Tiger Times

March 2019

Acton Elementary

Phone: 862-6108

FAX: 317-862-7251

ATTENDANCE: 317-803-5105

TRANSPORTATION: 317-862-2314

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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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Join us on March 5th at 6:30pm Childcare is provided by our awesome YMCA staff and snacks will be provided. See you there!


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Aiden Morgan-Pleasants and Easton Elliott


Hailey Lin and Avery Burket


Kenlee Ryan and Elijah Reyes


Kendall Piersall and Ryan Dahl


Arsh Kahlon Deacon Shepherd


Grace Brodhacker and Jayda Butrum


Cooper Snider and Mary O'Connor


Claire Ryan and John Poehler


Angelos Tran and Elijah Davidson-McAllister


Ian Dingledy and Brianna Mullen


Braden Carman and Claire Prickel


Quinn Gambrell and Luke Snyder


Jaxon Mahoney and Kiersten Dahl


Faith Smith and Miguel Morazan


Gavin Baker and Isaiah Wolsiefer


Aiden Alfimow and Addison Fisher


Caden Reuille and Morgan Haas


Eric Monteith and Aubrey McPherson

J. Adams

Gray Russell and Ean VanGordon


Easton Elliott and Erica McMullin


JT kaminski and Amelia Russell


Cooper Sorg and Victoria Cumpean


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:

There are now 11 standards and the music standards are divided up into general Music and Performance Ensemble Standards. This month we will focus on Standard 11. The standards in their entirety can always be accessed at the Department of Education website: http://www.doe.in.gov.

11. Creating a varied repertoire of music by composing and arranging music with both traditional and non-traditional notation.

*The in class examples listed below are examples of activities/lessons that students will experience throughout the school year. If you have questions about when these lessons will occur, please contact Mrs. Stevenson.

Create (11): Creating a varied repertoire of music by composing and arranging music with both traditional and non-traditional notation.

K-2 - (Create 11.2.1) Utilize traditional and/or non-traditional notation to represent simple rhythms and rhythmic patterns of rhymes and songs. K-2 – (Create 11.2.2) Utilize traditional and/or non-traditional notation to demonstrate simple melodies and melodic patterns of rhymes and songs.

3-5 – (Create 11.5.1) Plan, notate, and perform rhythmic speech compositions with text, including performance indicators such as tempo and dynamics. 3-5 – (Create 11.5.2) Create, notate, and perform songs in a variety of meters. 3-5 – (Create 11.5.3) Plan, arrange, and perform accompaniments to given melodies within specific guidelines.

In Class Examples – In the younger grades (K-2) we “compose” with traditional and non-traditional notation many ways. Sometimes we do this during stations with a partner. We write a rhythm and then read it to our partner. Sometimes we write out a rhythm or melody on paper. The process always begins with whole class creation and then giving the students the opportunity to create or compose on their own. Composing is wonderful because all students love to create when there is no wrong answer! J In the older grades the guidelines simply become more defined. This is when we get to take the rhythms and dynamics and other music symbols that we know and apply them to our own creation. We begin with rhythm and then work our way to creating melodies. (Usually within a specific note range). Sometimes we begin by creating our own lyrics, then creating a melodic ostinato before trying an entire song! Sometimes we create or compose as part of a game. For example draw out a rhythm or melody and place it in a certain order. In all composition activities I strive to make composing fun non-scary!

Mark Your Calendar....

Music Dates:


March 7th – Grade 1 Related Arts Night – 6:00 pm


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

*All school performance during the day

April 27th – Folk Dance Festival

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

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

Facebook: ActonElementaryMusic

First Grade Related Arts Night

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Ever wonder what really goes on in Library, Music, Art and PE class? Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm. The first grade Related Arts Night is a night designed for you to experience Library, 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 Library/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!

Miss Pierce, Mrs. McConaha, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Adams and Ms. Ryan


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!

Roncalli Jr. Rebel Theatre

This will be the 13th annual summer Junior Rebel Theatre camp! Campers will be exposed to many different aspects of theatre such as drama, voice, dance and more. This camp is open to all studentes who have just completed 2nd-8th grades. Cost is $200 per participant with at $50 sibling discount for each additional sibling. There are two camp times to choose from;

June 3 -June 28 – 9:00am-12:00pm

July 8 - July 26 – 8:30am-12:30pm

Registration begins March 1st.


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

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Flu Information

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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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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.


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1 Breakfast and Books

5 PTO Meeting

7 Spring picture day

7 1st grade Related Arts Night

8 3rd grading period ends

14 Gymnastics Co spirit night

18-29 Spring Break

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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.


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.

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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.