Playa del Rey Mission Statement
At Playa del Rey Elementary School, we believe that the development of a responsible citizen involves family, school, and community support. We will model authentic relationships and instill the importance of being both respectful and responsible. We will give every child opportunities to develop a positive self-worth, the motivation to reach their full academic potential, and the social skills necessary to become a contributing member of society.
Degrees and Certifications:
Darrin Praska, Principal
Darrin J. Praska joined Playa del Rey Elementary in 2015 after moving to Arizona from Omaha, Nebraska. His career began as a 5th grade teacher in Mason City and Ames, IA for nine years. Mr. Praska then took a position as a school administrator in Clear Lake, IA. After leaving Clear Lake, Darrin served as an elementary principal for the Council Bluffs Community School District for seven years. Mr. Praska oversaw the renovation and redesign of his PK-5 building in Council Bluffs. This building was then highlighted in a national facilities design magazine.
Mr. Praska received his undergraduate degree from Buena Vista University in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. Darrin then earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College before pursuing an additional Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
Mr. Praska views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. He believes partnerships with parents and establishing community partners are essential to enriching the experience at Playa del Rey Elementary. During his time at Playa del Rey, his campus has received an A letter grade from the Arizona Department of Education for academics and in 2019, Playa was designated as an Arizona A+ School of Excellence.
During his free time, Darrin enjoys reading, spending time with his dog Cooper, home renovation, and traveling with friends and family.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
Our School Colors
Purple & Yellow
Playa del Rey Lunch Schedule
|2:55 PM Regular Release||1:55 (1) Hour Early Release||11:55 AM Half Day Release|
|Kindergarten 10:45 - 11:25 (Eat First)||Kindergarten 10:30-11:05 (Eat first)||Kindergarten 10:25-10:55 (Eat First)|
|1st Grade 10:30-11:10 (Play first)||1st Grade 10:20-10:55 (Play first)||1st Grade 10:30-11:00 (Eat First)|
|2nd Grade 10:35-11:15 (Play first)||2nd Grade 10:25-11:00 (Play first)||2nd Grade 10:35-11:05 (Eat First)|
|3rd Grade 10:45-11:25 (Play first)||3rd Grade 10:35-11:20 (Play first)||3rd Grade 10:45-11:15 (Eat First)|
|4th Grade 10:55-11:35 (Play first)||4th Grade 10:40-11:15 (Play first)||4th Grade 10:50-11:20 (Eat First)|
|5th Grade 11:20-12:00 (Eat First)||5th Grade 11:00-11:35 (Eat first)||5th Grade 10:55-11:25 (Eat First)|
|6th Grade 11:25-12:05 (Eat First)||6th Grade 11:05-11:40 (Eat first)||6th Grade 11:00-11:30 (Eat First)|
Playa del Rey Hours
Office Hours: 7:00am–4:00pm
Playground Opens: 7:45am
Elementary School Day Start & End Times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:10am–2:55pm
Wednesday Early Release: 8:10am–1:55pm
Half Days: 8:10am–11:55am
Upcoming Playa del Rey Events
April 21, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Cancelled - Kindergarten Orientation
May 13, 2020
May 21, 2020
July 28, 2020
August 3, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Open House - Meet the Teacher
August 5, 2020