Bulldog Bulletin

January 4, 2016

Bunker Hill Elementary

  • FAX - 781-9163
  • Attendance -860-3449
  • Transportation - 862-2314

From the desk of our Proud Principal

Welcome back to the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. We've had a great first semester and I'm positive that the remainder of the school year will be just as great, if not better! As you know I will be leaving Bunker Hill very soon to transition into the Acton Elementary School principal position. As of today, there has not been a principal chosen for Bunker Hill. Dr. Flora has narrowed the search down to a few finalists and will be making the final decision this week. The FTCSC School Board should approve the new principal at the January 11th board meeting, if all goes as planned. Once the approval has been given, I will work closely with my new colleague to make the transition as smooth as possible for students, staff and families.


Brook Wessel-Burke

Proud Principal

Bunker Hill Elementary School

(317) 860-3400

FTCSC Students are Prepared for Life’s Possibilities!

Mrs. Pickett's Counselor Corner


As we start the New Year, it is a time to think about resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions are not just for adults. It is important for kids to think about goals they would like to achieve in the coming year. Challenging your child to try new things, work harder and achieve goals can be a fun adventure you can go on together. Make your goals SMART.

Here are some important tips when setting goals or resolutions with your child.

1) Set Specific and realistic goals. Encourage your child to pick one or two areas to work on. Make sure they know exactly what they want to accomplish. Example – read a new book each month.

2) Measurable – How will they know when they reached their goal?

3) Achievable - Make sure their goal is not too far to reach, but make it challenging.

4) Relevant – Link the goal to something important.

5) Timely - Have an idea of when you want to reach your goal. If it is longer term, have mini-goals along the way.

Post your goals as a reminder!

Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Student of the Month

This year we've decided to update our Student of the Month Awards. We wanted to tie in our monthly core essentials curriculum with our student of the month program. We will be spotlighting one student per classroom that has displayed the core essentials trait. For December the trait we’ve discussed is Compassion. Classrooms read a Dr. Seuss book that portrays the month’s trait and then teachers chose one student from their class that demonstrated that trait. Below is a list of the monthly traits along with a link to a reading of the Dr. Seuss book that correlates.

September: Initiative Horton Hatches The Egg

October: Individuality Happy Birthday to You

November: Service Thidwick The Kindhearted Moose

December: Compassion How the Grinch Stole Christmas

January: Self Control My Many Colored Days

February: Cooperation The Cat in the Hat

March: Hope The Lorax

Apil: Friendship Horton Hears a Who

May: Contentment Yertle The Turtle

Student of the Month lists are available on our website.

December Student of the Month

Important Dates


Jan. 4- School Resumes

Jan. 7- PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 12- Student Council Meeting

Jan. 12- WOW Skate Night 6-8pm

Jan. 18- No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day (snow make-up day)

Jan. 31- PTO Bowling Night Expo Bowl 5-7 pm


Feb. 2- Student Council

Feb. 4- PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Feb. 5- Jump Rope for Heart

Feb. 8-12- Scholastic Book Fair

Feb. 8-12- Friendship Week

Feb. 12- Friendship Parties 3pm

Feb. 15- President's Day- No School

Feb. 25- 2nd Grade Field Trip (Clowes Hall)

Feb. 25- 3rd Grade Field Trip (Clowes Hall)

Residency and Educational Rights

If your family is in an extreme living situation such as; living in a motel, car, campsite, shelter, temporary housing, combined housing, public places, etc. you could qualify for a McKinney –Vento (homeless) Act.

Please go to the link below to see the rights of students who are living in a homeless situation.

McKinney –Vento (homeless) Act Form

It's Yearbook Time

It's time to purchase your yearbook for the 2015/2016 school year. Order forms will go home on Friday, January 8.

Orders need to be turned in by Jan. 29th.

Yearbooks are $15.00 each - Please make payments to Bunker Hill Elementary

Order online at YBPay.lifetouch.com using yearbook ID code: 11537116


Don't forget to check our LOST and FOUND for any lost items. It is located at the top of the stairs on the way to the cafeteria.

