Lanai Weekly: January 15 - 19, 2018

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

Downpours, puddles, and raincoats, oh my! The stormy weather couldn’t keep our first week back at school so much fun to visit again with our friends! Our students immersed themselves in reading, math, science, computers, art, music, dance, P.E., theater, and library as the second half of the school year begins.

Technology plays a very big role in our lives. Many of our older students have their own cell phones and bring them to school. As a reminder, student cell phone use during the school day, is prohibited. The phones are to remain in their backpacks with the sound turned off. If, after school, parents need to be contacted, students may use their phones to call home. Texting friends and games on the phone are not permitted at school.

Parents please remember that working the line for morning drop-off is a very serious responsibility. All parents are expected to volunteer when it is their child’s class’ weeks. Even if you do not use the carpool lane, your child is still benefiting from our valet system. All children must cross the parking lot to enter school and need to be protected from vehicle traffic. As a additional reminder, your own children are not allowed to help, nor are they able to come visit you while you’re working the carpool line. These procedures are in place in ensure the safety of all our students as they begin their school day.

Please remember that school is closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Dr. King advanced the civil rights movement and espoused nonviolence as he illuminated the racial inequalities that persisted in our country in the early 1960s. His words still ring true today. Though we have taken many strides in ensuring the rights of all citizens, there is still a lot to be done. I hope you have a chance to discuss with your families the growth we’ve made, as well as the road still ahead.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: January 8 - 12, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Families,

Our last week of school before Winter Vacation was filled with books, smiles, lovely holiday decorations and lots of music!  I’m sure you were able to attend one of our Winter Concert - what a treat!  Every grade sang two delightful holiday songs led by Nicole Rivera, our incredible music teacher and accompanied by Bill Haller, our chorus teacher.   The Thursday afternoon show had the added treat of a violin performance from our enrichment class led by Mary Schuler.  Also, I hope you had a chance to view all the beautiful cards displayed in the auditorium made by each student to be given to children in need.  Thank you Art Docents, for the incredible art you inspire in our students!  The Winter Concert is such a lovely way to begin the holidays!

On a safety note, if you pick up your child after 4:00 p.m. you may have noticed that our front gate is secured.  At that time, we have another Youth Services coach standing outside monitoring parents coming onto the campus to pick up their child(ren).  This person is provided by LAUSD and will be supporting our after-school pick-up, helping Coach Wendy on the playground, and watching the front gate from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  He also will contact SEEDs when parents come to pick up their children.  This measure was put in place because many parents voiced their concern about our campus being vulnerable in the afternoon.
Finally, as we say goodbye to 2017 and post good wishes for everyone in 2018, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and wish you peace.

Warmly,

Lisa Elan
 

 


 


 

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Lanai Weekly: December 11 - 15, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Families,

This has been a most unusual week with the fires, poor air quality, and school closure. I want to let you know that throughout this entire event our teachers, staff, and volunteers worked together to ensure that our students and staff were protected. We were in a modified “shelter-in- place” plan. The only time students left their classroom was to use the restroom or to attend a specialist class. Doors remained closed and all air units were turned off. Food from the cafeteria was delivered to their classrooms. Prior to your child(rens) return to school on Monday, our custodial staff will be working on-site Friday, Saturday and Sunday following District clean-up procedures to ensure that all school interiors, restrooms, air units, floors, roofs, outdoor facilities and equipment, etc., have been cleaned and checked to make the environment safe.

I want to commend so many people for making Lanai as great as always: Our morning drop-off volunteers for being outside and running drop-off through thick and thin; Marcos and Coach who ran around checking every room for vent openings, air systems and monitoring the site; our entire office staff who ran the control center—taking and delivering classroom food orders, attendance, covering and re-arranging schedules, providing and updating information about changing plans and events, and responding to the enormous amount of parent inquiries; our cafeteria who made sure each student got his/her snack and lunch; our TAs who covered other classes in need of support; our teachers who stayed with your child(ren) the entire day, their first concern, keeping all children protected; our parent volunteers who continued the programs and events on campus without interruption; and finally to all our families who entrust your child(ren) to us each day and know that we will do everything possible to make sure he/she is safe, happy, and learning.

Hoping that all our families are safe,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: December 4 - 8, 2017

Principal's Message

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving holiday. I heard about wonderful trips; yummy dinners spent with friends and family; and some full-on “TV marathons” in jammies! Very fun! It’s beginning to feel a little like fall; 70-80 degree days, and fairly cool nights. Although it warms up by noon, please make sure your child brings a jacket or sweatshirt to school, as our mornings are quite cold.

Responsibility is the buzz word for the month of December. We learned about it in our morning, student presentation and later Character assembly on Wednesday. Everyone participated and showed spirit by wearing green! As always, our school message is the 3 B’s—Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. On Friday, we highlighted students demonstrating good character and growth at our Principal’s Awards and Lunch with the Principal.

Creativity is the word in our computer lab this week! If you ever need a room plan drawn on a computer, just ask our third graders how to do it. This week they were busy using Google Draw to make models of their classroom, homes, and our playground in the computer lab. I saw many of our students changing arrangements, size, shape and scale as they were reconfiguring the plans. I know I can certainly get some great student suggestions for “rearranging” my living room over the vacation. Our second graders were busy coding with scratch animation! They made butterflies fly, birds flap their wings, carrots dance, and even robots perform somersaults! It’s awesome to see how skilled and confident our young students are as they produce colorful and fun animations.

Finally, our Musical Theater is presenting two shows: one tonight and the second on Saturday. It’s sure to be a hit! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Fondly,

Lisa Elan

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