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Family Focus 2/12/2021

date 03/26/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

Dear BA Families:

I hope you are staying toasty warm! The temps outside have certainly dropped, but inside BA students are snug thanks to our new windows and the various activities from this week. Student Council sold "Valentine Grams" and lunch was a buzz with note writing and delivering of treats. This morning we honored "BA Students of the Month." What a joy to recognize students not only for their academics but for all four Dominican Pillars: Prayer, Study, Community and Service! Our students dove into Black History Month this week by researching Saints and exploring in history. During morning announcements Saints of color were highlighted. On a final note we celebrated our lunch ladies with gifts from our new Home & School officers and BA parents, along with special notes, flowers and a round of applause! BA was a great place for students to thrive this week!

DO YOU WANT FLOWERS? Check out the annual BA Activities Association flower sale to brighten up your home! Orders are due to the BA front office Feb 24. An order form is attached or can be found online here

BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021: SAVE THE DATE! We are presently looking for amazing donations to our Silent and Live Auction - please fill out the online form here to donate. Event tickets will be limited this year and Silent & Live Auction bidding will be both in person and online! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS & STAFF - WE NEED EVERYONE TO MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

  • Feb. 12 & 15: No School-School in session the remaining 4 days of each week
  • Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday-Mass in the gymnasium for all 6-12 students at 8:30 a.m.
  • Feb 19: Deadline for 11th graders to sign up for FREE Act Science Prep Class
  • Feb 21: Pancake Breakfast / postponed to 2022
  • Feb 24: WIN DAY - No regular classes. Students should come in for support or time to work on projects.
    • Easter flower order deadline
    • ACT Science Test Prep Class, 8am-12pm (Gr 11)
    • BA Day @ Taco Johns, 4-8pm
  • Feb. 22-26: FFA Week
  • Feb. 26: Winter concert re-scheduled. Limited attendance, parents only. Choir & Band teachers shared details. 
  • Feb 28, 11am-2pm: BA Open House


  • 2021-2022 Enrollment Update: Enrollment is open! You should have received an email from FACTS (NEW!) this past week with instructions on how to set up your account and re-enroll your students for next year. 
  • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid Applications Due Feb 20! Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply via TADS using this link: financial aid app. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021.

COVID Update: As of February 11, 2021, we remain at two additional positive cases and no exposure at school. We do have 15 students and 2 staff online learning or needing to quarantine. 

  • All Illnesses: Please note, if your child is sick at any time, we do not expect them to join online learning. We want to give them time to recover. Just notify the attendance line.


  • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of February 5 we are at $223,478 - THIS IS INCREDIBLE and we are 89% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT BY FEB. 28 - WE LOVE BA! We need only an additional $26,522 to reach our goal.

Mindy Reeder, President/Principal


Parent Volunteers Needed for the BA Activities Association
The BA Activities Association is looking for parents to join our committee! The BAAA works together to raise funds in support of our extra-curricular programs. Support from this group includes: new varsity athletics uniforms on a rotating basis; Wolf Ridge busing; After Prom donation; and 2 Scholarships annually for rising seniors. Funds raised by this committee have also supported: a batting cage & pitching machine, choir sound shells, band instruments, re-finishing the gym floor & installing a new sound system in the gym, and football goalposts at Teepee Tonka. The group also provides donations to teams/clubs/ organizations that work concessions during the year. If you would like to be a part of the committee, please contact Clarice DeGrood at 507-838-8073 or by email at: Thank you!

BA Day @ Taco Johns 4-8pm Feb 24
Taco John's is hosting a BA Day on Wednesday, Feb 24, from 4-8pm. 25% of all orders placed at this time will go back to BA to support our athletics and co-curricular programs. Take a break from dinner and support BA! 

Art Exhibit at Paradise Center for the Arts: BA Art Students will be featuring in the Spring Show running from February 19-April 2021. Watch for student art work to be displayed and support the arts! Thanks to Mr. Hillesheim for helping students showcase their talents.

