Tiger Times

April 2018

Acton Elementary

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314

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Join your fellow Acton Tigers on April 10th to help out our school and bring home the trophy!!

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If you are planning to move over the summer, or if you have already moved, please let the school know. This helps us to have accurate information for planning our fall classes.

Thank you!


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Acton Tiger Counseling Groups

Small group counseling will be starting at Acton the week of April 9. This gives students an opportunity to talk about issues they have concerning many different situations. The group will meet once a week for 6-8 weeks. Children will learn coping skills such as identifying feelings, learning what they can and can’t change, dealing with anxiety and anger, and how to instill positive self-talk into their lives.

Children who could benefit from this group are those going through challenges in their lives (divorce, separation, new stepfamily, lack of parent figure, loss of a family member, moving, anxiety issues, etc.) or a child might just need some extra encouragement and a place to make new friends.

If you would like your child to participate in one of these groups, please return the permission slip to Mr. Adams by Friday, April 6.

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Below are the steps for registration. Look for the date that your child's school will be registering. Here is the link to complete the online portion. https://ftcsc.org/
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Make sure to register for the next All Pro Dads Breakfast on April 27th. Chick-fil-a will be available for $4/person. Register at https://allprodadsday.com/chapters/5029


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Grab your friends and family and join us for the 25th Annual Fast Flash 5K Run/Walk and Fast Flash 2K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 12, 2018! This family event is for all ages and fitness levels and promises a day of fun while benefiting the Franklin Township Education Foundation. https://fteducation.org/

Click the link below for all of our upcoming events and information.


Books and Breakfast

Breakfast and Books will be April 13th from 7:45am to 8:30am. RSVP forms are headed home soon.

5th Grade Jam

5th Grade Jam will be May 18th. Volunteers are needed. Please email PTOacton@gmail.com if you are available.


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.

• 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.

Music News

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April Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates

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

5/3 5th Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

Summer Camp Opportunities:

Roncalli Jr. Rebel Theater Camp – There are two options for this summer theater camp. June 4- June 29 from 9:00-12:00 and July 9 – July 27 from 8:30-12:30. The camp is open to students grades 2nd – 8th. The cost is $200. For more information call the Roncalli Performing Arts Center at 317-787-8277 ext. 249.

Footlite Summer Theather Camp -
Footlite Musicals is proud to present Disney’s High School Musical Jr. as our summer workshop under the direction of Tara Cherry, Caleb Morgan, and Amy Matters. The workshop is for elementary school children ages 6-12 and includes instruction in vocal technique, basic dance, audition preparation and acting improvisation. The two week workshop runs June 4-15. Sessions are weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a rehearsal and two performances on Saturday, June 16th.

The cost of the workshop is $150 per child. Registration includes at-shirt, production materials, and 2 free tickets to the performance. Additional tickets will be available for sale for $5. Children should bring a sack lunch each day.

Remaining Folk Dance Club Practices – (Friday mornings from 7:30am-8:35am)

April 6th

*No Practice on April 13th due to the PTO Breakfast and Books Event*

April 20th

April 27th

April 28th – Folk Dance Festival @ Ben Davis High School 2-4pm

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

This year our grade 5 students will be presenting the music program “Broadway Beat.” This program discusses the history of Broadway and how it has changed over the years. Our program will be on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Acton Gymnasium. In addition all students will be presenting the performance to the rest of our school during the day. On the back of this letter you will find a permission slip. Please read, sign and return this permission slip and indicate whether your student will be able to participate in the evening performance.

We will be auditioning for speaking parts the week of April 2nd – 6th, during music class. (This is the week after spring break) Students must have a permission slip turned in, to receive a speaking part. Permission slips are due April 6th. Speaking parts will need to be memorized, but there will be no after school practices, all rehearsing will be done during music class. Students do not have to audition for a speaking part, but I am asking for the permission slip to be returned by all students to give me an idea of how many students plan to attend the evening performance.

It is our hope that all students will be able to take part in this exciting event. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions or concerns. Thank You!

Amanda Stevenson



Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

Please read, sign, and return the bottom portion of this form by April 6th.

**Students who have not turned in permission slips by the due date will not receive a speaking part. (Auditions will take place during music class April 2nd -6th.)

Our performance of “Broadway Beat” will be Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:00pm in the Acton Gymnasium.

Please sign the permission slip below indicating that your student will be able to participate in the evening performance of “Broadway Beat.”

Student Name (please print)___________________________

Homeroom Teacher ________________________________

Please Mark only one option:

_______My student will be available to participate in the musical on the evening of May 3rd.


____ My student will only be participating in the musical during the school day and will not be attending the evening performance.

Parent/Guardian Signature


Looking for something to do this summer?

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We have some Kings Island discount tickets in the front office. If you are interested you can have your child stop by and pick one up.


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


Star Express, Veggie of the month: ASPARAGUS

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Star Express is celebrating the spring season by serving your children delicious vegetables that thrives this time of year!

Tell your kids to be on the lookout for Asparagus! These are yummy nutritious green stalk veggies that are high in Vitamin C, Iron, and a great source of Fiber!

Asparagus will be served in addition to our regularly served fruit and vegetable options. Visit http:ftcsc.nutrislice.com/ 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.


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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 Indiana State Dept. of Health requires all incoming 6th graders to receive additional shots prior to starting 6th grade. The required immunizations are Tdap and MCV4. The Hepatitis A series should be started if not already completed. Please contact your student’s doctor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment before school starts August 1, 2018. If your student is 11, and has already had these vaccinations, please send a copy of the updated vaccinations to the Acton clinic. Our fax number is 317-862-7251. Even if your student will not be 11 before the beginning of 6th grade, they are still required to have the immunizations by August 1, 2018.

Marion County Health Department has immunization appointments and walk-in clinic hours. Their cost is $20 regardless of the number of immunizations needed. The closest Health Department office is 505 E. National Ave. and their phone number is 317-221-5700.

If you have any questions please contact the clinic at 317-803-5104.


The State of Indiana has published the new immunization requirements for the 2018-19 school year. Below you will find how the new requirements affect different grade levels.

· Hepatitis A will be required for grades K-4, 6, and 12. Requirements have been phased in the last few years, eventually to be required at all levels. Hepatitis A is a series of 2 shots given 6 months apart.

· Tdap and MCV4, as well as 2 doses of Hep A, are required for all students for grade 6. Parents of current 5th graders should arrange appointments now. If your student is not yet 11 years old, arrange the appointment for the few days after the birthday. A second dose of MCV4, as well as 2 doses of Hep A, are required for grade 12. Parents of current 11th graders should arrange appointments now so that the shots are completed prior to the start of school.


Please contact your student’s doctor now so that appointments are available and may be completed prior to the start of school. The availability of appointments diminishes greatly as summer approaches. The Marion County Health Department’s phone is 317-221-5700, and offers appointments on some days of the week. In addition to private providers and the MCHD, other resources include Walgreen’s clinics or other pharmacies. Please confirm for your particular insurance coverage and for minimum age, if applicable.

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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.



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2 School Board Meeting

2 Students Return

2 Kindergarten Registration

3 PTO Meeting

3 Kindergarten Registration

10 5th grade field trip

11 Spring Pictures

12 Student Council

13 Breakfast and Books

16-May 4 ISTEP

20 Mid term ends

23 School Board Meeting

25 Secretary’s day

25 midterms posted

27 1st Grade fieldtrip

27 All Pro Dads

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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.


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.
  • 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.