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Family Focus 9/3/21

date 09/09/2021 author Mindy Reeder category 2021-22, September 2021 comment Leave a comment

"But Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him,"
Jeremiah 17:7 (Bible verse of the year chosen by Peer Ministry)

September 3, 2021

Dear BA Families: 
Welcome September! Teachers and staff helped students connect and prepare for the school year this week. As I walked through the halls and observed in classrooms, I found students connecting through social activities, in small groups discussing and energetically participating in their learning. I am honored to partner with our dedicated staff and our students who greet me each morning with a smile as we begin our new school year.

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: BA will continue to watch numbers and reports. We talk with Rice County and receive communication from the Diocese weekly. As you may be aware, the public school has added masks for adults and indoor sports attendance. The Gopher Conference, our sports organization, will also be evaluating this as we move forward, as will our Board of Directors for our school. Please review the chart below for our present plan.

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.


    • Sept 6: Labor Day - No School
    • Sept 8: School Picture Day - form found HERE
    • Sept 18, 1pm: Tackle Cancer home football game
    • Sept 18, 4-10pm: DMCC Spiritfest
    • Sept 22: MS/HS NET Retreat/Joe Roueche Talk for Parents
    • Sept 27-Oct 1: Homecoming Week


    • Student Laptops: All high school students should have their laptops by Friday. Next week middle school will begin receiving their laptops.
    • 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: We are transitioning to a new SignUpGenius-based system, meaning once you sign up & show up to volunteer you are good - you will no longer need to separately record your hours. The volleyball and football sign ups just sent out are included in this, and any hours already logged for this school year will be moved to the new system. More information to follow. Students will still log their volunteer hours separately through their religion classes. 
    • 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 HERE.
    • Homework Club will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Kohl, starting September 7.
    Continue praying for 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 in service to our Country. Special prayers also needed for those hit by Hurricane Ida.

    Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal


    Mask Donations Needed: Our supply of masks to have on hand for students and visitors is almost gone. We could especially use donated boxes of disposable masks. Send in to the front office if you are able to help. Thank you!

    Spooktacular Committee Volunteers Needed: We are seeking 2-3 parents to serve on the Spooktacular planning committee. Spooktacular, a 
    Halloween-themed 5k run/1-mile walk fundraiser in conjunction with Divine Mercy Catholic School (DMCS) will be held Oct 16 this year. Our first planning meeting is Wed, Sept 8 at 4:30pm at DMCS. Contact Kris Sauer if interested in participating (counts for parent volunteer hours!). 

    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.

    Gr 4-12 Robotics Team-1st Practice Sep 9
    Robotics is back and open to all interested students in Grades 4-12. Practices will be held in the BA Library Mondays and Thursdays from 3-5pm starting Thursday, September 9. Program fees are $75 payable to Divine Mercy Catholic School. Find the registration form

    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: Please contact Lori Bittenbender if interested in partnering in the Moms in Prayer ministry to 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 Lori at 972-955-4730 or Learn more about Moms in Prayer at

    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.

    Game Day Volunteers Needed
    Our athletics program depends on the helping hands of many volunteer parents and alumni.  For football and volleyball, we need adults to help at the admissions table/gate and in the concession stand.  Please consider sharing your time and talent with us!

    The VOLLEYBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:
      Sign Up!

    The FOOTBALL volunteer sign-up can be found at:
      Sign Up!

    BA Maintenance Position Available
    Bethlehem Academy seeks an energetic individual to join our maintenance team! This team member will work directly with the Maintenance Supervisor in coordinating all care for the facility, from cleaning to repairs and lawn care and snow removal.  Required Qualifications: 
    1st Class Boilers License; Basic knowledge in the following areas: plumbing, electrical and carpentry; Good vision is required in order to read material safety data sheets; Good attendance is required as well as ability to work various shifts; Ability to work extra hours if necessary. 
    Send resume and two references to: Mindy Reeder at by Sept. 17, 2021.

    BA 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 –

    Student Guatemala Mission Trip Coffee Fundraiser
    BA teens going on the Spring Break mission trip are selling coffee from Guatemala to fund the work projects they will do while in Guatemala. Free delivery to Faribault. Order HERE. The coffee is direct trade, so the San Lucas Mission buys directly from small farmers, meaning the families get paid a fair and livable wage for the coffee crop. Your support is greatly appreciated!

    Online BA School Store!
    We 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


    • 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. 

    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



    Registration for Confirmation and Middle School EDGE is closing on Monday, September 6! Students in 8th grade on up can sign up for confirmation. Middle School EDGE is open to students in grades 5-7. If you have a student who still needs to receive their First Communion, please let us know! 


    Registration link:

    Confirmation info:

    Middle School EDGE info:


    If you have any questions, please reach out! 

    Wed, Sep 22 Faith Formation Kick Off Night! includes: 

    • Parent NightIt’s all about the Relationship, with guest speaker Joe Roueche, 7-8:30pm BA Gym; Required to attend.
    • Middle School NET Retreat: (must be registered for EDGE), 6-9pm DMCS Gym
    • High School and Confirmation* NET Retreat: (must be signed up for High School Youth Group or Confirmation), 6-930pm DMCC Church *required for confirmation students

    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


    Click the link below for the calendar.

    SpiritFest Raffle & Volunteer Info Flyer
    1st United Bank Board of Directors Application
    Faribault Youth Connect Fall Activity Flyer

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