October 23, 202

Message from Mr. Childers

October 23, 2022


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. On Friday, I lived up to my promise of kissing a pig. This was part of the Gatorthon Fundraiser. Our community did a terrific job. Here is the video.


The school year continues to move along very quickly. We have several exciting events this week. On Tuesday, our staff will offer the first in a series of parents reading workshops. 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.  


Socktober is sponsored by the Antioch Ambassador Club October 24 through October 28. We are asking each student to bring in a brand new pair of socks to donate to a local homeless shelter. Collection bins will be in the front lobby of the school. Students can wear crazy socks on October 28 to celebrate!  On Friday, the Antioch and the PTO Trunk or Treat event is scheduled from 4-6pm. It will be located in the bus parking lot. We have over 10 teacher trunks participating in the event and 30 total signed up!!  Please continue to let families know about the event and that they can donate candy up until 10/27 and drop off at the bin by the front office. Anyone signed up to decorate a trunk can begin to set up in the parking lot at 3pm. PTO will be on site to designate your spot and fill your car with candy to be handed out to the children. We look forward to seeing you there! 


On Thursday, our school will select the Antioch Teacher of the Year and the Teacher Assistant of the Year. Congratulations to the following finalists.


Teacher of the Year:

Laura Leo - Fourth Grade

Melissa Keliikoa - Third Grade

Casey Griffin - Fifth Grade


Teacher Assistant of the Year:

Laura Heffner

Melissa Henry

Nancy Myers


End of the First Grading Period is Friday, October 28th and report cards will go home on November 4th.


Parents are asked to bring in their Drivers' License when complete the process of check-in and check-out at Antioch Elementary.


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.


Please connect your Harris Teeter account to Antioch. The code is 5615. This is "free money" for our school.


Congratulations: Mrs. McTamney has reached the final six for the Assistant Principal of the Year recognition for Union County Public Schools. Way to go Mrs. Mac!


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


Diagnostic Level

In Math

Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Language Arts

Kindergarten (116)

64% up 2%

73% up 7%

First Grade (151)

69% down 1%

78% up 2%

Second Grade (128)

82% up 1%

73% up 6%

Third Grade (157)

64% up 14%

54% up 9%

Fourth Grade (161)

78% down 3%

43% down 1%

Fifth Grade (151)

67% up 7%

15% 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.


Family Rotation for Lunch:


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

Week of November 7th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of R-Z

Week of November 14th (M-Th)- Families with the last name of A-E


Dates of Interest:

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!