Lanai Weekly: March 27 - 31, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

First Grade was certainly first rate this week! They were busy working in the garden finding all kinds of creepy crawlies (mostly worms) during Science. This weekend,  explore your backyard with your child - there’s a whole world of insects and bugs in the space of 3 feet! First Graders were also busy in Computers dragging and dropping Clipart into documents that support word processing and reading. In Math the buzz word is REGROUPING not carrying! Your student was adding two digit numbers and regrouping to find the sum. First graders were also using number lines to count forward and back by ten. In one class a teacher asked, “How do you know that 30-30 is 0?” A student answered, “Well, we can take off the zeros and 3-3 is 0.” Another showed 30 on the number line and then counted backwards. Our First Graders are certainly engaged in Common Core thinking using multiple ways to solve problems!

Today, many of our Fourth and Fifth Graders were solid gold as they participated in the Go for the Gold Run! For the past eight weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, these students trained for today’s mile run. Many achieved their personal best time and then received Go for the Gold Awards. Congratulations to all those who made the commitment of making their bodies the healthiest and strongest they can be! A big thank you to Coach PJ and the many parent volunteers who helped organize this run as well as our “Morning Laps Crew!”

Finally, if you “See Something, Say Something”. Those are words you need to be reminding your children about in terms of safety at school, home, and anywhere. Sometimes children may see or hear something at school and not take it seriously. We need to emphasize to them that if it doesn’t seem “right,” tell an adult at school or home so that we can find out and help all involved. In addition, remind your child that we don’t allow “play fighting” at school. Certainly we don’t allow weapons of any kind, as well as toys that resemble weapons on campus. Discuss with your child that they are never allowed to leave school without you or an authorized adult. Check with the office to make sure that you have updated emergency contact information—phone numbers and/or the names of persons to whom we may release your child.

Enjoy the first weekend of spring!

 

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 20 - 24, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

Wow!  I’m still reeling from Lanai’s awesome GALA!   A very big shout-out to the Gala chairs and their committees in working so hard to make this Gala, “Vegas” worthy!  And an additional super, thank you to all our families who so generously support Lanai by maintaining our enrichment/arts/technology programs and demonstrating how important our teachers and T.A.’s are to the success of our school!

Even though this was week was a “quiet” week at Lanai because of the shorter days due to Parent/Teacher conferences, our second graders were very busy using technology in many facets of their learning.  In the computer lab they were “dropping” clip art into their own  Powerpoint presentations.   Others were using Chromebooks to research the contributions of many African-Americans in science, arts, technology and agriculture.  Another class was reading their Scholastic News magazine and then played a comprehension game based on the nonfiction article they had just read.   In addition, each week second graders are accessing LEXIA, Accelerated Reader, and ABC-YA for math and reading skill support.  

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) tests soon.  It is a computer adaptive assessment and is a tool by which teachers and parents can determine college and career readiness based on student performance levels.  The testing date windows are:  Third grade - April 24 to May 5th; Fourth grade - May 8th to May 19th; Fifth grade—May 17th to June 2nd.  Students will be actually testing about 4 days in one to two hour sessions.  An informational meeting for parents about the SBAC testing will be announced soon.

Finally, our students celebrated Nowruz—Persian New Year on Thursday!  Students learned about the special table set with the New Year symbols - eggs, flowers, nuts, and apples and sampled delicious Persian cookies during recess. The celebration ended with our students dancing in their traditional dress and then extended to a school-wide dance party!  Wishing all our Persian families a Happy New Year!

Fondly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 13 - 17, 2017

Dear Families,

“You say potatoes; I say pa-ta-toes. You say Gay-la; I say Gala.  Potatoes, pa-ta-toes, Gay-la, Gala; Let’s all have a great time! The Gala committee has been working tirelessly to make this year’s Gala completely Las Vegas worthy!   I’ve heard that some of the guests include “celebrities”, bachelorette parties, and perhaps even Elvis!  I know that the success of the Gala directly impacts all the wonderful enrichment programs, and T.A. support we have at Lanai.  Let’s all have fun and support our children’s education at Lanai!

Today your child brought home his/her second report card for this year.  Please take time to review it with your child and discuss the achievements and growth your child has made in this second marking period.  If there are areas in which your child still needs to improve, discuss this with him/her too.  Talk with your child about how we can all work together to support him/her in their growth.  Finally, your child’s teacher is an expert and can certainly help and conference with you on your child’s progress and next steps.  If you haven’t set-up a conference for next week (March 13-17) and feel you want to discuss your child’s progress, please contact his/her teacher.  

Finally, I have had meetings with the staff, Safety Committee team, parents, and School Site Council regarding the safety of our school.  Through the collaboration of all our stakeholders, we will continually assess, support, and improve policies and procedures at Lanai to address our number one concern:  All children’s safety.

Enjoy your weekend and remember:  What happens in Vegas, affects our children!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 6 - 10, 2017

Principal’s Message

 

Dear Families,

This has been a week full of exciting things at Lanai!  We began our Monday morning assembly with fifth graders leading us in a school-wide Call and Response song as a culmination of Black History month.  Each grade learned about many important Arts contributions of African-Americans through music, visual arts, and literature.  On Wednesday our third graders visited the California Science Center and got to interact with many fun “hands-on” exhibits!  Finally, on Thursday and Friday our entire school participated in our Literacy Fair!  The theme was SPACE and the library was transformed into our solar system with giant planets, activities, books, and more for students to learn and experience!

Saturday is going to be a very big day for many Lanai students!  Four groups of students in grades first-fifth will be participating in the Destination Imagination competition!  I watched the Rising Stars group (first and second graders), rehearse their presentation, “Behold the Stopper Whopper!”  Their challenge was to research, design, create, and present a simple machine that will save the day.  They decided that creating a stop sign with a lever and pulley would be a tool that is especially needed at Lanai (think morning drop-off)!  In addition, they wrote a humorous script with developed characters, and colorful props.   I’m sure we will find a way to use these clever young peoples’ invention to improve our car drop procedure!  We wish them lots of luck as well as our other Destination Imagination teams on Saturday.  

Also on Saturday, many of our Chorus students and our Yogis will be performing on the “Thriving in our World” stage at Steam Fest!  The day is sure to be informative, as over 100 schools in Northwest will be there highlighting their unique programs.  Lanai will be there with a booth, so stop by and show your Lion pride!  

Finally, we are always looking at ways to improve safety at our school.  We are in the planning stage of having a buzzer and camera installed by our front office to monitor people entering the campus.  We are also refining our morning protocol for students and parents entering school.  Students coming to school before the yard is open will still wait in the auditorium until 7:45 a.m.  Once the yard opens everyone will enter through the gates and go directly to the playground.  School personnel will be at the gate monitoring people entering the campus.   At the 8:15 a.m bell,  students will go to their classrooms with their teachers.  Parents need to leave the campus quickly through the gates.   If you are staying on campus as a volunteer, attending a workshop/meeting etc. you must sign-in and wear your volunteer badge or get a yellow guest sticker from the office.  When you leave, you must sign out.  We feel this is a way to more effectively monitor those entering the school.  

As always, we appreciate your support and adherence to our procedures—the safety of our students is always our first concern.  

Go Lions!

Lisa Elan

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