Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - February 19, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

We have packed a LOT of learning and growing into our short week this week! Just one example of some in-depth learning was showcased with our annual science fair yesterday. Eighty-five students chose to participate and then share their findings with our judges. Our project titles included everything from Cloudy with a Chance of Coke to Does Chewing Gum Improve Test Performance. I was so impressed with the wondering, research, experimentation, and communication of all of our participants! Our judges were also impressed with our students’ work and enjoyed interacting with our young scientists. I would like to give a special thank you to the fourteen judges from Eli Lilly who volunteered their time and expertise to benefit our children. We are so fortunate to have this continued partnership with Lilly scientists. I would also like to thank Tobias Holsman for serving as our parent Science Fair Coordinator with the assistance of our teacher representatives Mrs. Risinger and Mrs. Sanders. We were also fortunate to have many parent volunteers assist with science fair along with the generous support of our PTO – THANK YOU! Thank you to our teachers for promoting our students’ love of science!

If you have a student in grade K-3, I encourage you to consider their participation in this enrichment opportunity next year. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.


Lori Mankin

Congratulations to our Science Fair Winners!

First Grade

1st Place - James Rinehart

2nd Place Nick Molter

3rd Place - Avery King

Second Grade

1st Place - Kaia Holsman and Lilly Valentine

2nd Place - Rukshana Yowvanaraj

3rd Place - Sebastian Sherrod

Third Grade

1st Place - Chase Frank

2nd Place - Fatimah Idrees

3rd Place - Allon Bluvshteyn

Fourth Grade

1st Place - Wesley Dennett

2nd Place - Jenna Grubb

3rd Place - Evan Federspiel



22-25: After School Enrichment

23: Dining for Dollars at Texas Roadhouse, 4:00p.m. - close

25: Math Bowl Competition at Riverside Intermediate, 5:00 p.m.


8: PTO meeting with Dr. Bourff, 7:00

14: Flex Day

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

30: 4th Grade Music program

31: Walkathon

Rotation Days

February 22-26

Monday: Day 5

Tuesday: Day 6

Wednesday: Day 1

Thursday: Day 2

Friday: Day 3

Mark your calendar!

Our 4th grade students will visit Riverside Intermediate on May 16th during the school day for an orientation. Later that night, Riverside Intermediate will hold a Parent Night at 7:00. This evening is for parents of current 4th grade students attending RSI in 2016-17. Please plan to attend.

Student Council News

Each year Student Council sponsors the Annual Valentine Sale with all monies going to Riley’s Children’s Hospital. This year with the help of many New Britton Bulldogs, Student Council collected $514.50. A special thanks to Gretchen Grimpe who recruited the following parents to help sell during student lunches. Thanks to Mrs. Apple, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Meade, Mrs. Dennett, Mrs. Ely, Mrs. Solesky, Mrs. Zeisig, and Mr. Grimpe.

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 last week:

Kindergarten: Ava Underwood, Andre Ames, Grady Fisher, Lillian Smith, Natalie Baylor

First Grade: Hank Redman, Kate Ellis, David King, Owen Ratner, Joseph LaCombe

Second Grade: Grant Meyer, Sofia Mansur, Matthew Battraw, Ethan Laboy, Oryana Rahmeh, Molley Smith

Third Grade: Grace Shockley, Allison Irwin, Gavin Dombrow

Fourth Grade: Maureen Bluemle, Sage Grimpe, Lauren Jenney, Jaxon Hampton, Luke Mason, Audrey Paul

Counselor Cove

ATTENTION 3RD and 4th GRADE PARENTS – ISTEP part 1 testing will be the during the time period of February 29 through March 11. ISTEP part 2/CCRA (College &Career Ready Assessment) testing done online during the time period of April 18 through May 6. NBE normally tries to get the testing done in the beginning of the time period and more so in the morning so that make-up’s can be done later in that date timeline. As the time gets closer, teachers will send out detailed dates and information to parents.

The Indiana Department of Education has provided parents with some information concerning the testing at the link below:


Teachers will be providing students the opportunity to go online to learn about the new ISTEP/CCRA assessment. Below is the link for you and your child to look over in your home and will give you a chance to see some types of questions that will be on the assessment.


3rd grade parents only – IREAD3 testing will occur on March 14 through March 18. Attendance during these days is very important; please make every attempt to reschedule dentist/doctor appointments around the test dates.

Here are just a few tips for a good start to every morning and they also make for an even better testing situation:

  • Get a good night’s sleep. This is important every night!!!
  • A good morning at home makes for a good morning at school.
  • Eat a good healthy breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Talk to your students about the test in advance not just the week of the test. Remind them to give their best effort today and everyday. This test is important, but too much stress can be a problem also.
  • Encourage your student to listen to the teacher for directions.
  • Remind your student that they can figure out tough questions that they have the grit and perseverance to figure it out.
  • Encourage your student to think positively – they can do this!!!
  • Smile J and tell a funny joke – laughing is good for everyone.

Thanks for your help.

NBE Dining for Dollars at Texas Roadhouse

Hello New Britton Families! We have a “Dining for Dollars” event coming up on Tuesday, February 23rd at Texas Roadhouse from 4-10pm.

Dine in or Carry Out and tell them you are dining for New Britton Elementary and the PTO will get 10% of our receipts. Your student will bring home a Texas Roadhouse envelope to take with you to the restaurant that night. Open it with a manager at the restaurant, and you will receive a prize for the next time you dine with them.

We look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for supporting New Britton Elementary!

Volunteers needed!

Hello, New Britton families! After School Enrichment Week is next week and enrollment is now complete. Permission slips were sent home with your student this week. Please check their folders for these important documents which will need to be signed and sent in the day of their classes next week. Phone calls will be made to attempt gaining permission for each student failing to have their permission slip. If permission is not given, the student will not be allowed to stay for their after school enrichment class. Hopefully, the students participating will enjoy their selected class and learn something new, too!

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mason at 317-457-0312 or mkmason@sbcglobal.net

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Game Day '16

Tickets on sale now for the best game in town: GAME DAY 16! Enjoy a casual, adult-only evening with friends, school and community leaders, and Indianapolis Colts Guard Joe Reitz! Proceeds from each $65 ticket are targeted toward innovative teacher grants and spreading STEM programs throughout our 21 school district. Grab your favorite sports jersey and visit www.hsefoundation.org while tickets last. Please see attached flyer for more details.

You can also support Game Day '16 by dining at Hot Box anytime between February 22-25th. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Bid on New Britton's basket!

Help our school win up to $2,000 from 5/3 Bank! Follow this link to check out our school’s basket in the HSE Foundation Game Day silent auction: https://qtego.net/qlink/purchase/?id=hsefoundation.php . While you’re there don’t forget to look for other family fun items like a classroom date with Angela Buchman, dinner with the Fishers Fire Department, or family trip to Cincinnati! Click here for more auction details!

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

Twitter: @NBEbulldogs