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Family Focus 3/26/2021

date 03/31/2021 author Ed Friesen category March 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

Dear BA Families:

Blessed Holy Week! I do pray that Spring Break brought you joy. I know that some students and families are just completing quarantines due to cases, exposure, or travel. We look forward to having everyone back in-person soon! During this Holy Week, BA students will begin on Wednesday with reconciliation. As we celebrate the Triduum, beginning with Holy Thursday and culminating with Easter Sunday, I am overjoyed to be at BA serving our students, staff and families where we can celebrate the gift of everlasting life through Jesus. May your spirit be exuberant this Easter.

This quarter also begins our end-of-year testing, starting with our 9th and 10th grade students taking the Aspire test (see high school section below for more information on this exam). This test is an all-day test on April 6 for 9th grade and April 8t for 10th grade. We will offer a free breakfast for the 9th and 10th grade students on these days from 7:30-8:00 a.m.

    BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021:  Don't forget to order your raffle tickets here, purchase an admissions ticket here, volunteer to help here, consider a donationhere, support this year's Fund-A-Need and plan to attend in-person or online to bid on our fabulous items! Check out our BABS webpage for all the details, including admissions and sponsors to date! A separate email with all of the information and volunteer needs was sent yesterday.

    Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

    • March 31: HS & MS Reconciliation
    • April 1: Complete enrollment by today for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
    • April 2: NO SCHOOL/Good Friday
    • April 5: NO SCHOOL/Easter Monday
    • April 6:
      • Red Cross Blood Drive @ BA. See info below. 
      • Aspire Test for 9th Grade at BA (Breakfast 7:30-8)
      • Student summer worker deadline. See info below.
    • April 8: Aspire Test for 10th Grade at BA (Breakfast 7:30-8)
    • April 9: HS Mass
    • April 10: BABS Denim & Diamonds, find info here

    KUDOS: Proud of our Shop Students who built birdhouses and donated them to River Bend Nature Center and partnered with the Fire Station on a table project this past month AND our High School Student Council & Student Service Club who led a month-long Lenten service project that brought in 100 pounds of toiletries that were donated today to St. Vincent dePaul for families in need. 

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    • 2021-2022 Enrollment-WIN a $200 Gift Card! Re-enroll and register for classes by April 1 to be eligible for a $200 Amazon Gift Card drawing! Please email Kris Sauer with questions.
    • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid updates: We are still accepting applications for tuition assistance. Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply by April 5 using this link: financial aid app. Please respond to any emails from TADS requesting documents or additional information as we cannot review/assess incomplete applications. Contact Kris Sauer if you need assistance with this process. 

    FUNDRAISER UPDATES
    BA Annual FundTHANK YOU-what a blessing! We are at $244,045 - 98% of our goal of $250,000. Gifts to the annual fund can be sent through June 30, 2021 - perhaps we will surpass our goal thanks to prayers and support this year!

    COVID UPDATES: At this time, we have 1 additional positive case of school students and/or staff. Any confirmed or exposed school members are quarantined. All interested staff have received the vaccine. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning as well as the 10 day quarantine. We will be evaluating any updates from MDH and the CDC for implementation after Easter.

    • Family vaccine connector: If you or anyone in your family is interested in receiving a vaccine, please sign up at the State of MN's Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Sign up here.  
    • COVID Tests recommended: The Minnesota High School League and Health Department is recommending testing for students, especially in sports where they have experienced increases. They are offering free tests and families may receive them at home. Click here to get your free test.
    • Free Mental Health Resources available to Families: The Rice County Trauma Project has partnered with Advanced Trauma Consulting to create a short video series addressing grief, loss and pandemic trauma. You'll find the toolkit HERE.

    Please continue to pray for Ella Banon, younger sister to one of BA's 8th grade students, Barak Barner. Your prayers and support are asked for by the family. Fiind Ella's GoFundMe page at this link. Ella Strong t-shirts may also be ordered here.  

    Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
    mreeder@bacards.org

    ALL-BA UPDATES

    Spring Sports
    Practices for spring sports begin on Monday, March 29.  Spring sport activity fees may be paid online or by sending a check to the school office.  The activity fee for baseball, fastpitch softball, golf and track & field is $135 per participant.  The $165 fee for trap shooting may also be paid online or by sending a check to the school office..  

    Easter Flower Pick Up March 30-31
    Flowers ordered through the BA Activities Association will be available for pickup in BA's Front Lobby Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31 from 3:00-6:00pm. 

    Student Summer Work Sign Up By April 6
    Our summer student work program is back! High School students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) who apply and qualify for financial aid will have first priority; other interested students are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email Barb Johnson with the names of your interested students. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA and DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21 per hour. All student earnings will be credited to their tuition account.  Requests for summer work must be submitted by Tuesday, April 6, 2021.  

    Student Council Blood Drive April 6
    BA's Student Council is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at BA on Tuesday, April 6 (Red Day). Interested parents and students should use this link to sign up and then click on Bethlehem Academy on the left. Spots are filling up fast!  If you are 17 years old or older, you are eligible to donate.  If you are 16, you can donate with parent permission. See this page for more information about donating and eligibility requirements. FYI that donors will need a picture ID with you on April 6 (driver’s license, BA student ID). Thank you!

    Face masks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
    We are now selling BA face masks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

    HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

    GRADE 9/10: ACT ASPIRE TEST INFO
    On April 6 (Grade 9) and April 8 (Grade 10) your child will be taking ACT® Aspire® assessments. The valuable data we gain from these assessments allows us to make evidence-based decisions when addressing your child’s strengths, areas for improvement, and growth potential. This can give you an early indication of his or her likely readiness for the future, providing time to address areas where improvement is needed. We will be administering the ACT Aspire Summative assessment to continue charting your child’s progress year-over-year. Measuring academic growth is necessary to keep your child on track for college and career readiness. The test is aligned with the ACT, the most popular college entrance test in the United States.  It will allow us to adjust curriculum and instruction as needed, to help maximize your child’s ACT performance in the coming years. We ask you to encourage your child to do their best and get plenty of sleep the night before. To learn more about the test, visit www.act.org/actaspire.

    GRADE 10/11: PSEO Update
    PSEO Student Registration: Deadline May 31st, no exceptions. More information about what PSEO is can be found here on the BA website. If your student is interested in PSEO, they must set up an appointment with Ms. Rogers to discuss their options; apply to their selected college’s PSEO program; email Ms. Rogers a completed Notice of Student Registration form and a transcript request, OR meet with Ms. Rogers a second time. If emailed, must be sent before noon on 05/31.

    JUNIORS: Upcoming ACT Test Dates
    Register here! for the April 17 exam (late signup deadline: March 26) and the June 12 exam (sign up deadline: May 7; late signup deadline: May 21). 

    JUNIORS: STRIVE Program Information-First meeting March 31
    STRIVE is a select group of seniors that meets 8 times during the school year to help students achieve their goals after graduation. Meetings are online via Zoom and in each session we hear from community members who cover topics like goal setting, budgeting, applying for scholarships, career development and more.  If you are not able to attend the session live, a recorded version will be available for you to watch.  Students who are part of STRIVE and participate in at least 6 meetings will be eligible to apply for STRIVE scholarships. The first meeting is March 31. See attached flyer for more information. 

    College Visit Info
    University of St Thomas Info Session March 31

    Join the Virtual Info Session (30 minutes) on March 31st with an admissions counselor who will cover academics, campus life, the admissions process, and basics of financial aid!  

    Signature College Night: A Virtual Event!

    Virtual College Night Event Week of April 19
    BA Students have been invited to a Virtual college night event! With the ongoing challenges of holding in-person College Fairs, the school/college counseling staff from Catholic high schools in the metro area have teamed up to deliver exciting programming for students and families the week of April 19, 2021. These events will include live, virtual sessions with admission representatives from a variety of colleges and universities with a different theme each night. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. with recordings available later. Registration for these events is free, yet necessary to secure a spot, due to limited capacity. See attached flyer to learn more!

    SENIORS: Open Campus
    Open campus for seniors in good standing begins today and is offered every  Friday through April 30. Daily open campus begins Monday, May 3rd. Seniors may only leave campus during a scheduled lunch or study hall. Signed parent permission is required and students must sign in and out in the front office. 

    DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

    Guatemala Mission Trip Info Night April 19
    Interested high school students and their parents should plan to attend this introductory session held April 19 at 6pm in the St. Faustina Commons. See attached flyer for more information. Email Anna at ablessing@divinemercy.cc with questions.
     

    ATTACHMENTS
    2021-22 Rotary Strive Program
    High School Mission Retreat Flyer
    Signature College Nights

    Family Focus 3/12/2021

    date 03/26/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, March 2021 comment Leave a comment

    Dear BA Families:

    Happy Spring Break! I do pray that your family finds time to refresh and renew in body, mind and spirit this Lent and over our Spring Break. I know that our staff looks forward to this time. Over the last two weeks additional stress was added for both our staff and scholars due to new COVID cases, expanded quarantining and added online learning students. Thank you for shifting with us this Friday as we adapted to these changes in order to finish our 3rd quarter positively. I'm praying that when we return, we are all healthy and refreshed for our final quarter of the school year! Please see updates below for online learning changes. 

      BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021: Your packets were mailed! Don't forget to order your raffle tickets here, consider a donation here, and plan to attend in-person or online to bid on all of our auction items. Check out our "BABS" webpage for all the details, including admissions and sponsors to date! 

      We are also looking for these items for our auction:

      • Gas outdoor fireplace
      • Wine, beer and/or your favorite mixers
      • Gift Cards
      • Vacation homes/destinations
      • Sports or golfing outings
      • Experiences... 

      Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

      • March 15-19: NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK
      • March 23: Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day - send a card!
      • March 24: High School Stations of the Cross
      • March 31: HS & MS Reconciliation
      • April 1: Enroll by today for $200 Amazon Gift Card drawing
      • April 2: NO SCHOOL/Good Friday
      • April 5: NO SCHOOL/Easter Monday
      • April 5: Student Summer Worker deadline
      • April 6: Red Cross Blood Drive @ BA
      • April 10: BABS Denim & Diamonds, find info here

      KUDOS: 

      • Proud of MS Student - Owen Dotterweich for competing this week in the Regional Spelling Bee and representing BA!
      • Congratulations to our students of the month! What an honor to hear how dedicated they are each month to one or more of the Dominican pillars of: Prayer, Study, Community and Service. Find the ceremony on our Facebook page here.  
      • Congratulations to senior Verity Wray-RaabolleShe was selected as a National Merit Finalist, one of only a few in the nation. We are proud of her dedication to excellence at BA! See the presentation here, and watch for a Facebook post honoring Verity's accomplishment after spring break. 

      ANNOUNCEMENTS:

      • 2021-2022 Enrollment-WIN a $200 Gift Card! Re-enroll and register for classes by April 1 to be eligible for a $200 Amazon Gift Card drawing! Please email Kris Sauer with questions.
      • Class Registration: BA is expanding course offerings!  Students need to register by MARCH 12 to ensure class options for next year. Some classes have size limits.
      • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid applications still open. We are still accepting applications for tuition assistance. Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply via TADS by April 1 using this link: financial aid app. Applications received after this date will be put on a deferred list.

      FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

      • BA Annual FundTHANK YOU-what a blessing! We are at $242,238 - 97% of our goal of $250,000. Gifts to the annual fund can be sent through June 30, 2021 - perhaps we will surpass our goal thanks to prayers and support this year!

