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Family Focus June 3, 2022-Summer Edition

date 06/28/2022 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, June 2022 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)

June 3, 2022

Dear BA Families: 

Congratulations to our Graduates! We send our Class of 2022 graduates off with prayers and blessings. They are now a part of the Bethlehem Academy legacy and we look forward to hearing from them in the future as they pursue their dreams.  

We will be busy this summer planning for the next school year. Our school office is open Monday through Thursday 9-1 p.m. Come in if you need to drop something off, order more Cardinal raffle tickets, or come in and talk with us. We're excited to expand our programs and courses and welcome new staff! Please see our first introduction, below, of our new BA Band Director.

BA SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS: Would you like to be a part of our Board? Please consider supporting our school through Board leadership. The application link is here: (Application for Board)

MASS DRESS CODE: As part of our plan for improvement, we thank you for your specific feedback on the dress code and Mass dress. We will be moving forward with a simpler Mass dress code, BA polos and dress slacks or khakis. All scholars will be provided a BA shirt for our first year roll out. The student council will help select the shirt style.

HANDBOOK UPDATES: In addition, as part of our Strategic Plan our handbook is reviewed annually. Updates to the handbook will be completed over the summer and shared with students during Orientation and Back-to-School week. It will be available online in August as well.

BA SUMMER EVENTS-Please join us! 
(click on the links for more information)

Get ready for 2022-2023 (click link for info)

KUDOS: Congratulations to our BA Softball Team as Section 1A runner ups. They were a class act and we are so proud of this team and the coaches.

Continue to pray over the summer for our new teachers, safety of scholars, and prayers for Ukraine and all of those suffering from violence and loss. Please continue to join us during the month of May in saying a Hail Mary or the Rosary as we celebrate Mary.

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

All BA UPDATES 

Welcome to our new band director! 


Hello BA! My name is Brad Lorence and I will be the band director at BA this fall. I am super excited. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in December of 2021 with my degree in Instrumental Music Education. I enjoy being outdoors, particularly playing golf, going on hikes, and watching various sporting events. I am also a big fan of road trips and beautiful, historic Catholic churches. Mbeannaí Dia thú!




MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION

Click HERE to register!


DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND CHURCH

Registration for the Steubenville Youth Conference is now open! Open to grades 8 (going into 9th next year) and up. July 29-31 at the University of St. Thomas. Cost is $275 per person, $100 deposit to hold your spot. Register online HERE. Find the conference video teaser HERE

Summer Youth Formation Programs! Summer Stretch and Totus Tuus registration is open! There is a program for everyone, grades 1-12! Teen leaders also needed. Find more information and register online HERE


COMMUNITY INFO

 

Family Focus May 20, 2022

date 06/01/2022 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, May 2022 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)

May 20, 2022

Dear BA Families: 

It's our last week of school! As we look forward to all of our traditional events next week, we also thank you for taking time to complete our parent surveys. Your feedback on specific questions, your input on what is going well and areas for growth help us celebrate areas of achievements and plan for improvement through our Strategic Plan for the future. (Review our Plan)

BA SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS: Would you like to be a part of our Board? Please consider supporting our school through Board leadership. The application link is here: (Application for Board)

MASS DRESS CODE: As part of our plan for improvement, we thank you for your specific feedback on the dress code and Mass dress. We will be moving forward with a simpler Mass dress code, BA polos and dress slacks or khakis. All scholars will be provided a BA-provided shirt for our first year roll out. The student council will help select the shirt style.

HANDBOOK UPDATES: In addition, as part of our Strategic Plan our handbook is reviewed annually. Updates to the handbook will be completed over the summer and shared with students during Orientation and Back-to-School week. It will be available online in August as well.

TUITION AGREEMENTS & FINANCIAL AID: This information is available in FACTS and financial awards have been given. If you have questions or need more support, please reach out to Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org

END OF YEAR SCHEDULE CHANGES & CONCERT ADDITIONS: Please note the special schedules and early releases next week.

