Final Lanai Weekly: 2018/19 and August 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Families,

This last week of school was filled with celebrations!   Wishing a super-big congratulations to our 5th graders on their Culmination! We know they’ll go onto great experiences in middle school.   They are well-prepared because of all the dedicated teachers and support staff they’ve had at Lanai.  This was also a week of awards - Morning Laps awards, Lexia awards and Perfect Attendance awards. Congratulations to all our students who earned awards this week and at other times too!  

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!


Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: June 3 - 7, 2019

Principal’s Message:

There is so much going on at school in preparation for the close of school next week! SBAC testing has concluded for our 3-5 graders—their results will be available to you on the Parent Portal over the summer. Our fifth graders have been preparing for their culmination which promises to be an inspiring and wonderful celebration of their years at Lanai—bring tissue, tears are a guarantee! The fifth graders also came decked-out and dressed-up for their annual 5th grade Dance! Big thanks to Marcos who spun the best music and Jill with her “red-carpet” team who worked so hard to make the VIP evening an adventure worthy of a Hollywood debut!

Our kindergartners are also warming up their voices for their celebration which is guaranteed to be adorable! We also had our incoming Kinder playdate Friday afternoon. Our soon-to-be Kinders have jumping feet, bright smiles and made some new friends - the start of a wonderful school experience.

Finally, today was the last Lunch with the Principal for this year. It’s always a nice time when the students, selected by their teachers, join me during lunch and we talk and eat a yummy dessert (usually Ding Dongs). I always ask the students questions and find out what’s new at the movies and what cool things the children have planned for the weekend. Today I asked what they felt was the best part of this school year. The consensus was: PE with Coach—who always makes playtime fun; all our Teachers who make learning interesting every day; and Laps for Lanai—yea! The running, the cheering, the tee-shirts, the spirit, the popsicles, the fun!


Wishing you a happy weekend!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 27 - 31, 2019

Principal’s Message:


Dear Parents,

This has been a super week for students and staff!  On Tuesday we had our annual Laps for Lanai run and it was incredible!  All our students ran with enthusiasm and pride as they were cheered on by their buddies, staff and parents!  Our fifth graders and Coach were surprised during the last lap of the day when the entire school came out to cheer them on - honoring their last Laps for Lanai run!  Student Council President, Nicole, gave Coach a box filled with cards from students letting him know how much they’ve enjoyed PE, and all the other cool stuff he does with them!

The entire week, during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, everyone at Lanai has been celebrated and thanked for all they do each day!  Flowers on Monday, cards on Tuesday, fruit on Wednesday, a super-yummy lunch on Thursday and custom, Lanai socks on Friday, made for an amazing week!  Our entire staff thanks you for your support and love - Lanai wouldn’t be the wonderful place it is without you!

I want to commend all our candidates who ran for Student Council.  They worked hard on their creative posters and speeches! Congratulations to our new student council reps: Sasha, Kiki, Sam, Addison, Mila, Georgie, Sol, Sam, Isabella, Sienna, Hannah, and Jonathan.   President Gabby and V.P. Lili. We know they will serve Lanai well. In addition, there are opportunities for ALL students to participate in many other committees and we welcome every student’s participation at school!

On a final note, many of you know that we are in the midst of arranging the new classes for next year. Please know that your child’s teacher knows your child best and will make every attempt to place him/her in the class that is best.  Some of the things considered when building the classes each year include: English Language status, Special Education, GATE status, friendships, behavior concerns and academic balance.  If there is additional information that is helpful for your child’s current teacher, please contact him/her. Otherwise please know, each teacher puts much consideration into the placement of their students.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 20 - 24, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This has been a week full of smiles - especially on Tuesday night!  It was our annual Open House and every classroom was bursting with the amazing work our students have engaged in all year.  It was lovely seeing the students proudly sharing their writing, science labs, math, research reports, art, and computer presentations.  In addition, most students visited upcoming classrooms to get a “preview” of next year. The excitement for 2019-20 is building already!

