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Family Focus 4/16/2021

date 04/20/2021 author Kris Sauer category April 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

April 16, 2021

Dear BA Families:

I am pleased to report that Mrs. Reeder's surgery went well and she is resting at home. Your continued prayers for her recovery are greatly appreciated.

    BABS 2021 - DENIM & DIAMONDS THANK YOU! Thank you to all the donors, supporters, participants, and volunteers who made BABS 2021 a success! I am pleased to report that so far BABS has brought in $102,886, including $45,916 from the auctions, raffles, and games and $56,970 for our Fund-A-Need (FAN). That is enough in FAN donations to purchase all needed security cameras and 11 new SMART Boards for our classrooms. Our goal is to raise enough to purchase SMART Boards for all 18 of our classrooms. You can watch the video here and donate directly to this year's Fund-A-Need here. Please help if you can, and thank you for helping us raise the dollars needed to continue to empower our students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual, and academic excellence here at Bethlehem Academy!

    Upcoming schedule: 

    • April 21: Administrative Professional Day - say thank you to our front office staff!
    • April 23: HS Mass Day
    • April 26-28: MS MAP Testing
    • May 1: Prom 2021
    KUDOS: To all our staff and parent volunteers who helped make BABS 2021 possible, including BA seniors Zackary Bartness and Maci Bongers, who produced our Fund-A-Need video. (A video which, according to our auctioneer, Glen Fladeboe, is one of the best he's ever seen!) 


    • 2021-22 Financial Aid Update: We will be working on financial awards in the next few weeks. Students must be enrolled for next year for aid to be allocated. If you haven't already, please complete enrollment in FACTS and respond to any emails from TADS requesting financial aid application documents or additional information, as we cannot review/assess incomplete applications. Contact Kris Sauer if you have questions or need assistance with this process. 
    • Earn Tuition Credit - Summer Student Workers Needed: We still have openings in our summer student work program. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks of work and all earnings are credited towards tuition. Contact Barb Johnson to sign up. 

    BA Annual Fund: THANK YOU-what a blessing! We are at $246,878. 98.7% of our goal of $250,000. Gifts to the annual fund can be sent through June 30, 2021 - perhaps we will surpass our goal thanks to prayers and support this year!

    FINISHING THE YEAR STRONG/COVID UPDATES: As we approach the end of the school year, we ask your assistance in remaining vigilant in upholding COVID safety protocols. We've seen an uptick in students and family members who have been asymptomatic but tested postive for COVID, and numbers in Rice County are also going up as COVID variants take hold. Please help us keep students healthy and in school the rest of the year by:

    • Staying home if sick; contact the attendance line with info & symptoms;
    • If your student or member of your household is getting tested for COVID, your student should stay home and isolate until you receive and provide a copy of test results to the office;
    • Consistently wear a mask, continue to social distance from others - and please ask your students to do so as well.

    At this time, we have 1 positive case among school students and/or staff. Any confirmed or exposed school members are quarantined. All interested staff have received the vaccine. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning as well as the 10 day quarantine. Please see links to additional COVID resources below:

    Please pray: For Mrs. Reeder and all members of our community dealing with cancer, including Ella Banon, younger sister to BA 8th grader Barak Barner.

    John Wollershim, Assistant Principal

    Parents Volunteers Sought for Mr. Gardner Open House
    Calling all band parents/guardians! Scot Gardner has served Bethlehem Academy as the band director for 44 years. During his tenure, he has touched the lives of thousands of students, building their confidence, inspiring them with his love of music, and inviting them to strive for excellence both in their music and in life. To celebrate Scot, Cassie Kratt is seeking parents volunteers to help plan a retirement open house during the early summer of 2021. Please email if you are interested in honoring Scot in this special way. Thank you! 

    School Store!
    Need BA facemasks or car clings? Missed out on buying the cool wrought iron planters on our BABS silent auction?!? We've set up an online school store for these items and more! Click here to purchase these great items! Coming soon: BA polo shirts!

    Fair Stand Manager Needed
    BA parent team sought to run the BA Cardinal Cafe fair stand July 21-25, 2021, at the Rice County Fair. Tuition reduction and training from the retiring managers provided. Contact Kris Sauer for more information.

