Bridgewater Friday Update
Bear Pride: Respect, Responsibility, Be Safe, Do Your Best
September 11, 2020
Welcome Message from Mrs. Antoine
The free meal program has been extended through December 31, 2020, as provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. All students enrolled in the school district -- regardless of the learning model -- can receive free breakfast and lunch every day. It is possible that the program could end before December 31 if the funding is depleted.
Even though all students will be receiving free meals during this time, it is essential that you complete the meal benefit application if you feel that your family would qualify. Families will return to paying full price for meals on January 1, 2021 (or earlier, if the funding is exhausted) if they do not qualify for free or reduced meals.
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 in mid-October. Please plan your travel to school accordingly. Please also understand this is a short-term inconvenience. We value your patience.
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 Information--Parent Drop Off
When you pull up into the drop-off lane, please pull ahead as far as you can before letting your child exit your car. If there is a long line, please don't wait until you are directly in front of the door before letting your child out of your car. There is enough space for at least eight cars to drop off at the same time, and the children can walk up the sidewalk to the front door.
End Of The Day-Parent Pick Up
As in the past, we will provide you a pick-up tag for your child. Please write your child's name and grade clearly on this tag, and place it so that it is visible through your windshield. This way you will drive up, we can read your child's name and make sure that your child gets to your car. Please remain in your car and in line. This is similar to a drive through, were you place your order and receive your happy face. Please be patient, alert and courteous. Everyone has a schedule with places to go.
RevTrack School Payment Forms
4th Grade Orchestra information will be available during the September 8-11th Family Meetings with classroom teachers. Information as well as an electronic sign-up form can also be found on my school website for 4th Grade Orchestra: https://sites.google.com/a/northfieldschools.org/kruger/4th-grade-orchestra
5th Grade students who participated in Orchestra last year will have a letter waiting at the Family Meetings and an email from Mrs. Kruger on Tuesday, September 8th. Information for 5th graders returning to orchestra as well as an electronic sign-up form can also be found on my school website for 5th Grade Orchestra: https://sites.google.com/a/northfieldschools.org/kruger/5th-grade-orchestra
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a phone call to your child's school.
I look forward to making music with orchestra students this year!
Letter from Benjamin Bus
Greetings Bridgewater Elementary Families,
Benjamin Bus is hard at work getting routes ready to welcome our students back, whom we have missed terribly. Due to COVID-19, Benjamin Bus has new guidelines and protocols we must put into practice. I am communicating to all families in the district with this new policy.
· Per Govenor Walz, our fleet will be transporting students at 50% capacity—(38-40 students/regular size bus). What this entails is, siblings will sit together in a seat—(max. 2 students per seat). Other students will be asked to sit singly by the window.
· All drivers and students must wear a face mask or face shield while on board.
· If your student shows any symptoms, please keep your student home.
· Drivers will be responsible of disinfecting high touch areas between routes. At the end of morning and afternoon routes, all vehicles will be sanitized with a high grade sanitizing system.
· Bus cards with your student(s) bus information will arrive via mail the week of September 8th. All previous bus expectations are still in place (Inside voices, stay in your seat, no eating or drinking).
Even though we are all experiencing differences during this unprecedented time, Benjamin Bus will continue to provide SAFE and professional transportation to all we serve.
If you have any questions, you can reach me at (507) 645-5720 or email@example.com
Thank you and take care,
Benjamin Bus, Inc. –Northfield
Annual Notifications & Student Citizenship Handbook
Attached are the annual notifications. All notifications, except the State-Required Background Checks, are posted on the district website https://northfieldschools.org/news/annual-notifications/.
The Student Citizenship Handbook is available online.
Also attached is the Parent Signature Return Form (English and Spanish) needed for the parent/guardian of elementary students. We will continue to collect the parent signature forms even though the handbook is available online. Please bring to your Family Conference or drop off at the Bridgewater Office.
Bridgewater Elementary School
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.