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Family Focus 10/3/2020

date 10/03/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

Dear BA Families:

Our staff is honored to partner with all of our families. Over the past few weeks we have had an increase in allergies, colds, and strep. As we follow the COVID decision tree, we know that this is hard on our families and our teachers. Your feedback is important. Please know that this challenging time requires our school to follow the executive orders in order to remain with in-person learning. We will work to improve our communication with you as we evaluate how best to proceed with each symptom and the revision of any protocols. AT THIS TIME WE HAVE NO COVID 19 CASESthanks to your support, the work of our staff, and by following protocols. 

This week our Board reviewed our COVID 19 Pandemic Response Plan.We have consulted with the Diocese and our MDH Regional representative to confirm if there are areas within our plan that we can adjust as well as make more clear while ensuring that we are following the mandates required for nonpublic schools. It is our primary goal to keep our students and staff safe while offering in-person learning, and to follow our mission to offer academic excellence and spiritual growth. I understand this personally as my father has Stage IV cancer and I help to care for both of my parents. The Board made recommendations for updating and clarifying our plan. Staff will review as well and our revisions will be complete after MEA. Here are the areas that we are updating:

  • Mask Breaks: Adding mask breaks as our weather cools, which limits opportunities for outdoor learning.
  • Decision Tree: Including the new MDH decision tree that was revised on 8/31/20 (we previously shared this with families and have put on our website, but want to formally add to our plan).
  • Medical Exemptions: Defining and clarifying that BA must follow the mask mandate which includes allowing for medical exemptions where some cannot wear masks. (We do have staff and students who have medical exemptions.) The Diocese did verify that we have to follow the allowance for medical exemptions.
  • WIN for High School Students: During MS Mass Fridays, we do have room for about 30 of our HS students to join us in the balcony for Mass. Students can let their homeroom teacher know if they wish to attend in person. Unfortunately we do not have this space available for MS during HS masses.
  • Overall: We will review our plan to ensure that it meets any further updates while honors both our staff and students. To review our current plan now linked to the mandated mask executive order, please click here.

HOMECOMING & SPOOKTACULAR!We look forward to celebrating Homecoming Week! Please plan to join us online for Homecoming events. Limited tickets for the Homecoming football game are available next Saturday as well. More information on both coming soon. We look forward to celebrating the rich history of BA during Homecoming! We also need every family to participate in Spooktacular and raise $50 a student. You can run in person or virtually on Saturday, Oct. 10. Our goal is to raise $3,000 and have 120 participants. If we reach this goal, our students will earn an early release day. There are additional prizes for individuals and classes, check out the link here.

Upcoming Events:

    • October 5: Senior Retreat
    • October 5-10: Homecoming Week! 
    • October 5, 6, 8: Middle School MAP testing
  • October 8: Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences, 

CLICK HERETO SIGN UP. 

    • October 10:Spooktacular virtual or in-person 5k/1-mile run/walk for Catholic Education. More info here
    • October 13: AP Exam Test Order deadline
  • October 14-16: MEA - No School

Reminders:

  • Wanted: Face Masks, Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes!
  • Feeling Ill? Please keep students and their siblings home. This is part of the safety protocols for COVID. Click here for info and call the attendance line (attendance@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) with the symptoms.

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!

Blessings, 

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL-BA UPDATES 

(See separate sections below for updates specific to high school or middle school)

Homecoming Week October 5-10

With the return of fall sports, Homecoming is back on the schedule for next week. Click here for more information on all the spirit-filled activities! And a dress code reminder: we expect students to remain in neat, clean, modest attire for dress down days. Hats are NOT allowed; leggings are IFthey are under a pair of shorts, dress, long tunic, etc. **Middle school students, please remember Friday is a Mass Day and students should come dressed for Mass. They may change into their “spiritwear” after Mass. 

Spooktacular Oct 10: Sign up today!

Support Catholic education - join us Oct 10 for the BA/DMCS Spooktacular Fun Run. Both virtual and in-person events offered this year. Students are asked to raise $50 through participation or sponsors. LOTS of great incentives, including top fundraiser, top class, and an all-school goal of 120 participants. Use the pledge sheet attached to help your student track their fundraising! In-person race sign up here; virtual race sign up here. First participant drawing held Oct 2.

Bus Safety Video for Faribault Bus Riders

Parents of students riding the Faribault Public Schools bus are asked to view this video from the Minnesota State Patrol on bus safety. Information on bus safety in both English and Spanish are also attached for your reference. 

COVID Testing Site Information

The Symptoms & School Attendance section on our COVID Response Plans page has been updated to include area testing sites, hours, and contact information. Find a copy attached or on the page here

Chess Club

Students interested in building community and learning to play chess should contact Mr. Madden, HS social studies teacher, about a new club forming. All grades and all skill levels welcome. Meetings to be held 3:05-3:55 on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons.

BABS Committee

We are looking forward to another fantastic BABS event April 10, 2021! To make our biggest fundraising and social event of the year a success, we need your help. If you are interested in serving on the BABS Planning Committee, please contact Mrs. Reeder at mreeder@bacards.org. Thank you!

TRUNK OR TREAT Oct 31: Trunks Needed!

The annual BA/DMCS Trunk or Treat will be a drive-by event held at the Rice County Fairgrounds Saturday, October 31, from 4-6pm. Free hot dog dinner included! Sign up to host a trunk here.

Masks

Please remind your student(s) of the importance of bringing a mask with them to school every day. They should have extras in their backpack, their locker, and their car. While we have extras available, we have been going through them faster than anticipated. Thank you!

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

Class of 2021 Senior Retreat Oct 5

A reminder that the Class of 2021 will have a day-long NET Ministry-led retreat Monday, October 5 at Derham Farm/The Barns at Crockers Creek. Please remind students to bring their facemask and to be at BA by 7:30am to get on the bus.

AP Exam Order Deadline: October 13 

Students taking AP courses at BA are required to take the May AP exams. Students not in AP classes are allowed to take the exams if they choose. See attached form for more information and a test order form; contact Ms Rogers with questions.

Jostens Reps @ BA October 20

Josten’s representatives will be meeting with the sophomores (class rings) and seniors (graduation) on October 20 during period 3.

MACAC College Fair-Virtual Options

This year’s Minnesota Association for College Admissions Counseling (MACAC) college fair in Minneapolis will be held online from September 28-October 14. There are a multitude of opportunities for students to register for and attend Zoom presentations about colleges including Riverland, UW-River Falls, Saint Benedict's and more! Sign up for the sessions you are interested in attending, and even if the times don't line up, the sessions will be recorded and available online. MACAC also has day long virtual college fairs on October 12, 18, and November 8th at this link https://virtualcollegefairs.org. If you want more information or to set up a session during your study hall or a school day, please reach out to Ms. Rogers and she will help you learn more.

Class of 2021 - College Applications

Seniors! Remember to request your transcripts and letters of recommendation through Naviance. If you have any questions, please email and/or stop by your counselor’s office. 

ACT October Test Deadline Extended

The deadline for all October dates of the ACT exam has been extended to Friday, October 5th! October test dates are: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/25. You can also sign up for a later date through www.ACT.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

Middle School Conferences Online October 8

Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences will be held from 4-7:30pm Thursday, October 8. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss their progress HERE.

MS October Newsletter

The October Middle School newsletter was emailed to MS parents and guardians mid-day Friday, October 2. Please reach out to your students advisory teacher if you did not receive one.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Synod 2020

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are continuing Synod 2020 with two virtual prayer and study series. Download the app or sign up for weekly emails to participate and learn more. Click here for more information. 

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information.

 

Attached Files

COVID Testing Locations 9-29-20.pdf

Bus Safety Training 2020.pdf

Bus Safety Training-Espanol 2020.pdf

BA Sports 2020-10-05.pdf

FHS Coop Sports 2020-10-05.pdf

 

Family Focus 9/27/2020

date 09/27/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

September 27, 2020

Dear BA Families:

This past week our entire staff gathered for an all-staff meeting to plan, prepare and share as our first month of school wraps up. The dedicated BA teachers are not simply teaching in school, they are teaching our distance learners, cleaning their classrooms multiple times a day, implementing, modeling and reminding students to practice safety. Our staff is tracking, cleaning, calling and responding as questions arise. BA is blessed by our teachers and staff. They are doing an incredible amount of work and I am impressed with all that they do. Please keep them in your prayers. Kind words and treats are always welcome!

Minnesota Fall Sports: Football and Volleyball are back in the fall schedule as voted and approved by the MSHSL after feedback from Minnesota schools. Our first volleyball game is Oct 8 and the first football game is October 10. Public viewing is limited, watch for details. Volleyball games will be broadcast as inside crowds are not allowed. Watch for an updated schedule soon. Coop sports continue this fall. With all sports now back in session, it is important that families continue to practice COVID protocols at home. In order for our school to stay open and games to continue, we need our students and staff to remain COVID free! Limit group gatherings of students outside of school, wear masks while in public, and keep your child home if they have symptoms. Thank you!