      COVID UPDATES: At this time, we have 3 additional positive cases of school students and/or staff. Any confirmed or exposed school members are quarantined. All interested staff have received the vaccine. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning. Plans for BA moving forward:

      • Online Learners: As we hopefully return to a more normal fourth quarter, please know that online learning is reserved for students quarantining and students with medical/health concerns. If you elected for online learning all year, you are able to continue although we do encourage you to return to in person class. All other reasons for online learning are no longer accepted including: online learning for athletes, vacations, and sick days. This was never the intent of online learning and has resulted in extra stress and academic concerns for both teachers and scholars.
      • Spring Break Plans: If you are traveling over spring break, please follow the CDC guidelines. Upon return, if your student or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms, we would ask that you quarantine. As a precaution, you may choose to quarantine for the first three days following spring break to ensure that you do not have symptoms. Please email with any travel-related distance learning requests. 
      • Family vaccine connector: If you or anyone in your family is interested in receiving a vaccine, please sign up at the State of MN's Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Fill out the form to sign up here.  
      • COVID Tests recommended: The Minnesota High School League and Health Department is recommending testing for students, especially in sports where they have experienced increases. This is free and families may receive them at home. Click here to get your free test.
      • Free Mental Health Resources available to Families: The Rice County Trauma Project has partnered with Advanced Trauma Consulting to create a short video series addressing grief, loss and pandemic trauma. You'll find the toolkit HERE.

      Please pray for Ella Banon, younger sister to one of BA's 8th grade students, Barak Barner. Your prayers and support are asked for by the family; find Ella's GoFundMe page at this link. Ella Strong t-shirts may also be ordered here.  

      Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
      mreeder@bacards.org

      ALL-BA UPDATES

      Spring Break Volunteers Needed
      Maintenance has 65 bags of salt that need to be moved to the boiler room and the Mother Samuel Building over spring break. If interested and able to help, please contact Steve Zabel. Service hours provided. Day/time flexible.  

      Friday Morning Student-led Rosary
      Campus Ministry is leading the rosary every Friday during Lent. Please meet in Ms. Shimota's classroom Friday mornings at 7:40am. Rosaries and prayer sheets will be provided. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend! 

      Spring Break SCRIP Note
      Scrip orders will NOT be processed the week of March 15 - March 19 due to Spring Break.  Please plan your order for next week accordingly.  If you have any questions please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc

      Student Summer Work Sign Up By April 5
      Our summer student work program is back! High School students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) who apply and qualify for financial aid will have first priority; other interested students are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email Barb Johnson @ bjohnson@bacards.org with the names of your interested students. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA and DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21 per hour. All student earnings will be credited to their tuition account.  Requests for summer work must be submitted by Monday, April 5, 2021.  

      Face masks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
      We are now selling BA face masks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

      HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

      Junior & Senior Parents: After Prom Meeting March 23
      Prom 2021 is on and all junior and senior parents are invited to an After Prom brainstorming session Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the BA Cafeteria. Many hands make light work. Let's make Prom a memorable event in 2021! See parent email sent March 12 or contact Debbie Korman at 507-339-8059 with questions. 

      FREE ACT/SAT Practice Test & Prep Online
      The weekend of March 20 and 21 the Princeton Review is offering a Free Practice ACT and Free Practice SAT, and Scores Back Strategy Session for MN students. They are offering a free practice ACT, SAT, and review session. If your student cannot attend the specific date and time next weekend sign up and your student will have 3 months to take a practice test.

      PSEO/CIS/AP Meeting Video Links
      If you missed the PSEO/CIS/AP Meeting hosted by Ms Rogers March 4th, find a recording here and on the BA Website in the Counselor's Corner. This video covers each of these pathways for students to earn college credits before graduation! Contact Ms. Rogers with any questions. 

      SENIORS: Open Campus
      Open campus for seniors in good standing will begin on Fridays starting Friday, March 26 through Friday, April 30. Daily open campus will begin Monday, May 3rd. Seniors may only leave campus during a scheduled lunch or study hall. Parent permission is required and students must sign in and out in the front office. Permission forms must be turned in to the Front Office. 

      SENIORS: College Scholarship Opportunities
      There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

      MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

      DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

      SCRIP Note:  Scrip orders will NOT be processed the week of March 15 - March 19 due to Spring Break.  Please plan your order for next week accordingly.  If you have any questions please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc

      DMCC Youth Ministry Events

      High School Spring Break Mission Night, March 17, 6-9pm
      Since we aren't able to physically go on a mission trip to Guatemala, we are bringing a little bit a Guatemala right here! Movie night, discussion, prayer and guest speakers. We will also talk about plan for future mission trips. Open to anyone in 8th grade on up. No registration required. Held in the Youth Room of the IC Basement.

      More information and programs on the Divine Mercy Catholic Church High School Youth Ministry page at https://www.divinemercy.cc/high-school

      COMMUNITY UPDATES
      Faribault Youth Baseball Traveling League Sign Up 
      Youth baseball traveling leagues are forming now! Practices begin early April. Registration open to March 15. Register at faribaultbaseball.com or email faribaultbaseball@gmail.com with questions.

      Attached Files

      Youth-Boys-Spring-Football.pdf

       

       

      Family Focus 3/05/2021

      date 03/26/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, March 2021 comment Leave a comment

      Dear BA Families:
      Blessed March and Lent! During this week of Lent with students back in school for 5 days, we reflected on prayer, service, and fasting. My challenge to our students was to speak positively as much as possible, leaving swear words out of their vocabulary. Theology students placed large banners of Saints representing all backgrounds around the school. We gathered for the Rosary and Mass this morning and our staff continues to reflect on "A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. Thomas Aquinas" during this season of Lent. 

      CELEBRATING VOCATIONS: Join me next week in honoring our sisters as part of National Catholic Sisters Week as well as our Priests. On Tuesday, March 9, we invite you to send a message, share a gift card, or just thank those that serve us at BA through their vocation.

      THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR CONFERENCES! We love connecting with our parents to celebrate the progress and areas for growth of each BA scholar. Thank you for partnering with us along this educational journey.

        BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021: We are presently looking for amazing donations and sponsors for our Silent and Live Auction - please fill out the online form here to donate. Event tickets will be limited this year and Silent & Live Auction bidding will be both in person and online! We need your help to add to some of our baskets and auction items, please consider donating:

        • Gas outdoor fireplace
        • Wine, beer and/or your favorite mixers
        • Gift Cards
        • Vacation homes/destinations
        • Sports or golfing outings
        • Experiences... 
        Check out our "BABS" webpage for all the details, including admissions and raffle ticket and our sponsors to date! https://babsnight.weebly.com/

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

        • March 8-12: Full in-person (no WIN Wednesday)
        • Homework Club: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 3-4 p.m.
        • March 9: Celebrate our Sisters and our Priests with thanks!
        • March 10: Prom Dress Down Day ($1; $2 for hats or leggings)
        • March 11: Student of the Month, 7:30am
        • March 12: Final course selection due in PowerSchool
        • March 12: HS Mass / MS WIN - LAST DAY OF THE QUARTER
        • March 12: Last day of Toiletry Drive; 6th grade spring football sign up and Senior Open Campus forms deadline (see below for more info)
        • March 15-19: NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • 2021-2022 Enrollment-WIN a $200 Gift Card! Re-enroll and register for classes by April 1 to be eligible for a $200 Amazon Gift Card drawing! Please email Kris Sauer with questions.
        • Class Registration: BA is expanding course offerings!  Students need to register by MARCH 12 to ensure class options for next year. Some classes have size limits.
        • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid applications still open. We are still accepting applications for tuition assistance. Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply via TADS ASAP using this link: financial aid app

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of March 4th we are at $231,478 - 92% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT - WE LOVE BA! 

        COVID UPDATES: At this time, we have no additional positive cases of school students and/or staff although some sports teams have had exposure. Any exposed school members are quarantined. All interested staff have received the vaccine and Rice County numbers are very low. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning. Plans for BA moving forward:

        • Online Learners: You will be able to come to school prior or after school for support as well as WIN time on Friday mornings. We would love to have you come back to in-person learning as this last week of the quarter is critical. Please notify the office (507-334-3948) if you are able to join us in person.
        • Spring Break Plans: If you are traveling over spring break, please be aware there is no quarantine requirement at this time for travel within the United States (If traveling internationally, see the CDC guidelines.) If upon return your student or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms, we would ask that you quarantine. As a precaution, you may choose to distance learn for the first three days following spring break to ensure that you do not have symptoms. Please email me with any travel-related distance learning requests. 
        • Family vaccine connector: If you or anyone in your family is interested in receiving a vaccine, please sign up at the State of MN's Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Fill out the form to sign up: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/ 

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        Friday Morning Student-led Rosary
        Campus Ministry is leading the rosary every Friday during Lent. Please meet in Ms. Shimota's classroom Friday mornings at 7:40am. Rosaries and prayer sheets will be provided. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend! 

        Toiletry Drive for St. Vincent de Paul Until March 12
        Student Service Club and Student Council are hosting a toiletry drive for St. Vincent de Paul. Items will collected through Spring Break. Students donating items will be eligible for a dress down day pass drawing. Items needed include: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

        Spring Break SCRIP Note
        Scrip orders will NOT be processed the week of March 15 - March 19 due to Spring Break.  Please plan your order for next week accordingly.  If you have any questions please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc

        Student Summer Work Sign Up By April 5
        Our summer student work program is back! High School students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) who apply and qualify for financial aid will have first priority; other interested students are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email Barb Johnson @ bjohnson@bacards.org with the names of your interested students. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA and DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21 per hour. All student earnings will be credited to their tuition account.  Requests for summer work must be submitted by Monday, April 5, 2021. 

        Face masks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
        We are now selling BA face masks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

        SENIORS: Open Campus
        Open campus for seniors in good standing will begin on Fridays starting Friday, March 26 through Friday, April 30. Daily open campus will begin Monday, May 3rd. Seniors may only leave campus during a scheduled lunch or study hall. Parent permission is required and students must sign in and out in the front office. Seniors were given open campus permission forms in homeroom today. A signed parent permission form must be turned in to the BA Front Office by Friday, March 12 in order for seniors to participate.

        JUNIORS: April 17 ACT Sign Up Deadline is March 12
        A reminder that the deadline to sign up for the April 17 ACT exam is Friday, March 12. Students can register for the test here. Contact Ms. Rogers with any questions. 

        Cannon River Driving School
        Cannon River Driving School will conduct a driver's education class at BA after spring break.   This class meets 10 times for 3 hours to meet the 30 hour requirement for classroom instruction.  Classes will meet 3pm to 6pm March 22-26 and March 29-April 1 and 8:30am-11:30am on April 2.  See attachments below fo registration form.

        SENIORS: College Scholarship Opportunities
        There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        Spring Football for Grade 6: Sign up by March 12
        Spring football is back and a team is being formed for students in grades 4-6. See attached flyer for more information and email Kevin Dokkestul at kevin.dokkestul@gmail.com by Friday, March 12 if interested.  

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        SCRIP Note:  Scrip orders will NOT be processed the week of March 15 - March 19 due to Spring Break.  Please plan your order for next week accordingly.  If you have any questions please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc

        DMCC Youth Ministry Events
        High School Prolife Apologetics Night March 10, 7:15-8:30pm 
        Held in the DMCS Gym, high schoolers are invited to join Emily Albrecht from Equal Rights Institute to learn more about Prolife Apologetics. 

        High School Spring Break Mission Night, March 17, 6-9pm
        Since we aren't able to physically go on a mission trip to Guatemala, we are bringing a little bit a Guatemala right here! Movie night, discussion, prayer and guest speakers. We will also talk about plan for future mission trips. Open to anyone in 8th grade on up. No registration required. Held in the Youth Room of the IC Basement.

        More information and programs on the Divine Mercy Catholic Church High School Youth Ministry page at https://www.divinemercy.cc/high-school

        ATTACHMENTS
        Cannon River Drivers Ed Classroom Course

        Spring Football League for Grades 4-6

        Family Focus 2/26/21

        date 03/26/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, February 2021 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        Happy FFA Week! FFA Members celebrated with donuts for staff, guessing games with prizes and special daily announcements. It's exciting to see this program develop. Congratulations to all club members. We look forward to "Baby Animal Day" in May!

        CONCERT TONIGHT! With all safety protocols in place including "instrument masks" BA will gather tonight to hear our young musicians led by our music directors, Scot Gardner and Cassie Kratt. Please join us online to hear our talented musicians - click here for the link to our YouTube channel. 

        COVID UPDATES: At this time, we have two new positive cases of school students and/or staff. These people, and any exposed school members, are currently quarantined. Most return on Monday. All interested staff have received the vaccine and Rice County numbers are very low. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning. Plans for BA moving forward:

        • March 1: BA returns to a full 5 day week
        • Students: Please bring cold lunches through Thursday, March 4. Hot lunch resumes Friday, March 5.
        • Online Learners: You will be able to come to school prior or after school for support as well as WIN time on Friday mornings. We would love to have you come back to in-person learning for these last two critical weeks of the quarter. Please notify the office if you are able to join us in person.
        • Spring Break Plans: If you are traveling over spring break, please be aware there is no quarantine requirement at this time for travel within the United States (If traveling internationally, see the CDC guidelines.) If upon return your student or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms, we would ask that you quarantine. As a precaution, you may choose to distance learn for the first three days following spring break to ensure that you do not have symptoms. Please email me with any travel-related distance learning requests. 
        • Family vaccine connector: If you or anyone in your family is interested in receiving a vaccine, please sign up at the State of MN's Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Fill out the form to sign up: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/ 

        BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021: We are presently looking for amazing donations and sponsors for our Silent and Live Auction - please fill out the online form here to donate. Event tickets will be limited this year and Silent & Live Auction bidding will be both in person and online! We need your help to add to some of our baskets and auction items, please consider donating:

        • Gas outdoor fireplace
        • Wine, beer and/or your favorite mixers
        • Gift Cards
        • Vacation homes/destinations
        • Sports or golfing outings
        • Experiences... 
        Check out our "BABS" webpage for all the details and our sponsors to date! https://babsnight.weebly.com/

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

        • Feb 28, 11am-2pm: BA Open House
        • March 1-5: Return to full in-person (no WIN Wednesday)
        • March 3: HS Class Registration forms due. See attached for more information.
        • March 4: Parent/Teacher Conferences. Sign up here. Sign up will close March 3 at 8 p.m. Zoom links will be provided. Mr. Madden's conferences will be held March 9 from 4:30-8:00pm. Sign up to meet with Mr. Madden here.
        • March 4: PSEO/AP/CIS Info Night, 6:30pm
        • March 5: MS Mass/HS WIN
        • March 8-12: Full in-person (no WIN Wednesday)
        • March 11: Student of the Month, 7:30am
        • March 11: Final course selection due in PowerSchool
        • March 12: HS Mass / MS WIN - LAST DAY OF THE QUARTER
        • March 15-19: NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • 2021-2022 Enrollment-WIN a $200 Gift Card! Re-enroll and register for classes by March 15 to be eligible for a $200 Amazon Gift Card drawing! Please email Kris Sauer with questions.
        • Class Registration: BA is expanding course offerings.  Students need to register before SPRING BREAK to ensure class options for next year. Some classes have size limits.
        • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid applications still open. Although the deadline to apply for Archdiocesan scholarships has passed, we are still accepting applications for tuition assistance. Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply via TADS using this link: financial aid app

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of February 18 we are at $228,993 - 92% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT BY FEB. 28 - WE LOVE BA! We need only an additional $23,857 to reach our goal.

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        ***NOTE: Weekly parent emails can also be found on our website on the Resources tab under Parent Central. Many important upcoming events and links are on the homepage under News.***f

        Limited Attendance Open House Feb 28, 11am-2pm
        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join us for an Open House Sunday, February 28! Pre-registration required as attendance is limited. Invite families to sign up here to find out what a difference a Cardinal education can make!  

        Friday Morning Student-led Rosary
        Campus Ministry is leading the rosary every Friday during Lent. Please meet in Ms. Shimota's classroom Friday mornings at 7:40am. Rosaries and prayer sheets will be provided. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend! 

        Toiletry Drive for St. Vincent de Paul
        Student Service Club and Student Council are hosting a toiletry drive for St. Vincent de Paul. Items will collected through Spring Break. Students donating items will be eligible for a dress down day pass drawing. Items needed include: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

        Parent/Teacher Conferences March 4
        Middle School & High School Conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, March 4, from 4:00-8:00 pm via Zoom. Conferences will be 5 minutes long. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher and discuss their progress. The following teachers will have conferences from 4:00-6:00pm: Mr. Gary Busse, Mr. Ed Friesen, Mrs. Kris Kohl & Mr. Dave Wollin. The Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Tori Rogers will be available from 4:30-6:30pm. Sign up to discuss your student's progress with teachers at this link. Individual teacher Zoom links will be emailed to parents in time for conferences. NOTE: Mr. Madden's conferences will be held March 9 from 4:30-8:00pm. Sign up to meet with Mr. Madden here

        Face masks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
        We are now selling BA face masks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

        Cannon River Driving School
        Cannon River Driving School will conduct a driver's education class at BA after spring break.   This class meets 10 times for 3 hours to meet the 30 hour requirement for classroom instruction.  Classes will meet 3pm to 6pm March 22-26 and March 29-April 1 and 8:30am-11:30am on April 2.  See attachments below fo registration form.

        PSEO/CIS/AP Virtual Info Session March 4, 6:30pm 
        Guidance Counselor Tori Rogers is hosting a virtual PSEO, CIS, and AP information session for parents of current 10th and 11th grade students from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. This event is intended to address questions about PSEO, CIS, and AP courses, and next steps as your students enter their final two years of high school. General information on each of these programs can be found here on the Counselor's Corner page on the BA website. See attached flyer for info. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Rogers.

        SENIORS: Open Campus
        Open campus for seniors in good standing will begin following spring break with Fridays only. Full open campus will begin in May. Seniors may only leave campus during a scheduled lunch or study hall. Parent permission is required and students must sign in and out in the front office. Students will be given open campus permission forms in homeroom Friday, March 5.

        College Scholarship Opportunities
        There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        DMCS Annual Catholic United Financial Raffle to Feb 28
        Divine Mercy Catholic School students are selling $5 raffle tickets through Feb 28. Order tickets on their website or contact the school at 507-334-7706 if interested. Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!

        DMCC Youth Ministry Events
        Acquire the Fire! Saturday, Feb 27, 3:30-8:30pm 
        Join us for 4pm Mass with the parish followed by dinner, keynote speaker Joe Roueche, praise and worship, and Adoration. All high school and young adults welcome. Register to attend here

        Taizé Lenten Prayer Service March 3, 6-7 pm, DMCC
        Taizé Prayer is a quiet, simple way of prayer designed for people of all Christian traditions. This meditative candlelit service will include simple chants sung repeatedly, rich silence and prayers of praise and intercession. It's the perfect way to uplift your concerns and calm your soul during the Lent season.

        High School Prolife Apologetics Night March 10, 7:15-8:30pm 
        Held in the DMCS Gym, high schoolers are invited to join Emily Albrecht from Equal Rights Institute to learn more about Prolife Apologetics. 

        High School Spring Break Mission Night, March 17, 6-9pm
        Since we aren't able to physically go on a mission trip to Guatemala, we are bringing a little bit a Guatemala right here! Movie night, discussion, prayer and guest speakers. We will also talk about plan for future mission trips. Open to anyone in 8th grade on up. No registration required. Held in the Youth Room of the IC Basement.

        More information and programs on the Divine Mercy Catholic Church High School Youth Ministry page at https://www.divinemercy.cc/high-school

        ATTACHMENTS
        Class Registration 2021-2022 Information
        Cannon River Drivers Ed Classroom Course

        Family Focus 2/19/21

        date 03/26/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, February 2021 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        Our Season of Lent began with a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass here at BA. Throughout the Lenten Journey, we will be giving students and staff opportunities for prayer, fasting and giving, through service or gifts of support. To kick this off we began today with an out-of-dress-code Friday to help raise funds for personal care items for St. Vincent de Paul. Our Peer Ministry will host the Rosary every Thursday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. In addition, we will be spending more time in Adoration and prayer and taking time for Stations of the Cross. Our staff will be in a Lenten Book Study and Reconciliation will be hosted after Spring Break for all students.

        COVID UPDATES: At this time, we anticipate returning to school for full, five day weeks beginning March 1. Most of our staff have received the vaccine and numbers in our school and in Rice County have dropped. We will continue to follow safety protocols including spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning. We have not had any additional COVID cases or any need to quarantine students in the last few weeks and will continue to keep you informed. 

        BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021: SAVE THE DATE! We are presently looking for amazing donations to our Silent and Live Auction - please fill out the online form here to donate. Event tickets will be limited this year and Silent & Live Auction bidding will be both in person and online! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS & STAFF - WE NEED EVERYONE TO MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS!

        CAR SAFETY: We have experience car theft and potential break-ins of cars parked along the street. Please have students be extra careful and be sure to lock up. As part of our BABS Fund-A-Need we will be seeking to add additional outdoor cameras to our campus.

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

        • Feb 20: FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DUE BY MIDNIGHT
        • Feb 21: Pancake Breakfast / postponed to 2022
        • Feb 22: High school class registration begins
        • Feb 24: WIN DAY - No regular classes. Students should come in for support or time to work on projects.
          • Easter flower order deadline
          • ACT Science Test Prep Class, 8am-12pm (Gr 11)
          • BA Day @ Taco Johns, 4-8pm
        • Feb. 22-26: FFA Week
        • Feb. 26: Winter concert. Limited attendance, parents only. Choir & Band teachers shared details. 
        • Feb 28, 11am-2pm: BA Open House
        • March 1-5: Return to full in-person (no WIN Wednesday)
        • March 4: Parent/Teacher Conferences. Sign up here. 
        • March 8-12: Full in-person (no WIN Wednesday)
        • March 11: Student of the Month, 7:30am
        • March 15-19: NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • 2021-2022 Enrollment: Enrollment is open! You should have received an email from FACTS with instructions on how to set up your account and re-enroll your students for next year. FYI that we have found the reset password email sometimes takes longer to arrive than one would expect. Be patient and/or check your junk folder when first setting up your account. If you have questions about registration, please email Kris Sauer
        • Class Registration: BA is expanding course offerings for 2021-2022, with 12 new classes and two trips offered. These include:
          • ACT Prep integration into subjects in 11th grade
          • Coding Class, Intro to Engineering
          • Intro to Photography
          • Creative Writing
          • Additional Ag and Shop classes, including Small Gas Engines
          • Theology courses and a trip to the Holy Land
          • Guatemala mission trip
          • High School Student Support Center
        • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid Applications Due Feb 20! Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply via TADS using this link: financial aid app. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021, at midnight. ***Note: if you have trouble uploading documents, please fill out the application by midnight Saturday. We can help you upload documents next week.*** 

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of February 18 we are at $226,143 - 90% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT BY FEB. 28 - WE LOVE BA! We need only an additional $23,857 to reach our goal.
        • DO YOU WANT FLOWERS? Orders are due to the BA front office Feb 24. An order form can be found online here.  The BA Activities Association, the school's booster club, uses the proceeds to support extracurricular activities at BA.  This is their only source of revenue for this school year due to covid restrictions.

