Friday Family Focus 2019-01-25

January 25, 2019

Note from the Principal:

We are off to another successful semester at BA. We are enjoying our student guests from Argentina. This is the third year we have hosted students from Argentina in January and it has been a great opportunity for us to meet students from Argentina. I am sure we will continue to do this in future years so if you are interested please e-mail Kris Sauer. We have a very important date coming up on Thursday, February 7. That is our winter open house for prospective new families. The program will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on February 7. Please encourage your neighbors, friends, and relatives to attend. A kind word from you will help us attract new families. We have a building goal of having a student enrollment at BA of 300 students for the 2019-20 school year. Every student makes a difference and all students at BA are known, loved and respected. Thanks for any help that you can provide us.

Middle School MAP Student Testing Information

This past fall, we ran this item in the Parent Friday Focus. MAP testing is repeated February 4-6, so we are printing this again as a reminder for parents of middle school students.

Bethlehem Academy will be using the following assessments during the 2018-2019 school year. These assessments provide the school and families with information that can be used to help students develop academically. Our ultimate goal is to help each student maximize their academic performance and prepare them for post high school studies and/or the world of work.

MAP Growth – For students currently in grades 6, 7 and 8

By dynamically adjusting to each student’s test responses, MAP Growth Exams create a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures individual student performance in the areas of English, math and language. Middle School students are automatically registered for these tests which are paid for by the school. Testing dates for middle school students are Monday, February 4; Tuesday, February 5; and Wednesday, February 6.

We anticipate additional testing dates to occur May 6-8, 2019.

Learn more about MAP at:


(click on hyperlink for more info)

Jan 27-Feb 2 Catholic Schools Week

Jan 29 Packing Jesus Food

Jan 29  Friends/Cousins/Siblings Shadow Day

Jan 30 Mass Day

Jan 31 Students of the Month, 7:15am

Jan 31 Talent Show, 1:30pm

Feb 1 SnoBall activities, 1:00pm

Feb 2 High School Science Olympics

Feb 2 Robotics Teams at State

Feb 2 SnoBall, Grand March 8pm

Feb 2 SnoBash, 9:30pm @ Carbone's

Feb 4-6 NWEA MAP Testing

Feb 6 Gr. 9 Respect Retreat

Feb 7 Gr. 10 & 11 NET Retreat

Feb 7  Open House

FEB 9 Gopher Conference Honors Concert 1:30pm @ Hayfield

Feb 10 Family Bingo 12-3:00pm

Feb 11-14 8th grade Wolf Ridge Trip

Feb 15-18 No School-Presidents Day Weekend

Feb 20 College Info Night 6:00pm

Feb 28 Student of the Month


Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE) is sponsoring two students (sophomore or junior) for this year’s Washington, D.C. Youth Tour, June 15-20. Contact Mrs. Hansen for more information.

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship Open!

The Schulze Family Foundation offers scholarships to active graduating seniors from a middle-income family with at least 3.3 GPA, an ACT of 22, and Catholic elementary education. Application materials can be found on Naviance and all questions can be directed to Mrs. Hansen

Archdiocesan Scholarships via TADS

The Aim Higher Foundation and the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation are committed to helping families fund their students’ Catholic education. Applications are open NOW via the TADS financial aid application and must be completed by February 17, 2019, for both new and returning recipients.



If your child will be out sick, you can email us at or call 507-334-3948 and leave a message @ ext. 302.

Mass Days – Dress Code

Please remind your children to dress appropriately on Mass Days. Our next Mass days are Wednesday, January 30 and Friday, February 8.

Home Team Advantage at the Owatonna, Buffalo Wild Wings!

Don’t forget to tell your server at BWWs that you support the Bethlehem Academy Prom team! They donate 10% back to Bethlehem Academy! Every bit helps! 

School Closings and Delays

Whenever Faribault Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Bethlehem Academy will also close. Bethlehem Academy will send emails or text messages to parents as soon as we learn Faribault Public Schools will be closing. Closings will be posted on our school website and Facebook page. School closings will also be announced through media outlets KDHL Radio, WCCO, KARE11, KMSP and KSTP. Families with school age children may also sign up to receive announcements from Faribault Public Schools.

Laptop Reminder: Please be sure your child restarts his/her laptop each weekend with it plugged into power and leaving the display lid open. 


Volunteers: Log your volunteer hours HERE

Game Volunteers Needed for home basketball games. Sign up at:

BA Activities Schedule:  Click HERE for this week's BA Activities Schedule

FHS Coop Sports Schedule:  Click HERE for this week's FHS Coop Sports Schedule

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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
Fax:  507-334-3949