Lanai Weekly: April 24-28, 2017

Dear Families,

This was the week for awesome presentations!  We had our Lanai Lions Chorale Group perform two songs as well as our first, second, third, and fourth graders perform in our annual Spring Concert! It was filled with fun, hip and good, old rock and roll music!   In addition, Mrs. Besser (really Dr.  Besser), was among 20 other Northwest teacher candidates from nearby schools who were selected as Teacher of the Year.  Mrs.  Besser along with Mrs.  Elan attended a lovely evening dedicated to celebrating the dedication and efforts of local teachers.  She received a beautiful plaque, commendations, and a cart full of classroom supplies (yes!)!  Congratulations Mrs. Besser!  

Our first graders are learning about Habitats and I visited a class with students sharing their dioramas and reports about ocean and jungle habitats.  They even shared the continents where these habitats are found as well as that the Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth!  After each child’s report, classmates asked questions and made positive comments about the presentation.  Way to go First graders!  In addition, our Fifth graders are busy introducing famous people from the American Revolution to all our students through their living museum presentations.  They researched and wrote reports about their famous person and then dressed in period costume and presented themselves, as the famous person.  So far, students have shared the life of Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Marquis de Lafayette, Benedict Arnold, Paul Revere, Mercy Otis Warren, and Roger Sherman.  It is wonderful seeing our students shine and share their research and learning in such a creative forum—I can’t wait to meet more faces from the past, brought to life through our vibrant students!

Finally, Monday begins SBAC testing for third graders.  Please make sure your child arrives well-rested, on time and has eaten a healthy breakfast so that he/she will be ready for the test.  Remind him/her to take his/her time, read the questions carefully, review their answers, and do their best.  Should your child be ill, please do not send him/her to school, there are make-up days built into our schedule.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Fondly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: April 17 - 21, 2017

Dear Families,

As I walked through school this week our students were busy immersed in great learning and wonderful enrichment.  The kindergartners, as well as other grades learned about respecting, helping and understanding what Autism is and ways that we can have positive relationships with all our classmates.  The first-grade Science included a visit to the garden and checked on the status of their corn, bean, and squash plants.  Additionally, they acted out a Native American folktale entitled, “The Three Sisters”.  Ask your first grader how the plants (sisters) help each other to grow.  Second graders were busy practicing spelling words and breaking them into syllables.  I also had a few second-grade visitors come and read to me—super fun and super readers!  The third grade is busy researching Native Americans and organizing their reports using notes on the different tribes.  The fourth graders in one class were looking at a photograph and an article from NEWSELA about “The Charging Bull and Fearless Girl” sculpture in New York.  Other fourth graders in math were graphing coordinate points, while a third class was immersed in illustrating their personal “Wanted” posters.  Watch out—many carry a hefty bounty!  Finally, the fifth graders were discussing their journal entries on The Giver.  They shared how they would feel if they lived in a “world of sameness.”  Most agreed that it could be considered a dystopia.  Luckily, our world is very different.

 

Wishing all our families a wonderful Spring holiday filled with goodness, family and friends.

Fondly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: April 3 - 7, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”  We have had a very active month with our Literacy Fair, Steam Fest, Destination Imagination Competition, Gala, Persian New Year Celebration, Parent Teacher Conferences, and our 4th and 5th graders Run for the Gold!  All this and lots of learning too!

Just a few reminders that we need additional clean clothes such as pants, underwear and clean socks for our lower grade students.  Please send them to school to keep in the classroom for needed use. If you’re doing some Spring cleaning and have items that your children have outgrown, consider donating them to our nurse’s office for emergencies. At this moment, girl’s leggings are especially needed as well as socks in all sizes. All kids like to jump in spring puddles, even the big ones!

In addition, please remember that we must follow all traffic, safety, and parking rules when dropping off or picking up your child. The traffic police have been coming around and ticketing. Set the example for your children that rules must be followed whether you’re young or old.

Enjoy your three-day weekend as we honor Cesar Chavez; a civil rights and labor leader who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. March came in like a lion with all kinds of rainy, windy, winter weather and is going out like a lamb with warm breezes and sunny days.

Happy almost April!

 

Lisa Elan

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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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