files

BABS 2020 Flyer.pdf

 

Family Focus 2/14/2020

date 02/15/2020 author Ed Friesen category February 2020 comment Leave a comment

February 14, 2020

Note from Dr. Briscoe…

The column below will be in the Faribault and Northfield Newspapers next week.  It is very hard to believe that this occurred one year ago.  I know there are brighter days ahead as we have gained over 75 minutes of daylight since the winter solstice on December 21, 2019.

February 2020 Daily News Column

“Heart, The Beat Goes On:

I have had the privilege to work in a school for the past 43 years.  As a dance chaperone for three decades I have noticed that most schools have some kind of dance theme around the idea of heart at a semi-formal dance in February, such as Snoball, Heart Throb, and a variety of other names around the same theme.  February is also the month that Valentine’s Day occurs on the 14th of the month.  I was not surprised that Christmas cards rank number one for total number of cards purchased.  I was surprised that Valentine’s Day cards rank number two followed by Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards.  So, between cards, flowers, chocolate and candy hearts a great deal of attention has been focused on both the heart and love in February.

Any time I have interviewed for a job the committee always asks me what my biggest weakness is.  For the past 34 years I have consistently given this answer “I care about people; I have a big heart and I can get ‘crushed’ once in a while because of it but I will never give this trait up.”  I learned a lot about my actual heart one year ago.  In early February 2019 I was at a presidents’ meeting in the cities.  I did not feel good, so I stopped at an urgent care in the cites.  After a few tests they said “you are going by ambulance to Abbott Northwestern.  Your heart rate has accelerated, and it would not be safe to drive there by yourself.”  So, at that moment, my car was in Woodbury and I was in the back of an ambulance headed to the hospital.  A lot goes through your mind at that point in time as you pray and wonder what that night and the next day will bring.  The next day I got my heart shocked back into rhythm and with that had the good fortune to cross paths with a great doctor.  The next day I met with one of the doctors on staff.  He said if you want this atrial fibulation fixed you need a heart ablation.  I always ask the doctor if their dad was sitting there who would they want to do this procedure?  Without hesitation he said “Dr Daniel Melby.”  My luck here was that his children had gone to Hill-Murray and he was happy to take me in.  On Valentine’s Day 2018 I drove through a blizzard to get to Abbot-Northwestern by 5:00 a.m.  Of all the days in a year, I was having my heart procedure done on Valentine’s Day.  There was no candy, flowers, or cards.  Just a smiling Dr. Melby who said I have looked at your chart for hours and I know exactly what to do!  It was a perfect Nice Bike moment and we were both ready to undertake about a three-hour procedure.

A lot of good things have happened since that date.  I had the good fortune to follow my heart and connect with a wonderful nurse named Donna.  Thanks to the heart ablation I have been able to use my new quote many times; “to fall in love once is a blessing, twice is a miracle.”  My free advice to you is to never take people you love or your heart for granted.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


Note from Mr. Wollin…

The high school registration process has begun for next school year.  We will have an updated curriculum guide for students during the last week of February.  Our counselor, Mr. Jacob Schuman, will be going around to the different classes to help them enroll for their courses for the 2020-2021 school year.  Our hope is to have everything done by the end of March.  As part of this process, we ask that you enroll your children in school for next year.  The registration process cannot be fully completed unless your children are enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Mr. Dave Wollin


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Financial Aid Deadline February 17

We are committed to providing a Bethlehem Academy education to all families who desire it.  Any family who is concerned about affording full tuition and fees is encouraged to apply for financial aid through TADS, with whom we partner to fairly assess need.  The deadline to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, February 17, 2020, and must be met to be considered for Archdiocesan scholarships.  Please note that you MAY use your 2018 tax return to apply.

2020-2021 Enrollment Now Open

We have opened enrollment for 2020-2021 and ask that you re-enroll your student for next year.  You should have received an email from TADS with a link to get started.  Please click here for instructions and more information on re-enrolling.  We ask that you complete re-enrollment for your student(s) by Tuesday, March 17, in order for us to best plan for next year.  Email Kris Sauer or call her at 507-334-3948 x206 if you have any questions.

Bethlehem Academy Shadow Days, February 18 & 19

Invite an interested student to join us to experience all that a Catholic school has to offer!  Prospective students will be paired with a student host sharing similar interests (favorite classes, activities or sports) and incoming grade.  Attend classes, meet teachers and students, and enjoy a complimentary homemade lunch. Register online here or email admissions@bacards.org for more information.

Open House, Feb 23

Help us grow our Cardinal family!  Invite interested families and friends to join us from 10 am - 12 noon Sunday, February 23 for our next open house.  Info tables, tours and complimentary pancake tickets for all who attend.  The open house sign up can be found here.

BA Pancake Breakfast Tickets/Volunteers

It’s Pancake Breakfast time at BA!  This annual event raises money for BA’s Industrial Arts and Hot Lunch Programs. Tickets for the February 23rd event are $6 each for all you can eat pancakes, sausages, applesauce, milk and coffee.  Every BA family was sent 10 tickets to buy/sell.  Extra tickets are available in the front office.  Our final Amazon gift card drawing ($100!) is next Friday, February 21. Turn in your ticket money to be eligible! Volunteers are needed for this great event - click here to sign up – hours count towards your family service hours.  

