Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 29, April 8, 2024

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our students in the Walkathon this last Wednesday! And thank you to the parent volunteers that made this event possible. The students had so much fun and were able to raise lots of money for our school!

Being a small school we really rely on parent involvement to make school events like the Walkathon so successful. If you are interested in helping- but are unsure of how to do so, here are some ways to get involved:

-Attend family network meetings- every second friday of the month

-Sign up to help in the Primary classroom on Wonderful Wednesdays

-Get on track it forward to sign up for events or make donations

-Sign up to teach an elective

We are fortunate to have such a small school community- but we are always looking for ideas on how to improve, add new events to host or fun ways to fundraise. Please reach out to the Family Network at or your classroom teachers if you have any fresh ideas or you’d like to help 🙂

Thank you!

Rebecca Zaccardi

Primary Teacher


2024-25 Student Intent to Return: To secure your child’s placement for the upcoming 2024/ 2025 school year, please fill out the information below no later than May 1, 2024.

Please also include your student’s T-Shirt size for their 2024/2025 Wonderful Wednesday T-Shirt. Your student will receive this shirt in August.


Soccer! We have a boys and a girls soccer team . Come to the games and cheer them on! ACA & ACA II Boys & Girls Soccer Tentative Schedule

(All games at James Donlon Soccer Fields – 801 James Donlon Blvd, Antioch)

Wednesday, April 10th – ACA vs. Orchard – Girls @ 2:30 / Boys @ 3:30 (Field 1)

Thursday, April 18th – ACA vs. Dallas Ranch – Girls @ 3:15 / Boys @ 4:15 (Field 1)

Wednesday, April 24th – ACA vs. Black Diamond – Girls @ 2:30 / Boys @ 3:30 (Field 1)

Wednesday, May 1st – ACA vs. Antioch – Girls @ 2:30 / Boys @ 3:30 (Field1 )

STEAM Camp Sign Ups: Please join us this summer for our STEAM Camp and our new 6th-8th grade Leadership Camp! We will be hosting 6 free sessions this year, with the last session hosted at ACAII. This summer camp is for our currently enrolled students. Our goal is to get students inspired to learn through fun, hands-on activities!

The Camp’s main programming will take place from 8a-12p and from 12 – 4pm, the camp will be focused on recreation participation, not competition, with an emphasis on learning, fun, teamwork, being involved, and having new experiences. Half Days are from 8am-12pm and Full Days are from 8am-4pm.

Session 1 American Gladiator week = 6/17 – 6/21 (No Camp on 6/19 holiday)

Session 2 Monster Mash week = 6/24 – 6/28

Session 3 Man v. Wild week = 7/8 – 7/12

Session 4 ACA’s Got Talent = 7/15 – 7/19

Session 5 Iron Chef Week = 7/22 – 7/26

Session 6 offered at ACAII (1201 W. 10th St.) = 7/29 – 8/2

***NEW*** Leadership Camp: For 6th – 8th grade students only:

Leadership Camp is designed to empower and inspire our students to become confident, capable leaders in our school and communities. The camp focuses on developing key leadership skills such as communication, teamwork, decision-making, and problem-solving. During camp, students will participate in a variety of activities and workshops that challenge them to step out of their comfort zones and take on leadership roles. These activities may include team-building exercises, outdoor adventure challenges, public speaking practice, and leading STEAM camp activities.

Spaces are limited, so please indicate the week(s) you are interested in, and either half or full day options. We will send out a confirmation to you in May, letting you know if you got in! Be sure to complete the registration paperwork that will be emailed to you prior to your session.

Cancellations: Please let us know IMMEDIATELY if you are no longer able to attend a week, so we can offer your spot to the students on the waiting list.

Parents – if you would like to come out to camp and volunteer during these weeks, please let us know! You guys are always a great addition!!

Sign Up here –

We look forward to having more fun with our ACA students this summer!!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Getting towards the End of the Year so Lots Happening!!! 

