Antioch Charter Academy
Back to School Nights this week!
Our Vision To provide a learning environment where students of all socio-economic levels and ethnic backgrounds embrace education, exhibit compassion, and accept personal responsibility
Our Mission The mission of the Antioch Charter Academies is to facilitate academic and personal growth of TK-8th grade students of all socio-economic levels and ethnic backgrounds. ACA enables 21st century students to become literate, self-motivated, innovative, lifelong learners, and compassionate, collaborative active citizens. We nurture and support a partnership of students, teachers, families and the community; embrace individual strengths; and build upon research informed educational best practices including Montessori, multiple intelligences, brain-compatible teaching, and multi-age groupings with small class sizes.
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 24, Issue 1, August 19, 2019
Welcome back to school! I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. Everyone has been busy preparing for a great year of learning and we are excited to start the 2019-20 school year. Thank you to all of the families and staff members who helped with the campus beautification. The courtyard and classrooms look amazing! Thank you to all of the families who came to the first day of school too! It was great to see so many of you at the family network meeting and flag ceremony!
We hired a lot of new staff this year, mostly in our Instructional aide positions. If you see some new faces, introduce yourself. On the teacher side, Mrs. Nataliya Chul joins our staff this year as the newest Elementary teacher. Mrs. Chul has experience teaching at the elementary level and speaks four languages! We are excited to welcome her into our ACA family. We are also very excited to announce that Mrs. Cerecedes will be our full-time resource teacher for special education. She brings an understanding of our school philosophies, the Montessori program, and our students to the classroom. Congratulations to Mrs. DiBerardino who accepted a position working with the El Dorado Charter SELPA, our Special Education oversight agency.
We want to welcome our newest guest artist, Mr. Andrew Laubacher from San Francisco who will be working with Mrs. Wendi Olsen during music on Wonderful Wednesday. He is a musician, drummer (plays with the band Con Brio) and teacher. We look forward to his drumming appreciation class!
Have a great first full week and we’ll see you at Back to School/New Parent Orientation night!
Back to School Nights this week:
Intermediate (4-6th) on August 20th at 6pm
Primary/Elementary (TK-3rd) on August 21st at 6pm
Middle School (7-8th) on August 22nd at 5:30pm
Arrival Time: Gates open and supervision begins at 8am, the first bell rings at 8:10am, and class begins at 8:15am. It is important to make sure your student arrives on time for class. Please help us out by dropping your student off no earlier than 8am and exiting the carpool line by 8:15am.
Absences and Tardies: If you student will be absent, or tardy, please call the office at 925-755-7311, or email you student’s classroom, before 8:30am.
CARPOOL and CROSSWALK Procedures REMINDERS: Please use the crosswalk if you are walking in or out of the school. You can also walk up the hill by the park and exit through the park. Please do not walk through the carpool lane. The carpool lane is for cars only. Please help teach your students safe procedures when walking in and out of school.
FAMILY NETWORK (FN) NEWS & INFORMATION
The ACA Family Network is made up of ACA adults who volunteer for fundraisers and social events for the enrichment of our children. The money we raise goes back to our school for study trips, family activities, and classroom supplies. If you have a child/grandchild/niece/nephew/etc. at ACA, then come join us & help make a difference!
Family Network Events:
ACA & ACA II Annual Back to School Bash on August 23rd! Family, friends, food and fun for all starting at 6pm. Bring a blanket/chairs and a picnic, or buy your dinner/drinks/desserts from the food vendors. The fun takes place at ACA II (1201 West 10th Street, Antioch – front park area on the Fairgrounds).
Annual Give: Your ACA Family Network works hard to support our school, our students and our teachers. How can you help? Glad you asked. This one is easy. Participate in the Family Network Annual Give!!
Any donation great or small is appreciated and needed so that together we can ensure that our school, students, and staff get the support they need! (And P.S. your donation is tax deductible!)
We now accept Paypal, or you can write a check and send it in to the office. Learn more at Back to School Night!
Popcorn Fridays: On Fridays, after school, the FN will sell popcorn & candy for $1. All profits go back to the school! If you would like to help, please email ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org
Keep Track of Your Volunteer Hours: Each ACA family is asked to volunteer 40 hours per year. Our Family Network Parent Volunteer Coordinator has already set up accounts for each family.
All you need to do is go to https://www.trackitforward.com and sign in using the email address you gave the school. Your temporary password is Aca01. After logging in, please change your password to a permanent one of your choosing.
If you can’t find an account created for you, you can contact the Family Network with questions at ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org
Easy Ways to Earn Money for ACA!!
* AmazonSmiles: Shop at Amazon? Shop at Amazon’s fundraising site, smile.amazon.com and they will donate back to ACA. We are registered as The Learner Centered School, Inc.
* Box Tops for Education: Clip out those Box Tops for Education boxes found on General Mills, Hanes, Betty Crocker, Gold Medal, Ziploc, Progresso, Old El Paso, Kleenex, Fiber One, Hefty, etc. and drop off them in the collection box in the school office. You can also register at boxtopsforeducation.com and have more opportunities to raise funds. We are listed as The Learner Centered School, Inc.
* Good Search: Forget Google and Bing, use goodsearch.com for your web searches and they will donate a penny per search to ACA. They can add up! We are listed as Antioch Charter Academy. While there you can also sign up for GoodShop and GoodDining and others!
* Shoparoo…Upload this free app to your smartphone. Then take photos of your receipts from stores, restaurants, etc. and they will donate back to ACA. We are listed as Antioch Charter Academy. Info at shoparoo.com
*Escrip: Register your credit and debit cards at escrip.com and they will donate a portion back to ACA. You can also register your Safeway and Fresh and Easy cards. We are listed as The Learner Centered School, Inc. Safeway cards need to be reregistered each year.
*Annual Give: This is a great opportunity to make a donation to our school, knowing that your money will go directly to benefit our students. Annual give donations are accepted any time throughout the school year, and they are tax deductible.
- Aug 20 Intermediate Back to School Night at 6pm
- Aug 21 Primary/Elementary Back to School Night at 6pm
- Aug 22 Middle School (MS) Back to School Night at 5:30pm
- Aug 23 ACA & ACA II Back to School Bash at Fairgrounds; starts at 6pm
- Aug 27 Whole school Picture Day
- Sept 1 No School – Labor Day
- Sept 4 Charleston Wrap Assembly
- Sept 5 Charter Council Meeting (all welcome) – 4pm
- Sept 5 FN Meeting (all welcome) – 6:30pm
- Sept 13 MS EE Kickoff at Big Break
- Sept 17-19 Minimum Days – dismissal time at 12pm
School Phone – 925-755-7311
School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509
School Website – www.AntiochCharterAcademy.org
ACA Office – ACAOffice@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Family Network – ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Elementary – ACAElementary@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Intermediate – ACAIntermediate@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Memories – ACAMemories@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Hot Lunch Program – ACALunchProgram@antiochcharteracademy.org
Twitter & Instagram Accounts – #AntiochCharter; @AntiochCharter
Parent Network Board & Contact Info
Co-Chairs: Lydia Moon and Kelly MacCallister
Secretary: Brooke Farrington
Treasurer: Beth Rottier
School Volunteer Coordinator: Salena Killion
Social Chair: open
Fundraising Chair: open
If you’re interested in an open position please email ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org
We need help to make this year amazing for OUR KIDS, the school families, teachers and staff
Members at Large: Everyone!
Private Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/acafamilynetwork/