Bridgewater Friday Update

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

January 8, 2021

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to you all! I am looking forward to having all students back in-person within the next four weeks. We are making all of the arrangements necessary to bring everyone back as safe as possible. There will be a lot of information coming out over the coming weeks, and we will try to keep it clear, thorough and helpful. Let's make 2021 a wonderful year together!!

School Meals

The free meal program has been extended through the end of school year 20-21, 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.

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.

This information is available on the Child Nutrition District Website Page if you want more details.

Scholar Squad Tutoring


Free Reading & Math Tutoring from Scholar Squad

Let’s face it. COVID-19 has made everything challenging this year, especially learning. Reading Corps and Math Corps have launched a new initiative to help! Scholar Squad offers one-on-one, online tutoring for Minnesota students in PreK-8th grade, and it’s easy to get started.

Visit to request help for your child. A literacy or math coach will be in touch to set up a time to learn more about your child and conduct a short screening. If the screening shows your child could use extra help to boost their skills, you’ll be matched with a tutor who will provide one-on-one practice and support.

Powered by AmeriCorps, tutoring is provided at no cost to families.


Tutorías de lectura y matemáticas gratuitas de Scholar Squad

Hay que aceptarlo. La COVID-19 ha hecho que todo sea un desafío este año, sobre todo el aprendizaje. ¡Reading Corps y Math Corps lanzaron una nueva iniciativa para ayudar! Scholar Squad ofrece tutorías individuales en línea a los estudiantes de Minnesota de PreK a 8.° grado, y es fácil comenzar.

Visite y solicite ayuda para su hijo. Un experto se comunicará con usted para agendar una cita para saber más de su hijo y hacer una evaluación breve. Si la evaluación muestra que a su hijo le vendría bien una ayuda adicional para mejorar sus habilidades, le asignaremos un tutor que le dará apoyo y prácticas individuales.

Las tutorías, provistas por AmeriCorps, se ofrecen sin costo para las familias.

No School Monday, January 18th

Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day with no school for students and teachers.

Teacher Workday, Friday, January 29th

Friday, January 29th is the end of the second quarter and a Teacher Workday with no school for students. This day is set aside for teachers to prepare report cards for students.

Student Council Note-Spread Some Cheer!

The Student Council met and they need some help with a project they are working on! Students would like to "Spread some Cheer in the New Year" by making cards to send to individuals in the senior living communities in Northfield!

If you would like to participate, create a card with an uplifting and cheerful message in it. Remember that you will not know who will receive the card so you want to create something that could be given to anyone. Cards can be dropped off in the box at the front office at school. You can make AS MANY cards as you would like!

Please let Ms. Woodstrup or Mrs. Hall know if you have any questions.

Thank you, BW Bears for helping bring joy and happiness to others!

Returning to School In-Person

Dr. Hillmann sent out an email outlining all the details for returning to school in-person. Here are the main points that you need to know:

  • Jan. 14-15: Planning Days for K-2 Teachers; no class for K-2 students
  • Jan. 19: K-2 students return to school
  • Jan. 27-28: Planning Days for Gr. 3-5 Teachers; no class for Gr. 3-5 students
  • Feb. 1: Gr. 3-5 students return to school
  • Childcare will still be offered Gr. 3-5 students until Feb. 1st

We will still be wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands frequently. Please let me know if you have questions.

Random Acts of Kindness

This time of year focuses a lot on giving. I find that performing random acts of kindness for others becomes a huge gift for both the recipient and the person performing this kind act. Random acts of kindness don't need to cost anything, but they sure mean a lot to others. It is worth millions to see the smile on someone's face when they receive the kindness. Many times your presence means more than a present.

Message from the Northfield Library

First Chapter Fridays, Fridays at noon (or any time afterwards), December 11-February 26, on Facebook and YouTube

For elementary-aged kids. Listen to the first few chapters of a recommended book and decide if you want to read more! While these are "videos", there will be nothing to see beyond the book's cover, author information, and available formats. Take some time to just close your eyes, listen, and discover a great new read. Recordings will be archived on and on the library’s YouTube channel to listen to any time. We’re kicking things off with some of this year’s Maud Hart Lovelace nominees!

Thank you for considering!

Emily Lloyd

Youth Services Librarian

Northfield Public Library

210 Washington St

Northfield, Minnesota 55057


A Note from Specials

Hello Bridgewater Athletes, Artists, Scientists, and Musicians!

Your specials teachers miss you and it was so great to see you over Zoom and your posts in Seesaw or Schoology this week in distance learning! Please remember we need you to come to your specials zoom on your assigned day and complete the activities in Seesaw or Schoology as soon as you can.

Below are the links to the specials zooms and they are posted by your classroom teacher everyday as well. Also, if you took home your specials bags please remember these need to come back to school when we return. If you need any supplies like paper, crayons, or markers please let Ms. Woodstrup know.

THANK YOU! Miss you tons!

Ms. Woodstrup

Mrs. Hummel

Mr. Mathison

Mr. Bernhard

Mrs. Phenow

Zoom links for BW Specials


Meeting ID: 941 036 1368 Passcode: science


Meeting ID: 207 227 3955 Passcode: 489295


Meeting ID: 871 1602 7637 Passcode: music

PE- Mr. Mathison

Meeting ID: 841 874 0899 Passcode: pe

PE- Mr. Bernhard

Mr. Bernhard's Phy Ed Link

Meeting ID: 228 208 9077 Passcode: 513212

Zoom Expectations for Students

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Upcoming Events

Jan 14 & 15--Pivot Days for K-2 Teachers; No School for K-2 Students

Jan 18--Martin Luther King Day, No School for Students and Staff

Jan. 19---K-2 Students Return to School

Jan 27 & 28---Pivot Days for Gr. 3-5 Teachers; No School for Gr. 3-5 Students

Jan 29---Teacher Workday for Report Cards; No School for Students K-5

Feb. 1---Gr. 3-5 Students Return to School

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.