On another note, SBAC testing has commenced in grades 3 - 5.  Please make sure that your child is on time to school each morning and has eaten a good breakfast.  Also, a good night’s sleep is imperative as the tests require concentration and reasoning. Parents will be able to access their child’s results via the Parent Portal over the summer.  Scores will not be sent home. Please see Jody in the Parent Center; she will provide you with your PIN code to help set up your account.

On a final note, it was lovely meeting many of our incoming families at the Meet and Mingle night on Thursday.  The new families I met, are super-excited to come to Lanai and are certain to participate in their child’s education!  A few even mentioned that they were former Lanai students—once a lion, always a lion!

Happy weekend!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 13 - 17, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Road Families,

This week has been jam-packed with all kinds of fun for our students! On Monday, our fifth graders went to Pali Camp for a great end-of-year experience! They did a high ropes course, Variety Show, Balloon Rescue and “bonding” experiences. The weather was cooler than usual but seeing the mist among the mountains was amazing! This will be a trip they will always remember.

Friday was such a busy day, that three principals were needed to run the school! Luckily, Principal Sophie and Principal Shiva were here to help. They helped out with the inclement weather and made the decision to postpone our Israeli Independence Day celebration until Monday when the weather will be better. In addition, Principal Shiva and Principal Sophie visited with some of our prospective parents on our school tour. Their advice to the incoming families is for children to walk in the halls, listen to the teachers, and when it’s raining everyone should walk under the awnings. They both took time out from their busy day to visit the classrooms and tell the students what a good job of learning they are doing and how much they appreciate the hard work the teachers, TAs and staff are doing. Finally, as all principals know, taking time for lunch is super important, (this job requires lots of energy)! To that end, Principal Sophie and Principal Shiva had lunch with their friends in the Principal’s office! It’s a great day to be a principal!

Finally, I wish all the moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! This is one of my favorite holidays—handmade cards, runny eggs, and flowers made out of tissue paper—what can be better?


Best,

Principal Shiva, Principal Sophie, and Principal Elan

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Lanai Weekly: May 6 - 10, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Parents,

So much going on this week! On Wednesday, our Volunteers were treated to a lovely breakfast hosted by our teachers and staff as a way to say thank you for all you do! Later, on Wednesday, our students got to hang out with their buddies at the final Buddy Lunch! It was a lovely spring day with games, bookmarks and popsicles. Top it off with butterflies soaring across the yard and it was a perfect buddy lunch! On Friday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with music, dance and yummy snacks - ole!

On another note, our TAs, staff and I met and are working to improve yard safety. We made changes which include students in grades 1 & 2 will “freeze” when the bell rings. Kindergarten students will also practice “freezing.” Then, selected students will gather the balls to be returned. No PAW tickets will be given for returning the balls. Students will only be allowed to play in their dedicated “areas.” This will curtail the after-bell rush to get to the ball box and in line. We hope these steps will improve safety on the yard.

Looking forward, remember we have movie night on Saturday; Laps for Lanai on the 21st and CPK Night on the 22nd this month. Lot’s of fun things going on!

Wishing you a nice weekend!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: April 29 - May 3, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Parents,

What a week this has been! Earth Day; visitors from the Revolutionary War, and Teacher of the Year! So many creative entries (as always) by our students using recycled materials. I saw games, dog and doll houses, a homework producer, and even an igloo that could provide protection during a snowstorm! Each student explained the project, materials selected, and use for their item. Second graders had quite a diverse set of creations: Ronel constructed a Laser Tag Park using old moldings, plastic food containers and extra LED lights; Liam took us to a beach in Hawaii complete with tongue depressor trees, water bottles and a peanut butter lid that provided a shaded area; and Blair’s twin, LOL Surprise, stood watch while students perused the exhibit! There were lots of other Earth Day events going on as well! Kindergarten had their students participate in a center day with visits to each classroom for a made flowers out of tissue paper, made tie-dyed Earths different activity. In one class, they made necklaces, another wrote a flip book, made flowers out of tissue paper, made tie-dyed Earths, and read stories about what we can do to protect our Earth. The week ended with the office serenaded by a Kindergarten class singing, The Earth is Our Planet! Yeah!!

