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Family Focus 11/12/21

date 11/18/2021 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, November 2021 comment Leave a comment

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

November 12, 2021

Dear BA Families:
"Here we go Cardinals!" It's exciting to have our volleyball team back at State this year. I look forward to cheering them on as they compete. Thank you for once again adjusting with us this past week in regards to having your scholar wear masks and then moving to online learning. We return to in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 15 as most quarantines end on Monday. 

Join us for a short Veteran's Day Celebration on Monday at 8:30 a.m. Our band and choir will salute area veterans, student written poems will be read, and we will hear from 
Major Dan Rasmussen, U.S. Marine Corps, National Guard and Army Reserves (Retired). A small reception will be hosted for veterans after the program.

UPDATES ON FUNDRAISERS: Review our 2020-21 Annual Report on our BA website at: Annual Report 2020-21

  • BA BASH Raffle 2021: Get your raffle tickets - great stocking stuffers! Prizes are $2021, $1021 and $521. Please get your ticket order form HERE. Drawing held December 31, 2021.
  • Divine Mercy Build Project - United for Our Future: Please prayerfully consider a gift, the stronger DMCS is, the stronger BA will be! Click HERE to learn more.
  • Student Sales: Prom students are selling Randy's Meats' Products today through November 19. Get your orders in, information below!
  • Annual Fund: To date we have raised: $64,800 with a match of $50,000! Thank you! Our goal this year is $255,000 for critical needs of our school. Please consider a donation on "Give to the Max Day - Nov. 18" or anytime through June 2022: Donate Online (click) 

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: As of 11/15/2021 we will have six active positive cases with an additional 13 students quarantining due to exposure. Masks continue to be recommended to help mitigate additional spread. Visit our COVID web page for mitigation strategies, additional information and clinic listings.

KUDOS: Thank you to our fall volleyball and football coaches for great seasons! Special thanks to Faribault Public School for the cooperative sports program, we have several students competing in soccer, swimming, tennis, wrestling, hockey, dance line and cross country and are thankful for this partnership.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Nov. 15: Veteran's Day program! Calling all Veterans, please arrive by 8:15 for a short program at 8:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 16: Letter jacket orders 7:30-8:30am-see below for more info
  • Nov 17: Student of the Month Ceremony, 7:30am, BA Cafeteria
  • Nov 18: Paradise Student Gallery opening reception, 5-7pm
  • Nov. 18: BA Open House Info HERE; Registration HERE
  • Nov. 19: Band Trip to U of MN Indoor Concert; Drama Club after school until 4pm.
  • Nov 20: HS Robotics Meet
  • Nov 22: Dress Down Day-Rome Trip Fundraiser
  • Nov 23: Grandparents Day, 1pm (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Break (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Dec 4: Benefactor's Brunch
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE 
Prayers for speedy recoveries for any person with COVID. Join me in praying for vocations this month.
Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal


Letter Jackets-Nov 16
Meca Sportswear will be at Bethlehem Academy on Tuesday, November 16 from 7:30am to 8:30am for letter jacket orders.  Students that have lettered in a varsity activity or expect to letter this year are invited to order a letter jacket. More information attached.

Junior Class Randy's Meats Fundraiser to Nov 19

11th graders are taking Randy’s Meats orders for pizza, soups, meats, cookies, desserts and an assortment of Christmas decorations and gifts. All proceeds go to Prom 2022; order deadline is Friday, November 19. If the class raises $6000, junior Riley Langenfeld will shave his head!

CSCOE PARENT SESSION: "Technology, Social Media, Screen Time and Parenting" November 22 at 7 p.m. with Dr. Jules Nolan
The use of social media and technology is one of the most popular areas of concern for parents of children and adolescents. How much is too much? How do we keep our kids safe online? What about the constant social comparisons? This session will focus on the latest research on use of social media and technology. It will also help us understand the relationship between brain development and what drives the need to feel connected online, as well as those areas of big concern like pornography and algorithms that target adolescent vulnerabilities. Parenting tips will be offered. Click HERE to register.

Grandparents' Day-Nov 23, 1pm
We will be holding our annual Grandparents' Day on Tuesday, November 23 at 1:00pm in Van Orsow Auditorium. We hope many of our students' grandparents can join us. Proxy grandparents are also welcome. Click HERE for information.

Basketball Registration
Registration for the school's basketball teams is now available.  Please see for the registration form.  The activity fee is $140 per player and may be paid online at or by check to the school office.  Participants also need to have a current sports physical clearance on file in the activities office.

Girls basketball practice begins Monday, November 15.  The high school girls will practice from 3:10-5:00 on Monday.  The junior high (grades 6-8) girls will meet on Monday after school and have practice begin Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:00.

Boys basketball practices will begin on Monday, November 22.
Holiday Scrip Now Available! Click HERE for a flyer with more information.

Positivity Project: Gratitude

Gratitude - "You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen" - is our Positivity Project character strength for this week and next. Find additional resources to use at home at the following links (password: P2): Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. 

Open House/Shadow Days/New Student Application Information
Invite an interested family to learn more about BA! Our fall open house is Thurs, Nov 18 starting at 6pm. Pre-registration encouraged (sign up
HERE); walk-ins welcome. Invite a student interested in BA to join your scholar for the day! Student shadow days now available weekly. Invite a friend to register for a shadow day HERE. Family tours are offered M-F from 9am-4:30pm. Click HERE to sign up. New student online applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now open! You are our greatest resource in bringing great new students to BA! Please contact Kris Sauer If you are interested in hosting a informational meeting in your home for prospective students and their families. Watch Facebook and our website (News and Enrollment tabs) for more information.


Attention Senior Parents!
Mark your calendars for the following important dates:

  • Monday, November 15 - 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the FHS Library
    Don't know where to start with the FAFSA? Come and complete the FAFSA with help from financial aid officers from surrounding colleges. The experts will be on hand to help navigate the form and answer all questions that you may have.



Bethlehem Academy is Hiring!
 have coaching openings in track and field and fast pitch softball and are looking for people to officiate junior high basketball games. Please email if interested.

Winter Youth Activities
Looking for something for your scholars to do this winter? Check out this flyer in English and in Spanish for information and links to great programming in our Faribault community, including: sports, 4-H, the public library, parks & rec, River Bend Nature Center, the Paradise Center for the Arts, and more!

COVID Vaccination Clinics
Rice County Public Health is hosting vaccination clinics for students ages 5 and up. Students must be pre-registered; walk-ins must have a parent present. Clinics held in Northfield Nov 18th, 3:30-6:30pm (flyers in English and Spanish) and in Faribault Nov 23rd, 3:15-5:45pm (flyers in English and Spanish).  

Free Meals for Students

Community dinners are offered Monday-Thursday, 4:30-5:30pm at Jefferson Elementary School (922 Home Place). Kids eat free; adult meals are $3.50. More information in English and Spanish HERE

Click the link below for the calendar.


Grandparents' Day Flyer
Meca Sportswear Letter Jacket Information

Josten's Traditional BA Class Ring Order Form


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