Antioch Charter Academy

Feb 4  Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 21, January 31,2022


Last week at ACA we celebrated school choice week.  Primary and Elementary performed the school choice dance while Intermediate and Middle School cheered them on.  In primary, we talked about what it means to be able to make a choice and students were asked to express their feelings about choosing ACA.

When we let our Primary students know we would like to share some of their thoughts in this newsletter intro; every single hand enthusiastically went up!

Here is why Primary chooses ACA: “I can make food!  We can make different art!  The books!  Playing on the playground.  There are lots of things we can do!  I like the blacktop.  It has fun places to go!  Because I love Legos!  I love playing with all of my friends.  There are so many books to read and lots of jobs to do!  It has fun activities!  Lots of art!  I can make new friends.  I get to choose!  It’s colorful!”

As a teacher and parent, I’m so glad for School Choice!


Julie Nakayama


***If anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID,

Please Do Not Send Your Child To School.

Call or email the office for your next steps. Thank you***

2022-23 Lottery: The ACA lottery for the upcoming 2022-23 school year, will be held on March 2, 2022.  If you have a student, or know of a student who is interested in our school, an application must be submitted by March 1, 2022.

FYI: No student is automatically accepted into the school because he or she has a sibling already attending ACA.  All new students, including TK & Kindergarten, must submit an application by March 1st, to be included in the school’s lottery.  Applications for ACA & ACA II can be filled out online at

AUSD Lunch: Feb 14th will only be Turkey Subs. AUSD is closed that day

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!

First Fridays: First Fridays take place every 1st Friday of the month during the school year, at Skipolini’s in Antioch at 4pm. Come this Friday (2/4) and have dinner with your family while making new friends from our ACA community! 

Coin Wars: Beginning March 1st and ending March 31st, during this fundraiser students will be challenged to bring in the most points for their levels to win the war! More information to come.

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 Auditorium: Monday’s, Wednesday’s, & Fridays 3-6:45pm – Results in 15 minutes

  • Deer Valley High School Library: Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 3-6:45pm – Results in 15 minutes

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

  • ACA Office – we were given tests – one per student – while supplies last.  If you haven’t picked up one for your ACA student, please contact the office.

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.

School Lunch Order Form –

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.

Remind: This is another way for the school to quickly inform you on what is happening on campus. Never miss another minimum day schedule, or a whole school event.  You can receive messages through email or through texting – you decide!  If you have not signed up yet, please contact your student’s classroom for the code!

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:


  • Feb 4            Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

  • Feb 4 First Fridays – 4pm at Skipolini’s in Antioch. All ACA Families are welcomed! See flyer!

  • Feb 10           Middle School Trip to Family Harvest Farm (select students)

  • Feb 21-28      February Break & Staff Workday  – no school

  • March 1 Coin Wars Begin! Ending on March 31st

  • March 2         ACA Lottery

  • March 11       End of 2nd Trimester

  • March 14-18  Minimum Days – dismissal at 12pm

  • March 14       Beginning of 3rd Trimester


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

Google Translate

Academia autónoma de Antioquía

4 de febrero día mínimo – salida a las 12:00

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 26, número 21, 31 de enero de 2022


La semana pasada en ACA celebramos la semana de elección de escuela. Primaria y Primaria realizaron el baile de elección de escuela mientras que Intermedia y Middle School los animaron. En primaria, hablamos sobre lo que significa poder tomar una decisión y se les pidió a los estudiantes que expresaran sus sentimientos acerca de elegir ACA.

Cuando les informamos a nuestros estudiantes de Primaria, nos gustaría compartir algunos de sus pensamientos en la introducción de este boletín; ¡Todas las manos se levantaron con entusiasmo!

Esta es la razón por la cual la Primaria elige ACA: “¡Puedo hacer comida! ¡Podemos hacer arte diferente! ¡Los libros! Jugando en el patio de recreo. ¡Hay muchas cosas que podemos hacer! Me gusta el asfalto. ¡Tiene lugares divertidos para ir! ¡Porque me encantan los Legos! Me encanta jugar con todos mis amigos. ¡Hay tantos libros para leer y muchos trabajos para hacer! ¡Tiene actividades divertidas! ¡Mucho arte! Puedo hacer nuevos amigos. ¡Puedo elegir! ¡Es colorido!”

