Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 9, October 18, 2021

Something that makes our school so special and unique is the amount of importance we place on experiential learning- or learning through hands-on experiences. One of the ways we do this is through being there experiences- or as we used to call them- field trips.

With everything going on in the world- and doing virtual learning for much of last year, we had to get creative and find digital resources to have virtual field trips or hands-on experiences from home.

This year we are very excited to get back to going out into the world to experience all our community has to offer.

Primary and Elementary will be going on their very first being there experience this year to a local working farm- G and S Farms in Brentwood on Thursday October 21st. We will get to have a lesson from the farmer, a tour of the working farm, and pick pumpkins right off of the vine.

We will bring this experience back into the classroom with us when we use our pumpkins to measure, weigh, do science experiments with, and maybe even do some cooking and carving!

We want to thank parents in advance for driving on our field trip and being an active part of our classroom culture. Without you our students wouldn’t get to have this hands-on real world experience.

See you on Thursday!

Rebecca Zaccardi

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”.

Yearbook: We need your pictures!  If you take pictures of school events, please share them to (see attached document for instructions)


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!

Walktober is here!!!! This is a month-long fundraiser aimed to get our students moving!

Please help Antioch Charter Academy (ACA) fund Classroom Technology, Science, PE, Music, Personal Safety, Art classes and field trips by pledging money to students walking during our WALKTOBER event!  All students will receive a pedometer when we get back from break, Tuesday October 12th ! Here is the form for tracking your steps:

Walktober is a step challenge between the levels (Primary & Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle), with weekly set goals of destinations to “walk” to. Our destinations will be Antioch to Santa Fe, Santa Fe to Kansas City, Kansas City to Chicago, Chicago to Atlanta, and then finishing from there in Time Square!

You may make a flat donation, pledge for each milestone or per step (goal is 4,052 mile) For example, if you pledge $.01 per mile your donation would be $40 total for the event. If you pledge $5 per city “walked to” your donation would be $25; of a flat donation of your choosing is always appreciated.


100% of money earned goes directly to ACA’s Family Network, which uses funds to support school activities.  Please make checks payable to ACA.  Pledge sheets must be turned in by Friday October 30th, but will be returned to you on November 3rd so you can collect on your Pledges per Lap.  All money must be turned into the classroom teachers by November 18th.

Let us know if you have any questions!


It’s time for our annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser with Sherwood Forest Farms!

Please set up a seller mini-site for your student/family using this link:

This will help us organize the orders when we receive them at the school. It’s quick and easy to set up! Once this is done, you can share your link with family and friends so they can order from our fundraiser.

Orders may be placed from October 18 – November 5, 2021.

Local delivery items will be delivered to the school between November 29 – December 6, 2021. We will provide pick up details once we know the exact delivery date. Volunteers will be needed to help with distribution!

Please email any questions to

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 →

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.


Need a COVID test?  Students may go to:

  • Antioch High School: Monday’s & Wednesday’s 4-7pm – Results in 15 minutes

  • Deer Valley High School: Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 4-7pm – Results in 15 minutes

  • Antioch Water Park: Walk Ins welcome 7am-7pm – Results 3-4 days

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.

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.

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!!

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 14           Charter Council Meeting @ 4pm

  • Oct 21           Being There Experience (Primary/Elementary) – Pumpkin Patch

  • 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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Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy / TLCS Volumen 26, Número 9, 18 de octubre de 2021

Algo que hace que nuestra escuela sea tan especial y única es la importancia que le damos al aprendizaje experimental, o al aprendizaje a través de experiencias prácticas. Una de las formas en que hacemos esto es a través de experiencias, o como solíamos llamarlas, excursiones.

Con todo lo que sucedió en el mundo y el aprendizaje virtual durante gran parte del año pasado, tuvimos que ser creativos y encontrar recursos digitales para tener excursiones virtuales o experiencias prácticas desde casa.

Este año estamos muy emocionados de volver a salir al mundo para experimentar todo lo que nuestra comunidad tiene para ofrecer.

Primaria y Primaria irán a su primera experiencia de estar allí este año a una granja de trabajo local: G y S Farms en Brentwood el jueves 21 de octubre. Tendremos una lección del granjero, un recorrido por la granja en funcionamiento y recogeremos calabazas directamente de la vid.

¡Traeremos esta experiencia al salón de clases cuando usemos nuestras calabazas para medir, pesar, hacer experimentos científicos y tal vez incluso cocinar y tallar!

Queremos agradecer a los padres de antemano por conducir en nuestra excursión y ser una parte activa de la cultura de nuestra clase. Sin usted, nuestros estudiantes no tendrían esta experiencia práctica en el mundo real.

¡Te veo el jueves!
Rebecca Zaccardi
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”.

Anuario: ¡Necesitamos tus fotos! Si toma fotografías de eventos escolares, compártalas en (consulte el documento adjunto para obtener instrucciones)


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!

¡Walktober está aquí! ¡Esta es una recaudación de fondos de un mes cuyo objetivo es hacer que nuestros estudiantes se muevan!

¡Por favor ayude a Antioch Charter Academy (ACA) a financiar la tecnología del salón de clases, ciencias, educación física, música, seguridad personal, clases de arte y excursiones al prometer dinero a los estudiantes que caminan durante nuestro evento WALKTOBER! ¡Todos los estudiantes recibirán un podómetro cuando regresemos de las vacaciones, el martes 12 de octubre! Aquí está el formulario para seguir sus pasos:

Walktober es un desafío de pasos entre los niveles (Primaria y Primaria, Intermedio y Medio), con metas semanales establecidas de destinos a los que “caminar”. Nuestros destinos serán de Antioch a Santa Fe, de Santa Fe a Kansas City, de Kansas City a Chicago, de Chicago a Atlanta, y luego terminarán desde allí en Time Square.

Puede hacer una donación fija, una promesa para cada hito o por paso (la meta es 4,052 millas). Por ejemplo, si se compromete a $ .01 por milla, su donación sería de $ 40 en total para el evento. Si promete $ 5 por ciudad “caminada”, su donación sería de $ 25; de una donación plana de su elección siempre se agradece.


El 100% del dinero ganado va directamente a la Red Familiar de ACA, que utiliza fondos para apoyar las actividades escolares. Haga los cheques pagaderos a ACA. Las hojas de compromiso deben entregarse antes del viernes 30 de octubre, pero se le devolverán el 3 de noviembre para que pueda cobrar sus contribuciones por vuelta. Todo el dinero debe entregarse a los maestros del salón de clases antes del 18 de noviembre.

¡Háganos saber si tiene alguna pregunta!


¡Es hora de nuestra recaudación de fondos anual Holiday Wreath con Sherwood Forest Farms!

Configure un mini-sitio de vendedor para su estudiante / familia usando este enlace:

Esto nos ayudará a organizar los pedidos cuando los recibamos en la escuela. ¡Es rápido y fácil de configurar! Una vez hecho esto, puede compartir su enlace con familiares y amigos para que puedan realizar pedidos de nuestra recaudación de fondos.

Los pedidos se pueden realizar del 18 de octubre al 5 de noviembre de 2021.

Los artículos de entrega local se entregarán en la escuela entre el 29 de noviembre y el 6 de diciembre de 2021. Proporcionaremos los detalles de la recogida una vez que sepamos la fecha exacta de entrega. ¡Se necesitarán voluntarios para ayudar con la distribución!

Envíe sus preguntas por correo electrónico a

Las reuniones de la red familiar suelen ser el segundo jueves de cada mes. los