Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 22, February 7,2022

I would like to complement ACA families for using the lifeskills of flexibility and responsibility this school year! There have been multiple changes and requirements of schools and families in order for children and teachers to be learning this year, in-person and full-time. You all have rolled with these changes. You have done your best to be supportive of ACA staff.

So thank you ACA families!

Sarah Beaver


***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***

Supplies Needed: The Middle School class has partnered with Family Harvest Farm in Pittsburg for our Science Experiential Learning Program this year. Along with going out to the farm to help out (planting, harvesting, weeding, etc.), students have begun projects back at school that they can bring over to the farm. They are doing a wide variety of projects including constructing a method for collecting rainwater, building bat and owl boxes, making scarecrows, building a cleaning rack, creating signs, fundraising to buy trees, making a shade structure for lettuce, and creating a barrier for trash that comes from the highway.

As you can see they are doing a lot of amazing projects! We would love your support so that we can gather materials for their projects. The students have said that they need the following items:

-Wood, lots of wood! (4×4 posts, 2x4s, 1x2s, and panels)

-a hose hook

-a roll of hardwire cloth (at least 3.5ft by 6.5ft)

-Jack-o-lantern bucket

-hay or something similar (to fill a scarecrow)

-Large rubber bands

-screws of assorted sizes

-100ft of gutters

If you have any of these items around the house you are willing to let go of, or if you have any tools or anything else that you think could help, it would be greatly appreciated!

Feel free to reach out if you aren’t sure or if you want to contribute in another way.

Thank you so much!

Allen Stahler and the MS class

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!

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.

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

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?

  • Staff and students may go to:

  • Pre-register at AUSD Pre-Registration Link

  • Antioch High School: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3-7pm – Results in 15 minutes

  • Deer Valley High School: Tuesday & Thursday 3-7pm – 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.

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

  • Feb 10           Family Network Meeting @ 3:30 – All welcomed!

  • Feb 15           Primary/Elementary Being there experience – Dublin Ice Skating

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

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

  • March 2         ACA Lottery

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

  • 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

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Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 26, número 22, 7 de febrero de 2022

¡Me gustaría felicitar a las familias de ACA por usar las habilidades vitales de flexibilidad y responsabilidad este año escolar! Ha habido múltiples cambios y requisitos de las escuelas y las familias para que los niños y los maestros aprendan este año, en persona y a tiempo completo. Todos habéis rodado con estos cambios. Ha hecho todo lo posible para apoyar al personal de ACA.

¡Así que gracias familias de ACA!

sarah castor


***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***

Suministros necesarios: La clase de la escuela intermedia se ha asociado con Family Harvest Farm en Pittsburg para nuestro Programa de aprendizaje experimental de ciencias este año. Además de ir a la granja para ayudar (sembrar, cosechar, desmalezar, etc.), los estudiantes han comenzado proyectos en la escuela que pueden llevar a la granja. Están realizando una amplia variedad de proyectos que incluyen la construcción de un método para recolectar agua de lluvia, la construcción de cajas para murciélagos y lechuzas, la fabricación de espantapájaros, la construcción de un estante de limpieza, la creación de letreros, la recaudación de fondos para comprar árboles, la creación de una estructura de sombra para lechuga y la creación de una barrera para basura que viene de la carretera.

Como pueden ver, ¡están haciendo muchos proyectos increíbles! Nos encantaría su apoyo para que podamos reunir materiales para sus proyectos. Los estudiantes han dicho que necesitan los siguientes elementos:

-¡Madera, mucha madera! (postes 4×4, 2×4, 1×2 y paneles)
-un gancho para manguera
-un rollo de tela metálica (al menos 3,5 pies por 6,5 pies)
-Cubo de Jack-o-lantern
-heno o algo similar (para llenar un espantapájaros)
-Grandes gomas
-tornillos de varios tamaños
-100 pies de canaletas

Si tiene alguno de estos artículos en la casa que está dispuesto a dejar, o si tiene alguna herramienta o cualquier otra cosa que crea que podría ayudar, ¡se lo agradeceríamos mucho!

No dude en comunicarse si no está seguro o si desea contribuir de otra manera.

¡Muchas gracias!
Allen Stahler y la clase de EM

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!

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.

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 el 4 de marzo y cena con tu familia mientras haces nuevos amigos de nuestra comunidad ACA!

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?
El personal y los estudiantes pueden ir a:
Pre-registro en AUSD Enlace de pre-registro
Escuela Secundaria Antioch: Lunes, Miércoles y Viernes 3-7pm – Resultados en 15 minutos
Escuela Secundaria Deer Valley: Martes y Jueves 3-7pm – Resultados en 15 minutos
Parque acuático Antioch: se aceptan visitas sin cita previa de 7 a. m. a 7 p. m. – Resultados en 3 o 4 días

Recordatorio de máscara: los estudiantes, empleados, padres/tutores y visitantes deberán usar una máscara mientras están en la cámara