Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - February 26, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

We had another busy week at New Britton! This week was our annual PTO-sponsored After School Enrichment (ASE) week. There was a variety of engaging classes offered for every grade level. Student excitement spilled into the hallways as young engineers tested and redesigned marshmallow launchers and paper and Styrofoam airplanes. Cooks experimented with chocolate-covered creations, and artists created with paint, paper folding and clay. Bodies were moving and grooving with Hip Hop class and karate. And these were a few of our many classes offered by teachers, parents, high school students, and outside businesses. Thank you to the ASE Coordinator-Mrs. Mason, our PTO Executive Board, and all the fabulous parent and teacher volunteers!

Our New Britton Math Bowl Team participated in the district competition last night. Our mathematicians collaborated and problem-solved as a team, representing New Britton well. We are so proud of this team!! I would like to thank our magnificent Math Bowl coaches, Mrs. Buening and Mrs. Cox. I would also like to thank Mrs. Perillo for proctoring this competition.

Next week is the beginning of our first round of ISTEP testing for our third and fourth grade students. This is an opportunity for our students to show what they know and can do as a result of their hard work in elementary school. Please, as always, give your students a pep talk, encouraging them to do their best. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin



8: PTO meeting with Dr. Bourff, 7:00 p.m.

14: Flex Day

18: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30

30: 4th Grade Music program

31: Walkathon

Mark your calendar!

Our 4th grade students will visit Riverside Intermediate on May 16th during the school day for an orientation. Later that night, Riverside Intermediate will hold a Parent Night at 7:00. This evening is for parents of current 4th grade students attending RSI in 2016-17. Please plan to attend.

Rotation Days

February 29-March 4

Monday: Day 4

Tuesday: Day 5

Wednesday: Day 6

Thursday: Day 1

Friday: Day 2

Menu Change

Please note there is a menu change for Wednesday, March 2nd. We will be serving:

Chicken Pot Pie





Take a peek into a third grade class and see how technology is used as one tool to amplify instruction. Notice the variety of tools in methods that these young mathematicians use to show their thinking processes!

Amplifying Math Workshop with Technology


Take a look inside Mrs. Kline's 3rd grade math block to see how learning is amplified with technology. Notice how students choose a variety of different tools…


Meet Dan Killeen!

Childrens book author, Dan Killeen, will be visiting New Britton on Thursday, March 10th. Use the order form that was sent home with your student this week to pre-order signed copies of his books. Books can be personalized at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel on Friday, March 11th, and Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m.

Counselor Cove

ATTENTION 3RD and 4th GRADE PARENTS – ISTEP part 1 testing will be the during the time period of February 29 through March 11. ISTEP part 2/CCRA (College &Career Ready Assessment) testing done online during the time period of April 18 through May 6. NBE normally tries to get the testing done in the beginning of the time period and more so in the morning so that make-up’s can be done later in that date timeline. As the time gets closer, teachers will send out detailed dates and information to parents.

The Indiana Department of Education has provided parents with some information concerning the testing at the link below:


Teachers will be providing students the opportunity to go online to learn about the new ISTEP/CCRA assessment. Below is the link for you and your child to look over in your home and will give you a chance to see some types of questions that will be on the assessment.


3rd grade parents only – IREAD3 testing will occur on March 14 through March 18. Attendance during these days is very important; please make every attempt to reschedule dentist/doctor appointments around the test dates.

Here are just a few tips for a good start to every morning and they also make for an even better testing situation:

  • Get a good night’s sleep. This is important every night!!!
  • A good morning at home makes for a good morning at school.
  • Eat a good healthy breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Talk to your students about the test in advance not just the week of the test. Remind them to give their best effort today and everyday. This test is important, but too much stress can be a problem also.
  • Encourage your student to listen to the teacher for directions.
  • Remind your student that they can figure out tough questions that they have the grit and perseverance to figure it out.
  • Encourage your student to think positively – they can do this!!!
  • Smile J and tell a funny joke – laughing is good for everyone.

Thanks for your help.


Thank you to everyone who helped with After School Enrichment. We truly appreciate all of your help. I hope all of the students who participated enjoyed their time in the classes. What fun!

Walk-A-Thon packets went home with each of the students earlier this week. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and we would appreciate your participation. We are able to fund many programs with these funds. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Johnson at johnson10874@sbcglobal.net.

Have a great weekend!

Sarah Johnson

PTO President

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Bid on New Britton's basket!

Help our school win up to $2,000 from 5/3 Bank! Follow this link to check out our school’s basket in the HSE Foundation Game Day silent auction: https://qtego.net/qlink/purchase/?id=hsefoundation.php . While you’re there don’t forget to look for other family fun items like a classroom date with Angela Buchman, dinner with the Fishers Fire Department, or family trip to Cincinnati! Click here for more auction details!

Dollars for Seniors Nears

As the winds of March blow in so does the annual Dollars for Seniors (DFS) tradition! Soon, more than 100 local seniors will take to the phones in a telethon style scholarship fundraiser. What makes DFS so special is that it rewards student effort and is not simply based on merit or need. Students from both area high schools work together to learn about local philanthropy, reflect on their time at HSE Schools, set goals, and try to earn money to help both themselves and their classmates pursue their higher education goals! It takes a lot of courage and a little practice for our students to dial the phone, so consider answering the call and pledging to help! Or you can give directly online in honor of the Class of 2016 at http://hsefoundation.org/events/dollars-for-seniors.

Contact Us

8660 E 131st St, Fishers, IN 46038

Phone: 594-4130

Fax: 594-4139

New Britton website: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/home.aspx

HSE website: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/home.aspx

Twitter: @NBEbulldogs