February 7, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers February 7, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. The school year has entered the second week of February and there are 71 days of school remaining (58 face to face). I encourage all families to ensure that your children are participating in face to face learning or remote learning activities each day.


The next Antioch Elementary Dual Language Advisory Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9th @ 2:30pm. Click here to visit the DLAC Website and find representative contact information. 


On Tuesday evening at 6:00pm, our school will host a Virtual Kindergarten Open House. Participants do not need to pre-register for this event. Please click this link to join - Antioch Elementary Kindergarten Open House. I also invite you to share this information with neighbors who may have a rising Kindergartener. Registration is now open! Parents will use scribbles to enroll students. Then click on the scribbles link.


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: http://bit.ly/DLIkinderinfosession


The next Virtual Academy Council will meet on Thursday, February 11th @ 2:30pm. Click here to visit the Virtual Academy Council Website and find representative contact information.


February is Black History Month. Each grade level has created instructional activities in the classroom to celebrate this month. I will be posting articles about some of these events on the school website throughout the month.


The Union County Public Schools Board of Education recently adopted an Administrative Guideline which pertains to grading. Antioch Elementary was already in compliance with the majority of this new guideline. Our students and families will see one significant change. Students now have a four day grace period to submit assignments beyond the original due date established by the teacher. Students may submit work within the four day window with no penalty for a late assignment. This guideline will apply only to the 2020 - 2021 school year.


Calling all Antioch artists!  We want to see what amazing artwork Antioch Elementary students have to contribute to our yearbook this year.  All entries should highlight a favorite memory the student has enjoyed during COVID. Our goal is to include as many entries as possible in the yearbook.

Here are the rules for submission:

  1. Art must be on a plain white 8.5×11 sheet of paper, no lines.
  2. The student’s name and grade must be written on the bottom right corner of the artwork.
  3. All entries should highlight a favorite memory the student has enjoyed during COVID.
  4. Students must use colored pencils or markers.
  5. Submit artwork to your student’s teacher.
  6. Entries must be submitted to the student’s teacher NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26,  2021. No exceptions.
  7. Have fun!


Parents of Fifth Grade Students may submit Pridelines for the Antioch Yearbook. This is for 5th Grade Students ONLY. Please use this link to make your submission. The deadline is February 26, 2021.


Is your child going to be LATE, ABSENT, LEAVING EARLY? 

Please use the SDM app to let the front office know!  

This helps us check in and check out students much quicker!

Need to change their transportation? 


Use the following link or App:  schooldismissalmanager.com


For the App Links look below:



For a quick start guide look below:

School Dismissal Quick Start Guide

For any additional questions please contact Tricia Perry 



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


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: Cinnamon Toasters, Blueberries, milk choice

Tuesday: Egg and cheese biscuit, pears and milk choice

Wednesday: Lucky Charms, Strawberries and milk choice

Thursday: Sausage biscuit, Applesauce and milk choice



Monday: Chicken patty sandwich or Beef and cheese quesadilla, carrots, strawberries and milk choice

Tuesday: Cheese Dippers or Chicken fajita, corn, peaches and milk choice

Wednesday: Macaroni and cheese or Chicken salad sandwich, Sweet potato fries, mixed berry cup and milk choice

Thursday: Cheese pizza or fish sticks, 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


40 down 10%

44% down 3%

First Grade

82% up 7%

76% up 3%

Second Grade

79% up 2%

71% up 7%

Third Grade

79% up 2%

68% up 1%

Fourth Grade

76% down 5%

43% same

Fifth Grade

67% down 1%

25% down 2%


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

Ordering Deadline is March 12, 2021. Our school will have a very limited number of yearbooks for purchase beyond the date. If you want a yearbook… place your order now!


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:

2/17 - 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 Open House - 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!