Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - March 31, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

The months of April and May always seem like a race to the finish of our school year. It is so important during this time that we all try to slow down and take time to enjoy learning…and playing. As spring break quickly approaches, I hope that you have carved out some family time to play, try something new, or go on some type of adventure. There are so many places to explore just in Fishers and Indianapolis. Sometimes the best moments come from unplanned ideas that evolve into something wonderful! Whether you have big plans or no scheduled plans for spring break, I hope that you all have a safe and relaxing time.


The New Britton teachers have many engaging teaching and learning experiences planned for the remainder of the year. We look forward to our continued partnership with you and your student and finishing our school year strong. Have a great spring break. We will see your student back at school on Monday, April 11th. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Sincerely,

Lori Mankin

Calendar

April

1-8: Spring Break; No School

14: Kindergarten Round-Up, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

15: Spring Parties

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

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

April 11-15

Monday: Day 3

Tuesday: Day 4

Wednesday: Day 5

Thursday: Day 6

Friday: Day 1

Spring Parties

Spring Parties will be on Friday, April 15th. Students will be served a snack of Keebler Graham Bug Bites and apple juice. You may view the ingredients by clicking here. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the nurse.

Attention all Families

For our Earth Day Celebration, we need plastic caps of all kinds. We'll take any and all kinds! Please send them to school with your student and turn in to the classroom teacher on or before April 13th.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is now accepting enrollments for new students online. If you have a child that will be in kindergarten next year, or attending HSE schools in another grade level you may begin filling out the enrollment forms online. Please use the following link for more enrollment information: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/enrollment/

If you already have children in the district, you can enroll your new student through your current Skyward family access account.

Join us for Kindergarten Round-up on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at New Britton Elementary. We will have tours for you and your future kindergartener, bus rides and will have staff here to answer any questions that you may have. New 1st graders are also welcome to attend.

Magazine Subscription Drive

Hey, New Britton Families! We are fast approaching the end of the year and it’s time to begin thinking about summer reading and keeping skills strong. Along with joining the Summer Reading Program at the Fishers Library, another way to encourage students to read is with magazines! Providing high-interest, concise articles, like those in magazines, can also boost reading skills. There are several choices of publications; take a look at this website: www.gaschoolstore.com to see what’s available. There are many titles that your children, you, or other members of your family may enjoy. A school order code will be provided at the beginning of our magazine subscription drive, if you wish to purchase something.


With that being said, the rotation beginning April 22nd , students will be bringing home a booklet containing 8 postcards. An example of how to fill them out will be provided on the second page of the booklet. If you could, please fill out the booklet with different, complete names and addresses of adult relatives and close family friends who you feel might be interested in purchasing a magazine, and New Britton’s Library will be given a portion of the profit to purchase books! The booklets are to be returned the next school day. Each student who participates will receive a Garfield keychain, and the classroom with the most booklets returned will win a special prize.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Crane, Library/Media Specialist

Join other Bulldogs for a fit and fun activity!

Each year the Geist Half Marathon has over 1,500 local students participate in their 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. This year on May 21, 2016, New Britton Elementary would like you to show your school pride by lacing up your walking/running shoes and wearing your New Britton school spirit wear!


This local race has donated $366,000 back into our schools over the last 8 years to support physical fitness in our children.


As part of the Geist Half School Program, your race packets will be delivered to Mrs. Jessica Shelton (1st grade) on Tuesday or Wednesday of race week for your convenience. More information to follow! You also receive a school discount! We ask that when you register, select the School Program ticket, then select New Britton– it’s that simple! Make this a family day!


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geist-half-marathon-2016-registration-18331334515?access=SchoolProgram

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 last week:

Kindergarten: Sam Cheney, Connor Dodge, Jose Lopez-Pacheco, Shravanthi Saravanan

First Grade: Annabelle Havens, Oliver Callahan, Alessandro Fedor, Kylee Long, Collin Borowicz, Caylee Cerezo

Second Grade: Austin Dombrow, Jack Butts, Kamyah Adams, Erick Flores, Will Hodread

Third Grade: Mauro Mansur-Alonso, Mya Nusbaum, Emily Sawyer, Reece Wilkinson, Brayden Parker

Fourth Grade: Dhrithi Guggilla, Grayson Benter, Nadine Vargas, Rylan McMullen, Sydney Heitkamp, Monish Mamillapalli

Counselor Cove

ATTENTION 3RD and 4th GRADE PARENTS – 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:

http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8


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.

http://download.pearsonaccessnext.com/IN/in-practice-tests-links.html


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.

School Supply Kits for 2016-2107

The PTO is once again offering supply kits for the 2016-17 school year. Order forms went home with your student this week. Please click here for ordering instructions and website information.

Community Activities & Events

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