Antioch Charter Academy

 March 15    No School – Teacher Work Day


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 25, March 11, 2024

Dear ACA Families,

Each year, students in grades three through eight (and high school) participate in the  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, our students will take the following test(s), depending on their grade  level:

• Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics (MATH) in grades three through eight. These include a  CAT (computer adaptive test) and PT (performance task) for each subject.

• Physical Fitness Test in grades five and seven.

• California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight.

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that  measure what your student knows or can accomplish. The tests include many different  types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help  identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to  be successful in school.

PE testing began in February and our school plan is to test 3rd-8th grade students  beginning in April through June. (SEE THE SCHEDULE BELOW). Students will test in  grade level groups, and/or individually depending on their individual educational plans. It  will be extremely important for students to arrive on time and well rested during these  testing months.

We are hoping that all eligible students will fully participate in this important measure of  student growth. Please note that a parent or guardian may annually submit to the school  a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided for  the school year. This decision would ideally involve input from your child’s teacher/s.

Thank you,

Kris Cordova

































Coin Wars Have Begun March 1-29 students will be having a friendly competition to raise money for our Family Network.  The teams are Primary & Middle School, Elementary, and Intermediate. See attached flyer for more information.

We Want Your Picture…Teachers, Family Network, and Parent Volunteers: The Yearbook Staff wants your photos for the yearbook!! We want all the Teachers to come to “school photo” ready on Wednesday, 03/13/24. Family Network parents and parent volunteers, we will try to photograph you at your next meeting! Please feel free to send us photos of yourself that you would like us to use in the yearbook. We really appreciate what you all do and would love to put your photograph in our 2023-2024 Yearbook.

Feel free to email us at with any questions or pictures.


Yearbook Staff

ACA & ACA II Middle School Dance: on March 22 from 4:30-6:30pm, the middle school (7-8th) are having a Disco Fever Dance.  Cost is $5 in advance, $7 at the door.  Snacks & glow sticks will be provided.  Students must have a signed permission slip (attached)


  • March 11   3rd Trimester Begins (new electives for 4-8th grade)

  • March 11-13  MS Internships/Job Shadows – off campus

  • March 12    Charter Council (rescheduled from the 7th) – 4pm

  • March 14    MS Experiential Learning – Harvest Family Farms

  • March 15    No School – Teacher Work Day

  • March 17-20  WASC Visit!

  • March 22    ACA & ACA II Middle School Dance @ 4:30-6:30pm

  • March 27    FN Sponsored Event – Shakespeare on Tour

  • March 28    MS (Small Group) Experiential Learning – Harvest Family Farms

  • March 29    Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm

  • April 3        Walk-a-Thon at ACA/Mira Vista Park

  • April 11      MS (Small Group) Experiential Learning – Harvest Family Farms

  • April 15-19  No School – Spring Break


ACA WalkAThon 2024: It’s time for the ACA WalkAThon 2024 on Wednesday, April 3rd!  This year we’ve made it extra simple to pledge your support to your students!


1. Visit:

2. Click: STUDENT REGISTRATION (it’s the big green button)

3. Register your student, customize their page (if you want too) and pledge!

Remember every student’s goal should be $100 and they set their own lap goals (ask them)!

4. Share, share, share!  Share this with your family, friends & work!

Let’s go ACA!! 🏃‍♂️

See’s Candy Fundraiser: ACA Family Network is holding a See’s Candies Yum-Raising event for the See’s Spring selection. You will be able to order your favorite See’s Candies without ever leaving your house. Now until March 15th. Attached is a QR code to our exclusive Fundraiser Storefront. Click on the link below and start shopping. No sign-up or minimum required. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family. Thank you for your support!

2023-24 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: 

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: is a great way to have our unclaimed lost and found items find a new home, and 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. The bin is for clothes only.  Please make sure to bag the clothes before you put them in the bin.  Thank You.

