“The important thing about school is that you learn.
It’s true that you play with your friends at recess and lunch.
You get to go on field trips and write stories.
But the important thing about school is that you learn.”
That’s the poem second graders in Ms. Stephans’ class collaborated on after the read-aloud of The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s true, that it’s an “older” book, but the second graders loved finding the pattern and then applying it to a class poem! By the way, for those of you familiar with “older classics” she’s also the author of Goodnight Moon.
Speaking of classics, the fourth graders have been busy preparing and presenting skits and projects based on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. I saw several different presentations in Ms. Bryan’s class. The students used a part of the story and then changed something about it. In addition to dialogue, narration and props, the students’ illustrated backgrounds which were projected onto the whiteboard to enhance their scene. The audience then gave positive feedback to the presenters. In one skit, Karana’s story turns out to be just a “bad dream” and she wakes up to find out that she was not abandoned on the island for 18 years. I know everyone loves that book - another classic!
Many of you had the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher this week during our second
parent/teacher conferences. This round of conferences was optional if your child is at grade-level in all academic courses. If not, and you haven’t met with your child’s teacher, please make sure you contact him/her to discuss plans and progress for the remainder of the school year.
Finally, there is a creepy hoax on social media going around called the Momo Challenge. What happens is children go to YouTube and click on a regular video. At some point during the video a scary image with a frightening message appears and tells kids to do dangerous things. At this point I am recommending parents supervise their children while watching YouTube videos.
Monday, March 4
FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus
4th Grade Ocean Institute Parent Info Meeting, 1:50 - 2:40 in Parent Center
Tuesday, March 5
Early dismissal at 1:40 pm
5th Grade Pali Camp Info Meeting, 8:30 - 9:30 in the auditorium
The Hut is open after school
Wednesday, March 6
Character Day - wear orange for fairness
PTA Board meeting, 8:30am
FOLB Budget Meeting, 6:30pm in the auditorium
Thursday, March 7
Literacy Fair in the library
Friday, March 8
Literacy Fair in the library
Saturday, March 9
Daylight Savings - Spring Forward 1 hr tonight!
DATES TO REMEMBER
March 14 OLSAT8 - Parent Presentation, 8:30 in Parent Center
March 15 Harvest of the Month - Cauliflower
March 19 Persian New Year Celebration at morning assembly
March 20 All Parent/TEAM Meeting
March 20 5th Grader Portola Articulation Trip, 10am
March 21 5th Grade Panoramic Photo, 1pm
March 22 Go For The Gold Run and Awards, 8:30 - 9am
March 22 Buddy Picnic at Lunch
March 28 Student Council Spirit Day - Person you Look Up to Day
March 27 Parent Presentation - US Education System
March 28 ELAC Meeting, 8:30 am
March 28/29 Spirit Sales in front of the School
March 29 SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm Parent Center
April 1 Cesar Chavez Day - No School
April 3 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school
April 3 Spring Musical Concert, 8:45 and 1:30 pm
April 4 Principal’s Awards at 8:15, Auditorium
April 5 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school
April 5 Spring Musical Concert, 8:45 am
April 5 Lunch with the Principal, 12 - 1pm
April 8 - 10 4th Grade Trip to Ocean Institute
April 8 5th Grade Culmination Photo, 8:30 am
April 8 FOLB Board Meeting
April 10 3rd Grade California Science Center Field Trip
April 10 PTA Board Meeting
April 12 Minimum Day - dismissal at 1pm
April 15 - 19 Spring Recess - No School
April 25 Earth Day/Recycled Art Contest
April 26 Student Council Spirit Day - Disney Day
Thanks to all who came out and supported Lanai at the Havana Nights Gala & Auction! The Post-Auction is live at http://lanai.givesmart.com. Bid on kids stuff, beauty, tickets and services! Grab a spot at a fun Party Book for adults or kids. Let's keep supporting Lanai in the Post-Auction!
Literacy Fair - Our school wide Literacy Fair Event, The Superhero Inside You, is Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8! Each class will come to the library for approximately 40 minutes to rotate through exciting Reading, Writing and Movement Centers as well as a Virtual Reality Experience! Please look out for the Sign-Up Genius (with the class visitation schedule) coming soon if you can come volunteer and check out the fun!
