Friday Family Focus 2/15/2019
Note from the Principal

Heart and Passion:

We just recently celebrated Valentine’s Day 2019.  Many people exchange cards, candy, send flowers, and go out to eat.  I have served as a principal for over thirty-one years and anytime an interview committee asks me what my greatest weakness is, I always have the same answer: I say that I have care and passion for everyone and because of that I can get hurt but I am never going to give up those traits.  I have had my heart broken but have gotten back up and moved forward trusting that God has a plan for me.  Always remember to tell people you love them today because you may not get a chance to tell them tomorrow.  

A few years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Bobby Richardson speak.  Many of you reading this column may be too young to remember that at one time he was best second basemen in the major leagues while playing for the New York Yankees.  He started his talk with this quote; “If the game of life ended tonight, would you be a winner?” It can become really easy to get so caught up in ourselves that we forget that one of the reasons we are placed on this earth is to help other people.  I remind aspiring principals that two of the essential traits that you must have are the ability to take a shot and the skill of resiliency.  You have to be able to get back up and move forward providing hope for all.  Even if you’ve been crushed, you still have to be a beacon of hope. 

Dale Galloway, in his book Dream a New Dream tells the story of a young man who can teach us a lesson about the game of life.  If you think back to your early days of school, many of you remember making Valentine’s Day boxes.  When the big day occurred, you would bring the valentine cards to school and place them in the homemade boxes.  There was a quiet boy named Chad.  He told his mother that he was going to make a valentine for everyone in his class.  His mom’s heart sank because, you see, he did not have many friends and she was worried that he would come home with his feelings hurt after not receiving any cards.  For three weeks he worked making valentines.  When she saw him come home from school on Valentine’s Day walking behind all of the other students, she was afraid.  He marched into the house with a big smile and said; “not a one, not a one, I didn’t forget a single one.”  His story is about unselfish giving and asking for nothing in return.

So, for those readers who have the same weakness of caring for all like I do, remember this old quote: “A bell’s not a bell ‘til you ring it.  A song’s not a song ‘til you sing it.  Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.  Love isn’t love ‘til you give it away.” 

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019!


Student and Parent Survey Results

In October, the Guidance Department conducted a needs assessment survey of all Bethlehem Academy students. Also, in October, Bethlehem Academy parents were invited to participate in a survey offering parents an opportunity to share perceptions and attitudes about BA’s academics and co-curriculars, along with the performance of the school and its staff. Links to the survey results and executive summaries for each survey can be found on the Parents page under the Resources tab of our website. Link directly to the student survey here and the parent survey here.

Financial Aid is Due February 17 in TADS!

Families interested in applying for financial aid forms should fill out the online TADS forms by Sunday, February 17, 2019. 2017 tax forms are acceptable, but 2018 W-2s and/or current pay stubs are required. Apply for Aim Higher and CSAF scholarships via this TADS application. Links to the application form and other TADS financial aid worksheets and documents (in English and Spanish) can be found on the Financial Aid page of our website. Please contact with questions.

College Information Night Feb 20

Parents of sophomores and juniors are invited to attend a College Information Night Feb 20 at 6pm in Room 207. A speaker from Minnesota State University, Mankato will share tips on the college admissions process, PSEO opportunities, standardized testing, and other important college topics. Click here for more information.

Shadow Day February 21

Prospective students are invited to spend the day at BA and find out what it is like to be a Cardinal! Please spread the word! Sign up for a shadow day here.


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Feb. 15-18 No School-Presidents Day Weekend
Feb. 17 Financial Aid Deadline
Feb. 20 Craig Hillier, Respect Speaker, Gr. 6-8
Feb. 20 College Info Night 6:00pm
Feb. 21 Future Cardinal Day
Feb. 22 Mass Day
Feb. 23 Middle School Science Olympiad Regionals
Feb. 26 Gr 9 Respect Retreat (Rescheduled)
Feb. 28 Student of the Month 7:15am
March 1 Winter Concert
March 4 No School-Teacher Workday
March 6 Ash Wednesday Mass & Jesus Food Pack
March 7 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 10 Pancake Breakfast
March 12 Spring Sports Parent Meeting
March 18-22 No School - Spring Break

High School Parent Registration Information Session

Parents of students who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2019-2020 school year, are invited to a Registration Information Session in the Bethlehem Academy School Library. The meeting will take place during Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting provides parents with an opportunity to hear similar information to that which will be shared with students, as they complete the registration process for next year’s classes.


Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric Gr 10-11 Youth Tour (SWCE) is sponsoring two students (sophomore or junior) for this year’s Washington, D.C. Youth Tour, June 15-20. Application deadline is February 22. Contact Mrs. Hansen for more information.

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship Open!

The Schulze Family Foundation offers scholarships to graduating seniors from a middle-income family with at least 3.3 GPA, an ACT score of 22, and Catholic elementary education. Application materials can be found on Naviance and all questions can be directed to Mrs. Hansen

FEB 17 DEADLINE! K-12 Archdiocesan Scholarships via TADS

The Aim Higher Foundation and the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation are committed to helping families fund their students’ Catholic education. Applications are open NOW via the TADS financial aid application and must be completed by February 17, 2019, for both new and returning recipients.


2020 Guatemala Trip Deposit Deadline Moved

Due to the bad weather, the Feb 8 down payment deadline for the trip to San Lucas Toliman has been postponed to a later TBD date. Please email Mrs. Kriechbaum for more information on the trip. Please see attachment.

BASS Fundraiser: Pennies for Patients

BA’s Student Service club (BASS) is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients campaign. BA and DMCS students are encouraged to send in their pennies. Every dollar raised = 3 feet of duct tape to tape Mr. Knutson to the gym wall. Together WE CAN BEAT CANCER! 

Lenten Soup Supper Volunteers

The Council of Catholic Women at DMCC is again sponsoring the Lenten Soup suppers the Monday evenings during Lent.  DMCS will provide soup on April 8th. BA students, staff and parents helped serve and clean-up. We will need to provide about 8-10 volunteers. The time commitment is from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Please consider in assisting with this soup supper. Please contact Sister Mary Margaret


If your child will be out sick, you can email us at or call 507-334-3948 and leave a message @ ext. 302.

Mass Days – Dress Code 

Please remind your children to dress appropriately on Mass Days. Our next Mass day is Friday, February 22. Click HERE for Dress Code.

Home Team Advantage at the Owatonna, Buffalo Wild Wings!

Don’t forget to tell your server at BWWs that you support the Bethlehem Academy Prom team! They donate 10% back to Bethlehem Academy! Every bit helps!

School Closings and Delays

Whenever Faribault Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Bethlehem Academy will also close. Bethlehem Academy will send emails or text messages to parents as soon as we learn Faribault Public Schools will be closing. Closings will be posted on our school website and Facebook page. School closings will also be announced through media outlets KDHL Radio, WCCO, KARE11, KMSP and KSTP. Families with school age children may also sign up to receive announcements from Faribault Public Schools.

Laptop Reminder: Please be sure your child restarts his/her laptop each weekend with it plugged into power and leaving the display lid open. 


Volunteers: Log your volunteer hours HERE

Game Volunteers Needed for home basketball games. Sign up at:

Click HERE for the BA Activities Schedule

Click HERE for the FHS Coop Sports Schedule for the week of February 18

Click Here for Robotics Club Flyer

Click Here for 2020 Guatemala Trip Flyer

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Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, strives to empower its students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the truth: Veritas.
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
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