Social Media Checks: Please check in with your students’ social media accounts like Tik Tok or Snapchat. We have heard that some students may have shared inappropriate images. We hope this is not the case, but we encourage you to talk with your child and monitor their account. If you have concerns, you may reach out to me. It’s also a great opportunity to review the social media policy in our student handbook with your child. Click hereto access the student handbook.

Upcoming Events:

    • Sept 29: FFA meeting for students, 3pm
    • Sept 29: NHS application deadline, 3pm
    • Sept 30: Pre-ACT test for 11th grade
    • October 2: School pictures, grades 6-8
    • October 5: Senior Retreat
    • October 5, 6, 8: Middle School MAP testing
  • October 8: Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences, 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. 

    • October 10: Spooktacular 5k/1-mile run/walk for Catholic Education. More info here
  • October 14-16: MEA - No School
  • October 31: Trunk or Treat

Reminders:

  • Wanted: Face Masks, Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes!
  • Feeling Ill? Please keep students and their siblings home. This is part of the safety protocols for COVID. Click here for info and call the attendance line (attendance@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) with the symptoms.

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!

Blessings, 

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal 

mreeder@bacards.org

 

ALL-BA UPDATES 

(See separate sections below for updates specific to high school or middle school)

Homecoming/Fall Spirit Events

The Senior Class is working on Fall Spirit/Homecoming events, including spirit week activities and the King crowning. More details will be announced soon as we plan activities in light of the new football schedule. 

Spooktacular Oct 10: Sign up today!

Support Catholic education - join us Oct 10 for the BA/DMCS Spooktacular Fun Run. Both virtual and in-person events offered this year. Students are asked to raise $50 through participation or sponsors. LOTS of great incentives, including top fundraiser, top class, and an all-school goal of 120 participants. Find a copy attached of the pledge sheet given to students today in homeroom. In-person race sign up here; virtual race sign up here. First participant drawing held Oct 2.

TRUNK OR TREAT Oct 30: Trunks Needed!

The annual BA/DMCS Trunk or Treat will be a drive-by event held at the Rice County Fairgrounds Saturday, October 31, from 4-6pm. Free hot dog dinner included! Sign up to host a trunk here.

Fall Testing: MS NWEA Map, Pre-ACT, PSAT, ACT Aspire

Attached is a complete list of 2020 fall testing; note that middle school testing begins Oct 5. Please review this and prepare your child by getting plenty of rest. Students should bring a water bottle they can fill at school for their tests. 

Morning Announcements/Mass Online

Students in full time distance learning were emailed the link to view morning announcements and Friday Mass. Please email Kris Sauer if you have any questions.

FFA Meeting Sept 29

BA’s first FFA meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 3pm by the greenhouse. All 7th-12th graders are welcome to join and are encouraged to bring a friend. 

Student Pictures

Middle school students will have their pictures taken Friday, October 2nd. An order form was given to students today in homeroom. If your high schoolstudent forgot to turn in their form today, please bring to the office next week.

Masks

Please remind your student(s) of the importance of bringing a mask with them to school every day. They should have extras in their backpack, their locker, and their car. While we have extras available, we have been going through them faster than anticipated. Thank you!

Laptops

Students should re-start their laptops weekly.  We recommend Saturday nights.  Quit all applicaitions.  Plug the laptop in and re-start (leave display open!).  Software updates will get installed during these re-starts.  

Athletics

The Minnesota State High School League has approved playing football and volleyball yet this fall.  Practices for these sports begin tomorrow, Monday, September 28.  Game schedules can be found on our athletics website, sports.bacards.org, or by clicking on the calendar on the school website home page.

The activity fee for football participants in grades 9-12 is $135.  The activity fee for volleyball participants in grades 7-12 is $135.  Fees may be paid online at our athletics website:  https://sports.bacards.org.  Fees may also be added to your TADS account by emailing Activities Director Ed Friesen or by check delivered to the school office.  In addition to payment of the activity fee, each particpant must also complete the annual eligibility statement and health questionnaire found here.  Participants must also have a valid sports physical clearance on file with the school's activities office.

No spectators will be allowed at volleyball matches.  Volleyball matches will be streamed online.  Bethlehem Academy's home matches may be viewed on our NFHS Network Channel.  Information for away match streaming will be posted on the volleyball schedule (several other schools in the conference will also be using NFHS Network - subscribe to BA's channel and you will have access to streams produced by other schools using NFHS Network as well.  A monthly subscription costs $10.99 while a yearly pass costs $69.99

Football games can have 250 spectators.  BA fans will purchase varsity game tickets for both home games and away games through Bethlehem Academy.  The district has decided schools will sell 170 tickets to the home fans and 80 tickets to the away fans.  All tickets will be priced $5.  A season ticket package will be made available for the families of football players first.  Then, remaining tickets will be sold first-come, first-serve.  More information on ticket sales for each game will be announced soon.  Games will also be posted online as a "video on demand" and some may possibly be streamed live.

Due to the limited number of football participants in grades 7 & 8, we will continue the middle school football skills program that is already taking place but will not be scheduling games with other schools at this time.  

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

Class of 2021 Senior Retreat Oct 5

As the annual trip to the Sinsinawa Mound is not an option, staff is planning a day-long NET Ministry-led retreat for the Class of 2021 Monday, October 5 at Derham Farm/The Barns at Crockers Creek. More details to follow. 

Gr 11-12: National Honor SocietyApplications

National Honor Society (NHS) applications are now available. To be eligible for NHS, a junior or senior must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. In addition, students must have been enrolled at BA for at least a year, have a reputation of excellent character, demonstrate leadership qualities, and have a heart for serving others. If your student qualifies and is interested in membership in one of the nation’s oldest service organizations, please encourage them to pick up an application from Mrs. Piehl in Rm 112. Applications are due by 3pm Tuesday, September 29. Current members do not need to reapply.

Class of 2022: PRE-ACT Sept 30

All 11th grade students will take the Pre-ACT in the library on September 30 from 8AM-11:30AM. Please contact Counselor Tori Rogers if you have any questions.

AP Exam Order Deadline: October 13 

Students taking AP courses at BA are required to take the May AP exams. Students not in AP classes are allowed to take the exams if they choose. See attached form for more information and a test order form; contact Ms Rogers with questions.

Jostens Reps @ BA October 20

Josten’s representatives will be meeting with the sophomores (class rings) and seniors (graduation) on October 20 during period 3.

MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

School Pictures, Grades 6-8

Middle school students will have their pictures taken Friday, October 2nd. An order form was given to students today in homeroom.

Middle School Conferences Online October 8

Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences will be held from 4-7:30pm Thursday, October 8. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss their progress HERE.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Synod 2020

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are continuing Synod 2020 with two virtual prayer and study series. Download the app or sign up for weekly emails to participate and learn more. Click here for more information. 

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information.

 

Attached Files

Assessment Fall 2020.pdf

Spooktacular Flyer and Pledge Card 2020.pdf

AP Test Letter and Order Form 2020.pdf

2020 Student Photo Form.pdf

FHS Coop Sports 2020-09-28.pdf

 

Friday Focus 9/18/2020

date 09/27/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

September 18, 2020

Dear BA Families:

Bethlehem Academy students begin each day with greetings and prayer. Each morning I have the blessing of greeting students at our front entrance and beginning my day with a senior who shares a prayer with the school body and several announcements. We emulate our mission to “empower our students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual, and academic excellence.” With each small act, a smile in the morning, a greeting and a prayer, we create an environment where students thrive and grow in their faith. I am thankful to be a part of the BA mission.

Spirit Fest for Divine Mercy Catholic Church! I hope that you can join the festivities in your car or virtually this Saturday, September 19 from 4- 9 p.m. at Divine Mercy Catholic Church. Purchase a raffle ticket, bid on auction items, volunteer, or send in your donation. We are thankful to our church as an integral part of our school and mission and for the many ways they support BA. Find virtual event information here

Staff Update: We extend our prayers to HS math teacher Sue Jandro, who will be on medical leave for the next few weeks. We thank Ed Friesen for covering her academic classes while she is out. Please reach out to him at efriesen@bacards.org if you or your student has any questions.

BA Board:Please welcome our three new board members: Erin Langenfeldt, Jessica Simones, and Alex Hanson. We are thankful to have their leadership on our Board. This week the BA Board met with the Sinsinawa Dominican Council, our governing body, to review the Board’s handbook, their roles and procedures. The Sinsinawa Dominican Council governs our Board and school leadership through a mission that reminds us of how to make each decision and support one another toward a greater purpose. I invite you to learn more about the Dominican sisters at their website; Review information regarding our board on our webpage here

COVID Update: Each week we evaluate, review and revise procedures based on State, County or in school feedback. We thank you as parents for partnering with us during these first few weeks as we roll out the many protocols to keep our students and staff safe. Your family received a separate email this week sharing important information about how we will handle sick students and determine when they might move to distance learning as well as our updated student item drop off procedure. We have posted this to our COVID page.

