Lanai Weekly: May 27 - 31, 2019

Principal’s Message:


Dear Parents,

This has been a super week for students and staff!  On Tuesday we had our annual Laps for Lanai run and it was incredible!  All our students ran with enthusiasm and pride as they were cheered on by their buddies, staff and parents!  Our fifth graders and Coach were surprised during the last lap of the day when the entire school came out to cheer them on - honoring their last Laps for Lanai run!  Student Council President, Nicole, gave Coach a box filled with cards from students letting him know how much they’ve enjoyed PE, and all the other cool stuff he does with them!

The entire week, during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, everyone at Lanai has been celebrated and thanked for all they do each day!  Flowers on Monday, cards on Tuesday, fruit on Wednesday, a super-yummy lunch on Thursday and custom, Lanai socks on Friday, made for an amazing week!  Our entire staff thanks you for your support and love - Lanai wouldn’t be the wonderful place it is without you!

I want to commend all our candidates who ran for Student Council.  They worked hard on their creative posters and speeches! Congratulations to our new student council reps: Sasha, Kiki, Sam, Addison, Mila, Georgie, Sol, Sam, Isabella, Sienna, Hannah, and Jonathan.   President Gabby and V.P. Lili. We know they will serve Lanai well. In addition, there are opportunities for ALL students to participate in many other committees and we welcome every student’s participation at school!

On a final note, many of you know that we are in the midst of arranging the new classes for next year. Please know that your child’s teacher knows your child best and will make every attempt to place him/her in the class that is best.  Some of the things considered when building the classes each year include: English Language status, Special Education, GATE status, friendships, behavior concerns and academic balance.  If there is additional information that is helpful for your child’s current teacher, please contact him/her. Otherwise please know, each teacher puts much consideration into the placement of their students.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Lisa Elan

Read More

Lanai Weekly: May 20 - 24, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This has been a week full of smiles - especially on Tuesday night!  It was our annual Open House and every classroom was bursting with the amazing work our students have engaged in all year.  It was lovely seeing the students proudly sharing their writing, science labs, math, research reports, art, and computer presentations.  In addition, most students visited upcoming classrooms to get a “preview” of next year. The excitement for 2019-20 is building already!

On another note, SBAC testing has commenced in grades 3 - 5.  Please make sure that your child is on time to school each morning and has eaten a good breakfast.  Also, a good night’s sleep is imperative as the tests require concentration and reasoning. Parents will be able to access their child’s results via the Parent Portal over the summer.  Scores will not be sent home. Please see Jody in the Parent Center; she will provide you with your PIN code to help set up your account.

On a final note, it was lovely meeting many of our incoming families at the Meet and Mingle night on Thursday.  The new families I met, are super-excited to come to Lanai and are certain to participate in their child’s education!  A few even mentioned that they were former Lanai students—once a lion, always a lion!

Happy weekend!


Lisa Elan

Read More

Lanai Weekly: May 13 - 17, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Road Families,

This week has been jam-packed with all kinds of fun for our students! On Monday, our fifth graders went to Pali Camp for a great end-of-year experience! They did a high ropes course, Variety Show, Balloon Rescue and “bonding” experiences. The weather was cooler than usual but seeing the mist among the mountains was amazing! This will be a trip they will always remember.

Friday was such a busy day, that three principals were needed to run the school! Luckily, Principal Sophie and Principal Shiva were here to help. They helped out with the inclement weather and made the decision to postpone our Israeli Independence Day celebration until Monday when the weather will be better. In addition, Principal Shiva and Principal Sophie visited with some of our prospective parents on our school tour. Their advice to the incoming families is for children to walk in the halls, listen to the teachers, and when it’s raining everyone should walk under the awnings. They both took time out from their busy day to visit the classrooms and tell the students what a good job of learning they are doing and how much they appreciate the hard work the teachers, TAs and staff are doing. Finally, as all principals know, taking time for lunch is super important, (this job requires lots of energy)! To that end, Principal Sophie and Principal Shiva had lunch with their friends in the Principal’s office! It’s a great day to be a principal!

Finally, I wish all the moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! This is one of my favorite holidays—handmade cards, runny eggs, and flowers made out of tissue paper—what can be better?


Best,

Principal Shiva, Principal Sophie, and Principal Elan

Read More

Lanai Weekly: May 6 - 10, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Parents,

So much going on this week! On Wednesday, our Volunteers were treated to a lovely breakfast hosted by our teachers and staff as a way to say thank you for all you do! Later, on Wednesday, our students got to hang out with their buddies at the final Buddy Lunch! It was a lovely spring day with games, bookmarks and popsicles. Top it off with butterflies soaring across the yard and it was a perfect buddy lunch! On Friday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with music, dance and yummy snacks - ole!

On another note, our TAs, staff and I met and are working to improve yard safety. We made changes which include students in grades 1 & 2 will “freeze” when the bell rings. Kindergarten students will also practice “freezing.” Then, selected students will gather the balls to be returned. No PAW tickets will be given for returning the balls. Students will only be allowed to play in their dedicated “areas.” This will curtail the after-bell rush to get to the ball box and in line. We hope these steps will improve safety on the yard.

Looking forward, remember we have movie night on Saturday; Laps for Lanai on the 21st and CPK Night on the 22nd this month. Lot’s of fun things going on!

Wishing you a nice weekend!


Lisa Elan

Read More