Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 11, November 1, 2021

Greetings ACA Families!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend!  I’m sure our students had lots of fun and received even more candy!  Students can bring a few pieces of candy to school for lunch, but I urge families to just be aware of how much is put in students’ backpacks or lunch boxes as it would be best to keep candy to a minimum.

I would also like to congratulate all students and families for completing our very first Walktober!  I believe it has been very successful.  Students met the goal of accumulating enough steps to get them to New York City…WOW!  That is impressive!  Pledge sheets should have been submitted this past Friday, but students will get these back this week in order to collect Pledges per lap.  All money is due by November 18th.  I think we all owe out Family Network a huge shoutout for organizing such an awesome fundraiser!

Thank you so very much for supporting our school.


Mrs. Cerecedes


Electives: 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 today, November 1st!

Yearbook: We need your pictures!  If you take pictures of school events, please share them to Passcode for our school is 101506720561403


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!

Turn in Your Pledges for Walktober!!!!  

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 need to be turned in now, 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.

November 4th, 2021

Family Network Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 990 5019 6121

Passcode: PKs5M9

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: Order forms (see link in Contact) are due every Friday by 9am for the following week. 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:


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

  • Nov 7            Fall Back – turn those clocks back an hour!

  • Nov 8            Intermediate on campus Study Trip

  • Nov 11          No School – Veterans Day

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

  • Nov 18          Walktober $$ Due!

  • Nov 18          Charter Council (all Welcome!) – 4pm

  • 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 11, 1 de noviembre de 2021

¡Saludos familias de ACA!

¡Espero que todos hayan tenido un gran fin de semana de Halloween! ¡Estoy seguro de que nuestros estudiantes se divirtieron mucho y recibieron aún más dulces! Los estudiantes pueden traer algunos dulces a la escuela para el almuerzo, pero insto a las familias a que solo sepan cuánto se pone en las mochilas o loncheras de los estudiantes, ya que sería mejor mantener los dulces al mínimo.

¡También me gustaría felicitar a todos los estudiantes y familias por completar nuestro primer Walktober! Creo que ha tenido mucho éxito. Los estudiantes alcanzaron la meta de acumular suficientes pasos para llegar a la ciudad de Nueva York … ¡GUAU! ¡Eso es impresionante! Las hojas de compromiso deberían haber sido enviadas el viernes pasado, pero los estudiantes las recibirán esta semana para poder recolectar los compromisos por vuelta. Todo el dinero vence el 18 de noviembre. ¡Creo que todos le debemos a Family Network un gran reconocimiento por organizar una recaudación de fondos tan increíble!

Muchas gracias por apoyar a nuestra escuela.

Sra. Cerecedes


Electivas: Créalo o no, es hora de comenzar a planificar nuestro segundo trimestre (29 de noviembre – 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, softbol, 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!

Si puede donar una hora de su tiempo, una vez a la semana durante el próximo trimestre, para ayudar a enseñar o supervisar una clase, ¡háganoslo saber lo antes posible! ¡También puede formar equipo con un amigo para enseñar una clase, y no necesita tener un estudiante en las clases de 4-8 grado para ayudar! En este punto, necesitamos que todos los voluntarios muestren un comprobante de vacunación completa contra Covid.

Si está interesado en enseñar una clase optativa del segundo trimestre, responda a este correo electrónico o avísele a la oficina hoy, 1 de noviembre.

Anuario: ¡Necesitamos tus fotos! Si toma fotografías de los eventos escolares, compártalas en El código de acceso de nuestra escuela es 101506720561403


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!

Entregue sus promesas para Walktober !!!!
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 ahora, pero le serán devueltas el 3 de noviembre para que pueda acumular sus contribuciones por vuelta. Todo el dinero debe entregarse a los maestros del salón de clases antes del 18 de noviembre.

¡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. 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.

4 de noviembre de 2021
Enlace de zoom de red familiar
ID de reunión: 990 5019 6121
Código de acceso: PKs5M9

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

AmazonSmiles: ¿Comprar en Amazon? Compre en el sitio de recaudación de fondos de Amazon, y ellos donarán