October 4, 2020

Message from Mr. Childers October 4, 2020


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary.  Parents only have a few hours left to choose between face to face instruction (Plan "A") or virtual instruction (Plan "D"). This commitment is for the remainder of the 2020 - 2021 school year. Parents may access the FAQ related to this important decision. View page 21 of the document to see the current numbers for families who are choosing virtual instruction (plan "D").

 Parents must use this link to complete the Scribbles Application for Plan D. The deadline for choosing your child’s plan is Sunday, October 4th at 11:59pm.


Afternoon Dismissal Changes:

Antioch Elementary anticipants that the number of afternoon car riders will soon increase. Our staff has made changes in an effort to minimize your wait and keep everyone safe. If you are picking up a fourth or fifth grade student, please arrive after 2:10pm each day. Fourth and Fifth Grade students and their siblings will be picked up from the bus lot after 2:10pm daily. Parents will be directed to the bus lot after 2:10pm. Parents will be directed to park in the staff parking lot if they arrive before this time as traffic is not permitted in the bus lot until the buses have departed.


Car Rider Dismissal Changes - Effective Date: October 5, 2020

  • All 4th and 5th Grade students and their siblings who are car riders in the afternoon will be picked up from the Bus Lot.
  • Teachers of Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade students will ensure that younger siblings are placed with your fourth or fifth graders in the gym.
  • Parents must not arrive until 2:10pm. If you arrive before this time… you will be directed to park in the staff parking lot until buses have departed.
  • Please follow staff directions and have your child's or children's names visible for our staff.
  • Antioch Elementary would like to thank you in advance for your patience.


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:  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 Toasters, Apple Juice and Milk choice

Tuesday:  Sausage Biscuit, Peaches, Milk Choice

Wednesday:  Lucky Charms with Graham Crackers, Blueberries, Milk Choice

Thursday:  Cinnamon Bun, Grape Juice and Milk Choice


Lunch Menu

Monday:  Queso with Chips or Rib A Que Sandwich, Refried Beans and Blueberries

Tuesday:  Macaroni and Cheese with Ham or Turkey Deluxe, Caesar Salad and a fresh apple

Wednesday:  Hamburger or Hot Dog, Potato Bites, Tropical Fruit

Thursday:  Chicken Patty Sandwich or Fish Sticks with Hushpuppies, French Fries and Sliced Peaches


Powerschool Information: Any parent who needs to obtain their child's powerschool information may email Mrs. Hansen (elisabeth.hansen@ucps.k12.nc.us) or Mrs. Perry (tricia.perry@ucps.k12.nc.us). 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: Click here to access the most recent PTO Newsletter.


New School Dismissal Manager!

*This app will our main system used for early dismissals, checking out, tardies, transportation changes, etc.*

School Dismissal Manager notifies the school of your updates so that, effective Monday, August 31, 2020, it is no longer necessary for you to phone the school, send notes, or send an email to inform the school of dismissal changes. 

School Dismissal Manager will provide us with a more organized and efficient tracking system for afternoon dismissals.

Create an Account:

Go to schooldismissalmanager.com click on "Forgot Password" feature to set a new password and get into the system.  You will use your email as the username.  You need to create your account on a computer first and then you can load the App on your phone.


For more information: https://www.schooldismissalmanager.com


For a quick start guide: School Dismissal Quick Start Guide


For any additional questions please contact Tricia Perry tricia.perry@ucps.k12.nc.us 


School Pictures will be taken during the Week of October 12th. I welcome remote and virtual students to come to school any day (Monday - Thursday) beginning at 11:30am. All face to face students will be finished with pictures at this time. Parents may arrive between 11:30am - 12:30pm. Parents may accompany their child into the Media Center for pictures. Students and parents must wear face coverings and go through COVID screening upon entering. Anyone who is symptomatic should not attend this activity. A picture makeup day will be held on Thursday, November 19th.


Staff Spotlight: Congratulations to Antioch Elementary DLI Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Sophie Minieri. She was recently recognized by Participate Learning. Read the story here.


Union County Public Schools values the feedback of our students, parents and staff.  In an effort to continue high quality, rigorous learning experiences and social-emotional support for students, the school district has partnered with Panorama Education to administer a survey to 3rd – 12th graders. The survey window is Sept. 28 – Oct. 8 and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The link will be sent via Canvas and students will need their Student ID for access. Panorama safeguards student privacy and all responses will be kept confidential. 

Click HERE to review survey questions.

Dates of Interest:

10/12-10/15 - Fall Pictures

10/12 - 10/16 - National School Lunch Week

10/19 - 10/23 - National School Bus Safety Week

10/21 - Unity Day

10/23 - 10/31 - Red Ribbon Week

10/22 - End of First Grading Period

10/23 - Required Workday

10/28 - SIT Meeting

10/29 - Report Cards - Send via US Mail for virtual students

11/2 - Classroom Spelling Bee

11/3 - Optional Teacher Workday

11/11 - No School - Veteran's Day

11/16 - Spirit Week - College Gear

11/17 - Dual Language Advisory Council

11/18 - School Improvement Team Meeting

11/23 - Staff Snacks

11/25 - Optional Teacher Workday

11/26 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Holiday



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!