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Family Focus 9/17/21

date 09/20/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, September 2021 comment Leave a comment

"But Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him,"
Jeremiah 17:7 (Bible verse of the year chosen by Peer Ministry)

September 17, 2021

Dear BA Families:
Blessed Fall! Our third week of school comes to a close with the blessing of beautiful fall weather to embrace us each day. This Saturday I look forward to seeing you at 1pm for our first home football game, a benefit to "Tackle Cancer," or at Spirit Fest - at Divine Mercy Catholic Church starting with 4pm Mass. Gathering together in support of our students, our parish and our programs is a wonderful way to connect this fall, especially if you are new to our Cardinal community. We also have multiple opportunities for your to volunteer, another great way to meet other parents. Please scroll down to get connected!

TESTING AT BA: Each year our students take part in national assessments. Middle School begins their MAP assessments next week. Be sure they are rested and bring water bottles. High school testing begins with 11th grade taking a practice ACT on Monday, Sept. 27. All testing schedules are available for your review on our website at:
TESTING DATES

PLEASE NOTE-NO PM BUSING SEPT 24: Next Friday afternoon, September 24, there will be no public school busing in the afternoon due to Faribault High School's homecoming parade. If your scholar rides the public school bus, please arrange for them to be picked up next Friday afternoon at 2:55pm at BA.

UPDATES ON FUNDRAISERS:

  • Annual Fund: Bethlehem Academy kicked off our Annual Fund. Gifts can be made at anytime from now through June 2022. A donor has offered a $25,000 match for all funds raised up to $25,000 through December 31, 2021. Our total goal this year is $255,000. Donate Online (click)
  • Spooktacular: Spooktacular is a Halloween-themed 5k run/1-mile walk fundraiser in partnership with Divine Mercy Catholic School (DMCS). Join us for all the fun October 16 and help to us get to our goal to raise $4,000 for BA! Click HERE to register to join the fun! 
  • Support our Student Trips: Students traveling to Guatemala are selling coffee, more information below and place your orders HERE.
  • Divine Mercy Build Project - United for Our Future: Please prayerfully consider a gift, the stronger DMCS, the stronger BA will be!

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: BA continues to watch numbers and reports. As of 9/17/21 we have had one student with COVID resulted through exposure in athletics. Please review the chart below for our present plan. As a reminder, please keep your scholar home when:

  • Symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell)
  • Someone in your direct family was diagnosed with COVID
  • If you are notified that your student was a close contact, but has no symptoms, we ask that they wear a mask and monitor for symptoms. (This is a close contact, not just possible exposure.)

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Sept 18, 1pm: Tackle Cancer home football game & Parents Night. Find activity information HERE
  • Sept 18, 4-10pm: DMCC Spiritfest
  • Sept. 20-24: MS Map Testing, more info HERE
  • Sept 22: MS/HS NET Retreat & Joe Roueche Talk for Parents
  • Sept 24: Prom $ Dress Down Day ($1/$2 for hats, leggings)
  • Sept 24: NO FARIBAULT PM BUSING; Faribault Public Schools dismissing early for FHS homecoming parade
  • Sept 27-Oct 1: Homecoming Week-more info to follow next week
    • Monday: Celebrity Look-Alike Day
    • Tuesday: Dress Like Your Parent Day
    • Wednesday: Mass Attire / 10:30am Mass
    • Thursday: Decade Day / Buddy Day w/DMCS students
    • Friday: Cardinal/Spiritwear Day / 12 noon Pepfest/ 1pm Coronation / 1:30pm Parade around block / 2pm Early Release
  • Oct 1: 7pm Homecoming football game/ 9:15-midnight Homecoming dance  - high school only; mixer, not a formal dance; outside guests allowed but must be registered in front office.

REMINDERS:

  • ATHLETIC & ACTIVITY SIGN UP: Please peruse the opportunities listed below for your scholar to get involved in BA or DMCS cooperative programs. Robotics sign up is still open.
  • Parent Special Event - Parish-wide "It's all about the Relationship" by Joe Roueche on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m in the BA gym. We are asking confirmation parents to attend and encouraging all of our parents to go. Sign up information HERE.
  • Homework Club will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Kohl.
Continue praying for the health of all students and staff. Have a beautiful weekend - hope to see you at the game tomorrow!

Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

2021 HOMECOMING T-SHIRTS!!
BA seniors are selling t-shirts for Homecoming this year!  The cost of each shirt is $10, and the amount is due at the time of order.  We will be taking orders until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 20th.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to support the Cardinals while we “Knock out the Knights.” Click
HERE for the order form.
 

Student Volunteers Needed at SpiritFest Saturday, September 18!
Many volunteers are needed to help make the Sept 18 Divine Mercy Catholic Church's annual SpiritFest a success. Sign up for a volunteer shift at this link. Hours served are eligible for our family and students' volunteer hours. See attached flyer for more information.

Game Day Volunteers Needed
Our athletics program depends on the helping hands of many volunteer parents and alumni.  For football and volleyball, we need adults to help at the admissions table/gate and in the concession stand.  Please consider sharing your time and talent with us!


The VOLLEYBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a4ac29a4fd0-2021
  Sign Up!

The FOOTBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a4ac29a4fd0-20211
  Sign Up!

 

Gr 4-12 Robotics Team-Registration still open
Robotics has started but it's not too late to join! Open to students grades 4-12, practices are in the BA Library Mondays and Thursdays from 3-5pm. Program fees are $75 payable to Divine Mercy Catholic School. Find the registration form
HERE.


BA Maintenance Position Available
Bethlehem Academy seeks an energetic individual to join our maintenance team! This team member will work directly with the Maintenance Supervisor in coordinating all care for the facility, from cleaning to repairs and lawn care and snow removal.  Required Qualifications: 
1st Class Boilers License; Basic knowledge in the following areas: plumbing, electrical and carpentry; Good vision is required in order to read material safety data sheets; Good attendance is required as well as ability to work various shifts; Ability to work extra hours if necessary. 
Send resume and two references to: Mindy Reeder at mreeder@bacards.org by Sept. 24, 2021.

Student Job Opportunity @ DMCS

Divine Mercy Catholic School is looking for a responsible 16-18 year old to work in their After Care Program. Available times are 3-5:30pm, schedule is flexible and varies. Contact Ginger Van Hecke at gvanhecke@dmcs.cc if interested. 

Online BA School Store!
We have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. See the available items HERE

LAPTOP CARE
Our laptops are brand new.  Please take good care of them!

  • Every weekend (Friday or Saturday night before going to bed), plug in the laptop, quit all applications, re-start the laptop and leave the display/lid open.  We have a policy to check and install Apple software updates on a weekly basis.
  • Use a backpack with a laptop compartment.  Be careful to not drop or toss backpack with the laptop in it.  Set it down gently!  Also, be careful about very full backpacks - set it down to minimize the amount of weight from textbooks and other items on the laptop itself (keep backback vertical).
  • A neoprene sleeve can be helpful to provide additional protection for the laptop.  Note the laptops are 13" MacBook Airs (2020 M1 models)
  • Some people like the clamshells that snap to the laptop.  Please note some shells do not meet Apple's specifications completely and can actually add too much weight to the display, stressing the hinges.
  • Keep the laptop in a safe, secure location when not using (car trunk, locked locker, etc.).  
  • Please let Mr. Friesen know of any problems (efriesen@bacards.org).  


HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
BAND PROGRAMS: 

  • Spirit Fest-Sept. 18 from 6:15-6:40 p.m.- The BA pep band will be playing for Spirit Fest on Saturday, September 18th on the stage. Please be there at 5:45pm for warm-ups. 
MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES
6th Grade Basketball
While winter sports registration at Bethlehem Academy will take place later this fall, we want to get an early indication on 6th graders (both girls and boys) who are interested in playing basketball this winter.

Please email by Sept 30th to kevin.dokkestul@gmail.com if your 6th grade daughter or son is interested in playing basketball this winter. More details will be forthcoming.

FAITH FORMATION/YOUTH GROUP UPDATES

Wed, Sep 22 Faith Formation Kick Off Night! includes: 

  • Parent NightIt’s all about the Relationship, with guest speaker Joe Roueche, 7-8:30pm BA Gym; 
  • Middle School NET Retreat: (must be registered for EDGE), 6-9pm DMCS Gym
  • High School and Confirmation* NET Retreat: (must be signed up for High School Youth Group or Confirmation), 6-930pm DMCC Church *required for confirmation students

CALENDAR LINKS
Click the link below for the calendar.

ATTACHMENTS
SpiritFest Raffle & Volunteer Info Flyer

Family Focus 9/10/21

date 09/13/2021 author Kris Sauer category September 2021, 2021-22 comment Leave a comment

"But Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him,"
Jeremiah 17:7 (Bible verse of the year chosen by Peer Ministry)

September 10, 2021

Dear BA Families:
 

Today students lived the Pillar of Service as each class went out into the community to serve! We've already received emails and praise from community organizations. I hope we are instilling a love of service to others. As we wrap up our second week of school all students should have their laptops. New this year, students will be accessing their class content and assignments through Schoology, a learning management system now owned by PowerSchool. Scholars can find the link to Schoology in the BA Bookmarks folder in Google Chrome or the bookmarks area of the Cardinal App Store. Parents may still, at this time, check grades utilizing previously created parent PowerSchool accounts.  We will soon be rolling out the parent access to Schoology.  Watch for more information to come!

