Bridgewater Friday Update

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

April 5, 2021

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook Orders are Due on April 15th. The cost is $14. You may order online at with the online code of: FMYB113766 or send in the packet with checks made payable to BBC.

MCAs (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments)

MCAs start next week for 5th graders across the state of MN. The Science MCA is next week for just fifth-grade, Reading MCA the week of April 12th and Math MCA the week of April 19th. Students in grades 3-5 take the Reading and the Math MCAs. The best preparation is getting plenty of sleep the night before. We encourage students to try their very best.

Community Book Drive

We are holding a Community Book Drive to distribute free books to kids in Northfield! Can you help us out with this? If you have new or gently used books, you can place them in one of the Northfield Rotary Club collection bins located around town – including at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park, and Sibley Elementary Schools; the Northfield Community Education Center, (700 Lincoln Parkway); the Northfield Middle School; the Northfield Area Family YMCA; and the Northfield Community Resource Center. Content Bookstore has a link that is still up that you can order online directly or donate funds! You can also send the books in with your child and we can get them to the drop off locations. Thanks for your support in spreading the love of reading!

Northfield Promise

Note from Northfield Public Library

Northfield Public Library is forgiving fines for National Library Week, April 4-10

Northfield, MN (March 29, 2021)

The Northfield Public Library will celebrate National Library Week (April 4 to 10, 2021) with Fine Forgiveness. From April 5 through April 10, 2021, the library will waive all late fees. Library staff extend a warm welcome to all cardholders whose access to the library has been blocked by fines on overdue materials. Fine forgiveness allows library cardholders access to all vital programs and resources as the library recovers outstanding items.

The Fine Forgiveness program requires cardholders to call or come into the library to verify their address and return any overdue materials. Fines for the overdue materials will be waived during the one-week amnesty period. Fine Forgiveness applies only to items checked out before April 5, 2021. Fines and lost book charges for interlibrary loan items (borrowed from other libraries) will not be waived.

Northfield City Council declared April 4 to10, 2021, as National Library Week in Northfield in recognition of the importance of libraries in the life of our community. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

“During the pandemic, the Northfield Public Library shifted essential library services to a socially distanced and virtual world by increasing access to wireless internet, creating and broadcasting virtual programs for all ages, increasing our collection of eBooks and other online resources, and serving many residents through home delivery and contactless pickup,” said Natalie Draper, library director. “We continued to deliver our enriching and informative programming and outreach services to underserved populations, as well as city initiatives such as the City ID and Link Services, while rapidly adapting them for new platforms and methods of delivery.”

The theme for National Library Week, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building - and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Media contact

Natalie Draper
Library Director

Youth Lacrosse Registration is Open!

Registration is open for the 2021 youth lacrosse season with the Northfield Lacrosse Association (NLA)! We offer a travel season for boys 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U; and girls 10U, 12U, 14U, and 18U starting in June through July/August. Our spring training season starts in late April. For more information go to

Try Lacrosse for Free for Grades 1 – 6!

We’ll be offering a Try Lacrosse for Free day at the Dundas Dome from 12 - 1 pm on Sunday, April 11 for girls and boys grades 1-6. No experience or gear needed. Covid waiver and face mask required. Come and give it a try!

Free Sunday Open Dome Time

Our regular free Sunday Open Dome times for girls (grades 1 – 12) and boys (grades 1 – 8) will continue to take place as scheduled for two more Sundays. If you need equipment (a stick and goggles) or more information, please contact us at The scheduled dates are:

· 3/8/21 6:00 – 7:00

· 4/11/21 7:00 – 8:00

NLA Parent Meeting

To kick off the season, we’ll be holding a parent’s meeting for registered players on Tuesday, April 14 at the Middle School Cafeteria:

· Boys’ lacrosse meeting will be from 6:00 – 7:00pm;

· Girls’ lacrosse meeting will be from 7:15 – 8:15pm.

Thank you!

Chris Walker

Northfield Youth Baseball (NYBA) In-House Registration

Baseball Registration NOW OPEN!

Register today through March 31st |

NYBA In-House Baseball is open to any child who is entering Kindergarten in the fall (age 5 by September 1st), all the way through the 8th grade.

T-Ball: currently enrolled in Pre-K (and/or age 5 by September 1st, 2020) and Kindergarten Futures: currently enrolled in Kindergarten (who have played T-ball before) and 1st grade Rookies: currently enrolled in 2nd and 3rd grade
Minors: currently enrolled in 4th and 5th grade

Tournament Teams: for 4th grade (10u) and 5th grade (11u). Please note that this registration has already closed for the 2021 season. If your player is signed up for a tournament team, they are automatically signed up for “Minors” league in-house baseball as well. Tournament team players will play in-house “Minors” league and participate in tournaments with their tournament team.

SMCBL: formerly “Majors” league, is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders looking for less of a drive/time obligation than on a 12u, 13u or 14u travel team. The league was created to give older players a more authentic feel without as much travel throughout the summer and on weekends. Games will still be played in neighboring communities, such as Lakeville and Farmington, as well as at Sechler Park. SMBCL players must sign up via “Travel” registration on our website.

Please visit our website for specific dates/times of each age level:

Upcoming Events

Apr 5 & 6---Fifth-Grade Science MCAs

Apr 12-16---Grades 3-5 Reading MCAs

Apr 19-23---Grades 3-5 Math MCAs

Apr 30---BBC Spirit Day (Hat & PJ Day)

May 4---Fifth Grade In-House River Bend Compass Course Field Trip

June 10---Last Day of 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.