Lanai Weekly: March 18 - 22, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Bragging rights, being kind, and butterflies! This week Lanai (as always) had brilliant stuff going on.  First, on Monday, District staff from Beaudry visited our school to see how we implement technology in classrooms. They were impressed with the high level of differentiated activities going on in fifth grade.  During Independent Study Time (IST) the District team saw students working on Zearn for math practice;  Edulastic for assessments; and Power School for resources, homework and study projects. One of the visitors asked Evelyn to show how she uses her Chromebook in Social Studies. She demonstrated how students go to the platform, find the map of the United States, and then complete information on a specific state. Next, the officials visited a third-grade classroom and saw students integrate persuasive and informational writing to produce a video on healthy foods. They watched a yummy strawberry infomercial produced by Mason! The District team was amazed by the innovation, sophistication, and excitement our students and teachers have for using technology. At the end of their tour, they told us that they visit different LAUSD schools each Monday. They raved that Lanai, by far, was one of the best they’ve seen. The ideas and suggestions learned from their visit to Lanai will help them advance and improve technology at our school and throughout the District.

On Wednesday, students were seeing orange for the character trait, fairness. They enjoyed a presentation by our student council with vignettes on ways of showing kindness. One tableau demonstrated thoughtfulness to our teachers by providing food and support during the strike; another, on how important it is to share toys with siblings and friends; and lastly, what it means to be responsible in caring for pets and keeping your word. Our students love seeing their peers perform. A special thanks to Ali for working with our students and helping them write and bring their ideas to life!

Did you know that Lanai is part of the flight pattern for “painted lady” butterflies? Several days this week students witnessed countless butterflies flying swiftly across the playground and parking lot. These butterflies are on the first leg in their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. The insects seen will journey to Northern California, breed, and then the next generation of butterflies will continue their trek to the Pacific Northwest. This is happening because of the tremendous amount of rain experienced this winter. How lucky we are to witness this lovely, unusual occurrence of so many painted ladies at one time!

I hope you weekend is filled with good things to brag about, fairness to others and lots of BUTTERFLIES!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 11 - 15, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

What is faster than a hop, skip and a jump through an obstacle course? More powerful than vivid adjectives? Able to leap tall buildings using onomatopoeia words? Our Superhero Literacy Fair of course! On Thursday and Friday this week our students visited the library for our annual Literacy Fair. The students attended different stations as they explored many facets of literacy. Before embarking on their journey through superhero adventures, the younger students heard snippets from a book by Kamala Harris called Superheroes are Everywhere. All classes were introduced to the superhero inside us. Those values include how kindness, sharing, helpfulness, courage, fairness and curiosity are within us. Then they visited stations as they explored a variety of literacy games, writings and crafts. At one station, they spun a story-starter wheel and used the selection to write a story. At another station, the students practiced the physical skills necessary to be a superhero. They hopped, jumped, crawled, side-stepped and high-fived as they ran through an onomatopoeia workout course—Kapow!!! Our students also became superheroes themselves! They listed their super powers, gave themselves a superhero name, defined how they’d help others and decorated their own superhero masks. Finally, our students explored an the respiratory system, an underwater world, and a dairy farm through VR glasses. A superhero thank-you to Juliet Biederman and Rachael Barg and their superhero-volunteer parents who put on the “super-est” Literacy Fair yet! 

Also, as a reminder, this weekend begins daylight savings time. Clocks are moved ahead an hour at 2:00 am on Sunday. That means less sleep, but more daylight for Lanai’s student-superheroes and their amazing powers!

Kapow, zonk, wham!!!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 4 - 8, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

“The important thing about school is that you learn.
It’s true that you play with your friends at recess and lunch.
You get to go on field trips and write stories.
But the important thing about school is that you learn.”


That’s the poem second graders in Ms. Stephans’ class collaborated on after the read-aloud of The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s true, that it’s an “older” book, but the second graders loved finding the pattern and then applying it to a class poem! By the way, for those of you familiar with “older classics” she’s also the author of Goodnight Moon.


Speaking of classics, the fourth graders have been busy preparing and presenting skits and projects based on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. I saw several different presentations in Ms. Bryan’s class. The students used a part of the story and then changed something about it. In addition to dialogue, narration and props, the students’ illustrated backgrounds which were projected onto the whiteboard to enhance their scene. The audience then gave positive feedback to the presenters. In one skit, Karana’s story turns out to be just a “bad dream” and she wakes up to find out that she was not abandoned on the island for 18 years. I know everyone loves that book - another classic!


Many of you had the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher this week during our second
parent/teacher conferences. This round of conferences was optional if your child is at grade-level in all academic courses. If not, and you haven’t met with your child’s teacher, please make sure you contact him/her to discuss plans and progress for the remainder of the school year.


Finally, there is a creepy hoax on social media going around called the Momo Challenge. What happens is children go to YouTube and click on a regular video.  At some point during the video a scary image with a frightening message appears and tells kids to do dangerous things. At this point I am recommending parents supervise their children while watching YouTube videos.

Sincerely,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: Feb 25 - March 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

This week has been super-cold and we still have a few more weeks of this weather. Please make sure your child(ren) come to school dressed in warm layers and jackets. In the morning, my car’s thermometer registered 36 degrees. Yikes! That’s cold!  

Even though it’s cold in the morning, by the time kindergartners were outside with Coach PJ on Wednesday, it was comfortable PE weather and they played a running and tossing game called “Money in the Bank.” The objective was to “guard” the “bank” money, while at the same time, tossing bean bags into a bin and running to catch any that didn’t make it into the container. The kindergartners were running and jumping and tossing and yelling to their partners. In the end, I’m not sure who won, but they all had fun playing and getting good exercise!

In science, our second graders are investigating force and magnetism. They were given magnets, paper clips, string, straws and popsicle sticks to determine which has magnetic properties. They also discovered that a magnet can exert a lot of force on paper clips and lift several at a time in  “clump” or a line. Finally, they explored how magnets attract and repel - all cool stuff!

On Tuesday our fourth graders were busy reading music, singing a Portuguese song and making percussion sounds with their bodies. They counted beats with peanut butter, grapes and tacos and then clapped, slapped, and stomped their feet all in beat. Then they divided into two groups and played different beats and patterns according to the notes they were following. It was a cool sight to see and an awesome sound!

In computers, our 5th graders are developing a PSA (Public Service Announcement) on cyberbullying. Ms. Leon, our Planet Bravo teacher, is having them research their topics, collect data and then overlay information on images. Ms. Leon reminded the students about plagiarism and collecting and citing information obtained from the internet appropriately. The students will then present their project. These projects and curriculum fill their technology toolbox and enable our students to be comfortable and adept in using multiple platforms and applications.

Even though it’s cold outside, Saturday night will be hot! The Gala team has been working ‘round the clock putting together an amazing Havana Night! I hope to see you sporting Panama hats, Cuban cigars, and flouncy dresses as we support the wonderful programs, specialists, and enhancements that are uniquely Lanai.

Let’s Dance!


Lisa Elan

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