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Prairie Creek Community School is a public, elementary charter school located in Castle Rock, Minnesota. Here,180 students and their teachers join together in passionate inquiry, project-based discovery, and hands-on learning.

We believe as John Dewey did that students construct their skilled understanding of the world from genuine experiences. They learn math as they run a bodega or quantify the day's recycling. They create their own courts and legislatures as they study government. They become scientists as they design bird-feeding stations and map the geography of the school's woods and meadows.

According to the principles of progressive education, children at Prairie Creek learn how to learn by doing. They pose questions, they wonder aloud, they bring their natural curiosities to the classroom for full consideration. Each school day provides them with real-world opportunities to explore, to inquire, to answerall the while supported by teachers who channel these ambitions into structured, creative projects and challenging lessons.

In philosophy and in practice, Prairie Creek's progressive curriculum invites students to roll up their sleeves and jump right in to learninglearning that recognizes their lives, during these few years and beyond, as intriguing
and collaborative adventures.

Saturday, April 25
Kindergarten Orientation 
9:00am  Children meet with teachers in the classroom (last names A-O).   Parents meet with Director.
10:30am Children meet with teachers in classroom  (last names P-Z)  Parents meet with Director.     

Tuesday, April 28      
Music Concert  
Northfield Middle School Auditorium6:30pm (children arrive by 6:15pm)
Please note: All children are expected to participate in this concert.   More info. to follow in the coming weeks.

Friday, May 1            
May Day Celebration (morning)  
We will meet in the gym at 9:10am and our parade will commence at 9:30am.   Our parade will be followed by the traditional May-Pole dancing and folk dancing.   We'll picnic at 11am and by noon the children will return to class.    
2/3 Project Fair
In the afternoon, our children in the 2/3 team will be sharing their personal projects.    Please plan on joining us for this great community gathering!

Staff Appreciation Week 
May 4-May 8
Chickadees Template
Doves Template
Nuthatches Template

Cranes Template
Egrets Template
Meadowlarks Template

Herons Template
Kestrels Template
Robins Template

Thursday, May 14 and Friday. May 15    
Conferences (No School)
Please plan on being available to conference with your child and teacher during these days.  It is very challenging for our teachers to schedule conferences outside of these two scheduled days. Child care will be available.

Monday, May 25        
Memorial Day (No School)

Thursday, May 28    
School Board meeting 7pm

Friday, June 5          
Last day of school - early release at 12:30pm

Saturday, June 6      
Fifth Grade graduation ceremony 2-4pm

Food Farm Fun!  Summer Camp
Session 1: June 15-19, 2015
Session 2: June 22-26, 2015

Drop off 8:30am-9:00am
$195 per session, includes one all-day field trip
Click here to register
Click here to view flyer!

Lunch Volunteer Sign up link click

Library Volunteer Sign up link click here!

Board Approved Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year