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New Britton Elementary

September 17, 2020

News from Mrs. Mankin

Dear Bulldog Families,

At an HSE School Board work session yesterday, Dr. Bourff made a recommendation for preK-4th grade to transition to Phase 3 of our HSE Operations Plan on Monday, October 5th. The recommendation follows the City of Fishers COVID-19 Mitigation and Activity Guidance for schools. The Board approved this recommendation 4-3. Students will be returning to school Monday-Friday beginning on the 5th. Families will still have the option to have their students attend school virtually during this phase.

We continue to update our safety protocols as we get new information and guidance from the Fishers Health Department and our school corporation. Please be sure to review the updated information regarding masks/face covering as several things have changed (also sent as a Skylert).

Have a great weekend!


Lori Mankin, Principal

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Library News - Book Holds & Pick-up for 100% Virtual Students

New Britton will be offering school library book holds for students who are 100% virtual. We will start with pick-up of holds the week of September 28th. To learn how to place holds, watch this video which was made by Teacher Librarian, Mr. Shawn Humphrey, at Riverside Intermediate. You can also access the written steps if you would prefer this format of learning.

Please be sure to request your book/hold 2 days prior to your pick-up day. If your pick-up day is Tuesday, please place the hold by Thursday (the week before). If your pick-up day is Thursday, please place the hold by Monday.

If your student's last name begins with A-K ,you may pick up the holds on Tuesdays, using the following schedule:

Last names starting with...

  • A-C - 10:15-11:00
  • D-G - 11:00-11:45
  • H-K - 11:45-12:30

If your student's last name begins with M-Z, you may pick up the holds on Thursdays, using the following schedule:

Last names starting with...

  • L-O - 10:15-11:00
  • P-R - 11:00-11:45
  • S-Z - 11:45-12:30

The books will be labeled with the last name of the reader who placed the hold and placed on carts just inside the front door, door #1.

To access the Library Catalog, go to https://destiny.hse.k12.in.us/ and select New Britton from the list of schools or visit the New Britton website.

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Virtual Enrichment Opportunities

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We encourage all virtual learners to look at the schedule above and join Mrs. Crane (read alouds), Mrs. Mankin (science provocation), Mrs. Lee (science provocation), Mrs. Gibson (inquiry), and Mrs. Leiner (2nd Step and social-emotional learning, SEL) for some engaging enrichment sessions. Offerings will be held at 1:00, 1:30, and 2:00 each day. Some sessions are K-2, some 3-4, and some are available to ALL learners. Your student won't want to miss the chance to engage in these experiences and connect with other students members of our Bulldog teaching team.

Please have your student access this information by going into Canvas and selecting the Media Center Course from his/her dashboard.

Enrichment Lessons - Tuesday/Thursday Highlight

We had more NBE Bulldogs participating in afternoon enrichment lessons last week, and we would love to see these afternoons grow in numbers even more! Mrs. Lee is recruiting all of our kid scientists to join her on Tuesday and Thursday for science provocations at 1:30. Over the past few weeks, we have learned that scientists look for stuff/make observations, may work at a museum, make and share observations, ask questions, and make connections. We explored our wonderings about bees, hummingbirds, cicadas and praying mantises. What should we explore next? Email Mrs. Lee at kelee@hse.k12.in.us this weekend and share what you are wondering about.

Yesterday we learned about backyard insects from a pair of brother and sister scientists. They shared videos, pictures, and research about cicadas and praying mantises. On Thursday, one of our kid scientists will teach us chemistry from his at-home science lab. What questions do you have for this kid scientist?

Enrichment Lessons - Wednesday Highlight

Don't forget about the Connor Prairie enrichment sessions:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, we will discover details about Conner in his pioneer life.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, we will discuss how he changed, what he learned, and what we can learn from him.

Mrs. Murch (Conner Prairie teacher-in-residence) and Mrs. Gibson (Teacher Development Specialists at NBE) will plan and Mrs. Gibson will facilitate the k-2 Zoom meeting to notice and wonder/inquiry-based learning. Grades 3-4 will be able to join both Mrs. Murch and Mrs. Gibson via Zoom to read texts, maps, photos, and letters for inquiry on the times of 1820. In the end, we will have time for a virtual fieldtrip where the students can ask questions of the staff about life and learning in 1820.

1:00-1:30 is best for K-2, 2:00-2:30 is best fit for grades 3-4 for this study.

1:30-2:00 is for any student in K-4 and may not directly tie to the study of Fishers every week.

Phase 2 - 50-50 Schedule

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We will continue with the above schedule for the week of 9/21 (week 1) and 9/28 (week 2). On Monday, October 5, we will begin Phase 3, 100% in-person with the option of virtual learning for those who would like this option.
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School Bus News

During the pandemic, the practice of allowing students to ride buses not normally assigned to them will be suspended due to capacity and contact tracing concerns. Any exception to this directive would need to be approved by school administration and then the Director of Transportation.


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Picture Day - Virtual Students

Monday, Sep. 28th, 10:15am-12pm

8660 East 131st Street

Fishers, IN

Please follow the picture schedule below (by last name) if your student is 100% virtual:

  • 10:00-10:30 - A-E
  • 10:30-11:00 - F-K
  • 11:00-11:30 - L-P
  • 11:30-12:00 - Q-Z


Thursday, Oct. 15th, 10am-12pm

8660 East 131st Street

Fishers, IN

School Lunch News - Updated Menu

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Book rental and School Fees 2020-21

2020-21 book rental fees are posted to skyward. Please log into skyward to view the fees and use the instructions posted below to pay the fees in e-funds by October 2nd.
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Free National Geographic Magazines online

National Geographic is offering their online magazines for FREE for any teacher, student, or parent. Please click on the button below to access any of the free issues today.


If you are able to donate any gently used and clean girl's underwear or girl's small/medium sized sweatpants or stretch pants for the nurse's office it would be greatly appreciated. Please drop off your items off at the office.

PTO News

Upcoming PTO Meeting 9/22

PTO Board Meeting
Time: Sep 22, 2020 07:00 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 890 625 0561
Passcode: 860668

NBE is in need of Playground Zone helpers. Please click on the link to sign up below.
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New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor