2019-08-30 Friday Focus

September 6, 2019


Bethlehem Academy Community,

Each spring our seniors take an exit survey and let us know their observations regarding their school experience here at BA.  Our seniors have told us that their number one concern is “stress caused by schoolwork”. 

To help reduce this stress, we will begin to offer students WIN time, each week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

WIN time will begin the third week of each semester and end two weeks prior to final exams.  Our first WIN day will be Monday, September 9th.

On WIN days, students will have a one-hour study hall in their homeroom (WIN time).  Teachers may issue students passes to leave their homeroom to work with them individually or in small groups.  Students may also request passes from teachers they wish to work with.  The objective is that students will have greater success and less stress, regarding their schoolwork.  In the future student groups may also meet during WIN time.

John Wollersheim

Here are our adjusted school schedules on WIN days:






8:05 – 8:46




8:05 – 9:05


8:49 – 9:30




9:10 – 10:10


9:33 – 10:14




10:14 – 11:14


10:14 – 11:14




11:18 -11:53


11:17 – 11:47



B Lunch:

11:57 – 12:32


11:50 – 12:34




12:36 – 1:11


12:37 – 1:21




1:15 – 1:50


1:24 – 2:08




1:54 – 2:55


2:11 – 2:55







Be an ambassador for America and become a host family for a student from Buenos Aires, Argentina!  Becoming a host family is easy, rewarding, and builds life-long friendships. All you need to do is keep being a typical American family and provide room, board, and transportation to and from Bethlehem Academy (you’ll receive a stipend to help offset costs).  Students will be in Faribault from January 6 - February 8, 2020 and want to experience America and improve their English.  See the attached flyer for and/or contact Kris at ksauer@bacards.org for more information.


Home & School Dues/ Internet Usage Form

Reminder to please send in your $25 Home & School dues if you haven’t already done so.  We are also missing a few Internet/Policy Handbook forms. Please turn these items in ASAP.

Mass Days – Dress Code

Please remind your child to dress appropriately on Mass Days.  Mass Days are as follows: Friday, Sept. 13th, 20th and 27th.

School Pictures

Grades 6-11 students will have their school photo taken on Friday, September 13.  Seniors may also have their photo taken if not scheduling a senior portrait session.  Picture order forms will be distributed to students to bring home.

Attendance Tips

If your child will be out sick, you can email us at attendance@bacards.org or leave a message at

507-334-3948 ext. 302.  If your child needs to leave early for an appointment, please have them stop in the office before school to receive a pass.

Note from the Nurse…

Reminder to turn in your medication forms.  Families must provide their own Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

Safe Email Address

Please add the following email addresses to your safe email list: swiftreach.alerting@swiftreach.com and cardinals@bacards.org

Box Tops Double Up Month!

Don’t forget to download the new Box Tops app and scan your receipts. Choose Bethlehem Academy as your school of choice and watch the dollars rack up. September is double fall earnings month – and all proceeds go towards our science programs.

Donations Wanted: Used Clothing for Dress Code Closet

Bethlehem Academy maintains a limited amount of clothing available for those who need to change their clothes when out of dress code. If you have clothing that is no longer in use, we would greatly appreciate donations of all sizes.

Did you forget to purchase a 2018-2019 Yearbook?

Good news, you can still purchase one! We have several extras available. Yearbooks are $60. If you would like to purchase a yearbook please pay with cash or check (checks can be made out to Bethlehem Academy) and then see Mr. Zabel to receive your yearbook.


It’s not too late to join!  Meetings are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00pm in the BA Cafeteria.  The cost to participate is $75.00.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 


Throughout the year, middle school students may walk to different locations in the community, such as Garfield Park, the public library, or the Village Theater.  If you do not wish to have your child walking to these locations, please call our attendance line (507-334-3948 ext. 302) and let us know.  We will provide a study hall for any students who do not have permission to walk to these locations.


NACA MN College Fair 2019: October 2nd and 3rd The annual National College Fair will be held on October 2nd and 3rd at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  This college fair is free for students and families and offers students the opportunity to connect with over 400 colleges and universities around the country.  The college fair will take place on October 2nd from 9:00-12:00 and 5:00-8:00, as well as October 3rd from 9:00-12:00.  Students in grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend with their families.  Students can register here.  Please contact Jacob Schuman with any questions.


All parents who wish to volunteer as chaperones for any BA event must be Virtus compliant.  The next local session will be held October 3rd at DMCS from 6:30-9:30pm.  You will need to login and register at Virtus.org. ; Reminders: organization is “St. Paul/Minneapolis”, If a person is employed in any capacity, they are considered “Church personnel” when completing background check information and signing the Code of Conduct.


Cardinal Social: Sun., Sept. 8th, 4-6pm at 10,000 Drops/Corks & Pints

Hosted by the Junior Class parents, tickets will be on sale before Friday’s home football game and at the door the night of the event. All proceeds fund post-prom festivities for our students!

DMCS Waffle Breakfast: Sun., Sept. 15th at Divine Mercy Catholic Church

Please consider bringing your family to this community fundraiser.  The waffles are delicious as well!

Spirit Fest 2019: Sept. 21st and 22nd at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Please join us for our Parish Festival.  Food, fun and fellowship can be had by all!  Click here for more information.  DMCS sponsors abook give away at this event, so if you have any gently used books to give away you may bring them to DMCS to donate between now and Friday, September 20th.

BA Bash 2019: October 5th,  5-8pm at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis

Plan to join us for a fun, festive, gathering of BA alumni and friends.  Tickets: $18.65 includes a free drink, food truck coupons and fun activities.  This is a pet and family friendly venue!  More details to follow!! #BABASH19 #utepilsbrewing


Substitute Teachers

We are looking for substitute teachers on an as-needed, on-call basis.  Qualifications include a four-year degree, a teaching license (preferred but not necessary), Virtus training and a background check.  If interested, please contact Tammy at tanderson@bacards.org


9/6:      1st Home FB Game, New Family Welcome

9/8:      Post Prom Cardinal Social, 4-6pm

9/13:    Mass Day / School Pictures

9/15:    DMCS PTO Waffle Breakfast at Divine Mercy Catholic Church

9/20:    Tackle Cancer Night at home FB Game

9/21-22: Divine Mercy Catholic Church Spirit Fest

10/5:    BA Bash 2019 at Utepils Brewery

10/11:  Homecoming



Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 9-6-2019.pdf



Argentina Host Family Program Flyer.pdf

After Prom Cardinal Social Flyer.pdf

VEX EDR Parent-Student Letter.pdf

Waffle Breakfast 2019.pdf


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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.
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
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