Antioch Charter Academy
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 25, Issue 23, March 1, 2021
Hello ACA families!
We are already in March (where did the year go?!?) and we are getting ready to head into the third trimester. Today we wanted to update you on how things are going as well as some things that are coming up.
Wednesday Program Update:
The second round of belt testing will be happening for Personal Safety in May!
The material is posted and can be reviewed in the Wednesday google classroom to help students “study” for the test.
Keep an ear out for different options to complete the test.
Enrichment instructors are starting 2nd Trimester grades and sending back unfinished work in Google Classroom. Check your To-Do List’s “missing” tab next week for any assignments to resubmit for credit.
Assignments due: March 5th for Elementary & Intermediate, March 10th for Middle.
Wednesday teachers have sent email invitations to guardians from the Wednesday google classroom accepting the invitation will help you to stay on top of your child’s progress.
Thanks for all your participation and we can’t wait to see your work! If you have any questions, reach out to enrichment instructors directly via their school email (see attachment)
Young Authors Update:
Since things have been so crazy, we have had to shift some things around. The Young Authors date will be changing. Look for emails in the future from the classroom teachers giving more information about how we plan to execute the Young Authors project this year.
Report Card Conferences:
Report cards are looming on the horizon and teachers are working hard to get through all the work and assessments needed to provide an accurate picture of your student’s progress. You may be receiving an invitation for a zoom conference. If you do not receive one, but you would like to have a conference, email your child’s teacher with your request.
Look for more emails and updates as the year progresses!
2020-21 Lottery: The ACA lottery for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, will be held on March 2, 2021. If you have a student, or know of a student who is interested in our school, an application must be filled out TODAY and put into the lottery process.
FYI: No student is automatically accepted into the school because he or she has a sibling already attending ACA. All new students, including TK & Kindergarten, must submit an application by March 1st, to be included in the school’s lottery. Applications for ACA & ACA II can be filled out online at https://antiochcharteracademy.
Middle School News (Community Challenge Groups): Thank you for all your support for our Middle School Cause groups. Here are the activities that are currently being held:
Pollution Solution Our student-led group Pollution Solution is working to help the environment be a cleaner place! We are fundraising with Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough (& more!) to donate to Save the Bay, an environmental organization here in the Bay Area.
Click the link below to check out the different catalogues and order online!
You can order online and have non-frozen items delivered to your home, or pick them up at school along with your frozen treats on a designated pick up day. (TBD)
All orders due by March 12th!
Any questions, email Mr. Abe at: aberodriguez@
2020-21 Yearbook: Thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures!!! The Yearbook Elective continues to need your help! We need pictures of your students doing school activities so we will be able to create a yearbook that is full of amazing school memories! If you have any pictures of students participating in school related activities please send them to ACAMemories@
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/
Family Network Meetings are usually 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. The next meeting is this Thursday, March 4 at 3:30pm
Annual Give: Thank you to everyone that has donated! Let’s keep it up! donate here via PayPal → paypal.me/ACAfamilynetwork
AmazonSmiles: Shop at Amazon? Shop at Amazon’s fundraising site, smile.amazon.com and they will donate back to ACA. We are registered as The Learner Centered School, Inc.
REMINDERS & ONGOING INFORMATION
School Campus Open: The campus is open Monday through Fridays (except holidays) from 8-12pm. Call the office, or check with your student’s classroom if arrangements need to be made to come after open hours.
Grab & Go Meals: 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 2020-21 school year. Please visit https://www.antiochschools.
Charter Council: the Charter Council is our governing board. The board meets usually on the second 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 currently on Zoom, and 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: Distance Learning for most levels will continue until further notice. We continue to evaluate the situation and are working to prepare the site and staff for in person learning, with the introduction of phased in student cohorts in a safe manner.
Need Assistance – it is OK to ask!
Antioch Charter Academy: call the school office (925-755-7311) if you need help finding school supplies, figuring out how to get school lunches, and/or need to talk with someone regarding any struggles your student(s) may be facing.
Shelter Inc. COVID 19 and Eviction Prevention Hotlines: COVID 19 hotline for those affected by the COVID-19 virus: rental assistance, payment of utility bills, funds for food or necessities; Eviction Prevention – due to crisis. Call 211 or go to https://shelterinc.org/
Contra Costa County Office of Education (Supplies available upon request for students in unstable housing):Headphones for distance learning, Hygiene kits, School supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, construction paper, pencils, lined paper), Reusable cloth mask (plain white, or Crayola colors for elementary)
Contra Costa Crisis Center (call 211): https://cccc.
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March 2 ACA Lottery for 2021-22 School Year
March 4 Family Network Zoom Meeting at 3:30
March 11 Charter Council Zoom Meeting @ 4pm
March 12 2nd Trimester Ends
March 15 3rd Trimester Begins
March 15-19 Minimum Days – school ends at 12pm
April 1 Family Network Zoom Meeting at 3:30
April 8 Charter Council Zoom Meeting @ 4pm
April 12-16 Spring Break – no school
April 26-30 Book Fair
April 28 Young Author’s Night
April 30 Minimum Day – school day ends at 12pm
School Phone – 925-755-7311School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509
School Website – www.AntiochCharterAcademy.org
ACA Office – ACAOffice@
ACA Family Network – ACAFamilyNetwork@
ACA Elementary – ACAElementary@
ACA Intermediate – ACAIntermediate@
ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@
ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@
ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@
ACA Memories – ACAMemories@
ACA Hot Lunch Program – ACALunchProgram@
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 ACAFamilyNetwork@
We need help to make this year amazing for OUR KIDS, the school families, teachers and staff
Members at Large: Everyone!
Private Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/
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