Winter Weather

We are creeping closer and closer to winter weather. Therefore we must ensure our students are safely clothed for bus stops and recess. Hats, coats, gloves and boots are important for students to have daily. If your family is having difficulty providing those items, please contact Mrs. Pickett for assistance.

We also want to ensure the safety of our students when heading to their bus stops. Please shovel snow in your driveways and sidewalks so students can safely get to and stand in their designated bus stop locations. If Home Owners Associations contract out the snow removal for your neighborhood, please request that the plow trucks NOT pile up snow at corners used for bus stops. This could greatly decrease the risk of student injuries while waiting for their buses.


Each month we will send out a newsletter with important information, dates, and reminders. This newsletter will be sent electronically to the email we have on file for each student. If you requested a paper copy, the newsletter will come home with your student. The newsletter will also be available on our website http://www.ftcsc.k12.in.us/bunker-hill or our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bunker-Hill-Elementary-School/172442352820782


Remind is another great way to stay connected to Bunker Hill. You just text the number 81010 and enter message @bhbulldogs and press send. We will send out messages/reminders and you will simply receive then as a text message. We have no access to cell phone numbers nor does anyone else in this group. You can not reply to the message as no one will receive them.

Friendly Reminders

  • We do our best to keep classroom disruptions to a minimum. If your child forgets an item and you bring it in, please do not be offended if the front office asks for you to leave the item with them so it can be delivered at an appropriate time.
  • If there is a change in transportation for students at the end of the day, we must be notified by a Parent/Guardian before 3:00pm.
  • If electronics (cell phones, ipods, gaming systems) are brought into school and removed from backpacks, they will be confiscated by the teacher. A parent/guardian will be asked to pick up the electronic at the front desk.
  • When having lunch with your student in the cafeteria please remember to only have your child sit with you at the family table. We like to keep the table open for other families. Please No Fast Food!
  • When visiting your child for lunch, please go directly to the cafeteria and exit the building when lunch is finished. We are no longer allowing parents to go to recess with the class. We appreciate your cooperation in helping limit our classroom distractions.

Clinic Reminders

  • Vision Screening referrals have been sent home. If your child received a referral please make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible and return referral paperwork to Mrs. Knox.
  • The flu season is upon us. Please remind your child to practice good hand washing skills. Students also need to practice coughing and sneezing into their elbow.
  • The clinic is in need of clothing and underwear for boys. Sizes most needed are 5 and 6.
  • If your child is vomiting, experiencing diarrhea, or has a fever they must be free of these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Please return any medical paperwork as soon as possible.
  • All medications must be brought in by parent or guardian to school.



I have seen an increase in cases of lice. If your child reports their head is itching, please examine and/or call the clinic and I will examine for lice. Lice spread from person to person by direct contact or by using another person’s personal items--comb and brush, hat, hair bows, coat, clothes, etc. Head lice are tiny and brownish in color and only live on the human head. They crawl rapidly, but do not fly or jump. The bugs deposit tiny white eggs (nits) on the hair shaft by using sticky “glue” so the eggs do not dislodge easily. Besides visualizing the bugs/eggs, the only symptom of head lice may be head scratching. Many times, lice will begin at back of neck/behind ear area.

If your child has head lice, please contact me so that we can work together to eliminate the lice. Do not send your child to school with live lice. Nits (lice eggs) need to be removed to stop the cycle of infestation but are not able to spread to other students. Be sure to remind your student to not share hats, coats, combs/brushes, or hair ties. Most lice-killing products do a good job killing the live lice but they likely do not kill all of the nits. The nits that survive the treatment may hatch and the process may begin again. The importance of egg removal and regular inspection is crucial to avoid reoccurrence. Lice may spread anywhere children gather, such as when playing “dress-up” at home, at ball games where children wear a common helmet/hat, at sleep-overs, on movie seats, at a club meeting (i.e. Girl Scouts etc.), and at day care centers and schools. Regular inspection of your child’s head enables you to identify a case earlier, resulting in faster eradication and quicker return to school. As with any health condition, only parents may call the school with information about their child.

