Bridgewater Friday Update

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

January 15, 2021

No School Monday, January 18th

Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day with no school for students and teachers.

MLK Day Thoughts

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not just a day off from school or work. There is significant meaning behind this day. These are two of the many quotes from Dr. King that I find particularly meaningful: "Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others." "Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will, in the end, connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts."

This is a good time to think about others and what we can do to make their lives better. We truly cannot do something for someone else without getting some of the goodness on us. Please take the time to talk with your family about what you can do to serve others even if it is just the smallest of ways. Martin Luther King, Jr. has left an amazing legacy that centers around the value of people and speaking up for those who are less fortunate than we are.

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

School Meals

The free meal program has been extended through the end of school year 20-21, as provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. All students enrolled in the school district — regardless of the learning model — can receive free breakfast and lunch every day.

Milk is included in the price of a breakfast and lunch meal. Students who take milk only at meals will be charged $0.50 per carton. Extra milks are not allowed at this time. Please know that if your child is bringing lunch from home and ordering milk they will be charged $.50.

This information is available on the Child Nutrition District Website Page if you want more details.

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.

Teacher Workday, Friday, January 29th

Friday, January 29th is the end of the second quarter and a Teacher Workday with no school for students. This day is set aside for teachers to prepare report cards for students.

Returning to School In-Person

Dr. Hillmann sent out an email outlining all the details for returning to school in-person. Here are the main points that you need to know:

  • Jan. 19: K-2 students return to school
  • Jan. 27-28: Planning Days for Gr. 3-5 Teachers; no class for Gr. 3-5 students
  • Feb. 1: Gr. 3-5 students return to school
  • Childcare will still be offered Gr. 3-5 students until Feb. 1st

We will still be wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands frequently. Please let me know if you have questions.

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

Jan 18--Martin Luther King Day, No School for Students and Staff

Jan. 19---K-2 Students Return to School

Jan 27 & 28---Pivot Days for Gr. 3-5 Teachers; No School for Gr. 3-5 Students

Jan 29---Teacher Workday for Report Cards; No School for Students K-5

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

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.