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        ***NOTE: Weekly parent emails can also be found on our website on the Resources tab under Parent Central. Many important upcoming events and links are on the homepage under News.***
         
        Spring Trap Shooting Registration Due Feb 23
        If your student is interested in participating in Spring Trap, please email Coach Rost at todd@adventurespecialties.com by Tuesday, February 23. A meeting will be set up for those interested in the near future. 

        BA Day @ Taco Johns 4-8pm Feb 24
        Taco John's is hosting a BA Day on Wednesday, Feb 24, from 4-8pm. 25% of all orders placed at this time will go back to BA to support our athletics and co-curricular programs. Take a break from dinner and support BA! 

        Art Exhibit at Paradise Center for the Arts: Seventeen BA Art Students will be featured in the Spring Show running from February 19-April 3, 2021. Please visit the Paradise Center for the Arts to see our students amazing art work! Thanks to Mr. Hillesheim for helping students showcase their talents.

        Limited Attendance Open House Feb 28, 11am-2pm
        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join us for an Open House Sunday, February 28! Pre-registration required as attendance is limited. Invite families to sign up here to find out what a difference a Cardinal education can make!  

        Parent/Teacher Conferences March 4
        Middle School & High School Conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, March 4, from 4:00-8:00 pm via Zoom.  Conferences will be 5 minutes long. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher and discuss their progress. The following teachers will have conferences from 4:00-6:00pm: Mr. Gary Busse, Mr. Ed Friesen, Mrs. Kris Kohl & Mr. Dave Wollin. The Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Tori Rogers will be available from 4:30-6:30pm. Sign up to discuss your student's progress with teachers at this link. Individual teacher Zoom links will be emailed to parents in time for conferences.

        Parent Volunteers Needed for the BA Activities Association
        The BA Activities Association is looking for parents to join our committee! The BAAA works together to raise funds in support of our extra-curricular programs. Support from this group includes: new varsity athletics uniforms on a rotating basis; Wolf Ridge busing; After Prom donation; and 2 Scholarships annually for rising seniors. Funds raised by this committee have also supported: a batting cage & pitching machine, choir sound shells, band instruments, re-finishing the gym floor & installing a new sound system in the gym, and football goalposts at Teepee Tonka. The group also provides donations to teams/clubs/ organizations that work concessions during the year. If you would like to be a part of the committee, please contact Clarice DeGrood at 507-838-8073 or by email at: degrood@kmwb.net. Thank you!

        BABS April 10: Save the Date!! / Parent Volunteers Needed
        Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS) is BA’s largest annual fundraiser and a fun adult social event where we celebrate BA and raise funds for our beloved school. BABS 2021 will be held the evening of April 10. This “Denim and Diamonds” themed event will feature casino games, a silent & live auction (virtual and onsite) as well as food and drink. All parents, alumni, and friends over 21 years of age are invited! Attendance will be limited. Volunteers as well as live or silent auction items are needed. Contact Mrs. Reeder if you can help this great event.

        Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
        We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

        Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches
        We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at efriesen@bacards.org.  March 29 is the planned start date for spring sports.

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

        Juniors Register TODAY (Feb 19) for FREE ACT Science Prep Class 
        Mrs. Cathy Guth is offering a FREE ACT science seminar Wed, Feb 24, from 8am-12pm. The session will be held at BA (it's a non-class WIN day). The ACT prep book will be provided. Mrs. Guth will focus on science concepts and skills and test taking and pacing strategies for the ACT test. Students will also take a practice science test. Interested juniors should email Mrs. Rogers by Feb 19 at 3pm if they wish to attend this FREE course.

        Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021
        Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor ASAP as many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on the Counselor's Corner page on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please email Ms. Rogers.

        SENIORS:

        Please update all of your application decisions and information on Naviance as you hear results so that we know your options, plans, and how Ms. Rogers can help assist you with next steps! 

        College Scholarship Opportunities
        There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

        Cannon River Driving School
        Cannon River Driving School will conduct a driver's education class at BA after spring break.   This class meets 10 times for 3 hours to meet the 30 hour requirement for classroom instruction.  Classes will meet 3pm to 6pm March 22-26 and March 29-April 1 and 8:30am-11:30am on April 2.  See attachments below fo registration form.

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship
        The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        DMCS Annual Catholic United Financial Raffle to Feb 28
        Divine Mercy Catholic School students are selling $5 raffle tickets through Feb 28. Order tickets on their website or contact the school at 507-334-7706 if interested. Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!

        WOMEN'S LENTEN SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY
        Set a Fire is our “Blessed is She” reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. Divine Mercy Catholic Church is offering several in-person and online small group options. It is free to participate in the small groups; purchasing the book is strongly encouraged. There is an option on the form to purchase a book through us to save on shipping. Small groups start the week after Ash Wednesday (Feb 17). See the registration form for information on times and locations. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/setafire for more information.

        Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group
        Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information. 

         

        ATTACHMENTS
        Cannon River Drivers Ed Classroom Course

        Family Focus 2/12/2021

        date 03/26/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, February 2021 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        I hope you are staying toasty warm! The temps outside have certainly dropped, but inside BA students are snug thanks to our new windows and the various activities from this week. Student Council sold "Valentine Grams" and lunch was a buzz with note writing and delivering of treats. This morning we honored "BA Students of the Month." What a joy to recognize students not only for their academics but for all four Dominican Pillars: Prayer, Study, Community and Service! Our students dove into Black History Month this week by researching Saints and exploring in history. During morning announcements Saints of color were highlighted. On a final note we celebrated our lunch ladies with gifts from our new Home & School officers and BA parents, along with special notes, flowers and a round of applause! BA was a great place for students to thrive this week!

        DO YOU WANT FLOWERS? Check out the annual BA Activities Association flower sale to brighten up your home! Orders are due to the BA front office Feb 24. An order form is attached or can be found online here

        BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021: SAVE THE DATE! We are presently looking for amazing donations to our Silent and Live Auction - please fill out the online form here to donate. Event tickets will be limited this year and Silent & Live Auction bidding will be both in person and online! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS & STAFF - WE NEED EVERYONE TO MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS!

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

        • Feb. 12 & 15: No School-School in session the remaining 4 days of each week
        • Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday-Mass in the gymnasium for all 6-12 students at 8:30 a.m.
        • Feb 19: Deadline for 11th graders to sign up for FREE Act Science Prep Class
        • Feb 20: FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE
        • Feb 21: Pancake Breakfast / postponed to 2022
        • Feb 24: WIN DAY - No regular classes. Students should come in for support or time to work on projects.
          • Easter flower order deadline
          • ACT Science Test Prep Class, 8am-12pm (Gr 11)
          • BA Day @ Taco Johns, 4-8pm
        • Feb. 22-26: FFA Week
        • Feb. 26: Winter concert re-scheduled. Limited attendance, parents only. Choir & Band teachers shared details. 
        • Feb 28, 11am-2pm: BA Open House

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • 2021-2022 Enrollment Update: Enrollment is open! You should have received an email from FACTS (NEW!) this past week with instructions on how to set up your account and re-enroll your students for next year. 
        • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid Applications Due Feb 20! Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply via TADS using this link: financial aid app. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021.

        COVID Update: As of February 11, 2021, we remain at two additional positive cases and no exposure at school. We do have 15 students and 2 staff online learning or needing to quarantine. 

        • All Illnesses: Please note, if your child is sick at any time, we do not expect them to join online learning. We want to give them time to recover. Just notify the attendance line.

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of February 5 we are at $223,478 - THIS IS INCREDIBLE and we are 89% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT BY FEB. 28 - WE LOVE BA! We need only an additional $26,522 to reach our goal.

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        Parent Volunteers Needed for the BA Activities Association
        The BA Activities Association is looking for parents to join our committee! The BAAA works together to raise funds in support of our extra-curricular programs. Support from this group includes: new varsity athletics uniforms on a rotating basis; Wolf Ridge busing; After Prom donation; and 2 Scholarships annually for rising seniors. Funds raised by this committee have also supported: a batting cage & pitching machine, choir sound shells, band instruments, re-finishing the gym floor & installing a new sound system in the gym, and football goalposts at Teepee Tonka. The group also provides donations to teams/clubs/ organizations that work concessions during the year. If you would like to be a part of the committee, please contact Clarice DeGrood at 507-838-8073 or by email at: degrood@kmwb.net. Thank you!

        BA Day @ Taco Johns 4-8pm Feb 24
        Taco John's is hosting a BA Day on Wednesday, Feb 24, from 4-8pm. 25% of all orders placed at this time will go back to BA to support our athletics and co-curricular programs. Take a break from dinner and support BA! 

        Art Exhibit at Paradise Center for the Arts: BA Art Students will be featuring in the Spring Show running from February 19-April 2021. Watch for student art work to be displayed and support the arts! Thanks to Mr. Hillesheim for helping students showcase their talents.

        Limited Attendance Open House Feb 28, 11am-2pm
        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join us for an Open House Sunday, February 28! Pre-registration required as attendance is limited. Invite families to sign up here to find out what a difference a Cardinal education can make!  

        Parent/Teacher Conferences March 4
        Conferences for middle and high school students will be held Thursday, March 4th from via individual Zoom meetings. Most faculty will be available from 4-8pm; some are available from 4-6pm. Sign up to discuss your student's progress with teachers at this link.

        BABS April 10: Save the Date!! / Parent Volunteers Needed
        Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS) is BA’s largest annual fundraiser and a fun adult social event where we celebrate BA and raise funds for our beloved school. BABS 2021 will be held the evening of April 10. This “Denim and Diamonds” themed event will feature casino games, a silent & live auction (virtual and onsite) as well as food and drink. All parents, alumni, and friends over 21 years of age are invited! Attendance will be limited. Volunteers as well as live or silent auction items are needed. Contact Mrs. Reeder if you can help this great event.

        Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
        We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

        Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches
        We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at efriesen@bacards.org.  March 29 is the planned start date for spring sports.

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

        Juniors Register by Feb 19 for FREE ACT Science Prep Class Feb 24
        Mrs. Cathy Guth is offering a FREE ACT science seminar Wed, Feb 24, from 8am-12pm. The session will be held at BA (it's a non-class WIN day). The ACT prep book will be provided. Mrs. Guth will focus on science concepts and skills and test taking and pacing strategies for the ACT test. Students will also take a practice science test. Interested juniors should email Mrs. Rogers by Feb 19 at 3pm if they wish to attend this FREE course.

        Virtual Drivers Training Sessions this Spring
        Cannon River Driving School is offering 3 virtual classroom drivers training sessions this spring. Sessions start Feb 22, March 15, and April 5. See attached flyer for more information and to sign up. 

        Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021
        Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor before February 22. Please note that many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on the Counselor's Corner page on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please email Ms. Rogers.

        SENIORS:

        Please update all of your application decisions and information on Naviance as you hear results so that we know your options, plans, and how Ms. Rogers can help assist you with next steps! 

        College Scholarship Opportunities
        There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship
        The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)
        Earn credit by using Scrip. It's easy! Just use Scrip gift cards for your everyday purchases instead of paying with cash, check or credit card! TRIP Statements will be sent to BA families next week. If you have any questions please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmc.cc or (507) 334-7706 ext:  2204. 

        DMCS Annual Catholic United Financial Raffle to Feb 28
        Divine Mercy Catholic School students are selling $5 raffle tickets through Feb 28. Order tickets on their website or contact the school at 507-334-7706 if interested. Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!

        Synod at Home: 2021 Series for Lent Feb 18-March 18
        The Synod at Home series takes helpful videos, tip and tools for growing in faith and pairs them with family- friendly activities. Register online. See attached flyer for more information.

        WOMEN'S LENTEN SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY
        Set a Fire is our “Blessed is She” reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. Divine Mercy Catholic Church is offering several in-person and online small group options. It is free to participate in the small groups; purchasing the book is strongly encouraged. There is an option on the form to purchase a book through us to save on shipping. Small groups start the week after Ash Wednesday (Feb 17). See the registration form for information on times and locations. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/setafire for more information.

        Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group
        Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information. 

        COMMUNITY UPDATES

        JO Volleyball, Gr 4-11 Sign Up
        The Faribault Reds Volleyball Program is currently in the process of developing a plan for a JO Volleyball Season. All girls in grades 4-11 interested in participating are welcome! We do not have dates set at this time, but would be looking at mid-late February or early March for a start-up. Many play dates (especially for high school level athletes) would take place on Sundays as Saturdays may currently be used by winter sports teams for make-up games as needed. Please fill out the Google form at this link for each player in your household that would be interested in playing. Please email Chris Bothun at bothunchristine@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

         

        ATTACHMENTS

        *Easter Plant Fundraiser Order Form
        *Cannon River Driving School Registration Form
        *Synod 2021: At Home Series for Lent

        Family Focus 2/5/2021

        date 03/05/2021 author Kris Sauer category February 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        Happy Catholic Schools' Week (CSW) 2021! This week began with Mass and continued as our scholars celebrated, supported causes, and shared talents as well as time with DMCS buddies during our CSW activities. During the dark winter months and accumulating snow, this week always lifts spirits! Congratulations to our 2021 SnoBall Queen, Abby Larson, who we crowned in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. A special thank you to our parents, our staff, and our students for their help in creating such a special week! Watch videos of our Talent Show and Coronation events on BA’s YouTube channel

        THANK YOU! The BA Home & School Association says farewell to two amazing parents who gave countless hours to the school over the last few years as Home & School officers. A HUGE THANK YOU to Jane Hillesheim and Michelle Jasinski for supporting students and staff with gifts, meals, and special recognition. We are forever grateful! A special welcome to new parent team, Chandra Wray-Raabolle and Susan McCabe as they step into their new role as officers. They will be reaching out with an email to gain more parent support in the months ahead!

        DO YOU WANT FLOWERS? Check out the annual BA Activities Association flower sale to brighten up your home! Please help reach out to your extended families, co-workers, friends and neighbors to see if they are interested purchasing a little spring “pick me up” to help brighten their day this upcoming Easter. Orders are due to the BA front office Feb 24. An order form is attached or can be found online here

        BABS - Our pace for BABS is beginning to pick up and we are looking for amazing donations for our Silent and Live Auction. If you are willing to make a donation or have insight into a fantastic connection, please email us at or . THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS!

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

        • Feb. 8-11: NWEA Map Testing for Middle School & Black History Month focus
        • Feb. 11: Kitchen Staff appreciation day! Send a note of appreciate to our team! Student of the Month ceremony-7:30am
        • Feb. 12 & 15: No School; school in session the remaining 4 days of each week
        • Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday
        • Feb 20: FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE
        • Feb 21: Pancake Breakfast / postponed to 2022
        • Feb 24: Easter flower order deadline
        • Feb. 22-26: FFA Week
        • Feb. 25: Winter concert re-scheduled. Limited attendance, watch for information and an online publication.
        • Feb 28, 11am-2pm: BA Open House

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • CELEBRATING KITCHEN STAFF-Feb. 11: Join us in thanking our kitchen staff on this day with a note, a gift card, an email, or a special treat!
        • 2021-2022 Enrollment Update: Enrollment is open! Most of you should have receive an email from FACTS this past week with instructions on how to set up your account and re-enroll your students for next year. 
        • 2021-22 FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS OPEN! Be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program; apply at this link: financial aid app. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021.

        COVID Update: As of February 5, 2021, we remain at two additional positive cases and no exposure at school. We do have 10 students choosing distance learning full time and one student quarantining. 

        • All Illnesses: Please note, if your child is sick at any time, we do not expect them to join online learning. We want to give them time to recover. Just notify the attendance line.

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of February 5 we are at $222,628 - THIS IS INCREDIBLE and we are 89% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT BY FEB. 28 - WE LOVE BA! We need only an additional $27,372 to reach our goal.
        • CHRISTMAS LUNCH ANGEL FUND: To date we have raised $1940 to support families in need at BA. THANK YOU!

        KUDOS: To all BA students for their special time and joy shared with their DMCS buddies!

        GO CARDINALS! Our basketball games are hot as well as our students in coop sports - way to go BA athletes!

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        Student Service Club Pregnancy Options Collection to Feb 11
        BA's Student Service Club is collecting items to to be donated to Pregnancy Options. Items needed include: diapers (size 4, 5, 6), baby wipes & hygiene items, post-it notes, paper products (facial tissues, toilet paper), and cleaning supplies (wipes, bathroom cleaner). Please  place donated items in the crib outside Mrs. Kriechbaum's room by Thurs, Feb 11.  

        Sick students and distance learning
        If your student is sick, please email the attendance line or call 507-334-3948. Please do not email your student’s teachers. We do NOT expect sick students to join classes online. They should stay home and check PowerSchool for missing assignments once they are well. A student will NOT transition to formal distance learning at BA unless an extended illness or quarantine warrants this transition. Contact Mrs. Reeder for online learning concerns/requests. Find full information on our sick/covid/distance learning policies here

        BABS April 10: Save the Date!! / Parent Volunteers Needed
        Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS) is BA’s largest annual fundraiser and a fun adult social event where we celebrate BA and raise funds for our beloved school. BABS 2021 will be held the evening of April 10. This “Denim and Diamonds” themed event will feature casino games, a silent & live auction (virtual and onsite) as well as food and drink. All parents, alumni, and friends over 21 years of age are invited! Attendance will be limited. Volunteers as well as live or silent auction items are needed. Contact Mrs. Reeder if you can help this great event.

        Shadow Days & Tours
        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join them for a shadow day or for a personal family tour. Sign up to shadow here; sign up for a family tour (offered Mon-Fri from 3-6pm) here. Applications are now open for 2021-2022! Find more information on our admission page.

        Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale
        We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

        Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches
        We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at efriesen@bacards.org.  March 29 is the planned start date for spring sports.

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

        Juniors: FREE ACT Science Prep Class Feb 24
        Mrs. Cathy Guth is offering a FREE ACT science seminar Wed, Feb 24, from 8am-12pm. The session will be held at BA (it's a non-class WIN day). The ACT prep book will be provided. Mrs. Guth will focus on science concepts and skills and test taking and pacing strategies for the ACT test. Students will also take a practice science test. Interested juniors should email Mrs. Rogers by Feb 19 at 3pm if they wish to attend this FREE course.

        Virtual Drivers Training Sessions this Spring
        Cannon River Driving School is offering 3 virtual classroom drivers training sessions this spring. Sessions start Feb 22, March 15, and April 5. See attached flyer for more information and to sign up. 

        Big Brothers Big Sisters of So MN Seeking 10th Grade Volunteer
        The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is seeking a 10th grade male student to be a BIG to a student at DMCS. This is a wonderful volunteer program that makes such a difference in the lives of participants! Contact Ms. Rogers if interested in being a Big or want to learn more about the program. 

        Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021
        Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor before February 22. Please note that many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on the Counselor's Corner page on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please email Ms. Rogers.

        SENIORS:

        Senior Girls: Local P.E.O. Scholarship
        Faribault's P.E.O. chapter offers an up to $1000 scholarship to local senior girls planning to pursue a college education. The scholarship form and essay prompts are due April 2.

        College Scholarship Opportunities
        There are several national and local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        Aim Higher Scholarship Giveaway
        In honor of Catholic Schools Week, the Aim Higher Foundation is giving away two $1000 scholarships to K-8 students attending Archdiocesan Catholic schools in 2021-2022. Register here by midnight Saturday, Feb 6 to enter your name in the drawing!

        AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship
        The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.

        MS Positivity Project
        In our religion classes MS scholars will be looking for the characteristic of perseverance within themselves and in their classmates. Perseverance, a quality we want all of our students to strive toward, is our current focus. Please continue to have discussions at home on these topics.

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        DMCS Annual Catholic United Financial Raffle to Feb 28
        Divine Mercy Catholic School students are selling $5 raffle tickets through Feb 28. Order tickets on their website or contact the school at 507-334-7706 if interested. Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!

        WOMEN'S LENTEN SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY
        Set a Fire is our “Blessed is She” reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. Divine Mercy Catholic Church is offering several in-person and online small group options. It is free to participate in the small groups; purchasing the book is strongly encouraged. There is an option on the form to purchase a book through us to save on shipping. Small groups start the week after Ash Wednesday (Feb 17). See the registration form for information on times and locations. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/setafire for more information.

        Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group
        Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information. 

        COMMUNITY UPDATES

        Faribault Soccer Association Summer Registration
        Registration for the Faribault Soccer Association summer program is now open. The deadline to register for Traveling Soccer is February 6th. The players age is their age on December 31, 2021. Register online here; more information on the website here

        JO Volleyball, Gr 4-11 Sign Up
        The Faribault Reds Volleyball Program is currently in the process of developing a plan for a JO Volleyball Season. All girls in grades 4-11 interested in participating are welcome! We do not have dates set at this time, but would be looking at mid-late February or early March for a start-up. Many play dates (especially for high school level athletes) would take place on Sundays as Saturdays may currently be used by winter sports teams for make-up games as needed. Please fill out the Google form at this link for each player in your household that would be interested in playing. Please email Chris Bothun at bothunchristine@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

         

        ATTACHMENTS

        *Easter Plant Fundraiser Order Form
        *Cannon River Driving School Registration Form

        Family Focus 1/30/2021

        date 02/03/2021 author Kris Sauer category January 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        Catholic Schools’ Week & SnoBall, Jan 30-Feb 5. As a Catholic school teacher and administrator, this next week truly shines. From being duck-taped to a wall, to praying with individual students and celebrating at a state-wide Mass with all Catholic schools, the Catholic school experience is life changing, for both staff and students. Please join us at Mass tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 30, at 4 p.m. at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, or connect with us online. BA students will be cantoring, reading, and participating in Mass as we begin the week long celebration of what truly makes us different! 

