Bulldog Bulletin

February 1, 2018

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 had an amazing January! The month was highlighted by our Honorary Recognition at the Indiana Statehouse in both the House of Representatives and the Senate Chamber. We would like to thank Representative Mike Speedy and Senator Aaron Freeman for this honor.

Our Middle of the Year (MOY) DIBELS assessing was completed in January. Teachers are currently using the data to help plan their instruction and student groups. We will have one more final DIBELS benchmark testing at the End of the Year. We will begin ISTEP+ testing at the end of February. If you have a student in 3rd-5th grade, please click on this link to the Indiana Department of Education for all things ISTEP+ = https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8-10 . I would recommend scrolling down on the page and then click on “Released Part 1 Applied Skills (open-ended) Items and Scoring Notes.”

We begin February with our Staff Basketball game as we continue to celebrate 100 Years On The Hill! Our final centennial event this year will be our Fish Fry on April 27th!

In closing, I want to thank everyone for their kind words of support as I move to my new position at our central office. We soon begin the interview process for the new principal of Bunker Hill. We are hoping to announce the new Bunker Hill principal by the February school board meeting. The actual start date of the new principal would then depend on the person’s current position.

GO #BHBulldogs! 100 Years On The Hill!

Dr. Kent Pettet

Proud Principal

Bunker Hill Elementary School

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Phone: (317) 860-3400

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Mrs. Pickett's Counselor Corner


Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Important Dates


February 1: PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM in the art room

February 2: Staff Basketball Game - 7 PM tip-off

February 8: Family Literacy Night, 5:30-7:30 PM

February 8: Intermediate Lego Club, 7:45 AM

February 9: Classroom Friendship Parties

February 5-8: Scholastic Book Fair

February 16: Night of Instruction at the Gymnastics Company. 7:30-9:00 PM - $5 per student for 90 minutes of fun instructional games and stations ranging from the basketball courts to the gymnastics floor.

February 19: School in session - snow make-up day

February 20: Student Council after school

February 26-March 9: ISTEP

February 26: Fundraising day at Primanti Brothers


March 1: PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM in the art room

March 7: Fundraising night at Cheeseburger in Paradise

March 8: Talent Show

March 9: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Central Library and Jump Rope for Heart prize field trip to Sky Zone

March 12: 4th Grade Field trip to State Museum

March 12-16: IREAD

March 14: Spring Picture Day

March 16: Kindergarten Field Trip to IRT and 5th Grade Field Trip to Children's Museum

March 19-30: Spring Break

March 23: Skate night at Wheels of Wonder, 5:30-7:30 PM

March 31: Easter Egg Hunt

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.
  • 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.

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 2nd. All donations are due that day. Last year, our students donated $18,267.00! Can we get to $19,000 this year?

This year, students who raise $150 or more earn a field trip to Sky Zone! Thanks for your support of this worthy cause—EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!

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

Yours In Fitness,

Mrs. Staton

Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to the Bunker Hill Media Center February 5th-8th. Students will shop during their Library class. If you are available to help students shop during the day, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4aa8a72ba5fa7-book1 There will be NO TAX on books that are purchased at the fair and cash or checks made out to Bunker Hill will be accepted. We will also be partnering with the PTO to host the Family Literacy Night on Thursday, February 8th 5:30-7:30. The book fair will be open for families to shop that evening. We hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend the book fair or would prefer a larger selection of books to choose from, we also have online shopping that can be accessed at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/bunkerhillelemsch . The online fair can be accessed January 28th-February 10th.


Calling all artists:

As part of our Centennial celebration this year we are painting a timeline mural in the cafeteria. The timeline starts off in black and white and then goes to color and depicts many historical facts about the history of Bunker Hill.

I am looking for some parent/guardian artists to help paint the timeline mural in the cafeteria on Saturdays. We will be painting each Saturday morning 10-12. I will need help February 10, 17, 24 and March 10th. Please sign up if you are available:


Follow Miss Wuest on Twitter @wuestart.

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher


Robotics has TWO robots now so we have a Team A and Team B. We are working hard on building our robots so that we can compete against each other in skills challenges. We will be adding another week on to our regular season since we had to cancel last week. Our new ending date will be February 14.

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.


Family Literacy Night

Families can shop the Scholastic Book fair Thursday, February 8 from 5:30-7:30. During this time, the PTO will be hosting literacy stations to promote reading! We will have a large game of scrabble, free crafts such as color your own bookmarks and make your own journals, and the Indianapolis Public Library will run a story time. Students can also participate in a "Book Walk" - much like a cake walk, except the prize for winners is a donated book from Bunker Hill families. Make sure to visit this free event! Please sign up to volunteer if you are available:


The Gymnastics Company

Visit The Gymnastics Company on Friday, February 16 from 7:30-9:00 PM for a night of instruction. There is a $5.00 per student fee for your child to participate in 90 minutes of fun, instructional games and stations ranging from the basketball courts to the gymnastics floor. Waivers will be sent home and must be filled out and taken to the event. Adults will be required to sit on the second floor and watch from the bleachers or chairs. This is NOT an open gym - students will be placed in to groups with instructors and each student will get to do each activity during the course of the event. Bunker Hill PTO will get 50 percent of the entry fees. There are concessions on site.

Upcoming Fundraising Nights

February 26: Primanti Brothers on County Line Road - enjoy lunch or dinner and 30% will be given back to Bunker Hill. Valid 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

March 7: Cheeseburger in Paradise - enjoy lunch or dinner and 15% will be given back to PTO - valid 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

March 23: Wheels of Wonder - final skate night of the year! Skate from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities

Jump Rope for Heart:


Help with the mural in the cafeteria:


Book Fair Volunteers:


Literacy Night:



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