Antioch Charter Academy

Oct 27-29  Minimum Days – dismissal at 12pm

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 10, October 25, 2021

Dear ACA Families,

I would like to take this week’s opening to thank and acknowledge our Family Network.

Our Network of Families (YOU) are a group of committed parents who are led by a group of dedicated parent leaders who work diligently each week to unite our school families and to help raise funds, to plan events, and to brainstorm ideas to meet the needs of our school and its students.

Whether it is Friday popcorn and goody sales, Walk-a-thons, restaurant fundraisers, movie nights, wreath sales, this group meets every month to do their personal best to get families, students, staff on board to support ACA.

The funds they raise always go directly to benefit the students. This year the Family Network is sponsoring:

  • Whole school live performance of a Shakespeare work by Cal Shakes

  • Whole school field trip to see the MiLB Stockton Ports

  • Beautification project—repair our grassy area and get benches for students

  • Stipends to each teacher to enhance classroom curriculum

  • College scholarship for an ACA alumni

  • Stipend to support the 8th Grade Graduation

  • Cupcakes, cookies, fruit, juice, food to support students on campus learning experiences and countless hours driving for study trips.

Whenever there is a need we know we can count on YOU—The Family Network and its fearless leaders to help. Whether through donations of funds or donations of time, we see and count on your support!

The Family Network meetings are on the second Thursday of each month, starting at 3:30 pm. The next meeting will be held on November 4th. This year they are held on Zoom—so convenient! I would like to encourage all of our families to attend these meetings. The Network is a fun and profoundly meaningful way to become involved in the “village” that is our school.

November 4th, 2021

Family Network Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 990 5019 6121
Passcode: PKs5M9


Edna Heller, Co-Administrator


Help show your ACA school spirit by participating in School Spirit Week*!

Today, Oct 25       Pajama Day

Tuesday, Oct 26      Twin Day – dress like your friends

Wed, Oct 27          ACA Wednesday shirts

Thursday, Oct 28     Sports Day – wear your favorite sports gear (can be your own team, a college team, or a professional team!)

Friday, Oct 29        Costume or Cartoon Character Day (nothing gory/scary, no weapons, or a costume which is inappropriate for a school setting*)

*Remember that the School Dress Code still applies (appropriate footwear, no see through clothing, nothing offensive or gory, no masks that cover the entire face, no short shorts/skirts or saggy pants, etc).  Students will still have regular school days, so make sure they wear clothes/costumes that will not interfere with their learning activities.

Yearbook: The Yearbook Elective is having a FUNdraiser to help offset the cost of this year’s Yearbook.  The last day to order is today, Monday, October 25th!  Order forms are in the office. Also, we need your pictures!  If you take pictures of school events, please share them to

Haunted House (Fundraiser for Middle School):  Our annual Haunted House is BACK!  On Friday, Oct. 29th from 12~12:45, the middle school fundraising team of students are putting together a haunted house in our multi use room, suitable for all ages!!  Cost is $2 per student.  Funds go to support Middle School activities.

Electives:  We want to take this opportunity to give a “Shout Out” to our wonderful 1st trimester elective volunteers: Mr. Ferguson, Ms. Killion, Mrs. Evers, and Mr. Smith. One of the reasons our school is successful is because of people like you who are willing to invest in our students!

Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for our 2nd trimester (November 29th – March 11th).  Afternoon electives for our 4-8th grade students run from 2:05-3pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fridays (Fridays are for Middle School students only).

We are looking for adults who are willing to teach/supervise an assortment of activities.  The elective program at our school is vitally important part of our curriculum.  These classes offer students the opportunities to explore new areas of interest, opening their minds to new possibilities for themselves.  Our hope is to offer at least 9 different options for students to choose from on each day. This is only possible if our wonderful ACA community volunteers to help!!

Ideas for classes are: arts & crafts, sewing, language classes (ASL, Spanish, etc), sports (basketball, kickball, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, etc), gardening, yoga, photography, drama, board games, extra work time, and the list can go on and on – teach what you enjoy!

If you can donate an hour of your time, once a week for the next trimester, to help teach or supervise a class, please let us know ASAP!!!  You can also team up with a friend to teach a class, and you do not need to have a student in the 4-8th grade classes to help!! At this point, we need to have all volunteers show proof of full Covid vaccination.

If you are interested in teaching a 2nd trimester elective, respond to this email, or let the office know by November 1st!


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!

Last Week for Walktober!!!!  

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!  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.

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


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, Staff & Families SAFE!

  • Everyone needs to use crosswalks!

  • 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.

  • 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.

Ordering Lunch: You can now order your lunch in advance! Order forms are due every Friday by 9am. 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”.

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:


  • Oct 25-29      School Spirit Week (see above for each day’s theme)

  • Oct 29           Haunted House (Middle School fundraiser) – 12pm until done

  • Oct 27-29      Minimum Days (Staff Development/Conferences) – dismissal at 12pm

  • Nov 8            Intermediate on campus Study Trip

  • Nov 4            FN Meeting (all Welcome) – 3:30 on Zoom

  • Nov 11          No School – Veterans Day

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

  • Nov 18          Walktober $$ Due!

  • 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

27-29 de octubre Días mínimos – salida a las 12 p.m.

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy / TLCS Volumen 26, Número 10, 25 de octubre de 2021

Estimadas familias de ACA,

Me gustaría aprovechar la apertura de esta semana para agradecer y reconocer a nuestra Red Familiar.
Nuestra Red de Familias (USTED) es un grupo de padres comprometidos que son dirigidos por un grupo de padres líderes dedicados que trabajan diligentemente cada semana para unir a nuestras familias escolares y ayudar a recaudar fondos, planificar eventos y generar ideas para cumplir con los necesidades de nuestra escuela y sus estudiantes.

