2019-09-27 Friday Focus

September 27, 2019


Bethlehem Academy Community,

Just this week the University of Minnesota sent out a summary of Bethlehem Academy’s involvement in their College in the Schools program.  I thought the information was interesting and worth sharing.

The University of Minnesota College in the Schools program provides university courses, taught in our school by Bethlehem Academy teachers who have received special training.  Students who complete these courses are awarded Bethlehem Academy credit on their high school transcript, as well as University of Minnesota credit, on a U of MN transcript. The College in the Schools classes offered by Bethlehem Academy are: Human Physiology, Technology and Medical Devices; Global America: United States History Since 1865; and Calculus I.

During the 2018-2019 school year, 25 juniors and seniors participated in our College in the Schools courses.  Of those students, 84% earned final course grades of C or better.  Our students earned 111 University of Minnesota credits.  The cost of those courses at the University of Minnesota: $57,785.  Cost to BA students ($145/student/course): $4640.

Congratulations to our students for their great success in these University of Minnesota courses!  A big thanks to all of their teachers and school staff who have supported them throughout their school careers.  A big thanks to their families who have taught and supported them along the way!  Finally, a thank you to our College in the Schools teachers who have prepared, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, to teach these rigorous courses in our school!

Go Cardinals!

John Wollersheim



Volunteers are needed to help with a mailing on Tuesday, October 1st.  We will gather at 10:00 am and welcome all hands.  This opportunity will count toward required volunteer hours.  Contact Sister Mary Margaret at mmurphy2@bacards.org


Dear Parents/Guardians of Bethlehem Academy Students: 

We’d like your feedback!  Please take a few minutes to fill out the 5 question anonymous survey found at this link.  The questions seek your input on big picture questions regarding the environment and value of Catholic education at Bethlehem Academy and Divine Mercy Catholic School.  Your feedback will greatly help us work to make Faribault’s Catholic schools as strong as possible. We look forward to receiving your input!  Please respond to this survey by Friday, October 4. #WEAREBA #TogetherWeFly

No WIN Day, Thursday, October 3

On Tuesday, October 1st - Thursday, October 3rd, Middle School Students will be taking the NWEA MAP exam.  A letter was sent to the homes of middle school students earlier this month, regarding this exam.  As a result, Thursday, October 3rd will be a Regular Day bell schedule (NOT the WIN Day bell schedule) for ALL students.

Special Afternoon (P)M Bus Schedule Friday, October 4

Due to the Faribault Public High School homecoming parade, busses at the end of the day will run on a 2 hour early dismissal schedule.  BA will dismiss at our normal time (2:55 p.m.) on Friday, October 4. We will NOT dismiss early.  If you need to make alternate transportation arrangements for your child or have your student dismissed in time to catch the bus, please communicate with Tammy or Mary in the front office. We want to make sure we can help make this work for you. Thank you!

Public Schools Homecoming Parade

Students who participate in activities at the public schools and wish to participate in the Oct. 4th

Parade must have their parents email us at attendance@bacards.org or leave a message at

507-334-3948 ext. 302.


All parents who wish to volunteer as chaperones for any BA event must be Virtus compliant.  The next local session will be held October 3rd at DMCS from 6:30-9:30pm.  You will need to login and register at Virtus.org. ; Reminders: organization is “St. Paul/Minneapolis”, If a person is employed in any capacity, they are considered “Church personnel” when completing background check information and signing the Code of Conduct.


Homecoming T-shirts Sales: Sept. 23rd – Oct. 1st

Seniors will be selling t-shirts during lunch.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to support the Cardinals while we “Burn the Blossoms!”  See attached order form for all the details.

BA Bash 2019 October 5th, 5:00-8:00pm

Join us @ the Utepils Brewery Taproom Saturday, October 5th, anytime from 5-8pm for this fundraiser on behalf of BA!  Tickets are just $18.65 and include a drink, Panini Pinups food truck discount, and door prize drawing entry. Compete for bragging rights in the growler toss, take a chance on a Mystery Box, donate and ring the Utepils bell. Enjoy locally brewed Belgian-style beer, mingle with friends, or hang out by the patio fire pit (pets welcome!). Invite your friends and join us for a fun night in the Cities in support of BA!  Get your tickets here or text bashtix to 507-200-3177.  See attached flyer for more information.

