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Family Focus 5/28/21

date 06/28/2021 author Kris Sauer category May 2021 comment Leave a comment

May 28, 2021

Dear BA Families:

This week we saluted our seniors, honored students with end of year recognition, crowned Mary and said farewell to three BA staff legends! It certainly is a week of celebration and tradition and I am blessed to share in all of these festivities for the first time this year as your President/Principal. A 156-year legacy of excellence in Catholic education, Bethlehem Academy gives students a foundation for life. Thank you to all of our parents, families, supporters and alumni who partnered with us this year to endure and succeed despite the many challenges. Thank you for giving your child the gift of Catholic education. WE ARE BLESSED!

As we prepare for the next school year, I am excited to introduce you to four new staff joining our team for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please welcome:

Father John Powers: Father John grew up in Northeast Minneapolis with his sister, and parents, Marge and Mike Powers. He attended St. John’s University, studying history, and graduated in 2009. He entered the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained in 2015. He has served at various locations and will now be assigned to Holy Trinity in Waterville, St. Andrew’s in Elysian and Bethlehem Academy where he will teach a middle school theology class. Father John looks forward to getting to know our students and families!

Shane Roessler - Counselor: Mrs. Roessler is an experienced counselor with over 20 years of service. She lives in Waseca with her husband and two daughters. She will be supporting our students as our new guidance counselor beginning in the fall. "I would have to say that I am most excited to begin working with a great group of students who are striving to be the best they can be and helping out the world around them."

Edward Wendt, Jr. – Band Teacher: Mr. Wendt, Jr. comes to BA band from Totino-Grace Fine Arts Academy. He has organized drum lines, directed jazz and pep bands and organized band trips to St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. "I want my students and future students to have experiences like these that they will remember for the rest of their lives. These experiences are what I hope to bring to the classroom when teaching band for Bethlehem Academy!"

In addition, Rachel Tondryk has accepted the Spanish teaching position. She previous taught at both St. Dominic's and Benilde-St. Margaret's. She has a graduate degree in World Languages and Cultures. Watch for her bio and photo over the summer!


  • May 31: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
  • June 1-2: High School Final Exams, no early release for MS or HS
  • June 2: Last Day of School, regular dismissal
  • June 12: Scot Gardner retirement celebrated hosted by the Gardner Family and BA; 12-2pm, BA Back 40
  • June 19: Heritage Days Parade - Families, join us to celebrate Faribault Catholic Schools!
  • July 23-27: JOIN US AT THE FAIR! Watch for volunteer opportunities for all of our activities, athletes and grade levels!
  • July 29-31: SMART Ride - Join us to raise scholarship dollars!
  • August 6: Cardinal Classic Golf Tournament, Faribault Golf Club. Sign up to play, click here
KUDOS:  To our seniors, teachers, and staff for a remarkable graduation week!

  • Annual Fund: HELP US REACH - $250,000 by June 30, 2021, less than $3,000 left to reach our goal!
  • Cardinal Club Raffle: We will be mailing out invitations to purchase raffle tickets for our Cardinal Club Raffle. Join the fun and support BA as summer begins!
  • BA Fair Stand: We need your support at the Rice County Fair. We want to thank the Simones family for agreeing to manage the stand, but mark your calendars to volunteer - July 21-25, 2021. Shifts and a sign up genius will be announced. We are asking EVERY STUDENT AND FAMILY TO TAKE A SHIFT IN ORDER TO MEET OUR BUDGETARY NEEDS. Thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 2021-22 Tuition Agreements Sent: Financial aid has been awarded and tuition agreements have been sent. Contact Kris Sauer or Sister Mary Margaret if you have questions or concerns regarding your agreement.

May your summer bring joy, may your family find peace and may God bless you during the summer months! Our office will be open from 9-1 p.m. M-Th. Stop in!

Blessings, Mindy Reeder



Order your 2020-2021 YEARBOOK
Have you ordered a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year? Cost is $65. Order yours by the May 29 deadline - see the attached form or order online here. Contact Mr. Zabel if you have any questions. 

