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Hello Playa Families!

Welcome to week 18 and a look ahead!

Our holiday basket fundraiser is here! Basket ticket sales will begin this Monday morning, Dec. 11th until Thursday, Dec. 14th before the winter program.   Please see the beautiful baskets on display in the main walk-way entrance of our school.

 All are invited to our holiday performance on Thursday, Dec. 14th at 8:30am and 1pm show. Come and support our school spirit wear and ornaments sponsored by our 5th graders. If you’re attending the morning show, please adhere to the street signage on Juniette.

This Friday is Holiday Head Gear Day!! Have your child show their school spirit by wearing their favorite fun holiday hat, or headband. Please remind your children they are not to share hats on that day.

The winter break will be from Dec. 18-Jan. 5th with the 2nd semester beginning on Jan. 8th.

The final day to check lost and found Friday December 15th.  All items will be donated over the break!
 
As we come to a close this semester, I would like to wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday season. Thank you for all of your support you have given the Playa del Rey community. Best wishes in 2018!! 

Warm regards,
-Valencia Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 12/9/17




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Hello Playa Families!

Welcome to week 17 and the holiday season!

Thank you to families that attended our November “Coffee with the Principal” last Wednesday. As always, it was my pleasure to spend time with each of you. It’s my goal to keep you informed, engaged and continue to have an open dialogue. We’ll have more gatherings scheduled for the new year.  All are welcome.

This month our character education trait is citizenship. Citizenship means those who take the time to share how to make the school a better learning community for everyone. Students cooperate with others, get involved, stay informed, be a good friend, respect school rules and others, volunteer for service and to protect the environment.  Character Trait tickets will continue to be rewarded each week to students showing their BEST behavior. Prizes will be awarded on Friday.
 
Our holiday basket fundraiser begins next week.  Your room parent(s) has your classroom/and or grade level theme this year. Finished baskets are due by Friday December 8th.
 
Thank you to all parent volunteers that continue to participate in our weekly Fitness Friday challenge with our students. I would like to congratulate our top fitness winners for Oct. 20-Nov. 17th: J. Puebla (19 laps), E. Blaine (23 laps), N. Maksot (32 laps), J. Muhammad (33 laps), M. Harris (29 laps), S. Yates (24 laps), A. Ricci (33 laps), L. Dickens (31 laps), A. Zielina (32 laps), E. Saintlouis (32 laps). Special recognition to top school fitness winners: F. Perez (43 laps) and J. Dickens (38 laps). Wow!!
 
(Recap) Twins Day Winner: Congratulations to Room 7 with 100% participation including the teacher.

Mad Science Session 2 begins this week: View classes offered on-line now at https://register.madscience.org/losangeles/afterschool-register.aspx?action=search&org=11105
 
All are welcome to our next FOP meeting Tuesday, at 6pm.  
Save the Date:

  • Basket ticket sales will be from 12/11-12/14;
  • Our winter performance is scheduled on Thursday. Dec. 14th with an 8:30 performance and a 1pm performance.

 
Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school.


Have a great week!!
V. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 12/2/17




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Hello Playa Families!

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and a restful break. Here's a look at the week ahead ....

 

All classes resume this week along with after school STAR, Euro soccer, and Mad Science.

 

All are invited to an upcoming Math Strategies Parent workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 8:15am in our library.  


Please come and join us at Barnes and Noble for our holiday book fair Saturday, December 2nd from 9am until close. There will be fun crafting, a scavenger hunt, holiday caroling, and holiday reading from me at noon.  We hope to see you there!


A special thank you and congratulations to everyone for participating in our Spell-a-thon this year!! With your efforts, we have raised over 17,000. Congratulations to the top two (2) classes (Mrs. Elliott & Mrs. Olivas) who raised $2,000 and earned a class Chromebook. Individual top in pledges were: Jaiden Ocampo (Rm. 10) earned a Chromebook; Lauren (Rm. 12) & Jillian Dickens (Rm. 15) earned a Kindle


Save the Date: 

  • The next FOP meeting is December 5th;
  • Holiday Baskets fundraiser will begin on December 8th.

Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school.

Valencia Blue,
Principal
Playa del Rey

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 11/26/17




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Check out this news article from Argonaut newspaper about our school and our beautiful new murals.

 

http://argonautnews.com/a-comeback-story-continues/

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 11/25/17




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Hello Playa Families!

 

The Argonaut was here to report on our murals, service day efforts and take pictures. Our story is expected to be in the next publication - Friday, Nov. 24th after the holiday.

I want to once again wish you all the happiest Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones! 
 

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 11/19/17




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Hello Playa Families!

 

Welcome to week 14: 

 

Thank you families for your continued support as we continue to excel with our overall student achievement. 

 

Please remember to complete the School Experience Survey. Your feedback is critical to our growth and development as a school. http://achieve.lausd.net/SchoolExperienceSurvey

 

If you bring a copy of the confirmation certificate back in the envelope or a note to your child’s teacher, your child will be entered into a drawing. We have 3 gift cards to give away: (2) $25 Target gift cards and a $25 Restaurant card. Hopefully you will be one of the winners!  The class that has 100% submittal will receive a cupcake party. 

