Planada Elementary School

Principal: Ildefonso Nava
9525 E. Brodrick St.
P.O. Box 236
Planada, CA 95365
(209) 382-0272



DAILY SCHEDULE: School starts every day at 8:00 a.m. ALL grades are released at 2:25 daily except Wednesdays, early release at 1:15.

Updated Registration Forms- Parents, if you have not yet completed the various school forms that were sent home, please do so as soon as possible. It is very important that all student data be up-to-date. 

Parent Visitors- If you will be accompanying your child to their classroom, please remember that all visitors must sign in, in the office and receive a visitor's pass. 

Back to School Night- Our Back to School Night is next Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 6-7:30p.m. Please come out and meet your child's teacher and receive classroom information.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new campus numbering system.

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





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


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!


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. 

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.