  • April 10      ACA/ACA2 Soccer – Girls @ 2:30 / Boys @ 3:30 (Field 1)

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

  • April 11      Charter Council Meeting @ 4pm (all are welcome)

  • April 12      FN Meeting @ 3pm (all are welcome)

  • April 15-19 No School – Spring Break

  • April 18      ACA/ACA2 Soccer – Girls @ 3:15 / Boys @ 4:15 (Field 1)

  • April 22      MS Experiential Learning – Food Truck Industry (on campus)

  • April 24      ACA/ACA2 Soccer – Girls @ 2:30 / Boys @ 3:30 (Field 1)

  • April 25      Elementary Study Trip – Black Diamond Mines

  • May 6-10    Book Fair Week!

  • May 8        Young Author’s Night – Whole school celebration

  • May 9        MS (Small Group) Experiential Learning – Harvest Family Farms

  • May 13      Minimum Day – dismiss at 12pm

  • May 16      MS (Whole Class) Experiential Learning – Harvest Family Farms

  • May 21      Music on the Not so Green @ 6pm (music classes perform)

  • May 23-24  Minimum Days – dismiss at 12pm

  • May 27      No School – Memorial Day

  • May 29      Showcase of the Arts (Wednesday Enrichment classes showcased)


The Book Fair is Coming & We Need Volunteers! May 6 – 10, 2024 in the Multi-use Room!


Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri:

11:45 am – 1:30 pm

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Wed: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shop online April 12 – May 10 at

The book fair provides many opportunities for volunteer hours: set up, take down, sales at the fair, donate snacks for Young Author’s Night, etc. Go to

to claim your spot!

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST Start This Week!

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.
































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 .

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: Antioch Charter spirit wear! With hundreds of designs waiting for you, shop now and get your order in just 10-12 business days! Use the voucher to receive a $10 discount! Shop at

Family Network Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed

Want to help, but not sure where to start???  Sign up on TrackItForward to find out how you can help!!!

Contact the ACA Family Network if you have any questions!

  Popcorn Fridays Volunteers Always 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.

  • 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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Boletín informativo para las partes interesadas de Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS
Volumen 28, Número 29, 8 de abril de 2024

¡Gracias a todos los que vinieron a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes en la Caminata del miércoles pasado! Y gracias a los padres voluntarios que hicieron posible este evento. ¡Los estudiantes se divirtieron mucho y pudieron recaudar mucho dinero para nuestra escuela!

Al ser una escuela pequeña, realmente confiamos en la participación de los padres para que eventos escolares como la Caminata sean tan exitosos. Si está interesado en ayudar, pero no está seguro de cómo hacerlo, aquí tiene algunas formas de participar:

-Asistir a reuniones de la red familiar- cada segundo viernes del mes.
-Apúntate para ayudar en el aula de Primaria los Miércoles Maravillosos
-Póngase en marcha para inscribirse en eventos o hacer donaciones
-Regístrese para impartir una materia optativa.

Somos afortunados de tener una comunidad escolar tan pequeña, pero siempre estamos buscando ideas sobre cómo mejorar, agregar nuevos eventos para organizar o formas divertidas de recaudar fondos. Comuníquese con Family Network en o con los maestros de su salón de clases si tiene alguna idea nueva o le gustaría ayudar 🙂

Rebeca Zaccardi
Profesor de primaria


Intención de regresar del estudiante 2024-25: Para asegurar la colocación de su hijo para el próximo año escolar 2024/2025, complete la información a continuación a más tardar el 1 de mayo de 2024.

Incluya también la talla de camiseta de su estudiante para su camiseta Wonderful Wednesday 2024/2025. Su estudiante recibirá esta camiseta en agosto.


