September 12, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers

September 12, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Students and staff are closing out the first month of school. We have enjoyed a great start to the school year. Our staff is committed to providing the highest quality education possible in spite of the barriers that each of us face. 


Due to Covid Protocols we ask for your cooperation to make note of the following:

  • Parents will not be permitted to walk students to class or have lunch with their child.
  • UCPS is permitting Field Trips at this time. Antioch will only participate in on campus trips for the first semester and will reevaluate off campus trips for the second semester.
  • All parent-teacher meetings, 504, and IEP meetings will be conducted virtually again this year.
  • Our school will not accept items that students forgot at home after the 7:30am bell unless the item is critical (medicine, prescription eye glasses or lunch for students  who have dietary restrictions).
  • Our school will continue to utilize the doorbell camera to communicate with visitors.


School begins at 7:30am. Students can be dropped off between 7:00am and 7:30am. Please follow staff directions in the car rider line. Parents are welcome to park and walk their child to the front door. Parents are not permitted to walk students to class due to COVID precautions.   Please carefully read the information below regarding dismissal.


Car Riders

Please assist our staff to create a safe and orderly dismissal process by following these procedures:

  1. Parents should NOT exit the car to assist your child in the car rider line. Please park and escort your child across traffic lanes if your child requires assistance.
  2. Have your child ready to exit the vehicle when directed. This includes having the backpack and lunch nearby for easy access.


Antioch PTO

Click this link to read the PTO Newsletter. The Antioch Elementary PTO provides a tremendous level of support for our school. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter and consider getting involved with the PTO to support Antioch Elementary.


Gatorthon Progress - From individual contributors, we currently have $7,820 ($30k goal), so off to a great start! Corporate sponsorship currently has rasied $17k.


Top classes at this time:

  1. Gutierrez
  2. Zapata
  3. Ballein

The first 10 students who received $25 donations will be receiving their Tiff Treat's gift cards in the mail.


COVID Information

Quarantine is required for an individual who has been a close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period) of someone who is determined positive with COVID-19 with the following three exceptions:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine after a close contact (it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure and to wear a face covering around others until receiving a negative test result).
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated after a close contact in a classroom or other school setting if face coverings were being worn consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do not need to quarantine. This applies to exposures in classrooms, other in-school settings, and school transportation. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.


COVID Support Plan UCPS and Antioch Elementary will offer a comprehensive support plan to assist students if they are quarantined from school. The plan includes a three tiered approach.

  • Tier 1 - Your child's teacher of record or instructional assistant will provide assignments and resources for your child while quarantined. Virtual Instruction ("live" or "on-demand") will only be provided in the event that the entire class is excluded from school.
  • Tier 2 - Antioch Elementary will offer tutoring support from 3pm - 5pm on school days. This support can be accessed by clicking the Covid Support link on the school website calendar. This resource is limited ONLY to students who are quarantined from school. Our staff will answer questions and explain concepts. K-2 and 3-5 have separate links.
  • Tier 3 - UCPS will provide district tutors that can be utilized per parent request. This resource is currently not active. I will share information once the service is available.


Curriculum Presentations Parents may access curriculum presentations by clicking this link.


IXL This online learning platform provides your child with opportunities to practice Reading and Math skills. Students may practice previously learned information or challenge themselves with above grade level concepts. Your child should have a username and a password to access this great resource. Click on these resources for more information.

Learn with IXL at home!


Continuous Diagnostic


Current Grade Level Statistics


Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Math

Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Language Arts

Kindergarten (124)



First Grade (115)



Second Grade (153)



Third Grade (147)



Fourth Grade (135)



Fifth Grade (176)




The Antioch Elementary School Improvement Team will meet on Wednesday of this week. Parents may send questions for this group to their respective representatives:


Antioch Parent SIT Representatives

Kindergarten Parent Representative -  Mrs. Jennifer Long

First Grade Parent Representative - Mr. Moe Peterson

Second Grade Parent Representative - Mrs. Sarah Camhi

Third Grade Parent Representative - Mrs. Shawna Lauer

Fourth Grade Parent Representative - Mrs. Iyore James

Fifth Grade Parent Representative -  Mr. David Long

Dual Language Parent Representative - Mrs. Stefanie Aranda


I recently surveyed parents regarding homework. Two hundred and eighty-two parents responded and 65% were satisfied with the quantity and quality of homework. I believe this is a favorable response as some parents request more homework while others request no homework at all. I also asked more probing questions regarding quantity and quality of homework. The School Improvement Team will discuss your responses on Wednesday. Here are the quantity results by grade level:


Kindergarten - 94% of parents believe that 15 minutes or less is appropriate.

First Grade - 84% of parents believe that 15 minutes or less is appropriate.

Second Grade - 96% of parents believe that 30 minutes or less is appropriate.

Third Grade - 91% of parents believe that 30 minutes or less is appropriate.

Fourth Grade - 75% of parents believe that 30 minutes or less is appropriate.

Fifth Grade - 64% of parents believe that 30 minutes or less is appropriate & 91% believe that 60 minutes or less is appropriate.



Parents who are checking out students for early dismissal must do so by 1:15pm. It may be extremely difficult to dismiss your child after that time due to classroom dismissal procedures.


Please watch for my weekly email to families on Sunday Evenings at 5:00pm. Parents may use this form ONLY if you need to update Powerschool contact information. This will ensure that you receive weekly emails from me and other communication sent from the school.


 Please include the following information when emailing me with a question or concern.

  • Child's Name
  • Teacher Name
  • Grade and
  • Your phone number


This information will allow me to respond to your question or concern more quickly. Parents may access all archived messages on the school website. Our school phone number is 704 296-3005. I strongly encourage you to listen to your voice message before returning a missed call from the school. Antioch Elementary has nearly a hundred staff members and it is sometimes very difficult for our office staff to determined who called you. Please note that our school receives many phone calls each day. Please be patient and you may want to also email your concern to our Receptionist, Mrs. Young ( to ensure that we respond in a timely manner.


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!