September 13, 2020

Message from Mr. Childers September 13, 2020


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary.  I want to begin this weekly message by saying thank you to students who are coming to school each day with a positive attitude and ready to learn. Our students have done an incredible job of following safety protocols. I want to say thank you to our parents for supporting the school during this very challenging time. I am well aware of the difficulties posed to families during remote learning and I am very appreciative for the kind words shared by parents. I am particularly appreciative of our staff. The Antioch Elementary Staff continues to work long hours in an attempt to make remote learning as well as face to face learning as positive as possible. I encourage parents to communicate your appreciation to the staff. Words of encouragement will deeply reinforce their time and efforts.


Parents were given an opportunity to provide feedback regarding remote learning last week and I would like to share the results of that survey.




My family feels the amount of remote learning work assigned to be JUST RIGHT.

66% - Just Right

11 % - Not Enough

23% - Too much

My family feels the quality of remote learning work assigned to be ADEQUATE OR HIGH QUALITY.

94% - Adequate or High Quality

6 % - Low Quality


Two-thirds of respondents felt the amount of remote learning work to be "just right" and ninety-four percent of parents felt the quality of work was either adequate or high quality.


Our Technology support staff is currently work to create informational sessions for parents to assist with technology questions. This information will be available soon.


Bus Transportation: All parents of students who use UCPS bus transportation this year will be asked to complete a weekly Attestation Form. The form provides assurance that parents are NOT sending at risk student on the bus. Click here to access the electronic form.

Parents may access a printable version here as well as other related information regarding transportation.


Cafeteria: All students my now eat breakfast and lunch free of charge from the Antioch Cafeteria. This program will continue until December 31st. Additional items such as Switch drinks, cookies and chips are not part of the program but continue to be available for purchase. Our cafeteria serves hot and healthy meals daily. Access the breakfast  or lunch menu. Download the Mobile Menu App for your smartphone which will provide  interactive lunch nutritional information and a link to the online payment provider. Our cafeteria also sells items such as Cool Ranch Doritos, Flamas Doritios, Cheetos, Cookies and Rice Crispy Treats. Students my purchase switch drinks and bottled water in addition to milk. Click to access the online payment center.


Breakfast Menu

Monday - Cinnamon Bun & Pear Halves

Tuesday - Egg & Cheese Biscuit

Wednesday - Cinnamon Toasters

Thursday - Sausage Biscuit & Sliced Peaches


Lunch Menu

Monday - Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla w/Tortilla Chips or Corn Dog and Salsa Beans, Pear Halves

Tuesday - Cheese Pizza or  Pork Chopper and Caesar Salad, Tropical Fruit

Wednesday - Chicken Nuggets or Baked Spaghetti w/Twisted Garlic Breadstick and Caesar Salad, Blueberry Cup

Thursday - Cheese Stix Dippers w/sauce or Submarine Sandwich and Green Beans, Fresh Apple


Chromebook Support: You may email Mrs. Kovach ( or Mrs. Phillips ( if you have issues with your chromebook. Click on this link for a variety of resources that you will hopefully find to be very helpful.

Kindergarten and First Grade students must also complete the COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act) form. They are available here in English and in Spanish. These forms are also available to print from the Antioch Elementary Website.


Gator Chat: Classroom teachers are providing a time slot each day for remote learners to connect with the teacher. This time should be for teachers and students to connect. Parents should email the teacher with specific questions or concerns. The teachers will respond as quickly as possible.


Powerschool Information: Any parent who needs to obtain their child's powerschool information may email Mrs. Hansen ( or Mrs. Perry ( I would encourage all parents of students in grades third, fourth and fifth to obtain this information. This will give you access to the parent portal and you can see your child's grades and missing assignments.


PTO Newsletter and Information:

 Gators! Great job on week 4! 

As we continue to move into this year, we want to express our appreciation to our hardworking Antioch staff for going above and beyond. We also want to thank everyone for abiding by the school's policies and procedures that continue to keep us safe and healthy.


Gatorthon Loose Change Drive Ends!

Monday, September 14

Drop that change off in Brookhaven or, if your child attends on Monday, send it in with him/her!  

So far, we have collected $559.14 in United States dollars, plus 94 Canadian cents, 13 Euro cents, 10 Dominican pesos, 131 Ukrainian kopecks (that's 1 hryvnia and 31 kopecks), 30 Bulgarian stotinki, 1 Bahamanian cent, 1 British penny, and 1 size DL2016 Duracell battery!

Current leader board:

1. Gutierrez

2. Gomez

3. Tegard

4. Aalborg

5. Pierce

6. Griffin

7. Danson

8. Minieri

9. Lukjanczuk

10. Hayden


Each child in the class with the most $$$ wins a spirit bracelet and the teacher gets an Amazon gift certificate!


