Antioch Charter Academy

Oct 4-8       October Break – no school

Oct 11      No School – Teacher inservice day

Oct 12    Welcome Back!

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 7, September 27, 2021

Hello ACA families,

Last week, there was a Primary student who had a minor scrape and was upset coming back from an activity.  Before I reached the student, two students from upper grade levels were talking to him, sharing comforting words, helping him to calm down.  I stepped back for a second and watched as our students, without any adult prompting, helped each other. This is not out of the ordinary at our school, in fact these acts of kindness and compassion are something I see on a regular basis.

I believe our school, through multi-age groupings, helps foster and grow awareness and sensitivity towards others.  Our class structure allows students to be role models for others while also looking up to the role models around them.  Does this always flow easily? No, but it creates a special environment for learning and practicing these skills.  In class, we are not only working on academics, but intertwined with our lessons and routine, students are developing important life skills that emphasize working together and helping one another.

It’s always exciting to see this in action!

Wishing everyone a great week of learning and a relaxing October break to follow.


Julie Nakayama

Primary Teacher


NEW Ordering Lunch using Google Sheet:  You can now order your lunch in advance! Order forms are due every Friday by 9am. Find the order form here If you forget to submit your order form, your student will still be able to order the “Offered Daily” items on the morning of. If you would like your students’ order to stay permanent, please let the office know.  Also, please let us know if you would like to receive free breakfast, snack, and dinner “Grab & Go”.


Dear families of ACA,

The new 2021-2022 year book is now available for pre-order. If you order within this month from September 1st to September 30th you get 10% off  for $18.65 instead of $20.00. We accept checks or cash. Please give the money to the office with your student’s name attached.

Thank you for your support!

The Yearbook Elective

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

Parking Lot Safety – Let’s Keep ALL Our Students & Families SAFE!

  • Everyone needs to use crosswalks!

  • Please do not move the cones or park in the parking lot area closest to the buildings.  Students use that area to wait for their rides.

  • Listen to the staff’s instructions – they are trying to keep everyone safe, and to keep drop off/pick up running smoothly.

  • Do not tell your students to cut through the parking lot to reach you – cars that are backing up may not see your student.  Students should be picked up using the carpool lane, or using the crosswalk, they can walk to their cars which are parked on the street/in front of the park.

  • When it is your turn to enter the carpool lane, pull all the way forward, so up to 6 vehicles can load/unload their charges at a time.

  • Do not move forward in the carpool lane until all children have entered/exited their vehicles in front of you – a fender bender could severely injure a child who is partially in a vehicle.

  • At the height of pick up/drop off, once you are done, we ask that you turn right out of the parking lot, so there will be less traffic in front of the school – this will actually save you a few minutes!

  • Thank you for keeping everyone safe – remember picking up/dropping off is only a few minutes out of your day, but an injury could last a lifetime!!


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.

Second Cup of Coffee: The Family Network host’s a monthly event called the Second Cup of Coffee. This is a chance to find out more about what is happening at school and to connect with other families at ACA. Come, enjoy a second cup of coffee! 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 →

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.

Family Network Volunteer Opportunities

🍿  Popcorn Fridays Volunteers Needed 🍿

We need volunteers to help out with popcorn sales each Friday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Help set up, make popcorn, sell candy/popcorn and clean-up

🍜 Restaurant Fundraiser🍜

Hey there Parents! Do you know of, or work for, a restaurant that would like to participate in an ACA fundraiser? Please email to provide the

restaurant information or for more details.


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.

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.

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.

Contra Costa Crisis Center (call 211):

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

Mental Health Wellness & Education :: Behavioral Health

888-678-7277 [available 24/7]

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 Crisis Center: Services and Resources for Teens

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – What You Should Know

Services and Resources for Teens :: Behavioral Health

800-833-2900 (24/7)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

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

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019

Parent Anonymous:

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  • Oct 1             MS Medieval Banquet & Joust

  • Oct 4-8          October Break – no school

  • Oct 11           No School – Teacher inservice day

  • Oct 13           Second Cup of Coffee (Everyone Welcomed) – 8:15AM

  • Oct 14           Charter Council Meeting @ 4pm

  • Oct 28-29      Minimum Days (Conferences) – dismissal at 12pm

  • Nov 11          No School – Veterans Day

  • Nov 15-19     Minimum Days (Conferences) – dismissal at 12pm

  • Nov 19          End of 1st Trimester

  • Nov 22-26     No School – Thanksgiving Break

  • Nov 29          2nd Trimester begins


School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509

School Website –

School Lunch Order Form –

ACA Office –

ACA Family Network –

ACA Elementary –

ACA Intermediate –

ACA Primary –

ACA Middle School –

ACA I & II Special Education –

ACA Newsletter –

ACA Memories –

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

We need help to make this year amazing for OUR KIDS, the school families, teachers and staff

Members at Large: Everyone!

Private Facebook Group:



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

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Academia Charter de Antioch

4-8 de octubre Vacaciones de octubre – no hay clases
11 de octubre No hay clases – Día de capacitación para maestros
12 de octubre ¡Bienvenido de nuevo!

