March 2017

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year


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 ask that you please pre-register before class parties, lunch or volunteering.

Below is the link to pre-register. Thank you for helping us keep our kids safe.

ISTEP+ Testing Schedule

Feb 27th: 3rd, 4th, 5th grade Math

Feb 28th: 3rd, 4th, 5th grade ELA

Mar 1st: 3rd grade ELA

Mar 2nd: 4th grade ELA

Mar 3rd: 5th grade ELA

Mar 6th: 4th grade Science, 5th grade Social Studies


Our 3rd grade students will be taking I-Read March 13-17. Please make sure to mark your calendars and make sure your students are present and well rested . Thanks!



2 First Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

7 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM

10 End of grading period

10 Indy Air Bears

13 School Board Meeting

13-17 I-READ

17 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

17 Report Cards Distributed

17 3rd Quarter Celebrations

20-31 Spring Break


4 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

6 Bus Evacuation Drills

7 Spring Picture Day

11 Chicago’s Pizza/Redline PTO Fundraiser Night 5:00-8:00 PM

12-14 Kindergarten Registration-online

13 Reach and Cluster Committee Meeting

17- May 5 ISTEP Multiple Choice (grades 3-5 only)

21 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

26 Midterm ends

27 Grading window closes

28 Midterms posted

28 KG Field Trip Indy Zoo

28 Family Game Night 6:00-7:30 PM

29 Music Folk Dance Festival Time TBA


2 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

3-19 EOY Dibels

4 Fifth Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

8 Drills

9 5th gr field trip Symphony

10 Kindergarten Assessments

12 Kindergarten Assessments

17 Grading window opens

22 Kindergarten (AM) and First Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

23 Second (AM) and Third Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

24 Fourth (AM) and Fifth Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

25 Grading period ends

25 Last Student Day (pending no snow days)

26 All Grades posted & Verified

Clinic News

A reminder from the school nurse:

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.

Flu Information

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2017-2018 Immunization Requirements

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Chow with the Cow Competition--March 6th

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Car Rider Procedures

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 must be accompanied by and adult in order to be signed in. 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 be picked up in the office.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Outside Food policy

Please see information below from page 4 of the FTCSC/Acton Handbook.
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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.


The next time you are here for a visit please make sure to check the lost and found rack outside the front office. Any items that are left will be donated to the SPARC center during our breaks (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

PTO Update from PTO President Sarah Smith

Box Tops Competition results are in!

1st place---Mrs. Simmons class

2nd place---Mrs. Benson's class

3rd place---Ms. Krug's class

  • The next PTO Meeting is March 7th at 6:30 pm. Childcare & Snacks will be provided.

  • Our 2nd "Mom's Night Out" Event is scheduled for Monday, March 13th at 6:30 @ Fireside Brewhouse. Enjoy a relaxing, kid-free dinner and meet new friends.

  • Chicago's Pizza & Skyzone Voucher Sales forms are due by March 10th with the forms and money. They will be sent home with students before Spring Break. Plan some fun during Spring Break with your vouchers and support the PTO!

  • Nominations are underway for our 2017-2018 PTO Board. If you are interested in serving as an Officer or as a ​Chairperson for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Sarah Smith at Nominations are accepted now and our official vote will be at the April PTO meeting.

  • Did you know Franklin Township School Board Meetings are open to the public? Increased parent participation is needed and the Franklin Township School Board needs your help in selecting the new Superintendent and forging a path for continued excellence in education.
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Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates

3/21st Grade Music Night, 6:00 in Gym

4/29 Folk Dance Festival

5/4 5th Grade Music Program, 6:00 in Gym

5/95th Grade Field Trip to ISO concert

5/18 – International Fair at Kitley Elementary 6:30pm-8:00pm (Folk Dance Club Performs)

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

5th Grade Program – NEW DATE!!!!

The 5th grade music program has been moved to Thursday, May 4th to accommodate some fun end of the year plans! Please adjust your calendar and plan to attend!

Grade 1 Music Sharing Night!

Mark your calendars for March 2, 2017, for the First Grade Music Sharing Night. This is an interactive night designed to allow you the chance to experience music class with your child. The program begins at 6:00pm and will be in the Acton Gymnasium. Students do not need to wear anything special, what you wore to school that day is fine! Parents/Guests will be participating in the activities with their first grade students, so please come comfortably dressed and prepared to participate. Let me know if you have any questions, and we hope to see you then!

Grade 1 Music Sharing Night

Thursday, March 2, 2017

6:00pm in the Gymnasium

Mrs. Stevenson


Allergy Notice: One of the stations at the program is a melody writing station. Students and guests will be given the chance to use Smarties Candy to write their melody patterns. Bingo chips will be available for anyone not wishing to use the candy.

International Fair

You’re Invited!

What: Kitley & Acton Elementary International Fair

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Kitley Café

Are you interested in learning about other cultures?

Do you want to have an evening filled with learning and fun?


This year will be the 4th annual International Fair held at Kitley Elementary! Grab your passport and join us in exploring the different cultures represented by our Kitley and Acton families. Each country represented will have a table in the gym displaying art, clothing, food, pictures, instruments or music from that heritage. The Acton and Kitley Folk Dance clubs will be sharing dances from around the world throughout the evening. We hope you can join us for this free event filled with learning and fun!

summer camp opportunity

Love to sing, dance and perform theater? Then The Footlight Summer Theater camp might be for you. This summer campers will be performing “The Little Mermaid Jr.” The cost of this 2 week day camp is $150 per child with a limited number of scholarships available. Please visit the website for more information.

Jr. Rebel Theatre Camp

Jr. Rebel Theatre camp is returning to Roncalli High School. There are two camp sessions; June 5-June 29 – 9am-12noon and July 10-July 28 – 8:30am-12:30pm. Camps will give a performance at 2:00pm on the last day. Registration begins April 14th. Cost is $200 per student with a $50 sibling discount. For more information, please contact: Roncalli Performing Arts Center ticket office at 317-787-8277 ext. 249.

ICC Choral Fest

Do you love to sing? Then the Indianapolis Children’s Choir Choral Fest might be for you! The ICC Choral fest is a week-long summer day camp for students entering grades 1-8 who love music! Camp is 9-4 daily and held at Butler University. There are two weeks available; June 12-15, and July 17-21. Please call 317-940-9640 for more information. Or visit their website at -

Acton Career Day

Attention Acton Parents:

On May 12th we will be holding a Career Day. This event will take place during your child’s Related Arts time and give all students an opportunity to explore different careers. We will be looking for parents and community members to come and share why they love their careers! It will be a very informal set-up allowing students the chance to walk around the gym asking questions and browse the many career options. If you think you might be interested in helping, please put May 12th on your calendar and be on the look-out for the sign-up sheet that will come home in April! Thank you for your continued support!


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


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 or we can not guarantee the change can be made.
  • 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 door 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.