Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update 10/4/19

Things to Know

Chromebook Updates: Over Fall Break I will need ALL Chromebook carts in the LGI room. The IT department is working on a system to make the Chromebook usage more equitable at every school. We've been very fortunate to have more access to Chromebooks than most schools due to our smaller numbers. Over break they will remove 5 Chromebooks from each cart so that we will now have 30 per cart. They will purchase additional carts for other schools and redistribute those Chromebooks. At Acton we will have one RA Cart. Grades 3-5 will each have 2 carts and K-2 will still have one cart to be shared by each grade level. Any classrooms that still have the three student desktop computers will most likely have those removed at some point.

**IT department will also be disassembling our other computer lab over Fall Break**

Frite Lodge: PTO is hosting the "Not SO Scary" Frite Lodge night on October 29th. Our families love this event and this year the Lodge will be giving us ALL the profits from the night plus the concessions we sell. I will be there selling concessions and would like a few folks to volunteer with me. Please let me know if you are available that evening!

Click the link below to see the slide presentation we used for our school board presentation. Each visitor complimented our school and our staff on how well we have focused on the district initiatives and how well it is going. We appreciate your dedication!

The Acton Link

Click here for a list of helpful school specific links.

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

19/20 SOS Form

Print this off and fill it out or make a copy and send to Brook.

Coaches Corner

Happy Fall Break!!

Now that the first quarter is wrapped up and 2nd quarter is getting up and running, I will now be able to come visit classrooms to support and see all of the wonderful things you are doing in your rooms. I will also be able to be in your grade level meetings when I am available. I would also like to get into your rooms and run some GR tables with one of your groups so that I get a chance to practice myself. I will send more information after Fall Break. Thank you so much for all of the hard work and your dedication to and support for our students!

Upcoming Dates:

Cycle 2 Post/Benchmark given by 10/4

Cycle 2 Post/Benchmark Data Entered by 10/23

Cycle 2 Post/Benchmark Data Discussion 10/23

Q2C1 Pre-test given on 10/21

Q2C1 Pre-test discussed on 10/23

Word Work

Use your Word Knowledge Inventory for ideas on skills to work on (blends, diagraphs, vowel teams, inflectional endings, etc.). Upper grades can study affixes, root words, etc.

Below is a great website to find fun and engaging word work activities.You can use these activities to practice the skills listed above since we no longer have spelling words. Enjoy.

Fun Word Work Activities - Blog

More Word Work Ideas:

Word Work Chromebook Activities

Word Work PowerPoint

Hope these resources help you as you work to provide engaging, strategic, and rigorous Word Work stations for your students!

Have a fantastic Fall Break!

19/20 Collaboration Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.

Counselor Corner

Happy Fall Break!

I hope everyone has a restful break and you take plenty of time for YOU. This is a great time to revisit a self-care plan (:

Upcoming Reminder: Red Ribbon Week is when we return from Fall Break. You will be receiving all of the materials and information needed by the end of this week. When we return I will have a flyer to send home about dressing in red on Friday and informing parents of what we are learning about that week.

Conscious Discipline

Reminder: I am working on collecting classroom examples of a Brain Smart Starts. Reynolds and her classroom did a fun Brain Smart Start linked below. The full version is on the google drive in the "brain smart start" folder.

4th Grade Brain Smart Start
I thought this was a good way to think about reframing how we view behavior or discuss it. These are some common things I know I have said before and a more positive and productive story to tell ourselves.

Coming Up



Girls on the Run

11:30 AC Leadership Meeting-W-B, Cordes, Pryor, Poole

5th grade fire presentation


Collaboration: Nadine: Read/Write for Google

9:45 SOS-Reynolds

11:50 SOS Simmons

12:45 SOS-Brooks

1:30 SOS-Miller


Monday RA Rotation


2:00- SOS Emerine


Grading Window closes- all grades must be posted


Student Council

Girls on the Run

Coaches/ Principal Meeting- Midday

1st and 3rd grade field trips



Girls on the Run

11:50 SOS-Simmons

12:45 SOS-Brooks

3:00 Fall Celebrations!

Report Cards go home

Staff Get Together at the Wolski Barn



7-18 Fall Break

21 Students return

21-25 Red Ribbon Week

21 Fire Safety Presentation 5th grade

22 School Store fundraiser

23 Teacher grades posted

24 1st and 3rd grade field trips

24 Student Council

25 Fall Parties

25 Grades post for parents

28 Pro Act (Stevenson, Pryor)

28-11/26 COGAT

29 Acton Not so Scary Fright Lodge

30 Picture retakes

31 Halloween

FTCSC Hedgehog Focus

The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.

Big picture