Tiger Times

April 2019

Acton Elementary

Phone: 862-6108

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314

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The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced the 2017-2018 Four Star Schools. Created by IDOE, the Four Star Schools designation recognizes great schools in Indiana.

The Four Star School Award has been in existence for over 30 years. To receive Four Star designation, a school must receive an “A” on the state’s A-F accountability system and have excellent ISTEP pass rates. A total of 234 schools received the award

Please congratulate Acton Elementary, South Creek Elementary, Thompson Crossing Elementary and Franklin Central High School for receiving this award!

On behalf of your Central Office Administration, and all at CTEC, congratulations to the teachers, staff and administrators at Acton, South Creek, Thompson Crossing and Franklin Central! You have made us all proud!

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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.



We are very excited to welcome our new Future Flashes to Acton Elementary for the upcoming school year! Attached you will find all the information you need to get your student enrolled. Follow the steps to begin registration!

Step 1 is online and will begin on March 18th.

Step 2 is at your child’s school and is from Tuesday, April 2nd - Friday, April 26th.

More information can be found at:


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We need you! Our PTO elections are this Tues. April 2 at 6:30pm. We need a President, Vice-President and Secretary! Good news, you don't have to do it alone. Our PTO volunteers are here to help and you can even share the positions. Questions? Contact ptoacton@gmail.com


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5th grade Biztown

March 5, 2019 was a very exciting day for the Acton 5th grade Tigers! On this day the students took a field trip to Junior Achievement's 'Biztown'. This was the culminating event of weeks of work at Acton. Students were CEO's, CFO's, managers, etc., of various businesses such as: Lilly, Steak n Shake, Citizens Energy Group, Huntington Bank, as well as a Defenders' Group and City Hall.

The 'Biztown' is a total interactive business model-checks, deposits, loans, paychecks, job descriptions and specific tasks all housed in its own miniature city. It was so exciting to have Acton parents supervising and assisting the fifth graders as they carried out the business transactions of the fourteen businesses. During class time, the fifth graders met as their business team doing web page designs, print ads, radio ads, logos for their business and learning about the goods and services of 'Biztown'.

The students were wonderfully behaved and were industrious employees of their respective business. It is certain that this life lesson experience will be long remembered the these Acton 'Biztown' Business citizens.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Acton's PTO for helping fund this valuable learning experience and also thanks to Mrs. Wessel-Burke in her support of 'Biztown'.

Jack's Donuts Spirit Day---April 10th

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College and Career Week

The week of April 8th is College and Career Week.

Mr. Adams will be doing lessons in the library this week on careers.

Our announcements will feature college trivia.

College Spirit Day will be Thursday, April 11. Please wear your favorite college gear.

Thursday, April 11

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April Character Trait of the Month: RESPECT

Respect means treating others with honor and dignity.

"Everyone has worth and dignity as a human being, whether they are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, or any other difference. This is why you should treat others with honor, dignity, and courtesy instead of bullying, harassing, or manipulating in order to get what you want.

You show respect in many ways. For example, when someone is talking, you show respect by being attentive. When you receive a gift, you show respect by saying “thank you.” At work or at home, you show respect to those counting on you by being responsible, diligent, and thorough.

Self-respect means you recognize your own worth as a human being and avoid anything that will damage your mind, body, or integrity. This means you do your best no matter who is watching—because what you do reveals who you are.

Respect does not mean you have to like everyone, and others might not treat you as they should. But even when you disagree with others or have to part ways, you can still treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.


  1. Value others.
  2. Respect differences.
  3. Use good manners.
  4. Not bully or harass others.
  5. Treat people the way I want to be treated.


