Bulldog Bulletin

February 17, 2017

NO SCHOOL Monday 2/20 & Tuesday 2/21

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog families,

Many times in the past two months I have been reminded of the POWER of student voice through words, both written and spoken. As our student writers have learned more about sharing their opinions through writing, they are becoming experts at the art of persuasion! Mrs. Sarkovics' writers shared their collective opinion about adding another recess to our busy day, while Mr. Temple's class tried to convince me that we should stay inside for recess during the winter months.

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Currently, Mrs. Shoemaker's class is researching and writing a request for alternative seating because they would like some more choice in their learning environment.
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Just Wednesday, students in Mrs. Worrall and Mrs. Linton's classes presented to Mrs. Nunn, HSE Business Manager, Mr. Taylor, Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor, and Mr. Richardson, NBE Head Custodian regarding the pea gravel on our playground. They identified a real problem, pea gravel is causing injuries and increasing cleaning needs at home and school. Students researched playground covering options by calling other HSE elementary schools, surveyed NBE students regarding playground injuries, tabulated and analyzed data, and wrote persuasive letters. Through this work they even inspired several students in Miss Hensley's first grade class to write letters. Through this process students were able to apply what they are learning at school and then share their work with an authentic audience. We have even been contacted by School Board member Michelle Fullhart regarding the possibility of students presenting their work at a School Board meeting.

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In addition to persuasive writing, students in Mrs. Grampp and Mrs. Millsaps' kindergarten classroom discovered the POWER of words in writing Valentine cards to residents at Northridge retirement home. These pictures capture just some of the joy our students brought to members of our larger community.

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Have a wonderful, spring-like 4 day weekend! As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin

NBE Science Fair 2017

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the many people that helped ensure the NBE Science Fair was an outstanding success! Parent volunteers, staff members, guest judges and of course our Bulldog participants who displayed such great examples of critical thinking, planning and demonstrating the scientific process and creative displays of their findings!

A special Bulldog Congratulations to the Science Fair winners:

1st Grade

1st place: Advhiti Sriram

2nd place: Grade Hedeen and Nessie Tlatoa-Moyoti

3rd place: Jacob Harness

2nd Grade

1st place: Nick Molter

2nd place: James Rinehart

3rd place: Sadie Newell

3rd Grade

1st place: Rohen Maniandan

2nd place: Laurelei Quinn and Chloe Canada

3rd place: Duncan Rose

4th Grade

1st place: Sujayaditya Surendra

2nd place: Aleene Rinehart

3rd place: Thomas Johanneman

Science Fair: Best in Categories

Chemistry: Sadie Newell

Engineering / Physics: Naveena / Akshada, Phillip Zink, Chase Frank

Physical Science: Noah Slivka, Karina Heltz, Allon Bluvshteyn

Most Practical / Household Science: Grade Rogers

Behavioral Science: Emmal Colaw, Benjamin Ratner & Henry Wood

Best Oral Presentation: Ava Shields & Lilly Valentine, Clair McClanahan

Most Unexpected: Srijan & Srinithya Basireddy, Neal Venna, Ellie Booster

Best Display: Susannah Swisher, Sadie Newell, Grace Rogers, Sophia Beeson & Maeve McCollum

Counselor's Cove with Mrs. Leiner

7 Hints for Setting Boundaries with Your Kids

A lack of clear boundaries often results in behavior problems, so it is crucial to begin creating healthy boundaries when children are still little. Children naturally experiment and push boundaries as they test their wings, develop their own sense of self, and learn about how the world works. It’s what they are supposed to do. So don’t judge kids for pushing back or take it personally. There is really no reason to be angry at them when they do so–they are just doing what kids do.
Here’s some practical tips on setting boundaries:

FIrst, you need to be clear about what your boundaries are. Some are obvious: like no hitting, kicking, or name-calling. Some are different according to your schedule but should be obvious: Bedtimes. Behavior expected at mealtimes. Cleaning up after yourself. How much screen time is allowed. Getting exercise.

Next, start early and hold firm. In a classic example, most parents have appropriate bedtimes for their kids, at least until they are old enough to begin sleeping in. These same parents often waiver or ignore their own boundaries when there is a sleep-over, or “because it’s a weekend” or “because it is summer,” etc., etc., and then reap the negative consequences. If you are consistent, your life will be easier, and your child will know the limit is non-negotiable.

