Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - March 25, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,


Our NBE Walkathon is quickly approaching! In preparation for this fit and fun activity, we will be having spirit week starting on Monday. Please be sure to review the information below so that your student can show his/her Bulldog PRIDE each day by participating in spirit week. Thank you for collecting and sending in donations for our walkathon; the money raised comes directly back to our students and their learning communities!


At Wednesday’s HSE School Board meeting, the board voted 7-0 in favor of the elementary 1:1 rollout plan with some revisions. Dr. Bourff and Dr. Combs presented the following revisions to address the parent concerns that have been shared over the past few months. For more information, please click here to review their presentation.


A large group of our Bulldog teachers attended last night’s elementary learning fair to continue to expand our knowledge regarding ways in which we can use technology to enhance learning. We are looking forward to next year and growing with our students as we use this new teaching and learning tool. We would like to thank our PTO for paying for the dinner at this event!


As always, thank you for partnering with us in education. Have a wonderful spring, holiday weekend!


Sincerely,

Lori Mankin

Spirit Week

In celebration of Walk-a-thon, New Britton will have Spirit Week all next week!

  • Monday, March 28th - Crazy Clothes Day
  • Tuesday, March 29th - Crazy Hair/Hat Day
  • Wednesday, March 30th - Class Color Day (Kdg - Red; 1st - Blue; 2nd - Yellow; 3rd - Green; 4th - Turquoise class shirt
  • Thursday, March 31st - New Britton Spirit Day

Calendar

March

29: Dining for Dollars at Brother Doug's Pizza

30: 4th Grade Music program

31: Walkathon


April

1-8: Spring Break; No School

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

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

March 28-March 31

Monday: Day 5

Tuesday: Day 6

Wednesday: Day 1

Thursday: Day 2

Friday: No School

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.

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

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: Alexis Sayre, Emily Cuahizo, Charlotte Gilkey, Owen Aviles, Xander White

First Grade: Evelyn Kimble, Avery King, Michael Cespedes, Daniel Hunckler, James Rinehart, Ethan Kole

Second Grade: BreAunna Marcello, Ashtyn Britt, Ellie Schoch, Gabe Mason

Third Grade: Silas Cotton, Ian Verhnyak, Jacob Hogness, Ellie Moorehouse, BrendanAlbright, Connor Ramsey

Fourth Grade: Zach Thomas, Dylan DeTienne, Dayton Russell, Joel Evans, Michelle Arevalo Mira

Way to Go!

Congratulations to Danny Jeschke and his team for placing 3rd in the state during last weekend's Destination Imagination competition. New Britton is proud of you, Danny!


Congratulations to the following New Britton Bulldogs for their performance in the Regional Science Fair:

  • Allon Bluvshteyn (3rd Grade) was honored in Original Approach/Scientific Thought for his project "Effects of Carbonated Drinks on Human Health
  • Nick Molter (1st Grade) was honored in Presentation/Oral Skills for his project "Evaporation Fun!"
  • Fatimah Idrees (3rd Grade) was honored in Presentation/Oral Skills for her project "Oxidation in Apples"
  • Kaia Holsman & Lilly Valentine were honored in Outstanding Teamwork for their project "An Egg-cellent Eggs-ploration of What Causes Tooth Decay"
  • Evan Federspiel (4th Grade) was given Honors for his project (Hydroponics vs. Soil)

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.

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

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.

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.

PTO NEWS

Thank you for the support for our Walk-a-thon fundraiser. Just a reminder that all of these funds go directly back to the school to help make New Britton great. The Walk-a-thon will take place on March 31st during the school day. If you would like to volunteer during the event please follow this link: http://vols.pt/APWrvm.


Change wars all week! The classroom with the most change will win a pizza party!


Have a great weekend!

Sarah Johnson

PTO President

Dining for Dollars at Brother Doug's Pizza

Dine to donate all day on March 29th at Brother Doug's Pizza. Mention "New Britton" when ordering and Brother Doug's will donate 20% of your purchase to the NB PTO. Please see the attached flyer for more details and a special coupon.

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