Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - October 9, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

An important goal for all teachers is to build a strong sense of community in their classrooms. As a school, we also focus on how to be a contributing member of our school community. As a parent, I try look for ways in which I can involve my daughter in our larger Fishers community.

As the city of Fishers continues to grow and change, so do the opportunities for families. The Fishers Department of Public Works (DPW) is having an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 pm. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about the many services this department provides to Fishers residents. They will be raising their overhead doors, and inviting community members in to see the trucks, explore their department, and ask questions about what they do. I encourage you to take advantage of this community learning event.

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin

Rotation Days

October 12-16

Monday: Day 5

Tuesday: Day 6

Wednesday: Day 1

Thursday: Day 2

Friday: Day 3

Calendar of Events


14-21: Book Fair

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

20: Chaucie's Place program for grades K, 2, & 4

22-23: Fall Break; no school

26: Dining for Dollars at Jaggers

28: Square One Art sale begins

29: 2nd Grade Music Program, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

National School Lunch Week

Say Cheese! National School Lunch Week is October 12th-16th. We are celebrating with a fun school lunch snapshot theme menu and special treats that are included with the purchase of a meal deal. See the full menu here.

News from the Clinic

Mrs. Vogt is still entering student immunization records into Skyward. If your student's Skyward health records indicate "Not in Compliance" and you have provided her with immunization records, there is no need for concerns. She has already contacted parents whose student's immunizations are not up to date.

Head Lice Information

From time to time there may be cases of head lice (pediculosis) in the school. This is nothing to panic about. Head lice are a nuisance but not a health hazard. They do not spread disease.

What are head lice?

· Tiny wingless insects that are the size of a sesame seed (1/8 of an inch in size).

· Head lice have six legs for holding onto hair and moving quickly. They do not jump or fly.

What are nits?

· The eggs of head lice.

· Nits are shaped like a tear drop and are located close to the scalp, especially at the nape of the neck, crown of the head and behind the ears.

· They are firmly attached to the hair shaft.

How are head lice spread?

· Directly through head-to-head contact, or indirectly (less frequently) through sharing clothing, combs, hats, scarves, bed linens, towels and earphones, etc.

· Young children frequently get head lice because they have more head-to-head contact.

· Having head lice has nothing to do with being dirty or having bad hygiene. Head lice have been around for thousands of years and prefer living on clean hair.

How do I know if my child has head lice?

· If you see your child itching or scratching his head, or notice scratch marks or a rash on his neck, crown of head or behind the ears, inspect the head for head lice.

· Not everyone who has head lice will have symptoms of itching or scratching, which is why it’s very important to check your child’s head routinely.

· To inspect your child’s head:

o Ask him to sit in a place with bright light (sunshine is best).

o Look closely through their hair, especially behind their ears, at the nape of their neck and the top of their head.

Student Vision Screenings

On November 19th, 1st grade students at New Britton will be given a vision screening. Dr. Jim Daugherty and Dr. Jillian Pall from Fishers Eye Care will be doing the vision screens for all of our 1st grade students throughout the district. There is no cost for the vision screening and you will be notified if your student’s results indicate a concern.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The bulk of our Parent-Teacher Conferences are being held on Oct. 20th and 21st. Teachers are offering some other days to better meet scheduling needs. Please be sure to sign up with your child’s teacher with the link they have provided to you, or call him or her to set up a conference time that best works for you. Our office staff will be here late on Oct. 20th and Oct. 21st. Thank you.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising our children to be readers means getting involved while they’re young. That’s why I’m excited to announce that New Britton Elementary is having a Book Fair. Scholastic’s “Monster Book Fair” will begin on Wednesday, October 14th, and end the following Wednesday, October 21st. Hours of operation will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 14-16, and Monday, October 19th from 9:15am – 3:00pm; and Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20 – 21 from 9:15am – 8:00pm. Please feel free to stop in at any time! I’m looking forward to seeing you there! -Mrs. Crane

(For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs. You can also order books online at scholastic.com/fair until October 28th. Books will be shipped to school free of charge, and delivered to your child’s classroom)

Accelerated Reader (AR)

The AR program is already going strong for this year! This reading program allows students to read AR books and then take comprehension quizzes at school to earn points. AR books in the NBE library are designated by an apple on the book spine. You can also check whether a book is an AR book at www.arbookfind.com and www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/. Students earn prizes 4 times per year based on their points. Please see the reward structure below. The first point period will be ending October 30th and prizes will be distributed the following week. Please encourage your students to get reading and enjoy this great program!

