NETWORKings

Antioch Charter Academy

                                                                                          

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 17, January 8, 2024

 

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Winter break that was filled with health and joy!

To start the year, I thought I would share some information with you about Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Let’s face it, AI is now part of our world and our students will need to learn how to appropriately use AI to enhance their learning.  One resource to learn about is the ChatGptplatform.

Here are some ways in which ChatGPT(according to ChatGPT) can be incredibly useful for our students:

1. Homework Assistance: it can provide immediate help and guidance to students when they encounter challenges with their homework or assignments. Whether it is solving math problems, understanding complex concepts or clarifying doubts in various subjects, this platform offers valuable support.

2. Language and Writing Support: Students can improve their writing skills by using ChatGPT for grammar checks, vocabulary suggestions, or assistance with structuring essays and compositions. It can also be beneficial for language learners seeking to enhance their proficiency.

3. Research and Information: ChatGPT can aid students in conducting research by providing relevant information on a wide range of topics. It can offer insights, explanations, and resources that supplement classroom learning and encourage independent exploration.

4. Stimulation Curiosity: The platform’s ability to engage in conversation and provide information responses can stimulate curiosity and encourage students to ask questions beyond their immediate coursework, fostering a love for learning.

5. Accessibility and Availability: It is accessible 24/7, allowing students to seek help at any time, thereby accommodating different learning schedules and providing support when needed most.

As we embrace the opportunities offered by technology in education, I believe that this tool can be a complement to classroom teaching and can support students’ academic growth. While we teachers are still learning all the features (and pitfalls) of this tool, we encourage our students to utilize this platform responsibly and effectively,  Additionally, parental guidance and supervision (as with any technology) are appreciated to ensure that students use ChatGPT in a manner conducive to their educational development.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of ChatGPT by our students. We will continue to learn about this tool and look for ways to appropriately support our educational framework.

Thank you,

Mrs. Cordova

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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.

UPCOMING & ONGOING SCHOOL EVENTS

 

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 www.treering.com, 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:  https://help.treering.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012544132-Setting-Up-a-TreeRing-Account 

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: 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 support@treering.com or by phone (877) 755-TREE, Monday – Friday from 6:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time or email us at acamemories@antiochcharteracademy.org .

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 https://1stplace.sale/14399

 

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/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.

*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/fundraiser/charity/2235031 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 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.com/user

Contact the ACA Family Network if you have any questions or need help accessing track it forward Acafamilynetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org

 

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.com/user

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!! 

  • 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

  • Feb 13       FN Spaghetti Dinner FUNdraiser

  • Feb 14-16  MS Experiential Learning Trip – Yosemite

  • Feb 19-23  No School – Feb. Break

REMINDERS 

 

Parking Lot Safety – Let’s Keep ALL Our Students, Staff & Families SAFE!

  • SLOW DOWN

  • 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/H6SmPkjfZzNscVaeA

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.

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.

 

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.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

School Phone – 925-755-7311

School Address – 3325 Hacienda Way, Antioch 94509

School Website – www.AntiochCharterAcademy.org

School Lunch Order Form – https://forms.gle/1xKTfsaUxC3WSFva7

ACA Office – ACAOffice@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Family Network – ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Elementary – ACAElementary@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Intermediate – ACAIntermediate@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Primary – ACAPrimary@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Middle School – ACAMiddleSchool@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA I & II Special Education – SPED@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Newsletter – ACANewsletter@antiochcharteracademy.org

ACA Yearbook – ACAMemories@antiochcharteracademy.org

Social Media – Accounts are set to private; you need to request to join our groups.

Instagram Antioch Charter – https://www.instagram.com/antiochcharter/

Facebook ACA Family & Friends – https://www.facebook.com/groups/159016220828912

 

Parent Network Board & Contact Info

Co-Chairs: Corey Cruz

Co-Chairs: open

Secretary: Brooke Farrington

Treasurer: Salena Killion

School Volunteer Coordinator: Salena Killion

Social Chair: Janika Barnes

Fundraising Chair: Yessika Berrios

Members at Large: Everyone!

Email: ACAFamilyNetwork@antiochcharteracademy.org

 

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-content/uploads/2019/09/Surviving-Parenthood-2019.pdf

 

Be Exceptional: a local program for all ages who have “exceptional needs”: https://beexceptionalprograms.com/

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