Lanai Weekly: February 19 - 23, 2018

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

This was red week at school:  Valentine’s Day, Character Assembly, Lunar New Year Celebration, a theater visit from Portola, and our Buddy Lunch!   Lanai students were immersed in caring and sharing with others.  We welcomed the Lunar New Year on Thursday.  Our students were treated to a wonderful assembly that included a Taekwondo demonstration and the exciting lion dance performed with two of our students, Evan and Aiden.  During recess, students made fans, tasted yummy noodle dishes, enjoyed a fortune cookie and were treated to a “red envelope” with a candy coin for good luck!  Ask your child which animal year we ushered in.   We truly appreciate our many families who took part in honoring and presenting the Lunar New Year to our students.

Sharing warm and fun experiences with other children was part of our theme this week. On Thursday, our first graders had a special treat.  Theater students from Portola Middle School came and led our first graders in plays that included our students. There were lions, and tigers and trolls, oh my!  Ask your first grader what animal or character they portrayed in the presentation.  And Friday, was all about our Buddies!  Our students met with their buddies for lunch, play time on the yard, and cookies!!! What can be better than hanging out with our terrific Lanai buds?  

On a very serious note, I would like to reaffirm that we practice a safety drill each month:  fire, lockdown, or earthquake.  Our staff is well-prepared and follow our School Safety Plan. Our students practice each month how they need to react in the event of an emergency.  We are mindful of the current climate and are always reviewing and updating procedures.  As always, parents are our partners and are encouraged to participate in our Safety Committee and School Site Council meetings.  And of course, please, if you notice something amiss—let us know!  

Finally, I would like to remind all parents that your child’s attendance at school is crucial for student success.  Please plan trips and appointments during non-school time, as each day absent from school is time away from learning—miss a day, miss a lot.  
Wishing you a wonderful President’s Day weekend.  

Goodbye rooster, hello dog!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: February 12 - 16, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Do you realize that your child has been in school for over 100 days?  On Monday our Kindergartners participated in a variety of fun activities, all with the concept of 100 in mind!  They decorated capes, made crazy 100 dot hats, drew what they’d look like in 100 years and were visited by Princess Zero the Hero!  Ask your child how many days left we have of school (180 total).  

February is also Black History Month. At our Monday morning assembly fourth grade student Nicole, read a selection from Dr.  Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech.  We will continue having students share highlights from other important African-Americans throughout the month.  

When is the answer to 3 + 7 x 2, twenty?  When is it seventeen?  Ask your third grader to explain why we use parentheses and its importance.  They are also illustrating and writing equations with parentheses for word problems such as:  Jack has 2 cartons of 6 eggs each.  2 eggs broke.  How many eggs are left? Math questions such as these prepare our students for real-world applications.  After the lesson a student remarked, “I can’t believe how fast math goes!”  

Our fourth graders were involved in awesome language arts activities this week!  Each class focused on a unique way to demonstrate their understanding.   Mrs. Besser’s class was playing student-created board games based on the book, Island of the Blue Dolphins.  Mr. Snyder’s class was busy building slideshows on their Chromebooks about endangered animals based on the book, Hoot.  Mrs.  Bryan’s class was working in pairs designing utopian society posters after reading about them in the book, City of Ember.  There was so much critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in those fun projects!

Finally, is your child missing a blue sweatshirt, green jacket, or pink hoodie?  How about a cool, Spiderman lunchbox?  If so, you should check out our Lost and Found.  It’s amazing how many lost or forgotten items we have.  We are donating the items at the end of each month as we cannot keep up with the amount of clothes and lunchboxes.  Also, lunchboxes are discarded more frequently as the food scraps bring all kinds of unwanted pests.  Having your child’s name boldly on the items will also help.  

I hope to see you at the 5K Run on Saturday!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: February 5 - 9, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Lanai’s got talent!  I hope you’re able to come to our annual talent show this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to see a great show!  A little bit of song, a little bit of dance and a lot of fun!  Many thanks to our parents who worked so hard to provide a wonderful experience for our students!

If you walked by the auditorium this week, you would have heard the the magical notes of jazz icon Duke Ellington on the piano, and the scat-tat-tat of vocal giant Ella Fitzgerald. Our music teacher Nicole Rivera, has been hard at work exploring the different musical genres which evolved from African American influence. Our students learned about the formation of “The Blues” in the Deep South to the “Jazz” ensembles of modern day musicians.  Music class is always a treat for our ears (and bodies!)

Traffic was an issue on several days this week and I would like to remind you that drivers may not use the church across the street or Garvin as a means to make a u-turn and enter the drop-off lane.  By doing that, you are putting yourself and others at risk.   Please plan on leaving 5 minutes earlier, or park and walk your children up to school.   In addition, as a reminder, there is no supervision at school until 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop your child off earlier.

Congratulations to our students who earned a Principal, Character, or Lunch with the Principal award at our assembly today!

Have a nice weekend,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: January 29 - February 2, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This week Lanai students participated in the Great Kindness Challenge!  The office had a visit by kindergartners who took the Kindness pledge and recited it to the office staff; the campus was especially tidy as many staff members and students helped and picked up trash; upper grades waited patiently as younger students needed time to pass in their lines; kind words and helping each other was the theme throughout the week.  I know our students will continue to show kindness and caring to everyone at school and in our community.  

Ask your child about “Magical Science”!  On Thursday and Friday our students experienced this month’s Science Explosion and learned about polymers, magnetism, rainbows, light, and rockets. Have your child show and explain the magic of polymers using a plastic bag, water and pencils.  You also might want to your child about our biggest magnet—the earth.   They learned about the earth’s magnetical field and how it protects us from solar flare radiation.  Students also got to explore magnetism using iron filings.   What happens in a chemical reaction?  Can you propel a rocket using baking soda and vinegar?  What gas does that form?  Your child knows all about it!   And finally, what makes a rainbow?  How does light bend? What phenomena occurs with water and sunlight?   Special thanks to our Magical Science Explosion Moms who researched, planned, prepared and presented the fun and interesting hands-on activities that enrich our students learning!

Finally, a big Kindness thank you to all the parents who have answered the call and helped when it was their week to staff the morning drop-off line.  Please remember, when it is your child’s classroom’s week for staffing the car drop-off line, you must do your part.  There have been many days, since school resumed, that we have not had full classroom participation.  The car valet is for all our students’ safety and to manage the flow of traffic. Each family needs to do their part when it is their turn to volunteer on the drop-off line.  

Wishing you a weekend full of Rainbows, Rockets, and Random Acts of Kindness!

Lisa Elan

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