November 4, 2018

Message from Mr. Childers November 4, 2018


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. I would like to take a moment to address a recent event that took place this week at a CMS High School. Safety is our first priority for our students, staff and visitors. We have numerous protocols in place to ensure that safety is always our number one goal. Our staff will continue to stop any visitor in the building who is not wearing a UCPS badge or a visitor sticker and direct them to the office. Classroom doors will be locked and closed at all times during the instructional day. Outside doors that lead directly to student areas will never be propped open once the instructional day begins. Parents will continue to be permitted to walk their child to class as staff members are strategic spaced throughout the building to provide assistance. Parents or other visitors are NOT permitted to enter the classroom unless this visit is prearranged with the teacher or the principal. Parents or guests who visit for lunch, should wait outside the cafeteria for their student, not at the classroom. Our school will continue to practice safety drills such as fire drills, tornado drills and lockdown drills. Please reassure your child that these drills are designed to keep them safe just like your rules at home. In addition to our current protocols, our school will soon begin utilizing a push button camera at the front door of the school. All visitors will soon be required to push the button to communicate with our office staff to gain access to our building. Additional security doors will continue to separate visitors from the student areas. The list of safety measures that are in place at Antioch are simply too long to list. However I wanted to provide each of you with this information in hopes that it will provide you and your child a sense of calm. We deeply appreciate that you trust our staff enough to leave your most valuable possession with us each day… your children.


Please remember to track your child's reading for the November Principal's Reading Club. Students who complete the PRC criteria will be recognized along with the top performers for myON and IXL. This recognition will take place in early December.


On Monday and Tuesday of this week, students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th will participate in NC Check ins. These assessments are designed to provide teachers and students with information about the current mastery of concepts. NC Check ins will be administered three times throughout the school year. Here is a link if you would like more information. The Math assessment will be administered on Monday for grades 3-5. On Tuesday our 4th and 5th grade students will take the Reading assessment. Our teachers will be provided with duty free lunch on Wednesday, you may complete this form (Sign Up to Volunteer) if you wish to cover your child's teacher for lunch.


Our 4th and 5th grade students will present a musical performance on Thursday evening. The fourth grade performance begins at 5:30 pm and the fifth grade performance will take place at 6:30 pm.


Giving Gators is our annual Food Drive for Union County Families. The drive begins on Friday, November 9th. You may click this link for additional information.


There is no school on Tuesday, November 12th in honor of Veterans Day. Our next Site Based Meeting will be held on November 14th. You may click this link to email your grade level representative with a question or concern.


Fall Pictures have been rescheduled for Thursday, November 15th.


Thank you for supporting our school - working  together as one team on one mission, we are meeting needs, challenging minds and celebrating accomplishments.


Until next time… Have a great day!




PTO News

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 4th

Next Week at AES

Lunch Monitors Needed

Wednesday, November 7th

Mr. Childers would like to give teachers an opportunity to eat lunch together once each month. The next All-Staff Lunch is scheduled for November 7th.  We need volunteers to watch classes during lunch time in order to make this happen!

Sign Up to Volunteer

4th & 5th Grade Music Performances

Thursday, November 8th

4th Grade - 5:30 pm

5th Grade - 6:30 pm

  Giving Gators Week Begins

Friday, November 9th


Each grade is being asked to bring a specific food:

Kindergarten – bring in 15 oz. canned fruit

1st Grade – bring in 15 oz. ravioli

2nd Grade – bring in 15 oz. canned vegetable

3rd Grade – bring in 16 oz. peanut butter

4th Grade – bring in 12 pack of boxed grits or oatmeal

5th Grade – bring in 12 pack of boxed grits or oatmeal 

** If your child has a food allergy feel free to substitute with an item from a different grade level.

Place food in the collection bins at the school entrances November 9th-16th.  There will be parent volunteers in the car rider and bus rider areas to help students as needed.  Food may also be dropped off on Saturday November 17th from 8:30-9:00 am in the bus lot.

Important:  Please no glass jars, and please DO NOT bring grits or oatmeal in Costco/Sam's Club packs.  These cannot be correctly portioned for the individual bags.  Thank you!

This event needs many adult and student volunteers in order to be successful.  Click here to volunteer



Coming Soon

Veteran's Day Observed - NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 12th

Picture Day

Thursday, November 15th

This is the make-up day for fall pictures that were canceled due to weather.

Community Service Day

Saturday, November 17th

On Saturday, November 17th we will have Community Service Day to pack the food collected from our food drive into bags to be delivered to Union County students served byFood for Families.  This event needs many adult and student volunteers in order to be successful, and is a great opportunity for students to help with a hands-on service project!  

Click here to volunteer


We are looking for a volunteer to operate the School Store.  The store is open on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:00 am-7:30 am.  If you would like more information please email Tanya Walker at


THANK YOU to the 3rd-5th grade Girls on the Run team for planting day lilies around the parking areas!  We can't wait to see how fantastic they look in the Spring!


Volunteer Needs


Giving Gators Week (11/9-11/17)

This week-long event supports local Union County families and needs many adult and student volunteers in order to be successful.  It's a great opportunity for students to help with a hands-on service project!  

Click here to volunteer


Holiday Cookie Exchange (12/4)

Open to ALL Grades.  Give our staff an early holiday treat with a variety of cookies to share with family and friends. Each staff member will be able to select up to 2 dozen cookies donated by parents. 

Sign Up to Bring Cookies


All-Staff Lunch Monitors

Mr. Childers would like to give teachers an opportunity to eat lunch together once each month.  We need volunteers throughout the year to watch classes during lunch time in order to make this happen!

Sign Up to Volunteer

In the Community

(These events are not sponsored or endorsed by the PTO.) 


Easy Money

Through November 2nd, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Antioch Elementary PTO when you shop at


Send in your box tops.  There is a bin at the school entrance.

Re-link your VIC card using code #5615

 Shop at Amazon Smile and set your charity to Antioch Elementary PTO