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Family Focus 9/27/2020

date 09/27/2020 author Ed Friesen category 2020-21, September 2020 comment Leave a comment

September 27, 2020

Dear BA Families:

This past week our entire staff gathered for an all-staff meeting to plan, prepare and share as our first month of school wraps up. The dedicated BA teachers are not simply teaching in school, they are teaching our distance learners, cleaning their classrooms multiple times a day, implementing, modeling and reminding students to practice safety. Our staff is tracking, cleaning, calling and responding as questions arise. BA is blessed by our teachers and staff. They are doing an incredible amount of work and I am impressed with all that they do. Please keep them in your prayers. Kind words and treats are always welcome!

Minnesota Fall Sports: Football and Volleyball are back in the fall schedule as voted and approved by the MSHSL after feedback from Minnesota schools. Our first volleyball game is Oct 8 and the first football game is October 10. Public viewing is limited, watch for details. Volleyball games will be broadcast as inside crowds are not allowed. Watch for an updated schedule soon. Coop sports continue this fall. With all sports now back in session, it is important that families continue to practice COVID protocols at home. In order for our school to stay open and games to continue, we need our students and staff to remain COVID free! Limit group gatherings of students outside of school, wear masks while in public, and keep your child home if they have symptoms. Thank you!

Social Media Checks: Please check in with your students’ social media accounts like Tik Tok or Snapchat. We have heard that some students may have shared inappropriate images. We hope this is not the case, but we encourage you to talk with your child and monitor their account. If you have concerns, you may reach out to me. It’s also a great opportunity to review the social media policy in our student handbook with your child. Click hereto access the student handbook.

Upcoming Events:

    • Sept 29: FFA meeting for students, 3pm
    • Sept 29: NHS application deadline, 3pm
    • Sept 30: Pre-ACT test for 11th grade
    • October 2: School pictures, grades 6-8
    • October 5: Senior Retreat
    • October 5, 6, 8: Middle School MAP testing
  • October 8: Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences, 


    • October 10: Spooktacular 5k/1-mile run/walk for Catholic Education. More info here
  • October 14-16: MEA - No School
  • October 31: Trunk or Treat


  • Wanted: Face Masks, Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes!
  • Feeling Ill? Please keep students and their siblings home. This is part of the safety protocols for COVID. Click here for info and call the attendance line ( or 507-334-3948) with the symptoms.

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!


Mindy Reeder, President/Principal



(See separate sections below for updates specific to high school or middle school)

Homecoming/Fall Spirit Events

The Senior Class is working on Fall Spirit/Homecoming events, including spirit week activities and the King crowning. More details will be announced soon as we plan activities in light of the new football schedule. 

Spooktacular Oct 10: Sign up today!

Support Catholic education - join us Oct 10 for the BA/DMCS Spooktacular Fun Run. Both virtual and in-person events offered this year. Students are asked to raise $50 through participation or sponsors. LOTS of great incentives, including top fundraiser, top class, and an all-school goal of 120 participants. Find a copy attached of the pledge sheet given to students today in homeroom. In-person race sign up here; virtual race sign up here. First participant drawing held Oct 2.

TRUNK OR TREAT Oct 30: Trunks Needed!

The annual BA/DMCS Trunk or Treat will be a drive-by event held at the Rice County Fairgrounds Saturday, October 31, from 4-6pm. Free hot dog dinner included! Sign up to host a trunk here.

Fall Testing: MS NWEA Map, Pre-ACT, PSAT, ACT Aspire

Attached is a complete list of 2020 fall testing; note that middle school testing begins Oct 5. Please review this and prepare your child by getting plenty of rest. Students should bring a water bottle they can fill at school for their tests. 

Morning Announcements/Mass Online

Students in full time distance learning were emailed the link to view morning announcements and Friday Mass. Please email Kris Sauer if you have any questions.

FFA Meeting Sept 29

BA’s first FFA meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 3pm by the greenhouse. All 7th-12th graders are welcome to join and are encouraged to bring a friend. 

Student Pictures

Middle school students will have their pictures taken Friday, October 2nd. An order form was given to students today in homeroom. If your high schoolstudent forgot to turn in their form today, please bring to the office next week.


