Lanai Weekly: May 21 - 25, 2018

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

What an exciting week!  It begun Lexia awards and CPK night on Monday and then onto Tuesday with our wildly, successful Laps for Lanai Fun Run!  The weather was perfect and everyone had a great afternoon! I know this was a different experience for many of our students and families, but the word around school is two thumbs-up!  

Looking forward to next week, all our classrooms are buzzing in preparation for Open House on Tuesday night.  Come for a pizza dinner from 5:00-6:00 and then classroom visits from 6:00-7:00! It is a time to see the terrific work your children have completed throughout the year and a preview of what’s to come.  A fun night for all!

Our State Champions, the 5th Grade DIY (Do It Yo) Destination Imagination team is holding a fundraiser this Saturday, May 19 at Chipotle at 18700 Ventura Blvd from 5pm to 9pm. 50% of the proceeds will go towards the costs associated with traveling to Texas next week for the Global Finals! Lanai is the only LAUSD school attending and will be competing against teams from 45 states and 14 countries.

If you have a chance, please join us for the SEEDs musical theater presentation of “Life After Lanai”--(Is that even possible?)!  There are two shows—Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 14 - 18, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

There is a lot of counting going on at Lanai!  Just ask the Kindergartners how many days are left of school.  They know it by the letter of the alphabet. Art Day, Bubble Day, Camouflage Day, Donut Day, Exercise Day, Friend Day, Games Day and today, Hat Da - All Super, Fun Days!  Our fifth graders returned from Pali Camp and had a wonderful time. You could tell by the great stories and sleepy eyes when they returned! It’s a trip they’ll always remember!

Our third graders completed their math portion of the SBAC test and next week, fourth and fifth graders will be working on it.  Most fourth graders have completed the English Language Arts section and will be working on math next week. Our fifth graders will be working on the English Language Arts section next week.  Please remember that your child needs a good night’s sleep and a complete breakfast to give their best attention to the test.

Finally, our Laps for Lanai Fun Run is on Tuesday and our students have been preparing through daily exercise, character challenges, and some cool activities.  We look forward to the run and encourage you to attend! Check out Parent Square for all the details.

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 7 - 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

Flowers, cookies, cards, fruit and hugs!  So many wonderful ways that your children showered our teachers and staff with appreciation!  It has been an incredible week and I know that everyone at Lanai felt extra special and honored.

May flowers were in full bloom at our annual Volunteer Tea on Tuesday!  Chorus sang, ladies lunched, presidents spoke, teachers popped in, and every volunteer was treated to a lovely lunch with the auditorium decorated to the nines by our students and staff!  We are so grateful for all the wonderful programs, activities, and time our families bring to Lanai.

Our third graders completed the English Language Arts section of SBAC testing this week.  They will work on the Math portion next week. Fourth graders will begin the English Language Arts next week.  Please make sure that your child comes to school well-rested and with a full tummy so that they can give their best attention to the test.  

Our students were treated to a very fun Laps for Lanai kick-off event on Thursday!  Music, dance party, fitness, high-fives, character, fun! I know our students are enjoying the character traits and fitness challenges in preparation for our annual Laps for Lanai Fun Run on Tuesday, May 15. Look for more information on Parent Square.  

Finally, Lanai celebrated Cinco de Mayo today with an assembly and snacks!  Special thanks to our Mexican Hat dancers from Mrs. Fulford’s class and fourth grade students, Eden and Sloane, for providing information about this holiday.  The fiesta continued at recess with DIY maracas, chips and salsa! Ole!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: April 30 - May 4, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Lanai welcomes back our fourth graders as they return from their three-day trip to Catalina!  Boats, fish, hikes, snorkeling, labs—it was all there for our students as they explored the marine life and the surrounding habitats of Fox Landing!  I know they’ll have lots of fish tales to tell!  

A big congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Manolos!  She was honored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce this year along with 16 other fantastic teachers from schools all across the valley!  The evening included speeches from school board members, community supporters and representatives from elected officials.  Lanai is one of the few schools to participate every year in this wonderful celebration of teachers who devote every day to the care and education of our students.  

Finally, there are still problems with morning drop off.  Please remember that you may not double park to let your child off; you may not park too close and lock another car in; you may not let your child off at the corner of Marbro; you may however, use the drop off line for the safety of all children and drivers!  A copy of Lanai’s Traffic and Safety Rules will be sent home to every family next week as a reminder.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and since you can read this, thank a teacher!  


Warmly,

Lisa Elan  

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