2019-11-15 Friday Family Focus

November 15, 2019

Note from the Principal

Bethlehem Academy Community,

A good friend sent this to me about one month after we sent Cindy to Heaven.  It helped me move forward as one thing that I know is that we all need hope in our lives.  I share this with you and encourage you to share with people in your life.  God’s blessings to you. Nice Bike!

Dr. Chuck Briscoe


There comes a time in life,
when you walk away from all
the drama and people who
create it.  Surround yourself with
people who make you laugh, forget
the bad and focus on the good.  Love
the people who treat you right.  Pray
for the ones who don’t.  Life is way too
short to be anything but happy.  Falling
down is part of life, getting back up
is living.  Start driving your car or your
bicycle looking forward and see the
beautiful world that God has created
for you and me. 

Grandparents’ Day Celebration & Baking Competition

Tues., Nov. 26th at 1:00 p.m.

As part of our Thanksgiving celebration, the Bethlehem Academy community would like to honor our grandparents!  The B.A. Student Council will also be hosting a competition of baked goods.  We invite all grandparents to participate. 

Parents…please see the attached flyer with all the details for this exciting event!

MNSAA Accreditation Survey

Deadline: Saturday, November 16th

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.  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

Share the BA Experience!

Shadow Days - Nov. 20th & Dec. 4th

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!

Argentina Host Families: WE NEED YOU!

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!  A stipend is available and families who sign up to host will receive free family game passes good during their stay (Jan 6-Feb 8, 2020) AND will fulfill their family service hour commitment for the year. Contact Kris @ ksauer@admissions.com for more information.

Bingo January 26: Call for Volunteers

BA will be hosting a BINGO FUNdraiser Sunday, January 26, from 12-3 p.m. to kick off Catholic Schools Week and we are looking for parent volunteers to help run the event!  This is a great way to fulfill your family service hours.  If you are creative and like to meet other parents and work together for a cause – we need you!  Interested?  Please plan to attend an initial planning meeting Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 105.  Contact Kris at: ksauer@bacards.org or call the school ext. 206 if you are interested in helping!

BABS 2020!

BABS 2020 is a very important fund raiser for BA.  This will be our 36th year of BABS.  It was started in 1985 by parents and is used to provide very valuable funding for capital projects like lunchroom tables and security as well as dollars to help staff and students.  A very small committee will provide the planning and direction for BABS 2020 that will take place on Saturday, April 4th.  The first committee meeting will occur on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.  It will last for one hour and we will map out additional meetings and tasks to be completed.  If you like fun, organization and work, Dr. Briscoe can really use you at this meeting.


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 atmelissa.i.kuhl@gmail.com for questions or to let her know you can help.  More information on Fare for All at: https://fareforall.org/


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. 


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 at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com



11/20 Prospective Student Shadow Day
11/22 Mass Day
11/26 Grandparents’ Day Program, 1:00 p.m.
11/27-11/29 No School, Thanksgiving Break
12/4 Prospective Student Shadow Day
12/4 Reconciliation
12/6 Mass Day
12/7 Benefactors' Mass & Brunch, 10am
12/15 Choir Concert, 7pm
12/16 Band Concert, 7pm

Click here for the rSchoolToday Activity Calendar


Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 11-15-2019.pdf

Grandparents Day.pdf

Argentina Mini Profiles 2020 Visit.pdf

BoxTops for Education.pdf

BA Activities 2019-11-18.pdf

FHS Coop Activities 2019-11-18.pdf

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