Antioch Charter Academy
December 22 Minimum Day – Dismiss at 12pm
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 17, December 20, 2021
Dear ACA Families,
Last Thursday evening, a magical event happened at our school! With the backing of the Family Network, the “blood, sweat, and maybe some tears” from Andi Stahler & Margaret Romo, the many families who donated prizes/$/supplies, the teachers who donated prizes/$ & cookies, and all of you who showed up, our Family Flurry of Fun was a huge success!!
We recently sent out a branding survey, asking you to give us your input on what you think about when you think of ACA? On Thursday, “Who is ACA?” was put on full display – we are a family made from many different walks of life, who seek the best for our students, staff, and each other. Because of YOU, this Family Network event went from a small get together to help raise funds while having fun, to a true family event where adults and children were working together, creating together, laughing together, and most of all just BEING together.
We hoped for 50 people to come, but ended up having over 100! You showed up, you jumped in to help, you opened up your wallets, and without even knowing it, you encouraged your ACA staff!!! So thank you! After almost 2 years of craziness, this was needed.
We wish you all a good winter break, and we’ll see you on January 10, 2022!!
Who is ACA: It is important for ACA to tell our story, to define and celebrate who we are in our community. Defining our brand is a part of our story. Staff, families, and students are uncovering ACA and reflecting on the ACA brand in the process. We need your help!! If you haven’t done so already, please go to this link and give us your input! https://forms.gle/
School Lunch Order Form – https://forms.gle/
Yearbook: We need your pictures! If you take pictures of school events, please share them to www.treering.com/validate Passcode for our school is 101506720561403
FAMILY NETWORK (FN) HAPPENINGS
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/
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 → paypal.me/ACAfamilynetwork
AmazonSmiles: Shop at Amazon? Shop at Amazon’s fundraising site, smile.amazon.com 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
REMINDERS & FYIs
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. 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.
Girl Scout Troop: on campus 3:30pm on Mondays in the Multi Use Room.
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): https://cccc.
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 https://shelterinc.org/
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
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
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Dec 20 Primary & Elementary Class Musicals
Dec 20 6-8th Grade Winter Dance – 3:30-5pm
Dec 21 MS Victorian Day – 8:15-12pm
Dec 22 Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm
Dec 23-Jan 7 Winter Break – no school
Jan 10 Welcome Back!
Jan 13 FN Meeting (all welcome) – 3:30pm
Jan 13 Charter Council (all welcome) – 4pm
Jan 17 No School – MLK Day
Jan 24-28 Celebrate School Choice Week
Jan 27 Make-up Picture Day
School Phone – 925-755-7311
School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509
School Website – www.AntiochCharterAcademy.org
School Lunch Order Form – https://forms.gle/
ACA Office – ACAOffice@
ACA Family Network – ACAFamilyNetwork@
ACA Elementary – ACAElementary@
ACA Intermediate – ACAIntermediate@
ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@
ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@
ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@
ACA Memories – ACAMemories@
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 ACAFamilyNetwork@
We need help to make this year amazing for OUR KIDS, the school families, teachers and staff
Members at Large: Everyone!
Private Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS
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