October 9, 2022


Message from Mr. Childers

October 9, 2022


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. Parents are invited to Browse Books B4 School - Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12 from 7:00- 8:30 a.m.  Families and students have time to shop together!  We are encouraging grades 3-5 families to come 7:00- 7:45 a.m. and grades K-2 families to come 7:45- 8:30 a.m. to spread out crowds and reduce traffic. Please come at the time that suits your schedule but know that traffic is much lighter after 7:45 a.m.! This is a shopping-only event this time. Students will not be counted tardy if they attend with a family member.

Go here to volunteer, set up and E-wallet, and more!



The Antioch Elementary School Improvement Team will meet on Thursday, October 13th. The parent representatives are listed below. Parents may email your grade level representatives questions pertaining to the operation of our school and the parent will add the question to the agenda. The minutes from all School Improvement Meetings will be emailed to all parents at Antioch.

Parent Representatives





April Nelson


First Grade

Jennifer Long


Second Grade

Shawna Lauer


Third Grade

Moe Peterson


Fourth Grade

David Long


Fifth Grade

Iyore James


Dual Language

Holly Loftis



The staff at Antioch will create and share information related to Reading during our first parent workshop. Due to the parent interest we will offer two sessions on October 25, 2022. Please register for this event. NOTE: Each session will be limited to 35 participants and registration will be closed once each session is full.  Click here to register for the workshop.


Parents should be aware that Antioch Elementary will be sending student absence letters in accordance with UCPS Board Policy. Any student who has unexcused absences that total 3, 6, or 10 days will receive a letter of communication regarding your child's absence.


Antioch PTO   Click here to visit the PTO Website.

Click here to read the Newsletter.


*Last Call for Gatorthon* - Gatorthon closes Monday. It’s the largest fundraiser our PTO runs and helps fund all the fun activities they have in store this year (Trunk or Treat, Fun Run, etc) as well as provides additional support for our staff and students. Pls consider making a contribution.


Contacting the Principal

 Please include the following information when emailing (tom.childers@ucps.k12.nc.us) 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.


Attendance emails go to deirdra.bortny@ucps.k12.nc.us


Transportation changes go to rhonda.young@ucps.k12.nc.us


 IXL This online learning platform provides your child with opportunities to practice Reading and Math skills. This resource is a terrific supplement to learning but does not replace quality instruction. Your child can certainly use this platform to enhance their learning. 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.


Parent Resources

Learn with IXL at home!


Continuous Diagnostic


Current Grade Level Statistics


Students with pinpointed

Diagnostic Level In Math

Students with pinpointed

Diagnostic Level In Language Arts

Kindergarten (116)

27% up 18%

39% up 20%

First Grade (151)

67% up 3%

73% up 3%

Second Grade (128)

68% up 5%

56% up 1%

Third Grade (157)

50% up 1%

47% same

Fourth Grade (161)

73% up 5%

42% up 1%

Fifth Grade (151)

50% up 4%

12% same


School Nutrition

Our school serves breakfast from 7:00am - 7:20am. Students who arrive in the cafeteria after 7:20am will not be permitted to eat breakfast. Lunch is served daily and you may click here to view the menu.

Parents may use this link to access more information about School Nutrition Services. Click the School Nutrition Services Information Link.


Parents are permitted to have lunch with their child (M-Th) - SEE THE SCHEDULE BELOW.  Students may have one visitor  due to seating limitations. Lunch with your child is open on Monday through Thursday ONLY.


The NC Department  of Agriculture will be holding the NC Farm to School art contest again this year.


This contest is open to all public school students in grades K-5.  The theme is “NC Agriculture” and 13 winners and a selection of finalists will have their artwork appear in the 2023-24 NC Farm to School Calendar.


You can find information on www.ncfarmtoschool.com, including the wining artwork from last year. 



Family Rotation for Lunch:


Week of October 10th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of R-Z

Week of October 17th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of A-E

Week of October 24th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of F-K

Week of October 31st (M-Th) - Families with the last name of L-Q


Dates of Interest:

10/19 - Fall Pictures

10/28 - End of the First Grading Period

11/4 - Report Cards Go Home

11/8 - Teacher Workday

11/10 - PTO Board Meeting

11/11 - No School - Veteran's Day

11/14 - World Kindness Week

11/16 - School Improvement Team

11/17 - Fall Pictures Makeup

11/17 - Third Grade Musical Performance

11/22 - PTO Thanksgiving Pies for Staff

11/22 - Early Release Day

11/23 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Holidays


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!