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
January 21, 2020
Graduate Goal #2
Did you know most employers highly value “soft skills” when hiring new employees? Soft skills are personality traits and behaviors. Unlike technical or “hard” skills, soft skills are not about the knowledge you possess but rather the behaviors you display in different situations. Soft skills are qualities that allow a person to be successful in whatever they choose to do. ACAII’s Graduate Goals, newly renamed the “Code of the CHEETAHS”, list the soft skills that we hope each of our graduates master by the time they leave our program. For the next 7 newsletters, we will look at each of the Graduate Goals and explain how that soft skill is practiced in each level of our school.
H onor and show respect to everyone including self.
Primary: In the Primary level many students are having their first experience in a school setting. As a result, learning to work together and cooperating with others is vital to the success of the classroom environment. We follow the Golden Rule by treating others the way we want to be treated.
Elementary: Students learn to respect others by taking turns while someone is talking. They also learn to respect others by complimenting their peers in the class meetings. We read stories to embrace other cultures and on the inclusion of others. Our International celebration is a time for students to celebrate diversity and show respect to people around the world.
Intermediate: Students use respect in class meeting when complimenting others and solving problems. The yearlong themes focus on celebrating diversity and showing respect for others. Classroom literature assignments expose students to a variety of cultures and points of view. Peace tables are used to help students find solutions to conflicts amongst peers. The goal is for students to come to a respectful understanding of their peer’s perspective.
Middle School: Every week in class meeting students “carwash” one of their classmates: every student compliments the same student for that week.
When students have conflicts with others, we give them strategies and an opportunity to work together to discuss the cause of the conflict from both students’ perspectives and then work together to come up with a joint solution. Our procedures reinforce how to respectfully disagree with someone, including teachers, staff and other students. We have lessons and activities about respecting people who may be different or think differently than you.
No Pets on Campus, please
Please remember that pets are not allowed on campus, except for the occasional pre-arranged school assembly.
National School Choice Spirit Week!
To celebrate the choice families are able to make in where to have their children attend school, students may choose to dress up for Spirit Week January 27 to 31!
Monday, 1/27 is Pajama and stuffed animal day
Tuesday, 1/28 is Meme Day
Wednesday, 1/29 is Mix-Match Day
Thursday, 1/30 is Video Game Day
Friday 1/31 is Crazy Hair Day
The Great Kindness Challenge
The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion on campuses worldwide. Our school is proudly participating in this proactive and positive kindness initiative. January 27 – 31, 2020. All students will receive The Great Kindness Challenge checklist. Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as possible. We are also happy to invite YOU to participate using the Family Editionchecklist. Your family can complete the checklist anytime and anywhere. Together, let’s show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!
Energy Upgrade California and the Alliance to Save Energy
Our school has decided to participate in a free energy education program called emPowered Schools, provided by Energy Upgrade California and the Alliance to Save Energy. The aim of emPowered Schools is to educate students, their families, and their communities about what we can all do to help California meet it’s 100% renewable energy target. The program launched this spring in California and the response from students was fantastic.
- At home, use a phone, computer, or tablet and go to euc.empoweredschools.org/pledge.
- In the teacher’s name section use the grade chart to identify which teacher you will select. Elementary parents make sure to make your selection based on your child’s grade not which teacher’s group they are in.
- 8th: Hagan
- 7th: McCutcheon
- 6th: Albertoni
- 5th: Gonzales
- 4th: Dubitsky
- 3rd: Fank
- 1st: Berkich
- Primary: Peacock
- Complete questions about lighting, heating, air conditioning, and appliances.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, ask a parent or guardian.
- Gather all members of your family together to review and sign the pledge.
- Hit submit.
- If you have children in more than one grade level submit a separate pledge for each child, they can be the exact same answers.
The class with the most will win either a doughnut party or a pizza party. If you have any questions let me know!
VOLUNTEERING AT ACAII
We have a lot of exciting events coming up and our teams are beginning to form! Below you will find the first meetings for WA, SA and FF. This is a great way to get involved and earn those volunteer hours. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings.
This Thursday January 23 after school at the picnic tables near elementary/primary playground.
Silent Auction (TBA)
Jan 28th after school
Family Formal (April 3)
February 5 after school
TAKING STUDENTS OUT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
For your child’s safety, our policy requires that you call or send a note to school in advance if your child must leave school early. Children are not allowed to leave the classrooms early without clearance from the school office. Adults picking up children during the day must come to the office and sign the child out. Only adults that are listed on the emergency card may pick up children. Please keep these cards updated both in the office and with the teacher. No adult is to go directly to the classroom.
Students will not be allowed to leave the classroom until the adult signing them out is in the office.
These policies are in place to help us keep track of your children for their safety.
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!
2019/2020 Dates to Remember:
January 23 Walkathon Meeting 3:15 at the elementary picnic tables
January 23 Silent Auction Meeting 3:15 at the elementary picnic tables
January 27-31 Greatest Kindness Challenge
January 30 Winter Instrumental Music Concert – 7pm John Muir School
January 30-31 Minimum Days – All students 8:15-12pm
February 5 Family Formal Meeting 3:15 at the elementary picnic tables
February 7 Minimum Day – All students 8:15-12pm
February 10 No School – Teacher Work Day
February 14 Lunch Fundraiser-TBD
February 17-21 February Break – No School
March 2 Lottery for 20/21 school year
March 9-13 Conference Week- All students 8:15-12 noon
March 24 Spring Pictures
March 27 Pizza Lunch Fundraiser
2019 / 2020 Faculty
Ms. Peacock- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Hawley- email@example.com
Mrs. Fank- firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Berkich- email@example.com
Mrs. Mariappan- firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Dubitsky- email@example.com
Miss Albertoni- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Gonzalez- email@example.com
Mr. Hagan- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. McCutcheon- email@example.com
Special Ed- SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
Mrs. Willard- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Vela- email@example.com
2019-2020 Family Network Board
Chairperson: Annu Fuentes firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairperson: Adriana Solorio email@example.com
Secretary: Sharron Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Susan Cano email@example.com
Volunteer Coordinator: Brandi Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising Coordinator: Maria Strock email@example.com
Co-Fundraising Coordinator: Ashley Rice firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Coordinator: Sara Wall email@example.com
Co-Social Coordinator: Jillian Broussard firstname.lastname@example.org
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