New Britton Elementary

January 6, 2022


News from Mrs. Mankin

Dear Bulldog Families,

I hope that your winter break was everything you needed: time to unplug, rest, connect with family, and recharge for the new year! With the new year, we also start a new semester of learning. This is the perfect time for students, teachers, and families to reflect upon proud learning moments and craft some goals for 2022. How do students want to grow as a learners, and what FISH expectation might they focus on for a more specific personal goal - Be There, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, or Play (safely and fairly)? Our 2nd 9-week report cards are now available through Skyward and may provide some helpful information for reflection. If you have any questions regarding your student's progress, please connect with his or her teacher. The home-school partnership is critical in supporting a student's learning journey!

We are fortunate to have a new Bulldog joining our school team. Mr. Eric Sullivan started on Monday with us a Support Specialist/teacher. This position, as well as that of Mrs. Wilhite (part-time Student Support Instructional Assistant) is funded through the COVID/American Rescue Plan Act. In response to the Pandemic and various modes of learning that we have navigated, we will plan with extra support for our students' growth and achievement . We have identified some areas of need and are collaborating with grade-level teachers to best support our students. Mr. Sullivan and Mrs. Wilhite are working with individuals and small groups of students to address identified areas of learning in need of a boost.

We would like to thank our PTO (which ALL of our families are a part of) for treats and incentives during our week before winter break. We appreciate your thoughtfulness - the hot chocolate and sweet treats were appreciated! We would also like to send a BIG thank you to our room parents and winter party volunteers; the students and adults had a great time! The service component provided a great opportunity for our students to "Be There" for others. Our NBE Student Council has also brainstormed some additional ways that we can be there for others in January and February (see more specific information below).

We hope that the transition back to school has been a smooth one for your child and family! We look forward to a new semester of learning and growth for our Bulldogs. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education!


Lori Mankin

Dates to Remember

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School News

Winter Weather Is Here!

Winter Weather Guidelines

It is always beneficial for students to get fresh air and exercise during recess, however, during the winter months we may have days when the temperature/wind chill falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit that require students to stay inside. In these cases, teachers provide and supervise indoor recess activities as an alternative. To best prepare children for outdoor recess days, always send them to school with the appropriate outdoor winter clothing.

For more detailed information on HSE's recess policy, please click on the following link:


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Free Walk-in Vaccination Clinic Hosted by the Fishers Health Department

Pre-registration is available here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/832ab82418a041259d3ebb7ee2f352c0

Park in the lot off of Promise Road and enter Door FH19 (the CCA entrance, not the athletics entrance).

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Art Club

Art Club is open to all first though fourth grade students who show an interest and love for art. Interested students should ask their parents to complete a permission slip that will be sent home in early January. Permission slips are due on January 14th. A lottery process is held to select 25 students per grade level. These 25 students will stay after school until 3:30pm on two separate days to complete one finished artwork. Often these projects are more extensive than what we cover in class. Meeting dates are listed below but please remember that students must be selected and notified of their acceptance to attend the meetings.

First Grade Art Club January 25 and February 1, 2022

Second Grade Art Club January 26 and February 4, 2022

Third Grade Art Club February 8 and February 15, 2022

Fourth Grade Art Club February 9 and February 16, 2022

For more information, please contact Mrs. Smith at mmsmith@hse.k12.in.us.

Humane Society Service Project

The New Britton Elementary Student Council is doing a Humane Society service project for the month of January!

Each grade level has been assigned a different item of need.

Kindergarten - Paper Towels

1st Grade - Canned Cat Food

2nd Grade - Easy Cheese (Squeeze Cheese)

3rd Grade - Soft Dog Treats (Such as Beggin Strips etc.)

4th Grade - Plush Dog Toys

Please send in your donations with your students, collection boxes will be located outside of their classrooms. Thank for your help in supporting this service project.

Bulldog Blood Drive

The New Britton Elementary Student Council is hosting a blood drive!

It is 2/24/2022 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM

The Bloodmobile will be located at New Britton Elementary parking lot.

REMEMBER: Every 3 seconds someone needs blood--just think of the impact you are making on the lives of people in your local community and beyond.

​Here is the link to sign up to donate blood:


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Holiday Light Recycling Program

This Holiday Season, HSE is asking you to give a gift to the Earth by making the choice to be more sustainable. HSE Schools will be hosting a district wide Holiday Light Recycling Program.

Starting December 1st and going until January 14th each school will be collecting old, broken, tangled, or unwanted holiday lights.

Why Should People Recycle Old Holiday Lights?

