Bridgewater Friday Update

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

April 16, 2021

Parent Input Form for 21-22 School Year

Here is the link to the Parent Input Form for 2021-2022:

After School Pick Up

Overall, after school pick up is going well. The warmer weather helps in this manner so that more students can walk. We are still dealing with a couple of parents parking in the parking lot and trying to get their children to "just run across". Please stay in line so that your child and others can stay safe. You are always welcome to park at Rock Fields and have your child cross with the patrols if this plan does not work for you. Thank you!

BBC Staff Video

Bridgewater Boosterthon 2021 (Sports City Now)

THANK YOU to all of the TEACHERS and STAFF who participated in making the Boosterthon Teacher Video this year! You are what makes Bridgewater such an amazing school!


BBC Booster Message

Bridgewater families!

This year we are excited to partner with Booster for our annual Fun Run. On May 4th we will be kicking off a 2 weeklong program that will lead up to our Fun Run event on May 14th. Our students will be gathering pledges from sponsors before they run 30-35 laps to help our school.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 for new outdoor basketball court (facelift/update of the old one) & On-Site Field Trip(s). Donating will open on April 20th and here is how you can help.

  1. REGISTER your student(s) on today. It takes 30 seconds!
  2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from
  3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.

Here is a quick video overview of our fundraising program. CLICK HERE

We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!

Donating Opens - 4/20

Register on FUNRUN.COM, SHARE, & GIVE!
Fundraiser Kick Off - 5/4

Lion Fun Run - 5/14


Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

On May 4th we are kicking off our Bridgewater Fun Run Fundraiser, and we are excited to announce that all of our students will be able to participate in the fun at school or home! Starting on April 20th, families can register on and start collecting pledges for the fun run. We have a goal to raise $25,000 for new Outdoor Basketball Hoops & On-Site Field Trip(s).

Here is what you can expect from the program:

- On May 4th the program will start with a digital pep rally that students will watch at school or at home.

- Then May 5th-May 13th your student(s) will watch a daily video all about teamwork, courage, care, grit, and celebration.

- Finally, we will celebrate our hard work of fundraising with a Fun Run and a Dance Fit for our Portage families!

The Fun Run will be outside and each grade will run at the same time; however, each class will be on a separate track (like a cloverleaf). In the event of inclement weather, then the event will be converted to a Dance Fit (like the video game Just Dance) and will be done in each individual classroom.

We are working with Superintendent Hillmann, the MN Dept. of Health & the MN Dept. of Education about whether or not friends & family will be permitted to attend - socially distanced - and cheer on the students.

Be on the lookout for more information to come from our Friday S'mores newsletters!

You can help our school by registering your student on, starting April 20th, then share your student's pledge link with friends and family. If your family is not able to give at this time that is OKAY. Sharing your student's pledge link is still supporting our school.

We are grateful for our amazing community!

BBC (Bridgewater Booster Club)

Earth Day

Earth Day is on April 22nd. This is a great opportunity for all of us to look for ways that we can care for and protect our earth. Simple habits such as recycling and composting can make a big difference.

Severe Weather Awareness

This week was Severe Weather Awareness Week. The state conducted a tornado drill on Thursday. Due to state testing, we will practice our drill later this month. More information is available at if you would like more details. Please make sure that you have a home plan as well, and practice this with your children so they are prepared.

End-of-Year Activities

Just letting you know that we are putting together plans for the end of the year that include the 4th & 5th grade Track & Field Day and 5th Grade Graduation. We will get this information out to you as soon as we get the details pulled together. We want this year to be memorable for more than just the pandemic. We are grateful to have students back in-person so that some things can be normal. Whew!

Summer PLUS

2021 SUMMER PLUS (current K-5 students) will be held July 19 - August 19, Mondays - Thursdays each week, 9:30a - 3:00p. Summer Plus is a free program for students who meet state qualifications and district criteria. Programming will focus on literacy skill development, STEAM activities, and social/emotional learning. Youth registration forms will be sent home mid to end of April.

MCAs (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments)

MCAs start next week for 3rd-5th graders across the state of MN. The Reading MCA will take place next week, and the Math MCA the week of April 19th. 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

Library Programs for April

Virtual Earth Day Storytime on Facebook

Join us for songs, stories, and amazing facts about our planet in a special storytime. Geared to kids of all ages and their caregivers. Premiering on Facebook at 10:00a.m., will be archived for later viewing at your convenience.

Facebook Premiere

Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

STEM Mystery Bag Challenge on Zoom

For elementary-aged kids. What will be in your mystery bag? Using recyclables, odds & ends, scissors, and tape (all supplies provided), build something to solve the design challenge posed on a card in your bag. Each bag has a different challenge. Then, share your challenge and show and tell us about what you engineered to solve it on Zoom! Program limited to 16 kids (adults are welcome to attend alongside them!) Please register at and pick up your mystery bag at the children’s desk sometime between April 12 and April 20. This will give you time to construct your solution before the April 24 program!

Zoom Virtual Event

Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Emily Lloyd

Youth Services Librarian

Northfield Public Library

210 Washington St

Northfield, Minnesota 55057


Upcoming Events

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

Apr 22---Earth Day

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

Apr 30---Parent Input Forms Due

May 4---Booster Kick-Off

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.