Lanai Weekly: February 11 - 15, 2019

Principal’s Message:


Dear Parents,

February is the month for love and kindness and we certainly had good vibes this week! On Wednesday, we celebrated the Lunar New Year with a lion dance, music, martial arts demonstration, oodles of noodles and fortune cookies! Ask you child what countries celebrate the Lunar New Year (China, Vietnam and Korea) and what animal year this is. Hint: Usually pink, known as a character named “Wilbur” and says “Oink!”

On Thursday, musicians from the Los Angeles Jazz Society performed for our students. The five-member band introduced instruments, sounds, and varieties of jazz music. They heard “boogie-woogie,” blues, and even the Charlie Brown theme! Top it off with some of our students playing the drums and other percussion instruments and we had the whole auditorium rocking in their seats!

In addition, this week we had the Pacer organization provide a parent workshop on “Creating a World Without Bullying.” We are using the support of this organization to help us change the lens on bullying. Our PSW, Johanna Johnston, is working with students (as well as our teachers and staff) to create a world filled with “intentional kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Ms. Johanna provided professional development to our teachers and also presented an evening parent/child workshop. This issue is a focus at our school. Our Positive Behavior and Safety Committee and Local School Leadership Committee are working together with teachers and staff to articulate our school-wide message and plan. This is in conjunction with the policies and procedures put forth by LAUSD. Please look to the upcoming Lanai Leader for more information.

Finally, Lanai’s Got Talent—and you should see it! Please come tomorrow, Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. and/or 3:00 p.m. to see our students perform skits, songs, dances, music and more!  Special thanks to our parent volunteers who worked so hard to see this through.


With Kindness,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: February 4 - 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

This week was back to all things wonderful at Lanai! In music, our students listened to the glorious sounds of famous African-American musicians in preparation for jazz assemblies next week. Ask your child the names of artists, the instruments they played, and the origins of the music. I know our students are ready to hear some great, live jazz!

In science, our second graders continued to explore force, axis, and balance as they created wheels out of straws and discs and then tested its speed on a sloped surface. I know we have some budding engineers! Second graders also are adept at decomposing, unbundling and subtracting 3-digit numbers in both the standard algorithm and conceptually. They drew place value charts and discs and then illustrated how numbers are unbundled and then redistributed to subtract. Finally, students wrote and solved the problems using the standard form. It’s incredible to see the level of understanding our second graders have with place value and number sense!
What do you get when you combine an expository and persuasive essay? A pineapple, green screen movie of course! That’s what the third graders in one of our classes were doing this week. They researched healthy foods, wrote an expository essay and then “amped” it up to persuade their audience to try the healthy foods. The students were so excited to present their writing to classmates and also have it filmed! I definitely think those PSAs are You-Tube worthy!

Additionally, a few reminders: Please no dogs (even cute ones) on campus or in the parking lot. We have students who are allergic and/or afraid. Also, if you are parking in the Handicapped spaces in our parking lot at pick-up time, please remember that you will not be allowed to leave until the pedestrian traffic has cleared. Our afternoon TAs will guide you as to when it is safe to exit.

Finally, I hope you’ll be able to attend one of our parent workshops on anti-bullying provided by the Pacer organization on Thursday, February 7th at 8:30 a.m. or at 6:30 p.m. This is the kick-off to our Kindness month organized by our PSW, Mrs. Johanna Johnston. Anti-bullying professional development will also be provided to our teachers on Tuesday as well as classroom support for our students. Pacer’s message is Prevent Bullying, Promote Kindness. It’s an important message for us all.

Enjoy your weekend,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: January 28 - February 1, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school! We have 573 lovely pairs of little feet bouncing into school! Lot’s of laughing, smiling, and high fives were shared these past few days! Those are the sounds that echo through Lanai each day and give us joy. We’re all so happy that everyone is back at school!

Even though this was a short week, there was still so much fun and learning going on! Thursday and Friday our students took flight and learned about thrust, lift, drag, and gravity in our Stem & Engineering Science Explosion Day! They had a lesson on the elements necessary that allows gliders to fly. Our students planned, designed, and tested the distance their gliders flew. Then they re-designed, re-built and re-tested the gliders based on the “improvements” made to their machines. The materials used were straws, strips of paper, tape, and aluminum foil. Ask your child if there is a difference between using “loops” or flat strips as wings. You may be surprised! Special thanks to our lead engineering captains, Julie and Juliet, and their amazing crew!

Also, a reminder, if your child was not here during the strike, please send in a note by Monday explaining why your child didn’t attend. The absence will be excused, and it will not affect his/her perfect attendance.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: January 21 - 25, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This has been a challenging week, but your students have been well-supervised, engaged and learning. Classes were organized by grade levels and TAs remained with their grade levels, thus they knew their students.

I hope that UTLA and LAUSD come to an agreement very soon. Our students thrive with their teachers.

Wishing you a wonderful three-day weekend as we celebrate the words, wisdom, vision and actions of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.

Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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