Antioch Charter Academy

May 28  Minimum Day – school day ends at 12pm; May 31  No School – Memorial Day

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 25, Issue 34, May 24, 2021


Hello ACA Families,

There are just a few weeks of school left and I know most of you are getting anxious to get away somewhere fun. We ask that you fight that urge! We need the students to finish the year strong. All levels are finishing up units and projects for the year.  In addition, most levels are required to take state standardized math and reading assessments.  The primary and 1st grade have started their assessments. This week, 2nd grade and middle school will take their tests and the Intermediate and 3rd grade students will be testing next week.  Please do not make appointments or plan to travel before the end of the school year.

Don’t forget that this weekend is Memorial Day! There is no school on Monday May 31st, enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Arnst

Intermediate Teacher




End of the School Year Material Drop Off/Return Dates:

-Drop off Clay projects by May 24th to be Fired on time.

-Return any borrowed Wonderful Wednesday items by June 3rd (PE, Personal Safety, Art, Music equipment)

-Music Students please return your instruments and books (unless Mrs. Burchett and Mr.Johnston have said otherwise) by May 28th.

-Return Tech bundles if your student is no longer using them.

-All Chromebook bundles should be dropped off on June 8-9th

Summer Camp Program: We are offering a FREE Summer Camp Program to all of our ACA students this summer! There are only a few spaces left, so please fill out the form to claim your spot! ACA STEAM Summer Camp Form

Camp will take place on the ACA campus for 4 sessions, Monday through Friday from 8am-12pm:

Nature Week (Session 1) – 6/21-6/25

Carnival Week (Session 2) – 6/28-7/2

Foodie Week (Session 3) – 7/5-7/9

Water Week (Session 4) – 7/26-7/30


2020-21 Yearbook: This year’s Yearbook is now on SALE!  Although your student will not receive it by the last day of school, you can still order one.  The yearbook will come directly to your home.  Go to this link, set up an account and order one today!



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 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 →

AmazonSmiles: Shop at Amazon? Shop at Amazon’s fundraising site, and they will donate back to ACA. We are registered as The Learner Centered School, Inc.



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

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.

  • 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 (  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 for the list of sites and menus.


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

  • 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):


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  • May 28         Minimum Day – school day ends at 12pm

  • May 31          No School – Memorial Day

  • June 8-9       If you haven’t already, return any school issued supplies you student has borrowed (Chromebook bundles, text books, literature books, musical instruments, Wednesday supplies) – Thank you!

  • June 8            8th Grade Graduation – Car Parade at 4:30pm

  • 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 –

ACA Office –

ACA Family Network –

ACA Elementary –

ACA Intermediate –

ACA Primary –

ACA Middle School –

ACA I & II Special Education –

ACA Newsletter –

ACA Memories –

ACA Hot Lunch Program –

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