New Britton Elementary

September 23, 2022


News from Mrs. Mankin

Dear Bulldog Families,

We engaged in another week full of learning! I have been impressed with the conversations, writing, problem solving, and connections students are making as I visit classes. Teachers are getting to know our learners and have been setting goals with and for them to help them grow from their current levels. Teachers have also been engaged in their own goal setting with me and Mrs. Lee. These goals are generated collaboratively and will directly impact student learning. We are a community of learners in which each person engages in study related to their role in our community.

This coming Friday, September 30 will be an opportunity for our adult learners to participate in professional development. Teachers are creating lessons that your child will access through our Canvas learning management system. Classroom teachers will provide families with specific information regarding how to access this eLearning. They will also familiarize students with what they will need to do and reminders of how to navigate within Canvas. Please review the attached eLearning FAQ attachment at the bottom of the newsletter. If you have any additional questions, please email your student's teacher.

Throughout the year, our students will have different opportunities to engage with community helpers and experts. This week we were fortunate to have Officer Owens in to talk to us about school safety - be sure to read the information below and talk to your child about this important safety procedure. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!


Lori Mankin

Dates to Remember

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School News

A.L.I.C.E. Safety Practice

This week Officer Owens visited NBE to teach students and staff about A.L.I.C.E.*- what to do if an unsafe person is in the building. A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of staying safe.

During Officer Owens’ class visits, he presented the A.L.I.C.E. plan in an age-appropriate manner using a common set of guidelines for students and staff to follow using the book “I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared”.

Next week students and staff will practice A.L.I.C.E. During this practice, teachers provide directions to the students on what action needs to be taken, so it is very important that students listen and follow the directions given.

Younger students need constant reminders of safe practices in order for them to make good decisions related to their personal safety. Parents can prepare their children for the A.L.I.C.E. plan by helping them understand the following objectives at home.

· There are people, of all ages, color, and types that can be mean and may wish them harm (bad guys).

· Self-confidence comes from trying things that are hard and getting better each time.

· There are many solutions and options when faced with a problem.

· When your children are prepared for difficult situations, they can make informed decisions.

· Your children are smart and capable of problem solving if they have the knowledge and opportunities to practice.

· Help your children identify and assess possible crisis situations.

· Have your children demonstrate the ability to get away from someone who has their hands on them.

· Have your children explain the different safety drills and what they mean.

· Discuss the importance of following the teacher's directions without hesitation.

We are confident that teachers are prepared in the event of a safety situation that requires the A.L.I.C.E. plan. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate contacting Assistant Principal Katy Lee at kelee@hse.k12.in.us.

Liger Mile 2022

The 2022 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday Oct 13th, at Hamilton Southeastern HS!

This race/run/walk is for All K - 6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District.

School team scores will be kept for intermediate and elementary schools.

Registration forms can be picked up outside of the gym from Mr. Couto. Or you can click the link below to register


Lunch Visitors - Update

We know that many of our families have enjoyed the opportunity to eat lunch with their student(s). However, due to safety and space limitations in some of our schools, district administration has made the difficult decision to keep our student lunches closed to all outside guests at this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to look for other opportunities to engage with your student(s), their class, and our schools. There are many ways to get involved!

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Jimmie Lake, Chief Operations Officer, at 317-594-4100 or jlake@hse.k12.in.us.

Family Resources

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

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 6.

Body Safety Presentations

Each year, Hamilton Southeastern students attend a body safety presentations through the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide. This year, the district will not be holding a parent night, instead parents can view the following link for more information. These presentations will occur at New Britton this coming week on September 28th and 29th.


Staff Spotlight

New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor