Bridgewater Friday Update

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

January 29, 2021

Sports Jersey Day--Monday, Feb. 1st

Monday, Feb. 1st is Sports Jersey Day!! Our entire team is back, and our GOAL is to keep kids in school!!!!

Paraprofessional/Educational Assistants Appreciation Week

Jan.25-29th is Paraprofessional Appreciation Week. We were able to have special treats and gifts for our EA's yesterday to thank them for all their work. We have a great group of EA's, and we would not want to be without them! They are extremely valuable and greatly appreciated!!

Self Care

Let's be honest, the Covid/Distance Learning environment has been tough on all of us, and more-so on some than others. We have to remember to take care of ourself, and give ourself and others plenty of grace. This is challenging for those of us who like life to go in a scheduled manner. Please know that we all need each other, and it is important to take the time to provide pick-me-ups to those close to you. We have to minimize the cut-downs and maximize the positivity.

Manners and Language

I just need to point out how heart warming it is when our kiddos use good manners at school; it is music to my ears. It is easy to know when children have been taught to say Please and Thank You without having to be reminded. It is also obvious when children have not been raised with profanity in their home. Know that children will copy many things, and it is always best when we hear the kind words come out of their mouths. Thank you!


We have a handful of students who arrive without a mask on a regular basis. It is best to have a spare mask in the backpack just in case your child forgets. Wearing a mask for Phy Ed also causes the mask to get pretty wet. You may want to consider sending one just for Phy Ed that can hang in the locker and sent home once a week to be laundered.

Car Tags

We ran out of car tags and have ordered more. They should arrive soon. In the meantime, please just use a piece of paper and write the name and grade of your child. Place it on your dash when you come to pick up your child. This makes the process so much easier, especially on cold days when you want your window closed.

Water Bottle

Each student should bring a labeled water bottle to school. These bottles do need to be washed frequently. It is challenging when they end up in lost & found due to that fact that they are not labeled. Thank you for your help with this!

A Note from Specials

Dear artists, scientists, athletes, and musicians,

IF you took home your Specials bag, please return it when we come back to school. Specials bags contained markers, crayons, glue, scissors, pencils, and an eraser. You will also need to bring back any other items you might have taken home for Specials such as your gym shoes, art sketchbook, and 4th and 5th grade science notebook. Please see Mrs. Hummel's note below about Music:

MUSIC NOTE: Students may keep all printed music materials previously sent home.

Mrs. Hummel will continue RECORDERS with 4th graders. 4th Grade students are asked to keep their recorder instruments and "Cool Tunes" packets at home until further notice. Students will practice reading notes, counting rhythms, and will also review fingerings during music classes - with the opportunity to play along with recorder videos at home through Schoology.

We miss you tons and THANK YOU for all your hard work in Specials!

Many thanks,

Ms. Woodstrup, Mrs. Phenow, Mrs. Hummel, Mr. Mathison, and Mr. Bernhard

Arrival Information--Parent Drop-Off

Here are the rules/guidelines that need to be adhered to in the mornings:

  • Students may arrive at 8:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays) if they are eating breakfast in the morning.
  • Students may arrive no earlier than 8:10 a.m. each day (9:10 a.m. on Wednesdays) otherwise.
  • Stay in your car and in line to drop off your child. Don't park and walk across the parking lot.
  • Students walking to school should leave the house no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
  • Do not budge in line, drop your child and hurry away; be the positive role model for your child.

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 all of our 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.

As in the past, we will provide you a car-up tag for your child. Please write your child's name and grade big and clear 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 remain in your car and in line. This is similar to a drive through, were you place your order and receive your happy face. Please be patient, alert and courteous. Everyone has a schedule with places to go.

We have about three times as many parents picking up this year. Everyone will need to be patient and respectful please.

  • Pull up when you can without leaving a huge gap in front of your car.
  • Make sure your tag is visible in your windshield hanging from your rear-view mirror.
  • Our K, 1, 2 students are dismissed first, and they will be ready to be picked up right away. The older students will be down shortly afterwards. You will want to plan accordingly.
  • Stay in your car and in line to pick up your child. Don't park and walk across the parking lot.
  • We are trying our very best to get your child to the correct car in a timely fashion while looking out for the safety of all.
  • Students walking home that need to cross Jefferson Parkway must cross with the safety patrols for their own safety.


Due to the Covid environment, 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 the commons area and hallway to distance students during lunch. We will not have room for guests. Thank you for understanding!

Attendance Line

Please call the Bridgewater attendance line if your child is going to be absent from school. This number can be accessed 24 hours a day. 507-664-3306 is the number and this is at the top of your Bridgewater magnet that you received at the beginning of the school year. We will place a phone call to families that we don’t hear from by the morning; this is done for the sake of safety. Thank you for your help!

Temperature Checks--A Must

Thermometers were passed out to each family this fall. Parents are to take the temperature of your child each morning before sending them to school. If your child's temp is 100 degrees or higher, they must remain at home. Please let us know if you still need a thermometer

Benjamin Bus

The phone number to Benjamin Bus Company is 507-645-5720 if you are in need of assistance. We work together quite closely, but we are not driving the busses and dropping off students.

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.

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


Upcoming Events

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

Feb. 15---Staff Development Day, No School for Students

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.