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Family Focus 1-21-22

date 01/24/2022 author Kris Sauer category January 2022, 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)

January 21, 2022

Dear BA Families:

Our BA scholars are back on track during this short but cold week! We gathered for Mass and Adoration as part of the national "9 Days for Life" which continues through to next Thursday. Our Peer & Campus Ministry students are collecting baby items or donations for Pregnancy Options. Please support us in prayers or a donation as we support life. You are also encouraged to join Minnesotan's on Saturday with the Parish at the Minnesota March for Life. (Email to confirm attendence)

CONGRATULATIONS TO SNOBALL CANDIDATES: This next week we kick of our Snoball Week activities! A fun winter tradition at BA, congratulations to our Court: Madelyn Bauer, Ellie Cohen, Mercedes Huerta, Molly Lund, and Jennifer Robert.  Here's a look at the schedule:

  • Monday-Jan. 24: White Day (Full in-person learning) - PJ day
  • Tuesday-Jan. 25: Red Day (Full in-person learning) - Beach day
  • Wednesday-Jan. 26: WIN Learning Day- No regular classes but all students needing to make up assignments or tests or receive additional support should schedule time to come in and meet with teachers. Teachers will also be scheduling time with students
  • Thursday-Jan. 27: White Day (Full in-person learning) - Jersey Day
  • Friday-Jan. 28: Red Day (Full in-person learning) - Class Color Day: 6th grade-red7th grade-yellow; 8th grade-green9th grade-purple; 10th grade-orange11th grade-pink12th grade-blue (1 p.m. Prayer Service & Snoball Court Activities)
Sister Anita Smisek presented her book to our seniors. She shared her love of music, the history in our area and her strong connection with BA with the seniors. Books are available at BA for purchase for $20. She is donating $5 back to BA for each book sold! Call 507-334-3948 to pick yours up! 

BA REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2022-23: Announcing new CIS classes with Marquette University and extended courses through Catholic Virtual. More details to follow. Sign up early and apply for financial aid to ensure the most financial aid opportunities for your scholar. Our school is growing; early registration is encouraged!

COVID Updates: MASKS REQUIRED through Jan. 29This week BA had five scholars with positive COVID cases and 10 students in quarantine. Since the start of the school year we have had 55 COVID positive student cases and 9 staff test positive. Visit our COVID webpage for all the updated information. Find COVID testing sites HERE; one free at-home testing box available for each BA student. Stop in the front office.

  • BABS-April 9: Our BIGGEST event of the year,  Bethlehem Academy Backers and Supporters (BABS). This is great night out in support of BA! Food featuring local restaurants, games, entertainment and a live and silent auction are part of the evening. Our Fund-A-Need goal this year is to raise $75,000 for an additional BA student vehicle. Please plan to attend! Volunteers and auction items also needed! See ideas on our webpage from group events, to auction items (BABS link). Contact Teresa, our new Development & Marketing Assistant at to help. 
  • 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. To date they are over $6 million!
  • Annual Fund: To date we have raised: $242,800. We are over 98% of the way to our goal of $255,000! If you haven't given, yet, please consider a gift through June 2022: Donate Online (click)  
  • Hyvee Easy Fundraising Idea: Need a reusable bag? When you purchase one at Hyvee they donate back to BA! Be sure to indicate us on your purchase! 

KUDOS: To our scholars, families and staff during this recent increase in COVID cases. Thank you for your flexibility, your support, and your care.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.
  • Jan 24-28, SnoBall Week: See above for dress down theme days.
  • Jan 28: Campus Ministry Pregnancy Options drive deadline
  • Jan 28: Youth Basketball/Future Cardinal Night @ boys basketball game; sign up HERE
  • Jan 29: SnoBall (Gr 9-12 semi-formal girl-ask-boy dance) + Post-Prom SnoBash event; see more info in high school section below.
  • Jan 30: Catholic Schools Week, BA Mass @ DMCC, 10am
  • Jan 31: Enrollment & Financial Aid Registration Assistance Night @ BA, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Jan 30-Feb 6: Catholic Schools Week, week-long food drive + other activities-see below for details
  • Feb 3: Student of the Month, 7:30am, Cafeteria
  • Feb 7: Post-Prom Dining Night Out @ Taco John's
  • Feb 13: Winter Open House; pre-register HERE
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE 
Please continue to pray for healing of adults with disease or illness and recovering from surgery in our greater BA community. Special prayers for the mental health of students and staff. 
Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal


SPRING TRAP TEAM Registration deadline Jan 24: We have room for more people on the Spring Trap Team! Interested students need to contact Coach Rost by email and let him know so he can invite you through the league. Start dates and spring team fees still to be determined. Students need to be signed up by Monday, January 24. You MUST contact Coach Rost so he can give you the code to sign up. Email:

Catch the Bus to the MCCL March for Life this Saturday, Jan 22! On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions eliminated laws protecting unborn children nationwide. Each year, pro-life Minnesotans mark the anniversary of Roe and Doe with the MCCL March for Life. There will be a free coach bus to take for the March for Life tomorrow, Jan 22. It will arrive in Faribault around 8:45am at the Speedway gas station, 2519 Lyndale Ave. The bus will leave the parking lot at 9am sharp. You will be dropped off at the Cathedral for the prayer service and then you can either walk or ride down to the Capitol. The bus will arrive back in Faribault around 2:45pm. If you are interested in going or have questions, please contact Kay Keller at 507-330-4559

Campus Ministry Pregnancy Options Drive Jan 19-28: Students in Campus Ministry are collecting diapers, wipes, bottles and blankets for Pregnancy Options next week. Find donation boxes by the front office and in Ms. Shimota's room. 

