Tiger Times

September 2018

Acton Elementary

Phone: 862-6108

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314


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Mark your calendar for our September PTO Meeting on September 4th at 6:30pm in the LGI Room. Childcare is provided by our awesome YMCA staff. Matt Nysewander, our Acton Instructional Coach, will be making a presentation on Daily 5 implementation, Common Formative Assessments and Reading Logs.

It is time for our Tiger Team-a-thon! Save the date for September 21st! Find out more information, sign up to volunteer or donate: http://actonpto.com/tigers/

This our biggest fundraiser for the year and provides the necessary funds for the PTO to support our Teachers & Staff and also provide fun, FREE events for your family throughout the year. Please start asking family and friends if they are able to support our Acton Tigers! Our goal is $50/student!

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If you have not already signed up for Kroger Rewards or Amazon Smile- please do! We receive a donation from Kroger and Amazon for each shopping trip you make! This helps fund our events throughout the year!


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In August our teachers were looking for students who were showing their PAWS.

P: Prompt and Prepared

A: Act Responsibly

W: Work Together

S: Show Respect

These students were selected and will be on our bulletin board outside the lunchroom and receive a certificate and special gift card. Congratulations!


Emerine: Lily Gann and Hudson McCardle

Froning: Keeley DeNeal and Foster McCardle

McMaster: Christian Ross and Harmanpreet Kaur

First Grade

Miller: Lucy McCardle and Crosby Huber

Gilkerson: Cydney Grace and Ty Czap

Elliott: Marco Settecasi and Jessie Caddel

Second Grade

Brooks: Ryan Melton and Alexis Caddel

Krug: Anya Ruley and Benjamin Weis

Parsons: Erica McMullin and Grayson Brown

Third Grade

Simmons: Victoria Cumpean and Preston Griffith

Milholland: Avalynn Lorenzoni and Jack Freeman

Jewell: Aiden Yoder and Savannah Little

Fourth Grade

Beechler: Ruby Young and Jackson Baker

Rigsby: Alisia Bails and Yahir Martinez

Reynolds: Kylie Ross and Cameron Layne

Fifth Grade

Neifert: Marilyn Smith and Cooper Sorg

Leal: Remington Melton and Addison Williams

Scott :Jasmine McKeller and Chase Roll

Related Arts

J. Adams-Gym: Griffin Schultz and Wednesday Ingram

Stevenson-Music: Cadence Bongen and Elijah McCrary

McConaha-Library: Hugo Cumpean and Nora Smith

Ryan-Art: Gavin Baker and Kylee Lawalin


Register at https://allprodadsday.com/chapters/5029. Chick fil a breakfast will be available for $4 per person.

"LIGHTS, CAMERAS...FLASHES!" It's a Hollywood Homecoming!

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Learning procedures

Acton Picnic

Working on reading stamina

Our "Ohana"


Music Standards Update:

“Music, along with the other fine arts, is a critical part of both society and education. Through participation in music, individuals develop the ability to think creatively as they work both individually and with others to develop skills, gain understanding of musical ideas, and produce musical products via performance, composition, and improvisation. These abilities to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and collaborate are ones that enable today’s students to navigate future professional environments successfully s they become life-long music participants. “–from the introduction to the Indiana Music Education Standards – www.doe.in.gov

The process for revising the Indiana Music Education Standards began in the fall of 2016 and the final draft was completed and adopted in May 2018. Throughout the year I will highlight different standards and provide example of how these standards are being taught in your child’s music class. The standards in their entirety can always be accessed at the Department of Education website https://www.doe.in.gov/. There are now 11 standards and the music standards are divided up into General Music and Performance Ensemble Standards. At the elementary level, we will mainly be working from the General Music Standards. When it comes to choir (grade 3-5) and program time, the Performance Ensemble Standards will also be met. The 11 standards are listed below and I will begin explaining them and providing examples in the October Newsletter. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Indiana State

Music Standards

  1. Experience and Connect
  2. Apply and Transfer
  3. Explore
  4. Respond
  5. Understand and Inform
  6. Interpret and Express
  7. Develop and Perform by singing
  8. Develop and Perform on an instrument
  9. Imagine
  10. Transform
  11. Create

Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates


September 18th - Acton Talent Show, 6:30 pm


November 9th - Veterans Day Program – 9:30 am

November 15th - 2nd Grade Music Program, 6:00 pm


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


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

TBD (April/May) – Folk Dance Festival

TBD (May) – International Fair

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic


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The State of Indiana has published the new immunization requirements for the 2018-19 school year. Below you will find how the new requirements affect different grade levels.

· Hepatitis A will be required for grades K-4, 6, and 12. Requirements have been phased in the last few years, eventually to be required at all levels. Hepatitis A is a series of 2 shots given 6 months apart.

· Tdap and MCV4, as well as 2 doses of Hep A, are required for all students for grade 6. Parents of current 5th graders should arrange appointments now. If your student is not yet 11 years old, arrange the appointment for the few days after the birthday. A second dose of MCV4, as well as 2 doses of Hep A, are required for grade 12. Parents of current 11th graders should arrange appointments now so that the shots are completed prior to the start of school.


Please contact your student’s doctor now so that appointments are available and may be completed prior to the start of school. The availability of appointments diminishes greatly as summer approaches. The Marion County Health Department’s phone is 317-221-5700, and offers appointments on some days of the week. In addition to private providers and the MCHD, other resources include Walgreen’s clinics or other pharmacies. Please confirm for your particular insurance coverage and for minimum age, if applicable.

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 following volunteers will need a criminal history check:

1. Any person who will be working with students for extended periods of time – either consecutive hours or on a regular schedule.

2. Any person who will be in a position to supervise students – this includes but not limited to field trips (at all levels, including band and choir trips) or taking a group of students out of a classroom for remediation work.

3. Any person who will be alone with a student.

*NOTE: VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE NO LONGER FREE OF CHARGE. THE FEE IS APPROXIMATELY $16.00 PER VOLUNTEER. If you wish to proceed, please follow the instructions and click on link below.

• Please select VOLUNTEER for "Position"
• Make sure your name is spelled correctly
• Please complete the entire form, all fields with *are required
• Please select the school or schools for which you request to volunteer
• Select I Agree and then Submit

All schools have access to the volunteer data base and can verify a clear background check. If there is an issue with the background check that will affect the ability to volunteer, that volunteer will be notified. This comprehensive background check will be active for two years. You will receive an email notification once the background check is clear. You will also be notified when it is about to expire.


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


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 would encourage you to pre-register before you volunteer daily, join your student for lunch, AND before coming to the class parties.

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




3 Labor Day

4 Evacuation Drill

4 PTO Meeting

7 Mid-term grades posted

10 Friendship Week

10 bus evacuation drills

17 Skating Party

18 Talent Show

21 All Pro Dads

21 PTO Fundraiser Day

24 School Board Meeting

24 Chicago/Red Line fundraiser

27 Homecoming Parade

28 PBIS Convo


5 End of Quarter

10-11 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

15-19 Fall Break

22 Students return


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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Acton Elementary is a Targeted Assistance School through Title I. What does this mean for Acton Elementary? The mission of Title I is to provide a continuum of services and resources to Title I schools that enrich curriculum and instruction, promote interaction and coordination of supplementary services and resources, and result in excellence and high expectations for educators and students. Through collective efforts, we endeavor to increase accountability for all participants in the educational process; enhance cooperation between school and home; provide educators in Title I schools with greater autonomy for shared decision-making; and most importantly, promote increased educational performance of students attending Title I schools.