August 31, 2018
Dear Bulldog Families,
Today marks the third full week of school and the end of August. As August draws to a close and September begins, our annual PastaBowl food drive begins. PastaBowl is designed to raise awareness for the 1 in 7 local students that struggle with food insecurity. By joining forces with other schools, PastaBowl has been able to raise tens of thousands of pounds of pasta to serve dozens of area food pantries and food banks. This is a wonderful opportunity for our New Britton students to “Be There” for others by bringing boxes and/or bags of pasta to school from 8/31-9/10. We have several bins located in our hallways throughout the building. The PastaBowl food drive leads up to our HSE Mudsock Football Game. Please consider attending this community event in which Fishers High School and HSE High School play football for the 2018 Mudsock Champion title.
School safety is a TEAM effort. Students, teachers, support staff, parents, and community members are part of our team. This past week, we had the opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade student to walk through ALICE Training. The training utilized the book, I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared, by Julia Cook. The text uses an analogy of a shepherd, sheep and wolves in training the students to follow their teachers’ directions. Students are trained to stop, look and listen when an emergency arises. Our 1st, 3rd and 4th grade students will receive the same type of training via a podcast during the month of September. Those dates are yet to be determined.
The students seem to be settling into routines and increasing their stamina as readers, writers, thinkers, scientists, and problem solvers. As we visit classrooms, we see student engagement in independent and collaborative experiences that are helping them grow as learners. On a daily basis, students working together and sharing learning with others: book buddies, STEM challenges, and inquiry work. Yesterday, in the Media Center, Mrs. Hull’s students were selecting books that they could read to their kindergarten buddies. They were excited to share the titles they selected – “I know my buddy is going to love this book because Skippyjon is such a funny character.” Mrs. Shelton’s class has been sharing how others can be good citizens at New Britton. The connections that our students make with others is such an important part of the learning process!
If you are looking for a way to partner with us here at New Britton, we would love to have parents and family members volunteer in our school. All volunteers must have a current background check on file. Further information can be found on our website at: www.hseschools.org or call the main office.
Enjoy this extended holiday weekend. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.
Lori Mankin and Scott Gorrill
IMPORTANT DISTRICT EARLY DISMISSAL INFORMATION
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Monday 9/4: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday 9/4: Return to school
Friday 9/7: Mum order forms due today!
Monday 9/10: Early Release Monday *See above for details*
Wednesday 9/12: School Picture Day
Thursday 9/13: 1st grade Fire Safety program
Friday 9/14: Movie Night
Monday 9/17: Early Release Monday *See above for details*
Monday 9/17: SCREENAGERS - GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE @HSEHS 6:00 P.M.
Monday 9/17: PTO meeting 7:00
Tuesday 9/18: Gundersen, Hull and Cox to Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center
Wednesday 9/19: Buening, Temple, Webber to Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center
Wednesday 9/19: Mum pick up - 4:30-6:00
Thursday 9/20: Room Parent Meeting 7:00 NBE Cafe
Monday 9/24: Early Release Monday *See above for details*
Monday 9/24: Risinger, Shelton, Brandt to Ritchey Woods
Tuesday 9/25: Hower, Franklin, Port to Ritchey Woods
Wednesday 9/26: Myers and Cooper to Ritchey Woods
Thursday 9/27: Hull and Buening to Conner Prairie
Thursday 9/27: Kindergarten Fire Safety program
Friday 9/28: Hull and Buening to Conner Prairie
Media Center Volunteers needed
The PTO would love your help in the Media Center. A volunteer is needed each morning from 9-10 and another sometime in the afternoon. Volunteers check in books and shelve them. Check out this signup for available slots! http://signup.com/go/XpHWqZZ
Returning and new volunteers welcome. SafeVisitor badge required.
ATTENTION: CLASSROOM ROOM PARENTS
Please join NBE PTO Room Parent Liaison Jere` Soehngen on Thursday September 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the NBE Cafe to review important dates and information regarding your role as a classroom room parent this year. We look forward to seeing you there! Any questions, please contact Jere` at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE OFFICE
BOOK RENTAL: Once again this year, you will receive your student's book rental statement via email from Skyward Family Access.
The fees will be posted by Friday, September 7th.
Book rental is due by Friday, October 5th.
To pay with exact cash or check: Stop by or send in payment to the NBE office in envelope with student name marked.
To pay with credit or debit card: You may use the eFunds link on the NBE webpage
*After logging in to your eFunds account, click on "Make a Payment" and "Optional Fees"
FROM THE CAFETERIA
Want to eat lunch with your child/grandchild? Exciting news - the NBE Cafeteria is open and ready to accept lunchtime visitors!
We do have a NEW PROCEDURE for parents to sign up to have lunch with their child using SignUp Genius. There is no need to call into the office to reserve your spot. The September calendar is available at the link below and you may sign up at your convenience.
- You MUST have a current background check on file in order to eat lunch with your child.
- Parents may NOT use their student's account when purchasing a parent lunch. Parent lunch is $3.36
Click the link below:
- Select the date and correct grade level
- Click "Submit and Sign up"
- Enter your name and in the comments section please type your lunch choice
- Then click "Sign Up Now"
When sending lunch money in with your student, please remember to include the Student ID number on all checks and envelopes.
Plastic Cap Collection
Kindergarten classes would like to thank our Bulldog families so much for their generous donations. Good news - we are still collecting plastic caps! See link below for information on acceptable caps and lids to donate.
Staff Spotlight - Meet Mrs. Printz!
My name is Nancy Printz and I am very excited to be teaching at New Britton this year. I have been married to my husband James for eighteen years and we have a son, James, and a daughter Lily. We also have a very furry third child named Abby. I am from Parker City, Indiana. It is such a small town that we didn’t even have a stop light while I was growing up and that remains true today. I am a Ball State graduate and have lived in seven different Midwestern cities. I spend much of my time cheering on my daughter on the soccer field and my son during his fishing tournaments. When I am not doing that, I love a good fiction book and sitting outside on my patio.
PTO Executive Board
Co-President: Lisa Cheney
Co-President: Sarah Fleming
Vice President: Gretchen Gonso
Secretary: Jill Cloys
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.
HSE DISTRICT INFORMATION
HSESchools - District website
New Britton Elementary - School website
Community Insider (formerly known as Community Bulletin Board)
HSE Schools Child Find Procedure:
If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.
· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Preschool Coordinator at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4256.
· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.
RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matches to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.
SCREENAGERS - GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.
SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.
The showing will take place at HSE High School on September 17th at 6:00pm
The website to reserve seats is bit.ly/hsescreenagers