Friday Family Focus Feb. 1, 2019

Note from the Principal

February 1, 2019

A final reminder that we are hosting our Winter Open House for prospective new families to BA on February 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. I would really appreciate if you could get a neighbor or friend to attend this evening to learn about what a great school that BA would be for their students.

I have written several articles on grief in the past month. A Rainy Day Friend sent this short note on grief to me last September and I am sharing it with you today.

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one. You will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again. But you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to.

--Elizabeth Kubler Ross


SnoBall / SnoBash Feb 2
SnoBall is tomorrow, with Grand March @ 8pm followed by crowning of the SnoBall Queen. Dance ends at midnight. Parents are invited to SnoBash from 9:30pm-midnight @ Carbones. Click here for flyer

Middle School MAP Student Testing Feb 4-6
Testing for middle school students begins Monday, February 4; Tuesday, February 5; and Wednesday, February 6. Learn more about MAP at:

Friends Day Rescheduled to Feb 5
Invite a friend to join us on Tuesday! Sign up here:

Student Retreats Feb 6, 7
A reminder that 9th graders will spend their day on a Respect Retreat Feb 6 and Grades 10-11 will be in their NET Retreat Feb 7. 

January Student of the Month: Rescheduled to February 7

Open House February 7
Our Open House is Thursday! RSVP’s encouraged but not required. Sign up and find out more at:

Archbishop Hebda at Feb 8 Mass
Archbishop Hebda will be celebrating at our school Mass 8:30 am Friday, February 8. Please join us if you are able!

Family Bingo Feb 10: Get your Tickets in the Front Office!  Click here for flyer.
(click on hyperlink for more info)

Feb 2 - High School Science Olympiad
Feb 2- Robotics Teams at State
Feb 2 - SnoBall, Grand March 8pm
Feb 2 - SnowBash 9:30pm-midnight 
Feb 4-6 - NWEA Testing, Gr 6-8
Feb 6 - Gr 9 Respect Retreat
Feb 7 - Student of the Month
Feb 7 - Gr 10 & 11 NET Retreat
Feb 7 - Open House 
Feb 8 - Mass w/Archbishop Hebda
Feb 9Gopher Conference Honors Music Concert (1:30pm)
Feb 10 - Family Bingo 12-3:00pm
Feb 11-14 - Gr 8 Wolf Ridge Trip
Feb 13 - Mass Day
Feb 15-18 - No School-Presidents Day Wkend
Feb 20 - College Info Night 6:00pm
Feb 22 - Mass Day
Feb 23 - Middle School Science Olympiad Regionals
Feb 28 - Student of the Month

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric Gr 10-11 Youth Tour (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 graduating seniors from a middle-income family with at least  3.3 GPA, an ACT score of 22, and Catholic elementary education. Application materials can be found on Naviance and all questions can be directed to Mrs. Hansen 

FEB 17 DEADLINE! K-12 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 February Mass days are Friday, February 8, Wednesday, February 13, and Friday, February 22.

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:

Click here for BA Activities Schedule

Click here for Faribault High School Coop Sports Schedule

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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.
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
Fax:  507-334-3949