 

Our Project Service Day with City Year and the Wonderful Co. is this Thursday! In honor of the school wide event, we’re asking that all students wear their sprit t-shirts on Thursday, November 16th. Our new spirit wear will be on sale Monday morning outside the main entrance during the 5th Grade Coffee Cart and right before our assembly.  Thank you for helping our children show their school-pride.

 

Turkey Grams continue to be on sale in front of the library before and after school until November 15th. Help support Student Council by purchasing grams for friends, family and staff for the upcoming holiday season.

 

Our November fundraiser is at Chick Fil A Fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 16th-5pm. Please bring the flyer

 

If you would like to follow-up after your parent conference with a closer look at the New Progress Report Card for the 2017-18 school year, come join us in the library this Friday, November 17th at 8:15am to learn more about the new grading system. 

 

This Friday is TWIN DAY for Spirit Day. 

 

Check the Lost & Found for anything your child may have left at school. Items will be donated after Nov. 17th.

 

Save the date:

  • There will be no school for the Thanksgiving break Nov. 20-24;
  • Math Strategies parent training-Nov. 29th;
  • Mad Science NASA & Space Explorers begins, Nov 30th.  

Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school. 

 

Best wishes to you this Thanksgiving holiday season!


V. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 11/12/17




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Hello Playa Families!

Welcome to week 13 and the month of November. I hope you all enjoyed the extra hour this weekend.  

 

Attendance News: Please see this important message from our new Pupil Services Attendance Counselor, Ms. Nevel:

Per our attendance policy-children 6-18 years old are required by law to attend school regularly and on time: Ed Code 48200. Excused absences/tardies include illness, student’s doctor/dental appointment, student’s court date, death/bereavement of a close family member. Unexcused absence/tardies include traffic, weather conditions, personal errands for family, medical appointments that are not related to the student, and vacations. Please provide your student’s teacher with an absent note upon return. Students with 3 or more unexcused absences are not in compliance with EdCode. Students who are 30 or more minutes late to school or who leave 30 or more minutes before dismissal without a valid excuse are not in compliance with the EdCode policy.

 

Ms. Nevels is here every other Monday for any questions or concerns. Please click here to view our November Attendance  Newsletter in ENGLISH and SPANISH

 

Just a reminder Parent Conference Week begins Monday November 6th – November 13th (if needed). Students will be dismissed at 12:39 November 7th-9thwith a brunch schedule at 10am only.  Please be sure to sign up with your classroom teacher for a scheduled conference time.

 

Take the School Experience Survey!
The window is now open to complete the school experience survey until November 17th. Thank you to those families that have already completed a survey for your child. 

 

You can take the survey online at https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/8397 or submit a hard copy survey to return to your child’s teacher. This is your opportunity to give us feedback on our school community. Much of the information from the survey is used to generate data for the School Report Card available to other perspective families.  For your convenience, the library will be open (during conference week) for an available computer. Please request assistance from a staff member. Remember we want your voices to be heard. Top participating classes will earn a class prize. Thank you, in advance, for your participation. 

 

Every Friday wear your school Spirit Wear and be ready for early morning fitness!

 

Save the date:

  • FOP Meeting-Tuesday, November 7th;
  • K-Kids Meeting-Thursday, November 9th; Friday,
  • November 10th is no school due to the Veteran’s Day holiday;
  • New Progress Report Card training-November 17th, 8:15am.

 

Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school. 

 

Have a fantastic week!!

V. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 11/5/17




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Hello Playa Families!

Welcome to week 12 and here's a look ahead for this week:


Thank you to everyone who came out to join fellow family and friends at Pitfire last week.
 
STAR Session 2  STAR Session 2 begins this week. Please see the brochure that went home with your child or visit our school website to register for class offerings.
 
Our annual costume parade is Tuesday morning at 8:30am on the playground. Students may come to school in their costume and be prepared to participate in the parade. The morning gate will be open for parents to attend. Please review the memo attached to the newsletter for costume guidelines for a fun event.
 
Our 5th annual Spell a thon is right around the corner. Thank you to families that submitted 10 emails and a special thank you to ‘Fantastic Patrick’ for a fun assembly. View photos here. I know you’re helping your child study their take-home packet for next Thursday so they can do their best.

Music Program Donor: Exciting and much appreciation!! If anyone would like to come and visit/tour our music program before the winter program, music is every Wednesday & Thursday.
 
Save the date: 

  • Daylight savings time ends next weekend
  • Our next Friends of Playa meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7th 
  • Parent Conferences are the week of Nov. 6th with 12:39pm dismissal on Nov.7th-9th so please schedule accordingly
  • No school Friday, November 10th in honor of Veteran’s Day.

 
Thank you for your attention!


Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school.
 
Have a fantastic week!!
V. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 10/29/17




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Hello Playa Families!

Ms. Blue's message can also be found in .pdf form HERE.

Welcome to week 10:
Thank you for encouraging your child to read daily. Since the start of our book club, I’m observing many students engaging in a good book during their recess and lunch breaks! Let’s continue to support our students to read every day! Students reading achievement correlates with success.
 
Within the next three weeks, all students will be taking an assessment to continue monitoring academic growth and development from the start of the school year to this point. Be sure to encourage them to share what they’re learning, persevere, work hard, and to stay focused.
 
Parent conferences our coming up the second week of November as well. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s academic/social progress with their classroom teacher. Please set aside time to schedule your appointment.
 
