Bulldog Bulletin

May 1, 2017

Bunker Hill Elementary

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

From the desk of our Proud Principal

Dear Bunker Hill Families,

Thank you for support these last couple months as our students ROCKed the ISTEP+ and IREAD! We had great attendance and our students came ready for the assessment each day. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! In addition, I would like to thank our amazing parents that were able to come in and volunteer. I would also like to thank our wonderful staff members that volunteered in many different roles to help us during the testing windows! I believe that we were able to create the best possible testing environment due to your help!

I would also like to thank everyone for your support during the “Chow with the Cow” FTCSC Elementary School Challenge. We were in 2nd place after the first round but came back to 4-Peat! In the ten years of the challenge we have won it 4 times! We would also like to recognize and thank Chick Fil A on Southport Road. Your continued support of our community is amazing and 20% of all the proceeds from the nights came back to our school! We set a new record this year in fundraising! Lastly, May 13th is the Franklin Township Education Foundation’s FAST FLASH 5k/2k Walk/Run. We have also held the highest participation trophy for this event for many years! Please come out and support your #BHBulldogs and the FTEF! Register at http://www.iwant2run.com/fast-flash.html, then click on “Register Online” under at the bottom of the page.

May is a very busy month with lots of events. Our End of the Year DIBELS testing window will be Thursday, May 4th, Monday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 9th. Please check with your child’s teacher’s newsletter or Facebook page for events in your child’s grade level. Our 1st grade Mini 500 is on May 19th at 2:30 and our 5th grade promotion is on May 24th. Make it a GREAT May! Follow us on Facebook-Bunker Hill Elementary School, on Twitter-@BH_Bulldogs and by the hastag-#BHBulldogs – GO BULLDOGS!


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

Happy May! Mrs. Pickett is thrilled to return to Bunker Hill and see all of the bulldogs again. The end of the school year is an exciting time filled with special activities and celebrations. As we wind down the year, please help your child finish strong! We only have a few weeks left and I want each student to be able to soak up their last days of their current grade level. Being at school on time every day ensures that your child can make the most of the end of the year!


Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is open. Visit www.ftcsc.k12.in.us to 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) Students of the Month

March: Perseverance/not giving up (Madame Walker) Students of the Month

April: Courage: (Gus Grissom)

May: Helping Others: (Levi and Catharine Coffin)

Student of the Month lists are available on our website.

Important Dates


May 9: 5th Grade Miracle Mile Race at FTMS-East Track

May 12: 4th Grade Southern Indiana Trip

May 13: FTEF Fast Flash walk/run

May 16: 5th Grade visits FTMSW

May 16: Student Council after school

May 17: 1st Grade Carb Day

May 17: Honor Roll Party 3:50-5:00

May 18: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Eagle Creek Park, 3rd Grade Field Trip to IMS, 1st grade Mini 500 Parade

May 19: 1st Grade Mini 500

May 23: 2nd Grade Field Day

May 24: 5th Grade Promotion and Bubble Day for Kindergarten

May 25: Last Day of School

Summer/Next School Year Dates

June 2: Report cards mailed

July 15: Fast Track

July 24: Back to School Night/Ice Cream Social 5:00-5:45 (Kindergarten), 6:00-7:30 Grades 1-5

September 27: Homecoming Parade in Wanamaker 5:30 PM

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

  • If your child has clothes they wore home from the clinic, please send those back to Mrs. Knox as soon as possible. We are running low on clothes, and need borrowed clothes back as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.
  • 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.

5th Grade Immunizations

Dear Elementary Parents—The IN State Dept. of Health has released the new immunization requirements for school in a 2 year plan to help you plan for what is needed for school.

What this means for students:

Current 5th grade students still need to obtain shots for middle school. Tdap and MCV4 are the required shots, and Hepatitis A should be started, if not already complete, in preparation for the following year.

This list of updates means that it is imperative to call your student’s doctor today to schedule an appointment before school starts the end of July. Please do not delay—appointments for well child visits will be necessary and many children in Indianapolis need to have shots. Students are expected to have the necessary shots when school begins.

Once your 5th grader has obtained the needed immunizations, please provide an updated copy of the immunization record to the school nurse at your elementary (if obtained this school year). The record will be forwarded to the middle school and no further action needed on your part at beginning of next year.

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Physical Education News

GIRLS ON THE RUN has begun. This program if offered through the Marion County Health Department. Its intent is to build confidence and self-esteem in girls. Our Bunker Hill program is full this year, but we will offer GOTR again next year. The culminating event is a GOTR 5K on May 20th at Northwestway Park, Indianapolis.

FAST FLASH: The annual Fast Flash Walk/Run will be Saturday May 13th. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

60-A-Day, A Great Way To Play! This simple rhyme reminds our students to be physically active 60 minutes every day. Parents, please encourage this healthy habit J

Yours In Fitness,

Mrs. Staton

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Library News

The week of May 1st will be the last week to check out library books. All library books are due back by Friday, May 12.

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


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 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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PTO's next meeting will be Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 PM. As always, childcare and snacks will be provided. Elections for next year will be held during this meeting.


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