Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - August 12, 2016

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Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

We have had an amazing, action-packed first three days of school! The students and teachers are already building community and establishing classroom routines. Mr. Gorrill (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Leiner (School Counselor), and I have visited classrooms, the lunchroom, and even recess. Students are already working hard to build stamina in reading and working collaboratively to solve challenges.

Teachers have also been doing activities with their students regarding our building-wide behavioral expectations. Please be sure to ask your student how he/she can Be There, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Play Safely and Fairly. These expectations are also the building blocks of classroom positive behavior plans.

I would like to thank families of our K-2 students for attending our Meet the Teacher night last night. We had an amazing turnout, and we look forward to building strong relationships with all families. Meet the Teacher night for parents of third and fourth grade students is Monday, August 15th. There are two sessions, 6:30 and 7:15.

Although we have only had three days of school, your student will probably be pretty tired from the transition to a new routine. Be sure to include a lot of rest and relaxation in your weekend. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin



15: Meet the Teacher Night for grades 3-4; 6:30-8:00

18: PTO Meeting in Media Ctr., 7:00-8:00

25: Boy Scout Recruitment Night; 6:00-8:30


5: Memorial Day; No School

15: PTO Meeting; 7:00-8:00

Rotation Days

August 15-19

Monday: Day 4

Tuesday: Day 5

Wednesday: Day 6

Thursday: Day 1

Friday: Day 2


I am so excited to be a part of New Britton! Everyone has been so kind and welcoming and I appreciate your patience as I learn the Bulldog way! Outside of school, you will find me riding bikes or playing at a local park with my family. I am a die-hard CUBS fan and enjoy a day on the Links when my schedule slows down a bit. When I read, it is usually centers on Theology, leadership or anything by C.S. Lewis. I also enjoy re-living my childhood memories through Shel Silverstein with my children.

Scott Gorrill, Assistant Principal

Cafeteria News

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Education is requiring HSE to increase paid lunch meal prices by ten cents. This is a result of federal legislation set in place in 2010 which requires school districts in the National School Lunch Program to meet the Paid Lunch Equity requirements set by the USDA. The new meal prices for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

Grades K-6: $2.50

Grades 7-12: $2.65

When sending lunch money in with your student, please remember to include the Student ID number on all envelopes and checks. Thank you!

Information on Free and Reduced lunch applications can be found at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?page=lunchapps&sid=2205121834271841

New Safety Information

New Britton and HSE Schools are committed to the safety of all students. Therefore, the district has upgraded to an enhanced criminal-history-check process. As in the past, everyone must have a current background check on file and have viewed the Anti-Bullying webinar before volunteering or visiting as a lunch guest. Background checks are considered current for 3 years.

If you have not completed the background check and Anti-Bullying webinar within the last 3 years, you may do so by visiting the Parent Volunteer section of district's website for a full description of the process and how to get started.

If your background check and anti-bullying training are still current (within the last 3 years), you will receive the following:

  • A Safe Visitor I.D. card. Along with e-mail notification, each approved applicant will receive an I.D. card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned into your SMART device for easier access when visiting our campus.

  • A photo badge issued at each visit. Upon presentation of your Safe Visitor I.D. card or valid driver’s license, office staff will assist you with taking your photo and issue a visitor’s badge if one is not already on file. The photo will be saved in our district-wide system to be used at each visit, regardless of campus.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.

A few reminders...


It is important that your child is at school each day. Good attendance is one of the keys to achieving your child’s full potential in the learning process. A student with a temperature measuring 100 degrees or greater will be sent home from school. The student must remain fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students will not be sent to the YMCA After-School Program with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. If a student has vomited as a result of illness, he/she must stay home from school. He/she must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.


When your child is absent from school, please call the school office at 594-4130 (or email tbatman@hse.k12.in.us) before 9:00AM each day that he/she is absent. Please report the child’s name, classroom teacher, and illness. It is helpful for the school nurse to know the nature of illnesses in our school to identify symptoms of others seen in the clinic. A doctor’s permission to return to school may be required dependent upon the length and type of illness your child is experiencing. We ask you to do this to ensure the safety of your child and to confirm that he/she is either here or with you at home. Our voicemail system will take messages concerning absences before and after office hours. I f you do not contact the office, contact will be made with you by the school.

Birthdays are a special time, but as a safety precaution to all of our students, birthday treats are prohibited in the classroom. Also, pease be considerate of all students and teachers by refraining from passing out party invitations in class. Thank you!

Counselor Cove

Mrs. Sherri Leiner

NBE School Counselor

Welcome back to NBE!!! COUNSELOR COVE is in the newsletter to update parents and staff of items of interest for NBE in the school counseling area. For those of you that are new to NBE, a little introduction of what I do here is needed. This is my 9th year at NBE and my 19th in the HSE district. I am here for all students, staff, and parents when it comes to questions and concerns about school. My job is to assist the staff at NBE to empower all students to be the best they can be academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. I will be in the classrooms introducing myself and assisting students to solve small problems with Kelso’s choices. I will continue to come in the classrooms providing guidance education lessons to all the grades. I am also available to assist students that may be going through some type of personal concern, but I am not a clinical therapist and can not provide direct therapy. I can provide parents with a list of therapist if that is needed.

The NBE website has valuable information concerning the guidance area and resources to assist parents. Please take a look at the link provided: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/academics/guidance.aspx

NBE is a FISH school. This is a way of being and thinking that encourages us all to: Be there (physically being and listening to a person and not bothering with other things around you), Choose your attitude (we all have a choice when it comes to dealing with our attitude), Make their day (little acts of kindness can go a long way), and Play-safely (we can learn and grow but have fun doing it). Ask your student what fun

FISH activities they did in their classroom.

Below are some links for more information about FISH.

I look forward to working with you this year and wish you a smooth transition back into the swing of the school schedule.

Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

  • For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4250.

  • For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.


One of the traits of a successful school is a strong Parent Teacher Organization. New Britton is fortunate and honored to have a long history of active and involved families. From Movie Nights to Market Day, Spirit Wear to Supply Kits, there are many things happening at New Britton! Please plan to attend the PTO Meetings throughout the year. They occur in the evening and are held in our Media Center. Meet with PTO members, get answers to commonly asked questions, and find out how the PTO supports the students, staff, and families of New Britton Elementary. Be Informed & Be Involved! It makes a difference to every student, especially your own!
The NBE staff would like to say THANK YOU to our PTO for a wonderful staff luncheon on our first teacher work day. We would also like to thank the volunteers who assisted us with arrival and dismissal on the first day of school. We appreciate all you do!
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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