Thank you to families that joined the Passport Portal training with our staff last Wednesday. Our next presentation will be on the District’s New Progress Report (grading/rubrics/and more). So please save the date for Friday, November 17th at 8:15am.  
 
All families are invited to join fellow students, family, friends and staff at Pitfire Thursday, October 26th from 5-9pm and come with a (yellow) flyer. Just mention Playa del Rey and 15% of the proceeds will be donated to our school.
 
Lastly, please remember that our 5th annual Spell a thon in right around the corner. I know you’re helping your child study their take-home packet and helping then send out 10 emails to attend a special assembly.
 
This week in after school news: Students worked together to solve the Harry Potter Escape Room puzzle through written clues. From this amazing exercise, students developed team work, problem solving and cooperation skills. There was a fun time had by the instructor and all participants. Remember STAR Session 2 begins the week of October 30th.  Please see the brochure that went home with your child or visit http://playadelrey.starinc.org to view and register for class offerings.
  
 
Facilities Update: We’re still working close with facilities on PDR school improvement projects. We’re excited to announce that our next project is scheduled in November. City Year-LA is non-profit service organization partnering with the Wonderful Co. to create 9 wall murals, decorative blacktop designs, and adding two double plantar benches to our garden. To view more about City Year and their commitment to service, please view this link here https://www.cityyear.org/losangeles
 
CONGRATULATIONS to our College Wear Day Spirit Winners!  Classroom ties: Rooms 12&13 with 100% participation.
  
Save the date:

  • Pitfire Fundraiser is on Thursday, Oct. 26th;
  • Annual costume parade is Tuesday, Oct. 31st at 8:30am;
  • Spell a thon is the morning of Nov 2nd; Spell a thon (10 emails) assembly is Friday, Oct. 27th.

 
Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school.
 
Have a great week!!
V. Blue

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Published: 10/22/17




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Hello Playa Families!

 

Ms. Blue's message can also be found in .pdf form HERE.

Welcome to week 9:


Many great things have been happening across our campus these past few weeks. As we come to a close of the first reporting period, I want to thank the Teachers for working hard to ensure all students are engaged in daily lessons and for challenging students to reach their desired academic goals. Please note the Common Core State Standards are focusing on students being able to use critical thinking skills and strategies to solve problems as well as students being able to read independently and proficiently at grade level by the end of each year. This period will focus on the first 55 days of instruction for academic and social progress as you prepare for conferences next month.
 
Health Update: We’ve had frequent cases of head lice in the past two weeks.  I want to thank families that have contacted the school immediately to notify our staff. Please know that we do our best to prevent spreading but know there are steps to take for re-infestation:
*Reduced head to head contact. Remind children not share hats or decorative headgear.
* All bed linens should be laundered in hot water and placed in a hot dryer for the desired amount of time.
* Toss snuggle items that may have been in contact during the time frame. (nits take 6 to 9 days to hatch). For more information please view (here).
 
Our school nurse, Ms. Rafifar,is with us every Thursday during school hours for any additional concerns or questions you may have.
 
Safety Reminders.  While in the Valet Drop-Off Line on Juniette I would like to request that you have your child ready to exit the car when you enter the line. It helps to keep the valet line flowing smoothly. When there is a hold up it does cause a severe back up and the flow of traffic halts. Please help us to ensure the safety of all our Playa and neighborhood families coming to school. Also, our staff parking lot is only open to staff to parking. Thanks to everyone who continues to use our drop-off services and the Volunteers that help ensure safety every day.
  
This week coming up:
We continue to celebrate College Awareness and Career Ready this month.  This Friday is College Wear for spirit day. Students can wear their favorite college colors or T-shirts. Classes with the highest participation will be recognized.
 
Student book club starts this week! Join Mrs. Kitano for one lunch recess a week for 8 weeks exploring the theme of kindness while they read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Monday is grade 3; Wednesday is grade 4 and Thursday is grade 5. Thank you to those that have returned your permission slip.
 
Save the date:

  • Parent Training on the Passport Portal is Wednesday, Oct. 18th -8:15;
  • Great Shakeout drill –Oct. 19th
  • Pitfire Restaurant Fundraiser - Oct. 26th
  • Costume Parade, Tuesday, October 31st (8:30am)

 
Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school.
 
Have a great week!!
V. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 10/15/17




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Hello Playa Families!

Welcome to week 8 and here’s a look ahead:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the national walk to school day last week!  We had a great turn-out of about 65 families to help promote health and physical fitness. 

Thank you to FOP, the Fall Festival Committee, parent volunteers, students and staff who helped, supported and participated in our annual Fall Festival this year! It was another successful event.

 

special thank you to 5th grade parent volunteers (Mr. Walters & Mr. Hartigan) for the SPOOKtacular haunted hause set-up and display. It was fun for all. 

 

We are thrilled to announce that Playa del Rey will be represented in the inaugural Del Rey Bee at Glen Alla Park on Sunday, October 15th @ 11AM. Come and show your spirit for our Dolphins for the following Spelling Bee participants: 

Mia Rubalcava (Gr. 4-Ms. Elliott’s class) & Joann Thomas (Gr. 5-Ms. Sheffie’s class)
We wish all the spellers the best of luck in this friendly and exciting competition!

 

This month we will continue to recognize our character education trait of responsibility. Please remind students of ways that they can continue earning character tickets and tokens each day by: doing your best, plan ahead, think before your act, consider consequences and be accountable for your words and actions towards others. 

 

We’re also continuing to highlight Bully Free Prevention month. Our students learn the importance of how their actions and words affect others. Please ask your child(ren) about their new learning of acts of kindness and being friend to everyone. It’s the dolphin way!

**Reading Textbooks: Our school will be sending home obsolete reading materials for all grades in the upcoming weeks. These are resources your child(ren) can keep at home. Please feel free to add materials to your home book/or library collection for additional fun reading.

 

The Farmer’s Assembly is returning on Tuesday, October 17th from 8:30am-12:00pm.  This is an exciting one-day interactive program for all students in PK-5th to participate in activities that focus on current facts about the agricultural industry, food production, and the benefits of making healthy eating choices. This is also a great way for students to make a connection to our fantastic Garden Program as well. Please contact your child’s teacher if you’re interested in attending one for the assemblies that day and see the online Garden newsletter.

 

Save the date:

  • Garden Work Day, Sunday, Oct. 15th from 10-1pm;
  • Parent Training on the Passport Portal is Wednesday, Oct. 18th - 8:15;
  • Friday, Oct. 20th is College Awareness Day, dress in your college school colors, or wear your favorite College T-Shirts. *

 

Special Note:  Middle School Fair is postponed for this semester. Please look for middle school flyer invitations to go home for tours. 

 

Be sure to log onto www.pdrschool.org and share with others the great things happening at our school. 

 

Have a great week!!

V. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 10/8/17




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Hello Playa Families: 
Here’s a look at the week ahead:

Thank you to families that attended our first “Coffee with the Principal” on Thursday. It was a pleasure having to spend time with each of you. We have more gatherings scheduled this school year to inform, answer any questions you may have, listen and provide feedback. All are welcome. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th in the library. Hope to see you there!!

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 each week to students showing their BEST behavior.

Thank you for your pledges and support this year.  The class with the highest participation will be recognized!

The Fall Festival is coming up and Friends of Playa is still looking for volunteers to help out at various booths. Details for tickets and pumpkins are in the newsletter. 

We are thrilled to learn that  Playa del Rey Elementary School will be participating in the Del Rey Bee at Glen Alla Park on Sunday, 10/15 @ 11AM. Come and show your spirit for our Dolphins!!!
                 Spelling Bee Participants, Playa Del Rey Elementary
                Mia Rubalcava  & Joann Thomas
We wish all the spellers the best of luck in this friendly and exciting competition!
 
As we look ahead to the month of October, here are some happenings to calendar happening at PDRE
  Annual Fall Festival-Oct 6th (2:30-5:30)

  • Fall Pictures Make-Ups
  • FOP Meeting-Oct. 3rd
  • Walk to School Day -Oct. 4th
  • College Awareness Month
  • Bully Free Prevention Month

   **Please remember to check our Lost & Found.
Thanks for your continued support and partnership. 
  
A special thank you:

  • Ms. Elliott, Ms. Villalba, Ms, Olivas, Ms. Takara, & Ms. James with your help in coordinating the student council elections for this year.
  • 5th grade staff and parent volunteers for their donations and hosting Nacho Wednesday!!
  • Ms. McKay & Ms. James for helping to host the first Coffee with the Principal!!
  • The Blaine Family for their pledge donation-art banner.
  • K. Eich, FP board president, for submitting the The Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation Grant to enhance our outdoor garden space.
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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 10/1/17




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Hello Playa Families: 

The fall season is officially here! Help us meet our deadline. We have exactly 3 more days to submit all lunch applications. We only need 48 more applications to have 100%. I know we can do it!!

 

Thank you to all that came out to our September Fundraiser at Islands last week. 

Congratulations to Germelina Merete, PDRs Cafeteria Manager, was awarded for excellent attendance during the 2016-17.

 

There is still space to sign up for Mad Science. Classes begin next Thursday, Sept. 28th. 

 

Don’t forget!! There’s still time to turn in your pledges this week until Sept. 30th. Funds raised will help fund our arts enrichment programs.  Your help is truly appreciated.  The class with the highest participation will be recognized!

 

Save the date: 

  • September 28th-Coffee w/Principal
  • Student Council elections are Monday, October 2nd
  • FOP meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 3rd-6pm
  • National Walk to School Day is Wed. Oct. 4th.
  • Fall Festival-will be on Friday Oct. 6th.

 

Thank you!!

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 9/24/17




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Here’s a look at the week ahead : 

 

Fall Calendar 2017 Surveys: Do you want your voices to be heard on implementing a new school year start date? Every family with a child/children in PreK-12 traditional elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as, primary centers, early education centers, special education and/or primary centers will receive a paper survey packet to be sent home. If a family has more than one child enrolled in LAUSD schools, the survey is sent home with the oldest sibling.  An online survey option is also available for families. Details can be found in the parent letter included in the survey packet. The survey should be completed by September 28th.

 

Thank you to families that have donated to our annual Pledge Drive.  No amount is too large or too small. All donations will go towards school programs and resources for our students. The class with the highest participation will be recognized! Thank you in advance to families that have pledged!

