2019-09-20 Friday Focus

September 20, 2019


Bethlehem Academy Community,

This week we are supporting our football team’s Tackle Cancer efforts at Bethlehem Academy.  Last year Tackle Cancer raised over $348,000 to fight cancer in Minnesota.  This year, the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund partnered with the MFCA to challenge every high school football team to sponsor at least one “Tackle Cancer” night during the months of September and October.  Fans attending the game can make donations toward funding additional cancer research and together we can “Tackle Cancer.”

On Monday, our senior football players honored Blayne Johnson, a DMCS kindergartner and 2-year cancer survivor, presenting her with a cancer football and Tackle Cancer bracelet at a DMCS assembly.  Tuesday, at our home volleyball game, our student section was dressed in pink as a symbol of our school’s support for this cause.  Thursday was a dollar Dress Down Day at school.  We suspended our Dress Code for one day, so that our students could wear pink to school as a sign of our support for the fight against cancer.  All week we have been selling “Tackle Cancer” bracelets in the front office.  Tonight, is the Tackle Cancer football game.  Please join us at Bruce Smith Field tonight at 7 p.m., where we will take on our rival, Medford, in the ‘Battle for the Paddle.” Please wear your pink and give generously towards the fight against cancer.  The game will be broadcast on KDHL AM 920.  See attached flyer for more information on the Tackle Cancer events at tonight’s game.

Go Cardinals!

John Wollersheim

Sign up here to run the Spooktacular Oct. 12th! Participating students will earn a VIP pass good for a free cookie and dress down pass and be entered in weekly drawings. Get the whole family and join us for this day of fun in support of Bethlehem Academy!


Volunteers are needed to help with a mailing the first week of October.  Time can be arranged to fit your schedule.  This opportunity will count toward required volunteer hours.  Contact Sister Mary Margaret at mmurphy2@bacards.org


It’s not too late to join!  Meetings are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00pm in the BA Cafeteria.  The cost to participate is $75.00.


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.


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.


Spirit Fest 2019: Sept. 21st and 22nd at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Please join us for our Parish Festival.  Food, fun and fellowship can be had by all!  Click here for more information.

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, 5-8pm at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis

Join us @ Utepils Brewery October 5th and support BA! Enjoy locally brewed Belgian-style beer in the Taproom, connect with friends and alumni, grab a bite from the Panini Pinups food truck, compete for bragging rights in the Growler Toss, discover what’s in the mystery box, or bring your pet and hang out by the patio fire pit.  Tickets priced at just $18.65 include a drink, food truck coupon, door prize drawing & fun for all! Utepils is a pet and family friendly venue. Tickets available at the door or text bashtix to 507-200-3177 to get your tickets now!

Join other Parents Praying for Catholic Education! 

Let’s cover DMCS and BA – all the teachers, administration, and our own children in prayer each week.  Contact Sarah Croke 507-400-5974 or ascroke@yahoo.com to find out more or to join the Tuesday K-12 Catholic Education Prayer Team!  Start receiving weekly email intentions to pray at home, work, or in the Adoration Chapel.


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, Sept. 27th & 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. 

Box Tops Double Up Month!

Don’t forget to download the new Box Tops app and scan your receipts! Choose Bethlehem Academy as your school of choice and watch the dollars rack up! September is double fall earnings month – and all proceeds go towards our science programs!


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.


Substitute Teachers

We are looking for substitute teachers on an as-needed, on-call basis.  Qualifications include a four-year degree, a teaching license (preferred but not necessary), Virtus training and a background check.  If interested, please contact Tammy at tanderson@bacards.org


(click on hyperlink for more info)


Tackle Cancer Night at home FB Game


DMCC Spirit Fest


Mass Day


MAP Testing, Grades 6-8


Confirmation Classes Start


Student of the Month, 7:15am


Mass Day


BA Bash at Utepils Brewery


Mass Day




Spooktacular Run


MEA Break – No School


Mass Day


Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 9-20-2019.pdf


FHS Coop-Activities-2019-09-23.pdf

BA Middle School Newsletter September 2019.pdf

Homecoming T-shirt Order Form.pdf

Scrip Update September 2019.pdf

4-H Promotional Event.pdf

Ba Tackles Cancer.pdf


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