Antioch Charter Academy

Feb 2-3   Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 21, January 30, 2023

Hello ACA Families,

At ACA we emphasize not only academic growth, but also social emotional development.  We encourage students to name what they are feeling and to talk about their experiences.  We support healthy emotional processing.  Part of emotional processing is allowing ourselves to feel our emotions and putting a name to them.  When we name our feelings, they become more concrete and allow us to take action if needed.  At times our emotions can feel really big and overwhelming, even after naming them.  I wanted to share a couple of great techniques for calming heightened emotions in children.

  1. 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique: You start by taking some deep breath in and out.  Then you identify 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.

  1. Blowing bubbles: You imagine you’re holding a bubble wand and a bottle of bubble solution.  You dip your wand, then you take a deep breath in and slowly blow a “bubble.” Blow some more bubbles the same way.  You might want to imagine the bubble slowly rising in the air.

It’s pretty amazing how simple things like naming how we feel, taking some deep breaths and pausing for a minute to focus on our senses can have a big impact on managing emotions!

Wishing everyone a great week!

-Julie Nakayama (Primary Teacher)


FN Coin Wars!!! Coin Wars FUNdraiser now until January 31st; the students are challenged to bring in the most points for their levels to win the war by bringing in coins & bills! See attached flyer for details.

FN Dining for Dollars – Panda Express: is this Friday, February 3.  If you don’t have dinner at Skipolini’s, then get your food from Panda Express & earn $$ for the school. This fundraiser is nationwide, so share the code with family & friends!

See attachment for details & code, or go to this link ttps://

Food must be ordered online, then picked up at the restaurant.


FN Family Fun Night…Spaghetti Feed & Dessert Auction: On Thursday, February 16th from 5:30~7:30pm, we will have a family FUN night involving food!  See attachment for details!

First Fridays: First Fridays take place every 1st Friday of the month during the school year, at Skipolini’s in Antioch at 4pm. Come join and have dinner with your family while making new friends from our ACA community! Let us know if there is another restaurant we should try out for this!

Family Scouts: on Wednesdays from 2:15~3:15pm in the multi-use room, Coach Milan & Mrs. Parmley are leading a Family Scout troop.  See attachment for details

2023-24 Lottery: The ACA lottery for the upcoming 2023-24 school year, will be held on March 7, 2023.  If you have a student, or know of a student who is interested in our school, an application must be submitted by March 6, 2023. To qualify for Transitional Kindergarten, students must turn 5 by April 2, 2024.

FYI: No student is automatically accepted into the school because he or she has a sibling already attending ACA.  All new students, including TK & Kindergarten, must submit an application by March 6th, to be included in the school’s lottery.  Applications for ACA & ACA II can be filled out online at

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!


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.

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


  • Jan 31       MS Study Trip – San Jose Tech Museum

  • Feb 2-3      Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • Feb 3         First Friday at Skipolini’s – 4pm (show attached flyer when ordering)

  • Feb 3         FN Dining for Dollars – Panda Express (nationwide)

  • Feb 9         Charter Council Meeting (all welcome) – 4pm

  • Feb 10       Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm

  • Feb 16       FN Family Fun Night – Spaghetti Feed & Dessert Auction

  • Feb 20-27  February Break & Teacher Workday – no school

  • Feb 28       Welcome back to school!


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!!

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, Tardies, Leaving Early – 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. 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.


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 Yearbook –

Social Media – Accounts are set to private; you need to request to join our groups.

Instagram Antioch Charter –

Facebook ACA Family & Friends –

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???

Members at Large: Everyone!


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!

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 meals, 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:

First 5 of Contra Costa County:

CocoKids East County:

Surviving Parenthood Resource Directory for Contra Costa County:

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

2-3 de febrero Días mínimos: salida a las 12:00 p. m.