Our fifth grade continues to have visitors from the past with Heroes from the Revolutionary War! Benjamin Franklin, Frances Marion, James Otis, Benedict Arnold (traitor), Abigail Adams, and many others. The students put so much effort and research into their reports that their presentations are truly amazing! Every year the bar is raised - the videos - super adorable; costumes - thank you Amazon; and the live presentations - so much fun! Truly a highlight in fifth grade!

Finally, Lanai presented our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Erika Altman, at the 25th Annual Teacher of the Year event at the Woodland Hills Hilton on Thursday night! Mrs. Altman was honored along with 19 other teachers throughout the valley for their dedication to their students and education. This is Mrs. Altman’s Sweet-Sixteen year as a teacher! Mrs. Altman is National Board Certified and presents Professional Development to our teachers in writing and Steam education. In addition, she is loved by her students and well-respected by her colleagues. If you walk into her classroom, (as well as all our other Kinder classrooms) you might think you’re in first grade because the level of instruction and student work far exceeds kindergarten standards! Lanai is truly lucky to have Mrs. Altman here, as well as all our other exceptional teachers.


Warmly,


Lisa Elan


Monday, April 29

  • Mother’s Day Boutique, 4184 Lanai Road (across from the school) 8am - 4pm

  • Yearbook orders in front of the school, PM


Tuesday, April 30

  • Dismissal today is 1:40 pm

  • ELAC Meeting, 8:30 am Parent Center

  • The Hut is open


Wednesday, May 1

  • Character Day - Citizenship, wear purple

  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - 8:30 - 10:00 in the auditorium

  • Buddy Picnic at lunch (volunteers needed, see sign-up below)


Thursday, May 2

  • Principal’s Awards 

  • Gold Rush - 4th Grade on site Field Trip

  • McDonald’s Fundraiser Night - 4:30 - 7:30 pm, 15700 Ventura Blvd (at Haskell)


Friday, May 3

  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration at morning assembly and at recess  **churros will be sampled, please let the office know if your child is unable to eat this**

  • Spirit Wear sales in front of the school

  • Lunch with the Principal

  • SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm Parent Center

Saturday, May 4

  • Family Movie Night, presented by PTA, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the auditorium. Movie TBA


DATES TO REMEMBER


May 6-8 5th Grade Pali Camp
May 7 Theater West Field Trip - 1st Grade
May 8 Student Council Interviews
May 10 Israeli Independence Day Celebration
May 10 School Tour #3, 8:45 am
May 12 Mother’s Day
May 13 FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus
May 13 Parent Presentation: How to Raise a Healthy Eater, 8:30 am
May 14 Spirit Wear Sales during open house hours
May 14 Open House , 5 - 7pm
May 15 Final All Parents TEAM Meeting/ Coffee With the Principal
May 16 Incoming Family Meet & Greet, off campus
May 17 SEEDS Musical Performance , 6pm
May 18 SEEDS Musical Performance, 10:30 am
May 20 - 24 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
May 20 - 31 SBAC Testing Window - 3rd to 5th Grade
May 21 Laps 4 Lanai Fun Run
May 21 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school
May 22 CPK Fundraiser, All day
May 22 Student Council Presentations
May 23 ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center
May 23 Teacher/Staff Luncheon
May 24 SSC Meeting, 1:30 Parent Center
May 24 Student Council Results Announced, 2pm
May 27 Memorial Day - No School
May 29 Final PTA Board Meeting
May 30 Lunch With the Principal, 12pm
May 30 Local School Leadership Committee (LSLC) Meeting, 3pm
May 31 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school
May 31 Student Council Spirit Day - Decades Day
May 31 Principal’s Awards
May 31 Incoming Kinder Playdate, 3pm
May 31 5th Grade Parent/Child dance, 7pm
June 3 Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal
June 3 5th vs Staff Basketball
June 4 5th Grade Culmination Ceremony, 9am
June 5 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm
June 5 Kinder Celebration, 8:30 am
June 5 5th Gr. vs Staff Kickball
June 5 EL Program Options, 2pm
June 6 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm
June 6 TK Celebration, 8:30 am
June 6 Perfect Attendance Awards at morning assembly
June 7 Last Day of School
June 7 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1:00 pm
June 7 5th Grade Bash 11 am - 12:30 pm

FOLB NEWS


Mother’s Day Boutique - Monday, April 29 at 4184 Lanai Road (private residence across from Lanai).  We locked in AMAZING companies that'll make Mother's Day, teacher's/graduation gifts and even Father's Day a little easier!  So come by anytime between 8am-4pm and continue your generous support of our school!!!  Every dollar counts!! Open to the public so tell your friends!  

