Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - September 4, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

Children are naturally curious. Why does a rainbow appear? How does the garbage truck arm pick up my recycling bin? Why do birds circle over a certain area at the same time every day? How can I make a difference in my neighborhood or community? An area of focus for us at New Britton this year is inquiry. When students are engaged in inquiry and have voice and choice in their learning, there are amazing outcomes.

Teachers and support staff will be spending time on our upcoming half-day, September 11th, involved in learning more about creating standards-based projects to enhance student learning. I encourage you to find ways at home to involve your children in inquiry. When I think back to my childhood, the things that I remember most are things I learned by doing: building and exploring on my grandparent’s farm, helping my dad fix things at home (learning about how things work), learning how to knit with my mom…the list goes on and on. There are so many opportunities both at school and home in which we can help our children make sense of the world around them.

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education. Have a safe and relaxing three-day weekend.

Lori Mankin, Principal

Rotation Days

September 7-11

Monday: No school

Tuesday: Day 1

Wednesday: Day 2

Thursday: Day 3

Friday: Day 0

Calendar of Events

7: Labor Day; no school

11: Early Dismissal; Car riders dismissed at 11:55, Bus riders dismissed at 12:01

15: PTO Meeting in the Library, 7:00-8:00

18: Mum pick-up

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

21: Room Parent Meeting, 7:00-8:00 in Media Center

22: Dining Out for Dollars at DQ, 4:00-9:00

23: Picture Day

Plan ahead by checking out the New Britton calendar

Cafeteria News

Lunch Cycle

Week 2 (Dark Blue)

*see the full menu at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=2205121834271841&page=menus

Due to the seating capacity of our cafeteria, the number of parent lunch guests is limited to 2 per grade level. Please remember to call before 9:30 to reserve your seat.

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

Do you enjoy working with children in a fun, upbeat environment? Are you looking for a part-time position with flexible hours? If you answered yes to these questions, then please consider becoming a Cafeteria Monitor at New Britton! Hours are daily from 10:30-1:45. Additional details regarding this position should be directed to our Cafeteria Manager, Lori Burbich, at lburbich@hse.k12.in.us. To apply, please submit an application through Hamilton Southeastern Schools Human Resources.

Book Rental Collection

Each student's book rental fee is based on a student's class and curriculum assignment. This year, book rental fees will only be posted in Skyward. Paper invoices will not be sent home. Fees are due no later than September 15, 2015. You may pay by using a credit card online at eFunds or make an electronic funds transfer directly from your checking account. To access eFunds, go the www.hse.k12.in.us website and click on the "For Parents" tab and then click on "eFunds for Schools" on the left side. If you choose to pay by check, please make check payable to NBE and include the student name and student number in the memo line. Check and cash payments may be sent into school with your child or you may bring the payment to the NBE office during the hours of 8:30-3:00.

Financial Assistance is available for families. Please log into your Skyward account, then click on Food Services. Further instructions can be found on the HSE Food Services website.

Picture Day is September 23rd!

Put your best smile on! Picture day is right around the corner. Order forms were sent home with your student earlier this week. You may also order online by visiting www.inter-state.com and entering order code 02438R

Counselor Cove

by Sherri Leiner

NWEA testing is already in full swing and we are hoping to finish up by September 4 with all classes and make-up tests. Teachers will be emailing the student progress report home by September 9. You will find more detailed information about NWEA for Kindergarten and 1st Grade here, and 2nd-4th grades here. If you have questions after reading this information and your student’s NWEA progress report, please call your teacher, myself, and/or the principal.


Mrs. Sherri Leiner

NBE School Counselor

Chaucie's Place

NEW BRITTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.

The Smart Steps education program will be taught at NBE on October 20.

We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program. Fall Creek Elementary will be hosting on Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00pm-7:00pm and Sand Creek Elementary will be hosting from 6:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, September 23rd. These meetings are open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.

New Staff Spotlight

Jessica Shelton

I live in the NBE community with my husband and two sons. Last year, I taught first grade at Thorpe Creek. This is my seventh year teaching first grade. I've also taught second grade. I was a First Steps therapist for eight years. I speak Spanish. I love to run outside! I enjoy reading and watching my sons play sports.

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PTO News

Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the mum sale. We greatly appreciate you helping to raise funds for the PTO. The mum pick-up date is September 18th, which is also the first movie night.

Our first PTO meeting is Tuesday September 15th at 7 pm. We invite everyone to come and participate in the meeting. More details to follow at a later date.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Thank you very much,


PFO President

Movie Night

New Britton's first movie night is on September 18th. This is a fun event for all of our students, but it takes the help of many hands to make it possible. If you're available to help, please contact Marty Blake at marthill916@yahoo.com . Thanks!

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September 11th, 7:00 pm

Gates Open @ 5:30 pm

Pre-sale Tickets ($5) will be on sale starting Tuesday, September 1st. Tickets will be limited to 8,000 sold tickets.

HSE District employees may show their ID at the gate for admission plus one guest. Employee IDs are non-transferable.

Fishers HS all-sport passes and punch cards may be shown at the gate for admission.

FHS will be selling general public tickets in the Main Office (FH1) during school hours.

Students may purchase tickets during the school day in the Athletic Office.

HSE will be selling general public tickets in the HSE Athletic Office from 7:00-7:30 am and 3:00-3:30 pm.

Students may purchase tickets during the school day in the Athletic Office.

Hamilton County Reading Council

There are so many SWEET opportunities waiting for you at the Hamilton County Reading Council! Read more by clicking here!

Hamilton Southeastern Employment Opportunities

Click here to find out how you can join the HSE team!

Community Events

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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