2019-10-18 Friday Family Focus

October 15, 2019

Note from the President 

Bethlehem Academy Community, 

It is hard to believe that we are the doorstep of my birthday and the long MEA break for all students and staff.  It has been a great fall to this point.  My promise to those of you who have called, is that BA will be better in the future regarding future homecomings.  I remind students and staff frequently that people make broad judgements about all of us based on how we act in public settings.

The first quarter of the 2019-20 school year will officially end on Friday, October 25, 2019.  There is no school on Monday, November 4thfor students.  As some of you know, Mr. Wollersheim is on a medical leave for the next twelve weeks.  I would ask that you keep him in your prayers and thoughts in the days ahead.  I will again become the principal in addition to my other duties during this time period.  We were fortunate to have hired retired Faribault High School assistant principal, Denny Germann to come in on a part-time basis during this twelve-week period.  Mr. Germann is a very experienced school principal and is also very active in Divine Mercy Catholic Church. This is another reminder to value each day that we are blessed to have.  Have a great weekend.  Go Cardinals, Vikings, Gophers and Irish!


Dr. Chuck Briscoe

  • Please see below for the 2019-2020 Annual Fund Letter

Share the BA Experience!

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, Thursday, November 14, 2019. The sports & activities fair begins at 5:30pm, with presentations and tours at 6:00pm.  All are welcome!  Student shadow days begin November 5, 2019.  Invite prospective students and families to sign up for the open house, a shadow day and/or school tour here.


Mon., Oct. 21st

Eighth Graders will be visiting the Faribault Buckham Memorial Library during WIN time on Mon., Oct. 21st.

Please bring your Library Card.

Picture Make Up and Retake Day Tues., Oct. 22nd

If you have pictures that need to be redone please bring your picture packet with you to school and turn into the photographer.  Order Online at: Swenson.inter-state.com, Order Code: 40253YA

Halloween Trunk or Treat

October 31st, 4:00-6:00pm 

Our biggest community event of the

year is just a few weeks away!  Get your friends and host a trunk or join us for trick or treating.  Last year 1,000 kids trick or treated from decorated car/truck trunks in the BA/DMCS parking lots & joined us for a free hot dog dinner.  We hope to see you there!

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


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.

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.


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


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.


Landscaping Volunteers needed at House of Gratitude: 

October, 17th at 9:00am

Parish volunteer men will be spreading rock around the rectory and need extra hands.  Please bring rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows or 5 gallon buckets if possible.

Bingo Fundraiser: Call for Volunteers

BA will be hosting a BINGO fundraiser this winter (likely in February, date TBD) 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 or call the school ext. 223 if you are interested in helping!

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

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!

2019-2020 Annual Fund

Dear Friends and Families of BA:

How you spend your time and resources sends a strong message about what you value.  I hope that Bethlehem Academy is something that you continue to value.  We have been able to serve students in the Faribault area for 155 years because of your generous support.

When I was hired as Bethlehem Academy’s President/Principal four years ago, I started with several goals: to strengthen and enhance our curriculum and college prep courses; to expand our outreach into the surrounding communities to attract and retain additional students; to update our facilities to make them safe, energy efficient, and comfortable; and to meet our Annual Fund target to continue to offer a top-notch Catholic Education in Faribault.

I am happy to say that our curriculum is now aligned across grade levels and we are working hard to meet every student’s needs at every level.  We now have seven Advanced Placement and College in the Schools courses at BA and most BA students graduate earning some college credit.  We are one of the few Catholic schools in the nation with an Agriculture program, which serves our students well in our rural area and beyond.  We have imbedded ACT college and career readiness standards across our curriculum and our BA students exceed the state and national average ACT score by several points each year.  We have a robust resource room to provide additional assistance and personalized instruction when needed.  And we have a new international partnership to increase the number of international students, which provides an enhanced cultural education to all students.  I am very proud of our staff for their hard work to help make all of this happen.  And finally, by November, we will have replaced all 153 windows that were installed when the school opened in 1949.  My hope is that with the window project we have restored your trust in us to use your donations for the purpose you intended.

We have made a great deal of progress in the past three years and we are headed in the right direction. This year many of our activities at BA are focused on the idea of “Together We Fly” - working together for the good of one another, our school, and our local and global community.  We need you to help us.  We need you to help us sustain our positive momentum and to continue to provide a high-

quality Catholic Education to every student with whom we are blessed to work.  We need you to give generously to this year’s Annual Fund so that we can continue to offer our enhanced, faith-filled curriculum.  We need your help to cover the $2500 gap between what it costs to educate a student at Bethlehem Academy and what a student pays in tuition.  Your gift will touch the lives of children you may never meet and will help the next generation of students leave Bethlehem Academy with the solid foundation you demand.  With your gift our students will be prepared to be the leaders you expect and will be ready to make a significant difference in the community.  Your gift this fall is critical for our present and future BA students. “Together We Fly”.

We are happy to tell you that as we kick off our campaign we already have $50,000 pledged.  To continue this momentum we’d like to ask you to help us match this amount by Thanksgiving.

Kind regards and God bless,

Dr. Chuck Briscoe- President, Bethlehem Academy

To donate online:  www.bacards.org/donate


(click on hyperlink for more info)


No School, Fall Break


Picture Retake Day


River Bend field trip, Grade 6


Mass Day


1st Quarter Ends


Halloween Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00pm


Mass Day


No School, Teacher Workday


Student of the Month, 7:15-7:45am


Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 10-15-2019.pdf

Argentina Mini Profiles 2020 Visit.pdf

DMCC Synod Listening Session.pdf

NFHS Network.pdf


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