McDonald’s Night Fundraiser - Our annual McDonald’s Night Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 4:30 to 7:30 at the McDonalds on Ventura and Haskell (17500 Ventura, across from the IHOP). Come out and support a local business while helping to raise money for our 5th Graders! A portion of the evening’s sales will go towards their culmination expenses. Flyer is attached.  

PTA NEWS


The Yearbook Committee will be in front of the school one final day on Monday, April 29 in the afternoon to take orders. They will have order forms available at the table but a copy will be sent home in your child’s backpack as well.

Calling All Volunteers! - If you donated your time and energy to support our school this year in any capacity, we want to honor you! Please come to our Volunteer Breakfast on Wednesday, May 1 from 8:30 to 10:00 am in the auditorium. You can RSVP to jody.chow@lanairoad.net or leave a comment below.  Flyer is attached.

Family Movie Night is almost here! Put on your PJs, grab a blanket/sleeping bag and a pillow and chill out with the rest of your friends in the auditorium as Lanai's PTA presents our annual Spring Family Movie Night! The kids will be voting between Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Secret Life of Pets 2. Saturday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30.  Popcorn and licorice will be provided. Flyer is attached.

FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE:

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 https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/10470.  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 jody.chow@lanairoad.net 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


Textbook Help Needed! - To help box up old textbooks, put them onto pallets and put the new textbooks on the shelf! Wear some comfy clothes and shoes! Monday, April 29 at 8:30. Stay as long as you like. Meet at the garden near the upper playground (outside the Science Lab or room 27). Please make a comment below if you are able to help.

Buddy Lunch Helpers - Our final Buddy Lunch is on Wednesday, May 1 from 12 to 1pm and we need help. For more information about this event, contact Suzy Robbins at suzytrobbins@gmail.com or Andrea Pearlman at andrea@auntiedia.com. Leave a comment below if you are able to help.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration - Friday, May 3 during recess: 10 - 11 am. The multicultural committee is looking for parent volunteers to help us celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Lanai. We will be doing a special arts/crafts activity and serving Mexican snacks to the kids on Friday, May 3rd during recess. Volunteers would be on campus from approximately 9:30am - 11:15am. Please email Veronica Sabbaghi if you’re available to help.  Mommysabbaghi@gmail.com 


2nd Grade PE Volunteers Needed - In an effort to help Coach PJ, we have created ONE sign-up sheet for all 2nd grade PE volunteers. Coach PJ realizes this time slot is very tough for some parents, but it is very difficult for him to properly instruct the grade when there aren't volunteers. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C48A9A62BAAFF2-pe2

CAFETERIA NEWS


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 May:  https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/126/2019%20May%20Grades%20K-5%20Breakfast%20Menus.pdf

Lunch Menu for May:    https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/126/2019%20May%20K-5%20Prep%20Lunch%20Menus.pdf

FROM LAUSD


DCFS is actively recruiting potential foster and adoptive parents: there simply aren't enough to fill the need. Join us for an information event to jump start your path to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. This is a community effort designed to make the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent easier and more inclusive for all families. Childcare for kids ages 3+ is limited and available only with advance reservation. Refreshments will be provided. Se habla español. Saturday, May 4 from 10am to 1pm. New Seasons Downey 9001 Paramount Blvd | Downey, CA 90240

OTHER EVENTS


Cinco De Mayo Celebration - Friday, May 3 at morning assembly and at recess (10 - 11am). Parents are welcome to join us on the upper yard to recognize this important, historical day in the Mexican culture when the Mexican army defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla.

