STAFF & PROGRAM

Staff
Our established co-educational Catholic pre-school program is staffed by loving, caring, and experienced teachers, who work together to create lessons, activities & events that promote the development of the whole child. St. Angela’s places an emphasis on professional growth for staff that encourages and maintains high quality educators for our program. All staff members meet the licensing requirements for preschool teachers in the state of California, have completed specific early childhood education courses, and are CPR and First Aid certified. We continue to evolve to ensure the best program possible for preschool children. Over the years, our program has graduated over 700 Pre-Kindergarten students! The school has evolved from its small beginning with one classroom and six children to the present day of four classrooms with 62 children. The school and staff have been licensed with the State of California, Department of Social Services since 1985.

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A typical school day allows the students many opportunities to experience God’s love and gifts as we provide an education that focuses on a well-rounded child. Our curriculum incorporates Pre-Kindergarten reading and math readiness skills to build a strong foundation for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Our program blends the most beneficial aspects of  play based curriculum and a developmentally appropriate academic curriculum. We continue to build on this curriculum each year to meet the changing requirements of Kindergarten and to best meet the diverse needs of our children and families.  Our classrooms are outfitted with developmentally appropriate materials to allow for self-initiated and teacher-directed activities. Our playgrounds are designed with play structures, equipment, and activities specifically for ages 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 years old.

End of Year Parent Survey Comments, June 2017

“Love St Angela’s and all the staff!”

“We are immensely grateful to the entire staff at St. Angela’s for making the learning experience meaningful, creative, and fun for our daughter. Our daughter’s confidence and self-esteem, along with her reading and math skills, have improved significantly ever since she joined the school. Our daughter loves St. Angela’s and we are very satisfied with our experience and the school.”

“We absolutely love this school. My son wishes every day of the week was a school day. He has made friends with more children than I ever could have imagined and we feel so very blessed. We look forward to returning for the summer and the following year and the following and the following. Thank you all for the most wonderful second home!!”

“Wonderful preschool with supportive staff”

“We have loved St. Angela’s and will miss it next year!”

“Our family is very happy with the loving and educational experience that St. Angela’s staff fosters. Our children have been very happy here and we routinely recommend the school to friends.”

“We absolutely loved our experience at St. Angela’s. Thank you so much for helping to raise [our son]. We will miss you!!”

“Fantastic and loving, teachers and staff! Thank you all!”

“We ALL had a wonderful experience at St. Angela’s. We are so sad that it has come to an end. We are very confident that [our son] is ready for the next level of school. All of the teachers have been excellent. This has to be one of the best preschools on the Peninsula.”

Developmental Goals

Each child develops as a unique and whole being. At St. Angela’s Preschool every child is provided with opportunities to develop his/her spiritual, cognitive/intellectual, physical, emotional, social, verbal/language, and mathematical aspects in a developmentally appropriate program.

Cognitive Development: Children learn best by play, doing, and things that are meaningful to them. Every day opportunities are provided for the children to create their own learning and knowledge. A sensory approach is used to encourage the children to focus on tasks and increase their attention span.

  • Focused attention on self-selected tasks and teacher-selected tasks
  • Works independently on self and teacher directed materials
  • Self-motivated to increase attention span

Emotional Development: Children experience a mix of quiet and social activities in the care of nurturing and loving teachers. A healthy respect for one’s self, peers and teachers is encouraged and modeled. Children who are respected, valued and loved will learn to respect, value and love others.

  • Follows 2-3 step directions
  • Initiates constructive choices
  • Discusses differences between fantasy and reality
  • Demonstrates self-regulation

Social Development: Children have ample opportunities for interaction among peers and teachers to foster self-discipline and appropriate social behavior. Self-direction is encouraged by sufficient free-choice time.

  • Engages in cooperative play                     IMG_4090
  • Practices problem solving in group play
  • Leads and follows others
  • Communicates with adults
  • Participates/shares in group conversations
  • Articulates own needs and is sensitive to others’ needs

Physical Development / Motor Skills: Children develop their fine and large muscles using teacher directed, practical-life experiences and daily creative movement with song, rhyming, finger play and dance in age appropriate activities.

  • Climbs; Runs; Jumps
  • Balances; Hopping
  • Throws; Catching

Verbal/Language Development: Children are encouraged to use words to express emotions, convey thoughts and form ideas through planned and informal activities. A “print-rich” environment is provided to model the daily use of spoken language, reading and writing.

  • Uses language to satisfy wants and needs
  • Uses language often in work and play with peers
  • Retells a story in sequence
  • Adds details to drawings
  • Use letters or letter-like signs to represent writing; copies letters
  • Writes own name and three letter words

Mathematical Development: Children learn math and reading readiness skills by using age appropriate manipulatives. Cause and effect, trial and error, and patterning activities are provided to promote logic and reasoning skills.

  • Sorts by color, shape
  • Identifies colors, shapes
  • Grasps spatial concepts (e.g. top/bottom, big/small, over/under)
  • Copies and creates patterns; completes puzzles
  • Matches similar items
  • Counts; Recognizes numbers; one to one correspondence.

Spiritual Development: We are inspired by the works of St. Angela Merici, Patron Saint of Young Children, and dedicate ourselves to the care and teaching of our young students. The following lists our religious educational goals:

To give children a sense of God and to help them discover God’s love for them:

  • by using their senses to know and love
  • by feeling the love others have for them
  • by seeing the beauty in God’s creation by seeing that God made all things because God loves us
  • by recognizing that all good things are gifts of God

To help children discover that they are loveable:

  • by recognizing through differences in size, shape, color that this uniqueness is God given
  • by accepting the creative works of God

To help the children become aware of people who love them:

  • by recognizing members of their families
  • by recognizing people who care for them

To introduce the person of Jesus: by relating stories of the New Testament To help children form a habit of prayer:

  • by introducing simple, childlike prayersphoto 3
  • by encouraging spontaneous prayers anytime

To give children a sense of praying with God’s family:

  • by praying with the group

To introduce the values of justice and peace:

  • by shaping attitudes that focus on sharing with others
  • by evoking a sense of caring for other people

To insure that students respect all life:

  • by showing empathy
  • by recognizing that all creation (people, animals, plants) need care.

(Pre-K) class: The Pre-K class consists of children (age ranging from 4  to 5 1/2 years) that will be entering into Kindergarten the following year.  We are proud to incorporate a wonderful play-based curriculum to develop reading, writing, math, social-emotional, and science skills to develop well-rounded school readiness.  These offerings include Zoo Phonics (fun, active and developmental literacy program). Zoo Phonics covers phonic, phonemic, and phonetic awareness and covers the various learning styles.