MAY 2017


Did you know you can now pre-register with us before coming to the school to visit? This saves you time at the reception desk checking in and helps us prepare for our visitors each day.

We ask that you please pre-register before class parties, lunch or volunteering.

Below is the link to pre-register. Thank you for helping us keep our kids safe.


2 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

3-19 EOY Dibels

4th Fifth Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

8 Drills

9 5th gr field trip Symphony

10 Kindergarten Assessments

12 Kindergarten Assessments

13 Fast Flash

15 Field Day

17 Grading window opens

18 5th graders visit to East 9:30-11:30

19 5th graders field trip to Southeastway Park 10-1

19 5th grade jam 4-6

22 Kindergarten (AM) and First Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

23 Second (AM) and Third Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

24 Fourth (AM) and Fifth Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

25 Grading period ends

25 Last Student Day

26 All Grades posted & Verified

Counselor Connection

Camp Kesem for kids dealing with parent's cancer

Camp Kesem is a nationwide, nonprofit organization that provides free summer camp and year-long support for children who have been affected by their parent's cancer. This could mean that their parent currently has cancer, has had cancer, or passed away due to the terrible disease. At Camp Kesem, our goal is to provide support for the children who have experienced adult-sized problems at a young age, while also giving them a fun escape and a chance to bond with other children facing the same experiences. Our camp is open to any child between the ages of 6-16 and is completely free of charge!

Visit our website at

Interested families can apply at this link:

Children and Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?

How much time does your child spend watching TV or movies, playing with a smartphone or computer, or enjoying video games? Although some screen time can be educational, it's easy to go overboard. Consider this guide to children and TV, including what you can do to keep your child's screen time in check. Read more:

Clinic News

Reminder: No medications can be transported to or from school with students. If your child needs medication at school it needs to be brought to the clinic by a parent.

Thank you for your cooperation!

A reminder from the school nurse:

Parents, please inspect your child regularly for head lice during the remainder of the school year and also during the summer months. 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. 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 rarely, schools. Regular inspection of your child’s head enables you to identify a case earlier, resulting in faster eradication and quicker return to school. Please notify the school nurse if you would like more information, need assistance in identifying the louse, or to report that your student has head lice. As with any health condition, only parents may call the school with information about their child. Thanks for your vigilance in the months ahead.

2017-2018 Immunization Requirements

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STEM Scouts is coming to Acton Elementary in Fall 2017!

STEM Scouts, a pilot program from the Boy Scouts of America, offers 3rd-5th grade boys and girls at Acton the chance to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through fun hands on activities. They work in teams as they learn how to lead, communicate and think like a STEM professional through weekly labs and additional field trip opportunities.

Learn more about STEM Scouts and register by visiting

We’re looking for volunteers, both with and without experience in STEM fields. Lab managers and other volunteers don’t need all the answers, just an enthusiasm for working with curious young minds. We’ll provide all the training.


• Serve as an adult leader for a STEM Scout lab of 12-15 youth

• Meet weekly with STEM Scouts to guide them through hands-on experiments and activities within provided curriculum.

• Lead field trips, and organize summer camp participation

• Approximately 3-4 hour time commitment per week

• Training for all positions is provided.

Learn more about STEM Scouts by visiting To learn more about this lab and volunteer opportunities contact, 317-813-7125.

Stay tuned for more information when school starts!

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PTO News

  • Join us at El Rodeo PTO Night on May 9th from 5-9pm
  • Please send in any Box Tops by May 17th. The class with the highest amount will get extra recess. Use baggies and label with the teacher's name.
  • Make plans to join us on August 1st at 6:30 for the first PTO meeting of the new year.
  • Thank you to all who donated and supported our Teachers & Staff for Appreciation Week. It was a wonderful success.

Thank you to all parents and Acton supporters for assisting as volunteers, helpers and participants this year. We enjoyed a wonderful year and truly RESTORED THE ROAR to Acton! We look forward to seeing you next year!