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

15 de marzo No hay clases – Día de trabajo docente

Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 25, 11 de marzo de 2024

Estimadas familias de ACA,
Cada año, los estudiantes de tercer a octavo grado (y de escuela secundaria) participan en la Evaluación de Rendimiento y Progreso Estudiantil de California (CAASPP).
Este año, nuestros estudiantes tomarán los siguientes exámenes, según su nivel de grado:
• Evaluaciones sumativas Smarter Balanced para artes del lenguaje/alfabetización en inglés (ELA) y matemáticas (MATH) en los grados tercero a octavo. Estos incluyen un CAT (prueba adaptativa por computadora) y un PT (tarea de desempeño) para cada materia.
• Prueba de Aptitud Física en quinto y séptimo grado.
• Prueba de Ciencias de California (CAST) en quinto y octavo grado.
Las evaluaciones sumativas Smarter Balanced y el CAST son pruebas en línea que miden lo que su estudiante sabe o puede lograr. Las pruebas incluyen muchos tipos diferentes de preguntas que permiten a los estudiantes interactuar con las preguntas del examen. Los resultados ayudan a identificar brechas en conocimientos o habilidades desde el principio para que su hijo pueda obtener el apoyo necesario para tener éxito en la escuela.
Las pruebas de educación física comenzaron en febrero y nuestro plan escolar es evaluar a los estudiantes de 3.º a 8.º grado desde abril hasta junio. (VER EL HORARIO A CONTINUACIÓN). Los estudiantes tomarán las pruebas en grupos de nivel de grado y/o individualmente dependiendo de sus planes educativos individuales. Será extremadamente importante que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo y bien descansados durante estos meses de pruebas.
Esperamos que todos los estudiantes elegibles participen plenamente en esta importante medida de crecimiento estudiantil. Tenga en cuenta que un padre o tutor puede presentar anualmente a la escuela una solicitud por escrito para excusar a su hijo de cualquiera o todas las partes de cualquier prueba proporcionada durante el año escolar. Idealmente, esta decisión involucraría la opinión de los maestros de su hijo.
Kris Cordova






Coin Wars ha comenzado Del 1 al 29 de marzo, los estudiantes tendrán una competencia amistosa para recaudar dinero para nuestra Red Familiar. Los equipos son Primaria y Secundaria, Primaria e Intermedia. Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener más información.

Queremos su foto…Maestros, red familiar y padres voluntarios: ¡¡El personal del anuario quiere sus fotos para el anuario!! Queremos que todos los Maestros vengan a la “foto escolar” lista el miércoles 13/03/24. Padres de Family Network y padres voluntarios, ¡intentaremos fotografiarlos en su próxima reunión! No dude en enviarnos fotos suyas que le gustaría que usemos en el anuario. Realmente apreciamos lo que todos ustedes hacen y nos encantaría incluir su fotografía en nuestro Anuario 2023-2024.

No dude en enviarnos un correo electrónico a si tiene alguna pregunta o fotografía.

Personal del anuario

Baile de las escuelas intermedias ACA y ACA II: el 22 de marzo de 4:30 a 6:30 p. m., la escuela intermedia (7-8) tendrá un baile Disco Fever. El costo es de $5 por adelantado, $7 en puerta. Se proporcionarán bocadillos y barras luminosas. Los estudiantes deben tener un permiso firmado (adjunto)


11 de marzo Comienza el tercer trimestre (nuevas asignaturas optativas para 4.º a 8.º grado)
11-13 de marzo Pasantías/observaciones laborales de MS – fuera del campus
Consejo Estatutario del 12 de marzo (reprogramado a partir del día 7) – 4 p.m.
14 de marzo Aprendizaje experiencial de MS: Harvest Family Farms
15 de marzo No hay clases – Día de trabajo docente
17-20 de marzo ¡Visita WASC!
22 de marzo Baile de escuelas intermedias ACA y ACA II a las 4:30-6:30 p.m.
27 de marzo Evento patrocinado por FN: Shakespeare on Tour
28 de marzo MS (grupo pequeño) Aprendizaje experiencial – Harvest Family Farms
29 de marzo Día Mínimo – salida a las 12 p.m.
Caminata del 3 de abril en ACA/Mira Vista Park
11 de abril MS (grupo pequeño) Aprendizaje experiencial – Harvest Family Farms
15-19 de abril No hay clases – Vacaciones de primavera


ACA WalkAThon 2024: ¡Es hora de ACA WalkAThon 2024 el miércoles 3 de abril! ¡Este año hemos hecho que sea aún más sencillo prometer su apoyo a sus estudiantes!
1. Visita:
2. Haga clic en: REGISTRO DE ESTUDIANTES (es el botón verde grande)
3. Registre a su estudiante, personalice su página (si usted también lo desea) ¡y haga una promesa!
Recuerde que la meta de cada estudiante debe ser $100 y ellos establecen sus propias metas de vuelta (¡pregúnteles)!
4. ¡Comparte, comparte, comparte! ¡Comparte esto con tu familia, amigos y trabajo!
¡¡Vamos ACA!! 🏃‍♂️

Recaudación de fondos de See’s Candy: ACA Family Network está llevando a cabo un evento de recaudación de fondos de See’s Candies Yum-Raising para la selección de See’s Spring. Podrás pedir tus See’s Candies favoritos sin tener que salir de casa. Ahora hasta el 15 de marzo.