New Britton Elementary

February 16, 2023

e-Learning Day, Friday, February 17th

Friday, February 17th will be an e-Learning day. Students will not attend school but will log onto Canvas via their iPads for their daily assignments. Further instructions will be sent by your classroom teacher. Students will return to school on Tuesday, February 21st.

Upcoming PTO Dates

Mark Your Calendars!

February 17 - E-learning Day

February 20 - President's Day - No School

February 21 - Regular School Day (make up snow day)

CogAT Testing (Kindergarten and Second Grade only)

Next week New Britton Elementary Kindergarten and Second Grade students will begin taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This test measures general reasoning abilities and cognitive potential. This test is administered in kindergarten, second, and fifth grade. No preparation is needed for this assessment. The testing window is from February 21st - March 10th.

All kindergartners and most second graders take the CogAT screener. The screener is simply a partial version of the full test. Students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the screener will then take the full CogAT test. This will also be given during the testing window.

Students may also qualify for high ability services through other pathways. Details about the high ability identification process are available on the HSE website.

Emails with testing results and identification information will be sent to K, 2nd, and 5th grade families through our HSE Central Office in June when our identification process is complete.

We need your help to make sure your student can participate. If your child uses a personal iPad, please make sure the Riverside DataManager app is downloaded on your student’s iPad by February 21, 2023. The app icon is blue with the words Data Manager and a colorful bar graph on it. If your child has a rental device, you do not need to do anything. The app will download automatically. Testing will take place during the school day.

Should you have questions regarding CogAT, please contact Katy Lee, NBE Assistant Principal.

Thank you!

4th Grade Music Program 2023

Who: All students in the following classes - Biggs, Buening, Clark, Cox, Gundersen, Temple

What: 4th Grade Music Program

Where: New Britton Elementary Gym

When: Thursday, March 9th

Cox, Buening, and Temple will perform at 6:30 p.m.

Gundersen, Clark, Biggs will perform at 7:30 p.m.

*Students need their recorders for every practice during February and March. Please have students store recorders in their backpacks from now until March 6th so that they will have them for rehearsals! Students will keep their recorders at school March 6th through March 9th!

Details: All students have been working hard to prepare for this short musical performance. This performance will be 20-25 minutes. Students will sing and play xylophone, recorders, and drums. Students should dress up or wear nice school clothes for this event. PLEASE NOTIFY THE MUSIC TEACHER IN WRITING IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THIS CONCERT.

Folk Dance Club

Folk Dance Club is open to all 3rd and 4th Grade NBE students. Rehearsals begin on Friday, March 3rd! Students will participate in the 50th Annual Children's Folk Dance Festival on Saturday, April 22nd. All information is in the attachment below. There are additional permission slips outside the music room door. Sign up before March 2nd!

Check out footage from previous years....


Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

The New Britton PTO has a delicious way to support our school!

Order Krispy Kreme Donuts!!


Over the next two weeks, parents can purchase online a dozen donuts online for $15 and redeem in the store.

50% of each order comes back to NBE!

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The Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation (HSEF) will host the 11th annual Game Day, presented by CSO Architects, on Friday, February 24th at 6:30 pm at a new venue, Hub & Spoke in Fishers. Grab your favorite sports team gear and get ready to tip off an informal evening celebrating excellence in education! Game Day has become a signature event in Fishers, as the largest annual fundraiser benefitting all 22 Hamilton Southeastern schools and attracting a sellout crowd. Event attendees will enjoy tailgating themed games, delicious game day food, a DJ playing music, the very popular rare bourbon raffle, and the annual district-wide Pop-A-Shot contest. Proceeds from the event help support innovative teacher grants, student scholarships, mental health, and wellness initiatives across all grade levels. Please use this link for ticket information.

Family Resources

Conflict vs. Bullying

Mrs. Leiner, NBE School Counselor, in the month of January and part of February visited every classroom to remind students of the difference between a conflict and bullying. We also went over how we Recognize bullying to know that it is mean behavior repeated over and over, it is unfair, on purpose, and one-sided (the other person is doing nothing mean back). We remembered that we always need to Report bullying to a trusted adult. We were also reminded that we can Refuse bullying or stand up for ourselves by saying "Stop, that is bullying and it's mean". This lesson for all grades emphasized that we all have ByStander Power which can be used to be helpful or hurtful. When we laugh along with the bullying or do nothing, then we are not using our ByStander Power to be helpful. When we Recognize, Report, and Refuse or ask the person being bullying to come by them or help the person to Report, we are using our ByStander Power to be helpful. In 4th grade, we also discussed how Cyberbullying is bullying on an electronic device and may be more widespread and hurtful. Below are the links to the lessons that we worked on and activities that can be done at home. We appreciate you working with us to help stop bullying.

Second Step Bullying prevention Kindergarten - click here

Second Step Bullying prevention 1st grade - click here

Second Step Bullying prevention 2nd grade - click here

Second Step Bullying prevention 3rd grade - click here

Second Step Bullying prevention 4th grade - click here

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students continued the Second Step Elementary digital program, a researched-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school.

Please see the Second Step Weekly Home Link attached at the bottom of the newsletter for specific information discussed in each grade level Week 22.

Snack Attack - Fishers Youth Assistance 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. This program is open to students that qualify for the reduced lunch program or have an increased need currently.

To be part of this free program, you must sign up your family online. https://forms.gle/xrKNaxRaLypSqKvV8

If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Leiner, NBE School Counselor at sleiner@hse.k12.in.us

Community News

Celebrate Cultures from Around the World

Each year, the YMCA Before & After School programs in HSE Schools work together to put on the YMCA World Fair. It is a celebration of culture from around the world, and each of our programs picks a country they want to learn about and then share with others.

Throughout the school year, the YMCA students and staff put together facts about their country, cook a signature food item, provide games or crafts from their country, and showcase a performance. All of this and more will be on display at their booths at the World Fair.

When families arrive to explore, they will receive a passport. Our guests get so excited to “fill” their passport with stamps from across the world at each of our booths. In addition to our student’s booths, we will have local vendors, a DJ, and more.

This is the first time the event will be hosted in-person since 2020. YMCA staff, vendors and volunteers are ready to show the community what a fun day this will be. Come enjoy food, crafts and culture from around the world.

Nearly 800 people are expected to join in this free community event. Please save the date for Saturday, February 25 at Fishers High School from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Attendees will enter Door #19 off of Promise Road.

Hoosiers: Give Kids a Smile!

February is National Children Dental Health month!

The Fishers Health Department is hosting Hoosiers: Give Kids a Smile Event. This event will be held at the Central Library on February 18th from 11am - 3pm and will include free oral screenings in a Dental Van parked outside the library, educational resources on oral health, and fun activities for kids. We believe that this event will play a crucial role in raising awareness about the oral health and helping children develop healthy habits.

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New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor