Antioch Charter Academy

Nov 13-17   Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 12, November 13, 2023

Dear ACA Families,

I spent some time recently contemplating the aspects of my life that fill me with gratitude, and one thought that  surfaced was the wonderful families at ACA!

So, I decided it might be a good time to share with you a little bit about our ACA Family Network. All families and staff are members of the Network.  Our Network provides support by volunteering, raising funds, and promoting whole school activities. The Network generates and coordinates volunteers for a variety of purposes (i.e. electives, pupil supervision, study trips, fundraising activities, celebrations etc.).

The Network provides funds for our school’s Wednesday enrichment program, teacher education, classroom supplies, internal and alumni scholarships, school and garden beautification, building improvements, whole school student study trips, cultural experiences, and the annual end of the year picnic.  The Network also works to bring awareness of our school into the community, through events and fundraisers.

We LOVE  and NEED our Network! If you have wanted to participate more with our school, but don’t know how to help, reach out to the office and let us know. We have a wonderful Network Board working for you and your children, and we can have them reach out to include you.

I hope you all have a wonderful break next week and spend quality time with those that you are grateful to have in your life.


Edna Heller (Co-Administrator)


Spirit Wear: The official Antioch Charter store has launched a Holiday Sale! Spirit wear makes for great holiday gifts for the entire family, including these customizable designs for Mom, Dad, Grandparents and more!

This sale features limited-time savings of 20% sitewide! Orders over $75 will receive free shipping, and those below that will ship for just $5! Shop Now!

Lost & Found: Our Lost and Found pile has grown!  Come claim your students’ stuff by November 17, or it will be put in the donation bin!

Flurry of FUN Family Night! This annual event will be held in our multi-use room on Thursday, December 14th from 6-7:30. Come enjoy S’mores, Hot beverages, Popcorn Bar, Photo booth, Cookies & more!  See flyer for details!

Cheer: ACA2 is excited to bring an after-school athletics program for the second trimester.  Many students have expressed an interest in Cheer.  ACA2’s very own Ashley Laveine-Wilson has many years of experience coaching Cheer and will be leading the program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:15 – 5 at ACA2.  The Cheer program will be open to ACA and ACA2 students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Cheer will begin on Monday, November 27th and run through March 14th.  It may be extended through the school year with enough student interest.
In order to participate, 3 things are required:
1) Fill out the Interest Form by November 14th.
2)  Complete the Student Athletics Packet.  (If you would prefer a paper copy of the packet, please ask the office or email
3)  Have a Sports Physical.  There is a template for a physical in the Student Athletics Packet.  The school will accept other versions of the form from your child’s pediatrician.

The school is asking for a $300 per trimester ($100 per month) donation to cover the costs associated with the program.   Cash or check donations may be given to the ACA2 office.  Online donations can be made at Donation | Antioch Charter Academies (  However, students may participate for free.

If you have any questions, please email

Friendsgiving Vendor Faire & Pies:  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  ACA 2 is also having a Pie Fundraiser.  See attached flyers for more information & order form.  Orders need to be placed by November 2.


Family Flurry of Fun: Our annual Family Flurry of Fun is scheduled for December 14th.  This is a “Must Not Miss” evening event that is open to all our ACA families (current & alumni).  Make sure to put it on your calendar, and keep an eye out for more information in future newsletters!

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! First, Go to, click on “BUY A YEARBOOK”.

Enter our school passcode: 101506720561403

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.

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


  • Nov 13-17   Minimum Days (conferences) – 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

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

  • Dec 8          FN Meeting at 3pm (all welcome)

  • Dec 14        Family Flurry of Fun (TBA)

  • Dec 20        Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm

  • Dec 21-Jan 5   Winter Break – no school

  • Jan 8          School is Back in Session!


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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Academia Charter de Antioquía

13-17 de noviembre Días mínimos: salida a las 12 p.m.

Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 12, 13 de noviembre de 2023

Estimadas familias de ACA,

Recientemente pasé un tiempo contemplando los aspectos de mi vida que me llenan de gratitud, y un pensamiento que surgió fue ¡las maravillosas familias de ACA!

Entonces, decidí que podría ser un buen momento para compartir con ustedes un poco sobre nuestra Red Familiar ACA. Todas las familias y el personal son miembros de la Red. Nuestra Red brinda apoyo mediante el voluntariado, la recaudación de fondos y la promoción de actividades escolares completas. La Red genera y coordina voluntarios para una variedad de propósitos (es decir, asignaturas optativas, supervisión de alumnos, viajes de estudio, actividades de recaudación de fondos, celebraciones, etc.).

