Bulldog Bulletin

February 6, 2017

Bunker Hill Elementary

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

From the desk of our Proud Principal

Dear Bunker Hill Families,

We are beginning the ISTEP+ and IREAD testing sessions. ISTEP+ (3rd – 5th grade) begins the week of February 27th and ends on March 10th. IREAD (3rd grade) is the week of March 13th. Please do everything you can to plan any appointments around this testing window. Your child is always in a better testing environment when they can take assessments in the regular classroom, with the regular teacher, and around their classmates. When we have to give makeup tests, the student takes the test at a different time, in a different room, and with a different teacher than they are used to during testing. Also, ISTEP+ Part 1 is the Applied Skills. This test is paper and pencil and the student will do a lot of writing and explaining their answers. Please encourage your student each day and celebrate with your child. Early bed times and a good breakfast will greatly benefit your child. We are proud of each student’s hard work and are excited for the ISTEP+ and IREAD assessing to begin. We know our kids will ROCK it!

We have had a lot of fun with theme weeks recently. We just finished Jump Rope For Heart dress up theme week. This dress up theme week is Friendship Week, and we also have the Book Fair this week. Friendship Week ends with our Friendship parties this Friday. Second grade is at 2:00 and all other grades will begin at 3:00. Remember that there should be no food at the party in with the Valentine’s Day cards. We thank you for your support. February 13th – 18th will be Jar Wars. This is an annual event sponsored by FCHS as part of their Riley Children’s Hospital Dance Marathon campaign.

We also have many PTO sponsored Family Nights in February. El Rodeo Family dinner night is tonight. On February 21st we will have a Panera Bread Family Night from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Finally, Klub Kindergarten will be sponsoring a Kindergarten night on February 23rd at Chuck E. Cheese from 3:00 – 9:00 PM.

Remember to read for an average of 20 minutes per night and practice math facts. Have a GREAT February!

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

Mrs. LaRoche will be covering for Mrs. Pickett while she is on maternity leave. She looks forward to working with the students and staff at Bunker Hill Elementary.

We will be celebrating Friendship Week the week of February 6. Every day of the week we will wear a different color to show our united stance against bullying. We will have a special announcement each morning to help everyone remember to be a friend and say no to bullying!

Friendship week spirit days:

Monday: Wear yellow

Tuesday: Wear orange

Wednesday: Wear purple

Thursday: Wear green

Friday: Wear red


Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be April 12-14. Additional information will be posted to the district's website soon. Visit www.ftcsc.k12.in.us to check for information regarding the registration process.

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) September Students of the Month

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

December: Generosity: (Eli Lily) Students of the Month

January: Humor/cheerfulness: (Red Skelton) Students of the Month

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


February 6: PTO Fundraising night at El Rodeo

February 6-10: Friendship Week and Book Fair

February 9: Intermediate Lego Club 7:45 AM

February 9: Book Fair Family Night 5:00 - 7:00 PM

February 10: 5th Grade field trip to Indiana Repertory Theatre

February 10: Classroom Friendship Parties

February 13-17: Jar Wars for Riley Children's Hospital

February 16: Parent volunteer night 6:00-8:00 PM

February 20: President's Day, no school

February 21: Panera Bread family night 4:00-8:00 PM

February 23: Klub Kindergarten Chuck E. Cheese night 3:00-9:00 PM

February 24: Bunker Hill night at the Pacers Game (ticket orders due February 6 to the front office)

February 27-March 10: ISTEP+ Part 1 Testing Window

February 28: Student Council meeting


March 2: PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

March 10: End of 3rd grading period

March 11: Indy Fuel Bunker Hill Family Night - ticket information to come home soon

March 13-17: IREAD testing window

March 15: Spring Picture Day

March 20-31: Spring Break

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

News From Transportation

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for encouraging our students to behave on the bus. The driver’s main focus is to drive safely. When the children are seated and facing forward, the driver is able to give full attention to driving. Here are just a few reminders from transportation:

1. Students should stay seated at all times.

2. Students should get on and off at their assigned stops.

3. Students should not eat or drink on the bus.

4. Please have children at their stops 5-10 minutes before their assigned time.

Transportation is working hard to be consistent with their pick up and drop off times. But realize that weather and traffic can sometimes affect our pick up and drop off times. Thank you for your patience.

