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Hello Playa Families!
 

Thank you for another great week and for attending our first restaurant fundraiser at Shakey’s!

Don’t forget it’s early dismissal Tuesday at 1:34pm.

Back to School Night will be Tuesday August 28th, 5:00pm and we will begin in the auditorium. Join us for food trucks starting at 4:30pm. There will be 2 sessions for parents to visit more than one classroom. Session 1 will begin at 5:30 and session 2 at 6pm.
 
The book fair will begin this week in our library. Thanks to our book fair volunteers, hours will be open before school/during lunch/after school and back to school night. Please see your child’s teacher’s wish list posted in the library.
 
Help continue funding for healthy meals by completing a meal application online. Every student counts.  A big thank you for ensuring students are on time and prepared for learning each day. A reminder that uniform should be worn M-Thur. and spirit wear on Friday.
 
Save the dates: 

  • There will be no school on Friday-Aug. 31st in honor of Admissions Day & Monday Sept. 3rd for Labor Day;
  • FOP Mtg. will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4th-6pm in the library.


Lastly, on behalf of the Playa del School Community we congratulate Rosa Blanco on a well  deserved retirement. She will be missed after 20 years of dedicated service to students, staff and parents.
  


Thank you for your attention,
Ms. Blue,
Principal, PDR Elementary

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Published: 8/26/18




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Hello Playa Families!
 

Thank you to all for a great opening of the new school year.  Please make note that this Tuesday early dismissal begins at 1:34pm. Please ensure that students are picked up promptly or enrolled in the after school program.

We're striving to meet our Attendance goal this year! The warning bell rings at 8:05am and instruction begins promptly at 8:10am. Meal applications are available to complete online or can be returned to the cafeteria manager. Everyone counts!!! You can view the weekly menus online and our school website. 
 
School uniforms are encouraged by all students M-Thur and spirit wear on Fridays. Still looking for a spirit T? Look for order forms in the main office or contact Michelle Hines at mmzahn@aol.com. Please have all students maintain the dress code policy outlined in the opening packet.

 

  • Save the date: Shakey's Fundraiser (8/24, 5-8pm)
  • Save the date: Back to School Night is Tuesday, 8/28 beginning at 5pm. 


As a reminder: All students are to remain in the assembly line-up area before the 1st bell. Students are not to use the play equipment unless they are supervised by school personnel.

A special thank you to families that continue to use the morning drop off zone in a safe manner and the volunteers.  If you are able to help with the morning drop off, please contact Tina at catinamaddox4@gmail.com

Thank you for your attention,
Ms. Blue,
Principal, PDR Elementary

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Published: 8/18/18




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Hello Playa Families:

 

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome back all of our returning families, as well as those of you who are new to us this year! As a part of this amazing staff, I am thrilled and looking forward to another outstanding school year. We are ready for the task of preparing all students to be successful learners. Our school community is dedicated to providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience. While the core curriculum is provided for all students, we believe that it is critical to provide leadership opportunities, character education, arts education and exposure to technology in order to prepare students to be college-prepared and career ready as 21st century learners.

 

This year will be filled with numerous learning opportunities for our students, as well as our parents. Playa del Rey Elementary takes great pride in establishing an atmosphere that invites its valued stakeholders to be a part of the educational process. Throughout the year, parents are provided with many opportunities to participate in the education of their child. We welcome your attendance at school events and encourage your participation by volunteering in our school. Thank you in advance for being a valued member of our team!!

 

Lastly, we are looking forward to seeing your child at the Back To School Picnic on Monday, August 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m. and on the first day of school on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. If you have any questions prior to the start of school, don’t hesitate to contact us at 310-827-3560.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Valencia Blue

Principal

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Published: 7/27/18




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Published: 7/12/18




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June 4th, 2018

 

Hello Families! 

 

Here’s  a look ahead for the last week of school. Monday will be regular schedule with dismissal at 2:34 for all TK-5th grade students. Tuesday, Wed, & Thurs dismissal is at 12:39pm with brunch served at 10am only on those days. Thursday, June 7th is the last day of school for all students.

 

On Thursday, June 7th all 5th grade families & friends are invited to the class of 2018 culmination. The celebration of our 5th graders will be in the Auditorium --doors will open at 8:15 for seating.  Each person attending MUST present his/her ticket at the door.

 

 Our final end of year celebration & fundraiser will be on Tuesday June 5th at Scooter's Jungle -5:00pm. All tickets are sold out.

 

This is also the last week to claim lost/found items.

 

Again, thanks to all of you for another fantastic school year and your continued support! I wish the best for the summer vacation break.  Back to School Picnic will be on Monday, August 13th and the 1st day of school for PreK-5th grade students will be Tuesday, Aug. 14th.

