Antioch Charter Academy
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 3, August 30, 2021
DO YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED FOR AN EMERGENCY?
Make sure that you’re prepared in case of an emergency or outage and spread the word.
Disaster management organizations urge families to store and annually update emergency supplies. Of course, needs will vary according to your location and circumstances, so check with local emergency management services for recommendations that could be applied in your area.
In general, it is recommended that you keep at least three gallons (11 L) of water per person and three days of nonperishable, ready-to-eat foods.
Also, some families have prepared “go bags” with such items as the following:
Blankets, a complete change of warm clothes, and sturdy shoes
Flashlight, radio (battery or windup), and spare batteries
First-aid kit and a whistle to signal for help
Eating utensils, can opener, pocket toolset, and waterproof matches
Dust masks, waterproof tape, and plastic sheeting for shelter
Toothbrushes, soap, towels, and toilet paper
Child-care supplies and special-needs items for seniors or the disabled
A waterproof container with needed medication, copies of prescriptions, and other important documents
List of emergency contacts and meeting places and a local map
Credit cards and cash
Extra set of house keys and car keys
Paper, pencils, books, and games for children
For more information about how to keep your family safe, visit pge.com/safety.
Stay safe and prepared,
ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment for California) TESTING: New students, whose Home Language Survey indicates a language other than English as the primary/native language, will be administered the Initial ELPAC this month. Results will be shared with parents in October.
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 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/
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.
Popcorn Fridays Are BACK!!! This is not only a FUNdraiser for our students, but is also FUN for the students!! We are always in need of a couple volunteers to help sell the popcorn and candy after school. Come at 2:30 to set up and stay until about 3:30 to sell and clean up. This is an easy way to get your volunteer hours for the year! You can sign up on TrackItForward.com, or email acafamilynetwork@
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.
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
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
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Aug 30 First Trimester Elective begins (4-8th)
Sept 6 No School – Labor Day
Sept 7 Picture Day!
Sept 8 2nd Cup of Coffee 8:15 (Every 2nd Wednesday of the month)
Sept 9 Family Network Meeting – 3pm
Sept 9 Charter Council Meeting – 4pm
Sept 13 Vision Testing – certain grades
Sept 16-17 Minimum Days (Conferences) – dismissal at 12pm
Oct 4-8 October Break – no school
Oct 11 No School – Teacher inservice day
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@
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@
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