Antioch Charter Academy

Feb 10   Minimum Day – dismissal at 12pm


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 22, February 6, 2023

Hello ACA Families!

Last month in the elementary classroom we started up an Instagram account to help bring our families into the daily lives and happenings of our classroom. We are super excited to be able to reach out and share what we are learning throughout the school year AND the opportunity to help our community better understand what Montessori means in our classroom. We know that there are a lot of terms and materials that are specific to our lower elementary Montessori classroom and hopefully this account will help bring insight into this.

Feel free to join and follow along in our lower elementary journey! Just scan the QR code below OR look us up @aca_elementary!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Beaver


FN Family Fun Night…Spaghetti Feed , Music Performance, & Dessert Auction: Please join us for the upcoming Family Fun Night – the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, on February 16th from 5:30-7:30pm at ACA!

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner with your family & friends, while watching performances from our Orchestra Group, Piano Group, and Ukulele Group!! There will also be a dessert live auction run by our very own Mr. Abe and Middle Schoolers!

Try your luck out and enter in the Wine Pull, where everyone’s a winner!

Tickets are available for purchase in the Office, cash or check accepted. Purchase your tickets in advance for a discounted price! Minimal tickets will be available at the door. Details attached!

The Yearbook Elective is selling Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day !  These Candy Grams will be delivered on Tuesday, February 14th. See attached document for details on how to order.  Orders & payment are due by February 10th.

Electives:  We want to take this opportunity to give a “Shout Out” to our wonderful 2nd trimester elective volunteers: Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Cortez, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Farrington, Mrs. Bacon, 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!

Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for our 3rd trimester (March 13 – June 2).  Afternoon electives for our 4-8th grade students starts on Monday, March 13th, and run from 2:05-3pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fridays (Fridays are for Middle School students only).

We are looking for adults who are willing to teach/supervise an assortment of activities.  The elective program at our school is vitally important part of our curriculum.  These classes offer students the opportunities to explore new areas of interest, opening their minds to new possibilities for themselves.  Our hope is to offer at least 9 different options for students to choose from on each day. This is only possible if our wonderful ACA community volunteers to help!!

Ideas for classes are: arts & crafts, sewing, language classes (ASL, Spanish, Chinese, etc), sports (basketball, kickball, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, etc), cooking, gardening, yoga, photography, drama, chess, woodshop, and the list can go on and on – teach what you enjoy!

If you can donate an hour of your time, once a week for the next trimester, to help teach or supervise a class, please let us know ASAP!!!  You can also team up with a friend to teach a class, and you do not need to have a student in the 4-8th grade classes to help!!

If you are interested in teaching a 2nd trimester elective, respond to this email, or let the office know by Monday, February 13th!


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!

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. Last opportunity to use this form of fundraising is February 20th.  Amazon is discontinuing this site, which is sad 😟

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


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

  • Feb 10      School Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day

  • Feb 10       Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm

  • Feb 14       FN Meeting (all welcome) at 3pm

  • 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!

  • March 3     First Friday at Skipolini – 4pm

  • March 6-10  Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • March 7     2023-24 Lottery (applications for new students due March 6th)

  • March 9     MS to Farm (small group)

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

  • March 10   End of 2nd Trimester

  • March 13   3rd Trimester Begins – new electives (4-8th) start

  • March 15-17  MS Internships – off campus

  • March 23    MS to Farm (small group)

  • March 23    Prim/Elem Study Trip – Chabot


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

Google Translate
Academia autónoma de Antioquía

10 de febrero Día mínimo – salida a las 12:00 p. m.

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 22, 6 de febrero de 2023

¡Hola familias de ACA!

