2019-10-11 Friday Focus

October 11, 2019

Note from the Administration 

Thank you to all our parents who joined us for Parent Teacher Conferences Wednesday night. We appreciate and value our partnership with you. If you have continued concerns regarding your student or were unable to join us Wednesday, please feel free to contact our faculty and staff directly; their emails can be found on our website here.

Homecoming activities continue tonight with the 7pm football game.  Don’t forget to join us starting at 5pm for the burger basket fundraiser. All proceeds help fund the 8th grade trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. We are excited to host our returning alumni and our Future Cardinals for the big game! The high school homecoming dance follows the football game and goes to midnight. Cost is $5/student + a new pair of socks or $7/student, with socks and proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul.

The Spooktacular Fun Run kicks off with the Dad’s Dash tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 12) at 7:30am. This is a great family event! Join us for the 1-mile walk, 5K run or Kids Dash for the littles. Same day registration available in the DMCS gym.

Finally, an update from our President, Dr. Briscoe, is attached. We thank you for your continued partnership in Catholic education. A reminder that next week is the MEA break, with no school Wednesday to Friday, October 16-18.


  • 5:00-7:00pm Tailgate Burger Basket Fundraiser for 8th Grade Wolf Ridge Trip.
  • Future Cardinals Night: Free Admission, games, prizes, & autographs after the game
  • 7:00pm Homecoming Football Game vs Blooming Prairie

HOMECOMING DANCE @ Van Orsow Auditorium, Grades 9-12

The Homecoming dance follows the football game tonight and goes to midnight.  Cost is $5/student + a new pair of socks or $7/student. Socks and proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul.  Please note: Only non-BA students who have registered in the main office will be allowed to attend the dance.



TOMORROW, October 12th

Looking for a GREAT family event this Saturday, October 12?  If you haven’t already, please sign up for the Spooktacular 5k run/1-mile walk.  Come in costume (purely optional, but there are prizes…) and get some exercise while raising money to support our school.  Sign everyone up here.  Get your friends, get your neighbors, and thank you for spreading the word and supporting Bethlehem Academy!

Halloween Trunk or Treat, October 31

Our biggest community event of the year is just around the corner! Join us for trick or treating or sign up to host a trunk.  Last year 1000 kids trick or treated from decorated car/truck trunks in the BA/DMCS parking lots & joined us for a free hot dog dinner.  Save the date for October 31st from 4-6pm for this great event!

Argentina Students Return! Host Families Needed! 

Our friends from Argentina are returning for another great visit! Six girls and three boys will be with us at BA from January 6-February 8, 2020. This is a GREAT opportunity for your family and students to have a Spanish-speaking student in your home and learn about another culture. See mini profiles or our guest students attached, and consider becoming a host family! Stipends provided. For more information on hosting, please contact Rachel McGill at 651-399-2222 or rmcgill@team.nacelopendoor.org


Middle school students will be visiting the Faribault Buckham Memorial Library during WIN time in mid-October with sixth and seventh graders going on Monday, Oct. 14th and eighth graders going on Monday, Oct. 21st.  Students will have the opportunity to check out material under the guidance of teachers and a public librarian.

In coordination with the children’s public librarian, we have found out that most of our students already have a library card for our local library. However, if your child has never applied for a library card, we will be sending home applications for you to complete.  Please return these applications by Tuesday, October 8th.  If students already have library cards, they should bring them on their scheduled visit on either Oct. 14th or Oct. 21st.

If students need to work on classwork during WIN time, they will stay back to work with a teacher.  If you have any questions, please contact Angela Cina at: acina@bacards.org.


DMCC Synod Listening Session, October 29

Divine Mercy Catholic Church is hosting a Synod Listening Session Tuesday, October 29th, 6-9pm.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

BA Open House & Shadow Days, Nov. 5th

More students mean more great things for BA! Please invite students and families interested in BA to save the date for our fall open house, 5:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2019! All are welcome. Shadow days start November 5th. Invite prospective students and families to sign up for the open house, a shadow day and/or school tour here.


Bingo Fundraiser

BA will be hosting a BINGO fundraiser this winter and we are looking for parent volunteers to help run the event!  This is a GREAT way to fulfill your family volunteer hours.  If you are creative and like to meet other parents and work together for a cause – we need you!  Contact Kris at ksauer@bacards.org if you are interested in helping.


Student Directories

The 2019-2020 Student Directories are available in the main office to those students who have paid their Home and School dues. 

Homework Club:

Available Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in Room 204.  Homework Club provides a quiet place where any BA student can do homework and get help.

Mass Days – Dress Code

Please remind your child to dress appropriately on Mass Days.  Mass Days are as follows: Friday, October 25, November 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Attendance Tips

If your child will be out sick, you can email us at attendance@bacards.org or leave a message at

507-334-3948 ext. 302.  If your child needs to leave early for an appointment, please have them stop in the office before school to receive a pass.


Substitute Teachers

We are looking for substitute teachers on an as-needed, on-call basis.  Qualifications include a four-year degree, a teaching license (preferred but not necessary), Virtus training and a background check.  If interested, please contact Tammy at tanderson@bacards.org

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Volunteers Needed

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program held at Divine Mercy’s 10am Sunday Mass.  It is intended for children ages 3 - 1st grade and helps them learn about the gospel readings in a way they can understand.  They need some additional helpers to sit with the children and help them pay attention as they hear and discuss the gospel reading, play some games, and sing songs.  If you would like to volunteer, just attend the 10am Mass and come to the back when the children are called forward.  It’s okay if you can’t be there every weekend!  If you have any questions you can e-mail Heather Johnson at heather.johnson@childrensmn.org or call/text her at

507-838-2641.  Thanks for considering!

Middle School Youth Ministry

Middle School--Edge

6th-8th grade

Wednesdays, Oct. 2-April 22

6:00-7:30 pm. at DMCS Gym

Edge is a fun, energetic ministry for middle school youth to grow closer to Christ!  Learn about your faith, while you hang out with friends, enjoy open-gym time and fun games.  There's time for small groups and prayer to really go deeper with God. Add Bowling, Sledding, Pizza Parties and Service Nights to the list--it's so great!

To register go to divinemercy.cc/middle-school

For more information contact: Angela Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com or Nick Weiers at nweiers@gmail.com


Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 10-11-2019.pdf

Homecoming Tailgate 2019.pdf

Future Cardinals Hoco Flyer.pdf


Update from Dr. Briscoe.pdf

DMCC Synod Listening Session.pdf


FHS Coop-Activities-2019-10-14.pdf

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