Lanai Weekly: June 4 - 8, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Wow, one more week of school and this year is over.  It has gone by fast.  This week has been busy—just as all the others have been.  There’s always a lot going on with 584 students.  That’s 1168 little feet.  Some running, some jumping, some hopping, some skipping, some walking, and even one or two limping.  But all those little feet, every day marching into Lanai for a great day at school.  It’s been a great school year.  

As our teachers and students put the finishing touches on the final days of school—there’s still so much to do—Spelling Bee, Culmination, Awards, Basketball and Kickball games, Parties, smiles and tears.  Enjoy this final week and listen to the pitter patter of the little feet as they dance to the exciting last days of school.

Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 28 - June 1, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

SBAC almost complete…check; Open House…check; Student Council elections…check; Incoming Kinder Play Date…check; Culmination planning…check; Classroom reorganization…in process!

This time of the year is super busy as teachers and students are putting the finishing touches on the current year and actively planning for the new school year, which includes classroom placement.  I want to explain the process so you understand the complexity and depth that goes into how the new classes are formed.  Initially we determine students who are English Language learners and they are placed first.  Other considerations include students who are receiving Special Education services and those who are in our SAS (School for Advanced Studies) program and/or Gate (Gifted/Advanced) program.  We also make certain classes are balanced in terms of academic achievement, behavior, and gender.  All this is collaboratively with the current classroom teachers.  Parent requests are always the lowest level of consideration after all other classifications have been determined.  As a result, I ask that parents refrain from making requests.  Your child’s teacher knows his/her strengths and challenges and are in the best position to determine appropriate placement in the coming year.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and many thanks as we remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.  

Lisa Elan

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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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