Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - September 9, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

Next week starts a PTO-sponsored program called Everybody Counts. This program is designed to teach children about various differences and disabilities that people of all ages may have and how they overcome obstacles associated with these differences. The main goal is to foster a better understanding and acceptance of others. The following topics will be presented:

  • Kindergarten - general introduction of similarities and differences
  • 1st grade - visual impairments
  • 2nd grade - hearing impairments
  • 3rd grade - learning impairments
  • 4th grade - physical impairments

Students will be involved in a variety of activities regarding these topics. All information is presented in developmentally appropriate manner, emphasizing strategies people use to overcome obstacles and acceptance of others. I would like to thank Amy Ferris and Sherri Rutledge for chairing this program and our parent volunteers for working with our students.


Lori Mankin

Pasta Bowl 2016

The Bulldog families and staff filled our Pasta Bowl bin for the HSE food drive! We appreciate you Being There for others in need. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education!

Bulldog Calendar 9/12-9/23


13: Device Safety Night 6:00. PTO Meeting; 7:00-8:00

22: Picture Day

23: Mum pick up 4:00-7:00, PTO Movie Night

2016-2017 Textbook Fee & Ipad Rental Fees

  • By Friday, September 2nd, the textbook and iPad rental fees will be visible on Skyward and you will receive a Skylert message. Payment deadline is September 16, 2016.
  • You may now pay via eFund option through the Skyward Family Access or make checks payable to NBE. Please allow 10 working days to see the payment posted to your account.
  • Please contact Linda Bouchonnet, NBE Treasurer at 594-4130 if you are interested in a payment plan or want information out our Free and Reduced Cafeteria/Book Fee Assistance Program.

Textbook fee WITHOUT iPad Rental Fees

Kindergarten: $72.06

1st Grade: $81.77

2nd Grade: $83.64

3rd Grade: $69.83

4th Grade: $71.18

iPad Rental Fee

Add $90.00

Picture Day is 9/22

Click HERE to learn more about Picture Day and how to order online.

iPad Info

We do not recommend putting a passcode on your student's iPad. We have already had several students forget their codes. The only "fix" when this happens is for us to reset the iPad. We do realize that some families may choose to have a passcode for security reasons; if you choose to put a passcode on your student's device, we ask that you use the following format so we can help them problem solve:

  • 4-digit passcode mmdd (Example: 0114 for January 14)
  • 6-digit passcode mmddyy (Example: 011496 for January 14, 1996)

Counselor Cove - Mrs. Leiner

What do I need to know about school age children and sleep?

School aged children still need somewhere between 9 and 12 hours of sleep at night.

At this age, kids usually start a trend towards becoming more and more sleep deprived. As parents, you will need to help figure out how much sleep your child needs. Your child is getting the right about of sleep if they:

  • Can fall asleep within 15-30 minutes
  • Can wake easily at the time they need to get up and don't need you to keep bugging them to get up.
  • Are awake and alert all day and don't need a nap during the day. Check with your child's teacher and make sure your child is able to stay awake and alert during the school day.

In other words, if you child can go to bed, fall asleep easily, wake up easily, and not be tired during the day, then they are getting enough sleep.

A recent study was conducted which surveyed kindergarten through 4th grade students, their parents, and teachers about sleep. Teachers reported that about 10% of the kids were falling asleep in school. Like us adults, many of our kids are sleep deprived. Remember letting kids stay up late isn't doing them or you a favor. Many sleep deprived students have attention and learning problems in the school setting which affects their academic progress. Students need their sleep each night to continue to learn all the new material that is give to them throughout the day, plus they are still growing their bodies and brain. Make sure that you have a bedtime routine and stick to it. We all know that sometimes that routine gets altered, but consistency is important. Also in this age of technology, please put a curfew or limit screen time (tv, ipad, laptop, etc.) at least 30 minutes prior to bedtime. This helps the brain shut down and get ready for sleep mode. Don't radically change this bedtime routine during the weekend or over breaks or during summer; keeping with the consistency theme will help with the transition back to school. If you don't have a bedtime routine, start one now and see the benefits. If sleep concerns continue for your student, discuss these concerns with your medical professional since they might be able to pinpoint a medical cause. (Information taken from the University of Michigan Health System online.)

