Bulldog Bulletin

April 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,

ISTEP+ Part 1 and IREAD testing has been completed. Our kids did an amazing job! They were focused and they worked hard during each session of testing. I am very proud of their hard work! I would also like to thank our parents and staff that helped make the testing so successful! Our Bunker Hill community is so amazing!

April 19 – April 28 will be ISTEP+ Part 2 testing. Part 2 is on the computer. I want to thank all of our staff and FTCSC district staff that have been working hard to prepare for ISTEP+ Part 2. Attendance is crucial. In addition, like any assessment time, early bed time and a good breakfast will help your child do better. Finally, focus on positive talk and celebration about the ISTEP+.

A big thank you to our awesome Bunker Hill PTO and everyone involved with our Spring Fling! I know that many people volunteered many hours to provide our community with such a terrific evening! What a wonderful night! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

In closing, remember to read, read, read and practice math facts, math facts math facts. As Spring time activities continue to increase, finding time to keep academics going at home can be challenging. As a father of three kids all in soccer, I understand this well. Find ways to play academic games during car rides. For example, practice math facts. If your child is able to read in the car, turn off the radio or movie and have them read to and from practice or dinner. Minutes matter! Research shows a strong correlation between reading daily and student academic performance. Research shows that students that read for 20 minutes a day score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. In comparison, students that read for 5 minutes or less a day score in the 50th percentile or lowers on standardized testing. One of the greatest impacts you can have on your child’s education, is to make sure they read for an average of 20 per day.

Have an AMAZING April! Follow us on Facebook (Bunker Hill Elementary School), Twitter (@BH_Bulldogs), and/or by the hashtag #BHBulldogs – GO BULLDOGS!


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


Spring Break provides an excellent time to create memories with your family! Whether you are going away for the break or having a "staycation", plan some special moments for you and your children! These moments do not have to be costly...it is about the experience! Some ideas to consider:

*Go for a picnic in the park.

*Cook or bake together.

*Surprise your children or spouse with their favorite dessert

*Decorate your dining room or kitchen with twinkly white Christmas lights for dinner one night.

*See a movie at the dollar theater

*Grab your tennis racket and play a quick pick up game.

*Go for a hike and take pictures of your views, wildlife, and each other!

*Have a movie night at home with comfy blankets on the floor and popcorn!

Enjoy Spring Break!

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 March the trait we’ve discussed is Hope. 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

April: Friendship Horton Hears a Who

May: Contentment Yertle The Turtle

Student of the Month lists are available on our website.

Important Dates


Apr. 11- Students return to school

Apr. 12- Kindergarten Field Trip

Apr. 12- Student Council

Apr. 14- 4th Grade Field Trip (Conner Prairie)

Apr. 14- PTO Meeting 6:30pm

Apr. 15- 2nd Grade Field Trip (Expo Bowl)

Apr. 19- 1st Grade Field Trip (Indy Zoo)

Apr. 19-28- 3rd-5th Grade ISTEP Testing

Apr. 29- PTO Movie Night (The Lorax)


May 5- PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

May 13- 4th Grade Southern Indiana Trip

May 16- 2nd Grade Field Trip (Eagle Creek)

May 17- Student Council

May 18- Honor Roll Party

May 20- 1st Grade Mini 500

May 24- 5th Grade Graduation

May 25- Last Student Day of School

Front Office Information

Bunker Hill now has a full time receptionist at the front office. Join us in welcoming Jenny Lewis in this new position. She is a Bunker Hill parent who is excited to meet you and your students. Please be patient as she learns the front office procedures. Mrs. Gilliland will continue to volunteer and substitute teach at Bunker Hill.

This is a great time to remind you of a few 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.


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 and picked up by a parent or guardian to school.
  • If your child has medication in the clinic, please make sure that it is picked up by the end of the school year.

Immunization Information

Parents of current 5th grade students:

Immunizations of meningitis and Tdap are needed for the start of 6th grade. Please call the doctor now to schedule an appointment prior to the start of school so that your student will have the shots that Indiana requires for middle school. When you have an appointment date and time, please let the elementary school nurse know so that it can be recorded. Requirements are grade level-based, and not dependent on age of students entering 6th grade. Call now for the best availability of appointments.

2016/2017 School Year IN State Department of Health School Immunization Requirements

Library News

Students check out books each week 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.

A Music Note

4th Graders

The 4th graders will begin another recorder unit on April 25th.

Just as before, each student will need a recorder and a book. They are available at the student bookstore for $5 each.

I look forward to starting this fun unit with your children.

Mrs. Nguyen/Mrs. Mueller

Music Teacher, Bunker Hill Elementary School



Thank you to the many families that ordered from Art to Remember. The art classes appreciate your help. Orders should be coming home by the end of April.

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher

A Message from Mrs. Staton


*MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 23rd annual FAST FLASH 5k or 2k walk/run. This fun, family, fitness event (finisher medals for all k-5 kids) will be at Franklin Central High School on Saturday May 14th at 8:00 A.M.

