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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:

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. 


    • 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
    • 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)


    • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: Log your volunteer hours at: 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


    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 –

    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.

    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. 

    Scrip Note Update
    1st United Bank Board of Directors Application

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