Lanai Weekly: September 9 - 13, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Team Lanai!

After my second week of observations, I understand what makes Lanai Road Elementary special.  We are a community school that values the importance of meaningful connections between all stakeholders.  What separates a good school from a great school is not just the involvement of parents but more importantly it is the healthy collaboration and partnership between parents, students, teachers and administration.  

I am thrilled to be able to see our parents and guardians at Back to School Night this week from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Tuesday, September 10th is for TK-2nd grade parents and Wednesday, September 11th is for our 3rd-5th grade parents.  Our amazing teachers are excited to share our high and clear expectations for social and academic student success. Your attendance at Back to School Night will demonstrate to your child your commitment to the importance of school and the partnership between school and parents.  Please remember this is for parents/guardians only.

 Finally, thank you to the parents and community members that were able to attend last Friday’s Meet and Greet with the Principal.  This was a great opportunity to learn about my vision as a leader of Lanai. If you were unable to attend, there will be many more opportunities for us to share ideas on how to best meet the needs of our students.  I look forward to seeing you around school and at one of our events. 



 Mario Thompson 

Monday, September 9

  • After School Music Classes begin today: Ukulele, room 20

  • SEEDS Enrichment classes begin: Science, Hip Hop, Golf, 2nd-4th Basketball

Tuesday, September 10

  • The cafeteria begins selling breakfast from 7:40 - 8:00 daily.

  • SEEDS Enrichment Classes begin: Art, TK Basketball, Movies by Kids, 

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

  • Back to School Night (TK - 2nd) 5:30 - 7:00 pm

            *****The Upper Yard will be open for cars to pull up and park at 5:00 pm.

  • The Hut (snack shack) will start after Back to School Night

  • Persian Culture classes canceled due to Back to School Night.

Wednesday, September 11

  • SEEDS Enrichment classes begin: Pottery, Legos, Flag Football

  • Back to School Night (3rd - 5th) 5:30 - 7:00 pm

            Upper Yard will be open for cars to pull up and park at 5:00 pm

  • PTA Board Meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, September 12

  • No events to note

Friday, September 13

  • No events to note

Upcoming Dates to Remember

September 19 CPK Fundraiser Night (All day)

September 19 Art Docent Orientation Meeting (Times TBA)

September 20 Guys and Kids Sports Night, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

September 23 FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 am

September 30 Rosh Hashanah - No School

October 2 PTA Board Meeting

October 9 Yom Kippur - No School

October 10 Yearbook Pictures

October 16 All Parents TEAM Meeting, 8:30 am, library

October 17 Great California Shake-out

October 18 SSC Meeting

October 20 Spooktacular Halloween Carnival 

October 24 Science Explosion and Engineering (1st - 5th)

October 25 Science Explosion and Engineering (TK/K)

October 25 Buddy Picnic

October 31 Halloween Costume Parade



Back to School Night is a parent or guardian only evening where you get a chance to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher and learn about their expectations and philosophy. You will see their classroom environment and receive schedules and other important paperwork. Classroom doors will open at 6pm.  The LoVE Fund table and Spirit Wear sales will also be on site beginning at 5:30 pm (Welcome Time).  The upper yard will be open for parking on both days from 5:00 pm onwards. 

5th GRADE PARENTS - The office has received an inordinate amount of calls to relay personal messages to the students in the classrooms.  Not only is this disruptive to the classroom, but teachers lose valuable teaching time and students lose learning time. Please make your pick-up/playdate/lunchbox arrangements before the school day starts and make sure your child knows before being dropped off at school. Alternately, if your child has a cell-phone, you can leave them a message or a text and ask them to check their phones at the end of the school day. All messages received during school hours will not be relayed into the classroom until after the school day has ended. 

PARENT PORTAL SIGN-UP - WHAT IS PARENT PORTAL AND WHY DO I NEED TO SIGN UP? The Parent Portal is your one-stop online system that connects parents/guardians to their student’s essential data.  You will be able to view their attendance, assignments and grades and other important information. For families with 3rd to 5th graders, all state testing scores will be posted in your child’s online account as LAUSD has eliminated the mailing of results. To sign up for Parent Portal, visit  Individual PIN numbers were sent home via mail by LAUSD to each legal parent/guardian. You can also contact Jody Chow in the Parent Center at for access to your PIN and child’s student ID number (found on their report card).  Feel free to drop into the Parent Center from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm daily for assistance in enrolling.

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT - Parents, children may NOT play on any yard equipment when there is not a credentialed person on supervision. This is for the child’s safety. Parents may not supervise.

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!

REMEMBER TO HAND IN THE RED EMERGENCY CONTACT FORMS!  Every child must have one on file. Copies were sent home in backpacks packs the first week or you can fill one in at the office.


Box Tops is going digital! We are still going to have a fall collection drive for clipped Box Tops

Please find detailed information on the program update here:

  • Please create a free account here: and enter Lanai Road EL as our school

  • Download the Box Tops app to your mobile device

  • Save your receipts and scan to earn cash for participating products

  • Questions? Help? Email Miriam Green at Flyer is attached. 


SEEDS ENRICHMENT - Classes begin this week. There are still spaces in some of the enrichment classes. To register, please go here:

MUSIC CLASSES -  Classes begin this week.  To register, click here: The Musical Playground's 

  • Jammin' Ukulele (K-5th) – Mondays, beginning at 2:45pm (Click Here for Info)

  • KiddyKeys Piano (TK-K) & Piano Discovery (1st-5th) – Tuesdays, beginning at 1:45pm (Click Here for Info)

  • Kinder Violin (K) & Lions Orchestra (1st-5th) – Tuesdays, beginning at 1:45pm (Click Here for Info)

  • Rock Star Guitar! (2nd-5th Only) – Wednesdays, beginning at 2:45pm (Click Here for Info)

  • Cubs Choir (TK-1st) & Lions Show Choir (2nd-5th) – Wednesdays, beginning at 2:45pm (Click Here for Info)

     For questions or for more info: 

PERSIAN CULTURE CLASSES AT LANAI - Classes have been canceled on Tuesday, September 10 due to Back to School Night. 

This class is for 2nd - 5th graders only and families must fill out the Beyond The Bell application form and submit it to the office prior to the first day of Persian class. Classes are provided by the Farhang Foundation and there is no charge. Please follow this link to the sign-up:



Still interested in signing up for a volunteer opportunity?  Sign up sheets for all of our Volunteer Committees are displayed right inside the school gates, so drop by and sign up before, during or after school. The sign up sheets will be up through BTSN this week.  Committee Chairs will be reaching out to volunteers shortly, so please sign up for anything that interests you!

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, address, 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.  


Breaking News!!  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: