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Family Focus 12/2/22

date 12/02/2022 author Ed Friesen category December 2022, 2022-23 comment Leave a comment

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (Peer Ministry-selected Bible verse for 2022-2023)

December 2, 2022

Dear BA Families: 

BLESSED ADVENT! This week began our first week of Advent. Our Peer Ministry led us in a special Advent prayer. All of our students gathered in Houses to complete service projects. Together we created 9 throw blankets, 240 Christmas gift bags for elderly and EMT providers, as well as 105 veteran cards. It was a wonderful way to start Advent!

SPECIAL HOUSES' SERVICE PROJECTS: We completed our service commitment and will have December 21 off from school! Our last day of school before Christmas break will be Tuesday, Dec. 20. Please remember, high school students have finals so it is important that they are here!

SENIOR PARENTS: There are updates for scholarships and awards as well as a revised process for graduation service cords on the High School Counselor's webpage, please check this often! (Counselor's Corner)


NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE






UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional events are online
  • Dec 3: Benefactors Brunch
  • Dec 6: St. Nicholas Day! Rome Trip meeting @ 3pm (see below)
  • Dec 7: Student of the Month, 7:30am; Wolf Ridge parent meeting, 6pm Rm 207
  • Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Mass for BA/guests (10:30am, 60 min)
  • Dec 9: Reconciliation, 12-2:30pm; special schedule
  • Dec 11: 6:30-7:30pm BA Band & Choir Christmas Concerts, please note, we moved the band concert to Dec. 11 as Dec. 12 is the celebration of Our Lady Guadalupe at the Parish
  • Dec 13: WIN Day, 1pm schedule
  • Dec 14: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, 10:20am (60 min)
  • Dec 14: Candy gram order deadline (see info below)
  • Dec 15: Grade 10 & 11 retreat @ Shieldsville
  • Dec 16: SADD Ugly Xmas Sweater $ Dress Down Day
  • Dec 21: NO SCHOOL
  • Dec 21: BA Red Cross Blood Drive at Divine Mercy Catholic Church see below for volunteer and donation info
  • Dec 21-Jan 3: Christmas Break-NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 4: Semester 2 begins
REMINDERS:
  • Attendance: If your scholar is sick or has an appointment, please email attendance@bacards.org or call 507-334-3948, x 302 by 8am if possible. Thank you!
  • Volunteers needed! BABS Committee members needed - help us plan for our largest fundraiser of the year! Sign up HERE. Find our new Volunteer Connection page HERE.
  • MS Homework Club/HS Homework Help: Homework Club with Mrs. Kohl is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 3-4pm in Room 204 for middle school students. Academic support for high school students is led by Mrs. Ashley from 3-3:30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the library.
KUDOS: Congratulations to our Court of Honor inductees: former teacher, Ms. Eileen Kriechbaum and longtime BA supporters, Barb & Dick Rost. THANK YOU!

As you may be aware, my Advent began with the loss of my mother. She had been on hospice, so although it was not a surprise, it is always a loss to lose a loved one. We will celebrate her life on Monday, December 5. Your kind words and prayers are appreciated. Please continue to pray for staff with ailing family members, students who are struggling and all of our families this Christmas that the light of Advent will inspire them! 

Blessings, Mindy Reeder - President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

Rome Trip Info Meeting: There will be an informational meeting for BA's trip to Rome the summer of 2024 in Mr. Nuehring’s room on Tues, Dec 6 at 3pm. If scholars are unable to make it or have questions, please see Ms. Coller or Mr. Nuehring.

Rome Trip Candy Grams: Help support the Bethlehem Academy Rome pilgrimage trip for summer of 2024! Candy canes with a message can be ordered for $1.00 each. Candy canes will be delivered December 19th. Return the order form (find it HERE) with payment to the Bethlehem Academy office by December 14th. Label the envelope: Candy Gram. Thank you for your support!

