Lanai Weekly: November 4 - 8, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Team Lanai,

A busy and eventful October comes to an end and November has now arrived! This month we should take time to reflect upon the people and things we are grateful for. Expressing gratitude will promote positive experiences and increase your self-esteem. I am grateful for our incredible community. I am amazed to see our students respectfully interact with each other in the classroom and on the playground. I am always impressed by our parents who volunteer and show their support in the classrooms, valet service, PE, and all our events. I am especially thankful for our dedicated and passionate teachers and staff at Lanai who put our students’ needs first and strive to motivate and engage our students.

As a reminder parent-teacher conferences are the week of November 18-22. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with your child’s teacher and share important information about your child’s talents and needs.


Mario Thompson

Happening This Week

Monday, November 4

  • Halloween Candy Donation Drive for Operation Gratitude (more info below)

  • Diwali Event at assembly, 8:15 upper yard

  • FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 am, off campus

  • LAUSD School Choices Open Enrollment continues (closes November 15)

Tuesday, November 5

  • Dismissal today and every Tuesday is at 1:40 pm.

  • The Hut (snack shack) is open after school

  • Parent Presentation: Meet Chaminade Middle School, 7 - 8 pm, auditorium

Wednesday, November 6

  • PTA Board Meeting, off campus

  • PTA Reflections Art Contest - submissions due today

Thursday, November 7

  • Paw and Character Awards, 8:15 am auditorium

  • Lunch with the Principal, 12 and 12:20 pm

Friday, November 8

  • Fall Indoor Movie Night, 6:30 - 9:00 pm auditorium

  • Last day to drop off Halloween Candy for Operation Gratitude

Monday, November 11

  • Veteran’s Day - No School

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 12        Parent Presentation: How to Choose a Middle School, 7-8pm auditorium

November 14        Meet Portola Middle School, 7 - 8 pm, auditorium (students welcome)

November 15        Last Day for LAUSD Choices Unified Enrollment

November 15        Buddy Picnic at lunchtime

November 15        SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm Conference room

November 18 - 22    Parent/Teacher Conferences Week

November 18        Early Dismissal Today at 1:30 pm

November 18        Picture Make-up Day

November 20        Early Dismissal Today at 1:30 pm

November 21        Early Dismissal Today at 1:30 pm

November 22        Early Dismissal Today at 1:30 pm

November 22        School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

November 25 - 29    Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

December 2        School resumes

December 4        PTA Board Meeting

December 5        Paw & Character Awards, 8:15 am in the auditorium

December 5        Lunch with the Principal, 12 and 12:20 pm

December 6        SEEDS Musical Theater Performance #1

December 7        SEEDS Musical Theater Performance #2

December 9 - 13    Book Fair in the Library

December 9        FOLB Board Meeting

December 11        All Parents TEAM Meeting, 8:30 in the library

December 13        SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm

December 16        3rd Grade Musical Theater Demonstrations (all day)

December 18        Holiday Music Show #1 at 8:45 am, #2 at 1:15 pm

December 20        Holiday  Music Show #3 at 8:45 am

December 20        Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1:00 pm

December 23 - January 10        Winter Break, no school

January 13        Welcome Back to School, 2nd Semester Begins


DOCTOR’S NOTES: Important: If your child has crutches/cast/stitches/staples, please make sure that your child hands in a doctor’s note to Jane (Health Aid) in the office!


To RSVP to any of these presentations, please make a comment at the end of this post.

Meet Chaminade College Preparatory
This event is for parents and students. Principal Mike Valentine and Associate Director of Admissions will be presenting. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions.
Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Lanai Auditorium

Choosing a Middle School
This session explores the wide variety of middle school options available to your child. We discuss developmental changes and how to assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses in order to find a good fit for middle school. You will leave with your very own Middle School Tour Checklist. Students are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, November 12th - 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Lanai Auditorium

Meet Portola Charter Middle School
This event is for parents and students. Portola Principal Jennifer Yoo will present on the variety of programming options available to students. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions.
Thursday, November 14, 7:00-8:00pm, Lanai Auditorium

Application Window is 10/1/19-11/15/19: If you would like to apply for an Affiliated Charter, Magnet, Dual Language or SAS program, you may apply online at the LAUSD Unified Enrollment website beginning October 1.


The 2019-2020 PTA Reflections Art Contest Has Been Extended. Submissions can be handed into the office until Nov 6th. The categories for submission include: Dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. This year's theme is "Look Within". For more information on the National PTA Reflections contest, visit: Don’t forget to print out and fill out the artist statement and drop if off in the office. Any questions can be directed to Delaram Ghadishah by emailing Forms can be found on Parent Square.

MOVIE NIGHT! FREE POPCORN, LICORICE & PIZZA! Friday, Nov 8th 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the auditorium! Come in your PJ's and bring your blankets and sleeping bags! Please remember all kids in attendance must be supervised by an adult. This is not a drop off event. Any questions please contact Andrea Pearlman ( and Vaishali Patel ( Students will have an opportunity to vote on the movie that will be shown the week of Nov 4th. Flyer can be found on Parent Square.


DONATE YOUR EXTRA HALLOWEEN CANDY TO OUR TROOPS AND FIRST RESPONDERS! Our school is collecting Halloween Candy on behalf of Operation Gratitude. This candy will be boxed up and shipped to our troops serving overseas or sent out to our local first responders. Our firefighters have been working extra hard battling the numerous fires and they appreciate having candy in their pockets to refuel them. A donation box is located in the office and the deadline to drop off is Friday, November 8.


NEW VOLUNTEERS - Applications will be available in the office. You can also apply online at: If applying online, you must print out the form, sign and hand it into the office along with your TB results (if a new applicant). Fill only the pertinent info (name, add ress, emergency contacts). No need to fill in student ID #s.

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS - if you have volunteered in the past, please contact Jody Chow at to roll over your previous application. You may need to update your TB results if it is expiring.


Our Fall Enrichment 8 week semester classes are coming to an end. Please check the dates below for each class and mark your calendars. Remember some classes have make ups due to holidays or early dismissal.

  • MONDAY CLASSES- Last class day is November 4th. Outdoor classes are subject to the weather. Holiday make up.

  • TUESDAY CLASSES- Last class day is October 29th. Outdoor classes are subject to the weather.

  • WEDNESDAY CLASSES- Last class day is November 6th. Outdoor classes are subject to the weather. Holiday make up

  • THURSDAY CLASSES- Last class day is October 31st. Outdoor classes are subject to the weather.

  • FRIDAY CLASSES- Last class day is November 8th.

  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: Lanai Theater Group performance dates are Friday, December 6th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 am. Tickets will be sold at the door.

  • 2019/20 Winter Enrichment Registration is Monday, November 11th at 9:00 p.m.


The Lanai cafeteria will now be serving breakfast from 7:40 to 8:00 am. Cafeteria prices are as follows: Breakfast $2.25, Lunch $3.00. There are additional items for sale at a la carte pricing.

Negative balance notices were sent home in the student’s backpacks last week. You can add money to their cafeteria account by visiting the cafeteria between 7:30 am - 1:30 pm. To do it online, have your child’s student ID ready and go here:

What’s for breakfast and snack at the cafeteria this week? View the menu here:

What’s for lunch at the cafeteria this week? View the menu here: