August 28, 2015
Dear Bulldog Families,
We have had another great week at New Britton! We are continuing work on our routines, expectations, and building academic stamina. I have already witnessed some in-depth thinking and learning in the classrooms. Next week, we will begin our monthly, grade-level Professional Learning Community meetings with our teachers. Each grade level will have the opportunity to meet for an hour (on different days) to collaborate regarding best practice for teaching and learning. Special Area teachers, Mrs. Leiner, and Mrs. Wood will be teaching enrichment lessons during the last 30 minutes of the day. They will also be dismissing our students. As always, please be sure to make any end-of-day transportation changes by 2:00 at the latest. Thank you for following this important procedure.
We have spent some time in the past several weeks talking about one of our core expectations in which students and staff are encouraged to “Make Their Day.” We have discussed that there are many ways, big and small, in which children and adults can give back to their community. There are many opportunities every day for all of us to “Make Someone’s Day” - kind words, helping someone, returning a lost item, etc.
Along the same lines, we have a donation opportunity in which we, as a school, can give to our community. If you are able, we encourage you to participate in the “Pasta Bowl” food drive through the donation of any type of pasta. Please send donations in from September 1-11. The pasta collected will benefit food pantries serving the Fishers and Indianapolis communities.
Lori Mankin, Principal
Week 1 (Green)
*see the full menu at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=2205121834271841&page=menus
You may join your student for lunch beginning September 1st. Due to the seating capacity of our cafeteria, the number of parent lunch guests is limited to 2 per grade level. Please remember to call before 9:30 to reserve your seat.
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
Calendar of Events
1: Mum Sale order forms due
1: Girl Scout Registration 6:30-8:30 in the Cafeteria/Gym
7: Labor Day; no school
11: Early Dismissal; Car riders dismissed at 11:55, Bus riders dismissed at 12:01
15: PTO Meeting in the Library, 7:00-8:00
18: Mum pick-up
18: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30
21: Room Parent Meeting, 7:00-8:00 in Media Center
23: Picture Day
Plan ahead by checking out the New Britton calendar
Book Rental Collection
Financial Assistance is available for families. Please log into your Skyward account, then click on Food Services. Further instructions can be found on the HSE Food Services website.
Student Directory Information
The online school directory is now available to all families in Skyward. This year the directory is based on an opt-in model. Families must choose to show their contact information in order to be visible in the directory.
To opt-in, click on "My Account" in the upper right corner of your Family Access account. From there, check the boxes for the information you wish to make visible under the School Directory section and then Save. Families can make changes to this section anytime throughout the school year.
NWEA testing is already in full swing and we are hoping to finish up by September 4 with all classes and make-up tests. Teachers will be emailing the student progress report home by September 9. Attached to this newsletter email you will find more detailed information about NWEA. If you have questions after reading this information and your student’s NWEA progress report, please call your teacher, myself, and/or the principal.
Mrs. Sherri Leiner
NBE School Counselor
NEW BRITTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.
The Smart Steps education program will be taught at NBE on October 20.
We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program. Fall Creek Elementary will be hosting on Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00pm-7:00pm and Sand Creek Elementary will be hosting from 6:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, September 23rd. These meetings are open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.
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, 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.
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.
New Staff Spotlight
I am originally from Mishawaka, IN and I'm a big ND and Bears football fan. I am married to my husband Craig and we live in Noblesville. I starting working as a preschool teacher at 19 while attending IU in South Bend. This is my 5th year teaching kindergarten and I love it!! In my spare time I love reading a good book- my favorite is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I love going to the movies. I also love teaching the STEM components because of the hands-on research and problem solving it presents for the students.
New Britton's first movie night is on September 18th. This is a fun event for all of our students, but it takes the help of many hands to make it possible. If you're available to help, please contact Marty Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
Mum order forms are due next Tuesday Sept. 1st, so you have one last weekend to help raise funds for the school.
If you haven't already sent in your volunteer forms, please send them in soon for volunteer opportunities that are quickly becoming available.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation
Need to purchase or repair an iDevice? HSSF receives $10 from every one of your Apple Crossing transactions by simply mentioning HSE Schools. Click here for details!
Hamilton County Reading Council
There are so many SWEET opportunities waiting for you at the Hamilton County Reading Council!
9/10, 5:00 p.m.
Monon Com. Center
11/5, 5:00 p.m.
IN Partnership for
Monon Com. Center
1/13, 5:00 p.m.
4/13, 5:00 p.m.
Carmel Barnes & Noble
Great fellowship, professional development, and prizes await you for only $15.00. Please complete the membership form and return it with your child to school. Enrollment is until 11/1, but the first PD is September 10th. In the meantime, please enjoy their August newsletter.
Engineering for Kids
Contact them by phone at (317)760-9885 or email at Indianapolis@engineeringforkids.net
Community Activities & Events
- Glow in the Park
- Girl Scouts
- S.P.O.R.T.S News
- Destination Imagination
- Fishers Youth Hockey
- Swim Lessons at Fishers High School
- Fishers Public Library September Programs
- Fishers Boys Basketball Travel/Camp Registration and Important Dates
- Balance, Tumble, and Roll with Fishers Parks & Rec
- Fishers Fusion Fall Dance Clinic
*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.