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Family Focus 2/2/24

date 02/07/2024 author Kris Sauer category 2023-24, February 2024 comment Leave a comment

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6 (Campus Ministry-selected Bible verse for 2023-2024)

February 2, 2024

Dear BA Parents/Guardians:

 

What a fantastic Catholic Schools Week! We started the week crowning Bennett Wray-Raabolle our 2024 SnoBall Queen on Saturday; celebrated Mass Sunday at Divine Mercy Catholic Church; held a school-wide field trip day on Tuesday where our high school students helped pack 57,672 meals at Feed My Starving Children - enough to provide 158 children with a daily meal for a year; and Wednesday celebrated Mass with Archbishop Hebda where sophomore Andrew Volkmuth presented the Archbishop with an Intarsia cross (did you know we are the only high school in the state to offer this program?!?!). The Archbishop also spent time following Mass visiting classrooms and speaking with our students - all of whom spoke so eloquently and with gratitude for the opportunity to attend BA where they can live out and practice their faith. Thank you for your commitment to their Catholic, faith-centered education here at BA!

Congratulations to our band, choir, and fine arts student participating in this weekend's Gopher Conference Honors Fine Arts Program. Check out the band and choir concert and see our students' artwork at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, February 1. Best of luck and congratulations to all!

We look forward to opening our doors this weekend to prospective new students during our Winter Open House. Please let anyone you know who is thinking about Bethlehem Academy know that we will be here on Sunday from 11am-1pm to welcome them, answer questions, and give tours.

A few reminders: Counselor Day Monday! Please share your thanks with Mr. Uphus and Ms. Smith for all the work they do for our students; encourage your scholars to reach out as well! Parent/teacher conferences have been rescheduled to March 6th. Deacon Hjalmar will not be joining us at BA as previously reported, he has moved on to another opportunity in the Twin Cities. Find tuition assistance (applications received by Feb 23 are eligible for the most scholarships!) and 2023 tax information below. Appointment pickup - please go to Door C to pick up your student for appointments during the school day.

Financial Update: Save the date and plan to join us April 13th for BABS 2024, the 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala! Contact Teresa Lebens if interested in donating, sponsoring, or volunteering for our biggest fundraising event of the year! Our Annual Fund goal is to raise $255,000 for operating expenses not covered by tuition; $187, 905 has been donated so far. Consider a gift and help us fund operating and faculty salary expenses not covered by tuition HERE.

Here is a look at our schedule for next week:

UPCOMING EVENTS: Click HERE for a copy of the 2023-2024 BA School Calendar:

  • Feb. 12-15: Wolf Ridge 8th Grade Trip
  • Feb. 12-21: Jamaica Mission Trip
  • Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday Mass, 10:30am
  • Feb. 15: Prom Car Wash Promo begins
  • Feb. 16: NO SCHOOL
  • Feb. 19: NO SCHOOL, Presidents' Day
  • Feb. 23: Early TADS deadline: apply by today for the most scholarship 

Kudos: To our students participating in this weekend's Gopher Conference Honors Fine Arts program; to FFA students Kendra Hanson '24 and Luke McCrea '26, competing today for state-level achievement and a regional officer position; to our entire staff for another successful field trip experience for our students; to Mrs. Celeste Donlon for her work planning two Catholic Schools' Week Masses; and to our students for their excellent representation of Bethlehem Academy this week. God is good!

Prayers for our students, our families and those that are sick and/or struggling. 
Blessings, The BA Leadership Team
John Wollersheim, Ed Friesen, Brent Zabel, Kris Sauer, Stephen Uphus
Click on individual names to contact a member of the Leadership Team or email the entire team at leadership@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

Tuition Assistance Applications Open: Apply by Feb 23 to be eligible for the most scholarships. Find the TADS financial aid application at www.mytads.com; click HERE for more information on all our scholarship and assistance programs. Reach out to Kris Sauer with questions or if you need assistance with this process.

Tax Information in FACTS: Looking for tuition information for your 2023 tax return? Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to finding that information in FACTS. Contact Kris or Lisa if you need further assistance.

