Getting to know Playa Vista Elementary School
Located just minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport and the Pacific Ocean, Playa Vista Elementary School (PVES) embodies a partnership with Loyola Marymount University, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the local community to create effective teaching strategies, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The vision of creating a challenging, nurturing environment for young learners allows PVES to be a hub for innovation, research and professional development.
PVES, located in a state-of-the-art platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified facility, held its grand opening just two years ago and is now home to 450 students. Our LA Skoolbo team, along with Skoolbo Ambassadors Henry Winkler and Dianne Callister, had the privilege of visiting this cutting edge school.
Inspiring the Children
Within moments, Henry Winkler captured the eyes and ears of each of the 18 children in Mrs. Albertson’s Kindergarten class. It didn’t take long for him to capture their hearts as well, as Henry encouraged each of them to follow his or her dreams and not let anyone tell them otherwise. He spoke of their brilliance and urged them to have confidence in their ability to think and be creative.
Once Henry mentioned how lucky the children were to have Skoolbo, they were very eager to share their own experiences of Skoolbo and their “favorite thing about Skoolbo”.
“My favorite part is when I win the race, not when I lose.”
“My favorite part is it helps me to learn.”
“My favorite part is keeping the money.”
The students were so excited when Henry told them that they were going to play Skoolbo and show him how it’s done. They logged in by themselves and were playing learning games in no time. We spent the next 15 minutes interacting with the students as they excitedly shared with us their houses and items that they had bought. The students would proudly announce how many questions they had answered and were very delighted to know that how close they were to getting the superhero suit!
What better way to wrap up the motivational talk and a great session of Skoolbo than a round of Zippy Shake? Or, rather, three or four rounds–the children simply couldn’t get enough! Henry and Dianne joined in as the students got active on the dance floor.
We want to thank Playa Vista Elementary School, Mrs. Albertson and her Kindergarten class for letting us stop by for a visit! We had a great time and we hope to see you all again soon!