Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - April 22, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

Our third and fourth grade students are about halfway done with ISTEP testing. This week they worked hard to demonstrate their learning in mathematics. Today and next week, students will work to show their depth of knowledge in the area of reading. Fourth grade will finish up testing next week in the area of science. We are proud of the effort and perseverance that the students have shown. The Indiana Department of Education released our 3rd grade IREAD scores this week; we are pleased with their effort and performance. The results are still embargoed, but the third grade teaching team is in the process of contacting parents regarding individual results. I will share our school’s passing percentage when the embargo is lifted.


Our student authors have been hard at work this year developing skills in the craft of writing different genres. They are currently finalizing a piece of writing for our New Britton Young Authors’ Celebration on May 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. It is important for our students to see relevance in their work by publishing for an audience, so we invite you to come to New Britton to Hang Ten with Our Favorite Authors on the 10th. Our celebration will be a casual open house format with opportunities for families to read student books, discover favorite authors, and relax with a Kona Ice. We hope to see you at the New Britton Beach, relaxing on a blanket with a book!


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

Sincerely,

Lori Mankin

Calendar

April

22: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

28: Dining for Dollars Night at City Barbeque; see attached flyer


May

3: PTO Meeting, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

10: Young Author's Night; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

16: 4th Grade visit to RSI, 9:15-10:30 a.m.

16: 4th Grade Parents Night at RSI, 7:00 p.m.

19: District Track meet

25: 4th Grade Awards Ceremony and Picnic

26: Last Day of School

Rotation Days

April 25-29

Monday: Day 1

Tuesday: Day 2

Wednesday: Day 3

Thursday: Day 4

Friday: Day 5

Morning Drop-off Update

If you drop off your student in the morning and you come from the west on 131st Street, please be considerate of traffic behind you by driving past the school, going around the roundabout, and entering the lot from the east by making a right turn. Avoiding a left turn from 131st Street into our lot will help keep traffic moving smoothly and safely. Thank you for your help with this.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is now accepting enrollments for new students online. If you have a child that will be in kindergarten next year, or attending HSE schools in another grade level you may begin filling out the enrollment forms online. Please use the following link for more enrollment information: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/enrollment/

If you already have children in the district, you can enroll your new student through your current Skyward family access account.

Join us for Kindergarten Round-up on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at New Britton Elementary. We will have tours for you and your future kindergartener, bus rides and will have staff here to answer any questions that you may have. New 1st graders are also welcome to attend.

Fifth Grade Parent Meeting

Riverside Intermediate will hold a meeting for parents of incoming 5th grade students on May 16, beginning at 7:00. Please see the attached letter for more details.

Magazine Subscription Drive

Hey, New Britton Families! We are fast approaching the end of the year and it’s time to begin thinking about summer reading and continuing to keep reading skills strong. Along with joining the Summer Reading Program at the Fishers Library, another way to encourage students to read is with magazines! Providing high-interest, concise articles, like those in magazines, can also boost reading skills. There are several choices of publications; take a look at this website: www.gaschoolstore.com to see what’s available. There are many titles that your children, you, or other members of your family may enjoy. The school order code will be 4537858, if you wish to purchase something.


With that being said, beginning April 22nd , students will be bringing home a booklet containing 8 postcards. An example of how to fill them out will be provided on the second page of the booklet. If you could, please fill out the booklet with different, complete names and addresses of adult relatives and close family friends who you feel might be interested in purchasing a magazine, then return the booklet to school the next school day. Each student who participates will receive a Garfield Keychain, and the classroom with the most booklets returned will win a special prize. New Britton’s Library will be given a portion of the profit to purchase books! All booklets are due by May 5th.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Crane, Library/Media Specialist

PTO NEWS

We hope that everyone has been enjoying this beautiful spring weather. With the nice weather comes spring cleaning, so we are offering trash bags! The order forms came home with your student earlier this week and will be due May 3rd.

Our final PTO meeting is also May 3rd at 7:00 pm. Please come and join us to thank all of our volunteers. We will also have sign up sheets for committees for next school year.

Have a great weekend!

-Sarah Johnson

Counselor Cove

ATTENTION 3RD and 4th GRADE PARENTS – 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:

http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8


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.

http://download.pearsonaccessnext.com/IN/in-practice-tests-links.html


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.

Join other Bulldogs for a fit and fun activity!

Each year the Geist Half Marathon has over 1,500 local students participate in their 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. This year on May 21, 2016, New Britton Elementary would like you to show your school pride by lacing up your walking/running shoes and wearing your New Britton school spirit wear!


This local race has donated $366,000 back into our schools over the last 8 years to support physical fitness in our children.


As part of the Geist Half School Program, your race packets will be delivered to Mrs. Jessica Shelton (1st grade) on Tuesday or Wednesday of race week for your convenience. More information to follow! You also receive a school discount! We ask that when you register, select the School Program ticket, then select New Britton– it’s that simple! Make this a family day!


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geist-half-marathon-2016-registration-18331334515?access=SchoolProgram

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