2019-09-13 Friday Focus

September 13, 2019


Bethlehem Academy Community,

As you know, Bethlehem Academy was founded in 1865 by the Sinsinawa Dominicans of Wisconsin.  The Dominicans place emphasis on their four pillars: service, learning, community, and prayer.  But what you may not have known is that the Dominicans are serving others not just here in Faribault, Minnesota, but all around the world.   In fact, the Dominicans are doing good works for others in a vast number of countries, on every continent of the world. 

It is in this global-minded spirit of service, that Bethlehem Academy is proud to welcome 12 international students for the 2019-2020 school year.  Here is a list of our international students and the countries they come from.  Please go out of your way to welcome these students to our community and encourage our students to do the same.  Our international students are: 


Seeun Kim, 6, South Korea

Ot Sanchez, 10, Spain

Dominic van Aardt, 6, South Africa

YuNa Shin, 10, South Korea

Liam van Aardt, 8, South Africa

Avery Han, 11, South Korea

Jinfan Feng, 10, China

Reza Hem, 12, Cambodia

Mason Jin, 10, South Korea

Mingyeoung Jeong, 12, South Korea

SeoYoung Kim, 10, South Korea

JeongBin Park, 12, South Korea


John Wollersheim




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: Friday, Sept. 20th & 27th.

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…

Reminder to turn in your medication forms.  Families MUST provide their own Tylenol, Ibuprofen & cough drops.

Safe Email Address

Please add the following email addresses to your safe email list: swiftreach.alerting@swiftreach.com and cardinals@bacards.org

Box Tops Double Up Month!

Don’t forget to download the new Box Tops app and scan your receipts! Choose Bethlehem Academy as your school of choice and watch the dollars rack up! September is double fall earnings month – and all proceeds go towards our science programs!

Did you forget to purchase a 2018-2019 Yearbook?

Good news, you can still purchase one! We have several extras available. Yearbooks are $60. If you would like to purchase a yearbook please pay with cash or check (checks can be made out to Bethlehem Academy) and then see Mr. Zabel to receive your yearbook.


It’s not too late to join!  Meetings are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00pm in the BA Cafeteria.  The cost to participate is $75.00.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Throughout the year, middle school students may walk to different locations in the community, such as Garfield Park, the public library, or the Village Theater.  If you do not wish to have your child walking to these locations, please call our attendance line (507-334-3948 ext. 302) and let us know.  We will provide a study hall for any students who do not have permission to walk to these locations.


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 keep being a typical American family and provide room, board, and transportation to and from Bethlehem Academy (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.  See the attached flyer for and/or contact Kris at ksauer@bacards.org for more information


KoAm is looking for a host family for a 6th grade female from South Korea.  If interested, see attached flyer for more details.


The Faribault Police Explorers will be in the BA Cafeteria during HS Lunch on Tuesday, September 17th for anyone interested in law enforcement.


Winona State University: September 18th

Please join us in the BA Cafeteria during HS Lunch. A great opportunity to speak with a representative and learn more about what Winona State has to offer.

NACA MN College Fair 2019: October 2nd and 3rd 

The annual National College Fair will be held on October 2nd and 3rd at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  This college fair is free for students and families and offers students the opportunity to connect with over 400 colleges and universities around the country.  The college fair will take place on October 2nd from 9:00-12:00 and 5:00-8:00, as well as October 3rd from 9:00-12:00.  Students in grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend with their families.  Students can register here.  Please contact Jacob Schuman with any questions.


All parents who wish to volunteer as chaperones for any BA event must be Virtus compliant.  The next local session will be held October 3rd at DMCS from 6:30-9:30pm.  You will need to login and register at Virtus.org. ; Reminders: organization is “St. Paul/Minneapolis”, If a person is employed in any capacity, they are considered “Church personnel” when completing background check information and signing the Code of Conduct.


Back to School Bowls of Hope Complimentary Soup Bar! Sat. Sept. 14, 11:30am

Learn about how to trade your worries for God's peace when you pray for your children and their schools. Bring a friend and enjoy lunch, fellowship and prayer. (Childcare not available.)  Faribault Evangelical Free Church, 1039 St. Paul Ave. in Faribault.  RSVP to Lori Bittenbender, Area Coordinator for Moms in Prayer, 972-955-4730

DMCS Waffle Breakfast: Sun., Sept. 15th at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 8:30-12:30

Please consider bringing your family to this community fundraiser.  The waffles are delicious as well!

Spirit Fest 2019: Sept. 21st and 22nd at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Please join us for our Parish Festival.  Food, fun and fellowship can be had by all!  Click here for more information.  DMCS sponsors abook give away at this event, so if you have any gently used books to give away you may bring them to DMCS to donate between now and Friday, September 20th.

BA Bash 2019: October 5th, 5-8pm at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis

Plan to join us for a fun, festive, gathering of BA alumni and friends.  Tickets: $18.65 includes a free drink, food truck coupons and fun activities.  This is a pet and family friendly venue!  More details to follow!! #BABASH19 #utepilsbrewing

Spooktacular Race, October 12th

Dig out your favorite costume and sign up for Spooktacular 2019! Students, parents, and friends are encouraged to participate in this Halloween-themed event. Sign up for the Kids Race, 1-mile walk or 5k run. New this year: The Dad’s Dash. Prizes and incentives for all BA student participants! Register for the race at: www.tempotickets.com/spooktacular2019


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


Volunteers are needed to help with a mailing the first week of October.  Time can be arranged to fit your schedule.  This opportunity will count toward required volunteer hours.  Contact Sister Mary Margaret at mmurphy2@bacards.org

Football Game Help

Bethlehem Academy needs many adult volunteers to help with our home varsity football games.  We need 5 adults to staff the ticket booths and 5 adults to work in the concession stand.  To sign up to work at a game, please visit:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0948A9AD2F4-20191



DMCS PTO Waffle Breakfast, 8:30-12:30


Faribault Police Explorers


Dress Down, $1.00 Tackle Cancer 


Tackle Cancer Night at home FB Game


Mass Day


DMCC Spirit Fest


Mass Day


MAP Testing, Grades 6-8


Student of the Month, 7:15am


BA Bash at Utepils Brewery




Spooktacular Run



  • VEX EDR Robotics Letter
  • Argentina Host Family Program
  • Dad’s Belgium Waffle Breakfast
  • BA Football Tackle Cancer Event
  • KoAm Host Family Opportunity
  • BA Activities Schedule
  • FHS Coop Sports Activities Schedule



Attached Files

Friday Family Focus 9-13-2019.pdf


Waffle Breakfast- this Sunday!!.pdf

Argentina Host Family Program Flyer.pdf

KoAM Host Family.pdf

VEX EDR Parent-Student Letter.pdf


Ba Tackles Cancer.pdf


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105 3rd Ave. SW
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