2019-12-06 Family Focus

December 6, 2019

Note from the Principal

Bethlehem Academy Community,

Thermometers and Thermostats:

Here we are in our first cold snap in December.  Each morning I look out at a thermometer on my deck to see how cold it is, then turn on the radio for the forecast.  As a native Minnesotan, I receive a certain satisfaction in being tough and able to endure what would seriously challenge the survival skills of people in warmer climates.  Indoor temperature is another matter.  I try to keep the thermostat in the house set a bit low for some peoples’ taste but will turn it up whenever we have visitors. 

Thermometers and thermostats, although the words sound quite similar, there is a world of difference in what they do. A thermometer gives a reading of how hot or cold it is, that’s it.  A thermostat on the other hand, senses when a room is getting uncomfortably cold or hot and kicks in the furnace or air conditioner to change the room temperature.

When we express feelings, fact and opinions on issues in our community, school, or neighborhood we are being thermometers.  We might evaluate a person or situation in terms of good or bad, hot or cold according to some criteria, but if that is all we do, we are no more than thermometers, giving reading of the ambient temperature. 

On the other hand, if we move from opinion and evaluations to actions, if we respond by finding ways to support and encourage the good as well as finding ways to bring about positive improvement in situations that need change, we are like thermostats, making a difference in our community and for those around us.

Being only a thermometer, constantly complaining about the cold, is not going to make the situation any better. On the contrary, complaining will only make me be more focused on my discomfort and feel colder, well on second thought, it may have the additional effect of encouraging others to complain or avoid my company.  If you have been too much like a thermometer, why not go into action and be a thermostat.

Remember the four principles from my favorite book, The Fred Factor: 

  1. Everyone makes a difference.
  2. Success is built on relationships.
  3. You must continually create value for others.
  4. You can reinvent yourself regularly.

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

Note from Mr. Germann… 

Window replacement will be taking place starting Dec. 16.  Classrooms affected will be moved to another area for instruction.  Each classroom is expected to be affected 2 days maximum.  Essential rooms that can’t be completed in this way will be scheduled over Christmas vacation.  Work will continue after break until done.  Thank you for your patience.

Second Semester class schedules are now available to students through Power School.  Please have your student contact Mr. Schuman with any questions. 

Thanks to the DMCS/BA custodians for their diligent work during our snow events.

Thank you for all you do to support your student and Bethlehem Academy!

Holiday Concert Schedules 

Choir Concert

Dec. 15, 7:00pm at Immaculate Conception Church

Band Concert

Dec. 16, 7:00pm at Van Orsow Auditorium

DMCS Concert

Dec. 17, 1:00 & 6:30pm at Van Orsow Auditorium

Final Exam Schedule for Grades 9-12

December 18-20

Please see the attached final exam and study schedule.

Argentina Host Families

A Great Experience Awaits!

Nine high school students from Argentina will join us in January.  They are anxiously awaiting news of their host family.  Won’t you consider opening your home for 5 weeks to one of these students?  Placement for 4 girls and 3 boys desperately needed!  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.

Friends, Cousins, Sibling Shadow Day

January 28, 2020 

Invite a friend, cousin or sibling to join your student for a shadow day Tuesday, January 28!  In addition to classes & a complimentary lunch, all students will participate in our Jesus Food Pack for Catholic Schools Week.  This is a great way to join us and see what it’s like to be a Cardinal!  Sign up a prospective here.  Spread the word!

Virtus Session

January 8, 2020 at DMCS 

All parents who wish to volunteer, chaperone, or be involved for any BA event must be Virtus compliant.  Interested persons should register online at

Virtus.org and select St. Paul/Minneapolis as the organization.


December Basketball Game Help

Parent volunteers are needed to help at our high school basketball games.  Ticket sellers and concessions help are needed.  Visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a9ad2f4-201920 to sign up for an open slot at one of our December basketball games.

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 the 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/

KoAm Exchange Student Program

We are looking for 2 families to open their homes to a 6th and 7th grade boy for the 2ndsemester!  Both are sponsored by KoAm, a wonderful exchange program with an excellent track record of placing students at BA & DMCS.  They are a Christian-based and family run program.  They treat all their students like family and offer great support to hosts & their students.  Host families receive a $400 monthly stipend and provide room, board, and transportation to/from BA.  Tuition and extra student fees & expenses are covered by the program.  Won’t you help us add to our Cardinal family and host one of these great students? See attachment for more information.

Dates to Remember

Friday, December 13  Mass Day
Sunday, December 15  Choir Concert, 7pm at Immaculate Conception Church
Monday, December 16  Band Concert, 7pm at BA's Van Orsow Auditorium
Tuesday, December 17  DMCS Concert, 1pm & 6:30pm at BA's Van Orsow Auditorium
Wednesday, December 18  Mass Day; Grades 9-12 Semester 1 Final Exams begin
Thursday, December 19  Grades 9-12 Semester 1 Final Exams
Friday, December 20

 Grades 9-12 Semester 1 Final Exams

 End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

Dec. 21 - Jan. 5

 Christmas Break - No School

Monday, January 6

 Welcome Back!  2nd Semester Begins

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



Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 12-6-2019.pdf

S1 Finals Study Schedule 2019.pdf

KoAm Exchange Student Bios.pdf

Argentina Flyer + Bios.pdf

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Grades 9-12 Final Exams Schedule S1 2019-2020.pdf

BA Activities 2019-12-06.pdf

FHS Coop Activities 2019-12-06.pdf


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