Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 22, February 12, 2024

Hello ACA Families,

At ACA, we think that equally important to in class learning is our out of class study trips. These learning experiences, give students a chance to make a bridge between their in class curriculum and the real-world. These trips cultivate crucial skills like problem-solving and teamwork, while fostering curiosity and exploration.

A great example of this is our upcoming trip to Yosemite with the Middle School class. On this trip they will get a chance to do hands-on learning about ecology and conservation in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. By stepping out of the classroom, students connect academic concepts with the world around them, sparking a lasting love for learning.

These trips cannot happen without parent support. We rely heavily on our families for things like transportation, and to help chaperone. Even if you cannot take the day off of work to drive, you can still help by supporting your student to make sure they attend all study trips. Thank you to all the parents who have supported us!

Thanks again,

Allen Stahler


FN Spaghetti Dinner FUNdraiser: is this week…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.

Valentine’s Day: each classroom handles the holiday differently.  Please contact your student’s classroom if you have questions.

Electives:  We are planning for our 3rd trimester (March 11 – May 31st) electives.  Afternoon electives for our 4-8th grade students starts on Monday, March 13th, and run from 2:05-3pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fridays (Fridays are for Middle School students only).

We are looking for adults who are willing to teach/supervise an assortment of activities.  The elective program at our school is vitally important part of our curriculum.  These classes offer students the opportunities to explore new areas of interest, opening their minds to new possibilities for themselves.  Our hope is to offer at least 9 different options for students to choose from on each day. This is only possible if our wonderful ACA community volunteers to help!!

Ideas for classes are: arts & crafts, sewing, knitting, crochet, language classes (ASL, Spanish, etc), sports (basketball, kickball, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, etc), cooking, gardening, yoga, photography, board games, extra work time, and the list can go on and on – teach what you enjoy!

If you can donate an hour of your time, once a week for the next trimester, to help teach or supervise a class, please let us know ASAP!!!  You can also team up with a friend to teach a class, and you do not need to have a student in the 4-8th grade classes to help!!

If you are interested in teaching a 3rd trimester elective, respond to this email, or let the office know by this Friday, February 16th!


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

  • Feb 14-16  MS Experiential Learning Trip – Yosemite

  • Feb 15      Charter Council Meeting (all welcome) at 4pm rescheduled

  • 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


ACA Lottery: see attached document for details

  • 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.

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.

Here’s a link with a “how to” video to help you: 

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


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.

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 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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Academia Charter de Antioquía

Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS

Volumen 28, Número 22, 12 de febrero de 2024

Hola familias de ACA,

En ACA, creemos que nuestros viajes de estudio fuera de clase son igualmente importantes para el aprendizaje en clase. Estas experiencias de aprendizaje brindan a los estudiantes la oportunidad de establecer un puente entre su plan de estudios en clase y el mundo real. Estos viajes cultivan habilidades cruciales como la resolución de problemas y el trabajo en equipo, al tiempo que fomentan la curiosidad y la exploración.

Un gran ejemplo de esto es nuestro próximo viaje a Yosemite con la clase de secundaria. En este viaje tendrán la oportunidad de aprender de manera práctica sobre ecología y conservación en uno de los lugares más bellos de la Tierra. Al salir del aula, los estudiantes conectan conceptos académicos con el mundo que los rodea, generando un amor duradero por el aprendizaje.

Estos viajes no pueden realizarse sin el apoyo de los padres. Dependemos en gran medida de nuestras familias para cosas como el transporte y para ayudar como acompañantes. Incluso si no puede tomarse el día libre del trabajo para conducir, aún puede ayudar apoyando a su estudiante para asegurarse de que asista a todos los viajes de estudios. ¡Gracias a todos los padres que nos han apoyado!

Gracias de nuevo,

Allen Stahler


Cena de espagueti de FN para recaudar fondos: es esta semana… 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.

San Valentín: cada aula vive la festividad de forma diferente. Comuníquese con el salón de clases de su estudiante si tiene preguntas.

Electivas: Estamos planificando nuestras optativas del tercer trimestre (del 11 de marzo al 31 de mayo). Las materias optativas de la tarde para nuestros estudiantes de 4.º a 8.º grado comienzan el lunes 13 de marzo y se desarrollan de 2:05 a 3:00 p. m. los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes (los viernes son solo para estudiantes de secundaria).

Buscamos adultos que estén dispuestos a enseñar/supervisar una variedad de actividades. El programa electivo en nuestra escuela es una parte de vital importancia de nuestro plan de estudios. Estas clases ofrecen a los estudiantes la oportunidad de explorar nuevas áreas de interés, abriendo sus mentes a nuevas posibilidades para ellos mismos. Nuestra esperanza es ofrecer al menos 9 opciones diferentes para que los estudiantes elijan cada día. ¡Esto sólo es posible si nuestra maravillosa comunidad ACA se ofrece como voluntaria para ayudar!

Las ideas para las clases son: artes y manualidades, costura, tejido, crochet, clases de idiomas (ASL, español, etc.), deportes (baloncesto, kickball, fútbol, softbol, ultimate frisbee, voleibol, etc.), cocina, jardinería, yoga, fotografía. , juegos de mesa, tiempo de trabajo extra y la lista puede seguir y seguir: ¡enseñe lo que le guste!

Si puede donar una hora de su tiempo, una vez a la semana durante el próximo trimestre, para ayudar a enseñar o supervisar una clase, ¡háganoslo saber lo antes posible! ¡También puedes formar equipo con un amigo para impartir una clase, y no necesitas tener un estudiante en las clases de 4º a 8º grado para ayudar!

Si está interesado en enseñar una asignatura optativa del tercer trimestre, responda a este correo electrónico o infórmeselo a la oficina antes de este viernes 16 de febrero.


13 de febrero Cena de espagueti FN para recaudar fondos a las 5:30-7:30 p.m.

14-16 de febrero Viaje de aprendizaje experiencial de MS – Yosemite

Reunión del Consejo Estatutario del 15 de febrero (todos bienvenidos) a las 4 p.m. reprogramada

19-23 de febrero No hay clases – Vacaciones de febrero

26 de febrero ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo!

1 de marzo ¡FN Coin Wars!

Del 4 al 7 de marzo Días mínimos: salida a las 12 p.m.

Lotería ACA del 5 de marzo para el año escolar 2024-25

11-13 de marzo Pasantías/observaciones laborales de MS

17-20 de marzo ¡Visita WASC!

27 de marzo Evento patrocinado por FN: Shakespeare on Tour


Lotería ACA: consulte el documento adjunto para obtener más detalles

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.

La lotería para ACA I se llevará a cabo 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.

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.

Aquí hay un enlace con un video de “cómo hacerlo” para ayudarlo:

Aquí hay un enlace para aprender cómo crear páginas personalizadas: Tutorial

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el servicio de atención al cliente de TreeRing.