Antioch Charter Academy
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 24, Issue 31, May 4, 2020
Hello ACA Community,
Outbreaks can be stressful
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations
How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
- Children and teens
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders
- People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use
Take care of yourself and your community
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Ways to cope with stress
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
Information provided by The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Mr. Fuller (Middle School Team)
ACA Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8): This week is an opportunity for you and your student to show appreciation/thanks for the awesome staff at ACA. The following is a list of ways your student can bring a smile to their teachers, but please feel free to show your own creativity as well! You can share these with your teachers using the classroom emails, or the office email (we will make sure the staff member will receive it)!
Monday, May 4 “Make Them Laugh” – share a joke or a funny meme with your teachers
Tuesday, May 5 “Thankful Tuesday” – send a note of thanks to your special teachers (lunch supervisors, office staff, aides, etc)
Wednesday, May 6 “Warm Thoughts Wednesday” – share a fun memory with your teachers
Thursday, May 7 “Thankful Thursday” – send a note of thanks to your Wednesday & Enrichment Teachers
Friday, May 8 “Flipgrid (or Facebook/Seesaw/ect) Video – make a short video of yourself sharing a memory or your appreciation to your teachers.
2020-21 Student Placement/Intent to Return Form is now Past Due: If you intend to have your student return to ACA next year, make sure to fill out this form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gYZqQCI-An_hSAO5mLPHyYn4SFS1JplvAsqdMPn1rkA/edit?ts=5e96029c. If you have not done so, complete it now!
Campus Open: Until further notice, the campus will be open on Fridays, from 10-12pm to pick up/drop off supplies and schoolwork. As per the County guidelines, both adults and children must wear a mask when entering campus. Thank you.
Grab and Go Meals for Students: Locations – Deer Valley High School, Marsh Elementary School or Mission Elementary from 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Monday through Friday. https://www.antiochschools.net/Page/11261
Yearbook: Our Yearbook class is working hard to finish the book for this year. If you have pictures from events, spirit days, distance learning, etc., please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We have almost reached our deadline for the year, and we really need your help with photos! Thank you to those families who have shared their photos with us already!
Yearbooks can be ordered directly through Tree Ring and will be delivered to your home. This does require a small delivery fee of $2.99 per book. The cost of the yearbook is $25. (These prices do not include the shipping fee.) To purchase, please go to treering.com/101506720561403 and create an account.
If you have questions regarding yearbook photos or orders, please contact Mrs. Moon at email@example.com or the yearbook staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Scholastic Book Fair: Even though we can’t meet in person, we will still have our book fair this year. The book fair is going online April 27 – May 10! Shop for books and support our school! Use the link https://www.scholastic.com/bf/antiochcharteracad to order. All orders will ship to your home, and book-only orders over $25 will receive free shipping.
Classtag: If you have not already done so, please contact your student’s classroom and request to sign up for Classtag! Make sure to choose texting as your delivery choice. Our school will be using Classtag even more to get news to the parents. Keep on top of key dates and deadlines, find messages like minimum day pick-ups, receive updates on whole school & classroom events, and much more!
Up To Date Health Information: Take care of yourself and your family. If you have questions about what is happening in Contra Costa County visit https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/ for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus.
FAMILY NETWORK (FN) NEWS & INFORMATION
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:
- April 27-May 10 FN Online Book Fair
- May 4-8 Staff Appreciation Week
- May 8 Campus open from 10-12pm for supplies pick-up and/or drop-off
- May 25 Memorial Day – no school
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ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Memories – ACAMemories@antiochcharteracademy.org
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS
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