        TURN IN YOUR TALENT VIDEO! The Bethlehem Academy talent show will be Thursday, February 4th, as part of Catholic Schools Week. Just pre-record your talent by 3:30pm on Monday, February 1. The video will be presented to the whole school on Thursday. If you would like to participate, please sign up at this link. Students should see Mr. Gardner, Mr. Zabel, or Mr. Hillesheim with questions.

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks: 

        • Catholic Schools Week & Snowball Activities. Theme: Faith. Excellence. Service.  See the activities and dress up days at the right.
        • Feb 1: No Faribault busing
        • Feb. 8-11: NWEA Map Testing for Middle School & Black History focus
        • Feb. 11: We love our Kitchen Staff appreciation day! Student of the Month ceremony, 7:30am
        • Feb. 12 & 15: No School
        • Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday
        • Feb 21: Pancake Breakfast / postponed to 2022
        • Feb. 22-26: FFA Week
        • Feb. 26: Winter concert postponed,watch for details.
        • Feb 28, 11am-2pm: BA Open House

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • DRAMA & CHESS CLUB: Did you know this winter we started up two new clubs? Mr. Hillesheim and Mr. Madden reached out to support student interests. 
        • CELEBRATING KITCHEN STAFF-Feb. 11: Join us in thanking our kitchen staff on this day with a note, a gift card, an email, or a special treat!
        • 2021-2022 Enrollment Update: Together with DMCS, BA is moving to FACTS Tuition Management system for the 2021-2022 school year. This change is a savings to our families and our school as TADS was increasing and adding fees. We understand that this will be a bit different this year, and will provide more detailed information on the process soon. Please feel free to contact us with questions. See the attached re-enrollment flyer for more information on the process for the 2021-2022 school year and watch for a more detailed email on Monday. 
        • 2021-22 FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS OPEN! Apply for scholarships at this link: financial aid app. Please be sure to take advantage of our scholarship program. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021.

        COVID Update: As of January 29, 2021, we had two new positive COVID cases and no additional exposure at school. We do have 12 students choosing distance learning full time and four students quarantining. 

        • All Illnesses: Please note, if your child is sick at any time, we do not expect them to join online learning. We want to give them time to recover. Just notify the attendance line as you normally would. 

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of January 15 we are at $172,218 -Thank you! We have another $50,000 pledged bringing us to 88% of our goal. WE CHALLENGE ALL DONORS TO SHARE THEIR ANNUAL FUND GIFT BY FEB. 14 - WE LOVE BA! We need only an additional $27,782 to reach our goal.
        • BABS:We are looking for committee members to join our team of volunteers. If you like to decorate, call for donations, have a talent for arranging silent auction baskets, or just have great ideas, please contact me at my email below. See more information below. WE NEED YOU!

        CONGRATULATIONS: To our 2021 SnoBall Queen candidates and their escorts: Abby Larson escorted by Jarrett Malecha, Caroline Sauer escorted by Jason Shuda, Verity Wray-Raabolle escorted by Kade Robb, Ashley Rost escorted by Carson Heselton, and Rylie Starkson escorted by Riley Kangas. Coronation will be live streamed on BA’s YouTube channel Friday afternoon, Feb 5, from Van Orsow Auditorium. 

        KUDOS: To our Peer MInistry and students who supported ProLife activities and events this past week. 

        I look forward to seeing families at Mass this weekend.

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        No Faribault Busing Mon, Feb 1

        Faribault Public Schools will not be in session Monday, February 1. There will be no Faribault bus service on this day. The BA Van will operate on a regular schedule. 

        Sick students and distance learning

        If your student is sick, please email the attendance line or call 507-334-3948. Please do not email your student’s teachers. We do NOT expect sick students to join classes online. They should stay home and check PowerSchool for missing assignments once they are well. A student will NOT transition to formal distance learning at BA unless an extended illness or quarantine warrants this transition. Contact Mrs. Reeder for online learning concerns/requests. Find full information on our sick/covid/distance learning policies here

        Parent Volunteers Needed: BA Activities Association 

        Bethlehem Academy will be selling Easter Flowers as a fundraiser for the BA Activities Association. We are looking for people to share their ideas and join our committee to explore other opportunities to increase the proceeds to the BA Activities Association. Some examples of what BA Activities Association funds help to support: New varsity uniforms on a rotating basis between sports; Wolf Ridge busing; After Prom donation; 2 Scholarships for rising seniors; Special requests for equipment and other items not in the regular operating budget (Examples: Batting cage, pitching machine, choir sound shells, band instruments, student council sound system for dances, portable sound system for softball games, drama/theatre, trap shooting.) Other past funded activities include re-finishing the gym floor, new sound system in the gym, football goalposts at Teepee Tonka, and remodeling the activities storage room, and donations to teams/clubs/ organizations that work concessions during the year. If you would like to be a part of the committee, please contact Clarice DeGrood at 507-838-8073 or by email at: degrood@kmwb.net. Thank you! 

        BABS April 10: Save the Date!! / Parent Volunteers Needed

        Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS) is BA’s largest annual fundraiser and a fun adult social event where we celebrate BA and raise funds for our beloved school. BABS 2021 will be held the evening of April 10. This “Denim and Diamonds” themed event will feature casino games, a silent & live auction (virtual and onsite) as well as food and drink. All parents, alumni, and friends over 21 years of age are welcome to attend this gala event. Please save the date and plan to join us! Attendance will be limited. Volunteers as well as live or silent auction items are needed. Contact Mrs. Reeder if you can help this great event in any way.

        Shadow Days & Tours

        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join them for a shadow day or for a personal family tour. Sign up to shadow here; sign up for a family tour (offered Mon-Fri from 3-6pm) here. Applications are now open for 2021-2022! Find more information on our admission page.

        Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale

        We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions. 

        Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches

        We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at efriesen@bacards.org.  March 29 is the planned start date for spring sports.

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

        Big Brothers Big Sisters of So MN Seeking 10th Grade Volunteers

        The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is seeking a 10th grade female and 10th grade male student to be a BIG to a student at DMCS. This is a wonderful volunteer program that makes such a difference in the lives of participants! Contact Ms. Rogers if interested in being a Big. 

        Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021

        PSEO offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the post-secondary institution, but do not pay for tuition, fees, or books. They earn high school credit and, if students continue their education beyond high school, colleges or universities may choose to transfer their completed coursework through PSEO as college credits. Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor prior to class registration, which will open to returning students the week of February 22. Please note that many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on Counselor's Corner on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please reach out to Ms. Rogers at .

        Important information: Shattuck ACT Site Closure

        The Faribault Shattuck - St. Mary's testing site shows up on ACT.org when your student is registering for their test but it is closed to testing. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR SHATTUCK AS YOUR STUDENT'S TESTING SITE THIS SPRING. If your student has already signed up for the ACT, please have them check their account for where they have been scheduled to take their test. ACT may have changed the testing location without notifying you or your student. Shattuck being listed is a mistake through ACT, but it has not gotten fixed yet. Reach out to Ms. Rogers with any questions.

        SENIORS:

        Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation College Scholarship Program: Deadline March 1, 2021

        The Schulze Family Foundation is committed to providing assistance to students from middle-income families who do not receive federal grant assistance. Schulze welcomes applications from students who have distinguished themselves through school, community and/or church activities while showing strong academic achievement in high school. Forty-six (46) scholarships of $5,000 per year will be awarded for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment with satisfactory academic performance. MN Catholic high school students must have completed their elementary education at a Catholic school to be eligible. If you are interested in your student applying, your student may find the application form on the Scholarships section of their Naviance Account. Please reach out to Ms. Rogers with any questions.

        Other College Scholarship Opportunities

        There are several local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more. 

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        MS Positivity Project

        In our religion classes MS scholars will be looking for the characteristic of perseverance within themselves and in their classmates. Perseverance, a quality we want all of our students to strive toward, is our current focus. Please continue to have discussions at home on these topics.

        AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship

        The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        DMCS Annual Catholic United Financial Raffle to Feb 28

        Divine Mercy Catholic School students are selling $5 raffle tickets through Feb 28. Order tickets on their website or contact the school at 507-334-7706 if interested. Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!

        SCRIP Statements Early Feb

        Look for your TRIP Statements (SCRIP statement summary) the first week in February. If you have not yet tried our Scrip Program, please contact Peggy Johnson, at pjohnson@dmcs.cc at DMCS for more information. She would be happy to help walk you through the process and answer your questions. Find out just how easy it is to earn credit towards your child's tuition!

        WOMEN'S LENTEN SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY

        Set a Fire is our “Blessed is She” reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. Divine Mercy Catholic Church is offering several in-person and online small group options. It is free to participate in the small groups; purchasing the book is strongly encouraged. There is an option on the form to purchase a book through us to save on shipping. Small groups start the week after Ash Wednesday (Feb 17). See the registration form for information on times and locations. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/setafire for more information.

        Archdiocesan Synod 2021

        As referenced in Mrs. Reeder’s message above, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Synod enters Year 2: “The Church Prepares” with a series of listening events each month. Inspired by the thousands of participants at the Prayer and Listening Events, this series connects their stories to the story of the Church. Each virtual event includes a talk, testimonials, and a live panel discussion including Archbishop Hebda. Registration is required to participate live. All events begin at 7pm; future dates are Jam 27, Feb 4, and Feb 9. Register online to participate and submit your questions! Zoom links will be sent to registrants prior to each event. Registration is limited to 500 participants per event. A flyer with more information is attached.

        Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

        Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information. 

        COMMUNITY UPDATES

        Faribault Soccer Association Summer Registration

        Registration for the Faribault Soccer Association summer program is now open. The deadline to register for Traveling Soccer is February 6th. The players age is their age on December 31, 2021. Register online here; more information on the website here

        JO Volleyball, Gr 4-11 Sign Up

        The Faribault Reds Volleyball Program is currently in the process of developing a plan for a JO Volleyball Season. All girls in grades 4-11 interested in participating are welcome! We do not have dates set at this time, but would be looking at mid-late February or early March for a start-up. Many play dates (especially for high school level athletes) would take place on Sundays as Saturdays may currently be used by winter sports teams for make-up games as needed. Please fill out the google form at this link for each player in your household that would be interested in playing. Please email Chris Bothun at bothunchristine@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

         

        ATTACHMENTS

        * 2021-2022 Enrollment Information

        Family Focus 1/22/2021

        date 01/30/2021 author Ed Friesen category January 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        Today is the “National Sanctity of Human Life” day. President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation on January 13, 1984, designating this day for the first time in history, beginning with the Sunday of January 22 in 1984. This week Bethlehem Academy students shared prayers, petitions and reflections each morning. Peer Ministry led a reflection and a Hail Mary at Mass today. Classes spent more time in Adoration. Our Student Service Club created blankets and raised dollars to support Pregnancy Options of Faribault. We also had scholars attend, with parish families, the March for Life in St. Paul including Marty Brazil ‘21 who assisted Bishop Cozzens. As we close out this week, we invite families and students to participate with Pregnancy Options in downtown for special prayers and events starting at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the Diocese invites all families to join them with a new study this winter on the teachings of the Catholic Church. See the attached flyer for details.

        Calling All Talented Students! The Bethlehem Academy talent show will be Thursday, February 4th, as part of Catholic Schools Week. Each act will need to be pre-recorded by 3:30pm by Monday, February 1. The video will be presented to the whole school on Thursday. If you would like to participate, please sign up at this link. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Gardner, Mr. Zabel, or Mr. Hillesheim.