Minnesota Fall Sports: Our cooperative teams are off to an amazing start as their shortened season begins. Just this week we learned that the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is re-evaluating their decision to move football and volleyball to the spring. Each school was asked to respond to a survey confirming that we have football and volleyball and the pros and cons of each season as well as risk. School leadership thanks the many parents and board members who shared their voice with us. The MSHSL Board of Directors has a special meeting on Monday and we will share news with you as soon as we have more information. 

Reminders:

  • Wanted: Face Masks, Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes!

Upcoming Events:

  • Watch for Homecoming updates as fall sports decisions are awaited by the state!
  • Sept. 19: Divine Mercy Church Spirit Fest - held in the church parking lot, don’t miss it, flyer below.
  • Sept. 24: Parent Resource Night - A drive-through event for free materials and giveaways at the Rice County Fairgrounds from 6- 7:30 p.m. (Poster attached.)
    • Sept 25: School pictures, grades 9-11
    • Sept 29: FFA meeting for students, 3pm
    • Sept 30: Pre-ACT test for 11th grade
    • October 2: School pictures, grades 6-8
  • October 8: Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences - format to be determined
    • October 10: Spooktacular 5k/1-mile run/walk for Catholic Education
  • October 14-16: MEA - No School
  • October 20: Jostens in-school meeting with 10th (rings) and 12th (graduation) grade students

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!

Blessings, 

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL-BA UPDATES 

(See separate sections below for updates specific to high school or middle school)

BA Student Art Show @ Paradise Center of the Arts to Oct 24: 

Student artwork from current BA students and alumni are on exhibit at the Paradise Center for the Arts! The exhibition opens tonight, Friday, September 18 with a simple reception from 5:00-7:00pm. No food or live music and if you attend, we ask that you social distance (masks required). The exhibit runs through October 24, so please stop by and check out this amazing artwork when you can. 

School Pictures, Grades 6-11

Mike Oldenburg (recommended by longtime BA photographer, Paul Swenson, now retired) will be at Bethlehem Academy September 25 and October 2 to take student pictures. An order form is attached and will be distributed to students next week.

  • September 25 – High school, grades 9-11 (middle school at Mass)
  • October 2 – Middle school (high school at Mass)

FFA Meeting Sept 29

BA’s first FFA meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 3pm by the greenhouse. All 7th-12th graders are welcome to join and are encouraged to bring a friend. 

Home and School Dues

A reminder to parents to please send in your Home & School forms along with the $25 payment to the Front Office.

Calling in Sick

Parents, when you call or email for a student's absence, we ask that you be very specific about providing symptoms. That will help us to decide whether to recommend COVID testing or not. Click here for more information, including a symptoms guide and our protocols for the possible transition to distance learning.

Calling All Student-Athletes: Annual Eligibility Statement and Health Questionnaire

Students that participate in Bethlehem Academy’s school athletics program are required to complete the Annual Eligibility Statement and Health Questionnaire. This item needs to be completed once each school year. Please complete if your child will be participating in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf or track & field. Note also that the form needs to be completed for each participating student. Find the online form here

Mass Day Dress Code Reminder

Just a reminder of our Mass dress code: Young men will wear dress pants and a collared shirt. Young women will wear dress pants, collared or crew neck dress shirt, dress (crew or polo style neckline) or skirt. Skirt and dress lengths must be no be more than 2 inches above the kneecap. Shoulders should be covered. Jeans, shorts and hooded sweatshirts are not permitted on Mass Days.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW?

  • SUBS: Join the BA Team as a substitute teacher. We love our subs and will be looking to add to our team. Please email Lisa Moonto get your substitute packet completed. Requirements: Must have a college degree, pass our background check, and must complete Virtus requirements.
  • VAN DRIVER: We are looking for a BA Van driver for a new Owatonna route. If interested, please contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org.

Homework Club

Homework Club is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm. Mrs. Kohl will be available in Room 204 to help any student who needs extra help with their homework. 

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

Gr 11-12: National Honor SocietyApplications

National Honor Society (NHS) applications are now available. To be eligible for NHS, a junior or senior must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. In addition, students must have been enrolled at BA for at least a year, have a reputation of excellent character, demonstrate leadership qualities, and have a heart for serving others. If your student qualifies and is interested in membership in one of the nation’s oldest service organizations, please encourage them to pick up an application from Mrs. Piehl in Rm 112. Applications are due by 3pm Tuesday, September 29. Current members do not need to reapply.

Gr 10-12 Parents: Virtual College Info Seminar (Sept. 22)

Parents of students in grades 10-12 are invited to participate in a college admissions webinar, “Navigating the college process in the new COVID-19 world.” Held virtually Tuesday, September 22, 7:30-8:30pm, the seminar is sponsored by the MN Independent Schools Forum and is free to all BA parents. Register at this link; note that signing up gives you access to the recorded seminar if you can’t attend live. 

Class of 2022: PRE-ACT Sept 30

All 11th grade students will take the Pre-ACT in the library on September 30 from 8AM-11:30AM. Please contact Counselor Tori Rogers if you have any questions.

Jostens Reps @ BA October 20

Josten’s representatives will be meeting with the sophomores (class rings) and seniors (graduation) on October 20 during period 3.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Synod 2020

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are continuing Synod 2020 with two virtual prayer and study series. Download the app or sign up for weekly emails to participate and learn more. See attached flyer or click here for more information. 

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. 

Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information, class schedules and registration link. 

SpiritFest September 19!

 

Attached Files

2020 Student Photo Form.pdf

Family Covid Resource Event 9_24 FINAL.pdf

Invitation for Sinsinawa Sponsored Schools - Mass of the Holy Spirit - 9-21-2020.pdf

Mass of the Holy Spirit - Worship aid - 9-21-2020.pdf

 

Friday Focus 9/11/2020

date 09/11/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

September 11, 2020

Dear BA Families:

During the first few weeks of school routines and new traditions emerge. I want to thank you for reminding your scholar to continue to practice safe and healthy choices at home and at school. I’ve been impressed that with only minimal reminders, students have adapted to wearing their masks at school and social distancing. The changes are allowing us to remain open and this habit is beginning to become routine. As we look forward, we are meeting with our senior class and student council to discuss special celebrations and events and think about how we could do them differently this year while keeping our traditions. Our multimedia class may also take on new opportunities to help us create active online events and videos this year.

Welcome 6th Grade and New Middle School Students! This week we held an online orientation for our 6th grade class and new middle school students. We are blessed to partner with each family to ensure that your scholar thrives. Thank you for choosing Bethlehem Academy!

Congratulations to Verity Wray-Raabolle! Verity is a Semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship competition. She is among only 16,000 students nationally being recognized for her prowess on her national assessments. We are so proud of her accomplishments. 

Reminders:

  • Masks: Please remember that all masks need to be appropriate. Like our dress code policy, masks cannot have symbols, large words or logos. If students come to school with an inappropriate mask, or mask with a large symbol, logos or word(s), they will be given a different mask to wear.
  • Drop off Table: In an effort to mitigate exposure, if you are dropping off items during the school day, we will have a table for you to place these items outside of the school office. Please be sure to label all items, checks, or forms dropped off at the table.
  • UPDATED SYMPTOM Home Checks: The MN Dept of Health has released an updated home screening tool for schools. Find the updated screening tool here. Please be sure to complete home health checks in the morning and to have your scholar stay home if they have a fever or symptoms described on this list. Find a symptom decision tree and other symptom/screening information on our COVID Response Plans web page.
  • Wanted: Face Masks, Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes!

Upcoming Events:

  • Homecoming may be changed to a Fall Celebration - details coming after our student meetings
  • Sept. 19: Divine Mercy Church Spirit Fest - held in the church parking lot, don’t miss it, details below.
  • Sept. 21: Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Mass of the Holy Spirit, 4:45pm (see attachment) https://portal.stretchinternet.com/sinsinawa/portal.htm?eventId=605718&streamType=video
  • Sept. 24: County-wide Parent Informational Drive-through Event, free materials and giveaways at the Rice County Fairgrounds - drive through from 6- 8 p.m.
  • October 8: Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences - format to be determined
  • Oct. 14-16: MEA - No School

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership. To help us remain in person, please continue to practice safe, social distancing when your student gathers with friends outside of school!

Blessings, 

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL-BA UPDATES 

(See separate sections below for updates specific to high school or middle school)

Counseling Services @ BA

We are pleased to welcome our new Guidance Counselor, Tori Rogers. She is excited to begin working with your students and has plans to meet individually with each one, starting with the Class of 2021. Please see the attached Introduction to the Counselor letter from Ms. Rogers for more information.

