New Britton Elementary
October 9, 2020
News from Mrs. Mankin
Dear Bulldog Families,
We have successfully transitioned into our 3rd phase of learning for the year. Our entire learning community has handled this phase with continued grace, flexibility, and collaboration. Our 1st 9-week grading period ended today, Friday October 9. Since this 9 weeks has included a combination of virtual and in-person teaching/learning, our report cards may not be as comprehensive as in the past. Here are some important points to review:
- Quarter 1 represents skills or concepts that are introduced or marked at the introductory level. These concepts will be further developed over the course of the year.
- Any areas indicators left blank have not yet been assessed. These will be assessed in quarters 2, 3 and 4.
- The Learner Characteristics section of the report card represents personal work habits or social skills. We have not yet assessed most of these as students have been learning virtually for a portion of our first quarter.
- Science and social studies indicators are not marked for the first semester as our focus towards assessment from spring into this winter will be on reading, writing and math. Science and social studies concepts are certainly integrated into our core subject areas. However, the assessment of science and social studies will be noted in our second semester.
- Our related arts classes will be using a participation grading scale. This will be marked at the semester.
Report cards will be available on Thursday 10/15. You can view your student’s report card by logging into Skyward Family Access, opening the portfolio section, and opening your PDF.
As always, thank you for partnering with us in education! Have.a great weekend.
Lori Mankin, Principal
Playground Fundraiser - Deadline October 31
Dine to Donate October 15th
ALICE Student Training
Be sure to ask your student about our visit from School Resource Officer Brianna Guy. She visited classrooms this week to introduce herself to our students and answer questions related to our ALICE drill procedures. We held our first ALICE safety drill today, and the students did a great job following the procedures and teacher directions. Below is a brief review video that you can watch with your child.
Should you have any questions about our ALICE Student Training, please email Assistant Principal Katy Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamilton County Kids Coats
2020 has been an interesting year for all of us. There are times in our lives where we might need some extra help or we might be able to lend some extra help. If you are in need of support for the coming months or you are fortunate enough to be able to provide some support for those in need, please see the resources below. Together we are better.
Good Samaritan Network (GSN) is a collaborative/network of nonprofits in Hamilton County utilizing 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.
Welcome. Fishers Youth Assistance Program (FYAP) was formed in 2014 to help strengthen youth and families through community involvement. Like other peer Youth Assistance Programs throughout Hamilton County, local volunteers develop and provide access to programs and services that promote positive growth experiences and enhance home and community relationships.
New Britton was the recent recipient of an Eagle Scout project assisting in outdoor learning. Ethan Bollenbacher coordinated efforts to create 32 portable outdoor PVC stools for New Britton last month. He was helped, in part, by long-time OASIS tutor, and friend of NBE, Mr. Kohl (pictured above). We are very grateful for their efforts and have already begun utilizing the outdoor seating in a variety of ways. Thank you!
News from the Nurse
UPDATE ABOUT SQUARE1 ART FUNDRAISER
The annual Square1 Art Fundraiser will be moved to the spring of the 2020-2021 school year. Normally in October, families would find Square1 Art order forms coming home with your child(ren). However, there was concern about all students completing their art work while we were still in Phase I and Phase II of the district reopening. In order to have a successful fundraiser and to allow all our kids an opportunity to make art in a timely manner, we have decided to move Square1 Art to the spring.
In case you are unfamiliar with Square1 Art, each year our art teacher, Mrs. Smith, completes art assignments with all students in grades K-4. New Britton Elementary then teams up with Square1 Art to turn those projects into coffee mugs, gifts, note pads, etc., with a generous percentage of funds coming right back to NBE. This is a very successful fundraiser at NBE, and the PTO is confident it will be again -- just at a different time than normal! If you have questions, please contact the Square1 Art parent coordinator, Jessica McCracken, at email@example.com.