Bulldog Bulletin

January 20, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

Our students are full of wonder and ask many questions every day at home and at school. As adults (parents, teachers, grandparents…) we also ask a lot of questions, often in an attempt to get a more accurate picture of what are children are learning while at school. I recently read a blog post entitled, We Ask Our Kids the Same 3 Questions Every Night. This article inspired me to start asking different questions of my own child since her responses to my typical, “How was school today?” question have become more and more vague.

I now ask the questions:

How were you brave?

How were you kind?

How did you fail?

Being brave comes in many different forms, social, emotional and academic. Some students are brave when they share their learning in front of classmates. Others are brave when they ask if they join in a recess activity. Kindness is a life skill that is of utmost importance, and we encourage our children to practice this daily with our FISH expectations. Failing…now that is a more difficult question to ask, but it is probably one of the most important. Sometimes the greatest learning comes as a result of failing at a first attempt. We want our children to come to understand that failure is a part of learning and life.

The members of our Bulldog teaching team are encouraging and collaborating with each other to create authentic, relevant learning opportunities in which your children can take risks in a safe, nurturing environment. When visiting some second grade classrooms this week, I saw a great example of relevant learning when Mr. Marshall, a Biomedical Design Engineer for NexxtSpine, spoke with our 2nd grade Bulldogs about how he uses the design process as a part of his job. Now these students will have an opportunity to use this same process to create their own indoor recess games. I wonder how some small failures may help these engineers improve their design?

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


Lori Mankin

Strep Throat / Stomach Virus is HERE!

We've seen many students over the past weeks with these symptoms:

1) Tummy ache

2) Vomiting

3) Upset tummy

4) Fever

5) Sore throat

Per the HSE handbook, students must stay out of school for 24 hours fever-free and vomit-free. Just a reminder to please follow these guidelines in order to help reduce the spread of germs and to keep our school as healthy as possible.

This may be a great time to not only remind your children of good hand washing procedures; but also involve the whole family in a wiping down all doorknobs, light switches, tables, hand rails, etc. in your home to help prevent further spread of germs and help us get our Bulldog families back to full strength as soon as possible.

Dress for Recess - Winter tips

As we head into the coldest months of the year, we want to remind families of the recess

procedure at NBE. We follow the HSE Elementary Handbook for guidelines to offer our students the much needed outdoor recess time while always ensuring their safety:

"Recess will be held outdoors whenever possible. Precipitation, sunshine, cloud cover, wind chill, temperature, etc. are all considered when a decision is made for indoor recess. In general, recess will be held indoors when it is raining or the temperature/wind chill falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Recesses will be kept to 10-20 minutes or may be moved indoors at the discretion of the principal or designee; Children will be watched/monitored carefully for necessary action. The temperatures are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics."

Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor recess daily.

This should include warm coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.

2017 Kindergarten Registration and Open House Information

Will your child be 5 years old on or before August 1st?

HSE now offers online registration for your 5 year old coming to kindergarten!

Register your child for Kindergarten here: Kindergarten Registration

Click HERE to learn more about Kindergarten enrollment.

Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the

Kindergarten Open House

April 13th from 5-7p.m.

Learn more HERE!

Fun Fact Fridays

Do you have an interesting bit of trivia or history about New Britton Elementary? Help us with Fun Fact Fridays. We plan to share FUN FACTS about New Britton’s 25-year history each Friday. If you or someone you know is a Bulldog alumnae and have a fun fact to share, please email Michelle Ayres at mayres@hse.k12.in.us. Thank you for helping us collect fun facts in celebration of our 25 years!

Bulldog Calendar & Rotation Days

Mon. 1/23 (Day 3) -

Tues. 1/24 (Day 4)- Math Bowl

Wed. 1/25 (Day 5)- Bulldog Blast planning meeting 7:00 NBE Library

Thurs. 1/26 (Day 6) - Math Bowl

Fri. 1/27 - (Day 1)

Mon. 1/30 - (Day 2)

Tues. 1/31 - (Day 3)

Wed. 2/1 - (Day 4)

Thurs. 2/2 - (Day 5)

Fri. 2/3 - Professional Development 1/2 Day Students


If your child will be absent due to illness or medical/legal appointment, please call attendance line at (317) 594-4130. This phone line also has a 24 hour voice mail option. Please leave your name, your child's grade, teacher and the reason for the absence by 9:30 that morning. Please do not email the office with this information.

Valentines to support Riley Children's Hospital

Cupid has sent us an email announcing Student Council's annual Valentine's Sale. Valentines will be sold Monday, February 6 - Friday, February 10th in the Cafeteria during student lunch times. The Valentines will cost $.50 each with all proceeds going to Riley Children's Hospital. Please help us support this worthwhile project.

Bulldog Bulletin Updates

Please visit our website at http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/about/docs.aspx for the most current information & updates.

Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Shoemaker

After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University, I have been a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in Pike Township for the past 10 years.
My husband Chris and I have been married and living in Fishers for 3 years. We have a sweet and independent 2 year old daughter, Brynlee, who brings us so much joy.
I love to dance, read, spend time with family, and explore the world with our daughter. I feel fortunate to call New Britton my new home.

Congratulations to our "Catch of the Week" Students!