Calling in Sick

Parents, when you call or email for a student's absence, we ask that you be very specific about providing symptoms. That will help us to decide whether to recommend they should be tested for COVID or not. See below and click here for more information, including a symptoms guide.

MSHSL Football/Volleyball Fall Practice Season Begins 9/14

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) fall practice season for football and volleyball begins on Monday.

As these and other athletic activities take place, we want to inform you of the risks involved with interscholastic athletics activities. We will take every precaution we can to minimize the risk of injury or the transmission of disease. Yet, it is not possible for us to eliminate all risks of participation. We cannot guarantee that participants will not be exposed to COVID-19 or other diseases. Please note the attached notice from the MSHSL with more information.

BA Trap Team: Modified Fall Season Signup

The BA Trap Team is going to participate in the Minnesota High School Clay Target Leagues modified fall season. Current team members need to log into the Team Management system and update their information. Students in grades 6-12 who have a DNR Firearms Safety Certificate are eligible to participate; listen to school announcements for sign up information. Athletes need to provide their own ammunition for the fall league. Please contact Coach Rost (507-339-3695) or Coach Marquardt (507-384-7386) with questions. 

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW?

  • SUBS: Join the BA Team as a substitute teacher. We love our subs and will be looking to add to our team. Please email Lisa Moon to get your substitute packet completed. Requirements: Must have a college degree, pass our background check, and must complete Virtus requirements.
  • VAN DRIVER: We are looking for a BA Van driver for a new Owatonna route. If interested, please contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Good news! There are extra yearbooks for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook please bring $60 to Mr. Zabel or to the school office. You can make the check out to Bethlehem Academy and memo Josten Yearbook. 

Homework Club

Homework Club is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm. Mrs. Kohl will be available in Room 204 to help any student who needs extra help with their homework. 

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

HIGH SCHOOL PHY ED STUDENTS: We will be allowing you to change starting Monday, September 14. You will not have lockers, but will be able to change prior to class. Mr. Knutson will have all of the details. Please plan to bring a change of clothes for PE.

SADD Student Recruitment

High school students are invited to join our local chapter of the nationally recognized student group, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). This student organization focuses on helping students make positive and healthy choices in their everyday lives. Students were sent this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/bBLT9JmGYTUCG57o7 Online registration due Friday, September 11.

MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

6-8th Grade Football Meeting - See attached information sheet on the middle school football program and contact Mr. Brent Zabel at bzabel@bacards.org if you have any questions. First practice: Tuesday, September 15.

6th Grade & New Middle School Families

An email with the middle school orientation powerpoint and other information was sent Thursday; packets were sent home with our in-person students on Friday (online students, your packets are in the mail). Please contact ksauer@bacards.org if you have any questions or did not receive this information.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Fall Faith Formation Registration is OPEN!

BA students that would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation need to sign up for Divine Mercy’s Confirmation program in order to meet the requirements. Divine Mercy’s confirmation program consists of a combination of large group presentations, small group discussion, service in our parish, and hands-on experiences with our Catholic faith. In the past we have gathered the kids in a large group to watch the presentation for the evening and then they would go to small group for the remainder of the class. This year they will go right to small group and class has been reduced to one hour. Videos will be available for them to watch one week prior to the class. We are flexible and have the program ready to be taken fully into distance learning if necessary later in the year. Confirmation is about taking the knowledge the students have learned, moving that information to the heart, and learning how to nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Community is an essential part of our faith and we grow in relationship through each other. This is why we bring all the students together, regardless of where they are enrolled in school, to meet the requirements of confirmation. Confirmation is for students in 8th grade and older. Students who have already been confirmed are always welcome to join us as student leaders. Registration is required but there is no cost. 

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. 

Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information, class schedules and registration link. 

SpiritFest September 19!

 

 

Attached Files

Intro to the counselor letter.pdf

mshsl-covid-notice.pdf

Middle School Football 2020 Fall Practice Season.pdf

 

Friday Focus 9/4/2020

date 09/11/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

Dear BA Families:

 

Thank you for your partnership in this first week! I’ve had the opportunity to meet our students, connect with some parents, and observe an amazing school family here at Bethlehem Academy during these first few days. A special welcome to all of our new students and families this year. I also enjoyed meeting with our 9th grade families and will be praying for all of you and your dreams for high school as you begin these incredible four years.

As you know, in order to mitigate exposure, we are gathering for weekly Mass separately. This Friday was our first High School Mass. Next Friday our Middle School will gather for their weekly Mass. Although this is not ideal, we seek to maintain health and safety during the COVID pandemic while continuing to follow our mission to foster academic excellence and spiritual growth. This Friday, a representative of the Sinsinawa Council commissioned me as your school President and Principal along with our Board Chair, Kathy Nass. I was honored to receive this special blessing. When you can, please join us online for Mass at: https://www.facebook.com/divinemercy.cc

REMINDERS:

  • Masks: Please remember that all masks need to be appropriate. No symbols or large words or logos can be on masks, like our dress code policy. If students come to school with an inappropriate mask, or mask with a large symbol, logos or word(s), they will be given a different mask to wear.
  • Daily Screenings/Symptoms Qs: A reminder to please take your student(s) temperature and screen for symptoms daily. Click here for more information, including what to do if your student has symptoms.
  • Drop off Table: In an effort to mitigate exposure, if you are dropping off items during the school day, we will have a table for you to place these items outside of the school office. Please be sure to label all items, checks or forms dropped off at the table.
  • Wanted: Face Masks, Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes!
  • Uniform Policy: At the end of this newsletter is our uniform policy for daily wear and Mass days. Please review with your scholar as this year we cannot hand out alternative clothing due to COVID restrictions.
  • Home Checks: Please be sure to complete home health checks in the morning and to have your scholar stay home if they have a fever or any symptoms. https://www.bacards.org/page/3471

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/screen.pdf

Additional communication and upcoming events:

    • September 7:No School, Labor Day
  • September 9, 3:30pm: Greenhouse Dedication/Christening

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership. To help us remain in person, please continue to practice safe, social distancing when your student gathers with friends outside of school!

Blessings,

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

 

ALL-BA UPDATES 

(See separate sections below for updates specific to high school or middle school)

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW?

  • SUBS: Join the BA Team as a substitute teacher. We love our subs and will be looking to add to our team. Please email Lisa Moon to get your substitute packet completed. Requirements: Must have a college degree, pass our background check, and must complete Virtus requirements.
  • VAN DRIVER: We are looking for a BA Van driver for a new Owatonna route. If interested, please contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Students received their yearbooks in homeroom this morning. If your student was absent, homeroom teachers will hold their yearbook until they return. Distance learners, students with questions, or students wishing to purchase a yearbook should email Mr. Zabel or see him after school. 

Homework Club

Homework Club will be offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:10-4:00pm starting Tuesday, September 8. Mrs. Kohl will be on hand at that time in Room 204 to help any students who need extra help with their homework. 

Dismissal Time Reminder

A reminder that teachers will dismiss in staggered releases to mitigate congregating:

  • 2:45 - Grade 6
  • 2:47 - Grade 7
  • 2:49 - Grade 8
  • 2:51 - Grade 9
  • 2:52 - Grade 10
  • 2:54 - Grade 11
  • 2:55 - Grade 12

Younger siblings, if riding with an older sibling, may stay in their classroom until their sibling’s class is dismissed. Students may go directly to their locker and then to their car or mode of transportation. They are not to congregate.

Amazon Smiles/Scrip/Box Tops

See attached flyer for easy ways to save money on tuition and raise money for Bethlehem Academy on the things you are already shopping for!

Laptop Updates

*Please have your child(ren) confirm the "Cardinal App Store" is installed in their laptop's Applications folder.  This app needs to be installed in order for BA to push out software updates to laptops.  Please have your child see Mr. Friesen if the Cardinal App Store is not present.   (Students that received laptops prior to Orientation Day are the ones who may be missing the Cardinal App Store.)

*Please have your child re-start their laptop every weekend.  We recommend on Saturday night, prior to going to bed,to quit all applications, plug in the power adapter and re-start the laptop and leave the display lid open so any software updates can be installed.  Then, re-start again on Sunday morning.  (Note:  On a Mac, closing a window does not quit a program.  If there is a dot by the applicaiton icon in the dock, the application is still running.  Quit applicaitons from the menubar or holding down the trackpad while the mouse is over the application icon in the dock.  The Finder (2 smiley face icon) is the only application that should be running when re-starting the laptop.)

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

SADD Student Recruitment

High school students are invited to join our local chapter of the nationally recognized student group, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). This student organization focuses on helping students make positive and healthy choices in their everyday lives. Students were sent this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/bBLT9JmGYTUCG57o7 Online registration due Friday, September 11.

MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

6-8th Grade Football Meeting - 15-minute meeting Wed, September 9, at 3:15 p.m. in the cafeteria with Mr. Zabel.

6th Grade & New Middle School Families: Orientation September 9

All 6th graders and families new to BA’s Middle School are asked to join us for an orientation meeting on Wednesday, September 9. The meeting will be held via Zoom starting at 6pm and will focus on welcoming you to BA and providing tips and information to set your student up for success in middle school. Watch your email for a Zoom link next week.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Fall Faith Formation Registration is OPEN!

BA students that would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation need to sign up for Divine Mercy’s Confirmation program in order to meet the requirements. Divine Mercy’s confirmation program consists of a combination of large group presentations, small group discussion, service in our parish, and hands-on experiences with our Catholic faith. Confirmation is about taking the knowledge the students have learned, moving that information to the heart, and learning how to nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Community is an essential part of our faith and we grow in relationship through each other. This is why we bring all the students together, regardless of where they are enrolled in school, to meet the requirements of confirmation. Confirmation is for students in 8th grade and older. Students who have already been confirmed are always welcome to join us as student leaders. Registration is required but there is no cost.

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. 

Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information, class schedules and registration link. 

SpiritFest September 19!

REMINDER: UNIFORM POLICY

Dress and Appearance Code

Bethlehem Academy is committed to advocating for the dignity of every person within our school community. The purpose of the dress code is threefold: Modesty, Consistency, and Safety which impact student learning. Students are held responsible for the clothing they choose to wear.

Shirts

All students will wear a collared or crew neck shirt with sleeves. Shirts must be opaque and buttoned with the exception of the top button at the neck. Polo type, button up and dressier styled crew neck shirts without large graphics are acceptable. Other acceptable shirts include any Bethlehem Academy, Faribault Coop Sports (in which students actively participate), Minnesota High School League section/state tournament shirts (in which students actively participate), college/university/military shirt, or any positive youth activity shirt (examples include: athletic camps, club sports teams, community theater productions, Church youth group). Shirts with large graphics that advertise a business, workplace or marketing brand are not acceptable (examples include but are not limited to: Designer Labels, Sporting Goods Stores, Restaurant Chains). Additional items that may be worn over the shirt include zip-ups, fleece wear, sweaters and crew/hooded sweatshirts that meet the requirements above. Midriffs, cleavage, and undergarments must be covered.

Pants/Shorts

All students will wear pant/trouser style bottoms (of any color) including jeans that meet the top of the ankles. Khaki and jean jogger pants may be worn. Prior to MEA and following spring break, students may wear dress shorts or bermuda shorts that are knee length with a sewn hem. Short lengths may not be more than 2 inches above the knee cap. Students are allowed to wear capri pants of any color. Jogger dress pants and jogger jeans are acceptable.

Dresses/Skirts

All dresses must have a crew or collared neckline. All skirt and dress lengths must be not be more than 2 inches above the kneecap.

Mass Days

Young men will wear dress pants and a collared shirt. Young women will wear dress pants, collared or crew neck dress shirt, dress (crew or polo style neckline) or skirt. Skirt and dress lengths must be not be more than 2 inches above the kneecap. Shoulders should be covered. Jeans, shorts and hooded sweatshirts are not permitted on Mass Days.

Shoes

All students will wear shoes. State law requires that for health reasons, no bare feet will be allowed in the school building. Backless shoes are acceptable. Flip flops may be worn before MEA and following Spring Break.

Hair

Hairstyles that draw undue attention to the student will not be permitted. Highlights, braids and extensions must be of a color that occurs naturally in humans and not be in such contrast as to draw undue attention to the student. Facial hair should be kept neat and clean

Unacceptable Clothing Items 

Unacceptable clothing items include: leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, skorts, athletic jogger pants, sweatpants, nylon sport pants, athletic shorts, transparent shirts, sleeveless shirts, hats (once inside the building should be removed), cut-off shorts, torn clothing, and clothing with inappropriate designs and/or messages including, but not limited to, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco references.

All student groups are allowed to wear uniform tops (jerseys, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets) with dress code bottoms on event days to celebrate group unity, preparation and bring awareness to the community about student events.

Students not in acceptable attire will be expected to do the following:

→go to the office to change in order to meet dress code expectations. 

→call parents to provide alternative clothing.

→remain in the office until proper clothing is attained. (Unexcused absence)

Dress Down Days

Throughout the school year, there may be declared “Dress Down Days” for various reasons.

On these days, the items listed in the “Unacceptable Clothing Items” section (above) from this handbook, continue to be UNACCEPTABLE.

The list of unacceptable items for dress includes: 

leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, skorts, athletic jogger pants, sweatpants, nylon sport pants, athletic shorts, transparent shirts, sleeveless shirts, hats (once inside the building should be removed), cut-off shorts, torn clothing, and clothing with inappropriate designs and/or messages including, but not limited to alcohol, tobacco and other drug references. 

For some Dress Down Days, the organization sponsoring the day may specify specific clothing items that are or are not acceptable. Special criteria specified for a specific Dress Down Day, as advertised by the organization sponsoring the day, takes precedence.

Attached Files

Scrip-Amazon-Box Tops Handout.pdf

FHS Coop Activities wk 9-8-20.pdf

 

Friday Focus 8/28/2020

date 09/11/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

August 28, 2020

Dear BA Families:

Orientation day is Monday! Watch this video to learn more. Staff at BA have had an incredibly packed workshop week in final preparation and training to welcome students home. For all students joining us in-person, please arrive on Monday between 8:45-9 a.m. Students will need to do their well check at home. Do not come to school with a fever or any symptoms, see the link below. Once students arrive, they will report directly to their homeroom. Online only students will be sent the orientation presentation and videos by noon on Monday. 

DON’T FORGET FOR ORIENTATION MONDAY: 

  • Bring a pen or pencil to fill out paperwork in your homeroom class during orientation.
  • Take a picture of your car license plate if you want to park at school.

PARENT DROP OFF TABLE: In an effort to mitigate exposure, if you are dropping off items during the school day, we will have a table for you to place these items outside of the school office. Please be sure to label all items, checks or forms dropped off at the table.

Additional communication and upcoming events:

WELCOME WEEK! Special events planned for each day while honoring social distancing.

    • August 31: StudentOrientation Day - 6-12th Grade (9-11:30 a.m.) - Students will meet only in homerooms-online students will connect virtually. HEALTH CHECK AT HOME! Please take your student(s) temperature and check for symptoms found here: Health Screening/Symptoms List
    • September 1: First day of school, doors unlocked at 7:30 a.m. HEALTH CHECK AT HOME! Please take your student(s) temperature and check for symptoms found here: Health Screening/Symptoms List
    • September 2: High School Orientation & Blessing for 9th Grade Students and Parents - 6:00-7:00 p.m. Remember to please do your home screening before arriving. Health Screening/Symptoms List 
    • September 4: School IS in session this Friday before the Labor Dayweekend
    • September 4: Mass Day, High School hosts; Commissioning of President Reeder
    • September 7:No School, Labor Day
  • September 9: Greenhouse Dedication/Christening, 3:30pm
  • September 9: 6th Grade & New MS Family Orientation, 6pm

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW?

  • SUBS: Join the BA Team as a substitute teacher. We love our subs and will be looking to add to our team. Please email Lisa Moon to get your substitute packet completed. Requirements: Must have a college degree, pass our background check, and attend Virtus training.
  • VAN DRIVER: We are looking for a BA Van driver for a new Owatonna route. If interested, please contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org.

We ask for your continued prayer for our school staff, students and families as we begin our year back on campus.

Blessings, 

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal

mreeder@bacards.org

BA UPDATES

Welcome New Staff!

We are so excited to have the following new staff join us at BA this year: Ms. Casi Story, Ag/Industrial Arts Teacher; Ms. Emily Shimota, High School Theology Teacher; and Ms. Tori Rogers, Guidance Counselor. See the attache for more information and a welcome message from each.

9th Grade Families: High School Orientation September 2!*

Incoming freshmen and parents - we are hosting a mandatory High School Orientation for all incoming 9th graders and their parents next Wednesday, September 2 from 6-7pm. We ask that you wear a mask, pre-screen for symptoms, and use Entrance C (by the visitor parking spots) to enter. Parents will meet in the gym; students will gather in the BA cafeteria. New to BA or a returning family, please join us as we discuss ways to partner and support each other as your student starts their high school journey. **The parent portion of this event will be live streamed and recorded. Watch for a link next week.

6th Grader & New Middle School Families: Orientation September 9

All 6th graders and families new to BA’s Middle School are asked to join us for an orientation meeting on Wednesday, September 9. The meeting will be held via Zoom starting at 6pm and will focus on welcoming you to BA and providing tips and information to set your student up for success in middle school. 

