Welcome to a new year!! We hope
everyone had a restful and well-deserved winter break. As we look forward to
the New Year and the rest of the 2014-15 school year, we continue to stress the
importance of daily attendance and its impact on academic success. Please make
sure that your child attend school daily and is here on time. As you are well aware, we continue to transition
to the Common Core State Standards. Our
teachers and staff continue to receive professional development on these new
standards in order to provide our students with a more rigorous curriculum and
prepare them for College and Career. We will also begin to focus on the Smarter
Balance Assessment. All students in
grades 3rd – 5th will take this new test in the spring.
Finally, under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), schools will receive
more per student funding and have more local control on how to best use those
funds. The Planada Elementary School District along with various stakeholders
has developed the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We have outlined various goals in the LCAP to
ensure that we maximize the use of all LCFF funding. Our district will be
hosting upcoming community forums to keep our learning community informed on
the LCAP and LCFF. We encourage all members of the Planada Learning community
to attend all community forums to help you stay informed of the changes in
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 http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. More
information about these new assessments will be sent home.
Our 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!
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,
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.
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.
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 http://www.mercedmall.com/sales-promotions/shopsmart/index.php
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.