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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

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.


    • 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.


    • 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 @ with questions. 
    • Tracking Volunteer Hours - Parents: Log your parent volunteer hours at: 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:
    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


    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
    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

    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 Learn more about Moms in Prayer at

    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 –

    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.

    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.


    • 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
    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 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!

    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
    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. 

    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

    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

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