Robotics Program Update

Due to COVID-19, we are putting Robotics for both middle and high school teams on hold until the end of September, at which point a decision will be made to either extend or relax that hold. Because competitions are not likely to happen this year, we will be doing Robotics only as an internal activity without offsite competition. Also, because we are not competing, Robotics won't be charging a fee for the 2020-2021 season. Mr. Robinson is very excited to start up the Robotics program once it is safe and responsible to meet. All students, grades 6-12 can join. If you are interested in participating, please contact mrobinson@dmcs.cc.

HS Math Students: TI Calculators

The high school math department has a limited number of TI calculators available for students to rent for the year. Please contact Mrs. Jandro if you are interested in this program. 

Wanted: Face Masks & Sanitizer!

We are developing a parent wish list for COVID-19 related items. At this time, we are asking anyone who has the time/interest/supplies to please make and donate cloth face masks. While we have a supply of disposable facemasks on hand, and will provide a Cardinal facemask for every student and staff, we know we will need extra masks as the year progresses. Completed masks can be dropped off at the BA Office during regular business hours. In addition, we anticipate going through a lot of hand sanitizer, donations being accepted. Thank you!

From the Nurse’s Office

  • Health Conditions: Due to screening for COVID, please be sure the school nurse, Mary Herzog, is aware of any existing health conditions for your child, including allergies, asthma, diabetes or other diagnosed conditions.
  • Students entering 7th grade this fall: Please make sure that you have had your tetanus booster and 1st meningitis shot before the start of school in the fall. Reminder letters will be sent out.
  • Students entering12th grade this fall:The meningitis booster requirements for this fall has been postponed because of Covid 19. Many have already had their booster shot. If you are seeing your doctor for any reason, you can still have this immunization but it is not necessary before the start of school in fall.

Amazon Smiles

If you shop at Amazon, consider ordering through Amazon Smiles and raise money for Bethlehem Academy! Go to smile.amazon.com, choose Faribault B A Inc. as your non-profit organization (include a space between the B and the A), and start shopping. BA automatically gets a donation for every purchase you make. It works with Amazon Prime and you can use Scrip to pay for your purchases.

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Hometown Credit Union: Part-Time Teller Wanted

Hometown Credit Union is looking to hire a high-school student for a part-time teller opening in our Faribault office. The ideal candidate would be a sophomore or junior that is not involved in after-school extracurriculars. They would work most days after school until 6 and some Saturday mornings. Please contact Kurt Halverson at 507-455-6726 or KHalverson@hometowncu.coop if interested.

DMCS After Program Care Assistant

Divine Mercy Catholic School is looking for a 10th-12th grade student who is willing to work in our After Care program Monday-Friday 3:00-5:30 pm. Must enjoy younger children and be reliable. This is a paid position. Please send a letter of interest to Gina Ashley at Divine Mercy Catholic School (gashley@dmcs.cc).

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Fall Faith Formation Registration is OPEN!

BA students that would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation need to sign up for Divine Mercy’s Confirmation program in order to meet the requirements. Divine Mercy’s confirmation program consists of a combination of large group presentations, small group discussion, service in our parish, and hands-on experiences with our Catholic faith. Confirmation is about taking the knowledge the students have learned, moving that information to the heart, and learning how to nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Community is an essential part of our faith and we grow in relationship through each other. This is why we bring all the students together, regardless of where they are enrolled in school, to meet the requirements of confirmation. Confirmation is for students in 8th grade and older. Students who have already been confirmed are always welcome to join us as student leaders. Registration is required but there is no cost.

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. 

Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information, class schedules and registration link. 

SpiritFest September 19!

Attached Files

New BA Staff 2020.pdf

Family Focus 8/21/2020

date 09/11/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

August 21, 2020

Dear BA Families:

Thank you for sending us your questions and joining us for the live session this week. I do wish I we could gather in our beautiful gymnasium to connect more personally, but I am so thankful for your partnership, your support, and your prayers as we begin our year focused on our mission: “To love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire, and to seek the truth: Veritas.” If you weren’t able to attend, you can view the 50-minute view on our website here

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKET: You should have received your “Back-to-School” packet in the mail. In the packet you will find traditional student information as well as a COVID Addendum to the Student Policy Handbook for students and families to review along with an updated school calendar and supply list. Every student and parent/guardian MUST submit the Student Handbook and Technology e-form found at this link: https://forms.gle/ERSwhn9ynekfCTQC7

Additional communication and upcoming events:

WELCOME WEEK! Special events planned for each day honoring social distancing.

  • August 31: StudentOrientation Day - 6-12th Grade (9-11:30 a.m.) - Students will meet only in homerooms / online students will connect virtually. HEALTH CHECK AT HOME! Please take your student(s) temperature and check for symptoms found here: Health Screening/Symptoms List
  • September 1: First day of school, doors unlocked at 7:30 a.m. HEALTH CHECK AT HOME! Please take your student(s) temperature and check for symptoms found here: Health Screening/Symptoms List
  • September 2: High School Orientation for 9th Grade Students and Parents - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • September 4: School IS in session this Friday before Labor Day
  • September 4: Mass Day, High School
  • September 7:No School, Labor Day

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW? Join the BA Team as a substitute teacher. We love our subs and will be looking to add to our team. Please email Lisa Moonto get your substitute packet completed. Requirements: Must have a college degree, pass our background check, and attend Virtus training.

We ask for your continued prayer for our school, DMCS, and our parish, as we finalize and implement plans for this fall to bring our students and staff back together in prayer, study, community and service.

Blessings, 

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

BA UPDATES

Workshop Week Office Hours

The BA Front Office will have the following hours next week for Workshop Week. Email Barb Johnson with questions.

  • Monday, August 24: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 25: 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Wednesday: CLOSED so staff can attend workshop sessions
  • Thursday, August 26: 1:00-3:00pm
  • Friday, August 27: 8:00am-1:00pm

9th Grade Families: Save the Date: September 2!

Incoming freshmen and parents - we are hosting a mandatory High School Orientation for all incoming 9th graders and their parents. Mark Wednesday, September 2 from 6-7:30pm on your calendars and plan to join us. More details coming soon! 

Summer Reading Assignments, Grades 6-12

Students in grades 6-12 have an assigned book to read over the summer. Find your student(s) summer reading assignment on our website under Academics here.

Robotics Program Update

Due to COVID-19, we are putting Robotics for both middle and high school teams on hold until the end of September, at which point a decision will be made to either extend or relax that hold. Because competitions are not likely to happen this year, we will be doing Robotics only as an internal activity without offsite competition. Also, because we are not competing, Robotics won't be charging a fee for the 2020-2021 season. Mr. Robinson is very excited to start up the Robotics program once it is safe and responsible to meet. All students, grades 6-12 can join. If you are interested in participating, please contact mrobinson@dmcs.cc.

HS Math Students: TI Calculators

The high school math department has a limited number of TI calculators available for students to rent for the year. Please contactMrs. Jandro if you are interested in this program. 

Wanted: Face Masks & Sanitizer!

We are developing a parent wish list for COVID-19 related items. At this time, we are asking anyone who has the time/interest/supplies to please make and donate cloth face masks. While we have a supply of disposable facemasks on hand, and will provide a Cardinal facemask for every student and staff, we know we will need extra masks as the year progresses. Completed masks can be dropped off at the BA Office during regular business hours. In addition, we anticipate going through a lot of hand sanitizer, donations being accepted. Thank you!

From the Nurse’s Office

  • Health Conditions: Due to screening for COVID, please be sure the school nurse, Mary Herzog, is aware of any existing health conditions for your child, including allergies, asthma, diabetes or other diagnosed conditions.
  • Students entering 7th grade this fall: Please make sure that you have had your tetanus booster and 1st meningitis shot before the start of school in the fall. Reminder letters will be sent out.
  • Students entering12th grade this fall:The meningitis booster requirements for this fall has been postponed because of Covid 19. Many have already had their booster shot. If you are seeing your doctor for any reason, you can still have this immunization but it is not necessary before the start of school in fall.

Red Cross Blood Drive August 27

Bethlehem Academy is hosting a Red Cross blood drive 8am-2pm at Divine Mercy Catholic Church Thursday, August 27. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter Bethlehem Academy to schedule an appointment. Amazon is donating a $5 gift card via email to all participants!

Amazon Smiles

If you shop at Amazon, consider ordering through Amazon Smiles and raise money for Bethlehem Academy! Go tosmile.amazon.com, choose Faribault B A Inc. as your non-profit organization (include a space between the B and the A), and start shopping. BA automatically gets a donation for every purchase you make. It works with Amazon Prime and you can use Scrip to pay for your purchases.