FUNDRAISERS:

  • Annual Fund: Bethlehem Academy kicked off our Annual Fund drive this August. Gifts can be made at anytime from now through June 2022. A donor is matching all funds, up to $25,000 if we reach $25,000 from December 31, 2021. Our total goal this year is $255,000. Donate Online (click)
  • Spooktacular: Spooktacular is a Halloween-themed 5k run/1-mile walk fundraiser in partnership with Divine Mercy Catholic School (DMCS). Join us for all the fun October 16 and help to raise $4,000 for BA! Registration information coming soon.
  • Support our Student Trips: Students traveling to Guatamala are selling coffee, more information below and place your orders HERE.
  • Divine Mercy Build Project - United for Our Future: Kicks off officially this weekend. Please prayerfully consider a gift - the stronger DMCS is, the stronger BA will be!

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES: Students thrive in athletics and activities. Watching them compete in athletics or excel in their activity is a joy! If your scholar is new to BA, please be sure to scroll to the end of this letter to sign up for athletics and activities. Strong friendships and personal confidence is developed through the additional activities and athletic programs that students become involved with during the school year, so encourage your scholar!

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: BA continues to watch numbers and reports. As of 9/10/21 we have one student with COVID resulted through exposure in athletics. Please review the chart below for our present plan. As a reminder, please keep your scholar home when:

  • Exhibiting symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell)
  • Someone in your direct family was diagnosed with COVID
  • If you are notified that your student was a close contact, but has no symptoms, we ask that they wear a mask and monitor for symptoms. (This is a close contact, not just possible exposure.)

ATHLETIC & ACTIVITY SIGN UP: Please peruse the opportunities listed below for your scholar to get involved in BA programs. NEW THIS YEAR - Knowledge Bowl - Sign up and information is below. Robotics sign up is still open.

    UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events on our school calendar. 

    • Sept. 17: DRESS DOWN FOR CANCER. ($1/$2 for hats, leggings)
    • Sept 18, 1pm: Tackle Cancer home football game
    • Sept 18, 4-10pm: DMCC Spiritfest
    • Sept. 20-24: MS Map Testing, see attached summary
    • Sept 22: MS/HS NET Retreat/Joe Roueche Talk for Parents
    • Sept 24: Prom $ Dress Down Day ($1/$2 for hats, leggings)
    • Sept 27-Oct 1: Homecoming Week

    REMINDERS:

    • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: We are transitioning to a new SignUpGenius-based system, meaning once you sign up & show up to volunteer your hours are logged - you will no longer need to separately record your volunteer time. The volleyball and football sign ups just sent out are included in this, and any hours already logged for this school year will be moved to the new system. More information to follow. Students will still need to log their volunteer hours through their religion classes. 
    • Parent Special Event - Parish-wide "It's all about the Relationship" by Joe Roueche on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m in the BA gym. Sign up information HERE.
    • Homework Club will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Kohl.
    Continue praying for the health of all students and staff. Have a beautiful weekend - hope to see you at the game tonight!

    Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
    mreeder@bacards.org

    ALL BA UPDATES



    Fall Trap Openings - Sign Up by Sept 13!

    We have room for more people on the Fall Trap Team. Please email Coach Rost at todd@adventurespecialties.com if interested. Students need to register through the league by September 13th  and need to get a code from Coach Rost to sign up. 

     

    Student Volunteers Needed at SpiritFest Saturday, September 18!
    Many volunteers are needed to help make the Sept 18 Divine Mercy Catholic Church's annual SpiritFest a success. Sign up for a volunteer shift at this link. Hours served are eligible for our family and students' volunteer hours. See attached flyer for more information.

    Game Day Volunteers Needed
    Our athletics program depends on the helping hands of many volunteer parents and alumni.  For football and volleyball, we need adults to help at the admissions table/gate and in the concession stand.  Please consider sharing your time and talent with us!


    The VOLLEYBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a4ac29a4fd0-2021
      Sign Up!

    The FOOTBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a4ac29a4fd0-20211
      Sign Up!

    Mask Donations Needed: Our supply of masks to have on hand for students and visitors is almost gone. We could especially use donated boxes of disposable masks. Send in to the front office if you are able to help. Thank you!

    Gr 4-12 Robotics Team-Registration still open
    Robotics has started but it's not too late to join! Open to students grades 4-12, practices are in the BA Library Mondays and Thursdays from 3-5pm. Program fees are $75 payable to Divine Mercy Catholic School. Find the registration form
    HERE.


    Knowledge Bowl - New Academic Team to BA!
    Anyone interested in being part of a Knowledge Bowl team at BA?  Knowledge Bowl is a team competition against other schools in which you answer questions about a variety of academic topics. Teams work together to try and answer a question and the first team to buzz in gets a chance to answer the question for a point.  Competitions are held at various schools and there is a regional and state tournament competition.  We would need students versed in all fields of study,  from advanced math and science to English, History, and engineering. If you are interested, contact Dave Wollin at
    dwollin@bacards.org.


    BA Maintenance Position Available
    Bethlehem Academy seeks an energetic individual to join our maintenance team! This team member will work directly with the Maintenance Supervisor in coordinating all care for the facility, from cleaning to repairs and lawn care and snow removal.  Required Qualifications: 
    1st Class Boilers License; Basic knowledge in the following areas: plumbing, electrical and carpentry; Good vision is required in order to read material safety data sheets; Good attendance is required as well as ability to work various shifts; Ability to work extra hours if necessary. 
    Send resume and two references to: Mindy Reeder at mreeder@bacards.org by Sept. 17, 2021.

    DMCS Student Job Opportunity

    Divine Mercy Catholic School is looking for a responsible 16-18 year old to work in their After Care Program. Available times are 3-5:30pm, schedule is flexible and varies. Contact Ginger Van Hecke at gvanhecke@dmcs.cc if interested. 

    Online BA School Store!
    We have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. See the available items HERE

    HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
    BAND PROGRAMS: 

    • Spirit Fest-Sept. 18 from 6:15-6:40 p.m.- The BA pep band will be playing for Spirit Fest on Saturday, September 18th on the stage. Please be there at 5:45pm for warm-ups. 

    Faribault Community Boards-Youth Leadership Positions
    Getting involved in the community looks great on your high school resume as you live out the Dominican Pillar of Service!
    Here are options for volunteer leadership positions – and this will also help you meet your volunteer hour requirements at BA. Click HERE to check out the many options, from the Library Board to the Paradise Center for the Arts. Any students interested in applying can do so at this link: https://forms.gle/LprHkygBabFL5Hnz9

    FAITH FORMATION/YOUTH GROUP UPDATES

    Registration for Confirmation and Middle School EDGE is closing on Monday, September 13! Students in 8th grade on up can sign up for confirmation. Middle School EDGE is open to students in grades 5-7. If you have a student who still needs to receive their First Communion, please let us know! 

     

    Registration link: https://fs22.formsite.com/dmcc/FallFF2021/index.html

    Confirmation info: https://www.divinemercy.cc/confirmation-prep

    Middle School EDGE info: https://www.divinemercy.cc/middle-school-edge

     

    If you have any questions, please reach out! 

    Wed, Sep 22 Faith Formation Kick Off Night! includes: 

    • Parent NightIt’s all about the Relationship, with guest speaker Joe Roueche, 7-8:30pm BA Gym; Required to attend.
    • Middle School NET Retreat: (must be registered for EDGE), 6-9pm DMCS Gym
    • High School and Confirmation* NET Retreat: (must be signed up for High School Youth Group or Confirmation), 6-930pm DMCC Church *required for confirmation students

    COMMUNITY UPDATES
    Senior Service Coordinator Position: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors provide chore services to seniors over 60, and to others with disabilities, to help them remain living independent in their home. We currently have an opening for a part time staff position in Faribault.  We are looking for a Rice County community member, passionate about serving seniors and working with volunteers, to help us grow Neighbors Helping Neighbors. 
    The Senior Service Coordinator position is posted on our website HERE.  Interested candidates may view the job description and apply directly.  

    Housekeeping Positions: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors has part-time Household Helper positions available for anyone 17 or over. Employees assist seniors 60 and over with light housekeeping so they can remain in their home. Flexible days/hours (2-20/week), $12.50/hour. Apply online by clicking
    HERE.  

    CALENDAR LINKS
    Click the link below for the calendar.

    ATTACHMENTS
    SpiritFest Raffle & Volunteer Info Flyer
    2021-2022 Student Testing Information

    Family Focus 9/3/21

    date 09/09/2021 author Mindy Reeder category 2021-22, September 2021 comment Leave a comment

    "But Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him,"
    Jeremiah 17:7 (Bible verse of the year chosen by Peer Ministry)


    September 3, 2021

    Dear BA Families: 
    Welcome September! Teachers and staff helped students connect and prepare for the school year this week. As I walked through the halls and observed in classrooms, I found students connecting through social activities, in small groups discussing and energetically participating in their learning. I am honored to partner with our dedicated staff and our students who greet me each morning with a smile as we begin our new school year.

    COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: BA will continue to watch numbers and reports. We talk with Rice County and receive communication from the Diocese weekly. As you may be aware, the public school has added masks for adults and indoor sports attendance. The Gopher Conference, our sports organization, will also be evaluating this as we move forward, as will our Board of Directors for our school. Please review the chart below for our present plan.

    DID YOU FORGET TO SET UP YOUR TUITION PAYMENT PLAN? I will be calling families this week if your plan is not set up. Please contact me directly if you have questions or need support at mreeder@bacards.org.

    ATHLETIC & ACTIVITY SIGN UP: Please peruse the opportunities listed below for your scholar to get involved in BA programs. NEW THIS YEAR - Knowledge Bowl - Sign up and information is below.

      UPCOMING EVENTS:

      • Sept 6: Labor Day - No School
      • Sept 8: School Picture Day - form found HERE
      • Sept 18, 1pm: Tackle Cancer home football game
      • Sept 18, 4-10pm: DMCC Spiritfest
      • Sept 22: MS/HS NET Retreat/Joe Roueche Talk for Parents
      • Sept 27-Oct 1: Homecoming Week

      REMINDERS:

      • Student Laptops: All high school students should have their laptops by Friday. Next week middle school will begin receiving their laptops.
      • Tuition Agreements: Check your junk mail folder if you haven't seen anything. Note that we are NOT USING TADS this year, but FACTS. Contact Kris Sauer @ ksauer@bacards.org with questions. 
      • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: We are transitioning to a new SignUpGenius-based system, meaning once you sign up & show up to volunteer you are good - you will no longer need to separately record your hours. The volleyball and football sign ups just sent out are included in this, and any hours already logged for this school year will be moved to the new system. More information to follow. Students will still log their volunteer hours separately through their religion classes. 
      • Parent Special Event - parish-wide "It's all about the Relationship" by Joe Roueche on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m in the BA gym. Sign up information HERE.
      • Homework Club will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Kohl, starting September 7.
      Continue praying for the health of all students and staff. We join with Pope Francis who has asked everyone to unite in praying for the “battered population of Afghanistan and the people of Haiti" as well as our military members and families who lost their lives in service to our Country. Special prayers also needed for those hit by Hurricane Ida.

      Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
      mreeder@bacards.org

      ALL BA UPDATES



      Mask Donations Needed: Our supply of masks to have on hand for students and visitors is almost gone. We could especially use donated boxes of disposable masks. Send in to the front office if you are able to help. Thank you!

      Spooktacular Committee Volunteers Needed: We are seeking 2-3 parents to serve on the Spooktacular planning committee. Spooktacular, a 
      Halloween-themed 5k run/1-mile walk fundraiser in conjunction with Divine Mercy Catholic School (DMCS) will be held Oct 16 this year. Our first planning meeting is Wed, Sept 8 at 4:30pm at DMCS. Contact Kris Sauer if interested in participating (counts for parent volunteer hours!). 

      Order Tackle Cancer Gear by Sept 8
      Click
      HERE to order your TACKLE CANCER BA gear! For any shirt or sweatshirt purchased, $5.00 of the cost will go toward Tackle Cancer. Orders need to be placed by September 8 so clothing can be picked up at  Star Trophy inside Ace Hardware by September 15. All staff, students, and  parents are encouraged to wear their Tackle Cancer clothing for the 1:00pm September 18th Tackle Cancer home football game vs. Randolph at Bruce Smith Field.

      Gr 4-12 Robotics Team-1st Practice Sep 9
      Robotics is back and open to all interested students in Grades 4-12. Practices will be held in the BA Library Mondays and Thursdays from 3-5pm starting Thursday, September 9. Program fees are $75 payable to Divine Mercy Catholic School. Find the registration form
      HERE.


      Knowledge Bowl - New Academic Team to BA!
      Anyone interested in being part of a Knowledge Bowl team at BA?  Knowledge Bowl is a team competition against other schools in which you answer questions about a variety of academic topics. Teams work together to try and answer a question and the first team to buzz in gets a chance to answer the question for a point.  Competitions are held at various schools and there is a regional and state tournament competition.  We would need students versed in all fields of study,  from advanced math and science to English, History, and engineering. If you are interested, contact Dave Wollin at
      dwollin@bacards.org.

      Invitation to Join Moms in Prayer Group: Please contact Lori Bittenbender if interested in partnering in the Moms in Prayer ministry to pray with other BA moms.  We will meet for only one hour a week at BA (Room 102, in the conference room) to pray for our kids, their teachers and Bethlehem Academy. If interested, please contact Lori at 972-955-4730 or lori@lbpublicrelations.com. Learn more about Moms in Prayer at https://momsinprayer.org/

      Volunteer at SpiritFest Saturday, September 18!
      Parents and students! Many volunteers are needed to help make the Sept 18 Divine Mercy Catholic Church's annual SpiritFest a success. Sign up for a volunteer shift at this link. Hours served are eligible for our family and students' volunteer hours. See attached flyer for more information.

      Game Day Volunteers Needed
      Our athletics program depends on the helping hands of many volunteer parents and alumni.  For football and volleyball, we need adults to help at the admissions table/gate and in the concession stand.  Please consider sharing your time and talent with us!

      The VOLLEYBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a4ac29a4fd0-2021
        Sign Up!

      The FOOTBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a4ac29a4fd0-20211
        Sign Up!

      BA Maintenance Position Available
      Bethlehem Academy seeks an energetic individual to join our maintenance team! This team member will work directly with the Maintenance Supervisor in coordinating all care for the facility, from cleaning to repairs and lawn care and snow removal.  Required Qualifications: 
      1st Class Boilers License; Basic knowledge in the following areas: plumbing, electrical and carpentry; Good vision is required in order to read material safety data sheets; Good attendance is required as well as ability to work various shifts; Ability to work extra hours if necessary. 
      Send resume and two references to: Mindy Reeder at mreeder@bacards.org by Sept. 17, 2021.

      BA Theater Director Position
      Bethlehem Academy is seeking a Director to lead our theater and drama programs throughout the year. Do you have a heart for theater? Do you love working with middle and high school students? This position is paid a stipend per show or program (Drama Club; Musical Production) and typically arranges a schedule for practices after the school day. Qualifications: Experience in theater and musical productions. Directing experience preferred. Application: Please send your resume and three references to: Mindy Reeder – mreeder@bacards.org

      Student Guatemala Mission Trip Coffee Fundraiser
      BA teens going on the Spring Break mission trip are selling coffee from Guatemala to fund the work projects they will do while in Guatemala. Free delivery to Faribault. Order HERE. The coffee is direct trade, so the San Lucas Mission buys directly from small farmers, meaning the families get paid a fair and livable wage for the coffee crop. Your support is greatly appreciated!

      Online BA School Store!
      We have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. See the available items HERE

      HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
      BAND PROGRAMS: 

      • Spirit Fest-Sept. 18 from 6:15-6:40 p.m.- The BA pep band will be playing for Spirit Fest on Saturday, September 18th on the stage. Please be there at 5:45pm for warm-ups. 

      Faribault Community Boards-Youth Leadership Positions
      Getting involved in the community looks great on your high school resume as you live out the Dominican Pillar of Service!
      Here are options for volunteer leadership positions – and this will also help you meet your volunteer hour requirements at BA. Click HERE to check out the many options, from the Library Board to the Paradise Center for the Arts. Any students interested in applying can do so at this link: https://forms.gle/LprHkygBabFL5Hnz9

      1st United Bank Junior Board Applications 
      Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. Application and more information attached


      MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

      FAITH FORMATION/YOUTH GROUP UPDATES

      Registration for Confirmation and Middle School EDGE is closing on Monday, September 6! Students in 8th grade on up can sign up for confirmation. Middle School EDGE is open to students in grades 5-7. If you have a student who still needs to receive their First Communion, please let us know! 

       

      Registration link: https://fs22.formsite.com/dmcc/FallFF2021/index.html

      Confirmation info: https://www.divinemercy.cc/confirmation-prep

      Middle School EDGE info: https://www.divinemercy.cc/middle-school-edge

       

      If you have any questions, please reach out! 

      Wed, Sep 22 Faith Formation Kick Off Night! includes: 

      • Parent NightIt’s all about the Relationship, with guest speaker Joe Roueche, 7-8:30pm BA Gym; Required to attend.
      • Middle School NET Retreat: (must be registered for EDGE), 6-9pm DMCS Gym
      • High School and Confirmation* NET Retreat: (must be signed up for High School Youth Group or Confirmation), 6-930pm DMCC Church *required for confirmation students

      COMMUNITY UPDATES
      Youth After School Programs
      Faribault YouthConnect! Network offers many programs for to Faribault youth this fall during the after school hours and on non-school days. Attached is a menu (in three languages) highlighting various opportunities offered by 4-H, Buckham Library, FPS Community Schools, Faribault Public Schools Activities, Paradise Center for the Arts, Parks and Recreation and River Bend Nature Center. Check out the attached flyer for more information. 


