Bulldog Bulletin

August 11, 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 so much to our students, staff, parents and community! We have had such an amazing beginning to our school year! If you have been by The Hill, you know that parts of the renovation are still being completed. We hope the renovation will be completed soon. Also, a huge thank you to all of our car riders and car rider staff! We have changed the format of the car rider line with our new parking lot and you would never know we changed the format by how well the car rider line is running! Thank you!

This is our Centennial Celebration year! I encourage you to go to Facebook and join our Bunker Hill Centennial Celebration Page. We will be using this page to capture everything we are doing to celebrate …… us! We will have many activities this year, but we have three headlining events. The first event is our Open House. The Open House is on September 17th. All former staff members are invited to come between 1:00 – 4:00 PM. All former students and the community is welcome from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. We will be having a student-staff basketball game on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, the rumor is true ….. we are bringing back the Fish Fry! We will recreate our famous Fish Fry the best that we can. We will even have a King and Queen of the Fish Fry just like in the past. The Fish Fry is on Friday, April 27th!

Beginning of the school year brings new routines and routine changes. Please know that with new and changed routines, students, like adults can sometimes respond out of character. Where most things will work itself out as the students, staff and parents adjust to the new routines, timing of the adjustment time is always tricky and different for each student. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with any concerns.

In conclusion, I highly encourage you to follow us on Facebook – Bunker Hill Elementary School, Twitter - @BH_Bulldogs or #BHBulldogs or on our Youtube Channel #BHBulldogs. This will always keep you current with what is happening at The Hill! In addition, always feel free to email, call or stop by Bunker Hill. We will do our best to answer your questions. Have a great August!

Dr. Kent Pettet, Ph.D.

Principal, Bunker Hill Elementary School

Board of Director, Franklin Township Education Foundation

Phone: 317-787-3421 Fax: 317-781-9163

Follow us on Facebook: Bunker Hill Elementary School, Franklin Township Education Foundation, Bunker Hill Centennial Celebration Page, Dr. Kent Pettet

Follow us on Twitter: @BH_Bulldogs, @Pettet22

FTCSC Students .... Prepared For Life's Possibilities!

Mrs. Pickett's Counselor Corner


Welcome Back! It is so wonderful to see all of our Bulldogs back and ready to rock another year at "The Hill"!

As your child gets into the groove of a new school year and gets to know their new teacher and classmates, parents always have lots of questions and are curious about their children's school day. Sometimes it can be difficult to pull details out of your child regarding their day. Check out the questions below that may prompt your child to open up a little more!

- Tell me something that made you happy today.

- What was the best part of your day?

- What was the worst part of your day?

- Tell me something that made you laugh today.

- Did you help anyone today? Who?

- What was your favorite food at lunch?

- Tell me about something nice you did for someone today.

- Did anyone help YOU today?

- What was your teacher wearing today?

- What book did you read today?

- Tell me about who you played with during recess.

Giving children a more specific question instead of, "How was your day?" can actually lead to deeper and more meaningful conversations. Dinner time is a perfect opportunity for the family to sit down together and open up about their days!

Alison Pickett, MS

Guidance Counselor
Bunker Hill Elementary
(317) 860-3426

Important Dates


August 18- Bunker Hill Night at the Franklin Central High School Football game, 7 p.m.

August 22- PTO Fundraising night at Marco's Pizza


September 7 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM

September 17th – Bunker Hill Centennial Celebration Open House

September 22 - Walk-a-thon

September 25-29 - 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

Welcome Back Bulldogs! I'm looking forward to a healthy and safe 2017-2018 school year!

In order for your child to be seen by the nurse a consent to treat form must be on file in the clinic. This was part of our new online registration process and paper forms were also sent home for those still needing to complete. Please complete the online registration or fill out and return the paper consent form as soon as possible.

The medication policy states that students in elementary school are NOT allowed to carry medication to or from school. This means that parents need to bring the medication to school and sign the permission to administer in the clinic. Prescription medications need to have the prescription from the doctor still attached when medication is brought to school. If the medication needs to come home, an adult will need to come pick it up. If your student needs emergency medication at school for asthma, seizures, or food allergies, please be sure they are brought to school as soon as possible for their safety.

At the beginning of each year, I review all the health concerns forms that you submit to the clinic (this year by online registration). If your child has a medically diagnosed food allergy (or you suspect they need one diagnosed), seizure disorder, or asthma, we have an action plan that your doctor completes yearly so that we can take the best care of your student while at school. Please contact me if you need a copy of one of these forms for your child. If your child develops a health condition later in the year, please update me as needed.

A review of guidelines for keeping your child home from school includes one or more of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed body rash, severe coughing, eye discharge or redness, or fever of 100 degrees or more. Please do not send the child back to school until he/she has been fever-free (without fever-reducing medications) and with no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours. Antibiotics which have been prescribed for eye or throat infections must have been given for 24 hours before the student returns to school. This will help prevent the spread of infection to others.

Thank you! If you ever have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call!

Tracy Knox, RN

Community Health Network School Nurse



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.

Dear 5th grade student,

As we celebrate 100 years at the Hill we are looking for some 5th grade leaders. We need your help hosting Bunker Hill Open House on Sunday, September 17. Your responsibilities will included learning about the history of Bunker Hill, greeting families, and leading tours around the building at the open house. We will meet every Wednesday and Thursday morning in the Art room at 7:45 to plan and prepare for the Open House. Our first meeting will be August 30th. If you are interested, please fill out an application and turn it into Miss Wuest by August 25th. There are extra applications sitting outside the Art room door. If you have any questions please ask Miss Wuest at kim.wuest@ftcsc.k12.in.us

Kimberly Wuest

Bunker Hill Elementary

Art Teacher

Star Express

Visit http://ftcsc.nutrislice.com/menu/bunker-hill for a complete listing of our Fall 2017 menu items.

Please practice school lunch codes with your student at home. Students knowing their lunch codes and knowing how to enter them properly will speed up the lunch line and provide students with more time to eat.

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!


DIBELS Volunteers Needed

We are needing parents to help during lunch times in the cafeteria while our instructional assistants help with DIBELS testing. Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4AA8A72BA5FA7-lunch1 to volunteer!

Football Game

Bunker Hill students can attend the Franklin Central High School football game August 18 for FREE! A free ticket to the football game will be sent home with each student, and an order form will be sent home for parents wanting to buy tickets in advance for $5 each. Tickets are also sold at the game. Game begins at 7:00 p.m. Bunker Hill families are welcome to bring food, drinks, and snacks to tailgate together starting at 6 p.m. PTO will provide simple face painting for the kids at the tailgate.


Bunker Hill's 5th annual Walk-A-Thon is Friday, September 22 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.

Centennial Open House

PTO, together with the school, will host a community open house September 17. Former staff members are invited from 1 to 2 p.m., and current families, students, staff, and community are invited from 2 to 4 p.m. Events will include food trucks, Bunker Hill memorabilia, school tours, and opportunities to purchase centennial shirts and personalized bricks to form a pathway at Bunker Hill! If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the school at 317-787-3421, or PTO President Jenny Lewis at 317-402-4938.


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