Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 4, September 5 , 2023

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for me!  This is also true for many of our students.  However, we should be aware that this time of year can also bring mixed emotions, or even bring out some fears for others.  Your student may be eager for new lessons and experiences, but others may be asking themselves a lot of “what if….” questions, such as:

But what if….

I don’t do well in class?

I give a wrong answer?

I don’t get along with my friends?

The list can go on!

A fear of failure can deter your child from trying their best, or taking on new risks and experiences.  A new school year is a good time to help our students make a shift in their mindset on failure and how to see it as an opportunity for growth.

*Here are 5 ways you can help child overcome their fear of failure:

Change your attitude about failure: Be mindful of your own responses to mistakes and failures.  Talk about what you learned, and be willing to pick yourself up again.

Emphasize effort, not ability: Emphasize effort (and the process) over ability (and the outcome).  When they struggle, talk about specific strategies that might work next time.

Demonstrate unconditional love: Express your love, even when they use poor judgement or make mistakes.

Help them focus on a solution: Ask them what actions they took, the consequences of those actions, and how those consequences can be avoided in the future.

Have conversations about success and failure: Use the “iceberg analogy.”  Explain that when you see successful people, you only see the tip of the iceberg.  You don’t see what’s “under the water” which is their failures, rejections, effort, persistence, and discipline.

*Adapted from

– Mrs. Cerecedes


Annual Back to School Bash at CCC Fairgrounds: On September 8th from 5:30~8pm, come join ACA & ACA II families for this annual celebration.  The party takes place at the CCC Fairgrounds (ACA II’s campus area)  See flyer for details!

Family FUNdraiser Night Event: on September 28th, we are going to have a whole school event – Family Dance!  There will be live music, dancing, food trucks, and more. Tickets available for purchase in the office. See flyer for details!

2023-24 Yearbook: We have selected TreeRing as our yearbook provider for the 2023-24 school year. TreeRing is a yearbook company that shares our community’s values, makes capturing student memories easy, and creates beautifully printed books. You can create your very own custom pages for your student!

Ordering is easy, and if you order before the end of October, you get 10% off your yearbook!  See attached document for details.


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: Gear up for the school year with Antioch Charter spirit wear! Enjoy a 30% discount across our entire website during the back-to-school sale. With hundreds of designs waiting for you, shop now and get your order in just 10-12 business days! Shop at

Sale Dates: August 8th – September 7th

Offer: 30% off all merchandise and free shipping over $75

Antioch Charter Links:

Store Link:


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 the second Friday of each month at 3pm. 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!

Dining for Dollars: Eat out and raise $$ for our school!  Our first event is with Panda Express on October 31st.  Look for details as it gets closer!!

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!

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

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


  • Sept 7          Charter Council at 4pm (all welcome)

  • Sept 8          Family Network at 3pm (all welcome)

  • Sept 8          Annual ACA & ACA II Back to School Bash (at Fairgrounds) – 5:30pm

  • Sept 14-15   Minimum Days – dismissal at 12pm

  • Sept 21        TK/Primary/Elem Going Out Experience – Jelly Belly Factory

  • Sept 22        MS Study Trip – IFLY (Union City)

  • Sept 26        Whole School Picture Day

  • Sept 28        ACA Family Event: Dance & Food Trucks – 5:30pm

  • Oct 2-6        October Break – no school

  • Oct 12         Charter Council at 4pm (all welcome)

  • Oct 17         Cougars in Action (morning activity)

  • Oct 19         8th Grade Girls Empowerment Day (morning activity)

  • Oct 19         FN Movie Night – 6:30pm


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. Reminder – no outside food delivery services are allowed on campus.

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!

REMIND: This APP 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 (example from last year: a power outage that required early dismissal!).  You can receive messages through email or through texting (recommended) – you decide!  Ask your student’s teacher for their classcode!

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 –

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: Janika Barnes

Fundraising Chair: Yessika Berrios

Members at Large: Everyone!


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:

Be Exceptional: a local program for all ages who have “exceptional needs”:

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 Charter de Antioquía

Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 4, 5 de septiembre de 2023

¡El comienzo de un nuevo año escolar siempre es un momento emocionante para mí! Esto también es cierto para muchos de nuestros estudiantes. Sin embargo, debemos ser conscientes de que esta época del año también puede traer emociones encontradas, o incluso sacar a relucir algunos miedos por los demás. Su estudiante puede estar ansioso por nuevas lecciones y experiencias, pero otros pueden preguntarse mucho “¿y si…?” preguntas, tales como:

Pero que si….