SnoBall Week Dress Down Days, Jan 24-28: The Senior Class has chosen the following dress down themes for SnoBall Week: Mon, Jan 24-Pajama Day; Tues, Jan 25-Beach Day; Wed, Jan 26-Dress Your Best (Mass) Day; Thurs, Jan 27-Jersey Day; Fri, Jan 28, Color Day: Gr 6-red; Gr 7-yellow; Gr 8-green; Gr 9-purple; Gr 10-orange; Gr 11-pink; Gr 12-blue. We will have SnoBall Court assembly and prayer service Fri, Jan 28 starting at 1pm. See HS section below for SnoBall Dance information.

Enrollment and Financial Aid Registration Assistance Night Jan 31: Having trouble logging in to FACTS? Need help filling out your enrollment or TADS financial aid form? We are here to help! Bring your passwords and financial documents to BA Monday, January 30 from 4:30-6:30pm. We will have staff on hand in the front lobby to work with you. 

2022-2023 Re-enrollment & Financial Aid: Re-enrollment emails for returning 2022-23 scholars have been sent via FACTS. Find full instruction for setting up your Family Portal 
HERE.  Financial aid applications are now available for 2022-2023. Apply via TADS at this link & click on Financial Aid Assessment to get started. Application deadline is February 22 to be considered for all available scholarships. 


Mental Health Resources: We know that at this time we are seeing an increase in the mental health needs of our scholars. Here is a link to Rice County resources

January 28 Youth Basketball Night: Youth basketball teams, prospective Cardinals, DMCS families all invited to join us! Sign up HERE.  

Home Basketball Game Help Needed:  Many volunteers are needed to help at home basketball games this winter.  Please consider sharing your time and talent in support of our student activities!

Online School Store @ Star Sports & Apparel! BA has opened at school store at Star Sports and Apparel. Orders are filled as they are placed, so purchase your BA gear any time! Click HERE to for all the great options!

PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM: Phoenix Counseling, with a Catholic focus, is our counseling association and is available to BA parents. Please visit their website for videos and resources as part of the "Peace of Mind" for families supported by Catholic Schools' Center of Excellence. (Link to website). 


Jan 29 SnoBall Dance Info: The January 29 SnoBall is a girl-ask-boy (Sadie Hawkins) semi-formal dance for students in grades 9-12. Tickets are on sale during high school lunches ($30/couple, $15/single) Friday, Monday and Tuesday (Jan 21, 24, and 25) and in the front office on Wednesday, January 26 during our no-class WIN day. Typically, the girls purchase a tie for their date that matches their dress. The girls arrange for a bouquet and boutonniere with a local florist that the boy picks up and pays for the day of the dance. Boys wear a dress shirt (most choose black), tie and nice pants; girls wear semi-formal dresses. Couples usually go out to dinner with a group of friends prior to the Grand March. Parents and guests gather in the gym at 8:00pm for the Grand March, where participating couples are introduced and the SnoBall Queen is crowned. As per current activities/athletics policy, spectators/visitors will be asked to wear a mask, but student participants will not. Usually, the Mother-Son/Father-Daughter dance follows coronation, then parents and guests depart and the dance begins. The dance ends at midnight.

SnoBash, Jan 29
: Junior parents are hosting SnoBash at the Elks Lodge in Faribault Saturday, Jan 29, from 9-11:30pm. To purchase advance tickets, please place payment in an envelope ($20/ticket) and drop in the designated basket in the BA office.  On the envelope, please identify the number of tickets, names and an email address for confirmation.  The post prom committee will collect from the office, send confirmations, and have a list of pre-paid individuals at the door the night of SnoBash.

Info for Seniors
College Scholarships:

  • Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) Students of Integrity Scholarship. BBB will award scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2021-2022 school year, who personify all the best aspects of high character in their personal choices and actions. Recipients are selected primarily based on a written essay. The call for entries are open now and until the deadline of February 16, 2022, at 4pm. 

  • Faribo 4 Kids is again offering the Thomas Laughlin Scholarship. THREE $1,500 scholarships will be given again this year for students attending any form of higher education.  Find the 2022 scholarship application HERE. Applications must be postmarked by March 18, 2022.

College/FAFSA Resources: The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is offering a series of webinars from Feb 5-March 1 to help you learn more about the FAFSA (financial aid), how to compare offers from schools (once your child has applied), scholarships and how to navigate the system of paying for any level of education after high school. To register any of the webinars using Zoom, visit Visit for information about each of Minnesota’s financial aid programs. Questions can be directed to the state’s financial aid hotline: (651) 642-0567.


Aim Higher Foundation K-8 Scholarships: Every year, students at Bethlehem Academy (Faribault, MN) receive tuition assistance scholarships from the Aim Higher Foundation. We would like to thank the many donors and friends who help make our great school accessible to all families! Learn more HERE. Apply via the TADS financial aid application HERE and click on Financial Aid Assessment.


Part-time Spring Coaching Positions @ Bethlehem Academy

If interested in coaching a spring sport (track, softball, baseball), we have spots available.  Or, if know of someone that may have interest…please email


River Bend Nature Center Internships: River Bend Nature Center is taking applications for a summer internship (June-July). Applicants must be 18 or older to apply. Click HERE for the summer internship application, due Feb 18.

Equipped for Life Event: On February 5, the Archdiocese and the Minnesota Catholic Conference are sponsoring Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations About Abortion at the University of St. Thomas. The day will equip attendees with practical tools and the confidence to engage pro-choice advocates who defend abortion with arguments based in difficult circumstances, biology, personhood, or bodily autonomy.  To learn more and register, please visit:

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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