December 21, 2018
Dear Bulldog Families,
Friday brings our first semester to a close. Our days have been filled with learning experiences of all kinds, and we hope that you are seeing evidence of this learning at home too. Our learning takes a variety of formats, some similar to when you attended elementary and some very different. We believe that learning is continual and ever-growing with limitless possibilities. Learning is not just one event but a series of connected opportunities in which new knowledge is formed.
Learning sometimes takes the format of service to others. Our kindergarten classes recently traveled to several retirement and assisted living facilities within our community. While there, they showcased some learning, through songs and poems, that they have been engaged in regarding variations of The Gingerbread Man. As an added benefit they also Made Their Day (for the residents), one of our building-wide expectations. Two of our third-grade classes just finished an economics project in which greeting cards were made and sold. This project was interdisciplinary in that it incorporated reading, researching, writing, math and social studies...and numerous life skills (cooperation, empathy, compassion, etc.) as the project culminating in buying things for others in need. Our Bulldog Student Council also led us in a service opportunity that benefitted our local community. We are excited to announce that our NBE families donated 540 items to the Delaware Township Food Pantry. Thank you for helping others in our community.
Community connections are not only important to New Britton, but they are an area of focus for Hamilton Southeastern and the City of Fishers as we work to create a city-wide campus. Mayor Fadness, Norman Burn (CEO of Conner Prairie), and Dr. Bourff have been in partnership regarding ways we can continue to strengthen our community and support learning opportunities for our children. This year we have added a partnership with Conner Prairie in which an HSE Teacher in Residence, Amy Murch, is working with 4th grade teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities using Conner Prairie as the classroom. Our 1st grade partnership with Ritchey Woods with Danessa Stolz as the naturalist/teacher continues to provide our students with engaging science lessons that often lead to more questions, inquiry, and study across disciplines.
The City of Fishers continues with the commitment to providing connections through the development of a database (CurioCity) in which HSE teachers have access to authentic audiences (for sharing student learning), guest speakers, study trips, job shadowing, Project-based Learning (PBL) experts and resources, internships, apprenticeships, and even teacher externships. We have several teachers currently piloting the use of this database to enhance student learning. This first year at the elementary level, we are primarily using CurioCity to connect with experts to assist us with research and other specific learning needs and authentic audience members for us to share our knowledge. We are looking for additional individuals or businesses who may be interested in serving as a resource for student learning. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about CurioCity or how you can become involved in student learning.
The NBE Bulldog Teaching Team would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy winter break. We look forward to continuing learning with your students as the new year begins back at New Britton on Tuesday, January 8th. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.
IMPORTANT DISTRICT EARLY DISMISSAL INFORMATION
Students will be dismissed 20 minutes early each Monday
to allow teachers to participate in additional training and education.
- Please be at your child's bus stop ready to receive your child 20 minutes earlier than their regular arrival time each Monday.
- Car riders will need to be picked up at 3:20.
The easiest and most efficient way for your children to get to and from school is the district provided transportation. Our busing system is set in place to transport all NBE students safely and efficiently.
If your student needs to be a car rider more than occasionally and you have not yet received a car tag, please email Michelle at email@example.com with your name, your student's name and your 4 digit FastLane number to get your car tag. Please hang the car tag from your rear view mirror each day to help expedite the pick up process.
Thank you to all families that have been consistently using the car tags for pick up. It seems to have helped speed up the entire process!
CloudCity Chess Club is back!
Last year, our 1st - 4th grade students enjoyed a new after-school activity: Chess Club!
Students gathered after school with instructors for a fun and educational learning experience. Experienced or new players are all welcome! Classes will be held after school until 5:00 p.m.on Tuesdays starting February 5, 2019.
Look for registration, cost and schedule information in the next
Bulldog Scoop on January 10, 2019.
After School Enrichment Leaders needed!
Do you or someone you know have a skill, hobby or career that could be shaped into an educational and fun class for our New Britton Students? You do? GREAT!! We would love to have you teach a class during our After School Enrichment classes! Classes run from 3:30-5:00. 3rd and 4th grade classes will be Jan. 22, 23 and 24. K-2 classes will be Jan. 29, 30 and 31.
Contact Jill Cloys at Cloysfamily@hotmail.com with any questions or to volunteer.
NBE Student Council - Food Donation Update
Media Center Volunteers needed
The PTO would love your help in the Media Center. A volunteer is needed each morning from 9-10 and another sometime in the afternoon. Volunteers check in books and shelve them. Check out this signup for available slots! http://signup.com/go/XpHWqZZ
Returning and new volunteers welcome. SafeVisitor badge required.
Square 1 Art - 15% discount available now!
FROM THE CAFETERIA
Want to eat lunch with your child/grandchild? Simply click the ling below to reserve your spot and prepare to enjoy a fun lunchtime adventure!
- You MUST have a current background check on file in order to eat lunch with your child.
- Parents may NOT use their student's account when purchasing a parent lunch. Parent lunch is $3.36
- According to our school handbook, please no outside restaurant food
Click the link below:
- Select the date and correct grade level
- Click "Submit and Sign up"
- Enter your name and in the comments section please type your lunch choice
- Then click "Sign Up Now"
When sending lunch money in with your student, please remember to include the Student ID number on all checks and envelopes.
Plastic Cap Collection
Kindergarten classes would like to thank our Bulldog families so much for their generous donations. Good news - we are still collecting plastic caps! See link below for information on acceptable caps and lids to donate.
PTO Executive Board
Co-President: Lisa Cheney
Co-President: Sarah Fleming
Vice President: Gretchen Gonso
Secretary: Jill Cloys
Treasurer: Amy Mason
Email the NBE PTO at mailto:NewBrittonPTO@gmail.com
Join us for NBE PTO meeting @ 7:00p.m.