Bridgewater Friday Update

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

August 13, 2021

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year

I would like to welcome you all to the 21-22 school year at Bridgewater Elementary!! We are getting ready for the school year to begin and looking forward to hearing the voices of the students in the hallways once again.


Communication is very important to me, and I want to make sure that you are informed about the events that happen at Bridgewater. I will email a newsletter every Friday. You are always welcome to email me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Bridgewater is your school and I want you to be a part of your child's education.

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. Here is the link to sign up for this:

School Supply List

Below is the BW School Supply List.


Many of you have questions about the coming year, especially new families. Please know that you are welcome to call Bridgewater between 7:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. You are also welcome to email your questions as well. We are here to serve you, and you are not interrupting us; you are our job, and we enjoy talking with you. Bridgewater is your school, and you are always welcome!! You are also free to visit the school if you would like. Call if you would like a tour.

Teacher Placement

Teacher placement information will come out the week of August 16th. You will be notified of your child's teacher at that time. Please call the Bridgewater Office if you don't receive this information by August 23rd; this would mean that there is a problem.

First Day of School

Thursday, September 9th is the first day of school for students. Please mark this on your calendar. We are excited to have the students return!!

Family Conferences

Family Conferences will take place on September 7th & 8th. We will send out a SignUp Genius for you to sign up for the date and time that works for you. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher, complete paperwork electronically, and discuss the coming school year. You know your child best, and we want to learn from you how to best meet the needs of your child. We also need to know how best to communicate with you in case we need to reach you. Thank you for making this time a priority!


Teaching children to read is one of the most important duties we have as educators and parents. It is very helpful when parents read to children on a regular basis, and we have students read daily in school. We have to partner together to help create a successful reader out of your children. There are so many other subjects that rely on students to already know how to read. Thank you for continuing to read with your children!


Wearing masks will be an expectation this fall, as was stated in the email from Dr. Hillmann. I am hoping that this will not be the case for the entire year, and yet we want to keep everyone safe. There is not a vaccine for elementary students yet, so we need to be vigilant. We will monitor this closely, and let you know when things change to the point that we can be mask-free.

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!

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day will happen at the Y this year on Saturday, August 28 from 9am-noon. The 2021 theme is Recipe for a Healthy Kid.

In a year filled with challenges for all of us, we are excited to gather with families of preschool and elementary school-age kids for a morning of fun activities that celebrate kids being kids including a bounce house! Healthy Kids Day at the Y will feature our gym, pool, and wellness floor--as well as our indoor and outdoor spaces and a variety of activities, booths, sponsors and displays.

There will be free giveaways, and it will be fun to have families at the Y this year--both inside and outside of the building. See the flyer below for more details.

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.