 

Valencia Blue,
Principal
Playa del Rey
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Published: 6/2/18




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Although the first order of yearbooks has sold out, you can still order the books directly from the vendor by clicking on the link below. 

 

Please note that these will not be delivered to school but rather be shipped directly to your house (the address you provide at check-out).
 
An eBook version (electronic only) is also available, for those who may want to send the book to their relatives. 

 

 

 

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Published: 5/31/18




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Hello Playa Families!! 

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and ready to look at the week ahead:
School resumes on Tuesday with a regular schedule this week.

Reminder: It’s still not too late to sign up for the online portal to view your child’s progress and attendance history. Please don't forget to sign up and log in to your child’s LAUSD Passport!  Go to passport.lausd.netThe class with the most parent sign-ups will be invited to Nacho Party on May 31st!

Lastly, As we near the end of the year, please remember to check the lost and found (near the entrance to the auditorium) for anything your child may have left at school.  All these items will be donated to a local shelter if not claimed before the last day of school.

Once again, congratulations to 3rd grade on the  production of Pirates of Grammar Island. It was a fantastic presentation by all. To see photos click here.

Save the Date: 

  • June 5th-7th dismissal will be at 12:39pm;
  • EOY Fundraiser at Scooter Jungle-Tues. June 5th; 
  • Llast day of school is Thursday, June 7th.

Thank you!!

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Published: 5/28/18




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Hello Playa Families!! 

Congratulations Playa del Rey!!! 
On behalf of our school community, I want to congratulate you and your children! Our school was recently recognized as a 2017 - 2018 Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll School for our high achievement and student success! The Honor Roll program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. PDRES is one of 1,798 public schools in California to be recognized. We’ll be receiving a new award banner to hang proudly. 

Sincerely,
Ms. Blue

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Published: 5/20/18




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Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. This year over 260 high school entries were submitted. We're proud to announce the winning submission portrait is our very own Imani Gonzales-4th student in room 13, artist Brennan Elliott (student volunteer), and Congresswoman of the 37th District- Karen Bass (in photo). All winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Washington, D.C. The work will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol. Congratulations!!!!

 


 

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Published: 5/17/18




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Hello Playa Families!! 

I hope everyone enjoyed your Mother’s Day weekend and ready to look at the week ahead: 

We’re almost at the finish line with Smarter Balanced testing. Congratulations grades 3 & 4 on your completion of the test. Testing continues this week for 5th graders in Math & Science this week.

In Attendance News! We’re extremely proud of our Dolphins for meeting the attendance goal for 150 days of school. From Aug. 15 -April 25th, I would like to congratulate the following classrooms with 96% proficient or better: 97.4%-Ms. Zaret Rm. 1, 98.1% - Ms. Yasutake Rm. 4, 96% - Ms. Takeshima Rm. 6, 98% - Ms. Gonzalez Rm. 7, 97.6%-Ms. Takara Rm.5, 96%-Ms. Villalba Rm. 16, 98%-Ms. Zeidman Rm. 15, 96%-Ms. Olivas Rm.10, 96% Ms. Elliott Rm. 13, 98%-Ms. Sheffie Rm. 12.

 Lastly, Our heartfelt thanks to Friends of Playa for morning breakfast service, lunch, dessert, gifts, messages, hugs and love during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. A Big shout out to Maura, Mayra, Kerri, Pam, Michelle, Jason, Liz Y., Jenn, Ana, Cindy, Ayeesha, Jose, and the Vilks for making us all feel so special. 

Save the Date:

  • Tues. 5/15 - K-Kids Banquet is at Chucky Cheese on
  • Thur 5/17 - 5th Grade Pictures
  • Sunday, May 20th - Big Sunday-our School Community Service Day
  • May 22nd, 5pm- Spring Orchestra concert.

Sincerely,
Ms. Blue

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Published: 5/13/18




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Published: 5/13/18




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Hello Playa Families!! 

It’s my honor to celebrate staff appreciation week! I want to take a moment to say “thank you.”  Thank you for being the anchor, the fuel, and the compass of your school community—and for doing it all so effortlessly. 

Smarter Balanced testing continues this week for Mathematics  (Tuesday-Thursday) Please make sure of an early bedtime and on time arrival.

**Attention all 5th Grade Parents:  The rescheduled date for Panoramic pictures is Thursday, May 17th. 

Thank you to everyone that participated for SPORTS DAY. Congratulations to room 6-Takeshima’s class with the most participants! (91%)

Save the Date:

May 14th- Student of the Month Assembly;
May 15th - Chuck E Cheese fundraiser
Sunday May 20th- Big Sunday-our School Community Service Day
May 22nd, 5pm-Spring Orchestra concert

 

Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening on campus.

