October 17, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers

October 17, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Thank you for your participation in the Fall Book Fair. Our school sold more than $24,000 worth of items during this event. Proceeds from the book fair will support classroom libraries and the media collection. I hope that the parents who were able to visit the book fair enjoyed getting back into the building. It was certainly nice to see you. Unfortunately… COVID continues to be something that we must deal with. At this time parents are reminded of the following:


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.


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 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.


This week our school will hold the second School Improvement Team Meeting of the school year. Parents may reach out to their parent representatives with questions for this meeting.


Antioch Parent SIT Representatives

Kindergarten Parent Representative -  Mrs. Jennifer Long longkidsschool4@gmail.com

First Grade Parent Representative - Mr. Moe Peterson moepeterson13@gmail.com

Second Grade Parent Representative - Mrs. Sarah Camhi smeltzer28@hotmail.com

Third Grade Parent Representative - Mrs. Shawna Lauer shawnalauer@gmail.com

Fourth Grade Parent Representative - Mrs. Iyore James iyorejames@gmail.com

Fifth Grade Parent Representative -  Mr. David Long david_long@premierInc.com

Dual Language Parent Representative - Mrs. Stefanie Aranda s-aranda@outlook.com


Friday, October 22nd will mark the end of the first grading period and it is also Picture Day at Antioch Elementary. Your child should receive a flyer for picture day on Monday. If your child is absent on Picture Day… don't worry. Picture retakes are scheduled for November 12th.


Monday, October 25th is a required teacher workday and students will not attend school.


Please take a moment to complete this survey regarding parent volunteers at Antioch Elementary. The deadline for participation is the survey is noon on Wednesday, October 20th.

I am seeking your input on options for parent volunteers. Our staff is eager welcome volunteers back into the building. Please respond to this survey to share your thoughts. The results of this survey will be discussed at the upcoming School Improvement Team Meeting. It is HIGHLY unlikely that volunteers will be permitted to return at this time unless they have no or limited contact with students... however, I am seeking input from parents. Thank you for making Antioch Elementary a great school!


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.


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)

51% up 3%

58% same

First Grade (115)

62% down 7%

74% up 6%

Second Grade (153)

55% down 23%

60% down 15%

Third Grade (147)

67% down1%

66% down 1%

Fourth Grade (135)

68% up 4%

30% same

Fifth Grade (176)

65% up 6%

19% same


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:

10/26 - 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

11/9 - Dual Language Advisory Council Meeting

11/10 - School Improvement Team Meeting

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

11/22-23 - Thanksgiving Pie for Staff

11/24 - Teacher Workday

11/25- 26- Thanksgiving Holidays

12/15 - Winter Wonderland Event

12/15 - School Improvement Team Meeting

12/20 - Teacher Workday

12/21 - 1/2 - Winter Break

1/11 - Class Pictures

1/14 - End of Second Grading Period

1/17 - MLK Holiday - No School

1/18 - Teacher Workday

1/19 - Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff

1/19 - School Improvement Team Meeting

1/25 - Report Cards Go Home

1/25 - Dual Language Advisory Council Meeting

1/27 - Jump Rope for Heart Event



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!