Tiger Times

February 2020

Acton Elementary

Phone: 862-6108

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314


Acton families, just a quick reminder regarding student transportation:

  1. If you are picking up your child for an early dismissal, please send in a note with your student. This helps us prepare and make sure your student is ready. Students must be picked up BEFORE 3:40pm on a normal dismissal day and 3:00pm on a Wednesday early dismissal day.
  2. If you have a change in transportation for your student, please send in a note with your student to ensure the information is received by someone, as teachers are sometimes out of the building and can not check emails/dojo. You may also call the front office BEFORE 3:00pm to make a transportation change. Any changes after 3:00pm can not be granted.

These policies will help ensure a safe dismissal for all students.


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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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Library Assertive Voice Lessons!

In the last week of January and the first week of February, I have been in the library teaching students how to use their assertive voice. My goal in these lessons is to give students the tools and confidence to solve problems on their own.

With all students we reviewed that before we use an I-Message it is important to take a deep breath and make sure you are calm enough that you are ready to solve the problem. Body language and tone are often just as important as the words you are saying. Below is a breakdown of what each grade learned so hopefully, these tools can help at home too!

Grades K-2

In grades K-2 I am introducing a simple way of standing up for yourself and your own rights by using your "big voice". Along with a book that teaches this structure, I taught students to say,

"I don't like it when you ______________________. Please_____________________."

  • ex. "I don't like it when you push me. Please ask me to move over if you need more room."
  • ex. "I don't like it when you won't let me use the hula-hoop at recess. Please share the hula-hoop with me. We can take turns.

Grades 3-5

Below is the format of I-Messages I taught to grades 3-5. We want to use I-Messages, not You-messages. You-messages (ex. You make me so mad because you always are mean to me!!) usually make the problem bigger whereas I-messages help solve problems.

Here are some examples of how students could use I-Messages at home!

  • To a sibling: "I feel frustrated when you take my toys without asking. Next time can you ask me first if you want to play with one of my toys?"
  • To a parent: "I feel sad when it seems like you give more attention to my little brother, could we do something together this week just you and I?"

Of course, students know that there are problems that are too big to solve on their own and they might need an adult's help. Now we can start practicing peacefully solving conflicts without hurting each other. As always, please email or call me with any questions.

Wishing you well,

Miss Cordes



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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 3:00 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 please remember other students are not allowed to 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.
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Join us for our upcoming meeting on Feb 6th 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


February 7th – Folk Dance Club Begins

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

Attention 5th Grade Parents…

If your child is signed up for Band or Orchestra for next year be sure to attend one of the Parent Meetings with Paige’s Music to learn about renting an instrument.

There are four meetings – and the information will be the same at all meetings. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend one!

Feb. 3rd – 5:30 and 7:00 at Middle School East

Feb. 6th – 5:30 and 7:00 at Middle School West

First Grade Related Arts Night

Ever wonder what really goes on in Music, Art and PE class? Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm. The first grade Related Arts Night is a night designed for you to experience Art, Music and PE with your first grade student!

Schedule for evening;

The program will begin with all in the cafeteria. First grade students will share a few musical selections and Related Arts Teachers will explain the format for the evening. Then we will split into our 3 first grade classes and you will get to spend 10 minutes in each area experiencing Art/Music/PE with your child!

Students should wear an Acton t-shirt and tennis shoes so they are able to participate fully in the PE activities. All family members planning to participate should come comfortably dressed. Students will report to the cafeteria with their families and the program will begin at 6:00 pm!

We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Adams, Ms. Ryan and


In Art, 4th and 5th grade have completed their 3-D clay projects!!! They turned out great and the students had a lot of fun with the clay experience!! Students have also been creating "Imagino" drawings and paintings featuring the art of an imaginary creature. For the month of January many of the classes learned about Wilson Bentley and the Art of the Snowflake. Beautiful in design with many patterns, symmetry and detail. No two are exactly alike! Following the study of snowflakes the younger grades were led into the art of illustrator Raymond Briggs featuring his book and movie titled "The Snowman"...a book created and told with only pictures!!!

Acton Elementary Scholastic Book Fair

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We have 3 ways for students and their families to shop!

1. Shop online 2/19-3/3

2. Shop during Library class 2/24-2/27

3. Come to our Family Night Shopping Event 2/26 4:00pm-6:30pm

For information about our Ewallet, volunteer opportunities and to shop online visit


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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.


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  • 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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Acton Night at SkyZone Feb 11th!

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Chick Fil A Spirit Night--Feb 19th!

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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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3 Counselor Appreciation Day

3 MS East Band/Choir/Orchestra Night

6 PTO Meeting

11 5th Grade Symphony field trip

12 Mid term grades posted for parents

13 1st grade field trip

14 Friendship parties

14 Kids Heart Challenge

17 President’s Day (make up day if necessary)

19 Yearbook activity pictures

19 Chick Fil A Night fundraiser

20 4th grade field trip

21 All Pro Dads

21 Father Daughter event

24-28 Book Fair Week

26 Evening book fair