Bridgewater Friday Update

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

September 25, 2020

Message from Mrs. Antoine


The yearbooks arrived yesterday! They were sent home with students today. We also sent home the ones for older siblings with the current sibling. Please let me know if yours did not arrive. We have the ones for students in Portage as well; they are in the office at Bridgewater and we will be contacting families to pick them up soon.

Picture Day

Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2nd. Pictures will be taken during the school day. Picture packet were sent home with students. We are using Strawbridge as our photographer this year, and hoping for a good outcome. Attached is a digital version of the order envelope/flyer. Here is the link: This link will allow you to sign up to receive updates via email regarding their child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, you should be sure to enter your child's name as it is on file at the school.

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. 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.

Temperature Checks-A Must

Thermometers were passed out to each family during conferences. Parents are to take the temperature of your child each morning before sending them to school. If your child's temp is 100 degrees or higher, they must remain at home. Please let us know if you still need a thermometer.

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!

Benjamin Bus Company

The phone number to Benjamin Bus Company is 507-645-5720 if you are in need of assistance. We work together quite closely, but we are not driving the busses and dropping off students.

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. They will be paving on Monday, and will need to complete 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!

Bike Riders

Please send your child with a bike lock to lock their bike when they ride their bike to school. We have had some bikes stolen in the past, and this is not what I want for your child. Better to be safe. I would appreciate students parking in the larger bike racks on the flagpole side of the building.

Who is Mrs. Antoine

I thought I would take a moment again this year to share a little bit about myself so that you may get to know me better. I am originally from a small town on the North Shore, Lutsen, MN. I graduated from Cook County High School, and had the pleasure of seeing Lake Superior every day on my ride to and from school on the bus! This is my 14th year at Bridgewater as the principal. I was a head principal for five years in Worthington. I also worked in the Robbinsdale School District, and taught in Minneapolis and in Texas. I am married to my husband Doug and we have two children, Chris and Jen. My little mother, Muriel Lyght, has also lived with us for the past twenty-three years. My son, Chris, is completing his last semester at St. Cloud State University where he is majoring in communications and business management. He played four years of football for SCSU until they cut their football program last winter. Jen is a senior at St. Cloud State, and is majoring in early childhood education with a minor in special education. It seems like just yesterday when they were students at Bridgewater, and I am very proud of them. Some Bridgewater students may know my kids as Thunder and Squiggles from the summer YMCA programs as they worked with the campers.

I also stay busy professionally trying to stay current across the state and nation. I am the Past-President of the MN Elementary Principals’ Association and serve as the chair of the Board of School Administrators. I also serve as the elementary principal representative on the MN Teacher of the Year Judging Panel. I was asked this summer to represent seven states on the NAESP National Racial Equity Task Force. I have learned so much through all of these experiences and it is great to see what happens in other school districts across the country. Locally, I serve on the YMCA Board of Directors.

I thoroughly enjoy working with students, staff and families, and try my best to learn the names of all the students. I cannot imagine not being around children; they are such great gifts and bring happiness with lots of energy! I am also a huge sports fan and that is why you may see me at many local sporting events when they are in session.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Oct 2---School Picture Day

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

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