How To Raise A Healthy Eater - Parent Presentation - Monday, May 13 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.  Join Lanai parent and Nutritional Consultant, Sharon Benzvi as she discusses the importance of the family meal and offers tips/tricks on how to feed your child healthy foods without having to hiding it!. Visit Sharon's website at: healthierbysharon.com 

Open House Is Quickly Approaching! - Save the date! Tuesday, May 14. From 5 - 6pm there will be pizza and spirit wear sales, from 6 - 7pm the classrooms will be open for touring. The upper yard will be open to allow for parent’s to park.

SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


ON THE LANAI CAMPUS:

Musical Playground Summer Camp at Lanai - Registration is now open!

  • ROCK BAND CAMP (ages 6-7; 8-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

  • MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOPS (ages 5-7; 8-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

  • DJ CAMP (ages 7-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Sign Up For Camp By Apr. 5, 2019 & Receive Your Early Registration Discount ($25 Off!!). Multi-Week & Sibling Discounts Available.  Camp Weeks:  July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, & July 29-Aug. 2.  www.themusicalplayground.org/summer-camp-registration
For questions or more info: contact@themusicalplayground.org

NOT ON THE LANAI CAMPUS:

CSUN Summer Academic Program for Elementary School Students (SAPESS) - Incoming Grades 1 - 5, June 17 - July 19.  Early bird fee: $755 (after April 7, $775). Language Arts, Math, Science, Arts and Crafts taught by credential teachers.  Camp is located at California State University Northridge campus. For more info visit: www.csun.edu/education/sapess. Flyer is attached.

Peter Pan Jr. - Musical Theater and Training Summer Camp with Mr. Jay Winnick (former Lanai parent and one of our current Theater instructors). For kids entering 4th grade - 10th grade.. June 10th - 28th, 9am to 3:30pm with Peter Pan performance on June 28th. Location: Portola Middle School. Cost: $695 plus $25 costume fee. For more information, contact Jay at jbwinnick@aol.com. Flyer is attached.

Lanai Weekly: April 22 - 26, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed Spring Break and had some wonderful time with your family and friends. As with all good things, we can’t wait for the break to come, and then it’s here and gone in the blink of an eye!

I know today you’re preparing your children to come back to school:  packing lunches, finding backpacks, and looking for “that paper with the note on it”!  Please, also as you are thinking about your “work-week,” plan your drive and student drop-off as well.   Drive carefully, follow all driving rules, don’t use your cellphone, and pay attention.  The Thursday before break we had a potentially dangerous incident in the drop-off line.  An SUV was driving very fast and missed the curve.  It could have hit the two volunteers who were standing there as well as any child who was around.  The car drove on, dropped off his/her children and we don’t know who it was.  But please, I implore you—drive carefully, slowly, safely, and with complete attention to the road.  

I’m looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hearing from your children the fun things they did. Whether it was a trip to the library or around the world, sharing time with your family is the BEST!


Warmly,


Lisa Elan

Lanai Weekly: April 22 - 26, 2019

Principal’s Message:


Dear Parents,

If you happened upon the campus, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you probably noticed that it was quieter than usual.  That’s because most of the 4th graders were on their three-day field trip to the Ocean Institute! They learned about the ocean ecosystem; dissected a fish and saw its heart, stomach and liver; went on awesome hikes; caught frogs and a newt in a creek; performed skits by the campfire; played Uno; hung out with friends; and even ate Subway for lunch!  Back at school, Thursday, was pajama day for the 4th graders and they had so many interesting stories to share.  I know their trip to the Ocean Institute will be a fond memory, always!  

There was still much going on at school with our Kindergartners sharing their daily, morning calendar.  On the 143rd day of school they demonstrated that they can run the class on their own.  Mikail led the class in patterns, numbers, and place value as part of the morning routine.  Dylan reported that the weather was sunny but cool. Later, the students found ways to name the number 9.  Ella suggested 11-2; Cyrus mentioned 4 x 2 +1; Kayla said 4 ½ + 4 ½; Nicole told us 1 x 9; Gavin replied 2 + 2 +2 + 2 + 1; and Kiana stated 3 +3 + 3 is a way to make nine!  Our kindergartners have incredible number sense!

Do you know the difference between Declarative and Explanatory sentences?  Just ask a first grader to tell you. They also discussed the elements of a “good” sentence.  One example I saw was, “Timur can’t wait!” The students added detail by enhancing the sentence to: “Our sweet student Timur, can’t wait for summer break!”  Me too!