  • Wed, May 25:
    • 1 p.m. BA Mary Ceremony - at the close of the ceremony, scholars are released. (~2:30 p.m.)
    • 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass is at Divine Mercy Catholic Church
  • Thurs, May 26: Students will be released at 1 p.m. *Please note, there are golf, track and softball games today as well.
  • Fri, May 27: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  
    • 9:15 a.m. Middle School Band Concert
    • 9:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony
    • 11:15 a.m. Dismissal for scholars Grades 6-11
    • No lunch will be served
    • 11:15 a.m. Senior/Staff Brunch
    • 7 p.m.  High School Band Concert in gymnasium
    • 7:30 p.m. Commencement in gymnasium.
  • 2022-23 BA School Calendar (Link)

CELEBRATING RETIRING STAFF: Please send cards to send off Sue Jandro, Cassie Kratt, Mary Herzog, Hugh McCusker and Tom Madden as they depart from our school family for retirement or other life adventures!

KUDOS: Congratulations to all of our spring sports teams and coop participants on a fantastic year! We look forward to final competitions next week! A special thank you to all of our coaches.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

  • May 20: Middle School Lock-In and DMCS Family Fun Night
  • May 24: HS Finals, Red Periods 1-3; Senior Rehearsal
  • May 25: Gr 9-11 Finals Period 3, Cardinals A-C (See schedule above)
  • May 26: Gr 9-11 White Day Finals 1, 2; Early dismissal at 1 pm
  • May 27: Last Day of School! (See schedule above)
  • Click HERE for the 2022-2023 BA School Calendar
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE

We have had a good response to our open positions and look forward to announcing our new hires! Prayers for Ukraine and all staff and scholars as we prepare for our summer. Please continue to join us during the month of May in saying a Hail Mary or the Rosary as we celebrate Mary.

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

ALL BA UPDATES

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS: Don't forget about the summer reading assignment for English class! Faculty will be discussing the required read in class early next week. Information will be posted on our website under the Academics tab by the summer break. 

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP  The BA Student Council will be cleaning up our adopted highway tomorrow, Saturday, May 21.  Our adopted highway is MN Highway 60 from mile marker 154 to mile marker 157, east of Faribault.  Students are to meet at BA at 8:45am.  This community service project is not limited to just student council members; any member of the student body is welcome to join and help!  Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking in highway ditches. Students should also bring work gloves.


SUMMER CAMPS: Join our championship volleyball and robotics teams at camps this summer! Lots of options for students grades 2-12, including volleyball, boys & girls basketball, football and robotics. Non-BA students welcome to attend! Find information and registration forms and get signed up at: Summer Programs


Positivity Project Home Activities: To help extend the learning to your students' homes, we encourage you to share these P2 for Families resources with your students' families. The password is: P26-8 | 9-12

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS:  The BA Cardinals are seeded #2 in their sub-section and will be hosting playoff games on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24.  More information to come.

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION

Click HERE to register!


JOB/COMMUNITY INFORMATION
The City of Faribault is Hiring! Check out their website for student summer positions.

DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND CHURCH

Registration for the Steubenville Youth Conference is now open! Open to grades 8 (going into 9th next year) and up. July 29-31 at the University of St. Thomas. Cost is $275 per person, $100 deposit to hold your spot. Register online HERE. Find the conference video teaser HERE

Summer Youth Formation Programs! Summer Stretch and Totus Tuus registration is open! There is a program for everyone, grades 1-12! Teen leaders also needed. Find more information and register online HERE

CALENDAR LINK

Family Focus May 13, 2022

date 05/18/2022 author Kris Sauer category 2021-22, May 2022 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)

May 13, 2022

Dear BA Families: 

Minnesota weather - isn't it a joy! This Wednesday scholars and staff were drenched on their way to Mass. During our concert, as many of you know, we were interrupted twice by area weather warnings and sirens. What a day! Although we completed our choir concert, we will be adding our Middle School and High School Band Concert performances to two events already planned the last week of school - we hope you can join us! Thank you for your patience and understanding during the concert as we followed safety protocols.

TUITION AGREEMENTS & FINANCIAL AID: Please watch for these notifications in your email boxes. This will come from FACTS and could end up in your junk mail. You may also login and check the status. Please reach out if you have any questions to Kris Sauer at .

END OF YEAR SCHEDULE CHANGES & CONCERT ADDITIONS: Please note that the last week of school we have special schedules. 

