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Some of our Acton Elementary students were able to help decorate the Christmas Tree at C-Tech..our Administration Building for the township. Participating schools were asked to create 20-25 ornaments that would represent our school either with school colors, theme, or mascot. Our student were busy creating weavings in the form of God's Eyes. Therefore, the first 20 students to complete their work were chosen to create a blue and yellow Acton God's Eye with a paw print or tiger logo. Thank you to these students who represented Acton at Christmas!!!!!!!

The students in art class are beginning to enjoy the snow outside. The primary grades are creating a drawing of "The Snowman". This is from the book and movie illustrated by the artist Raymond Briggs.

Second graders will make a "Matisse style" collage of the Night Before Christmas. The upper grades (grades 3-5) will create a collage of the city at Christmas in the style of modern artist Stuart Davis.

All of the students did a great job with their Native American assignments that focused on symbols and traditions.


This month, we're putting the "media" in "media center" and celebrating National Computer Science week with National Hour of Code! Understanding how computers work is one of our big goals this year and students will be participating in an Hour of Code challenge December 10-14. Find out more at!

Of course, we're still finding great books,'s a great time of the year to cozy up and read with your child this December! Happy reading!

Music with Mrs. Stevenson

Acton November Newsletter


Music Standards Update:

There are now 11 standards and the music standards are divided up into general Music and Performance Ensemble Standards. This month we will focus on Standards 7 & 8. The standards in their entirety can always be accessed at the Department of Education website:

7. Develop and Perform (singing)

8. Develop and Perform (instruments)

*The in class examples listed below are examples of activities/lessons that students will experience throughout the school year. If you have questions about when these lessons will occur, please contact Mrs. Stevenson.

Develop and Perform (7): Performing a varied repertoire of music by singing, alone and with others, from rote memory and written notation.

K-2 – (Develop and Perform P.7.2.1) Sing independently and in groups using head voice and appropriate posture, with accurate pitch and rhythm. (Develop and Perform P.7.2.2) Sing simple songs with expressive qualities, varied tonalities, and meters. (Develop and Perform P.7.2.3) Perform appropriately for a variety of audiences and purposes.

3-5 – (Develop and Perform P. 7.5.1) Sing in groups and independently, while demonstrating appropriate breath control, pitch, diction, tone quality, and posture. (Develop and Perform P.7.5.2) Sing songs from diverse cultures with sensitivity, accurate use of languages, appropriate movement, and/or appropriate use of dynamics, phrasing, and articulation. (Develop and Perform P.7.5.3) Sing unison and two-part songs, partner songs, and rounds, a cappella and with varied accompaniment. (Develop and Perform P.7.5.4) – Perform appropriately for a variety of audiences while following the cues of a conductor.

In Class Examples – Students will learn a wide variety of songs throughout the year. Some of the songs we learn by rote (echo sing) and some songs we learn by reading the music – discovering the melodic and rhythmic patterns. During class we work on appropriate vocal quality and how to produce the correct sounds. Students are given opportunities to perform in class and outside of class. Students in grades 1-5 have a music program and students in Kindergarten are given an opportunity to perform at the end of the year awards program.

Develop and Perform (8): Performing a varied repertoire of music by playing instruments, alone and with others, from rote memory and written notation.

K-2 - (Develop and Perform P.8.2.1) Accurately play a variety of classroom instruments alone and with others using appropriate technique. (Develop and Perform P.8.2.2) Echo and read a variety of rhythmic and/or melodic patterns as well as maintain a consistent steady beat while playing an instrument.

3-5 – (Develop and Perform P.8.5.1) Play pitched and unpitched percussion, keyboard, string and/or wind instruments using correct techniques for producing sound. (Develop and Perform P.8.5.2) Play melodic, rhythmic, and chordal patterns at a consistent tempo. (Develop and Perform P.8.5.3) Play melodies, accompaniments, and ensemble parts of various styles and cultures on instruments expressively with correct rhythms, tempi, and dynamics. (Develop and Perform P.8.5.4) Perform appropriately for a variety of audiences while following the cues of a conductor.

In Class Examples – Students play a variety of instruments beginning in Kindergarten and continuing all the way through the end of 5th grade. While most of the instruments played are from the percussion family (sticks, shakers, xylophones, tambourines etc…), students in 3rd and 4th grades also learn to play the recorder. In 5th grade we also do units on guitar and keyboards. While playing instruments we are working on the fundamentals of reading music as well as how to hold the instrument and correctly produce sound for that instrument. In grades 2-5 we also try to use instruments and instrument techniques in our performances.

Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates:


December 6th - Choir Concert, 6:00 pm – 3rd Grade Program, 7:15 pm

*All school performance during the day

December 9th – 2:00 pm, Choir sing with FCHS Sounds of the Season

December 18th – All School Sing Along – 2:00 pm


January 11th – 5th grade field trip to FTMSE to hear the Band, Choir and Orchestra.

January 22nd – Middle School Band, Choir and Orchestra teachers visit Acton in the afternoon to help 5th grade students choose their ensemble and instrument.


February 1st – Sign-ups for band, choir and orchestra due to Mrs. Stevenson from 5th grade students.

