Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 10, October 23, 2023

Hello ACA Families,

We are off to a great start of the 2023/2024 school year! I’ve had a blast welcoming the students back to campus and getting to see how tall everyone got over the summer J

To make sure we keep all of our students safe, I just wanted to share a friendly reminder on our campus’ schedule and carpool:

·         The Breakfast program starts at 7:45 am and that is the earliest students can come onto campus. There is no supervision prior to that time. Please sign up for breakfast using the lunch link –

·         8:00am is when campus opens for everyone, perfect arrival time for the kiddos! This gives enough time to settle into campus and say hey to their friends.

·         8:15am is when class starts! This is also when carpool supervision ends. Be sure to arrive before the carpool ends!

·         Students get out at 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. And 2pm on Wednesdays. Carpool is staffed for 15 minutes when school gets out.

·         There is no supervision on campus once carpool has ended, unless your student has signed up for CCC or CREW.

Thanks for keeping campus safe and all the hard work you do for our students!

Best Wishes,

Andi Stahler

Senior Executive Assistant


Dining for Dollars: Join us for dinner Tuesday, October 31st at ANY Panda Express restaurant nationwide. This makes it very easy for family and friends to support our school. You may place a pre-order. The code is valid 7 days prior to the event date. Just make sure to enter the event code 916651 in the Fundraiser Code box during online checkout at or via App. Please share the fundraising. Thank you for your support! 💐

October 30th & 31st Holiday Events (school is still required, but all events are optional)

October 30th – After School Haunted House: Our annual Middle School “Haunted House” fundraiser will run from 12~12:45pm. This is an age appropriate haunted house put on by the Middle School class. Cost is $3 per student. This is a minimum day – pick up time is at 12pm.

October 31st – Costume Parade & Trick or Treating. Around 11:15am, there will be our annual on campus School Families “Trick or Treating”, and a costume parade. Parents are welcome to come watch. Students who do not want to participate will have a supervised room set-aside for them where they can play board games during the activities, or they can be signed out by a parent/guardian at 11:15am. This is a minimum day – pick up time is at 12pm.

October 31st is a normal learning day for all students, except students will be able to wear their costumes to school, if they choose. No masks, weapons, or gore are allowed. Students must still be able to participate in learning, so no costumes which would hinder school work (school dress codes still apply).

Electives:  Believe it or not we are already setting up electives for the 2nd trimester. Our hope is to offer at least 9-10 different options for students to choose from on each day. This is only possible if our wonderful ACA community volunteers to help!!  2nd Trimester Electives run from November 27th to March 1st.  This averages from 8-10 classes (depending on which day you choose to teach).

Ideas for classes:

  • Art: crafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting, fine art, ceramics, photography, woodworking, etc

  • Indoor: board games, chess, strategy, role playing, etc.

  • Outdoor: gardening, basketball, volleyball, kickball, soccer, flag football, wiffle ball, dodgeball, etc

  • Cooking (always a big hit): simple cooking skills, baking, cake decorating, microwave recipes, airfryer recipes, juicing, multicultural, etc

  • Language: ASL, Spanish, etc

  • Movement: yoga, dance (line, zumba, hip hop, modern, etc), pilates, etc

  • Science: rockets, fun science experiments, technology, building things, etc

  • Other: drama/acting, debate, and the list can go on and on – teach what you enjoy doing!

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!!!  We could really use some more volunteers!

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. We want this to be a good experience for all!  All volunteers will need to have a Livescan fingerprint on file with our office (school will pay the fee).

Please contact the school by Friday, October 27th if you are interested, or if you have any questions about this program.

Friendsgiving Vendor Faire:  ACA 2 is having a Vendor Event on November 16th, on ACA’s campus. We are opening it to our Student entrepreneurs as well as others. Please see the attached Event Form for more details. Any questions please email


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!

Holiday Wreath Fundraiser:  It’s time for our annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser with Sherwood Forest Farms! Students received a paper copy of the product catalog last week.

Both local delivery and direct delivery items are available for purchase. Local delivery items will be delivered to our school in a large shipment and distributed to students/families. Direct delivery items will be shipped directly to an address provided by the purchaser. This is a great option for family and friends who live farther away and still want to order.

Feel free to check out the website and make orders at

This link can be shared with family, friends, neighbors, etc. and they can order directly from there. If your family and friends order via local delivery, make sure they type in your name (or your student’s name) in the “credit order to” box at checkout. This will help us organize the orders when we receive them at the school.

Orders may be placed until November 3rd.

Local delivery items will be delivered to the school between November 27 – December 5, 2022. We will provide pick up details once we know the exact delivery date. Volunteers will be needed to help with distribution!

Please email any questions to

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.

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!

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!

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. Sign up on


  • Oct 24         Prim/Elem Being There Experience – Pumpkin Farm

  • Oct 27         ACA 2 & ACA Middle School Dance from 4-6pm (at CCC Fairgrounds)

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

  • Nov 2-3       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 Multicultural Days

  • Nov 16        ACA 2 Friendsgiving Vendor Fair @ ACA Campus

  • 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

Google Translate:
Academia Charter de Antioquía

Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 10, 23 de octubre de 2023

Hola familias de ACA,

¡Hemos tenido un gran comienzo del año escolar 2023/2024! Me lo pasé genial dando la bienvenida a los estudiantes al campus y viendo qué tan altos crecieron todos durante el verano.

