Saint Nicholas Catholic School began this 2016-2017 school year with the addition of a new transitional kindergarten (TK) program to its campus in Los Altos Hills. Father John Poncini, Pastor of the Catholic Community of Saint Nicholas and Saint William, provided a blessing at the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the week following the start of school.
Matt Komar, Principal of Saint Nicholas Catholic School, together with the Transitional Kindergarten Teachers, Christine LoDestro and Maria Crowder spoke at the school’s ribbon-cutting and blessing attended by the inaugural TK class and more than 250 individuals, including students, faculty and parents.
The TK program is the first step in a two-part Kindergarten program established by the State of California’s Kindergarten Readiness. Transitional kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, functioning to provide students with time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school in an age – and developmentally appropriate setting.
TK students are fully incorporated into the Saint Nicholas School community where they utilize school facilities, the hot lunch program, school calendar, and participate in school functions. The program prepares students with a foundation in math, reading and writing readiness, language and literacy, Religion, Science, Music, P.E. and Art are also part of the curriculum. Saint Nicholas uses a variety of different methodologies to provide a comprehensive program, which promotes intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional development.