Tiger Times

September 2019

Acton Elementary

Phone: 862-6108

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314



Acton Families, we still have many households that need to complete the updated registration information for this 19-20 school year.

This registration process ensures we have the most up to date information for your student (phone numbers, address, emergency contacts, etc). You will also need to give permission on the consent for your child to be seen in the clinic as well as update any medical conditions etc. Without this consent ,the nurse is unable to see your student except in an extreme emergency. Please follow the link below to access the portal.

Directions can be found on the Parent Portal's main page. Just click on the arrow icon to expand the directions.https://ic.ftcsc.k12.in.us/campus/portal/franklin.jsp

Textbook Rental Fees

Textbook rental fees are now overdue. You can pay online through Revtrack at https://ftcsc.revtrak.net/ic, or send a check to the school. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you!
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I wanted to take the chance to introduce myself. My name is Miss Cordes and I am the new school counselor. This first month of school has been awesome and I am so happy to be a part of the Acton school family. Here are some things I have done this month:

1. Minute Meetings: I am going around to the whole school and meeting with each student for about a minute. This is a great chance for meet to meet each student and start building connections. I am still working through each class slowly but surely!

2. Friendship Week: I hope all of your students had fun dressing up and celebrating friendship week! It was a wonderful week celebrating positive friendships and learning about how we can be a good friend.

3. Bullying Prevention Lesson: I was in the library this week teaching all the classes about the definition of bullying, the types of bullying, and what to do if you are being bullied or are a witness to bullying. Students can report bullying by using the bully box if they do not feel comfortable telling an adult. Of course, our hope is to prevent bullying before it happens by encouraging students to treat each other with kindness and respect.

I am so excited to continue to build relationships with your students and support them here at school. I also want to be a resource to you and your families so if you have any questions or concerns my contact information is below!

phone: 317-803-5103

email: molly.cordes@ftcsc.k12.in.us

Wishing you well!

-Miss Cordes

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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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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 ask for a hand written note to be sent in with the student so the office may help field the change. There are days the assigned teacher is out and unable to receive emails/dojo/voicemails. This will ensure a live person has the change handled. ~~~We ask that phone calls to change dismissals be made very rarely and we must be notified by a Parent/Guardian before 2:30 pm.

  • 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 and the line closes at 8:50 am
  • 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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We are so excited to announce our PTO Officers for 2019-2020:

Co-presidents---Danita Mullins and Catherine Lapkovitch

Treasurer---Sarah DeNeal
Secretary---Lindsey Elliott
Community Correspondent--- Erin Fetters

Join us for our upcoming meeting on Sept. 5th in the LGI room, at 6:30pm.

Childcare is provided by the YMCA.

August Meeting Minutes

Our Acton PTO has a lot of fun things planned for this year. Please take a minute to like/follow the Acton PTO Facebook so you can be sure you won’t miss out!

Acton PTO Team-a-Thon Volunteers:

The 2019 Acton Team-a-Thon is quickly approaching. In order to make this event a success, the Acton PTO could use some volunteers. Please note that if you sign up after August 30 we cannot guarantee an event t-shirt. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!


Tiger Families, keep collecting those Box Tops. Check out this new scanning system as well.
Box Tops New App: Scan for your School
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Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing summer vacation. I am in my 18th year of teaching elementary music and believe I have the best job in the world! My husband and I live in Franklin Township and have three children; Jennifer, Moses, and Megan. We also have a very lazy and friendly cat named Duchess and an extremely energetic puppy named Embwa! I love singing, dancing, baking, knitting, and reading. I enjoyed meeting many of you at the Ice Cream Social. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the music program at Acton. I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful and I look forward to a wonderful year of making music together! Adventure Awaits in the Music room. I’m so proud to be a Happy Camper at Acton Elementary!

Mark Your Calendar....

2019-2020 Music Programs


September 6th - Choir Begins (information will come home in mid-August)


November 11th - 9:30 am - All School Veterans Day Convocation

November 14th @ 6:00pm - 2nd Grade Program


December 12th @ 6:00pm - Choir Concert

December 12th @ 7:15pm - 3rd Grade Winter Program

December 15th @ 2:00pm - Choir sings at Sounds of the Season concert at FCHS

December 20th @ 2:15 - All School Sing Along


February 11th - 5th Grade Symphony Field Trip


March 12th @ 6:00pm - Grade 1 Related Arts Night

March 19th @ 6:00 pm - 4th Grade Program

March 19th @ 7:15 pm - 5th Grade Program

TBD (April/May) - Folk Dance Festival

TBD - International Fair

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

Music Classroom Expectations


  1. P – Be prompt and prepared
  2. A – Act Responsibly
  3. W – Work Together
  4. S – Show Respect

If an expectation is not being met the following steps are taken (3-strikes rule):

  1. Verbal warning and/or redirection (number of warnings depends on the behavior)
  2. Reflection time or “time-out” student is removed from the activity for a short period of time
  3. Reflection time/Time-out and an email home to parents/guardians.

For a severe offense a student is sent to the office immediately.

Classroom incentive charts;

Music classes will be rewarded for exhibiting “PAWS” behavior. During each class the word “Paws” will be written on the board. If the class is exhibiting all of the expectations, the letters will stay up throughout the class period. If we are having difficulty as a class following the expectations the teacher will erase one letter at a time. At the end of the class period the class “clip” will be moved up the keyboard. Once a class clip makes it to the end of the keyboard that class will choose a game to play at the end of the next music class.* At the end of each month the class that keeps all 4 letters the most in all their related arts classes will win the Shining Shoe Award!