 

Special thank you to the Reiner Family for our first art banner display.
 
New Health & Wellness Program
In addition to the exciting enrichment programs offered at PDR, the YMCA Youth Health and Wellness Program is coming to Playa del Rey Elementary! Starting Monday, September 25th, all TK-2 will participate in a Youth Health and Wellness Program every Monday from 8:30am - 11:30a.m. Grade level classes will be 30 minutes per session and taught by two instructors along with their classroom teachers. This generous grant is sponsored to primary age students from the Drollinger Family-Westchester Area.  All students with a returned permission & waiver should plan to wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mats will be provided. Please make sure all forms are submitted to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, 9/22. Thank you. 

 

The RAMS visits Playa del Rey
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 PDR students and staff participated in the RAMS Play 60 Challenge Assembly. This was a fun 45-minute assembly that promotes fitness and health in a game-show format. We had (6) 5th grade participants who shared their knowledge about the importance of health and fitness while the student-body cheered them on.

 

All the questions were centered around healthy food choices, and good health and fitness routines.  The game show also incorporated fun challenges that varied between different physical activities, team-building activities, and fun “minute to win it” style activities. Everyone loved Rampage, the Rams team mascot, who was there to help make this assembly the most fun and kick off a healthy challenge for the 2017-2018 school year!!! The team dance-off was exciting too. All participants won 2 tickets to the Rams game on Sunday.   A special thank you to the Lewis Family for helping to coordinate the event.
 
(Click here for photos)
 
All are invited to our Garden Open House on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM!!!

 

Save the date: 

  • Come and join us at Islands for our September fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 20th.
  • There will be no school on Thur. Sept. 21st so mark your calendar. 

  
The PDR school community welcomes the month of September as we celebrate Latino Heritage month of culture, history and traditions.
 

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 9/17/17




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Hello Playa Families,
Thank you for continuing to submit your lunch applications online or visiting Ms. Lina in the cafeteria.

 

Our annual Pledge Drive is in full swing for the month of September. No amount is too large or too small. All donations will go towards the Arts programs and resources for our students. The class with the highest participation will be recognized! Thank you in advance to families that have pledged!

 

Looking for ways to volunteer? It's not too late. We still need room parents, morning drop-off, school garden, and planning the fall festival. If you're interested please contact your child's teacher or FOP for more information.

 

Save the date:

  • Picture Day is Monday-11th. Free dress for all students.
  • Come and join the Playa family at Island's at the Howard Hughes Center on  September 20th;  
  • There will be no school on Thursday Sept. 21st- unassigned day.

 

***Special Request to all Playa Families: If you know of any family with children in K-3 still looking for a fantastic high performing, CA Distinguish, outstanding school with the best students and staff in the Del Rey area,  please refer them as we still need 1 more student to retain our AMAZING staff this year.

Contact our school at 310-827-3560 or email vab8897@lausd.net.

 

Thank you!!!

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 9/10/17




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Hello Playa Families!

Reminder:

  • STAR classes begin this week. There are spaces still open for Culinary, Hip Hop, 3D Art, Gymnastics, Rockstar, and Ecostation. 
  • All students enrolled in the after school program will return to their groups after enrichment classes.

 

Please continue to submit your lunch applications online or to the cafeteria manager. Submitted apps help with additional school funding.

 

All are invited to the FOP mtg. Tuesday evening @ 6pm. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that students are on time and prepared for learning.


We’re looking for all students to be in spirit wear for Fitness Friday!!  Ask your children about our Good Character program that begins this week!!


Save the date: Picture Day is on Sept. 11th and students can wear their picture day attire.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey has overwhelmingly impacted Houston and other Texas communities.  As the devastation continues, the L.A. Unified family is joining national organizations in offering support to those in need. 


The information below provides suggestions about how you can support in this time of crisis.

Clothing and Supplies
The Houston Independent School District continues to have an immediate need for children’s clothing of all sizes (clean and in good condition), school uniforms, and school supplies.  Clothes and supplies can be sent directly to:


Delmar Stadium
2020 Mangum Road
Houston, TX 77092
 
**The District is also exploring options for collecting clothes, uniforms, and school supplies at various locations.  Additional information about this effort is forthcoming.

Monetary Donations
To provide monetary donations in support of this effort, you can utilize any of the following organizational links:


Thank you in advance for your compassion and commitment to support the many families in Houston who need us during this critical time.

Sincerely,
Ms. Blue

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Published: 9/4/17




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Hello Playa Families!

 

Here's a look at the week ahead:

 

Thank you for another great week. 

 

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


Back to School Night will be Tuesday Aug. 29th, 5:00pm and we will begin in the auditorium. Join us for Food Trucks starting at 4:30pm in front of our school. There will be 2 sessions for back to school presentations for those that have more than 1 child or need to attend later. Session 1 will begin at 5:30 and session 2 at 6pm with your chidl’s classroom teacher.

 

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 wear is M-Thur. PE for grades 1-5th on Wednesday; and spirit wear on Friday. Ask your children about our Attendance program that begins this week.

 

Save the dates:

  • There will be no school on Friday-Sept. 1st in honor of Admissions Day & Monday Sept. 4th for the Labor Day. 
  • FOP Mtg. will be on Tuesday, Sept. 5th-6pm in the library.
  • All STAR/Mad Science enrichment classes begin week of Sept. 5th.
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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 8/27/17




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Go to the events page to check out photos of the students viewing the solar eclipse.

