2019-10-04 Friday Focus

October 4, 2019


Bethlehem Academy Community,

Monday we officially start Homecoming Week 2019! We have events planned all week culminating with the Friday, October 11 pep fest, coronation, and the homecoming game and dance on Friday evening.  We are looking forward to a great week building on our positive school spirit, based on our Sinsinawa Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community & ministry.  Let’s remember, we are ALL Cardinals and Together We Fly

Go Cardinals!
John Wollersheim

BA Artist Opening Reception Tonight @ PCA

Join us tonight, October 4th, at the Paradise Center for the Arts from 5-7pm and help us celebrate 13 student artists who will have their artwork featured in the Corey Lyn Creger Gallery for the next few weeks. Congratulations to the following featured artists: Ashley Rost, Sam Jandro, Madeline Casper, Katherine Jasinski, Nathan Smisek, Grace Seidel, Kennedy Tutak, Justin Delesha, Mitchell Schuenke, Isaac Caron, Jason Shuda, Grace Ashley and Ella Haaland!!

Parent-Teacher Conferences, Oct. 9th 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Wednesday, October 9, from 4:00pm – 7:30pm. Middle school teachers will be in the BA Cafeteria; high school teachers will be in the gym.  The conferences are an opportunity for parents to meet to discuss student progress and are meant to be short 5-minute meetings with each teacher.  If longer time is required, it is recommended that an individual appointment be arranged directly with that teacher.  Faculty emails can be found on our website here.

BA Bash 2019 October 5th, 5:00-8:00pm

Join us @ Utepils Brewery tomorrow, October 5th, from 5-8pm for this fundraiser on behalf of BA!  Get your tickets at the door, on our website here or text bashtix to 507-200-3177.  Priced at $18.65, tickets include a drink, food truck discount, and door prize drawing entry.  All are welcome at this great venue for a great cause!


See the attached flyer for dress down themes and all related Homecoming activities.  Join us for the pep fest held Friday @ noon in Van Orsow Auditorium, with the King coronation at 1:00 pm.  The Homecoming parade commences at 1:30 pm Friday immediately following the pep fest.  The parade goes from BA to downtown Faribault and back and features each King candidate and his escort along with class floats, the BA marching band, and students from Divine Mercy Catholic School.  Note that students are dismissed after the parade concludes, around 2:00pm.  Faribault buses & the BA Van run on a normal dismissal schedule.  The Homecoming dance follows the football game Friday night and goes to midnight.  Cost is $5/student + a new pair of socks or $7/student, with socks and proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul.  Please note: non-BA students wishing to attend must be registered in the main office prior to the dance.

Future Cardinal Night & Tailgate @ Homecoming FB Game Oct. 11th 

Here’s yet ANOTHER reason to join us for the Homecoming football game: TAILGATING!  The 8th graders will be hosting a burger basket tailgate from 5-7pm just outside the gates.  It’s ALSO Future Cardinals Night, so please invite any potential future Cardinals to join us for the game.  Contact Kris at ksauer@bacards.org for a free Future Cardinal student game pass.  See attached flyers for more information.

BA Open House & Shadow Days, Nov. 5th

More students mean more great things for BA! Please invite students and families interested in BA to save the date for our fall open house, 5:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2019! All are welcome. Shadow days start November 5th. Invite prospective students and families to sign up for the open house, a shadow day and/or school tour here.


Middle school students will be visiting the Faribault Buckham Memorial Library during WIN Time in mid-October with sixth and seventh graders going on Monday, Oct. 14th and eighth graders going on Monday, Oct. 21st.  Students will have the opportunity to check out material under the guidance of teachers and a public librarian.

In coordination with the children’s public librarian, we have found out that most of our students already have a library card for our local library. However, if your child has never applied for a library card, we will be sending home applications for you to complete.  Please return these applications by Tuesday, October 8th.  If students already have library cards, they should bring them on their scheduled visit on either Oct. 14th or Oct. 21st.

