FAQs

Q: What are the school day hours?

A: Nativity School's normal hours of operation are:

Grades PreK-8
Monday8AM-2:30PM
Tuesday-Friday8AM-3PM
Q: What is Nativity's admission policy?

A: A student entering pre-kindergarten must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of that year. If space is available we will allow students that are 3 on or before September 1 of that year. All prospective students are tested for academic and social readiness. Candidates are prioritized as follows: siblings whose families are already in the school; children of active parishioners; Catholics out of parish; and non-Catholics.

No child will be considered for Admission to Nativity School until all forms have been submitted. After review of application materials, parent/guardian will be contacted as to the status of the application and to discuss arrangements for testing.

Q: What forms do I need to register my child for kindergarten? For older grades?

A: In order to apply for admission to Nativity School you will need to complete an Application. Once you submit your application, the school office will advise you regarding testing or other admissions requirements. We also need a copy of your child's most recent report card and a teacher recommendation form.

Q: How will I be contacted regarding my child's acceptance into the school?

A: All children applying to Nativity School will be tested. We will inform you of the Testing date in the spring. The school office will notify, by mail, acceptance information in March. In some cases, your child will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be notified by phone when space becomes available. If you have any questions regarding your child's enrollment status, feel free to contact the school office.

Q: How does the Nativity administration communicate with parents?

A: The most widely used communication vehicle is known as the "Wednesday Newsletter." The Wednesday Newsletter contains a letter from the principal, news updates, and flyers featuring various events, activities, and announcements. This is sent home electronically weekly. Nativity also maintains a school Website featuring calendars, contact information, sports updates, and downloadable forms.

Q: What do I need to know about the school uniform and where to get it?

A: Detailed uniform requirements can be obtained in the Parent/Student Handbook. Most of the uniform items can be purchased at Dennis Uniform in Redwood City or online at www.dennisuniform.com. Sweatshirts and panther t-shirts are sold in the school office. Nativity also conducts an ongoing free Uniform Exchange program, in which all school families can participate.

Q: What is the parent participation commitment for volunteer hours?

A: Parent participation is a hallmark of Nativity School and essential to the successful operation of the school. Each family is required to give 40 hours to the school annually (20 hours for single parent families). There are many ways to earn those hours including assisting in your child's classroom, chaperoning fields trips, helping with parish or school events—like the Christmas tree lot sale, auction dinner dance and annual carnival—to name just a few. At this time there is not a requirement of our Pre-kindergarten families.

Q: Do you have an Extended Care Program? What are its hours?

A: Nativity Extended Care program offers quality care to all Nativity students. We provide a program designed to meet the growth and development needs for all children, in a safe and nurturing environment. We present a variety of activities and homework time. Extended Care operates on school days from 7AM-8AM(only for K-8 students) and beginning after school until 5:45PM.

Q: How does your sports program work?

A: The Nativity sports program supplements our academic program by encouraging the development of physical fitness and skill development, school spirit, teamwork, and sportsmanship. All students in grades 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. Nativity offers the following PPSL sports: boys' baseball, girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, and track (boys and girls, grades 5th-8th).

Q: Do you have a hot lunch program? How does it work?

A: Nativity's Hot Lunch Service is offered every Monday-Friday through the ChoiceLunch. The program is optional—hot lunches can be ordered on–line at http://www.choicelunch.com/ Your child will enjoy a wide variety of hot and cold choices all prepared with a commitment to providing the students with a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

Q: Do Nativity classes participate in off-campus field trips?

A: Yes! All classes participate in age-appropriate field trips throughout the school year. Most field trips feature performances, museums, science programs and other enriching activities. In addition, there are several longer trips, including: 4th graders enjoy an educational, fun day trip to the Sacramento; 6th graders participate in a 5-day outdoor education adventure; and 8th graders spend a week together in Yosemite to bond, learn and celebrate their years together.

 

For additional information consult the Nativity Student/Parent Handbook or contact the school office at (650) 325 7304