New Britton Elementary - March 18, 2016
Dear Bulldog Families,
The elementary 1:1 iPad roll-out for next year has been a topic of much discussion. There are some worthwhile, informative resources on our Hamilton Southeastern website http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/academics/hse21/. I encourage you to view this information in order to better understand how this roll-out enhances and supports our HSE21 Best Practice Model. There is information regarding how technology supports inquiry-based, collaborative learning opportunities in which students use critical thinking skills to solve problems, design products, and make their learning visible to authentic audiences.
Rethinking Learning; The 21st Century Learner is a great video to view when thinking about our journey to redefine teaching and learning both in and outside of the classroom:
Along with this video, there are many links to classroom examples of blended learning in our HSE pilot classrooms. The section regarding Digital Citizenship is one I find especially helpful both as a parent and an administrator. I frequently access the Common Sense Media site regarding books and movie information. I also found the Mindshift article, How to Provide Kids with Screen Time That Supports Learning, helpful when thinking about the appropriate amount of screen time for our children. The AAP has recently updated their stance regarding screen time; the focus is less on the number of hours and more on how the technology is being used...Screen Time That Supports Learning .
In conversations with both teachers and families, a significant take-away for me has been the importance of teachers and families continuing to work together regarding the education of our children. We certainly need to collaborate regarding celebrations and concerns in order to help our students learn and grow into our future leaders. If you have any questions regarding HSE21, please contact your child's teacher or me.
Grades for the third nine-week grading period are now available via Skyward Family Access. Please be sure to review this information with your student. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions.
As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.
Mark your calendar!
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: Elliot Heltz, Emmi Shrall, Munisasya Vemula, Ness Tlatoa, Ariyanna Touketto
First Grade: Gabe Rush, Milana Mays, Gabby Hellyer, Akshada Nalumachu, Nicholas Findley, Teresa Schaffer
Second Grade: Ellie Nguyen, Kassie Ferris, Hudson Frazo, Erin Lumas, Andrew Mann, Duncan Rose
Third Grade: Halle Michaels, Ryann Solesky, Gracie Myers, Alex Rocha, Chase Frank, Josey Dawson
Fourth Grade: Lesly Harber, Liam Degolyer, Aden Weir, Patrick Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Razeen Raja
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!
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.
Attention all Families
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:
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.
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.
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
Mrs. Moore's kindergarten class is our classroom winner for the most Walk-a-thon packets returned to be mailed for donations. Thank you for all of your hard work.
We will have a spirit week the week of the Walk-a-thon and those days are as follows:
Monday, 28th- Crazy Clothes Day
Tuesday, 29th- Crazy Hair/Hat Day
Wednesday, 30th- Class Color Day
K-Red; 1-Blue; 2-Yellow; 3-Green; 4-Turquoise(4th Grade Shirt)
Thursday, 31st-School Spirit wear
Change wars all week! The classroom with the most change will win a pizza party!
Have an awesome weekend!
Community Activities & Events
- S.P.O.R.T.S News
- Safe Sitter program
- Fishers Parks & Rec Flock the NPD
- Create a Pottery Masterpiece
- HCCTA Spring Tennis
- Riverside Spring Carnival
- International Night
- Fishers Tri Kappa Garage Sale
- State Park passes available
- Geist Half Marathon School Program
- Fishers Police Department Teen Academy
- April programming at Hamilton East Public Library
- Hamilton East Public Library April Newsletter
- Voter Strategy flyer
- Living Proof by Sarah Panzau
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