Bulldog Bulletin

January 6, 2017

Bunker Hill Elementary

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

From the desk of our Proud Principal

Dear Amazing Bunker Hill Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. This month I would like to share some information on why reading at home is so important.

Based on Reading just 20 minutes per day, 100 words per minute on just the 180 school day calendar.

Student A reads for an average of 20 minutes per day or 3,600 minutes per year for around 1,800,000 total words.

Student B reads for an average of 5 minutes per day or 900 minutes per year for around 282,000 total words.

Student C reads for an average of 1 minute per day or 180 minutes per year for around 8,000 total words.

We know based on research that student A will more than likely score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests, student B will score in the 50th percentile on standardized tests and student C will score in the 10th percentile in standardized tests.

Just think, if your child starts reading for 20 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read for the equivalent of 60 additional school days, student B will have read for 12 additional school days and student C for 3. You can easily see why reading for 20 minutes is so important.

One last thought, this data is based on 180 days (a school year) or just 49% of the calendar year. Just think of how much different the numbers would be if we based 20 minutes per night on 220 days (60% of the calendar year) or 300 days (82% of the calendar year).

Make it a GREAT year by Reading for 20 minutes per night!

Dr. Kent Pettet

Proud Principal

Bunker Hill Elementary School

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Phone: (317) 860-3400

FTCSC Students are Prepared for Life’s Possibilities!

Mrs. Pickett's Counselor Corner


Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Student of the Month

In celebration of Indiana's bicentennial celebration, this year's Student of the Month Awards will spotlight one student per classroom that has displayed the traits modeled after a famous Hoosier.

The first student of the month trait will be creativity, modeled after Jim Davis, a famous cartoonist.

August: Creativity (Jim Davis) August Students of the Month

September and first week of October: Kindness (Johnny Appleseed) September Students of the Month

End of October and November: Sacrifice for others (Hoosier Veterans) November Students of the Month

December: Generosity: (Eli Lily) Students of the Month

January: Humor/cheerfulness: (Red Skelton)

February: Respect for others: (Abe Lincoln)

March: Perseverance/not giving up (Madame Walker)

April: Courage: (Gus Grissom)

May: Helping Others: (Levi and Catharine Coffin)

Student of the Month lists are available on our website.

Important Dates


January 5: PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

January 13: 5th grade students visit FTMSW band,choir, and orchestra

January 20: PTO Family Movie Night 6:00 - 8:00 PM

January 27: 4th Grade field trip to Indiana State Museumf


February 3: PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

February 3: Jump Rope for Heart

February 3: 3rd quarter midterm grades posted

February 6-10: Friendship Week and Book Fair

February 10: 5th Grade field trip to Indiana Repertory Theatre

February 10: Classroom Friendship Parties

February 16: Parent volunteer night 6:00-8:00 PM

Front Office Information

Please review a few important front office policies.

  • Morning student drop off must be done in the car rider line. Drop off opens at 8:35 am in the car rider line.
  • Students arriving after 8:50 am must be signed in at the front office.
  • 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. Teachers need time to make arrangements.
  • Attendance- Please review the Franklin Township policies and procedures for absences on p. 2-3 in the student handbook. We appreciate your cooperation.
  • All visitors must have a photo ID to enter the building.

Car Rider Reminder

Car Rider Participants:

Safety is our main focus in our car rider line. Please remember to have your child exit/enter the driver's side of your vehicle during drop off/pick up. If you have to use the passenger's side, a staff member must accompany your child to the sidewalk. A student cannot exit the passenger side of a vehicle without staff assistance.

We appreciate your patience when dropping off and picking up your child. This ensures the safety of all our students and staff.

Please share this safety information with anyone that may pick up or drop off your student.

Dr. Kent Pettet and staff


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. Any items left at the end of the school year will be donated.


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

  • 5th grade parents: As your child receives their immunizations necessary for middle school, please send in their updated record to Mrs. Knox.
  • The mobile dentist will be here January 9. If you have sent in your paperwork, you will be contacted by the mobile dentist with more information.
  • 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.
  • All medications, including cough drops, must be brought in and picked up by a parent or guardian to school. Please do not send medications to school with your student.
  • Franklin Township Community School Corporation Health Services now has a Facebook page. Make sure to Like their page here.

