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Family Focus 4/16/2021

date 04/16/2021 author Ed Friesen category April 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

April 16, 2021

Dear BA Families:


I am pleased to report that Mrs. Reeder's surgery went well and she is resting at home. Your continued prayers for her recovery are greatly appreciated.

    BABS 2021 - DENIM & DIAMONDS THANK YOU! Thank you to all the donors, supporters, participants, and volunteers who made BABS 2021 a success! I am pleased to report that so far BABS has brought in $102,886, including $45,916 from the auctions, raffles, and games and $56,970 for our Fund-A-Need (FAN). That is enough in FAN donations to purchase all needed security cameras and 11 new SMART Boards for our classrooms. Our goal is to raise enough to purchase SMART Boards for all 18 of our classrooms. You can watch the video here and donate directly to this year's Fund-A-Need here. Please help if you can, and thank you for helping us raise the dollars needed to continue to empower our students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual, and academic excellence here at Bethlehem Academy!

    Upcoming schedule: 

    • April 21: Administrative Professional Day - say thank you to our front office staff!
    • April 23: HS Mass Day
    • April 26-28: MS MAP Testing
    • May 1: Prom 2021
    KUDOS: To all our staff and parent volunteers who helped make BABS 2021 possible, including BA seniors Zackary Bartness and Maci Bongers, who produced our Fund-A-Need video. (A video which, according to our auctioneer, Glen Fladeboe, is one of the best he's ever seen!) 

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    • 2021-22 Financial Aid Update: We will be working on financial awards in the next few weeks. Students must be enrolled for next year for aid to be allocated. If you haven't already, please complete enrollment in FACTS and respond to any emails from TADS requesting financial aid application documents or additional information, as we cannot review/assess incomplete applications. Contact Kris Sauer if you have questions or need assistance with this process. 
    • Earn Tuition Credit - Summer Student Workers Needed: We still have openings in our summer student work program. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks of work and all earnings are credited towards tuition. Contact Barb Johnson to sign up. 

    FUNDRAISER UPDATES
    BA Annual Fund: THANK YOU-what a blessing! We are at $246,878. 98.7% 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!

    FINISHING THE YEAR STRONG/COVID UPDATES: As we approach the end of the school year, we ask your assistance in remaining vigilant in upholding COVID safety protocols. We've seen an uptick in students and family members who have been asymptomatic but tested postive for COVID, and numbers in Rice County are also going up as COVID variants take hold. Please help us keep students healthy and in school the rest of the year by:

    • Staying home if sick; contact the attendance line with info & symptoms;
    • If your student or member of your household is getting tested for COVID, your student should stay home and isolate until you receive and provide a copy of test results to the office;
    • Consistently wear a mask, continue to social distance from others - and please ask your students to do so as well.

    At this time, we have 1 positive case among 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. Please see links to additional COVID resources below:

    Please pray: For Mrs. Reeder and all members of our community dealing with cancer, including Ella Banon, younger sister to BA 8th grader Barak Barner.

    John Wollershim, Assistant Principal
    jwollersheim@bacards.org

    ALL-BA UPDATES
    Parents Volunteers Sought for Mr. Gardner Open House
    Calling all band parents/guardians! Scot Gardner has served Bethlehem Academy as the band director for 44 years. During his tenure, he has touched the lives of thousands of students, building their confidence, inspiring them with his love of music, and inviting them to strive for excellence both in their music and in life. To celebrate Scot, Cassie Kratt is seeking parents volunteers to help plan a retirement open house during the early summer of 2021. Please email cricker@bacards.org if you are interested in honoring Scot in this special way. Thank you! 

    School Store!
    Need BA facemasks or car clings? Missed out on buying the cool wrought iron planters on our BABS silent auction?!? We've set up an online school store for these items and more! Click here to purchase these great items! Coming soon: BA polo shirts!

    Fair Stand Manager Needed
    BA parent team sought to run the BA Cardinal Cafe fair stand July 21-25, 2021, at the Rice County Fair. Tuition reduction and training from the retiring managers provided. Contact Kris Sauer for more information.

    Student Summer Workers NEEDED!! 
    Our summer student work program is back! Interested high school students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email
    Barb Johnson with the names of your students. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA & DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21/hour. All earnings will be credited to their tuition account


    Summer Football and Girls Basketball & Volleyball Camps 
    BA will be hosting a number of camps this summer. Football camps are open to students in Grades 4-12, with a passing camp open to varsity players. Girls basketball and volleyball camps are open to girls in grades 2-8. Click here for information on all our summer sports camps.

    HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES

    GRADE 9/10: ACT ASPIRE MAKEUP TEST INFO
    ACT Aspire make up testing will take place the last week of April. ACT has informed us that we will have scores sometime in July. We will keep you posted as we learn more. To learn more about the test, visit www.act.org/actaspire.

    PROM: Prom will be held May 1, 2021. Attendees should plan to wear masks for most of the evening. Prom will be hosted in our gymnasium, with the Grand March at 5pm and the dinner and dance from 6-9:45pm. Please note new end time to accommodate fireworks display at the parent-planned Post Prom event. Grand March guests: BA seniors who attend Prom are allowed 4 guests each. BA juniors who attend Prom are allowed 2 guests each. This is per BA student, not per couple. Non-BA student attendees do not have a Grand March guest allotment. (For example: 2 BA seniors attend together=8 Grand March guests; 1 BA junior + 1 outside guest = 2 guests, etc.). Students should provide their guest names to Tammy Anderson by Thursday, April 29. More details to follow early next week.

    JUNIORS & SENIORS: AP TESTING INFO
    Scheduled AP exams begin at BA on Monday, May 3rd through Thursday, May 13. See attached letter for exam dates and what students should and should not bring to the AP exam. 

    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 June 12 exam (sign up deadline: May 7; late signup deadline: May 21). 

    College Visit Info
    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. 

    SENIORS: Faribault Sertoma Club Scholarship
    The Faribault Sertoma Club is offering two $1500 scholarships for post secondary education. The recipients of the scholarships will best personify Sertoma's motto, "Service to Mankind". Deadline is April 30. 

    SENIORS: Grad Party List
    A reminder to please email Class of 2021 grad party details (date, time, location, menu) to Barb Johnson for the master class grad party list.  

    SENIORS: Faribault Daily News Graduation Section-May 6 Deadline
    The Faribault Daily News will again publish its annual special section featuring area high school graduates. There is also a special online version where seniors can create and personalize a page of their own to share with friends and family. Graduates or their parents may submit a photo (at least 1MB, vertical and preferably pictured from the waist up) and information on the Daily News website at bit.ly/3t6yEL3. It is free; the deadline for graduate submissions is May 6. For more information, contact Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134 or editor@faribault.com.

    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. Email Anna at ablessing@divinemercy.cc with questions.

    JOB OPPORTUNITIES
    Faribault Golf Course: Kitchen Workers

    Faribault Golf Course is seeking 3 part-time line cooks (1-2+ years’ experience) to start the golf season. Pay depends on experience and availability. Call or send resumes to Chef Patty LeBeau at chefpattylabeau@gmail.com or call 612-701-7190.

    Tri-Star Manufacturing: Assembly Work
    Student workers sought for summer assembly work at Tri-Star Manufacturing in Kasson. Contact Peggy Sheldon at 507-331-4347 if interested.
     

    ATTACHMENTS
    AP Exam Dates & Information

    Family Focus April 9, 2021

    date 04/16/2021 author Kris Sauer category April 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

    Dear BA Families:

    I am pleased to report that Mrs. Reeder's surgery went well and she is resting at home. Your continued prayers for her recovery is greatly appreciated.

      JOIN US VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON: BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, is TOMORROW, April 10! We look forward to seeing many of you at BABS tomorrow night for our in-person event. For those not able to attend, we encourage you to support this great event virtually! The Silent Auction is open and features many wonderful items. Place your bids through Sunday, April 11 at 2pm here.  Our Live Auction will be live streamed on both our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. You can donate directly to this year's Fund-A-Need here. Please help if you can! 

      Upcoming schedule: 

      • April 10: BABS Denim & Diamonds, find info here
      • April 12: Grade 10 ASPIRE test (NEW DATE); last day to purchse Prom tickets
      • April 14: Grade 9 ASPIRE test (NEW DATE)
      • April 21: Administrative Professional Day - say thank you to our front office staff!
      KUDOS: Special thanks to our art teacher, Jason Hillesheim, who worked tirelessly to matte, frame and organize four gallery shows for our students this year. What an inspiration to our scholars and way to showcase their gifts! Kudos as well to our Student Council for running a very successful American Red Cross blood drive on Monday.

