Antioch Charter Academy
Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders
Volume 28, Issue 15, December 11, 2023
Dear ACA Families,
The holidays are a time for family and cheer, but making sure the house is clean, the food is ready, and the presents are wrapped and ready to be opened can be overwhelming. These factors can bring unwanted stress and depression in a time meant for happiness.
Some important, practical tips can help minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. These tips may even help you enjoy the holidays more than expected.
Through the endless parties, cooking, shopping, and cleaning, try taking one of 9 steps to ensure you have a stress-free holiday:
1. Plan ahead.
Between co-workers, friends, and family, it’s inevitable that some commitments will end up on the same day. Make sure to plan on what you can attend in person or virtually. If you’re hosting the holidays, create a menu to help you stay organized and make grocery shopping easier.
2. Say no.
With holiday commitments, it is OK to say no to a few or all of them. It also will help relieve some stress. Try sharing your to-do list with other family members.
3. Plan spending.
The holidays mean spending money. Make a budget and stick to it. Spending money on your loved ones is important, but it’s also important to pay your energy bill. Don’t buy gifts that you’ll be paying off for the rest of the year.
4. Create relaxing surroundings.
Turn on some music, light some candles, or open the windows on a sunny day. Research has found that listening to music and the scent of citrus can boost feelings of well-being, and vitamin D is always a happiness booster.
5. Maintain healthy habits.
The holidays are notorious for ruining healthy habits. A short workout each morning will help your decision-making throughout the day. Encourage your family to try snowshoeing or sledding to get in extra exercise. Eat healthy snacks like fresh fruit or vegetables throughout the season and fill up before a dinner party or celebration with tempting, but unhealthy, foods.
6. Share feelings.
Spending a holiday after a loss in the family can be difficult. Accept your feelings and open up about them to others. It may make you feel better to share. Try to switch up old traditions to ease the loss.
7. Respect differences.
Family members will have different viewpoints than your own. Try your best to forgive and forget this holiday season. Focus on your similarities, and replace tension with something productive.
8. Be realistic.
You are only one person, and you can only do so much. Be realistic about how much you can handle this season. Forget about perfection, and relax and enjoy the company surrounding you.
9. Take a break.
Don’t forget about your own needs. Take a nap, take a short walk, read a book, or watch a funny movie. Laughing relaxes the whole body, and can relieve physical tension and stress.
Holidays are meant to be a fun, enjoyable time with friends and family. These tips can help ensure you truly enjoy your holidays when stress starts to set in.
Flurry of FUN Family Night! This annual free event will be held in our multi-use room this Thursday, December 14th from 6-7:30. See flyer for details! If you didn’t RSVP, please call the office at 925-755-7311 to see if there is still room!
Popcorn on Campus: Unfortunately, students can no longer bring unpopped/uncooked popcorn to school. This has become way too messy, and a safety concern because it is being overcooked. Although it’s a fun snack, it needs to be pre-popped at home if you want your student to bring it for lunch/ snack. Thank you.
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!
UPCOMING & ONGOING SCHOOL EVENTS
Dear ACA Families;
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 of your student! Students should sign in through their school accounts and use their school email address for easier access.
You have the option to create 2 FREE custom pages for your child. These 2 pages will print only in your child’s yearbook. The combination of personal memories and school memories will create your child’s own personalized yearbook. Custom pages can include vacation and camp memories, lists of favorites, sports, hobbies, clubs, and any other memories you want.
Ordering is easy! First, Go to www.treering.com, click on “BUY A YEARBOOK”. Enter our school passcode: 101506720561403.
You need to create an account. You will be prompted to enter your email, create a password, and add your child’s information (name, grade, and teacher). Here’s a link with a “how to” video to help you: https://help.treering.com/hc/
- You will need to purchase your own yearbook. We are sure that creating 2 FREE personal pages of you and your student with TreeRing will be a personal book of memories to treasure for years to come. Here’s a link to learn how to create the custom pages: https://help.treering.com/hc/
en-us/articles/360037440071- Creating-Custom-Pages-Step-by- Step-Screenshots-and-Video- Tutorial
If you have any questions, please reach out to TreeRing Customer Support via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (877) 755-TREE, Monday – Friday from 6:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time or email us at acamemories@
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!
FAMILY NETWORK (FN) HAPPENINGS
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/
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.
*ALL DONATIONS COUNT TOWARD YOUR FAMILY SERVICE HOURS AS WELL!
*ANY DONATION YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE IS FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
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 → https://www.paypal.com/us/
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 https://1stplace.sale/14399
Volunteers Needed: Want to help, but not sure where to start??? Then sign up on TrackItForward to find out how you can help!!! https://www.trackitforward.
Contact the ACA Family Network if you have any questions or need help accessing track it forward Acafamilynetwork@
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 https://www.trackitforward.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!
Dec 14 Prim/Elem Experiential Trip to El Campanil – Nutcracker
Dec 14 Family Flurry of Fun Event
Dec 18 Intermediate Experiential Trip – Ice Skating
Dec 19 Prim/Elem Musical Performance – on campus
Dec 20 Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm
Dec 21-Jan 5 Winter Break – no school
Jan 8 School is Back in Session!
Jan 12 FN Meeting at 3pm (all welcome)
Jan 15-16 No School – MLK Day & Teacher Workday
Jan 18 Charter Council at 4pm (all welcome)
Jan 22-26 School Choice & Great Kindness Challenge Week Celebration
Feb 1-2 Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm
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 – https://forms.gle/
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 – www.AntiochCharterAcademy.org
School Lunch Order Form – https://forms.gle/
ACA Office – ACAOffice@
ACA Family Network – ACAFamilyNetwork@
ACA Elementary – ACAElementary@
ACA Intermediate – ACAIntermediate@
ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@
ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@
ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org
ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@
ACA Yearbook – ACAMemories@
Social Media – Accounts are set to private; you need to request to join our groups.
Instagram Antioch Charter – https://www.instagram.com/
Facebook ACA Family & Friends – https://www.facebook.com/
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): https://www.crisis-center.org/
Contra Costa Health Services: https://cchealth.org/
First 5 of Contra Costa County: https://www.first5coco.org/
CocoKids East County: https://www.cocokids.org
Surviving Parenthood Resource Directory for Contra Costa County: https://capc-coco.org/wp-
Be Exceptional: a local program for all ages who have “exceptional needs”: https://beexceptionalprograms.
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 (ccclib.org) Click “Brainfuse HelpNow”.
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS
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