Antioch Charter Academy


Jan 31  Minimum Day – dismissal time at 12pm


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 24, Issue 20, January 27, 2020




In the Primary room we talk a lot about doing our “personal best.”  Though a complex concept, Primary students can often identify when they are, and when they are not, demonstrating this concept.  Often, just asking a student if they are doing their personal best is enough to prompt change when needed.

This approach encourages the development of self-reflection and highlights individual strengths.  A simple “are you doing your personal best?” helps a child to stop and think about what they are doing, and what they are working to accomplish.  It is an empowering question that fosters a sense of responsibility while honoring individuality.

The concept of “personal best” is a unique construct that evolves as we grow.  It is also a great conversation starter. Are you interested in how your child defines their “personal best”?  Ask them!


Julie Nakayama (Primary Teacher)




2020-21 Lottery: The lottery for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, will be held on March 3, 2020.  If you have a student, or know of a student who would like to attend next year, an application must be filled out and put into the lottery process.


No student is automatically accepted into the school because he or she has a sibling already attending ACA.  All incoming students, including TK & Kindergarten, must submit an application by March 2nd, to be included in the school’s lottery.  Applications can be filled out online at or a papercopy can be picked up in the office.


The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion on campuses worldwide. Antioch Charter Academy is proudly participating in this proactive and positive kindness initiative.


The week will be filled with many activities that all students, families, and staff members can participate in! *The Great Kindness Challenge Checklist. Complete as many acts of kindness as possible!


*SPIRIT DAYS! Monday, January 27-TEAM KINDNESS (Sports Day)

Tuesday, January 28-SHARE THE KINDNESS (Twin Day)

Wednesday, January 29-SCHOOL SPIRIT (Wednesday Shirt Day)

Thursday, January 30-CRAZY FOR KINDNESS (Crazy Hair Day)

Friday, January 31-I DREAM OF KINDNESS (Pajama Day)


*Giant Heart Picture. On Wednesday, all students and staff will form a giant heart on the blacktop and take a picture!


*And More! All members of the ACA community are encouraged to participate and to encourage others to participate. Together we can show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!


Yearbook: The yearbook needs your help! We need pictures from the field trips, spirit days and school events so we are able to create a yearbook that is full of amazing school memories! If you have any pictures of students from school functions please send them to so that the yearbook staff can use them! Thank You! ACA Yearbook Staff


Charter Council: the Charter Council is our governing board.  The board meets on a monthly basis – usually the first Thursday of the month @ 4PM.  Please check the calendar for the next meeting date/time, or call the office at 925-755-7311 to confirm.  These meetings are open to the public – all are welcomed!



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 your student will be absent, or tardy, please call the office at 925-755-7311, or email you student’s classroom, before 8:30am. If you do not notify the school, the absence will go on your student’s permanent attendance record as unexcused.


CARPOOL and CROSSWALK Procedures: 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, assemblies, 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:


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 3pm 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. 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:

EASY Fundraising Opportunity – Benefit App

● Download the app

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

● Purchase digital gift cards and use on the spot!  Lots of options including Walmart & Target (go to the website to see all the options)!

● The business will then donate a percentage of your purchase to our school!



  • Jan 27-31  Great Kindness Challenge Week – daily activities
  • Jan 30  MS Study Trip to Berkeley – Gourmet Ghetto (Food, Inc)
  • Jan 31  Minimum Day – dismissal time at 12pm
  • Feb 6    Family Network Meeting (all welcome) – 3pm
  • Feb 6    Charter Council (all welcome) – 4pm
  • Feb 6    Prim/Elementary Study Trip – Chabot Science Center
  • Feb 7    Minimum Day – dismissal time at 12pm
  • Feb 10  No School
  • Feb 17-21   February Break – no school
  • March 3  ACA Lottery for 2020-21 School Year
  • March 5  Intermediate Study Trip – Lawrence Hall of Science
  • March 5  Family Network Meeting (all welcome) – 3pm
  • March 5  Charter Council (all welcome) – 4pm
  • March 6  End of 2nd Trimester
  • March 9  Beginning of 3rd Trimester
  • March 9-13  Minimum Days – dismissal time at 12pm
  • March 16-18   MS Internships – off campus






School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509

School Website –

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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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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.


Antioch Charter Academy is Fully Accredited for Grades K-8 by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges