Antioch Charter Academy

May 27        Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 36, May 23,2022

Dear ACA Families,

The hot weather is upon us! Please review the ACA dress code to ensure you are sending your students dressed for success.


      1.  It is the policy of the Board of Education that all students shall attend school dressed in a manner which is clean, and in no way hazardous to the safety or health of themselves or others.

      2.  Students shall be permitted to attend school dressed in a manner that does not disrupt teaching and/or learning.

      3.  Footwear appropriate for school activities shall be worn at all times. Closed toed shoes are required.

      4.  Students who fail to maintain these standards may be withheld from instruction and shall be required to correct the condition found to be hazardous to safety or health, or disruptive to teaching and/or learning.

The following types of clothing are considered inappropriate for school and not considered acceptable attire for a school/work atmosphere:

·  Bare midriff apparel

·  Tube tops, halter tops

·  “See through” clothing

·  Short shorts (others are permissible)

·  Cutoffs with ragged hem

·  High heels and strapless sandals

·  Sagging pants and/or exposed underwear

We acknowledge that modesty is a matter of perspective, and ask that students and parents consider “appropriate attire” as workplace attire, as school is the student’s workplace.

Thank you for reviewing our policy.  Go Cougars!

Mrs. Arnst


First Fridays: First Fridays take place every 1st Friday of the month during the school year, at Skipolini’s in Antioch at 4pm. Our last one for the year will be on June 3rd.  Come and have dinner with your family while making new friends from our ACA community!

Concert on the Not so Green Green: On May 24th (correct date…sorry) at 6pm (instrumental/choir students need to arrive at 5pm), mark your calendars for this annual celebration of our Music Program! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, water bottles, & umbrellas (if hot), and come enjoy the music!  Family Network will be selling popcorn & candy!

The Summer Youth Pass is available again for summer 2022! The bus pass is valid from June 1- August 31 for unlimited rides on Tri-Delta Transit, WestCAT, and County Connection for youth ages 6-18.  This could be useful for your students attending summer school and/or need transportation.

The Summer Youth pass is available to purchase at a lower price of $30!  For more information or to purchase a pass, please visit Summer Youth Transit Pass.

Yearbooks are for sale online. Go to Passcode for our school is 101506720561403 to purchase

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment: State testing and in house benchmark assessments are taking place now through early 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. Most testing takes place in the mornings.


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!

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


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. 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.

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:


  • May 24        Concert on the Not so Green Green – 6pm 

  • May 27        Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

  • May 30        Memorial Day – no school

  • June 1         Showcase of the Arts

  • June 3         8th grade trip to Santa Cruz

  • June 3         Last day of electives

  • June 3         ACA First Friday @ Skipolini’s 4~6pm

  • June 8         8th Grade Graduation @ Antioch Community Center

  • June 9         FN Meeting – Everyone Welcomed – 3:30

  • June 10       Last Day of School/Field Day & Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

  • June 20       ACA STEAM Camps Begin (contact office for details)

2022-23 ACA Holidays and Breaks (does not include minimum days)

Aug 17 First Day of School

Sep 5 Labor Day

Oct 3 – Oct 7 October Break

Nov 1 Teacher Work Day

Nov 11 Veterans’ Day

Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 22-Jan 6 Winter Break

Jan 16 Martin Luther King

Feb 20-24 President’s Day & February Break

Feb 27 Teacher Work Day

Apr 10-14 Spring Break

May 29 Memorial Day

June 9 Last Day of School


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 36, 23 de mayo de 2022

Estimadas familias de ACA,
¡El calor se nos viene encima! Revise el código de vestimenta de ACA para asegurarse de enviar a sus estudiantes vestidos para el éxito.
1. Es la política de la Junta de Educación que todos los estudiantes asistan a la escuela vestidos de una manera que sea limpia y de ninguna manera peligrosa para la seguridad o la salud de ellos mismos o de los demás.
2. A los estudiantes se les permitirá asistir a la escuela vestidos de una manera que no interrumpa la enseñanza y/o el aprendizaje.
3. Se debe usar calzado apropiado para las actividades escolares en todo momento. Se requieren zapatos cerrados.
4. Los estudiantes que no cumplan con estos estándares pueden ser retenidos de la instrucción y deberán corregir la condición que se considere peligrosa para la seguridad o la salud, o perjudicial para la enseñanza y/o el aprendizaje.
Los siguientes tipos de ropa se consideran inapropiados para la escuela y no se consideran atuendos aceptables para un ambiente escolar/de trabajo:
· Ropa de estómago desnudo
· Blusas de tubo, blusas sin mangas
· Ropa “transparente”
· Pantalones cortos (otros están permitidos)
· Cortes con dobladillo irregular
· Tacones altos y sandalias sin tirantes
· Pantalones caídos y/o ropa interior expuesta
Reconocemos que la modestia es una cuestión de perspectiva y pedimos que los estudiantes y los padres consideren la “vestimenta apropiada” como vestimenta para el lugar de trabajo, ya que la escuela es el lugar de trabajo del estudiante.
Gracias por revisar nuestra política. ¡Vamos pumas!
Sra. Arnst


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. El último del año será el 3 de junio. ¡Ven a cenar con tu familia mientras haces nuevos amigos de nuestra comunidad ACA!

Concierto en el Not so Green Green: el 24 de mayo (fecha correcta… lo siento) a las 6:00 p. m. (los estudiantes de coro/instrumental deben llegar a las 5:00 p. m.), ¡marque sus calendarios para esta celebración anual de nuestro programa de música! ¡Traiga sus sillas de jardín, mantas, botellas de agua y sombrillas (si hace calor) y venga a disfrutar de la música! ¡Family Network venderá palomitas de maíz y dulces!

¡El Summer Youth Pass vuelve a estar disponible para el verano de 2022! El pase de autobús es válido del 1 de junio al 31 de agosto para viajes ilimitados en Tri-Delta Transit, WestCAT y County Connection para jóvenes de 6 a 18 años. Esto podría ser útil para sus estudiantes que asisten a la escuela de verano y/o necesitan transporte.
¡El pase de verano para jóvenes está disponible para comprar a un precio más bajo de $30! Para obtener más información o comprar un pase, visite Pase de transporte público de verano para jóvenes.

Los anuarios están a la venta en línea. Vaya a El código de acceso de nuestra escuela es 101506720561403 para comprar

Evaluación sumativa Smarter Balanced: Las pruebas estatales y las evaluaciones comparativas internas se llevarán a cabo desde ahora hasta principios de 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 mayoría de las pruebas se realizan por las mañanas.


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!

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


Recordatorios de máscara y temperatura: los estudiantes, empleados, padres/tutores y visitantes deberán usar una máscara mientras estén en el interior del campus. Las máscaras están disponibles en la oficina para niños y adultos.
Continuaremos verificando los síntomas y la temperatura de cada estudiante a su llegada. 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. El uso de máscaras al aire libre en el campus ahora es opcional.

Salida Anticipada: Si su estudiante necesita salir temprano, la persona que lo recogerá