Rotation Days

September 12-23

Mon. 9/12: Day 5

Tues. 9/13: Day 6

Wed. 9/14: Day 1

Thurs. 9/15: Day 2

Fri. 9/16: Day 3

Mon. 9/19: Day 4

Tues. 9/20: Day 5

Wed. 9/21: Day 6

Thurs. 9/22: Day 1

Fri. 9/23: Day 2

Devon Dondaki is coming!

Author/illustrator/Song Writer and all around great guy Devon Dondaki will be at New Britton Elementary School on Wednesday, September 21st! He will be presenting to students in Kindergarten - Second grade.

Mr. Kondaki will entertain the students with the "Winzlow Nation" theme song, a story called, "The Mystery of the Magical Bwa Bwa Fruit", an interactive performance of his book with audience participation., and finally share "The Owl Song". He rounds out his performance teaching the students how to draw Winzlow and other characters in his stories as well as hosting a brief Q & A period.

Mr. Kondaki's book will be available for the students to purchase before the event so that he may autograph them for your child. The last day for orders will be September 16th. Click HERE for the order form.

Contact Mrs. Crane, Media Specialist, with any questions.

Bulldog Bulletin Updates

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Bulldog Bulletin will be published every two weeks. We believe communication between home and school is critical to ensuring your child's continued success at NBE. In order to provide you with the most up-to-date information, please visit our website at http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/about/docs.aspx for the most current information & updates.

Cafeteria News

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Education is requiring HSE to increase paid lunch meal prices by ten cents. This is a result of federal legislation set in place in 2010 which requires school districts in the National School Lunch Program to meet the Paid Lunch Equity requirements set by the USDA. The new meal prices for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

Grades K-6: $2.50

Grades 7-12: $2.65

When sending lunch money in with your student, please remember to include the Student ID number on all envelopes and checks. Thank you!

Information on Free and Reduced lunch applications can be found at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?page=lunchapps&sid=2205121834271841

Debit Policy for 2016-2017 starting 8/30/16

Students will be able to have a -$5.00 balance before receiving the alternative debit meal (choice of Turkey Sandwich or PBJ, Strawberry Applesauce & Milk). Please have your student's lunch account up to date. Contact Lori Burbich Café Manager with questions.

Kellogg's Happy Birthday Program

As a participate in the Kellogg's Happy Birthday Program, HSE Nutrition & Food Services will be celebrating birthdays once a month with a special treat. "Birthday Tuesday" will occur one time per month. Any student with a birthday that month who purchase a meal deal on "Birthday Day" will receive a Rice Krispie Treat with their lunch!

"Birthday Day" 2016-2017 schedule:

8/16, 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/13, 7/17, 2/7, 3/21, 4/18 and 5/16 (for May, June & July birthdays)

New Safety Information

New Britton and HSE Schools are committed to the safety of all students. Therefore, the district has upgraded to an enhanced criminal-history-check process. As in the past, everyone must have a current background check on file and have viewed the Anti-Bullying webinar before volunteering or visiting as a lunch guest. Background checks are considered current for 3 years.

If you have not completed the background check and Anti-Bullying webinar within the last 3 years, you may do so by visiting the Parent Volunteer section of district's website for a full description of the process and how to get started.

If your background check and anti-bullying training are still current (within the last 3 years), you will receive the following:

  • A Safe Visitor I.D. card. Along with e-mail notification, each approved applicant will receive an I.D. card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned into your SMART device for easier access when visiting our campus.

  • A photo badge issued at each visit. Upon presentation of your Safe Visitor I.D. card or valid driver’s license, office staff will assist you with taking your photo and issue a visitor’s badge if one is not already on file. The photo will be saved in our district-wide system to be used at each visit, regardless of campus.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.

A few reminders...


It is important that your child is at school each day. Good attendance is one of the keys to achieving your child’s full potential in the learning process. A student with a temperature measuring 100 degrees or greater will be sent home from school. The student must remain fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students will not be sent to the YMCA After-School Program with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. If a student has vomited as a result of illness, he/she must stay home from school. He/she must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.


When your child is absent from school, please call the school office at 594-4130 before 9:00AM each day that he/she is absent. Please utilize our 24 hour voice mail box available to leave messages regarding your child's absence. Please report the child’s name, classroom teacher, and illness. It is helpful for the school nurse to know the nature of illnesses in our school to identify symptoms of others seen in the clinic. A doctor’s permission to return to school may be required dependent upon the length and type of illness your child is experiencing. We ask you to do this to ensure the safety of your child and to confirm that he/she is either here or with you at home. Our voicemail system will take messages concerning absences before and after office hours. I f you do not contact the office, contact will be made with you by the school.