El mes pasado, en el salón de clases de primaria, abrimos una cuenta de Instagram para ayudar a que nuestras familias participen en la vida diaria y los acontecimientos de nuestro salón de clases. Estamos muy emocionados de poder comunicarnos y compartir lo que estamos aprendiendo durante el año escolar Y la oportunidad de ayudar a nuestra comunidad a comprender mejor lo que significa Montessori en nuestro salón de clases. Sabemos que hay muchos términos y materiales que son específicos para nuestro salón de clases Montessori de primaria inferior y esperamos que esta cuenta ayude a comprender esto.

¡Siéntase libre de unirse y seguir nuestro viaje de primaria inferior! ¡Simplemente escanee el código QR a continuación O búsquenos en @aca_elementary!

Un cordial saludo,
señora castor


Noche de diversión familiar de FN… Alimentación de espagueti, interpretación musical y subasta de postres: ¡Únase a nosotros para la próxima Noche de diversión familiar: la cena de recaudación de fondos de espagueti, el 16 de febrero de 5:30 p. m. a 7:30 p. m. en ACA!

¡Disfruta de una cena de espagueti con tu familia y amigos, mientras ves las actuaciones de nuestro grupo de orquesta, grupo de piano y grupo de ukelele! ¡También habrá una subasta de postres en vivo a cargo de nuestro propio Sr. Abe y estudiantes de secundaria!

Prueba suerte y participa en el Wine Pull, ¡donde todos son ganadores!

Los boletos están disponibles para su compra en la Oficina, se acepta efectivo o cheque. ¡Compre sus boletos por adelantado a un precio con descuento! Los boletos mínimos estarán disponibles en la puerta. ¡Detalles adjuntos!

¡La Electiva del Anuario está vendiendo Candy Grams para el Día de San Valentín! Estos Candy Grams se entregarán el martes 14 de febrero. Consulte el documento adjunto para obtener detalles sobre cómo realizar un pedido. Los pedidos y pagos vencen el 10 de febrero.
Electivas: Queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para dar un “Agradecimiento” a nuestros maravillosos voluntarios de electivas del segundo trimestre: Sr. Ferguson, Sr. Cortez, Sra. Taylor, Sra. Farrington, Sra. Bacon y Sra. Evers. ¡Una de las razones por las que nuestra escuela tiene éxito es por personas como usted que están dispuestas a invertir en nuestros estudiantes!

Lo crea o no, es hora de comenzar a planificar nuestro tercer trimestre (del 13 de marzo al 2 de junio). Las clases optativas de la tarde para nuestros estudiantes de 4.º a 8.º grado comienzan el lunes 13 de marzo y se llevan a cabo de 2:05 p. m. a 3 p. m. los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes (los viernes son solo para estudiantes de escuela intermedia).

Estamos buscando adultos que estén dispuestos a enseñar/supervisar una variedad de actividades. El programa electivo en nuestra escuela es una parte de vital importancia de nuestro plan de estudios. Estas clases ofrecen a los estudiantes la oportunidad de explorar nuevas áreas de interés, abriendo sus mentes a nuevas posibilidades para ellos mismos. Nuestra esperanza es ofrecer al menos 9 opciones diferentes para que los estudiantes elijan cada día. ¡Esto solo es posible si nuestra maravillosa comunidad de ACA se ofrece como voluntaria para ayudar!

Las ideas para las clases son: artes y manualidades, costura, clases de idiomas (ASL, español, chino, etc.), deportes (baloncesto, kickball, fútbol, softball, ultimate frisbee, voleibol, etc.), cocina, jardinería, yoga, fotografía, drama. , ajedrez, carpintería, y la lista puede seguir y seguir: ¡enseña lo que disfrutas!

Si puede donar una hora de su tiempo, una vez a la semana durante el próximo trimestre, para ayudar a enseñar o supervisar una clase, ¡háganoslo saber lo antes posible! ¡También puede formar equipo con un amigo para enseñar una clase, y no necesita tener un estudiante en las clases de 4-8 grado para ayudar!

Si está interesado en enseñar una materia optativa del segundo trimestre, responda a este correo electrónico o informe a la oficina antes del lunes 13 de febrero.


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!

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!