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Family Focus 11-05-2021

date 11/11/2021 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 5, 2021

Dear BA Families:
All Saints Mass began our week. During this first week of November we gathered on Monday for "All Saints Mass" hosted by Divine Mercy Catholic School's 4th grade class. What a beautiful way to begin our week and reflect on the lives of the Saints! Our Spanish classes also created a Dia de Los Muertos Altar in memory of those we love. 


Although our football team is not continuing in sections, they have much to be proud of in their accomplishments this year. I am very proud of these young men for their commitment and their prowess. Please congratulate them when you see them cheering on the girls in volleyball! Our volleyball team continues on to fight for a chance to represent BA at State. Please plan to join us in cheering them on as they compete tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 6) at 10am in Rochester!

Our "Traditions" publication is out! Watch for yours in the mail if you are alumni or stop in to pick one up. Special thanks to Kari Tobin for her layout styling and Brent Zabel and Jason Hillesheim for their photography skills. Thanks to Mellanie Smith and Kris Sauer for assisting in writing the articles. 

Facemasks Required Next Week, Nov 8-12

I’m sorry to report that we have had 5 positive COVID cases, as of now, just this week alone. We suspect this is a result of all of the gatherings and events over Halloween weekend. Thankfully so far no one is hospitalized, but with volleyball playoffs and potential greater spread at school, we are asking all students/staff to wear masks next week to see if we can stop the spread.This will also help ensure that our volleyball team members can play in competitions potentially this next week. Thank you for your cooperation.

UPDATES ON FUNDRAISERS:

  • 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, which is critical to supporting teacher/staff salaries, supplies, books, student programs, and building and maintenance needs. Please consider a donation: Donate Online (click) 

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: As of 10/29/21 we have had 14 total COVID positive cases for the year. At this time we have five active cases/three families.

KUDOS: Thank you to Emily Shimota, Noah Battles, sacristans, eucharistic ministers and our altar servers for assisting with the joint All Saints Mass.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Nov. 5: Veteran's Day student poem deadline (see below)
  • Nov. 9: HS Synod small group at DMCC - see info below
  • Nov 10: Student of the Month Ceremony, 7:30am, BA Cafeteria
  • Nov. 11: 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. 18: BA Open House Info HERE; Registration HERE
  • Nov 18: Paradise Student Gallery opening reception, 5-7pm
  • Nov. 19: Band Trip to U of MN Indoor Concert
  • 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)
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE 
Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES


Socktober - Thank you!
Thanks to the BA community, the Student Service Club collected 636 pairs of new socks! Club officers will be taking them to St. Vincent de Paul next week. 


8th Grade Wolf Ridge Trip Fundraiser-Deadline Nov 5
We are having our annual Tastefully Simple fundraiser sale with 100% of the profits helping to defray the bus cost for the February eighth grade Wolf Ridge trip. The deadline to order is TODAY, November 5th. Product information can be found at www.tastefullysimple.com and orders can be made through Kris Shuda, a BA past parent who is generously donating the profits of her sales. Orders will be delivered directly to each customer’s door via UPS. Please direct any questions to Julie Smisek, 8th grade advisor, at jsmisek@bacards.org or Kris Shuda at the link above. Eighth graders and their families thank you for your support!

Veteran's Day Student Poetry Contest: Deadline Nov 5

SADD is sponsoring a poetry contest for Veteran's Day. Find a flier with more information HERE. The topic for the poem or tribute speech is Veteran’s Day or Patriotism.  All students in grades 6-12 are eligible, the minimum is 10 lines. Email entries TODAY to Mrs. Donlon

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

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. More information to follow.

Holiday Scrip Now Available! Click HERE for a flyer with more information.

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.


HIGH SCHOOL 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.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH

High Schoolers: The Synod Process Needs Your Voice!
It’s not too late to join a Synod small group, and share your perspectives with our parish and the Archdiocese! Parents, we need your voice as well! Sign up on the DMCC website
HERE. Upcoming meetings are as follows, more information in the attached flyer:

  • November 9: Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry

BA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Bethlehem Academy is Hiring!
We are looking for a Development and Marketing Assistant and a Maintenance Team Member. Click
HERE for more information and how to apply. We also have coaching openings in track and field and fast pitch softball and are looking for people to officiate junior high basketball games. Please email athletics@bacards.org if interested.

COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION
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

Area Seniors Need Yard Help!
The following senior citizens in Faribault need help with yard work this fall. Find the list below, and contact Jessica Thornton (Program Coordinator, Senior Independence at Family Service Rochester) at jthornton@familyservicerochester.org or 507-287-2010 ext 1033 if you can help.

  • Tom B - 526 Little Ford Lane, Faribault: Clean gutters
  • Donna D - 620 8th St SW, Faribault: raking and window washing. Windows are older, need to be taken apart. Client will instruct and provide supplies.
  • John H - 111 2nd St SW, Faribault: needs someone to move items in garage and help arrange things, has supplies
  • Gloria O - 830 Rogers Row, Faribault: fall clean up. Raking, cleaning up year, hauling bags of leaves, etc to the landfill, has supplies
  • Donna S - 422 Shumway Ave, Faribault: general yard clean up, raking

CALENDAR LINKS
Click the link below for the calendar.


ATTACHMENTS
 

DMCC Synod Meetings: Young Adult & Parent Info
Meca Sportswear Letter Jacket Information

Josten's Traditional BA Class Ring Order Form

 

Family Focus 10/29/21

date 11/01/2021 author Kris Sauer category October 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)

October 29, 2021

Dear BA Families:
This week begins our second quarter of the school year. It's an exciting week as our fall sports continue with play-off games. Congratulations to our football team with a win this past Tuesday! Kudos is also extended to our volleyball team who won their match last night over Houston! Both continue section play tomorrow (Saturday): volleyball at 10am vs Rushford-Peterson in Rochester; football at Fillmore Central at 7pm. Our Robotics and Knowledge Bowl teams will begin with winter training and competitions. Our Theater Club meets this Friday after school with assistance from director Patrick Braucher of the Paradise Center for the Arts. He will be supporting BA this year in our theatrical programming. Join us this quarter in celebrating our students, supporting their needs, and cheering them on as our new quarter begins.

ALL SAINTS DAY: On Monday, Nov 1, at 8:30 a.m. we will gather for an all school Mass with DMCS in our gymnasium. Everyone is invited! The 4th grade class will be sharing the stories of the "lives of the Saints" as we celebrate this Holy Day. 

NO BUSING MONDAY: There will be no busing Monday, November 1, as the public school system does not have school for its students that day. Bethlehem Academy and Divine Mercy Catholic School do have school on Monday, November 1.  Please make alternate transportation arrangements for your scholar to attend school on Monday.


DOES YOUR SCHOLAR NEED ACADEMIC SUPPORT? Take advantage of our school day support with Mrs. Kohl and Mr. Wollin, and our after school homework club with Mrs. Kohl and Mr. Ponciano. 

UPDATES ON FUNDRAISERS:

  • Spooktacular: Thank you for supporting our fundraising by participating or volunteering at Spooktacular. It was a great day, but we did not reach our goal and will be in school for a full day as scheduled on December 17, 2021.
  • BA BASH Raffle 2021: BA is kicking off BA BASH Raffle 2021! With only 1000 tickets available, and prizes of $2021, $1021 and $521, this is a great way to get involved and support BA. We hope to raise $10,000 from this raffle and invite you to participate. Please get your ticket order form HERE and, with new beginnings ahead, pray for a healthy and positive 2022! 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.
  • Annual Fund: To date we have raised: $64,300 with a match of $50,000! Thank you! Our goal this year is $255,000, which is critical to supporting teacher/staff salaries, supplies, books, student programs, and building and maintenance needs. Please consider a donation: Donate Online (click) 

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: As of 10/29/21 we have had 11 total COVID positive cases for the year. We do not have any active cases at this time but do have some students quarantining due to exposure or positive family members. 

