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Antioch Charter Academy

Feb 1-2      Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

                                                                                          

Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 20, January 29, 2024

Hello!

 

As we quickly move through January into February, I wanted to give a friendly reminder about absences and independent studies.  This time of year is when a lot of growing and learning takes place.  Students are applying and building on concepts and skills they learned previously and the pace of learning tends to increase as students become more comfortable in the classroom.

 

Please try your best to have your child attend each day of school and to arrive on time.  Everyday is important and builds on the day before.  New lessons are being given at the start of school and if your child is late, they are missing out.  Please try to schedule vacations during our breaks.  If your child is unable to attend class, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing or calling the office and requesting an independent study to cover the days they will miss.  It’s important that your child complete and return the assigned independent study.  This supports their continued learning and academic growth.  It keeps them connected to their studies and also ties into school funding.  Thank you for helping your child with this!

 

Wishing everyone a great week of learning!

 

Julie Nakayama

Primary Teacher

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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.

Correction: Our parent calendar has Feb 9th listed as a minimum day which is incorrect; it is a normal day with a 3pm release.

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 www.pandaexpress.com or via App. Please share the fundraising link or the attached flyer with anyone and everyone who might like to participate.

Thank you for your support! 💐

https://www.community-fundraiser.com/virtual-fundraiser/events/promotions/780814ca-0258-d2e0-2876-8feab4df63e3/en/landing

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!! 

  • 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 5     ACA Lottery for 2024-25 school year

  • March 11-13  MS Internships/Job Shadows

  • March 17-20  WASC Visit!

  • March 27   FN Sponsored Event – Shakespeare on Tour

UPCOMING & ONGOING SCHOOL EVENTS

 

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.

 

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 www.treering.com, click on “BUY A YEARBOOK”. Enter our school passcode: 101506720561403.

 

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 

 

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, or email us at acamemories@antiochcharteracademy.org .

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

REMINDERS 

 

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.

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.

 

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!!

 

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