Welcome Back to School! August 10, 2018
Dear Bulldog Families,
Our first three days have gone smoothly, and we hope that you have experienced the same smooth transition at home. We appreciate your patience with our new procedures for arrival and dismissal; each day brings more efficiency. Please know that our number 1 goal is safety so at times there may be delays as we check to make sure we have our students in the correct dismissal locations.
Our teachers and students have been engaged in many activities to learn about themselves and others as they start to build their classroom learning community. Each classroom teacher is developing some type of community time within the day: morning meeting, community circle, end-of-day send-off, etc.
Students have also been engaged in learning school and classroom procedures. Our school expectations follow the FISH Philosophy of Be There, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Play Safely and Fairly. As a building team, we have taken these areas and developed expectations for each area of our building: hallways, cafeteria, restrooms, and playgrounds. Please be sure to ask your students about these procedures in the coming weeks. In our individual classrooms, students and teachers have worked together to create their classroom expectations.
Along with building community, we have also jumped right in with learning. Students are already selecting/reading independent reading books, responding to reading, exploring both inside and outside, developing number sense, generating writing ideas (small moments)…
It has been a FULL three days of learning – and of JOY! We look forward to continuing to help our students learn and grow this year. Thank you for partnering with us in education.
IMPORTANT EARLY DISMISSAL INFORMATION
Monday 8/13 : Early Release Monday (Dismissal 20 minutes early)
Students will be dismissed 20 minutes early each Monday to allow teachers to participate in additional training and education. Please be at your child's bus stop ready to receive your child 20 minutes earlier than their regular arrival time each Monday. Car riders will need to be picked up at 3:20.
Parents, If you have not rented an iPad and wish to do so, please log into Skyward Family Access and complete the rental form accessed through the Online Forms Link. We will begin using iPads the week of August 13th. Attached in the email, please find an iPad Parent Letter along with the list of Apps that will need to be downloaded on each device. Each list is grade level specific. Do not hesitate to contact the office with any questions.
From the Counselor
Welcome back to NBE!!! COUNSELOR COVE is in the newsletter to update parents and staff of items of interest for NBE in the school counseling area. For those of you that are new to NBE, a little introduction of what I do here is needed. This is my 11th year at NBE and my 21st year in the HSE school district. I am here for all students, staff, and parents when it comes to questions and concerns about school. My job is to assist the staff at NBE to empower all students to be the best they can be academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. I will be in the classrooms introducing myself and assisting students to solve small problems with Kelso’s choices. I will continue to come in the classrooms providing social emotional learning lessons to all the grades. I am also available to assist students that may be going through some type of personal concern, but I am not a clinical therapist and cannot provide direct therapy. I can provide parents with a referral for therapy to occur at school with our Community Health partnership, if that is needed. The NBE website has valuable information concerning the school counseling area and resources to assist parents. Please click on this sentence for NBE's school counseling website.
FISH - You might be hearing from your students about being a FISHY friend or being FISHY. NBE is a FISH school. This is a way of being and thinking that encourages us all to: Be there (physically being present and listening to a person and not bothering with other things around you), Choose your attitude (we all have a choice when it comes to dealing with our attitude and situation), Make their day (little acts of kindness can go a long way), and Play-safely (we can learn and grow but have fun doing it). FISH assist with the positive climate and culture that is apparent at NBE. Ask your student what fun FISH activities they have done in their classroom lately and how they are being a FISHY friend at school or home.
Click on the word FISH to learn a bit more about FISH in schools.
Second Step lessons – This year all classroom teachers will be utilizing a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum titled SECOND STEP. The curriculum is grade appropriate and will provide our students with a common language to deal with the many emotions that we all have. NBE teachers have been using this curriculum for many years but this year we are using more of the components schoolwide. We will be sending a Skylert soon which will include a letter with valuable information about the Second Step curriculum and how we are going to involve parents. We will also be utilizing the Skylert system to send copies of the lessons home (Home Links) which are similar to those being completed in the classroom but that can be done in the home setting. Please let me know if you have any questions about this social and emotional learning curriculum.
I look forward to working with you this year and wish you a smooth transition back into the swing of the school schedule.
From the Office
The fees will be posted by Friday, September 7th.
Book rental is due by Friday, October 5th.
You may send in cash or check to the NBE office.
You may use the eFunds link on the NBE webpage to pay using your credit or debit card.
*After logging in to your eFunds account, click on "Make a Payment" and "Optional Fees"
From the Cafeteria
You may join your child for lunch beginning September 4th. More information will be posted in the Bulldog Scoop with information on how to reserve your seating.
When sending lunch money in with your student, please remember to include the Student ID number on all checks and envelopes.
From the Speech Language Pathologist
I will be conducting speech and hearing screenings during the first two weeks of school. Speech screenings will be completed for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students and you will be contacted via phone and letter if your child would benefit from speech therapy services in the school setting. If you are not contacted, you can assume your child passed his/her speech screenings for their developmental age level.
Hearing screenings will be completed for Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and any new students who move to the HSE school district. If they fail the screening, the student will be re-screened in 2-3 weeks and a referral will be sent home at that time if hearing continues to be a concern. Many times students may fail a hearing screening due to an ear infection or not understanding the directions. I will contact parents via phone and letter if your child fails his/her hearing re-screening in one or both ears. Feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about your child’s speech or hearing abilities.
Angelia Quinn- Speech Language Pathologist
PTO Executive Board
Co-President: Lisa Cheney
Co-President: Sarah Fleming
Vice President: Gretchen Gonso
Secretary: Maryclare Valentine
Treasurer: Amy Mason
Email the NBE PTO at mailto:NewBrittonPTO@gmail.com
Join us for NBE PTO meetings @ 7:00p.m.: Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Oct. 29, & Dec. 10.