Bulldog Bulletin

March 3, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog families,

February and March are months devoted to the celebration of diversity and the impact of risk-taking individuals on society; Black History Month, Women’s History Month. and Disability Awareness Month. I was reminded of the power of people when I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures. This movie is “The story of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.” There are so many books, movies, and experiences we can expose our children to in order to broaden their perspectives regarding the shaping of our history

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, The City of Fishers is hosting many events. On Friday, March 17th, there will be a Fishers Athletic Showcase: Adapt and Thrive presentation. USA Paralympic Soccer Team, players Bryce Boarman & Seth Jahn as Keynote Speakers in the Fishers High School gymnasium from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For more information regarding other Disability Awareness events, please access this link:


As always thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

***********Testing Info to Know**********

ISTEP+ Testing

Third and fourth grade students will be taking their final ISTEP+ Applied Skills tests on Monday and Tuesday. We are proud of the hard work and effort they have put into this state assessment.

IREAD Testing 3rd Grade

Third grade students will be taking their IREAD practice test on Wednesday, March 8th and the operational test will be given on March 13-15. The purpose of this state test is to measure foundational reading skills of 3rd grade students to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to fourth grade.

Attention 3rd & 4th grade Parents

The Indiana Department of Education has determined the timing of the ISTEP applied skills testing. ISTEP+ Applied Skills testing will be from February 22nd through March 10th.

NBE will be practice testing the week of February 22nd with actual testing starting on February 27th. Most testing will be complete by March 8th with make-up’s being completed the rest of the week. Testing will occur in the morning hours.
ISTEP/CCRA (College &Career Ready Assessment) which is much like the ISTEP+ Multiple Choice testing done online will be the week of April 17th through April 28th

Testing make-up days will be done as needed throughout the second week. 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: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8

Attendance during these days is very important; please make every attempt to reschedule dentist/doctor appointments around the test dates.

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.

• Encourage your student to think positively – they can do this!!!

• Smile ☺ and tell a funny joke – laughing is good for everyone.

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Congratulations M.A.T.H. Bowl Team!

Our Bulldog M.A.T.H. Bowl team competed on 2/23 in the Purdue University Indiana Academic M.A.T.H. Bowl competition. This group of students used critical thinking and problem solving skills while competing against 14 other elementary schools in the area. After a performance that made us #BulldogProud, this group tied for 4th place! Thank you to all of the team members who worked so hard and a big thank you to Mrs. Buening and Mrs. Aschenbach for their time guiding and encouraging this great group of thinkers! Well done Bulldogs!

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Subish Adhikari, Collin Bickel, Brycen Curry, Miram Elag, Chase Frank, Jackson Harmas, Laney Hart, Taila Iwase, George Kallas, Charlie Neidermann, Danielle Pankop, Benjamin Ratner, Ian Stone, Sujay Surendra, Matthew Thomas, Aiden Weiss, Reece Wilkinson, Henry Wood, Reise Wood

March Disability Awareness

In the City of Fishers and across the country, March has been designated as National Disability Awareness Month. The Fishers ADA/Disability Roundtable and the City of Fishers values its citizens with physical and intellectual disabilities. We have worked together to organize a month-long campaign to bring awareness about disabilities and to educate the community about inclusion. The City of Fishers has partnered with many outstanding groups and citizens, including HSE Schools to ensure March is filled with events that support disability awareness in our community.

This year’s 2017 March Disability Awareness Month theme emphasizes that people with disabilities are people first. They are co-workers, classmates, and neighbors, who want to be included in their communities – just like everyone else.

Learn more about activities that are planned for the month of March HERE.

A Night of Hope on March 14

Featuring Jordan Burnham, a nationally recognized mental health advocate. #StigmaFreeFishers Get more details HERE.

Fishers Athletic Showcase: Adapt & Thrive

Friday, March 17 FHS gymnasium 6:00 to 8:00pm

Sponsored by the generosity of TOPSoccer, a program of Indy Premier Soccer Club; the Fishers Athletic Showcase features USA Paralympic Soccer Team, players Bryce Boarman & Seth Jahn as Keynote Speakers. Both will share their message of “Adapt and Thrive.” Bryce Boarman was born with cerebral palsy and will highlight his participation in the London and Rio Olympics. Seth Jahn was impacted by a traumatic brain injury while serving as a member of the US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan. Also in attendance will be Vern Fleming, formerly of the Indiana Pacers, and Joe Reitz, current offensive lineman for the Colts and former graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School. Both will serve as guest referees. The evening will also showcase exhibitions by Power Soccer, Special Olympics Basketball, Special Olympics Cheer and DeVeau’s Show Team by Gym Roots. Donations will be accepted at the door and will be divided equally among performing organizations. Concessions will be open.

2017 Kindergarten Registration and Open House Information

Will your child be 5 years old on or before August 1st?

HSE now offers online registration for your 5 year old coming to kindergarten!

Register your child for Kindergarten here: Kindergarten Registration

Click HERE to learn more about Kindergarten enrollment.

Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the

Kindergarten Open House

April 13th from 5-7p.m.

Learn more HERE!