Toiletry Drive - Team Lanai Cares is collecting new, travel sized toiletries with a goal of creating 100 toiletry kits for the patrons of the West Valley Food Pantry. We will be collecting from March 1 to 21 and assembling the packages on Friday, March 22 on campus. Items can be dropped off in the collection bin outside the office or in the Parent Center. Check this link for the donation and assembly party sign-ups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ca5af2ca4fe3-lanai
SAVE THE DATE! Our Spring Music Concerts will be on Wednesday, April 3 and Friday, April 5. There will be 2 shows on Wednesday (8:45 am and 1:30 pm). The Friday show will be at 8:45 am only.
FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE:
Please remember that no dogs are allowed on campus and in the parking lot (even little ones that you carry in your hands).
**Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org**
OLSAT8 - Parent Presentation - given by 1st Grade Teacher and GATE coordinator, Brittany Motodani and Robbie Solomon, Community Representative. Thursday, March 14 at 8:30 in the Parent Center. The OLSAT-8 (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition) is a nationally standardized, test of verbal and non-verbal school abilities given to all second grade students to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds.
Understanding the US Educational System - Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30 am. Were you educated outside of the United States? Are you confused about how the U.S. school system works and how to best support your student? Join Robbie Solomon for an information session and discussion to help enlighten you on the American school system structure. We will discuss public and private primary, secondary and university paths. We will also discuss standardized testing and the impact of honors/Advanced Placement classes in applying to university.
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT
SEEDS Afterschool Enrichment - The New Spring Enrichment Registration will open on Monday, February 25th at 9:00 p.m. Classes begin on Monday, March 18th. More info here: https://www.seedsenrichmentactivity.org/lanai-enrichment
Registration is NOW OPEN for Spring Ukulele & Rock Star Guitar After-School with The Musical Playground! SIGN UP FOR CLASSES BY MAR. 6, 2019 & RECEIVE YOUR EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ($15 OFF!!). www.themusicalplayground.org/register. Classes begin as early as Mon., Mar. 11, 2019.
Beginner Ukulele (K-5th) – Mondays, 2:45-3:30 pm (Click Here for Info)
Rock Star Guitar (2nd-5th) – Wednesdays, 2:45-3:30p m (Click Here for Info)
Persian 101 - Make-up classes will be scheduled for Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 5 after school.
You can add credit, pay your balance and see your child's cafeteria history online by going to: https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome. You will need your child's school ID (found on their report card or call the school office). Alternately, you can visit the cafeteria in person between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm to pay by cash. If you have any questions about your child's cafeteria account, please call Aida at (818) 788-4025.
Snack Menu for March: https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/126/2019%20March%20Grades%20K-5%20Breakfast%20Menus%20Prep.pdf
Lunch Menu for March: https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/126/2019%20March%20Grades%20K-5%20Lunch%20Menus%20Prep.pdf
College Palooza - A gathering of college and career experts, educators, families and community partners. Over 20 workshops such as financial aid, college admissions and career pathways. Meet college and community representatives and learn about community resources. Childcare provided for LA Unified students in TK-5th Grade. March 16 from 8am - 2pm at LA Trade Tech College, 400 W. Washington Blvd, LA. See the attached flyer.
Family Resource Festival at Mulholland Middle School, presented by Board Member Scott Schmerelson. This festival is an opportunity for families to learn about district resources available to them. Along with resource booths, dinner will be provided, and school music and dance groups from Local District Northwest and Northeast will perform. Thursday, March 21 from 4 - 8pm. RSPV at http://bit.ly/2019bd3fest. Flyer is attached.
2nd Annual Clean Up Encino Day - Help us clean up Encino! Spend the morning with us as we pick up trash and clean-up around our community. Bring your work/garden gloves. We’ll provide water for volunteers, trash bags, brooms, rakes & shovels! *If we have to cancel due to rain on March 2nd, we will reschedule for Sunday, March 3rd. See attached flyer.
Nowruz Costume Bazaar - Pick up your costume for the Spring Walk at this event! 10 - 4pm. At the Bazaar you may rent out costumes for yourselves and your children from Farhang’s costume library as well as purchase your own costumes. To attend this event this private event (held in Pacific Palisades) on March 3rd, please rsvp to: RSVP@Farhang.org or by calling (310) 666-1546. Flyer is attached.
Celebrating the Iranian New Year - Please join us at the upcoming Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA on March 10th. Come dressed in your favorite colorful costume. Royce Hall and Dickson Court from 12 - 5pm. The Spring Walk will start at 3pm. Flyer is attached.