Bulldog Bulletin

September 1, 2016

Bunker Hill Elementary

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

From the desk of our Proud Principal

Dear Bunker Hill Families,

We have so much to celebrate in these first few short weeks of school!

  • We had such an amazing school wide field trip to Conner Prairie!
  • The Indiana Bicentennial Commission reviewed our application and officially endorsed Bunker Hill Elementary School as an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.
  • BLUE, the Colts mascot, came to Bunker Hill to teach our kids about how to save energy in a presentation entitled, “Blue is the new Green."
  • Our Indiana bulletin board timeline is taking shape! Each grade was assigned a 30 year time period of Indiana’s history and once the timeline is completed, you will be able to walk and learn Indiana’s history.
  • Our amazing PTO hosted their first movie night!

Speaking of our amazing PTO, they are looking for both volunteers and sponsors for our 4th annual Walk-A-Thon. If you can assist, please contact Stephanie Rigler at stephanierigler@yahoo.com with any questions, or visit bunkerhillpto.com for more information. In addition to our Walk-A-Thon, our PTO supports our school in so many ways. I would encourage you to come to our PTO meetings, visit their Facebook/Instagram/website, and become active in our PTO. We have so many different roles and needs, I am sure there is an opportunity for you to volunteer regardless of your schedule.

We take pride at Bunker Hill in providing your child both a world class academic and rich life experience. In September, our students will also participate in the Watershed shoe collection, Pinwheel of Peace Day, Franklin Central Homecoming parade, College Go! Week and our Veteran’s Day program. We are also excited to announce that we just registered our school to participate in the country’s largest mock presidential election. We will set up voting booths on the Monday before the presidential election. Our students will vote in a mock election that includes 5 to 6 million students from across the country. The last three student mock elections correctly predicted the president!

As you can see from what your child has already experience this year and a small glimpse into the next couple months, not only are we proud of our “A” Letter grade and 4 Star School recognition from the Indiana Department of Education, but we also focus on providing your child with rich experiences. We are proud to be #BHBulldogs!

Remember to practice reading every night and rote math facts and make it a GREAT September!


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


September is an exciting month at the Hill! We have lots of special events planned. Please see below for more details!


The week of September 12, we will be hosting a shoe drive to benefit the Waterstep Organization. Waterstep provides clean water for underdeveloped communities. We will be accepting new or gently used shoes. The grade level that brings in the most shoes will earn an extra recess!

College Go! Week

The week of September 19 is College Go! Week. This is a week designed to get kids excited about going to college. At Bunker Hill, we will be featuring different Indiana colleges and universities through the week to start our Bulldogs thinking about the future! Then, on Friday (September 23), all Bunker Hill students are encouraged to wear their favorite (or their family's favorite!) college spirit wear. Take advantage of this week by chatting with your child about what it means to go to college, the awesome things that can happen in college, and all the possibilities that a college degree can bring! Learn more here: http://www.facebook.com/LearnMoreIN/

Homecoming Parade

The Franklin Township Homecoming Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. on September 22 in Wanamaker. This is a wonderful community event! Feel free to come on out and enjoy the festivities.

Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Vision Screening

On Thursday, September 29, the Marion County Health Department will be at Bunker Hill to perform vision screenings. All 3rd and 5th graders, students who are new residents of Marion County, and children from other grades suspected of having a vision problem will be screened this day. Please mark your calendars for this important day. If your child receives a referral, please schedule an appointment with an eye care professional by the end of 2016 for optimal academic success. Parents who do not wish for their student to participate in the screening may send a note to Mrs. Knox, the school nurse, by Tuesday, September 27.

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)

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

December: Generosity: (Eli Lily)

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


September 1- PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

September 2 - School-wide field trip to Conner Prairie

September 9 - Fall Picture Day

September 16- Walk-A-Thon

September 20- Parent Volunteer Night 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

September 21- Pinwheel of Peace Day

September 22- Homecoming Parade 5:30 PM in downtown Wanamaker

September 23- End of 1st Grading Period

September 26-30- College Go Week

September 29: 3rd and 5th Grade Vision Screenings

September 30: 4th Grade related arts field trip


October 5-6: Parent-teacher conferences

October 7: 3rd Grade related arts field trip

October 10-21: Fall intersession

October 24-28:Red Ribbon Week

October 27: Klub Kindergarten Carnival 6-8:00 PM

October 28: Classroom fall parties 3:00-3:45 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

  • Please return consent to treat forms back to the office as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Knox at 860-3448.
  • Immunization records need to be turned in as soon as possible.
  • 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 must be brought in and picked up by a parent or guardian to school. Please do not send medications to school with your student.

Physical Education News

September is National 5-A-Day Month to encourage everyone to eat FIVE SERVINGS of fruits and veggies every day!

“5-A-Day the HEALTHY WAY!”

Fourth graders will be taking a Physical Education field trip to the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FITNESS AND SPORT on Friday, September 30th from 9:30-12:30. Look for permission slips to come home soon (no chaperones needed)!

Third graders will be taking a Related Arts field trip on Friday, October 7th. More information coming home soon!

Parents, please encourage your children to be physically active for 60 minutes every day, as well as limiting “screen time” to 2 hours or less daily. Parents are the most important role models for their children’s health and fitness!

Yours In Fitness,

Mrs. Staton

Library News

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


Pinwheels for Peace: September 21

To celebrate Pinwheels for Peace this year I am challenging all students to participate in a 10 Days of Peace activity. Each day is another challenge. You can do this as a family. The first day is an art contest. Please read below and send your student’s artwork back to me by the end of our 10 day challenge if your child wants to participate. The last day of our challenge is September 21, the International Day of Peace, and Bunker Hill’s 11th annual Pinwheels for Peace. Students will get to take home the pinwheels they made in art after they are displayed on in the playground at recess that day.

Pinwheels for Peace - 10 Days of Peace:

Sept. 12: Art contest

Sept. 13: Offer a hug to a friend

Sept. 14: Make a new friend at recess

Sept. 15: Draw a picture and give it to your neighbors

Sept. 16: Open a door for someone

Sept. 17: Do a chore at your house before being asked

Sept. 19: Tell a policeman, fireman, or soldier, "thank you"

Sept. 20: Create something and give it away

Sept. 21: Find your pinwheel at recess

2016 Elementary Art Contest

Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE), sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association,

Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education.

Themes & Guidelines: 2016 IKE Elementary Art Contest
• Category 1: Grades K-1 | Theme: How do community leaders help us?
• Category 2: Grades 2-3 | Theme: What makes a good community leader?
• Category 3: Grades 4-5 | Theme: Why is voting important for our community?

Awards: The following awards will be presented in all three categories listed above:
• 1st Place | $75 + Award Certificate
• 2nd Place | $50 + Award Certificate
• 3rd Place | $25 + Award Certificate
• Honorable Mention | Award Certificate

Winning art will be on display as part of a special Bicentennial celebration at Indiana’s Statehouse in October 2016.

Entry: Each entry must include the following information (listed on back of artwrok):
o Student Name

o School Address
o Age o Teacher
o School o Grade

Size: 8 ½ x 11

Deadline: Return to Miss Wuest by September 21st.

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 2016 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.



Bunker Hill's 4th annual Walk-A-Thon is Friday, September 16 and we're looking for sponsors! If you own a small business or know someone who does, please consider all of the different sponsorship opportunities. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible and stays right here at Bunker Hill! For more information, please contact Stephanie Rigler at 317-504-5116 or stephanierigler@yahoo.com. Or, visit bunkerhillpto.com.

2016 Walk-A-Thon and Bicentennial Poster Contest

The Bunker Hill PTO is hosting an Indiana Bicentennial poster contest leading up to our 4th annual fall walk-a-thon. The contest is designed to promote and celebrate the history of our great state. Posters will be on display at our walk-a-thon on Friday, September 16.

Kindergarten through grade 5 students are invited to participate in the contest. Entries are due to the front office by Wednesday, September 14.

Contest rules: How would you describe Indiana to someone who has never visited our state? Draw a poster of official or unofficial symbols that represent Indiana. Maybe you want to include official symbols, such as the flag of Indiana, a cardinal (the state bird), a peony (the state flower), or the state seal. Or, maybe you want to share unofficial symbols that Indiana is well-known for, like beautiful state parks, basketball fame, the Indianapolis 500, or local farming communities.

Use a standard poster board to make a creative, colorful poster that tells something about Indiana and its history. Posters will be judged on craftsmanship, creativity, and originality. Winners will be announced on the day of the walk-a-thon. Be sure to include your name and grade level on the back of your poster.


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