Antioch Charter Academy


Sept 17-19   Minimum Days – dismissal time at 12pm


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 5, September 16, 2019


Hello ACA Families!

          This year your Family Network Board has planned some fun and exciting events for ACA students and families.  The Family Network Event Calendar was made available through emails and at the Back to School Nights.  If you would like a copy of that calendar, please see Mrs. Stahler in the office.

          Upcoming events for autumn include;


          Dining For Dollars at Chipotle in Brentwood.  On September 17th, between 4:00 pm and 8:00pm, purchase food from the Chipotle at 5401 Lone Tree Way, and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to ACA.  Be sure to tell the cashier that you are there to support Antioch Charter Academy.

          Dinner & Movie Night.  October 25th, the Family Network will be hosting their annual movie night.  This year’s movie will be Disney’s new, live action Aladdin.  There is no cost to come and view the movie.  Snacks will be available to purchase.  A dinner option will also be available.

          As always, the Family Network Board needs your support.  Please come to the meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm.  If you RSVP to the meeting and mention that you would like FREE child care during the meeting, the Family Network Board can make it happen!

If you are unable to attend the meetings, you can still contact the board and ask how you can help.  There are lots of opportunities to volunteer!

Thanks so much and have a great week!

Sarah McLean

Elementary Teacher




Eastern Heritage Fundraiser: The current fundraiser happening is the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser.  Students can sell items to raise money to help pay for the Eastern Heritage Trip.  This trip happens every 3 years. Students can fundraise for as many years as they like to help pay for the cost of the trip. The fundraiser continues until next week.  All orders and money are due by next Wednesday, September 18th.


Arrival Time & Dismissal 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.  School ends at 3pm on M, T, Th, & F, and 2pm on W for 1st-8th grade.  Minimum days end at 12pm.  Please be punctual in picking up your student(s).


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.

School Lunches: Antioch Unified School District requires that you must submit a new meal application each year. If your child received meal benefits last school year, their free or reduced-price status will expire on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

If we do not process your child’s meal application by that date, they will revert to Paid meal status. Lunch prices are $3.25 for Kindergarten through 8th grade and $3.50 for 9th through 12th grades. For faster processing, please visit to apply.

You may also pick up a paper application from your child’s school, the District Office, or the Nutrition Services Office located at 701 West 18th Street.

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.


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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:


Dine Out for Dollars: go out to eat and earn money for our school!

Sept 17 from 4-8pm: Chipotle (5401 Lone Tree Way, Antioch)

Oct 15 from 3-9pm: Panera

Nov 12 from 4-9pm: Mod Pizza (4301 Century Blvd. Pittsburg)


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!).  Contact the office, or email the Family Network to find out more information. This year you can make your donation through check, cash or Pay Pall:


New & EASY Fundraising Opportunity – Benefit App

● Download the app

● Link a checking account or credit card to this secure site

● Purchase digital gift cards

● Earn money for our school!


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


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 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


Family Network Meetings are the first Thursday of each month.  Meetings are held in Room 4 at 6:30 on the ACA campus. The board welcomes and encourages all ACA families to attend the meetings.  The meetings are not just for board members, but for all ACA family members.

FREE child care can be provided by Middle School students, but parents must RSVP to the meeting in advance.

If you plan on coming to the meeting, email the Family Network Board at, and let them know you will need the Free Child Care services during the meeting.


Easy Ways to Earn Money for ACA!!


* AmazonSmiles: Shop at Amazon? Shop at Amazon’s fundraising site, 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 and have more opportunities to raise funds. We are listed as The Learner Centered School, Inc.

* Good Search: Forget Google and Bing, use 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

*Escrip: Register your Safeway card with 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.





·  Sept 17-19   Minimum Days – dismissal time at 12pm

·  Sept 17  Dine Out for Dollars – Chipotle

·  Sept 18   Charleston Wrap $ & orders due

·  Oct 1    Make-up Picture Day

·  Oct 3    Charter Council Meeting (all welcome) – 4pm

·  Oct 3    FN Meeting (all welcome) – 6:30pm

·  Oct 7-11th   October Break – no school

·  Oct 14  No School

·  Oct 15   Dine Out for Dollars – Panera

·  Oct 15  8th Grade Girls Empowerment Project – CCC Fairgrounds

·  Oct 16  MS Study Trip to UC Davis/Mondavi Center

·  Oct 25  FN Dinner & Movie

·  Oct 29  Int Study Trip (on campus) – Walk Through the American Revolution

·  Oct 31-Nov 1   Minimum Days – dismissal time at 12pm






School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509



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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: Janika Barnes

Fundraising Chair: open

If you’re interested in an open position please email

We need help to make this year amazing for OUR KIDS, the school families, teachers and staff


Members at Large: Everyone!

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