Como maestra y madre, ¡estoy muy contenta por School Choice!


julie nakayama


***Si alguien en su hogar ha dado positivo por COVID,
Por favor, no envíe a su hijo a la escuela.
Llame o envíe un correo electrónico a la oficina para sus próximos pasos. Gracias***

Lotería 2022-23: La lotería ACA para el próximo año escolar 2022-23 se llevará a cabo el 2 de marzo de 2022. Si tiene un estudiante, o conoce a un estudiante que esté interesado en nuestra escuela, debe enviar una solicitud antes de 1 de marzo de 2022.

FYI: Ningún estudiante es aceptado automáticamente en la escuela porque él o ella tiene un hermano que ya asiste a ACA. Todos los estudiantes nuevos, incluidos TK y Kindergarten, deben presentar una solicitud antes del 1 de marzo para ser incluidos en la lotería de la escuela. Las solicitudes para ACA y ACA II se pueden completar en línea en

Almuerzo de AUSD: el 14 de febrero solo habrá Subs de Turquía. AUSD está cerrado ese día

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


La red familiar de ACA está formada por adultos de ACA que se ofrecen como voluntarios para recaudar fondos y eventos sociales para el enriquecimiento de nuestros niños. El dinero que recaudamos vuelve a nuestra escuela para viajes de estudio, actividades familiares, asambleas y útiles escolares. Si tiene un hijo/nieto/sobrina/sobrino/etc. en ACA, ¡entonces únase a nosotros y ayude a marcar la diferencia!

Primeros viernes: los primeros viernes se llevan a cabo cada primer viernes del mes durante el año escolar, en Skipolini’s en Antioch a las 4 p.m. ¡Ven este viernes (2/4) y cena con tu familia mientras haces nuevos amigos de nuestra comunidad ACA!

Coin Wars: a partir del 1 de marzo y hasta el 31 de marzo, durante esta recaudación de fondos, los estudiantes serán desafiados a traer la mayor cantidad de puntos para sus niveles para ganar la guerra. Más información por venir.

Las reuniones de Family Network son generalmente el segundo jueves de cada mes. La junta da la bienvenida y alienta a todas las familias de ACA a asistir a las reuniones. Consulte el calendario a continuación para averiguar 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 donarán a ACA. Estamos registrados como The Learner Centered School, Inc.

Oportunidades de voluntariado de 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 p. m. a 3:30 p. m.
Ayudar a preparar, hacer palomitas de maíz, vender dulces/palomitas de maíz y limpiar


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

Auditorio de la Escuela Secundaria Antioch: lunes, miércoles y viernes de 3:00 p. m. a 6:45 p. m. – Resultados en 15 minutos
Biblioteca de Deer Valley High School: martes y jueves de 3 a 6:45 p. m. – Resultados en 15 minutos
Parque acuático Antioch: Walk Ins son bienvenidos de 7 a. m. a 7 p. m. – Resultados en 3 o 4 días
Oficina de ACA: nos dieron pruebas, una por estudiante, hasta agotar existencias. Si no ha recogido uno para su estudiante de ACA, comuníquese con la oficina.

Recordatorio de máscara: los estudiantes, empleados, padres/tutores y visitantes deberán usar una máscara mientras estén en el campus. Las máscaras están disponibles en la oficina para niños y adultos.

Recordatorios de dejar y recoger: Continuaremos verificando los síntomas y verificando la temperatura de cada estudiante a su llegada. Los padres/conductores no pueden entrar por las puertas durante el tiempo de entrega del viaje compartido.

Si los estudiantes llegan tarde, un padre/conductor debe acompañar a los estudiantes a la oficina para una evaluación de síntomas y control de temperatura. Tanto el(los) estudiante(s) como el adulto deben usar mascarilla.

Si su estudiante necesita salir temprano, la persona que recogerá al niño debe llamar a la oficina al (925) 755-7311 para que la oficina pueda recoger al estudiante antes de entrar a la oficina.