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Published: 5/6/18




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Published: 5/3/18




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Hello Playa Families!! 

Welcome to week 34 as we approach the month of May-to honor and celebrate our teachers/staff for their hard work. Staff appreciation week is from May 7-11th!!  Smarter Balanced testing begins this week for 3rd-5th graders in English Language Arts (Tuesday-Thursday) Please make sure of an early bedtime and on time arrival. Continue to encourage your children to try their best.Testing Prep Tips for Parents and Ways to Prepare flyers will be going home with students on Monday. 

Fitness Friday News: Congratulations to our top fitness winners for Mar. 16-April 13: Rm. 1-K. Vasquez(13 laps), Rm. 2-G. Martin (19 laps), Rm.3-Nurdaulet Maksot (12 laps), Rm. 4-J. Muhammad (10 laps), Rm. 5-M. Harris (23 laps), Rm. 13-F. Layne (28 laps), Rm. 12-L. Dickens (22 laps), Special recognition to the top school fitness winners: Rm. 7 (tie) Udi Nwosu & Emerson Nygaard both with (26 laps) and Hiram Maddox with (35 laps)!

This month our character education trait is responsibility. Responsibility means to always do your best, plan ahead, think before your act-consider consequences and be accountable for your words and actions towards others. Character Trait tickets will continue to be rewarded to students showing their BEST behavior.

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us for Family Bingo Night/and Live Auction. View the newsletter for where to purchase tickets and register for silent auction items. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

This Friday is SPORTS day! Help your dolphin show their school spirit by wearing their favorite team.

Save the Date

  • FOP meeting is on 5/1-6pm
  • Chucky Cheese Fundraiser- May 15th 3p - 6p
  • Big Sunday-May 20th
  • Orchestra Concert-May 22nd at 5pm
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Published: 4/29/18




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I would like to thank all families that came out to our annual Spring Fling Dance Assembly. It was great to have our school community celebrate with us.    Pictures from the event are here!!

Here’s a look ahead for this week:
Parents are invited to our next Coffee with the Principal-special presentation: A-G requirements (4-5th grade parents), Friday, April 27 8:15 in the library. 
 
Please help to support FOP with their first Bingo Night, Saturday May 5th! Tickets are on sale now so be sure to view the  newsletter for where to purchase tickets and register for silent auction items. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.
 
Lastly, thank you to all the morning drop off volunteers and for our families that continue to use the daily service. ***A special request: Please do not double park in front of the school at dismissal-2:34pm. Let’s continue working together for school safety during drop off/pick-up times. Thank you!
 
Save the date: 

  • May 1st, Smarter Balanced Test opens for grades 3-5
  • FOP meeting is on 5/2 @6pm;
  • May 3, 5th grade Panoramic pictures
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Published: 4/22/18




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Here’s a look ahead for this week…
 
Attention all K-Kids Members: there will be a meeting this Thursday after school. April monthly giving is Rice/Beans. Please bring in your donation and drop it off in one of the labeled tubs near the auditorium bench. Thank you.
 
This
Friday, April 20th…please join the Playa community for our annual Spring Multiculture Dance Assembly on the main playground at 1:30pm. The auditorium gates will open at 1:20p.m. for all to enter on the main yard.
 
State Testing Preparation: Next month students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Smarter Balanced test in English Language Arts, Math and Science (5th grade). During the interim students are taking practice test weekly to help reinforce skills, student learning and overall performance. Please continue to encourage your children to try their best on the practice test. Remind them to read the questions thoroughly and determine what the question is asking. Just a reminder the State test has several portions where the student must explain how they arrived at their answer. One way you can support your child is while doing homework ask your child to explain the process they took to determine the answer to the problem being solved. Thank you for your support!
 
SEEDS Grant Update: The board approval SEEDS grant is finally scheduled to begin construction next month.   This grant will be used to completely overhaul the Kindergarten yard. 
Thank you to everyone who helped to get this grant and to get the project moving along! Most of all, thank you for your patience. Please see attached project plan design.
 
Also FOP would like to remind you about the upcoming Spring Silent Auction fundraiser in May.  Auction items are still needed.   If you would like to donate services or new items you may have at home or anything you think would be great for the silent action please contact 
info@friendsofplaya.org.  Items can be dropped off in the school office through Friday April 20.

Lastly, join us  
Saturday May 5th from 3-7pm at the Westchester YMCA Annex for FAMILY Bingo Night and other fun activities!  See the link in the newsletter to register.
 
We appreciate all your support for our school!

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Published: 4/15/18




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Dear Parents/Guardians:

RE:  SPRING CAASPP NOTIFICATION LETTER

From Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Wednesday, May 15, 2018  your child will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.  

