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Family Focus 5/7/21

date 05/12/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2020-21, May 2021 comment Leave a comment

May 7, 2021

Dear BA Families:

What a phenomenal concert we had this week! Even though I couldn't join in person, I loved sharing in the joy of the music, ABBA happens to be one of my favorites, thanks Mrs. Kratt! The band scholars also showed their accomplishments. The senior tributes and the greetings to Mr. Gardner touched my heart. Although in Mr. Gardner's retirement we are losing a BA icon, we know that the new teacher will be working with him to ensure that his legacy continues! Special congratulations to our band and choir directors for an event that showcased so many talents. 


  • May 10: Hoban Merit Scholarship Deadline (see below)
  • May 12: School Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 14: Middle School Mass
  • May 20: FFA - Baby Animal Day
  • Testing for AP classes as scheduled
KUDOS:  Scot Gardner and Cassie Kratt and all of the music students for the wonderful Spring Concert!

  • Annual Fund: We remain at 99% of our goal of $250,000. We need just under $4,000 before June 30, 2021 to reach this goal. Please share the news and support the mission of BA!
  • BABS Fund-A-Need: Today we received a generous gift bringing our total to $80,120! Thank you for the amazing support! (Goal: $84,000)


  • 2021-22 Financial Aid Update: We are working on financial aid and hope to have tuition agreements out in the next week or so. 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.

FINISHING THE YEAR STRONG/COVID UPDATES: Continue to support protocols a remain vigilant. 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; students separated from BA this year due to anxiety and illness, and I welcome continued prayers as well for my healing.

Mindy Reeder


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.

COVID Vaccine Clinic May 11 3:30-6pm
Rice County Public Health will be hosting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for anyone 16 years and older from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 at Faribault High School, 330 Ninth Ave. SW. Entrance for the clinic will be at Door 3 on the east side of the building. 16 and 17 year olds who attend must have parent/guardian consent via pre-registration or parents are welcome to attend with their student. The vaccine is free and pre-registration strongly encouraged, however walk-in appointments will be available. More information here or by calling Rice County Public Health at 507-332-5910, 507-332-5922, 507-332-5928, or 507-332-5966.

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. 

Fair Stand Co-Manager Needed
BA parent team sought to co-run the BA Cardinal Cafe fair stand July 21-25, 2021, at the Rice County Fair for this year. We have a parent interested, but who knows they have a weekend conflict. Tuition reduction and training from the retiring managers provided. Contact
Kris Sauer for more information.

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. 

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

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! 

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 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! 

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.

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


Prom 2021
Troy Temple at FCTV used Brent Zabel's Grand March photos to create a Grand March video. Watch it on our YouTube Channel

GRADE 10/11: PSEO Update
PSEO Student Registration: Deadline May 31st, no exceptions. More information about what PSEO is can be found here on the BA website. If your student is interested in PSEO, they must set up an appointment with Ms. Rogers to discuss their options; apply to their selected college’s PSEO program; email Ms. Rogers a completed Notice of Student Registration form and a transcript request, OR meet with Ms. Rogers a second time. If emailed, must be sent before noon on 05/31.

JUNIORS: Upcoming ACT Test Dates
here! for the June 12 exam. Sign up deadline is May 7; late signup deadline: May 21. Reach out to Ms. Rogers ( with questions.

SENIORS: Mary Ceremony Slide Show photos wanted by May 10: 
 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: Post-Graduate Info Needed by May 13
Seniors need to respond to the Naviance post-graduation survey by May 13 to guarantee that info will be included  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.  

Attached please  find the middle school quarterly newsletter, which was also emailed to middle school parents on May 5th. Despite the challenges around us, your children continue to learn and grow into fine, young adults.  Thank you for partnering with us during this unprecedented year! 


Scrip Update!!
Bonuses, bonuses, and more bonuses!  Check out the attached Scrip Update Newsletter for more information. Place  your order by 8:30AM Tuesday and it will be available for pick-up after 10:00AM on Friday.

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.

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

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

Middle School Newsletter, May 2021
Scrip Update

Hoban Scholarship 2021 Application
Yearbook Order Form
Sacred Relics DMCC May 10 

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