Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Families and Staff Volume 27, Issue 36, May 30, 2023

Hello ACA Families!

With two weeks of school left, we are almost to the finish line!!  From now to June 9th, it is going to be a mad rush of assessments, events, and activities, so it is important for students to get to school on time each day prepared to learn and participate.  One of the upcoming events is the Showcase of the Arts.  Students will be showcasing their talents on Wednesday, May 31st from 5:30~8pm, come see what your student has created and learned during their Wednesday Enrichment Classes.

Since summer is coming I want to take the opportunity to encourage some other enrichment opportunities for the break.  Barnes and Noble has a Summer Reading program happening where students read eight books and record the titles as well as their favorite parts in a reading journal. They can then take their reading journal into a Barnes and Noble and choose a free book (from a determined list, but the options are good!!) .

The Contra Costa County Library also has a summer reading program with a variety of activities and prizes that can be earned for all age groups.  If your student does not have a library card, take the opportunity over the summer to get one. They are free!!  The library card can give kids so much more than a great book.  The library has awesome activities which kids (and adults!) can sign up for and as a family you can take advantage of the Discover and Go program to reserve free or discounted tickets to museums around the Bay Area.

If your student is a budding novelist or you want them to work on their story telling skills, Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has a Young Writer’s Program that is free to sign up for and has a lot of resources. There are word sprints, pep talks, and other fun activities.

Summer is also an amazing time to take advantage of the fact that the Bay Area is home to some amazing museums.  Once a month there are FREE or reduced admission days to a variety of awesome places.

Let’s have an amazing end of school year so we can jump into our amazing summer!


Amber Hummel



Showcase of the Arts: is this Wednesday, May 31st from 5:30~8pm, come see what your student has created and learned during their Wednesday Enrichment Classes.  See attached flyer for schedule and details!

Thank you to the Schlieter Family for donating a storage shed, and to Mr. Ramos, his brother and Mr. Vázquez for donating their time, resources and talent to put it together. This storage shed will be used to store all the event supplies!

End of the Year Party: our annual end of the year celebration will take place at the park next door right after school on Friday, June 9th @ 12pm.  See the attached flyer for details!


8th Grade Graduation: ceremony is on Wednesday, June 7th at 4:30pm.  The ceremony will take place at the Antioch Community Center in the ballroom.

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!

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!

Spiritwear: We are very excited to share the news that we are launching an official online spiritwear store!  Choose from a variety of garments that are delivered to your home in days. Shop at


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/foster child, 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 Network Wish List: We have created a Family Network wish list on Amazon. If you’d like to donate any of these “Wish List” items we would greatly appreciate it. These items are needed throughout the school year. Pick the items and pay for them and Amazon will ship directly to the school.



ACA I Family Network – Amazon Gift List – Amazon Gift List

Thank you for your support!

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:  See’s Candies Yum-Raising storefront is 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.

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 → or give cash/check to the school office!

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


  • May 31     Showcase of the Arts Celebration (all students)

  • June 2       Last Day of Electives

  • June 2       8th Grade Trip

  • June 7       8th Grade Graduation Ceremony – 4:30pm

  • June 9      Last Day of School (Minimum Day)

  • June 9       End of Year Celebration in Park – starts at 12pm

  • Aug 16      2023-24 School Year Begins – Welcome Back!


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!!

Food Delivery Services will no longer be allowed on campus.  Make sure you send lunch with your student, or order lunch at school!

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: 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!

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.


School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509

School Website –

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ACA Office –

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ACA Newsletter –

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

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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

Boletín para las familias y el personal de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Volumen 27, número 36, 30 de mayo de 2023

¡Hola familias de ACA!

¡Con dos semanas de clases, estamos casi en la línea de meta! Desde ahora hasta el 9 de junio, habrá una gran cantidad de evaluaciones, eventos y actividades, por lo que es importante que los estudiantes lleguen a la escuela a tiempo todos los días, preparados para aprender y participar. Uno de los próximos eventos es la Muestra de las Artes. Los estudiantes mostrarán sus talentos el miércoles 31 de mayo de 5:30 a 8:00 p. m., venga a ver lo que su estudiante ha creado y aprendido durante sus clases de enriquecimiento de los miércoles.

Como se acerca el verano, quiero aprovechar la oportunidad para alentar algunas otras oportunidades de enriquecimiento para las vacaciones. Barnes and Noble tiene un programa de lectura de verano en el que los estudiantes leen ocho libros y registran los títulos y sus partes favoritas en un diario de lectura. Luego pueden llevar su diario de lectura a Barnes and Noble y elegir un libro gratis (¡de una lista determinada, pero las opciones son buenas!) . kids/misc/2023/BNKidsSummerReading85x11.pdf

La Biblioteca del Condado de Contra Costa también tiene un programa de lectura de verano con una variedad de actividades y premios que se pueden ganar para todos los grupos de edad. Si su estudiante no tiene una tarjeta de la biblioteca, aproveche la oportunidad durante el verano para obtener una. ¡¡Son gratis!! La tarjeta de la biblioteca puede darles a los niños mucho más que un gran libro. La biblioteca tiene actividades increíbles en las que los niños (¡y los adultos!) pueden inscribirse y, como familia, puede aprovechar el programa Discover and Go para reservar entradas gratuitas o con descuento para museos en el Área de la Bahía.

Si su estudiante es un novelista en ciernes o quiere que trabaje en sus habilidades para contar historias, el Campamento NaNoWriMo (Mes Nacional de Escritura de Novelas) tiene un Programa para Escritores Jóvenes en el que es gratis inscribirse y tiene muchos recursos. Hay carreras de palabras, charlas motivadoras y otras actividades divertidas.

El verano también es un momento increíble para aprovechar el hecho de que el Área de la Bahía alberga algunos museos increíbles. Una vez al mes hay días de admisión GRATIS o reducidos a una variedad de lugares increíbles.

¡Tengamos un increíble fin de año escolar para que podamos saltar a nuestro increíble verano!

ámbar hummel


Showcase of the Arts: es este miércoles 31 de mayo de 5:30 a 8:00 p. m., venga a ver lo que su estudiante ha creado y aprendido durante sus clases de enriquecimiento de los miércoles. ¡Vea el folleto adjunto para el horario y los detalles!

Gracias a la familia Schlieter por donar un cobertizo de almacenamiento y al Sr. Ramos, su hermano y el Sr. Vázquez por donar su tiempo, recursos y talento para armarlo. ¡Este cobertizo de almacenamiento se utilizará para almacenar todos los suministros del evento!

Fiesta de fin de año: nuestra celebración anual de fin de año se llevará a cabo en el parque de al lado justo después de la escuela el viernes 9 de junio a las 12 p. m. ¡Vea el volante adjunto para más detalles!


Graduación de 8º grado: la ceremonia es el miércoles 7 de junio a las 4:30 p. m. La ceremonia tendrá lugar en el salón de baile del Centro Comunitario de Antioch.

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!

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!

Ropa de espíritu: ¡Estamos muy emocionados de compartir la noticia de que estamos lanzando una tienda oficial de ropa de espíritu en línea! Elija entre una variedad de prendas que se entregan en su hogar en días. Compra en


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/hijo adoptivo, etc. en ACA, ¡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.