New Britton Elementary

October 1, 2021


News from Mrs. Mankin

Dear Bulldog Families,

Our students are continuing to grow from a variety of learning experiences at school. As a school, we are focusing on reading growth for one of our School Improvement Plan goals; our specific focus is oral language development, listening comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, and the extension of this work into writing. During our eLearning professional development as well as during our Monday Professional Learning Community time, we are taking a deeper look at our vertical alignment of standards in these areas and how our resources can support continued growth for our students.

Our kindergarten students are engaged in word study to understand that words are made up of sounds...and letters represent these sounds. First grade students are also studying words, with a focus on snap words - those we need to know quickly "in a snap." Snap words occur often in our reading and writing so we need to know them well! Students in 2nd grade have been working on tricky words that they encounter when reading and writing. They have done some study and collaboration about strategies that can be applied (in their reading and writing) when they become stuck on a "troublemaker word," one that does not follow the typical patterns or rules. In 3rd and 4th grades, students are also looking at patterns and how knowledge of these word patterns helps us determine how to write new words. They are then finding authentic examples of these patterns in their own writing.

Our students are growing as collaborators, readers, and writers. Please ask you student about word work and how he/she is growing as a writer. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education. Have a relaxing weekend!


Lori Mankin

Dates to Remember

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School News

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

This week Officer Owens has been visiting classrooms to teach students what to do if an unsafe person is in the building. This morning we practiced “lockdown” as part of the A.L.I.C.E. plan. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym 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 surviving. 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”.

During A.L.I.C.E., teachers provide direction to the students on what action needs to be taken so it is very important that students listen and follow the directions given. Teachers have recently received updated training. It is impressed upon the students that it is very important for them to listen to the directions given by their teacher, as the course of action during these drills will not always be the same.

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 Katy Lee at kelee@hse.k12.in.us.


Lori Mankin, Principal

Katy Lee, Assistant Principal


This year New Britton families can support our library in many ways. One way to this is by donating a book to our library.

We would love to continue building our collection of diverse books as well as those titles and series that our students love!

You have the option of choosing a book from our wish list or giving a monetary donation. When you pick a book from our library wish list you will have the option to add a donor plate and donate a book in honor of a child's birthday, special occasion, or a staff member! If you do this, we will be sure to share the book with your child’s class first and then add it to our library’s shelves.

When you purchase a book, the book will be shipped to our school processed and ready to be added to the shelves!

Below you will find the link to our school’s Support our Library page.


If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please contact Katy Williams at kwilliams@hse.k12.in.us.

Arrival Reminder

The New Britton Elementary school day begins promptly at 7:40am. Students arriving after 7:40am MUST be walked into the building accompanied by a parent. Students canNOT be allowed to walk into the building without a parent after 7:40am when there are not any NBE staff members present to escort them safely.

Book Fees Due

Book Fees for all New Britton students are due today, October 1, 2021. Student fees can be found on your skyward account under fee management, student fees. To make a payment, please log onto eFunds for payment via the link below.


Family Resources

Second Step Emotional Learning

This week 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 3.

Good Samaritan Network

Good Samaritan Network (GSN) is a collaborative/network of nonprofits in Hamilton County. GSN utilizes two serving approaches, Direct and InDirect services, and in part is designed to ensure efficiency and communication among the different agencies, social services, nonprofits, local government, pantries, and businesses - as together we serve the needs of Hamilton County residents who are at-risk or underserved.

If you are in need or would like to help those in need, this website can assist you. The link below provides support for holiday assistance, rental assistance, energy assistance, and ways to provide support.

Please take a moment to explore this website - click here.

FYAP Snack Attack 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. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack or have questions, please contact Sherri Leiner, NBE School Counselor at sleiner@hse.k12.in.us

Coats for Kids

Appointment Sign-Ups are OPEN from now until October 15. We have IN-PERSON and PICK-UP appointments this year. YOU DECIDE how you would like to interact:

1) Order coats online and then drive-thru & pick them up
2) Attend in-person

See our website for more information

A Note From the Nurse

· Please consider donating used tennis shoes, athletic shorts, pants, and leggings to the clinic for use when children need to change clothes at school. Underwear are also appreciated.

· The clinic would also appreciate donations of plain cellulose sponges (non-scouring) for making clinic ice packs! Thank you!

Community News

Liger XC Mile 2021

The 2021 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday Oct 14th, at Hamilton Southeastern HS! This race/run/walk is for All K - 6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. We would love to have our New Britton Bulldogs run! Let's get fun and fit together Bulldogs!


YMCA Badminton Program

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Staff Spotlight

Second Step Weekly Home Link

New Britton Elementary School

Mrs. Lori Mankin, Principal

Mrs. Katy Lee, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sherri Leiner, School Counselor