    Student Summer Workers NEEDED!! 
    Our summer student work program is back! Interested high school students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email
    Barb Johnson with the names of your students. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA & DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21/hour. All earnings will be credited to their tuition account

    Summer Football and Girls Basketball & Volleyball Camps 
    BA will be hosting a number of camps this summer. Football camps are open to students in Grades 4-12, with a passing camp open to varsity players. Girls basketball and volleyball camps are open to girls in grades 2-8. Click here for information on all our summer sports camps.


    ACT Aspire make up testing will take place the last week of April. ACT has informed us that we will have scores sometime in July. We will keep you posted as we learn more. To learn more about the test, visit

    PROM: Prom will be held May 1, 2021. Attendees should plan to wear masks for most of the evening. Prom will be hosted in our gymnasium, with the Grand March at 5pm and the dinner and dance from 6-9:45pm. Please note new end time to accommodate fireworks display at the parent-planned Post Prom event. Grand March guests: BA seniors who attend Prom are allowed 4 guests each. BA juniors who attend Prom are allowed 2 guests each. This is per BA student, not per couple. Non-BA student attendees do not have a Grand March guest allotment. (For example: 2 BA seniors attend together=8 Grand March guests; 1 BA junior + 1 outside guest = 2 guests, etc.). Students should provide their guest names to Tammy Anderson by Thursday, April 29. More details to follow early next week.

    Scheduled AP exams begin at BA on Monday, May 3rd through Thursday, May 13. See attached letter for exam dates and what students should and should not bring to the AP exam. 

    GRADE 10/11: PSEO Update
    PSEO Student Registration: Deadline May 31st, no exceptions. More information about what PSEO is can be found here on the BA website. If your student is interested in PSEO, they must set up an appointment with Ms. Rogers to discuss their options; apply to their selected college’s PSEO program; email Ms. Rogers a completed Notice of Student Registration form and a transcript request, OR meet with Ms. Rogers a second time. If emailed, must be sent before noon on 05/31.

    JUNIORS: Upcoming ACT Test Dates
    Register here! for the June 12 exam (sign up deadline: May 7; late signup deadline: May 21). 

    College Visit Info
    Virtual College Night Event Week of April 19

    BA Students have been invited to a Virtual college night event! With the ongoing challenges of holding in-person College Fairs, the school/college counseling staff from Catholic high schools in the metro area have teamed up to deliver exciting programming for students and families the week of April 19, 2021. These events will include live, virtual sessions with admission representatives from a variety of colleges and universities with a different theme each night. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. with recordings available later. Registration for these events is free, yet necessary to secure a spot, due to limited capacity. 

    SENIORS: Faribault Sertoma Club Scholarship
    The Faribault Sertoma Club is offering two $1500 scholarships for post secondary education. The recipients of the scholarships will best personify Sertoma's motto, "Service to Mankind". Deadline is April 30. 

    SENIORS: Grad Party List
    A reminder to please email Class of 2021 grad party details (date, time, location, menu) to Barb Johnson for the master class grad party list.  

    SENIORS: Faribault Daily News Graduation Section-May 6 Deadline
    The Faribault Daily News will again publish its annual special section featuring area high school graduates. There is also a special online version where seniors can create and personalize a page of their own to share with friends and family. Graduates or their parents may submit a photo (at least 1MB, vertical and preferably pictured from the waist up) and information on the Daily News website at It is free; the deadline for graduate submissions is May 6. For more information, contact Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134 or


    Guatemala Mission Trip Info Night April 19
    Interested high school students and their parents should plan to attend this introductory session held April 19 at 6pm in the St. Faustina Commons. Email Anna at with questions.

    Faribault Golf Course: Kitchen Workers

    Faribault Golf Course is seeking 3 part-time line cooks (1-2+ years’ experience) to start the golf season. Pay depends on experience and availability. Call or send resumes to Chef Patty LeBeau at or call 612-701-7190.

    Tri-Star Manufacturing: Assembly Work
    Student workers sought for summer assembly work at Tri-Star Manufacturing in Kasson. Contact Peggy Sheldon at 507-331-4347 if interested.

    AP Exam Dates & Information

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