Mobile Dentist

The mobile dentist originally scheduled for January 9 will not be visiting our school. At this time there are no plans to reschedule. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Physical Education News

Please mark your calendars! Our annual JUMP ROPE FOR HEART event is Friday February 3rd. In the Bunker Hill gym, students will jump rope to make their hearts healthy. If desired, they can collect donations to benefit the American Heart Association, help children with heart problems, AND win some cool prizes. Last year, Bunker Hill students raised $16,508 to fight heart disease and stroke! Can we collect more $ this year? Detailed information, parent letters, and collection envelopes have been sent home the week of January 3rd. If your child wants to do ONLINE DONATIONS (and earn 2 extra ZOO CREW animals), the website is heart.org/jump. Contact Mrs. Staton if you have questions. Thanks for your support of this worthwhile cause!

Instead of a New YEAR’S Resolution, what if we made a New Day’s Resolution?
What if instead of setting a yearlong health goal, we set a small health goal we could accomplish in a single day? That’s the concept behind our #NewDaysResolution campaign. Try drinking 8 glasses of water tomorrow, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Commit to getting that extra hour of sleep or cooking a new, healthy recipe. Pledge to take 20 minutes to relax your mind and mediate. One day at a time, we CAN get healthier!

Yours In Fitness,

Mrs. Staton

Library News

Save the date! The book fair will be here February 6-10.

Check It Out!!!

¨ Monday classes books are due Friday morning

¨ Tuesday classes books are due Monday morning

¨ Wednesday classes books are due Tuesday morning

¨ Thursday classes books are due Wednesday morning


5th grade students:

I am looking for students who are interested in helping me with the yearbook. We will be creating the layout for each page in the book using the yearbook company's website. We will meet in the computer lab at 8:00 in the morning every Thursday and Friday starting January 12th until February 3rd. The yearbook must be completed by February 6th. If you are interested, please print off and fill out the following form and turn it back into Miss Wuest by January 10th. http://bit.ly/2izIWzD.

Last semester students were given the option to participate in an art contest through the Indiana Kids' Election. Students were asked to draw what makes a good community leader. Bunker Hill had several artists recognized: Lakshaya Upadhyay, Navreet Chahal, and Kelsea Vick. Armann Ghala received honorable mention. Tanusha Jha received first place in their age group. Congratulations to all our fabulous artists!

Follow Miss Wuest on Twitter @wuestart.

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher

Star Express

Visit http://ftcsc.nutrislice.com/ for a complete listing of our Spring 2017 menu items.

For more information visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/NSBW2016/

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.

Robotics Club

Bunker Hill Robotics

Team 41903a

The first ever Bunker Hill Robotics team has enjoyed meeting every Wednesday since Fall Break. We have been working on building our robot and learning team work. We were so excited to get a field purchased by our wonderful PTO. We will be attending our first competition on January 14 at Blue Academy in Indianapolis.

Lego Club

Information for Lego Club will be coming home soon for students in grades 3 through 5. The group will meet at 7:45 a.m. on January 19 and 26, and February 2 and 9.

Lego Club for grades K-2 will be at 7:45 a.m. April 6, 13, 20, and 27. More information will come home closer to April for the younger grade levels.

Yearbook Orders

Students will be bringing home order forms for the 2016-17 Bunker Hill yearbook. Yearbooks are $15. Deadline for orders is January 27.



PTO is looking for volunteers for various events in the coming weeks. Please take a look on Sign Up Genius for volunteer opportunities:



Join the Bunker Hill PTO! Membership is free, and there are no commitments. For more information, contact Sara Thomas at 317-408-4591 or Sara.thomas1984@yahoo.com.

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/bunkerhillpto


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 contact your school counselor to discuss ways we can possibly help support your situation.

Students who are in homeless living situations have the following rights:

1) Immediate enrollment in the school they last attended or the school in whose attendance area they are currently staying even if they do not have all of the documents normally required at the time of enrollment;

2) Access to free meals and textbooks, Title I and other educational programs, and other comparable services including transportation;

3) To attend the same classes and activities that students in other living situations also participate in without fear of being separated or treated differently due to their housing situations.

Any questions about these rights can be directed to your school’s Counselor.

By signing below, I acknowledge that I have received and understand the above rights.

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Signature of Parent/Guardian/Unattached Youth - Date

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Signature of McKinney-Vento Liaison - Date