Bridgewater Friday Update

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

October 14, 2020

Message from Mrs. Antoine

No School Oct. 15-18

Oct. 15-18 is MEA Break with no school for students and staff. The office will be closed during this break as well.

Farewell Mr. St. Martin

Jeff St. Martin has worked in the district for more than 20 years, and the last five at Bridgewater Elementary. He is retiring as of this Friday, and we appreciate all of his hard work and dedication. He always has a soft spot in his heart for the students at Bridgewater and takes the time to talk with them regularly. Jeff was honored today by staff and students with cards and some sweet treats. Thank you Jeff!

School Bus Safety Week

Next week is School Bus Safety Week. Students will learn how to conduct themselves on the school bus and how to get off the bus safely in the case of an emergency. It is important for all of us to be aware of school busses and make sure we are extra careful when children are getting on and off the bus. Stay alert and aware to keep kids safe.

Milk Message

Our 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.

Milk is included in the price of a breakfast and lunch meal. Students who take milk only at meals will be charged $0.50 per carton. Extra milks are not allowed at this time. Please know that if your child is bringing lunch from home and ordering milk they will be charged $.50.


Stephany Stromme, RDLD

Director of Child Nutrition

Northfield Public Schools, ISD 659

(507) 645-3432

Office Hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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-Revised Note

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 with homework assistance and fun activities. UPDATED PLUS START DATE: November 16th - December 17th, in person Monday through Thursday each week. Spring dates are tentatively February through April.

Please talk to your child's teacher or contact Sarah VanSickle (507)-664-3655, for more information on how to register.


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 con ayuda con las tareas y actividades divertidas. ACTUALIZADO MÁS FECHA DE INICIO: 16 de noviembre - 17 de diciembre, en persona de lunes a jueves cada semana. Las fechas de primavera son tentativamente de febrero a abril.

Hable con el maestro de su hijo o comuníquese con Sarah VanSickle (507) -664-3655, para obtener más información sobre cómo registrarse.

Thank you for your help!

Sarah VanSickle

Youth Development Coordinator / PLUS & MS Youth Center
Northfield Public Schools Community Education
(507) 664-3655


Cell Phones

Students are encouraged to leave cell phones and other electronic devices at home. If they need to have them, they are to be turned off and stored out of sight during school hours. These devices may not be used to talk, take pictures, play games, record or text during school hours, including recess. We are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen phones or other devices brought from home.

Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, Nov. 11th is Picture Retake Day in case your child was absent and missed Picture Day. I will send out the online link as soon as I receive it.

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.

Roundabout Information-home stretch!

We are on the home stretch of the construction of the new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 246 (Division Street) and Jefferson Parkway. The current timeline has the project concluding on October 23rd. The roundabout is paved, and they are completing the additional work such as electrical, seeding, hydro-mulching, striping, and signage.

We have opened the barricades in the afternoon to let parents through to Hwy 246, but there is no entry from Hwy 246. Thank you for all your patience!!

Upcoming Events

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

Oct. 23--BBC Spirit Day--Hat & PJ Day

Nov. 11---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.