ANTIOCH CHARTER ACADEMY II
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
To provide a learning environment where students of all socio‐economic levels and ethnic backgrounds embrace education, exhibit compassion, and accept personal responsibility
October 22, 2019
LifeSkills and Lifelong Guidelines…What are they?
Teaching students to use lifeskills is part of Positive Discipline and Highly Effective Teaching (HET), two of our school’s core philosophies. There are 24 total lifeskills and lifelong guidelines…please see the attachment for a complete list with definitions of each.
LifeSkills and Lifelong Guidelines…How do my students use and practice them?
In Primary, we focus on the Lifelong Guideline of active listening, trying our personal best, patience, no put-downs, truthfulness, and trustworthiness. The concepts are introduced through picture books and brief classroom discussions and activities.
Elementary reads stories based on each life skill. Some of the stories are inspirational based on real people throughout history. We talk about the life skills during class meeting where they are recognized when they use the life skills throughout the day.
In the Intermediate level, students study a new lifeskill or lifelong guideline every two weeks. Students must complete a lifeskill assignment each week that centers around understanding and using the chosen lifeskill or lifelong guideline. Examples of assignments include making posters, answering prompts, and doing activities. Lifeskills are also used while giving compliments and writing bucket slips in class meetings. Teachers weave the lifeskills into their daily instruction and class meeting topics. Lifeskills are also often used when creating and writing classroom procedures. Students choose a lifeskill to focus on when they must reflect on their behavior choices.
In Middle School, during class meeting, students learn to give compliments based on lifeskills. Each week, a different lifeskill becomes the focus for compliments. Every student and teacher gives a compliment to someone based on that lifeskill. In addition, at the beginning of the year as students work together to create the rules for the classroom, students always incorporate the lifeskills into the rules that they want for middle school.
Thank you First Trimester Elective Volunteers!
A HUGE thank you to all elective volunteers for providing opportunities for our intermediate and middle school students to participate in so many different activities. Thank you Sara Wall, Iva McClurg, Stephanie Brooks, Jessica Gamble, Brandi Lopez, Annu Fuentes, and Adriana Solorio.
Also thank you to middle school students who stepped up to facilitate an elective: Jasmin Diaz-Munoz, Nicole Halbasch, Anthony Katusich, Enrique Martinez, Shudhit Sooch, Malcom Miller, and Seth Conner.
We need you!!! Elective Help 2nd Trimester
We need volunteers to supervise/teach electives for our 4th-8th grade students. This is a vital part of our program allowing students to enjoy and be introduced to varied experiences.
4th – 8th grade students have electives from 2:00 – 2:55 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 4th– 6th grade students have an additional elective 2:00 – 2:55 on Thursday.
Each elective is one day a week for one hour per day. Trimester 2 electives begin December 2nd and go through March 5th.
Some past popular electives and new ideas include: outdoor sports, board games, photography, recycle art, drama, woodworking, gardening, ultimate Frisbee, cooking, special effects makeup, film making/editing, costume design, choir, zumba, foreign language, fun with science, fundraising, roller skating and video game design. We encourage new ideas too!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which day and type of activity interests you.
Middle School Announcements
Dear parents of ACA II, the middle school SPA environment group is raising money to donate to the Nature Conservancy. We will be selling metal straws, T-shirts, and Origami turtles and will gratefully accept any donations. If you would like to prepare nature or environment themed treats we will also be selling the items we get. Our sale is on the week of Halloween starting Monday, October 28th and lasting while supplies are still available. The prices will be ranged from around $0.50 to $15. We are selling shirts in these sizes…. Adult small, Adult Medium, and Youth small. The sale is available for elementary, intermediate, and middle school. Thank You.
You can also just buy anything you want
Origami turtles: $0.50
Super: 2 Straws FREE Straw Cleaner = $3.00
Extreme: 1 T-Shirts + 1 straws +1 origami turtle + FREE straw cleaner = $15.00
The Environment group
Dear ACA2 families’, middle school is doing a Social Political Actions project. We are collecting non-perishable food. Some examples for food to donate is (we got this from the food bank of contra costa and Solano county website and you can go there for more examples, you don’t have to be that exact):
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Whole Grain Cereals
- Hearty Low Sodium Soups
- Beans and Lentils (dry or canned)
- Canned Tuna and Chicken in Water
- Canned Fruit in Juice
- Non-perishable Low Sodium Ready to Eat Meals (chili, ravioli, etc.)
- Low Sodium Canned Vegetables
- Brown Rice
10.Whole Wheat/Grain Pasta
- Canned Tomato Products 12. Our food drive will be from October 23 to November 7. Our goal is 400 for the whole school. If we reach that goal we will get popsicles for the whole school. That is bringing about 2 cans per student.
Halloween Costume Reminders
Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes to their level Halloween Party on the 31st. (See your level newsletter for information about your party). Please remember that all school dress code rules apply to costumes. In addition, students may not wear masks that cover any portion of their face or costumes with excessive gore. Students should be able to walk and move around normally in their costume. Weapon accessories are also banned from the Halloween Party and should not be brought to school.
Absences & Tardies
It is extremely important that your student is in school every day, and arrives on time. If though your student is sick, or will arrive late because of an unexpected delay, please call the office, or email your student’s classroom and office by 8am. Students who arrive after 8:15am must be walked into the office by the driver, and signed in. All of these “rules” are in place to help keep your student safe! Contact information is below. Thank you!
Email Address Changed
Please see below for all the new email address for our school.
If you have an absence to clear please email the level address and copy the office.
2019/2020 Dates to Remember:
October 25 Spirit Wear Form Due
October 25 Hot Dog Fundraiser
October 31 Minimum Day- All students 8:15-12pm
November 1 Late Start at 9:15am
November 7 Charter Council Meeting-ACA 4pm
November 8 2nd Cup Coffee- Rm 6
November 8 Pizza Fundraiser
November 11 Veteran’s Day Observed- No School
November 15-22 Minimum Days- All students 8:15-12pm
November 22 Ornament Exchange-General meeting
November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break- No School
December 5 Charter Council Meeting-ACA 4pm
December 6 2nd Cup Coffee- Rm 6
December 10 FNB Meeting at 3:15 in room 5
Dec 23 – Jan 3 Winter Break- No School
2019 / 2020 Faculty
Ms. Peacock- email@example.com
Mrs. Hawley- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Fank- email@example.com
Miss Berkich- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Mariappan- email@example.com
Miss Dubitsky- firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Albertoni- email@example.com
Mrs. Gonzalez- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Hagan- email@example.com
Mrs. McCutcheon- firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Ed- SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
Mrs. Willard- email@example.com
Mrs. Vela- firstname.lastname@example.org
2019-2020 Family Network Board
Chairperson: Annu Fuentes email@example.com
Co-Chairperson: Adriana Solorio firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Sharron Scott email@example.com
Treasurer: Susan Cano firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Coordinator: Brandi Lopez email@example.com
Fundraising Coordinator: Maria Strock firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Fundraising Coordinator: Ashley Rice email@example.com
Social Coordinator: Sara Wall firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Social Coordinator: Jillian Broussard email@example.com
Family Network Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/groups/acaiifamilynews/?ref=bookmarks#
Our Web Page–
Track it Forward- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/antioch-charter-academy-ii