Kindergarten: Jack Wilson, Caroline Sanchez-Bravo, Jumana Aljoufi, Calvin Leickly, Shreya Murthula, Matt Bowling, Elizabeth Hammond, Rohan Kadimcheria, Lyla Tyson, Mrayden McKee, Jordan Xanders

1st Grade: Logan Blake, Ananya Jain, Rosie Minges, Kaylyn Williams, Crishawn Starling, Addison Holtsclaw, Kiara Hafen, Shelby Reeves, Emmi Shrall, Wesley Quay, Kaylen Cruz-Vasquez

2nd Grade: Aradhana Arvind, Hunter Redstone, Avery King, Colton Lamb, Delaney Prater, Madison Harbret, Connor Simmons, Annabelle Voss, Celia Ayers, Toren Kemp, Sadie Newell, Oliver Callahan, Emma Hower

3rd Grade: Mehreen Kahn, Kade Myers, Aidan Hammonds, Keegan Trott, Maddie Davis, Johnathan Sweeney, John Smallwood, Will McCord, Kade Myers, Katie Troiano, Avery Harris, Hudson Frazo, Meredith Chaney

4th Grade: Collin Bickel, Mayvony Douangmala, Grace VanOverwalle, Ryan Miller, Trevor Hall, Vincent Sharpe, Shalini Muthula, Tyler Harris, Gabe Hastings, Grace Shockley

HSE Student Handbooks

For your convenience, the New Britton Elementary School Handbook can be found at this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/NBE/new_britton_handbook-15-16-final_.pdf

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PTO Info to Know:

Bulldog Blast - The Bulldog Blast date has finally been set! Bulldog Blast will be Friday, April 21st. We are planning something very different this year! We want to plan an outdoor carnival with food vendors and games. We are having a planning meeting on January 25 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center. We need all the help we can get for this fun-filled event!!! Please come and give us your ideas! The more people we have, the better our carnival will be!

After-School Enrichment - Feb. 6-9th. This is a 4 day after-school event from 3:45-5:00. Students can enroll in a variety of classes that are both fun and educational. We are now in the planning stages and need to find parents or teachers volunteers to lead our classes. All you need is a love for teaching a topic you're interested in and a criminal background check on file. Help will be provided in setting up a fun and educational class, which can be geared towards K-2nd only (Mon,Wed) or 3rd-4th only (Tues,Thurs). Class sizes can be set to best accommodate the activity. If you are interested in leading a class please contact Lauren Dickos at laurendickos@gmail.com by Jan 20th. Assistants will be recruited once the lead teachers have been set in place.

Movie Nights - We have two remaining movie nights - February 24th and March 24th. Movies have not been set for these, yet, but go ahead and mark your calendars! The kids have been having a blast at the movie nights this year and we have had record turnout for all of them!

Super Bowl Box Tops - We will be having our annual Super Bowl Box Top contest once again this year! Be sure to send in all of your Box Tops the week before the Super Bowl and let your kids vote for who they think will be the victor on Super Bowl Sunday! Each Box Top counts as one vote. It is always fun to see if the NBE students correctly pick the winner!

Kroger Rewards - Kroger Rewards cards re-set charities on January 1st every year. Be sure to go online and re-select New Britton Elementary PTO as your charity of choice for your Kroger Rewards cards for the year! Every card has been reset, so even if you signed up in August, you will need to sign up again! https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow

Dining for Dollars - Watch for information on a Dining for Dollars night at Puccini's!

Next PTO Meeting is March 7th in the Media Center.

Friday 1/20 - PTO Movie Night

Wednesday 1/25 - Bulldog Blast planning meeting in Media Center 7:00

How can YOU help support NBE?

  • Collect Box Tops for Education - Get ready for the Super Bowl competition in February!
  • Send in soda pop tabs
  • Register your Kroger Plus Car assigning NBE in Community Rewards ***Must register every January***
  • Use Smile.amazon.com to purchase items you already use through Amazon. Our charity name is New Britton School Parent Teacher Organization, Inc.
  • Dine to Donate events - Look for upcoming dates announced in Bulldog Bulletin & on the New Britton website

New Britton Elementary PTO

Co-President: Leslie Zeisig Lesliezeisig@gmail.com

Co-President: Stephanie Solesky Steph.solesky@comcast.net

Vice President: Kalista Booth Kalista.booth@aol.com

Treasurer: Sarah Johnson Johnson10874@sbcglobal.net

Community Activities & Events

*Permitted use of school newsletters as required by the Equal Access Act is not an endorsement of this group or this group’s beliefs by Hamilton Southeastern Schools or the Board of School Trustees.

FAST - Fishers Area Swimming Tigers


Follow us now on TWITTER @FastLessons

To register log into www.Fasttigers.com and

click on the swim lesson tab on the left side of the page.

Session Schedule

Winter Two: January 9-26. Registration 12/8-1/8.

Tigers Progressive Swim Lesson Information

Welcome to the FAST Tigers Progressive Swim program. Lessons are for thirty minutes twice a week for three weeks Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Swim level determination and payment must be completed at the time of registration. To register go to www.fasttigers.com and click on the swim lesson tab. Registration is easy and all completed online. You must enroll separately for each session you want to attend. Each session will meet for six classes unless otherwise indicated at the time of registration. E-mail questions to swimmingtigers2013@gmail.com

The Fishers Area Swimming Tigers (FAST) is a competitive swim program that practices at Fishers High School. Studies show that participation in the sport of swimming battles childhood obesity and positively effects the students academic achievement. For an evaluation, call Head Coach Jay Chambers at 317-691-2695, or email coachchambers@fasttigers.com. More information can be found on our website: www.fasttigers.com

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