Bridgewater Bear Tracks

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

September 10, 2021

First Two Days

Our first two days went very well! It was great to see the students return to school, and how much some of them have grown! I cannot thank you enough for your work preparing your children for the school year. Your preparation has made a significant difference for the students. I am looking forward to the rest of the school year.

Change of Plans

It is always best when you establish a consistent routine with your child to follow at the end of each school day. If you have a change in plans, please send a note with your child just in case there is a guest teacher that day. During the day, calls may be made to the Bridgewater Office. It is very challenging when the office is called after 2:30 pm. Please call before 2:30. If a student does not have a note, they will be sent on their normal route.

Volunteers Needed

Hearing & Vision Screening Volunteers are Needed

Date: Thursday, 9/23/2021

Slot #1: 8:30am - 11:30am

Slot #2: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Thank you very much for volunteering!

~ Bridgewater Booster Club

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT: Northfield Schools require that all volunteers complete a background check - here's the website...

Reading Corp Tutor Needed

Bridgewater is hiring for one more Reading Corps tutor for the 2021-2022 school year to help our students succeed. By giving your time and talent as a tutor, you can help our students gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful learners. Tutors work one-on-one with students in Kindergarten – grade 3. No experience? No problem! Reading Corps provides great training in strategies proven to help students build skills and become better readers. Apply here! Deadline is October 6 to apply! Service start date is October 25, 2021!

DJJD Activities

There are many kid-friendly activities this weekend with it being the Defeat of Jesse James Day weekend. I hope to see you downtown here and there.

We wish the best of luck to BW DJJD Junior Ambassador Candidates Josie Brandt and Isabella Jenson!! All of the DJJD teen Ambassador candidates are former BW students!!! Such a tough choice!! Good luck ladies!!

Remembrance of 9/11

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. I hope you take a moment to think about all of the people that have been affected by this tragedy. Many local residents have connections. May we never forget.

IPad Protection Plan

Please don't forget to sign up and pay for the IPad Protection Plan. Accidents happen, and it is best to be prepared before the screen cracks. A cracked screen costs $125 without insurance; $25 max with insurance. Here is the link to sign up for the insurance:

Arrival Information--Parent Drop-Off

We are asking for your help in having students arrive no earlier than 8:10 a.m. each day (9:10 a.m. on Wednesdays). Students eating breakfast may arrive at 7:50. After 8:10 or breakfast, students will go to their classroom or wait for the bell in the commons area, and not to the playground; there is no morning recess. Kid Ventures is still available for childcare before and after school; this is fee-based and your child must be registered before they may access this program. We will have staff inside the front door who will help your child find their way to the classroom or to breakfast.

When you pull up into the drop-off lane, please pull ahead as far as you can before letting your child exit your car. If there is a long line, please don't wait until you are directly in front of the door before letting your child out of your car. There is enough space for at least eight cars to drop off at the same time, and the children can walk up the sidewalk to the front door.

End-of-the-Day--Parent Pick Up

The end of the day is a busy time. You can only imagine trying to dismiss 550 students at the same time in an organized fashion making sure students get to the correct place. These are the things that keep me awake at night and give me nightmares. We dismiss at 3:20 pm each day. It is most helpful if you arrive to pick up after 3:05 p.m. This will help alleviate the back up onto Jefferson Parkway hindering the buses arriving on time.

As in the past, we will provide you a pick-up tag for your child. Please write your child's name and grade clearly on this tag, and place it so that it is visible through your windshield. This way you will drive up, we can read your child's name and make sure that your child gets to your car. Please keep your car tag displayed until your child is in your car. Please also remain in your car and in line. This is similar to a drive through, where you place your order and receive your happy face. Please be patient, alert and courteous. Everyone has a schedule with places to go.

Tips For Having a Good Year

Here are six tips to make this year the best that it can be:

1. Make sure that your child gets plenty of sleep at night.

2. Communicate with your child's teacher.

3. Be positive about the school experience and staff.

4. Ask your child about the best part of his/her day.

5. Expect minor glitches at the beginning of the school year; it takes time to get the routine in place.

6. Speak up if you see or hear something that is questionable; we are all responsible for making school a safe environment.


Students who live within the walking boundaries should leave home no earlier than 8:05 a.m. each morning. This will keep them out of the way of high school traffic, and this is a safety issue. Crossing guards will be at their post at Raider Drive and Jefferson Parkway in the morning at 8:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays), and at 3:20 p.m. in the afternoon. Students should always cross with the patrols and not at other places on Jefferson Parkway. Please talk to your child about going directly to school in the morning and directly home in the afternoon. We have found several students at the park in the afternoon since they didn't walk directly home.


Due to the Covid environment along with the lack of space, visitors are not allowed in the building during the school day. Unfortunately, this does mean that parents are not able to walk children to class nor come in to have lunch with students. Our enrollment is high enough where we will be using all of the tables for our students during lunch. We will not have room for guests. Thank you for understanding!

School Hours

The school hours for Bridgewater are 8:20-3:20. We will serve breakfast for students every morning, and they will be able to eat in the cafeteria. We are asking that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 a.m. unless they are eating breakfast. Students arriving to eat breakfast may arrive at 7:50 a.m. After breakfast, students will go to the commons area to wait for the bell. We are trying to eliminate the large groups of students. The playground will not be a morning option. Kid Ventures will still be available, and know that this is fee based and you must register before sending your child.

Free Breakfast and Lunch & Forms

All students are able to have free breakfast and lunch at schools in MN this year. Students riding the bus are still able to have breakfast upon arriving at school. Snack cart will not be available due to the availability of breakfast.

We still need potentially eligible families to complete and submit the Educational Benefits form. Federal and state funding is based on these results. In addition, families who qualify may receive discounts on Community Education programming along with discounts for extra-curricular opportunities. The forms and instructions are attached below.

Medical Information

Please make sure to share medical needs for your child with either Nurse Melody Leidall or Nurse Lucy Archibald. Any and all medications need to go through them as well. Please do not send medications on the bus with students. Thank you!

School Pictures

School Pictures are scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 28th during the school day. More information will be sent out as we get closer to this date.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 8-12---Defeat of Jesse James DaysSept. 14---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center

Sept. 28---School Pictures

Oct. 12---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center

Oct. 21-24---MEA, 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 parent-teacher organization 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.