CAASPP is an annual academic testing system that provides information on student progress to ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and/or career. CAASPP assessments include English–language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for students in grades 3 – 5.  Students in grades 5 take a science test.

The tests include traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers and show their work.  To learn more, you and your child can visit the California Department of Education Website at this web address http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/  and select the Parent and Student tab

Following spring 2018 CAASPP testing, individual student CAASPP score reports will be available to parents. Student reports include an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement level for ELA and mathematics. Reports will also be available for students who take the science test.  

These test results aren’t meant to tell the whole story. The scores are one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your child is progressing in school. Report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom are also used to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.   

As the parent or guardian, you have the option of excusing your child(ren) from any part of the CAASPP.  If you would like to excuse your child from any of the tests, you must submit your request in writing to the school [Education Code 60615.]  Please let the school know as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements for your child(ren).

At PLAYA DEL REY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The CAASPP test results are one way we can better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education.  If you have any questions regarding CAASPP, please contact us at 310-827-3560.

Thank you,

 

Valencia Blue,

Principal-Playa del Rey ES


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4 de abril, 2018

Estimado padre o tutor:

Entre martes, 1 de mayo – miercoles, 15 de mayo, 2018, su hijo(a) participará en la Evaluación de California sobre el Desempeño y el Progreso Estudiantil (CAASPP).   

La evaluación CAASPP es un sistema de evaluaciones académicas que proporciona información sobre el progreso estudiantil para garantizar que todos los estudiantes se gradúen de la preparatoria listos para la universidad y las carreras. Las evaluaciones CAASPP incluyen Inglés - lengua y Literatura (ELA) y matemáticas para estudiantes de 3º a 5º grado Los estudiantes de 5º presentarán una evaluación de ciencias naturales.

Esta evaluación incluye preguntas tradicionales de opción múltiple así como las que requieren que los estudiantes expliquen sus respuestas y demuestren su trabajo.  Para mayores detalles, visite junto con su hijo el sitio Web de la Secretaría de Educación del Estado de California http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/  y seleccione la pestaña de Padres y Estudiantes. 

Después de la sesión de evaluaciones CAASPP de la primavera 2018, los resultados individuales que hayan obtenido los estudiantes estarán disponibles para los padres. Las calificaciones estudiantiles incluyen la calificación general y una descripción del nivel de aprovechamiento del estudiante en inglés ELA y matemáticas. Reportes también estarán disponibles para los estudiantes que presenten la evaluación de ciencias.

Estos resultados no ofrecen un panorama completo, ya que constituyen una de varias medidas para que usted y el maestro de su hijo observen el progreso escolar del estudiante. También se utilizan las boletas de calificaciones y observaciones del maestro sobre el desempeño del estudiante en el salón para completar dicho panorama sobre el aprovechamiento de su hijo.   

Como padre de familia o tutor legal, usted tiene la opción de exentar a su hijo para cualquier parte de la evaluación CAASPP.  Si desea que su hijo no participe en cualquiera de las evaluaciones, deberá presentar por escrito dicha petición a la escuela  [Código de Educación 60615.]  Favor de indicarle a la escuela en cuanto sea posible para que podamos hacer arreglos alternativos para su(s) hijo(s).

En Playa del Rey ES , nuestra meta consiste en que todos los estudiantes alcancen su máximo potencial. Los resultados de las evaluaciones CAASPP constituyen una medida para determinar si estamos logrando esa meta. Gracias por todo lo que hacen para colaborar con nosotros en la educación de sus hijos.  Si tienen alguna pregunta sobre la evaluación CAASPP, favor de comunicarse con la directora al 310-827-3560. 

Les agradece,


Valencia Blue,

Directora, Playa del Rey

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Hello Playa Families!

I want to thank you for your participation and ALL volunteers for your help with the Jog-A-Thon this year!! Our students did their best because of you!!!

 
Thank you to all that continue to gather your pledges. All pledges are due by Friday, April 13th. There will be prizes for the most pledges as well as the most laps ran in each grade. Certificates will be given to all students who meet the healthy fitness zone goal.

Reminder: Please don't forget to sign up and log in to your child’s LAUSD Passport!  Every child has a new account that allows YOU to monitor your child's progress whenever and wherever you like.
Go to passport.lausd.net now!
 
Attention Talent Show Students: permission slips are due Monday. Rehearsals are during lunch and after school this week.

Lastly, thank you to all the morning drop off volunteers and families that continue to use the daily service. Thank you for keeping a safe passage for our students.
 
Save the date:

  • K-Kids Meeting 4/19-after school;
  • all families are invited to the Spring Dance Assembly-Friday, 4/20 at 1:30pm on the main playground.  

Thank you for your attention. 

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Published: 4/8/18