Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 23, February 14,2022

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

Happy Valentine’s Day ACA Families! Take today to celebrate how much you love each other!

Tomorrow, February 15th, Elementary and Primary will be heading to Dublin for an ice skating being there experience!

Here are some Valentine’s Day jokes to share with your kiddos!

1. What did one blueberry say to the other on Valentine’s Day?

“I love you berry much”

2. What did one light bulb say to the other on Valentine’s Day?

“I love you a whole watt.”

3. Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day?

 “Sure, they’re very scent-imental!”

Have a great day everyone!

Mrs. Klotz


Electives:  We want to take this opportunity to give a “Shout Out” to our wonderful 2nd trimester elective volunteers: Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Rust, Mr. Smith, and Ms. Evers. One of the reasons our school is successful is because of people like you who are willing to invest in our students!

Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for our 3rd trimester (March 21 – June 3).  Afternoon electives for our 4-8th grade students starts on Monday, March 21st, and 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, Chinese, etc), sports (basketball, kickball, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, etc), cooking, 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!!

If you are interested in teaching a 3rd trimester elective, respond to this email, or let the office know by this Friday, February 18th!

Supplies Needed for Middle School Family Harvest Farm Projects: Thank you to the families who have donated to our projects!  We could still use a few more 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

-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

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 FUNdraiser: Beginning March 1st and running through March 31st, the students will be challenged to bring in the most points for their levels to win the war! See attached flyer for details.

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



*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!

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 & Temperature Reminders: 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.

We will continue to symptom screencheck and temperature check each student upon arrival. 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.

Early Departure:  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 15           Primary/Elementary Being There Experience – Dublin Ice Skating

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

  • March 1 FN Coin Wars Begin!

  • 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

  • March 31       FN Coin Wars Ends!


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 23, 14 de febrero de 2022

21-28 de febrero Descanso de febrero y jornada laboral del personal: no hay clases

¡Feliz San Valentín Familias ACA! ¡Tomen hoy para celebrar cuánto se aman!

¡Mañana, 15 de febrero, Primaria y Primaria se dirigirán a Dublín para una experiencia de patinaje sobre hielo!

¡Aquí hay algunos chistes del Día de San Valentín para compartir con sus hijos!
1. ¿Qué le dijo un arándano a otro en el Día de San Valentín?
“Te quiero mucho baya”

2. ¿Qué le dijo una bombilla a la otra en el Día de San Valentín?
“Te amo un vatio entero”.

3. ¿Las mofetas celebran el Día de San Valentín?
“¡Claro, son muy aromáticos!”

¡Tengan todos un buen día!
Sra. Klotz


Electivas: Queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para dar un “Agradecimiento” a nuestros maravillosos voluntarios de electivas del segundo trimestre: Sr. Ferguson, Sr. Rust, Sr. Smith y Sra. Evers. ¡Una de las razones por las que nuestra escuela tiene éxito es por personas como usted que están dispuestas a invertir en nuestros estudiantes!

Lo crea o no, es hora de comenzar a planificar nuestro tercer trimestre (del 21 de marzo al 3 de junio). Las clases optativas de la tarde para nuestros estudiantes de 4.º a 8.º grado comienzan el lunes 21 de marzo y se llevan a cabo de 2:05 p. m. a 3 p. m. los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes (los viernes son solo para estudiantes de escuela intermedia).

Estamos buscando adultos que estén dispuestos a enseñar/supervisar una variedad de actividades. El programa electivo en 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, chino, etc.), deportes (baloncesto, kickball, fútbol, softball, ultimate frisbee, voleibol, etc.), cocina, jardinería, yoga, fotografía, drama. , juegos de mesa, tiempo extra de trabajo, y la lista puede seguir y seguir: ¡enseña lo que disfrutas!

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!

Si está interesado en enseñar una electiva del tercer trimestre, responda a este correo electrónico o informe a la oficina antes de este viernes 18 de febrero.

Suministros necesarios para los proyectos agrícolas de cosecha familiar de la escuela intermedia: ¡Gracias a las familias que han donado a nuestros proyectos! ¡Todavía podríamos usar algunos artículos más!

-¡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
-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 sabe de un estudiante que está 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

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!

Recaudación de fondos de Coin Wars: a partir del 1 de marzo y hasta el 31 de marzo, los estudiantes serán desafiados a traer la mayor cantidad de puntos para sus niveles para ganar la guerra. Ver folleto adjunto para más detalles.

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 con el calendario a continuación para averiguar th