¡Fútbol! Contamos con un equipo de fútbol masculino y femenino. ¡Ven a los juegos y anímalos! Calendario provisional de fútbol masculino y femenino de ACA y ACA II
(Todos los juegos en los campos de fútbol James Donlon – 801 James Donlon Blvd, Antioch)

Miércoles 10 de abril – ACA vs. Orchard – Niñas a las 2:30 / Niños a las 3:30 (Campo 1)
Jueves, 18 de abril – ACA vs. Dallas Ranch – Niñas a las 3:15 / Niños a las 4:15 (Campo 1)
Miércoles 24 de abril – ACA vs. Black Diamond – Niñas a las 2:30 / Niños a las 3:30 (Campo 1)
Miércoles, 1 de mayo – ACA vs. Antioch – Niñas a las 2:30 / Niños a las 3:30 (Campo 1)

Inscripciones al Campamento STEAM: ¡Únase a nosotros este verano para nuestro Campamento STEAM y nuestro nuevo Campamento de Liderazgo para grados 6º a 8º! Este año organizaremos 6 sesiones gratuitas, la última sesión se realizará en ACAII. Este campamento de verano es para nuestros estudiantes actualmente matriculados. ¡Nuestro objetivo es inspirar a los estudiantes para aprender a través de actividades prácticas y divertidas!
La programación principal del Campamento se llevará a cabo de 8 a 12 p.m. y de 12 a 4 p.m., el campamento estará enfocado en la participación recreativa, no en la competencia, con énfasis en el aprendizaje, la diversión, el trabajo en equipo, involucrarse y tener nuevas experiencias. Los medios días son de 8 a. m. a 12 p. m. y los días completos son de 8 a. m. a 4 p. m.

Sesión 1 Semana de American Gladiator = 6/17 – 6/21 (No habrá campamento el día festivo del 6/19)
Sesión 2 semana de Monster Mash = 24/6 – 28/6
Sesión 3 Semana Hombre vs. Salvaje = 7/8 – 7/12
Sesión 4 ACA’s Got Talent = 15/7 – 19/7
Sesión 5 Semana del Iron Chef = 22/7 – 26/7
Sesión 6 ofrecida en ACAII (1201 W. 10th St.) = 29/7 – 2/8
***NUEVO*** Campamento de liderazgo: solo para estudiantes de 6.° a 8.° grado:

El Campamento de Liderazgo está diseñado para empoderar e inspirar a nuestros estudiantes para que se conviertan en líderes seguros y capaces en nuestra escuela y comunidades. El campamento se centra en desarrollar habilidades clave de liderazgo, como comunicación, trabajo en equipo, toma de decisiones y resolución de problemas. Durante el campamento, los estudiantes participarán en una variedad de actividades y talleres que los desafían a salir de su zona de confort y asumir roles de liderazgo. Estas actividades pueden incluir ejercicios de formación de equipos, desafíos de aventuras al aire libre, práctica de hablar en público y dirección de actividades de campamento STEAM.

Los espacios son limitados, así que indique las semanas que le interesan y las opciones de medio día o día completo. ¡Le enviaremos una confirmación en mayo, informándole si ingresó! Asegúrese de completar la documentación de registro que se le enviará por correo electrónico antes de su sesión.

Cancelaciones: Infórmenos INMEDIATAMENTE si ya no puede asistir durante una semana, para que podamos ofrecer su lugar a los estudiantes en la lista de espera.

Padres: si desean venir al campamento y ser voluntarios durante estas semanas, ¡háganoslo saber! ¡¡Ustedes siempre son una gran adición!!

Regístrese aquí:

¡Esperamos divertirnos más con nuestros estudiantes de ACA este verano!

MARCA TU CALENDARIO – ¡¡¡Acercándonos al final del año, suceden muchas cosas!!!

10 de abril Fútbol ACA/ACA2 – Niñas a las 2:30 / Niños a las 3:30 (Campo 1)
11 de abril MS (grupo pequeño) Aprendizaje experiencial – Harvest Family Farms
Reunión del Consejo Estatutario del 11 de abril a las 4 p. m. (todos son bienvenidos)
12 de abril Reunión de FN a las 3 p.m. (todos son bienvenidos)
15-19 de abril No hay clases – Vacaciones de primavera