Bulldog Bulletin

February 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,

My name is Dr. Kent Pettet and I am honored to send you this letter as the new Bunker Hill principal! I have a wonderful wife, Crystal and three amazing kids, Kaitlyn (7), Keith (5), and Kaiden (3). My family has called Franklin Township home for the last 10+ years. Franklin Township Community School Corporation has a rich history of providing a world-class education. I am honored to help that tradition continue and to work in the community I call home!

A little bit about me. I grew up in northwest Indiana and began my teaching career in the region. My wife and I met in college. We married and moved to Colorado while my wife and I completed graduate school. I also taught and accepted my first administrative position in Colorado. After 5 years, we moved back to Indiana. I accepted an assistant principal position at Stout Field Elementary in MSD of Wayne. After three years, I accepted a position as the principal at Needham Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. I also went back to graduate school at Indiana State University and earned my Educational Specialist degree and my Doctorate of Philosophy. I am in my 13th year as a building level administrator.

Parents are critical to student success! A student experiences success when the parent is active and positive in their student’s learning and school. We know from research, that a student experiences higher levels of success when the parent and school have a positive partnership together. Two of my three children attend elementary school. Kaitlyn is in 2nd grade and Keith is in Kindergarten. So, I also experience school as an elementary parent and can relate very well to the celebrations and challenges that elementary school brings.

I believe in students becoming leaders inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom, students become leaders by understanding their current academic levels. They then make goals that they understand and are attainable. Finally, students track their own data and analyze their progression towards their goal. Outside of the classroom, students become leaders by having opportunities to become active in the school and community.

I believe that schools need to be warm and inviting while being safe. In addition, the classroom environment must be protected. Students need to have clear behavioral expectations both in the classroom and school-wide. Classroom instructional time must be protected without interruption.

Students must leave elementary school with a solid foundation of literacy and math. A strong foundation in literacy and math will open doors for students as they progress through their education and career.

I look forward to meeting each of you and partnering with you as we continue Bunker Hill’s great tradition of helping students experience success! By working together, our kids will be “Prepared for Life’s Possibilities”! Please stop by the school so I can meet you, email me at kent.pettet@ftcsc.k12.in.us or call me, 317-787-3421.


Dr. Kent Pettet

Proud Principal

Bunker Hill Elementary School

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FTCSC Students are Prepared for Life’s Possibilities!

Mrs. Pickett's Counselor Corner


The week of February 8th, we will be celebrating Friendship Week at Bunker Hill! This is a bully awareness and prevention week, and students and staff are invited to participate in the following dress up days to show our united stance against bullying!

Monday 2/8: Fox in Socks “Socks it to Bullying:: Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday 2/9: Cat in the Hat “Puts a Lid on Bullying”: Hat Day

Wednesday 2/10: The Lorax sees “Brighter Days When We Put a Stop to Bullying”: Sunglasses and Neon clothes

Thursday 2/11: Green Eggs and Ham: “Green means go to an adult for help with bullying!”: Wear GREEN

Friday 2/12: Dr. Seuss Red “Put a STOP to bullying”: Wear RED

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 January the trait we’ve discussed is Self Control. 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.

January Student of the Month

Important Dates


Feb. 2- Student Council

Feb. 3- 5th Grade Field Trip (Clowes Hall)

Feb. 4- PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Feb. 5- Jump Rope for Heart

Feb. 5- PTO Movie Night 6-8 pm

Feb. 8-12- Scholastic Book Fair

Feb. 8-12- Friendship Week

Feb. 11- Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5-6:30 pm

Feb. 12- Friendship Parties 3pm

Feb. 15- President's Day- No School (snow make-up day)

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

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


Mar. 3- PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Mar. 3- Kindergarten Field Trip (Clowes)

Mar. 15-17- Kindergarten Registration for 2016/17 (Central Office)

Mar. 18- 5th Grade Field Trip (Children's Museum)

Mar. 18- PTO Spring Fling 5:30-8:30 pm

Mar. 26- PTO Community Egg Hunt 11-12 pm

Mar.28-Apr. 8- Spring Intersession


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 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.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Bunker Hill February 8th-12th. Students will be shopping during their library time. We will also have a Family Night on February 11th from 5:00-6:30! If you are not able to attend the Family Night you can also shop online at www.Scholastic.com/bookfairs/ from 1/31-2/13. The books will then be delivered to your child here at school.


We are in need of volunteers to assist students during the shopping times. If you are interested please follow the instructions below:

We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our volunteers.

Please sign up to help at the Bunker Hill Book Fair!
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Pc3Cru
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Thank you. We hope to see you there!

Jean Wilburn

Media Specialist

Adams Elementary 860-4272

Arlington Elementary 803-5232

Bunker Hill Elementary 860-3443

A Music Note

5th Grade Students

Your band, orchestra and choir permission slips are due Friday, February 5th.