      Senior Service Coordinator Position: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
      Neighbors Helping Neighbors provide chore services to seniors over 60, and to others with disabilities, to help them remain living independent in their home. We currently have an opening for a part time staff position in Faribault.  We are looking for a Rice County community member, passionate about serving seniors and working with volunteers, to help us grow Neighbors Helping Neighbors. 
      The Senior Service Coordinator position is posted on our website HERE.  Interested candidates may view the job description and apply directly.  

      Housekeeping Positions: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
      Neighbors Helping Neighbors has part-time Household Helper positions available for anyone 17 or over. Employees assist seniors 60 and over with light housekeeping so they can remain in their home. Flexible days/hours (2-20/week), $12.50/hour. Apply online by clicking
      HERE.  

       

      CALENDAR LINKS
      Click the link below for the calendar.
       

      ATTACHMENTS
      SpiritFest Raffle & Volunteer Info Flyer
      1st United Bank Board of Directors Application
      Faribault Youth Connect Fall Activity Flyer

      Family Focus 8/27/21

      date 09/01/2021 author Kris Sauer category August 2021, 2021-22 comment Leave a comment

      August 27, 2021

      Dear BA Families: 

      The BA School year begins on Monday! What a wonderful start to our year as we gathered at the picnic, met and blessed new scholars and families, and kicked off our year by selecting students for BA Cardinal Houses. Energy was high this week and I know that the Holy Spirit will continue to be on fire as we return to classrooms on Monday. 

      What are BA Cardinal Houses? Our BA student council helped to create our presentation video shared with students prior to the "selection ceremony." Take a minute and click HERE to view the introductory video. All students were selected for one of the various Houses, noted below, drawn by random selection. We will gather in Houses this next week for our first activity. The goal of these Houses is to bring students closer together, build fellowship among the youngest and oldest students, provide more leadership opportunities for our juniors and seniors as mentors, and build opportunities to grow in our faith and school spirit! Here are the five houses:

        • Veritas – truth (GREEN) 
        • Caritas – love/charity (ORANGE) 
        • Gratia – grace (AQUA) 
        • Credo – faith/belief (creed) (YELLOW) 
        • Salve/Salvara – to save (GREY)

      Thank you to Student Council leaders and seniors Madelyn Bauer, Aiden Tobin, Matthew Croke, and Katie Seidel for their work in putting this together!

      COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Please see the graphic below for a quick reference. BA will continue to watch numbers and reports. We talk with Rice County and receive communication from the Diocese weekly. If mandates and adjustments are needed we will communicate that with our families.

      DID YOU FORGET TO SET UP YOUR TUITION PAYMENT PLAN? I will be calling families this week if your plan is not set up. Please contact me directly if you have questions or need support at mreeder@bacards.org.

      ATHLETIC & ACTIVITY SIGN UP: Please peruse the opportunities listed below for your scholar to get involved in BA programs. NEW THIS YEAR - Knowledge Bowl - Sign up and information is below.

        UPCOMING EVENTS:

        • August 30: First Day of School! Faribault busing & BA Van will run.
        • Sept. 1: Join us for our Wednesday Mass at 10:30 a.m. as we kick of our year at IC Church.
        • September 3: Class service projects planned mid-day 
        • September 6: Labor Day - No School.

        REMINDERS:

        • Student Laptops: Some laptops have arrived, but our roll out will be a bit delayed. Teachers will provide instruction in various ways.
        • Tuition Agreements: Check your junk mail folder if you haven't seen anything. Note that we are NOT USING TADS this year, but FACTS. Contact Kris Sauer @ ksauer@bacards.org with questions. 
        • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: Log your parent volunteer hours at: https://www.bacards.org/page/310 HS Students will log their volunteer hours separately in Naviance, MS students through their religion classes. 
        • LUNCH in 2021-22: Please fill out the free and reduced lunch forms in your back to school packets. We still rely on funding from this program even though BA will once again be offering free lunches to students this year. Do remember to please put money into your child's account for those extra helpings and treats that they love! 
        • Parent Special Event - parish-wide "It's all about the Relationship" by Joe Roueche on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m in the BA gym. Sign up information below.
        • Homework Club will begin Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Kohl.
        • Spirit Fest is September 18: Join the fun, buy raffle tickets or volunteer - all the details at: https://www.divinemercy.cc/spirit-fest
        Join us in praying for the start of the school year and the health of all students and staff. We join with Pope Francis who has asked everyone to unite in praying for the “battered population of Afghanistan and the people of Haiti" as well as our military members and families who lost their lives this week in service to our Country.

        Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL BA UPDATES


        Online School Store Now Open!
        Order your new BA gear at our online school store. Orders taken through midnight, August 30. Find the link
        HERE. We also have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. See the available items HERE

        Order Tackle Cancer Gear by Sept 8
        Click
        HERE to order your TACKLE CANCER BA gear! For any shirt or sweatshirt purchased, $5.00 of the cost will go toward Tackle Cancer. Orders need to be placed by September 8 so clothing can be picked up at  Star Trophy inside Ace Hardware by September 15. All staff, students, and  parents are encouraged to wear their Tackle Cancer clothing for the 1:00pm September 18th Tackle Cancer home football game vs. Randolph at Bruce Smith Field.

        Knowledge Bowl - New Academic Team to BA!
        Anyone interested in being part of a Knowledge Bowl team at BA?  Knowledge Bowl is a team competition against other schools in which you answer questions about a variety of academic topics. Teams work together to try and answer a question and the first team to buzz in gets a chance to answer the question for a point.  Competitions are held at various schools and there is a regional and state tournament competition.  We would need students versed in all fields of study,  from advanced math and science to English, History, and engineering. If you are interested, contact Dave Wollin at
        dwollin@bacards.org.

        Invitation to Join Moms in Prayer Group

        "Mom, will you pray for me?" Our kids are facing a battlefield for their hearts and minds. Placing our children and their schools in the Lord’s capable hands is what Moms in Prayer is all about. Through prayer, battles are won. Please contact Lori Bittenbender, mom to a new 7th BA grader, to partner in the Moms in Prayer ministry and pray with other BA moms.  We will meet for only one hour a week at BA (Room 102, in the conference room) to pray for our kids, their teachers and Bethlehem Academy. If interested, please contact me at 972-955-4730 or lori@lbpublicrelations.com. Learn more about Moms in Prayer at https://momsinprayer.org/

        Back to School Information: Find back to school information, including school supply lists, summer reading assignments, and other important information on our Back to School page HERE. Our updated COVID-19 information page is HERE.

        Summer Read Program
        Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website
        at this link.

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

        Volunteer at SpiritFest Saturday, September 18!

        Parents and students! Many volunteers are needed to help make the Sept 18 Divine Mercy Catholic Church's annual SpiritFest a success. Sign up for a volunteer shift at this link. Hours served are eligible for our family and students' volunteer hours. See attached flyer for more information.

        Joe Roueche Parent Presentation Sept 22
        Parents, while your students attend the HS and MS NET Retreats, please join us in the BA gym for a 7pm presentation by Joe Roueche on "It's All About the Relationships." Click
        HERE for more information.

        Theater Director Position

        Bethlehem Academy is seeking a Director to lead our theater and drama programs throughout the year. Do you have a heart for theater? Do you love working with middle and high school students? This position is paid a stipend per show or program (Drama Club; Musical Production) and typically arranges a schedule for practices after the school day. Qualifications: Experience in theater and musical productions. Directing experience preferred. Application: Please send your resume and three references to: Mindy Reeder – mreeder@bacards.org

        SCRIP Note Update: BA students and families may participate in the DMCS Scrip program to earn tuition credit. See the attached August update for more information.


        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
        South Parking Lot-Staff Only Parking
        Parents of student drivers please remind your scholars that the south parking lot by the greenhouse has been designated for staff only this school year. The main parking remains an option for all students and visitors.


        BAND PROGRAMS: 

        • Spirit Fest-Sept. 18 from 6:15-6:40 p.m.- The BA pep band will be playing for Spirit Fest on Saturday, September 18th on the stage. Please be there at 5:45pm for warm-ups. 

        High School NET Retreat Sept 22
        High school students! Click
        HERE for information on the High School NET retreat held Sept 22, 6-9:30pm at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

        DMCC High School Youth Group
        Click
        HERE for Divine Mercy Catholic Church high school youth group information and activities!

        Faribault Community Boards-Youth Leadership Positions
        Getting involved in the community looks great on your high school resume as you live out the Dominican Pillar of Service!
        Here are options for volunteer leadership positions – and this will also help you meet your volunteer hour requirements at BA. Click HERE to check out the many options, from the Library Board to the Paradise Center for the Arts. Any students interested in applying can do so at this link: https://forms.gle/LprHkygBabFL5Hnz9

        1st United Bank Junior Board Applications 
        Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. Application and more information attached

        HIGH SCHOOL CHURCH PROGRAMS: Confirmation & High School Youth Group Information online - grow in body, mind and spirit! https://www.divinemercy.cc/discipleship


        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES
        Gr 4-6 Football!
        Students interested in playing youth football should plan to attend a meeting (with their parents) Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30 on BA's Back 40 (field on south side of the school, next to the greenhouse). Varsity head coach Jim Beckmann will talk to parents and students about the season. Parents are needed to volunteer to help with practices and games (no football knowledge is required.) Find the sign up form attached. Please email Kevin Dokkestul with questions. 