Car Rider Procedures

If you drive your child to school in the morning, it is extremely important that you arrive before our 8:50 AM bell. Your car clock may be slightly different than our building clocks, but we must go by our standard time. If the cones are out and the back door is closed, cars must go back around to the front of the building, park and walk your child into the building. Students must be accompanied by an adult in order to be signed in. Students who arrive after 8:50 are considered tardy and must have a pass. We have to document every absent minute for state reports. Car rider pick up doors will remain open until 4:05pm on regular release days and 3:35pm on early release days. If you arrive after that your child will need to be picked up in the office.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Throughout the summer guest readers from the Pacers will be visiting various branches and reading, along with the read there will be a "gift" given to each child (bracelet and poster) plus the chance to spin to win other Pacers prizes. The following link will list the library branches and visit dates.

Also the Pacers have recorded Dr. Seuss books and you can call in and hear a Pacer read a book. The numbers you can call are 317-275-4444 or 877-275-9007, Phone lines are open 24 hours and the stories change weekly. If the child wants a poster of the reader of the week all they have to do is go to their local library and ask. The poster is even autographed! This week's reader is Lavoy Allen and next week's reader is Paul George!!! Here is the link if you would like to know when your favorite Pacer will be reading!


  • Just a reminder: School Board policy 5200 regarding appointments. – Parents are encouraged to schedule medical, dental, and other necessary appointments other than during school hours. When appointments are necessary during the school day, the student shall report back to school immediately after the appointment with a signed statement from the doctor, dentist, etc.


The next time you are here for a visit please make sure to check the lost and found rack outside the front office. Any items that are left will be donated to the SPARC center during our breaks (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

YMCA Before and After School registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 8th.

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Please return all library books to the Acton Elementary Media Center by Friday, May 19th. Need something to read over the summer? Consider taking advantage of the Indianapolis Public Library's Summer Reading Program, June 5th through July 31st. This year, children, teens, and parents are invited to grow a stronger, healthier Indianapolis by participating in “Read It & Eat,” which offers young readers the opportunity to nourish their minds through the world of books and at the same time do some good for the community. In partnership with Gleaners Food Bank, the Library is tackling both summer learning and a philanthropic cause.


Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates

5/4 5th Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

5/6 Folk Dance Festival

5/95th Grade Field Trip to ISO concert

5/12 – Career Day – during related arts time

5/18 – International Fair at Kitley Elementary 6:30pm-8:00pm (Folk Dance Club Performs)

What to know what is going on in music class? Follow us on Facebook!

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

International Fair

You’re Invited!

What: Kitley & Acton Elementary International Fair

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Kitley Café

Are you interested in learning about other cultures?

Do you want to have an evening filled with learning and fun?


This year will be the 4th annual International Fair held at Kitley Elementary! Grab your passport and join us in exploring the different cultures represented by our Kitley and Acton families. Each country represented will have a table in the gym displaying art, clothing, food, pictures, instruments or music from that heritage. The Acton and Kitley Folk Dance clubs will be sharing dances from around the world throughout the evening. We hope you can join us for this free event filled with learning and fun!

Any family interested in hosting a booth to share their family culture to please contact Mandy Scherger at 803-5978.

Jr. Rebel Theatre Camp

Jr. Rebel Theatre camp is returning to Roncalli High School. There are two camp sessions; June 5-June 29 – 9am-12noon and July 10-July 28 – 8:30am-12:30pm. Camps will give a performance at 2:00pm on the last day. Registration begins April 14th. Cost is $200 per student with a $50 sibling discount. For more information, please contact: Roncalli Performing Arts Center ticket office at 317-787-8277 ext. 249.

ICC Choral Fest

Do you love to sing? Then the Indianapolis Children’s Choir Choral Fest might be for you! The ICC Choral fest is a week-long summer day camp for students entering grades 1-8 who love music! Camp is 9-4 daily and held at Butler University. There are two weeks available; June 12-15, and July 17-21. Please call 317-940-9640 for more information. Or visit their website at -

Indy Air Bears Summer Workshop

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click the link below to print the form


  • Online payments through PayPams is convenient way to pay for your child's meals.


Please review a few important front office policies.

  • 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 or we can not guarantee the change can be made.
  • 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.
  • Morning student drop off must be done in the car rider line. Drop off door opens at 8:35 am in the car rider line.
  • Students arriving after 8:50 am MUST be signed in at the front office.
  • 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.
  • Just a reminder: School Board policy 5200 regarding appointments. – Parents are encouraged to schedule medical, dental, and other necessary appointments other than during school hours. When appointments are necessary during the school day, the student shall report back to school immediately after the appointment with a signed statement from the doctor, dentist, etc.