ATHLETICS UPDATES
Parent Volunteers needed for home basketball games:
  • Click HERE for the girls basketball game sign up
  • Click HERE for the boys basketball game sign up

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES 

Drivers Training @ BA: This class is confirmed! If you haven't registered, there is still time. Cannon River Driving School will host driver's training at BA the weeks of March 11 and March 18, 2024. On-campus classes are Monday-Friday from 3:15-6:30pm. Cost $125/student. Registration closes March 8. Register for class and behind the wheel at this link; register for class only here. Contact Denise at deniseruegercmt@yahoo.com with questions.

Seniors: Service Cord Info: Service cord forms and information can be found HERE; contact Mr. Uphus with questions.

Seniors: College Scholarship Info: Go to our scholarship page HERE for updated local and national college scholarship offerings. 

DIVINE MERCY CHURCH & SCHOOL UPDATES


Register for the Eucharistic Congress here: https://giving.parishsoft.com/App/Form/4cb0329e-b079-490f-a808-16c9d3c1d5b6


 
COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Talk to your teens about mental health and how they are feeling. Normalize these conversations, and reach out for help if there are concerns about mental, physical, or chemical health issues. Having frequent talks with teens in a safe environment will show that you care about their physical and mental health. It can also foster a more open and honest dialogue about the risks of underage drinking, drug use, and other topics. For more information about local chemical and mental health resources, visit the RCCMHC Resource Directory at healthycommunityinitiative.org/resources/.


Online BA School Calendar:
https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

Online Faribault Falcons Calendar:
https://big9conference.org/public/genie/4/school/7/

Family Focus 1/22/24

date 02/01/2024 author Kris Sauer category 2023-24, January 2024 comment Leave a comment

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6 (Campus Ministry-selected Bible verse for 2023-2024)

January 22, 2024

Dear BA Parents/Guardians:

It was an exciting week at BA! Please join us tomorrow at 8pm for Grand March followed by the SnoBall Queen coronation. Following coronation, all BA parents and adult guests are invited to join the Post-Prom for SnoBash, a fun social event with live music featuring BA grad Noah Battles from 9-11pm at the Faribault Golf Club.

Catholic Schools' Week begins Sunday! Join us at the 10am Mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church as we celebrate Catholic education. Students will be on a service-based field trips Tuesday, Jan 30. Field trip permission slips and the $25 fee MUST be turned in no later than Monday, Jan 29. High school students must arrive and report to homeroom at 7:40am to board the buses on time. Middle school students may arrive at the usual time. We are asking students to wear Cardinal gear and dress code bottoms. Wednesday, January 31, we begin with an 8:30am joint BA/DMCS Mass in the BA gym officiated by Archbishop Hebda. We are honored to have him with us for this celebration! Please join us if you are able. Finally, we finish the week sharing the good news of BA with prospective students and families at our Winter Admissions Open House Sun, Feb 4 from 11am to 1pm. Invite a prospective student to join us!


Financial Update: Save the date and plan to join us April 13th for BABS 2024, the 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala! Contact Teresa Lebens if interested in donating, sponsoring, or volunteering for our #1 fundraising event of the year! Our Annual Fund goal is to raise $255,000 for operating expenses not covered by tuition; $182,525 has been donated so far. Consider a gift and help us fund operating and faculty salary expenses not covered by tuition HERE.

Here is a look at our schedule for next week:

UPCOMING EVENTS: Click HERE for a copy of the 2023-2024 BA School Calendar:

  • Feb. 4: 11am-1pm Admissions Open House & Tours. Invite a prospective student/family to pre-register HERE
  • Feb. 5: Counselor's Day - Send a message of thanks and appreciation to Mr. Uphus and Ms. Smith!
  • Feb. 7: Prom $ Dress Down Day
    • Post Prom mtg, 5:30pm, BA cafeteria
  • Feb. 8: Student of the Month, 7:30am
  • Feb. 12-15: Wolf Ridge 8th Grade Trip
  • Feb. 12-21: Jamaica Mission Trip
  • Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday Mass, 10:30am
  • Feb. 16: NO SCHOOL
  • Feb. 19: NO SCHOOL, Presidents' Day

Kudos: To the Senior Class for planning a fun SnoBall Week!

