Bridgewater Friday Update

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

December 11, 2020

Distance Learning

Most students are doing very well with distance learning! They are working hard and trying their very best. Please know that we too would much rather be in-person and have the students filling the building with their chatter and laughter. It is challenging to try to help struggling students from afar, and we are trying to stay connected with all of our students.

I don't know how much longer that we will be in Distance Learning; there are a lot of factors to take into consideration before switching learning platforms. I will let you know as soon as I know. Please hang in there and let your child's teacher, case manager or me know if there is anything that you need.

Thank you so much for all your help and support! We could not do this without you as our partner!

Unplug and Talk

Winter Break is a good time for you and your children to unplug from electronics and either read, play games, create, develop a hobby, exercise or talk with each other. We are starting to see the unintended consequences of very young children spending too much time on electronics, and this is seen through the lack of language skills. Barney and Sesame Street used to have children singing and moving. This is very different from swiping on a tablet for hours. Electronics can be a good resource for learning, but too much time on them can be unhealthy. Ask your child to read to you while you are preparing dinner. Talk with your children at mealtime to find out what they are thinking and what they are grateful for each day. There are so many opportunities to read every day; take advantage of these moments. Take advantage of the winter wonderland that Minnesota offers by exploring the outdoors and trying a new outdoor activity.

Random Acts of Kindness

This time of year focuses a lot on giving. I find that performing random acts of kindness for others becomes a huge gift for both the recipient and the person performing this kind act. Random acts of kindness don't need to cost anything, but they sure mean a lot to others. It is worth millions to see the smile on someone's face when they receive the kindness. Many times your presence means more than a present.

Science-On Hold

Some of you have noticed that your child has not had science for a little while, and there is a reason for this. Mrs. Phenow is dealing with a family matter and is unable to be with us for now. She is not sick, but is just not able to join us right now. She will be back after Winter Break, and will slide right back into her schedule. She misses all of the students dearly and will be happy to see them when she returns! Thank you for understanding!

Message from the Northfield Library

Here is the message for families:

“Countdown to Noon”, I’m really just hoping folks will do it anywhere (don’t have to tune in to library on Facebook)—wouldn’t it be fun to “celebrate” the end of this challenging year “together” simultaneously as Northfielders?

First Chapter Fridays, Fridays at noon (or any time afterwards), December 11-February 26, on Facebook and YouTube

For elementary-aged kids. Listen to the first few chapters of a recommended book and decide if you want to read more! While these are "videos", there will be nothing to see beyond the book's cover, author information, and available formats. Take some time to just close your eyes, listen, and discover a great new read. Recordings will be archived on and on the library’s YouTube channel to listen to any time. We’re kicking things off with some of this year’s Maud Hart Lovelace nominees!

Countdown to Noon, Thursday, December 31, at 11:55 a.m. on Facebook

Who's ready to say a jubilant, hearty goodbye to 2020? Join library staff at 11:55 a.m. on December 31 live on Facebook at and countdown to noon (a tradition so younger kids can also celebrate "counting down to the new year"), shout "Happy New Year!", bang pots and pans, throw confetti, sing "Auld Lang Syne", and celebrate the start of something new! Let's make some noise for 2021, Northfield! (If you don’t want to join us on the library’s Facebook page, you can still participate wherever you are! How cool would it be for all Northfielders to celebrate “together”?

Thank you for considering! While I know some folks are tired of this phrase, I truly hope you and yours are doing well.

Emily Lloyd

Youth Services Librarian

Northfield Public Library

210 Washington St

Northfield, Minnesota 55057


BW Gear

The orders for BW & Raider Gear have been filled, and the items are at Bridgewater in the office. You are welcome to come pick them up from 7:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. You may call us, and we will run them out to your car or just come on in to get them.

Thank you for your orders!!

A Note from Specials

Hello Bridgewater Athletes, Artists, Scientists, and Musicians!

Your specials teachers miss you and it was so great to see you over Zoom and your posts in Seesaw or Schoology this week in distance learning! Please remember we need you to come to your specials zoom on your assigned day and complete the activities in Seesaw or Schoology as soon as you can.

Below are the links to the specials zooms and they are posted by your classroom teacher everyday as well. Also, if you took home your specials bags please remember these need to come back to school when we return. If you need any supplies like paper, crayons, or markers please let Ms. Woodstrup know.

THANK YOU! Miss you tons!

Ms. Woodstrup

Mrs. Hummel

Mr. Mathison

Mr. Bernhard

Mrs. Phenow

Zoom links for BW Specials


Meeting ID: 941 036 1368 Passcode: science


Meeting ID: 207 227 3955 Passcode: 489295


Meeting ID: 871 1602 7637 Passcode: music

PE- Mr. Mathison

Meeting ID: 841 874 0899 Passcode: pe

PE- Mr. Bernhard

Mr. Bernhard's Phy Ed Link

Meeting ID: 228 208 9077 Passcode: 513212

Zoom Expectations for Students

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Internet Access

“Northfield HCI is prepared to help families who need Internet access or increase speed to support student academic needs during distance learning. Please go to for more information. You can also email or call 507-291-5101 for assistance. We are committed to making sure 100% of families are connected.” (11.13.2020)

Meal Benefit Applications

Postcards were developed by HCI and mailed home to encourage families to turn in their meal benefit applications. See the flyer below:
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Upcoming Events

Nov. 23-Jan. 3rd---Distance Learning

Dec. 23-Jan. 3rd---Winter Break, No 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.