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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: 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:


    • 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)
    • September 6: Labor Day. No School.


    • 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: 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!
    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


    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

    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 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 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 –

    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.

    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 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:

    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. 

    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

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

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