Antioch Charter Academy
Book Fair Week (see below for details)
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 25, Issue 30, April 26, 2021
As we start off another week of school, I want to complement our ACA families for continually using the Life skills of Flexibility and Perseverance this year. It has been a rollercoaster of a school year with online learning, repeated state shutdowns, and finally state reopenings. Our families have rolled with the punches and now as more of our students are returning to campus for in-person learning I am amazed at what I see with our students! These kids are smiling and happy, they are picking up the new procedures quickly and are running forward with their learning.
Some people might look around and feel like students are behind, they have missed so much. This may be true when solely looking at kids through an academic lens, but at ACA we believe there is more to a child than just academic ability. When we look at the whole child, at all their abilities, we can see all the amazing life skills they have acquired through the global pandemic. I know that this is because each student has an awesome support system at home and at school working together for these kids.
So thank you ACA families for continuing to work together with the staff and faculty to create the environment that helps your students thrive!
2021-22 School Year Student Intent to Return Forms are due by May 3rd. Go to the following link to confirm your students place for next year! https://forms.gle/
Volunteer Club: Hello ACA Families! The Middle School Volunteer Club will be holding a drive for the Humane Society and we need your help! The Humane Society is dedicated to saving, protecting, caring, and advocating for animals. However, they need help from us to donate specific items to help their work. If you are interested in helping a good cause, the items they’re looking for will be at the end. Unless you are donating through Amazon, you can drop off your donations to ACA I from May 3rd-May 7th. We sincerely appreciate your amazing support!
Clean/Unopened pet items
Blankets (flannel or fleece)
Flat sheets (not fitted)
Pet beds (NEW ONLY)
Dog/Cat toys (NEW ONLY)
2020-21 Yearbook: Hello ACA Families! The yearbook needs your pictures! As we are continuing to work on the yearbook we need any pictures you have of your student doing the following;
-Participating in wonderful Wednesday
-Any spirit day pictures
-Pictures of them working
Any and all photos are appreciated. Please send them to ACAMemories@
Thanks so much,
ACA yearbook staff
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/
Dear ACA Families,
The Family Network will elect board members for the 2021-2022 school year at our May meeting. We need your nominations! A few of our board members have been serving our school for many years; these board members have one good year left. It’s time to get some fresh ideas and fresh people on our board to get trained before the most seasoned board members are gone. We will be there to guide you through the processes so you’ll be ready to take the helm!
Please browse the positions listed below and think about how you can contribute to our Family Network Board. Even if you don’t run for a board position next year, please consider attending meetings and chairing events with support from board members.
Please submit all nominations to acafamilynetwork@
ACA Family Network Co-Chairs
ACA Family Network Board Positions
Chairperson: Prepares agendas for and facilitates FNB meetings; reports important information at General Membership meetings; must be a current member of the Family Network Board.
Co-Chairperson: Conducts meetings in the absence of the Chairperson; leads activities as agreed upon by the board.
Secretary: Keeps and distributes minutes (notes) of FNB meetings; accepts and confirms nominations for yearly FNB election.
Treasurer: Keeps financial records and prepares financial reports for the FNB. Bookkeeping experience not required.
Volunteer Coordinator: Helps recruit volunteers for school events and facilitates tracking of volunteer hours.
Fundraising Coordinator: Finds fundraising opportunities to present to the FNB; plans fundraising events, with the support of the board and the Family Network.
Social Coordinator: Arranges and organizes social events, with the support of the FNB and the Family Network.
The Book Fair is HERE: April 23 – May 6
The fair will be online only again this year. Use the link below to shop through May 6.
Thanks for supporting our school and promoting a love of reading in our students.
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. Check with the calendar below to find out the next meeting.
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 8-12:30pm. Call the office, or check with your student’s classroom if arrangements need to be made to come after open hours.
Drop Off & Pick Up Reminder: When dropping off AND picking up your student, please remain in your vehicle. Thank you in advance!!
Covid Corner: On Campus Learning and Distance Learning are taking place!! All parents and guardians are encouraged to read the various Safety Plans and Policies that are currently available on https://antiochcharteracademy.
If your student is learning On Campus, please abide by these current guidelines:
If your student is experiencing fever, coughing, diarrhea, or other possible Covid symptoms, please keep them home (see attached doc for checklist).
If your student is exposed to Covid, please keep the student home until the 10 day quarantine period ends (7 days with negative Covid test). Students can do Distance Learning during their quarantine period.
The California Department of Public Health updated travel recommendations on April 12. Travel – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response (ca.gov) If your family traveled outside of California during the break, please look over the recommendations for unvaccinated travelers, which include getting tested for COVID and self-quarantining for 7 days after travel. If you will be keeping your child(ren) at home to self-quarantine, please be sure to call the office at 925-755-7311, or email your student’s classroom level and office, before 8:00am. Students who are quarantined should still participate in Distance Learning.
Students, Staff and Parents must wear a mask while on campus, and abide by the current recommendation of keeping 3-6’ apart from each other.
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! Check the calendar for the next school meeting.
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.
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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April 26-May 6 Book Fair (online)
April 28 Young Author’s Night (check with your child’s classroom for how they will be celebrating this annual event)
April 30 Minimum Day – school day ends at 12pm
May 6 Family Network Zoom Meeting at 3:30
May 13 Charter Council Zoom Meeting @ 4pm
May 28 Minimum Day – school day ends at 12pm
May 31 No School – Memorial Day
June 8 8th Grade Graduation
June 9 Last day of school – minimum day
2021-2022 School Calendar ACA / ACA II
Aug 18 First Day of School
Sep 6 Labor Day
Oct 4 – 8 October Break
Oct 11 Staff Day – no school for students
Nov 11 Veteran’s Day Observed
Nov 22-26 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 23-Jan 7 Winter Break
Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb 21 – 25 President’s Day & February Break
Feb 28 Staff Day – no school for students
Apr 18 – 22 Spring Break
May 30 Memorial Day
June 10 Last Day of School
School Phone – 925-755-7311
School 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