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Back to School - 2021/2022

**Please note we are currently updating the Back to School page for 2022/2023. Please check back soon for updates. Thank you!**

Welcome (back) ACDS Families!

Preparations for the upcoming school year are in full swing, keeping our whole community's health and safety at the forefront of all of our planning. We are working with the state and county guidelines for a safe and healthy school year. Please find below various checklists for preparing your student for in-person learning. The below lists and procedures are subject to change.

Before School To Do's

Forms, Orders, and Registrations

  • Proof of Immunization documents are due August 20, 2021

    The California School Immunization Law requires students entering 7th grade to have a Tdap Booster. Report of Health Examination for School Entry (1st Grade Students) and Emergency & Identification Forms (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) are due August 20, 2021. You can mail them to the school or scan and email them. All immunization documents are due on August 20, 2021. 

    Mailing Address: Almaden Country Day School / ATTN: Mrs. Angela Henze / 6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose, CA 95120

  • Cougar Spirit Shirt Info

    • Spirit tees will be handed out by homeroom teachers to students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.

    • Middle school students --- Please complete your child's spirit shirt size order form by August 27 at the latest; these shirts are worn as a class to promote class unity and school spirit. If you do not select a t-shirt size for your child by September 1st, a size will be selected by the staff.

  • Required Summer Reading Reminder: Incoming 5th - 8th graders must have completed their summer reading prior to the start of school. For more details, please check the Summer Reading page.

Class Supply List (by grade)

ACDS will provide the majority of classroom supplies. In addition, each grade has a list of supplies that need to be provided including a medication and/or comfort kit which will be kept on campus. Like the shortened supply lists, most of the emergency supplies will be provided by ACDS. Families must provide any required medication in case of emergency. For Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students, families may also choose to provide an item that will comfort the child.

Class Supply Lists (by grade)  and Medication Kits
Pre-Kindergarten Fourth Grade
Kindergarten Fifth Grade
First Grade Sixth Grade
Second Grade Seventh Grade
Third Grade Eighth Grade
The Learning Center (TLC)




Hot Lunch

ACDS is working with Pasta Market, our school lunch provider, to develop a program in line with the Santa Clara Guidelines for safety during COVID-19. We will keep you posted. Learn more about The Pasta Market hot lunch program and how to order. 

School Uniform Information

ACDS is a uniform school. Parent Handbook has more information about uniform guidelines and ordering information. 
Uniforms: 900164773
Spiritwear: 900167107

Mask Requirements

Parents and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times, in all places on campus. Staff will wear masks except for when eating or drinking.

Based upon CDC recommendations, we all should wear face masks that provide the optimal degree of protection and safety. Please choose a multi-layered cloth or disposable face mask that fits snugly and is comfortable for long periods of wear. While on campus, please do not wear bandanas or handkerchiefs; thin, non-cotton neck gaiters; face shields worn solely, without a cloth mask; or face masks with exhaust valves. 

Back to School Events

Lemonade Party (Pre-Kindergarten families)
September 7, 2021, 9 a.m. – noon (each family will receive their time slot from their teachers)
Location: Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms and Play Yard
More details to come from the Pre-Kindergarten teachers in late August

Lemonade Party (Kindergarten families)
September 7, 2021, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: Kindergarten Quad
More details to come from the Kindergarten teachers in late August

Park Meet-n-Greet (Grades 1-5 families)
September 7, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Greystone Park
Meet your teacher and visit with classmates at the park

Middle School Ice Cream Social (Grades 6-8 students only)
September 7, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School Quad & Blacktop
More information to come later this month

New Parent Social & Orientation - DuVall Courtyard
September 8, 2021 from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

All new parents are strongly urged to attend as we will cover a lot of vital information about our school, philosophy, programs and opportunities.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures

  • Please use the carpool lane system for all children in grades 1 through 8

  • Please place a name card on your passenger side visor, showing the LAST name of the child

  • Please access the carpool lane from Winterset making a RIGHT TURN ONLY off Akio Way (see map below.)  U-Turns at Akio and Winterset  and Left Turns off Akio are prohibited.  

  • Please follow the directions of carpool staff.  Stay along the curb and do not exit the vehicle until instructed to do so.  

  • Please have your children gather their belongings together before they exit from your car. This keeps the carpool lane flowing smoothly.

  • Please use the crosswalk to bring your child onto campus if you walk, or need to park your car. Walk your child across the street and on to campus if you are not in the carpool lane. It is unsafe for any child to cross the street or parking lot alone. 

  • Please make sure your children stay on sidewalks and do not cut through the grass, garden areas, or parking lots.

  • Please find a space on an adjacent street or wait until carpool is over if you have office business. Parking in the Trinidad lot is for teachers and guests only. As above, during carpool the parking lot is for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten families only.

  • Please respect our neighbors and refrain from blocking, or turning in, their driveways.

  • Please keep the yellow curbside clear at all times for emergency vehicles.  Please do not leave your vehicle unattended along the yellow/red curb.

Other Items


Visit the Jostens website to learn about the unique personalization options for your child. Each student enrolled at ACDS will receive a yearbook packed with student and family events from the year. This year you can be creative and add additional personalization to your child’s book to make their yearbook a unique copy just for them to treasure.

Graduation Yearbook Keepsake
Your child's 8th grade yearbook is a great way to remember and share in your child's last year of school. Creating a yearbook ad to honor your child is not only easy—it helps mark their place in a one-of-a-kind, permanent keepsake for the entire school. Ads may be created online or using the yearbook ad form. Create your ad by October 31 for special early bird pricing.

Yearbook Business Listing
Let other ACDS families know about your business with a yearbook ad. Early bird pricing ends October 31. To order your business ad, please contact yearbook advisor, Ms. Jillian Hanley or the yearbook staff at

ACDS Business Listings

If you are interested in sharing your business with the ACDS community, please participate in our ACDS Business Listings.