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
February 3, 2020
Graduate Goal #4
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 5 newsletters, we will look at each of the Graduate Goals and explain how that soft skill is practiced in each level of our school.
E mbrace the life skills and lifelong guidelines.
Primary: Primary teaches lifeskills by reading picture books associated with the life skill and then discussing how to incorporate that life skills into daily life.
Elementary: We discuss the life skills and what it means during class meetings, read stories about the life skill, and complete activities and projects about the life skill. Students and teachers compliment each other when they are showing the life skill in their daily choices. Teachers recognize students when they show lifeskills by filling a bucket recording sheet.
Intermediate: Each week students concentrate on studying a Life skill or Lifelong guidelines. Students also use Lifeskills to give compliments, recognize the work of others, and reflect on their choices. The class also discusses how Lifeskills help others when discussing issues in class meeting.
Middle School: Every week during class meeting we choose a Life skill or Lifelong Guideline to highlight, and every student creates a compliment for someone who demonstrates that skill. When students do not follow rules or procedures, they must reflect on which Life skills they are not using and make a plan for what to do differently.
The ACAII lottery for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, will be held on March 2, 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 1st, to be included in the school’s lottery. Applications can be filled out online at https://antiochcharteracademy.org/applications/ or a paper copy can be picked up in the office.
The following siblings have already filled out an application. Otero, Montgomery, Aldana-Bravo
If you do not see your name please be sure to fill one out.
2nd Cup of Coffee
The first Friday school day of each month, 2nd Cup of Coffee meets in Room 6 after morning drop off. Parents and families have a chance to connect with other families and get to know more about our school community. The Family Network provides coffee and breakfast snacks, and shares upcoming events planned at our school. Small children are welcome to come too!
2nd Cup meets this Friday, February 7th.
Ever wonder what you can do to help your 6th to 8th grade student with math? Do you want to know more about CPM (the math curriculum used in 6th through 8th grade?) This Friday after 2nd cup, Mrs. McCutcheon and Miss Albertoni will be presenting a Parent Education Program about CPM. The presentation will be recorded on Facebook Live, so if you cannot join us in person or on Friday morning, go to the ACAII Family News page on Facebook to watch it.
Did you Know?
The Staff parking lot off of O St. is by parking permit only. There is no student drop off or pick up allowed there. Even tardy or early pick up students/parents should still park in our main lot. Please show your student that you can follow the rules. If you are staff and have not received your permit please see the office.
A Note From Mrs. Vela
Congratulations to our sixty students in grades 4 – 8 who performed last Thursday evening in the ACA II Instrumental Music Winter Concert!! You presented yourselves with poise on stage and shared your skills through well performed music. Each of you were fine individual performers as well as great team members, illustrating the fine quality of our ACA II students. The large, supportive audience added to the success of the evening! Also, a thank you goes to you parents for encouraging instrumental music education at ACA II.
With the upcoming work days and break, students still need to practice their instruments so they maintain and improve their skills, as we plan future performances including our Spring Concert in May. The better they get, the more enjoyable it is to play. A few minutes a day is all it takes! As I’ve said before, I continue to enjoy teaching music at ACA II and thank everyone involved with making this a special, quality school!
Mrs. Sharon Vela, longtime music educator and performer
Who likes to party?!? We will be holding our first planning meeting for the Family Formal this Wednesday, February 5th directly after school.
The Family Formal is our schools take on the traditional Father/Daughter Mother/Son dance. This all-inclusive dance was a blast last year and we are excited to make it bigger and better!
Walk A Thon
Walk-A-Thon donations and volunteers needed! Please let a Walk-A-Thon team member know if you can help us out ASAP so that we can make this event as successful as it has been in the past.
Course Manager – Coordinate supplies for the day of the event, verifying supplies and coordinating pick-up or delivery. Manages set-up and break-down of course.
Goodie Bag fillers – small toys/trinkets, non-perishable snacks, mini water bottles, etc. General gifts enough for entire school (201 students) or enough for each level (Primary – 31 students. Elementary – 63 students. Intermediate – 65 students. Middle – 42 students).
This is a great event to be a part of and a fun opportunity to gain some volunteer hours! We need your help to continue the tradition the kids look forward to each year.
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:
February 5 Family Formal Meeting 3:15 at the elementary picnic tables
February 7 Minimum Day – All students 8:15-12pm
February 7 2nd Cup in room 6 after drop off.
February 10 No School – Teacher Work Day
February 11 FNB Meeting 3:15 in room 5
February 13 School Tour for New Applicants- Sign up at Book A Tour
February 14 Lunch Fundraiser-Hot Dog
February 17-21 February Break – No School
February 27 School Tour for New Applicants- Sign up at Book A Tour
March 2 Lottery for 20/21 school year
March 9-13 Conference Week- All students 8:15-12 noon
March 17 FNB Meeting 3:15 in room 5
March 19 School Tour for New Applicants- Sign up at Book A Tour
March 20 Walk A Thon
March 24 Spring Pictures
March 27 Pizza Lunch Fundraiser
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#
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