Bulldog Bulletin

New Britton Elementary - September 23, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear New Britton Families,

One quadrant of our HSE21 Best Practice infographic is entitled Fundamental Classroom Conditions. Collaborative, Inclusive, Globally Considerate, and Non-threatening are conditions listed within this section of our framework. As we have been working to create more collaborative, inclusive learning experiences for our students, our teaching and learning environment has been part of that discussion. Webster's definition of environment is: "the conditions that surround someone or something; the conditions and influences that affect the growth, heath, progress, etc., of someone or something"

The staff at New Britton is examining our environment and making some visible changes to support the best practices strategies we are implementing. So what does this mean? This means that you may see different seating options and arrangements in classrooms to encourage collaboration, allow for movement, and give choice. You may also see different workspace options - again allowing more collaboration, giving students choice, and providing larger learning spaces.

This environment work is also evident in our library. Several NBE teachers participated in an adult-learner, Project Based Learning opportunity. Our driving question was How can we transform our library to meet the needs of our 21st Century learners? We collaborated to create Essential Questions we needed to address and research. Part of the initial work included the incorporation of student voice, and will continue to have students involved as our work progresses. As a result of our work, we have started our redesign. We have created space for tinkering (Maker Space), designing, creating, collaborating, and reading.

The environment work transcends the physical environment as we work as a staff to create more inquiry based, student-centered learning opportunities. You will continue to hear more about our teaching and learning environment throughout the year. As always, thank you for partnering with us in education!


Lori Mankin

Space has to be a sort of aquarium that mirrors the ideas, values, attitudes, and culture of the people who live within it.

-Loris Malaguzzi

4th Grade Families

If your student attended NBE last year, you will be receiving your student's ISTEP report today. Please be sure to review this information regarding the 2016 Spring assessment. The school ISTEP+ results are still embargoed; we will share those results as soon as the embargo has been lifted.

Bulldog Calendar & Rotation Days

September 26- October 7

Mon. 9/26: (Day 3)

Tues. 9/27: (Day 4)

Wed. 9/28: (Day 5) Dance Club 7:45am

Thurs. 9/29: (Day 6)

Fri. 9/30: (Day 1)

Mon. 10/3: (Day 2) Room Parent Meeting 6:30pm

Tues. 10/4: (Day 3)

Wed. 10/5: (Day 4) Dance Club 7:45 am

Thurs. 10/6: (Day 5)

Fri. 10/7: (Day 6) Professional Development Early Release

2016-2017 Textbook Fee & Ipad Rental Fees

  • By Friday, September 2nd, the textbook and iPad rental fees will be visible on Skyward and you will receive a Skylert message.
  • You may now pay via eFund option through the Skyward Family Access or make checks payable to NBE. Please allow 10 working days to see the payment posted to your account.
  • Please contact Linda Bouchonnet, NBE Treasurer at 594-4130 if you are interested in a payment plan or want information out our Free and Reduced Cafeteria/Book Fee Assistance Program.

Textbook fee WITHOUT iPad Rental Fees

Kindergarten: $72.06

1st Grade: $81.77

2nd Grade: $83.64

3rd Grade: $69.83

4th Grade: $71.18

iPad Rental Fee

Add $90.00

Bulldog Bulletin Updates

Please visit our website at http://www.hse.k12.in.us/NBE/about/docs.aspx for the most current information & updates.

Cafeteria News

Meal prices for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

Grades K-6: $2.50

Grades 7-12: $2.65

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

Information on Free and Reduced lunch applications can be found at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?page=lunchapps&sid=2205121834271841

Debit Policy for 2016-2017 starting 8/30/16

Students will be able to have a -$5.00 balance before receiving the alternative debit meal (choice of Turkey Sandwich or PBJ, Strawberry Applesauce & Milk). Please have your student's lunch account up to date. Contact Lori Burbich Café Manager with questions.

New Safety Information

New Britton and HSE Schools are committed to the safety of all students. Therefore, the district has upgraded to an enhanced criminal-history-check process. As in the past, everyone must have a current background check on file and have viewed the Anti-Bullying webinar before volunteering or visiting as a lunch guest. Background checks are considered current for 3 years.

If you have not completed the background check and Anti-Bullying webinar within the last 3 years, you may do so by visiting the Parent Volunteer section of district's website for a full description of the process and how to get started.

