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Back to School - 2022/2023

Welcome (back) ACDS Families! We are excited to welcome you and your children back to school!

Preparations for the upcoming school year are in full swing. Please find below various checklists for preparing your student for the upcoming school year. 

The below lists and procedures are subject to change.

 

Class Schedules

The Veracross Parent Portal will open mid to late August for all families and class schedules can be viewed then. New families will receive their log-in information for Veracross on the same day. Please be on the lookout for a message from your Division Head with additional information as well.

Update your Profile

Once the Veracross Parent Portal is open, please review the following in your portal by Tuesday, September 6:
  • Family Information: Please make sure your cell phone is current and in the right format 000-000-0000. This will ensure you receive emergency texts or communications sent via SMS.
  • Household Contacts: Please ensure all family members that reside with you are added to your Household Contacts.
  • Pick-Up Authorization: You should have at least one other person besides yourself authorized to pick up your child.
  • Medical Information: Update current medical insurance and medical profiles for your children.
  • Directory Preferences: You can choose how much information is shown in the directory.

Immunization & Health Records

Complete and upload the records/forms below to School Admin before August 1:

  • All students: Child's Updated Immunization Records
  • Students entering Pre-K and Kindergarten only: Identification & Emergency Information Forms
  • Students entering 1st Grade only: Health Examination for School Entry
  • Students entering 7th Grade: Tdap Booster Immunization is required. Please upload a copy of your updated child's immunization record to School Admin showing this booster, the month, date, and year administered.

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Henze, Registrar.

School Uniforms

The intent of our school uniform policy is to contribute to an environment that encourages learning without distractions, provides a structure that respects individualism, and promotes a sense of community and togetherness. 

Uniforms can be purchased at a variety of retailers including the Land's End School Outfitters website. We also welcome parents to visit the ACDS Uniform Exchange on campus which is full of donated, gently worn uniforms that are free for parents to take as needed. Please read more about uniform guidelines and how to purchase below.

School Uniforms

Hot Lunch Program

ACDS is pleased to offer a hot lunch program through The Pasta Market. Learn more about the program and how to order below.

Hot Lunch Program

School Hours

Classrooms open at 7:50 am for all grades.
Complimentary before-school care is offered for Kindergarten to 8th Grade students.
Pre-K 1/2 Day: 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pre-K Full Day: 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten: 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (2 to 3:00 p.m. is optional supervised, child-directed play)
1st - 8th Grade: 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
After-School Care is offered for Pre-K to 8th Grade students for a fee.

School Hours & Policies

Extended Care

We offer complimentary before-school care for students in Kindergarten to 8th Grade, and after-school care for Pre-K to 8th Grade for a fee. Registration for before-school care is not required, but we ask all parents to follow the drop-off procedures using the Brightwheel app. Registration for after-school care will be sent out in early August.

Extended Care

Stay Connected

Follow the steps on our Stay Connected page to ensure you don't miss out on any important ACDS news and information. Please note: the link below is on our private Parent's Corner section. Once you receive your Veracross login, you will be able to access the page.

Stay Connected

COVID-19 Guidelines

While we are still anticipating guidelines from Santa Clara County's Office of Public Health, please note that we will continue to have many hand-washing stations, ActivePure in all classrooms, and will continue to use our outdoor spaces frequently. More details to come.

Order Cougar Spirit Shirt

  • Pre-K - 5th Grade: No need to order. Spirit tees will be handed out by homeroom teachers to students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.
  • 6th - 8th Grade students: Please complete your child's spirit shirt size order form by August 22 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.

Summer Reading

Reading is one of the best ways to prevent the "summer slide." In the context of relaxation and summer adventures, a moderate amount of summer reading is important for children to maintain their literacy skills. For students entering Grades 5 - 8, there is required reading to be completed before the start of school. Below is a link to our required (Grades 5 - 8 only) and recommended reading lists compiled by our librarian and classroom teachers.

Summer Reading Lists

Class Supply Lists (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)

 

Drop-off and Pick-up

For the safety of our students, staff and community, we ask all parents to follow our drop-off and pick-up procedures.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Important Dates

  • Back to School Events (see below)
  • September 6 - Class Gatherings for all students (see details below)
  • September 7 - First Day of School
  • September 7 - Welcome Back Parents Social in Courtyard (for all parents), 8:10 - 8:40 a.m.
  • September 7 - New Family Orientation in Auditorium (for new parents), 8:40 - 9:30 a.m. 
  • September 16 - Food Truck Friday (Community Event), 5:30 - 8 p.m.

School Calendar
To see more events we typically hold throughout the year, click here. (More event listings will be updated in August.)

Clubs & Activities

Our campus is host to a variety of after-school activities that extend the interests and talents of our students. Click here to view a sample of our activities. Our Director of Student Life Activities will send out information to all families about the clubs & activities available throughout the year and how to sign-up.

Athletics

We are proud to offer an after-school sports program for students in Grades 5 - 8 and Cougar Sports Clinics for students in Grades 1 - 6. Our Athletics Director will send out information on how to sign-up for the sports teams and clinics.

iVolunteer

As a member of the parent community, every parent is encouraged to attend events on campus and to volunteer to help support these events throughout the school year. Volunteer opportunities are available exclusively online on iVolunteer. iVolunteer opens in early September. 

iVolunteer

Back to School Events

Pre-K Lemonade Party

When: September 6, 2022, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (each family will receive their time slot from their teachers)
Who: Pre-Kindergarten families
Where: Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms and Play Yard
More details to come from the Pre-Kindergarten teachers in late August.

Middle School Ice Cream Social

When: September 6, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Who: Grades 6-8 students only
Where: Middle School Quad & Blacktop
Parents drop their children off. Please note there is no school on this day. More information to come.

Kindergarten Lemonade Party

When: September 6, 2022, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Who: Kindergarten families
Where: Kindergarten Quad
More details to come from the Kindergarten teachers in late August.

Welcome Back Parents Social

When: September 7, 2022 from 8:10 to 8:40 a.m.
Who: All parents including parents of new students
Where: Duvall Courtyard
A time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones on the first morning of school.

Grade 1 - 5 Park Meet-n-Greet 

When: September 6, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Who: Grade 1-5 families
Where: Greystone Park
Meet your teacher and visit with classmates at the park. Parents must accompany their children. Please note there is no school on this day.

New Family Orientation

When: September 7, 2022 from 8:40 to 9:30 a.m.
Who: Parents of new students
Where: Fisher Event Center Auditorium
All new parents are strongly urged to attend as we will cover a lot of vital information about our school, philosophy, programs and opportunities.

Additional Information

Yearbook

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 yearbook@almadencountryday.org.

ACDS Business Listings

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