BA's American Heart Challenge: Allana Kern, Director of Youth Market with the American Heart Association, spoke to high school students yesterday. Below is a message from Allana regarding her talk: 

BA Families: We are excited to announce that December’s health topic is focused on NO VAPING OR TOBACCO! We know from scripture that our body is to be treated well. We were bought at a price and are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:20). That's why Bethlehem Academy, with your SADD club's sponsorship, is taking on the American Heart Challenge! It is an amazing service learning program where students will learn the health effects of vaping & tobacco, and they can even earn 2 hours of community service just for participating! Registration has begun, and I would like to invite you to join the effort as part of our school team at this link. I greatly appreciate your support and look forward to making a difference in the health of our community this December. Thank you, Allana Kern

BA Blood Drive: December 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., BA will be hosting a blood drive at Divine Mercy Catholic Church. We are looking for many volunteers to fill slots for each hour. Students can earn service hours for each hour they are present. If a scholar is interested in giving blood at this drive, there are some requirements: be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs., and you have not donated blood in the last 56 days. Click these links to sign up:  Volunteer LinkBlood Donation Link

Calling all recent BA graduates! Ms. Shane Roessler, School Counselor, is looking for recent graduates to return and be part of panel of college students to share what college is like, how it is different/same than high school and any other insider information that they wish they would have known their senior year in high school. We will be hosting this panel over a lunch period early January (the first week we return to school). If you know of a graduate who will be around during that time, please let Mrs. Shane Roessler know at sroessler@bacards.org, or call/text 507-291-3675. THANK YOU!

RaiseRight/Earn Even More Tuition Credit: To check out the November RaiseRight (Scrip) newsletter, click HERE. Wantedpeople to help sell Scrip gift cards after Mass on the weekends. You will be able to choose the Mass times that work for you. You may choose to work once a month or more. A calendar schedule will be sent to you. You will earn $7 for your child’s tuition credit each time you sell. This would simply involve sitting at the desk in the Narthex and selling gift cards. When everyone is finished purchasing, you will count the inventory, sign the log sheet, and put the cards back in the safe. Interested? Please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc or (507) 334-7706.

BABS Donations needed! Consider adding BABS to your holiday shopping list! Find our BABS Amazon wish list at: https://a.co/bBHzgk9. Thank you!

Basketball Registration: Please visit our sports website, bacardinals.com, and click on the More menu to get the link for the registration form. The activity fee is $140 per participant. The fee may be paid online at bacardinals.com under the More menu, by check or by contacting Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org) to have the fee added to your tuition payment account. Participants must also have a valid sports physical clearance on file in the school's activities office. Sports physicals are good for 3 years from the date of the exam.  


Basketball Officials: BA needs individuals to officiate junior high basketball this winter. Contact Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) if interested.

Boys Basketball Middle School Coach Opening:  BA is currently looking for an additional middle school boys basketball coach.  Interested individuals may contact Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) if interested.

Counselor Tidbits: Click HERE for this week's tidbit on gratitude. Click HERE for the Counselor's Corner page on our website, including updated graduation service cord information. 

 














Click HERE for the BA Bash raffle ticket order form. 

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
High School Reminders:
  • After school support is available for students in the library Tuesday - Thursday until 3:30 (link to info)
  • Second semester schedule changes are DUE by December 8. Forms are available in the library outside of the counseling office.
  • Please remind your high school student to check their email and class Schoology on a regular basis! (Thank you for your support with this!) 
Juniors & Seniors: ACT Exams: Find ACT college test dates and registration deadlines at this LINKSAT Testing: Find SAT college test dates and registration deadlines HERE.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC SCHOOL/CHURCH UPDATES

Help Wanted: Divine Mercy Catholic School is seeking a 9th-12th grade student to assist in their After School Program. This can be Monday-Friday or shared with another person and can range in time from 3:00-4:30 pm or later, if needed. This is a paid position. Please contact Ginger Van Hecke at DMCS if you are interested.

 

Online School Calendar:
https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

Family Focus 11/18/22

date 11/29/2022 author Kris Sauer category 2022-23, November 2022 comment Leave a comment

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (Peer Ministry-selected Bible verse for 2022-2023)

November 18, 2022

Dear BA Families: 

Blessed Thanksgiving to all of our families! We are so thankful for your partnership at Bethlehem Academy and invite you to join our school as we focus on gratitude this week and next: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18. 

