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Family Focus 4/30/2021

date 05/05/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2020-21, April 2021 comment Leave a comment

April 30, 2021

Dear BA Families:

April is coming to a close and only four full weeks of school remain. The beautiful fresh air breathes spring into our school after the long, hard winter months. What an incredible year it's been! During the next four weeks work especially with your scholar to spend extra time on homework in order to finish the year strong. 

As we continue in the liturgical year of Easter celebration, what a blessing to share in the Sacrament of Confirmation with our 8th grade scholars and families, even if it was remotely. They have taken the next step with the Sacrament of Confirmation and are now "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and strengthened for service to Christ." (US Bishops) Congratulations!

SENIOR PARENTS: What precious weeks and events are yet to occur in May. These memories will be seared into your mind, capturing your heart. Take time off, plan quiet time together, and treasure this final time. Know that I am praying for you and honored to share this time with you. Reminders of events and times will be sent out.

SUMMER PROGRAMMING: This summer we will offer summer sports camps, Robotics and Arts programs, see below. In addition, for some upper classmen who have missed a credit in a class, we will be offering credit recovery this summer. Students will be contacted regarding this option. Take advantage of extending learning this summer to support your scholar!

Send cards, write a note, share your thankfulness for all of the efforts of our teaching staff this next week! It's been an incredible year and they deserve our greatest appreciation.

  • May 1: Prom Grand March, 5pm, watch live here
  • May 3-7th: National Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4: AP Calculus BC Exam
  • May 5: AP English Literature Exam
  • May 5: Choir and Band Concert, 6 & 7 p.m. Limited attendance but join us online via our YouTube channel or FaceBook page!
  • May 6: Avant Spanish Test
  • May 7: HS Mass; AP European History exam
  • May 12: School Nurse Appreication Day
KUDOS:  to Mrs. Sue Jandro & the Junior Class for their work in planning a safe and fun Prom! Congratulations also to our 17 Students of the Month, honored at BA on Thursday morning. 


  • 2021-22 Financial Aid Update: We are working on financial aid. Students must be enrolled for next year for aid to be allocated. Contact Kris Sauer if you have questions or need assistance completing enrollment and/or responding to information requests from TADS.

BA Annual Fund: THANK YOU! We continue to close the gap and are 99% toward our goal of $250,000. Keep sharing the good news!

BABS Fund-A-Need (FAN): Thank you! We have raised enough through the FAN to add needed security cameras and purchase 12 new interactive SMART Boards for our classrooms. Help us get to 18 SMART boards-donate to the FAN here.  

FINISHING THE YEAR STRONG/COVID UPDATES: As we approach the end of the school year, we ask your assistance in remaining vigilant in upholding COVID safety protocols. Please help us keep students healthy and in school the rest of the year. Remember-

  • Stay home if sick; contact the attendance line with info & symptoms;
  • We encourage testing OFTEN! See links below. It is encouraged that your student test every two weeks.
  • If your student or member of your household is getting tested for COVID due to exposure or symptoms, stay home and isolate until you receive and provide a copy of test results to the office.
  • Consistently wear a mask, continue to social distance from others - and please ask your students to do so as well especially when not in our building and limit social gatherings.

At this time, we have no new positive cases among school students and/or staff and no one is quarantining. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning as well as the 10 day quarantine. Please see links to additional COVID resources below:

Please pray: For Ella Banon, younger sister to BA 8th grader Barak Barner who is dealing with cancer; families suffering loss of a child in recent accidents; students who have been injured and are recovering; and I welcome continued prayers as well for my healing.

Mindy Reeder

Band/Choir Spring Concert May 5
The Spring Concert will be held in Van Orsow Auditorium. Choir begins at 6pm, Band at 7pm. Tickets will be distributed as they were for the winter concert and the event will be streamed live on our YouTube channel or FaceBook Page.

Merit-Based Hoban Scholarship Applications Available

Students in grades 8 through 11 are invited to apply for the John E. and Lucille M. Hoban Merit Based Scholarship. Students are required to write a two-part essay and must be a student in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The 2021-2022 application is attached. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 10, 2021.

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

Adult 2021 Summer Employment Opportunity
Bethlehem Academy is looking for an energetic adult to help supervise the summer student work program. This student supervisor will work with the students under the direction of the BA maintenance team. The position runs from June 7 to  August 13 from 8am-2:30pm with a half hour lunch break. Pay is $12/hour.  Contact Steve Zabel at 334-3948 ext. 220 or by
email if you or anyone you know may be interested. Position is flexible and may be shared. Deadline to apply is May 21. 

Counseling Support: We have learned of a suicide challenges circling social media on TikTok, Twitter and other sites. It involves encouraging teens to engage in "blue whale" and chapstick suicide challenges. Please be sure to talk with your child and be aware of their social media use and accounts. Here are other resources:

Crisis Phone Lines

YouthLine:  Text teen2teen to 839863 or call 1-877-968-8491

Crisis Text Line: Text Hello to 741741

Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text "start" to 678-678

Here is a list of suicide warning signs for teens. 

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


Home Track Meet Help
Bethlehem Academy is hosting a home track meet on Tuesday, May 11.  We are in need of volunteers for these events. 
Please contact Ed Friesen or Brent Zabel if you are willing to help with either of these duties.

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

Summer Camps @ BA!
BA will be hosting a number of camps this summer, including robotics and sports camps. Click here for information and registration forms for all our summer camps.


PROM & POST-PROM: Prom is Saturday, May 1, 2021. Attendees should plan to wear masks for most of the evening. Prom will be hosted in our gym, with the Grand March at 5pm and the dinner and dance from 6-9:45pm. Grand March attendees have tickets to attend in person; all others are invited to watch on our BA YouTube channel and Facebook page. You may also join us outside for the outdoor Grand March starting after the indoor program. Attendees will exit the front lobby door and proceeding north around the block to end at the ramp on the Back 40. Parent volunteers needed for Post-Prom; sign up to volunteer for Post-Prom here

SENIORS: Mary Ceremony Slide Show photos wanted

A note from Mr. Zabel: It is hard to believe that we are already preparing for our Mary Ceremony. We are so proud of the accomplishments our Seniors have achieved over the years. Seniors in Multimedia are currently working on creating a senior slide show that will be presented during the Mary Ceremony. We invite you to drop some photos of memories throughout their years growing up at this link. Students are using photos from this folder for the senior slide show. Please keep in mind we have to limit the video and will not be able to use ALL of the pictures you may put in this folder. Thanks again for helping us capture these memories of your graduates!


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

SENIORS: Post-Graduate Info Needed
Ms. Rogers sent seniors a Naviance survey this week for information on their post-secondary plans. The survey is required regardless of whether they are undecided, attending 2 or 4 year school, going straight to a career, into the military, anything!! Survey deadline is May 13. Failure to fill out this survey by Thursday, May 13th, means your student is not guaranteed to be in the graduation program.

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

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


Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church, May 10 @ DMCC
Divine Mercy Catholic Church presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Monday, May 10 at 6:30pm. See attached flyer. Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2000 years. The Church of St. Dominic in Northfield will present the same program on Saturday, May 15, at 6:00 pm.

Spring Break 2022 Guatemala Trip
Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Spring Break Mission Retreat to Guatemala. Deadline to apply is May 1st.
here for more information. 

Faribault Golf Course: Kitchen Workers

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

2021-2022 BA/DMCS School Calendar
Hoban Scholarship 2021 Application
Yearbook Order Form
Sacred Relics DMCC May 10 

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