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Hometown Credit Union: Part-Time Teller Wanted

Hometown Credit Union is looking to hire a high-school student for a part-time teller opening in our Faribault office. The ideal candidate would be a sophomore or junior that is not involved in after-school extracurriculars. They would work most days after school until 6 and some Saturday mornings. Please contact Kurt Halverson at 507-455-6726 or KHalverson@hometowncu.coop if interested.

DMCS After Program Care Assistant

Divine Mercy Catholic School is looking for a 10th-12th grade student who is willing to work in our After Care program Monday-Friday 3:00-5:30 pm. Must enjoy younger children and be reliable. This is a paid position. Please send a letter of interest to Gina Ashley at Divine Mercy Catholic School (gashley@dmcs.cc).

Class of 2021 & 2022: 1st United Bank Board of Directors

1st United Bank has an exciting opportunity for high school students in Faribault. They are accepting applications for their 2020-2021 Junior Board of Directors. Eligible applicants include Juniors and Seniors in high school for the 2020-2021 school year. Individuals should possess an enthusiastic approach to community involvement, and an interest in business, banking or finance. Application deadline: August 28

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

Fall Faith Formation Registration is OPEN!

BA students that would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation need to sign up for Divine Mercy’s Confirmation program in order to meet the requirements. Divine Mercy’s confirmation program consists of a combination of large group presentations, small group discussion, service in our parish, and hands-on experiences with our Catholic faith. Confirmation is about taking the knowledge the students have learned, moving that information to the heart, and learning how to nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Community is an essential part of our faith and we grow in relationship through each other. This is why we bring all the students together, regardless of where they are enrolled in school, to meet the requirements of confirmation. Confirmation is for students in 8th grade and older. Students who have already been confirmed are always welcome to join us as student leaders. Registration is required but there is no cost.

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. 

Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information, class schedules and registration link. 

SpiritFest September 19!

Family Friday Focus 08/14/2020

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Dear BA Families:

Our school building is buzzing with final preparations for our return to campus. Along with the traditional preparations, our staff is also redesigning the classroom environment to include the new health and safety protocols for this fall. From spaced desks to plexi partitions and hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building, these safety measures will allow us to engage with our student body through in-person learning. Please take time to review our “Return to Campus Guide” and our “BA Pandemic Preparedness Plan” on our school COVID Response webpage found by clicking here. In addition to these documents, you will find links to other important resources. We will continue to update this webpage throughout the year and keep you informed.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKET: Please look for your “Back-to-School” packet to arrive early next week. In the packet you will find traditional student information as well as a COVID Addendum to the Student Policy Handbook for students and families to review along with an updated school calendar and supply list. Every student and parent/guardian MUST submit the Student Handbook and Technology e-form found at this link: https://forms.gle/ERSwhn9ynekfCTQC7

First Q&A VIDEO / PARENT LIVE Q&A SESSION AUGUST 18: Thank you for sending us your questions! Check out our first Q&A video discussing face coverings, orientation and classroom setup here. Next week we are inviting you to join us for a live, online parent Q&A session. See info below to join us Tuesday, August 18 beginning at 6:15 p.m. 

Additional communication and upcoming events:

  • August 14: Back-To-School mailing sent.
  • August 18: Parent Live Question & Answer Session, login at: meet.google.com/ukt-rpdi-ivo or by Phone Number (

    Family Focus 08/01/2020

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    Dear BA Families:

    Governor Tim Walz shared a new algorithm with our State Thursday for considerations in reopening schools this fall. In addition, Catholic schools met with the Diocese Friday to review this information and how it impacts the variables within each school and for Bethlehem Academy. On Monday and Tuesday, BA leadership will meet with the BA Board and our Staff to finalize plans. We look forward to sharing our plan with families in next “Friday Focus for Families” newsletter. 

    Where are we at in our time frame to share final plans with students and families?

    • August 3 & 4: District Meeting, BA Board, Leadership and Staff meetings to review final fall plans 
    • August 7: Parent and student communication regarding fall plans through “Friday Focus for Families” newsletter and links on our website and social media accounts
    • August 10-14: Bring in student leadership to review plans and assist with orientation

    WHAT’S NEW? 

    • Greenhouse - We’re building! Drive by to see the progress and development of our new greenhouse. What a joy to expand our educational excellence in our agricultural program.
    • High School STEM Solar Grant Pilot Program - BA is one of a few select MN high schools chosen to be a part of Minnesota Independent Schools Forum STEM Community Partnership with We Share Solar. Our high school will be receiving materials and curriculum to implement a new STEM project utilizing solar power. Not only will this be built into our curriculum across high school subjects, but students will build a solar powered item to support communities in need in Africa. Our staff will receive training this fall for implementation later this year.
    • Positivity Project Pilot Program for Middle School - BA was also awarded a middle school grant to pilot a new Positivity Project curriculum. This program will be implemented into our religion classes and focuses on developing young minds and hearts. Our staff attended an initial meeting to review this week. 
    • Senior Student Webpage & Links: Seniors, be sure to check out our college planning webpage for information, links and scholarships to assist you as you continue your personal journey following graduation! 
    • Donation Updates: Did you want to support BA during the summer with a gift or a memorial? Online gifts accepted at this link
    • Summer Fundraisers: What amazing, generous group of SMART Challenge Riders we have! They are off biking on their second day of the challenge and we are so thankful to them. It’s not too late to sponsor them!. In addition, you can still join us for golf! Register for our August 7 Cardinal Golf Classic, at the link below. 

    Continue to pray for our school, DMCS, and our parish as we plan for this fall to bring our students and staff back together in prayer, study, community and service.

    Blessings, Mindy Reeder

    President/Principal

    mreeder@bacards.org

     

    BA UPDATES

    Summer Office Hours

    The front office is open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 1pm through August 20. The office is closed on Fridays. Regular office hours resume Monday, August 24.

    SUPPORT OUR SUMMER EVENTS!

    SMART Ride through August 1

    Our 12 riders took off on Day 1 of the ride Thursday and have been blessed with good roads and great weather. Follow updates on Facebook and find rider profiles and sponsor your favorite rider(s) here.

    Friday, August 7 @ The Legacy: Register TODAY!

    Today, July 31, is the last day to register for this fun golf tournament! Just $100/golfer includes 18 holes, awards dinner, gift and on-course games. Sign up online here. 

    Wanted: Facemasks & Sanitizer!

    We are developing a parent wish list for COVID-19 related items. At this time, we are asking anyone who has the time/interest/supplies to please make and donate cloth facemasks.  While we have a supply of disposable facemasks on hand, and will provide a Cardinal facemask for every student and staff, we know we will need extra masks as the year progresses. Completed masks can be dropped off at the BA Office during regular business hours. In addition, we anticipate going through a lot of hand sanitizer, donations being accepted. Thank you!

    From the Nurse’s Office

    Students entering 7th grade this fall:  Please make sure that you have had your tetanus booster and 1st meningitis shot before the start of school in the fall.  Reminder letters will be sent out.  

    Students entering 12th grade this fall:  The meningitis booster requirements for this fall has been postponed because of Covid 19.  Many have already had their booster shot.  If you are seeing your doctor for any reason, you can still have this immunization but it is not necessary before the start of school in fall.

    HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

    Class of 2021: Faribault Rotary Strive Program

    Faribault Rotary’s introductory Strive session was held June 10, but they would like more students involved! Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month through January. Because of the unique circumstances, students may watch a recorded version of this session and it will count as them attending it live. A link to the video that discusses Strive and how to register for the program is at: https://youtu.be/fT6jH6etMYU See June 18 email for more information; contact Kurt Halvorsen at Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com with questions.

    Class of 2021: Army ROTC Scholarship Program

    The Army ROTC scholarship application is currently open. Students who complete the application can earn a full tuition and fee scholarship to more than 1,700 colleges nationwide. Some colleges are unique in that they will give free room and board to Army ROTC scholarship awardees. The first scholarship review board meets in October, so it is vital that those who desire to apply start now so they have enough time to complete the online application and ensure all other requirements; physical fitness test, transcript requested / submitted, and Officer interview. Interested seniors should contact Mr. Todd Frerichs  

    Class of 2021 & 2022: 1st United Bank Board of Directors

    1st United Bank has an exciting opportunity for students in Faribault and surrounding communities. They are accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Junior Board of Directors. Eligible applicants include Juniors and Seniors in High School for the 2020-2021 school year. Individuals should possess an enthusiastic approach to community involvement, and an interest in business, banking or finance. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

    Aim Higher Scholarships

    The Aim Higher Foundation has announced expanded scholarship opportunities for K-8 students this summer. New applicants are encouraged to apply via the TADS financial aid application, and students whose family situation due to COVID-19 are encouraged to update their spring application. See the attached flyer for more information on how to apply, or go to https://aimhigherfoundation.org/ to find out more. Application deadline is August 7. 

