Tiger Times

March 2018

Acton Elementary

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314

We are so excited to announce that the Indiana Department of Education has recognized Acton Elementary as an Indiana FOUR Star School! Congrats to all our students and staff!!

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We have A LOT of items in our lost and found. If your child is missing a hat, sweatshirt, coat, gloves, water bottle etc, it may be in our lost and found. All items that are still here by Spring Break will be donated to the SPARC center. Make sure to check it out the next time you are here or ask your child to check for their items. Thank you!


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.

Music News

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Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates

3/65th Grade Field Trip to ISO concert

3/81st Grade Related Arts Night, 6:00 in Gym

4/28 – Folk Dance Festival, 2-5 at Ben Davis High School

5/3 5th Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACTONELEMENTARYMUSIC/

Grade 5 Program Date Change!

To accommodate some end of the year activities the 5th grade program has been moved to Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Summer Camp Opportunities:

Roncalli Jr. Rebel Theater Camp – There are two options for this summer theater camp. June 4- June 29 from 9:00-12:00 and July 9 – July 27 from 8:30-12:30. The camp is open to students grades 2nd – 8th. The cost is $200. For more information call the Roncalli Performing Arts Center at 317-787-8277 ext. 249.

Footlite Summer Theather Camp -
Footlite Musicals is proud to present Disney’s High School Musical Jr. as our summer workshop under the direction of Tara Cherry, Caleb Morgan, and Amy Matters. The workshop is for elementary school children ages 6-12 and includes instruction in vocal technique, basic dance, audition preparation and acting improvisation. The two week workshop runs June 4-15. Sessions are weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a rehearsal and two performances on Saturday, June 16th.

The cost of the workshop is $150 per child. Registration includes at-shirt, production materials, and 2 free tickets to the performance. Additional tickets will be available for sale for $5. Children should bring a sack lunch each day.

Looking for something to do this summer?

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


Star Express, Veggie of the month: Potatoes!

Did you know that potatoes are the 2nd most popular vegetable in the world?

We proudly offer various forms of this yummy veggie as part of your school menu.

We hope you enjoy some healthy potatoes soon with your school lunch!

We look forward to serving you.
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Ever wonder what really goes on in Music, Art and PE class? Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The first grade Related Arts Night is a night designed for you to experience Art, Music and PE with your first grade student!

Schedule for evening;

The program will begin with all in the gym. First grade students will share a few musical selections and Related Arts Teachers will explain the format for the evening. Then we will split into our 3 first grade classes and you will get to spend 15 minutes in each area experiencing art/music/PE with your child!

Music - In the library Mrs. Stevenson will lead first grade students and their families in an African Drum Circle.

PE - In the gym Mrs. Adams will lead students and parents through an exciting game and/or stations!

Art - In the LGI room students will have the opportunity to lead their families on a gallery walk of the artwork created this year. Also, stations will be set up on various tables to create a drawing or play a game!

Students should wear an Acton t-shirt and tennis shoes so they are able to participate fully in the PE activities. All families members planning to participate should come comfortably dressed. Students will report to the gym with their families and the program will begin at 6:00 pm!

We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Adams and Ms. Ryan

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Our next PTO Meeting will be

​March 6 at 6:30pm. Childcare and snacks will be provided. See you there!

5th Grade Jam

The 5th Grade Jam is in the initial planning stages, if you are interested in helping, please contact ActonPTO@gmail.com


Here are a few clinic reminders:

  • Any student coming to the clinic must have consent.
  • For grades K-8 all medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or guardian
  • COUGH DROPS are medication
  • Students must be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school and must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.
  • The clinics do not stock any medications.
  • If your child is going to be absent from school please call your child in using the attendance line phone number.
  • Work with your child at home on proper hand washing and coughing and sneezing into their sleeve/elbow.


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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.


The Indiana State Dept. of Health requires all incoming 6th graders to receive additional shots prior to starting 6th grade. The required immunizations are Tdap and MCV4. The Hepatitis A series should be started if not already completed. Please contact your student’s doctor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment before school starts August 1, 2018. If your student is 11, and has already had these vaccinations, please send a copy of the updated vaccinations to the Acton clinic. Our fax number is 317-862-7251. Even if your student will not be 11 before the beginning of 6th grade, they are still required to have the immunizations by August 1, 2018.

Marion County Health Department has immunization appointments and walk-in clinic hours. Their cost is $20 regardless of the number of immunizations needed. The closest Health Department office is 505 E. National Ave. and their phone number is 317-221-5700.

If you have any questions please contact the clinic at 317-803-5104.


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.

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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.



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5 Evacuation Drill

6 PTO Meeting

6 5th grade field trip

9 End of grading period

9 JRFH winners to SkyZone

12-16 IREAD

13 KDG Field Trip

14 Principal Appreciation



2 School Board Meeting

2 Students Return

3 PTO Meeting

2 Kindergarten Registration

3 Kindergarten Registration

3 HSBT Wellness Screening

10 5th grade field trip

11 Spring Pictures

12 Student Council

13 Breakfast and Books

16-May 4 ISTEP

20 Mid term ends

20 All Pro Dads

25 Secretary’s day

25 midterms posted

27 1st Grade fieldtrip

23 School Board Meeting

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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.


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.