2019-11-22 Friday Family Focus

November 23, 2019

Note from the Principal

Bethlehem Academy Community,

Please keep Mr. Wollersheim in your thoughts and prayers as we enter the holiday season.  Due to his health issues, he has chosen to retire effective immediately.  We are searching for a replacement at this time.  Mr. Germann has provided BA with great assistance as a principal over the past two months and will be with us until the Christmas Break.

I have had the privilege to write a column for the Faribault and Northfield Daily New for nearly four years.  It is fun to write about hope and joy each month and once you do one good column you have to keep it up month after month.  I wrote a column like this one year ago and got more positive feedback than any other column.  I have changed it slightly and this will be published in next week’s papers.  Please enjoy and share with others.  I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.  We all have a lot to be thankful for this year.

The Fine Art of Forgiveness Part Two

November 2019 Daily News Column

I continue to value the opportunity to write a column about joy and compassion.  I always appreciate the handwritten thank you notes about a column that I have written.  I got more notes about the column on forgiveness last November than the rest of the columns combined. I thought I would try and continue the theme of forgiveness in 2019.  As you read this column, we are at the start of the 2019 holiday season.  Each holiday season will bring families together to celebrate and to be thankful.  The holiday season can be very joyful for many whiles for others it can be sad as we think of those family members who have been called home to Heaven and will not be with us in 2019.  I know that holidays are all about traditions, some that are new and some that go back decades.  I encourage all of you to take advantage of the opportunities that are all around us to volunteer to help others in need.  When you are feeling sorry for yourself, always remember that someone is carrying a heavier cross around.  If you have food, a roof over your head, and family around consider yourself blessed, as not everyone has all three of those.  Please continue to slow down during the holidays and enjoy each day that you are blessed to have.

As I stated a year ago, many of us hold onto resentments both large and small.  Sometimes we hold on for a short time while at other times we carry this around for a long, long time.  I would suggest to those of you carrying around resentments right now, to ask yourself these questions: 

  1. How much good energy are you wasting by hanging on to a resentment?
  2. What would make you move forward and let this go?
  3. Is there any part of the resentment that may be your fault?
  4. Do you want to live your life looking forward or to continue to drive looking in the rear- view mirror of life?

When you feel like you have been “wronged” it is not hard to get angry and upset.  You want the other person to know how they made you feel.  I can almost guarantee you that if you choose to confront them, they will not get it, or understand you, and you may feel worse.  So, I suggest that in 2019 you pray to God and let it go.  To truly forgive is to let go.  When we pray to God for forgiveness, we are praying that God will forgive us for what we have done wrong or where we have fallen short.  God always gives us a clean slate, so I suggest that you let it go this year and give the person a clean slate.  There is nothing that can be gained by hanging on to what occurred in the past.  You can’t change it and you are wasting a great deal of energy by resenting or being angry at someone.  Let it go and choose to move forward during the holiday season of 2019.  This holiday season forgive someone and leave all of the bad feelings behind and move forward.  Be the person to step forward with a handshake and a hug and practice the fine art of forgiveness.  Life is meant to be lived looking forward, not backwards.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

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!

Future Cardinal Shadow Days: December 3 & 4, 2019

Prospective students and families are encouraged to join us and see what it’s like to be a Cardinal!  Only 2 shadow days left before the Christmas break: Dec 3 (regular day) and Dec 4 (includes student reconciliation).  Please also mark your calendar for January 28 (Friends, Cousins, Siblings Shadow Day) and encourage someone interested in BA to join your student for the day.  Future Cardinal shadow day sign up found here.  Spread the word!

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 pm.  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.


Bingo – 10th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed ASAP

BA is hoping to host a BINGO FUNdraiser Sunday, January 26, from 12-3pm to kick off Catholic Schools Week!  To do so, we need four 10th grade parents to step up and be event leads (see 10thgrade parent email for more info) or we will have to cancel this fun event.  This is a great way to fulfill your family service hours. Interested?  Please contact Kris at: ksauer@bacards.org or call 334-3948 ext. 206 if you are interested in helping!

Home Basketball Game Volunteers Needed

With 26 home girls' and boys' basketball games, there are many opportunities to volunteer and to add to your family's volunteer hours.  Volunteers are needed to sell admission tickets or to help in the concession stand.  The sign-up for home games in November and December can be found here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a9ad2f4-201920

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 3:15pm-6:30pm 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/

MNSAA Parent Survey

Thank you to those who completed the Parent Survey as we prepare for our MNSAA visit.  Your insights will provide input as we develop the new Strategic Plan for BA and welcome our guests on March 23 - 25, 2020.  You will hear more about this in the weeks to come.

Note from Mr. Germann…

Bethlehem Academy Dress Code

There seems to be confusion among students on what is acceptable dress for the school day.  According to the Student Handbook, acceptable clothing items are defined as well as unacceptable.  Under “unacceptable” are T-shirts and sweatshirts that have logos printed that are certainly acceptable outside of Bethlehem Academy.  Examples include sports teams not associated with the school or sports team’s BA students are not connected with.  These include MN Twins, MN Vikings, graphics of popular clothing (Eddie Bauer, GAP). 

Please review the clothes your son or daughter comes to school with and our dress code as outlined in the student handbook.  I have provided that section that relates to shirts below.  Thank you for your support.


All students will wear a collared or crew neck shirt with sleeves. Shirts must be opaque and buttoned with the exception of the top button at the neck.  Polo type, button up and dressier styled crew neck shirts without large graphics are acceptable.  Other acceptable shirts include any Bethlehem Academy, Faribault Coop Sports (in which students actively participate),  Minnesota High School League section/state tournament shirts (in which students actively participate), college/university/military shirt, or any positive youth activity shirt (examples include: athletic camps, club sports teams, community theater productions, church youth group).  Shirts with large graphics that advertise a business, workplace or marketing brand are not acceptable (examples include but are not limited to designer labels, sporting goods stores, restaurant chains).  Additional items that may be worn over the shirt include zip-ups, fleece wear, sweaters and crew/hooded sweatshirts that meet the requirements above. Midriffs, cleavage, and undergarments must be covered.

Argentina Host Families

A Great Experience Awaits!

We have 9 high school-aged students from Argentina joining us in January and we need host families for 6 girls and 3 boys. See flyer and mini profiles attached and sign up today!  A $500 stipend is available and families who sign up to host will receive free family game passes (Jan 6-Feb 8, 2020) AND will fulfill their family service hour commitment for the year. Contact Kris @ksauer@bacards.org for more information.

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

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

Dates to Remember

 11/26  Grandparents's Day, 1:00pm
 11/27-11/29  No School - Thanksgiving Break
 12/4  Reconciliation
 12/4  Prospective Student Shadow Day
 12/6  Mass Day
 12/7  Mass Day
 12/13  Mass Day
 12/15  Choir Concert, 7pm, Immaculate Conception Church
 12/16  Band Concert, 7pm, Van Orsow Auditorium
 12/17  DMCS Concert, 1:00pm & 6:30pm, Van Orsow Auditorium
 12/18  Mass Day
 12/18-12/20  Semester 1 Final Exams

Click Here for the School's Activities Calendar:  https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/



Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 11-22-2019.pdf

Argentina Flyer + Bios.pdf

BA Middle School Newsletter November 2019.pdf

BA Activities 2019-11-25.pdf

FHS Coop Activities 2019-11-25.pdf


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