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Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 26, March 18, 2024

It is almost Springtime!

Take a walk outside, and let nature reset your mind.

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day, and can be performed at your own pace.

Physical Activity can be linked to academic achievement: students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, and cognitive performance (e.g., concentration, memory) among students.

How to include more steps in your day?

  • Take the dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to walk dogs at an animal shelter. Or combine your activity with social time by joining a friend to walk his or her dog.

  • Try music. A bouncy tune or something with a strong beat can make the activity more enjoyable and help motivate you to walk farther or faster.

  • Include the family. Instead of an afternoon movie, go for a walk or hike together.

  • Schedule schoolday walks. Put reminders in your calendar for short walking breaks to ramp up your energy throughout the day.

How far will you go today? Set a personal step goal and start reaping the benefits of walking more, step by step.

Mr. Fuller

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re thrilled to announce that ACA is going through an important event – our WASC full self-study re-accreditation visit! Starting today, Monday, March 18th to Wednesday, March 20th, a dedicated committee of three esteemed members will be gracing our campus. Throughout these three days, they’ll be deeply engaged in classroom visits, engaging conversations with students, staff, parents, and Charter Board members. Their mission? To delve into the heart of our self-study findings, ensuring that ACA continues to uphold the high standards set by WASC accreditation. Their insights will culminate in a comprehensive report that determines our ongoing accreditation status.

We cordially invite all parents to join us for a special presentation session on Wednesday, March 20th, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This session offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the Committee Members as they share their findings and impressions. It’s a chance for us to showcase the vibrant spirit and dedication that defines ACA, shedding light on the progress we’ve made and the vision we’re steadfastly pursuing. Your presence and support are invaluable as we embark on this accreditation journey together. Let’s celebrate our achievements and reaffirm our commitment to excellence!

Hi Amazing Families,

In preparation for our next LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan), we would like your input to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to improve student outcomes at ACA.

What do you feel can be continued/added/modified to existing programs that would improve student growth/achievement?

Please take a moment to reflect and complete the attached survey.

Thank you so much,

Mr. Fuller

Survey Link:

Family Survey

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.

ACA & ACA II Middle School Dance: this Friday, 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)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!! 

  • 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

UPCOMING & ONGOING SCHOOL EVENTS

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!

How?

1. Visit: https://go.dojiggy.io/acawalks2024/Campaign/Details

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!! 🏃‍♂️

Soccer! We have a boys and a girls soccer team. Come to the games and cheer them on!

ACA (1 & 2) Boys & Girls Soccer Schedule:

Wednesday,  April 3rd – ACA vs. Park
Girls @ 3:30 / Boys @ 4:30

Wednesday, April 10th – ACA vs. Orchard
Girls @ 3:30 / Boys @ 4:30

Wednesday, April 17th – ACA vs. Dallas Ranch
Girls @ 3:30 / Boys @ 4:30

Wednesday, April 24th – ACA vs. Black Diamond
Girls @ 3:30 / Boys @ 4:30

Wednesday, May 1st – ACA vs. Antioch
Girls @ 3:30 / Boys @ 4:30

Playoffs (if qualify):
Round 1 – Monday, May 6th
Round 2 – Tuesday, May 7th
Championship – Thursday, May 9th
All playoff games at either 3:30 or 4:30

*All games at James Donlon Soccer Fields (Antioch Community Park, 801 James Donlon Blvd, Antioch)

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that measure what your 3-8th grade student knows or can accomplish. The tests include many different types of questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to  be successful in school.

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.  Help your student to be successful by not planning trips or appointments during testing times.

ELEMENTARY

INTERMEDIATE

MIDDLE

CAST

4/11-4/12

CAST

4/25-4/26

ELA CAT

5/6-5/17

ELA PT

4/29-4/30

ELA PT

5/2-5/3

MATH CAT

5/9-5/10

ELA CAT

5/2-5/3

MATH CAT

5/13-5/17

MATH PT

5/13-5/14

MATH CAT

5/20-5/21

ELA CAT

5/13-5/17

ELA PT

5/16-5/17

MATH PT

5/23-5/24

MATH PT

5/23-5/24

2023-24 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 

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: 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!

