Bridgewater Friday Update

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

October 2, 2020

Mask Wear & Care

Students and Staff are expected to wear masks every day. They may take them off during recess time, lunch time, and outside during mask breaks. Masks must cover the nose and mouth fitting snug and yet not too tight to hurt the ears. Masks should be washed or changed out daily. We are having to remind a few students to keep their masks up, and overall the students are doing well.

We have had volunteers making masks for students, and this is greatly appreciated! We use these with students from time to time. Masks are readily available now more than in March, so they are easier to find. Let us know if this is a problem for you.

PLUS Program

PLUS is a free after school program for students who meet state targeted services qualifications and criteria. Our strategy is to engage youth during out-of-school time such as homework assistance and work on academic skills through creative and fun activities. PLUS will start on October 19th and will run through November 19th, in person Monday through Thursday each week. We'll meet after school until 4:30pm. Spring dates are tentatively February through April.

Registration forms will be emailed to parents the week of October 5th. If you do not receive the registration link, please talk to your child's teacher or contact Sarah VanSickle (507-664-3655, if you think your child would qualify for Plus programming.


PLUS es un programa extracurricular gratuito para los estudiantes que cumplen con los requisitos y criterios de servicios específicos del estado. Nuestra estrategia es involucrar a los jóvenes durante el tiempo fuera de la escuela, como ayuda con la tarea y trabajar en las habilidades académicas a través de actividades creativas y divertidas. PLUS comenzará el 19 de octubre y se extenderá hasta el 19 de noviembre, en persona de lunes a jueves cada semana. Nos reuniremos después de la escuela hasta las 4:30 pm. Las fechas de primavera son tentativamente del febrero al abril.

Los formularios de inscripción se enviarán por correo electrónico a los padres la semana del 5 de octubre. Si no recibe el enlace de registro, hable con el maestro de su hijo o comuníquese con Sarah Van Sickle (507-664-3655, si cree que su hijo calificaría para la programación Plus.

Thank you,

Sarah VanSickle

Youth Development Coordinator / PLUS & MSYC Coordinator
Northfield Public Schools Community Education

(507) 664-3655



We have a few extra yearbooks in case you want one. The cost is $10. Just let us know and we will get one to you.

Thank you!

Change of Plans

It is always best when you establish a consistent routine with your child to follow at the end of each school day. If you have a change in plans, please send a note with your child just in case there is a guest teacher that day. During the day, calls may be made to the Bridgewater Office. It is very challenging when the office is called after 2:30 pm. Please call before 2:30. Please don't email your child's teacher after noon with changes either since they are teaching and may miss your email. If a student does not have a note, they will be sent on their normal route.

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.

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!

Roundabout Information

As previously communicated, construction of the new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 246 (Division Street) and Jefferson Parkway will continue beyond the start of school. The current timeline has the project concluding around October 23rd. The roundabout is paved, and they are completing the additional work such as electrical, striping, and signage.

Vehicles are not allowed to use the Bridgewater Elementary parking lot as a shortcut from Jefferson Parkway to Highway 246 (Division Street.) School busses will be permitted to pass through the Bridgewater parking lots to help with the bus route times for students. We thank the Northfield Police Department for their assistance in supporting our traffic management.

Arrival/Dismissal Information--Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

  • Students may arrive at 8:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays) if they are eating breakfast in the morning.
  • Students may arrive no earlier than 8:10 a.m. each day (9:10 a.m. on Wednesdays) otherwise.
  • Please don't arrive before 3:00 p.m. since we have busses coming through.
  • Make sure your car tag is visible hanging from your rearview mirror.
  • Yes, in the afternoon you may park at Rock Field and have your child cross with the patrols. Just let your child's teacher know.
  • This is going so much better!! Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Tues., Oct 13---5K for 5th Grade Students

Oct. 15-18---MEA Break-No School for Students & Staff

Nov. 9---Picture Retake Day

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.