    DATES TO REMEMBER

    (click on hyperlink for more information)

    7/30-8/1 SMART Ride
    8/7 Cardinal Golf Classic
    8/7 BA Reopen Plans announced
    8/13 BA Fall Sports Meeting
    8/17 HS Fall Sports Open
    8/24 MS Fall Sports Open
    8/27 BA & DMCC Blood Drive, 8am-2pm
    8/31 Orientation
    9/1 First Day of School!
     

    Attached Files

    2020-Summer-Application-Aim-Higher-Foundation.pdf

    2020-2021_Junior_Board.pdf

     

    Family Focus 7/25/2020

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    July 24, 2020

    Dear BA Families:

    Each week brings us new changes, challenges and opportunities. Know that our staff is praying for each other and our students and families during this time. Our COVID Team met for nearly three hours this week to share their subcommittee recommendations based on the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This impressive group focused on continuing our mission to seek excellence in all that we do for our students at Bethlehem Academy. The COVID Team is developing action steps to implement three scenarios, Scenario 1 - Everyone is back with safety measures; Scenario 2 - A hybrid of this model; and Scenario 3 - Online learning. 

    As we plan for these three scenarios, we’d like your feedback on several issues related to our back to school plans. Please complete the short (5 minute) survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHBS2H3. This information will help inform the work of our task forces and assist us in making plans suited to the families we serve. Thank you in advance for your input on this.

    We thank you for your honest and open feedback from students, parents and staff in regards to distance learning experiences last spring. We understand that new strategies to engage students and ensure excellence will need to be implemented for any online learning environment, even our snow days. Although many experienced a positive learning environment, others shared ideas for improvement and better communication. Our staff is excited to review best practices from schools nationwide as we plan for any possible online learning in the future.

    Where are we at in our time frame to share final plans with students and families?

    • July 27-29: Staff and Board meetings to review health and safety plans
    • July 30: Governor Walz announcement and recommendations for schools and BA Teacher Leader meeting to review and revise the COVID Team plans
    • August 3: District Meeting to review their plans and how this impacts BA
    • August 1-7: Bring in student leadership to improve on ideas and create videos
    • August 7: Parent and student communication regarding fall plans through “Friday Focus for Families” newsletter and links on our website and social media accounts

    WHAT’S NEW? 

    • Greenhouse - We’re building! Drive by to see the progress and development of our new greenhouse. What a joy to expand our educational excellence in our agricultural program.
    • High School STEM Solar Grant Pilot Program - BA is one of a few select MN high schools chosen to be a part of Minnesota Independent Schools Forum STEM Community Partnership with We Share Solar. Our high school will be receiving materials and curriculum to implement a new STEM project utilizing solar power. Not only will this be built into our curriculum across high school subjects, but students will build a solar powered item to support communities in need in Africa. Our staff will receive training this fall for implementation later this year.
    • Positivity Project Pilot Program for Middle School - BA was also awarded a middle school grant to pilot a new Positivity Project curriculum. This program will be implemented into our religion classes and focuses on developing young minds and hearts. Our staff will receive professional development this August.
    • Senior Student Webpage & Links: Seniors, be sure to check out our college planning webpage for information, links and scholarships to assist you as you continue your personal journey following graduation! Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, strives to empower its students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the truth: Veritas.
    • Donation Updates: Did you want to support BA during the summer with a gift or a memorial? Online gifts accepted at this link
    • Summer Fundraisers: What amazing, generous group of SMART Challenge Riders we have! See below to sponsor one of these amazing people. In addition, it’s not too late to join us for golf! Register or sponsor our Cardinal Golf Classic, at the link below. 

    Please join me in praying for Julie Trnka and her family at the loss of her father-in-law. Continue to pray for our school, DMCS, and our parish as we plan for this fall to bring our students and staff back together in prayer, study, community and service.

    Blessings, 

    Mindy Reeder,
    President/Principal
    mreeder@bacards.org

     

    BA UPDATES

    Summer Office Hours

    The front office is open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 1pm through August 20. The office is closed on Fridays. Regular office hours resume Monday, August 24.

    SUPPORT OUR SUMMER EVENTS!

    The SMART Ride is this upcoming week: Thursday, July 30-Saturday, August 1

    12 riders are ready for this year’s SMART Ride next week! Each bike in support of Catholic education; all proceeds go to BA student scholarships. Find rider profiles and sponsor your favorite rider(s) here.

    Friday, August 7 @ The Legacy

    Join us for this fun tournament & great social event in support of Bethlehem Academy! Just $100/golfer includes 18 holes, awards dinner, gift and on-course games. Register by July 31. Form attached or sign up online here. 

    Wanted: Facemasks 

    We are developing a parent wish list for COVID-19 related items. At this time, we are asking anyone who has the time/interest/supplies to please make and donate cloth facemasks.  While we have a supply of disposable facemasks on hand, and will provide a Cardinal facemask for every student and staff, we know we will need extra masks as the year progresses. Completed masks can be dropped off at the BA Office during regular business hours. Thank you!

    From the Nurse’s Office

    Students entering 7th grade this fall:  Please make sure that you have had your tetanus booster and 1st meningitis shot before the start of school in the fall.  Reminder letters will be sent out.  

    Students entering 12th grade this fall:  The meningitis booster requirements for this fall has been postponed because of Covid 19.  Many have already had their booster shot.  If you are seeing your doctor for any reason, you can still have this immunization but it is not necessary before the start of school in fall.

    Coop Sports Update

    Attached is text from a Faribault Daily News article regarding Faribault Public Schools District 656 school board’s most recent meetings regarding the cooperative sports programs.  The public school board is turning their focus towards examining the loss of students through open-enrollment to neighboring school districts. We encourage you to continue to express gratitude for the cooperative program opportunities and share the positive benefits to the Faribault community.  We know this can be an emotional issue, but it is important to be positive, appreciative, and supportive of Faribault Public Schools.  Every community needs a good public school system.  And, every public school system needs the support of its community.  Finding solutions to these and other underlying issues facing Faribault will involve much dialogue and people working together.

    MSHSL Sports Update

    The MN State High School League (MSHSL) is holding weekly online meetings with activities directors. We continue to plan for fall sports but know there will be changes in how we operate. The MSHSL Board of Directors meets on August 4.  Summer activities are operating on protocols based on the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance for youth and adult sports released June 19 as well as the new face mask/face covering order.  Please note that it is important for students to practice social distancing and hygiene habits all the time, not just while participating in activities. 

    HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

    Class of 2021: Faribault Rotary Strive Program

    Faribault Rotary’s introductory Strive session was held June 10, but they would like more students involved! Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month through January. Because of the unique circumstances, students may watch a recorded version of this session and it will count as them attending it live. A link to the video that discusses Strive and how to register for the program is at: https://youtu.be/fT6jH6etMYU See June 18 email for more information; contact Kurt Halvorsen at Faribaultrotarystrive@gmail.com with questions.

    Class of 2021: Army ROTC Scholarship Program

    The Army ROTC scholarship application is currently open. Students who complete the application can earn a full tuition and fee scholarship to more than 1,700 colleges nationwide. Some colleges are unique in that they will give free room and board to Army ROTC scholarship awardees. The first scholarship review board meets in October, so it is vital that those who desire to apply start now so they have enough time to complete the online application and ensure all other requirements; physical fitness test, transcript requested / submitted, and Officer interview. Interested seniors should contact Mr. Todd Frerichs toddfrerichs@creighton.edu 

    Class of 2021 & 2022: 1st United Bank Board of Directors

    1st United Bank has an exciting opportunity for students in Faribault and surrounding communities. They are accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Junior Board of Directors. Eligible applicants include Juniors and Seniors in High School for the 2020-2021 school year. Individuals should possess an enthusiastic approach to community involvement, and an interest in business, banking or finance. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

    Aim Higher Scholarships

    The Aim Higher Foundation has announced expanded scholarship opportunities for K-8 students this summer. New applicants are encouraged to apply via the TADS financial aid application, and students whose family situation due to COVID-19 are encouraged to update their spring application. See the attached flyer for more information on how to apply, or go to https://aimhigherfoundation.org/ to find out more. Application deadline is August 7. 

    DATES TO REMEMBER

    (click on hyperlink for more information)

    7/30-8/1 SMART Ride
    8/7 Cardinal Golf Classic
    8/7 BA Reopen Plans announced
    8/13 BA Fall Sports Meeting
    8/17 HS Fall Sports Open
    8/24 MS Fall Sports Open
    8/31 Orientation
    9/1 First Day of School!

     

    Attached Files

    2020-2021_Junior_Board.pdf

    2020-Summer-Application-Aim-Higher-Foundation.pdf

    FDN Coop Stay Article 7-20-20.pdf

    Cardinal Classic Golf flyer 2020.pdf

     

Our Mission
Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, strives to empower its students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the truth: Veritas.
Address
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
Fax:  507-334-3949