If your background check and anti-bullying training are still current (within the last 3 years), you will receive the following:

  • A Safe Visitor I.D. card. Along with e-mail notification, each approved applicant will receive an I.D. card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned into your SMART device for easier access when visiting our campus.

  • A photo badge issued at each visit. Upon presentation of your Safe Visitor I.D. card or valid driver’s license, office staff will assist you with taking your photo and issue a visitor’s badge if one is not already on file. The photo will be saved in our district-wide system to be used at each visit, regardless of campus.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Attendance & Illness


It is important that your child is at school each day. Good attendance is one of the keys to achieving your child’s full potential in the learning process. A student with a temperature measuring 100 degrees or greater will be sent home from school. The student must remain fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students will not be sent to the YMCA After-School Program with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. If a student has vomited as a result of illness, he/she must stay home from school. He/she must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.


When your child is absent from school, please call the school office at 594-4130 before 9:00AM each day that he/she is absent. Please utilize our 24 hour voice mail box available to leave messages regarding your child's absence. Please report the child’s name, classroom teacher, and illness.

Catch of the Week

Congratulations to our "Catch of the Week" Students!

Kindergarten: Elias Batalia-Reyna, Elisabeth Hammond, Paige Wilson, Brenda Apanco Zanchez, Gracelyn Mason, Reid Albert, Madison Walker, Frankie Robinson, Josie Smallwood, Broderik Hutgreen

1st Grade: Michael Rammahataw, Naditha komirisetty, Knox Kendall, Jacoby Woolever, Lorelai Polk, Eliza Hinton, Elizabeth Wilkins, Donna Webb, Kaylyn Williams, Advay Malkannola, Mitchell Young

2nd Grade: Eva Bruzzese, Eli Bua, Joseph Albuil, Emma Colaw, Nolan Brown, Chase Koski, Meridith Soehngen, Carter Crutchfield, Cambrie Woolever, David King, Owen Ratner, Sai Muppalaneni, Eva Kempf, Ava Gabriel

3rd Grade: Nathan Moore, Waverly Woolever, Evan Wilson, Brooke Boeldt, Abby Lawton, Kassidy Ferris, Marcus Linden, Molly Smith, Tessa Wendzel, Henry Weiss, Abby Lawton, Sara Carter, Chloe Martin

4th Grade: Aleene Reinhard, Natalie Schmitt, Maeve McCollum, Karina Heltz, Tommy Johanneman, Sophia Paden, Danny Jeschke, Jake DeVries, Drew Rutledge, Madison Paciorek, Ryan Minns, Cory Howard, Star Stewart

Big Shoe Award Winners

Congratulations to the following classes for showing their great sportsmanship and team effort this week:

Mrs. Cooper

1st grade: Mrs. Myers

2nd grade: Mrs. Linton

3rd grade: Mrs. Street

4th grade: Mrs. Aschenbach

HSE Student Handbooks

For your convenience, the New Britton Elementary School Handbook can be found at this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/NBE/new_britton_handbook-15-16-final_.pdf

Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

  • For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4250.

  • For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

Book Fair is coming!

Mark your calendars for Thursday October 13th through Wednesday October 19th for the NBE Book Fair!

The Book Fair is a awesome opportunity for your students to browse and purchase new books; but it's also a great opportunity for our Media Specialist, Mrs. Crane, to earn money to purchase new books for the NBE Media Center!

We need lots of parent (or grandparent) help to allow us to successfully run this event and give our kids the opportunity to grow their love of reading! Be on the lookout for an electronic sign up coming soon. Please consider volunteering for a shift or two - you may even find some possible stocking stuffers or birthday gifts for the kiddos in your life!

Contact Joscelyn Moore at cmoore0518@gmail.com with any questions.

PTO News - Mark Your Calendars!

Co-President: Leslie Zeisig Lesliezeisig@gmail.com

Co-President: Stephanie Solesky Steph.solesky@comcast.net

Vice President: Kalista Booth Kalista.booth@aol.com

Treasurer: Sarah Johnson Johnson10874@sbcglobal.net

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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

FHS Show Choir Clinic

Saturday, Oct. 1st, 9am-3pm

13000 Promise Road

Fishers, IN

Learn more and register online here.