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Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 2, August 23, 2021

 

Hello ACA Families,

My name is Jessica Klotz, and I am a new teacher in the Elementary classroom! For my undergraduate, I went to Sonoma State University and graduated with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Studies. I later went to Santa Clara University for my Masters in Education and Multiple Subject Credential.

I am passionate about education, and child development. I value the emphasis this school puts on the whole student, and am honored to work here!

I can not wait for the year ahead!

Mrs. Klotz

 

GENERAL NOTES

 

Back to School Nights this Week!  This week is BTSN for all levels.  Watch your student’s class emails for details!

  • Aug 24           Back to School Night (Middle School) from 6~8pm (Zoom)

  • Aug 25           Back to School Night (Intermediate) from 6~8pm (Zoom)

  • Aug 26           Back to School Night (Primary/Elementary) from 6~8pm (Zoom)

 

Wonderful Wednesdays: Students will wear their blue Wednesday shirt every Wednesday, beginning this Wednesday, August 25.  Students should also bring a water bottle and wear closed toed shoes.  Students should also bring their belt, if they have one from last year’s Personal Safety.

 

Reminder: Students, employees, parents/guardians, and visitors will need to wear a mask while on campus.  Masks are available in the office for children and adults.

 

New Policy This Trimester:  We will not be able to offer students the use of microwaves this trimester to heat up their lunches.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, and will let you know if this policy changes.

 

NEW Ordering Lunch:  You can now order your lunch in advance! Order forms are due every Friday by 9am (email or drop off in the office). August menu and order form is attached. If you forget to submit your order form, your student will still be able to order the “Offered Daily” items on the morning of. Also, please let us know if you would like to receive Free Breakfast, Snack, and Dinner.

 

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/etc. at ACA, then come join us & help make a difference!

 

Family Network Meetings are usually the second Thursday of each month. 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: Would you like to support whole school activities, all the classrooms, and have less fundraisers??!!!  Then make a tax deductible donation…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

 

Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders: We will continue to symptom screencheck and temperature check each student upon arrival.

Parents/drivers may not enter the gates during carpool dropoff time.

If students arrive late, after staff has left the drop off area, a parent/driver must walk the student(s) into the office for a symptom screen and temperature check.  Both the student(s) and the adult must wear a mask.

For Pick up during carpool time, parents may use the drive through pick up line where students will walk to the car.  Or, parents may park in designated parking spots to walk to pick up their child(ren) from the carpool pickup area.   Parents/drivers may not enter the gates during carpool pickup time.

 

If your student needs to depart early, the person picking up the child must call the office at (925) 755-7311 so the office can retrieve the student prior to walking into the office to sign out their student. All visitors coming onto campus must wear a mask.

 

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.

 

Resources:

During times of uncertainty, it is important to concentrate on the physical and emotional health of students, staff, and families.  We have created this COVID-19 resource page with various resources, activities and hotlines to reach out for assistance.

 

In the event that this is an emergency, dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.

 

Contra Costa Health Services:

Mental Health Wellness & Education on how to address “Disappointment,” reduce “Stress” and maintain a “Positive Attitude”

888-678-7277 [available 24/7]

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Coping with Stress During a Pandemic

Contra Costa Crisis Center: Services and Resources for Teens

800-833-2900 (24/7)

 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

Fact Sheet on COVID-19 along with Age Appropriate Coping Strategies

 

The Child Mind Institute:

How to speak to kids about the Coronavirus

 

The National Association of School Psychologists & the National Association of School Nurses:

Talking to Children About COVID-19

(English and en español)

 

The Trevor Project:

LGTBQ Youth Support During COVID-19

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Stress and Coping [multiple languages]

 

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI):

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

 

Parent Anonymous:

www.parentsanonymous.org

 

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Calendar

  • Aug 24           Back to School Night (Middle School) from 6~8pm (Zoom)

  • Aug 25           Back to School Night (Intermediate) from 6~8pm (Zoom)

  • Aug 25           Introduction to Wonderful Wednesday (Enrichment Day)

  • Aug 26           Back to School Night (Primary/Elementary) from 6~8pm (Zoom)

  • Aug 30           First Trimester Elective begins (4-8th)

  • Sept 6            No School – Labor Day

  • Sept 8 2nd Cup of Coffee 8:15 (Every 2nd Wednesday of the month)

  • Sept 16-17     Minimum Days (Conferences) – dismissal at 12pm

CONTACT INFORMATION

School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509

School Website – www.AntiochCharterAcademy.org

ACA Office – ACAOffice@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Family Network – ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Elementary – ACAElementary@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Intermediate – ACAIntermediate@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Memories – ACAMemories@antiochcharteracademy.org

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: open…can you help???

Fundraising Chair: open…can you help???

 

If you’re interested in an open position please email ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org

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/acafamilynetwork/

Email: ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org

 

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