September 11, 2019

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your many blessings.
Thank you for the lives we have been graciously given,
and help us to use our limited time for good.
Help us to pursue our lives to their fullest.
Remind us that living for you is the only path to true fulfillment.
In the News
Red Knight Frankie Lynch '20 Voted as MileSplit MN Runner of the Week
Congratulations to BSM's Frankie (Peter) Lynch '20 who was voted as MileSplit MN Runner of the Week after taking first place at all three Cross Country meets he's participated in this season. Frankie took home the top spot at the Maple Lake Invitation, the Ron Kretsch Invitational this past weekend, and the Montgomery Invitational with a time of 15:57, making him the 5th fastest Red Knight Cross Country runner of all time. Way to go, Frankie! Read the full article.

BSM's Taylor Williams '21 Making Waves!
BSM Swimmer Taylor Williams ‘21 is making WAVES! Taylor was recently named in the Star Tribune's "Top 10 Individuals to Watch” list for the upcoming swim season, and drew eyes at the first meet of the year when she broke the pool record & BSM’s school record in the 100 fly with a time of 57.80. Taylor also made the list for the Scholastic All-American team for the second year in a row. Congratulations, Taylor! Read more.
All School News

Walk in your Child's Footsteps at Knight School This Evening!

All Red Knight parents/ guardians are encouraged to attend Knight School TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Student schedules can be picked up in the Great Hall. Knight School is a wonderful opportunity for parents/ guardians to experience their child’s daily school routine at BSM. They will have the chance to meet teachers and fellow parents, hear about the school year, and ask questions during each of the mini-classes. “School” will be dismissed at 9 p.m. with homework assignments for parents to continue
as an active participant in their child’s education.

Last Chance to Purchase BSM Auction/Gala Tickets at a Discount!
Benilde-St. Margaret’s annual auction/gala, A Knight for All Seasons, is a fundraising event that directly benefits BSM students through classroom updates, curriculum improvements, and tuition assistance. We're excited to announce this year’s theme is Celebrate our IncREDible Knights. The event will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest on Saturday, November 9 and 
includes a silent auction, live auction, dinner, and a program. Please join us at BSM’s largest community event for an evening of fun and fellowship. You can make a difference in the lives of our students today! Early bird tickets are available until the end of the day today, Wednesday, September 11. Buy your tickets now!

Late Start on September 12, 2019 (Excluding Grade 11)
There are seven scheduled "Late Starts" on the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.  Late Starts are days when the first class begins at 9 a.m. Typically these days are used to provide professional development time for our faculty and staff. Buses run on a one hour late schedule on these mornings while afternoon bus and dismissal times remain the same. 

Host a Student from Japan for a Week
Students ages 16 & 17 from our Japan sister school, Kaisei Gakuin, are returning to BSM this fall for a one week visit. This will be their 11th annual trip to Minnesota! Students will arrive on Wednesday, October 2 and depart Wednesday, October 9, 2019. While here, they need a place to stay! Consider being a host family for a student and earn a $100 cash stipend as well as an appreciation for a new culture! This opportunity is open to ALL BSM families! Host families are not required to go to the airport as BSM provides pickup and drop off along with daytime activities planned around your child's BSM schedule. Slots to host are limited, so contact Tom and Sue Haeg by email: or phone/text: 612-940-3351 now to be part of this special partnership!

Behind the Shield, President's Blog: BSM's Secret Ingredient
In this year's first edition of Behind the Shield, Dr. Adam Ehrmantraut talks about BSM's vast geographic reach and the "secret ingredient" that brings students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of BSM together.

Important Back-to-School Directory Information
Our Benilde-St. Margaret’s School Directory is a valuable resource for our families, and you have a chance to be a part of it! It is a great asset to have school contacts and information at your fingertips, and by giving you your own printed all school directory, we feel you will be able to engage and connect quickly to others in the BSM community.
Our exclusive directory presents local businesses with a great advantage throughout the year. Because you are a Benilde St. Margaret’s School family, your business has priority ad placement. If you have a business or work for a company that would like to be a part of helping our school fund many of our programs throughout the year, consider advertising in BSM's directory. This also allows you to communicate your company's message. Placement is on a first come first serve basis, and spaces fill quickly. If you or anyone you know would like to place an ad in the BSM 2019-2020 directory, please email Jodi Rankin at or 952-641-7100 x 101. It will be distributed complimentary to every family and faculty/staff member in our school.

