Bridgewater Friday Update

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

March 5, 2021

Mar 11th--Distance Learning Day

Thursday, March 11th will be a Distance Learning Day for all students. Over half of the district staff will receive their second Covid vaccine on March 10th. 30% of people have an adverse reaction to the second vaccine, and it is best to be proactive rather than waiting until that morning to make this decision. This is for just the one day.Thank you for understanding!

Friendly Reminder about Covid

We are working hard to keep your children in school during this Pandemic. Please remember, if you have symptoms of Covid 19 and are being tested for Covid 19, please keep your child/children home until you receive the results of your test.

Food Drive

Attention Bridgewater Families!

Let’s fill our local food shelf and help support families in need. This year our food drive will look a little different. For the safety of our students and staff, Student Council members are partnering with Northfied Fire and Rescue Department and the Community Action Center here in Northfield. We will collect food items on Saturday, March 13th from 9am-11:30 right at the food shelf.

The Community Action Center is located at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Suite HS-200. There will be signs to follow and Student Council volunteers to direct individuals that would like to donate. It’s simple and easy to do. Collect food from your home, drive it down to the CAC and hand it to the volunteers from the window of your car.

The top 8 most requested food shelf items are:

  1. Canned meat and fish

  2. Canned and dried beans.

  3. Baking/Cooking supplies

  4. Pasta

  5. Canned Vegetables

  6. Rice

  7. Canned fruit

  8. Peanut butter

Did you know people can donate money online also? By visiting you could make a donation right online.

Are you in need? Anyone can visit the food shelf and this year the food shelf has taken extra precautions to help those in need by using social distancing drive-by and contactless pick up. Also, if you know someone in need that cannot drive the CAC will arrange for the delivery of food. More information can be found on their website at:

Remember, this year we are not collecting food at school. There will be a one day, drive through drop off from 9am-11:30am to donate food.

Rollerskating Opportunity

This is the 4th year that 3rd-5th grade Bridgewater Phy Ed classes will be participating in our roller skating unit! It will be April 7-16, 2021. The cost of the 5 day unit will be $3.00 and it is due by March 19th. Thanks to the BW Booster Club's donation, we have enough funds to cover approximately 50% of the total. The fee covers skate rental and safety equipment. All students will be expected to wear a helmet and wrist guards, which are provided. We disinfect the helmets and also encourage students to bring their own. In addition, due to Covid-19 we will continue to practice social distancing and proper disinfecting of all equipment.

Fee covers skate rental and safety equipment. This message only pertains to grades 3-5. Please use the attached link to pay and give permission for your child.


Paul Bernhard

Bridgewater Physcial Education


Conferences with Specialist Teachers

Dear loved ones of our artists, scientists, athletes and musicians,

If you would like to schedule a conference with a specialist teacher we will be available to meet with you March 9th and 16th between 3:30-6:30pm.

Please email the specialist teacher you would like to conference with to set up a time on March 9th or 16th between 3:30-6:30pm to conference over zoom or telephone call. Please include the time you would like to meet, preference (zoom or call), and your contact information in your email.

Thank you!

The Specials Team

ART - Ms. Woodstrup

MUSIC- Mrs. Hummel

SCIENCE- Mrs. Phenow



Daylight Saving Time

Sunday, March 14th is Daylight Saving Time. Please don't forget to turn your clocks ahead by one hour.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teachers have or will be scheduling conferences during the month of March. This is a good time to discuss your child's progress along with things they can be working on to make further gains. Thank you for taking this time with your child's classroom teacher and/or special education teacher! Your partnership is greatly appreciated!


Sleep is so important for all of us, and this includes children. Children need 9-11 hours of sleep each night, and adults need at 8-9 hours each night. Children who are sleep deprived struggle during the day and have behaviors that mimic that of ADHD. Continuous sleep deprivation takes a toll on children and their ability to learn. I know we have some students who are awake well after midnight; this does not allow for enough sleep when they have to be at school at 8:20. Please help your child get enough sleep at night so they have a clear mind to learn during the day.

Safety in the Afternoon

We try our best to keep students safe all day long and that includes at dismissal. Please stay in the line to pick up your child. Don't park and beckon them across the parking lot; this is dangerous. We usually have students dismissed in 15 minutes from start to finish. You are always welcome to park at Rock Fields and have your students cross with the safety patrols to meet you there. Please help us keep our children safe.

Spring Break

Spring Break is coming up on March 22-28. There will be no school for students and staff, and the Bridgewater office will be closed. Monday, March 29th is a Teacher Workday, and the office will be open that day.

Quarantined Students

Due to privacy laws, we are not able to tell even teachers when your child is in quarantine for Covid. Please let your child's teacher know if you would like them to send work home to help them keep up.

All School Art Show: Creativity is Essential

FEB 11-MARCH 6, 2021

Web link:


Every year the Northfield art teachers curate the All School Art Show to celebrate the incredible artistic talent that is bubbling up in the young people of our community. This show has been an annual celebration at the Northfield Arts Guild for the past three decades. The 2020-21 school year has been anything but typical. But even in the midst of uncertainty and less-than-ideal learning environments, the students have continued to experiment, grow, and achieve as artists.

Much of the artwork that has been created this year is not in teachers’ actual hands. Rather, it exists in digital files submitted by students working remotely. From the student digital collection and from the teacher’s own digital archives, each art teacher has selected four images that best summarized their collective experience during this unprecedented year. These images form a quilt of ideas that represent the struggles and successes of teaching art remotely. These images will also, one day, allow future educators to understand some of what it was like to teach and learn through a global pandemic.

In a typical year nearly 1000 pieces of student art would fill the Guild’s gallery space, and our community would gather in person to celebrate and share the students’ accomplishments. Although this years’ show is different, the hope is that it will nevertheless create the same sense of pride in our community of art educators and the art students who continued to create even in the midst of vast turmoil and separation. This show will demonstrate that even in the middle of a pandemic our community’s creative spirit was able to create something beautiful together.

Here is a video from Ms. Woodstrup:

Upcoming Events

Mar---Parent Teacher Conferences

Mar 11---Distance Learning Day for K-5 Students

Mar 13---Food Drive

Mar 14---Daylight Saving Time

Mar 22-28---Spring Break

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.