  • Wed, May 25:
    • 1 p.m. BA Mary Ceremony - at the close of the ceremony, scholars are released. (~2:30 p.m.)
    • 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass is at DMCC
  • Thurs, May 26: Students will be released at 1 p.m. *Please note, there are golf, track and softball games, as well.
  • Fri, May 27: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  
    • 9:15 a.m. Middle School Band Concert
    • 9:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony
    • 11:15 a.m. Dismissal for scholars Grades 6-11
    • No lunch will be served
    • 11:15 a.m. Senior/Staff Brunch
    • 7 p.m.  High School Band Concert in gymnasium
    • 7:30 p.m. Commencement in gymnasium.

STILL NEED PLANTS? The FFA Plant sale will continue Friday after school in the greenhouse and possibly Saturday morning at the Fairgrounds, if there are plants left. Stop by!

CELEBRATING RETIRING STAFF: Please send cards to send off Sue Jandro, Mary Herzog (It was Nurses' Day this week, too!), Hugh McCusker and Cassie Kratt as they depart from our school family for retirement or other life adventures!

KUDOS: Congratulations to our BA Manta Rays Vex IQ Robotics team at tying for 6th place in their division at World Championship this past week! Thank you to Mr. Robinson, their coach, chaperone Bob Crone, and all of the parents for their support. Kudos to Mrs. Kratt and Mr. Wendt for the spring concert, despite the interruptions! Thank you to Mrs. Jandro for coordinating the prom and all of her work with the committee. Thanks to our parents for Post Prom!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Additional activities and sporting events online. Join us weekly at Immaculate Conception Church for Mass on Wednesdays.

  • May 17: WIN Day
  • May 20: Middle School Lock-In and DMCS Family Fun Night
    • DMCS Family Fun Night - 3:30-7:30 - Student volunteers needed for Family Fun Night! Sign up HERE
  • May 24: HS Finals, Red Periods 1-3; Senior Rehearsal
  • May 25: Gr 9-11 Finals Period 3, Cardinals A-C (See schedule above)
  • May 26: Gr 9-11 White Day Finals 1, 2; Early dismissal at 1 pm
  • May 27: Last Day of School! (See schedule above)
  • Click HERE for the 2022-2023 BA School Calendar
  • Find our event school calendar on our website HERE

Prayers for Ukraine and all of our scholars who received the Sacrament of Confirmation! Please join us during the month of May in saying a Hail Mary or the Rosary as we celebrate Mary.

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

ALL BA UPDATES

Student Service Hours: Does your scholars still need service hours for the semester? DMCS is hosting a family fun night Friday, May 20 and student volunteers are needed! Sign up HERE

SUMMER CAMPS: Join our championship volleyball and robotics teams at camps this summer! Lots of options for students grades 2-12, including volleyball, boys & girls basketball, football and robotics. Non-BA students welcome to attend! Find information and registration forms and get signed up at: Summer Programs

Positivity Project Home Activities: To help extend the learning to your students' homes, we encourage you to share these P2 for Families resources with your students' families. The password is: P26-8 | 9-12

Talk to your Teen: Mental Health Resources: We know that at this time we are seeing an increase in the mental health needs of our scholars. Find lots of great resources on the BA COUNSELOR'S CORNER webpage HERE. And Here is a link to Rice County resources

HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION

Class of 2022 Info:

Post-Graduation Plans & Scholarships: Seniors have been asked to enter their post-graduation plans and scholarships into their Naviance account. We need this information for the Commencement program! Encourage your senior to do so ASAP. Contact Shane Roessler or Kris Sauer with questions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION

Click HERE to register!


JOB/COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Pregnancy Options Pancake Breakfast May 14: See flyer at left; tickets available at BA from Jen Robert '22. 

Americorps Jobs: A full description of the various positions can be found here, healthycommunityinitiative.org/americorps

The City of Faribault is Hiring! Check out their website for student summer positions.



DIVINE MERCY CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND CHURCH

Registration for the Steubenville Youth Conference is now open! Open to grades 8 (going into 9th next year) and up. July 29-31 at the University of St. Thomas. Cost is $275 per person, $100 deposit to hold your spot. Register online HERE. Find the conference video teaser HERE

Summer Youth Formation Programs! Summer Stretch and Totus Tuus registration is open! There is a program for everyone, grades 1-12! Teen leaders also needed. Find more information and register online HERE

CALENDAR LINK
Click the link below for the school activities 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