Acton Elementary School 2017-2018

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314

Breakfast with Santa Raffle Winners

Spending time with Mrs. Wessel-Burke


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.…/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.


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Make sure to RSVP for our next All Pro Dads Day on Jan 19th at 7:45 am. Chick Fil A Breakfast will be available for $4/person. Hope to see you all there.


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

Here at Star Express we want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

We will be introducing our new Elementary School menus beginning Jan 3rd. There are new and fun ideas coming for the Middle and High schools as well!

January is Spinach month!

This is a healthy food used in a lot of our recipes.

If you haven’t already enjoyed this yummy veggie try it this month.

We look forward to serving you!

@Star Express Nutrition – Franklin Township Community School Corporation

#StarExpress #SchoolLunch #SchoolNutrition #KidsEatRight



Does your child love technology? Then make sure to apply for our new elementary student tech teams the “Cyber Flashes”. This application is open to all 4th and 5th grade students.

Link to application:

Link to video with more information:

Applications are due January 19th. Students will be notified if they are selected January 22nd.

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Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates

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

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

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

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

Grade 5 Orchestra/Choir/Band Recruitment

This is an exciting time for our 5th grade students. This month we will begin talking about how to choose your music elective for 6th grade. Students are able to choose between; Choir, Band, Orchestra and General Music. More information will be coming home soon with details on all the options. If at any point you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Stevenson

Acton Elementary 4th Grade Program

“Working On the Railroad”

On Thursday, February 8, 2018 Acton 4th grade students will present their program “Working On the Railroad.” In this program we explore the Railroad expansion era and its impact on Indiana. We hope you are able to join us! Please read the information carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

What: Grade 4 Program – “Workin On the Railroad”

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 6:00 pm

Where: Acton Gymnasium

Student Arrival Time: 4th grade students should meet Mrs. Stevenson in the LGI room beginning at 5:45.

Student Attire: 4th grade students should wear jeans, tennis shoes and their “Tiger Team-a-thon” shirt. (If you can’t find your team-a-thon shirt, any Acton shirt will be fine!)

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! J

We will also be performing for the Acton Students at 3:00 pm during the school day on February 8th. 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

4th Grade Program

“Working On the Railroad”

_________ # 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!

DVD order Form

4th Grade Program

“Working On the Railroad”

_________ # 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!

Folk Dance Club


Do you love to dance and move…like to sing …enjoy learning about other cultures... need something to do Fridays before school?

Then Folk Dance Club might be for you!

What: A great opportunity for students who like music and moving to have fun learning about other cultures and dance.

Who: Any enthusiastic 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student who displays good behavior and a positive attitude throughout the school.

When: Folk Dance Club will meet on Fridays before school beginning Feb. 2nd and going through April 27th with the possibility of an additional practice TBA in May. Practices will begin at 7:30am.

Performances: Folk Dance Club will participate in the Indianapolis Children’s Folk Dance Festival on Saturday, April 28th and also perform at an International Fair possibly hosted by Kitley Elementary in May.

Transportation: Students can be dropped off at the front doors beginning at 7:20am. Mrs. Stevenson will be up front to meet you. If you happen to arrive before 7:20, please wait outside the building with your child.

Cost: There is a $15 fee to join this club. This money pays for a t-shirt for the festival and snacks for the festival and International Fair. Payment can be made in cash or check. Checks should be made out to Acton Elementary. If you are in need of scholarship, please indicate on the attached sign-up sheet.

How to Sign-up: Fill out and return the back of this form by January 26th!

Please e-mail or call with any questions.

Mrs. Stevenson

Amanda Stevenson


Folk Dance Club Sign-up! (Please print)

Please return by January 26th!

Student Name _______________________________________________

Homeroom Teacher ___________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name ________________________________________

Phone # ________________

Parent/Guardian Signature _______________________________________

Payment and T-shirt Size

(Please circle student shirt size below)


____ I have attached my $15 payment for t-shirt and snacks (checks made out to Acton Elementary)

____ I am including additional money to help cover the cost of students in need.

_____ I am in need of a scholarship.

Additional Information: (for example… my child will be in YMCA, allergies etc…)


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.


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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.



3 Students return


10 Robotics club

11 Student council

12 Yearbook activity pictures

15 MLK day- (No school/snow make up day)

16 100th day

16-17 Body Safety Program

17 School nurse appreciation day

19 All pro dads

22-26 Kindness Challenge week/Riley Jar Wars

26 1st grade fieldtrip

26 Mother/Son superhero night

31 Robotics club


2 Jump Rope for Heart

5 Counselor Appreciation

5 Evacuation Drill

7 mid term grades posted

8 Student Council

8 4th grade music program

9 Friendship parties

14 Robotics club

16 All Pro Dads

16 4th grade fieldtrip

19 President’s Day

20-23 Read Across America Week

23 PTO Father/Daughter Dance

26-Mar 9 ISTEP

28 Robotics club


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.

Transportation Update

We will be presenting to elementary parent groups during January, February, or March. I’m sure your principal will be giving you the date our department will be there to present soon. There will be a short presentation and then we will entertain questions.

Also, we will be posting on Facebook whenever a bus is running 10 minutes or more behind schedule. Sometimes we run behind due to traffic or mechanical problems. Like us!

As the weather gets colder, students will be tempted to remain in the house or car longer. Please make sure they are standing at the stop when the bus pulls up. It is scary for bus drivers to watch a student run to their stop to catch the bus. This is especially dangerous with ice or snow on the roads. Thank you for your cooperation.

We have put five new general education and two new special education buses on the road. These buses have seatbelts in them. Please encourage your children to wear these.

Thank you for expecting your children to remain seated, stay out of the aisles, and not eat on the buses. These are all things that put your child in danger.

We are hiring bus drivers. We will train you! And pay you for the training! Apply on line through our school website.


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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.