Reward Grade 1 & 2 points / Grade 3 & 4 points

Sticker 5 / 10

Bookmark 10 / 20

Pencil 20 / 40

Medal 35 / 75

Lunch with Mrs. Crane 50 / 100

Book donated to library 75 / 150

Book to keep 100 / 200

$5 gift card 150 / 300

Book to keep 250 / 500 & each additional 250

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:

Kindergarten: Lukas Paul-Bulin, Christian Haughey, Laila Royabi, Grace Hedeen, Shravanthi Saravanan

First Grade: Aliyah Walker, Parker Brown, Shreya Balaji, Kylee Long, Eva Bruzzese, Drew Kuebbler

Second Grade: Ben Smith, Anya Michalak, Evan Wilson, Josie Daniels, Brandon Kim, McKenzie Bowen

Third Grade: Tony Arteaga, Nicole Drake, Ashley Garcia, Sophia Paden, Laney Hart, Ava Woodfill

Fourth Grade: Luke Havens, Evan Johnson, Joshua Halamka, Mason Leonard, Alexandra Ely, Stephen Goddard

Counselor Cove

by Mrs. Leiner

Parent teacher conferences

Parent teacher conferences are quickly approaching and to get the most out of the conference come prepared. Before your conference time ask your child how they feel about school and what they like or would change about school. As you nightly look at your child’s papers and their assignment notebook/sheet, pull out a few papers that you might ask about with the teacher. Also bring a list of specific questions you would like to ask the teacher. More then likely the teacher will answer many of these questions, but it is always good to have something in front of you to look at and remember. Here are some questions that might be asked or covered in the conference:

· Is my child performing at grade level in reading and math?

· Does my child turn in homework regularly?

· What are my child’s strengths and challenges?

· Does my child get along with others?

· What can I do at home to support my child and the learning that is going on in your classroom?

Hope you have a good parent teacher conference. Enjoy Fall Break!

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.

Good Samaritan Network

Annual Community-Wide FREE Thanksgiving Meals


November 26, 2015,


White River Christian Church

1685 N. 10th Street, Noblesville IN

Food, games, cookie decorating, and fellowship!


November 26, 2015


Sheridan Elementary School

24795 North Hinesley Road

Sheridan, IN 46069


November 26, 2015


St. Louis de Montfort

11441 Hague Road

Fishers, IN 46038

Hamilton County KidsCoats Distribution

This year's KidsCoats distribution will include two different dates and five locations. Families can click here to sign-up for available dates, locations and times:

KidsCoats Sign-Up ONLINE

Walk-in visits are considered those without an appointment (at any location) and will ONLY be made available AFTER pre-registered appointment slots are fulfilled. For the best selection it is suggested families secure an appointment. Event dates and locations include:

November 7: Carmel & Noblesville

November 14: Arcadia, Fishers, & Sheridan

(appointment times vary depending on site/location)

October 31 is the deadline for online sign-up.

New Staff Spotlight

Tracy Wendling

I am the Special Education Resource Teacher. I have been a special education educator for 8 years. I was recently the Special Education Teacher at Sand Creek Elementary for the past 2 years. My husband of 22 years and I have two beautiful girls, 18 & 20 years old. I find technology to be a great tool for children to use to learn and grow globally.

PTO News

If you are interested in helping with the Bulldog Blast or are interested in making a donation please contact Sarah Johnson at johnson10874@sbcglobal.net.

The Book Fair is October 14th-21st. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kayti Robinson at kaytirobinson@gmail.com.

New Britton's next Movie Night will be on Friday, October 16th. We will be showing "Monkey Kingdom". Registration forms went home with your student this week.

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There will not be a newsletter for the week of October 19th.

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