  • 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

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Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 26, 18 de marzo de 2024

¡Ya casi es primavera!

Sal a caminar y deja que la naturaleza restablezca tu mente.
Caminar es una excelente manera de mejorar o mantener su salud general. Caminar es de bajo impacto, requiere un equipo mínimo, se puede realizar en cualquier momento del día y se puede realizar a su propio ritmo.
La actividad física puede estar relacionada con el rendimiento académico: los estudiantes que son físicamente activos tienden a tener mejores calificaciones, asistencia escolar y rendimiento cognitivo (por ejemplo, concentración, memoria) entre los estudiantes.
¿Cómo incluir más pasos en tu día?
Lleva al perro a pasear. Si no tienes un perro, ofrécete como voluntario para pasear perros en un refugio de animales. O combine su actividad con tiempo social uniéndose a un amigo para pasear a su perro.
Prueba la música. Una melodía animada o algo con un ritmo fuerte puede hacer que la actividad sea más placentera y ayudar a motivarlo a caminar más lejos o más rápido.
Incluye a la familia. En lugar de ver una película por la tarde, salgan a caminar o a caminar juntos.
Programe caminatas durante el día escolar. Coloque recordatorios en su calendario de breves descansos para caminar para aumentar su energía a lo largo del día.

¿Hasta dónde llegarás hoy? Fíjese una meta de pasos personal y comience a cosechar los beneficios de caminar más, paso a paso.
Sr. Fuller

ANUNCIOS

Estamos encantados de anunciar que ACA se está preparando para un evento importante: ¡nuestra visita de reacreditación de autoestudio completo de WASC! Desde el lunes 18 de marzo hasta el miércoles 20 de marzo, un comité dedicado de tres estimados miembros adornará nuestro campus. A lo largo de estos tres días, estarán profundamente involucrados en visitas a los salones de clases y conversaciones interesantes con los estudiantes, el personal, los padres y los miembros de la Junta Charter. ¿Su misión? Profundizar en el corazón de los hallazgos de nuestro autoestudio, asegurando que ACA continúe manteniendo los altos estándares establecidos por la acreditación WASC. Sus conocimientos culminarán en un informe completo que determinará nuestro estado de acreditación actual.
Invitamos cordialmente a todos los padres a acompañarnos en una sesión especial de presentación el miércoles 20 de marzo de 2:00 pm a 3:00 pm. Esta sesión ofrece una oportunidad única de escuchar directamente a los miembros del Comité compartir sus hallazgos e impresiones. Es una oportunidad para nosotros de mostrar el espíritu vibrante y la dedicación que define a ACA, arrojando luz sobre el progreso que hemos logrado y la visión que perseguimos firmemente. Su presencia y apoyo son invaluables a medida que nos embarcamos juntos en este viaje de acreditación. ¡Celebremos nuestros logros y reafirmemos nuestro compromiso con la excelencia!

Hola familias increíbles,

En preparación para nuestro próximo LCAP (Plan de Responsabilidad y Control Local), nos gustaría recibir su opinión para establecer metas, planificar acciones y aprovechar recursos para mejorar los resultados de los estudiantes en ACA.

¿Qué cree que se puede continuar/añadir/modificar a los programas existentes que mejorarían el crecimiento/rendimiento de los estudiantes?

Tómese un momento para reflexionar y completar la encuesta adjunta.

Muchas gracias,
Sr. Fuller

Enlace de la encuesta:
Encuesta familiar

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.

Baile de la escuela secundaria ACA y ACA II: este viernes 22 de marzo de 4:30 a 6:30 p. m., la escuela secundaria (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)

¡¡¡MARCA TU CALENDARIO!!!

17-20 de marzo ¡Visita WASC!
22 de marzo Baile de escuelas secundarias 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

PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS ESCOLARES EN CURSO

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!
¿Cómo?
1. Visita: https://go.dojiggy.io/acawalks2024/Campaign/Details
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!! 🏃‍♂️

Las evaluaciones sumativas Smarter Balanced y el CAST son pruebas en línea que miden lo que su estudiante de 3.º a 8.º grado sabe o puede lograr. Las pruebas incluyen muchos tipos diferentes de preguntas.