Lanai Weekly: November 13 - 17, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Parent/Teacher Conferences, Island of the Blue Dolphins and Veterans Day.  This has been a full week in only four days!  Most likely, you’ve had a conference with your child’s teacher and reviewed the new report card.  Hopefully, the expanded information in the new report card, which is aligned to the Common Core, provides you with a fuller picture of how your child is doing in school.  Many teachers expressed that the new report card delineates more specific information and allows them to give students grades that are more reflective of achievement.  

This week I had the opportunity to see fourth graders digging into the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. They were finding evidence that supports the themes of survival, loneliness, and nature.  The students wrote journal entries from Karana’s (the main character) perspective, illustrated survival, and cited evidence of how nature impacts Karana’s decisions.  The students then charted their findings in cooperative groups and discussed the theme.  Finally, each group shared their learning with the class. It was powerful for the students to see that even though the groups investigated different aspects of the story, the theme is the universal.  It’s been so many years since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins, but after that lesson, it’s on my list for this weekend!

Finally, today we honored nine veterans who are family members of our students and staff at Lanai!  The whole school sang songs, saw flags from the 5 branches of service, heard a veteran speak, and learned about the meaning of Veterans Day.  There were many pauses for applause (and a few tears) as our students and families showed how much we appreciate their service to our country.   A particular highlight for our students was seeing our TA, Isiah Smith, sitting among the veterans.  We tip our hat as we show our appreciation to these veterans’ dedication and service.  

So, enjoy your weekend, and thank a veteran!

 

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: November 6 - 9, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Hi Lanai Parents,

Besides being fall and sweater season, hot chocolate season, and football season, it’s also report card and parent/teacher conference season! That means in the coming days you’ll be meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss how your child is doing. During the conference, you will be given the new report card which has a lot more detail than in the past. You child’s teacher will explain the expanded content areas and the addition of the Math practices as well as the traits for college and career learners. Included in the traits are the new grades of C - consistently, S - sometimes and R -rarely. Also, it is not expected that every content area will be covered each trimester, so you will see N/A in boxes on the report card. Don’t worry - that domain will be covered and graded in the second or third trimester. It surely will take a bit of time for everyone to understand everything about the new report card - teachers and parents alike - but we’ll all get there, one touchdown at a time!

Bye, bye Dodgers. Hello Rams!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: October 23 - 27, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Spooktacular, Harvest of the Month, Diwali, California Shakeout—what a week! Lanai’s community was out in full force with the best Spooktacular yet! Our students and families were treated to a marvelous day filled with awesome rides, great games, yummy food, terrific prizes and a Spooky atmosphere! This incredible day is the result of so many dedicated parents who worked countless hours for our students to have the Best. Spook. Ever! On Monday, yummy figs were the order of the day as our Harvest of the Month volunteers offered fig bites for our students to sample. On Wednesday, we celebrated Diwali—Indian Festival of Lights. It was lovely to see our students dancing to Indian music and then the whole school joining in! Recess was delicious with tastes of candies and chocolate coins. Additionally, our students loved coloring symbols, getting hand tattoos and jeweled bindis! On Thursday, our entire school participated in the California Shakeout. We (along with all LAUSD schools) simulated our response to a major 7.2 earthquake. All buildings were evacuated, triage was set up and missing students/staff were found. Parents participated in the drill as well and “picked-up” their children at the Request and Reunion gates. At the conclusion of the drill the entire school applauded each other for such a dedicated response to the simulation.

Flu season is ramping up and many of our students have left school early because they became ill. We request that if your child is running a fever during the night and the fever breaks by morning, the child still needs to remain home. The rule of thumb is: Fever-free for 24 hours without the help of fever-reducers.

Finally parents, our teachers are happy to talk to you about how your child is doing. They only ask that you please send them an email so that they can arrange an appointment. They are super busy (new math program, new reading program, new report card and “normal” Lanai full-days) which limit the quick, just a minute at morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up conferences. Mostly, our teachers will respond to you within 24 hours (add additional time over the weekend).

Fall is flying—shorter days, filled with Lanai awesomeness… Best. School. Ever.

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: October 16 -20, 2017

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

Spooky stuff is going on at Lanai! There are countless ghosts and witches (the good kind) who have been super busy preparing our school for the best Spooktacular ever!

Our morning traffic and drop off has been running smoothly, thanks to the volunteers and parents following the safety rules. As a reminder, please DO NOT PARK or SIT IN YOUR CAR in the RED ZONES.  They are painted red for a reason. Also, we are having a problem with parents dropping their children off in front of the gate instead of going through the driveway. That is not permitted and dangerous. If you don’t want to use the drop-off, please park your car and walk!

Looking forward to seeing you at Spooktacular!

Lisa Elan

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