KUDOS: Congratulations to our NHS members and their advisor, Ms. Piehl for the beautiful induction ceremony after Mass this week. Special congratulations to senior Sophia Smith who was named a finalist in the National College Match scholarship program.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Oct 29: MS Halloween Dance, 7-10pm, see info below in MS 
  • Oct 29: Theater Club meeting, 3pm
  • Oct 31: Trunk or Treat, 4-6pm, BA parking lot. Register your trunk HERE (Note: this event is NOT Oct 30 as on some early calendars)
  • Nov. 1: All Saints Day, BA/DMCS MASS in the BA Gym 
  • Nov 1: After Prom Parent Meeting, 6pm-see HS Section for more info
  • Nov. 11: Veteran's Day program! Calling all Veterans, please arrive by 8:15 for a short program at 8:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 18: BA Open House Info HERE; Registration HERE
  • Nov 18: Paradise Student Gallery opening reception, 5-7pm
  • Nov. 19: Band Trip to U of MN Indoor Concert
  • Nov 23: Grandparents Day, 1pm (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Break (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE 
Join me in prayers for students and staff as we begin our second quarter.
Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

Section Volleyball Tournament
The volleyball team has advanced in the section playoffs and will be playing at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.  The Rochester Mayo Civic Center requires all spectators to wear masks.  Spectators also walk through metal detectors when entering the facility.


8th Grade Wolf Ridge Trip Fundraiser to Nov 5
We are having our annual Tastefully Simple fundraiser sale with 100% of the profits helping to defray the bus cost for the February eighth grade Wolf Ridge trip. The fundraiser begins this week and runs through November 5th. Product information can be found at www.tastefullysimple.com and orders can be made through Kris Shuda, a BA past parent who is generously donating the profits of her sales. Orders will be delivered directly to each customer’s door via UPS. Please direct any questions to Julie Smisek, 8th grade advisor, at jsmisek@bacards.org or Kris Shuda at the link above. Eighth graders and their families thank you for your support!

Veteran's Day Student Poetry Contest: Deadline Nov 5

SADD is sponsoring a poetry contest. Find a flier with more information HERE. The topic for the poem or tribute speech is Veteran’s Day or Patriotism.  All students in grades 6-12 are eligible, the minimum is 10 lines. Email entries by Nov 5 to Mrs. Donlon

Holiday Scrip Now Available! Click HERE for a flyer with more information.

New Student Application/Shadow/Open House Information
We are excited to open applications to new students for the 2022-2023 school year starting November 1st! Student shadow days begin November 2nd. Invite a student interested in BA to join your scholar for the day! Register for a shadow day
HERE. Our fall open house is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 18 starting at 6pm. Pre-registration encouraged (sign up HERE); walk-ins welcome. Family tours are offered M-F from 9am-4:30pm. Click HERE to sign up. 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.


Online BA School Store!
We have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. See the available items HERE.

Grandparents' Day

We will be holding our annual Grandparents' Day on Tuesday, November 23 at 1:00pm.  We hope many of our students' grandparents can join us.  Proxy grandparents are also welcome.  More details will be coming.

HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION

After Prom Meeting Nov 1
There will be an After Prom brainstorming meeting for any junior or senior parent wishing to help coordinate and plan the After Prom Party on Monday, November 1 @ 6:00pm in the BA Cafeteria. Items to be discussed include: fundraising, venue, activities, prizes, schedule, food. Bring your ideas and join us!

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

  • Monday, November 1 - 6:30 p.m. at the FHS Performing Arts CenterJoin all senior parents in Faribault to cover all things FAFSA. If you are new to Financial Aid, plan on attending to hear direct from the financial aid officers at South Central. Meeting at Faribault High School (FHS).
  • Wednesday, November 3 - during lunch - Josten's orders for caps & gowns, announcements and other graduation memorabilia items are due.
  • 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.
Letter Jackets
Meca Sportswear will be at Bethlehem Academy on Thursday, November 4 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.  

Class Rings
Josten's will be at Bethlehem Academy on Wednesday, November 3 during lunch to collect class ring orders from students in grades 10-12.  Also, students that already have a class ring and need it re-sized, repaired or cleaned are invited to bring their rings to the Josten's rep during Wednesday's lunch.

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION
Middle School Halloween Dance Oct 29
The Junior Class is hosting a middle school Halloween dance Friday, October 29 from 7pm-10pm in the BA gym. All BA grade 6-8 students are invited to attend this prom fundraiser. Cost is $10; pizza and beverages will be provided. 

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH

High Schoolers: The Synod Process Needs Your Voice!
It’s not too late to join a Synod small group, and share your perspectives with our parish and the Archdiocese! Parents, we need your voice as well! Sign up on the DMCC website
HERE. Upcoming meetings are as follows, more information in the attached flyer:

  • November 2: Parents as Primary educators and Helping the young encounter Jesus
  • November 9: Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry

BA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Bethlehem Academy is Hiring!
We are looking for a Development and Marketing Assistant and a Maintenance Team Member. Click
HERE for more information and how to apply. We also have coaching openings in track and field and fastpitch softball and are looking for people to officiate junior high basketball games. Please email athletics@bacards.org if interested.

COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION
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

Area Seniors Need Yard Help!
The following senior citizens in Faribault need help with yard work this fall. Find the list below, and contact Jessica Thornton (Program Coordinator, Senior Independence at Family Service Rochester) at jthornton@familyservicerochester.org or 507-287-2010 ext 1033 if you can help.

  • Tom B - 526 Little Ford Lane, Faribault: Clean gutters
  • Donna D - 620 8th St SW, Faribault: raking and window washing. Windows are older, need to be taken apart. Client will instruct and provide supplies.
  • John H - 111 2nd St SW, Faribault: needs someone to move items in garage and help arrange things, has supplies
  • Gloria O - 830 Rogers Row, Faribault: fall clean up. Raking, cleaning up year, hauling bags of leaves, etc to the landfill, has supplies
  • Donna S - 422 Shumway Ave, Faribault: general yard clean up, raking

CALENDAR LINKS
Click the link below for the calendar.


ATTACHMENTS
 

DMCC Synod Meetings: Young Adult & Parent Info
Meca Sportswear Letter Jacket Information

Josten's Traditional BA Class Ring Order Form

 

Family Focus 10/15/2021

date 10/20/2021 author Kris Sauer category October 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)

October 15, 2021

Dear BA Families:
The first quarter comes to a close next Tuesday. As a school family, we are all feeling the weight of returning to a full school schedule filled with activities, sports, academics and events. I know that everyone is thrilled to be back into a more normal routine, but we are carrying with us the load of 18 months of a pandemic lifestyle. Join us in prayers and talking with your scholar about their struggles and triumphs at the end of this first quarter. 

CONFERENCES:
Our middle school staff appreciated visiting with you about your scholar's progress during Middle School conferences last night; our high school team looks forward to the same on Monday for high school students. A separate email to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences was sent out; register HERE or below.

UPDATES ON FUNDRAISERS:

  • Spooktacular: We look forward to seeing your tomorrow! Online registration is closed; same day registration is available. Please join us! We need each BA family to raise $100 through participation or pledges; this is a budgeted fundraiser for our school. More info and a pledge form HERE. To date we have 88 participants signed up. If BA reaches our goal of 115 participants by Saturday, we will have an early release day Dec 17. Thank you!
  • Divine Mercy Build Project - United for Our Future: Please prayerfully consider a gift, the stronger DMCS, the stronger BA will be! Click HERE to learn more.
  • Annual Fund: To date we have raised: $54,200-we have reached our $50,000 match - doubling your gift! Thank you! Our goal this year is $255,000, which is critical to supporting teacher/staff salaries, supplies, books, student programs, and building and maintenance needs. Please consider a donation: Donate Online (click) 

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: As of 10/15/21 we have had 11 total COVID positive cases for the year, three are active and quarantining. Please remember to keep your scholar home if they have any symptoms or if a member of your family is diagnosed with COVID. If they have been a close contact, students should wear a mask for one week while at school.

KUDOS: This week we thank administrative team for helping to guide in school decisions and our strategic plan, thank you - Ed Friesen, John Wollersheim, Shane Roessler and Kris Sauer.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online.

  • Oct 16: Spooktacular Fun Run for Education. Race day registration available! Find out more HERE
  • Oct 17: "Our Lady of Fatima" movie at The Village Theater on Sunday at 6:30 pm. A donation of $1 requested.  
  • Oct 18: High School Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click HEREsign up closes  9pm Sun Oct 17
  • Oct 18: 7:30pm Senior parent info zoom meeting (details below)
  • Oct. 19: Picture re-take day
  • Oct 19: End of the 1st Quarter - check in with your scholar!
  • Oct 20-22: MEA Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 27: NHS Induction @ BA Mass - 10:30 a.m.
  • Oct 27: Jostens reps, class rings & graduation-see HS section
  • Oct 27: 7:30pm Junior Parent Info Night-see HS section for more info
  • Oct 29 - Trunk or Treat Dress Down Day - see info below
  • Oct 29 - MS Halloween Dance, 7-10pm, see info below in MS 
  • Oct 31: Trunk or Treat, 4-6pm, BA parking lot. Register your trunk HERE (Note: this event is NOT Oct 30 as on some early calendars)
  • Nov. 11: Veteran's Day program! Calling all Veterans, please arrive by 8:15 for a short program at 8:30 a.m.
  • Nov 23 - Grandparents Day, 1pm (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Break (Updated from earlier calendars)
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE 
Prayers for Respect Life Month - join us in praying for all lives this month! Special prayer requests for the families of Casi Jensen, Cory & Sara Caron and John Wollersheim.

