December 1, 2019

Message from Mr. Childers December 1, 2019


Hello Parents,

This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary School. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Our students and staff now have 15 days of school prior to the winter holiday season. Progress Reports for the second grading period will go home on Tuesday. Our Kindergarten Staff will share Kindergarten Parent Reading Night on Thursday, December 5th @ 6:00pm in the cafeteria.

I was approached recently by some parents about accidents that have occurred during recess. I have spoken with our staff and have asked teachers to review recess procedures with students. The staff members will continue to supervise students and hold them accountable if they are not following the rules. I ask that parents also speak with their children about appropriate play at recess as this is an important time for "free play" and student choice. 

Parents whose children ride UCPS School Buses should read this message carefully.

All North Carolina Public School Students who ride the school bus will be documented on the bus roster. Any student who does not ride for 10 consecutive days will be automatically dropped from the route without prior notice or notification. This process occurs within the transportation department and Antioch is informed after the student has been dropped from the route. Our school is currently working with the UCPS transportation department to create a better communication system that will inform parents prior to the student being dropped from the route. At this time no notification is provided. Teachers have been instructed to communicate with parents regarding early release or sudden dismissal due to inclement weather. Unless your child is already on the bus roster… bus transportation is not an option for these events.

Many parents may want to know why this is happening… Union County Public Schools is provided funding for transportation based on efficiency of the bus routes. Efficiency is impacted when students are listed on the route but not riding the bus and therefore funding can be decreased. As an effort to ensure maximum funding from the State of North Carolina and to maintain accurate bus rosters, bus drivers are instructed to update their rosters regularly. Feel free to email ( or call me at the school 704 841-2505 if you have additional questions.


Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 13th

We will be collecting "character" or fun band-aids for Katie's Kidz.  Katie's Kidz is a local organization that delivers gifts and fun band-aids to hospitalized children.

 Click here to view the most recent PTO Newsletter.

Upcoming Events: Did you know that a full list of school events is available on the Antioch Elementary Website?

12/9 - 12/13 - Katie's Kids Collection

12/11 - Duty Free Lunch

12/12 - Fifth Grade Kahoot Tournament

12/12 - Chorus Concert

12/13 - Wrap Up Mr. Childers

12/16 - First Grade Holiday Party (9:30-10:30)

12/17 - Winter Wonderland

12/17 - Kindergarten Holiday Party (8:00-9:00)

12/18 - Second Grade Holiday Party (10:00-11:00)

12/18 - School Improvement Team Meeting @ 2:30

12/19 - Third Grade Holiday Party (9:00-10:00)

12/20 - Fourth Grade Holiday Party (8:30-9:30)

12/20 - Fifth Grade Holiday Party (11:00-12:00)

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!