Bridgewater Friday Update

Bear Pride: Respect, Responsibility, Be Safe, Do Your Best

March 12, 2021

Daylight Saving Time

Sunday, March 14th is Daylight Saving Time. Please don't forget to turn your clocks ahead by one hour. This is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.

March School Spirit Day--Friday, March 19th

March’s Spirit Day theme is beach party. Get ready for Spring Break with your favorite vacation wear: Hawaiian shirts, maxi dress, flip flops, sun hats, on Friday, March 19th! Please bring $1 if you choose to wear theme outfit or hat, $2 if wearing both. PJs are also allowed. Money should be turned into the student's classroom teacher.

Friendly Reminder about Covid

We are working hard to keep your children in school during this Pandemic. Please remember, if you have symptoms of Covid 19 and are being tested for Covid 19, please keep your child/children home until you receive the results of your test.

Food Drive

Attention Bridgewater Families!

Let’s fill our local food shelf and help support families in need. This year our food drive will look a little different. For the safety of our students and staff, Student Council members are partnering with Northfied Fire and Rescue Department and the Community Action Center here in Northfield. We will collect food items on Saturday, March 13th from 9am-11:30 right at the food shelf.

The Community Action Center is located at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Suite HS-200. There will be signs to follow and Student Council volunteers to direct individuals that would like to donate. It’s simple and easy to do. Collect food from your home, drive it down to the CAC and hand it to the volunteers from the window of your car.

The top 8 most requested food shelf items are:

  1. Canned meat and fish

  2. Canned and dried beans.

  3. Baking/Cooking supplies

  4. Pasta

  5. Canned Vegetables

  6. Rice

  7. Canned fruit

  8. Peanut butter

Did you know people can donate money online also? By visiting you could make a donation right online.

Are you in need? Anyone can visit the food shelf and this year the food shelf has taken extra precautions to help those in need by using social distancing drive-by and contactless pick up. Also, if you know someone in need that cannot drive the CAC will arrange for the delivery of food. More information can be found on their website at:

Remember, this year we are not collecting food at school. There will be a one day, drive through drop off from 9am-11:30am to donate food.

Rollerskating Opportunity

This is the 4th year that 3rd-5th grade Bridgewater Phy Ed classes will be participating in our roller skating unit! It will be April 7-16, 2021. The cost of the 5 day unit will be $3.00 and it is due by March 19th. Thanks to the BW Booster Club's donation, we have enough funds to cover approximately 50% of the total. The fee covers skate rental and safety equipment. All students will be expected to wear a helmet and wrist guards, which are provided. We disinfect the helmets and also encourage students to bring their own. In addition, due to Covid-19 we will continue to practice social distancing and proper disinfecting of all equipment.

Fee covers skate rental and safety equipment. This message only pertains to grades 3-5. Please use the attached link to pay and give permission for your child.


Paul Bernhard

Bridgewater Physcial Education


Conferences with Specialist Teachers

Dear loved ones of our artists, scientists, athletes and musicians,

If you would like to schedule a conference with a specialist teacher we will be available to meet with you March 9th and 16th between 3:30-6:30pm.

Please email the specialist teacher you would like to conference with to set up a time on March 9th or 16th between 3:30-6:30pm to conference over zoom or telephone call. Please include the time you would like to meet, preference (zoom or call), and your contact information in your email.

Thank you!

The Specials Team

ART - Ms. Woodstrup

MUSIC- Mrs. Hummel

SCIENCE- Mrs. Phenow



Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teachers have or will be scheduling conferences during the month of March. This is a good time to discuss your child's progress along with things they can be working on to make further gains. Thank you for taking this time with your child's classroom teacher and/or special education teacher! Your partnership is greatly appreciated!

Spring Break

Spring Break is coming up on March 22-28. There will be no school for students and staff, and the Bridgewater office will be closed. Monday, March 29th is a Teacher Workday, and the office will be open that day.

Northfield Youth Baseball (NYBA) In-House Registration

Baseball Registration NOW OPEN!

Register today through March 31st |

NYBA In-House Baseball is open to any child who is entering Kindergarten in the fall (age 5 by September 1st), all the way through the 8th grade.

T-Ball: currently enrolled in Pre-K (and/or age 5 by September 1st, 2020) and Kindergarten Futures: currently enrolled in Kindergarten (who have played T-ball before) and 1st grade Rookies: currently enrolled in 2nd and 3rd grade
Minors: currently enrolled in 4th and 5th grade

Tournament Teams: for 4th grade (10u) and 5th grade (11u). Please note that this registration has already closed for the 2021 season. If your player is signed up for a tournament team, they are automatically signed up for “Minors” league in-house baseball as well. Tournament team players will play in-house “Minors” league and participate in tournaments with their tournament team.

SMCBL: formerly “Majors” league, is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders looking for less of a drive/time obligation than on a 12u, 13u or 14u travel team. The league was created to give older players a more authentic feel without as much travel throughout the summer and on weekends. Games will still be played in neighboring communities, such as Lakeville and Farmington, as well as at Sechler Park. SMBCL players must sign up via “Travel” registration on our website.

Please visit our website for specific dates/times of each age level:

Library Programs for Spring Break

Virtual 40-LEGO Challenge: Let's Build on Zoom!

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

20 kids. 20 bags of 40 random LEGO bricks. Three challenges we’ll build and share live over Zoom. Let’s build, chat, and see how everyone tackles the same challenges with different bricks. Be prepared to describe what you build! To-go bags of LEGO available at the children’s desk starting March 15—you must register for and attend the March 24 program for a bag. Register online at, or in person at the children’s desk. LEGOs are sterilized and yours to keep. For elementary-aged kids. 20 spots available.

Virtual Puppet Show: Loon Song

Thursday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. on Facebook

Julie and Gustavo Boada return with another amazing puppet show! As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle waits with anticipation for the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. He remembers the Ojibwe stories he told her and some of the lessons they carry that he used to guild her as she matured. Told with hand and rod puppets, Loon’s Song touches on Ojibwe culture and loon biology. Premiering on Facebook at 10:00a.m.,

History of Dragons for Kids

Friday, March 26, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Stories about dragons have been around for thousands of years, all around the world. Join us for a LIVE event where we’ll learn about the origins of these stories, and then create and decorate clay dragon eggs. Register online, pick up your supplies starting March 17, then join us live on Zoom to learn and create! This program is intended for ages 6 to 10.

Emily Lloyd

Youth Services Librarian

Northfield Public Library

210 Washington St

Northfield, Minnesota 55057


Upcoming Events

March---Parent Teacher Conferences

Mar 13---Food Drive

Mar 14---Daylight Saving Time

Mar 22-28---Spring Break

June 10---Last Day of School for Students

Bridgewater Elementary School

World-class Learning for Elementary Students Grades K-5 Bridgewater Elementary School, situated on a 14-acre campus just south of downtown Northfield, is a K-5 public school serving approximately 600 students. It serves the neighborhoods on Northfield's southern side, Dundas, and the rural area south of Highway 19 and west of Highway 246. Students benefit from an active Bridgewater Booster Club and many parent volunteers.

The staff is intensely dedicated to offering a high quality, well-rounded education that strives to meet the specific needs of each student. We focus on empowering our students in their learning and building a solid foundation for their educational journeys.