Antioch Charter Academy

Aug 17-19    Minimum Days – dismissal at 12pm

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 1, August 16,2022

Dear ACA Families,

Welcome back to school! It is very exciting to see all of the returning families and to welcome all the new families to ACA. Teachers and staff have been hard at work planning a great school year. As always, we are thinking of new ways to make the curriculum more meaningful, showing our flexibility with the CDC, and preparing learning opportunities where students can thrive.

Summer packets have been emailed out with lots of information for families about our Parent Network, vaccinations, school start and stop times, and school calendars.

Last Friday information was emailed out with new updates to our Covid policy. Remember, a healthy school environment involves minimizing exposure to germs from those who are ill.  Please follow the guidelines laid out in the email.

ACA is offering some new extended learning opportunities for the upcoming school year. Emails were sent about both: Cougar Cub Club and Cougar CREW. Cougar Cub Club (CCC) is our new offering for TK/K-3 grade students. This extended learning opportunity program will provide before school activities and after school activities for qualified students in TK, K and 1-3 grade. Cougar CREW will be our extended learning opportunity program for 4th-8th grade students. This after school program will offer students an opportunity to receive homework support, math help, goal setting, and other STEAM activities.

If you have not received any of the above information, please reach out to Andi Stahler in the office  If you have a new email address, we want it.

School begins Wednesday, August 17th, with 12:00 pm dismissals all week.

This week we start with three minimum days and our first full week of school is next week. Next week make sure you attend Back to School night with your child’s teachers. So much information to learn and a great way to get to know the staff, what’s happening,  and to start the 2022-23 school year on the right track!

Have a great week!


Edna Heller, Co-Adminstrator


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


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!

Pastries for Parents: On the first day of school (Aug 17) the Family Network will be hosting our annual Pastries for Parents starting at 8:15AM. During Pastries for Parents you will be able to hear about how you can support ACA students and teachers, volunteer for activities, vote on this year’s budget, and get something to eat & drink!

Family Network Meetings are usually the second Tuesday 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


Late Arrivals/Early Departure:  Please make sure to check into the office if your student arrives late. 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- each grouping has their own code!


  • Aug 17        FN Pastries for Parents & Opening Day Flag Ceremony – 8:15am

  • Aug 17-19   Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

  • Aug 24        Wednesday Enrichment Program begins

  • Aug 23-25   Back to School Nights

  • Aug 29        Electives begin (4-8th grade)

  • Sept 5         No School – Labor Day

  • Sept 2         First Fridays (Family Event) – 4pm

  • Sept 8         Hearing Testing (certain grades)

  • Sept 8         Charter Council Meeting (all welcome) – 4pm

  • Sept 12       Picture Day – all grades

  • Sept 13       FN Meeting (all welcome) – 3pm

  • Sept 21-23  Minimum Days – dismissal at 12pm


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: Corey Cruz

Secretary: Brooke Farrington

Treasurer: Sarah Glenn

School Volunteer Coordinator: Salena Killion

Social Chair: Yessika Berrios

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:


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]

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:


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

Google Translate
Academia autónoma de Antioquía

17-19 de agosto Días mínimos: salida a las 12:00 p. m.

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 1, 16 de agosto de 2022

Estimadas familias de ACA,

¡Bienvenido de nuevo al colegio! Es muy emocionante ver a todas las familias que regresan y dar la bienvenida a todas las nuevas familias a ACA. Los maestros y el personal han estado trabajando arduamente para planificar un gran año escolar. Como siempre, estamos pensando en nuevas formas de hacer que el plan de estudios sea más significativo, mostrando nuestra flexibilidad con los CDC y preparando oportunidades de aprendizaje en las que los estudiantes puedan prosperar.

Se han enviado paquetes de verano por correo electrónico con mucha información para las familias sobre nuestra red de padres, vacunas, horarios de inicio y fin de clases y calendarios escolares.

El viernes pasado se envió información por correo electrónico con nuevas actualizaciones de nuestra política de Covid. Recuerde, un ambiente escolar saludable implica minimizar la exposición a los gérmenes de aquellos que están enfermos. Siga las pautas establecidas en el correo electrónico.

ACA está ofreciendo algunas nuevas oportunidades de aprendizaje extendido para el próximo año escolar. Se enviaron correos electrónicos sobre ambos: Cougar Cub Club y Cougar CREW. Cougar Cub Club (CCC) es nuestra nueva oferta para los estudiantes de los grados TK/K-3. Este programa de oportunidad de aprendizaje extendido proporcionará actividades antes y después de la escuela para estudiantes calificados en TK, K y 1-3 grado. Cougar CREW será nuestro programa de oportunidad de aprendizaje extendido para estudiantes de 4º a 8º grado. Este programa extracurricular ofrecerá a los estudiantes la oportunidad de recibir apoyo con la tarea, ayuda con las matemáticas, establecimiento de metas y otras actividades STEAM.

Si no ha recibido la información anterior, comuníquese con Andi Stahler en la oficina Si tienes una nueva dirección de correo electrónico, la queremos.

La escuela comienza el miércoles 17 de agosto con salidas a las 12:00 pm toda la semana.

Esta semana comenzamos con tres días mínimos y nuestra primera semana completa de clases es la próxima semana. La próxima semana asegúrese de asistir a la noche de regreso a clases con los maestros de su hijo. ¡Tanta información para aprender y una excelente manera de conocer al personal, lo que está sucediendo y comenzar el año escolar 2022-23 en el camino correcto!

¡Que tengas una buena semana!

Edna Heller, coadministradora


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 a cenar con tu familia mientras haces nuevos amigos de nuestra comunidad ACA!


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!

Pasteles para padres: el primer día de clases (17 de agosto), Family Network organizará nuestros Pasteles para padres anuales a partir de las 8:15 a.m. ¡Durante Pastries for Parents, podrá escuchar cómo puede apoyar a los estudiantes y maestros de ACA, ser voluntario en actividades, votar sobre el presupuesto de este año y obtener algo para comer y beber!

Las reuniones de Family Network son generalmente el segundo martes 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


Llegadas tardías/salidas anticipadas: asegúrese de registrarse en la oficina si su estudiante llega tarde. Si su estudiante necesita salir temprano, la persona que lo recogerá debe llamar a la oficina al (925) 755-7311 para que la oficina pueda recoger al estudiante antes de entrar a la oficina para firmar la salida de su estudiante.

Seguridad en el estacionamiento: ¡mantengamos a TODOS nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias SEGUROS!
¡Todos deben usar los cruces peatonales!
Escuche las instrucciones del personal: están tratando de mantener a todos a salvo y de que la entrega y la recogida funcionen sin problemas.
No les diga a sus estudiantes que atraviesen el estacionamiento para llegar a usted; es posible que los autos que retroceden no vean a su estudiante. Los estudiantes deben ser recogidos usando el carril de viaje compartido, o usando el cruce de peatones, pueden caminar hasta sus autos que están estacionados en la calle/frente al parque.
Cuando sea su turno de ingresar al carril de vehículos compartidos, avance completamente, de modo que hasta 6 vehículos puedan cargar/descargar sus cargas a la vez.