  • Holiday Lights are not bio-degradable and will spend hundreds of years in a landfill if thrown away.
  • Holiday lights are known to get into waterways and oceans. This can lead to animals becoming entangled and dying.
  • New ENERGY STAR LED holiday lights are up to 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.
  • LED holiday lights are not as fragile as the thin glass of incandescent bulbs.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association switching to LED holiday lights reduces the chance of Christmas tree fires.
  • LED bulbs offer more colors and features while reducing the energy consumed.
  • LED holiday lights have a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs offering on average 25% longer life.
  • Holiday lights are made from copper, glass, and plastic—valuable materials that can be recycled, reclaimed, and turned into new products helping preserve our environment!

Library News

Volunteers Needed!

As we are beginning our 2nd semester of the school year, we could use some help in the library. If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please sign up using the link below.

If it will be your first time, please let Mrs. Williams (kwilliams@hse.k12.in.us) know what day and time you will be coming so she can be sure to be in the library to give directions.

Feel free to grab a friend and come shelve some books! It normally takes an hour or so to put the books away. Volunteers are free to come at a time that is convenient for them anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You must have a current SafeVisitor background check on file. If you have any questions, please ask!


Support our Library

Are you looking for a way to support the NBE library? If so, we have a program called Support our Library! Using the link below, you can choose a book to donate to our library. You have the option to donate the book in honor of a teacher, a student for his/her birthday, or just for the fun of reading! These books are library bound books and come processed...which means they are ready for the shelf and checkout to students as soon are they arrive at NBE. If you choose to donate a book to our library, Mrs. Williams will share the book first with your child's class. Thanks for being willing to Support our Library!!



Yearbook flyers will be coming home next week with students. You can fill out the form and return to school. You can also order online by visiting www.inter-state.com/order . You will need to enter code 62983E to find NBE. All orders are due by Friday, March 18th. Yearbooks will come home at the end of May.

Winter NWEA Testing

North West Educational Assessment (NWEA) testing is administered three times per year for all K-8 HSE students.

During the months of December and January, the winter NWEA testing assesses student skills and provides actionable data for Reading and Mathematics. Our teachers, administrators, and support staff observe students daily to understand individual achievement and growth. NWEA is another tool to understand and approach learners in what they have learned and what they are ready to learn. Classroom performance and NWEA results provide the data and resources to deliver effective instruction for all students to grow.

This winter window of testing will also be used in part to identify students in need of high ability services. Students may also be identified for high ability services during the spring window of testing in May. More information about identification for high ability services can be found on the HSE Schools website.

New for 2021, NWEA has developed an extension to our typical reading assessment for grades K-2. This winter, students will test as noted below.

· December 1-17 NWEA Oral Reading Fluency and Dyslexia Screener for grade K-2

· December 1 - January 17 NWEA Reading and Math Growth Testing for grades K-8

*NWEA has a modified assessment for second grade students who score at or under grade level benchmark. Your student’s report may reflect that modification.

Please know quarantines, absences and retests may affect individual classroom schedules.

Reports from NWEA to share student growth targets and percentile performance will be sent home in January once all testing and make-up testing is completed.

Family Resources

Second Step Emotional Learning

This week students continued the Second Step Elementary digital program, a researched-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school.

Please see the Second Step Weekly Home Link attached at the bottom of the newsletter for specific information discussed in each grade level week 12.

Good Samaritan Network

Good Samaritan Network (GSN) is a collaborative/network of nonprofits in Hamilton County. GSN utilizes two serving approaches, Direct and InDirect services, and in part is designed to ensure efficiency and communication among the different agencies, social services, nonprofits, local government, pantries, and businesses - as together we serve the needs of Hamilton County residents who are at-risk or underserved.

If you are in need or would like to help those in need, this website can assist you. The link below provides support for holiday assistance, rental assistance, energy assistance, and ways to provide support.

Please take a moment to explore this website - click here.

FYAP Snack Attack Program

NBE is pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for those students in need. This program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to provide students a little extra nourishment for the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday.

Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack of food to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks.

There is no cost to you or the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack or have questions, please contact Sherri Leiner, NBE School Counselor at sleiner@hse.k12.in.us

Coats for Kids

Appointment Sign-Ups are OPEN from now until October 15. We have IN-PERSON and PICK-UP appointments this year. YOU DECIDE how you would like to interact:

1) Order coats online and then drive-thru & pick them up
2) Attend in-person

See our website for more information

Community News

Mudsock Youth Athletic Update

Register Now For Spring Programs

What will you play? Open registration for spring baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field runs through January 31st at myathletics.com. After the 31st, waitlists may form for certain sports in various divisions. Season information and program fees can be found here.

Girls Lacrosse TRY-IT Day – January 9th

Calling all girls in grades 1st - 8th! Drop by the FREE Mudsock Girls Lacrosse TRY-IT Day on January 9th anytime between 12-2 p.m. at Finch Creek Field House. All equipment provided and no experience necessary. Get the scoop over the upcoming spring season, try a few drills and get hooked. In addition to meeting board members, coaches and youth players, the HSE High School Lacrosse Team will be running the stations!

Staff Spotlight

Second Step Weekly Home Link

New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor