Lanai Weekly: December 11 - 15, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Families,

This has been a most unusual week with the fires, poor air quality, and school closure. I want to let you know that throughout this entire event our teachers, staff, and volunteers worked together to ensure that our students and staff were protected. We were in a modified “shelter-in- place” plan. The only time students left their classroom was to use the restroom or to attend a specialist class. Doors remained closed and all air units were turned off. Food from the cafeteria was delivered to their classrooms. Prior to your child(rens) return to school on Monday, our custodial staff will be working on-site Friday, Saturday and Sunday following District clean-up procedures to ensure that all school interiors, restrooms, air units, floors, roofs, outdoor facilities and equipment, etc., have been cleaned and checked to make the environment safe.

I want to commend so many people for making Lanai as great as always: Our morning drop-off volunteers for being outside and running drop-off through thick and thin; Marcos and Coach who ran around checking every room for vent openings, air systems and monitoring the site; our entire office staff who ran the control center—taking and delivering classroom food orders, attendance, covering and re-arranging schedules, providing and updating information about changing plans and events, and responding to the enormous amount of parent inquiries; our cafeteria who made sure each student got his/her snack and lunch; our TAs who covered other classes in need of support; our teachers who stayed with your child(ren) the entire day, their first concern, keeping all children protected; our parent volunteers who continued the programs and events on campus without interruption; and finally to all our families who entrust your child(ren) to us each day and know that we will do everything possible to make sure he/she is safe, happy, and learning.

Hoping that all our families are safe,

Lisa Elan

Monday, December 11

  • Third Grade Musical Theater Demos:
    • 9:10 (Lavenstein), 10:00 (Rodriguez), 11:20 (Muffoletto) 1:30 (Miller)
  • Book Fair in Library, 1 - 4pm TBD - Only if we have enough volunteers. Please sign up here
  • Holiday Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital donation box outside the office.
  • Check the ramp for lost & found items while you're here.

Tuesday, December 12

  • Book Fair - Dads & Donuts 7:15 - 8:15 am (free coffee & donut with purchase) TBD if we have enough volunteers. Please sign up:
  • Last Chance for Book Fair!  Open after school until 2:30 today (TBD, see above)
  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm
  • The Hut is open.
  • Talent Show Tryouts for TK/Kinder/1st, 3pm - 5pm Location TBA on Monday.

Wednesday, December 13

  • Laps Awards at Morning Recess
  • Harvest of the Month - Cantaloupes
  • Talent Show Tryouts for  2nd & 3rd Grade, 3 - 5pm Auditorium
  • BRRRRR. It's cold and your child is shivering. His/her jacket is probably at lost & found - please check.

Thursday, December 14

  • Holiday Concert at 8:45 am (see link below for the program)
  • Holiday Concert at 1:00 pm - includes SEEDS Orchestra performance!
  • Talent Show Tryouts for 4th & 5th Grade, 3 - 5pm Auditorium
  • Don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Children’s Hospital

Friday, December 15

  • Holiday Concert at 8:45 am - see link for program
  • Staff Holiday Lunch in Auditorium
  • Early Dismissal at 1:30
  • Some lucky kid is going to be wearing YOUR child's jacket next year because you didn't check lost & found.

December 18 - January 7
Winter Recess - No School


January 8          School resumes
January 15          No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day  
January 16          Lexia Awards
January 17          Character Assembly - Wear blue for trustworthiness
January 19          Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal  
January 24         All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee with The Principal
January 24         Anti-Bullying Presentation for 4th/5th grade Parents/Kids by CHP
January 26         Science Explosion
February 2          Principal's Awards/Lunch with the Principal


HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE FOR THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES - For one week only, we will be collecting  new, unwrapped toys benefiting patients of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  A donation box is outside the office.

LANAI'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT IS COMING UP! There will be 3 shows and each of them will be the same with the exception of the Thursday 1pm showing which will include a performance by the SEEDS Orchestra class. Due to limited space in the Lanai Auditorium, we are asking parents to pick one show to attend.  Showtimes are: Thursday, December 14 at 8:45 and again at 1:00pm.  Friday, December 15 at 8:45 am.  The show program is attached.

HARVEST OF THE MONTH:  CANTALOUPE - The humble cantaloupe may not get as much respect as other fruits.  But it should. This tasty, although odd looking melon is packed with a ton of nutrients including vitamins A, C and has more beta carotene than any other fruit. Cantaloupes are sweet and delicious and in season this month. Please enjoy a sample at our December Harvest of the Month - Wednesday, December 13.

1.) Each child can sign up for ONE act only.
2.) You MUST come to the tryouts with a prepared 2 minute piece that you plan to perform in the show AND with your entire group.
3.) Please make sure your piece is appropriate for an elementary school production.
4.) Talent Show hosts are reserved for 5th graders and chosen from those already auditioning with an act for the show.
5.) Tryouts will be held on these dates. Dec. 12 in room 20, Dec. 13/14 in auditorium.
Dec 12 - TK, K & 1st                 Dec 13th – 2nd & 3rd                               Dec 14th – 4th & 5th
6.) Go to and sign the consent form BEFORE tryouts.
7.) The show is on Saturday February 3, 2018!

Email Patricia Agos with any questions at

WANTED: VACATION HOME FOR THE OFFICE MOUSE.  Mr. Lucky the little white mouse is looking for an Airbnb with a loving family for the Thanksgiving and also Winter Break. He comes with his own cage and shavings. He does ask that his bed be changed every few days, some fresh water and table scraps daily. Mr. Lucky would prefer a home that does not have large snakes :). Please see Nurse Jane in the office for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MULTICULTURAL DAYS - Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the Russian/Ukrainian Celebration and Lunar New Year Celebration in Jan/Feb 2018.  Please contact for more information.  Russian/Ukrainian Celebration meeting date is TBA.

ALL LOST AND FOUND WILL BE DONATED AT THE END OF DAY, DECEMBER 15.  So many jackets, so little returned to their owners! Please take a look before the end of the week as items will be bagged and donated over the winter break.

THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE LANAI LEADER IS NOW LIVE ON THE WEBSITE! Click on the homepage and it will lead you to the pdf (in color!)

2018 ENCINO COMMUNITY 5K RUN - February 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m at Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue.  Come out and RUN FOR YOUR HEART to support our local Encino elementary schools! DJs will be playing music along the course to get your heart pumping during the race. Whether you are running or walking, fast or slow, join the community and participate in this amazing event!  All proceeds from this “Run-Raiser” will be divided equally among Lanai Road, Hesby Oaks Charter, and Encino Charter. The proceeds will provide essential programs such as art, music, technology, science, P.E. and many more! Questions? Email:  To sign up visit following link:

WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING IN COMPUTER LAB THIS WEEK?  Click on the Planet Bravo Link -  The link is also available on the Lanai website under Enrichment/Computer (Planet Bravo)

Community News

THE NUTCRACKER - LOS ANGELES YOUTH BALLET will be performing The Nutcracker at the Alex Theater in Glendale.  Many Lanai students will be performing. Three shows only:  Friday, Dec 22 @ 7pm;  Sat, Dec 23 @ 2pm & 7pm. For more information please see the attached flyer or visit

TAFT CHEER SQUAD CHEER CLINIC for Grades K-8.  The Taft Charter High Cheer Squad is holding its 1st annual Cheer Clinic on Saturday, January 27th from 9am to 12pm at Taft High School. All participants will be invited to perform at a Varsity Basketball game halftime show on Wednesday, January 31 (game time is 5:00 pm). Participants will receive a t-shirt and learn a routine. The Clinic is free but space is limited. Applications can be picked up in the Lanai office.