April 5, 2017
In our waking and arising
be the first thought that enters our head.
In our eating and drinking
be the first thought that enters our head.
In our walking and journeying
be the first thought that enters our head.
In our working and serving
be the first thought that enters our head.
In our sowing and harvesting
be the first thought that enters our head.
In our rejoicing and sorrowing
be the first thought that enters our head.
In our resting and sleeping
be the first thought that enters our head.

All School News

Last Open House of the School Year - Spread the Word!
Save the date for our last Open House of the school year, Thursday, April 20, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. If you know of any friends, relatives or coworkers looking for a Catholic, college preparatory school experience, please have them register here. Walk-ins are accepted as well. In addition to our Open Houses, they can also schedule a tour or visit, click here to learn more. Word of mouth continues to be one of the most effective ways to connect with future Red Knights. Thank you for your continued support!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Be sure to mark your calendar, Friday, April 7, 1:30 - 6 p.m., for the spring Parent/Teacher Conferences in the Haben Center. Students' schedules will be printed and ready to pick-up in the main lobby. 

The newest edition of the BSM Literary Arts Magazine, Apotheosis is here! Apotheosis is published annually and is intended to highlight outstanding art, music, film and writing. Pieces are selected by a jury of student editors. The magazine typically features about 40 artists and writers, not to mention the dedicated work and selection by our six-member editorial board.

Upcoming Events 
  • April 7 - Early Dismissal (Noon) for Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:30 - 6 p.m.)
  • April 14 - Good Friday (No School)
  • April 17 - Easter Monday (No School)
  • April 26 - Block Day Event: Mass
  • April 27 - Block Day Late Start
  • May 18 - Day of Giving
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Senior High
11th Grade Moms' Night Out
Attention 11th grade moms, save the date for Wednesday, April 19, 7 - 9:30 p.m., bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. Host: Jane Gregory at her home. 5505 Knoll Drive, Edina. Contact Jane at (952) 933-2640 with questions.

12th Grade Moms' Night Out 
Attention 12th grade moms, save the date for Thursday, April 6, 7 - 9:30 p.m., bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. Hosts: Teri Dewey and Sheila Jones at Teri's home. 4832 Sheridan Ave. S, Minneapolis. Contact Teri (612) 327-5588 or Sheila (612) 801-8214 with questions.

Senior High Dads' Night Out
Attention senior high dads, save the date for Wednesday, April 26, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Hosts: Kevin Conway and Mark Vitelli at Punch Bowl Social in West End. 1691 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis. Contact Mark at (612) 558-9302 with questions.

Register Today for Senior Party
Early bird registration ends Friday, April 14. Time is limited to take advantage of early bird registration pricing for the Senior Party. Through April 14, registration is $125/student. After that date, the cost of registration will increase to $135/student. If cost prohibits your senior from attending, please contact Assistant Principal Mary Andersen for assistance. Questions about the party? Contact Co-Chairs Deb Shields or Kristine Carlston.

Parents of Seniors
On Monday, May 1, the alumni relations department will host a senior/alumni breakfast in the Great Hall. Two-three alums will be seated with six-eight seniors. This event is a great opportunity for seniors to talk with graduates about their journey after leaving Benilde-St. Margaret's. It is designed to help seniors understand they are joining a larger network of people who support them and want to help them succeed. During breakfast, there will hopefully be conversation about college experiences, fields of study, internships, interviewing and job experiences. We would like to have parents of seniors help with the breakfast. The time commitment is 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. and involves set-up, serving and clean-up. If you are able to help please click here to sign up.
Guidance and College Counseling

Registration Deadlines for Upcoming SAT and ACT Tests

SAT & Subject Tests: Saturday, May 6 - Deadline is Friday, April 7
SAT & Subject Tests: Saturday, June 3 - Deadline is Tuesday, May 9
ACT: Saturday, June 10 - Deadline is Friday, May 5
  • For a complete listing of SAT and ACT deadlines for the 2016-2017 school year, and to register for SAT click here and ACT click here.   
  • Use BSM’s school code, 242-202, when registering for these exams.
College Fair
BSM will host a College Fair Tuesday, April 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Haben Center. All juniors are required to attend as a part of their Building Your Future portfolio, and all other BSM students and parents are welcome to attend. Approximately 125 college and university representatives will be available to talk with prospective students and parents (click here to see a full list of colleges attending). They will answer questions about the college admissions process and provide information about their particular college or university.

U.S. Service Academy Information Night
Congresswoman Betty McCollum is hosting a spring U.S. Service Academy Information night Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Mounds View High School in their auditorium. Speakers will include representatives from the US Air Force Academy, the US Merchant Marine Academy, the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy. Academy materials, summer session and nomination forms will be available. The session is open to anyone interested in attending an academy and does not require registration.

