Bridgewater Bear Tracks

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

October 10, 2021

Fire Safety

Last week, the Northfield Fire Department came to visit our students. This was a great opportunity for the firefighters to talk with our students about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. Please take the time to talk with everyone in your home about your safety plan if an emergency should happen. It is always good to be prepared. Thank you to all of the firefighters for taking their time to talk with us!! Firefighter Josh Hall did a great job of leading these presentations!

Traffic Changes Coming

I have shared your concern about the continued issues with traffic on Jefferson Parkway during arrival and especially dismissal times. It is time for a change as it is so contentious every afternoon with someone feeling the need to swear at my staff or myself every day. In working with the City of Northfield, we plan to change the traffic pattern entering and exiting our school beginning on Oct. 25, 2021, which is right after the MEA break.


The plan will change the entrance to the school from Jefferson Parkway to Division Street (Highway 246) with traffic being one-way on campus and exiting at Jefferson Parkway. This approach will allow us to double the number of vehicles that can be lined up on our school property instead of backing up onto Jefferson Parkway. We have a limited number of options to impact the traffic problems on school grounds positively, and this change is the best one we have available to us.


More details will be coming in future updates over the next several weeks, but I wanted you to know that this change is coming. We are working on signage and preparing for the painting of arrows and lines. Eventually, we will need an entrance sign indicating the entrance to Bridgewater.

NDP Celebration

This past week was a busy one, and yet very exciting! My husband and I were invited to Washington, DC to be recognized as the 2021 NDP (National Distinguished Principal) along with other honorees from each state. We each were required to give a short speech, and then spent time with officials from the US Department of Education discussing concerns from our respective schools/states. We had our culminating banquet on Friday night, and this was an experience of a lifetime!! I am very honored to receive this recognition, and so proud to serve as the principal of such an amazing group of students, staff and families!!! I have included a couple of pictures below. I am now looking forward to returning to BW tomorrow to continue my work as I am so happy with what I GET to do every day!!

Thank you!!

I was at the Homecoming Raiders Football Game, and I was so proud of the BW families!!! I saw children seated with their families, children interacting appropriately with friends, and overall making great choices!! I enjoyed talking with the kiddos that were in attendance, and this was so much more fun than supervising students. All of this is thanks to you and your attention to your child. Thank you very much!!

Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, Nov. 9th is Picture Retake Day in case your child was absent and missed Picture Day. I will send out the online link as soon as I receive it.

Sick Students

Please contact your child's teacher and/or case manager if your child is out of school due to quarantine or otherwise. This will help your child keep up with his/her school work while they are away. If they are too sick to do any work, we surely understand. Please don't send sick students to school.

No School Oct. 21-24

Oct. 21-24 is MEA Break with no school for students and staff.

VFW Essay Contest

See the details below for the VFW Essay Contest with a chance to win $100 for your child's teacher to use in the classroom.

Attendance Line

Please call the Bridgewater attendance line if your child is going to be absent from school. This number can be accessed 24 hours a day. 507-664-3306 is the number and this is at the top of your Bridgewater magnet that you received at your Family Conference. We will place a phone call to families that we don’t hear from by the morning; this is done for the sake of safety. Thank you for your help!

Upcoming Events

Oct. 12---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center

Oct. 19---5th Grade 5K @ 8:35 a.m.

Oct. 20---Hat & PJ Day

Oct. 21-24---MEA, No School for Students

Oct. 26---Vision & Hearing Re-screening

Nov. 8---Teacher Workday, No School for Students

Nov. 9---Picture Retake Day

Nov. 9---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center

Nov. 24-28---Thanksgiving Break, No School for Students and Staff

Dec. 10---4th Grade River Bend Visit for Waste Education

Dec. 14---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center

Dec. 23-Jan.2---Winter Break, No School for Students and Staff

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 550 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 parent-teacher organization, Bridegwater Booster Club (BBC) 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.