Antioch Charter Academy


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Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 25, Issue 7, September 28, 2020


Congratulations, we’ve made it to week seven!  As a teacher and parent, I think it’s fair to say that distance learning requires a lot of patience, dedication, and perseverance.  So, in the spirit of positive thinking and its benefits, I want to acknowledge some accomplishments that I have experienced and observed.


-Students, even young students, are focusing and participating in lessons through Zoom.

-Students are organizing their materials, space, and assignments.

-Students are engaging in and working on completing independent and collaborative work.

-Students are creating and making.

-Students are asking questions and expressing their feelings.

-Students are talking to one another; engaging in discussions, sharing ideas, and supporting one another.

-Students are connecting with teachers, aids, and their peers.


We are doing this together!


Julie Nakayama (Elementary teacher)





ACA Families: Materials Pick Up Days

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 12:00pm-3:00pm

Thursday, October 1st, 7:30am-5:30pm

Friday, October 2nd, 7:30am-2:30pm


1st-8th Grade Level Materials: will be available in the multi-use room (cafeteria)  by level/teacher.  In an effort to minimize the contact between ACA staff and ACA parents, parents and students can come directly into the multi-use room and pick up their students’ materials.

Music and PE materials will also be available for pick up.



TK-K Grade Level Materials: will be available in the Primary Classroom (Room 5).

Only one parent will be allowed into the classroom at a time.  If you arrive and there is already a parent in the classroom, please wait outside.  If you arrive and there are already other parents waiting outside, please social distance at least 6 feet apart.

Each grade/level/teacher may have specific instructions for your pick up of your child’s materials.  For example, you may need to pick up a packet with your child’s name or you may need to check off a sign out sheet.  Please refer to the emails from your child’s teachers to find out exactly what you will need to do and pick up.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teachers.


Volunteer Club: This Week During Materials Pickup/Drop Off – St. Jude’s Hospital Toy Drive: Howdy! We’re a middle school run volunteer club. We want to help our community by donating, volunteering, and fundraising. For our upcoming event, we want to donate to Saint Jude’s Hospital, and we need your help! Attached is a list of the items we would like to donate. In addition to these goods, we are also in need of cash donations to ship these items to the main location in TennesseeAll donations listed are welcome! Please wear a face mask, and come support us!



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:


Dining for Dollars: 9/30/20 Save the Date! Raise money for our school by ordering from Panda Express on Auto Center Drive in Antioch on September 30th from 11-9:30pm!  Make sure you bring the attached flyer so we will get credit!

2020 Walk-a-Thon: Get ready to exercise and show your school spirit! We’re going to hold a Distance Learning Walk-A-Thon September 29th – September 30th. Students can collect pledges using the 99 Pledges website.  Family and friends can pledge per minute your student is active or pledge a flat donation amount.

Any time from 8 am September 29th through 8 pm September 30th exercise for 30 minutes while social distancing. You can take a walk, dance, Zumba, do jumping jacks, burpees, martial arts, play on the trampoline, swim… whatever you would like to do to stay active for 30 minutes straight. Have fun! Be creative and show your school spirit while you exercise! You may even want to exercise with a friend by video chatting them via Zoom, Facetime, GoogleDuo, etc!

There will be an official Walk-a-Thon post on September 29th on the ACA Facebook page. Comment on that post with a picture or description of you exercising, or if you are unable to post to Facebook email the description and/or picture to and we will post it in the comment thread for you.

Family Network Meetings are the first Thursday of each month.  Meetings will be held by Zoom until we can go back to 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.  Family Network Meeting Thursday, October 1 at 3:30 pm on Zoom. We hope to see you there!

Annual Give: Annual Give: $265 donated to date! Use the attached form and information to make your donation and help us reach our goal of raising $12,000 this year. Donations can be submitted via PayPal to, venmo to @Beth-Rottier, or checks mailed to the school with the attached form. Remember, your donation is tax deductible and helps to fund many materials and programs offered at our school.




Grab & Go Meals: Thanks to an extension of the Summer Feeding waiver from the USDA, all students from ACA I & II (and any siblings 18 and under) may pick up a bag containing FREE breakfast, lunch, supper and a snack M-F from any one of our 12 feeding sites.  The waiver is good through the end of December.  Please visit for the list of sites and menus.


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!


Absences and Tardies -Daily Attendance is expected: If your student will be absent, or tardy, please call the office at 925-755-7311, or email your student’s classroom, before 8:00am. Even though we are currently doing Distance Learning, roll is still taken EVERY DAY.


Updates on Distance Learning and Reopening: ACA I and II will continue with fully Distance Learning until the November break.  This means ALL students will be distance learning through November 20th. We will continue to evaluate the situation and prepare the site and staff for in person learning.


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  • September 29-30  FN Virtual Walk-A-Thon

  • September 30, Oct 1 -2   Pick Up/Drop Off Materials Days (see above for details)

  • September 30, Oct 1-2    Volunteer Club: St. Jude’s Toy Drive

  • September 30  FN Dining for Dollars – Panda Express in Antioch

  • October 1        FN Zoom Meeting (all welcome) – 3:30pm

  • October 5 – 9   October Break – no school

  • October 12      Teacher Collaboration Day – no school

  • October 13      Welcome back to school

  • October 15      Charter Council Zoom Meeting (all welcome) – 4pm



School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509

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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