The Lower School offers various activities, clubs, lessons, events, and athletic possibilities both during the academic day and after school.
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This twice a year (fall and spring) program is open to students in grades 2 through 5 and is designed to challenge and inspire children of all levels of ability. Math Club themes have included Math in Art, Math in Sports and many others. Students have learned how to use specific mathematical tools of measurement, including (but not limited to) the thermometer, protractor, compass, scale, ruler, and clock. They have also explored the history of measurement while creating some of their own!
Your child could become the next great violinist or pianist? Take advantage of the opportunity to have your son/daughter taught a string instrument or have individual piano or guitar lessons during the school day.
Fall and Spring Soccer
Hone your skills, or just learn the game! In the fall, soccer practices are held three times weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and once on Saturdays from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM for boys and girls grades 1-4. In the spring, participate on one of the two coed 2nd-3rd-4th grade teams as a member of The Parochial Kickers Soccer League. The 6-8 game seasons usually run from the last Sunday in April through the second Sunday in June.
As the snow flies, students in grade 4 can lace up their high-tops and join either the 5th/6th girls' basketball team or the 5th/6th boys' basketball team. These teams participate in the Holy Hoopsters League and the Father Schauss League respectively. Practice schedules will differ according to the coach of each team, and the 8-10 game seasons typically run from about Thanksgiving to the beginning of March.
The Park Players continue a proud tradition of theatre that serves as one of Park's unique offerings. As the Players stage three full productions a year, students in grades 2, 3 and 4 have opportunities to try their hand at acting, singing, and dancing, depending on the needs of the productions. Recent productions include The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Beauty and the Beast. Our partnership with local professional theatre troop O’Connell & Company offers even more theatre opportunities!
Lower School Student Government
Two grade representatives from each grade K-4 help plan and make decisions that embrace everyone in Lower School, from our youngest "Parkies" in PK right up to and including our oldest students in grade 4. Classroom peers choose representatives to serve a one-semester term. The Lower School Student Government has handled such events as Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day food drives, bake sales to raise awareness for the National World Wildlife Fund, and helping tally up ticket sales from Park's annual Country Fair. Members act as reporters at our bi-weekly morning meetings, as well as "buddies" for potential Park students that might be shadowing for the day in the Lower School during the year. This year additional responsibilities will include helping to organize Lower School "Community Days," and assisting with Helen Long's recycling program. This opportunity provides the student leaders with hands-on experience in responsibility and civic duty.
Associated with The Park School for more than 20 years, Earth Spirit is an environmental group that offers a wide range of services/activities designed to help our students learn about and appreciate the environmental world around us. Some of the things we've done together include interactive programs, hikes, camp-outs, Earth Days, tours, and paleontologist digs.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.