PAWS – Move 4 notes

PAW – Move 3 notes

PA – Move 2 notes

P – Move 1 note

O letters – Move 0 notes

For Classrooms that are using Class Dojo, Mrs. Stevenson will also have the ability to give positive and negative points.

Contact Information

Amanda Stevenson



Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic


4th Grade students will begin playing recorders this semester and information will be coming home soon! 3rd students will begin playing recorders in March!

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

Music Grade

Kindergarten through fifth grade students will receive a semester grade for music. Grades will be entered in three categories:

  • Music Skills – Singing, playing instruments, moving to music, improvising
  • Music Concepts – reading and writing musical notation, composing, relating music to historical periods and cultures
  • Responsibility of Learning- participation, attitude, cooperation, and effort shown each week in music class

Weekly lessons will include activities and assessments from each of the categories with the largest percentage of the students’ grade being based on the Responsibility of Learning category. If you have any questions about the grading process or your child’s progress please give us a call.

Veteran’s Day

We will be hosting a program on Monday, November 11, 2019, in celebration of Veterans Day. As part of this program we would like to recognize the Veterans from our Acton family. If your student has family members that are Veterans we invite you to send in pictures of your Veterans and pictures of your Veterans with your Acton Students to be included in a picture slideshow. Please scan and send pictures to Mrs. Stevenson at amanda.stevenson@ftcsc.org by November 4th. Please include the Acton Student’s name, grade and how they are related to the Veteran in email.

Please put November 11th at 9:30am on your calendar and invite your Veteran’s to join us for this celebration.

We are also holding an essay contest. Students are invited to write an essay answering the question: “What does a Veteran mean to me?” Essays can be turned in to Mrs. Stevenson by Nov. 1st.

Acton students are bringing home flags to decorate in honor of our Veterans. Please return decorated flags by Nov. 1st. If you need more copies, please contact your child’s teacher.

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  • FTCSC does not stock any medications in any clinic. Medication given for the academic success of students, or other medications given for acute or chronic conditions may be administered at school. Please administer one- , two-, or three-time-per-day medication (such as antibiotics) at home. Medication administration forms are available at each school or online, and the parent must also have completed a CHN consent to treat form for students needing medication at school. Written permission must be on file before medication will be administered by the nurses.

  • Per IN Code, all medications must be in the ORIGINAL containers; medication received in a baggie or envelope cannot be given, for the safety of the students.

  • All K-8 parents must bring/pick up medication (prescription or OTC) for their students when medicine must be given during the school day. A physician’s order is necessary in order for an emergency medication (EpiPen or inhaler) to be carried by a student with a life-threatening condition. It is helpful to have a backup of the medication in the clinic.

  • Parents should contact the nurse at their child’s school as to appropriateness of carrying water.

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may be given to students. Please send only a small bottle, due to cabinet space constraints. The label on an OTC serves as the guideline for dosing and frequency, including appropriate duration before a doctor is consulted. If the parent desires a dose or schedule that is different from the label, a physician’s order is necessary to administer. Students less than 12 years of age must have age appropriate children’s medication. Aspirin cannot be given to students, due to risk of Reye’s syndrome—please check labels of various pain relievers and stomach medications to make sure aspirin is not an ingredient. Supplements are never appropriate for school. Medication guidelines are found online.


“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 3, 2019.

Here are a few clinic reminders:

  • Any student coming to the clinic must have consent. Please return any consents that are outstanding as soon as possible. Students will not be able to be seen unless it is an emergency without a consent.
  • For grades K-12 all medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or guardian. Medications must not be expired and be in original box and/or have the pharmacy label attached.
  • COUGH DROPS are medication
  • Students must be free of vomiting and diarrhea 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.
  • · Students must be up to date on vaccines to attend school. Non-compliant letters have been sent home to the students that aren’t up-to-date. Please get these taken care of as soon as possible. The EXCLUSION DATE is September 12th. Please call the clinic (803-5104) if you have any questions.
  • · Vision Screenings will be coming October 3rd, more info to come.


Parents, please inspect your child regularly for head lice during the school year.

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.

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Tiger Team-a-Thon


2 Labor Day--NO SCHOOL

4 Midterm grades post

5 PTO Meeting

6 Choir practices start

9-Oct 4 Skating PE

20 All Pro Dads

20 Team A Thon


1 Skating Party --WOW

2 Custodian Appreciation Day

2-3 Parent Teacher Conferences

3 Vision Screenings

4 End of Quarter

7-18 Fall Break

14 Columbus Day

21 Students return

21-25 Red Ribbon Week

22 School Store fundraiser

25 Fall Parties

25 Grades posted

30 Picture retakes

31 Halloween

Boy Scouts/Stem Scouts

Adventure is Waiting! Join us at your elementary school on September 10, 6:30 pm in the cafeteria, to learn about the opportunities for your family in Cub Scouts (K-5th) and STEM Scouts (3rd-5th). http://joinscoutsin.org. STEM Scouts Labs are beginning soon! Secure your child’s spot by signing up at http://stemscouts.org/Indianapolis .


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