New Britton Elementary

September 3, 2021


News from Mrs. Mankin

Dear Bulldog Families,

We had another successful week of learning and growing at New Britton! We continue to learn more about ourselves as learners and our part in the bigger learning community. Mrs. Leiner has been visiting classrooms to talk about feelings and problem solving. She revisited, and in some cases introduced, Kelso's Choices and our Zones of Regulation. It is important that students and adults alike acknowledge our feelings, that sometimes turn into BIG emotions, and talk about ways to regulate them. Be sure to ask your child(ren) about our Zones of Regulation and choices we can make when dealing with small, squish-able problems.

As you know, Governor Holcomb issued an executive order regarding school-issued quarantines in schools where mask-wearing is required. Starting Tuesday, September 7, students and staff, who are masked in a classroom setting or on a school bus and identified as close contacts, will NOT have to quarantine if they are NOT showing any symptoms. *Please note that this change does not apply to student/adults identified as close contacts at lunch (where masks are not worn). Quarantine is still required for any contact with Covid inside the home or from sports, etc. (this ONLY applies to inside the masked classroom setting). For more detailed information, please review Dr. Stokes video.

We hope you enjoy your 3-day, holiday weekend with family. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin, Principal

Dates to Remember

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Family Resources

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Work at NBE 2021-2022

HSE will continue to use the Second Step curriculum in the elementary classrooms. The updated curriculum is accessible online and classroom teachers will be following a scope and sequence that will keep grade levels working on the same SEL topics throughout the year. You can find the SEL scope and sequence for your child under our curricular resources here: https://www.hseschools.org/academics/teaching-and-learning/curricular-resources .

The Second Step digital curriculum has short lesson summaries with questions for parents to use as guidance for further conversations at home. These summaries will be sent home via newsletter from the building and/or the teacher.

Remembering the WHY behind specific SEL instruction

Social Emotional Learning happens frequently in our classrooms as learning opportunities present themselves naturally during the school day. Time has been built into our teachers’ schedules for SEL specific instruction to target skills that have been identified by the IDOE as required teaching standards.

We are committed to specific SEL instruction because the research has shown:

· Students’ brains function more effectively when they feel supported by peers and educators.

· Students are more likely to take risks and persevere when they feel they belong.

· Learning increases and students feel more committed to school when they have strong relationships with their educators.

· Students are more engaged, more persistent, and more successful when the intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of learning are integrated. (Aspen, 2019)

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

School News

A Note From the Nurse

· Please consider donating used tennis shoes, athletic shorts, pants, and leggings to the clinic for use when children need to change clothes at school. Underwear are also appreciated.

· The clinic would also appreciate donations of plain cellulose sponges (non-scouring) for making clinic ice packs! Thank you!

New Britton Elementary Choir

New Britton Elementary Choir is open to all 3rd and 4th grade students. Rehearsals are after school on Tuesday from 2:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Students must be picked up promptly at 3:00 p.m. at door #2) NBE Choir will only meet from mid-September to end of November. Students will sing different styles of music from around the world. Our first rehearsal is September 14th!

The cost of joining NBE Choir is $15! This fee covers the cost of music and t-shirt!

Schedule of Rehearsals and Performance for Fall 2021 – Please mark your calendar!

September 14, 21, 28

October 5, 12, 26

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November 30th Performance - New Britton Elementary @ 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Thornsberry at kthornsberry@hse.k12.in.us or come to the office for a permission slip. Permission slips are due by September 7th.

Turnover Hunger 2021

In past years, Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation has facilitated PastaBowl, a food drive where local students donated pasta that was distributed to local food pantries the same week as the Mudsock football game. This year, partnering with Fishers Youth Assistance Program, HSEF is excited to announce the new Turnover Hunger program.

Through Turnover Hunger, we are asking all 22 HSE schools to help fill the shelves of FYAP and local food pantries with targeted food donations by students and staff. Between September 7-10, we are asking the following breakfast, snack, and dinner items to be brought in by building type:

  • Grades PreK-4: boxed oatmeal or mac and cheese cups
  • Grades 5-8: granola bars, peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers
  • Grades 9-12: boxes of pasta

September Family Book Club - My Brother Charlie

We are excited to invite you to share in a virtual family book club with us. We will meet via Zoom on Thursday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. This virtual book club will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

This month we will be reading the book, My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete. In this story, twins Callie and Charlie have a lot in common, but they are also very different: Charlie has autism. Callie is the narrator of the story and she describes what autism is and explores the issues that come along with it. The theme of the story is love, patience, and acceptance.

We have been awarded an HSE Foundation Grant to buy the books to loan to participating families; there is no need to purchase the book. We will send the book home with your child on Friday, September 10th. Please send the book back to school on Friday, September 17th.

We hope you will be able to join us. We look forward to reading and discussing with you!


Library Volunteers

Help Wanted! We're looking for parents to volunteer in the library this year. Please fill out the form below if you are interested. Mrs. Williams will be contacting interested individuals next week to come receive a short training session. Volunteers will start the week of September 7th.


School Picture Day

New Britton Elementary School picture day is Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Order your photos online at https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry.

The Picture Day event's Order Code is 59427PF.

PTO Updates

Bulldogs for Mums

Order your fall mums through New Britton Elementary School PTO, and help support the school with your purchase!

We are partnering with a local business, Wasson Nursery, to bring you some great options this year. The sale runs through the end of the school day on September 10th. You will pick up your mums at Wasson Nursery in Fishers (13279 E 126th Street). Pick up will be during their business hours from September 17th-21st. This offers more convenience for our families! When you go to pick up, you just tell them the name on your order and that you ordered through New Britton's fundraiser.


New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor