Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 7, September 25, 2023

Dear ACA Families,

This Wednesday, students representing each grade level will be grouped together to form what we call ‘School Families.’  This is an exciting activity where students across grade levels get to know one another and learn from each other.  This is a great opportunity for social-emotional growth.  Older students often shine as role models, facilitators, and guides.  They bring the wisdom of their ACA experiences to the group.  Younger students have the opportunity to get to know older students, engage in conversations, and share their ideas.  Younger students often thrive in this environment, bringing enthusiasm and energy!  School Families create a positive link between the ages and grades.  Teachers are present and available, but it’s up to each School Family to navigate group dynamics and work together towards a common goal.

This week, each School Families’ goal is to learn each other’s names, favorite animal, and create a poster representing their group.  As the year continues, School Families will meet at least once a month and each School Family will be responsible for coming together, planning and organizing a spirit day for the whole school.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Have a great week!

Julie Nakayama (Primary Teacher)


Family FUNdraiser Night Event: All proceeds will go towards campus improvements.

This Thursday, September 28th from 5:30 to 7:00PM at ACA. There will be Live Music, Dancing, Great Food & Drinks, Shaved Ice, and much more.
Featuring: Blues Healers – Mrs. Katy Laurence Burchet

Photo Booth – Wear your fanciest attire to take a souvenir photo. Middle Schoolers will also be taking pictures for the yearbook.
Food, drinks and shaved ice will be available for purchase:
Mexican Tacos – Taquizas Angel Gonzalez
Drinks – The Family Network
Shaved Ice – Aloha Ice

You can purchase tickets now at the school office or at the door (while tickets last!). Cash, check (payable to Antioch Charter Academy) or ONLINE via PayPal accepted. Pay The Learner-Centered School, Inc. using PayPal.Me

$7 per single or $10 for two
Includes: One raffle ticket.
More raffle tickets available for purchase: $2 per single, $5 for 3, or $10 for 6

See attachment for more details!

Picture Day is this Tuesday! Picture Day is this Tuesday, September 26th. See attached document for details.

See’s Candy Fundraiser: ACA Family Network is holding a See’s Candies Yum-Raising event for the See’s Winter selection. You will be able to order your favorite See’s Candies without ever leaving your house. Now until December 2nd. Attached is a QR code to our exclusive Fundraiser Storefront. Click on the link below and start shopping. No sign-up or minimum required. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family. Thank you for your support!

Graduate Goals Survey – We Need Your Input: Thank you to those who have done this. If you haven’t yet, please do so today! In our quest for growth and improvement in our educational program, we are requesting your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. We will be using your responses to help us focus our efforts on improvement for increased student learning.


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!


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!

Spiritwear: Gear up for the school year with Antioch Charter spirit wear! With hundreds of designs waiting for you, shop now and get your order in just 10-12 business days! Shop at

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 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 13         FN Meeting at 3pm (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

  • Oct 30-31    Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • Nov 1-2       MS Medieval Days (Museum & Banquet)

  • Nov 7          Make up Picture Day

  • Nov 9          Last Day of 1st Trimester Electives

  • Nov 9          Charter Council at 4pm (all welcome)

  • Nov 9          FN Meeting at 3pm (all welcome)

  • Nov 10        No School – Veterans’ Day

  • Nov 13-17   Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • Nov 16-17   Pri/Elem Multi-Cultural Days

  • Nov 20-24   No School – Thanksgiving Break

  • Nov 27        2nd Trimester Begins


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

Co-Chairs: open

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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Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 7, 25 de septiembre de 2023

Estimadas familias de ACA,

Este miércoles, los estudiantes que representan cada nivel de grado se agruparán para formar lo que llamamos “Familias Escolares”. Esta es una actividad emocionante donde los estudiantes de todos los grados se conocen y aprenden unos de otros. Esta es una gran oportunidad para el crecimiento socioemocional. Los estudiantes mayores a menudo brillan como modelos a seguir, facilitadores y guías. Aportan la sabiduría de sus experiencias ACA al grupo. Los estudiantes más jóvenes tienen la oportunidad de conocer a estudiantes mayores, entablar conversaciones y compartir sus ideas. Los estudiantes más jóvenes suelen prosperar en este entorno, ¡aportando entusiasmo y energía! Las familias escolares crean un vínculo positivo entre las edades y los grados. Los maestros están presentes y disponibles, pero depende de cada familia escolar navegar la dinámica del grupo y trabajar juntos hacia un objetivo común.

Esta semana, el objetivo de cada familia escolar es aprender los nombres de los demás, su animal favorito y crear un cartel que represente a su grupo. A medida que avanza el año, las familias escolares se reunirán al menos una vez al mes y cada familia escolar será responsable de reunirse, planificar y organizar un día espiritual para toda la escuela. ¡No puedo esperar a ver qué se les ocurre!

¡Que tengas una buena semana!
Julie Nakayama (maestra de primaria)


Evento de noche familiar para recaudar fondos: todas las ganancias se destinarán a mejoras en el campus.

Este jueves 28 de septiembre de 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. en ACA. Habrá música en vivo, baile, excelente comida y bebida, hielo raspado y mucho más.
Con: Blues Healers – Sra. Katy Laurence Burchet

Fotomatón: viste tu atuendo más elegante para tomar una foto de recuerdo. Los estudiantes de secundaria también tomarán fotografías para el anuario.
Se podrán comprar alimentos, bebidas y hielo raspado:
Tacos Mexicanos – Taquizas Angel Gonzalez
Bebidas – La Red Familiar
Hielo raspado – Aloha Ice

Puedes comprar boletos ahora en la oficina de la escuela o en la puerta (¡hasta agotar boletos!). Se acepta efectivo, cheque (a nombre de Antioch Charter Academy) o EN LÍNEA a través de PayPal. Pague a The Learner-Centered School, Inc. usando PayPal.Me

$7 por habitación individual o $10 por dos
Incluye: Un boleto para la rifa.
Más boletos para la rifa disponibles para comprar: $2 por sencillo, $5 por 3 o $10 por 6
¡Vea el archivo adjunto para más detalles!

¡El día de las fotografías es el martes! El día de la fotografía es este martes 26 de septiembre. Consulte el documento adjunto para obtener más detalles.

Recaudación de fondos de See’s Candy: ACA Family Network está llevando a cabo un evento de recaudación de yum de See’s Candies para la selección de invierno de See. Podrás pedir tus See’s Candies favoritos sin tener que salir de casa. Ahora hasta el 2 de diciembre. Se adjunta un código QR a nuestra exclusiva tienda de recaudación de fondos. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación y comience a comprar. No se requiere registro ni mínimo. No dudes en compartirlo con tus amigos y familiares. ¡Gracias por tu apoyo!

Encuesta de objetivos de posgrado: necesitamos su opinión: en nuestra búsqueda de crecimiento y mejora en nuestro programa educativo, solicitamos su ayuda. Tómese unos minutos para completar esta encuesta. Usaremos sus respuestas para ayudarnos a enfocar nuestros esfuerzos en mejorar para aumentar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.


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!


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”, le agradeceríamos