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 8/21/17




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The first session of STAR is September 5th-October 27, 2017.  Sign up starts August 21, 2017 at Noon.  View this link to register.

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 8/18/17




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Los Angeles will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st from approximately 9:00am-12:00pm. The District has requested for all students to remain indoors between 9am-noon. Therefore, we will implement an indoor weather schedule for recess (10-10:20am) only. The lunch schedule will remain the same for K-5th grade. The special modified schedule is to ensure that all students/staff are aware not to view the eclipse without approved eyewear.  In cases where a student must leave the classroom (i.e., restroom, cafeteria, office, parent check-out etc..),they will be escorted by an out of classroom teacher, classroom or campus aide while outdoors during that time. Playa del Rey is not hosting a school-wide event, however teachers are planning special classroom activities for students to participate. If your child’s classroom has a special event planned, his/her teacher will send home a permission slip for you to sign and return on Monday. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further concerns or questions. Your continued support is appreciated.

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 8/18/17




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Welcome Back to School!                                

 

Dear Playa del Rey Families,

 

Welcome Back! 
I want to officially welcome you all to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. I also hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer. To our new and returning families, I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. As I begin my 8th year as principal, I welcome and value your dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

 

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). And, our much-appreciated FOP Booster Club is gearing up to welcome families at our annual Back to School Picnic on August 14th (12:00 pm) to provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a small, wonderful community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

 

New Staff
This year brings a few new additions to Playa. We are delighted to welcome Kendra Patterson to our preschool PAL Program.  Ms. Patterson brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting children’s learning, social and emotional needs.

 

With the support of our board, we will continue to provide the arts for every child to include orchestra (gr. 3-5), drama, music and visual arts. We welcome the staff from Artsy Kids (visual arts) and Music Rhapsody that brings over 30 years of experience to local schools in our area. We are still fortunate to be able to offer enrichment from highly-qualified trained instructors.

 

Physical education will continue to be provided for every student. The District requires that every student receive 200 minutes per/week. With the help of our board president, Kerri Eich, our school received a grant to participate in the Physical Education Teacher Incentive Program (PETIP) for two years. Selected classes will have the opportunity to work with a certificated PE teacher on Wednesdays. Welcome Mr. Haynes.

 

Facilities Update
If you drove past the school during the summer you may have noticed a few maintenance projects. First, we re-striped our main playground for designated areas along with the emergency drill numbers near the track.  Another item on the list was our tree trimming project. Every tree has been scaled back from the main yard, kindergarten area, garden, and main entrance of our school.

 

The garden is developing into a beautiful learning space for all children thanks to our master gardener Ms. Martha and teacher/parent volunteers. Every grade level will have learning stations along with curriculum to integrate with science and math. Our garden depends on parent and community participation to remain an active and integral part of the students' learning experience. All families are invited to attend our weekend workshops.

 

Lastly, installation of portable air conditioning units have been added to our classroom- bungalow that is much needed during the warm summer months. More projects have been scheduled for the month of August to include a digital marquee, blue mesh lunch benches, a new play space for the kindergarten area and yes….the backpack hooks are coming!  We are so appreciative of the new accommodations we have and those to come.

 

Student Placement
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2017-18 school year. Class rosters will be posted in the assembly area and by the library on the day of the picnic.

 

All classrooms have been balanced academically and socially to meet the needs of all learners. Our classes are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Playa del Rey is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

 

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Playa del Rey remains a celebrated and successful school is appreciated. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of continued growth and achievement for all children.

 

Warmest Regards,  

        

Valencia Blue

Principal
Playa del Rey Elementary 

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 8/2/17




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Hello Playa Families!  

 

Thank you for your support and commitment to our school this year.  “You” are the true heroes who go above and beyond every day.  

 

Have a fantastic summer with family and friends!!   I look forward to continuing our great work when we return for the 2017-18 school year.


Ms. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 6/12/17




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Hello Playa Families!  

 

Welcome to the last week of school!  Monday and Tuesday will be a regular schedule with dismissal at 2:34 for all TK-5th grade students. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday dismissal will be at 12:39pm with brunch served at 10am only on those days. Friday, June 9th is the last day of school for all students.
 
On Friday June 9th, all 5th grade families are invited to the class of 2017 culmination. We will begin 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 Wednesday June 7th at Scooter's Jungle from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. All tickets are sold out; Also, this is the last week to claim lost/found items.
 
Again, thanks to all of you for another fantastic school year and your continued support!

Our Back to School Picnic will be on Monday, August 14th, with the 1st day of school for Pre-K-5th grade students on Tuesday, Aug. 15th.


Ms. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 6/4/17




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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.

Attention SAS/GATE Families: Please join us for our Spring parent meeting hosted by our Gate Coordinator, Mrs. Elliott, on Wednesday, May 31st -Rm. 13 at 5pm.

Orchestra Families: Thursday, June 1 is our end of year spring Orchestra concert at 5pm in the auditorium. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

There are two more weeks of Photography, Mad Science classes and Euro Soccer.

Save the Date: 

  • EOY Fundraiser at Scooter Jungle-Wed. June 7th; 
  • June 7th-9th dismissal will be at 12:39pm; 
  • Last Day of School is Friday, June 9th.


