Lanai Weekly: November 12 - 16, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This week our students were surrounded by examples of what it means to be a citizen and/or resident of our country.  On Tuesday, Lanai’s auditorium was a polling location whereby our citizens exercised our most precious right - the right to cast votes.  The lines waxed and waned throughout the day, but it was a great opportunity for our students to see moms, dads, grandparents, and members from our community voting for what they feel is best.  

Today our students participated in our second Veterans Day assembly.  We honored 14 veterans from the Lanai community - sons, dads, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and staff members.  They came from all branches of the military and served during different times - the Korean War, Vietnam…overseas and stateside.  We listened as they told us how proud they were to serve our country. We heard inspiring words from our plant manager’s son Marc Anthony Paz, who is currently serving.  We celebrated when our own T.A., Isiah’s name was called. We sang, we listened, wrote notes, created artwork, collected donations and shed a few tears. I know our students are so fortunate to participate in events such as this; to be able to say thank you to the men and women who have served our country.    

While you are enjoying the Veterans Day weekend, please take a few minutes to talk to your child about the sacrifices our Veterans have made so that we can have freedom.  And if you know someone who has served; or is serving in the military, police force, fire department, medical care or any other service unit, please thank them for their dedication in helping us all.

Wishing you a weekend filled with peace,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: November 5 -9, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Halloween week is so exciting for children and our students looked so adorable on Wednesday as they paraded around our campus in the morning! Dorothy, Scarecrow, Unicorns, Zombies, aliens, the Incredibles, Superheroes, athletes, scary creatures, werewolves, and princesses were all here, having fun. Thank you for making sure that they left their candy at home - too much sugar gets in the way of learning!

As of today, your child has completed the first of three grading periods for this year. Next Friday Parent/Teacher conferences will begin. That’s when you will discuss with your child’s teacher how your child is doing academically, work habits/college and career readiness and social/emotional maturity. During the conference, be sure to ask your child’s teacher his/her areas of strength and ways that you can continue support of his/her learning at home.

On Tuesday, November 6th, Lanai’s auditorium will be an official polling place. We anticipate there will be a nice turn out due to the numerous issues on the ballot. We are reserving a few parking spots for voters and so there will be even less spaces available than usual.

Also, you are invited to attend our Veterans Day assembly on the yard on Friday, November 9th at 8:15 a.m. We will be honoring veterans from the Lanai family with a song, a presentation from Student Council and some stories. I know everyone will be moved as we celebrate the men and women who have served our country.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” This is the time of year when freshness and cooler breezes takes hold. The leaves on the tree in front of Lanai boasts lovely red-orange hues while others simply let go of their leaves. This is the start of shorter days, and soup. So remember that we gain an hour on Sunday morning (turn your clocks back one hour); send your child with a sweater or jacket each day (it’s cold in the mornings and afternoons) and put on a big pot of soup (chicken noodle or a hearty vegetable), because it’s fall!  Also, make time to take a walk with your child and search for pinecones and step on the leaves!

Step, crunch, step, crunch!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: October 29 - November 2, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

What can you do with 60 popsicle sticks, painters’ tape and teams of students?  Build a bridge of course!  That’s what all our students did on Thursday and Friday as they experienced our first STEAM/Engineering Design Day with the help of our Science Explosion moms! The lesson actually began last week during library when the students were presented a lesson on engineering.  This week during Science Explosion, the student-teams were told that they must design a bridge that can allow a toy car to pass through as well as support weight. Each group determined the type and supports they needed to build their bridge.  Structural information sheets were given to teams as a reference for potential designs.  It was electric seeing the students work together building their bridges!  At completion, each team tested the bridge’s integrity.  It was amazing to see how well our students worked together, shared ideas and then executed their vision.  I know we have some future engineers and all our students gained insight from this amazing STEAM experience! I can’t wait to see the next amazing event our moms Julie and Juliet have planned for Science Explosion - it’s always a gas!  

Our third and fourth graders were treated to author Betty Birney who has written many books including the Humphrey series.  During her presentation, she told our students that she imagines how the world looks through the character’s eyes.  Thus, when she began writing her Humphrey The Hamster books, she thought about what it would be like to live in a cage in a classroom.  She told the students that she felt that a hamster wouldn’t like being confined, which is why she left the cage unlocked in her books!   Special thanks to Nicole and Katie for bringing another super author to our school!  

On another note, thank you parents for adapting to our concerted effort to clear the campus and begin school promptly at 8:15.  I know a few mornings have been a bit hectic, but a smoother and timely start of the school day sets the tone for learning the whole day!  

Finally, congratulations to the students who earned their first Perfect Attendance hang tag for the month of August at our morning assembly!  This Monday, perfect attendance awards for the month of September will be presented.  Each month features a different design and I know our students will love collecting them!  


Wishing you a weekend of exploring bridges and books!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: October 22 - 26, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a chance to attend our biggest and best Spooktacular ever! Super-fun games, spooky decor, slick rides, spectacular prizes and sumptuous snacks all made for a great day for the whole family. Special thanks to the Spook Chairs: Shanna, Faye and Ali! I know they are still tired from the months of preparation, but I can’t wait until next year!

Speaking of Halloween, our second graders were treated to an art docent lesson on pumpkins! First the art docents read a story called The Big Pumpkin, which is actually a retelling of an old folktale. Next, they drew pumpkins, leaves and vines and then added lots of colorful detail. Their artwork sure gets us all in the mood for fall fun!  

Our first graders were busy writing non-fiction pieces on the life cycle of frogs, butterflies and bats. They used graphic organizers to help them plan and prepare their writing. Then they used time-order words to explain what happens first, next, then, later and finally. Those fundamental skills follow our students throughout their writing experiences.

By now I’m sure you’ve had a chance to read the green notice on our attendance policy. You must send a note to school following an illness. If you must take your child to a medical appointment during the day, please bring a doctor’s note upon returning. Please remember that students are expected to attend the entire day of school and that the school day begins at 8:15 each morning. At that time, students are in-class and working. Please make sure that your child is at school by the 8:10 bell so he/she won’t be late. We are promptly closing the gates and not allowing parents onto campus after 8:10 unless they are volunteering.  

Finally, we are happy to announce that Beyond the Bell (our after-school program) is offering a class on Tuesdays for students in grades 2-5 who are interested in learning about Persian culture and how to speak Farsi. A flyer will go home next week with more information. Any Lanai student in grades 2-5 is invited to participate.

Have a lovely weekend,

Lisa Elan

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