Bridgewater Friday Update

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

September 4, 2020


At the elementary level, we will begin the school year in-person, five days per week. The Middle School and High School begin the year in a hybrid model with students attending two-days per week. We are happy to have our students back in-person so that we can get to know them and build relationships with them.

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 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, students will go directly to their classroom. We are trying to eliminate the large groups of students. The playground will not be a morning option. We will send out a video next week outlining many of our new procedures given the Covid climate. It will take all of us working together to help keep school open and successful for students. Kid Ventures will still be available, and know that this is fee based and you must register before sending your child.

Family Conferences--Please sign up

Family Conferences will be held the week of Sept. 8th. Here are the links to sign up:


First Grade:

Second Grade:

Third Grade:

Fourth Grade:

Fifth Grade:

Conferences will take approximately 45 minutes leaving 15 minutes for disinfecting in between times. You are welcome to hold your conference via Zoom by indicating this on your sign up.

What to Bring For Family Conferences?

  • We are expecting you to bring your child to Family Conferences, but please don't bring older, non-Bridgewater children.
  • We also need you to bring your child's iPad and charger.
  • Bring your child's school supplies.
  • Bring your list of things that we should know about your child to best help them have a good school year.

Forms That Can Be Completed Before Conferences

Here is the link to the forms that we will need completed in case you would like a head start:

Below you will find QR codes and a To-Do List. We are trying to keep many items electronic only.

Teacher Placement

Teacher placements have all been sent out via email. Please let me know if you don't know your child's teacher aside from the one fourth-grade teacher yet to be hired. If you child is in Portage, that information will come from the Portage program administrator; I don't have access to this information.

Orchestra Update

4th Grade Orchestra information will be available during the September 8-11th Family Meetings with classroom teachers. Information as well as an electronic sign-up form can also be found on my school website for 4th Grade Orchestra:

5th Grade students who participated in Orchestra last year will have a letter waiting at the Family Meetings and an email from Mrs. Kruger on Tuesday, September 8th. Information for 5th graders returning to orchestra as well as an electronic sign-up form can also be found on my school website for 5th Grade Orchestra:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached via email ( or a phone call to your child's school.

I look forward to making music with orchestra students this year!

Natalie Kruger

Elementary Orchestra

First Day of School

Monday, September 14th is the first day of school for students. Please mark this on your calendar. We are excited to have students return!!

Letter from Benjamin Bus

Greetings Bridgewater Elementary Families,

Benjamin Bus is hard at work getting routes ready to welcome our students back, whom we have missed terribly. Due to COVID-19, Benjamin Bus has new guidelines and protocols we must put into practice. I am communicating to all families in the district with this new policy.

· Per Govenor Walz, our fleet will be transporting students at 50% capacity—(38-40 students/regular size bus). What this entails is, siblings will sit together in a seat—(max. 2 students per seat). Other students will be asked to sit singly by the window.

· All drivers and students must wear a face mask or face shield while on board.

· If your student shows any symptoms, please keep your student home.

· Drivers will be responsible of disinfecting high touch areas between routes. At the end of morning and afternoon routes, all vehicles will be sanitized with a high grade sanitizing system.

· Bus cards with your student(s) bus information will arrive via mail the week of September 8th. All previous bus expectations are still in place (Inside voices, stay in your seat, no eating or drinking).

Even though we are all experiencing differences during this unprecedented time, Benjamin Bus will continue to provide SAFE and professional transportation to all we serve.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at (507) 645-5720 or

Thank you and take care,

Jenna Dardis

General Manager

Benjamin Bus, Inc. –Northfield

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. Medications may be brought in when you come for Family Conferences. Thank you!

Annual Notifications & Student Citizenship Handbook

Attached are the annual notifications. All notifications, except the State-Required Background Checks, are posted on the district website

The Student Citizenship Handbook is available online.

Also attached is the Parent Signature Return Form (English and Spanish) needed for the parent/guardian of elementary students. We will continue to collect the parent signature forms even though the handbook is available online. Please bring to your Family Conference or drop off at the Bridgewater Office.


Wearing a face mask is an expectation this fall, as they fall under Governor Walz mask mandate. It is best to have your child become comfortable with this practice before school starts explaining the why behind wearing a mask. We want to keep everyone healthy and safe. We will have two fabric masks and three disposable masks for your student along with a thermometer for each family who needs one. These will be distributed next week at conferences.

Road Construction

We have a large road construction project taking place on Jefferson Parkway and Highway 246 (Division Street). They are constructing a roundabout and walking tunnel at that intersection to help with the traffic flow. This project is scheduled to be completed by October, so this will affect traffic at Bridgewater, Northfield Middle School and Northfield High School. You can get to Bridgewater taking Jefferson Parkway from Highway 3.

Outdoor Spaces

We are fortunate to have plenty of green spaces around Bridgewater, and look forward to using these spaces for mask breaks and instruction during this fall. Your child's teacher may ask you to provide a towel for your child to sit on while outside. I know the students will enjoy being outside a bit more than usual.

Library Books

We are still missing many library books from the past school year. Please bring them in when you attend Family Conferences. There is a blue bin in the entry way at Bridgewater to place library books when you return them.

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.