Bulldog Bulletin

March 29, 2018

Dear Bulldog Families,

It is difficult to believe that we just wrapped up our 3rd 9-week grading period! Our students continue to be engaged in relevant, authentic learning – hopefully you are hearing all about it from your student and his/her teacher. As spring arrives (well, comes and goes…), there is inquiry in the air at New Britton. Several kindergarten classes were involved in answering the following question: How can we, as kindergartners, help keep Fishers a great place to live? As a result of their study and research, two classes collected personal care items for a local church and one class collected food for the Delaware County Food Pantry. This class just took a mini field trip to the Delaware Township Trustee’s office Wednesday to drop off this donation. Another kindergarten class is working to brainstorm some possible solutions to this question: How can we use the wooden fence on the playground to provide opportunities for those with physical challenges? Our young minds are already generating some great ideas!

We also have students from five classes involved in a cross-grade level inquiry project. The guiding/big question that they are working on is Why is there not enough food for everyone in the world? Each class (one in K-4) is involved in research/study based on areas of interest within this question. One topic they are studying is how some areas around the world are using insect farming to help provide food and nutrients to their community members. The classes are studying the life cycle of meal worms to understand how the insect farming works and can provide a good option to address hunger. The final product of this PBL will be student artifacts that can help educate others. There is a culminating service component with this project. We will be hosting a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in which Christ Community Church has partnered with us both monetarily and in service on the packaging day. As you are probably aware, these classes have been raising money to get the supplies for this service project by collecting donations from students - for every $100 raised, a teacher has volunteered to eat a dried cricket. We are excited to announce that we have raised over $1,000 and have met our goal. By combining our money with a donation from Christ Community Church, our students and families are providing 10,000 meals to those in need around the world! We would like to thank all who donated food and/or money (Think Local: Donate Food, Think Global: Donate Money). We are Being There and Making Their Day for those in our local and global community!

Students in 2nd and 3rd grade classes have been writing persuasive letters to members of our school and city communities to share their thoughts and hopefully make a difference. I just recently received an email from Jeff Hill, the Director of Engineering for the City of Fishers. Gabriella, in Mrs. Hughes’ 2nd grade class, wrote him a letter regarding the need to improve the traffic flow on SR 37 – “The red lights are taking too long.” As a result of this letter, we are working to schedule time in which members of the City Engineering staff can come in and talk to Gabriella’s class about their plans to upgrade SR 37. Persuasive writing is such a great opportunity in which students can find their voice!

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education. Have a save and relaxing spring break!


Lori Mankin


This afternoon, in celebration of our students raising over $1,000 to support global hunger, several staff members (and a few surprise guests) ate a cricket! In addition to the scheduled staff who enjoyed munching on a cricket, Mrs. Leiner decided to join the fun at the last minute. And as a special treat, Mayor Scott Fadness came by to support the cause and enjoyed a cricket as well! Thank you to our brave staff and Mayor Fadness for your support!
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NBE Renovation Plans Update

Our renovation plans are continuing to take shape. Boyle Construction Management was awarded the bid, and construction will be underway June 4. Our project will be a year-long project in which the work will be done in 5 phases. We will have six temporary classrooms in the gym, and as the phasing progresses, we will add two temporary classrooms in the current Media Center. Teachers have been involved in the planning since August, and we are excited about the positive impact the renovation will have on teaching and learning! We will continue to share information in our newsletter as well as have a display and information available at our Kindergarten Open House and End-ofYear Learning Celebration on May 8th.

E-Learning Experience Information

You recently received a district Skylert message regarding an E-Learning experience that will count for the January 24 make-up day due to snow/ice. Our E-Learning, or Experiential Learning, will occur during the week of April 30 with evidence of student learning due to teachers by May 7. Please note that students' E-Learning will occur outside of the regular school hours. Students will still attend school as scheduled for that week. It is for this reason that students will have a full week to complete their ELearning. Completion of the learning experience will be recorded as a day of attendance for students. Teachers are currently working to prepare specific information and direction for this E-Learning which will be communicated to students and families soon. There will be flexibility and choice in the activities, and teachers will communicate office hours in which they will be available to answer questions.

After School Enrichment Classes

A giant Bulldog THANK YOU to Jill Cloys and her awesome support team: Clint Cloys, Lisa Cheney, Mrs. Sanders and all the fantastic parent and NJHS student volunteers for helping to make the past 2 weeks of ASE classes such a great experience for our Bulldog students! Students created art projects and painted pottery, moved their bodies and learned about fitness, dissected various plant seeds, explored some ooey gooey science and enjoyed preparing (and then eating) some chocolate treats! Thanks again Mrs. Cloys!

April Dates to Remember

April 2 - 6th

Spring Break!

April 9

Welcome back to school!

April 10

1:30-3:00 - Author Troy Cummings visits NBE 2nd-4th graders

April 13

9:00-12:30 - Amazon John visits NBE

April 19

5:00-7:00 - Kindergarten Open House

April 20

Earth Day parties

April 23

9:15-2:00 - Mrs. Risinger to Ritchey Woods

April 24

9:15-2:00 - Mrs. Brandt, Mrs. Hower, Mrs. Shelton to Ritchey Woods

April 25

9:15-2:00 - Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Port, Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Cooper 1st graders to Rtichey Woods

April 26

9-10:15 - Owl Presentation in Café for 2nd grade

Bulldog Donations

Thank you Bulldog families for your generous clothing donations! Today we received this batch of Goodwill certificates that we are able to share with local families in need. We are very thankful for our partnership with Goodwill and our giving Bulldog community. Bring your bagged gently used clothing to the NBE office for a convenient donation location.
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From the Cafeteria

Cafeteria Menu Schedule

Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

Cafeteria Birthday Day Information

E-Funds Online School Payments

Due to the capacity of our cafeteria, the number of parent lunch guests is limited to 2 per grade level. Please call the office at 594-4130 to reserve your seat. Spots are available first come first serve and may be reserved up to a week before the date.

When sending lunch money in with your student, please remember to include the Student ID number on all checks and envelopes.

From the Media Center

Save the Date! The spring Book Fair will be held the week of May 14th in the NBE library. The Book Fair will be a buy one, get one free book event! The goal of the fair is to encourage children to continue reading over the summer months. Please stay tuned for more details and volunteer opportunities.

From the Music Teacher

Want to know the latest and most up to date info for the NBE Music Program? Check out Mr. Martin's NBE Music Notes here!

From the Art Teacher

Click here to read the most current information from Mrs. Smith, NBE Art Teacher. Mrs. Smith's NBE Art Notes

PTO Executive Board

Co-President: Leslie Zeisig

Co-President: Lisa Cheney

Vice President: Sarah Fleming

Secretary: Gretchen Gonso

Treasurer: Amy Mason

Email the NBE PTO at mailto:NewBrittonPTO@gmail.com

Click HERE for PTO contact Information, important dates and volunteer opportunities.

Mark your calendars for upcoming 7:00 p.m. PTO meetings:

May 14th

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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

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