Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - October 30, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Parents,

Fourth grade students recognized Dictionary Day today, and gave many presentations to NBE classrooms and in the office. Dictionary Day is a day set aside to recognize the achievements and contributions of Noah Webster, the father of the dictionary. Although the use of a dictionary in a physical book form is being replaced by electronic apps and programs in most homes and now many schools, nothing can replace the POWER of words (both written and spoken).

Just last week when I was visiting in Mr. Temple's 3rd grade class, I used the word omnipotent and then challenged students to go home and research the meaning. Brayden, Sloan, Teryrone, Brogan, and Kaelyn not only went home and researched the word, but they created sentences to share their knowledge! Please help us by encouraging your student to not only read at home, but to pull words from books they read and apply them when they speak and write.

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education. Have a safe and restful weekend.


Lori Mankin

Rotation Days

November 2-6

Monday: Day 6

Tuesday: Day 1

Wednesday: Day 2

Thursday: Day 3

Friday: Day 4



1-6: Square One Art Sale

3: Parent Meeting with Dr. Bourff, Media Center, 7:00-8:00

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

10: 1st Grade Vision Screenings *new date*

11: Veteran's Day Program *on Wednesday, not Monday as stated in the flyers that went home*

13: Picture re-takes

19: Dining for Dollars at Moe's Southwest Grill

20: Bulldog Blast

25-27: No School

Lunch Cycle

Student Vision Screenings

Due to a schedule conflict, the 1st grade vision screenings have been moved to November 10th. Dr. Jim Daugherty and Dr. Jillian Pall from Fishers Eye Care will be doing the vision screens for all of our 1st grade students throughout the district. There is no cost for the vision screening and you will be notified if your student’s results indicate a concern.

Picture Retakes

If you would like your student's school picture re-taken, or if your student was not here for the previous school picture day, retakes will take place on Friday, November 13, 2015. You may order online by visiting inter-state.com/order and entering school code 02438TB.

Superintendent visit

Dr. Bourff invites all New Britton parents to gather with him on Tuesday, November 3rd, from 7:00-8:00p.m. in the Media Center so that he can share his observations over the past eight plus months. His observations have translated into three distinct suggestions for a referendum. Dr. Bourff would like for the staff and community to tell him if he has an accurate account OR are there other needs to be considered. We look forward to seeing you there!

Veteran's Day Program

Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th, for New Britton's Veteran's Day Program. This year we will have two celebrations. Please review the following information to see when your student will be attending:

9:15 Performance

K: Grampp, Millsaps, Robinson

1: Sanders, Hower, McGee

2: Susott, Linton, Miller

3: Myers, Sarkovics, Street

4: Bueining, Schuler, Perillo

2:00 Performance

K: Peters, Moore

1: Myers, Shelton, Risinger

2: Worrall, Mayer, Brandt

3: Beiswanger, Biggs, Temple

4: Gundersen, Cox, Hull

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is growing! If you are in the building, please take a moment to visit our Lost & Found rack in the corner of the cafeteria and look for familiar items.

A message from our students....

"Hi. This is Ava, Cory, and Teryrone from Mr. Temple's class. We need your help. Our class asked how we could help our community be a better place so kids can have a happier life. We are doing a toy drive for Riley's Hospital and kids who don't have toys. New Britton kids can help by donating toys they don't play with anymore. Bring the toys to school in a bag marked DONATION and place the bag of toys in the donation boxes by the library. We are collecting donations until Thanksgiving. We want to make kids feel better so please bring in toys!"

Counselor Cove

by Mrs. Leiner

What is it with all this anxiety? – It is unfortunate, but a real fact that stress and anxiety in children is a common problem in today’s fast-paced, high-tech, activity-packed society. Anxiety can be a good thing in our lives because it can motivate us, but too much anxiety can affect our daily living. Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in children. The NBE website has some great information and strategies for home use with those students that have a personality that is more prone to being anxious: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/academics/guidance.aspx

Here are a few ideas if your child is being affected by this concern:

Don’t dismiss his/her feelings. Telling your child not to worry usually makes them worry more. Let them know it’s okay to feel bad about something, and encourage them to share their emotions and thoughts.

Listen Actively. You know how enormously comforting it can be just to have someone listen when something’s bothering you. Do the same thing for your child. If he doesn’t feel like talking, let him know you are there for him. Just be by his side and remind him that you love him and support him.

Use logic – when your child comes to you with a worry or anxious thought, help them to use logic. For example, if they are afraid that they are going to get lost while shopping with you. Ask them how many times this has happened before? And then ask them what could they do if this actually did happen to them?– help them make a plan. Feeling a sense of control makes the feeling of anxiety lessen.

Get him/her outside. Exercise can boost mood, so get him/her moving. Even if it’s just for a walk around the block, fresh air and physical activity may be just what he needs to lift his spirits and give him a new perspective on things.