        Middle School NET Retreat Sept 22
        Middle school students, please click
        HERE for information on registering for the Middle School NET retreat, 6-9pm at Divine Mercy Catholic School.

        DMCC Middle School EDGE
        Click
        HERE for information on Divine Mercy Catholic Church's middle school EDGE program. Open to all 5th-7th graders, this program is for those in middle school who want to come together with other teens to grow in their faith and to learn more about the Catholic Church. This provides a great opportunity to prepare for Confirmation. 


        COMMUNITY UPDATES
        Youth After School Programs
        Faribault YouthConnect! Network offers many programs for to Faribault youth this fall during the after school hours and on non-school days. Attached is a menu (in three languages) highlighting various opportunities offered by 4-H, Buckham Library, FPS Community Schools, Faribault Public Schools Activities, Paradise Center for the Arts, Parks and Recreation and River Bend Nature Center. Check out the attached flyer for more information. 


        Senior Service Coordinator Position: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
        Neighbors Helping Neighbors provide chore services to seniors over 60, and to others with disabilities, to help them remain living independent in their home. We currently have an opening for a part time staff position in Faribault.  We are looking for a Rice County community member, passionate about serving seniors and working with volunteers, to help us grow Neighbors Helping Neighbors. 
        The Senior Service Coordinator position is posted on our website HERE.  Interested candidates may view the job description and apply directly.  


        Housekeeping Positions: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
        Neighbors Helping Neighbors has part-time Household Helper positions available for anyone 17 or over. Employees assist seniors 60 and over with light housekeeping so they can remain in their home. Flexible days/hours (2-20/week), $12.50/hour. Apply online by clicking
        HERE.  

        ATTACHMENTS
        2021 BA Gr 4-6 Football Registration
        SpiritFest Raffle & Volunteer Info Flyer
        Scrip Note-August Update
        1st United Bank Board of Directors Application
        Faribault Youth Connect Fall Activity Flyer

        Family Focus 8/20/21

        date 08/27/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, August 2021 comment Leave a comment

        August 20, 2021

        Dear BA Families: 

        WELCOME TO THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR! This next week we look forward to welcoming scholars and families back at our special orientation events including the Back-to-School Picnic on Wed., Aug. 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Back 40, if weather permits (in the gym if rain). New scholars and families are encouraged to attend a special orientation following the picnic at 6:45 p.m. in the gymnasium. Thursday, Aug. 26, all BA scholars return at 9 a.m. for orientation. We will gather in the gymnasium Thursday morning. Please have your scholars wear their Cardinal t-shirts as we'll be taking an all-school photo at the end of orientation.

        I love that parents are helping us start our school year by creating a prayer group. See below to join the Moms in Prayer group here at BA. In addition, we would like to see all parents at the school and parish-wide "Parent Presentation - It's all about the Relationship" by Joe Roueche on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m in the BA gym. While you're at the presentation, all Middle School (located at DMCS) and High School/Confirmation scholars (located at Divine Mercy Church) will attend the NET retreats from 6-9:30 p.m. This is a blessed way to begin our year, together! Mark your calendars!

        COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Here is a quick graphic to review our plans as of today. Know that mandates or escalating cases could change what is required at any time.
        Link here to our webpage with detailed information.


        TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: New student laptops were ordered this summer but please be aware that arrival of some of the new devices are delayed. Although we are working hard to expedite this in order to have everything in place, it is possible that all students may not have laptops during the first week of school. 

        MENTOR FAMILIES: BA is looking for Mentor families to help support families of the 16 new high school and 17 new middle school students (at every grade level!) to our Cardinal community. If you would be willing to be a mentor family or want to learn more, email Kris Sauer at:
        ksauer@bacards.org

          UPCOMING EVENTS:

          • August 25: Back-to-School Picnic, 5-6:30pm, BA Back 40
            • 6:45 p.m. - ALL NEW SCHOLARS & FAMILIES ORIENTATION at BA
          • August 26: Student Orientation, 9-11:30am Students please wear Cardinal spirit wear or BA colors (red, black). No Faribault busing; BA Van routes will run; No lunch served; bring school supplies!
          • August 30: First Day of School! Faribault busing & BA Van will run.
          • September 3: Tentative service projects planned for BA scholars.
          • September 6: Labor Day. No School.

          REMINDERS:

          • Tuition Agreements: We still have about 30 families who need to set up their payment plan with FACTS. Payments are due this month! See your email for a link to set this up in FACTS. Check your junk mail folder if you haven't seen anything. Note that we are NOT USING TADS this year, but FACTS. Contact Kris Sauer @ ksauer@bacards.org with questions. 
          • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: Log your parent volunteer hours at: https://www.bacards.org/page/310 HS Students will log their volunteer hours separately in Naviance, MS students through their religion classes. 
          • FREE LUNCH in 2021-22: As a carryover of COVID school grants and support, BA will once again be offering free lunches to students. You'll only need to put money into your child's account for those extra helpings and treats that they love!
          SISTER MARY MARGARET RETIRES! 
          A reminder to send your cards of thanks/congratulations/best wishes to Sister Mary Margaret to the front office by August 30.


          KUDOS:  To our Office and Maintenance staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a safe, clean and prepared start to the school year!

          SUPPORTING THE DMCS "United for our Future" CAMPAIGN! Join us in prayer and support of the Divine Mercy Catholic School Capital Campaign. The stronger our local elementary, the stronger BA will be!

          Join us in praying for the start of the school year and the health of all students and staff. We join with Pope Francis who has asked everyone to unite in praying for the “battered population of Afghanistan and the people of Haiti."  

          Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal

          mreeder@bacards.org

          ALL BA UPDATES

          Online School Store Now Open!
          Order your new BA gear at our online school store. Orders taken through midnight, August 30. Find the link
          HERE. We also have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. Items will also be available for sale at the Back to School picnic Aug 25 from 5-6:30pm. See the available items HERE

          Home & School Bake Sale @ Aug 25 Picnic
          Home & School is sponsoring a bake sale at Back to School Night (Wed Aug 25, 5-6:30pm on the Back 40)! Stop by our table to buy some tasty treats and learn about what we do. If you haven't already paid your dues, you can do that too! We will also be having a drawing for a basket of tasty treats for anyone who has already paid their dues or pays them that night. You will need to be present to win. If you can donate to our bake sale, please sign up
          HERE.

          Invitation to Join Moms in Prayer Group

          "Mom, will you pray for me?" Our kids are facing a battlefield for their hearts and minds. Placing our children and their schools in the Lord’s capable hands is what Moms in Prayer is all about. Through prayer, battles are won. Please contact Lori Bittenbender, mom to a new 7th BA grader, to partner in the Moms in Prayer ministry and pray with other BA moms.  We will meet for only one hour a week at BA (Room 102, in the conference room) to pray for our kids, their teachers and Bethlehem Academy. If interested, please contact me at 972-955-4730 or lori@lbpublicrelations.com. Learn more about Moms in Prayer at https://momsinprayer.org/

          House Program Introduction
          Want to know about our new House Program at BA? Click
          HERE to view the introductory video we will be using at student orientation Aug 26 prior to sorting our students into their Houses. Thank you to Student Council leaders and seniors Madelyn Bauer, Aiden Tobin, Matthew Croke, and Katie Seidel for their work in putting this together!

          Back to School Information: Find back to school information, including school supply lists, summer reading assignments, and other important information on our Back to School page
          HERE. Our updated COVID-19 information page is HERE.

          Summer Read Program
          Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website
          at this link.

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

          BA/DMCC Red Cross Blood Driver Aug 24
          Give the life-saving gift of blood! BA and Divine Mercy Catholic Church are hosting a blood drive at the church Tuesday, Aug 24 from 9am to 2pm. Spots are still available and all donors receive a variety of complimentary incentives. Sign up HERE.  

          Volunteer at SpiritFest Saturday, September 18!
          Parents and students! Many volunteers are needed to help make the Sept 18 Divine Mercy Catholic Church's annual SpiritFest a success. Sign up for a volunteer shift at
          this link. Hours served are eligible for our family and students' volunteer hours.

          Joe Roueche Parent Presentation Sept 22
          Parents, while your students attend the HS and MS NET Retreats, please join us in the BA gym for a 7pm presentation by Joe Roueche on "It's All About the Relationships." Click
          HERE for more information.

          Theater Director Position

          Bethlehem Academy is seeking a Director to lead our theater and drama programs throughout the year. Do you have a heart for theater? Do you love working with middle and high school students? This position is paid a stipend per show or program (Drama Club; Musical Production) and typically arranges a schedule for practices after the school day. Qualifications: Experience in theater and musical productions. Directing experience preferred. Application: Please send your resume and three references to: Mindy Reeder – mreeder@bacards.org

          SCRIP Note Update: BA students and families may participate in the DMCS Scrip program to earn tuition credit. See the attached August update for more information.


          HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
          South Parking Lot-Staff Only Parking
          Parents of student drivers please remind your scholars that the south parking lot by the greenhouse has been designated for staff only this school year. The main parking remains an option for all students and visitors.