Parents of Juniors
The required Building Your Future college and career portfolios, which includes assignments and required attendance at the BSM College Fair Tuesday, April 25, are due in the college and career center by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Juniors will receive half a credit and a passing grade on their transcript for the portfolio, and this is a graduation requirement. If students need help with any of the assignments, they should ask one of the counselors. Also, there are several sample portfolios available to look at in the college and career center. Portfolios will be graded based on what is turned in and grades will not be negotiated. Juniors will earn part of their total portfolio points from attending the College Fair on Tuesday, April 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Haben Center.
College Reminders for Parents for Seniors
  1. Scholarships: Be mindful of scholarship deadlines. There are still many scholarship opportunities that can be found in the “scholarship list” or the “National Scholarship Search” under the “colleges” tab in your Naviance account. Other websites with scholarship searches can be found here, here and here.
  2. Housing Deposits: The housing deposit is different than an enrollment deposit. Once admitted, or in some cases before you find out an admission decision (larger campuses), you should submit your housing deposit to secure a room. Students may submit housing deposits at more than one college. Note that the housing deposit is often refundable before May 1. Read all of the e-mails (remember to check your junk mail frequently) and letters sent to you from each of your colleges, and look on their website and/or call the admissions office or residence life office with any housing-related questions.
  3. Contact the colleges you will not be attending: If you know that you will not be attending a college that you have been admitted to, please contact that college's admissions office (by phone or by e-mail) to let them know that you will not be attending. Contacting colleges now, or as early as possible, allows them to make better decisions about whether they can admit students who have been deferred or waitlisted.

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Junior High

8th Grade Moms' Night Out 

Attention 8th grade moms, save the date for Thursday, April 20, 7 - 9:30 p.m. The evening is hosted by Lisa Lenhart-Murphy at Punch Bowl Social in West End 1691 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis. Contact Lisa at (612) 518-0734 with questions.

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Athletics & Activities

Register for a BSM Summer Camp

Join us for a summer of fun at BSM! Register for ​one of our many Summer Camps. Online registration is now available. For more information on camps, contact Athletic/Activities Director Jerry Pettinger 952-915-4346.

Socialize and Shop with BSM Moms 
Socialize and shop with BSM moms, and support BSM girls lacrosse! Please mark your calendars for a private shopping event at Evereve in Wayzata, Wednesday, April 12, 6 - 9 p.m. Wine (for adults over 21) and cheese will be served, and 15% of total purchases will be paid directly to BSM girls lacrosse to support off-season training costs. Grab your friends, come and refresh your closet for spring and give the girls a great start to the season!

Tennis Team Fundraiser
Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Benilde-St. Margaret's tennis team. Come in to the Chipotle at 3040 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis Wednesday, April 19, 5 - 8 p.m. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Benilde-St. Margaret's tennis team.
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Parent Association
Prayer and Share
Please join us in the BSM Chapel for Prayer and Share Wednesday, April 12, 9 - 10 a.m. Prayer and Share is an informal gathering of parents who meet to provide spiritual support for the BSM community. We begin with a scripture reading and take time to pray about, reflect on and discuss both specific and universal issues in our children's lives and our community. First timers always welcome!

Just For Parents
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. to attend the annual Senior Panel presentation by BSM seniors, facilitated by Dr. Kahn. In the past, this has been a "can't miss" program. The seniors will share their perspective on academic pressure, sports, college applications, dating, weekends, alcohol, drugs and getting along with parents. Just For Parents meets in the library conference room. There will be light refreshments served.

Garage Sale Drop-Offs at Conferences
Bring your donation drop-offs during parent-teacher conferences Friday, April 7, 1:30 − 6 p.m. A cart will be placed in the Haben Center lobby to accept your new and gently-used items. We will also take donations Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.− Noon at Door 15, at the NE corner of BSM off Parkwoods Road. Note: We are now able to accept large-item drop offs, such as bikes and furniture by appointment. Contact Leslie Wille at (612) 804-5764. Please email pictures of any upholstered furniture donations for pre-approval. Learn more here.

BSM Treasure Hunt Garage Sale Now on Social Media
To stay updated on volunteer/donation opportunities and event details check out the event’s new social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.

HoneyBaked Ham Easter Gift Card Promotion Ends this Week!
Purchase HoneyBaked Ham Gift Cards for Easter and help BSM with 20% of all sales going to support our school. Use HoneyBaked Gift Cards to shop online, order from the catalog, or go to any location nationwide. To buy your gift cards click herePlease allow one week for delivery by mail. Encourage your friends and relatives to participate as well! If you have any questions, please contact Parent Association representative Youa Smith and thank you for your support!
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Spirit Shop
Mobile Kiosk Open During Conferences
The Spirit Shop will be open for business during conferences. There will also be a rack of spirit wear on sale in the hall, Friday, April 7, 1:30 - 6 p.m. Stop by and get something new for spring!

Spirit Shop hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on school days.

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