For those of you choosing to learn an instrument, please indicate which of the four information nights you will attend.

Band and orchestra camp registration will also be accepted at this time

3rd Grade Students

3rd grade students will begin learning the recorder in music the week of February 15th.

Recorders may be purchased at the BH bookstore before school for $5. The recorder books are also $5, for a total of $10 for both.

Some families already own a recorder and/or book, in which case they may only need to purchase one piece.

The bookstore accepts cash or check (made payable to Bunker HIll PTO).

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

Mrs. Nguyen/Mrs. Mueller

Music Teacher, Bunker Hill Elementary School



Look for Art to Remember order forms to be sent home at the end of February. You can buy coffee mugs, magnets, t-shirts and much more with your child's artwork on it. What a great way to show off your child's creativity. This fundraiser helps to purchase supplies for the Art room like the sketchbooks every child uses each week in Art.

MMR CAMP - Indianapolis Museum of Art

Did you know that the Indianapolis Museum of Art yearly summer camps. This year's registration as begun and dates are filling up fast. Get more information on the IMA website or http://www.imamuseum.org/sites/default/files/IMA%20Camps%20Brochure-2015-Lo_Res.pdf

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher

A Message from Mrs. Staton

Physical Education News


Please help fight heart disease and stroke by supporting Bunker Hill’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event that benefits the American Heart Association (donations are tax deductible). Students should have brought home a red parent letter and donation envelope. For collecting donations, students earn prizes (“thank-you gifts”) from the American Heart Association. Prizes are shown on the donation envelope. Extra prizes can be earned for doing ONLINE donations (see envelope). During P.E. classes, we discussed how we can help people with heart problems---even save lives---by participating in this SERVICE activity.

To make their hearts healthy, students will jump rope in the gym on Friday February 5th. All donations are due that day. Last year, our students donated $13,797.66! Can we get to $14,000 this year? Thanks for your support of this worthwhile cause—EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!

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!

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

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, February 4 at 6:30 pm.
  • PTO Movie Night- Gnomeo and Juliet will be playing Friday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 pm in the Bunker Hill gym. Admission is $2 per family. Concessions will be available for $1. Children must be supervised at all times. This is not a drop off event. Hope to see you there!
  • Pacers Night- Support Bunker Hill while enjoying an awesome night out with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, April 10th. Tipoff is 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for upper balcony seats. By purchasing through this offer, you will receive a food voucher (free hot dog, bag of chips and Pepsi product), a free Pacers cap, shoot a free throw on the main floor after the game, and see Bunker Hill in lights during halftime. Deadline for ticket purchase is Wednesday, March 9th. Fill out the form and sent payment to Bunker Hill PTO.
  • Spring Fling- Our Spring Fling is Friday, Mar. 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm. Plan to come spend the evening with friends and family while raising money for our school. This event can only be a success with your help. We have many opportunities for you to participate in the evening's success. More information will be coming home soon. Below is a brief description of a few important items for the evening. Please start planning now.

**Themed baskets- Each classroom will donate items to create a themed basket chosen by the teacher. You should have received a note with the theme for your child's classroom. if you would like to participate, please purchase an item and send it in by Monday, March 7th. The baskets will be raffled off that evening. The raffle is a great fundraiser for the PTO, a wonderful competition for the teachers, and a thrill for the students. The class that receives the most ticket votes at the Spring Fling will win a pizza party. Tickets will be sold that evening for $1.00 a ticket or 6 for $5.00. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Cassinelli.

**Cake Walk and Pop Ring Toss- The very popular Cake Walk and Pop Ring Toss prizes are completely furnished through your generous donations. Please watch for more information and consider helping us with these prizes.

**Cash Raffle- How about a chance to turn $1 into something larger?! As a part of the Spring Fling, the PTO will be sponsoring a guaranteed cash raffle. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Booklets contain 6 tickets. Students will be asked to sell tickets to family and friends for a chance to win prizes as top sellers. The drawing will be held the day after the Spring Fling. You need not be present to win. The winners will be contacted by phone.

**Wristbands and Game Tickets- Each game will require tickets. Tickets sell for $0.25 per ticket or 4 tickets for $1.00 or you can purchase a wristband. Presale wristbands are $15 each or $20 at the door. For the first time ever, we will be offering a discount on wristbands if you volunteer to work a shift at Spring Fling. A discount of $5 will be given off the purchase of a wristband. (Limit 2 per household if you have two family members sign up to work.) Instant prizes and consolation prizes are awarded at each game.

**Volunteers- We are looking for parents/grandparents, students 5th grade or higher, and/or youth groups/service groups/community service volunteers to help run our games and serve in the cafeteria. Please consider filling one of our time slots that evening. It takes many volunteers working together to help every family enjoy their evening together. Watch for more information.

**Food- Olive Garden will be available for purchase. Items and cost will be available closer to the event.

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