Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - December 4, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

It has been AMAZING to see our students’ interest in science growing this year through scientific inquiry…kindergarten took a trip to the farm and studied pumpkins. First grade students just finished project work regarding soil and worms and have an amazing partnership with Ritchey Woods. Second grade students analyzed owls and dissected owl pellets. Third grade scientists investigated rocks and minerals and created concrete molds with the help of an IMI representative. Fourth grade kicked off their year exploring the scientific method and how they can be scientists. Also, several classrooms are participating in a community garden project that directly benefits our Fishers community. These are just a few examples of our scientific study…classrooms are bursting with scientific wonder and inquiry.

We are so excited for our scientists to have an opportunity to further explore a question they have about science. The New Britton Elementary annual Science Fair (grades 1-4) will be held on Thursday, February 18th during the day with an award ceremony and special program from 6:30-8:00p.m. In order to prepare and generate excitement for this big event, we are hosting a Science Fair 101 with Professor Steve on this coming Thursday, December 10th from 7:00-8:00p.m. (doors will open at 6:45p.m.). We hope to see your family in attendance at this event. Kindergarten students are certainly encouraged to attend as we would like for them to participate in science fair next year.

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education. Have a restful weekend!


Lori Mankin

Rotation Days

December 7-11

Monday: Day 3

Tuesday: Day 4

Wednesday: Day 5

Thursday: Day 6

Friday: Day 1



9: Dining for Dollars at Marco's Pizza

10: Science Fair 101, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

18: Grading period ends

18: Winter parties

18: New Britton Night at the Pacers

19-January 4: Winter Break


5: Students return to school

12: PTO Meeting, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

15: Half Day for students

18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no school

22: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30

25-29: After School Enrichment

Lunch Cycle

Week 3 (Light Blue)

*see the full menu at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=2205121834271841&page=menus

There will be a menu change on Dec. 16:

We will be serving-

Chicken nuggets


Green Beans

Veggie Pack


There will be a special Holiday Meal on December 17:

Meat Lasagna


Garlic Bread




Classroom Holiday Parties

Holiday parties will be on Friday, December 18th. School apple juice and Keebler Elf Grahams Chocolate Snacks will be served in the classrooms. Please review the ingredients. If your student cannot have the snack due to dietary restrictions, please contact the school nurse.

Science Fair 101

Hey Kids! Do you like science? Are you looking for some really cool Science Fair ideas? Are you ready to see toilet paper flying in the air? Then come to New Britton Elementary School on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. & witness the amazing Professor Steve. Not only will he be presenting all kinds of science fair ideas for you to explore, he will also be demonstrating amazing feats of science right before your eyes. Lots of fun for both you & your parents. See you on December 10 at 7:00 pm.!

Winter weather is near!

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students and endeavors to make decisions regarding weather-related delays and closures as early as possible. Please stay tuned to the following sources for the latest weather-related school news.

HSE Skylert

In the event of a delay or cancellation, all families will receive an automated message from HSE Transportation Director Jim White via our Skylert system. The message will arrive by both a phone call and an e-mail. Parents also may opt to receive a text alert through Skyward/Family Access. To login, please click on the following link: https://sis.hse.k12.in.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/w

HSE Social Media

Social media has become our fastest way of sharing school news. Weather-related school updates are available on the HSE Twitter feed and Facebook page. Students, families and residents are encouraged to join our more than 10,000+ "followers" at https://twitter.com/HSESchools and join our Facebook family at www.facebook.com/HSESchools. Not on Twitter or FB? Access both directly from the HSE website at www.hse.k12.in.us.

Local Media Outlets

Television and radio stations remain a traditional way to share school weather announcements. HSE posts school delays and closures to the following media outlets:

  • WQME - 98.7FM
  • WEDJ - 107.1FM Radio Latina
  • WIBC - 93.1FM
  • WSYW - 810AM
  • WISH-TV 8
  • WXIN (Fox 59 & CW4)
  • WRTV (6)
  • WTHR (13)

Morning drop-off reminder

The safety of our students, families, and staff is a top priority at New Britton. Please do not enter the main parking lot from 8:30-9:00 a.m. so that our buses can safely deliver students to school. Parents are welcome to drop their students off at the circular drive beginning at 8:40. Please pull up in between the orange cones and do not drop your students off until a staff member is available to assist them. For everyone's safety, please do not pass, even if your child has already exited your vehicle. After 8:55, a parent is required to walk their student into the office to sign him/her in. We thank you for taking these precautions to keep everyone safe.

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: Riley Fehlinger, Allison Briggs, Ananya Jain, Calvin Wood, Kylie Gilliam

First Grade: Joseph Abulail, Oliver Callahan, Calie Wood, Ella Ratliff, Justin Love, Celia Ayers

Second Grade: Maddie Davis, Jackson Denning, Sara Evans, Antwon Clark, Sully Parker, Yuki Tanno

Third Grade: Oliver Casas, Yati Patel, Elise Emerson, Sujay Surendra, Fatimah Idrees

Fourth Grade: Lakshay Majahan, Caydence Wood, Elise Bryan, Justin Zeisig, Madison Leonard

Counselor Cove

-Mrs. Leiner

  • December can be a very fun, festive and somewhat frazzled month. Below are some tips for the month:
  • Remind your students that school does not end until winter break starts which for NBE is December 18. The teachers at NBE have a lot of learning to pack in these last few days. Insist that your student keep up the regular school routine including bedtime routine.
  • In regards to sticking to the same routine, try to do the same thing with eating healthy foods, exercising, and general health issues. Keeping with the routine will keep those pesky illnesses away.
  • Plan to do something together like driving around to check out holiday lights, bake something sweet, start a large puzzle, and/or start to read a book that the whole family would enjoy.
  • Help your children focus on someone other then themselves. Find some activity that your family can be involved in that would help those less fortunate.
  • Explain the meaning of holiday or family traditions and why they are special. What are your family traditions? Don’t have any, then this is the year to start one.
  • Learn about what a different culture does during this time of the year. Compare and contrast how it is different from your family celebrations or traditions.
  • If your circumstances are different this year then last year you can always start a new tradition.
  • Give yourself the gift of understanding. You can’t do it all. You may try and come really close, but then it may also come at a cost – financially, physically, and emotionally. Having a happy and relaxed, but scaled down festive season can be just as much fun.

Box Top Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Cox's 4th Grade class for winning the November Box Top Challenge!
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PTO News

NBE Dining for Dollars at Marco's Pizza

Hello New Britton Families! We have a “Dining for Dollars” event coming up on Wednesday, December 9th at Marco's Pizza. They are located at 8235 E. 116th Street. This is an all day event, and NBE will get a percentage of our sales, so order lunch for your office and dinner for your family.

This Marco's event is also a classroom competition, so be sure to mention the name of your child's teacher when ordering. The class that has the highest participation that day will win a pizza party. Be sure to tell your family, friends and neighbors to mention New Britton Elementary when placing a carry-out, delivery or dine-in order. Thanks for participating!

Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation

Thank you for all your support for Giving Tuesday! Local restaurants are getting into the spirit too! Use the Taste of Giving flyer at participating restaurants on Tuesday, December 8th, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Foundation to support every student, every grade, every school.

Community Activities & Events

*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.

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