Wishing you a wonderful Spring Holiday filled with sweetness!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: April 8 - 12, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This has been an amazing week at Lanai!  Our Spring Concert was filled with lots of jazz!  Everyone was delighted to see the wonderful music performances by our first through fifth graders as well as our chorus and violin clubs.  This year we were treated to the fifth graders playing “Mi Gata Loca” on their recorders. They only received the recorders a few weeks ago and learned to play very quickly.  Our music program has evolved so much this year - our students are learning music theory and note reading; a wide variety of musical genres; artist and music history; vocals, instruments and movement!  We have grown our music opportunities for students through choir, orchestra, violin, guitar and even ukulele! I know as we continue on this expanded path our students will benefit from all the joy and knowledge that music brings!    A huge note of thanks to our wonderful music teachers: Ms. Wichmann, Mr. Carroll and Ms. Mary Ruth Schuler.

Should cursive be taught in schools?  Why or why not? Ellie thinks, “It does not matter.  It just makes it (writing) look really pretty.” Sadie believes that “…cursive should be taught in school because you need to know it at some point in your life when you go to work.”  Lastly, Liam feels that “…cursive should be taught in school because in 4th grade you have to do cursive.”   Many of our third graders are busily engaged in the writing process with an opinion piece on cursive.  They looked at texts that provided the pros and cons of cursive writing. Then they highlighted the proof that supported their opinion.  The students shared with their partners the points highlighted. Later they used a graphic organizer to organize their thoughts before putting their first draft on paper.  I can’t wait to read their published pieces.

If you are a parent of a third, fourth, or fifth grade student, I strongly urge you to go on the Parent Portal and register.  This is the platform parents use to get the CAASPP (CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) scores for their children.  The District will not be mailing the results home. The results will only be available on the Parent Portal. This platform will also contain additional testing information about your child.  More information will be posted on Parent Square next week and Jody Chow (Parent Center Director) will be available to help you create an account with your specific credentials.

A final reminder to parents:  Please remind your child that students are NOT ALLOWED to “film/video” any other student.  They are not to use their cell phones during the school day. They may use their phone to contact you after school regarding pick up, but not for other reasons.  Students abusing the cell phone policy will have their phones confiscated.  

Wishing you a weekend filled with music and cursive letter or two!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: April 1 - 5, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

“She (pronoun) thought (verb) about dessert (prepositional phrase) while (conjunction) enthusiastically (adverb) eating (verb) her (possessive pronoun) scrumptious (adjective) dinner (noun).”  As I visited a fourth-grade class this week, the students were developing their own sentences in groups and then naming the parts of speech. The grammar hasn’t changed, but the interactive way of learning it has!   The sentences were lively, the students enthusiastic, and the learning, stupendous! I know we have some future grammarians!

Kindness counts, and our second graders did some wonderful things for people and animals in our community.  Each child chose how he/she wanted to show kindness to others. They visited shelters, donation centers, police and fire stations, environmental agencies and the like.  Then, they wrote and presented their experience to their classmates in Kindness reports. I visited a classroom and saw some wonderful ways our students helped others. Michelle spoke about donating her toys to children.  “I feel sad to know that other kids don’t have toys to make them happy.” Jordan told about returning a turtle to its habitat. He said, “If something is lost, it’s good to find a home for it. It makes the world a better place.”   Audrina made Cupcakes for Cops! She told her class, “Cops are so brave and help our community.” Sophia visited an animal shelter and mentioned, “I feed the dogs and cats and play with them…They feel lonely, scared and sad because they are not getting too much attention.”  Lastly, Olly spoke of the Therapeutic Living Center that provides services for blind and disabled people. “I told a lot of jokes, read them a question book and then gave the answers...A lot of people ignore blind or disabled people and I wanted to meet them and make them feel special and happy.  I learned that if you be (are) kind, kindness comes back to you.”

On Friday, several of our students participated in the Special Olympics!  They played games, ran races, earned ribbons, ate lunch, and had smiles from ear to ear!  Kudos to all!