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks:

        • Mon, Jan 25: No School- Teacher Workday
        • Tues, Jan 26-Fri, Jan 29: All students in person learning Tuesday through Friday. Wednesday is a regular class day this week. Friday Middle School Mass.
        • Friday, Jan 29: High School club photos during WIN
        • Catholic Schools Week & Snowball Activities. Theme: Faith. Excellence. Service.
          • Sat, Jan 30 - SnoBall dance CANCELLED
          • Sat, Jan 30-4pm: BA Catholic Schools Week Mass at DMCC - if your family would like to assist at Mass, please reach out to Mrs. Kratt or Ms. Shimota.
          • Mon, Feb 1- Country vs. Country Club (Hats allowed) / NO FARIBAULT BUSING TODAY
          • Tues, Feb 2- Jersey Day - Day of Giving: students will be creating valentine cards for area seniors
          • Wed, Feb 3 - WIN DAY- No Classes - come in for support and projects
          • Thurs, Feb 4- Pajama/Relaxed Clothes Day; Buddy Day with DMCS (virtual activities) and BA Talent Show presentation.
          • Fri, Feb 5- Dress to Impress, HS Mass; Snoball Activities & Crowning

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • FREE LUNCH: Will continue through April 30 for all BA students.
        • 2021-22 FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS OPEN! Apply early for scholarships at this link: financial aid app. Please be sure to take advantage of our scholarship program. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021.

        COVID Update: As of January 22, 2021, we have two new positive COVID cases and no additional exposure at school. We do have 11 students choosing distance learning full time.

        • Updated Student Symptom Screening form and Decision Tree - click on the links for updated information.
        • All Illnesses: Please note, if your child is sick at any time, we do not expect them to join online learning. We want to give them time to recover. Just notify the attendance line as you normally would.

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of January 15 we are at $132,008 -Thank you! We have another $50,000 pledged bringing us to 73% of our goal. Remember, by making a larger donation in 2021, you may actually decrease your taxable income!
        • BABS:We are looking for committee members to join our team of volunteers. If you like to decorate, call for donations, have a talent for arranging silent auction baskets, or just have great ideas, please contact me at my email below. WE NEED YOU!

        KUDOS: To our Student Service Club for creating blankets in support of Pregnancy Options!

        Have a blessed, long weekend. We will see students on Tuesday, January 26.

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        No Faribault Busing Mon, Feb 1

        Faribault Public Schools will not be in session Monday, February 1. There will be no Faribault bus service on this day. The BA Van will operate.

        Sick students and distance learning

        If your student is sick, please email the attendance line or call 507-334-3948. Please do not email your student’s teachers. We do NOT expect sick students to join classes online. They should stay home and check PowerSchool for missing assignments once they are well. A student will NOT transition to formal distance learning at BA unless an extended illness or quarantine warrants this transition. Contact Mrs. Reeder for online learning concerns/requests. Find full information on our sick/covid/distance learning policies here.

        FFA Meeting Tues Jan 26

        Students in grades 7-12 are invited to join our next FFA meeting, held next Tuesday, January 26, after school at 3pm in Ms. Story’s classroom.

        BABS April 10: Save the Date!!

        Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS) is BA’s largest annual fundraiser and a fun adult social event where we celebrate BA and raise funds for our beloved school. BABS 2021 will be held the evening of April 10. This “Denim and Diamonds” will feature casino games, a silent & live auction as well as food and drink. All parents, alumni, and friends over 21 years of age are welcome to attend this gala event. Please save the date and plan to join us! Attendance will be limited and the auction portion will be both live and virtual. Volunteers as well as live or silent auction items needed. Contact Mrs. Reeder if you can help this great event in any way.

        Basketball Games: Spectator Update

        The number of spectators that can attend basketball games this season is limited due to State of Minnesota orders. The Gopher Conference is limiting the number to 2 spectators per participant. This restriction allows each school to better meet both social distancing guidelines and any contact tracking requirements should the need arise. (The Big 9 Conference is also limiting spectators to 2 per participant.) Varsity/JV parents have been contacted about the opportunity to purchase passes for the season. Contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen with any questions.

        Please see our online school calendar for links to live-streams of games. The calendar is available on our school website (www.bacards.org) and our sports website (sports.bacards.org)

        Shadow Days & Tours

        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join them for a shadow day (classmates are encouraged to come together) or for a personal family tour. Sign up to shadow here; sign up for a family tour (offered Mon-Fri from 3-6pm) here. Applications are now open for 2021-2022! Find more information on our admission page.

        Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale

        We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions.

        Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches

        We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at efriesen@bacards.org. At this time, we believe the spring season will start late March or early April – a couple of weeks later than normal.

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

        HS Club Photos Jan 29

        On Friday, January 29, all high school clubs will have their photos taken for the yearbook. Many of the clubs have special t-shirts; students should bring them next Friday to wear for the pictures. Clubs involved are: SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), SSC (Student Service Club), Student Council, Peer Ministry, FFA (Future Farmers of America); BA Band, BA Choir, Chess Club.

        HS Drama Club

        BA is starting a Drama Club for high school students! The club’s first meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan 27 at 3:05pm in Mr. Hillesheim’s room. If your student is interested in any aspect of drama - both on stage or behind the scenes - please encourage them to attend.

        Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021

        PSEO offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the post-secondary institution, but do not pay for tuition, fees, or books. They earn high school credit and, if students continue their education beyond high school, colleges or universities may choose to transfer their completed coursework through PSEO as college credits. Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor prior to class registration, which will open to returning students the week of February 22. Please note that many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on Counselor's Corner on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please reach out to Ms. Rogers at trogers@bacards.org.

        ACT Test Prep Class through Faribault Community Education

        As they have done in the past, Faribault Community Education is offering an ACT Test prep class through Advantage Test Prep (other classes and locations found at www.advantageprep.net). The 3-hour classes are held on 4 Saturdays starting January 30 at the Faribault Education Center. There is also an online class option. Click here for more information.

        SENIORS:

        FAFSA Updates 2021

        The covid relief bill passed at the end of 2020 included some significant changes to the FAFSA. Here is an article that explains what changes were made. FAFSA is also providing a free educational webinar to the public on all recent changes to the college process on Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm. You can join through this Zoom Link. For other information about financing your student's education, please check out this page on the BA website, or reach out to Ms. Rogers at trogers@bacards.org with any additional questions.

        College Deadline Update Emailed to Seniors: It is getting to that point where college deadlines have either recently passed or are coming up very soon! Contact Ms Rogers If you need: mid-year transcripts, information about schools/programs or pathways to your chosen trade, or help with scholarship applications. If you have received a decision about your application: update your application status in Naviance. If you have decided where you are going next year: update your decision status in Naviance. If you are still considering your plans for next year, email Ms. Rogers at: trogers@bacards.org to discuss your options.

        College Scholarship Opportunities

        There are several local scholarships available with deadlines in March, including the Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship, Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship, Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship, and the Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship. Have your students check the Scholarships section of Naviance (find video here; find Naviance information on our web page here) or email Ms. Rogers to find out more.

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        MS Positivity Project

        In our religion classes MS scholars will be looking for the characteristic of perseverance within themselves and in their classmates. Perseverance, a quality we want all of our students to strive toward, is our current focus. Please continue to have discussions at home on these topics.

        AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship

        The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (DMCC) & SCHOOL (DMCS) UPDATES

        SCRIP Statements Early Feb

        Look for your TRIP Statements (SCRIP statement summary) the first week in February. If you have not yet tried our Scrip Program, please contact Peggy Johnson, at pjohnson@dmcs.cc at DMCS for more information. She would be happy to help walk you through the process and answer your questions. Find out just how easy it is to earn credit towards your child's tuition!

        You Can't Inspire without Fire! Speaker Jan 25

        Guest speaker Joe Roueche will be at DMCC Monday, January 25th at 6:30pm. All are welcome! We will begin our night with practical guidance on how to grow in our own relationship with Jesus while leading others to Him followed by a time of Adoration. Faith is caught not taught so we must have faith alive so as to inspire that in those in our sphere. Four Steps shared on how to 'acquire the fire.'

        WOMEN'S LENTEN SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY

        Set a Fire is our “Blessed is She” reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. Divine Mercy Catholic Church is offering several in-person and online small group options. It is free to participate in the small groups; purchasing the book is strongly encouraged. There is an option on the form to purchase a book through us to save on shipping. Small groups start the week after Ash Wednesday (Feb 17). See the registration form for information on times and locations. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/setafire for more information.

        Archdiocesan Synod 2021

        As referenced in Mrs. Reeder’s message above, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Synod enters Year 2: “The Church Prepares” with a series of listening events each month. Inspired by the thousands of participants at the Prayer and Listening Events, this series connects their stories to the story of the Church. Each virtual event includes a talk, testimonials, and a live panel discussion including Archbishop Hebda. Registration is required to participate live. All events begin at 7pm; future dates are Jam 27, Feb 4, and Feb 9. Register online to participate and submit your questions! Zoom links will be sent to registrants prior to each event. Registration is limited to 500 participants per event. A flyer with more information is attached.

        Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

        Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information.

        COMMUNITY UPDATES

        Pregnancy Options March for Life Event, Jan 22 (TONIGHT!) @ 6:30pm in Faribault

        Pregnancy Options invites you to gather with them at 6:30pm January 22 in the street in front of Pregnancy Options (18 2nd St NW, Faribault). There will be hot apple cider and hot chocolate along with candles. We will be praying for the end of abortion, the overturning of Roe v Wade, and the strength of Pregnancy Options. Mayor Kevin Voracek will be present and will sign a proclamation on the Sanctity of Life in Faribault. Rep. Brian Daniels, Sen. John Jaskinski, and a representative from MCCL have been invited to come to share a few words.

        Faribault Soccer Association Summer Registration

        Registration for the Faribault Soccer Association summer program is now open. The deadline to register for Traveling Soccer is February 6th. The players age is their age on December 31, 2021. Register online here; more information on the website here.

         

        Attached Files

        School Newsletters Synod January.pdf

         

        Family Focus 1/15/2021

        date 01/15/2021 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, January 2021 comment Leave a comment

        Dear BA Families:

        Happy Snow! I hope that this heavier snowfall finds you safe and warm in your home. As our announcement shared yesterday, today is a snow day for our middle school students and an online learning day for our high school scholars. At this point in the year, we want to give our high school students every opportunity to be successful and stay on track toward their academic goals. Thank you for partnering with us in this goal. All afternoon activities and sporting events have been canceled for today.

        Congratulations! Special congratulations to our Spelling Bee participants from DMCS and BA: Abby Bauer, Megan Cina, Caden Dokkestul, Owen Dotterweich, Langston Richter, Sarah Tobin, Mikayla Dienst, Keira Dryer, Braiden Johnson, Keira O'Connor, Raymond Onstad, Leighton Richter, Ella Simon, and Adey Wesee. After two hours, our finalists were: 1st- Langston Richter, 2nd-Owen Dotterweich and 3rd-Leighton Richter. I am so impressed with all of the contestants. Such dedication and drive to academic excellence and the Sinsinawan Dominican pillar of study!

        Calling All Talented Students! The Bethlehem Academy talent show will be Thursday, February 4th, as part of Catholic Schools Week. Each act will need to be pre-recorded by 3:30pm on Monday, February 1. The video will be presented to the whole school on Thursday. If you would like to participate, please sign up at this link. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Gardner, Mr. Zabel, or Mr. Hillesheim.

