2019-11-08 Friday Family Focus

November 8, 2019

Note from the Principal

Bethlehem Academy Community,

We hope everyone has adjusted to turning your clocks back last weekend.  It is great to see the sun earlier in the morning but hard to see when it gets dark before 5:00 p.m.  If you enjoy the sunshine like I do, the sun set at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween.  It will not set at 5:00 p.m. again until January 17, 2020!  There will be brighter days ahead as we will start to gain minutes of daylight after Christmas 2019.

BA will have its fourth annual Veteran Days Program on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. in the Van Orsow Auditorium.  We encourage all veterans to attend the program so that we can thank you for your service.  We will have coffee and doughnuts in the lobby at the conclusion of the program that will last about one hour.

We will have our first open house for prospective new families on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  There will be information about all activities and sports programs from 5:30 to 6:00 pm.  This will be followed by a presentation and tour of the school.  I strongly encourage you to invite families who are looking for a great middle and high school to attend this program.  I have said many times that we get one chance to do middle and high school right and I can guarantee that BA is the right choice for a great future.  Please contact our Enrollment Director, Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org if you need more information about admission and enrollment at BA.

And finally, thanks to all of you who have made a donation to the 2019-20 BA Annual Fund.  It is critical that we hit our target of $200,000 this year to sustain Catholic education for many years to come.


Chuck Briscoe

Veterans Day Program Monday, November 11th at 9:15 a.m.

The Bethlehem Academy Veterans Day Program will be held on Monday, November 11th at 9:15 a.m. in Van Orsow Auditorium. All are welcome to join our school community in remembering and celebrating veterans. Featured speaker will be Ben Babcock, BA class of 2002. Veterans, thank you for your service. God bless America!

Share the BA Experience!

Fall Open House – November, 14th

More students means more great things for BA! Please invite students and families interested in BA to join us for our prospective student open house next Thursday, November 14th . The sports & activities fair begins at 5:30 p.m., with presentations and tours at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome! Pre-registration encouraged but not required. Invite families to sign up here and please share the attached flyer with anyone who might be interested.

Next Shadow Day - November 20th

Prospective students and families are encouraged to join us and see what it’s like to be a Cardinal! Upcoming Shadow Days are: November 20, December 4 and January 28 (Friends, Cousins, Siblings). Invite interested parents to sign their student up for a student shadow day and/or school tour here. 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 for our visiting Argentina students this January! Families needed for 6 girls and 3 boys. See mini profiles attached and sign up today! We are also looking for full-time host families for our high school SPP scholars. Monthly stipends available for all programs. Contact Kris @ ksauer@admissions.com for more information.

Student Service Club

Pregnancy Options – Nov. 20th, 7:30 a.m.

Gina Little from Pregnancy Options will be a guest speaker at the Student Service Club meeting.

High School Youth Group

8th-12th Grade

Please join us on Wednesday evenings from 7:45-9:00 p.m. in the Youth Room (Basement of IC Church).  No need to register, just show up!  Text dmccyouth to 84576 to get added to the communication list.  Follow DMCCYOUTH on Instagram and follow us on Facebook for upcoming events.

Middle School EDGE

BOWLING! – November 20th, 6-7:30 p.m.
ALL 5th-7th graders please join us at Bashers Bowling Alley on Wed, Nov. 20th from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Permission forms are required and are available at divinemercy.cc/middle-school

IGNITE! – December 6th
6th-8th graders please join us on Friday, Dec. 6th at St. John the Baptist Church. Grab your friends and join hundreds of other Catholic Middle School youth for a night of Fun, Food, Music & Great Speakers! Limited Space Available! Registration is due by Nov. 22nd! Forms are available at divinemercy.cc/middle-school. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Hoisington atang323hoisington@yahoo.com


IRIS Turkey Trot needs Volunteers - Nov 27-28

The annual IRIS Turkey Trot occurs Thanksgiving morning and LOTS of volunteers are needed to make the event a success! Please consider making this a family event. It’s a great way to serve our community! (And yes, time spent helping will count for student service hours.) Help is needed Wednesday, November 27 and from 6:00am-12:30pm on Thursday, November 28. Please register online to volunteer or to participate at www.irisRemembers.com/trot.

Fare for All Faribault - Dec 12

Melissa Kuhl, a DMCS parent, helps lead Fare for All Faribault, a non-profit organization that helps get healthy food to those who need it. She needs 4 people to help distribute food Thursday, December 12th, from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. at Faribault Middle School rear loading dock. This is a great opportunity for you or your student to get service hours! Please contact Melissa at melissa.i.kuhl@gmail.com for questions or to let her know you can help. More information on Fare for All at: https://fareforall.org/

MNSAA Accreditation Survey

Bethlehem Academy will host an on-site visit to renew our Accreditation in March 2020. We urge you to provide your insights and feedback via a Survey Monkey survey which will be opened Friday, November 8 and remain open until Saturday, November 16. This is an important component of the preparation process. You will receive an email with the link or you can go to the BA website to access the survey. Thank you in advance for your input.

If you have questions, please contact Sr. Mary Margaret at mmurphy@bacards.org

Basketball Parent Meeting

The Basketball Parent meeting for the high school and junior high (middle school) teams is Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Please visit the Parent Central portion of our athletics website (http://sports.bacards.org) to complete annual eligibility statement & health questionnaire, pay winter activity fee and access other resources.  It is important that parents of participating students attend the meeting.  

6th grade girls may play this winter on the school's middle school basketball team.  6th grade boys will play in the youth program. 


(click on hyperlink for more info)

11/11 Veterans Day Program, 9:15 a.m.
11/12 JO Volleyball Parent Meeting, 5:45 p.m.
11/12 HS/MS Winter Sports Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.
11/14 Fall Open House, 5:30-8 p.m.
11/15 Mass Day
11/22 Mass Day
11/26 Grandparents’ Day Program, 1:00 p.m.
11/27-11/29 No School, Thanksgiving Break


Sporting Events this Week:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Girls' Hockey vs. Waseca - 7pm home
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 - Girls' Hockey at Red Wing - 7:15pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 - Girls' Hockey vs. St. Peter - 7pm home



Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 11-8-2019.pdf

Open House.pdf

Argentina Mini Profiles 2020 Visit.pdf

Grandparents Day.pdf

2020 JO Volleyball Flyer.pdf


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