Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - November 6, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

I would like to thank our families that attended our Listening Tour this past week. Dr. Bourff, Mike Reuter, and Dr. Combs shared information regarding possible options for a spring referendum and the positive impact this money could have on the continued advancement of our Hamilton Southeastern Schools. If you were unable to attend and would like to know more, there are still some Listening Tour dates on the schedule:


I encourage you to visit our district and school websites often to stay informed regarding how you can provide important input regarding the future of our schools.

This week several parent volunteers presented Everybody Counts lessons to classes in every grade level. These lessons helped provide students with a basic understanding of some of differences that exist among people and how these differences create an amazing, diverse world. Please be sure to ask your student what he/she learned about differences this week. I would like to thank those parents who volunteered to be a part of this important program.

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


Lori Mankin

Rotation Days

November 9-13

Monday: Day 5

Tuesday: Day 6

Wednesday: Day 1

Thursday: Day 2

Friday: Day 3



10: 1st Grade Vision Screenings *new date*

11: Veteran's Day Program *on Wednesday, not Monday as stated in the flyers that went home*

13: Picture re-takes

17: 3rd Grade Music program, 7:00 p.m.

20: Bulldog Blast, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

25-27: No School

menu change

As a celebration of the holiday, the cafeteria will be serving a Thanksgiving meal on 11/19/15. The menu will be as follows:


Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Dinner Rolls

Sweet Potatoes

Green Beans

Fruit Salad



As per NBE Handbook, page 15: The school cannot allow parents or students to return to the classrooms before or after school hours to get items they may have forgotten. We want to encourage student responsibility and organization, and we also need to maintain building security. For security reasons, classrooms are locked after school.

Veteran's Day Program

Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th, for New Britton's Veteran's Day Program. This year we will have two celebrations. Please review the following information to see when your student will be attending:

9:15 Performance

K: Grampp, Millsaps, Robinson

1: Sanders, Hower, McGee

2: Susott, Linton, Miller

3: Myers, Sarkovics, Street

4: Bueining, Schuler, Perillo

2:00 Performance

K: Peters, Moore

1: Myers, Shelton, Risinger

2: Worrall, Mayer, Brandt

3: Beiswanger, Biggs, Temple

4: Gundersen, Cox, Hull

Picture Retakes

If you would like your student's school picture re-taken, or if your student was not here for the previous school picture day, retakes will take place on Friday, November 13, 2015. You may order online by visiting inter-state.com/order and entering school code 02438TB.

A Message from our students....

"Hi. This is Ava, Cory, and Teryrone from Mr. Temple's class. We need your help. Our class asked how we could help our community be a better place so kids can have a happier life. We are doing a toy drive for Riley's Hospital and kids who don't have toys. New Britton kids can help by donating toys they don't play with anymore. Bring the toys to school in a bag marked DONATION and place the bag of toys in the donation boxes by the library. We are collecting donations until Thanksgiving. We want to make kids feel better so please bring in toys!"

Food Drive

New Britton students and families are being asked to donate non-perishable food items for our annual Hamilton Country Red Cross Food Drive. Students are being encouraged to bring in their donations to their classrooms Monday, November 9th through Friday, November 20th. This Student Council Project has been a huge success in the past. Thanks for being a part of it!

Box Tops Winner - October

Congratulations to Mrs. Biggs' class for being the winner of the October Box Top Challenge!
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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: James Sprague, Lucas Grant, Susannah Swisher, Shelby Reeves, Ryder Myers

First Grade: Ali Raja, Jimmy Winkel, Ian Magers, Edgar Cuahuizo, Seth Girbert, Michael Snapp

Second Grade: Chloe Canada, Logan Dawson, Sophie Hesch, Mida Gudapati, Sara Carter, Tyler Schwarz

Third Grade: Mya Jackson, Ryan Minns, Drew Fehlinger, Joshua Scott, Jonathan Albright, Adelle Jacobson

Fourth Grade: Tyler Bast, Ashton Morris, Cooper Gordon, Ethan O'Daniel, Sydney Heitkamp

Counselor Cove

by Mrs. Leiner

What is it with all this anxiety? – It is unfortunate, but a real fact that stress and anxiety in children is a common problem in today’s fast-paced, high-tech, activity-packed society. Anxiety can be a good thing in our lives because it can motivate us, but too much anxiety can affect our daily living. Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in children. The NBE website has some great information and strategies for home use with those students that have a personality that is more prone to being anxious: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/academics/guidance.aspx

Here are a few ideas if your child is being affected by this concern:

Don’t dismiss his/her feelings. Telling your child not to worry usually makes them worry more. Let them know it’s okay to feel bad about something, and encourage them to share their emotions and thoughts.

Listen Actively. You know how enormously comforting it can be just to have someone listen when something’s bothering you. Do the same thing for your child. If he doesn’t feel like talking, let him know you are there for him. Just be by his side and remind him that you love him and support him.

Use logic. When your child comes to you with a worry or anxious thought, help them to use logic. For example, if they are afraid that they are going to get lost while shopping with you. Ask them how many times this has happened before? And then ask them what could they do if this actually did happen to them?– help them make a plan. Feeling a sense of control makes the feeling of anxiety lessen.

Get him/her outside. Exercise can boost mood, so get him/her moving. Even if it’s just for a walk around the block, fresh air and physical activity may be just what he needs to lift his spirits and give him a new perspective on things.

Stick to routines. Balance out any changes by trying to maintain as much of his/her regular routine as possible. Try to stick to his/her regular bedtime and mealtimes, if possible.

Keep your child healthy and getting enough sleep. Make sure he’s eating right and getting enough sleep. Not getting enough rest or eating nutritious meals at regular intervals can contribute to your child’s stress.

Avoid over-scheduling. Soccer, karate, baseball, music lessons, playdates: the list of extracurricular activities kids can take on is endless. But too many activities can easily lead to stress and anxiety in children. Just as grownups need some downtime after work and on weekends, children also need some quiet time alone to decompress.

Limit your child's exposure to violence on tv/video games. If your child sees or hears upsetting images or accounts of natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis or sees disturbing accounts of violence or terrorism on the news or in video games, talk to your child about what's going on. Reassure her that she and the people she loves are not in danger. Be very selective of the tv and video games that your child watches and plays: even some of the children networks have programs that are not appropriate for certain age groups.

Decide how you as the parent reacts to stress. Remember that children watch and model how their parents or loved ones react to stress and pressure.

Know when to get help. Most children and adults experience some anxiety throughout the day. Anxiety can be very motivating. So when does it become a big enough problem to consult with your family physician? Some signs to look for are major changes in friendships, style of clothing, sleeping, eating, attitude, behavior, and mood.

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

Laura Salisbury

I grew up in Alberta, Canada. I have been married for 25 years and have five children and one grandchild due in December. I love to run. I love animals and I volunteer for a cat rescue organization. I love math, science and technology because they benefit our health.

PTO News

  • Bulldog Blast is just two weeks away, on Friday, November 20th. The Blast will be from 6-8:30. Order forms are coming home today and are due November 18th.
  • There will be lots of opportunities to volunteer during the event. Please sign up to help. The volunteer spot will be coming our early next week.
  • Remember that Square 1 Art orders are due on Monday, November 9th.
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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

Twitter: @NBEbulldogs