Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - September 25, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

I would like to thank our New Britton families and staff for your support with our 2015 Pasta Bowl Food Drive. New Britton was named as the elementary school that donated the most pasta for this service project. The impact of our donations will directly benefit families in our community and the greater Indianapolis area. The conversation that this food drive allowed us to have with our children was also beneficial in developing our students’ empathy and understanding of unmet basic needs that others may have.

Teachers have created some additional and more flexible scheduling options for our October Parent-Teacher Conferences. You will be receiving information from your child’s teacher by the afternoon of Monday, September 28th at the latest. You will be able to sign up for a conference by using an online scheduling software called PTC Fast. After Monday, please contact your student’s teacher with any questions you may have about the program or scheduling a conference.

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


Lori Mankin

Rotation Days

September 28 - October 2

Monday: Day 2

Tuesday: Day 3

Wednesday: Day 4

Thursday: Day 5

Friday: Day 6

Calendar of Events


30: ENL Family Night at Fishers HS Cafeteria, 6:00-7:30


2: Half day for students; car riders dismissed at 11:55, bus riders dismissed at 12:01

7: Dining for Dollars at City BBQ

9: Grading period ends

14-21: Book Fair

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

22-23: Fall Break; no school

28: Square One Art sale begins

29: 2nd Grade Music Program

Plan ahead by checking out the New Britton calendar

Cafeteria News

Lunch Cycle

Week 2 (Dark Blue)

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

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

Textbook Fees

Textbook fees are now overdue. To avoid accrual of late fees, please make your payment by October 15th.

News from the Nurse

Many students do not have completed health cards. Please check Back to School Forms on Skyward to make sure you've completed the health card. Without a completed Health Card we do not have consent to treat your child in case of an emergency.

School Picture Information

School pictures may be ordered online at www.inter-state.com/order through Monday, September 28 to avoid shipping fees. You may order at any time during the year, but shipping fees will apply after September 28th. The New Britton school code is 02438RA.

Picture re-take day will be Friday, November 13th.

Hamilton Southeastern District ENL Family Night

Enjoy dessert with your ENL teacher and classmates in the Fishers HS Cafeteria on Wednesday, September 30, from 6:00-7:30. In addition to ENL Program information, representatives for Eye Care, Dentistry, Fishers Library, YMCA, and more will be there. Babysitting will be provided. Please RSVP to your ENL Teacher.

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:

Kindergarten: Mia Bucksot, Addison Holtsclaw, Eliza Hinton, Jacob Hamilton, Hailey Jo Irwin

1st Grade: Sadie Newell, Avery King, Emma Hower, Vincent Nierman, Colton Lamb, Emerson Tackett

2nd Grade: Jackson Spicer, Eric Benner, Ava DiFilippo, Ethan Esch, Keegan Trott, Cierra Hamilton

3rd Grade: David hassoon, Jenna Meyers, Sophia Malone, Benjamin Ratner, Brogan Coffman

4th Grade: Parker Angst, Jacob Molloy, Lexie Pritchett, Andrei Goia, Claire Crowe, Sophia Sharpe

Counselor Cove

-by Sherri 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 amount of sleep if they:

  • Can fall asleep within 15 to 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 school.

In other words, if your 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 kids, 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 given 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. Don’t radically change this routine during the weekend, over breaks, or during the 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)

Chaucie's Place

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.

New Staff Spotlight

Rhonda Brandt

My husband, Ed and I, have three grown children; Nicole, Corey, and Caitlen. This is my 15th year of teaching. I’ve taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Many have been in a high-ability classroom. My favorite children’s book is Lilly’s Plastic Purse. I love to read, listen to music, take walks, and travel.

  • Thank you again for all of your support for the mum sale. The field of mums were beautiful.
  • We hope you enjoyed movie night. What a fun time!
  • If you are interested in helping with the Bulldog Blast or are interested in making a donation, please contact Sarah Johnson at johnson10874@sbcglobal.net
  • The Book Fair is October 14th-21st. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kayti Robinson at kaytirobinson@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the PTO!

Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation

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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