October 2017

Acton Elementary School 2017-2018

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314

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Please come help with book fair! We offer a 20% discount if you work 3 or more shifts! Sign up at the link below!


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Parents wishing to nominate their student for the High Ability program must follow the link below to the FTCSC High Ability website. Nomination forms are available on the website. All forms need to be submitted no later than October 16th.


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.…/Vo…/franklin000012
• 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.


Thanks PTO for a wonderful team-a-thon!

Friendship Week

Houser Elementary Fundraiser-Dress like a Texan

September Guidance Lessons: Friendship and Anti-Bullying

Mr. Adams taught guidance lessons to all students on the definition of bullying, how to get help when you are bullied or witness bullying, and how to have good friendships.

Remember you can reinforce our PAWS behaviors at home.

Prompt and Prepared

Act Responsibly

Work Together

Show Respect

Kevin Adams:


NED Show Character Education Assembly

We are excited to welcome a motivating assembly called The NED Show to our school on Friday, Oct 6. The NED Show centers around three important messages: Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do your Best.

See the attached flyer for more information and ways to use NED at home.

Our school gets the NED show for free because we are hosting a pay-it-forward sale. We will be selling Yo-Yos during the week of October 23-27.

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Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates

11/10 – All School Veteran’s Day Program, 9:30 am in Gym

11/162nd Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

12/7Choir Concert, 6:00pm in Gym

12/73rd Grade Music Program, 7:15 in Gym

12/8 – Choir performs at Cookies with Santa, time TBD

12/9Choir performs at High School Sounds of the Season Concert, 7pm

2/8 – 4th Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

3/65th Grade Field Trip to ISO concert

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

5/10 5th Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

3rd Grade Program:

When we return from Fall Break we will be auditioning for speaking parts! Auditioning for a speaking part is an optional opportunity for students to have an extra part in the program. All students will be receiving a permission slip for the program the week after fall break. I would like permission slips returned from all students because it helps to know how many students we can expect at the evening performance. Students who want a speaking part MUST return the permission slip to receive a part. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Veteran’s Day

We will be hosting a program on Friday, November 11, 2016 in celebration of Veteran’s Day. As part of this program we would like to recognize the Veteran’s from our Acton family. If your student has family members that are Veterans we invite you to send in pictures of your Veteran and pictures of your Veterans with your Acton Students to be included in a picture slide show. Please scan and send pictures to Mrs. Stevenson at by Oct. 27th. Please include the Acton Student’s name, grade and how they are related to the Veteran in email.

Please put November 10th at 9:30am on your calendar and invite your Veteran’s to join us for this celebration.

Acton Elementary 2nd Grade Program

Silly Serenades

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Acton 2nd grade students will present their program “Silly Serenades.” We hope you are able to join us! Please read the information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

What: Grade 2 Program – “Silly Serenades”

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 6:00pm

Where: Acton Gymnasium

What time should I be there: 2nd grade students should meet their music teacher in the gym beginning at 5:45pm

What to wear: 2nd grade students should wear jeans, Acton Team-a- thon shirt and tennis shoes.

We will be videotaping this program. You can purchase a copy by making a $5 donation to the Acton Music Program. Order forms are on the back. Guests are always welcome to take your own videos and photos. J

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



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

October Picks of the Month – Local apples and Brussels sprouts

Seasonal Produce Available at Lunch!

Star Express is celebrating the crisp fall season by serving your

children delicious produce that thrives this time of year!

Tell your kids to be on the lookout for fresh, local apples with

caramel sauce and roasted Brussels sprouts. These will be served in addition to our regularly served fruit and vegetable options.

Visit for a monthly menu.

Have a question? We’d love to hear from you!

Contact the Star Express Registered Dietitians

with any comments, concerns or questions at 862-2411.

Betsey Willard, RD – Child Nutrition Supervisor

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor



  • Visit the new Acton PTO Website at to stay up to date on school events, volunteer needs, teacher & staff "like" lists and so much more!


The school year is off to a safe and healthy start! 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.


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 Marion County Public Health Department provides state mandated vision screening services for all students in first, third and fifth grades. We also screen any new students who have transferred into Marion County from other counties or from out of state and any student suspected of having vision problems. If your child wears glasses and/or contacts, we expect him/her to complete their vision screening with their visual aids. It is important to us that your child pass his/her screening, versus failing them unnecessarily because their glasses/contacts were not with them. If your student has a pre-existing medical issue and is under the care of a doctor please let us know. You, as the parent or legal guardian, have the right to decline this service/screening for your child. If you do not want the MCHD to conduct a vision screening on your child please contact your school nurse, Heather Anderson RN at 317-803-5104 to request a decline services form prior to the screening date of October 6th, 2017.


Looking for some extra money with a flexible schedule? Consider applying to be a substitute at Acton. We would love to have you!!

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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.



2 Evacuation Drill

4-5 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

6 KDG fieldtrip-Tuttle Orchards

6 MCHD Vision Screening 1, 3, 5

6 Fall Class Parties

9-20 Fall Break

23-27 Red Ribbon Week

24 1st Grade Field Trip-Kelsay Farms

27 4th grade field trip-Conner Prairie


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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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 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 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.