Antioch Charter Academy
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 26, Issue 37, May 31,2022
Hello ACA Families,
Welcome back from the long weekend! Hopefully everyone has returned relaxed and ready for a strong ending to the school year. A strong ending… When I said that to my son and daughter, “Let’s end the year strong,” they both shot me looks of disbelief.
With so few days left, how do we end strong? We just want it to end! Sound familiar?
It’s true that the year is almost over, but there are still days of learning left. Ending the year strong means coming to school everyday on time, paying attention, and still doing our personal best!
We can make it!!
Field Day: We still need 15 parent volunteers to make this day happen! Volunteers are needed from 8:30 – 11:30am on June 10th to help run the games. Please contact the office if you can join in on the fun! acaoffice@
First Fridays: LAST ONE THIS FRIDAY!!! 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!
Showcase of the Arts: June 1 from 6~8:15pm. This will be a night of fun for the whole family and a chance to see what Enrichment has been offering over the past year. There will be games, hot dogs and other refreshments for purchase, and performances by our talented students! This is an open-house-style night on campus guided by your student, using their rotation schedule as a suggested pace (see attached flyer for details).
Electives: We want to take this opportunity to give a “Shout Out” to our wonderful 3rd trimester elective volunteers: Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Borges, Mrs. Solnuk, 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! Want to teach an elective next school year??!!! We will send out an email looking for volunteers in August!!
Plant Sale Continues: We will be selling Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Zucchini, and a variety of melons. All plants are completely ready to transfer to your home gardens! This is a great opportunity to try your hand at gardening. See flyer for details!
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/
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
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.
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
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 – 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