Ya sea que se trate de ventas de golosinas y palomitas de maíz los viernes, maratones, eventos para recaudar fondos en restaurantes, noches de cine, venta de coronas, este grupo se reúne todos los meses para hacer todo lo posible para que las familias, los estudiantes y el personal se unan para apoyar a ACA.

Los fondos que recaudan siempre van directamente a beneficiar a los estudiantes. Este año, Family Network patrocina:

Actuación en vivo de toda la escuela de una obra de Shakespeare de Cal Shakes
Viaje de campo de toda la escuela para ver los puertos de MiLB Stockton
Proyecto de embellecimiento: repare nuestra zona de césped y consiga bancos para los estudiantes
Estipendios para cada maestro para mejorar el plan de estudios del aula
Beca universitaria para un exalumno de la ACA
Estipendio para apoyar la graduación del octavo grado
Magdalenas, galletas, fruta, jugo, comida para apoyar a los estudiantes en las experiencias de aprendizaje del campus e incontables horas conduciendo para viajes de estudio.

Siempre que haya una necesidad, sabemos que podemos contar con USTED, The Family Network y sus intrépidos líderes para ayudar. Ya sea a través de donaciones de fondos o donaciones de tiempo, ¡vemos y contamos con su apoyo!

Las reuniones de Family Network son el segundo jueves de cada mes, comenzando a las 3:30 pm. La próxima reunión se llevará a cabo el 4 de noviembre. Este año se llevan a cabo en Zoom, ¡muy conveniente! Me gustaría animar a todas nuestras familias a que asistan a estas reuniones. La Red es una manera divertida y profundamente significativa de involucrarse en la “aldea” que es nuestra escuela.

4 de noviembre de 2021
Enlace de zoom de red familiar

ID de reunión: 990 5019 6121
Código de acceso: PKs5M9

Edna Heller, coadministradora


¡Ayude a mostrar su espíritu escolar ACA participando en la Semana del Espíritu Escolar *!

Lunes, 25 de octubre Día del pijama
Martes 26 de octubre Día de los gemelos: vístete como tus amigos
Miércoles 27 de octubre Camisetas de los miércoles de la ACA
Jueves 28 de octubre Día del deporte: use su equipo deportivo favorito (¡puede ser su propio equipo, un equipo universitario o un equipo profesional!)
Viernes 29 de octubre Día de disfraces o personajes de dibujos animados (nada sangriento / aterrador, sin armas o un disfraz que sea inapropiado para un entorno escolar *)

* Recuerde que el Código de Vestimenta de la Escuela todavía se aplica (calzado apropiado, sin ropa transparente, nada ofensivo o sangriento, sin máscaras que cubran toda la cara, sin pantalones cortos / faldas o pantalones caídos, etc.). Los estudiantes seguirán teniendo días escolares regulares, así que asegúrese de que usen ropa / disfraces que no interfieran con sus actividades de aprendizaje.

Anuario: La Electiva del Anuario tendrá una recaudación de fondos para ayudar a compensar el costo del Anuario de este año. ¡El último día para ordenar es hoy, lunes 25 de octubre! Los formularios de pedido están en la oficina. ¡Además, necesitamos tus fotos! Si toma fotografías de eventos escolares, compártalas en (consulte el documento adjunto para obtener instrucciones)

Casa embrujada (recaudación de fondos para la escuela secundaria): ¡Nuestra casa embrujada anual está DE VUELTA! ¡El viernes 29 de octubre de 12 a 12:45, el equipo de estudiantes de recaudación de fondos de la escuela intermedia está armando una casa embrujada en nuestro salón de usos múltiples, adecuada para todas las edades! El costo es de $ 2 por estudiante. Los fondos se destinan a apoyar las actividades de la escuela secundaria.

Electivas: Queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para dar un “Saludo” a nuestros maravillosos voluntarios electivos del primer trimestre: Sr. Ferguson, Sra. Killion, Sra. Evers y Sr. Smith. ¡Una de las razones por las que nuestra escuela tiene éxito es porque hay personas como usted que están dispuestas a invertir en nuestros estudiantes!

Lo crea o no, es hora de comenzar a planificar nuestro segundo trimestre (del 29 de noviembre al 11 de marzo). Las clases electivas de la tarde para nuestros estudiantes de 4-8 grado son de 2: 05-3pm los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes (los viernes son solo para estudiantes de secundaria).

Buscamos adultos que estén dispuestos a enseñar / supervisar una variedad de actividades. El programa electivo de nuestra escuela es una parte de vital importancia de nuestro plan de estudios. Estas clases ofrecen a los estudiantes la oportunidad de explorar nuevas áreas de interés, abriendo sus mentes a nuevas posibilidades para ellos mismos. Nuestra esperanza es ofrecer al menos 9 opciones diferentes para que los estudiantes elijan cada día. ¡Esto solo es posible si nuestra maravillosa comunidad de ACA se ofrece como voluntaria para ayudar!

Las ideas para las clases son: artes y manualidades, costura, clases de idiomas (ASL, español, etc.), deportes (baloncesto, kickball, fútbol, sóftbol, ultimate frisbee, voleibol, etc.), jardinería, yoga, fotografía, teatro, juegos de mesa, tiempo extra de trabajo, y la lista puede seguir y seguir – ¡enséñele lo que disfruta!