Antioch Charter Academy

Nov 11   No School – Veterans Day

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 12, November 8, 2021

Hello ACA Families!

We have made it past October and are heading full speed ahead toward report cards!  One of the things that helps students put their best foot forward in school and allows teachers to get a good idea about where students are at academically, is regular attendance.  When students don’t come to school there are A LOT of things they are missing and it’s stuff we can’t replicate with an independent study.  Students who miss school are missing class discussions, hands on activities, one on one tutoring, and social interaction with their peers.  According to an article on

 “Many parents may not realize how often their child is absent from school. A missed day here and there may not seem like a big deal compared to missing several days in a row. But missing just two days a month can add up to a child being considered chronically absent.

Chronic absences keep kids from getting the consistent instruction they need to build on basic skills. For kids with learning and thinking differences, there’s something else to consider: Frequent absences not only mean less instruction, but also missed opportunities for intervention, re-teaching and enrichment (Kelly).”

Many times appointments and vacations are the culprits when it comes to absences and as much as we want to encourage healthy teeth (etc.) and awesome family memories, we also know how difficult it is to make-up work that is being missed.  Much of what we do in class simply can’t be replicated, so please plan appointments and vacations during school breaks when possible.  We are also aware that there are times when illness strikes and students must stay home from school!  Please follow the procedures to report absences and request independent studies.  Also, if the symptoms point to COVID please be sure to take the proper steps and keep the school posted.

Please be aware that ten absences in a year is considered excessive and there are already students who for a variety of reasons (many of them not COVID related!) are approaching or have moved past that number and it is only November.  Please take this as a reminder that learning loss is a real thing and absences add up!


Mrs. Hummel



Picture Day is coming on Nov 29th!!!

School Name: Antioch Charter Academy

Picture Day Date: Monday, November 29

Picture Day ID: EVTD8K6ZK

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

New Girl Scout Troop on campus: 3:30pm on Mondays in the Multi Use Room, there will be ice breakers, games,and prizes for the first meeting!


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!

Dining for Dollars FUNdraiser on Dec 8th at Chipotle!  See attached flyer for details.

Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts: Save the date (Dec 16th) for this family fun event!  Watch future NETWORKings for more information.

Sherwood Forest Farms!

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

Turn in Your Pledges for Walktober!!!!  

 All money must be turned into the classroom teachers by November 18th.

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, 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 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 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

  • Nov 29          Schoolwide Picture Day


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 12, 8 de noviembre de 2021

¡Hola familias de ACA!

¡Lo hemos logrado en octubre pasado y nos dirigimos a toda velocidad hacia las boletas de calificaciones! Una de las cosas que ayuda a los estudiantes a dar lo mejor de sí mismos en la escuela y les permite a los maestros tener una buena idea de dónde se encuentran académicamente los estudiantes, es la asistencia regular. Cuando los estudiantes no vienen a la escuela, hay MUCHAS cosas que les faltan y son cosas que no podemos replicar con un estudio independiente. Los estudiantes que faltan a la escuela se pierden las discusiones en clase, las actividades prácticas, la tutoría individual y la interacción social con sus compañeros. Según un artículo de Unders

“Es posible que muchos padres no se den cuenta de la frecuencia con la que sus hijos faltan a la escuela. Un día perdido aquí y allá puede no parecer un gran problema en comparación con perder varios días seguidos. Pero faltar solo dos días al mes puede sumar a un niño siendo considerado crónicamente ausente.
Las ausencias crónicas impiden que los niños reciban la instrucción constante que necesitan para desarrollar sus habilidades básicas. Para los niños con dificultades de aprendizaje y de atención, hay algo más a considerar: las ausencias frecuentes no solo significan menos instrucción, sino también oportunidades perdidas de intervención, re-enseñanza y enriquecimiento (Kelly) “. Https:// / es / absentismo-crónico-lo-que-necesitas-saber

Muchas veces las citas y las vacaciones son las culpables de las ausencias y, por mucho que queramos fomentar la salud de los dientes (etc.) y los recuerdos familiares asombrosos, también sabemos lo difícil que es recuperar el trabajo que se está perdiendo. Gran parte de lo que hacemos en clase simplemente no se puede reproducir, así que planifique las citas y las vacaciones durante las vacaciones escolares cuando sea posible. ¡También somos conscientes de que hay momentos en que la enfermedad ataca y los estudiantes deben quedarse en casa y no ir a la escuela! Siga los procedimientos para informar las ausencias y solicitar estudios independientes. Además, si los síntomas apuntan a COVID, asegúrese de tomar las medidas adecuadas y de mantener la escuela informada.

Tenga en cuenta que diez ausencias en un año se consideran excesivas y ya hay estudiantes que por una variedad de razones (¡muchas de ellas no relacionadas con COVID!) Se están acercando o han superado ese número y es solo noviembre. Por favor, tomen esto como un recordatorio de que la pérdida de aprendizaje es algo real y las ausencias se acumulan.

Sra. Hummel


¡¡¡El día de fotos se acerca el 29 de noviembre !!!
Nombre de la escuela: Antioch Charter Academy
Día de la foto Fecha: lunes 29 de noviembre
Identificación del día de la foto: EVTD8K6ZK

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

Nueva Tropa de Girl Scouts en el campus: 3:30 pm los lunes en el salón de usos múltiples, ¡habrá rompehielos, juegos y premios para la primera reunión!


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!

¡Cena por Dólares FUNdraiser el 8 de diciembre en Chipotle! Ver folleto adjunto para más detalles.

Galletas, cacao y manualidades: ¡Reserve la fecha para el 16 de diciembre para este divertido evento familiar! Vea futuras REDES para obtener más información.

¡Granjas del bosque de Sherwood!

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

Entregue sus promesas para Walktober !!!!
Todo el dinero debe entregarse a los maestros del salón de clases antes del 18 de noviembre.

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.

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 a ACA. Estamos registrados como The Learner Centered School, Inc.

Oportunidades de voluntariado en la red familiar
Se necesitan voluntarios para los viernes de palomitas de maíz
Necesitamos voluntarios para ayudar con la venta de palomitas de maíz todos los viernes de 2:30 pm a 3:30 pm
Ayude a instalar, hacer palomitas de maíz, vender dulces / palomitas de maíz y limpiar


¿Necesita una prueba de COVID? Los estudiantes pueden ir a:

Antioch High School: lunes y miércoles de 4 a 7 p. M. – Resultados en 15 minutos
Escuela secundaria de Deer Valley: martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Resultados en 15 minutos
Antioch Water Park: Walk Ins welcome 7 am-7pm – Results