Family Network

Welcome to the Family Network Board (FNB) Page! Here you will find information on the roles and responsibilities of the FNB, as well as a calendar of events.

The mission of the Antioch Charter Academies is to facilitate academic and personal growth of TK8th grade students of all socioeconomic levels and ethnic backgrounds. ACA enables 21st century students to become literate, selfmotivated, 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, braincompatible teaching, and multiage groupings with small class sizes.

The Family Network Board’s missions is to offer support to ACAII Families and the school community. We strive to encourage communication and teamwork among teachers, parents, administrators, and sister campuses. The FNB also promotes activities that will enrich the learning experience of ACAII students. The FNB raises funds for these activities and to supplement the school budget.

We are proud of the diversity of students and families in the Cheetah family, and welcome anyone from any background, to take part in the Family Network Board. If you work full-time in an office or full-time raising a family, your experience and commitment is needed!

Membership:

Persons eligible for General Membership are all school staff, parents, relatives, and guardians of students attending Antioch Charter Academy II. Officers are selected by nomination from any member of the FNB General Membership. 

Officer’s terms are for one (1) year, beginning May 15th through May 14th

Have a question for the Family Network Board?  Please email acaiifnb@gmail.com

2021 -2022 FNB Officers

Chairperson: Tracy Tim Tim
This is Tracy’s third year at ACAII and second year on the Family Network Board. She has a 4th grader and 1st grader at ACAII and two little ones at home.  She works part-time as a financial advisor and also enjoys biking, reading, and dancing. On breaks and weekends, she likes planning trips to new places or fixing stuff around the house. 
 
Co-Chair: Jessyca Barney
Jessyca’s family has been a part of our community since her daughter started in Primary, seven years ago. This is her fourth year volunteering for the Family Network Board. She also works with a team to create the Memory Book for the school. When not doing work for the school, she is usually working on her novels or gaming with her family. 
 
Secretary: Rebecca Christensen
Rebecca has been involved at ACAII since her son entered kindergarten in 2011.  She has served on the board several times, in the roles of secretary and co-chair.  Her kids are currently in 10th and 6th grade.  She loves to spend her summers camping and kayaking.  Rebecca also loves to cook, and recently taught herself to crochet.
 
Treasurer: Andrea Clark
Andrea has three of her daughters at ACAII, and the eldest a recent graduate, now in high school. She has served on the Family Network Board for four years in various positions. She works in marketing for a women’s expo company and also has an Etsy page. She loves swimming, beach days, crafting, and reality TV.
 
Social Coordinator: Michelle Dotts
Michelle is the mother of two ACAII girls, a first grader and a second grader.  She is a native of Ohio, transplanted to California four years ago. She also teaches musical theatre in Martinez, serves on the praise team at church, and enjoys traveling and reading. 
 
Co-Social Coordinator: Sonia Larsen

This is Sonia’s third year at ACA2 and her 2nd year on the Family Network Board. She served as Social Coordinator last year.  Sonia also serves as the Support Aid/Pupil Supervisor at ACAII for the second year in a row. She is a proud mother of two little Cheetahs – a 1st and 3rd grader. Sonia is a first generation American who speaks Portuguese and has a Theatre Arts degree. 

Fundraising Coordinator: Jes Seaman
This will be Jes’s fifth year at ACAII and second year on FNB. She also volunteers for the Memory Book team, building a majority of the pages. Jes works at Four Star Gymnastics Academy in Antioch, where she often runs into Cheetah families. Her hobbies include making and creating, photography, gardening, and collecting pens and paper. 
 
Interim Volunteer Coordinator: Mimi Kessler 
This is Mimi’s 13th year at ACAII. Her oldest daughter started in Primary and graduated in 2017. She is now a freshman in college. Her son is in 8th grade and youngest daughter is in 6th grade. Mimi worked in accounting and the architectural field until she was laid off in 2008, at which point she immersed herself in everything at ACAII. Mimi and her husband are whole-hearted believers that their children’s success is due to their involvement, not only at home but also at school. She’s been on every committee as a volunteer, and now works for the school as an iLs Aide (our multisensory learning program). During her free time, she likes going on walks and hikes with her family, playing pickleball, and collecting cute panda stuff. 

FNB Teams

Fundraising:

FNB Fundraising Committee strives to organize fundraisers that are easy, fun, and provide something that the community wants. In turn, funds are used to enhance our student’s ACAII experience and academic support and support the work of the faculty.

The Family Network Board (FNB) holds annual fundraising events to raise funds for ACAII student Big Field Trips (BFT) and the General School Fund (GSF).

In recent years, FNB funds have contributed to…

Big Field Trips (BFT:)

Big Field Trips are offsite, often overnight or week long trips for students and families to participate in. Funds are raised through events hosted by ACAII that have a cost of $100 or more or, an overnight trip. Recently we have travelled to Washington, DC (hosted every three years) and to Alliance Redwoods for our Outdoor Education module.