When setting a specific boundary, kneel down to your child’s level, look them in the eyes, and tell them in simple words what you expect. This way, it is crystal clear that your message has been calmly sent and received. For example, before entering a store, explain that you are going in to get a sandwich, not candy, and you will picnic in the park if there is no fussing in the store. Don’t buy candy when asked. Calmly say no each time, and perhaps change the subject or look away.

It is crucial to follow through with whatever consequence you have spelled out. Therefore, don’t ever threaten anything that you will be unable to carry out. Kids learn very quickly when their parents say what they mean and mean what they say, versus when an emotional parent makes an idle threat. Take a deep breath instead.

Lead with a positive statement whenever possible, and request the behavior that you want from your child rather than what you don’t want. An example of this might happen around an expectation that your child help with household tasks. “You are such a good helper. As soon as we both clear the table and put the dishes away, we can play a game.” A natural consequence of this boundary would be that you would not play the game if your child refused to help you.

Set boundaries and follow through with as little negative emotion as is possible. When you communicate calmly and clearly, there is far less likelihood of defiance. Our kids are impeccable mirrors, unfortunately reflecting back both positive and negative emotions, more commonly doing what you are doing (mirroring your state of upset) rather than what you are saying. When parents consistently do a good job of setting clear boundaries and then holding to them, then kids are more apt to learn to have respect for others, build greater self-control, develop the ability to tolerate frustration, and become more responsible for their actions. Understanding boundaries will assist our children to be successful in life

Attention 3rd & 4th grade Parents

The Indiana Department of Education has determined the timing of the ISTEP applied skills testing. ISTEP+ Applied Skills testing will be from February 22nd through March 10th.

NBE will be practice testing the week of February 22nd with actual testing starting on February 27th. Most testing will be complete by March 8th with make-up’s being completed the rest of the week. Testing will occur in the morning hours.
ISTEP/CCRA (College &Career Ready Assessment) which is much like the ISTEP+ Multiple Choice testing done online will be the week of April 17th through April 28th

Testing make-up days will be done as needed throughout the second week. 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: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8

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.

• Encourage your student to think positively – they can do this!!!

• Smile ☺ and tell a funny joke – laughing is good for everyone.

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

Join us at Texas Roadhouse on Monday February 27 to support NBE. Learn more HERE.

HSE Schools Foundation GAME DAY

Do you want a sneak peak at the silent auction packages available for GAME NIGHT? You don't need to be present to win and there are over 150 fun and unique packages. Check them out HERE!

Help NBE win $1000 for our school! Check out our "A Bucket for Dad" package in the Game Day silent auction. You don't need to be present to win - happy bidding!

Be sure to see all of the silent auction items HERE!

After School Enrichment

Last week our NBE PTO offered after school enrichment classes to our students. Our outstanding parent and staff volunteers offered classes such as Pottery, Fitness Fun, Becoming an Animal Trainer, Stained Glass Cookies and even a kicking clinic held by soccer club Indy Premiere!

Our fantastic PTO - featuring Mrs. Lauren Dickos - organized these fun classes for our Bulldogs with the help of some awesome parent volunteers. Thanks so much to all who helped our ASE program offer an opportunity for our Bulldogs to expand their thinking and grow in their learning.

Check out some of the great pictures from After School Enrichment classes below:

2017 Kindergarten Registration and Open House Information

Will your child be 5 years old on or before August 1st?

HSE now offers online registration for your 5 year old coming to kindergarten!

Register your child for Kindergarten here: Kindergarten Registration

Click HERE to learn more about Kindergarten enrollment.

Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the

Kindergarten Open House

April 13th from 5-7p.m.

Learn more HERE!

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Fun Fact Fridays

Do you have an interesting bit of trivia or history about New Britton Elementary? Help us with Fun Fact Fridays. We plan to share FUN FACTS about New Britton’s 25-year history each Friday. If you or someone you know is a Bulldog alumnae and have a fun fact to share, please email Michelle Ayres at mayres@hse.k12.in.us. Thank you for helping us collect fun facts in celebration of our 25 years!