We look forward to distributing our annual directory and allowing you and your family to stay connected all school year long.

National Honor Society Tutoring
NHS provides on-campus tutoring for any BSM student requesting help. To request an NHS tutor, please use the following protocol:
  • Students wishing to receive tutoring should fill out a tutor request form online:  (NOTE: Student must be logged in to BSM account to access form!)
  • NHS will then match up the student with an NHS member who is proficient in the requested subject area(s).
  • The tutor and the student will meet and arrange time(s) to work together. The amount of tutoring received will depend on the student’s needs. Times and places for tutoring will be arranged personally between the student and his/her assigned tutor.
Please encourage your students who need extra help to contact us, and remember that NHS tutoring is for ALL Red Knights, both senior high and junior high.

Spring Break in Spain 2020
This amazing trip is 9 days and will take place from March 20-28, 2020 during our break. The cost is about $4,200 and includes hotels, most meals, travel, transportation, and a 24-hour guide. 

Highlights include Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and an authentic paella dinner. In addition, we will visit Córdoba and tour an Islamic mosque that was once a Jewish temple and also a Catholic church. That will lead to Granada and the seat of the Spanish monarchs, Isabel and Ferdinand, with a final stop if Madrid to see the Prado museum, dance flamenco, check out a bull ranch, and tour the world-famous Plaza Mayor. 

Meeting is on Wednesday September 18th at 6pm in the Atrium. Applications and deposits are due on September 30th.

See Sr. Luna Martin (room 209) or Sra. Murray (room 140) for more information.

Connect with BSM on Social Media
If you don't already, we invite you to follow us on social media! Each day, we celebrate our community and share Red Knights' photos, stories, and news on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages! If you have an exciting story you think we should highlight, email your idea and photo(s) to us. We are #BSMproud of our amazing Red Knights, and we can't wait for another wonderful year of storytelling ahead!

Upcoming Events 
  • September 11: Knight School, 6:30 p.m.
  • September 12: Block Day Late Start (Grade 11 8 a.m. start. All other grades 9 a.m.)
  • September 25: Homecoming Mass, 9:20 a.m. | Homecoming Powderpuff, 7 p.m.
  • September 26: Block Day Late Start, 9 a.m.
  • September 27: Athletic Hall of Fame, 10 a.m. | Homecoming BBQ, 4:30 p.m. | Homecoming Game, 7 p.m.
  • September 28: Homecoming Dance, 8 p.m.
  • October 2: Regular Block Day
  • October 3: Regular Block Day
  • October 4: Grandparents Day
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Senior High
12th Grade Moms' Night Out!
Join other moms of 12th graders for an evening out, Wednesday, September 18, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Loop - West End (5331 West 16th Street St. Louis Park). This casual, fun night is a great way to meet other moms and celebrate your seniors. Stay for the entire event, or just stop by for a few minutes and say hello. No need to RSVP.  Any questions?  Please contact the hosts: Colleen Carden ( & Kirsten Baker (

National Honor Society Selection 2019-2020
This year's NHS candidates will soon be busy organizing their candidate files for submission to the NHS Faculty Council for evaluation.  Letters for prospective NHS candidates were mailed to eligible BSM juniors and seniors the week before school started.

All candidate materials are due to Mr. Epler by Friday, September 20. The Faculty Council will then evaluate the candidates and make selections for membership based on the criteria enumerated on the NHS web page. Selection will be finalized the week of October 14-18; candidates should look for a letter in the mail by the end of that week.

Yearbook Baby Ads & Senior Photos

NEW this year – ads will be created BY YOU online at – click here for more information. Due: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

It is a tradition for the yearbook staff to offer parents of seniors space in the yearbook to display a baby picture and a message to their seniors. This is a wonderful opportunity to express how much your son or daughter means to you. Due to strict yearbook deadlines we will not be able to accept late entries. 

Please DO NOT email baby ad submissions to the BSM yearbook staff.

Guidance and College Counseling

2019-20 SAT Test Dates


2019-20 ACT Test Dates
        You must list BSM’s school code, 242-202, when registering for these exams.

