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Family Focus 11/19/21

date 12/01/2021 author Kris Sauer category November 2021, 2021-22 comment Leave a comment

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

November 19, 2021

Dear BA Families:

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I know your scholar has been working hard on both their academics and activities. Keep encouraging them as they strive for excellence in following the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and service. At this time of year their motivation can wane and be distracted by the excitement of the holidays. I will have our mother's group pray for them both in their studies and their health!

Just a reminder that we are postponing Grandparents Day. November 23rd will be a normal, regular school day from 8:05 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. We look forward to rescheduling this special event in the spring!

The Bethlehem Academy Annual Report and Traditions magazine are out. Our Annual Report is on our website at this link: Annual Report. Pick up a Traditions magazine in the school office or on the table by the hallway to learn more about BA alumni and a recap of last year.

Our Counselor is creating special videos to share with all BA students during homeroom time. She will release these typically weekly. To follow, we will share the videos with you for discussion at home: Wednesday Wisdom

COVID Updates: Currently masks are being required in classes as an additional mitigation strategy. See the email from this past week regarding this. We will re-evaluate this after Thanksgiving break. Presently, BA has 3 active COVID cases (after today) and 16 additional students in quarantine. Since the start of the year we have had 32 total positive cases. Please help us stay in-person by following these mitigation strategies.

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 through today, November 19. Get your orders in, information below!
  • Annual Fund: To date we have raised: $74,900 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 through June 2022: Donate Online (click) 

KUDOS: Congratulations to all of our students who submitted poems for the Veteran's Day programPenelope Parrish, Preston Hubers, Harrison Gibbs, Matthew Volkmuth, Emily Rauenhorst, Eva Ardolf, Riley Bauer, Annabelle Francis, Jesus Palma, Anna DeMars, Aaron Huerta, Zachary Velishek, Thelma Santarrosa, Elliot Daschner and Kendra Hanson. Thelma was selected by SADD to present her poem during the programs. Each poem was so well written - Congratulations!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Nov 20: HS Robotics Meet
  • Nov 22: Dress Down Day-Rome Trip Fundraiser
  • Nov 22: CSCOE online Parent Session on technology, see below
  • Nov 23: Regular School Day (Grandparents Day postponed to the spring)
  • Nov 24-29: Thanksgiving Break (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Nov. 29: NO SCHOOL / Teacher Workday/Student Catch Up Day
  • Dec 4: Benefactor's Brunch
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE 
  • The Salvation Army needs bell ringers: Sign up here
Prayers for speedy recoveries for any person with COVID. Join me in praying for vocations this month. On behalf of all of our staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. As you count your blessings, know that we are thankful for you, your scholar, and your partnership. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal


Junior Class Randy's Meats Fundraiser to Nov 19

Deadline Today!! 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!

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 began Monday, November 15. Boys basketball practices will begin on Monday, November 22.

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.

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. 

Student Shadow Days/New Student Application Information
Invite an interested family to learn more about BA!
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.


Wolf Ridge Parent Info Mtg-Dec 1

Attention 8th Grade Parents: there will be a Wolf Ridge Parent Meeting on Wed, December 1 6 PM via Zoom. At least one parent from each family should plan to attend. Contact Julie Smisek with any questions prior to meeting. Zoom meeting link:



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.




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