Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 29, April 3, 2023

Dear ACA Families and Friends,

As you may know, we begin each morning in the Intermediate grades with a classroom meeting. During these meetings, many students share how they have spent the weekend and/or evenings. To our dismay, many report staying up extremely late to play video games and/or watch TV/YouTube etc. While this may seem harmless as a once in while activity, it is deeply concerning to us teachers how frequently we hear about our student’s large amounts of sleep deprivation. This not only impacts learning, it impacts all aspects of student behavior in the classroom.

The overwhelming amount of research is clear. Even a small amount of sleep deprivation results in subsequent problems with emotional regulation, mood and attention (Dinges et al., 1997; Leotta, Carskadon, Acebo, Seifer Quinn, 1997; Sagaspe et al., 2006). There is also plenty of evidence that a student’s overall mental health is impacted by sleep.

If you are needing some tips and ideas to help your child get enough sleep here are a few ideas (the article I used is linked below).


1. Keep a bedtime routine- shower/bath, chat about plans for tomorrow etc..

2. Do relaxing activities before bed- a warm bath, read a book, listen to music

3. Keep regular sleep and wake times- don’t vary sleep times on weekends or    holidays by more than an hour

4. Keep naps to a minimum- if they still nap-no more than 20 minutes in afternoon

5. Make sure children feel safe at night- avoid scary movies/video games etc.

6. Check noise and lights in the room- turn of devices, use a calm night light

7. Avoid the clock- if this causes your child to check the hour/time over and over- take it out of the room

8. Eat the right amount at the right time- too much or too little food before bedtime can delay sleep

9. Get plenty of natural light during the day- fresh air and exercise

10. Avoid caffeine- check ingredients on your child’s drinks/foods

Mrs. Cordova


2023-24 Intent to Return Form:are due by May 1st.  Go to the following link to confirm your students’ place for next year!

ACA WalkAThon 2023: It’s time for the ACA WalkAThon 2023 this Wednesday, April 5th!  This year we’ve made it extra simple to pledge your support to your students!

Go to and click the green STUDENT button, register your student and share their personal page with family, friends and co-workers!

We are so excited for the awesome programs and fitness this event brings!  Each student has a goal of $100!

Independent Study: Please remember to request an “Independent Study” or “IS” every time you email/call to report an absence.  This helps the school, which helps your student!  Thank You!


The Book Fair is Coming! May 8 – 12, 2023 in the Multipurpose Room!


Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri: 11:45 am – 3:30 pm

Wed: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Shop online May 5 – May 18 at

The book fair provides many opportunities for volunteer hours: set up, take down, sales at the fair, donate snacks for Young Author’s Night, etc. Go to to claim your spot!

CAASPP Testing 2023: Beginning this month, students in grades 3-8 will once again participate in the statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  These online Summative Assessments measure what your child knows and is able to do. If you have any questions, or would like to know which days your student will be testing, please contact the office or your student’s teachers.

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!

Clothes Donation Bin: As some of you may have seen, we have a clothes donation bin in our parking lot now. Not only is this a great way to have our unclaimed lost and found items find a new home, but it is actually a form of fund raising for the school. When people donate clothes, the owners of the bin, Tree Machine, will give money to the school. Keep this in mind as you start doing some Spring cleaning.

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.

Volunteers Needed: Want to help, but not sure where to start???  Then sign up on TrackItForward to find out how you can help!!!

Contact the ACA Family Network if you have any questions or need help accessing track it forward

See’s Candy Fundraiser:  Spring See’s Candies Yum-Raising storefront is now closed, but our “All Year 2023” storefront will be open until December 25, 2023. Buy now and order some delicious chocolates. It’s simple, and you’ll love the selection. No sign-up or minimum required.

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 →

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


  • April 4        FN Meeting (all welcome) – 3pm

  • April 5       FN Walk-a-thon

  • April 6        Charter Council meeting (all welcome) – 4pm

  • April 7       First Friday at Skipolini’s – 4pm

  • April 10-14  Spring Break – no school

  • April 20      Cougars in Action – whole school clean up!

  • May 3        Dining for Dollars – Panda Express

  • May 5        First Friday at Skipolini’s – 4pm

  • May 5-12   Book Fair Week!

