Antioch Charter Academy
Mar 4, 2022 First Friday at Skipolini’s (see attached flyer)
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 25, March 1,2022
Welcome Back ACA Families!
Hopefully you’ve had a restful week off and students are ready to throw themselves back into their learning. Over the break, the staff at ACA and ACA II were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles on a Being There experience where we participated in a training at the Museum of Tolerance.
After touring the museum, listening to some amazing speakers, and collaborating on ways to
integrate what we have learned into our classrooms, teachers were reminded why Being There experiences are such an integral part of learning (even for adults!). On the trip the staff was able to
experience the museum, participate in reflections and discussions, and collaborate with each other. It also provided a unique bonding experience that only travel and time spent together can do.
We are all excited to dive back into our lessons and see how we can apply our new knowledge!
2022-23 Lottery: The ACA lottery for the upcoming 2022-23 school year, will be held Wednesday, 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 TODAY, 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 https://antiochcharteracademy.
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/
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 this Friday, March 4th and have dinner with your family while making new friends from our ACA community!
Free Breakfast Survey: please take the short survey at the end of the newsletter to let us know if you have interest in us providing an AUSD breakfast on campus.
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
*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 – https://forms.gle/
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): https://cccc.
Contra Costa Health Services: Mental Health Wellness & Education on how to address “Disappointment,” reduce “Stress” and maintain a “Positive Attitude”
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
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
Fact Sheet on COVID-19 along with Age Appropriate Coping Strategies
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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 – 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