October 18, 2020

Message from Mr. Childers October 18, 2020


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary.  I would like to begin this weekly message by thanking the Antioch PTO and all the families that support our school. This past Wednesday our staff was treated to lunch from Panera. The staff was very appreciative of this kind gesture. I have been informed that Gatorthon was a tremendous success and our PTO raised more than $40,000 to support programs at our school. I am honored and humbled to lead a school in such an engaged and committed community.


Students will have a remote learning day on October 22nd. Teachers will provide on-demand content for students on this day as teachers conduct virtual parent conferences. Friday, October 23rd is a teacher workday and students will NOT have work shared for this day.


We are quickly closing in on October 26th. Many students will receive a new teacher on this date. Some students (22 percent) will migrate to a Virtual Academy, while other students will be changing teachers because their teacher is now a virtual teacher or the school master schedule necessitates the change. All students and parents who will be affected will receive an email communication on Monday, October 19th. I had originally hoped to provide this information sooner, however UCPS is balancing many factors and has set 10/26 as the release of information date. Virtual students will receive a message from the school and students who change face to face teachers will receive the email from the teacher. The UCPS Board of Education and our Superintendent, Dr. Houlihan are doing everything possible to create a manageable work load for teachers. All classroom teachers will have the expectation of teaching only face to face learners and virtual teachers will teach only virtual learners. The AIG schedule has been constructed to permit Mrs. Sarcona and Mrs. Schilling to have separate sections of face to face and virtual learners.


I plan to create a Virtual Academy Council which will provide representatives the opportunity to periodically meet with our staff to discuss ways to keep our virtual students connected with Antioch Elementary. More information is forthcoming in your Monday correspondence.


Virtual students with IEP's and 504's will continue to have their needs met by our staff. Specific questions regarding this can be address directly to tom.childers@ucps.k12.nc.us.


I encourage parents to review this video to guide your understanding of your child's Istation reports. Thank you to Mrs. Sherri Barber for creating this useful tool.


Grade 3-5 Chromebook


All students in grades 3-5 will be issued a new chromebook on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Face to face students will turn in the charger and laptop and will receive a new charger and laptop. Parents of virtual students may drop off and pick up through the car rider line on Tuesday or Wednesday. Please have the computer and charger ready for return.



To facilitate the distribution of new Chromebooks to students in Grades 3-5, the Union County School District has provided the following information. Please carefully follow the process below to ensure a safe and controlled pickup process:

  • Carefully read the information to know below before you arrive at your child’s school.
  • Upon arriving at the school, be prepared to wait in line. Please stay in your car. School employees will come to your vehicle. Thank you for your patience while all students are served.

Information to know before you come to the school:

  1. Ensure that you bring the charger and Chromebook for check in. This is a one for one exchange and both items will need to be turned in before new Chromebooks are issued. If an item is misplaced or lost, then arrangements can be made to pay for these at your school. Payments for missing equipment can be completed by using this link.
  2. As previously stated, families will be financially liable if the Chromebook or charger is damaged or not returned.

Chromebook = $50.00

Charger = $25.00


Payments for missing equipment can be completed by using this link. Note this must occur before picking up a new device or charger if you DO NOT return your equipment.


  1. The Chromebook agreement that parents signed may be previewed on the UCPS website. (https://www.ucps.k12.nc.us/Page/5592)

Information about the checkout process:


For safety, traffic control, social distancing and efficiency, we request you adhere to the following schedule.

  • Schools will be open for parents to check out Chromebooks on 10/20 and 10/21 , from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • Upon arriving at the school, please stay in your car. School employees will come to your vehicle to check out the device to you.
  • Note – Both Chromebook and charger are required for exchange.



Devices for K-1 Students: Our school will not issue a chromebook to each Kindergarten and First Grade student. A parent who is in need of a device for their Kindergarten or First Grade student may request one using this link. I will send a confirmation email to all K/1 parents who previously requested a device. Our school should be able to distribute devices during the week on October 26th.


Afternoon Dismissal Changes:

Kindergarten and First grade students who do not have siblings in grades 2-5, may be dismissed in car rider line at 1:50pm. This process will begin on Monday, October 19th. All K-1 staff as well as TA's should assist with this process, unless TA's are supervising students. All K-1 students will come to the car rider line or bus lot. Please keep in mind that classes are meeting in the gym and do not enter the gym until class is over. A family that has a Kindergarten and Second grade student would NOT be able to pick up until 2:05 (as usual). This new process is only for families with Kindergarten or First Grade students.


Simply stated… Please do not arrive for car rider line until 2:05 pm unless you only are picking up Kindergarten and First Grade Students.


Our school is making these changes due to the anticipation of more than 400 car riders in the afternoon. The early (1:50pm) pick up of Kindergarten and First Grade Only and the use of the bus parking lot (after 2:10pm)  for Fourth/Fifth Graders and Siblings will hopeful alleviate afternoon traffic congestion.


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 Bun, Apple Juice and assorted milk 

Tuesday- Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Sliced peaches and assorted milk

Wednesday- Cinnamon Toaster Cereal, Juice and assorted milk


Lunch Menu

Monday- Chicken Patty Sandwich or Fish Sticks with a Roll, Baked Fries, Fresh Apple and Assorted milk choice

Tuesday- Queso and Chips or Rib-A-Que Sandwich, Refried Beans, Frozen Fruit Cup, and Assorted Milk Choice

Wednesday- Macaroni and Cheese with a Biscuit or Turkey Deluxe Sandwich, Sweet Peas, Sliced Peaches and Assorted Milk Choice


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.


Birthday Treats will not be permitted at Antioch this year. Due to the many additional tasks required of our staff due to COVID-19, we cannot accept birthday treats of any kind in the classroom.

Personal Items: (Snacks, water bottles, lunches, homework:  Sometimes students forget items at home - parents are permitted to bring prescription eye wear, prescription medicine and other items deemed essential by the school. The school will not permit the drop off lunch and homework unless the child has a special diet and our cafeteria cannot accommodate the child's needs.  Parents will only be permitted to drop off clothing items if the child's clothing becomes soiled during the school day. All students should bring coats, jackets and face covering daily at the beginning of the day. These items will not be permitted to be dropped off during the day. The school will provide a face covering for your child if they forget their face covering at home. Students should bring a sweatshirt or light jacket to school. It may be very warm outside however the classrooms might be chilly with the reduced number of students in classrooms. I encourage parents to write your child's name in their jacket. Our school has dozens of unclaimed items of clothing each year.

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 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 


UCPS Holiday Card Contest is now open. Please see the attachment for more details. The deadline for entry is 5:00pm on 10/30/2020.

Dates of Interest:

10/28 - SIT Meeting

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

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

11/25 - 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!