Bridgewater Bear Tracks
Bear Pride: Respect, Responsibility, Be Safe, Do Your Best
September 24, 2021
End-of-the-Day--Car Rider Pick Up Update
Change of Plans
Reading Corp Tutor Needed
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.
Sept. 28---School Picture Day
Oct. 1---Kindergarten Field Trip to Bridgewater Produce
Oct. 5---Northfield Fire Department Visit, Grades K-3
Oct. 7---Vision & Hearing Re-screening Day
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
Nov. 9---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center
Nov. 24-28---Thanksgiving Break, No School for Students and Staff
Dec. 10---4th Grade River Bend Visit for Waste Education
Dec. 14---BBC Meeting 6:00-7:00 BW Media Center
Dec. 23-Jan.2---Winter Break, No School for Students and Staff
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 550 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, Bridegwater Booster Club (BBC) 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.