GRANDPARENTS DAY - Tuesday, Nov. 22: Please extend an invitation to grandparents/special adults in your scholar's life to join us in the BA gymnasium on Tuesday, November 22 at 1 pm for a special program, tours, and cookies. (Regular 2:55pm release for scholars although some may leave early with grandparents, with your permission, after the program.) Click HERE for the invite and questionnaire.  Click HERE for the 1pm Assembly Class Schedule.

SPECIAL HOUSES' SERVICE PROJECTS: On December 1st, our House Committee is planning for scholars to participate in a variety of service projects, tying blankets, making sandwiches for the homeless, and gift bags for emergency staff and area nursing homes. IF OUR STUDENTS WORK HARD AND COMPLETE THEIR SERVICE PROJECTS - We will all have December 21 off! Donations accepted toward these projects, please send either cash/check, small candy canes and bags of Hershey kisses or personal products to school! THANK YOU!

SENIOR PARENTS: There are updates for scholarships and awards as well as a revised process for graduation service cords on the High School Counselor's webpage, please check this often! (Counselor's Corner)

BENEFACTOR'S BRUNCH - DECEMBER 3: You're invited to join us for a special Mass and brunch to celebrate retired teacher, Ms. Eileen Kriechbaum and longtime BA supporters, Barb & Dick Rost as we honor them at 10am on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at BA.

SPECIAL ADVENT EVENTS: During Advent we have special Masses and our Christmas Concerts, so please mark your calendars!

  • December 3: Benefactor's Brunch - 10am Mass followed by lunch and a short program. Please RSVP to advancement@bacards.org by Nov. 30.
  • December 6: St. Nicholas Day!
  • December 8: 10:20 a.m. Immaculate Conception Mass at IC
  • December 11: 6:30-7:30pm BA Band & Choir Christmas Concerts, please note, we moved the band concert to Dec. 11 as Dec. 12 is the celebration of Our Lady Guadalupe at the Parish.
  • December 14: 10:20 a.m. BA will celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at IC

NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE










UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional events are online
  • Nov 21: NHS $ Dress Down Day for Thanksgiving meal project; Boys basketball opens
  • Nov. 22: Grandparents Day! Please invite grandparents and special adults to come to BA for a program, tours, and cookies at 1 pm! Click HERE for 1pm Assembly Class Schedule
  • Nov. 23-25: NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving! God's blessings
  • Dec. 1: Health Speaker for HS & WIN day for Houses (Service Projects)
  • Dec 2: NHS $ Dress Down Day
  • Dec 3: Benefactors Brunch
  • Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Mass for BA/guests (10:20am, 60 min)
  • Dec 11: Choir and Band Winter Concert, 6:30pm (NOTE NEW DATE FOR BAND CONCERT)
  • Dec 14: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, 10:20am (60 min)
  • Dec 16: SADD Ugly Xmas Sweater $ Dress Down Day
  • Dec 21: BA Red Cross Blood Drive at Divine Mercy Catholic Church Sign up at www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Bethlehem Academy to schedule an appointment from 9am to 2pm. 
  • Dec 22-Jan 3: Christmas Break-NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 4: Semester 2 begins
REMINDERS:
  • Attendance: If your scholar is sick or has an appointment, please email attendance@bacards.org or call 507-334-3948, x 302 by 8am if possible. Thank you!
  • Volunteers needed! BABS Committee members needed - help us plan for our largest fundraiser of the year! Sign up HERE. Find our new Volunteer Connection page HERE.
  • MS Homework Club/HS Homework Help: Homework Club with Mrs. Kohl is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 3-4pm in Room 204 for middle school students. Academic support for high school students is led by Mrs. Ashley from 3-3:30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the library.
KUDOS: All of our basketball coaches as our new season gets underway! Thank you to parents and families stepping up to support our athletes!

Wishing all of our families a blessed Thanksgiving Break. Since next week is a short week, we will not be sending out a Friday Focus. Enjoy this precious time with family and friends and keep each other in your prayers. BA will be closed November 23-25 and returns on Monday, November 28.

Blessings, Mindy Reeder - President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

Calling all recent BA graduates! Ms. Shane Roessler, School Counselor, is looking for recent graduates to return and be part of panel of college students to share what college is like, how it is different/same than high school and any other insider information that they wish they would have known their senior year in high school. We will be hosting this panel over a lunch period early January (the first week we return to school). If you know of a graduate who will be around during that time, please let Mrs. Shane Roessler know at sroessler@bacards.org, or call/text 507-291-3675. THANK YOU!