Prayers for our students, our families and those that are sick and/or struggling. 
Blessings, The BA Leadership Team
John Wollersheim, Ed Friesen, Brent Zabel, Kris Sauer, Stephen Uphus
Click on individual names to contact a member of the Leadership Team or email the entire team at leadership@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK FIELD TRIP FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN MONDAY: Click here to find the forms and more information on Catholic Schools Week. 

Tuition Assistance Applications Open: Apply by Feb 23 to be eligible for the most scholarships. Find the TADS financial aid application at www.mytads.com; click HERE for more information on all our scholarship and assistance programs. Reach out to Kris Sauer with questions or if you need assistance with this process.

ATHLETICS UPDATES
Parent Volunteers needed for home basketball games:
  • Click HERE for the girls basketball game sign up
  • Click HERE for the boys basketball game sign up

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES 

Drivers Training @ BA: Cannon River Driving School is hosting driver's training for interested students the weeks of March 11 and March 18, 2024. Classes will run Monday-Friday from 3:15-6:30pm at BA. Cost $125/student. Registration closes March 8; at least 10 student must enroll to run the course at BA. Register for class and behind the wheel at this link; register for class only here. Contact Denise at deniseruegercmt@yahoo.com with questions.

Seniors: Service Cord Info: Service cord information was sent to seniors this week. Find forms and information HERE; contact Mr. Uphus with questions.

Seniors: College Scholarship Info: Go to our scholarship page HERE for updated local and national college scholarship offerings. 

DIVINE MERCY CHURCH & SCHOOL UPDATES


Online BA School Calendar:
https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

Online Faribault Falcons Calendar:
https://big9conference.org/public/genie/4/school/7/

Family Focus 1/19/23

date 01/23/2024 author Kris Sauer category 2023-24, January 2024 comment Leave a comment

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6 (Campus Ministry-selected Bible verse for 2023-2024)

January 19, 2024


A Message from the BA Board of Directors
Dear BA Families: 

The Board would like to thank you for your continued prayers and support for the students and staff this school year. As you know, a Task Force made up of Board members and BA staff and faculty members has worked for the past few weeks to evaluate the President/Principal position and the needs of Bethlehem Academy moving forward. The Task Force recommended, and the Board approved, a new Head of School position for BA. This position retains much of the President duties and creates a Principal position out of the Assistant Principal role currently held by Mr. John Wollersheim. We will post BA’s new Head of School position by the end of January and will be starting the interview process at the end of February.

Update from BA Leadership
These next two weeks will be busy but exciting! SnoBall Week starts Monday with daily dress down themes. A reminder that if students are not dressed in the theme for the day they are expected to be in dress code. There is no Mass Friday, Jan 26; instead we will have a 1pm SnoBall prayer service and student assembly. Our high school SnoBall dance begins with the Grand March at 8pm followed by the SnoBall Queen coronation. CONGRATULATIONS to our 2024 SnoBall Queen candidates as chosen by their peers: Chloe Crow, Ava Hacker, Mallorie Pavek, Lindsay Rauenhorst, and Bennett Wray-Raabolle. All are welcome to attend the Grand March/Coronation. All parents and adult guests are invited to join the Post-Prom-sponsored SnoBash event at the Faribault Golf Club after Grand March until the dance ends at 11pm. See below for more details.

Catholic Schools' Week begins January 28 as BA hosts the 10am Mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church at 10am. Please join us! Students will be on a service-based field trip Tuesday, Jan 30. Please turn in permission slips and the $25 fee by next Tuesday, January 23. We are looking forward to being the hands and feet of Christ as we pack food at Feed My Starving Children! Donations for their programs gratefully accepted HERE. Wednesday, January 31, we begin with an 8:30am joint BA/DMCS Mass in the BA gym officiated by Archbishop Hebda. We are honored to have him with us for this celebration! Please join us if you are able. Although we won't have a talent show this (not enough acts signed up), we are hosting a Winter Admissions Open House Sun, Feb 4 from 11am to 1pm. Help us spread the good news of Bethlehem Academy - invite a prospective student to join us!

We are excited to welcome Deacon Hjalmar to BA! W
e anticipate he will assist us primarily in our Theology Department, with more details to be shared soon.