  • May 9        FN Meeting (all welcome) – 3pm

  • May 10      Young Authors Celebration

  • May 18      Charter Council meeting (all welcome) – 4pm

  • May 25-26 Minimum Days – dismiss at 12p

  • May 29      No School – Memorial Day

  • May 31      Showcase of the Arts Celebration


Food Delivery Services will no longer be allowed on campus.  Make sure you send lunch with your student, or order lunch at 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. Please remember to request an “Independent Study” or “IS” every time you email/call to report an absence.  This helps the school, which helps your 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

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 29, 3 de abril de 2023

Estimadas familias y amigos de ACA,

Como sabrán, comenzamos cada mañana en los grados intermedios con una reunión en el salón de clases. Durante estas reuniones, muchos estudiantes comparten cómo han pasado el fin de semana y/o las noches. Para nuestra consternación, muchos informan que se quedan despiertos hasta muy tarde para jugar videojuegos y/o mirar televisión/YouTube, etc. Si bien esto puede parecer inofensivo como una actividad ocasional, es muy preocupante para nosotros, los maestros, la frecuencia con la que escuchamos sobre el gran problema de nuestros estudiantes. cantidades de privación del sueño. Esto no solo afecta el aprendizaje, afecta todos los aspectos del comportamiento de los estudiantes en el salón de clases.

La abrumadora cantidad de investigación es clara. Incluso una pequeña cantidad de privación del sueño da como resultado problemas posteriores con la regulación emocional, el estado de ánimo y la atención (Dinges et al., 1997; Leotta, Carskadon, Acebo, Seifer Quinn, 1997; Sagaspe et al., 2006). También hay mucha evidencia de que la salud mental general de un estudiante se ve afectada por el sueño.

Si necesita algunos consejos e ideas para ayudar a su hijo a dormir lo suficiente, aquí hay algunas ideas (el artículo que usé está vinculado a continuación).
1. Mantenga una rutina a la hora de acostarse: ducharse/bañarse, conversar sobre los planes para mañana, etc.
2. Haga actividades relajantes antes de acostarse: un baño tibio, lea un libro, escuche música
3. Mantenga horarios regulares para dormir y despertarse: no varíe los tiempos de sueño los fines de semana o días festivos en más de una hora
4. Mantenga las siestas al mínimo, si todavía duermen la siesta, no más de 20 minutos por la tarde.
5. Asegúrese de que los niños se sientan seguros por la noche; evite las películas de terror, los videojuegos, etc.
6. Verifique el ruido y las luces en la habitación: apague los dispositivos, use una luz nocturna tranquila
7. Evite el reloj, si esto hace que su hijo mire la hora una y otra vez, sáquelo de la habitación.
8. Coma la cantidad correcta en el momento adecuado: demasiado o muy poco alimento antes de acostarse puede retrasar el sueño
9. Obtenga mucha luz natural durante el día: aire fresco y ejercicio
10. Evite la cafeína: verifique los ingredientes en las bebidas/alimentos de su hijo

Sra. Córdoba


Formulario de intención de devolución 2023-24: vence el 1 de mayo. ¡Ve al siguiente enlace para confirmar la plaza de tus alumnos para el próximo año!

ACA WalkAThon 2023: ¡Es hora de la ACA WalkAThon 2023 este miércoles 5 de abril! ¡Este año hemos hecho que sea muy simple prometer su apoyo a sus estudiantes!

Vaya a y haga clic en el botón verde ESTUDIANTE, registre a su estudiante y comparta su página personal con familiares, amigos y compañeros de trabajo.
¡Estamos muy emocionados por los increíbles programas y el estado físico que trae este evento! ¡Cada estudiante tiene una meta de $100!

Estudio independiente: recuerde solicitar un “estudio independiente” o “IS” cada vez que envíe un correo electrónico o llame para informar una ausencia. ¡Esto ayuda a la escuela, que ayuda a su estudiante! ¡Gracias!


¡Se acerca la Feria del Libro! ¡Del 8 al 12 de mayo de 2023 en el Salón de Usos Múltiples!
Lunes, Martes, Jueves, Viernes: 11:45 am – 3:30 pm
Miércoles: 11:00 – 14:30 y 18:00 – 20:00
Compre en línea del 5 al 18 de mayo en
La feria del libro brinda muchas oportunidades para las horas de voluntariado: montaje, desmontaje, ventas en la feria, donación de refrigerios para la Noche de Autores Jóvenes, etc. ¡Visite para reclamar su lugar!

Pruebas CAASPP 2023: a partir de este mes, los estudiantes de los grados 3-8 participarán nuevamente en la administración estatal de la Evaluación de rendimiento y progreso estudiantil de California (CAASPP). Estas evaluaciones sumativas en línea miden lo que su hijo sabe y es capaz de hacer. Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea saber qué días tomará la prueba su estudiante, comuníquese con la oficina o con los maestros de su estudiante.

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!

Papelera de donación de ropa: Como algunos de ustedes habrán visto, ahora tenemos una papelera de donación de ropa en nuestro estacionamiento. No solo es una excelente manera de que nuestros artículos perdidos y encontrados no reclamados encuentren un nuevo hogar, sino que en realidad es una forma de recaudar fondos para la escuela. Cuando la gente done ropa, los dueños del contenedor, Tree Machine, darán dinero a la escuela. Tenga esto en cuenta cuando comience a hacer una limpieza de primavera.

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!