Antioch Charter Academy

Dec 20  Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 16, December 18, 2023

Dear ACA families,

Another year has flown by.  As we finish up 2023, we all hope you can take time to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

School starts back up on Monday, January 8th, be sure to mark your calendars!

Happy New Year,

Shellie Arnst

Intermediate Teacher


School Starts Back Up on Monday, January 8, 2024

We have COVID tests available in the office if you need them. Feel free to come by the office and grab a couple of them if you’d like.

Lost and Found items are in the multi use room. All items that are not picked up before break will be put in the donation box in the parking lot.

Need a Last Minute Tax Deduction??!! Then why not give to the school??!!! 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!

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.


2023-24 Yearbook:

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.

  1. Ordering is easy! First, Go to, click on “BUY A YEARBOOK”. Enter our school passcode: 101506720561403.

  1. 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: 

3.  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:

If you have any questions, please reach out to TreeRing Customer Support via email at or by phone (877) 755-TREE, Monday – Friday from 6:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time or email us at .

Warm regards,

Yearbook Staff

Spirit Wear: 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

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!

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


  • 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       Prim/Elem Being There Experience – Ice Skating

  • 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 –

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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20 de diciembre Día mínimo: salida a las 12 p.m.

Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 16, 18 de diciembre de 2023

Queridas familias de ACA,

Otro año ha pasado volando. Al finalizar el año 2023, todos esperamos que pueda tomarse un tiempo para relajarse y pasar un momento agradable con sus seres queridos.

La escuela comienza nuevamente el lunes 8 de enero, ¡asegúrense de marcar sus calendarios!

Feliz año nuevo,

Shelly Arnst
Profesor Intermedio


La escuela comienza de nuevo el lunes 8 de enero de 2024

Tenemos pruebas de COVID disponibles en la oficina si las necesita. No dudes en venir a la oficina y conseguir un par de ellos si lo deseas.

Los artículos perdidos y encontrados están frente a la oficina. Todos los artículos que no se recojan antes del receso se colocarán en la caja de donaciones en el estacionamiento.

Palomitas de maíz en el campus: Desafortunadamente, los estudiantes ya no pueden traer palomitas de maíz sin cocinar o sin reventar a la escuela. Esto se ha vuelto demasiado complicado y un problema de seguridad porque se está cocinando demasiado. Aunque es un refrigerio divertido, es necesario prepararlo previamente en casa si desea que su estudiante lo traiga para el almuerzo o refrigerio. Gracias.


Anuario 2023-24:

Estimadas familias de ACA;

Hemos seleccionado a TreeRing como nuestro proveedor de anuarios 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.

¡Puedes crear tus propias páginas personalizadas de tu estudiante! Los estudiantes deben iniciar sesión a través de sus cuentas escolares y usar la dirección de correo electrónico de su escuela para un acceso más fácil.

Tiene la opción de crear 2 páginas personalizadas GRATIS para su hijo. Estas 2 páginas se imprimirán únicamente en el anuario de su hijo. La combinación de recuerdos personales y escolares creará el anuario personalizado de su hijo. Las páginas personalizadas pueden incluir recuerdos de vacaciones y campamentos, listas de favoritos, deportes, pasatiempos, clubes y cualquier otro recuerdo que desee.

¡Hacer el pedido es fácil! Primero, vaya a, haga clic en “COMPRAR UN ANUARIO”. Ingrese la contraseña de nuestra escuela: 101506720561403.

Necesitas crear una cuenta. Se le pedirá que ingrese su correo electrónico, cree una contraseña y agregue la información de su hijo (nombre, grado y maestro). Aquí hay un enlace con un video de “cómo hacerlo” para ayudarlo:

3. Tendrás que comprar tu propio anuario. Estamos seguros de que crear 2 páginas personales GRATUITAS de usted y su estudiante con TreeRing será un libro personal de recuerdos que atesorará en los años venideros. Aquí hay un enlace para aprender cómo crear páginas personalizadas: Tutorial

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Atención al cliente de TreeRing por correo electrónico a o por teléfono (877) 755-TREE, de lunes a viernes de 6:00 a. m. a 6:00 p. m., hora del Pacífico, o envíenos un correo electrónico a acamemories@

Un cordial saludo,

Personal del anuario

Ropa espiritual: ¡Prepárate para el año escolar con ropa espiritual de Antioch Charter! ¡Con cientos de diseños esperándote, compra ahora y recibe tu pedido en solo 10-12 días hábiles! Compre en

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”, 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!

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