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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


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, 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 @

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 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 or 507-334-3948, x206 if interested.


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

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!


Faribault Elks Lodge

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

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


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.


(click on hyperlink for more information)


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


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


Boys' Basketball Playoff at Kingsland High School, 7pm


Ash Wednesday / Mass Day


Winter Concert, 6:30 pm


Spring Flower Orders Due


CIS Calculus U of M Field Trip


Student of the Month, 7:15 am


Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 pm


Mass Day


End of 3rd Quarter


Spring Break – No School


Field Trip, Grade 6 & 7


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


Shadow Day


Retreat, Grades 10 & 11


Mass Day


Middle School Lock-In


Accreditation Team Site Visit


Field Trip, Grade 6


Mass Day

Online Activities Calendar:


Attached Files

BABS 2020 Flyer.pdf


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