Please remind your student(s) of the importance of bringing a mask with them to school every day. They should have extras in their backpack, their locker, and their car. While we have extras available, we have been going through them faster than anticipated. Thank you!


Students should re-start their laptops weekly.  We recommend Saturday nights.  Quit all applicaitions.  Plug the laptop in and re-start (leave display open!).  Software updates will get installed during these re-starts.  


The Minnesota State High School League has approved playing football and volleyball yet this fall.  Practices for these sports begin tomorrow, Monday, September 28.  Game schedules can be found on our athletics website,, or by clicking on the calendar on the school website home page.

The activity fee for football participants in grades 9-12 is $135.  The activity fee for volleyball participants in grades 7-12 is $135.  Fees may be paid online at our athletics website:  Fees may also be added to your TADS account by emailing Activities Director Ed Friesen or by check delivered to the school office.  In addition to payment of the activity fee, each particpant must also complete the annual eligibility statement and health questionnaire found here.  Participants must also have a valid sports physical clearance on file with the school's activities office.

No spectators will be allowed at volleyball matches.  Volleyball matches will be streamed online.  Bethlehem Academy's home matches may be viewed on our NFHS Network Channel.  Information for away match streaming will be posted on the volleyball schedule (several other schools in the conference will also be using NFHS Network - subscribe to BA's channel and you will have access to streams produced by other schools using NFHS Network as well.  A monthly subscription costs $10.99 while a yearly pass costs $69.99

Football games can have 250 spectators.  BA fans will purchase varsity game tickets for both home games and away games through Bethlehem Academy.  The district has decided schools will sell 170 tickets to the home fans and 80 tickets to the away fans.  All tickets will be priced $5.  A season ticket package will be made available for the families of football players first.  Then, remaining tickets will be sold first-come, first-serve.  More information on ticket sales for each game will be announced soon.  Games will also be posted online as a "video on demand" and some may possibly be streamed live.

Due to the limited number of football participants in grades 7 & 8, we will continue the middle school football skills program that is already taking place but will not be scheduling games with other schools at this time.  


Class of 2021 Senior Retreat Oct 5

As the annual trip to the Sinsinawa Mound is not an option, staff is planning a day-long NET Ministry-led retreat for the Class of 2021 Monday, October 5 at Derham Farm/The Barns at Crockers Creek. More details to follow. 

Gr 11-12: National Honor SocietyApplications

National Honor Society (NHS) applications are now available. To be eligible for NHS, a junior or senior must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. In addition, students must have been enrolled at BA for at least a year, have a reputation of excellent character, demonstrate leadership qualities, and have a heart for serving others. If your student qualifies and is interested in membership in one of the nation’s oldest service organizations, please encourage them to pick up an application from Mrs. Piehl in Rm 112. Applications are due by 3pm Tuesday, September 29. Current members do not need to reapply.

Class of 2022: PRE-ACT Sept 30

All 11th grade students will take the Pre-ACT in the library on September 30 from 8AM-11:30AM. Please contact Counselor Tori Rogers if you have any questions.

AP Exam Order Deadline: October 13 

Students taking AP courses at BA are required to take the May AP exams. Students not in AP classes are allowed to take the exams if they choose. See attached form for more information and a test order form; contact Ms Rogers with questions.

Jostens Reps @ BA October 20

Josten’s representatives will be meeting with the sophomores (class rings) and seniors (graduation) on October 20 during period 3.


School Pictures, Grades 6-8

Middle school students will have their pictures taken Friday, October 2nd. An order form was given to students today in homeroom.

Middle School Conferences Online October 8

Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences will be held from 4-7:30pm Thursday, October 8. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss their progress HERE.


Synod 2020

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are continuing Synod 2020 with two virtual prayer and study series. Download the app or sign up for weekly emails to participate and learn more. Click here for more information. 

Middle School Edge/High School Youth Group

Middle School EDGE & High School Youth Group is open to all BA families. This is another great opportunity for your students to gather with others that want to grow in their faith and to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. Registration is required for both. Visit for more information.


Attached Files

Assessment Fall 2020.pdf

Spooktacular Flyer and Pledge Card 2020.pdf

AP Test Letter and Order Form 2020.pdf

2020 Student Photo Form.pdf

FHS Coop Sports 2020-09-28.pdf


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