Planada Elementary School

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

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

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually October 23-31. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free lifestyle and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

Special Agent Camarena was an 11-year DEA veteran assigned to the Guadalajara, Mexico, office, where he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. In 1985, he was extremely close to unlocking a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline.

On February 7, 1985, he was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. His tragic death opened the eyes of many Americans to the dangers of drugs and the international scope of the drug trade.

Shortly after Kiki’s death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Kiki’s high school friend Henry Lozano launched “Camarena Clubs” in Kiki’s hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifice made by Kiki Camarena.

These pledges were delivered to First Lady Nancy Reagan at a national conference of parents combating youth drug use. Several state parent organizations then called on community groups to wear red ribbons during the last week of October as a symbol of their drug-free commitment.

The first Red Ribbon Week celebrations were held in La Mirada and Norwalk, California. 

In 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the first National Red Ribbon Week, with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons.

Red Ribbon Week Dress Up Days

October 26-30

Friday 10/23- Wear Red to Kick off “Red Ribbon Week”

Monday 10/26- Wear Crazy Socks “Sock it To Drugs”

Tuesday 10/27-Crazy Hair Day “We’re Crazy About Being Drug Free”

Wed. 10/28-Hat Day “Put Your Thinking Cap On, Say No To Drugs”

Thursday 10/29-Pajamas Day “Follow Your Dreams, Don’t Do Drugs”

Friday 10/30- Wear you Costume “Scare Away Drugs”

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Paleta Day at Planada Elementary School!!

End of the Month Assembly 10/2

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.
Kinder Parents: A reminder to all kinder parents: if your child is going on the bus an adult is required to be present to pick them up. The picture tag is no longer required. If the adult is not at the bus stop then the parent or guardian will need to pick up the child from the school office. Also, any transportation changes made need to be done so in person. This ensures we verify you are in fact the parent . Thank you for understanding this is done to secure the safety of your child.
Accelerated Reader Program: We are an AR school and encourage every student to read daily to earn their quarterly goals. We dedicate 20 minutes per day during class time for students to read their AR books. Students are encouraged to read an additional 20 minutes at home. 
Dogs on Campus- Parents, for the safety of our students, please make sure if you walk to pick up your children and bring your dogs, to please have them on a leash. There are too many dogs roaming around the school grounds in the morning and in the afternoon. Dogs that are captured will be turned over to Animal Control. 
Safety and Parents on Campus- As we increase our Safety Procedures on campus, we will begin to ask parents to drop off their students at the front gate. We have too many parents on campus before and after school every day. By now our students should be familiar with the morning procedures and should report to class at 7:50 a.m. After school, we will ask parents to wait at the gate until the bell rings and students are dismissed. 

PES will be hosting it's annual Parent-Teacher conferences from Monday, October 19- Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Teachers will be sending out notices soon to schedule a conference date. Students will be released at 1:15 every day of conference week.

The Book Fair is coming to Planada Elementary!!
October 19th-October 23rd
*If you will be visiting the Book Fair during school hours, you must sign in as a visitor. Please stop by the office to sign in and receive a Visitor's sticker.

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





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

Love Yourself. Be Drug Free

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.