Easter Flower Fundraiser

Parents, families and friends of Bethlehem Academy – it is time to order spring flowers!  As in the past, these beautiful flowers delivered fresh from Gerten’s Greenhouse will arrive April 7 and 8, just in time for Easter!  We have found that so many times that, because these flowers are so beautiful that offices and businesses love purchasing them!  We need your help!  We ask that you please share with your office peers.  No pressure to buy, just beautiful flowers to add a little color as spring approaches.  All orders are due to the Bethlehem Academy office by Monday, March 2.  Flyer attached.

Mock ACT Exam at BA, March 25

Juniors in the ACT Prep Class with Cathy Guth must sign up for the April 4th ACT exam.  To prepare, all students in the class will take a mock ACT exam at BA the morning of Wednesday, March 25.  There is no fee for the mock exam and juniors not currently enrolled in the class may choose to participate. Please contact Cathy Guth at cathy_guth@yahoo.com with questions or to sign up.

Spelling Bee Regional Competition

DMCS and BA sent 4th grader Leighton Richter and 6th grader Langston Richter to the Regional Spelling Bee in Rochester.  CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done! 

Note from the Nurse’s Office

As we begin registration for fall 2020, it is time to start planning for immunizations.  All students entering 7th grade this fall are required by law to have a Tdap (tetanus booster) as well as a meningitis shot.  The meningitis shot is the first in a two-shot series which should be completed at 16 years of age.  Students entering 12th grade are required by law to have a second meningitis shot.  This is a new requirement for admittance to school in the fall of 2020.  Students should have had their first shot in the series before the start of 7th grade.  Some students have already received these shots and letters will be going out within the next month for those who have not been vaccinated yet.

Hosting an International Student @ Bethlehem Academy: 2 Immediate Opportunities

Host families are needed IMMEDIATELY for two students. Please consider hosting:

  • Fen: a 10th grade Chinese boy here at BA until the end of this year. Current family love hosting him, but home was meant to be a transitional placement and logistics getting tricky for this multi-child family.  No stipend as student is on a pure exchange program.
  • Jisoo: an 8th grade Korean girl here via the KoAm educational program. Student hopes to stay for high school at BA & will go home for summers.  Stipend provided.

Benefits of hosting: Host families get an opportunity to learn firsthand about another country and culture;  Hosting helps BA & gives our students a chance to expand their world view;  Host families provide a bedroom, meals, a supportive home environment, and transportation to/from school;  Exchange organization conducts a home visit and background check of the host, provide a monthly stipend (generally $600/month for a high school student, $400/month for a middle school student), reimburse for student expenses (lunch, activities fees, etc.), and provide support to the host family throughout the year;  As a small token of our appreciation, BA provides host families with an athletics pass, providing the entire family with free admission to all home athletic events for the year.  Contact: Kris at ksauer@bacards.org or 507-334-3948, x206 if interested.


UPCOMING EVENTS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Cannon River Driving School, Mar 16-23

Cannon River Driving School is offering Drivers Education at Bethlehem Academy, March 16-27, from 3-6 pm Mon-Fri.Please see the attached registration form for details and to sign up.

Rise Up Twin Cities for MS Students, Mar 21

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry is bringing middle school students to a conference called “Rise Up Twin Cities” on March 2.  The conference price is $60.  See attached flyer for more informationLink to the middle school page can be found here. A direct link to the registration form can be found here.  For more information, contact Ang Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com.

Accreditation Visit, Mar 23-25

We continue to prepare to welcome several guests on March 23-25 as part of our MNSAA Accreditation.  The faculty and staff have been working hard on the various aspects of our report in order to be fully prepared.  We are reminding you that parents may be contacted by a team member and we count on your participation.  Everyone will be asked to “Dress for Success” all three days which means student dress down passes WILL NOT be honored March 23-25.  All BA students are expected to be in the best dress code they can muster!  Thank you for your continued support of BA.  Together We Fly!


BA Employment Opportunities

Spring Coaches: Assistant & Jr. High Baseball and Track & Field coaches needed for the 2020 spring season. Contact Ed Friesen for more information.

Morning BA Van Driver: needed immediately for 6:15-8:00am route. Contact Kris Sauer if interested.

Substitute Teachers: sought ASAP. Contact Sister Mary Margaret if interested.


DATES TO REMEMBER

(click on hyperlink for more information)

2/17 No School/President’s Day/Teacher Workday
2/17 TADS Financial Aid Deadline
2/18-19 Student Shadow Days
2/21 Mass Day
2/23 BA Pancake Breakfast, 8:30am-12:00pm
2/23 BA Open House, 10:00am-12:00pm
2/26 Ash Wednesday / Mass Day
2/28 Winter Concert, 6:30 pm
3/2 Spring Flower Orders Due
3/3 CIS Calculus U of M Field Trip
3/5 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 pm
3/6 Mass Day
3/6 End of 3rd Quarter
3/9-3/13 Spring Break – No School

Online School Activities Calendar:  https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

 

Attached Files

2020 Easter flower sales flyer.pdf

BA Easter Flower 2020 Sellers log.pdf

BA Middle School February Newsletter.pdf

Rise Up 2020.pdf

Drivers Ed.pdf

 

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