Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - February 5, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

We have so many things to celebrate at New Britton. Today, and every day, we appreciate our school counselor, Mrs. Leiner! This week was National School Counseling Week, a time to reflect the importance of school counseling services. We appreciate the value that Mrs. Leiner adds to our team in conducting small social skill/friendship groups, mentoring students, serving on leadership teams, collaborating with teachers for student support plans, organizing our testing…the list goes on and on! THANK YOU Mrs. Leiner!!

I would like to thank the HSE administrators, parents, teachers, students and support staff who attended our PTO meeting this past Thursday. We were fortunate to have Gracie, Gabe, and Silas from Mrs. Beiswanger’s class present a Project Based Learning (PBL) example of blended learning – thank you! As we reflect upon the discussion that occurred during this meeting, it is important to remember that iPads will not replace good teaching from our teachers; rather, this technology will amplify good teaching and give our students additional opportunities for authentic learning and to make that learning visible. I encourage you to visit the HSE21 website for additional information and resources http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/academics/hse21/

In this short clip, technology is used as a creative presentation tool. Watch to see how these students use Skitch and Puppet Edu to share the character traits they've found in their favorite fiction books!


As always, thank you for partnering with us in education! Have a SUPER weekend!


Lori Mankin



15: Presidents Day; no school

16: Flex Day

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

22-25: After School Enrichment

23: Dining for Dollars at Texas Roadhouse, 4:00p.m. - close

25: Math Bowl Competition at Riverside Intermediate, 5:00 p.m.

Rotation Days

February 8-12

Monday: Day 4

Tuesday: Day 5

Wednesday: Day 6

Thursday: Day 1

Friday: Day 2

Valentines Sale

Cupid has sent us an e-mail announcing Student Council’s annual Valentines Sale. Valentines will be sold Wednesday, February 3rd – Wednesday, February, 10th in the cafeteria during students' lunch times. The valentines will cost $.50 each with all proceeds going to Riley Children’s Hospital. Please help us support this worthwhile project.

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: Adelle Davies, Wesley Quay, Corey Payne, Eli Difillipo, Ryan Kumar

First Grade: Logan Allen, Sarah Flores, Emma Hower, Dalton Giddings, Shawn Anderson

Second Grade: Josh Wilkins, Maddux Gibson, Nathan Moore, Ellie Schock, Abi Catalan-Garcia, Kayden Myers

Third Grade: Alex Wakley, Abbie Mosier, Allon Bluvshteyn, Abby Gilbert, George Kallas, Teryrone Turner

Fourth Grade: Lillian Apple, Jonathan Foldenhauer, Brian Cuahuizo, DeMya Phillips, Kaleb Sweeney

Counselor Cove

ATTENTION 3RD and 4th GRADE PARENTS – ISTEP part 1 testing will be the during the time period of February 29 through March 11. 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:


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.


3rd grade parents only – IREAD3 testing will occur on March 14 through March 18. 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.
  • 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.

PTO News

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting on Tuesday evening. We were presented a lot of technology information that is going to impact our upcoming years at New Britton. If you were in attendance you know that we did not have time for the PTO portion of our meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Or upcoming events are:

  • Science Fair: February 18th
  • After School Enrichment : February 22nd-25th
  • Walk-A-Thon: March 31st

Thank you and have a great weekend!

-Sarah Johnson

Box Tops

New Britton students have let their Box Tops do the talking! The winner of our Super Bowl Box Top Challenge is the Denver Broncos.

Congratulations to Mrs. Myers's 3rd Grade class! They were our Box Top winners for the month of January.

After School Enrichment

After School Enrichment Week – February 22nd-25th

Registration packets for After School Enrichment Week will be sent home this week with all students. First, read over the letter accompanying the registration sheet for all of the details. Then, look over the exciting selection of classes offered this year. Additionally, fill out the registration forms to sign up your child for those classes that pique their interest! Finally, include payment with the forms and turn in by the deadline. Have fun choosing!

Registration forms and payment should be sent in by Friday February 12th.

Contact Kelly Mason with any questions at 317-457-0312(c) or mkmason@sbcglobal.net

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Game Day '16

Tickets on sale now for the best game in town: GAME DAY 16! Enjoy a casual, adult-only evening with friends, school and community leaders, and Indianapolis Colts Guard Joe Reitz! Proceeds from each $65 ticket are targeted toward innovative teacher grants and spreading STEM programs throughout our 21 school district. Grab your favorite sports jersey and visit www.hsefoundation.org while tickets last. Please see attached flyer for more details.

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