Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 19, January 22, 2024

Hello ACA Families!

This week is a busy one for ACA!  First, we have the Great Kindness Challenge.  The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. Using the provided checklist of 50 kind acts, students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!  This will be our third annual GKC and we are in fact a Kindness Certified School!  Along with acts of kindness, discussions, and activities, we will hold a GKC Spirit Week!  The themes of each day are:

– Monday: Team Kindness (Sports Day)

– Tuesday: Share the Kindness (Twin Day)

– Wednesday: School Spirit (Wednesday Shirt)

– Thursday: Crazy for Kindness (Crazy hair or socks Day)

– Friday: Dream of Kindness (Pajama Day)

Be sure to check out ACA’s Family and Friends Facebook page for any other GKC inspiration or information!  We would also LOVE to see your spirit too!  Share your spirit outfits and/or acts  of kindness on ACA’s social media sites.  If you are not on social media, or would like to share your photos with our Year Book, please send you pictures to

Secondly, this week also marks School Choice Week!  This is when we celebrate being a school of CHOICE!  On Wednesday, January 24th at 8:45, Primary and Elementary will be performing our School Choice Dance that they have been rehearsing.  Come check them out, and then all students can enjoy some hot chocolate and donuts afterwards.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing all the love, kindness, and awesome looks on our social media pages!

With kindness,

Mrs. Cerecedes


FN Spaghetti Dinner FUNdraiser: is on Tuesday, February 13th from 5:30~7:30pm.  Tickets are on sale now.  See the attached flyer for details, or contact the office at 925-755-7311.

ACA Lottery:

  • Admission preference goes in the order that follows: Children of Staff or Faculty, Siblings of students currently at ACA, Residents of the District.

  • Lottery for ACA I will be conducted Tuesday March 5th, 2024

  • Lottery for ACA II will be conducted Monday March 4th, 2024

  • The Charter School will conduct the annual lottery within the first week of March, a computer program will generate random numbers for each applicant.

  • After all openings have been filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on the current waitlist based on the lottery number assigned and can be admitted if spaces open up during the school year.

Dining for Dollars: Join us for dinner on Friday, February 2nd 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 916652 in the Fundraiser Code box during online checkout at or via App. Please share the fundraising link with anyone and everyone who might like to participate. Thank you for your support! 💐

Digital Abuse: Parent Guidelines for Social Media: TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat – there are 20+ popular social apps children and youth use daily. We see the fallout in everything from harmful social media threats – such as the TikTok challenges – to troubling incidents like school shooting threats and the rise of anonymous “Fake or Fight” accounts. Learn how to handle any social media emergency – from bullying to campus threats. Put on by the Family Justice Institute.

Audience: Educators and Parents

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free



2023-24 Yearbook: 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.

Ordering is easy! First, Go to, 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: 

 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, or email us at .

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


  • Jan 22-26   School Choice & Great Kindness Challenge Week Celebration

  • Feb 1-2      Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • Feb 2         Dining for Dollars – Nationwide Panda Express

  • Feb 13       FN Spaghetti Dinner FUNdraiser @ 5:30-7:30pm

  • Feb 14-16  MS Experiential Learning Trip – Yosemite

  • Feb 19-23  No School – Feb. Break

  • Feb 26       Welcome Back!

  • March 1     FN Coin Wars!

  • March 4-7  Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • March 11-13  MS Internships/Job Shadows

  • March 17-20  WASC Visit!


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.

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.


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: Salena Killion

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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Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 19, 22 de enero de 2024

¡Hola familias de ACA!

¡La próxima semana será muy ocupada para ACA! Primero, tenemos el Gran Desafío de la Bondad. El Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) es una iniciativa proactiva y positiva de prevención del acoso que mejora el clima escolar y aumenta la participación de los estudiantes. El Gran Desafío de Bondad es una semana dedicada a realizar tantos actos de bondad como sea posible en el campus. Utilizando la lista de verificación proporcionada de 50 actos amables, los estudiantes aceptan el desafío y muestran al mundo que ¡LA BONDAD IMPORTA! ¡Este será nuestro tercer GKC anual y, de hecho, somos una escuela certificada en bondad! ¡Junto con actos de bondad, debates y actividades, celebraremos una Semana del Espíritu de GKC! Los temas de cada día son:

– Lunes: Amabilidad del Equipo (Día del Deporte)
– Martes: Comparte la bondad (Día de los gemelos)
– Miércoles: Espíritu Escolar (Camiseta del Miércoles)
– Jueves: Locos por la bondad (Día del pelo o calcetines locos)
– Viernes: Sueño de Bondad (Día del Pijama)

¡Asegúrese de visitar la página de Facebook de familiares y amigos de ACA para obtener cualquier otra inspiración o información de GKC! ¡También nos ENCANTARÍA ver tu espíritu! Comparta sus atuendos espirituales y/o actos de bondad en los sitios de redes sociales de ACA. Si no está en las redes sociales o le gustaría compartir sus fotos con nuestro Anuario, envíelas a

En segundo lugar, ¡esta semana también se celebra la Semana de Elección Escolar! ¡Aquí es cuando celebramos ser una escuela de ELECCIÓN! El miércoles 24 de enero a las 8:45, Primaria y Primaria presentarán nuestro Baile de Elección Escolar que han estado ensayando. Ven a verlos y luego todos los estudiantes podrán disfrutar de un chocolate caliente y donas.

¡Espero que todos tengan una semana maravillosa y espero ver todo el amor, la amabilidad y las miradas increíbles en nuestras páginas de redes sociales!

Con amabilidad,

Sra. Cerecedes


Cena de espagueti de FN para recaudar fondos: será el martes 13 de febrero de 5:30 a 7:30 p. m. Las entradas ya están a la venta. Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener más detalles o comuníquese con la oficina al 925-755-7311.
Lotería ACA:
La preferencia de admisión va en el siguiente orden: hijos del personal o del cuerpo docente, hermanos de estudiantes actualmente en ACA, residentes del distrito.
Lotería para ACA I se realizará el martes 5 de marzo de 2024
Lotería para ACA II se realizará el lunes 4 de marzo de 2024
La Escuela Chárter llevará a cabo la lotería anual dentro de la primera semana de marzo, un programa de computadora generará números aleatorios para cada solicitante.
Una vez que se hayan cubierto todas las vacantes, los solicitantes restantes se colocarán en la lista de espera actual según el número de lotería asignado y podrán ser admitidos si se abren espacios durante el año escolar.

Cena por dólares: Únase a nosotros para cenar el Viernes 2 de Febrero 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 916652 en el cuadro Código de recaudación de fondos durante el pago en línea en o mediante la aplicación. Comparta el enlace de recaudación de fondos o el folleto adjunto con cualquiera que desee participar. ¡Gracias por su apoyo! 💐

Abuso digital: Pautas para padres para las redes sociales: TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat: hay más de 20 aplicaciones sociales populares que los niños y jóvenes usan a diario. Vemos las consecuencias en todo, desde amenazas dañinas en las redes sociales, como los desafíos de TikTok, hasta incidentes preocupantes como amenazas de tiroteos en escuelas y el aumento de cuentas anónimas “Fake or Fight”. Aprenda cómo manejar cualquier emergencia en las redes sociales, desde el acoso hasta las amenazas en el campus. Organizado por el Instituto de Justicia Familiar.

Público: Educadores y padres
Fecha: miércoles 24 de enero de 2024
Hora: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ubicación: Virtual


Anuario 2023-24: ¡Puede crear sus propias páginas personalizadas de su 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.

¡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:

Necesitará comprar su 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 el