Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 29, March 28,2022

Dear ACA Families,

Spring is here and it’s hard for me to stay inside. I am finding myself out working in my home garden and the school garden more and more. Luckily this year we have some fantastic support because the Middle School Class partnered with “Family Harvest Farm” in Pittsburg to get valuable knowledge that we can bring back to our school.

The Middle School class has been visiting the farm every month and in addition has been working on a wide variety of projects back at school. Projects range from building scarecrows and rain collection systems, to organizing a farmstand at school. The best part of this collaboration is the knowledge that we get to bring back to our school garden.

Our goal is to start handing out produce from either the farm or the school garden every couple weeks. During pickup, be on the lookout for our farm stand and for what fresh produce we will be handing out. In addition, listen for upcoming garden work days because we can really use the help!

Thank you all for your continued support with our school.


Allen Stahler


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, April 1 and have dinner with your family while making new friends from our ACA community! 

Yearbooks are for sale online. Attached is a flyer. This year–students can create two of their own pages–they will need to purchase and complete their two pages before the deadline in April.   If you take pictures of school events, please share them to Passcode for our school is 101506720561403

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment: Our school plan is to test 3rd-8th grade students beginning in April through June. Students will test in grade level groups, and/or individually depending on their individual educational plans. It will be extremely important for students to arrive on time and well rested during these testing months. Please contact your student’s classroom to find out dates for their level.


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: This Thursday is the last day we are collecting “coins” for our Coin War! As of today the Elementary Level is winning!!  Primary, Middle & Intermediate…what are you going to do about that??!!!  Will it be a clear victory, or will another level come from behind???!!!

Movie Night: Free Movie night, Encanto, April 8th! Doors open at 6:30p, the movie will begin at 7pm. Pizza, Popcorn, Candy, and Drinks will be available for purchase. New ACA Spirit Wear will also be available for purchase!

Book Fair: The book fair is coming back! We will have our in-person book fair April 29 – May 6! This is such a fun event, which requires lots of volunteer participation. Please check Track It Forward to sign up to help. Volunteering at the book fair is so much fun! Email with any questions.

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 indoors 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. Wearing masks outdoors on campus is now optional.

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:


  • March 31     FN Coin Wars Ends!

  • April 1           MS Career Day – guest speakers

  • April 1          First Fridays – 4pm at Skipolini’s in Antioch. All ACA Families are welcomed!

  • April 6           ACA Celebration Day at 8:15am – families welcomed

  • April 8  ACA Family Movie Night – Encanto – @ 6:30p

  • April 14         FN Meeting – Everyone Welcomed!

  • April 15         Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

  • April 18-22    Spring Break – no school

  • April 26         8th Grade Girls’ Empowerment Event at AHS

  • April 29-May 6   Scholastic Book Fair


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 29, 28 de marzo de 2022

Estimadas familias de ACA,

La primavera está aquí y me cuesta quedarme adentro. Cada vez me encuentro más trabajando en el jardín de mi casa y en el jardín de la escuela. Afortunadamente, este año contamos con un apoyo fantástico porque la clase de la escuela intermedia se asoció con “Family Harvest Farm” en Pittsburg para obtener conocimientos valiosos que podemos traer a nuestra escuela.

La clase de la Escuela Intermedia ha estado visitando la granja todos los meses y además ha estado trabajando en una amplia variedad de proyectos en la escuela. Los proyectos van desde la construcción de espantapájaros y sistemas de recolección de agua de lluvia hasta la organización de un puesto de cultivo en la escuela. La mejor parte de esta colaboración es el conocimiento que podemos traer a nuestro jardín escolar.

Nuestro objetivo es comenzar a repartir productos de la granja o del jardín escolar cada dos semanas. Durante la recogida, esté atento a nuestro puesto de la granja y a los productos frescos que repartiremos. ¡Además, escuche los próximos días de trabajo en el jardín porque realmente podemos usar la ayuda!

Gracias a todos por su continuo apoyo a nuestra escuela.


allen stahler


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 1 de abril y cena con tu familia mientras haces nuevos amigos de nuestra comunidad ACA!

Los anuarios están a la venta en línea. Se adjunta un folleto. Este año, los estudiantes pueden crear dos de sus propias páginas, deberán comprar y completar sus dos páginas antes de la fecha límite en abril. Si toma fotografías de eventos escolares, compártalas en El código de acceso de nuestra escuela es 101506720561403

Evaluación sumativa Smarter Balanced: Nuestro plan escolar es evaluar a los estudiantes de 3.º a 8.º grado a partir de abril hasta junio. Los estudiantes evaluarán en grupos de nivel de grado y/o individualmente dependiendo de sus planes educativos individuales. Será extremadamente importante que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo y bien descansados durante estos meses de prueba. Comuníquese con el salón de clases de su estudiante para averiguar las fechas para su nivel.


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: ¡Este jueves es el último día que recolectaremos “monedas” para nuestra Coin War! A partir de hoy el Nivel Elemental va ganando!! Primaria, Secundaria e Intermedia…¿¿Qué vas a hacer al respecto??!!! Será una victoria clara, o vendrá otro nivel por detrás???!!!

Noche de Cine: ¡Noche de Cine Gratis, Encanto, 8 de abril! Las puertas abren a las 6:30 p. m., la película comenzará a las 7 p. m. Pizza, palomitas de maíz, dulces y bebidas estarán disponibles para su compra. ¡La nueva ACA Spirit Wear también estará disponible para su compra!

Feria del Libro: ¡Vuelve la feria del libro! ¡Tendremos nuestra feria del libro en persona del 29 de abril al 6 de mayo! Este es un evento muy divertido, que requiere mucha participación voluntaria. Consulte Track It Forward para registrarse y recibir ayuda. ¡Ser voluntario en la feria del libro es muy divertido! Envíe un correo electrónico a si tiene alguna pregunta.

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