If you are seeking tuition assistance, a reminder to be working on your TADS aid applications; apply by Feb 23 to be eligible for the most scholarships. Find the TADS application at www.mytads.com; click HERE for more information on all our scholarship and assistance programs. Reach out to Kris Sauer with questions or if you need assistance with this process.

Financial Update: Save the date and plan to join us April 13th for BABS 2024, the 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala! Contact Teresa Lebens if interested in donating, sponsoring, or volunteering for our #1 fundraising event of the year! Our Annual Fund goal is to raise $255,000 for operating expenses not covered by tuition; $175,649 has been donated so far. Consider a gift and help us fund operating and faculty salary expenses not covered by tuition HERE.

Here is a look at our schedule for next week:

UPCOMING EVENTS: Click HERE for a copy of the 2023-2024 BA School Calendar:

  • Jan. 28-Feb 3: Catholic Schools Week, see flyer below
  • Jan. 30: CSW Service and Field Trip Day
  • Jan. 31: 8:30am Joint BA/DMCS Mass in BA gym w/Archbishop Hebda
  • Feb. 3: Gopher Conference Honors Band, Choir and Art at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School
  • Feb. 4: 11am-1pm Admissions Open House & Tours. Invite a prospective student/family to pre-register HERE.   

Kudos: To the 2024 BA/DMCS Spelling Bee winner, 8th grader Leighton Richter! He and 2nd place winner Aram Lebgue (5th gr/DMCS) will compete in the regional spelling bee in Rochester Feb 6. Congratulations to Leighton and Aram and to the 18 students who participated in this 10th annual event!

Prayers for our students, our families and those that are sick and/or struggling. 

Blessings, The BA Leadership Team
John Wollersheim, Ed Friesen, Brent Zabel, Kris Sauer, Stephen Uphus
Click on individual names to contact a member of the Leadership Team or email the entire team at leadership@bacards.org

ALL BA UPDATES

Catholic Schools Week Field Trips Forms and Fee Due Tues Jan 23: Catholic Schools Week service and field trip forms were distributed to students during homeroom today. Forms and payment are due by Jan 23. Click here to find the forms and more information on Catholic Schools Week.

Yearbook Orders: Multimedia student have been working hard on the 2023-2024 yearbook. If you order by Jan. 26, the price is $69 + tax. Click HERE to order online. Please contact Mrs. Kallie Battles at  with questions. 

ATHLETICS UPDATES
Parent Volunteers needed for home basketball games:
  • Click HERE for the girls basketball game sign up
  • Click HERE for the boys basketball game sign up

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES 

SnoBall Dance Jan 27: Ticket Sales end Wed Jan 24: The January 27 SnoBall is a girl-ask-boy (Sadie Hawkins) semi-formal dance for students in grades 9-12. 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 a modest semi-formal dress. Couples usually go out to dinner with a group of friends before the dance. 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. The dance ends at 11pm. Tickets are $40/couple or $20/person; sales end Wed, Jan 24. Non-BA student guests are required to turn in a permission slip to attend; find the form HERE or in the BA front office.

Drivers Training @ BA: Cannon River Driving School is hosting driver's training for interested students the weeks of March 11 and March 18, 2024. Classes will run Monday-Friday from 3:15-6:30pm at BA. Cost $125/student. Registration closes March 8; at least 10 student must enroll to run the course at BA. Register for class and behind the wheel at this link; register for class only here. Contact Denise at deniseruegercmt@yahoo.com with questions.

Senior Parents: FAFSA Now Open! The 2024-2025 FAFSA, the form required for receiving college financial aid, is now available. Find information on our website HERE. Colleges need this form to put together a needs-based financial aid package, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. Click HERE to go directly to the FAFSA information and application page. 

Seniors: College Scholarship Info: Go to our scholarship page HERE for updated local and national college scholarship offerings. 

DIVINE MERCY CHURCH & SCHOOL UPDATES


Register for the Eucharistic Congress here: https://giving.parishsoft.com/App/Form/4cb0329e-b079-490f-a808-16c9d3c1d5b6

 


Online BA School Calendar:
https://gopherconference.org/public/genie/7/school/7/

Online Faribault Falcons Calendar:
https://big9conference.org/public/genie/4/school/7/

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
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