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.

 

New Middle School Pathway is excited to be opening this fall as a grade 6 and 7 LAUSD / LMU partnership STEM demonstration school. More information, including school vision, curriculum, and enrollment steps can be found on NMSP website  newmiddleschoolpathway.org. A series of live online Q & A for parents and families will be regularly occurring during the upcoming weeks, as well as in-person meet and greets. For more information, visit us online, or send an email to info@newmiddleschoolpathway.org


Ms. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 5/29/17




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Hello Playa Families!  

I hope everyone had a great weekend and ready to look at the week ahead:

This is our last week for Smarter Balanced testing. Thank you to all 3rd-5th grade parents for ensuring your children are at school and on time each day. Testing continues this week for 4th/5th Graders in Math (Tuesday & Wednesday only).

Attention Orchestra Families: Thursday, June 1 is our end of year Spring Orchestra concert at 5pm in the auditorium with instructor Ms. Shaw. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

May 23rd-is our Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser and the K-Kids Banquet at 6pm.

Save the Date: No School Monday, 5/29 in honor of Memorial Day. Gate Parent Mtg. Wed. May 31st; EOY Fundraiser at Scooter Jungle-7; June 7th-9th dismissal will be at 12:39pm;  Last Day of School is Friday, June 9th.

Lastly, as we near the end of the school 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 if not claimed before the last day of school. Thank you!  

New Middle School Pathway is excited to be opening this fall as a grade 6 and 7 LAUSD / LMU partnership STEM demonstration school. More information, including school vision, curriculum, and enrollment steps can be found on NMSP website newmiddleschoolpathway.org. A series of live online Q & A for parents and families will be regularly occurring during the upcoming weeks, as well as in-person meet and greets. For more information, visit us online, or send an email to info@newmiddleschoolpathway.org


Ms. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 5/22/17




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Hello Playa Families! 

‚Ä®First, I would like to thank the Iams family, parent and teacher volunteers for for bringing our school community together to host movie night last Friday. It’s always a fun event for everyone.

 

Spring Pictures are scheduled tomorrow. For those who wish to purchase photos, please see the take-home flyer or visit the Vision Trust website for online orders.

 

Attention All 2nd Grade Parents:  The OLSAT will be administered this Tuesday & Wednesday. Please ensure that students have an early bed time the night before and arrive to school on time.

 

Thank you to all that have supported donations to Pennies for Patients.

 

Our See’s Candy fundraiser continues this week. Thanks for all of your support.

 

Our next FOP meeting is scheduled this Tuesday at 6pm in the auditorium. Come see what’s coming up for our Spring fundraisers. Ideas and volunteers are welcome.

 

It’s MOVING FOR MARCH MONTH: Join us in walk to school day Thursday, March 9th; and Race for Success is Saturday March 11th with other Westside schools (see flyer for details).

 

Save the date: Daylight savings time begin on Sunday, 3/12, 

 

Last Day for See’s Candy Sale is March 15th;

 

Parent Meeting-Brain Research Study is Thursday, March 16th-8:15am –Library

 

Rooms 7 & 10 spelled ATTENDANCE for the 3rd time! Each class will earn a game party! 

                                       
Hats off to Room 7 for the highest total for Dr. Seuss Spirt Wear Week!!

 Thank you all for helping your children participate. 


Valencia Blue,
Principal

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 3/5/17




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Greetings Playa family and friends, please support our efforts to win a $30,000 grant for Playa del Rey ES School by enrolling and resubmitting your email on a daily basis for a Healthy Playground Makeover until 3/24/17 to the below link. No junk mail is sent to you. These are the steps once you click this link  http://www.togethercounts.com/healthy-pl... (The first question asking for your email is for returning submitters) 

  1. Enter: 90230 zip code 
  2. Select Playa del Rey Elementary School (the first selection) 
  3. Fill in the required information
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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 2/20/17




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PDR needs at least 35 people to sign up for the 5k Run/Walk Race for Success at LMU on March 11, 2017.  We get 100% of all race fees after that, and a portion of all the shared profits.  View this page for additional information and choose "Playa del Rey Elementary" when signing up. 

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 2/11/17




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Hello Playa Families!

School Experience Survey Update

The online survey platform experienced sporadic outages on Jan. 24 and 25. To ensure that schools have time to complete family and student surveys, the deadline has been extended to February 15th.  This also includes paper surveys and entering our school raffle. Thank you in advance for your participation this year. Every voice is counted and heard.

LMU Art Cohort-Year 2
Playa del Rey is now part of the LMU Family of Schools. Our partnership extends the opportunity for selected teachers to receive professional development in the Arts Curicula. Teachers and students will participate in various projects that integrate History, Culture and Art into the curriculum. Part of the support is to receive LMU student assistants during the school year.  Last semester LMU tutors supported our teachers and students in African studies-culture/arts/history. This semester assistants will focus on Chicano studies-culture/arts/history. Give them your warm Playa welcome as you see them on and around campus.  
 
Visit our school website pdrschool.org for upcoming events.

Ms. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 2/4/17




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I hope everyone had good weekend and ready to look at the week ahead.... The next session of STAR begins the week of Jan. 30th Click on the link (here) to view course offerings and register.

