Lanai Weekly: September 17 - 21, 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Daily routines are important for everyone.  Most adults say that they are far more efficient at managing their time, errands, responsibilities, etc. while they are working as opposed to when on vacation.  Children also thrive if they have a consistent, daily routine. Make sure your child has a predictable after-school schedule: pickup, snack, play, homework, dinner, bath/shower, book and bed.  During homework time make sure your child has a quiet spot to work, away from TV and other media so he/she can concentrate. Younger children often like to do their homework near parents, for help.  That’s fine. Offer some support if needed; but also allow your child to do the work. If the homework is too difficult, please don’t “fight” with your child to complete it. Instead, let his/her teacher know the challenges your child experienced.  That feedback is important to the teacher.    Have your child prepare his/her backpack the night before so mornings are less hectic.  For younger children, parents still need to check that your child has everything he/she needs.  If your child forgets to bring his/her homework to school, you don’t need to run to school and turn it in.  It’s okay for your child to let the teacher know he/she forgot it. We all forget things sometimes. The learning is, your child will develop strategies (with your support) to help remember, and the confidence to tell the teacher what happened and that it will be returned the next day.

As for consistency at bedtime, children in kinder through second grade should be in bed by 8:00 and asleep by 8:30.  Third through fifth grade should be in bed no later than 9:00. They have super busy days at school and their little bodies and curious minds need at least 10 hours of sleep to grow and refresh.  Reading a book before bed is a great way to prepare them for sleep. Studies have shown that using electronic devices before bed, inhibit and delay restful sleep. It’s a good idea to remove devices from your child’s room before bedtime.  The key is predictability - if the family’s afternoon and evening activities are consistent, your child will fall into that routine with less conflict.

A few car reminders:  If you park in a handicapped space for after-school pick up, please know that you will not be able to move your car until about 3:00 p.m.  Until that time, we have far too many children and parents crossing the parking lot and it’s dangerous. Also, please remember that a U-turn on Lanai is prohibited; thus, no U-turns when leaving the few spaces in front of the school.

Wishing you restful weekend.

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: September 10 - 14, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Such a busy week!  Five days packed into four--CPK Night, ELAC and SSC elections, LOVE Fund, Safety and Positive Behavior Committee, after-school enrichment—everything going full force!  Lanai is jumping!

In addition to all those activities, I had the opportunity to visit with first graders and see them working on a writing assignment about community helpers.  First the teachers modeled a brainstorming activity using a circle map as a graphic organizer.  Then the students used the ideas from the class discussion and circle map to generate their first draft of the assignment.  I can’t wait to read their final copy!  As students experience the entire writing process they become confident and effective writers; able to communicate thoughts and ideas to their audience.

I also saw our fifth graders in action in the computer lab.  They were busy developing an “All About Me” page using the tool called Padlet.  The students selected backgrounds and 3-4 cards with text and images that displayed information about themselves.  Then they shared their page with classmates.  I learned that we have some camo-loving, guitar-playing, sprinkle donut-eating, and Mark Twain-reading fifth graders!  Our students are gaining so many skills from the computer lab use and classroom.

Finally, I need to mention again that traffic is a serious problem for our neighbors.  I was contacted several times this week due to complaints that some drivers are not following traffic rules.  One neighbor, who is a doctor told me that his driveway was blocked by a parked car while he was on call and he couldn’t leave for work.  Another neighbor sent me a photograph of a broken mailbox that was hit by a car between 8:00 and 8:40 a.m. and no note was left.  I sincerely hope that our families are gracious and considerate to our neighbors. Lanai has a wonderful reputation in terms of community, academics, arts, activities, enrichment, and character.  Let’s please extend that to our neighbors—especially during drop-off!

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: September 3 - 7, 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

It was so seeing you at our Back to School Nights.  The evening provided an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, learn the classroom rules and expectations, discuss the homework policy, and discover some of the terrific learning in which your child will participate!  Please know that the evening was brief, but if you have more questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

There are so many opportunities for parents to participate in their child(ren)’s education.  In addition to volunteering in classrooms, PE, events, FOLB and PTA committees, we have two leadership committees at Lanai that target student learning and achievement.  The first one is our School Site Council (SSC) and that committee is a governing body that reviews safety, school budget, and student achievement. The second committee is our English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) and that committee monitors our programs and support for our English Language Learners.  Both are important and we welcome participation from all our families. Please come on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 8:30 a.m. for our ELAC elections and on Friday, Sept. 7th at 1:30 p.m. for our SSC elections.

Also, as a friendly reminder, please be considerate of our neighbors during drop-off and pick-up.  Remember not to block driveways, interfere with trash cans and park in unauthorized places. Following all traffic and safety rules makes Lanai and our community safer.

I’m certain you and your family enjoy the four-day weekend.  On Friday we celebrate Admissions Day—the day California was accepted into the union in 1850 as the 31st state.  On Monday we celebrate Labor Day—honoring our workers for their contributions to our society.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: August 27 - 30, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Tem dende, tem dende!  Got good energy, got good energy!  That’s the call and response music lesson our first and fourth graders experienced on Tuesday! On Wednesday and Friday our kinders, second, third, and fifth graders learned about levels of sound from “piano to crescendo”; soft to loud!   Our students sang and learned music vocabulary while using body and hand movements during the lessons. More good energy as our students were excited for P.E. with Coach! Our first graders were busy learning “Switch and King of the Hill” which is a quick moving game.  Watch out! 1,2,3 Switch! Move fast or lose your spot! So much energy!

Do you know all the school rules about being safe, responsible and respectful?  Ask a kindergartner to fill you in! Do you remember the difference between common and proper nouns?  Just ask a first grader! Do you remember how rocks and minerals are classified? Just ask a second grader about what’s going on in Science.    Can you come up with other names for common tools? Ask a third grader about the book Frindle.   Can you demonstrate how numbers are ten times larger as you move to the left on the place value chart?  Ask a fourth grader to explain. How do good readers apply their knowledge of “close reading” to a variety of texts?  Ask a fifth grader how good readers apply literacy skills in science and social studies! Lot’s of great learning going on in our classrooms! Lot’s of great energy!  

Looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Nights!

Tem dende!

Lisa Elan

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