Stick to routines. Balance out any changes by trying to maintain as much of his/her regular routine as possible. Try to stick to his/her regular bedtime and mealtimes, if possible.

Keep your child healthy and getting enough sleep. Make sure he’s eating right and getting enough sleep. Not getting enough rest or eating nutritious meals at regular intervals can contribute to your child’s stress.

Avoid over-scheduling. Soccer, karate, baseball, music lessons, playdates: the list of extracurricular activities kids can take on is endless. But too many activities can easily lead to stress and anxiety in children. Just as grownups need some downtime after work and on weekends, children also need some quiet time alone to decompress.

Limit your child's exposure to violence on tv/video games. If your child sees or hears upsetting images or accounts of natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis or sees disturbing accounts of violence or terrorism on the news or in video games, talk to your child about what's going on. Reassure her that she and the people she loves are not in danger. Be very selective of the tv and video games that your child watches and plays: even some of the children networks have programs that are not appropriate for certain age groups.

Decide how you as the parent reacts to stress. Remember that children watch and model how their parents or loved ones react to stress and pressure.

Know when to get help. Most children and adults experience some anxiety throughout the day. Anxiety can be very motivating. So when does it become a big enough problem to consult with your family physician? Some signs to look for are major changes in friendships, style of clothing, sleeping, eating, attitude, behavior, and mood.

Catch of the Week

Be there. Be present. Listen carefully to others around you. Be involved with others around you. We practice the FISH philosophy at New Britton: Be There, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Play Safely.

The following students are being recognized for exhibiting these elements of FISH philosophy in their classrooms during the week of October 12th:

Kindergarten: Ava Eads, Alexa Paden, Bryan Le, Jenny Toxqui-Tlatoa, Abbas Indrees

First Grade: Livie Mason, Takie Bouzar, Evan Schmitt, Alexandria Pulido, Roxie Mason, Shawn Anderson

Second Grade: Jake Thomas, Aidan Hammonds, Reid Fields, Ty McClellan, Anabella DeGolyer, Audra Pritchett

Third Grade: Gabe Hastings, Ellie Martin, Natalie Hudson, Drew Rutledge, Reagan Cochran, Jacob Duzan

Fourth Grade: Zach Thomas, Olivia Simons, Raegan McMullan, Talia Mahmoud, Bailey Liner, Jillian Gallagher

Good Samaritan Network

Annual Community-Wide FREE Thanksgiving Meals


November 26, 2015,


White River Christian Church

1685 N. 10th Street, Noblesville IN

Food, games, cookie decorating, and fellowship!


November 26, 2015


Sheridan Elementary School

24795 North Hinesley Road

Sheridan, IN 46069


November 26, 2015


St. Louis de Montfort

11441 Hague Road

Fishers, IN 46038

Hamilton County KidsCoats Distribution

This year's KidsCoats distribution will include two different dates and five locations. Families can click here to sign-up for available dates, locations and times:

KidsCoats Sign-Up ONLINE

Walk-in visits are considered those without an appointment (at any location) and will ONLY be made available AFTER pre-registered appointment slots are fulfilled. For the best selection it is suggested families secure an appointment. Event dates and locations include:

November 7: Carmel & Noblesville

November 14: Arcadia, Fishers, & Sheridan

(appointment times vary depending on site/location)

October 31 is the deadline for online sign-up.

New Staff Spotlight

Rachel Rigsbee

Just before coming to NBE as the ENL Instructional Assistant, I worked one on one with children on the autism spectrum for four years. Before that, I taught third grade at a small private school in Indianapolis. I enjoy traveling to visit my family in Texas and Arkansas, and I spend time outside every chance I get, especially in the fall! I love using technology (particularly photos, videos, or apps) to enhance understanding of vocabulary and concepts for English language learners!

Teacher of the Month Nominations

Attention Hamilton County kids! Show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate them by entering Current newspaper's monthly Teacher of the Month contest. Submit a 100-word essay to teacher@youarecurrent.com explaining why you think your teacher is the best! The winning student essayist wins a class party and the winning teacher wins a prize. Open to all grades and ages.

PTO News

Everybody Counts will be during the school day November 2nd-6th. Volunteers will be needed during the week, so please watch for the Volunteer Spot. You can also email Amy Ferris at ajferris1@hotmail.com or Sherri Rutledge at rutledge_sherri@att.net

Bulldog Blast is right around the corner on November 20th. The bulldog blast is our winter carnival when the school is filled with games and prizes. If you are interested in donating your time or resources, please contact Sarah Johnson at johnson10874@sbcglobal.net. A Volunteer Spot will be going out closer to the event as well.

Have an awesome weekend!

Square 1 Art Sale

The Square 1 Art Sale begins Monday! Please read the attachment for more information.

Movie Night

New Britton PTO presents Inside Out on November 6th, 6:30-8:30. Please register your student for this fun evening by returning the registration form that went home with your student earlier this week.
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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