Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 4, September 6,2022

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for me!  This is also true for many of our students.  However, I am aware that this time of year can also bring mixed emotions, or even bring out some fears for others.  Your student may be eager for new lessons and experiences, but others may be asking themselves a lot of “what if….” questions, such as:

But what if….

I don’t do well in class?

I give a wrong answer?

I don’t get along with my friends?

The list can go on!

A fear of failure can deter your child from trying their best, or taking on new risks and experiences.  A new school year is a good time to help our students make a shift in their mindset on failure and how to see it as an opportunity for growth.

*Here are 5 ways you can help child overcome their fear of failure:

  1. Change your attitude about failure: Be mindful of your own responses to mistakes and failures.  Talk about what you learned, and be willing to pick yourself up again.

  2. Emphasize effort, not ability: Emphasize effort (and the process) over ability (and the outcome).  When they struggle, talk about specific strategies that might work next time.

  3. Demonstrate unconditional love: Express your love, even when they use poor judgment or make mistakes.

  4. Help them focus on a solution: Ask them what actions they took, the consequences of those actions, and how those consequences can be avoided in the future.

  5. Have conversations about success and failure: Use the “iceberg analogy.”  Explain that when you see successful people, you only see the tip of the iceberg.  You don’t see what’s “under the water” which is their failures, rejections, effort, persistence, and discipline.

        *Adapted from

Adrienne Cerecedes



Music (Band Instruments) Elective Volunteer: Mr. Johnson, our band teacher, is in need of a volunteer to help with his classes.  If you have any musical abilities and would like to help out, please contact the office ASAP to find out more information.  Thank you!

Back to School Bash: Our annual Back to School Bash with ACA II is BACK!  This is a fun time with food and games for the whole family! It will be this Friday, September 9 from 6-8pm, at the BACK of the Fairgrounds. See the attached flyer for more information.

Picture Day: Lifetouch will be here on Monday, September 12 to take pictures of all the students!  Go to and use the school ID EVTRJ2ZHG if you wish to order the pictures. For questions, contact the office.

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!

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.

Family Movie Night: Mark your calendars for October 21st – Family Movie Night! Details will come out when we get closer to the event.

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!

School Lunch Order Form –

You MUST order meals in advance in order to receive them or else we may not have a meal available for your student. Breakfast and Supper will be the same for all students, while lunch has a menu that you can choose one entree from.

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!


  • Sept 8         Hearing Testing (certain grades)

  • Sept 9         Back to School Bash at Fairgrounds – 6~8pm

  • Sept 12      Picture Day – all grades

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

  • Sept 13       Charter Council Meeting  (all welcome) – 4pm

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

  • Oct 3-7       No School – October Break


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

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 4, 6 de septiembre de 2022

¡El comienzo de un nuevo año escolar siempre es un momento emocionante para mí! Esto también es cierto para muchos de nuestros estudiantes. Sin embargo, soy consciente de que esta época del año también puede traer emociones encontradas, o incluso sacar algunos miedos para los demás. Su estudiante puede estar ansioso por nuevas lecciones y experiencias, pero otros pueden preguntarse mucho “¿y si…”. preguntas, tales como:
Pero que si….
¿No me va bien en clase?
doy una respuesta incorrecta?
¿No me llevo bien con mis amigos?

¡La lista puede seguir!

El miedo al fracaso puede disuadir a su hijo de hacer todo lo posible o de asumir nuevos riesgos y experiencias. Un nuevo año escolar es un buen momento para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a cambiar su mentalidad sobre el fracaso y cómo verlo como una oportunidad de crecimiento.

* Aquí hay 5 formas en que puede ayudar a los niños a superar su miedo al fracaso:
Cambie su actitud sobre el fracaso: sea consciente de sus propias respuestas a los errores y fracasos. Hable sobre lo que aprendió y esté dispuesto a levantarse nuevamente.
Enfatiza el esfuerzo, no la habilidad: enfatiza el esfuerzo (y el proceso) sobre la habilidad (y el resultado). Cuando tengan dificultades, hable sobre estrategias específicas que podrían funcionar la próxima vez.
Demuestre amor incondicional: exprese su amor, incluso cuando use mal juicio o cometa errores.
Ayúdelos a concentrarse en una solución: pregúnteles qué acciones tomaron, las consecuencias de esas acciones y cómo se pueden evitar esas consecuencias en el futuro.
Tenga conversaciones sobre el éxito y el fracaso: use la “analogía del iceberg”. Explique que cuando ve personas exitosas, solo ve la punta del iceberg. No ves lo que hay “debajo del agua” que son sus fracasos, rechazos, esfuerzo, persistencia y disciplina.
*Adaptado de
adrienne cerecedes


Voluntario optativo de música (instrumentos de banda): el Sr. Johnson, nuestro maestro de banda, necesita un voluntario para ayudar con sus clases. Si tiene habilidades musicales y desea ayudar, comuníquese con la oficina lo antes posible para obtener más información. ¡Gracias!

Back to School Bash: ¡Nuestra Fiesta Anual de Regreso a la Escuela con ACA II está DE VUELTA! ¡Este es un momento divertido con comida y juegos para toda la familia! Será este viernes 9 de septiembre de 6 a 8 pm, en la PARTE TRASERA del Recinto Ferial. Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener más información.

Día de Fotos: ¡Lifetouch estará aquí el lunes 12 de septiembre para tomar fotos de todos los estudiantes! Vaya a y use la identificación de la escuela EVTRJ2ZHG si desea ordenar las fotos. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con la oficina.

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!

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.

Noche de Película Familiar: ¡Marque sus calendarios para el 21 de octubre – Noche de Película Familiar! Los detalles saldrán cuando nos acerquemos al evento.

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 recogerá al niño 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 a su