January 31, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers January 31, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Last week our school experienced two COVID cases which impacted other students and staff. I realize that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone… particularly parents. I encourage you to monitor your child frequently for COVID symptoms and please keep them at home if you have any doubts regarding their ability to attend school. You may email Mrs. Simpson (desiree.simpson@ucps.k12.nc.us) or call her at 704 296-3005 if you have questions.


UCPS has decided to prevent students from exchanging valentines or treats at school. Our school had already discussed our distribution processes and in some cases this information has already been communicated with parents. Antioch must abide by this directive. Please do not send valentines or treats to school for distribution. Teachers have been directed to send these back home with your child.


There are 76 days of school remaining this school year and 62 of those days are face to face days. Please continue to collaborate with your child's teacher to make the most the time remaining this year. Parent Alert letters will be sent to families of students who are struggling. These letters are usually sent with the January Report Card. Our school will send those letters later this week. I have asked your child's teacher to call you in advance of sending home a letter.


Union County Public Schools Afterschool Program will soon begin enrolling students for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Click here to access the information.


Kindergarten Registration for the 21-22 school year is just around the corner.

Kindergarten Registration Opens on February 1, 2021. Parents will use scribbles to enroll students.

Student Enrollment Information can be found by clicking here. Then click on the scribbles link. 


Antioch Elementary will offer four opportunities for prospective Kindergarten Parents to learn more about our school. Sessions are currently scheduled and a link will be provided via Mr. Childers Weekly Newsletters.

Kindergarten Virtual Open House Sessions

February 9th @ 6:00pm

March 8th @ 9:00am

April 13th @ 6:00pm (Note: This session occurs after the DL Lottery Deadline.)

May 11th @ 9:00am (Note: This session occurs after the DL Lottery Deadline.)


The lottery for kindergarten immersion will be open from March 1-31, 2021. UCPS will host a district-level parent information night where we share general information about Mandarin and Spanish immersion. Details for this meeting are below. Click here for a flyer. Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Time: 6:00 p.m. Registration Link:


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: Breakfast and Lunch is now free for all students for the remainder of the school year.  All classroom teachers will be asked to collect daily lunch numbers and submit this three question google form daily by 8:00am.




Monday--Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Peaches, and milk

Tuesday--Lucky Charms, Raisins and milk

Wednesday--Chicken biscuit, peaches and milk

Thursday--Cinnamon Toasters, Strawberries and milk



Monday--Chicken Nuggets with a roll or Toasted Cheese Sandwich, Corn, Peaches and milk choice

Tuesday--Cheese Dippers or BBQ Pork Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Strawberries and milk choice

Wednesday--Spaghetti with Garlic Breadstick or Turkey Deluxe, Carrots, Applesauce and milk choice

Thursday--Cheese pizza or Sausage Biscuit, Baked french fries, Pears, and milk choice


IXL is a great way to support your child with Math.

Encourage your child to maintain a pinpointed Diagnostic Level which will influence his or her skill recommendations from IXL Learning. Every child should maintain a pinpointed diagnostic score.


Current Grade Level Statistics


Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Math

Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Language Arts


50% up 3%

47% up 14%

First Grade

75% up 9%

73% up 8%

Second Grade

77% up 6%

64% down 4%

Third Grade

77% down 2%

67% down 3%

Fourth Grade

81% down 2%

43% same

Fifth Grade

68% up 2%

25% up 6%


You may find these videos helpful as well.

IXL Smart Score

IXL Continuous Diagnostic


PTO Newsletter and Information: Click here to access the most recent PTO Newsletter.


2020-2021 Yearbook Information:

Yearbooks are now available for purchase online.  Please use this link to order: ybpay.lifetouch.com

Enter the ID Code 10727321. Yearbooks start at $20


In Person Learners:  If your child missed both picture days at school and you would like for them to be included in the yearbook please submit a picture of your child.  Picture should have a plain white or blue background from the chest up.  The child's face and shoulders should be what is mostly in the photo.  A good example of what we need is a picture like a passport photo.  Please send your pictures to Kim Cunningham at  antiochptoyearbook@gmail.com

Make sure to include CHILD'S FULL NAME and TEACHER.


Virtual Learners:  If your child is in a virtual K-5 class and you would like them pictured in the yearbook we need to get a picture of them to include.  Many of our virtual students DID NOT get a school picture taken by Lifetouch.  This is how pictures are included in our yearbook.  In order to have a picture of your child included we need a picture of your child taken with a plain or white background from the chest up.  The child's face and shoulders should be what is mostly in the photo.  A good example of what we need is a picture like a passport photo.  Please send your pictures to Kim Cunningham at  antiochptoyearbook.com

Make sure to include CHILD'S FULL NAME and TEACHER.


 Dates of Interest:

2/9 - Virtual Kindergarten Tour @ 6:00pm

2/9 - Dual Language Advisory Council Meeting @ 2:30pm

2/11 - Virtual Academy Council @ 2:30pm

2/17 - School Improvement Team Meeting @ 2:30pm

3/2 - Read Across America Day

3/4 - Remote Learning (Thursday)

3/5 - Teacher Workday

3/8 - Virtual Kindergarten Tour - 9:00am

3/9 - Spring Pictures

3/19 - End of Third Grading Period

3/26 - Report Cards Go Home

4/1 - Teacher Workday

4/2 - 4/9 - Spring Break


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!