Antioch Charter Academy
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 25, Issue 31, May 3, 2021
Dear ACA families,
As we begin the first week in May, I can hardly believe we are in our last full month of school. This month is particularly joyful for me, because we are seeing the return of our middle school students.
Welcome back to campus!
One of my favorite programs at ACA is School Families. Students meet once a month as a mixed group of students from Primary through 8th grade. This program is extremely valuable because it requires the middle school students to plan activities that will include all grade levels. Middle school students learn leadership, and the younger students are getting a chance to be included with older students which makes them feel valued. They really look up to these mentor students!
I for one look with anticipation to time when we can return to these essential learning
programs. For now we celebrate the return of all grade levels to ACA!
Hi Amazing Families,
In preparation for our next LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan), we would like your input to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to improve student outcomes at ACA.
What do you feel can be continued/added/modified to existing programs that would improve student growth/achievement?
Please take a moment to reflect and complete the attached survey.
Thank you so much,
2021-22 School Year Student Intent to Return Forms are due TODAY, 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/
The Book Fair is STILL 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)
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