Bunker Hill has a long-standing tradition of being the elementary school with the MOST PARTICPANTS. Let’s win the participation Traveling Trophy again this year! Registration forms will be sent home in April.

*SECOND GRADERS will be taking a P.E. field trip to Expo Bowl on Friday April 15th, noon-1:30. Please contact Mrs. Staton if you are interested in volunteering to supervise the bowlers.

*FIFTH GRADERS will be invited to participate in Cross Country Club after school at Bunker Hill. Look for information letters in April. We will begin the week of April 18th.

Yours In Fitness----Mrs. Staton

Mrs. Staton, 860-3431, kathy.staton@ftcsc.k12.in.us

Earth Day Celebration at Franklin Township Elementary Schools

Star Express at Franklin Township Elementary Schools is excited to be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd. Join Star Express for low to no energy costing menu items offered daily including entrée salads, yogurt parfaits, and Smucker’s Uncrustable Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.

Visit http://ftcsc.nutrislice.com/ for a complete listing of our Spring 2016 menu items.

Please feel free to join your student for lunch and help us celebrate Earth Day! ** Visit www.earthday.org for more information. Earth Day is on April 22, 2016.

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.



  • Don't forget to attend our monthly meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 pm.
  • Pacers Night- Thank you for supporting Bunker Hill while enjoying an awesome night out with the Indiana Pacers. If you bought tickets, the game is Sunday, April 10th. Tipoff is 6 pm.
  • BOXTOPS- Our BOYS vs. GIRLS contest was a great success. The BOYS enjoyed an exciting snowball fight with Dr. Pettet. Our next contest will be a classroom competition. Collections are every Friday morning. Send in counted BOXTOPS and receive small prizes.
  • PTO Movie Night- Our next movie night will be Friday, April 29. We will be showing The Lorax.
  • Save the date for our Ella's Sweet Swirl Challenge on May 6. They will donate 20 percent of the sales to Bunker Hill.
  • Spring Fling- Our Spring Fling on Friday, Mar. 18 was a great success!!!

We wanted to say THANK YOU for all your volunteer hours, cash raffle ticket sales, theme basket donations, pop and snack cake donations, and for all who attended our Spring Fling. It was a huge success and we really appreciate your support. We made over $9,500 and plan to use that money to purchase special needs materials and playground equipment for our school. Because of our successful walk-a-thon and spring fling this year, we have already purchased wiggle seats, behavioral software, Twiddles, Superflex Superdecks software, Theraputy, balance board, HearBuilder software kit, weighted lap pads and an inflatable pea pod. We have also approved $35,000 to spend on the upper playground. Our hope is that installation of the new equipment will happen this summer so that the students will return to something fun for the 2016-2017 school year. So, thank you for your VERY generous support which allows us to continue to bring enhanced educational opportunities for all of our kids.

Please join us in congratulating our 2016 Spring Fling winners.

Top Student Sellers:

1st Place—Alexis Burgess, awarded $75

2nd Place—Baron Corbin, awarded $50

3rd Place—Holly Garrett, awarded $50

Sellers awarded lunch with Principal Pettet:

Alexis Burgess and a friend

Baron Corbin and a friend

Cash Raffle Winners

1st prize, $400- Sara McCabe

2nd prize, $200- Shawn Mayhood

3rd prize, $100- Deanna Sanders

Themed Basket Winners

The Places We Will Go- (Front Office Staff) Santos Cortez

I Love My Pets- (Smith 4th) June Kenworthy

I Love To Read- (Martin) Jen Swartz

Movie Night - (Kiel) Kelly Short

Scrumptious Salty Snacks- (Ramsey) Shawn Mayhood

Sports Fan- (Hamblet) Lori Chastain

Backyard Blast- (Sedoris) Melanie Kerr

Lego Mania- (Hall) Jenny Corbin

Let's Get Creative-(Schier) Marcio Salvo

Freebie, It's On Me-(Milligan) Melissa Koerber

Unplugged- (Boyle) Jay Tharp

Cavities- (Craft) Steven Reed

Star Wars- (White) Joann Losche

Coffee, Tea or Me- (Lacer) Torrie Smith

Spring Break Travel Survival-( Muckway) Jennifer Scott

Beach Bum- (Hamilton) Amanda Rath

Cute Cookies & Cupcakes- (Benson) Tiffany Davis

Going Organic- (YMCA) Crystal Poole

Blooming Bouquet- (Smith 1st) Lisa Lawrence

Disney's Frozen Theme- (Ray) Johanna Aviles

Date Night- (Ross) Elaine McKinney

Anything Indiana- (England) Amy Drake

Chocolate Lovers- (Molloy) Melissa Mahan

Pampered Parents- (Andry) Lindsey Holden

Superheroes- (McClain) Chris Mahanna

Extra- (All items handed in later) Melissa Mahan

PTO- (Dr. Seuss Book Guessing Game) Joe Ashman

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