Bulldog Bulletin

August 9, 2016

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 very excited for our Conner Prairie School-Wide Field Trip on Friday, September 2nd. Students will leave the building at 9:00 and return at 1:45. Permission slips have gone home. Please contact your teacher if you did not receive a permission slip. If you would like to chaperone, you will need to fill out the background check. In addition, you will need to drive to and from Conner Prairie. All students will ride the bus. Students will need to bring a sack lunch to school for the field trip.

In addition, we are beginning our fall assessments. The DIBELS window opens on August 15th. Teachers will administer the DIBELS assessment one on one. Teachers use this information to plan instruction and interventions for their students.

Friday, August 26th is our first PTO Movie Night. This is a great opportunity to come watch a recently released movie on a big screen while laying on your blanket on the gym floor or in your yard chair with other Bunker Hill families. Tuesday, August 30th BLUE, the Colts mascot, will be here for an assembly with the kids. We will have a COLTS Day and we encourage all of our students to wear their Colts gear. Friday, September 9th is our school picture day. And finally Friday, September 16 is our Annual PTO Walk-A-Thon!

In closing, please remember to have your child read and practice their math facts every night. A great activity is to practice reading fluency with your child. Have them read a story or passage and time how long it took. Write down that time. Then each night have your child read the same story or passage and write down the time each night. Celebrate with your child as they read quicker and more fluent each night. The next week, pick a new story or passage and repeat the steps. Fluency is a critical skill your child needs and just like shooting free throws or hitting a baseball, the more your child practices the more fluent your child will read. The same applies for math facts. Practice, practice, practice, practice!

Make it a GREAT August!


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


A new school year, a new conversation

Asking "How was school?" may not get you very far, and usually results in a one word answer. Try some of these after-school questions for a better picture of your child's day:

- What was your FAVORITE thing that happened today? What was your LEAST favorite thing?

- Pretend you're the teacher. How would you describe the day?

- What made you laugh today?

- What was the most creative thing you did today? What was the hardest thing you did today?

- How were you kind or helpful today? Was anyone kind or helpful to you?

Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

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)

September and first week of October: Kindness (Johnny Appleseed)

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

December: Generosity: (Eli Lily)

January: Humor/cheerfulness: (Red Skelton)

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


August 31- COLTS Assembly


September 1- PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

September 2 - School-wide field trip to Conner Prairie

September 9 - Fall Picture Day

September 16- Walk-A-Thon

September 20- Parent Volunteer Night 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

September 21- Pinwheel of Peace Day

September 22- Homecoming Parade 5:30 PM in downtown Wanamaker

September 23- End of 1st Grading Period

September 26-30- College Go Week

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

  • Please return consent to treat forms back to the office as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Knox at 860-3448.
  • Immunization records need to be turned in as soon as possible.
  • 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 must be brought in and picked up by a parent or guardian to school. Please do not send medications to school with your student.

Library News

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade
Big Ideas

¨ Library procedures

¨ Book care skills

¨ Parts of a book

¨ Listen to stories for pleasure

¨ Retell and state the author’s purpose

¨ Fiction vs. Nonfiction

¨ ABC Order

¨ Vocabulary related to library

¨ Check out 1 book each week

3rd-5th Grade
Big Ideas

¨ Use of Destiny to search for a book

¨ Dewey Decimal System

¨ Genres

¨ Text Features

¨ Reference skills

¨ Online searching and evaluating websites

¨ Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee reading program

¨ Check out 2 books each week

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


Show Bulldog Best behavior and READ behavior

Respect the library, yourself, and others

Enter/exit quietly

Active listening/attention to speaker

Do your best

1st grade- 5th grade will begin checking out books this week!! Have fun reading with your child!


Follow Miss Wuest on Twitter @wuestart.

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher

Star Express

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



Bunker Hill's 4th annual Walk-A-Thon is Friday, September 16 and we're looking for sponsors! If you own a small business or know someone who does, please consider all of the different sponsorship opportunities. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible and stays right here at Bunker Hill! For more information, please contact Stephanie Rigler at 317-504-5116 or stephanierigler@yahoo.com. Or, visit bunkerhillpto.com.


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.

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