Lanai Weekly: October 16 -20, 2017

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

Spooky stuff is going on at Lanai! There are countless ghosts and witches (the good kind) who have been super busy preparing our school for the best Spooktacular ever!

Our morning traffic and drop off has been running smoothly, thanks to the volunteers and parents following the safety rules. As a reminder, please DO NOT PARK or SIT IN YOUR CAR in the RED ZONES.  They are painted red for a reason. Also, we are having a problem with parents dropping their children off in front of the gate instead of going through the driveway. That is not permitted and dangerous. If you don’t want to use the drop-off, please park your car and walk!

Looking forward to seeing you at Spooktacular!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: October 9 - 13, 2017

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the cooler days of fall and all that it brings…leaves turn color, soccer and football season, hot soup with dinner, pumpkin muffins for dessert, and homework!  Sometimes it feels like lots of homework!  I have heard from parents that they feel there is too much homework each night and their children are spending way too long completing it.  The purpose of homework is to reinforce student learning.  Other times, a teacher may assign homework in advance of a lesson to prepare students for a future lesson.  Please know there are guidelines set forth from LAUSD that provide homework limits.  The times are as follows:  Kindergarten - 10 minutes; First and Second grades - 20 minutes; Third grade - 30 minutes; Fourth grade - 40 minutes; and Fifth grade -  50 minutes.  Those times do not include daily reading practice.  

If your child spends too much time, any night on homework, please send a note to your child’s teacher and let him or her know.  Your child will not be penalized for not completing it, with your note.   If this becomes a pattern, please discuss it with your child’s teacher as the workload may need to be amended.  

The time families spend together should be filled with discussions about their day and playful moments together.  Homework should not be tearful, argumentative, or endless.  If that is happening, please see your child’s teacher.

Wishing you a “breezy weekend”!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: October 2 - 6, 2017

Principal's Message:

Wow!  What a week!  What excitement!  Portola Middle School…Parent Workshops...Pedestrian Safety…Assemblymember…School Board Member… …Coffee with the Principal!  So many terrific informational events at Lanai!  On Tuesday night, Principal Jennifer Yoo came to Lanai and shared the variety of wonderful programs and opportunities Portola Middle School offers.  A special treat was hearing about the Portola experience from Lanai alums!  On Wednesday, our Parent Center invited Katherine Saltzberg who spoke about “Homework Struggles.”  It was insightful and helpful in aiding parents with ways of dealing with homework issues!  On Thursday morning, Lanai hosted Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, School Board Member Nick Melvoin, our Director Dr. Stephanie McClay, CHP, the press, and all our families as we participated in Pedestrian Safety!  Additionally, parents chatted with Mr.  Dababneh and Nick Melvoin as they spoke in the auditorium. Many issues were covered, and of course, the traffic along our corridor was highlighted with suggestions as to contacting other officials for support.    Thank you to all our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to help this event run smoothly, and also parents who stayed for the “chat” with Mr.  Dababneh.   It surely shows that Lanai families are action-oriented.  I believe that positive change will happen!    And finally, Friday, Coffee with the Principal… a nice way to discuss the latest at Lanai:  past, present, and future…

Happy weekend!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: September 25 - 29, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

I have some exciting news!  Assemblymember Matt Dababneh will be visiting our campus next Thursday, September 28th at 8:00 a.m.   He has selected Lanai because September is Pedestrian Safety month and we have many students and families walking safely into school with the help of our crossing guards. Assemblymember Dababneh will be meeting and greeting our families on the sidewalk as they enter school.  There will probably be media with him as well.  If you do not want you or your child(ren) potentially photographed, please do not plan on walking into school—use the car drop-off line.  After the morning event, Assemblymember Dababneh will join us in the auditorium for a community chat and coffee.  All our families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

I know our families are extra cautious regarding driving, drop-off, and pedestrian safety as well as following the parking and traffic rules.  The CHP, school police and LAPD will be showing their presence quite a bit  in the coming days.  As a reminder, please be courteous to our crossing guards and neighbors.  

Lanai’s spirit and pride is strong in our community and I know our warmth, kindness and positive energy will shine forth as we welcome Assemblymember Dababneh.

Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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