If students need to work on classwork during WIN Time, they will stay back to work with a teacher.  If you have any questions, please contact Angela Cina at: acina@bacards.org.

Spooktacular - October 12 

Dig out your favorite costume and sign up to run or walk Spooktacular 2019!  Students, parents, and friends are encouraged to participate in this Halloween-themed event.  Student participants earn a VIP pass and entry in weekly prize drawings.  Grand prize drawing for students with the most participants/pledges.  Now featuring the Dad’s Dash! See attached flyer for more information. Race information and pledge sheets can be found on our website; click here for race registration.

Halloween Trunk or Treat October 31

Our biggest community event of the year is just around the corner! Join us for trick or treating or sign up to host a trunk.  Last year 1000 kids trick or treated from decorated car/truck trunks in the BA/DMCS parking lots & joined us for a free hot dog dinner.  Save the date for October 31st from 4-6pm for this great event


Bingo Fundraiser

BA will be hosting a BINGO fundraiser this winter (likely in February, date TBD) and we are looking for parent volunteers to help run the event!  This is a GREAT way to fulfill your family volunteer hours.  If you are creative and like to meet other parents and work together for a cause – we need you!  Contact Kris at: ksauer@bacards.org or call the school ext. 223 if you are interested in helping.


BA Social Media Update

BA is now on Instagram! Like and follow us on your favorite social media channel: Facebook(@FaribaultBA); Twitter (@BethlehemAcadand @FBACardinals) and now Instagram (bethlehem_academy).

Student Directories

The 2019-2020 Student Directories are available in the main office to those students who have paid their Home and School dues. 

Homework Club:

Available Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in Room 204.  Homework Club provides a quiet place where any BA student can do homework and get help.

Mass Days – Dress Code

Please remind your child to dress appropriately on Mass Days.  Mass Days are as follows: Wed. Oct. 9th & Fri. Oct. 25th.

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…

Families MUST provide their own Tylenol, Ibuprofen & cough drops.


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

Seeking Host Families forArgentinian Students

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 provide room, board, and transportation to and from BA (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.  For more information on hosting, please contact Rachel McGill at 651-399-2222 or  rmcgill@team.nacelopendoor.org

Middle School Youth Ministry

Middle School--Edge

6th-8th grade

Wednesdays, Oct. 2-April 22

6:00-7:30 pm. at DMCS Gym

Edge is a fun, energetic ministry for middle school youth to grow closer to Christ!  Learn about your faith, while you hang out with friends, enjoy open-gym time and fun games.  There's time for small groups and prayer to really go deeper with God. Add Bowling, Sledding, Pizza Parties and Service Nights to the list--it's so great!

To register go to divinemercy.cc/middle-school

For more information contact: Angela Hoisington at ang323hoisington@yahoo.com or Nick Weiers at nweiers@gmail.com

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Volunteers Needed

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program held at Divine Mercy’s 10am Sunday Mass.  It is intended for children ages 3 - 1st grade and helps them learn about the gospel readings in a way they can understand.  They need some additional helpers to sit with the children and help them pay attention as they hear and discuss the gospel reading, play some games, and sing songs.  If you would like to volunteer, just attend the 10am Mass and come to the back when the children are called forward.  It’s okay if you can’t be there every weekend!  If you have any questions you can e-mail Heather Johnson at heather.johnson@childrensmn.org or call/text her at

507-838-2641.  Thanks for considering!


(click on hyperlink for more info)


BA Bash at Utepils Brewery


Mass Day


Parent – Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:30pm




Spooktacular Run


No School, Fall Break


River Bend, Grade 6


Retreat, Grades 10 & 11


Mass Day


1st Quarter Ends


Halloween Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00pm




Attached Files

Homecoming Week 2019.pdf

Homecoming Tailgate 2019.pdf

Future Cardinals Homecoming.pdf



FHS Coop-Activities-2019-10-07.pdf

BA Bash 2019 Flyer.pdf

Friday Family Focus 10-4-2019.pdf

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