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy / TLCS Volumen 26, Número 7, 27 de septiembre de 2021

Hola familias de ACA,

La semana pasada, hubo un estudiante de Primaria que tuvo un rasguño menor y estaba molesto al regresar de una actividad. Antes de llegar al estudiante, dos estudiantes de los niveles superiores estaban hablando con él, compartiendo palabras reconfortantes, ayudándolo a calmarse. Di un paso atrás por un segundo y observé cómo nuestros estudiantes, sin ninguna indicación de un adulto, se ayudaban unos a otros. Esto no es fuera de lo común en nuestra escuela, de hecho, estos actos de bondad y compasión son algo que veo con regularidad.

Creo que nuestra escuela, a través de grupos de edades múltiples, ayuda a fomentar y aumentar la conciencia y la sensibilidad hacia los demás. La estructura de nuestra clase permite a los estudiantes ser modelos a seguir para los demás y al mismo tiempo mirar a los modelos a seguir que los rodean. ¿Esto siempre fluye con facilidad? No, pero crea un entorno especial para aprender y practicar estas habilidades. En clase, no solo estamos trabajando en lo académico, sino que, entrelazados con nuestras lecciones y nuestra rutina, los estudiantes están desarrollando importantes habilidades para la vida que enfatizan el trabajo conjunto y ayudarse unos a otros.

¡Siempre es emocionante ver esto en acción!

Les deseo a todos una gran semana de aprendizaje y unas relajantes vacaciones de octubre.

Julie Nakayama
Profesor de primaria


NUEVO Pedido de almuerzo con Google Sheet: ¡Ahora puede pedir su almuerzo con anticipación! Los formularios de pedido deben entregarse todos los viernes a las 9 a. M. Encuentre el formulario de pedido aquí Si olvida enviar su formulario de pedido, su estudiante aún podrá ordenar los artículos “Diarios ofrecidos” en la mañana del. Si desea que la orden de sus estudiantes permanezca permanente, infórmeselo a la oficina. Además, háganos saber si desea recibir desayuno, refrigerio y cena gratis “Grab & Go”.

Queridas familias de ACA,

El nuevo anuario 2021-2022 ya está disponible para pre-pedido. Si realiza un pedido dentro de este mes del 1 de septiembre al 30 de septiembre, obtendrá un 10% de descuento por $ 18,65 en lugar de $ 20,00. Aceptamos cheques o efectivo. Por favor entregue el dinero a la oficina con el nombre de su estudiante adjunto.

¡Gracias por tu apoyo!
La optativa del anuario

Recordatorio de máscara: Los estudiantes, empleados, padres / tutores y visitantes deberán usar una máscara mientras estén en el campus, lo que incluye el estacionamiento. Las máscaras están disponibles en la oficina para niños y adultos.

Seguridad en el estacionamiento: ¡Mantengamos SEGUROS a TODOS nuestros estudiantes y familias!
¡Todos deben usar los cruces peatonales!
No mueva los conos ni se estacione en el área de estacionamiento más cercana a los edificios. Los estudiantes usan esa área para esperar sus paseos.
Escuche las instrucciones del personal: están tratando de mantener a todos a salvo y de que la entrega / recogida funcione sin problemas.
No les diga a sus estudiantes que atraviesen el estacionamiento para alcanzarlo – los autos que están retrocediendo pueden no ver a su estudiante. Los estudiantes deben ser recogidos usando el carril de carpool, o usando el cruce de peatones, pueden caminar hasta sus autos que están estacionados en la calle / frente al parque.
Cuando sea su turno de ingresar al carril para viajes compartidos, avance completamente para que hasta 6 vehículos puedan cargar / descargar sus cargas a la vez.
No avance en el carril para viajes compartidos hasta que todos los niños hayan entrado o salido de sus vehículos delante de usted; un golpe en el guardabarros podría lesionar gravemente a un niño que está parcialmente en un vehículo.
A la altura de la recogida / devolución, una vez que haya terminado, le pedimos que gire a la derecha fuera del estacionamiento, para que haya menos tráfico frente a la escuela, ¡esto realmente le ahorrará unos minutos!
Gracias por mantener a todos a salvo – recuerde que recoger / dejar es solo unos minutos de su día, ¡pero una lesión podría durar toda la vida!


La Red Familiar ACA está formada por adultos ACA que se ofrecen como voluntarios para eventos sociales y de recaudación de fondos para el enriquecimiento de nuestros niños. El dinero que recaudamos regresa a nuestra escuela para viajes de estudio, actividades familiares, asambleas y útiles escolares. Si tiene un hijo / nieto / sobrina / sobrino / etc. en ACA, ¡únase a nosotros y ayude a marcar la diferencia!

Las reuniones de la red familiar suelen ser el segundo jueves de cada mes. La junta da la bienvenida y anima a todas las familias de ACA a asistir a las reuniones. Consulte el calendario a continuación para saber la próxima reunión.

Second Cup of Coffee: The Family Network presenta un evento mensual llamado Second Cup of Coffee. Esta es una oportunidad para saber más sobre lo que está sucediendo en la escuela y para conectarse con otras familias en ACA. ¡Ven, disfruta de una segunda taza de café! Consulte el calendario a continuación para saber la próxima reunión.

Donación anual: ¿Le gustaría apoyar las actividades de toda la escuela, todas las aulas y tener menos eventos para recaudar fondos? Entonces haga una donación deducible de impuestos … done aquí a través de PayPal →