School Choice at the Capitol!

The Archdiocese has asked our Catholic school families to help express support for school choice bills presently going on at the MN State Capitol. Click here for more information on the bills and how to express your support. 

2021-2022 Calendar
See attached for next year's BA/DMCS school calendar.

Banon Family Meal Support
Some of tour DMCS/BA families have been offering support to Ella Banon and her family by providing occasional freezer meals. We would like to continue to offer this to the family over the summer as Ella begins chemotherapy in June. If you would like to provide an occasional meal please contact Ellie Wilder or 507-210-9060 as she is coordinating the effort. Thank you!

Host Family Needed for 2021-22
Host family needed for KoAm-sponsored Jiyun (8th grade female from South Korea), arriving next fall. Great cultural exchange, monthly stipend & support provided. Jiyun is sociable, empathetic, proactive, and responsible. She wants to become a good college student with good English skills. Jiyun has a younger brother and loves school, friends, and music. She is excited to come to America and study at BA! Contact Kris Sauer if interested in this great opportunity.

NOTE FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE: Required Immunizations
All students who will be in 7th grade this fall are required by law to have a Tdap (tetanus booster) as well as a meningitis shot. The meningitis shot is the first in a two-shot series which should be completed at 16 years of age. Students who will be in 12th grade are required by law to have a second meningitis shot. Students should have had their first shot in the series before the start of 7th grade. Any students who have conscientious objector forms on file will need to fill out a new form for this fall. If you have any questions or need a conscientious objector form, please contact Mary Herzog in the nurse’s office, 507-334-3948.

BA Employment Opportunities
BA is hiring for a number of positions next year, including an Academic Support High School Position (Part-Time).  Send in your resume and two references to if interested! Other openings include Head Boys Basketball Coach.  Find more information on these positions on our website here

Summer Robotics & Sports Camps @ BA!
All BA/DMCS summer camps are still open - including ROBOTICS and SPORTS!! Options for both high school (robotics, football) and younger students (grades 1-8: robotics, football, basketball, volleyball) available. Click here for information and registration forms for all our summer options!

SMART Ride July 29-31, 2021
Save the date for this summer's SMART ride! Single day biking options available or join all 3 days, with camping at Mankato. This great event raises money for student scholarships! Click
here for information on this great event. 

Cardinal Golf Classic Aug 6
Registration is now open for the annual Cardinal Golf Classic! This year's event will be held at the Faribault Golf Club Friday, August 6 with a scramble format starting at 1pm. Registration just $100 includes golf, awards dinner, gift and hole contests. Sign up your foursome
here today! 

Online School Store Now Open! 
BA facemasks, car clings and polo shirts are now available for purchase on our online school store. Also available are BABS fixed priced items, including wrought iron planters and messenger bags. Click
here to purchase these great items! 

Heritage Days Parade June 19
We are looking for student and parent volunteers to be a part of the BA/DMCS parade float in the Heritage Days parade Saturday, June 19 at 6:15pm! This is a fun way to get a jump start your student’s 2021-2-22 service hours. Email Kris if you can participate.

Robotics & Sports Camps @ BA!
Great summer camp options @ BA, including robotics for both middle and high school students (robotics camp flyer attached). Other options include football, girls volleyball and boys and girls basketball camps. Click here for information and registration forms for all our summer options!


Frozen at the Paradise Center for the Arts
Please come and see Frozen! BA students Monica Wilder, Eva Tutak, Lily Ernste, Anne Azelton, and Avalon Roberts are  in it! Performances June 13, 19, and 20. Find the  link to get tickets here!

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.

Vector Marketing Jobs for Class of 2021
Vector has Customer Sales and Service positions available this summer for seniors. Jobs are flexible full or part time positions. Work from home, $18/hour. For more information or to schedule an interview, please apply online at:

Yearbook Order Form
2021-2022 BA/DMCS School Calendar
MS/HS Robotics Summer Camp Flyer

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105 3rd Ave. SW
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