  • Families use the fundraising money they raise to set aside and use to cover or reduce/pay down costs for BFT’S for their ACAII student.
  • Fundraised monies are held in individual family (Name) accounts
  • Families with more than one student enrolled, unused funds in their family accounts rollover annually until the last member of the family graduates from ACAII. 
  • Graduated ACAII students (those who are attending high school) can attend ACAII’s BFTs and use funds in their family account to pay down costs. Families simply notify the FNB Treasurer or Fundraising team during the child’s last year attending ACAII of your intent (8th Grade) 
  • Balances not used prior to graduation can be “donated” to another ACAII family/ies’ account of your choice
  • Unused or non-donated balances are transferred into the school’s General Fund after graduation. Balances cannot be withdrawn nor cashed out back to families at any point in time.
  • We strongly suggest primary families participate in BFT Fundraising to get an early start on their individual fund.

Family Network General School Fund (GSF):

All fundraising events not specified as BFT fundraisers are for ACAII Family Network General School Fund. These funds impact students directly throughout the year. Everyone should/is encouraged to participate.

  • General School Funds are used for ACAII’s yearly budget
  • FNB Fundraising’s role helps close the gap in the line items & ‘extras’ in our school budget
  • GSF budget line items include 

 

    • Classroom money allocation for each teacher and grade level 
    • Capital Improvements
    • Enrichment Supplies 
      • School garden and animal care
      • Project Lead the Way
      • Field Trips
      • Field Trip & College Scholarships 
    • Elective Material Fees
    • Personal Safety & Physical Education
    • Art & Pottery
    • Music – School Orchestra 
    • iLs –  Integrated Listening Systems, Primary Classes and “Booster” Grade Levels
    • Community Outreach Events
      • 2nd Cup, Back 2 School Bash, Birthday Celebrations, Campus Clean up, Graduation, Evening events such as PEP Meets and Meet and Greet

2019/2020 ACAII Fundraising Calendar

BFT – Big Field Trip       GSF – General School Fund

2019

2020

September

(GSF)  TBA – Spirit Wear, Fall ACAII Merchandise – Ongoing

(GSF)  9/23/19 – 10-11/19 – Fun Pasta, Catalog Sales

January

GSF TBA – Chili’s, Family Dine Out

BFT  1/27 – 2/19/19 – World’s Finest Chocolate Sales, Candy Bar Sales

October

(GSF) TBA  – MOD Pizza, Family Dine Out

(GSF) 10/21/19 – 11/04/19 – Scrip Gift Cards, Gift Card Sales (holiday timing!)

Febuary

GSF TBA – Parent Paint Nite, Parent Nite Out (Valentine)

Nov/Dec

GSF TBA – Chuck E Cheese – Fall Family Night Out, Minimum Week

GSF 11/20 – 12/9/2020 – See’s Candy,  Holiday Sales

March

GSF 3/2 – 3/13/20 – See’s Candy – Spring holiday Sales

GSF 3/30/20 – 4/20/20 – Spirit Wear – Summer ACAII Merchandise

April

BFT TBA – Family & Friends Bowl, Delta Bowl

GSF TBA – Chipotle, Family Dine Out

May  

GSF May TBA 2020 – Menchie’s Ice Cream, After School Frozen Yogurt Sales

 

Even More Everyday Ways To Raise Funds:

Shoparoo: is the free app that turns pictures of your receipts into cash donations for our school!

AmazonSmile FOUNDATION will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Add ANTIOCH CHARTER ACADEMY to your friends, family and personal Amazon prime account. 

BoxTops Fundraiser : EARN CASH FOR OUR SCHOOL! NO MORE CLIPPING. ALL YOU NEED IS YOUR SMARTPHONE. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: You can find Box Tops on hundreds of products throughout the store. Use the app to snap a photo of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. You do not need to clip or send Box Tops labels to school. Box Tops earnings are identified and automatically updated at BTFE.com. The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online. 

Estimated Dates & Events are subject to change

We believe that parent participation in any amount is the foundation for our students’ success, and we thank you in advance for your generosity. Your donation is an investment in your child’s education at Antioch Charter Academy II. With the combined giving of the parent body plus school funding, we help our children achieve their fullest potential. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

We invite you to contribute your perspective, skill, and/or resources to help make ACAII stronger!

The FNB is a volunteer organization. Sometimes we run out of time and willing hands. We have many opportunities for you to get involved with school activities this year. You will find descriptions of some of these opportunities on SignUp Genius and add your name to different volunteer opportunities. 

Register here for a free account, then keep an eye out for notifications from our team: SignUp Genius Registration Link 

We also use TrackItForward as a way to log in your volunteer hours. It’s an easy and convenient way to ensure parents meet the requested 40 hours of volunteer work per year. If you haven’t registered or logged in hours for volunteer work you have already done, please sign up here: TrackItForward Volunteer Hours Link

Your ideas, energy, skills, and time are gratefully appreciated!

Social Committee:

At ACAII, our Social Committee’s mission is to enhance the social experience for our teachers, administrators, students and their families. There are multiple events that occur throughout the year with the effort to bring our community together.

Key Events:

Back to School Bash:  Friday, August 24, 2019

Ornament Exchange: Friday, November, 22nd 2019

Teacher Appreciation: Spring 2020, TBA

Stay tuned for information coming your way from the FNB throughout the year!

Antioch Charter Academy II

1201 W. 10th St., Antioch, CA

(925) 755-1252