      ANNOUNCEMENTS:

      • 2021-22 Financial Aid Update: We will be working on financial awards in the next few weeks. Students must be enrolled for next year for aid to be allocated. If you haven't already, please complete enrollment in FACTS and respond to any emails from TADS requesting financial aid application documents or additional information, as we cannot review/assess incomplete applications. Contact Kris Sauer if you have questions or need assistance with this process. 
      • Earn Tuition Credit - Summer Student Workers Needed: We still have openings in our summer student work program. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks of work and all earnings are credited towards tuition. Contact Barb Johnson to sign up. 

      FUNDRAISER UPDATES
      BA Annual Fund: THANK YOU-what a blessing! We are at $246,038 - 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!

      FINISHING THE YEAR STRONG/COVID UPDATES: As we approach the end of the school year, we ask your assistance in remaining vigilant in upholding COVID safety protocols. We've seen an uptick in students and family members who have been asymptomatic but tested postive for COVID, and numbers in Rice County are going up as well as COVID variants take hold. Please help us keep students healthy and in school the rest of the year by:

      • Staying home if sick; contact the attendance line with info & symptoms;
      • If COVID testing, stay home and isolate until you receive and provide a copy of test results to the office;
      • Consistently wear a mask, continue to social distance from others - and ask your students to do so as well.

      At this time, we have 1 positive case among 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. Please see links to additional COVID resources below:

      Please pray: For the O'Donnell family, who lost Lilly (former BA classmate of our junior class) to a tragic car accident last weekend; Ella Banon, younger sister to BA 8th grader Barak Barner; and Mrs. Reeder as she recovers from surgery.

      John Wollershim, Assistant Principal
      jwollersheim@bacards.org

      ALL-BA UPDATES

      Spring Sports
      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.


      Student Summer Workers NEEDED!! Sign Up By April 6
      Our summer student work program is back! Interested high school students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email Barb Johnson with the names of your students. Students are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA & DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21/hour. All earnings will be credited to their tuition account. 

      Summer Football and Girls Basketball Camps Registration Now Open
      BA will be hosting a number of camps this summer. Football camps are open to students in Grades 4-12, with a passing camp open to varsity players. Girls basketball camps are open to girls in grades 2-8. See attached flyers for more information. 

      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
      We have rescheduled the ACT ASPIRE assessments to Monday, April 12 (Grade 10) and Wednesday, April 14 (Grade 9).  your child will be taking ACT® Aspire® assessments. 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.

      PROM: Prom will be held May 1, 2021. Students in 11th and 12th grade are invited and may invite an outside guest. Attendees should plan to wear masks for most of the evening. Students and guests are invited to Derham Farm at 3pm for pictures. Grand March will be held at 5pm in the BA gym. BA senior prom attendees are allowed 4 guests each and each BA junior attendee will get two guests for the Grand March. It will be live streamed. Prom will be hosted in our gymnasium, with the dinner (all-you-can-eat wood fired food truck) beginning at 6pm, and the dance running from 7-10:30pm. The dance portion of the evening will be limited with creative measures in place to mitigate exposure, as per MDH guidelines. Prom tickets are being sold during HS lunch periods; $30/couple, $15/individual. The deadline to purchase Prom tickets is Monday, April 12. An after prom party is currently being coordinated by junior and senior parents with more details to come.

      Dear Parents: Navigating College Admissions-April 13 Virtual Event
      Sponsored by the MN Independent School Forum, BA parents are invited to attend this free 6:30pm April 13 virtual event. In his book, Dear Parents (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), Jon McGee, Head of School at Saint John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, MN, offered parents of college-bound students a road map for navigating the complex and often emotional challenge of preparing themselves and their children for college. The parent of four children (one college graduate, two currently in college, and one still in high school), McGee will offer insights and guidance drawn from years of personal and professional experience about college, college preparation, and college choice at the various stages of our children’s lives. Click here to sign up for this FREE event.

      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 June 12 exam (sign up deadline: May 7; late signup deadline: May 21). 


      College Visit Info

      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. 

      SENIORS: Faribault Sertoma Club Scholarship
      The Faribault Sertoma Club is offering two $1500 scholarships for post secondary education. The recipients of the scholarships will best personify Sertoma's motto, "Service to Mankind". Deadline is April 30. 