Birthdays are a special time, but as a safety precaution to all of our students, birthday treats are prohibited in the classroom. Also, pease be considerate of all students and teachers by refraining from passing out party invitations in class. Thank you!

2015-2016 Yearboooks Still Available!

The publisher of the 2015-2016 yearbook accidentally printed several extra copies. As a result, they have given us the overstock! If you didn't get a yearbook last year, and you would like one, we will be selling them for $5 each. Please send cash or a check (made out to New Britton) to school in an envelope with your child's name, grade and teacher written on it. Hurry - supplies are limited!

Catch of the Week

Congratulations to our "Catch of the Week" Students!

KINDERGARTEN: Dempsey Douglas, Austin Morgan, Addison Meekin, Olivia Gish, Olivia Gilbert, Delilah Hastings, Sam Klodzen, Caleb Mustain, Christopher Joseph, Eli Daniel, Ellie Wilson

1st GRADE: Natalie Dickos, Gabe Mitchell, Jayden Miller, Drew Kuebbeler, Bianca Jones, Alexis Sayre, Kaden Scholl, Christian Haughey, Ava Eads, Fiona Sharpe, Ala Xochitlatoa-Cuahuizo

2nd GRADE: Nick Molter, Parker Brown, Rishitha Vathaluru, Owen Shrall, Audrey Goddard, Alex Koo, Emma Hower, Reese Heitkamp, Lillian Donadia, Emanuel Cuahuizo, Evan Schmitt, Quinten McCracken

3rd GRADE: Layla Apple, Carolyn Apple, Bo Bowling, Camilla Mendoza- Rivas, Ava Shields, Mi Mon, Ty McClellan, Kyndall Stall, Ashtyn Britt, Brandon Kim, Jack Batts, Vasavi Katuru

4th GRADE: Natalie Hudson, Mia Gatz, Jordan Stout, Chase Frank, Ellie Booster, Mischy Leonard, Reis Wood, Riley McWilliams, Makena Feldwisch, Vinny Bagota

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

We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact the NBE office at (317) 594-4130.

Big Shoe Award Winners

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

The Physical Education Big Shoe Award goes to:

1st grade: Mrs. Hower

2nd grade: Mrs. Mayer

3rd grade: Mars Sarkovics

4th grade: Mrs. Gunderson, Mrs. Perillo & Mrs. Buening

Way to go Bulldogs!

Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

  • For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4250.

  • For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

Box Tops for Education

Looking for an easy way to support NBE? Clip the Box Tops for Education from your family's favorite foods and send them in with your child. NBE gets cash for each Box Top submitted! Thanks for supporting NBE!

PTO News - Mark Your Calendars!

Please join us at our first NBE PTO meeting on Tuesday 9/13. We will meet in the Media Center at 7:00pm. Learn about great activities planned for the year an how you can be a part of the fun!

Questions? Contact your 2016-2017 PTO Board:

Co-President: Leslie Zeisig Lzeisig@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Treasurer: Sarah Johnson Johnson10874@sbcglobal.net

Dining for Dollars

Please join us on

Tuesday, September 20th at Dairy Queen on

11976 Allisonville Road from 4:00-9:00.

NBE PTO will get a percentage of all receipts for the evening.

This would be a great way to celebrate the end of summer! Tell your family, friends and neighbors to come have an after school treat, eat dinner or get a cool dessert and support New Britton Elementary!

See you at DQ!

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Swim Lessons at Fishers High School

Register for Fall One - September swim lesson session is now available. Registration for Fall One will be available until 9/11. To register, log into Fasttigers.com and click on the swim lesson tab on the left side of the page. Fall One begins 9/12 and 9/13/ Fall Two lessons will begin 10/3. Registration for October lessons begins 9/22.

Fall One: 9/12-9/29

Fall Two: 10/3-10/20 (registration 9/22-10/2)

Fall Three: 10/31-11/17 (registration 10/13-10/30)

Winter One: 11/28-12/15 (registration 11/10-11/27)

Email questions to swimmingtigers2013@gmail.com .

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