Tiger Times

November 2019

Acton Elementary

Phone: 862-6108

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314


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Counselor Library Lessons

This month I will be doing my second round of guidance lessons. I wanted to share with you what we are learning here at Acton! In November, all students will be learning about the brain states. Basically, we all function from 3 brain states shown below. When students (and adults) learn what is going on in our brain we can better understand why we are acting a certain way and learn how to best self-regulate.

How can you notice which state your child is in?

I created a chart with the common behaviors children show when they are in a certain state, what they are needing in that state, and some adult responses we are utilizing at school to help students regulate.

We practice deep breathing every day at Acton. Have your student(s) teach you their favorite breathing techniques and use them at home!

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 doors open 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.

Major Savor Fundraiser is coming Nov 18th - 25th!

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Join us for our upcoming meeting on Nov 7th in the LGI room, at 6:30pm.

Childcare is provided by the YMCA.

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!

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Mark Your Calendar....

2019-2020 Music Programs


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

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


December 6th – Choir sing at PTO’s Cookies with Santa

December 7th – Choir sing at Barnes and Noble Fundraiser Day @ 3:00

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


April 30th – Elementary International Fair 6pm-8pm at Kitley Elementary


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

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

Acton Elementary 2nd Grade Program

I Am America

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Acton 2nd grade students will present their program “I Am America.” We hope you are able to join us! Please read the information carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

What: Grade 2 Program – “I Am America”

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 6:00pm

Where: Acton Gymnasium

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

What to wear: 2nd grade students should wear jeans or comfortable pants and their Acton team-a-thon shirt, or another Acton shirt.

2nd grade students will also be singing one of their songs at the Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 11th at 9:30 am. That day we will be asking all students to wear red, white and blue. (Boy Scouts will wear boy scout uniform.)

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


Veteran’s Day

Veterans 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 will be bringing home flags, (after Fall Break), to color in honor of our Veterans. Please return decorated flags by Nov. 1st. If you need more copies, please contact your child’s teacher.

We would like to offer coffee and cookies to our guests on November 11th. If you are able to donate a package of cookies, please sign-up below. Cookies should be delivered to the front office by Friday, November 8th.


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Team up with other Acton dads and kids for a quick, before- school breakfast and a 45-minute program of fatherhood and family topics. You’ll take away some great tips and resources to help you be the best Dad you can be, and you’ll strengthen your relationship with your kids at the same time.

It’s fun and it’s FREE! See you there…

Chick Fil a will be available for $5/person

RSVP at www.AllProDad.com/5029

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School Nurse Services:

The goal of school nursing is to maximize the health and safety of our students during the school day while minimizing time out of class. Due to this, if a student reports to the clinic with signs or symptoms of a contagious illness the parent or guardian will be called to pick up their student. The school nurse will follow the general guidelines and instruction set by the Indiana State Department of Health, Marion County Health Department, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Signs and symptoms of a contagious illness that students will be sent home for are: temperature of 100 degrees or greater, witnessed vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed rash, eye redness with discharge, etc.

Parents are asked to not send their children to school if the child is experiencing signs or symptoms of a contagious illness. Children sent home from school should stay home until they are fever-free (without medication) or symptom-free for 24 hours.


  • 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.

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.


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


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PreK-5th Grade Basketball Cheer Clinic Information


Who: Any PreK-8 grader

When: Saturday, December 7th 1-3:00pm

Where: Franklin Central High School Freshman Academy Entrance

Cost: $35

The Franklin Central Cheerleaders will teach:

Cheers Chants Dance Jumps Motions Simple Stunts

All that participate in the Basketball Cheer Clinic are invited to perform at half-time Friday, December 14 at the Varsity Basketball Game. All participants receive free admission into the varsity game. More information will be provided at the clinic. Please bring this completed form to the clinic with payment. Cash or checks made out to FCHS accepted. Do not turn in form ahead of time, please wait until the day of the clinic.

Please join us for an exciting camp filled with instruction and fun!

If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Dirr via email at alicia.dirr@ftcsc.org


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5 Family Game Night

7 PTO Meeting

8 All Pro Dads

11 Veteran’s Day Assembly

13 Midterm grades post for parents

14 2nd grade music program

27-29 Thanksgiving break