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. 

 Darrin Praska, Principal

Phone: 480-892-7810


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.

School Motto

  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

Contact Playa del Rey Elementary

School Location & Directions

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 Announcements

  • Please join Playa del Rey’s Student Council as we sponsor a food and used clothing drive for OPEN ARMS, a Gilbert Service Organization helping others right here in our Town.

    At OPEN ARMS, we focus on serving the people of Gilbert. Particularly, your neighbors who have fallen on hard times-unemployment, sickness, family matters. They’re the working families that are living meal-to-meal. We help Gilbert families in need by giving them food and clothing on a monthly basis to make it through the month.  By donating to OPEN ARMS, you’re investing in your community and improving the livelihood of your neighbors. Thank You!!!
    Food Donations Needed:
    Sugar Rice (boxed or bagged)
    Flour Beans (canned, bagged, boxed)
    Canned meat (tuna, spam, etc.) Tomato products (canned, jars)
    Soup (canned or packaged) Pasta products (spaghetti, macaroni, etc.)
    Jelly Peanut Butter
    Canned Milk Cereal
    Canned Fruit and Vegetables
    Hygiene items (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, dental supplies, etc.)
    Other Needed Items:
    We always need men's, women's, children's and baby clothing in good condition.
    As well as new:
    Shoes--Socks--Sheets--Towels--Blankets--Backpacks--Accessories (belts, ties, purses, hats, etc.)
    November 20 --December 11
    Please send your donations to your child’s Homeroom Teacher. THANK YOU!!
    Comments (-1)
  • Bell & Lunch Schedules

    Comments (-1)

Playa del Rey Hours

  • Office Hours: 7:00am–4:00pm

    Breakfast: 7:40am–8:05am

    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

Peachjar Flyers
Last Modified on November 26, 2019