October 24, 2021

Message from Mr. Childers

October 24, 2021


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Monday is a Teacher Workday and students do not attend school. Teachers will continue to hold parent conferences throughout the week. Parents are welcome to contact me with concerns once you have addressed those with the teacher. On Tuesday, students in grades third, fourth and fifth will participate in the NC Check In Reading Assessment. Students will receive report cards on Friday. I will make good on my promise to Kiss A Pig due to the tremendous success with the PTO Gatorthon Fundraiser. This will take place on Friday at 8:45am and will be streamed live to classroom. Here is the link if you would like to watch.


The Antioch Elementary School Improvement Team held their monthly meeting. Parents may review the meeting minutes by clicking this link. Parents may click here to view the Antioch Elementary School Improve Plan.


The team reviewed survey results from parents regarding parent volunteers. Survey responses are as follows:

I feel parent volunteers should be permitted in the building  to perform tasks that has no or limited contact with students. - 76% Agreed


I feel parent volunteers should be permitted in the building  to perform tasks that has no or limited contact AND direct contact with students. - 51% Agreed


I have made the decision to invite parents to volunteer for our copy center based on your responses and staff requests for this service. You may click this link to volunteer and check remaining needs. All other protocols will remain unchanged at this time.


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 we are currently scheduling off campus trips for the second semester. Off campus trips are subject to cancellation based on safety concerns.
  • 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.


UCPS Holiday Card Contest

The UCPS Holiday Card Contest is back! The attached flyer will explain details about eligibility, criteria and awards. Please use the flyer to share information with students and parents.


The deadline is Monday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Information will be posted on the UCPS website and promoted on social media channels. Please note: we are only accepting digital submissions through this link - Click here to submit your entry.


New this year! Parents, staff, students and community members will be able to vote on the top 10 submissions. More information will be shared once the finalists are determined.


The 10 finalists, members of their immediate family, principals and art teachers will be invited to attend a virtual ceremony that is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. The winner will be announced at that time.


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% same

61% up 3%

First Grade (115)

83% up 21%

86% up 12%

Second Grade (153)

57% up 2%

62% up 2%

Third Grade (147)

70% up 3%

67% up 1%

Fourth Grade (135)

69% up 1%

36% up 6%

Fifth Grade (176)

65% up 6%

20% up 1%


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:

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!