      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. 

      SENIORS: Grad Party List
      A reminder to please email Class of 2021 grad party details (date, time, location, menu) to
      Barb Johnson for the master class list.  

      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. Email Anna at 
      ablessing@divinemercy.cc with questions.
       

      ATTACHMENTS
      Football Passing Camp (Varsity)
      Football Summer Camp (Grades 4-12)
      Girls Basketball Summer Camp (Grades 2-8)

      Family Focus 3/31/21

      date 04/08/2021 author Kris Sauer category March 2021, 2020-21 comment Leave a comment

      Dear BA Families:

      Happy Easter! We hope that this Easter weekend brings your family great joy and hope. As you prepare for the Easter celebration, please see below for a few announcements and reminders for your family from BA faculty. I also wanted to let you know that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be out for surgery April 6-April 16 and working from home April 19-May 14. I expect to return in-person by May 17, just in time for our end of year events and graduation. I appreciate your prayers during this time. John Wollersheim will be back full-time in the building during my recovery. 

        Don't miss BABS - DENIM & DIAMONDS, April 10, 2021!  Please purchase your raffle tickets here and admissions ticket here -you can also stop in the front office for both. We also invite you to donate here, support this year's Fund-A-Need and plan to bid on our fabulous live and silent auction items! Watch for (and share!) our posts on our Facebook page as we add new items. Check out our BABS webpage for all the details, including admissions and sponsors to date! WE ESPECIALLY NEED: 

        • VOLUNTEERS!! Free event admission if you sign up here to help. 
        • Wine, beer, or soda (new unopened bottles) for the Ring Toss!
        • Gift cards for the "Pick a Pocket" game

        PROM: Prom is scheduled for May 1, 2021. Students in 11th and 12th grade are invited and may invite an outside guest. Attendees should plan to wear masks for most of the evening. Students and guests are invited to Derham Farm at 3pm for pictures. Grand March will be held at 5pm in the BA gym. BA senior prom attendees are allowed 4 guests each and each BA junior attendee will get two guests for the Grand March. It will be live streamed. Prom will be hosted in our gymnasium, with the dinner (all-you-can-eat wood fired food truck) beginning at 6pm, and the dance running from 7-10:30pm. The dance portion of the evening will be limited with creative measures in place to mitigate exposure, as per MDH guidelines. Prom tickets will be sold during high school lunches after Easter. An after prom party is currently being coordinated by junior and senior parents with more details to come.

        Upcoming schedule: 

        • 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 7:30-8:00am) See more information below.
          • Student summer worker deadline. See info below.
        • April 7: BABS Silent Auction bidding opens. Click here
        • 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: Thank you to our families for supporting the BA Athletics Association Easter flower fundraiser and special thanks to our volunteers! Also, congratulations to our Ag and Shop Department - we received a $10,000 Cargill grant to support our ag programs, shop and new, small engines classes! Thanks to Pat DeGrood, Sister Mary Margaret and Casi Story for applying for this grant.

        ANNOUNCEMENTS:

        • 2021-22 TADS Financial Aid updates: We are still accepting applications for tuition assistance. We will begin working on awards following the Easter break, so be sure to take advantage of our needs-based scholarship program and apply ASAP 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. 
        • REMINDER: All new and returning students who have completed enrollment in FACTS by Thursday, April 1 will be eligible for a $200 Amazon gift card drawing! If you haven't already, follow the link from Faribault Catholic Schools/FACTS to finish this today. 

        FUNDRAISER UPDATES
        BA Annual Fund: THANK YOU-what a blessing! We are at $244,545 - 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 among 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 if they have symptoms. 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
        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.


        Student Summer Workers NEEDED!! Sign Up By April 6
        Our summer student work program is back! Interested high school students (grades 9-12 in 2021-22) are encouraged to apply. Please call the BA office @ 334-3948 or email Barb Johnson with the names of your students. Studens are guaranteed 2 weeks and will work at both BA & DMCS under the direction of Head Custodian Steve Zabel. Hired students may be asked to work additional weeks. The hourly wage is $8.21/hour. All 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 June 12 exam (sign up deadline: May 7; late signup deadline: May 21). 


        College Visit Info

        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. 

        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.
         

        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
        Fax:  507-334-3949