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Family Focus 10/01/21

date 10/05/2021 author Kris Sauer category October 2021, 2021-22 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)

October 1, 2021

Dear BA Families:
Welcome October! We invite all families and alumni to join us at the Homecoming game tonight at Bruce Smith Field. Don't forget to come early, between 5-7 p.m., for a sloppy joe tailgate party hosted by juniors as a Prom fundraiser. Our art scholars are also featured in an exhibit at the Paradise Center for the Arts, with the gallery opening reception this Friday 5-7pm, so stop in there before the game! Congratulations to all of our Homecoming Court: Matthew Croke, Andrew Donahue, Matthew Nelson, Brady Strodtman and Aiden Tobin. What wonderful young men who represented themselves so well during the KDHL interview on Thursday (listen to the show
HERE). They continue to be inspirational role models to our student body.

Special thank you to all of our parents who came out for the parent presentation last Wednesday evening, "It's All About the Relationship." Hearing from Joe Roueche and parish and school leaders while supporting one another and our children is key in ensuring that our children become "Saints!" Don't forget, if you can, join our prayer group hosted by 
Lori Bittenbender each Tuesday, information below.


  • Spooktacular: Join us for this Halloween-themed 5k run/1-mile walk fundraiser in partnership with Divine Mercy Catholic School (DMCS)! We are asking each BA family to raise $100 through race participation or pledges. More info and a pledge form HERE. If we reach our goal of 115 BA participants with $6,000 raised for BA, we will have an early release day Dec 17. Click HERE to sign up to walk or run! 
  • Support our Student Trips: Students traveling to Guatemala are selling coffee, more information below and place your orders HERE.
  • Divine Mercy Build Project - United for Our Future: Please prayerfully consider a gift, the stronger DMCS, the stronger BA will be!
  • Annual Fund: Our total goal this year is $255,000. To date we have raised: $32,398 (+25,000 match pledge met - THANK YOU!) Our matching donor increased the offer and will match up to $50,000 if we raise a total of $50,000 by January 1! Donate Online (click)

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: BA continues to watch numbers and reports. As of 10/1/21 we have had three total COVID positive cases; only one is currently active. Please review the chart below for our present plan and keep your scholar home if they have any symptoms.

KUDOS: to Brent Zabel & Shari Piehl for organizing our Homecoming events!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Oct 14: Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences - these will continue to be offered via Zoom this year. 
  • Oct 16 - Spooktacular Fun Run for Education. Sign up HERE
  • Oct 18: High School Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Oct 20-22: MEA Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 29 - NHS Induction @ BA Mass - 10:30 a.m.
  • Oct 31 - Trunk or Treat, 4-6pm, BA parking lot. Register your trunk HERE (Note: this event is NOT Oct 30 as on some early calendars)


  • Homework Club will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Kohl. Mr. Ponciano is here Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4 p.m. as well to support scholars.
Prayers for scholars as they adapt to a full year of sports and academic schedules. October is Respect Life Month. Father Cory Rohlfing shared - "As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between." Join us in praying for all life this month. 

Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal


School Pictures

Parents: FYI pictures for grades 6-11 were sent went home with students this week.

Moms in Prayer Meeting Weekly
The Bethlehem Academy Moms in Prayer group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8-9 am in the Adoration Chapel. Please join us! Contact Lori Bittenbender at or 972-955-4730 with questions. 

MN Vikings Discounted Tickets & BA Football Fundraiser
The Minnesota Vikings are excited to offer an outstanding combination of football and fundraising. Through this special offer, $66 tickets are discounted to $58 to the noon October 10 game vs. the Detroit Lions. Plus, for each ticket sold through this special offer, the Minnesota Vikings will donate $10 to the Bethlehem Academy football program. Click on Buy Tickets to secure your seats!

BABS Survey
The annual April BABS event is the most longstanding, successful fundraising event at Bethlehem Academy. The Board of Directors, together with staff and the BABS committee, is interested in getting your input on this important fundraiser for our school. Please click
HERE to take the survey and let us know what you think. The survey should only take 5 minutes and is completely anonymous. Thank you!

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

Student Job Opportunity @ DMCS
Divine Mercy Catholic School is looking for a responsible 16-18 year old to work in their After Care Program. Available times are 3-5:30pm, schedule is flexible and varies. Contact Ginger Van Hecke at if interested. 

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

Our laptops are brand new.  Please take good care of them!
  • Every weekend (Friday or Saturday night before going to bed), plug in the laptop, quit all applications, re-start the laptop and leave the display/lid open.  We have a policy to check and install Apple software updates on a weekly basis.
  • Use a backpack with a laptop compartment.  Be careful to not drop or toss backpack with the laptop in it.  Set it down gently!  Also, be careful about very full backpacks - set it down to minimize the amount of weight from textbooks and other items on the laptop itself (keep backpack vertical).
  • A neoprene sleeve can be helpful to provide additional protection for the laptop.  Note the laptops are 13" MacBook Airs (2020 M1 models)
  • Some people like the clamshells that snap to the laptop.  Please note some shells do not meet Apple's specifications completely and can actually add too much weight to the display, stressing the hinges.
  • Keep the laptop in a safe, secure location when not using (car trunk, locked locker, etc.).  
  • Please let Mr. Friesen know of any problems.


Northfield Automotive Office Receptionist
Northfield Automotive is looking for a friendly and motivated part time Receptionist to join our office family. We are a growing dealership and looking to expand our staff. Schedule is Monday through Thursday 3:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am to 5:00pm.Initial duties would include answering phones and scheduling, filing and scanning and other office work as needed $13-$16/hr. Pay depends on experience. Please apply in person: Northfield Automotive Inc., 1201 Hwy 3 South, Northfield, MN  55057, 507-645-4478.

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