Antioch Charter Academy

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 8, October 10,2022

Dear ACA Families,

As a parent of two ACA alumni, and current college and high school graduates,  I want to reassure you that coaching my own children through their homework could be very frustrating and rife with disagreements. This was particularly true when it came to math. Despite the fact that I consider my math instruction my area of strength as a teacher, there is something about the parent-child dynamic that can make supporting your own child’s math success difficult.

The good news is that I have a pro-tip to share!  Harvey Mudd College (my son’s alma mater) offers a FREE HOMEWORK HOTLINE. This over-the-phone tutoring service for K-12 students in math and science, is open Monday through Thursday from 6-9 pm PT, during the academic year. Most students who call are in middle or high school; asking for help with trigonometry, geometry or algebra, however this service is also a good place to get parent support when helping your child with either math or science homework. I have not used it personally; however, have met some parents who consider it priceless.

Obviously, your child’s ACA teacher is the best person to ask for help/support with their classroom assignments; however, we all know what it can be like in those evening hours, when homework stress derails a peaceful home. Hopefully, this option provides a little relief from those potentially tearful evenings.


Kris Cordova

Write this down- or save it in your phone!!!

Harvey Mudd College

Homework Hotline

1 877 827 5462


First Fridays: Because of the Oct Break, there is no First Friday in Oct.  See you in Nov!

Cougars in Action: Our new school motto, “Cougars Take Action”, is the reason for our new “Cougars in Action” event! This year, we have set aside two days for students, staff, and soon, parents, to come together and make a difference around our campus.  On October 11th, we will have our first day. The students and staff will do a few small projects, and then spend time brainstorming ideas for the next event (where we will ask you to join us)! Do you know these types of activities are part of our Graduate Goals?

  • Goal #2 Be able to work collaboratively and cooperate with others

  • Goal #6 Be able to accomplish goals

  • Goal #9 Demonstrate use of Lifeskills and Lifelong guidelines in daily life

  • Goal #11 Be able to contribute to society and feel empowered to make change


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 Movie Night: Mark your calendars for October 21st – Family Movie Night! Make sure you vote on which movie you’d like to see!

Family Network is planning a Fair on November 5th. We need vendors! If you or someone you know would like to purchase a space, contact Cory at for more information. See the attached flyer for details!

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.

Pasta Fundraiser: Order Fun Pasta all year long and ACA will get 35-40% of the proceeds! Order online and make sure to select Antioch Charter Academy I as who you are supporting!

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.

  • When leaving the parking lot, please drive the speed limit so our students walking to school are safe.

  • 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!!

Yearbook Fundraiser: Every Wednesday morning the yearbook staff will be selling donuts in front of the gate from 7:50-8:10. We are doing this to fundraise to purchase yearbooks for the 8th graders, the school and the yearbook staff. Extra money will go to lowering the price of the yearbook for everyone! Donuts are priced from $1-3.

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!


  • Oct 11        Cougars in Action

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

  • Oct 18        FN Meeting (all welcome) – 3:30pm

  • Oct 20        MS to Farm (EE) – group A

  • Oct 21        Family Movie Night – TBA

  • Oct 24        Makeup Picture Day

  • Oct 27        8th Grade Girls Empowerment Day

  • Oct 31        Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm

  • Nov 1         No School – teacher workday

  • Nov 3         MS to Farm (EE) – group B

  • Nov 4         First Fridays at Skipolini’s @ 4pm


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:

Statewide Online Tutoring Program: Students in California, with or without a library card, will be able to access HelpNow through links on their local library’s website or through the State Library’s.  Go to Digital Resources | Contra Costa County Library (  Click “Brainfuse HelpNow”.


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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Academia autónoma de Antioquía

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 8, 10 de octubre de 2022

Estimadas familias de ACA,

Como padre de dos ex alumnos de ACA y graduados actuales de la universidad y la escuela secundaria, quiero asegurarles que asesorar a mis propios hijos en sus tareas puede ser muy frustrante y estar plagado de desacuerdos. Esto era particularmente cierto cuando se trataba de matemáticas. A pesar de que considero que mi enseñanza de las matemáticas es mi área de fortaleza como maestra, hay algo en la dinámica entre padres e hijos que puede dificultar el apoyo al éxito matemático de su propio hijo.

¡La buena noticia es que tengo un consejo profesional para compartir! Harvey Mudd College (el alma mater de mi hijo) ofrece una LÍNEA DIRECTA GRATUITA PARA LAS TAREAS. Este servicio de tutoría por teléfono para estudiantes de K-12 en matemáticas y ciencias está abierto de lunes a jueves de 6 a 9 p. m., hora del Pacífico, durante el año académico. La mayoría de los estudiantes que llaman están en la escuela intermedia o secundaria; pedir ayuda con trigonometría, geometría o álgebra; sin embargo, este servicio también es un buen lugar para obtener el apoyo de los padres cuando ayudan a su hijo con la tarea de matemáticas o ciencias. No lo he usado personalmente; sin embargo, he conocido a algunos padres que lo consideran impagable.

Obviamente, el maestro ACA de su hijo es la mejor persona para pedir ayuda/apoyo con las tareas del salón de clases; sin embargo, todos sabemos cómo puede ser en esas horas de la tarde, cuando el estrés de la tarea descarrila un hogar tranquilo. Con suerte, esta opción proporciona un poco de alivio de esas noches potencialmente llorosas.

Kris Córdova

¡Escribe esto o guárdalo en tu teléfono!
Colegio Harvey Mudd
Línea Directa de Tareas
1 877 827 5462


Primeros viernes: debido a las vacaciones de octubre, no hay primer viernes de octubre. ¡Nos vemos en noviembre!

Pumas en acción: ¡Nuestro nuevo lema escolar, “Cougars Take Action”, es el motivo de nuestro nuevo evento “Cougars in Action”! Este año, hemos reservado dos días para que los estudiantes, el personal y, pronto, los padres, se reúnan y marquen la diferencia en nuestro campus. El 11 de octubre tendremos nuestro primer día. ¡Los estudiantes y el personal harán algunos proyectos pequeños y luego pasarán tiempo haciendo una lluvia de ideas para el próximo evento (donde le pediremos que se una a nosotros)! ¿Sabes que este tipo de actividades son parte de nuestras Metas de Graduados?
Meta #2 Ser capaz de trabajar en colaboración y cooperar con otros
Meta #6 Ser capaz de lograr metas
Meta #9 Demostrar el uso de Lifeskills y Lifelong Guidelines en la vida diaria
Meta #11 Ser capaz de contribuir a la sociedad y sentirse empoderado para hacer cambios


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!

Noche de Película Familiar: ¡Marque sus calendarios para el 21 de octubre – Noche de Película Familiar! ¡Asegúrate de votar qué película te gustaría ver!

Family Network está planeando una Feria el 5 de noviembre. ¡Necesitamos vendedores! Si usted o alguien que conoce desea comprar un espacio, comuníquese con Cory en para obtener más información. ¡Vea el volante adjunto para más detalles!

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.

Recaudación de fondos de pasta: ¡Ordene Fun Pasta durante todo el año y ACA obtendrá 35-40% de los ingresos! ¡Haga su pedido en línea y asegúrese de seleccionar Antioch Charter Academy I como a quien está apoyando!

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.
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