Bridgewater Bear Tracks

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

September 17, 2021

School Pictures

School Pictures are scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 28th during the school day. Picture packets were sent home with students; it is also attached below. You may pay for pictures online at using code FM362884. Make sure that you use your child's given name, and not their nickname. For example, Nicholas, not Nick. Orders may be placed up to four days after the photo session with no added fees.

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 your Family Conference. 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!

Bike Riders

Please send your child with a bike lock to lock their bike when they ride their bike to school. We have had some bikes stolen in the past, and this is not what I want for your child. Better to be safe. I would appreciate students parking at the larger bike racks on the flagpole side of the building.

Arrival Information--Parent Drop-Off Update

Morning drop-off is going very well!! Thank you so much for staying in your car, and dropping off your child by letting them out on the sidewalk keeping them safe! We enjoy seeing you and your children in the morning, and having the chance to greet you all! Thank you for making this experience so pleasant each morning!

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

Whew!! There are a lot of cars in the afternoon!! We are doing our best to get students loaded in the correct car and get you on your way every afternoon. We have many cars backed up onto Jefferson Parkway, and we are aware of this. I just asked that you stay as far to the right as you can so that other cars can get around you. Also, pull up as close as you can to the car in front of you. I realize that some drivers (not BW parents) find it necessary to honk their horns, but you are not doing anything wrong; you are waiting to make a right hand turn and this is legal. Jefferson Parkway was not designed to handle the amount of school traffic that we have, and we are making the best of this situation. Our goal is to keep students safe and get them into the correct car at the end of the day. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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; please don't rely on sending an email to your child's teacher after noon as teachers don't always have time to check email while they are teaching. 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 show proof of a Covid vaccine and 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!

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: Please note that the Logi Crayon is not covered under insurance. Replacement cost for a lost or damaged Crayon is $49.95.

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!

Who is Mrs. Antoine

I thought I would take a moment again this year to share a little bit about myself so that you may get to know me better. I am originally from a small town on the North Shore, Lutsen, MN. I graduated from Cook County High School, and had the pleasure of seeing Lake Superior every day on my ride to and from school on the bus! This is my 15th year at Bridgewater as the principal. I was a head principal for five years in Worthington. I also worked in the Robbinsdale School District, and taught in Minneapolis and in Texas. I am married to my husband Doug and we have two children, Chris and Jen. My mother, Muriel Lyght, has also lived with us for the past twenty-four years. My son Chris graduated from St. Cloud State University last December and is working in the insurance business currently. Jen is a senior at St. Cloud State, and is majoring in early childhood education with a minor in special education. It seems like just yesterday when they were students at Bridgewater, and I am very proud of them. Some Bridgewater students may know Jen as Squiggles from the summer YMCA programs as she worked with the campers for the past few summers.

Many of you know that I was selected as the National Distinguish Elementary Principal for the State of MN this past May. I am truly honored by this award, and know that it would not have happened without the amazing staff, students and families that I have the joy of serving every day.

I also stay busy professionally trying to stay current across the state and nation. I am a Past-President of the MN Elementary Principals’ Association and serve as the chair of the Board of School Administrators. I also serve as the elementary principal representative on the MN Teacher of the Year Judging Panel. I was also asked to represent seven states on the NAESP National Racial Equity Task Force. I have learned so much through all of these experiences and it is great to see what happens in other school districts across the country. Locally, I serve on the YMCA Board of Directors.

I thoroughly enjoy working with students, staff and families, and try my best to learn the names of all the students. I cannot imagine not being around children; they are such great gifts and bring happiness with lots of energy! I am also a huge sports fan and that is why you may see me at many local sporting events when they are in session.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 23---Vision & Hearing Screening for Grades 1, 3, 5

Sept. 28---School Picture Day

Oct. 1---Kindergarten Field Trip to Bridgewater Produce

Oct. 5---Northfield Fire Department Visit, Grades K-3

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

Oct. 19---5th Grade 5K @ 8:35 a.m.

Oct. 21-24---MEA, No School for Students

Nov. 8---Teacher Workday, No School for Students

Nov. 9---Picture Retake Day

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.