August 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year


Welcome Back to School! This is going to be an amazing school year! Our theme this year is working together as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). Please remember that we are here to team up with you and your student to ensure their academic, social and emotional success.

ATTENDANCE LINE (317) 803-5105

Attendance Policy

  • When a student is going to be absent from school for any reason, the parent must call the attendance line (803-5105) and report it by 11:00 a.m. Upon returning to school following an absence or absences, the student shall bring a written statement. The note must contain dates of absences and reason, as well as parent/guardian signature. These statements determine if the absence is excusable. Failure to report (verbal or written) a student absent within 24 hours will result in the absence being unexcused. Students will be considered unexcused for all absences other than those stipulated by administrative guidelines, state, or federal statutes. Please see the Acton Website for more information.
  • 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.


If you drive your child to school in the morning, it is extremely important that you arrive before our 8:50 AM bell. Your car clock may be slightly different than our building clocks, but we must go by our standard time. If the cones are out and the back door is closed, cars must go back around to the front of the building, park and walk your child into the building. Students who arrive after 8:50 are considered tardy and must have a pass. We have to document every absent minute for state reports.

Car rider pick up doors will remain open until 4:05 on regular release days and 3:35 on early release days. If you arrive after that your child will need to picked up in the office. All vehicles must have their car rider number in order to pick up a child in the car rider line. You can contact the front office to receive a car rider number. Afternoon car rider line drivers should put their cars into park and step OUT of their cars. This is for the safety of your student. By standing outside your vehicle we will know you are still waiting for your child to be loaded.


Students who live in Harmony Subdivision and have a parent consent to walk, may be a walker.
AM--Students are to be at the sidewalk across from the crosswalk at the school at 8:35. Students will wait there for designated adult to come and walk them across the crosswalk and into the school.

PM--Students are to go down and sit outside the gym when the walkers are called. At 3:50 (3:20 on early release) a designated adult will walk the students out. Parents are welcome to wait outside and walk child home, or the designated adult will walk students across the crosswalk.


If you need to change your students normal transportation for the end of the day, we must be notified by a Parent/Guardian before 3:00pm.

Teachers and staff need time to make arrangements and make sure your student gets to the right area at dismissal.


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.


New this year if you are paying by Credit Card you will have to pay using RevTrak (Flyer below) You can still pay with Cash or Check at the school.


$ 98.86

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Remind is another great way to stay connected to Acton. You just text the number 81010 and enter message @actonele and press send. We will send out messages/reminders and you will simply receive them as a text message. We have no access to cell phone numbers nor does anyone else in this group. You can not reply to the message as no one will receive them.


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

Free and Reduced Lunch Application



8/1/17 PTO meeting 6:30 PM in the LGI Room

8/3/17 Hearing Screenings: grades 1-4 and students new to Marion County.

8/4/17 Acton Family Cookout- Bring your family, a dish and lawn chairs or a blanket. We are going to have a great time having a picnic with our families!!!

8/18/17 All Staff cookout for lunches

8/18/17 All Pro Dads in LGI 7:45 AM

8/25/17 Midterm ends

8/30/17 School Picture Day- LGI

8/30/17 Midterm grades posted for parents on IC


Greetings! My name is Kevin Adams, and I am your School Counselor here at Acton Elementary. I am here to help ALL students be successful socially, emotionally, and behaviorally so they can reach their academic potential.

Here’s what I do at Acton:

  • Classroom Lessons – I teach classroom guidance lessons to all grades. I focus on social-emotional skills such as feelings, communication, conflict resolution, respect, bucket filling, etc.

  • Small Group Counseling – I work with small groups of students who need extra support in certain areas during lunch bunch groups.

  • Individual Counseling – I meet with students for short-term solution focused sessions to work through problems affecting them at school.

  • School-wide Programs – I work with a team of awesome teachers and staff to develop and run programs throughout the school year. This includes our PBIS PAWS program, morning announcements, TIGER character traits, Tiger of the Month, convocations, Red Ribbon Week, Friendship Week, etc.

  • Consultation with Staff/Parents – I am available to meet/talk with teachers and parents to help support students and provide resources and education about issues affecting children.

You can reach me by phone at 317-803-5103.

You can reach me by email at


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.


Hello Acton Tigers! My name is Matt Nysewander. I'm the new instructional coach here Acton, and I'm excited to work with the staff and students of this amazing school. Each month I will be sharing some information to help you feel more connected to the Acton Elementary community. In August, the Acton staff will be diving into Word Study. We will be looking at what it is, how to implement it, and most importantly, how to support our students as they learn to read and spell complex words. Follow me on Twitter @mattnysewander to see the amazing things Acton teachers are doing.

Are you the parent of a kindergartner or first grader? Here are some early literacy tips for when you're reading with your child.

  • Point to each word on the page as you read. This beginning literacy strategy will assist children with making print/story/illustration connections. This skill also helps build a child's tracking skills from one line of text to the next one.
  • Read the title and ask your child to make a prediction. Beginning and seasoned readers alike need to make predictions before reading a story. This will go a long way to ensure that a child incorporates previewing and prediction in his or her own reading practices both now and in the future.
  • Take "picture walks." Help your child use the picture clues in most early readers and picture books to tell the story before reading.
  • Model fluency while reading, and bring your own energy and excitement for reading to your child. Both new and seasoned readers struggle with varying pitch,intonation and proper fluctuations when they read aloud. Older readers will benefit from shared reading (taking turns).
  • Ask your child questions after reading every book. Reading comprehension is the reason we read -- to understand.
  • Connect reading and writing if possible. The connection between reading, writing and discussion should be incorporated with daily literacy practice. Have a young child dictate to a parent who writes in a journal or on a sheet of paper. Modeling the formation of sentences aligned with the words of a story is crucial for a child to begin making a neural interconnectedness between reading and writing. A child's process of drawing pictures brings his or her personal creativity toward the story. Sharing these illustrations of experiences and individual interpretations related to the sentence he or she has created on the page is yet another step toward this early balanced literacy approach.


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.


Speech Therapy will begin the week of August 14th (after district-wide Hearing Screenings have been completed).


Welcome to Acton! The Acton PTO is very excited for a wonderful school year and is ready to kick-off a year of fun! We hope you will join us at one (or all) of the events throughout the year and feel connected to the school. Our #1 goal is to support our Acton Tigers, and we do that by supporting our Acton Teachers, Staff & families. I personally welcome you to our wonderful school and look forward to meeting you soon!

Sarah Smith, Acton PTO President

Acton's Back to School Picnic is Friday, August 4th from 6-8pm

  • 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 next PTO Meeting will be September 5th at 6:30pm. Childcare & Snacks provided!

  • Save the Date: September 22nd is our Tiger Team-a-thon. This is our big fundraiser for the year, and we will need your help during the day for the event! Each grade will participate during their related arts times. More information and pledge sheets will be coming home soon.

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ALL PRO DADS -Aug 18th 7:45 AM

Join 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. Chick-Fil-A will be available for $4

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

For more information contact Greg Edens at



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.