Also, you might be interested in driving a school bus. We provide the training and pay you for 50 hours of that training. Once you have finished training and passed the test for your CDL license, we will have another driver, drive with you for at least 8 hours. We offer bus drivers health, vision, and dental insurance and retirement benefits. You would drive approximately 5.75 hours a day and have from around 9:00-1:45 to run errands in the middle of the day. Bus drivers start at $16.00 an hour. Call Jamie Caylor at 862-2314 if you are interested in becoming a driver.


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

Bunker Hill’s annual JUMP ROPE FOR HEART day is Friday, February 3rd. Students already received a parent letter and donation envelope. All donations, to benefit the American Heart Association, are due February 3rd. For your convenience, donations can also be done ONLINE at heart.org/jump. Students will jump rope in the gym on the 3rd to make THEIR HEARTS healthy!


Monday: Super Hero because we are saving lives!

Tuesday: Rainbow Colors because we should “eat the rainbow”--- a variety of fruits and veggies

Wednesday: Dress Like a P.E. Teacher so we can teach others about being healthy

Thursday: Favorite Sports team because we should be ACTIVE every day!

Friday: RED or any heart-theme shirts

Last year, Bunker Hill students raised $16,508 to fight heart disease and stroke! Can we collect more $ this year?

Yours In Fitness,

Mrs. Staton

Library News

The book fair is coming to Bunker Hill Library February 6-10. Students will shop during their library day/time. Family Night is Thursday, February 9th, 5:00-7:00 PM.

Are you available to volunteer at the Book Fair? Please look at the link below for days and times help is needed. All volunteers will receive a discount on books!


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


The art room was turned into a ceramic studio the month of January. I hope everyone's masterpieces made it safely home. Kindergarten and 1st grade made coil snails, 2nd and 3rd grade made cupcakes and 4th and 5th grade made stained glass ceramic sculptures.

Next, we will begin our Art to Remember masterpieces. Art to Remember is our annual art fundraiser. You will have the opportunity to purchase items, such as coffee cups, placemats, and key chains, with your student's artwork. Look for more information about this fundraiser later next month.

Follow Miss Wuest on Twitter @wuestart.

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher


Band, choir, and orchestra papers for fifth grade students are due Friday, February 3rd. Please turn them in to Miss Dunlap.

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.

**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.

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Robotics Club

Bunker Hill Robotics

Team 41903a

The Bunker Hill Robotics team attended their first competition at Blue Academy on January 21. They earned 9th place in the skills challenge and exhibited amazing team work and citizenship. Club sponsor, Mrs. Smith, is very proud of her team and all of their hard work.

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Lego Club

Information for Lego Club will be coming home soon for students in grades 3 through 5. The group will meet at 7:45 a.m. on January 19 and 26, and February 2 and 9.

Lego Club for grades K-2 will be at 7:45 a.m. April 6, 13, 20, and 27. More information will come home closer to April for the younger grade levels.

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Bunker Hill Night with the Pacers

Support Bunker Hill while enjoying an awesome night out with the Indiana Pacers! Order forms for tickets are due Monday, February 6. Tickets are $18 and includes a food voucher good for one free hot dog, bag of chips and drink, a free Pacers souvenir gift, the opportunity to shoot a free throw on the main floor after the game, and the chance to see Bunker Hill Elementary's name in lights on the ribbon board during halftime. Please make checks payable to Bunker Hill PTO, and return the order form and check or cash to the front office.

Dinner with El Rodeo

Bunker Hill Night at El Rodeo is Monday, February 6. Please mention that you are with Bunker Hill, and El Rodeo will donate 20% of your bill to the PTO.


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