New Britton Elementary

October 15, 2021


News from Mrs. Mankin

Dear Bulldog Families,

We did it! As of last Friday, we have successfully completed our first 9 weeks of school. We are so proud of our students as they transitioned into a new school year with an earlier start-time and continued health and safety protocols. This is a time to reflect upon both academic and social growth from the beginning of our school year. It is important to remember that learning is process, or series of steps, that moves us to deeper understanding and then application. Our students may be in different stages of this journey - some needing some additional targeted work or improvement, some progressing, and some at mastery. Whatever the learning stage, our teachers will communicate goals regarding next steps so that we can continue to partner with you to support student learning and growth. We look forward to parent-teacher conferences, which start when we return from fall break. Take some time to reflect upon your child's learning and experience at school so far and jot down any celebrations, questions, or concerns you may have so these conferences can be as beneficial as possible.

Our students have been learning about growth mindset and the importance of this thinking when it comes to learning...not just at school but in all aspects of our lives. Please be sure to ask your student how he/she shows a growth mindset when learning or practicing new things. Our hope is that you will see a transfer of what your child is learning at school when new learning presents itself at home or in the community. Our Bulldog students should even be able to offer us encouraging, helpful words when something is difficult for us (adults) to do or learn!

I hope that fall break is just what your family needs right now. It may be a time to explore, play, reconnect with family and friends, or rest and read some good books. Whatever your plans may be, have a safe and relaxing week. We will see you rested and back at school on Monday, October 25.

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education!


Lori Mankin

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All HSE Schools will be closed October 18 - 22, 2021 for Fall Break.

School buildings are closed during Fall Break. If you need to report a Covid situation to your school, please use the Online Reporting tool. You can find this form on the HSE Schools Website or you may click on this link: https://www.hseschools.org/happenings/reopening-hse/covid-19-self-reporting-form

Once you complete the form and submit, someone will contact you to follow up.

Dates to Remember

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School News

Scholastic Book Fair

We are so excited to host a Scholastic Book Fair at NBE. The Book Fair will run Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will have a family shopping night on Wednesday, November 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We are looking for some volunteers to help up keep the Book Fair running smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up using the link below. Remember, you must have filled out the background check and have a Safe Visitor pass to volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Williams kwilliams@hse.k12.in.us


Cafe Snacks

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Should you be interested in adding money to your students lunch account, please see the link below.


Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is scheduled for the morning of November 11th, 2021. If your child was absent on picture day, they will have their picture taken on retake day even if you are not purchasing any prints.

All New Britton students will have their pictures in this year's yearbook.

Place orders online at https://inter-state.com/order. Use order code 61883JB


This year New Britton families can support our library in many ways. One way to this is by donating a book to our library.

We would love to continue building our collection of diverse books as well as those titles and series that our students love!

You have the option of choosing a book from our wish list or giving a monetary donation. When you pick a book from our library wish list you will have the option to add a donor plate and donate a book in honor of a child's birthday, special occasion, or a staff member! If you do this, we will be sure to share the book with your child’s class first and then add it to our library’s shelves.

When you purchase a book, the book will be shipped to our school processed and ready to be added to the shelves!

Below you will find the link to our school’s Support our Library page.


If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please contact Katy Williams at kwilliams@hse.k12.in.us.

Family Resources

Second Step Emotional Learning

This week students continued the Second Step Elementary digital program, a researched-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school.

Please see the Second Step Weekly Home Link attached at the bottom of the newsletter for specific information discussed in each grade level week 5.

Body Safety

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Good afternoon New Britton Families,

Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Assistance and Suicide (formerly Chaucie’s Place) will be visiting NBE again this school year the days of November 8 and 9. Their body safety curriculum, Child Lures Prevention, Think First & Stay Safe, will be presented to students. The lesson will provide relevant, balanced and proven prevention strategies to help families and children increase awareness and knowledge of how to recognize, interrupt, stop and prevent these crimes. As a community, we must think of childhood sexual abuse as a preventable disease. Collaboration between educators, parents and guardians, the medical community, law enforcement and our communities-at-large can proactively protect our children before abuse ever happens.

K-6 (elementary) topics covered:

· Using our brains to keep us safe

· Bullying

· Body safety and the idea “my body belongs to me.”

· Brainstorm trusted adults

· The difference between secrets and surprises

· Trusting our “guts” or innate feelings

· The idea that everyone is special

Trained professionals will provide a 30-to-45-minute lesson in each classroom at NBE via zoom. Homeroom teachers will also be present in each classroom during the lesson. An opportunity to speak with someone about body safety concerns will be provided to all students that participate. Mrs. Leiner, NBE School Counselor, will be available if students have further questions or concerns. A parent resource video can be viewed by visiting ICPYAS website at www.indianaprevention.org and selecting the “Our programs” tab at the top right hand of the page. Additional resources for parents can be found under the “Resources” tab. Parents can also call the ICPYAS office at 317-759-8008 with any specific programming questions not answered in the parent resources. New students to NBE and Kindergarten students will receive a parent resource guide after the presentation.

If you have any further questions about the presentation, please reach out to Sherri Leiner, NBE School Counselor at sleiner@hse.k12.in.us or 317-594-4130.

Good Samaritan Network

Good Samaritan Network (GSN) is a collaborative/network of nonprofits in Hamilton County. GSN utilizes two serving approaches, Direct and InDirect services, and in part is designed to ensure efficiency and communication among the different agencies, social services, nonprofits, local government, pantries, and businesses - as together we serve the needs of Hamilton County residents who are at-risk or underserved.

If you are in need or would like to help those in need, this website can assist you. The link below provides support for holiday assistance, rental assistance, energy assistance, and ways to provide support.

Please take a moment to explore this website - click here.

FYAP Snack Attack Program

NBE is pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for those students in need. This program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to provide students a little extra nourishment for the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday.

Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack of food to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks.

There is no cost to you or the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack or have questions, please contact Sherri Leiner, NBE School Counselor at sleiner@hse.k12.in.us

Coats for Kids

Appointment Sign-Ups are OPEN from now until October 15. We have IN-PERSON and PICK-UP appointments this year. YOU DECIDE how you would like to interact:

1) Order coats online and then drive-thru & pick them up
2) Attend in-person

See our website for more information

Community News

Mudsock Youth Athletics

Recreational Basketball Registration Remains Open: Ready to play? We still have room in a handful of divisions for boys and girls basketball (grades K-8th) but the spaces are filling quickly! Remember if your division is full, you can sign up for the wait list at no cost and we’ll contact you if a spot becomes available. Register at myathletics.com now. Need to know more? Find information packets here.

*Team assignments for boys (1st – 6th) and girls (k-8th) will be communicated after fall break. *High school intramural basketball information will be released at the end of November.

Knights Travel Football Tryouts: Tryouts for the 2022 Knights season for CURRENT 4th and 5th graders will take place on October 25th - 27th at Mudsock Field. All sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Athletes must register to attend tryouts at myathletics.com. Learn more.

Announcing Free Play Boxes at Holland Park, Cumberland Park and the Nickle Plate AMP: When your family strives to be active together, your rate of success increases! Our free play boxes are filled with inspiration to help you get messy, take chances, make mistakes and be awesome. We’ll supply the equipment; you open it up and go. Learn more.

YMCA Youth Badminton Program

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Staff Spotlight

Second Step Weekly Home Link

New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor