2019-12-20 Family Focus

December 19, 2019

Note from the Principal

Bethlehem Academy Community,

As you know, Mr. Denny Germann did a great job filling in for John Wollersheim these past ten weeks.  Mr. Wollersheim has chosen to retire, and Mr. Germann has left us to spend the winter in sunny Texas.  We have had the good fortune to have Mr. Dave Wollin step forward to help us.  Mr. Wollin will serve in the role of assistant principal for the remainder of the school year.  He is an excellent teacher and a licensed school principal.  I am confident that he will do a great job for students, staff and families.

The BA Board of Directors has posted the position of President/Principal beginning in July 2020.  If you know of a great candidate, please encourage them to apply.

Window Project Update

On January 15, 2017 we started down a pathway with a goal of raising $500,000to replace all 153 BA Windows that were installed in the summer of 1949.  Through your generosity, we reached our goal in the summer of 2019.  The final phase of the windows will start to be installed today with a goal of completion by January 2020. 

Thanks to each of you who stepped forward to help get this very needed project completed.

December 2019 Daily News Column (Final) 

One Candle in the Night

I have lived in Minnesota my entire life.  I tell people from around the country that I love our four seasons, I just wish they were more equally divided.  This fall the cold set in after Halloween and the fresh snow takes me back to my youth when we always had abundant snow and cold weather that made us dream of the first days of spring.  The sun set at 5:00 pm on Halloween.  It will not set at 5:00 pm again until January 17, 2020.  If you are counting, that is about 78 days!

I love sunshine and daylight and it feels like we go to work and school in the dark and come home in the dark every day this month.  If we are lucky, we have some sunshine to enjoy on the weekends in December.  The darkness gives us time to reflect and to hope about what the upcoming year may bring.  I always remind people that you can be the one candle that provides hope and a pathway to someone who really needs it.  Anyone can be that one point of hope.  You don’t need any training, just pay attention to others, be kind to others and reach out and connect with others any chance that you get.  You never know when or why that someone may cross your path so pay attention and be ready to help and to be a source of hope.

As I write this column, we are just a few weeks from the end of the year 2019.  I told you a year ago, that New Year’s Eve 2018 was the loneliest day and night of my life.  I had worked through a tough year of firsts in 2018 and I was now at the final first, New Year’s Eve.  While others were celebrating, I was alone.  I knew that the morning would bring a new year for me and I was convinced that 2019 would be a great year.  I was confident that I would go down a new pathway and that there would be positive mile-markers ahead for me. 

Last December 31st, I was hoping and praying that I would see my first daffodils of spring soon.  It was a special gift that the first daffodils that I saw came in the form of a person.  Life is about connections and I was blessed to connect with a long-time nurse named Donna in early 2019.  We had so many connections including the Franciscan Sisters who were very important in our early life, swing dancing, biking, family, country music and we discovered that we both take Synthroid!  We brought hope and joy to each other and I know that we provided a beacon of hope in the dark and cold days of January 2019.  So, as you prepare to close out the year 2019, regardless of your present circumstances, have faith that God will provide you hope, joy and new mile-markers in 2020.  There may be a “Donna” in your life in 2020 and I pray that you will have hope and joy as you enter 2020.  Merry Christmas and a very blessed 2020 to you.  Thanks for reading my column!  Nice Bike!

Dr. Chuck Briscoe

Virtus Session at DMCS – Jan. 8 at 6:00 pm

All parents who wish to volunteer, chaperone, or be involved in any BA event must be Virtus compliant.  Interested persons should register online atVirtus.org and select St. Paul/Minneapolis as the organization.

Banish the January blahs: Host an Argentina Student!  3 more host families needed!!

Host families needed for 3 boys from a Catholic HS in Argentina who will be attending BA from Jan 6-Feb 8, 2020.  This is great cultural experience.  Please consider hosting!  A $500 stipend is paid to each host family; all expenses are covered by students & their exchange program. Contact Kris @ksauer@bacards.org for more information.

Future Cardinal Game Nights!

DMCS and all Future Cardinals and their families are invited to join us for the following game nights:

  • Future Cardinal/DMCS Family Night @ Girls basketball game, Thursday, January 9 vs Hope Academy
  • Future Cardinal/DMCS Family Night @ Boys basketball game, Monday January 27 vs JWP

Invite a friend to join you for the game! Free admission, games & door prize drawings for all our guests. Register for free admission here.  See attached flyer for more information.

Friends, Cousins, Sibling Shadow Day: Jan. 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 fun way for possible students to see what it’s like to be a Cardinal! Sign up a prospective Cardinal here.  Spread the word!


Basketball Game Volunteers - January games

Volunteers are needed to help with our home basketball games.  Click here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a9ad2f4-2019201 to sign up to help at a January home basketball game.  Your time volunteering can be used towards meeting your family's 25 hours of volunteer service.  Thank you for sharing your time and talent in supporting our activities programs.


12/21 - 1/5 Christmas Break – No School
1/6 Welcome back! 2nd Semester begins Red Day
1/6 Argentina students arrive @ BA
1/9 Student of the Month, 7:15 am
1/14 Spelling Bee, 9:00am in Van Orsow Auditorium
1/20 Martin Luther King Day, No School
1/25 - 1/31 Catholic Schools Week
1/28 Friends, Cousins, Siblings Shadow Day
2/1 SnoBall

Online School Activities Calendar:  https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/


Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 12-20-2019.pdf

Future Cardinals Bball Game Flyer 2020.pdf

BA Activities 2019-12-21.pdf

FHS Activities 2019-12-21.pdf

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