Limited Attendance Open House Feb 28, 11am-2pm
Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join us for an Open House Sunday, February 28! Pre-registration required as attendance is limited. Invite families to sign up here to find out what a difference a Cardinal education can make!  

Parent/Teacher Conferences March 4
Conferences for middle and high school students will be held Thursday, March 4th from via individual Zoom meetings. Most faculty will be available from 4-8pm; some are available from 4-6pm. Sign up to discuss your student's progress with teachers at this link.

BABS April 10: Save the Date!! / Parent Volunteers Needed
Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS) is BA’s largest annual fundraiser and a fun adult social event where we celebrate BA and raise funds for our beloved school. BABS 2021 will be held the evening of April 10. This “Denim and Diamonds” themed event will feature casino games, a silent & live auction (virtual and onsite) as well as food and drink. All parents, alumni, and friends over 21 years of age are invited! Attendance will be limited. Volunteers as well as live or silent auction items are needed. Contact Mrs. Reeder if you can help this great event.

Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches
We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at  March 29 is the planned start date for spring sports.


Juniors Register by Feb 19 for FREE ACT Science Prep Class Feb 24
Mrs. Cathy Guth is offering a FREE ACT science seminar Wed, Feb 24, from 8am-12pm. The session will be held at BA (it's a non-class WIN day). The ACT prep book will be provided. Mrs. Guth will focus on science concepts and skills and test taking and pacing strategies for the ACT test. Students will also take a practice science test. Interested juniors should email Mrs. Rogers by Feb 19 at 3pm if they wish to attend this FREE course.

Virtual Drivers Training Sessions this Spring
Cannon River Driving School is offering 3 virtual classroom drivers training sessions this spring. Sessions start Feb 22, March 15, and April 5. See attached flyer for more information and to sign up. 

Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021
Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor before February 22. Please note that many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on the Counselor's Corner page on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please email Ms. Rogers.


Please update all of your application decisions and information on Naviance as you hear results so that we know your options, plans, and how Ms. Rogers can help assist you with next steps! 

College Scholarship Opportunities
There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 


AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship
The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.


Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)
Earn credit by using Scrip. It's easy! Just use Scrip gift cards for your everyday purchases instead of paying with cash, check or credit card! TRIP Statements will be sent to BA families next week. If you have any questions please contact Peggy Johnson at or (507) 334-7706 ext:  2204. 

DMCS Annual Catholic United Financial Raffle to Feb 28
Divine Mercy Catholic School students are selling $5 raffle tickets through Feb 28. Order tickets on their website or contact the school at 507-334-7706 if interested. Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!

Synod at Home: 2021 Series for Lent Feb 18-March 18
The Synod at Home series takes helpful videos, tip and tools for growing in faith and pairs them with family- friendly activities. Register online. See attached flyer for more information.

Set a Fire is our “Blessed is She” reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. Divine Mercy Catholic Church is offering several in-person and online small group options. It is free to participate in the small groups; purchasing the book is strongly encouraged. There is an option on the form to purchase a book through us to save on shipping. Small groups start the week after Ash Wednesday (Feb 17). See the registration form for information on times and locations. Visit 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 for more information. 


JO Volleyball, Gr 4-11 Sign Up
The Faribault Reds Volleyball Program is currently in the process of developing a plan for a JO Volleyball Season. All girls in grades 4-11 interested in participating are welcome! We do not have dates set at this time, but would be looking at mid-late February or early March for a start-up. Many play dates (especially for high school level athletes) would take place on Sundays as Saturdays may currently be used by winter sports teams for make-up games as needed. Please fill out the Google form at this link for each player in your household that would be interested in playing. Please email Chris Bothun at with any questions or for more information.



*Easter Plant Fundraiser Order Form
*Cannon River Driving School Registration Form
*Synod 2021: At Home Series for Lent

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