October 3, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers

October 3, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Our students and staff continue to experience an amazing school year. I am very excited about the things that I am seeing in the classrooms. Students are engaged and excited to learn while our staff continues to make terrific strides to grow professional and empower students to take responsibility for their own learning.


I would like to begin this message by saying congratulations to Mrs. Karen Becker and Mrs. Annie Rooney. Mrs. Becker is the Antioch Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Becker teaches Kindergarten and has served our school in multiple roles over the past few years.


Our Teacher Assistant of the Year is Mrs. Rooney. She is a Teacher Assistant as well and an Antioch parent. This is Mrs. Rooney's second year at our school. You may view the announcement videos below.


Antioch Elementary is an amazing place and both of these ladies are excellent examples of the dedication that our staff demonstrates.


The staff at Antioch Elementary continues to broaden our horizons and build our capacity to educate children. Last year our school began an exciting journey to learn more and to apply this research to instructional reading practices. Click here to view a brief video overview of the Science of Reading. Our teachers will participate in more than one hundred hours of professional development over the next two years. This new learning will build their capacity to support students and ensure that each "reader" has the necessary foundational skills needed to "crack the code" of print language. In August of 2021, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction mandated that every K-5 teacher participate in LETRS training. This acronym stands for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling. Antioch Elementary had already began this implementation prior to the mandate from NCDPI. I will continue to provide updates throughout the year and continue the partnership between the school and families to ensure the success of our students.


This is a fun and exciting week at Antioch! The PTO wraps up Gatorthon this week. I am happy to announce that we have exceeded our goal and our school has raised $31,777!  I hate to say this… I guess I need to pucker up and get ready to kiss the pig! We are going to set a new goal with one week remaining… if our school hits $35,000, the PTO will provide popsicles for everyone at recess.


 On Friday, our students can participate in the hair spray event which will take place in the courtyard. Students can pay $1 per strand of hair. Students who are waiting will be socially distanced and seated at the picnic tables in the courtyard. The Fall Book Fair also begins this week. Students will have preview days on Thursday and Friday and Family Shopping Night is Friday, October 8th from 5pm - 7pm. Parents may Click here for full details regarding the Fall Book Fair.


Sudden Dismissal Google Form: Our school could experience a sudden dismissal due to inclement weather. We ask ALL parents to complete this form ASAP.  Please take a moment to complete this form if you have not already done so. I have provided the teachers with a list of families who have completed this task. You may receive a reminder soon from your child's teacher if the form has not been completed. Here are the links:

 Kindergarten Sudden Dismissal

1st Grade Sudden Dismissal

2nd Grade Sudden Dismissal

3rd Grade Sudden Dismissal

4th Grade Sudden Dismissal

5th Grade Sudden Dismissal 

Webb Sudden Dismissal

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 provide a new water bottle for any student who forgets their bottle at home.
  • Our school will provide a face covering for any student who needs it. Please do not attempt to drop these off at school after the 7:30am bell.
  • Our school will continue to utilize the doorbell camera to communicate with visitors.


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.


Check out the Gatorthon Leaderboard

The top classroom at each grade level will also receive three extra recess periods to be used any day this school year!

Top classes at this time:

Kindergarten - Ms. Danson

First Grade - Ms. Gutierrez

Second Grade - Mrs. Zapata

Third Grade - Mrs. Clarke

Fourth Grade - Mr. Becht

Fifth Grade - Mr. Puerto


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. The Union County Health Department is now managing contacting individuals who are deemed close contacts.


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.


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)

40% up 9%

52% up 21%

First Grade (115)

67% up 15%

70% up 19%

Second Grade (153)

66% down 3%

63% down 4%

Third Grade (147)

68% up 1%

66% down 3%

Fourth Grade (135)

56% up 12%

19% same

Fifth Grade (176)

54% up 11%

19% up 4%


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 (rhonda.young@ucps.k12.nc.us) to ensure that we respond in a timely manner.


Dates of Interest:

10/6 - 10/15 Fall Book Fair - Click here for full details

  • 10/8 - Family Shopping Night- Friday, October 8 @ 5:00- 7:00 PM
  • 10/12 & 10/13 Browse Books B4 School  7:00- 8:30 AM .  

10/8 - Hair Spray Event 7:00am - 7:45am  in the Courtyard

10/13 - Early Release Day

10/20 - School Improvement Team Meeting @ 2:30pm

10/22 - First Grading Period Ends

10/22 - Fall Pictures

10/25 - Teacher Workday

10/26 - NC Check In Reading - Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade

10/29 - Report Cards Go Home

11/9 -  NC Check In Math - Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade

11/16 - NC Check In Science - Fifth Grade ONLY


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!