Para asegurarnos de mantener seguros a todos nuestros estudiantes, solo quería compartir un recordatorio amistoso sobre el horario y el viaje compartido de nuestro campus:

· El programa de desayuno comienza a las 7:45 am y es lo más temprano que los estudiantes pueden ingresar al campus. No hay supervisión antes de ese momento. Regístrese para el desayuno utilizando el enlace del almuerzo:
· Las 8:00 a. m. es cuando el campus abre para todos, ¡hora perfecta de llegada para los niños! Esto les da tiempo suficiente para instalarse en el campus y saludar a sus amigos.
· ¡A las 8:15 am es cuando comienza la clase! Aquí también es cuando finaliza la supervisión del viaje compartido. ¡Asegúrate de llegar antes de que termine el viaje compartido!
· Los estudiantes salen a las 3:00 pm los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes. Y los miércoles a las 14 h. Carpool cuenta con personal durante 15 minutos cuando termina la escuela.
· No hay supervisión en el campus una vez que finaliza el viaje compartido, a menos que su estudiante se haya inscrito en CCC o CREW.

¡Gracias por mantener el campus seguro y todo el arduo trabajo que hace por nuestros estudiantes!

Los mejores deseos,

Andi Stahler
Asistente ejecutivo sénior


Cena por dólares: Únase a nosotros para cenar el martes 31 de octubre en CUALQUIER restaurante Panda Express en todo el país. Esto hace que sea muy fácil para familiares y amigos apoyar a nuestra escuela. Puedes realizar un pedido anticipado. El código es válido 7 días antes de la fecha del evento. Solo asegúrese de ingresar el código de evento 916651 en el cuadro Código de recaudación de fondos durante el pago en línea en o mediante la aplicación. Por favor comparte la recaudación de fondos. ¡Gracias por tu apoyo! 💐

Eventos festivos del 30 y 31 de octubre (la escuela aún es obligatoria, pero todos los eventos son opcionales)

30 de octubre – Casa encantada después de clases: nuestra recaudación de fondos anual “Casa encantada” de la escuela secundaria se llevará a cabo de 12 a 12:45 p.m. Esta es una casa embrujada apropiada para la edad creada por la clase de secundaria. El costo es de $3 por estudiante. Este es un día mínimo: la hora de recogida es a las 12 p.m.

31 de octubre: Desfile de disfraces y truco o trato. Alrededor de las 11:15 a. m., se llevará a cabo nuestro “Truco o trato” anual para familias escolares en el campus y un desfile de disfraces. Los padres son bienvenidos a venir a ver. Los estudiantes que no quieran participar tendrán una sala supervisada reservada para ellos donde podrán jugar juegos de mesa durante las actividades, o un padre/tutor podrá firmar su salida a las 11:15 am. Este es un día mínimo: la hora de recogida es a las 12 p.m.

El 31 de octubre es un día de aprendizaje normal para todos los estudiantes, excepto que los estudiantes podrán usar sus disfraces en la escuela, si así lo desean. No se permiten máscaras, armas ni sangre. Los estudiantes aún deben poder participar en el aprendizaje, por lo que no deben usar disfraces que obstaculicen el trabajo escolar (aún se aplican los códigos de vestimenta escolar).

Electivas: Lo creas o no, ya estamos preparando asignaturas optativas para el segundo trimestre. Nuestra esperanza es ofrecer al menos entre 9 y 10 opciones diferentes para que los estudiantes elijan cada día. ¡Esto sólo es posible si nuestra maravillosa comunidad ACA se ofrece como voluntaria para ayudar! Las asignaturas optativas del segundo trimestre se llevarán a cabo del 27 de noviembre al 1 de marzo. Esto promedia de 8 a 10 clases (dependiendo del día que elijas enseñar).

Ideas para clases:
Arte: manualidades, costura, tejido, crochet, bellas artes, cerámica, fotografía, carpintería, etc.
Indoor: juegos de mesa, ajedrez, estrategia, juegos de rol, etc.
Al aire libre: jardinería, baloncesto, voleibol, kickball, fútbol, fútbol de bandera, wiffle ball, dodgeball, etc.
Cocina (siempre un gran éxito): habilidades culinarias sencillas, repostería, decoración de pasteles, recetas para microondas, recetas con airfryer, jugos, multicultural, etc.
Idioma: ASL, español, etc.
Movimiento: yoga, danza (line, zumba, hip hop, moderna, etc), pilates, etc.
Ciencia: cohetes, experimentos científicos divertidos, tecnología, construcción de cosas, etc.
Otros: teatro/actuación, debate y la lista puede seguir y seguir: ¡enseña lo que te gusta hacer!

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! ¡Realmente nos vendrían bien más voluntarios!
También puedes formar equipo con un amigo para impartir una clase, y no necesitas tener un estudiante en las clases de 4º a 8º grado para que te ayude. ¡Queremos que esta sea una buena experiencia para todos! Todos los voluntarios deberán tener una huella digital de Livescan archivada en nuestra oficina (la escuela pagará la tarifa).

Comuníquese con la escuela antes del viernes 27 de octubre si está interesado o si tiene alguna pregunta sobre este programa.

Feria de proveedores de Friendsgiving: ACA 2 tendrá un evento de proveedores el 16 de noviembre en el campus de ACA. Lo estamos abriendo a nuestro