Upcoming College Fairs & Information Sessions in the Twin Cities
  • Performing Arts and Visual Arts College Fair at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.
  • Groves Academy LD/ADHD College Fair at the Doubletree by Hilton–1500 Park Pl. Blvd., Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
  • National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 5 - 8 p.m.
For Parents of Seniors and Juniors: For Parents of Juniors:
  • All juniors are required to attend a meeting with BSM’s counselors at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 12. Please note, this is a late start school day for all other students, but juniors are required to be at BSM by 8 a.m. for the meeting.
  • All BSM Juniors will be taking the PSAT (practice test for SAT) on Wednesday, October 16, at BSM. You should have received a letter from BSM’s Guidance and College Counselors with information about the PSAT.
For Parents of Freshmen:
  • The transition to senior high is an important and exciting time for freshmen. The counselor’s role is to help support your student in that transition both academically and socially. The counselors will be meeting individually with every ninth grade student this fall, and they will invite you to attend this meeting as well. Your attendance is welcome and encouraged, but not required. The counselors will send an email message in October with more information about these meetings that will take place in November. The counselors are available to you throughout the school year through email, telephone, or in person meetings. Click here for contact information.

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Junior High

Junior High Activities Committee Meeting

All junior high parents/guardians are welcome to attend our first Junior High Parent Association Activities Committee meeting. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the fun activities we have planned for the junior high! Please come to our first meeting, Tuesday, September 17, 8 – 9 a.m. in the Library Conference Room. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

7th Grade Moms' Night Out!
Join other moms of 7th graders for an evening out, Wednesday, September 25, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Local – West End (1607 Park Place Blvd, St. Louis Park). This casual, fun night is a great way to meet other moms and make new friendships. Stay for the entire event, or just stop by for a few minutes and say hello. No need to RSVP.  Any questions?  Please contact the hosts: Cindy Ehlen ( or Jennifer Brixius (

Parent Orientation Materials
On Monday, August 26, Principal Mortl delivered the following presentation on the BSM junior high culture, including a deeper dive into school discipline and our advisory program. If you were unable to attend the presentation, please review the materials. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Principal Rikki Mortl .

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Athletics & Activities

BSM Fishing Team Adult Volunteers Needed

Nearly 80 students showed interest in BSM's Fishing Club at last week's Activities Fair! In order to sustain the team, additional adult volunteers are needed to help coordinate equipment orders and collect payments; organize group events, social activities, and fundraising opportunities; lend boats and accompany students during tournaments as boaters; and photograph events. Contact Brian Weedman if you are able to support the BSM Fishing Team in some way! 

Fall Sports are Underway

Good luck to our Red Knight student-athletes as they kick-off their fall seasons! We hope you will find some time to come cheer them on this season. Click here for game times and more Red Knight highlights.
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Parent Association
Homecoming BBQ
The BSM Community is invited to attend our annual pregame Homecoming BBQ Friday, September 27, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Haben Plaza. All are welcome to attend! Price per person is $10. Click here to order tickets!

For financial assistance, please contact Shané Sisco at (952)767-3121 or by email at

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming BBQ
The Homecoming BBQ committee is looking for volunteers Friday, September 27, 4:15 - 6:30 p.m. It’s a fun night to be on the Haben Plaza! Click here to sign up.

Knightsbridge 2019
Save the Date! Knightsbridge 2019 is Saturday, November 16! This annual free upscale shopping event is open to the public and features posh clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods, home goods and more! Only a few coveted merchant spaces remain. If you know of an amazing merchant or want to join us in planning, please contact the Knightsbridge Team. For more information, click here

Prayer and Share
Join us in the chapel Tuesday, September 24, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for informal spiritual reflection, prayer, and conversation. No RSVP necessary!

Prayer Line
The BSM Prayer Line is emailed to members who commit to praying for, at their own convenience, the confidential intentions of the BSM community. To become a member or request an intention please click here
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Spirit Shop
Spirit Shop
Open Tonight During Knight School
For your convenience, the Spirit Shop will be open during Knight School on September 11, from 6:15-9:15 p.m. Stop by between periods or during your student's free hour for all your Red Knight fan gear and accessories. We have many new items, and we would love to see you!

Hours: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on regular school days

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