2019-10-25 Friday Family Focus

October 25, 2019

Note from the Principal

Bethlehem Academy Community,

I am enclosing the results on the ACT Test from the BA Class of 2019.  You can see how our class compares to the state average and the five-year trends for BA and for the state of Minnesota.  As you know, the ACT score is a great measure of potential college success as well as how well our curriculum is aligned and being delivered.  You have become the wonderful work on embedding the ACT college readiness standards.  We need to continue down that pathway.

We are grateful for the outstanding support for the 2019-20 BA Annual Fund two weeks into the campaign.  A reminder that your annual fund donation helps us to close the $2500 gap between the actual cost to provide a great BA education and the actual tuition cost.  The annual fund dollars help us to keep the lights on and to maintain a quality Catholic Education into the future.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

First Quarter Ends Friday, October 25

Please remember the 1st Quarter report card is a progress report and represents a semester grade in progress.  The quarter grade is representative of the student's progess during the 1st quarter.  First semester will end on Friday, December 20, and that semester grade will be final transcript grade of record.

Halloween Trunk or Treat

October 31st 4:00-6:00 pm

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!

Student Dress Down Day - Oct 31st

A Dress Down Day will be held Thursday, October 31.  Students may dress in costumes on Halloween in exchange for a bag of candy and/or dollar. All proceeds help with our community-wide Trunk or Treat event. Costumes should be modest and no scary masks or plastic weapons, please. Hats, leggings, sweats or athletic pants that fit the theme of your costume are allowed.  We had 1000 Trunk or Treaters last year, so your donations are GREATLY appreciated.

Share the BA Experience!

Fall Open House – Nov. 14th

More students mean more great things for BA! Please invite students and families interested in BA to join us for our fall open house, Thursday, November 14, 2019. The sports & activities fair begins at 5:30 pm, with presentations and tours at 6:00 pm.  All are welcome! 

Student Shadow Days – Starting Nov. 5th

Prospective students and families are encouraged to join us and see what it’s like to be a Cardinal!  Invite interested parents to sign up for a student shadow day and/or school tour here. Scheduled shadow days begin November 5th and run through April.  Spread the word!

Help your Child Grow: Be a Host Family!

Looking for a safe, affordable way for your child to grow and learn about another culture?  Consider being a host family!  We are looking for an ASAP family for a 6thgrade boy through KoAm.  HyunJae is Catholic, loves math and English, plays the piano and soccer.  We are also looking for full-time host families for our high school SPP scholars as well as 9 families (6 girls, 3 boys) for our visiting Argentina students in January. Contact Kris @ ksauer@admissions.com for more information.


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.


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!


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


Mass Days – Dress Code

Please remind your child to dress appropriately on Mass Days.  Mass Days are as follows: Friday, 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.

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.


In order to minimize the number of interruptions to the classroom, we kindly ask that you contact us before school if your student will be missing any part of the day.

Please email, call or send a note with your child. 

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

All Saints Party

 Oct. 30th, 6:00-7:30 pm

5th – 7th Graders 

You are invited to an All Saints Party on Wednesday, Oct. 30th from 6:00-7:30 pm at DMCS Gym.  If you are not registered for Edge, please bring "All Saints Party" permission form from divinemercy.cc/middle-school.


10/31 Halloween Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00 pm
11/1 Mass Day, All Saints’ Day
11/4 No School, Teacher Workday
11/5 Student Shadow Day
11/7 Student of the Month, 7:15-7:45 am
11/8 Mass Day
11/11 Girls' Basketball Practices Begin
11/12 HS/MS Winter Sports Meeting, 6:30-8 pm
11/14 Fall Open House, 5:30-8 pm
11/15 Mass Day
11/18 Boys' Basketball Practices Begin
11/22 Mass Day
11/26 Grandparents’ Day Program, 1:00 pm
11/27-11/29 No School, Thanksgiving Break


Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 10-25-2019.pdf

DMCC Synod Listening Session.pdf

Argentina Mini Profiles 2020 Visit.pdf

Scrip Note October 2019.pdf


NFHS Network.pdf


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Faribault, MN  55021
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