        Schedule for the upcoming three weeks:

          • Mon, Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
          • Tues, Jan 19-Fri, Jan 22: All students in person learning. Friday High School Mass
        • Tues, Jan 19: Right to Life Dress Down Day (see details below)
        • Fri, Jan 22: HS Right to Life March in St. Paul and Pregnancy Options of Faribault local event at 6:30 p.m. by their offices with guest speakers (see more info on this local event below).
        • Mon, Jan 25: No School - Teacher Workday
        • Tues, Jan 26-Fri, Jan 29: All students in person learning. Friday Middle School Mass
        • Sat, Jan 30-4pm: BA Catholic Schools Week Mass at DMCC - if your family would like to assist at Mass, please reach out to Mrs. Kratt or Ms. Shimota.
        • Catholic Schools Week & Snowball Activities. Theme: Faith. Excellence. Service.
          • Mon, Feb 1- Country vs. Country Club (Hats allowed)
          • Tues, Feb 2- Jersey Day - Day of Giving: students will be creating valentine cards for area seniors
          • Wed, Feb 3 - WIN DAY-come in for support and projects
          • Thurs, Feb 4- Pajama/Relaxed Clothes Day; Buddy Day with DMCS (virtual activities) and BA Talent Show presentation.
          • Fri, Feb 5- Dress to Impress, HS Mass; Snoball Activities & Crowning

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • FREE LUNCH: Will continue through April 30 for all BA students.
        • 2021-22 FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS OPEN! Apply early for scholarships at this link: financial aid app. Please be sure to take advantage of our scholarship program. The initial application deadline is February 20, 2021.
        • MARCH FOR LIFE: This January 22 is the March for Life with the Diocese and/or a local gathering in Faribault with Pregnancy Options at 6:30 p.m (see more info in the community section below).

        COVID Update: As of January 8, 2021, we have one new COVID case with possible exposure at school in high school. We do have 11 students choosing distance learning fulltime and 20 students quarantining.

        • Updated Student Symptom Screening form and Decision Tree - click on the links for updated information.
        • All Illnesses: Please note, if your child is sick at any time, we do not expect them to join online learning. We want to give them time to recover. Just notify the attendance line as you normally would.

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES:

        • BA Annual Fund: Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2021. As of January 15 we are at $130,428 -Thank you! We have another $50,000 pledged bringing us to 72% of our goal. Remember, by making a larger donation in 2021, you may actually decrease your taxable income!
        • BABS:We are looking for committee members to join our team of volunteers. If you like to decorate, call for donations, have a talent for arranging silent auction baskets, or just have great ideas, please contact me at my email below. WE NEED YOU!

        KUDOS: To our Student Service Club for creating blankets this week in support of Pregnancy Options!

        Have a blessed long weekend as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday!

        Mindy Reeder, President/Principal
        mreeder@bacards.org

        ALL-BA UPDATES

        Right to Life Dress Down Day, Tuesday, Jan 19

        Student Service Club is having a dress down day this Tuesday, Jan 19, in honor of Right to Life month. All funds collected will go to buy diapers and other baby items for Pregnancy Options. To dress down (sweatpants ok): pay $1 and/or donate the following items: post-it notes, paper products; K cups for Keurig, tea bags, cleaning supplies (wipes, bathroom cleaner), diapers (sz 4, 5, 6), baby wipes & hygiene items; To wear a hat: add $2; To wear leggings: add $2 (Make sure the sweater or shirt covers up the backside!) Please help this organization out. THANK YOU!

        Basketball Games: Spectator Update

        The number of spectators that can attend basketball games this season is limited due to State of Minnesota orders. The Gopher Conference is limiting the number to 2 spectators per participant. This restriction allows each school to better meet both social distancing guidelines and any contact tracking requirements should the need arise. (The Big 9 Conference is also limiting spectators to 2 per participant.) Varsity/JV parents have been contacted about the opportunity to purchase passes for the season. Contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen with any questions.

        See our online calendar for streaming links to games. Subscribe to our NFHS Network Channel to watch most of our games, both home and away, online.

        Home and School: Volunteers Needed!

        Home and School - your parent organization! - is looking for new parent volunteers to lead this parent group so vital to our BA community. Jane and Michelle are “retiring” and without new leader volunteers, this group will have to disband. Contact Jane at jandjhillesheim@charter.net or Barb or Tammy in the office (507-334-3948) if you have any questions.

        Shadow Days & Tours

        Does your student have a friend interested in BA? Invite them to join them for a shadow day (classmates are encouraged to come together) or for a personal family tour. Sign up to shadow here; sign up for a family tour (offered Mon-Fri from 3-6pm) here. Applications are now open for 2021-2022! Find more information on our admission page.

        BA Angel Hot Lunch Fund

        The lunch program still has over $1500 in negative hot lunch accounts. If you are able during this time of free hot lunches, please consider donating to help clear these accounts. If 30 BA families donated $50 each, we could bring current all accounts and help our families who are struggling during this pandemic. Drop a donation in an envelope marked “BA Angel Lunch Account Fund” in the front office; contact Tracy Meschke at tmeschke@bacards.org with any questions. Thank you!

        Facemasks and BA Car Clings Available for Sale

        We are now selling BA facemasks and car clings in the BA Front Office! Click here for more information. Send in payment (cash or check made out to BA) with your order to Tammy in the front office or email Tammy with any questions.

        Wanted: Spring Sports Coaches

        We have the following spring sports coaching positions open: Head Baseball, Assistant Baseball, Middle School Baseball, Head Track & Field, Assistant Track & Field (# of assistants to be determined). If you or someone you know is interested please contact Athletic Director Ed Friesen at efriesen@bacards.org. At this time, we believe the spring season will start late March or early April – a couple of weeks later than normal.

        HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

        Interested in College Band?

        Members of the Notre Dame Band are hosting a series of virtual open house events for high school students interested in college band. The open house for the Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana region is THIS SUNDAY, January 17th, at 6pm EST / 5pm CST.RSVP HERE. Notre Dame band members will be talking about aspects of college band in general, as well as information about the Notre Dame Band. This event is intended for high school juniors and seniors, but freshmen and sophomores are invited to attend as well.

        Current 10th & 11th Grade Students: PSEO for Fall 2021

        PSEO offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the post-secondary institution, but do not pay for tuition, fees, or books. They earn high school credit and, if students continue their education beyond high school, colleges or universities may choose to transfer their completed coursework through PSEO as college credits. Students interested in taking PSEO courses at South Central or other colleges and universities must discuss this option with the counselor prior to clss registration, which will open to returning students the week of February 22. Please note that many schools have deadlines as early as the beginning of April. FAQs about PSEO can be found here on Counselor's Corner on the BA website. If you have any questions concerning PSEO, please reach out to Ms. Rogers at trogers@bacards.org.

        ACT Test Prep Class through Faribault Community Education

        As they have done in the past, Faribault Community Education is offering an ACT Test prep class through Advantage Test Prep (other classes and locations found at www.advantageprep.net). The 3-hour classes are held on 4 Saturdays starting January 30 at the Faribault Education Center. There is also an online class option. Click here for more information.

        Juniors (and Seniors): ACT Test Sites Re-opening

        Students whose ACT test was cancelled last December should check their registration status through their ACT.org account. Testing sites have begun to re-open in Minnesota, and students may be able to register for upcoming tests. The deadline for February 6 test registration is Friday, January 15. Please contact Ms. Rogers at trogers@bacards.org with any questions.

        SENIORS:

        FAFSA Updates 2021

        The covid relief bill passed at the end of 2020 included some significant changes to the FAFSA. Here is an article that explains what changes were made. FAFSA is also providing a free educational webinar to the public on all recent changes to the college process on Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm. You can join through this Zoom Link. For other information about financing your student's education, please check out this page on the BA website, or reach out to Ms. Rogers at trogers@bacards.org with any additional questions.

        College Deadline Update Emailed to Seniors: It is getting to that point where college deadlines have either recently passed or are coming up very soon! Contact Ms Rogers If you need: mid-year transcripts, information about schools/programs or pathways to your chosen trade, or help with scholarship applications. If you have received a decision about your application: update your application status in Naviance. If you have decided where you are going next year: update your decision status in Naviance. If you are still considering your plans for next year, email Ms. Rogers at: trogers@bacards.org to discuss your options.

        Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club Scholarship

        Graduating seniors interested in the outdoors and/or pursuing a degree in the outdoors or the environment are invited to apply for a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Sportsman’s Club. An application and personal essay, due March 10, is required. See Naviance or Ms. Rogers for more information.

        Faribo 4 Kids Thomas Laughlin Scholarship

        Faribo 4 Kids is sponsoring the Thomas Laughlin scholarship opportunity. There are 2 scholarships, each worth $1500. Applications must be postmarked by March 19, 2021. Seniors were sent this email Jan 6; more information can also be found through "Scholarships" on Naviance.

        Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship

        Allina Health Orthopedics will be offering two $2,500 scholarships, which will be awarded annually to one female and one male student athlete who intends to attend college to pursue a career in sports medicine. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. Contact Ms. Rogers for more information.

        Steele-Waseca Electric Coop College Scholarship

        Are you a Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric customer who has a Class of 2021 scholar planning to continue his/her education full-time at a two- or four-year technical school or college? If so, please have your senior email Ms. Rogers to find out more about applying for a $500 scholarship. Eligible students will be asked to fill out a form detailing academics, school and community involvement, and submit a short essay on their future goals.

        MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

        MS Positivity Project

        In our religion classes MS scholars will be looking for the characteristic of perseverance within themselves and in their classmates. Perseverance is a quality we want all of our students to strive toward. Attached please find the perseverance card for your information and for extended conversations at home.

        AIM Higher K-8 Scholarship

        The Aim Higher Scholarship is a $1,000, student-based scholarship awarded to K-8 students from families with demonstrated need. This year's application deadline is February 20, 2021. Application is via the online TADS financial aid form found here. Click here to find more information via the English flyer and the Spanish flyer.

        DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL UPDATES

        Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

        Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit www.divinemercy.cc/faith-formation for more information.

        COMMUNITY UPDATES

        Pregnancy Options March for Life Event, Jan 22 6:30pm in Faribault

        Pregnancy Options invites you to gather with them at 6:30pm January 22 in the street in front of Pregnancy Options (18 2nd St NW, Faribault). There will be hot apple cider and hot chocolate along with candles. We will be praying for the end of abortion, the overturning of Roe v Wade, and the strength of Pregnancy Options. Mayor Kevin Voracek will be present and will sign a proclamation on the Sanctity of Life in Faribault. Rep. Brian Daniels, Sen. John Jaskinski, and a representative from MCCL have been invited to come to share a few words. They are offering this as an alternative to and/or in addition to going to the Capitol. This will not be a long event and the center will be open if you would like to visit. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the director, Gina Little. There are many ways to participate depending on what you are interested in! Gina’s email is gina@pregnancyoptionsfbo.org.

        Faribault Soccer Association Summer Registration

        Registration for the Faribault Soccer Association summer program is now open. The deadline to register for Traveling Soccer is February 6th. The players age is their age on December 31, 2021. Register online here; more information on the website here.

         

        Attached Files

        Perseverance Character Card.pdf

         

        Our Mission
        Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, strives to empower its students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the truth: Veritas.
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        105 3rd Ave. SW
        Faribault, MN  55021
        Phone:  507-334-3948
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