The Bolanos Residence in Brookhaven

1004 Desborough Drive

Matthews, NC 28104


Shuttle Pen Contest Ends Next Week!

Friday, September 18

Every student raising $25 or more by 9/18 receives one of these cool shuttle pens.  

Go to to get started!  Not sure what Gatorthon is or need a little help?  Visit Gatorthon Overview and Parent Guide for more information.


Involve your Employer!

Did you know that you might be able to double or even triple your Gatorthon donation? 

Many companies offer such options to encourage their employees to give to non-profit organizations. If your company offers donation matching, every dollar you donate to the Antioch PTO could turn into two or three dollars to help our school!

Find out now by checking with your company’s HR Department and then let us know if your company will be participating by clicking here.  Your child will also pick up 5 extra Gatorthon Raffle tickets!

Questions? Email


Gatorthon Prize Reminders!

In addition to the weekly contests and prizes, don't forget that students also earn rewards based on overall fundraising.  Fundraising Rewards are based on student's fundraising totals at the end of Gatorthon (10/12).

There will also be prizes for the Top 3 overall student fundraisers! *


First Place: Polaroid Party Pack

  • Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
  • Two Large Pizzas from Domino’s
  • $25 Velo Pops gift certificate

Second Place: Art Party Pack

  • Pottery To-Go Kit for 4 from ArtBox

(complete with supplies and instructions to paint some exciting pieces at home and then bring them to ArtBox Studio for firing)

  • Two Large Pizzas from Domino’s
  • $40 to spend at Harris Teeter on additional party supplies

Third Place: The Ivy Place Pack

  • Picnic Lunch or Dinner on the grounds of The Ivy Place in Van Wyck, SC
  • Self guided or guided tour of The Ivy Place grounds
  • 5 Regular Subs from Jersey Mike’s
  • 4 mini bundlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes

*Top 3 prizes may be adjusted in the event of a tie


Spirit Wear Store Open Again!

The Antioch Spirit Wear Store, complete with tie dye options, will close again on 9/20.  Lots of good staff options too if you are interested in doing something nice for your child’s teachers!


The PTO Board 2020-2021

President - Kimberly Church -

Vice President - Kristin Ryan -

Treasurer - Maria Hamrick -

Secretary - Goldee Payton -

Fundraising - Holly Loftis -

Social - Orhan Sarabi -

Tech/Comm - Trevor Smith -


Click on the link for the video introduction:


School Dismissal Manager:  We have good news!  For your convenience, Antioch Elementary School proudly announces that we will begin utilizing a new on-line dismissal management system this fall called School Dismissal Manager (SDM).

Please view this short video for an overview of the School Dismissal Manager. It is dependable, easy-to-use, and can be updated by parents and guardians from the convenience of their smart phones, tablets, and PCs.


Through the on-line dismissal management system, you can:


  • Report student absences and late arrivals
  • Schedule early departures from school
  • Schedule after-school activities such as scouting, clubs or sports, enrichment classes, etc.
  • Make transportation changes as late as 1:00 PM on the current day


… and so much more!


We will begin using SDM for dismissal on Monday, August 31, 2020.  Before we convert to this new system, we will provide you with additional information and an email will be sent to you directly from SDM.  The email from SDM will contain important instructions and your personal login credentials.  Once you receive your credentials, please use them to log into the new system so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with it and set up your child’s default dismissal and routine.


Until September 25th please continue to report transportation changes by phone or email to the front office.


As of Monday, September 28th, all transportation changes will be accepted only through SDM.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email or or call the school at 704-296-3005.


Special Area Classes: All special area content for remote learning is required for students. Our specials area team has worked diligently to create this content.


Sudden Dismissal Google Form: Our school could experience a sudden dismissal due to inclement weather. We ask ALL parents to complete this form by September 8th.  Here are the links:

 Kindergarten Sudden Dismissal

1st Grade Sudden Dismissal

2nd Grade Sudden Dismissal

3rd Grade Sudden Dismissal

4th Grade Sudden Dismissal

5th Grade Sudden Dismissal 

Webb Sudden Dismissal

UCPS Board of Education: The Union County Public Schools Board of Education recently voted to bring all students to school for two days beginning on September 29th. I will provide additional information as soon as details are available.

Dates of Interest:

9/22 - DLI Advisory Council

9/23 - SIT Meeting

9/29 - 10/1 - Spirit Week

9/28 - 10/1 - Progress Reports

10/22 - End of First Grading Period

10/23 - Required Workday

10/26 - Classroom Spelling Bee

10/28 - SIT Meeting

10/29 - Report Cards


I have attached the Boy Scouts membership flyer to this email for your reference. The Girl Scouts are not issuing a flyer this year. You may contact for additional information.


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!