RaiseRight/Earn Even More Tuition Credit: To check out the November RaiseRight (Scrip) newsletter, click HERE. Wantedpeople to help sell Scrip gift cards after Mass on the weekends. You will be able to choose the Mass times that work for you. You may choose to work once a month or more. A calendar schedule will be sent to you. You will earn $7 for your child’s tuition credit each time you sell. This would simply involve sitting at the desk in the Narthex and selling gift cards. When everyone is finished purchasing, you will count the inventory, sign the log sheet, and put the cards back in the safe. Interested? Please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc or (507) 334-7706.
Black Friday Shopping: Consider adding BABS to your shopping list! Find our Amazon wish list at: https://a.co/bBHzgk9

Basketball Registration:  Registration is now open for participation in boys and girls basketball this winter.  Please visit our sports website, bacardinals.com, and click on the More menu to get the link for the registration form.  The activity fee is $140 per participant.  The fee may be paid online at bacardinals.com under the More menu, by check or by contacting Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org) to have the fee added to your tuition payment account.  Participants must also have a valid sports physical clearance on file in the school's activities office.  Sports physicals are good for 3 years from the date of the exam.  

Boys Basketball Team Store:  Get your BA Boys Basketball team and fan apparel now.  Orders must placed by November 23.  Click HERE for the team store!


Basketball Officials: BA needs individuals to officiate junior high basketball this winter. Contact Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) if interested.


Boys Basketball Middle School Coach Opening:  BA is currently looking for an additional middle school boys basketball coach.  Interested individuals may contact Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) if interested.

Counselor Tidbits: Click HERE for this week's tidbit on gratitude. Click HERE for the Counselor's Corner page on our website, including updated graduation service cord information. 

 














Click HERE for the BA Bash raffle ticket order form. 

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
Juniors & Seniors:
  • ACT Exams: Find ACT college test dates and registration deadlines at this LINK
  • SAT Testing: Find SAT college test dates and registration deadlines HERE.
High School Study Help Sessions:  A reminder that high school open library study help sessions with Ms. Katy Ashley, HS Resource Teacher, are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3-3:30pm in the library. Please encourage your scholar to stop by the library to take advantage of this great resource! Questions? Please contact Ms. Ashley at Katy_Ashley@bacards.org
 

Online School Calendar:
https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

Family Focus 11/11/22

date 11/16/2022 author Kris Sauer category November 2022, 2022-23 comment Leave a comment

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (Peer Ministry-selected Bible verse for 2022-2023)

November 11, 2022

Dear BA Families: 

Happy Veteran's Day! What an honor to host area Veterans this morning and to hear from past American Legion commander and Air Force veteran, John McDonough. The service of our veterans to our country is a grand example to our scholars.

GRANDPARENTS DAY - Tuesday, Nov. 22: Please extend an invitation to grandparents/special adults in your scholar's life to join us in the BA gymnasium on November 22 at 1 pm for a special program, tours and cookies. (Regular 2:55pm release for scholars although some may leave early with grandparents, with your permission, after the program.) Click HERE for the invite and questionnaire. 

SPECIAL ADVENT EVENTS: During Advent we have special Masses and our Christmas Concerts, so please mark your calendars, now!

  • December 8: 10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception Mass at IC
  • December 11: 6:30-7:30 p.m. BA Band & Choir Christmas Concerts, please note, we moved the band concert to Dec. 11 as Dec. 12 is the celebration of Our Lady Guadalupe at the Parish.
  • December 14: 10:30 a.m. BA will celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at IC

NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE


UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional events are online
  • Nov 12: Altar Server training for ALL servers at DMCC, 10am. See flyer HERE
  • Nov 14: Girls basketball opens
  • Nov 18: Prom Dress Down Day; Thanksgiving basket collection deadline (see below for more information)
  • Nov 21: Boys basketball opens
  • Nov. 22: Grandparents Day! Please invite grandparents and special adults to come to BA for a program, tours, and cookies at 1 pm!
  • Nov. 23-25: NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving! God's blessings
  • Dec 2: NHS Dress Down Day
  • Dec 3: Benefactors Brunch
  • Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Mass for BA and guests (10:30 a.m.)
  • Dec 11: Choir and Band Winter Concert (NOTE NEW DATE FOR BAND CONCERT)
  • Dec 21: BA Red Cross Blood Drive at Divine Mercy Catholic Church Sign up at www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Bethlehem Academy to schedule an appointment from 9am to 2pm. 
REMINDERS:
  • Attendance: If your scholar is sick or has an appointment, please email attendance@bacards.org or call 507-334-3948, x 302 by 8am if possible. Thank you!
  • Volunteers needed! BABS Committee members needed - help us plan for our largest fundraiser of the year! Sign up HERE. Find our new Volunteer Connection page HERE.
  • MS Homework Club/HS Homework Help: Homework Club with Mrs. Kohl is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 3-4pm in Room 204 for middle school students. Academic support for high school students is led by Mrs. Ashley offered 3-3:30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the library.
KUDOS: To our choir and band members and our SADD Club for hosting our Veterans Day Program today.

Wishing all of our families a blessed Thanksgiving Break. Since next week is a short week, we will not be sending out a Friday Focus. Enjoy this precious time with family and friends and keep each other in your prayers. BA will be closed Nov 23-25 and returns on Monday, Nov. 28.

Blessings, Mindy Reeder - President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

Thanksgiving Basket Drive: Peer Ministry is sponsoring a Thanksgiving basket collection. Students were given a suggested item to donate during homeroom this week. Deadline for collecting items is Friday, Nov 18. The goal is for each homeroom to create a Thanksgiving dinner basket that will then be donated to St. Vincent de Paul and our local food shelf. Please help if you can!

RaiseRight/Earn Even More Tuition Credit: To check out the November RaiseRight (Scrip) newsletter, click HERE. Wantedpeople to help sell Scrip gift cards after Mass on the weekends. You will be able to choose the Mass times that work for you. You may choose to work once a month or more. A calendar schedule will be sent to you. You will earn $7 for your child’s tuition credit each time you sell. This would simply involve sitting at the desk in the Narthex and selling gift cards. When everyone is finished purchasing, you will count the inventory, sign the log sheet, and put the cards back in the safe. Interested? Please contact Peggy Johnson at pjohnson@dmcs.cc or (507) 334-7706.

Counselor Tidbits: Click HERE for the Counselor's Corner page on our website. 

Basketball Registration:  Registration is now open for participation in boys and girls basketball this winter.  Please visit our sports website, bacardinals.com, and click on the More menu to get the link for the registration form.  The activity fee is $140 per participant.  The fee may be paid online at bacardinals.com under the More menu, by check or by contacting Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org) to have the fee added to your tuition payment account.  Participants must also have a valid sports physical clearance on file in the school's activities office.  Sports physicals are good for 3 years from the date of the exam.  

Boys Basketball Team Store:  Get your BA Boys Basketball team and fan apparel now.  Orders must placed by November 23.  Click HERE for the team store!

Basketball Officials: BA needs individuals to officiate junior high basketball this winter. Contact Ed Friesen (efriesen@bacards.org or 507-334-3948) if interested.

Kleenex Needed! We would greatly appreciate any Kleenex donations as we approach the cold/flu season. We only have a few boxes left. Thank you!

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES
Juniors & Seniors:
  • ACT Exams: Find ACT college test dates and registration deadlines at this LINK
  • SAT Testing: Find SAT college test dates and registration deadlines HERE.
High School Study Help Sessions: This week was the soft opening of the high school open library study help sessions with Ms. Katy Ashley, HS Resource Teacher. From now on, the sessions will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3-3:30pm in the library. This time can be used as a group study session, individual help time, a time where students can learn organizational skills, get help with missing assignments, or advocate for themselves and meet with teachers to ask questions or get help with assignments/tests. Please encourage your scholar to stop by the library to take advantage of this great resource! Questions? Please contact Ms. Ashley at Katy_Ashley@bacards.org

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH UPDATES

 

























 

Online School Calendar:
https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

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.
Address
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
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