Bridgewater Friday Update

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

November 13, 2020

Covid Information

Covid is not being kind to us at Bridgewater in spite of all the steps that we have taken to mitigate it. We sent two classrooms and students from one bus home to quarantine last week, and one more class and bus this week due to a positive Covid test and the students being close contacts. These students and teachers need to quarantine for 14 days unless they develop symptoms; in this case they would need to remain home an additional 10 days from the day symptoms begin. While in quarantine, students and staff should not be out and about in the community since they have the potential of becoming Covid positive.

Please let us know right away if your child tests positive for Covid. This includes sending an email during the weekend or evening hours or calling the office during the school day. You are welcome to send the email directly to me, and I will take it from there. Please know that your child's name will remain confidential. This is not a blame or shame situation; we just want to keep everyone as safe as possible.

I too am working from home in quarantine since my college daughter tested positive for covid, and I spent the day with her helping with homework. She is recovering slowly, and I tested negative. I look forward to returning next week and am thankful to be healthy.

We are struggling to have enough staff to teach classes this week and moving into next week with so many staff members out in quarantine or testing positive. Everyone is hanging in there, but this is getting extremely challenging.

I am very sorry that we have to go to distance learning! I know this is challenging for you as parents as well. I wish the virus would go away, but I don't see this happening any time soon. Please know that we will help as much as we can.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!!

Internet Access

“Northfield HCI is prepared to help families who need Internet access or increase speed to support student academic needs during distance learning. Please go to for more information. You can also email or call 507-291-5101 for assistance. We are committed to making sure 100% of families are connected.” (11.13.2020)

World Kindness Day

Today is World Kindness Day. This is a good reminder to use kind words with others, and perform a random act of kindness for someone else. You can never be kind to someone without the kindness coming back to you. Kindness starts with one person, let it be you!

Dressing for the Weather

The weather is cold. Please make sure your child is dressed for colder temps.

Spirit Day

November’s Spirit Day is Wacky Wear. Let’s wrap up in person learning, and head into distance learning with some fun. Don’t forget to mix and match patterns, colors, or even crazy hairstyles and silly hats on Wednesday, November 18th! Please bring $1 if you choose to wear wacky clothes or hat, $2 if wearing both. Money should be turned into the student's classroom teacher.

Needs from the Health Office

The Health Office is in need of leggings and sweatpants for students who need dry clothing. We need all sizes, boys and girls, and prefer elastic waist pants, not jeans. Donations may be sent to school with your child or dropped off at the Bridgewater Office. Thank you!

Meal Benefit Applications

Postcards were mailed this week and developed by HCI to encourage families to turn in their meal benefit applications. See the flyer below:
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Penny Hillemann, Executive Director of Rice County Area United Way, recently shared that there are 900 Rice County children signed up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - FANTASTIC! She wants our help to sign up 100 more children - for a total of 1,000! - before Thanksgiving. I think we can do it!

Attached are brochures, and families can find more information from this website: Sign up for Imagination Library!

This amazing program gets free books into the hands of Rice County's youngest learners - mailed right to their home. Once a child is signed up, it takes about 6 weeks to 2 months to receive the first book, but then they come once per month until the child's 5th birthday.

Thanks so much for your help to spread the word about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!

Registration forms are attached below.

Give to the Max Day

Please know that we don't collect funds on Give to the Max Day. Boosterthon is our big fundraiser, and these other dates are reserved for you to donate elsewhere if you so choose.

Grandparents Day

Usually, we celebrate Grandparents Day before we leave for Thanksgiving Break. Unfortunately, we are not able to hold this celebration this year. Students will be writing cards or messages for grandparents instead. Grandparents are very special people and we sure don't want to forget about them!

Covid Testing Sites

Below is some information on local Covid testing sites just in case...


The Thanksgiving season is a good reminder to be thankful for all that we have and all the good that surrounds us daily. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with a great staff and a wonderful group of families at Bridgewater. Thank you for being such an important part of the Bridgewater family. Have a great holiday week sharing gratitude with others safely.

No School Nov. 25-29

November 25-29 is Thanksgiving Break. There will be no school for students and staff. The Bridgewater office will be closed.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 19, 20---Teacher Planning Day, No School for Students

Nov. 23-Jan. 3rd---Distance Learning

Nov. 25-29---Thanksgiving Break, No 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.