          BAND PROGRAMS: 

          • Gopher Football High School Band Day: Sign Up by Aug 25-All 9-12 BA Band Students & Parents: Gopher Football Band day is a tremendous opportunity for local High School bands to perform during halftime on the field of Huntington Bank Stadium. The Pride of Minnesota Marching Band and Spirit Squad Day is Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the 11am Minnesota vs. Miami University (OH) football game. If interested in this event, please sign-up by Wednesday, August 25th.  Please email Mr. Wendt with any questions.
          • Spirit Fest-Sept. 18 from 6:15-6:40 p.m.- The BA pep band will be playing for Spirit Fest on Saturday, September 18th on the stage. Please be there at 5:45pm for warm-ups. 

          Student Volunteers Needed Aug 24
          Several high school students needed for a back to school project the morning of Tuesday, August 24. Service hours provided. Contact Mrs. Sauer at 507-334-3948, x206 or ksauer@bacards.org if able to help.

          High School NET Retreat Sept 22
          High school students! Click
          HERE for information on the High School NET retreat held Sept 22, 6-9:30pm at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

          DMCC High School Youth Group
          Click
          HERE for Divine Mercy Catholic Church high school youth group information and activities!

          Faribault Community Boards-Youth Leadership Positions
          Getting involved in the community looks great on your high school resume as you live out the Dominican Pillar of Service!
          Here are options for volunteer leadership positions – and this will also help you meet your volunteer hour requirements at BA. Click HERE to check out the many options, from the Library Board to the Paradise Center for the Arts. Any students interested in applying can do so at this link: https://forms.gle/LprHkygBabFL5Hnz9

          1st United Bank Junior Board Applications 
          Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. More information attached. 


          MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES
          Middle School NET Retreat Sept 22
          Middle school students, please click
          HERE for information on registering for the Middle School NET retreat, 6-9pm at Divine Mercy Catholic School.

          DMCC Middle School EDGE
          Click
          HERE for information on Divine Mercy Catholic Church's middle school EDGE program. Open to all 5th-7th graders, this program is for those in middle school who want to come together with other teens to grow in their faith and to learn more about the Catholic Church. This provides a great opportunity to prepare for Confirmation. 


          COMMUNITY UPDATES
          DMCC Middle School EDGE
          Faribault YouthConnect! Network offers many programs for to Faribault youth this fall during the after school hours and on non-school days. Attached is a menu (in three languages) highlighting various opportunities offered by 4-H, Buckham Library, FPS Community Schools, Faribault Public Schools Activities, Paradise Center for the Arts, Parks and Recreation and River Bend Nature Center. Check out the attached flyer for more information. 

          ATTACHMENTS
          Scrip Note-August Update
          1st United Bank Board of Directors Application
          Faribault Youth Connect Fall Activity Flyer

          Family Focus 8/13/21

          date 08/20/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, August 2021 comment Leave a comment

          August 13, 2021

          Dear BA Families: 

          What a blessing to have such beautiful weather this weekend! By now all families should have received their "Back-to-School" packet. In the packet is important information, forms, and our COVID-19 Addendum updates for 2021-22. Click HERE to access all the information included in that mailing. Many families have emailed with questions on our COVID response, so please take a few minutes to review the plans for this fall at BA. Also, keep in mind, all of our plans could be changed due to mandates or high numbers. Information on our COVID response plan is on the school website at: https://www.bacards.org/page/3426. If you have additional questions, we're also releasing a little Q & A video next week, or drop me an email. Our staff is so excited to welcome students back to campus this fall!

          MENTOR FAMILIES: BA is looking for Mentor families to help support families new to our Cardinal community. If you would be willing to be a mentor family or want to learn more, email Kris Sauer at: ksauer@bacards.org.

            UPCOMING EVENTS:

            • August 25: Back-to-School Picnic, 5-6:30pm, BA Back 40
              • 6:45 p.m. - ALL NEW STUDENTS & FAMILIES ORIENTATION at BA
            • August 26: Student Orientation, 9-11:30am (No Faribault busing; BA Van routes will run; No lunch served; bring school supplies!)
            • August 30: First Day of School! (Faribault busing & BA Van will run)
            • September 6: Labor Day. No School.

            REMINDERS:

            • Tuition Agreements: Thank you to parents who have set up their agreements for this fall! A reminder that tuition agreements must be set up before school starts. Payments are due this month! See your email for a link to set this up in FACTS. Check your junk mail folder if you haven't seen anything on this as it is NOT TADS this year, but FACTS. Contact Kris Sauer @ with questions. 
            • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: Log your parent volunteer hours at: https://www.bacards.org/page/310 HS Students will log their hours in Naviance, MS students through their religion classes. 
            • FREE LUNCH in 2021-22: As a carryover of COVID school grants and support, BA will once again be offering free lunches to students. You'll only need to put money into your child's account for those extra helpings and treats that they love!
            THANK YOU SISTER MARY MARGARET! 
            Yesterday we celebrated Sister Mary Margaret who, after 11 years of service here at Bethlehem Academy, will be moving to the Motherhouse at the Sinsinawa Mound where she will join their House of Welcome. She will be part of a community of Sisters who will journey with women who are discerning vowed membership with the Sinsinawa Dominicans. Send her a card of thanks/congratulations/best wishes to the front office by August 30!


            GOLF CLASSIC KUDOS:  A huge thank you to all 124 golfers who attended this year, our amazing sponsors, and our Golf Planning Committee: Ed Friesen, Kris Sauer, Tina Bokman, Dawn Pavel, Carrie Petersen, Sarah Speckhals and Mellanie Smith. It was a wonderful success with an anticipated $10,000+ profit and additional funding for the Adam Donahue '08 Scholarship here at BA!

            SUPPORTING THE DMCS "United for our Future." Join us in prayer and support of the DMCS Capital Campaign. The stronger our local elementary, the stronger BA will be!


            Join us in praying for the start of the school year and the health of all students and staff. If you have questions, our office will be open from 9am -1 pm Monday-Thursday. Stop in and don't forget to remind your students to complete their summer reading!

            Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
            mreeder@bacards.org

            ALL-BA UPDATES

            Invitation to Join Moms in Prayer Group
            "Mom, will you pray for me?" Our kids are facing a battlefield for their hearts and minds. Placing our children and their schools in the Lord’s capable hands is what Moms in Prayer is all about. Through prayer, battles are won.

            My name is Lori Bittenbender, and I’m a new BA mom. My daughter will start the 7th grade this upcoming school year.  I’m involved in the Moms in Prayer ministry and I'm looking to pray with other BA moms.  We will meet for only one hour a week and pray for our kids, their teachers and Bethlehem Academy in the Conference Room off of Room 102. If interested, please contact me at 972-955-4730 or lori@lbpublicrelations.comLearn more about Moms in Prayer at https://momsinprayer.org/

            Summer Band Program-Last Week:
            Grade 7-12 band students - summer band wraps up this Tuesday and Wednesday! Final practices will be  at BA  Aug 17-18 from 7-8:30pm. Contact Mr. Wendt at
            ewendt@bacards.org with any questions.  

            Bethlehem Academy Gopher Football High School Band Day
            Attn: All 9-12 BA Band Students & Parents:
            Gopher Football Band day is a tremendous opportunity for local High School bands to not only perform during halftime on the field of Huntington Bank Stadium, but also develop relationships and get to know current U of M students in the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band and Spirit Squad. Band day will be happening on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The Minnesota vs. Miama University (OH) Game starts at 11:00am. If interested in this event, please sign-up by Wednesday, August 25th.  Please email Mr. Wendt with any questions.

            Got Yard Games?
            Please contact Kris at 507-334-3948, x206 or ksauer@bacards.org if you have a yard game (corn hole, giant Jenga, etc.) you'd be willing to donate for use at the Back-to-School Picnic Aug 25. Thank you!

            Back to School Information: Find back to school information, including school supply lists, summer reading assignments, and other important information on our Back to School page HERE. Our updated COVID-19 information is HERE.

            Summer Read Program
            Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website at this link.

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


            Theater Director Position
            Bethlehem Academy is seeking a Director to lead our theater and drama programs throughout the year. Do you have a heart for theater? Do you love working with middle and high school students? This position is paid a stipend per show or program (Drama Club; Musical Production) and typically arranges a schedule for practices after the school day. Qualifications: Experience in theater and musical productions. Directing experience preferred. Application: Please send your resume and three references to: Mindy Reeder – mreeder@bacards.org

            SCRIP Note Update: BA students and families may participate in the DMCS Scrip program to earn tuition credit. See the attached August update for more information.

            HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
            Student Volunteers Needed Aug 24

            Several high school students needed for a back to school project the morning of Tuesday, August 24. Service hours provided. Contact Mrs. Sauer at 507-334-3948, x206 or ksauer@bacards.org if able to help.

            DMCC High School Youth Group
            Click HERE for Divine Mercy Catholic Church high school youth group information and activities!

            Faribault Community Boards-Youth Leadership Positions
            Getting involved in the community looks great on your high school resume as you live out the Dominican Pillar of Service!
            Here are options for volunteer leadership positions – and this will also help you meet your volunteer hour requirements at BA. Click HERE to check out the many options, from the Library Board to the Paradise Center for the Arts. Any students interested in applying can do so at this link: https://forms.gle/LprHkygBabFL5Hnz9

            1st United Bank Junior Board 
            Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. More information attached. 

            MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES
            DMCC Middle School EDGE
            Click HERE for information on Divine Mercy Catholic Church's middle school EDGE program. Open to all 5th-7th graders, t
            his program is for those in middle school who want to come together with other teens to grow in their faith and to learn more about the Catholic Church. This provides a great opportunity to prepare for Confirmation

            ATTACHMENTS
            Scrip Note-August Update
            1st United Bank Board of Directors Application

            Family Focus 7/30/21

            date 08/09/2021 author Kris Sauer category July 2021, 2021-22 comment Leave a comment

            July 30, 2021

            Dear BA Families: A special thank you to our students, our families, our alumni and our supporters for all they do for BA! It's been a wonderful week of service and dedication. Thanks to everyone who volunteered in the BA Cardinal Cafe fair stand, who sponsored a rider - or is riding in - our Smart Challenge ride, and all of our sponsors and players for next week's BA Golf Classic. We are so appreciative of the immense support we receive and the partnerships with area businesses and Divine Mercy Catholic Church and School - THANK YOU! It's great to be a Cardinal.

            Speaking of Cardinals, alumni arrived back in Minnesota this week from the Class of 1956!
            They will be hosting a reunion this Saturday. In addition to their reunion, other classes celebrating this year include: Class of 1966; Class of 1971 and the Class of 1981. I look forward to connecting with alumni as they return to "where it all started!"

            MENTOR FAMILIES: BA is looking for Mentor families to help support families new to our Cardinal community. If you would be willing to be a mentor family or want to learn more, email Kris Sauer at:
            ksauer@bacards.org.

            BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Keep the below dates in mind as you plan for our return to school! Our "Back-to-School" mailing will be sent out next week including the revised COVID addendum with minimum protocols that are required. 

              UPCOMING EVENTS:

              • August 6: Cardinal Classic Golf Tournament, Faribault Golf Club
              • August 12: Fall sports meeting, 6:30pm, BA gym
              • August 25: Back-to-School Picnic, 5-6:30pm, BA Back 40
                • 6:45 p.m. - ALL NEW STUDENTS & FAMILIES ORIENTATION at BA
              • August 26: Student Orientation, 9-11:30am (No Faribault busing; BA Van routes will run; No lunch served; bring school supplies!)
              • August 30: First Day of School! (Faribault busing & BA Van will run)

              REMINDERS:

              • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: Log your volunteer hours at: https://www.bacards.org/page/310 HS Students will log their hours in Naviance, MS students through their religion classes 
              • FREE LUNCH in 2021-22: As a carryover of COVID school grants and support, BA will once again be offering free lunches to students. You'll only need to put money into your child's account for those extra helpings and treats that they love!
              SMART RIDE KUDOS:  A huge thank you to Jason Hillesheim for helping to coordinate the SMART Challenge Ride once again! Special thanks to all of our riders for their dedication and gift of time, talent and treasure - we are so blessed by each of you! - Luke Bauer '21; Wade Bauer '74; Sara, Cory and Isaac '21 Caron; Amy Cox; Bob Crone; Dave DeGrood '77; George Farmer; Jason Hillesheim and Loren Tatge. Support our riders with a pledge HERE - all funds go to students scholarships at BA. 

              SUPPORTING THE DMCS "United for our Future." DMCS plans to build out by Divine Mercy Church and kicked off this campaign over the summer. Join us in prayers and discernment as you consider your support. BA looks forward to a rich partnership with DMCS throughout this build project. 

              Sending prayers to you this summer! Our office will be open from 9am--1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Stop in and don't forget to remind your students to complete their summer reading!

              Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
              mreeder@bacards.org

              ALL-BA UPDATES

              Summer Band Program Starts August 3
              Grade 7-12 band students - Mr. Wendt is starting up summer band! Band will practice Tues-Wed from 7-8:30pm the first three weeks of August. Plan to be at BA 7-8:30pm Aug 3-4, Aug 10-11, and Aug 17-18. Watch your email for more information.

              Back to School Information: Find back to school information, including school supply lists, summer reading assignments, and other important information on our Back to School page HERE. Our annual summer back to school mailing will be sent next week. 

              Summer Read Program
              Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website at this link.

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

              Theater Director Position

              Bethlehem Academy is seeking a Director to lead our theater and drama programs throughout the year. Do you have a heart for theater? Do you love working with middle and high school students? This position is paid a stipend per show or program (Drama Club; Musical Production) and typically arranges a schedule for practices after the school day. Qualifications: Experience in theater and musical productions. Directing experience preferred. Application: Please send your resume and three references to: Mindy Reeder – mreeder@bacards.org

              SCRIP Note Update: BA students and families may participate in the DMCS Scrip program to earn tuition credit. See the attached summer program update for more information.

              HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
              1st United Bank Junior Board 
              Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. More information attached. 

              ATTACHMENTS
              Scrip Note Update
              1st United Bank Board of Directors Application

              Family Focus 7/23/21

              date 07/28/2021 author Kris Sauer category July 2021, 2021-22 comment Leave a comment

              July 23, 2021

              Dear BA Families:

              Student and family volunteer time is needed for the success of BA events - and a rich part of our history. Each year we ask families to give the gift of time, 25 hours of their time, to support the many events, fundraisers, and programs at BA. With the beginning of our fiscal year in July, the Rice County Fair is the first opportunity students and families have to volunteer. If all students and parents signed up for one shift, we would be overwhelmed, but the work load would be easy. Typically our teams or clubs sign up for a time to work together - as we get back into our more "normal" events now that COVID restrictions have lifted, we need everyone to step up. We could really use your support this Saturday or Sunday at the Rice County fair stand - sign up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aa5a72ba7fd0-bafood Additional volunteer hours will be available throughout the year as well. 

              Tracking Volunteer Hours

              • Parents: In 2019 we kicked off an online tracking form for parents (which we did not use last year due to COVID limits on events). If you're volunteering at the fair, are part of our School Board or other committees, please track your time and let us know how you like to volunteer. Visit our volunteer page at: https://www.bacards.org/page/3105
              • Students: Separately, our students track their volunteer and service hours through a school program called Naviance. This tracking helps them ensure that they've met their volunteer goals for the year, which vary by grade, and will also help remind them of their effort when they apply for scholarships and recognition.
              BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Our Back-to-School events are just one month away! We've highlighted these events below, so please mark your calendars. The Diocese will be sending all Catholic schools updated recommendations for our fall return to in-person learning. We will have all of the details by early August in our "Back-to-School" mailing, but anticipate very limited recommendations.

              FREE LUNCH in 2021-22: As a carryover of COVID school grants and support, BA will once again be offering free lunches to students. You'll only need to put money into your child's account for those extra helpings and treats that they love!

              SUPPORTING THE DMCS "United for our Future." This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the presentation to build a new school building for DMCS out on the grounds near the church. What a beautiful plan to ensure Catholic education in Faribault for generations! Some might wonder how this connects to BA. Our support in connected in multiple ways. First as united Catholic Schools of Faribault, we grow together and partner in so many ways. Our schools are stronger together and our partnership has endless potential. Second, DMCS is our main feeder school. Third, the new parish hall and school will provide additional opportunities for BA to partner with our parish and school for space, events and sports programs. Please join DMCS in prayers at this point for the success of their Capital Campaign, the future of Faribault Catholic schools.

              UPCOMING EVENTS:

              • July 23-27: Cardinal Cafe at the Rice Count Fair! Sign up HERE to volunteer.
              • July 29-31: SMART Ride - Sponsor one of our 10 riders, including Class of 2021 grads Luke Bauer and Isaac Caron!
              • August 6: Cardinal Classic Golf Tournament, Faribault Golf Club. Spots are filling fast! Sign up to play, click here
              • August 12: Fall sports meeting, 6:30pm, BA gym
              • August 25: Back-to-School Picnic, 5-7pm, BA Back 40
              • August 25: New Family Orientation, 6:30pm, BA Cafeteria
              • August 26: Student Orientation, 9-11:30am (No Faribault busing; BA Van routes will run)
              • August 30: First Day of School! (Faribault busing & BA Van will run)
              KUDOS:  A huge thank you to the Simones family for all of their work in coordinating our Rice County Fair BA Cardinal Cafe this year. They put in countless hours to make this a success. A special thanks to the Wilder family for their years of coordination and hard work and for their support throughout this year's transition. WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!

              God bless you during the summer months! Our office will be open from 9am--1pm Monday-Thursday. Stop in and don't forget to remind your students to complete their summer reading!


              Blessings, Mindy Reeder
              President/Principal

              mreeder@bacards.org

              ALL-BA UPDATES

              Summer Band Program Starts August 3
              Grade 7-12 band students - Mr. Wendt is starting up summer band! Band will practice Tues-Wed from 7-8:30pm the first three weeks of August. Plan to be at BA 7-8:30pm Aug 3-4, Aug 10-11, and Aug 17-18. Watch your email for more information.

              Back to School Information: Find back to school information, including school supply lists, summer reading assignments, and other important information on our Back to School page HERE. Our annual summer back to school mailing will be sent early August. 

              Summer Read Program
              Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website at this link.

