Antioch Charter Academy


Newsletter for Antioch Charter Academy/TLCS Stakeholders

 Volume 28, Issue 30, April 22, 2024

Welcome back! I hope you all had a rejuvenating break with your families. As we dive back into the swing of things, it’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of the school year already. The weeks ahead are packed with exciting learning opportunities and activities for our students.

We have so much planned to enrich their minds and hearts as we approach the culmination of this academic year. From engaging lessons to special projects, there’s plenty in store to keep our students motivated and enthusiastic about their education.

I encourage you to stay connected and involved in your child’s journey as we navigate these final weeks together. Your support and partnership are invaluable to their success.

Let’s make these last weeks count and finish the school year strong!

Sarah Beaver

ACA Elementary Teacher

“Intelligence plus character- that is the true goal of education” – Martin Luther King Jr.


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.


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!

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 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 )

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

  • 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 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST Has Started! 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.
































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!!

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 30, 22 de abril de 2024

¡Bienvenido de nuevo! Espero que todos hayan tenido un descanso rejuvenecedor con sus familias. A medida que volvemos a sumergirnos en el ritmo de las cosas, es difícil creer que ya nos acercamos al final del año escolar. Las próximas semanas estarán repletas de emocionantes oportunidades de aprendizaje y actividades para nuestros estudiantes.
Hemos planeado mucho para enriquecer sus mentes y corazones a medida que nos acercamos a la culminación de este año académico. Desde lecciones interesantes hasta proyectos especiales, hay mucho por hacer para mantener a nuestros estudiantes motivados y entusiasmados con su educación.
Los animo a mantenerse conectados e involucrados en el viaje de su hijo mientras navegamos juntos estas últimas semanas. Su apoyo y colaboración son invaluables para su éxito.
¡Hagamos que estas últimas semanas cuenten y terminemos el año escolar con fuerza!
sara castor
Maestra de Primaria ACA
“Inteligencia más carácter: ese es el verdadero objetivo de la educación” – Martin Luther King Jr.


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.


¡Se acerca la Feria del Libro y necesitamos voluntarios! ¡Del 6 al 10 de mayo de 2024 en el salón de usos múltiples!
Lunes, martes, jueves y viernes:
11:45 – 13:30
14:30 – 15:30
Miércoles: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
13:30 – 14:30
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Compre en línea del 12 de abril al 10 de mayo en
La feria del libro ofrece muchas oportunidades para realizar horas de voluntariado: montaje, desmontaje, ventas en la feria, donación de refrigerios para la Noche de Jóvenes Autores, etc. Vaya a
para reclamar tu lugar!

¡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 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)

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

22 de abril Aprendizaje experiencial de MS – Industria de camiones de comida (en el campus)
24 de abril Fútbol ACA/ACA2 – Niñas a las 2:30 / Niños a las 3:30 (Campo 1)
25 de abril Viaje de estudios de primaria – Black Diamond Mines
¡Semana de la Feria del Libro del 6 al 10 de mayo!
8 de mayo Noche de autores jóvenes: celebración de toda la escuela
9 de mayo MS (grupo pequeño) Aprendizaje experiencial – Harvest Family Farms
13 de mayo Día Mínimo – salida a las 12 p.m.
16 de mayo MS (clase completa) Aprendizaje experiencial – Harvest Family Farms
21 de mayo Música en Not so Green @ 6pm (Actuación de clases de música)
23-24 de mayo Días mínimos: salida a las 12 p.m.
27 de mayo No hay clases – Día de los Caídos
29 de mayo Muestra de las artes (se exhiben las clases de enriquecimiento de los miércoles)


¡Las evaluaciones sumativas Smarter Balanced y el CAST han comenzado! Será extremadamente importante que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo y bien descansados durante estos meses de pruebas. Ayude a su estudiante a tener éxito al no planificar viajes o citas durante los tiempos de exámenes.