Unique Offerings

Physicality

Research shows daily physical exploration and play supports development of imagination, language, problem-solving abilities, and fine and gross motor skills. Starting at age 3, Primary School students engage in physical education classes and recess every single day. This not only reinforces the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, but it also affords our youngest athletes an environment in which they can learn and grow.

PS students in gym

Multi-Age Science Instruction

Combined-age classes teach students the importance of collaboration, particularly in fields like science and STEM. First and second grade students work on science together during the year as an extra science experience, learning about four different topics. Third and fourth grade have multi-age science as their exclusive science program — they meet with each third and fourth grade teacher over the course of a school year, for 15 sessions on a topic.

Primary School Buddies

In a similar vein of collaboration, PS classes work together throughout the year to promote teamwork and relationships, as well as build leadership skills. Each PS class is paired with a “buddy” class. Partnered classes get together at least once per month to work on a project in tandem — activities such as reading books, working on math problems, nature walks, building projects, or math games.

Books, Alive!

Primary School students are introduced to the love of literature and learning through “Books, Alive!” Students across all classrooms make their way through seasonal, age-appropriate selections, with a variety of hands-on activities and lessons to help them work through the material — including art, music, and beyond. It all culminates in quarterly, division-wide assemblies, where students in each grade get the opportunity to present what they’ve learned.

Co-Curricular Activities (Sports & Clubs)

As soon as they set foot on campus, Primary School students have the chance to participate in a variety of extracurricular clubs and sports, just like their Middle and Upper School peers.

Goal: To learn the basics of the game of basketball through skills & drills.

Who Can Join?

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All PS students

3:50-4:50PM, September 10th-October 22nd

PS Gym

$60

Mondays (2nd grade), Wednesdays (3rd grade), Thursdays (4th grade)

Goal: Through chess, students learn disciplined thinking and benefit from the important life skills that chess teaches: problem solving, decision-making, coping, and patience. Chess enhances educational learning through new vocabulary, basic geometry, sportsmanship, and persistence.

Who Can Join?

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Any student in grades 1-4 (class size is limited to 16 students)

Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45PM, October 16th — December 11th (no class November 20th)

P-14 and P-15

Alice Holt

$128.00 for 8 weeks

Two more eight-week sessions will also be available in Winter and Spring.

Two classes will be offered: “Basics and Beyond” and “Advanced-Team and Tournament Skills.” The instructors are United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coaches. If you are not sure which course is best for your student, an evaluation can be made before the first class.

Click here to download an electronic copy of the registration form. Registration is due to the PS Office by Thursday, October 4th.

Goal: To explore math through a variety of hands-on games and activities including Bouncy Dice Explosion, Glow In The Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics.

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Students in grades 3, 4, and 5

Wednesdays from 3:50-4:50PM

M-15

No charge

Session 1: September 12 – November 7 (We will not meet on Oct. 31)
Session 2: November 14-January 23 (We will not meet during Holiday Break)
Session 3: January 30 – March 20
Session 4: April 10 – May 29

Maximum 16 participants per session

Goal: FIRST brings students together to explore, create, test, and share ideas about science and technology, all centered around a team challenge. The 2018-19 school year challenge is called “Mission Moon” — click here to learn more. 

Who Can Join?

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Any student in grades K-4

Thursdays after school, beginning on November 8th

M-1

Please contact Susan Holum at (262) 752-2575 with questions.

$50 per student

*Update 10/3/18: Registration is now closed!

Prairie will field up to four teams this school year for students in grades K-4. Students must commit for the full “season” through February. Due to the nature of FIRST Lego League Jr., we will need a dedicated group of parent volunteers to get involved. This is a great way to get connected with your child’s co-curricular activities!

Interested? Click here to sign up! Registration is due by Friday, October 5th and space is limited. Students who have previously committed can confirm their spots by turning in the signup form and participation fee.

Goal: FIRST brings students together to explore, create, test, and share ideas about science and technology, all centered around a team challenge. The 2018-19 school year challenge is called “Mission Moon” — click here to learn more. 

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Any student in grades 4, 5, and 6

After school

No charge

Goal: Students across the grade levels working together for a common goal. This year the goal is to create the Primary School Podcast about character. A new podcast is created each month.

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All Primary School students in grades K-4 participate in one student council meeting per year.

No charge

Goal: The PS Songbirds is a group devoted to the joy of singing! Songbirds perform in Prairie’s Jubilate Concert in December, PS Fan Night in January, and in PS “Books, Alive!” presentations throughout the school year.

Who Can Join?

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Grades 3 and 4

Tuesdays from 8:00-8:25AM, beginning on September 11th

A-14

No charge

Click here to sign up