Lanai Weekly: End of Year Smiles...Tears...Smiles

Dear Families,

The last week of school for the 2016-2017 year and it was lovely.  We began with LEXIA and Laps awards on Monday - smiles; and ended with the Walk of Honor on Friday - tears.   In between the 1st graders participated in their annual Spelling Bee; Kinders engaged in water fun; classroom parties were all around; kickball and basketball games of 5th graders vs. staff; lots of yearbook signings; 5th grade fitness awards; and of course, the 5th grade Culmination—smiles and tears.  The end of year is always bittersweet as we reflect on how quickly the school days past and how much our students have learned and grown.  We say goodbye to our 5th graders and wish them love, luck and goodness as they embark on the next stage of their lives.  Smiles…Tears…Smiles.

Have wonderful summer,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: June 5 - 9, 2017

Dear Families,

One more week to go and Lanai is still running in Fast Forward!  We had a special visitor at Lanai on Tuesday.  The author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, Laura Numeroff, came by and shared her newest book about service dogs called “Raising a Hero”, to our Kindergartners.  She also told students about the many important jobs that service dogs perform, as well as how to identify a service animal, and when it’s appropriate to approach them.   In addition, Ms. Numeroff explained her writing process to the children and told them that though picture books have fewer pages; it still takes a long time to have a story completed andpublished.

A few things to remember for the last week of school:  Check the Lost and Found for missing sweaters, jackets, lunchboxes, etc.; make sure you have completed any registration forms necessary for 2017/18 enrollment; update your Parent Square contact information; and finally pick up some good summer books for you and your children to enjoy.  Because “….if you give a child a book, he/she’s probably going to want to read it with you. And when you share stories together, you’ll probably get to talking about lots of stuff.  Then you’ll remember that a glass of milk and cookies goes well with spending time together.  And chances are, if you’re spending time together, you’ll probably want to read a good book.”

Enjoy your weekend!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 29 - June 2, 2017

Lanai Weekly: May 29 - June 2, 2017

Dear Families,

What a week!  Student Council speeches and elections, Open House, and only two weeks left of school!  As I walked through the classrooms on Tuesday night, I saw so many wonderful experiences that your child participated in this year.  The Life Cycle of a Butterfly, ABC books, the Circulatory System, Mars Survival biomes, art pieces from classic to contemporary, 3-D shapes, volume using everyday products, and much more.  In every classroom, children were proudly showing their parents the work and projects they have completed as part of their learning.  Learning magic was everywhere!

Also on Wednesday, the Safety Committee, composed of teachers, staff, parents, and administration, held our monthly meeting and reviewed Lanai’s procedures on our positive discipline policy and the way it’s explained and implemented to students and parents.  We also discussed the use of the newest toy craze - finger spinners.  The committee came to the decision that these spinners are a distraction and pose a potential danger.  Thus, we are asking parents to please have your child keep their finger spinners at home for at-home play.

Finally, as we honor Memorial Day, let us remember all the men and women who bravely served in our armed forces and provided us the freedom and opportunities that we all enjoy today.

Fondly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 22-26, 2017

Dear Families,

What’s the letter of the day?  What’s the countdown till summer?   Just ask the Kindergartners!  Monday was “H” for hat day—so I fit right in; Tuesday “I” for ice cream, very yummy; Wednesday “J” for jokes—What did the witch put on her bagel—scream cheese!  Thursday, “K” for Kindness and Kooky hair; and Friday “L” for luau—I guess summer vacation is on everyone’s mind!  

What’s 4 boxes of 10 crayons each?  How do we solve that problem?  Can it be drawn?  Can we count by 10’s?  Can we  group the numbers?  Are there multiple entry points to that question?  Ask your first grader how they solved that problem.  Definitely high level thinking for our first graders.  As an extension, you might ask your child how much money does he/she need if each box costs 20 cents…25 cents…one dollar….

What’s the musical instrument family of the week?  Just ask the second and third graders!  They are studying the violinist, Niccolo Paganini, who took the world by storm with his amazing dexterity and sting-popping virtuosos in the 1800’s.  Ask them about other interesting facts regarding Paganini and how he garnered so much attention.  Your child may also be able to share with you some other members in the “string” family and their choice of style preference.  

What’s a community to do?  How should they build a park that meets the needs of current families and still make sure that the elements of the park are safe?  What considerations need to be addressed regarding lighting, soil amendments and recreation structures?  Should the history of the community be memorialized?  Ask your fourth grader to explain the Interdisciplinary Unit of Study in which they are incorporating Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.  

What is a One Person Play?  A monologue?  A narrative?  What ways can a storyteller use space, their body, intonation, and props to help the audience experience the event?  Our fifth graders wrote, rehearsed and performed their own story in theater using their own experience.  Ski school, cell phones, a new puppy, moving, a cluttered kitchen, and meeting a movie star were just some of the plays they wrote about.  I know our fifth graders are confident and well-prepared to make any presentation middle school asks!

What’s on your agenda for entertainment?  If you want to see two great shows, please come and enjoy great Musical Theater presented by our own talented Lanai students in Lanai Lessons and Leavin’ Lanai!  The final two shows will be on Saturday so please check our website for all the info!

What’s left?  Have a great weekend!

Lisa Elan

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