February 5th – 5th grade field trip to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra


March 7th – Grade 1 Related Arts Night – 6:00 pm


April 18th – 4th grade program, 6:00 pm – 5th grade program, 7:15 pm

*All school performance during the day

April 27th – Folk Dance Festival

TBD (May) – International Fair

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Dear Choir Parents,

Next week is a very busy week for our Acton Choir! Please read the information below and let me know if you have any questions!

Mrs. Stevenson


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Final Rehearsal:

11/30 @ 7:30 in Music Room


Choir Concert

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Acton Gym

Student Arrival Time: Students should meet Mrs. Stevenson in the LGI room at 5:45 pm.

Student Attire: Students should wear holiday dress clothes. It can get warm standing on the risers, so heavy sweaters may not be the best choice.

*This concert is right before the 3rd Grade Program also on 12/6 beginning at 7:15.

Cookies with Santa

When: Friday, December 7, 2018 – 6-8 @ Acton Elementary

Student Arrival Time: Students are welcome to attend the event with their families. Choir will sing in the cafeteria at 7:00pm. Please listen for an announcement to meet in the cafeteria around 6:50 pm.

Student Attire: Students are encouraged to wear holiday PJs or other PJs or festive clothing. Dress up attire not needed for this performance.

Sounds of the Season

When: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2pm @ FCHS

Student Arrival Time: Students should meet Mrs. Stevenson in the FCHS cafeteria at 1:15. (We will rehearse with the high school students before the show begins) There will be teachers and signs directing the way. Please enter through door 3W (performance entrance)

Student Attire: Students should wear holiday dress clothes. It can get warm standing on the risers, so heavy sweaters may not be the best choice.

*Students will be given a water and a light snack after performing our first set of songs. If there are any allergy concerns, please let me know or send an alternative snack with your child.

*If you are dropping off and not attending the concert students will be ready for pick up at the cafeteria around 4:30 pm.

Sounds of the Season Tickets:

Tickets for the concert at FCHS will be sold online. Tickets go on sale beginning Nov. 7th. Please use the link below to purchase tickets. Tickets for this concert do tend to sell out. If you choose not to attend the concert you will be able to drop your choir student off and then return to pick them up after the concert. We will be singing two song (from our concert) with the Thompson Crossing Choir and then the Finale with the FCHS ensembles.

Acton Elementary 3rd Grade Program

“The World Says Merry Christmas”

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Acton 3rd grade students will present their program “The World Says Merry Christmas.” We hope you are able to join us! Please read the information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

What: Grade 3 Program – “The World Says Merry Christmas”

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 7:15pm *This performance follows the choir concert that will be held at 6pm on 12/6.

Where: Acton Gymnasium

Student Arrival Time: 3rd grade students should meet Mrs. Stevenson in the LGI room beginning at 6:45 or following the choir concert.

Student Attire: 3rd grade students should wear holiday dress clothes. It does get warm standing on the risers, so heavy sweaters may not be the best choice.

We will be videotaping this performance and you can get a copy by making a $5 donation to the Acton Music Program. Order forms are located on the back of this paper. Guests are always welcome to take their own videos and photos! ☺

We will also be performing for the Acton Students during the school day on December 6th. The students have been working very hard and we are excited to share what we have learned! We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs. Stevenson


DVD order Form

3rd Grade Program

“The World Says Merry Christmas”

_________ # of copies _______ total amount included

($5 donation per DVD)

Payment options:

______ Check (made out to Acton Elementary) ___ cash

Student Name: _________________ Homeroom Teacher: _______________

All proceeds will go to benefit future programs! Thank you for your support!

PE with Mrs. Adams

Hello, from the Acton gymnasium!! Jump Rope for Heart is coming soon! This year it's just called something different but it's the SAME EXACT PROGRAM! The American Heart Association has renamed it, "KIDS HEART CHALLENGE!" Our fun Jump Rope for Heart Day or our fun Kids Heart Challenge day will be on Friday, February 1st during your child's Related Arts time. MUCH MORE info and details will be coming home soon. I just wanted you to be able to get it on your calendar. Like always, we are trying to raise money to help support the American Heart Association! There will be LOTS of incentives for students to raise money for this much worthy cause!

Also, I want to take a moment to remind students and parents about the importance of wearing PE shoes on their Related Arts PE days. We've had a lot of students forget their PE shoes this school year and they have been unable to do the activities as well as they could if they whad been wearing their PE shoes. It's also a safety measure to have athletic shoes on during PE class. Shoes with heels (they will fall), open toed shoes (toes get hurt), slip-on shoes (they easily slip off), and shoes without enough support can definitely lead to injuries.

If your child forgets their PE shoes, they will bring home a note about it. Being prepared is one of the items that "goes into" their semester PE grade. Below you will find the dates that your child has PE class. Hopefully, this will help ensure that the correct type of shoes will be worn on PE days. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH THIS!

MONDAYS: Neifert, Reynolds, Jewell, Brooks, Miller, and Froning

**Also, on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 9th, Jan. 23, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, April 3, and May 1.

TUESDAYS: Leal, Beechler, Milholland, Krug, Gilkerson, and Emerine

***Also, on the following Wednesdays: Dec. 5, Jan. 16, Feb. 27, April 10, and May 8

FRIDAYS: Jones, Rigsby, Simmons, Parsons, Elliott, and McMaster

***Also, on the following Wednesdays: Feb. 6, March 13, April 24, and May 22

Jayne Adams

PE Teacher

Acton Elementary School