Bridgewater Friday Update

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

February 19, 2021

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.

No Smoking in the Parking Lot

Smoking is not allowed on school property and this includes smoking while sitting in your car waiting to pick up your child at the end of the day. It is heartbreaking to have to put a student into a car with a cloud of smoke billowing out of the car. I cannot tell you what to do as an adult with your own health, but I can ask you to keep it off of school property. Thank you!

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.

Phone & Address Changes

Please let us know if you have a change of address or phone number. These are very important in case of emergency such your child getting sick or injured. Thank you!

All School Art Show: Creativity is Essential

FEB 11-MARCH 6, 2021

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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.

E-magination Celebration (Feb 27, 11 am-1 pm)
on the Guild’s Facebook and YouTube pages


The Guild invites our community to E-magination Celebration, a free day of online programming including Gallery Tours, Arts Making and performances from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021. This family-friendly online event is a virtual re-imagining of the Guild’s annual Imagination Celebration that can be enjoyed from home. The Guild is thrilled to continue this annual tradition in a new, virtual setting. Follow along on the Guild’s Facebook and YouTube pages with new content added regularly throughout the celebration, or watch later as all of the videos will remain online.

PERFORMANCES Watch Dancing Through the Storm 2020 and highlights from the Project Purple Door Youth Theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest in a Pandemic .

GALLERY TOURS A highlight of E-magination Celebration will be a series of videos of teacher reflections, digital student artwork, and a tour of Creativity is Essential, this year’s All School Art Show installed in our Main Gallery.

ART MAKING Make your own art at home throughout the day! Guided arts activities will be released throughout the day to paint, draw and create your own art using everyday household items.

Even in this time of social distancing, the Guild embraces our mission to serve our community with a rich array of inclusive arts opportunities and experiences. We hope you will join us for ­E-magination Celebration, and also follow us on social media to enjoy arts learning and arts engagement activities.

Here is a video from Ms. Woodstrup:

I Love to Read Month

February is I Love to Read Month, and the teachers have planned some fun activities for students to support the love of reading throughout the month. Please take time to talk to your child about your favorite books to read when you were their age; children benefit from seeing their parents read too. February 26th Dress up as your favorite book character to support “I Love to Read Month" Students may choose to wear PJ's as well or in place of a costume. Did you know that by reading only 20 minutes per day exposes students to 1.8 million words per year? That can make a huge difference in terms of knowledge, understanding and reading ability. Students who are able to read well by third grade have a far greater chance at success in all subject areas. There are so many good books; take the time to continue reading with your children.

Black History Month

February is also Black History Month. I have been introducing students to a variety of black people that have made significant contributions to our country. I introduce a name to the students one day on morning announcements and then tell them a bit about that person the next day. Mrs. Sieve, our Media Specialist, has also provided a list of books written by or about black people for use in the classrooms.

Covid Vaccinations

Vaccinations have started for our elementary staff. The goal is to have all elementary staff vaccinated with their first shot by the end of February, but this certainly depends on the number of available vaccines. I'm hoping that this will lead to a lot more relief for our staff. I cannot tell you how stressful this has been and yet we dearly want the children back in-person so that parents are able to go to work, and we can provide a better education for students.

Upcoming Events

Feb 26---Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day or PJs

Mar---Parent Teacher Conferences

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.