PS #1 Pluralism School celebrated its 35th anniversary Sunday, May 20th, with an afternoon party on the school’s “Field of Dreams.”

The nonprofit Santa Monica elementary school “encourages joyful learning and embraces diversity,” according to a school spokesman.

More than 600 of the school’s students, alumni and their families attended the celebration to reconnect with old friends, share memories of their PS #1 days, and see plans for new construction that will start this summer.

The new construction will bring the school to the next phase of its master site plan and closer to its goal of creating a green, sustainable campus, the spokesman said.

During the afternoon festivities, as attendees listened to music performed by PS #1 parents and alumni, they designed ceramic tiles for a memory wall and looked for their face and those of their friends in photo collages of students and teachers from the different decades.

The younger children — including both current students and children of alumni — played in bouncers and created bubbles by the bubble pool.

While many of the PS #1 alumni and their families at the event continue to live in the local area, others traveled from as far away as Shanghai to attend the party, held at the school’s main campus, which has been on 1454 Euclid St. in Santa Monica since 1998.

Longtime Santa Monica resident Joel Pelcyger, the head of the school, founded the school in 1971 with his wife, Ellie.

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