Bulldog Calendar & Rotation Days

Monday 2/20 President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 2/21 Flex Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday 2/22 (Day 4)

Thursday 2/23 (Day 5)

Friday 2/24 (Day 6)

Monday 2/27 (Day 1) Dine to Donate @ Texas Roadhouse

Tuesday 2/26 (Day 2)

Wednesday 2/27 (Day 3)

Thursday 2/28 (Day 4)

Friday 3/1 (Day 5)

Big Shoe Award

Congratulations to the following classes for showing their great sportsmanship and team effort this week!

The Physical Education Big Shoe Award goes to:

Mrs. Cooper's Class

Miss Hensley & Mrs. Hower

Mrs. Brandt, Mrs. Mayer & Mrs. Hughes

Mrs. S. Myers & Mr. Temple

Mrs. Buening & Mrs. Hull

Way to go Bulldogs!


If your child will be absent due to illness or medical/legal appointment, please call attendance line at (317) 594-4130. This phone line also has a 24 hour voice mail option. Please leave your name, your child's grade, teacher and the reason for the absence by 9:30 that morning. Please do not email the office with this information.

Congratulations to our "Catch of the Week" Students!

Kindergarten: Sam Pellissier, Sophia Touketto, Nicholas Petty, Henry Fletchner, Olivia Gilbert, Graceyly Mason, Alex Xala-Moto, Camden Hall, Sarasra Sirigri, Peter Katzfey, Noah Gallinger

1st Grade: Natalie Dickos, Rachel Ferris, Grade Hedeen, Bianca Jones, Gabby BrownAJ Robinson, Ellie Wilkins, Knox Kendall, Susannah Swisher, Ariyanna Touketto, Balqis Alguzi,

2nd Grade: Edgar Cuahuizo, Parker Brown, Darian Girton, Jayden Hatfield, Meghan McCollum, Alessandro Fedor, Ella Dragoo, Landon Hoffman, Daniel Hunckler, Sadie Newell, Isaac Alfarado-Benedict, Michael Snapp

3rd Grade: Marcus Linden, Peirce Haynie, Sophie Hesch, Lily Chambers, Eric Benner, Jake Thomas, Laila Glinke, Aditya Vijayanand, Danny Tlatoa, Jake Eikenberry, Mi Mon

4th Grade: Reece Eilkinson, Pete Chambers, Camilla Tovar Gonzalez, Laney Hart, Kyle Hsu, Delaney Miller, Owen Sanders, Taila Iwase, Jesse Martinez, Brogan Coffman

HSE Student Handbooks

For your convenience, the New Britton Elementary School Handbook can be found at this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/NBE/new_britton_handbook-15-16-final_.pdf

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PTO Info to Know:

Bulldog Blast Planning Meeting - Wednesday 2/22 in the NBE Media Center

Kroger Rewards - Kroger Rewards cards re-set charities on January 1st every year. Be sure to go online and re-select New Britton Elementary PTO as your charity of choice for your Kroger Rewards cards for the year! Every card has been reset, so even if you signed up in August, you will need to sign up again! https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow

Next PTO Meeting is March 7th in the Media Center.

How can YOU help support NBE?

  • Collect Box Tops for Education - Get ready for the Super Bowl competition in February!
  • Send in soda pop tabs
  • Register your Kroger Plus Car assigning NBE in Community Rewards ***Must register every January***
  • Use Smile.amazon.com to purchase items you already use through Amazon. Our charity name is New Britton School Parent Teacher Organization, Inc.
  • Dine to Donate events - Look for upcoming dates announced in Bulldog Bulletin & on the New Britton website

New Britton Elementary PTO

Co-President: Leslie Zeisig Lesliezeisig@gmail.com

Co-President: Stephanie Solesky Steph.solesky@comcast.net

Vice President: Kalista Booth Kalista.booth@aol.com

Treasurer: Sarah Johnson Johnson10874@sbcglobal.net

Check out the HSE Community Bulletin Board (CBB)!

Hamilton Southeastern Schools has now consolidated all the great activities offered in Fishers into one easy to access location - the CBB! Check out the CBB for library programs, S.P.O.R.T.S. news and other programs you would normally see on our Bulldog Bulletin. Use this link to check it out now!

Community Bulletin Board

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HSE Fishers Give Back Wednesdays

Dine at Rockstone on March 8th or May 10th and a portion of your purchase supports HSE Fishers Youth Lacrosse! Learn more HERE.

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