Blessings, Mindy Reeder- President/Principal
mreeder@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES


BABS Survey-Respond by TODAY, FRIDAY, Oct 15
The annual April BABS event is the most longstanding, successful fundraising event at Bethlehem Academy. The Board of Directors, together with staff and the BABS committee, is interested in getting your input on this important fundraiser for our school. Please click
HERE to take the survey and let us know what you think. The survey should only take 5 minutes and is completely anonymous. Thank you!


October 19 - Picture Re-take Day
Scholars who missed picture day in September are invited to have their pictures taken Tuesday morning, October 19. Forms available in the front office and found HERE.


Trunk or Treat Student Dress Down Oct 29
BA’s Student Service Club is hosting a Dress Down Day Friday, October 29. For a dollar or a bag of candy, students may dress in costume or dress down for the day. Costumes should be neat, clean, modest, and school-appropriate. No scary masks or plastic weapons, please. Hats, leggings (worn with a long top/skirt/dress), sweats or athletic pants are allowed. No athletic shorts please. Close to 1000 kids participate! All proceeds go towards providing extra candy for our community-wide Trunk or Treat event from 4-6pm Sun, Oct 31 in the BA/DMCS parking lots. Sign up a Trunk HERE


8th Grade Wolf Ridge Trip Fundraiser to Nov 5
We are having our annual Tastefully Simple fundraiser sale with 100% of the profits helping to defray the bus cost for the February eighth grade Wolf Ridge trip. The fundraiser begins this week and runs through November 5th. Product information can be found at www.tastefullysimple.com and orders can be made through Kris Shuda, a BA past parent who is generously donating the profits of her sales. Orders will be delivered directly to each customer’s door via UPS. Please direct any questions to Julie Smisek, 8th grade advisor, at jsmisek@bacards.org or Kris Shuda at the link  above. Eighth graders and their families thank you for your support!

 

2022-2023 New Student Application/Shadow/Open House Information
We are excited to open applications to new students for the 2022-2023 school year starting November 1st! Student shadow days begin November 2nd. Invite a student interested in BA to join your scholar for the day! Register for a shadow day HERE. Our fall open house is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 18 starting at 6pm. Pre-registration encouraged (sign up HERE); walk-ins welcome. Family tours are offered M-F from 9am-4:30pm. Click HERE to sign up. 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.

Student Services Socktober Campaign

For Socktober, the Student Services Committee is collecting socks in the boxes by the office and in Mrs. Donlon’s room, now and until the end of October. All donations will be given to St. Vincent de Paul in Faribault.  Students at BA have the opportunity to earn service hours by bringing in socks. One pair is 30 minutes; students can earn only up to 2 hours of service (4 pairs of socks.) But the group encourages people to bring in as much as they can because it will help the less fortunate immensely as we are getting closer to the winter months. Thank you!

BA BASH Raffle 2021
BA is kicking off BA BASH Raffle 2021! With only 1000 tickets available, and prizes of $2021, $1021 and $521, this is a great way to get involved and support BA.
 We hope to raise $10,000 from this raffle and invite you to participate. Please get your ticket order form HERE and, with new beginnings ahead, pray for a healthy and positive 2022! Drawing held December 31, 2021.

Moms in Prayer Meeting Weekly
The Bethlehem Academy Moms in Prayer group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8-9 am in the Adoration Chapel. Please join us! Contact Lori Bittenbender at lori@lbpublicrelations.com or 972-955-4730 with questions. 


Online BA School Store!
We have select items available for purchase, either online or in the school office, including Yeti tumblers, Puravida bracelets in BA colors, and polo shirts. See the available items HERE

LAPTOP CARE
Our laptops are brand new.  Please take good care of them!
  • Every weekend (Friday or Saturday night before going to bed), plug in the laptop, quit all applications, re-start the laptop and leave the display/lid open.  We have a policy to check and install Apple software updates on a weekly basis.
  • Use a backpack with a laptop compartment.  Be careful to not drop or toss backpack with the laptop in it.  Set it down gently!  Also, be careful about very full backpacks - set it down to minimize the amount of weight from textbooks and other items on the laptop itself (keep backpack vertical).
  • A neoprene sleeve can be helpful to provide additional protection for the laptop.  Note the laptops are 13" MacBook Airs (2020 M1 models)
  • Some people like the clamshells that snap to the laptop.  Please note some shells do not meet Apple's specifications completely and can actually add too much weight to the display, stressing the hinges.
  • Keep the laptop in a safe, secure location when not using (car trunk, locked locker, etc.).  
  • Please let Mr. Friesen know of any problems.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION
Jostens' Reps-Junior & Senior Presentations
Josten's representatives will be on campus Wednesday, October 27, to speak to juniors and seniors during Cardinal hours. Students will have the opportunity to order class rings (juniors) and graduation materials (seniors), including cap and gown ordering (school pays), and announcements and other product options (choice; student pays).


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

Monday, October 18 - 7:30 p.m. Zoom meeting (at the end of zoom conferences). Shane Roessler, BA School Counselor, will be covering all things you need to know now that you have a senior. Join us for a 30 minute Zoom presentation (link here) to cover the important targets this senior year. A question and answer session will be held at the end.  This meeting will be recorded for those that can not attend.

Monday, November 1 - 6:30 p.m. at the FHS Performing Arts Center.
Join all senior parents in Faribault to cover all things FAFSA.  If you are new to Financial Aid, plan on attending to hear direct from the financial aid officers at South Central. Meeting at Faribault High School (FHS). 

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.  


Junior Parent Information Night Oct 27
You are invited to an in person meeting with Shane Roessler, School Counselor. on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m, BA Cafeteria.  Mock ACT test results will be available (so bring your scholar with you).  We will review ACT results, talk about what to tackle junior year and start (or finish up) a plan for after high school.  Hope to see you there!

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION

Middle School Hallowen Dance Oct 29 
The Junior Class is hosting a middle school Halloween dance Friday, October 29 form 7pm-10pm in the BA gym. All BA grade 6-8 students are invited to attend this prom fundraiser. Cost is $10; pizza and beverages will be provided. Students must turn in a signed permission slip (click HERE) by Wednesday, October 17 to attend. Parent chaperones needed! Sign up information to follow. 

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH
High Schoolers: The Synod Process Needs Your Voice!

It’s not too late to join a Synod small group, and share your perspectives with our parish and the Archdiocese! Parents, we need your voice as well! Sign up on the DMCC website HERE. Upcoming meetings are as follows, more information in the attached flyer:

  • October 19:   Welcoming Parishes & Collaboration in Parish Ministry
  • October 26:   Liturgy& Sunday Experience & Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed.
  • November 2: Parents as Primary educators and Helping the young encounter Jesus
  • November 9: Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry

 
BA AND COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
BA Development & Marketing Assistant
Bethlehem Academy seeks an energetic individual to join our team. If you love fundraising, are quick with databases and have a passion for communication, this is the position for you! Qualifications: Four-year college degree in communications or marketing OR the equivalent of work experience in marketing, fundraising or database management. Experience with database programs preferred, specifically Raiser’s Edge, or willing to train. In this position you will support fundraising, special events, communications, alumni relations and admissions efforts. This position works directly with the President and Director of Enrollment to support the tracking, promotion and planning of development and marketing events throughout the year. Please send your resume and two references to: Melinda Reeder, mreeder@bacards.org by Oct. 25, 2021.
 
BA Maintenance Position Available
Bethlehem Academy seeks an energetic individual to join our maintenance team! This team member will work directly with the Maintenance Supervisor in coordinating all care for the facility, from cleaning to repairs and lawn care and snow removal.  Required Qualifications: 
1st Class Boilers License; Basic knowledge in the following areas: plumbing, electrical and carpentry; Good vision is required in order to read material safety data sheets; Good attendance is required as well as ability to work various shifts; Ability to work extra hours if necessary. 
Send resume and two references to: Mindy Reeder at mreeder@bacards.org.

CALENDAR LINKS
Click the link below for the calendar.

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