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Principal's Weekly Message
Posted 1/6/19

Hello Playa Families!


Hello and Happy 2019 Playa families!!


I hope that everyone had a fun-filled holiday season with family & friends,  and ready to get back on schedule to begin the new semester. School will resume tomorrow-January 7th with instruction beginning at 8:10am. A reminder for early dismissal Tuesdays @ 1:34pm. All after school programs such as STAR and Mad Science will resume their regular schedule this week as well.  

A FOP Mtg. will be on Tues., Jan. 8th @ 6pm in the and all are welcome.


Tips On How to Prepare Your Child to Go Back-to-School After the Winter Break


For most students, January means a return to school after a long winter vacation. Because there are few three-day weekends or other interruptions, the months between winter and spring breaks are the time when the schedule is full speed ahead. 


With holiday festivities, late movie nights and sleeping in behind you, it is time to get down to business this month. These tips will help you get your family in the back-to-school mode and give your kids the tools they need to have a “ready, set, go” attitude in the New Year.


1.    Validation of getting back on schedule. All students (and adults!) have a hard time getting back into the routine of school. The knowledge that he is not alone in this experience will help your child feel they’re being heard and understood.

2.    Morning routines in place. To help your child be successful, remind your child of their morning routine. This way, your child has clear expectations that are valuable to him/her and help them be successful for the first week back.

3.    Homework/Long term projects. Many children have active schedules, with team sports, afterschool clubs and/or enrichments, which can make engaging in homework more difficult. Please let your child know that you understand the hard work they are putting in and being ready with frequent positive feedback for his/her effort can help motivate homework to get done when they return.

4.    Early bedtime. Children may be accustomed to going to sleep later and/or waking up later during the winter break. As with the morning routine, having a nighttime schedule can assist in creating a structure for your child. Set your child up for success with clear expectations, simple step-by-step instructions, and praise at the completion of each step. Additionally, visual reminders can help your child have something to refer to as she goes about her routine. Help them wind down early for the evening and decrease screen time.


Save the Day: School will be closed on Mon. Jan. 21st- in honor of the MLK Holiday. Please view the Friends of Playa newsletter for the latest information on school news and events.   


UTLA Work Stoppage Update:  Please follow the link below to obtain the latest information:


Congratulations & Well Wishes: 

  • To Crystal Robles on continuing her academic journey as a full-time student at CSU Fullerton starting January 29th. She will be missed by the entire PDR community. Best wishes on her future success!!
  • Heather Fleischer will not be returning as she began the new year living with her family in Winnetka. On behalf of the PDR community, we thank you for your commitment and support. Best wishes as you transition to your new home.


~Valencia Blue,
Playa del Rey Elementary