Friday Family Focus 2-8-19

Note from the Principal

February 8, 2019

This week’s weather has once again made things interesting! Just a reminder that we have rescheduled our Winter Open House to Tuesday, February 12 (weather permitting). Your help in sharing all the great things happening at Bethlehem Academy with prospective families is critical.  Everything looks better the closer we get to 300 students at BA.

We have our Family Bingo Event this Sunday, February 10 in the BA gym from 12-3pm. Join us for this great family event and help raise money for BA scholarships.

As noted earlier the Jesus Food Pack will be made up on March 6 following our all-school Ash Wednesday.

Another reminder that conferences are on March 7 from 4:00 p.m until 7:30 p.m.  Food will be served prior to conferences.

We have gained one hour and twenty-five minutes of precious daylight since the winter solstice on December 21, 2018.  The sun rose today at 7:23 a.m. and will set at 5:32 a.m.  Enjoy the daylight!



Gopher Conference Honors Music Concert Saturday, Feb 9

Four band and eight choir members will be participating in this first-ever event held at Hayfield High School tomorrow, Feb 9. Due to today’s delayed start, rehearsals will occur prior to the concert, which has been moved to 4pm.

Valentine Family Bingo THIS SUNDAY, 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm. Fabulous Prizes, Kids Activities, Food and more!

Presale tickets $10/person for unlimited bingo and $40 for unlimited family bingo. $15.00/$50.00 at the door. Contact BA for presale tickets: 507-334-3948 or online

2020 Guatemala Trip Deposit Deadline Moved

Due to the bad weather, the Feb 8 down payment deadline for the trip to San Lucas Toliman has been postponed to a later TBD date. Please email Mrs. Kriechbaum for more information on the trip.

BASS Fundraiser: Pennies for Patients

BA’s Student Service club (BASS) is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients campaign. BA and DMCS students are encouraged to send in their pennies. Every dollar raised = 3 feet of duct tape tape Mr. Knutson to the gym wall. Together WE CAN BEAT CANCER! 


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Feb 9 Gopher Conference Honors Music Concert
Feb 10 Family Bingo 12-3:00pm
Feb. 12 Open House (Rescheduled)
Feb. 11-14 Gr 8 Wolf Ridge Trip
Feb. 13 Mass Day
Feb. 13 MAP Testing, Gr 6-7 (Rescheduled)
Feb. 15-18 No School-Presidents Day Weekend
Feb. 20 Craig Hillier, Respect Speaker, Gr. 6-8
Feb. 20 College Info Night 6:00pm
Feb. 22 Mass Day
Feb. 23 Middle School Science Olympiad Regionals
Feb. 26 Gr 9 Respect Retreat (Rescheduled)
Feb. 28 Student of the Month 7:15am
March 1 Winter Concert
March 4 No School-Teacher Workday
March 6 Ash Wednesday Mass & Jesus Food Pack
March 10 Pancake Breakfast


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. Application deadline is February 22. 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.


Financial Aid is Due February 17 in TADS!

Families interested in applying for financial aid forms should fill out the online TADS forms found at by Sunday, February 17, 2019. 2017 tax forms are acceptable, but 2018 W-2s and/or current pay stubs are required. Please contact with questions.


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 the BA Activities Schedule

Click HERE for the FHS Coop Sports Schedule for the Week of Feb. 11



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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