Bulldog Bulletin

March 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,

I am always amazed at how fast the school year progresses! We are already in March. The 3rd – 5th grade students are completing their ISTEP+ Part 1 testing and 3rd grade will be taking the IREAD very soon. The 3rd grade will take the IREAD practice test on Friday, March 11th. They will then take the IREAD on Monday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 15th.

Spring time is here and with it brings a lot of activities like soccer, softball, baseball, and so many more. We are also entering the final quarter of the school year. As your Spring schedule is filling up, this is a great time to sit down with your child and create academic goals for your child to achieve between now and the end of the school year. After you make the goals, post the goals in a highly used location of your house like on your refrigerator. Help your child track their progression towards their goal and celebrate each step achieved towards the goal.

In closing, Spring activities can also bring more time in the car. Car rides and the waits for practice or a game to begin are a great time to practice Math facts. The more fluent your child can become with their Math facts, the better prepared he/she will be for more advanced Math problems. Also, remember to read 20 minutes per day. Literacy unlocks your child’s education! 20 minutes per day = 3,600 minutes per school year = 1,800,000 words per year! Research shows that students that read for at least 20 minutes per day score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. In comparison, a student that reads for 5 minutes per day = 900 minutes per school year = 282,000 words per year. Research shows that students reading 5 minutes per day score in the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

Make it a GREAT March! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter – GO BULLDOGS! #BHBulldogs


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


Check out these quick and simple tips on ways to reduce test anxiety. These are great tools to teach your child so they can use them on their own if they start to feel nervous!

-Positive self-talk… “I can do this!” “I know the material” “I have practiced this” “I am smart and capable”

-Visualization… Close your eyes and picture yourself doing well on the test. This will boost confidence!

-Muscle relaxation… Begin at your toes. Tighten and clench them for three seconds, and then release. Work your way through all the muscles in your body until you’ve tensed and relaxed them all.


-Get silly… There are many silly methods to relax before a test. • Think of something funny (What if your whole class showed up for the test in their underwear!) • Get out all the wiggles -- dance, shake, and move around. • Raise your hands up above your head! It will help you to feel victorious. • Force a smile or laugh. This will help you feel better!

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 February the trait we’ve discussed is Cooperation. 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.

February Student of the Month

Important Dates


Feb. 29- Mar. 3- ISTEP Testing (3rd-5th grade)

Mar. 3- PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Mar. 3- Kindergarten Field Trip (Clowes)

Mar. 14-15- IREAD Testing (3rd grade)

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


Apr. 11- Students return to school

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. 29- PTO Movie Night (The Lorax)

FTMS West Fundraiser

Points for Heroes: FTMS West Staff vs. Students Volleyball Game

Join FTMS in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This Staff vs. Students game will be March 9th at 6:30- 8:30 pm at the Annex. Admission is only $1.

Points for Heroes Flyer

Bus Safety Training

Dear Parents of Franklin Township,

To ensure the safety of all students, our school bus drivers will be discussing school bus safety and performing the Indiana DOE Required Evacuation Training with our students. Below you will find the schedule for these trainings separated by individual schools.

· High School : Monday, March 14th approx. 3:00pm

· Middle School East : Tuesday, March 15th approx. 2:15pm

· Middle School West : Wednesday, March 16th approx. 1:40pm

*Elementary Schools :

-Adams – Thursday, March 17th approx. 8:40am

-Arlington – Friday, March 18th approx. 8:40am

-Bunker Hill– Monday, March 21st approx. 8:40am

-Kitley– Tuesday, March 22nd approx. 8:40am

-South Creek– Wednesday, March 23rd approx. 8:40am

-Thompson Crossing – Thursday, March 24th approx. 8:40am

It is our goal to prepare your student and our staff members for the unexpected need to safely evacuate a school bus in an emergency situation. The need for this action would only take place if the students were in immediate danger. Each year we practice different scenarios to help us be ready for the unexpected emergency. Please help our efforts by speaking with your child and preparing them for our drill. Students will be instructed to leave any carry-on items in their assigned seat. Please help us the day of their drill by having them wear sensible clothing as they may be instructed to sit down and slide out the rear door while being assisted. They will be required to stand outside for a short period of time. This practice exercise will be handled professionally with the same attention to safety as a school fire drill.

We appreciate your support in this training exercise. Thank you.

Transportation Department

Mrs. Randi Raffa

Transportation Coordinator

Franklin Township Community School Corporation


Car Rider Reminder

Safety is our main focus in our car rider line. Please remember to have your child exit the driver's side during drop off and pick up. If you have to use the passenger's side, a staff member must accompany your child to the sidewalk.

As always, we appreciate your patience when dropping off and picking up your child. This ensures the safety of all of our students 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.

Winter Weather

Winter weather is still here. 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

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

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR- We want to say THANK YOU to everyone that participated in our Scholastic Book Fair last month. We appreciate all the volunteers that helped make it a success. We were able to purchase 100 new books for our library!

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

Indianapolis Children's Choir

The Indianapolis Children's Choir will offer various music lessons and summer camps for children ages 3 years old to 8th grade. The location is Butler University in Lilly Hall.

More details can be found at www.icchoir.org .

There are some scholarships available.

Mrs. Nguyen/Mrs. Mueller

Music Teacher, Bunker Hill Elementary School



The Art to Remember packets went home the week of February 26. This is a great way to display your child's art work. Orders are due back by March 4th.

This fundraiser helps to purchase the sketchbooks and other supplies your child uses in Art each year.

Thank you for your support

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


*MANY thanks to our Bunker Hill community for their generous support of Jump Rope for Heart! Bunker Hill sent a record amount of $16,254.17 to the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke. Wow! Additional student prizes will arrive in March.

*MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 23rd annual FAST FLASH 5k or 2k walk/run. The fun, family, fitness event (finisher medals for 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 March.

*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.

*Lastly, March is NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH. Can your family choose one healthy food challenge for March? Everyone eats 5 fruits and veggies per day? Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water, per day? Serve a meatless meal twice each week? No soda for a day, week, or month? Have the kids help you make a healthy change!

Yours In Fitness----Mrs. Staton

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

National School Breakfast Week with Star Express

National School Breakfast Week is March 7-11. We would like to remind all of our students the importance of eating breakfast every day!

Did you know? That school breakfasts offer fruit every day!

Did you know? That school breakfast are nutritional with low sodium and fat!

Did you know? Schools breakfasts provide time savers for parents!

Did you know? School breakfast is only $1.25!!!

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

*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, March 3 at 6:30 pm.
  • 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.

Here is a list of each classroom theme-

The Places We Will Go- Front Office Staff

I Love My Pets- Smith (4th)

I Love To Read- Martin

Movie Night - Kiel

Scrumptious Salty Snacks- Ramsey

Sports Fan- Hamblet

Backyard Blast- Sedoris

Lego Mania- Hall

Let's Get Creative- Schier

Freebie, It's On Me- Milligan

Unplugged- Boyle

Cavities- Craft

Star Wars- White

Coffee, Tea or Me- Lacer

Spring Break Travel Survival- Muckway

Beach Bum- Hamilton

Cute Cookies & Cupcakes- Benson

Going Organic- YMCA

Blooming Bouquet- Smith (1st)

Disney's Frozen Theme- Ray

Date Night- Ross

Anything Indiana- England

Chocolate Lovers- Molloy

Pampered Parents- Andry

Superheroes- McClain

**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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