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 21, 30 de enero de 2023

Hola familias de ACA,

En ACA enfatizamos no solo el crecimiento académico, sino también el desarrollo socioemocional. Alentamos a los estudiantes a nombrar lo que sienten y hablar sobre sus experiencias. Apoyamos el procesamiento emocional saludable. Parte del procesamiento emocional es permitirnos sentir nuestras emociones y ponerles un nombre. Cuando nombramos nuestros sentimientos, estos se vuelven más concretos y nos permiten actuar si es necesario. A veces, nuestras emociones pueden sentirse realmente grandes y abrumadoras, incluso después de nombrarlas. Quería compartir un par de excelentes técnicas para calmar las emociones intensas de los niños.

Técnica de puesta a tierra 5-4-3-2-1: Comienzas inhalando y exhalando profundamente. Luego identificas 5 cosas que puedes ver, 4 cosas que puedes sentir, 3 cosas que puedes oír, 2 cosas que puedes oler y 1 cosa que puedes saborear.

Soplando burbujas: te imaginas que estás sosteniendo una varita de burbujas y una botella de solución de burbujas. Sumerges tu varita, luego respiras profundamente y lentamente soplas una “burbuja”. Sople algunas burbujas más de la misma manera. Es posible que desee imaginar la burbuja que se eleva lentamente en el aire.

¡Es bastante sorprendente cómo cosas simples como nombrar cómo nos sentimos, respirar profundamente y hacer una pausa por un minuto para concentrarnos en nuestros sentidos pueden tener un gran impacto en el manejo de las emociones!

Deseando a todos una gran semana!
-Julie Nakayama (Maestra de Primaria)


¡Guerras de monedas FN! Recaudación de fondos de Coin Wars ahora hasta el 31 de enero; ¡los estudiantes tienen el desafío de traer la mayor cantidad de puntos para sus niveles para ganar la guerra al traer monedas y billetes! Ver folleto adjunto para más detalles.

FN Dining for Dollars – Panda Express: es este viernes 3 de febrero. Si no cena en Skipolini’s, obtenga su comida de Panda Express y gane $$ para la escuela. Esta recaudación de fondos es a nivel nacional, ¡así que comparta el código con familiares y amigos!
Consulte el archivo adjunto para obtener detalles y el código, o vaya a este enlace ttps://
La comida debe pedirse en línea y luego recogerse en el restaurante.


Noche de diversión familiar de FN… Subasta de comida y postres de espaguetis: El jueves 16 de febrero de 5:30 a 7:30 p. m., ¡tendremos una noche de DIVERSIÓN familiar con comida! ¡Vea el archivo adjunto para más detalles!

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. ¡Únase y cene con su familia mientras hace nuevos amigos de nuestra comunidad ACA! ¡Háganos saber si hay otro restaurante que deberíamos probar para esto!

Family Scouts: los miércoles de 2:15 a 3:15 p. m. en el salón de usos múltiples, el entrenador Milan y la Sra. Parmley lideran una tropa de Family Scout. Ver archivo adjunto para más detalles

Lotería 2023-24: La lotería ACA para el próximo año escolar 2023-24 se llevará a cabo el 7 de marzo de 2023. Si tiene un estudiante, o conoce a un estudiante que esté interesado en nuestra escuela, debe enviar una solicitud antes de 6 de marzo de 2023. Para calificar para el kínder de transición, los estudiantes deben cumplir 5 años antes del 2 de abril de 2024.

FYI: Ningún estudiante es aceptado automáticamente en la escuela porque él o ella tiene un hermano que ya asiste a ACA. Todos los estudiantes nuevos, incluidos TK y Kindergarten, deben presentar una solicitud antes del 6 de marzo para ser incluidos en la lotería de la escuela. Las solicitudes para ACA y ACA II se pueden completar en línea en

Charter Council: El Charter Council es nuestra junta directiva. La junta se reúne generalmente el segundo jueves del mes a las 4 p. m. Consulte el calendario para conocer la fecha/hora de la próxima reunión o llame a la oficina al 925-755-7311 para confirmar. Estas reuniones están abiertas al público, ¡todos son bienvenidos!


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.

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 →