¿No me va bien en clase?

¿Doy una respuesta incorrecta?

¿No me llevo bien con mis amigos?

¡La lista puede seguir!

El miedo al fracaso puede disuadir a su hijo de hacer lo mejor que pueda o de asumir nuevos riesgos y experiencias. Un nuevo año escolar es un buen momento para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a cambiar su forma de pensar sobre el fracaso y cómo verlo como una oportunidad de crecimiento.

*Aquí hay 5 maneras en que puede ayudar a su niño a superar su miedo al fracaso:

Cambie su actitud ante el fracaso: sea consciente de sus propias respuestas a los errores y fracasos. Hable sobre lo que aprendió y esté dispuesto a recuperarse nuevamente.
Enfatice el esfuerzo, no la capacidad: Enfatice el esfuerzo (y el proceso) sobre la capacidad (y el resultado). Cuando tengan dificultades, hable sobre estrategias específicas que podrían funcionar la próxima vez.
Demuestre amor incondicional: exprese su amor, incluso cuando usen mal criterio o cometan errores.
Ayúdelos a concentrarse en una solución: pregúnteles qué acciones tomaron, las consecuencias de esas acciones y cómo se pueden evitar esas consecuencias en el futuro.
Tenga conversaciones sobre el éxito y el fracaso: utilice la “analogía del iceberg”. Explique que cuando ve personas exitosas, sólo ve la punta del iceberg. No ves lo que hay “bajo el agua” que son sus fracasos, rechazos, esfuerzo, perseverancia y disciplina.
*Adaptado de

– Sra. Cerecedes


Fiesta anual de regreso a clases en CCC Fairgrounds: el 8 de septiembre de 5:30 a 8 p. m., únase a las familias de ACA y ACA II para esta celebración anual. La fiesta se lleva a cabo en el recinto ferial CCC (área del campus de ACA II). ¡Consulte el folleto para obtener más detalles!

Evento de noche familiar para recaudar fondos: el 28 de septiembre, tendremos un evento para toda la escuela: ¡baile familiar! Habrá música en vivo, baile, food trucks y más. Entradas disponibles para compra en taquilla. ¡Vea el folleto para más detalles!

Anuario 2023-24: Hemos seleccionado a TreeRing como nuestro proveedor de anuario para el año escolar 2023-24. TreeRing es una empresa de anuarios que comparte los valores de nuestra comunidad, facilita la captura de recuerdos de los estudiantes y crea libros bellamente impresos. ¡Puede crear sus propias páginas personalizadas para su estudiante!

Hacer pedidos es fácil y, si lo haces antes de finales de octubre, ¡obtendrás un 10 % de descuento en tu anuario! Consulte el documento adjunto para obtener más detalles.


Consejo Estatutario: El Consejo Estatutario es nuestra junta directiva. La junta se reúne normalmente el segundo jueves del mes a las 4 p.m. Consulte el calendario para conocer la fecha y 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 espiritual: ¡Prepárate para el año escolar con ropa espiritual de Antioch Charter! Disfruta de un 30% de descuento en toda nuestra web durante las rebajas de vuelta al cole. ¡Con cientos de diseños esperándote, compra ahora y recibe tu pedido en solo 10-12 días hábiles! Compra en

Fechas de venta: 8 de agosto – 7 de septiembre
Oferta: 30% de descuento en toda la mercancía y envío gratis a partir de $75
Enlaces de la Carta de Antioquía:
Enlace de la tienda:


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 regresa 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 la Red Familiar son el segundo viernes de cada mes a las 3 p.m. La junta da la bienvenida y anima a todas las familias de ACA a asistir a las reuniones. Consulta el calendario a continuación para conocer la próxima reunión.

Lista de deseos de Family Network: Hemos creado una lista de deseos de Family Network en Amazon. Si desea donar alguno de estos artículos de la “Lista de deseos”, se lo agradeceríamos mucho. Estos artículos son necesarios durante todo el año escolar. Elija los artículos y pague por ellos y Amazon los enviará directamente a la escuela.
Red familiar ACA I – Lista de regalos de Amazon – Lista de regalos de Amazon
¡Gracias por tu apoyo!

Cenar por dólares: ¡Coma fuera y recaude dinero para nuestra escuela! Nuestro primer evento es con Panda Express el 31 de octubre. ¡¡Busca detalles a medida que se acerca!!