  • How does it feel when someone shows disrespect?
  • How can you respect other students? How can you respect your teachers?
  • What are some good manners you can show at meal time, at the store, or at school?
  • What would happen to bullying if everyone showed respect to one another?"
  • (Permission granted to reproduce this lesson for educational use. Credit: CharacterFirstEd.com)
Respect: Family Connection Activity


Meet our 4th Grade Team

Miss Reynolds

Miss Reynolds is one of our amazing fourth grade teachers and our technology guru at Acton. She has taught three years at Acton and one year at South Creek Elementary School. Miss Reynolds is a huge IU fan. She loves kids and always dreamt of spending her days with students being active and engaged in different learning challenges. She shares that her coworkers are some of the best people she knows and she loves working alongside her team. Outside of school, Miss Reynolds is always active! Anyone who knows her knows she is a passionate cyclist. You’ve probably even driven past her on her bike as she is cycling across Indiana regularly. No matter what sport or activity she is involved with, she is always having fun and supporting her teammates!

Mrs. Beechler

Mrs. Beechler began her teaching career fifteen years ago at Bridgeport Elementary School, then came to Franklin Township as a 5th/6th grade resource teacher at Kitley Intermediate School. She then transitioned into her own classroom here at Acton Elementary where she taught 3rd and 4th grade before moving back to Kitley when Acton closed. She is now happy to be back at Acton and enjoying the collaboration she has with her 4th grade team. Mrs. Beechler is excited to welcome a new granddaughter into the world this summer! This will be her third grandchild. Mrs. Beechler stays busy outside of school with her family. She loves spending time with the grandkids, camping, traveling, rubber stamping and playing with her dogs. Mrs. Beechler is the handler of our school service dog, Robin.

Mrs. Rigsby

Mrs. Rigsby has been teaching for sixteen years. She’s had the pleasure of teaching kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grade over the years. She says, “ I teach at Acton because I believe all children possess a natural curiosity about the world around them. I love to see learning “click” and students become confident in their abilities. I believe that my job is to facilitate questioning and helping students find their voice.” Outside of school Mrs. Rigsby keeps busy with her two girls, Claire and Makenna. Mrs. Rigsby, her husband and girls all enjoy traveling, hiking and spending Friday nights watching movies and playing board games. Did you know that Mrs. Rigsby and Mrs. Stevenson were friends in high school and were even college roommates at Butler University? Acton is lucky to have both of them here!

Ms. McKrill (student teacher)

Morgan wants to be a teacher so she can shape students into persevering leaders/ team players that feel valued and important. She enjoys forming relationships with students through discussions throughout the day and with her lunch crew. Morgan is from Fort Wayne, IN, and will graduate this May from the University of Indianapolis. Outside of school, she likes to spend time with her dog Dunkin, cook, listen to music, and stay active. She is thankful to be a part of Acton's Ohana this year!

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Music Standards Update:

Each week in music class we try to practice several music standards within our lesson. As an educator my main goal while teaching the standards is to instill a love of music in each child. It is my hope that all of my students will continue to explore and foster their love of music even after they leave elementary school, weather that is through performance ensembles or through the enjoyment on music on their own. Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s education and please feel free to contact me at any time with questions. This month I will list the standards that are covered with our current performance schedule.

Kindergarten – Our only “official performance” is the singing of 2 songs at the end of the year awards program in May. Standards covered in this performance are; 1.2.1, 3.2.1, 4.2.1, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3

1st Grade – Related Arts Night (March 7th) Standards covered in this performance are; 1.2.1, 3.2.1, 4.2.1, 6.2.1, 6.2.3, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 11.2.1

2nd Grade – Program & singing at the school Veterans Day Assembly (November 20th). Standards covered in these performances are; 1.2.1, 3.2.1, 4.2.1, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.3, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 8.2.1, 8.2.2

3rd Grade – Winter Program (December 6th). Standards covered in this performance are; 2.5.2, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 4.5.1, 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3, 7.5.4, 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3, 8.5.4

4th Grade – Spring Program (April 18th) Standards covered in this performance are; .5.2, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 4.5.1, 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3, 7.5.4, 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3, 8.5.4

5th Grade – Spring Program (April 18th) Standards covered in this performance are; .5.2, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 4.5.1, 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3, 7.5.4, 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3, 8.5.4

Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates:


April 18th – 4th grade program, 6:00 pm – 5th grade program, 7:15 pm

*All school performances during the day

April 27th – Folk Dance Festival

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

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Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

ART News

I just want to start off by saying what a fun evening we had on March 7th for our first grade Related Arts Night!!! Parents got to participate in fun activities with Music, PE and Library!! The Art station allowed the parents to view their child's artwork in a displayed gallery. The students created collages in the style of illustrator Lois Ehlert. These butterflies and flowers have us hoping for SPRING!!!