Toys/Pokemon Go Cards
Reminder that any toys or Pokémon Go collection cards are not to be used by students on campus during school hours, including during breakfast, recess and lunch as of January 17th. It’s recommended that these items be left at home as school staff is not responsible for lost, damaged or misplaced items.  Even though many of our students have worked to have nice collections, please help spread the word that they are to remain at home to enjoy with family and friends. Thank you in advance for your help.

School Experience Surveys
The 2016-17 School Experience Survey (SES) have arrived!! Every parent should have received one survey per household. Please take the time to complete the survey and return to your child’s teacher. Your family will have a chance to enter a raffle for winning gift card.  If you’re new to completing a school survey, it’s a school document that reports on how well our school and students are meeting the District’s goals in regards to our school climate,  social and emotional learning, proficiency, and parent involvement. It’s an opportunity to get your input and have all voices heard. Options to complete the survey can be either on paper or on online. The online option will not be available until January 17th. When the live link opens, please log in at: http://bit.ly.lausd2017.  All surveys are due by Friday, February 10th.  Top participating classes will earn a prize after the window closes!  Thank you for your support!!!

  1. Note: Parents Can Fill in Items If Bubbles Are Missing On the Paper Version: 
    Be advised that items #27 and 33 on the English parent survey do not have circular bubbles. Parents should still mark their answer in the approximate area to have their responses for that item reported. 

Authorization and Photo Release Information
We would like to highlight the many exciting educational activities happening right here at Playa del Rey with the surrounding community through our school website and LAUSD family members. Therefore, we need your help to complete the Authorization and Photo Release form (orange) that was sent home with your child. After reviewing, please return the completed form with your signature to your child’s classroom teacher. Feel free to contact us for any additional concerns or questions.

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Published: 1/29/17




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Families,

 

The power is back on and things are back to normal including YDP, YS, and Soccer as long as the school has power.

 

Thanks

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 1/25/17




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Dear Parents,

Our electricity will not be restored by the end of the school day. Please ensure that all students are doing well and lunch will be served as scheduled. If your child is enrolled in the after school program, please make arrangements to pick up your children at the end of the day, 2:34pm. Euro Soccer is canceled for today. The weather temperatures will start to get cold after school hours and the heaters will not be on for after school program. 

 

Thank you!

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 1/25/17




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Hello Playa Families!


Toys/Pokemon Go Cards
Reminder that any toys or Pokémon Go collection cards are not to be used by students on campus during school hours, including during breakfast, recess and lunch as of January 17th. It’s recommended that these items be left at home as school staff is not responsible for lost, damaged or misplaced items.  Even though many of our students have worked to have nice collections, please help spread the word that they are to remain at home to enjoy with family and friends. Thank you in advance for your help.


School Experience Surveys
The 2016-17 School Experience Survey (SES) have arrived!! Every parent should have received one survey per household. Please take the time to complete the survey and return to your child’s teacher. Your family will have a chance to enter a raffle for winning gift card.  If you’re new to completing a school survey, it’s a school document that reports on how well our school and students are meeting the District’s goals in regards to our school climate,  social and emotional learning, proficiency, and parent involvement. It’s an opportunity to get your input and have all voices heard. Options to complete the survey can be either on paper or on online. The online option will not be available until January 17th. When the live link opens, please log in at: http://bit.ly.lausd2017.  All surveys are due by Friday, February 10th.  Thank you for your support!!!

  1. Note: Parents Can Fill in Items If Bubbles Are Missing On the Paper Version: 
    Be advised that items #27 and 33 on the English parent survey does not have circular bubbles. Parents should still mark their answer in the approximate area to have their responses for that item reported. 

Authorization and Photo Release Information
We would like to highlight the many exciting educational activities happening right here at Playa del Rey with the surrounding community through our school website and LAUSD family members. Therefore, we need your help to complete the Authorization and Photo Release form (orange) that was sent home with your child. After reviewing, please return the completed form with your signature to your child’s classroom teacher. Feel free to contact us for any additional concerns or questions.

Ms. Blue

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 1/22/17




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Hello Playa Families!

 

Here's a look for this week.... 

 

Our holiday basket fundraiser is here! Basket ticket sales will continue tomorrow, Dec. 12th- until the morning of Wednesday 12/14th.   Please see the beautiful baskets on display in the main walk-way entrance of our school. 

 

Our winter performance along with orchestra is scheduled on Wednesday Dec. 14th with an 8:30am and a 1pm performance. If you’re attending the morning show, please adhere to the street signage. Please note: no food or beverages in the auditorium. 

 

All parent advisory members:  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 15th in the auditorium at 7:50am. 

 

The final day to check lost and found Friday December 16th. 

 

Save the date: 

  • Winter break will be from Dec. 19-Jan. 6th with the 2nd semester beginning on Jan. 9th.  
  • Barnes & Noble in the Marina Holiday fundraiser, is Saturday Dec.17th  from 9am to 10pm. Details will come home in a flyer this week. 

 

As we come to a close this semester, I would like to wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday season. Thank you for all of your support you have given the Playa del Rey community. Best wishes in 2017!!

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Thanks webmaster!!!

 

Valencia Blue,
Principal
Playa del Rey

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Posted by: Teial Dickens
Published: 12/11/16