Final Lanai Weekly: 2018/19 and August 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Families,

This last week of school was filled with celebrations!   Wishing a super-big congratulations to our 5th graders on their Culmination! We know they’ll go onto great experiences in middle school.   They are well-prepared because of all the dedicated teachers and support staff they’ve had at Lanai.  This was also a week of awards - Morning Laps awards, Lexia awards and Perfect Attendance awards. Congratulations to all our students who earned awards this week and at other times too!  

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!


Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: June 3 - 7, 2019

Principal’s Message:

There is so much going on at school in preparation for the close of school next week! SBAC testing has concluded for our 3-5 graders—their results will be available to you on the Parent Portal over the summer. Our fifth graders have been preparing for their culmination which promises to be an inspiring and wonderful celebration of their years at Lanai—bring tissue, tears are a guarantee! The fifth graders also came decked-out and dressed-up for their annual 5th grade Dance! Big thanks to Marcos who spun the best music and Jill with her “red-carpet” team who worked so hard to make the VIP evening an adventure worthy of a Hollywood debut!

Our kindergartners are also warming up their voices for their celebration which is guaranteed to be adorable! We also had our incoming Kinder playdate Friday afternoon. Our soon-to-be Kinders have jumping feet, bright smiles and made some new friends - the start of a wonderful school experience.

Finally, today was the last Lunch with the Principal for this year. It’s always a nice time when the students, selected by their teachers, join me during lunch and we talk and eat a yummy dessert (usually Ding Dongs). I always ask the students questions and find out what’s new at the movies and what cool things the children have planned for the weekend. Today I asked what they felt was the best part of this school year. The consensus was: PE with Coach—who always makes playtime fun; all our Teachers who make learning interesting every day; and Laps for Lanai—yea! The running, the cheering, the tee-shirts, the spirit, the popsicles, the fun!


Wishing you a happy weekend!

Lisa Elan

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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

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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

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