The 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade just finished "Heart Designs" in the style of

contemporary Chicago artist....Chris Uphues. They are bright, happy, fun pictures that we will

hang a sample of in the hallway.

Second grade are starting a "sketchbook" series. These books will include drawings such as

self-portraits, my family, my home, spring flowers, my favorite animals, etc..

Soon in the future..after Spring break we will start off Clay Units. Fifth grade will lead in the clay

schedule!! There will be lots of fun as the students work 3-dimensionally. Cupcakes, ice-cream, pinch pots, turtles, owls, anything with a fun texture and form to create!!

PE News: Air Bears and Colts camp

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Hard to believe it is time to think about summer camps already! Here is information on summer camp opportunities that has been shared with me. I will add more to this list as I receive more camp info. Let me know if I can help in any way!

Center Grove Fine Arts Academy

The Center Grove Fine Arts Academy will be offering a variety of summer musical theater opportunities for students of all ages. Visit the website below for information and registration. Registration is already open!


Footlight Summer Theater Camp

Footlight Theater, located in downtown Indianapolis, will once again be offering a summer musical theater camp for students in grades K-6th. This year the show will be “Elf Jr.” Please visit their website for information and registration. Registration begins on February 15th. http://footlite.org REGISTRATION FORM https://goo.gl/forms/BWJ9AIRrkEL9oD8i2

ICC Choral Camps

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir will be offering summer camps for students in grades1-8. Please visit the following websites for a promotional video and registration information.

· NEW promo video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpXW3isBIPw

· Website/Registration Info: https://icchoir.org/summer/

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



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Family Game Night will be April 5th from 6:00-7:30pm! See you there!

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Easter Egg Hunt

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FTCSC Elementary International Fair 2019 Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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@ Kitley Elementary School

8735 Indian Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN

Grab your passport and join us in exploring the different cultures represented by our FTCSC families. Each country represented will have a table displaying art, clothing, food, pictures, instruments or music from that heritage. The Acton, Thompson Crossing, and Kitley Folk Dance Clubs will be sharing dances from around the world throughout the evening. Cultural games featuring “Tinikling” with be taking place in the gymnasium and cultural art can be viewed in the LGI room. Don’t miss out on this AMAZING event! We hope you can join us for this free event filled with learning and fun!

* Do you celebrate special customs?

* Are you from another country?

* Can you speak another language?

* Would you like to teach others about your culture?

We would like to learn more about your country and culture. If you are interested in displaying a booth at the FTCSC Elementary International Fair please contact Mrs. Renee Alger, English Language (EL) teacher: renee.alger@ftcsc.org or 317-860-4754.

2018-2019 Award Ceremonies

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5th Grade Parent Night @ Middle School East

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1 School resume

2 PTO Meeting

4 4th grade field trip

5 Family Game Night

9 5th grade visit to East

10 Jack’s Donuts spirit day

17 Children’s Museum Outreach night

18 4th and 5th grade music programs

19 All Pro Dads

22 Skating Party

23 Chow with the Cow

25 Kdg field trip

26 Mid term grades posted


2 Southern Indiana field trip 4th grade

2 1st grade field trip

7 PTO Meeting

16 5th grade Field trip

17 All Pro Dads

17 PBIS Convo-Air Bears

17 5th grade Jam

20 Field Day

21 Field Day rain date

22 Awards Day

23 End of semester/Awards day

24 Teacher record day

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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 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.
Acton Elementary is a Targeted Assistance School through Title I. What does this mean for Acton Elementary? The mission of Title I is to provide a continuum of services and resources to Title I schools that enrich curriculum and instruction, promote interaction and coordination of supplementary services and resources, and result in excellence and high expectations for educators and students. Through collective efforts, we endeavor to increase accountability for all participants in the educational process; enhance cooperation between school and home; provide educators in Title I schools with greater autonomy for shared decision-making; and most importantly, promote increased educational performance of students attending Title I schools.