New Britton Elementary
September 22nd, 2023
Upcoming PTO Dates
Mark Your Calendars!
September 27 - Family Conferences, 3:00-6:00pm
September 29 - eLearning Day
*Pack the Park will be November 3*
October 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair
October 4 - Family Conferences, 3:00-6:00pm
October 4 &5 - Book Fair Shopping from 3-7 pm
October 6 - Movie Night from 6:30-8:30 pm
October 11 - Family Conferences, 3:00-6:00pm
October 12 - International Fair
October 16-20 - No School - Fall Break
eLearning Day - September 29
Fall Book Fair
Join Us for the Fall Book Fair!
Mark your calendars for October 4th and 5th – it’s time for our annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair! This year, we’re making it a family affair! The fair will be open from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on these days only. We invite you to bring the family to explore the world of books together.
· Discover a wide selection of fantastic books for all ages.
· Support our library and help us add new, exciting titles to our collection.
· Help your child continue to develop a love of reading.
We can’t wait to see you there!
To make this event a success, we need your help! If you’re interested in volunteering, please follow the link below to sign up. Your support is invaluable in creating a memorable experience for our school community. https://tinyurl.com/t449unrn
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at New Britton!
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Throughout the month, we have a series of exciting activities planned. Our students will have the opportunity to share their own heritage and experiences, helping us all gain a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture.
When you visit for parent conferences, be sure to visit our Center X, where you’ll find an engaging student-driven display showcasing the beauty and diversity of Hispanic culture. Students are encouraged to bring artifacts or photos that represent their culture, and these will be proudly displayed in our Center X, fostering a sense of unity and appreciation.
Cafeteria Staff Needed
Work when your kids are in school and be off when they are. Food service is looking for full and part-time employees to work a school-year schedule. Positions are available at various schools, including New Britton. Did you know that these position include a free lunch as well as the opportunity to interact with our Bulldog students?
As the end of First Quarter is approaching, we wanted to highlight the attendance part of our District Student Handbook. You can find the handbook on our NBE website. You may also review the policy below.
ATTENDANCE It is important that your child is at school each day. Good attendance is one of the keys to achieving your child’s full potential in the learning process. The overall rate of attendance is one of four determining factors in our accreditation rating with the Indiana Department of Education. Depending upon the time of year, absence can also have an impact on school funding.
Attendance will be excused but not counted against absence numbers for the following reasons:
➢ School-sponsored trips;
➢ Court appearance or witness in judicial proceedings;
➢ Service as a legislative page;
➢ Participation in an election;
➢ Active duty with the Indiana National Guard;
➢ Active duty with the Indiana wing of civil air patrol;
➢ Religious instruction;
➢ Attendance excused by the principal/designee;
➢ Exhibiting or participating in State Fair-- A student may be excused if the student or member of the student’s household participates or exhibits in the Indiana State fair for educational purposes. The student’s parent/guardian must provide a written note indicating the educational purpose and the school principal must approve the absence. A student may not miss more than (5) days in a school year due to attending the State Fair. The student must be in good academic standing with the school as determined by HSE.
Attendance will be excused but counted against absence numbers for the following reasons:
➢ The student’s illness or injury (documented);
➢ Accident involving the student’s transportation;
➢ Death or serious illness in the student’s immediate family; Elementary Handbook Page 3 Adopted by the HSE Board of Trustees July 2023; Amended July 2023
➢ Religious observations;
➢ College visits;
➢ Attendance excused by the principal/designee
Students of active duty personnel shall have additional excused absences at the discretion of the District for visitations relative to leave or deployment.
Excused absences at the elementary school level means the student is counted as absent, but it falls under one of the legal reasons for an absence. All other absences are considered unexcused.
A maximum of eight (8) days per semester and a maximum of sixteen (16) days per school year will be excused. Further undocumented absences will be unexcused. Students must have a written explanation from their doctor for every absence above and beyond the maximum of 8 days per semester or 16 days per year. Parents/guardians are ultimately responsible for their child’s school attendance. Students with excessive absences and/or tardies will be referred to the HSE attendance officer.
At the elementary level, the half day absence mark is 10:55AM for student day. Any student arriving after 8:40AM and prior to 10:55AM will be marked half day absence.
EXTENDED ABSENCES Students who are absent from school for an excess of 10 consecutive school days may be subject to the following actions as each may be deemed appropriate by the School, all subject to further procedure in accordance with this Student Handbook and Indiana law: (i) the School may exit the student as an out of state transfer. The parent/guardian shall be responsible for enrolling the student where they are located and re-enrolling the student upon their return; (ii) at the election of the parent/guardian, the student may be exited as a transfer to Homeschooling; (iii) upon approval of the School, the extended absence may be excused if the trip is for education purposes in accordance with Ind. Code 20-33-2-17.5; or (iv) the extended absences may be reported as unexcused absences, which may subject the student to truancy or expulsion procedures and require the School to notify DCS or other entities as required by Indiana law.
Parents/guardians should provide the School with advanced notice of any planned extended absences sufficient to satisfy one of the above-referenced options. Failure to provide advanced notice may lead to the extended absence being declared unexcused, which may subject the student to truancy or expulsion procedures and require the School to notify DCS or other entities as required by Indiana law.
If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support and continued partnership with us!
New Britton Elementary
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Students continued the Second Step Elementary digital program, a researched-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school.
Please see the Second Step Weekly Home Link attached at the bottom of the newsletter for specific information discussed in each grade level Week 6.
Snack Attack - Fishers Youth Assistance Program
NBE is pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for those students in need. This program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to provide students a little extra nourishment for the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday.
Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack of food to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks.
There is no cost to you or the school. This program is open to students that qualify for the reduced lunch program or have an increased need currently.
To be part of this free program, you must sign up your family online. https://forms.gle/xrKNaxRaLypSqKvV8
If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Leiner, NBE School Counselor at email@example.com