              SMART Ride July 29-31, 2021
              Support one of our 10 riders for this 10th anniversary of the SMART Ride! This great event raises money for student scholarships! Riders include current & past parents, alumni (including 2 from the Class of 2021), and friends of BA. Click
              here to support one of these great riders - every pledge counts!


              Cardinal Golf Classic Aug 6
              Sign up by Friday, July 30, to join the Aug 6 Cardinal Golf Classic at the Faribault Golf Club. Scramble format starts at 12 noon & spots are filling fast! Sign up your foursome
              here today! 


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


              SCRIP Note Update: BA students and families may participate in the DMCS Scrip program to earn tuition credit. See the attached summer program update for more information.

              HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
              1st United Bank Junior Board 
              Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. More information attached. 

              ATTACHMENTS
              Scrip Note Update
              1st United Bank Board of Directors Application

              Family Focus 7/16/21

              date 07/21/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, July 2021 comment Leave a comment

              July 16, 2021

              Dear BA Families:

              It's Rice County Fair time! If you haven't signed up for a shift, please review the openings for the BA Fair Stand. We need everyone to support the stand as we support the community at the Rice County Fair!

              Our staff continues to prepare for the next school year through professional development, implementation of "Houses," the Positivity Project school wide, and new courses. We are excited to welcome 19 new students this fall, an increase in enrollment of 7%!  Our BA family also welcomes new teachers after the retirement of dedicated staff this year and changes in teachers. On a sad note, we say farewell to two additional staff, Matt Knutson and Sister Melissa Schreifels. They both touched students lives and we wish them the best in their new positions.

              Please welcome: Edward Wendt, Band Director; Rachel Tondryk, Spanish Instructor; Father John Powers, 7th grade theology/Chaplain; Dave Wollin is expanding his role as an AP teacher and will also be our HS support instructor.

              We also added two staff added this month:

              Lynette Battles - Middle School & High School Math Teacher:  Mrs. Battles graduated from Bethlehem Academy. She has taught in Catholic education for the past 15 years and earned her BS in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota, and a teaching license through the College of St. Catherine. She begins her Masters program through the University of St. Thomas Murray Institute this fall. She's very happy to continue her teaching career at Bethlehem Academy and looks forward to engaging math students and working with BA staff and families. She currently lives in Faribault with her husband Josh, and they have four children, Jacob, Noah, Alissa, and Shae.

              Mr. Michael Bengen - PE/Health Teacher:  Mr. Bengen graduated from Winona State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in Developmental Adapted PE. He has a passion for helping people learn and become a better version of themselves.  Outside of teaching, he enjoys going to his family camper where he fishes and plays yard games. Mr. Bengen is looking forward to being able to get to know the students at BA and possibly be able to coach some of them in the near future.

              We are also working with the Archdiocese, State, and County to review any needed COVID protocols for the fall of our school year. We will inform families of any updates, but do not anticipate many requirements.

              UPCOMING EVENTS:

              • July 23-27: Cardinal Cafe at the Rice Count Fair! Sign up HERE to volunteer.
              • July 29-31: SMART Ride - Join us to raise scholarship dollars or sponsor one of our 9 riders, including Class of 2021 grads Luke Bauer and Isaac Caron!
              • August 6: Cardinal Classic Golf Tournament, Faribault Golf Club. Spots are filling fast! Sign up to play, click here
              KUDOS:  Maintenance team and student workers for going through our building this summer - it's looking amazing!

              FUNDRAISERS:
              • BA Fair Stand: We need your support at the Rice County Fair. We want to thank the Simones family for agreeing to manage the stand and we need you to volunteer - July 21-25, 2021. We are asking EVERY STUDENT AND FAMILY TO TAKE A SHIFT IN ORDER TO MEET OUR BUDGETARY NEEDS. Click HERE to sign up today. Thank you!
              May your summer bring joy, may your family find peace and may God bless you during the summer months! Our office will be open from 9-1 p.m. M-Th. Stop in!

              Blessings, Mindy Reeder
              President/Principal

              mreeder@bacards.org

              ALL-BA UPDATES

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


              Cardinal Golf Classic Aug 6
              Registration is open for the annual Cardinal Golf Classic! This year's event will be held at the Faribault Golf Club Friday, August 6 with a scramble format starting at 12 noon. Registration just $100 includes golf, awards dinner, gift and hole contests. Spots filling fast. Sign up your foursome
              here today! 


              Back to School Information: Find back to school information, including school supply lists, summer reading assignments, and other important information on our Back to School page HERE. Our annual summer back to school mailing will be sent early August. 

              Summer Read Program
              Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website at this link.

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


              SCRIP Note Update: BA students and families may participate in the DMCS Scrip program to earn tuition credit. See the attached summer program update for more information.

              HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
              1st United Bank Junior Board 
              Rising 11th and 12th graders are invited to apply for the 1st United Bank Junior Board of Directors. Applications due September 10, 2021. More information attached. 

              ATTACHMENTS
              Scrip Note Update
              1st United Bank Board of Directors Application

              Family Focus 6/29/21

              date 07/16/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2020-21, June 2021 comment Leave a comment

              June 29, 2021

              Dear BA Families:

              Happy July 4th! I hope that the month of June has brought you relaxation and joy that only Minnesota summers can bring. This month BA scholars attended camps, church programs and summer support. Teachers continued in their educational journey through June professional development opportunities. Our maintenance team and student workers dig in every day to ensure that our buildings are prepared to shine this fall. We are so thankful for their hard work and impressed with our student workers!

              Join us this summer! We need your support and involvement to ensure success at our summer events. Please be sure to sign up to take a shift at the Rice County Fair, join us on the trails or sponsor a rider on our BA SMART Ride, and gather your team for the BA Golf Classic! See all the details below.

              As we prepare for the next school year, we look forward to beginning the year by implementing "Houses" and the Positivity Project school wide. These programs extend social and emotional learning programming by connecting more students and celebrating our unique, God given traits. Our enrollment is up for the first time in four years and we look forward to welcoming new students into the BA Family as well as new teachers. Please welcome:

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

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

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

              Rachel Tondryk – Spanish Teacher: Rachel graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double major in Spanish and Education. Her last year of college was spent living in Costa Rica and attending La Universidad de Veritas in San José. She taught Spanish at her alma mater, Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, coached, and served on various committees. After a short period at home with her children she returned to teaching at St. Dominic School in Northfield. Rachel is thrilled to continue at BA and feels blessed that she and her daughters will be a part of the BA community. 

              In addition, positions have been offered for our new math teacher and high school support staff person - introductions coming soon!

              UPCOMING EVENTS:

              • June 28-July 13: School Store open - see below for details
              • July 23-27: Cardinal Cafe at the Rice Count Fair! 
              • July 29-31: SMART Ride - Join us to raise scholarship dollars!
              • August 6: Cardinal Classic Golf Tournament, Faribault Golf Club. Sign up to play, click here
              KUDOS:  Celeste Donlon, Matt Robinson, Jason Hillesheim and all of our coaches for our summer programs. Special thanks to Sister Mary Margaret for coordinating our Cardinal Club raffle!

              FUNDRAISERS:
              • Annual Fund: We are just shy, $1,100 from our $250,000 annual fund goal. Thank you to everyone who helped us surpass all previous annual fund drives in this critical year!
              • Cardinal Club Raffle: One more day to get your raffle tickets in! Get your order in by noon Wed June 30 to be included in tomorrow's drawing at 1:56pm. To date we have raised more than $11,000 to support BA needs through this raffle.
              • BA Fair Stand: We need your support at the Rice County Fair. We want to thank the Simones family for agreeing to manage the stand and we need you to volunteer - July 21-25, 2021. We are asking EVERY STUDENT AND FAMILY TO TAKE A SHIFT IN ORDER TO MEET OUR BUDGETARY NEEDS. Click HERE to sign up today. Thank you!

              ANNOUNCEMENTS: 2021-22 Tuition Agreements Sent: Financial aid has been awarded and tuition agreements have been sent. Please complete your agreement ASAP so we may plan for the fall. Contact Kris Sauer or Sister Mary Margaret if you have questions or concerns regarding your agreement.

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


              Blessings, Mindy Reeder

              President/Principal
              mreeder@bacards.org

              ALL-BA UPDATES

              Cardinal Cafe at the Rice County Fair!: The Rice County Fair is back and so is the Cardinal Café! Join us for this longstanding BA tradition! Volunteers are needed for all shifts. Jobs include taking orders, taking and assembling food, drink and snack orders and manning the grill! Help promote BA and earn service hours. Sign up to volunteer HERE. Tell all your friends to stop by and get a burger, a famous Lunch Lady cookie, or just to say hello while at the Rice County Fair this year! 

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


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


              Summer Sports Camps @ BA!
              BA/DMCS football and basketball summer camps are still open! Click here for information and registration forms for these great programs!

              2021-2022 Calendar, Supply List: See attached for next year's BA/DMCS school calendar and school supply list.

              Summer Read Program
              Don't forget about your student's summer read! Find the list of books and the handouts on our website at this link.

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

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

               

              ATTACHMENTS
              2021-2022 BA/DMCS School Calendar
              2021-2022 School Supply List

              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