Thanks for your vigilance in the months ahead.

Mrs. Knox

Library News

Students are now checking out books from the library. Enjoy spending time asking them about their book or reading it with them.

Please help your student remember that books are due the day before their library day. This allows time for books to get checked in.

Scholastic Book Fair

It is that time of year. Mark your calendars for our Scholastic Book Fair February 8-12th.

This is a great time for families to expand their home library.

Watch for more information coming home soon.

A Music Note

Welcome Mrs. Nguyen!

Taking over in the Music Room while Mrs. Mueller is away on maternity leave will be Mrs. Mary Nguyen. Starting in January, she will be part of the Bunker Hill team for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year. We are lucky to have Mrs. Nguyen, as she has a lot of experience teaching Music! She has recently moved to the Midwest after living and teaching Music in California. She will be a great fit at Bunker Hill and I know she will love the wonderful atmosphere of our school!

Mrs. Laura Mueller

Music Teacher, Bunker Hill Elementary School


Help us get more smiles in the yearbook! If you have any pictures of school events please download them on the following website. Students in the 5th grade Yearbook Club may use these pictures as they design the yearbook this year. Deadline to get pictures downloaded to the website is January 22nd.

Upload your photos of school events to


Use school code: JAJAEA

Uploaded images will be considered for the yearbook. Please submit photos that are at least 300 dpi to ensure acceptable print quality for the yearbook. Note: Photos from social media websites (i.e. Facebook) may not be acceptable quality. Please consider this when uploading images.

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher

A Message from Mrs. Staton

Physical Education News

Mark your calendars! Our annual JUMP ROPE FOR HEART event will be Friday, February 5th during Physical Education classes. This fun, fitness event benefits the American Heart Association (donations), as well as the health of our students (jumping rope). Last year, Bunker Hill donated $13,797.66 to the American Heart Association---the 11th highest amount from ANY school in the STATE! Let’s top that amount this year! Look for information to come home with students the week of January 11th. Thanks in advance for your support!

Also, second grade students will be taking a bowling field trip to Expo Bowl in Beech Grove on Friday, April 15th, from noon to 1:30. Parent volunteers are needed to supervise students while bowling. Please mark your calendars if you are interested in supervising. Detailed information will be sent home in March.

Thank you!

Be a Star with School Breakfast!

Star Express is proud to offer Franklin Township students a nutritious breakfast daily. Star Express breakfast features nutritious whole grains, protein, fresh fruit, and milk. Research shows that students who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. Eating breakfast can help improve math, reading and standardized testing scores. So, fuel up and be a star by joining Star Express for a healthy breakfast.

*Nutritional information for breakfast and lunch items can be found online at* http://ftcsc.nutrislice.com/

For more information on student health, visit www.kidshealth.org.

**If you are interested in working for Star Express, please visit www.ftcsc.k12.in.us to apply

**Please contact the Star Express Registered Dietitians with any comments and/or questions. 862-2411

We’d love to hear from you!

Betsey Flores, RD – Child Nutrition Supervisor

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition SupervisorChild Nutrition Program

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION 6141 South Franklin Road Phone: (317) 862-2411 Fax: (317) 803-5094.



  • Don't forget to attend our monthly meeting on Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 pm.
  • THANK YOU to everyone that helped with or attended our Snack with Santa on Dec. 12. We hope everyone enjoyed the Santa Shop this year. Thank you to the Green family for shopping, storing, pricing, stamping gift bags and replenishing all the great items this year. Our first year of doing the Santa Shop ourselves, instead of contracting with a company, has been a huge success and the students really seemed to like the gifts.
  • We have two fundraising family events planned for January. Mark your calendar for our Wheels of Wonder Bunker Hill Skate Night on Tuesday, January 12th from 6-8 pm. We will also have an Cosmic Bowling Night on Sunday, January 31 from 5-7 pm. We hope you are able to attend these fun evenings spent with family and friends.

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