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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.

4/5 Nuts and Bolts Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 2015 7:00pm @ school

This meeting is for 4th and 5th grade parents only.  

Back to School Picnic
Friday, September 4, 2015
Families gather between 11:30am and 1:00pm with a picnic lunch. This is a chance to drop of school supplies and see your classroom before school starts.
First Day of School
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
If your child rides the bus, parents leave home in time to meet them at school when the bus arrives. If you drive your child by car, parents park and walk their child in. As the students file onto the school plaza, we all wave and cheer. Once students are inside the school, parents have a chance to visit over coffee and refreshments. We try to maintain a degree of separation, so parents provide a cheering crowd, and stay outside until the students get in their rooms.

Please note:  if you are unable to be there, know that your child will be waved and cheered for by other moms and dads-remember, we look out for each other!  

Curriculum Night
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
A parent-only evening at school.  We strongly encourage both parents to participate in this crucial introduction to your child's year, held in the school gym and classrooms.  

Conference Day Childcare
September 25, 2015 (No school for students)

Prairie Creek will be offering childcare for PCCS students Friday, September 25, 2015.  This is a conference day and a non-school day for children.  Childcare will be open from 7:30am to 5:45pm and te cost will be $30 per child 
(scholarships are available for those who qualify).  If you would like to sign your child/children up for care on this day please click on the link below and use the online form.  You can send your payment to the office and please mark in the memo "conference day childcare".  For staffing purposes please complete the online form by September 18, 2015
.  If you have any questions please call the office.   

Childcare registration form click here

Board Approved Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year