Friday Family Focus 2/22/2019
February 23, 2019
The Week Ahead:


Student Retreats Feb 26, May 2
A reminder that 9th graders will spend Feb 26 in a Respect Retreat. The grade 10-11 NET Retreat has been rescheduled to May 2.

Student Assembly Feb 28

We will have a special assembly at 2:00pm Thursday, Feb 28. Jennifer Stein from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will speak on the BASS-sponsored Pennies for Patients campaign, winter athletes will be recognized, and we will recognize “Tuition Runs Out Day.”

Archbishop Hebda at March 1 Mass

Archbishop Hebda will be celebrating our Mass 8:30am Friday, March 1, at IC. Please join us if you are able!

College Information Night March 7

Parents of sophomores and juniors are invited to step out of Parent-Teacher Conferences to attend our College Information Night March 7 at 5:30pm in the library. A speaker from Minnesota State University, Mankato will be on hand to share tips on important college topics. Click here for more information.

HS Parent Registration Information Session

Parents of students who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to a Registration Information Session March 7, at 6:30pm  in the BA library. The meeting will take place during Parent Teacher Conferences and provides parents with information similar to that which will be shared with students as they complete the registration process for next year’s classes.

Feb.23 Middle School Science Olympiad Regionals
Feb. 26 Gr. 9 Respect Retreat
Feb. 28 Students of the Month 7:15 am
March 1 Mass with Archbishop Hebda 8:30 am
March 1 Winter Concert 7 pm
March 4 REGULAR SCHOOL DAY.  Classes will be held on March 4.
March 5 MSHSL Sub-Section 4 Large Group Band & Choir Competition
March 6 Ash Wednesday Mass & Jesus Food Pack
March 7 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-7:30 pm
March 7 College Information Night, 5:30 pm, Library
March 7 Registration Information Session, 6:30 pm, Library
March 10 Pancake Breakfast 8:30 am-Noon
March 10 Open House - 10 am - Noon
March 12 Spring Sports Parent Meeting 6:30 pm
March 15 Semester 2 Mid-Term
March 18-22 Spring Break
March 28 Students of the Month 7:15am
April 6 BABS Night


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


Note from the Nurse’s Office

The meningitis vaccination is a requirement for students entering 7th grade.  A second booster shot is needed at 16 years of age.  Many of our junior and senior students have not received the second shot.  I recommend getting this as soon as possible. It is especially important for students attending college, as meningitis is transmitted often in dormitory settings.  There are also a number of students who have received only one Hepatitis A shot.  This is a two-shot series.

Letters will be going home within the next two months to 6th grade students concerning their immunization requirements before entrance into 7th grade.  A Tdap booster as well as a meningitis shot are required.

If you have any questions concerning immunizations, please feel free to contact Mary Herzog, BA School Nurse, at

Pancake Breakfast & Open House March 10

Please join us for our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser March 10 from 8am-12pm! $5 tickets were sent home last week and are also available in the front office. Proceeds go to our Industrial Arts and Hot Lunch Programs. Invite a prospective family to join you as we’ll also be running a (free!) Open House with school tours and other information from 10am-12pm. Also, there are plenty of opportunities for family members to work that day.  Please go to to sign up to work.  This is a great opportunity to redeem some of your 25 hours of family service.  All family members that work will be credited towards their total hours.

Student and Parent Survey Results

In October, the Guidance Department conducted a needs assessment survey of all Bethlehem Academy students. Also, in October, Bethlehem Academy parents were invited to participate in a survey offering parents an opportunity to share perceptions and attitudes about BA’s academics and co-curriculars, along with the performance of the school and its staff. Links to the survey results and executive summaries for each survey can be found on the Parents page under the Resources tab of our website. Link directly to the student survey here and the parent survey here

Lenten Soup Supper Volunteers

The Council of Catholic Women at DMCC is again sponsoring the Lenten Soup suppers the Monday evenings during Lent.  DMCS will provide soup on April 8th. BA students, staff and parents will serve and clean-up. We will need to provide about 8-10 volunteers. The time commitment is from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please consider in assisting with this soup supper. Please contact Sister Mary Margaret to volunteer.


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 day is Friday, March 1 & Friday, March 15. Click HERE for Dress Code.

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

Click HERE for BA Activities Calendar
Click HERE for FHS Coop Activities Weekly Calendar

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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