La Red proporciona fondos para el programa de enriquecimiento de los miércoles de nuestra escuela, formación docente, útiles escolares, becas internas y para ex alumnos, embellecimiento de escuelas y jardines, mejoras de edificios, viajes de estudio para toda la escuela, experiencias culturales y el picnic anual de fin de año. La Red también trabaja para generar conciencia sobre nuestra escuela en la comunidad, a través de eventos y recaudaciones de fondos.

¡AMAMOS y NECESITAMOS nuestra red! Si ha querido participar más en nuestra escuela, pero no sabe cómo ayudar, comuníquese con la oficina y háganoslo saber. Contamos con una maravillosa Junta de Red trabajando para usted y sus hijos, y podemos hacer que se comuniquen con usted para incluirlo.

Espero que todos tengan unas maravillosas vacaciones la próxima semana y pasen tiempo de calidad con aquellos a quienes agradecen tener en sus vidas.

Edna Heller (coadministradora)


Spirit Wear: ¡La tienda oficial de Antioch Charter ha lanzado una oferta navideña! La ropa espiritual es un excelente regalo navideño para toda la familia, ¡incluidos estos diseños personalizables para mamá, papá, abuelos y más!

¡Esta oferta ofrece ahorros por tiempo limitado del 20 % en todo el sitio! ¡Los pedidos superiores a $ 75 recibirán envío gratis y los que estén por debajo se enviarán por solo $ 5! ¡Compra ahora!

Objetos perdidos y encontrados: ¡Nuestra pila de objetos perdidos y encontrados ha crecido! ¡Ven a reclamar las cosas de tus estudiantes antes del 17 de noviembre o se pondrán en la papelera de donaciones!

¡Noche familiar llena de DIVERSIÓN! Este evento anual se llevará a cabo en nuestro salón de usos múltiples el jueves 14 de diciembre de 6 a 7:30. ¡Ven a disfrutar de S’mores, bebidas calientes, barra de palomitas de maíz, fotomatón, galletas y más! ¡Vea el folleto para más detalles!

Anímate: ACA2 se complace en ofrecer un programa deportivo después de la escuela para el segundo trimestre. Muchos estudiantes han expresado interés en Cheer. Ashley Laveine-Wilson, de ACA2, tiene muchos años de experiencia entrenando a Cheer y dirigirá el programa los lunes, miércoles y viernes de 3:15 a 5:00 en ACA2. El programa Cheer estará abierto a estudiantes de ACA y ACA2 en los grados 6, 7 y 8.
Cheer comenzará el lunes 27 de noviembre y se extenderá hasta el 14 de marzo. Podrá extenderse durante todo el año escolar con suficiente interés de los estudiantes.
Para poder participar se requieren 3 cosas:
1) Complete el Formulario de Interés antes del 14 de noviembre.
2) Complete el Paquete de Atletismo Estudiantil. (Si prefiere una copia impresa del paquete, pregunte en la oficina o envíe un correo electrónico a
3) Realizarse un examen físico deportivo. Hay una plantilla para un examen físico en el Paquete de Atletismo para Estudiantes. La escuela aceptará otras versiones del formulario del pediatra de su hijo.

La escuela solicita una donación de $300 por trimestre ($100 por mes) para cubrir los costos asociados con el programa. Se pueden realizar donaciones en efectivo o cheques en la oficina de ACA2. Las donaciones en línea se pueden hacer en Donación | Antioch Charter Academies ( Sin embargo, los estudiantes pueden participar de forma gratuita.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a

Feria y pasteles de vendedores de Friendsgiving: ACA 2 tendrá un evento de proveedores el 16 de noviembre en el campus de ACA. Lo estamos abriendo a nuestros estudiantes emprendedores y a otros. Consulte el formulario de evento adjunto para obtener más detalles. Cualquier pregunta envíe un correo electrónico a ACA 2 también tendrá una recaudación de fondos Pie. Consulte los folletos adjuntos para obtener más información y el formulario de pedido. Los pedidos deben realizarse antes del 2 de noviembre.


Ráfaga de diversión familiar: Nuestra ráfaga familiar de diversión anual está programada para el 14 de diciembre. Este es un evento nocturno que no debe perderse y que está abierto a todas nuestras familias de ACA (actuales y ex alumnos). ¡Asegúrese de incluirlo en su calendario y esté atento a más información en futuros boletines!

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 el pedido es fácil! Primero, vaya a, haga clic en “COMPRAR UN ANUARIO”.