Planada Elementary School

Principal: Richard Lopez

9525 E. Brodrick St.

P.O. Box 236

Planada, CA  95365

School: 209-382-0272

To stay up to date on current events and activities at Planada Elementary School, access our Events Calendar here.

The Circus is Coming!!

Purchase your tickets at the Planada Elementary School office. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children between 2-12 years of age.



PES will be having its Open House on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6-7 pm. We encourage all parents to attend the Open House to see what students have been working on all year. Teachers will also be discussing the upcoming events for the remainder of the year, such as the CAASSP, STAR test, and the Accelerated Reader Competition. We hope to see you there! More information will be sent home soon.



As we transition to the new CAASPP tes, our current 5th grade sutdents will be taking the STAR Science test again this year. They will be taking the STAR Science tes in early May.

The Dance Dance Revolution 

has hit Planada Elementary School!



Beginning the 2015-16 school year, there will be a change to our kindergarten program. The change centers around a child's birthdate. Only children who turn 5 on or before September 1, 2015, will be admitted into a kindergarten. Children who turn 5 between September 2, 2015 and December 2, 2015, will be enrolled into a 2 year Transitional Kindergarten Program. Information about the programs is available at the school office.

If you have a child that will turn 5 years old by September 1, 2015 please call the school to pre-register at 382-0272 and an appointment will be scheduled as we near the Round-Up date.

Planada Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Week!!



4th Grade Students visit mission San Juan Bautista
The 4th grade students studied the history of the California missions and how they affected California. They learned about the Native Americans before and after the influx of missionaries. Students completed a brochure research project where their group was assigned a specific mission and they each created their own brochure. They learned about how the missions were made, who made them, floor plans, daily schedules, and the general history of their mission. Students studied the El Camino Real, the road that linked all 21 missions, and the significance of the bells during their ELD class time.


We continue to stress the importance of attending school on a daily basis. Please make sure your child gets to school on time. Students need to be in class, in their seats by 8:00am. If they are walking on campus at 8 a.m. they are tardy and need to report to the office for a tardy slip. This year we will be making a stronger effort to track student tardies and absences. Also, don't forget, if your child is absent from school, please call the school at 382-0272 ext. 100, to notify us of his/her absence. Students with excessive tardies/absences may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board.

*Every month we will be raffling off different prizes to students who have perfect attendance for that month.


Common Core, Smarter Balance Assessment and STAR Test

As we continue the transition to the Common Core State Standards, with it comes the new state assessments called the Smarter Balance. Our students will not take the STAR test any longer in Math or Language Arts as they have in the past; only the 5th grade students will take the STAR test in Science this year.  These assessments will be taken sometime in the spring. The Smarter Balance assessments will be taken on-line (computer).  If you would like more information on these assessments, you can visit the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium at  More information about these new assessments will be sent home.  

4th Grade and 3rd Grade_1.jpgOur 3rd and 4th Grade classes took time from their busy days to partner read.  Our 4th Graders read the story, "The Stranger" by Chris Van Allsburg to the 3rd grade students.  Our 3rd Grade students have been reading about Chris Van Allsburg and our teachers collaborated to have students share what they learned about the author and how some of his story endings are ambiguous. Great job by all 3rd and 4th graders!

Spelling Bee
Jose Meza and Melissa Garcia
represented Planada Elementary School at the Merced County Spelling.  
Jose and Melissa were the top spellers this year for our school.  
Congratulations to both students for their achievement!
After School Program

Our After School Program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:50-3:50. Classes are currently full and any incoming students will be placed on a waiting list. 


Planada Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day on November 7, 2014 and recognized our local Veterans for their service to our country. The students and staff created many posters and banners Thanking our Veterans for their service. 

Veterans Day honorees:
Richard Lopez, Erik Zuniga, Diana Zuniga, Heriberto Manzo-Lua, Jeff Doyle, Mike Gibbs, Frank Verduzco, Eddie Coronado, 
Dawn Williams, and Albert Marino. 
To the many other Veterans, THANK YOU!
Love Yourself. Be Drug Free

Planada Elementary School participates in the 
Healthy Active Places Tour 
and Safe Routes to School Event.
On Wednesday October 1, 2014 Planada Elementary School students and staff participated in the Healthy Active Places Tour. Participants met at Houlihan Park and walked to the school. Claudia Corchado coordinated the event and also donated 2 bikes to be raffled to students. Following the walk there was a special assembly held to promote healthy living and to raffle off the bikes. Superintendent Jose Gonzalez also donated 2 bikes and PES donated 2 additional bikes for a total of 6 bikes that were raffled. Congratulations to all participants and to the bike winners.





Box Tops for Education
Our school is once again participating in the Box Tops for Education Program.  We get 10 cents for every Box Top coupon that is submitted to the school.  We send out monthly coupon worksheets so that students can complete them and turn them in to the office.  We earn $1 for each completed worksheet and every student that turns in a completed worksheet enters into a drawing for various gift cards.  If you need additional coupon worksheets, please stop by the school office.  Thank you for your continued support. 
Merced Mall ShopSmart Program537_eventphoto_Shop_mart_20Logo.jpg
Our school is once again participating in the Merced Mall's ShopSmart Program.  This program gives back to our school by you simply shopping at the various Merced Mall stores, except for Target and Sears.  It's really simple to support our school.  All you need to do is shop at Merced Mall, turn in your receipts to the Merced Mall front desk area or you can bring them to the school.  At the end of the year, the top schools can win up to $2,500.  The Planada Community can support the mall by shopping at the many stores and the Merced Mall will then give back to our school.  In the past we have placed in the top 5 spots.  Thank you for your continued support. To learn more please visit their website at
At PES, we encourage every student to become a proficient reader. In an effort to help each child, every student at ES has been given an AR Goal to achieve for the 2014/15 school year. Students are required to read an AR book at their level every day for at least 20-30 minutes. Students take AR quizzes when they have completed a book and can earn points towards their goals. Please help us by ensuring your child reads daily and is earning points towards their goals.
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