Box Top Winners

Congratulations to the classroom winner of the January Box Top Collection: Mrs. Cox!
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Fun Fact Fridays

Do you have an interesting bit of trivia or history about New Britton Elementary? Help us with Fun Fact Fridays. We plan to share FUN FACTS about New Britton’s 25-year history each Friday. If you or someone you know is a Bulldog alumnae and have a fun fact to share, please email Michelle Ayres at mayres@hse.k12.in.us. Thank you for helping us collect fun facts in celebration of our 25 years!

Bulldog Calendar & Rotation Days

Monday 3/6 (Day 6)

Tuesday 3/7 (Day 1) PTO meeting 7:00 Media Center

Wednesday 3/8 (Day 2) Kindergarten Family Reading Night 6-7:30

Thursday 3/9 (Day 3)

Friday 3/10 (Day 4)


Monday 3/13 (Day 0) FLEX DAY - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 3/14 (Day 5)

Wednesday 3/15 (Day 6)

Thursday 3/16 (Day 1)

Friday 3/17 (Day 2)

New Staff Spotlight - Linn Aschenbach

I've been married to my husband, Dave, forever and we have two sons and daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren. My favorite kind of books to read are light fiction and romance novels. In my free time, you can find me reading, shopping, traveling, watching movies and baking tasty treats.

Big Show Award Winners

Congratulations to the following classes for showing their great sportsmanship and team effort this week!

Mrs. Cooper's Class

1st grade - Mrs. risinger

2nd grade - Mrs. Shoemaker

3rd grade - Mrs. Grillo and Mrs Sarkovics

4th grade - Mrs Gunderson and Mrs. Perillo

Way to go Bulldogs!


If your child will be absent due to illness or medical/legal appointment, please call attendance line at (317) 594-4130. This phone line also has a 24 hour voice mail option. Please leave your name, your child's grade, teacher and the reason for the absence by 9:30 that morning. Please do not email the office with this information.

Congratulations to our "Catch of the Week" Students!

Kindergarten: Delilah Hastings, Elizabeth Hammond, Sarah Abulail, Memorie Carpenter, Matthew Pineda, Matt Bowling

1st Grade: Micah Giger, Calvin Wood

2nd Grade: Colin Borowicz, Vincent Nierman, Celia Ayers, Emma Colaw, Shawn Anderson, Lily Schilling, Ava Gabriel

3rd Grade: Annley Kneisley, Rowen McGee, Andrew Mann, Joshua Koenig, Drew Palmer, Kristian Thomas, Erin Lumas

4th Grade: Drew Fehlender, Monica Robson, Teryone Turner, Maggie Weiss, Carly Lyon

HSE Student Handbooks

For your convenience, the New Britton Elementary School Handbook can be found at this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/NBE/new_britton_handbook-15-16-final_.pdf

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PTO Info to Know:

Kroger Rewards - Kroger Rewards cards re-set charities on January 1st every year. Be sure to go online and re-select New Britton Elementary PTO as your charity of choice for your Kroger Rewards cards for the year! Every card has been reset, so even if you signed up in August, you will need to sign up again! https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow

Next PTO Meeting is March 7th in the Media Center.

How can YOU help support NBE?

  • Collect Box Tops for Education
  • Register your Kroger Plus Car assigning NBE in Community Rewards ***Must register every January***
  • Use Smile.amazon.com to purchase items you already use through Amazon. Our charity name is New Britton School Parent Teacher Organization, Inc.
  • Dine to Donate events - Look for upcoming dates announced in Bulldog Bulletin & on the New Britton website

New Britton Elementary PTO

Co-President: Leslie Zeisig Lesliezeisig@gmail.com

Co-President: Stephanie Solesky Steph.solesky@comcast.net

Vice President: Kalista Booth Kalista.booth@aol.com

Treasurer: Sarah Johnson Johnson10874@sbcglobal.net

Check out the HSE Community Bulletin Board (CBB)!

Hamilton Southeastern Schools has now consolidated all the great activities offered in Fishers into one easy to access location - the CBB! Check out the CBB for library programs, S.P.O.R.T.S. news and other programs you would normally see on our Bulldog Bulletin. Use this link to check it out now!

Community Bulletin Board

*If you would like to have your event advertised to this link, please complete the submission form on the CBB.

*Permitted use of school newsletters as required by the Equal Access Act is not an endorsement of this group or this group’s beliefs by Hamilton Southeastern Schools or the Board of School Trustees.

Fishers Parks Department Camps

It is difficult to believe that summer is just around the corner! The City of Fishers Parks and Recreation Department launched its summer camp registration on Wednesday: http://www.fishers.in.us/CivicSend/ViewMessage/message?id=15994

FHS Tiger Night Lights

1st-4th grade boys - join Fishers Tigers Football team for an evening of fun, football and pizza! Learn more HERE.

FHS Winter Youth Softball Clinic

1st-8th grade girls - join the Fishers Tigers Softball team for an afternoon of hitting, throwing and fielding skill practice. Learn more HERE.

HSE Fishers Give Back Wednesdays

Dine at Rockstone on March 8th or May 10th and a portion of your purchase supports HSE Fishers Youth Lacrosse! Learn more HERE.

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