Homecoming Week 2019, October 7th-11th

Click here for details. There will be theme days and activities throughout the week!


October 12th 

Dig out your favorite costume and sign up for Spooktacular 2019!  Students, parents, and friends are encouraged to participate in this Halloween-themed event.  Sign up for the Kids Race, 1-mile walk or 5k run.  Student participants earn a VIP pass and entry in weekly prize drawings.  Info and pledge sheets can be found on our website; click here for race registration.

Info sheets and pledge forms were given to students this week.  Find extras on our website. Also, new this year: the DAD’S DASH!!! See the website for more information.

Halloween Trunk or Treat October 31

Our biggest community event of the year is just around the corner! Join us for trick or treating or sign up to host a trunk. Last year 1000 kids trick or treated from decorated car/truck trunks in the BA/DMCS parking lots & joined us for a free hot dog dinner. Save the date for October 31 from 4-6pm for this great event!

BA Open House & Shadow Days, Nov. 5th

Share your love for BA and ask all students and families interested in BA to save the date for our fall open house, Thursday, November 14, 2019! All are welcome. Shadow days start November 5, 2019. Invite prospective students and families to sign up for a shadow day and/or school tour here.


Be an ambassador for America and become a host family for a student from Buenos Aires, Argentina!  Becoming a host family is easy, rewarding, and builds life-long friendships.  All you need to do is keep being a typical American family and provide room, board, and transportation to and from Bethlehem Academy (you’ll receive a stipend to help offset costs).  Students will be in Faribault from January 6 - February 8, 2020 and want to experience America and improve their English.  Contact Kris at ksauer@bacards.org for more information.


NACA MN College Fair 2019: October 2nd and 3rd

The annual National College Fair will be held on October 2nd and 3rd at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  This college fair is free for students and families and offers students the opportunity to connect with over 400 colleges and universities around the country.  The college fair will take place on October 2nd from 9:00-12:00 and 5:00-8:00, as well as October 3rd from 9:00-12:00.  Students in grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend with their families.  Students can register here.  Please contact Jacob Schuman with any questions.

Middle School Youth Ministry 

Middle School--Edge

6th-8th grade

Wednesdays, Oct. 2-April 22

6:00-7:30 pm. at DMCS Gym

Edge is a fun, energetic ministry for middle school youth to grow closer to Christ!  Learn about your faith, while you hang out with friends, enjoy open-gym time and fun games.  There's time for small groups and prayer to really go deeper with God. Add Bowling, Sledding, Pizza Parties & Service Nights to the list--it's so great!

To register go to divinemercy.cc/middle-school

For more information contact: Angela Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com or

Nick Weiers at nweiers@gmail.com


Confirmation classes will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd.  Classes are open

to students in grades 8-11.  Please get your registration materials into the DMCC Faith Formation Office as soon as possible.  If you have questions please contact Terri Hunt at thunt@divinemercy.cc.


Student Directories

The 2019-2020 Student Directories are available in the main office to those students who have paid their Home and School dues.

Homework Club:

Available Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in Room 204.  Homework Club provides a quiet place where any BA student can do homework and get help.

Mass Days – Dress Code

Please remind your child to dress appropriately on Mass Days.  Mass Days are as follows: Friday, Oct. 4th, Wed. Oct. 9th & Fri. Oct. 25th.

Attendance Tips

If your child will be out sick, you can email us at attendance@bacards.org or leave a message at

507-334-3948 ext. 302.  If your child needs to leave early for an appointment, please have them stop in the office before school to receive a pass.

Note from the Nurse…

Reminder to turn in your medication form.  Families MUST provide their own Tylenol, Ibuprofen & cough drops.


A reminder that Bethlehem Academy is a closed campus for lunch.  Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.  Students should also not be having fast food delivered to them for lunch.  Since BA participates in the Federal Lunch program, students are not permitted to bring food from outside vendors nor pop into the cafeteria during lunch periods.  Any food delivered for students in after school activities will be held in the main office until end of the day dismissal.



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