Playa del Rey Elementary
A+ School of Excellence
Playa students are challenged daily by highly qualified educators who develop lessons that are rigorous and relevant to our 21st Century. You will hear about how Playa has earned the Arizona A+ Award twice, Character Counts!, Bully-Free Zone, Red Ribbon Week, PTSO Family events, STEM clubs, Oceanography, and Fine Dining. These activities, and more, help create a warm, welcoming environment where children and adults feel comfortable and respected.
A favorite poem, written by Julie Ann Ford, entitled ‘Five Lessons to Live By,’ has been shared with staff, students, and parents. You will see examples of these Five Lessons practiced at Playa: Learn to Laugh, Learn to Listen, Learn to Let Go, Learn to Love, and Learn to Live. Remember, what we see in life depends on what you are looking for—so search for the good in others and appreciate the gifts each day brings. We look forward to welcoming you into the Playa Family.
National Directorship is a Chance to Advocate for our Students
Playa del Rey’s principal, Dr. Robyn Conrad, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). For the next three years she will serve as director and representative for principals in Zone IX, which covers Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, and Samoa.
In July, Dr. Conrad will head to Washington, D.C., for the State Leaders Convention. While there, she and principals from across the country will meet with legislators to speak on behalf of educators and advocate for all children.
“After nearly 30 years in education, I have gained valuable experiences from working with exceptional teachers and administrators,” said Conrad who admits she feels honored to have been elected to the board. “I realize quality schools have, at their core, quality teachers and administrators.”
Conrad has been an active member of NAESP since 2007, as well as a member of the Arizona School Administrators since 1993, serving as president of the elementary division from 2009 to 2011. Established in 1921, NAESP serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.
Congratulations Dr. Robyn Conrad
Playa del Rey Principal, Dr. Robyn Conrad, was named the National Distinguished Principal of Arizona for 2010. The NDP program promotes educational excellence for pre-K-8 schooling and calls attention to the importance of the school principal. This program is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and in corporate partnership with VALIC.
Our Mission: The mission of Playa del Rey is to provide an environment of exploration and discovery and to establish life-long enthusiasm for meaningful learning.