And finally, Friday afternoon, many of our students who stay after school and others who were able to come, got to see a delightful puppet show about Nowruz presented by Negar Estakhr and Nargol Rashidian! In addition, Vandan Massahzadeh and Arezoo Kochakan played Persian drums and the accordion to enhance the story. Special thanks to our after school, Persian teacher, Maliheh Barazesh who arranged this performance.

From grammar desserts to athletic challenges to acts of kindness, our students do it all.  With grace, enthusiasm, and reflection, they make our world a better place. “…if you be kind, kindness comes back to you.”

Warmly (adverb),

Lisa Elan (proper noun)

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Lanai Weekly: March 25 - 29, 2019

Principal’s Message:

What happens when you have crazy weather on the first day of spring; Nowruz (Persian New Year); Go for the Gold 4th and 5th grade run; and a buddy lunch? You have a “normal” week at Lanai! On Tuesday, our students were treated to a Nowruz celebration which marks the first day of spring. Several of our students shared information about the origins of the holiday and how it’s celebrated. We also saw dancing, drumming, faux-fire jumping, Amu Nowruz (Father Nowruz) and tasted yummy treats! We love learning about the different cultures at Lanai and sharing in the lovely traditions. In addition, as we welcomed the first day of spring on Thursday, the heavens opened up and we experienced a downpouring of rain and hail! It was an amazing lunch for our 3rd - 5th graders as they sat in the pavilion and witnessed this rare and awesome precipitation! As fourth grader Tate said, “This rain has turned Lanai into Lake Lanai!”

Continuing in the celestial realm, our first graders have been proudly presenting their dioramas on the planets. I saw several presentations and learned much from our students. Jack shared that Uranus is composed of methane, it’s temperature is negative 280 degrees and has 27 moons; Beatrice explained that Neptune has an invisible ring, is 17 times the mass of Earth, rains every day and has 14 moons; and Fletcher told his classmates that Mars is named for the Roman God of War, composed of iron and rock, and has a volcano 3 times taller than Mount Everest! Their classmates listened attentively, asked questions, and provided positive feedback. It was wonderful to see the confidence and pride that the students displayed as they presented their reports.

Friday was high energy and fun for all our students. It began with our fourth and fifth graders running in the “Go for the Gold” fitness event. This is an event in which they have been preparing for the past 8 weeks. Twice a week, the participants practiced running and fitness drills with Coach before school. Today, they ran their personal best time. All runners completed the mile in under 9 minutes! Amazing! The runners were cheered on by their classmates and parents. I’m sure we have future marathoners thanks to the fitness and enthusiasm Coach PJ provides. Lastly, our buddies are the best! Sharing lunch and playtime on Friday makes for a great end, to an awesome week!

Wishing you a weekend filled with puddles to jump in; clear night skies to see the stars and planets; and for anyone participating in the LA Marathon, an easy run.


Warmly,

Lisa Elan


DATES TO REMEMBER

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

May 1            Character Day - Citizenship, wear purple

May 1            School Applications Available

May 1            Volunteer Breakfast

May 2            Principal’s Awards, 8;15

May 2            Gold Rush On-site Field Trip - 4th Grade

May 2            McDonald’s Fundraiser Night, 4:30 pm

May 3            Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 3            Lunch with the Principal

May 6-8        5th Grade Pali Camp

May 8            Student Council Interviews

May 10        Israeli Independence Day Celebration

May 10        School Tour #3, 8:45 am

May 12        Mother’s Day

May 13        FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus

May 14        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 14 - 24        SBAC Testing Window - 5th Grade

May 14        Open House , 5 - 7pm

May 15        All Parents TEAM Meeting/ Coffee With the Principal

May 16        Incoming Family Meet & Greet, off campus

May 17        SEEDS Musical Performance , 6pm

May 18        SEEDS Musical Performance, 11:30 am

May 20 - 24        Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

May 21        Laps 4 Lanai Fun Run

May 21        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 22        CPK Fundraiser, All day

May 22        Student Council Presentations

May 23        ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

May 23        Teacher/Staff Luncheon

May 24        SSC Meeting, 1:30 Parent Center

May 24        Student Council Results Announced, 2pm

May 24        Incoming Kinder Playdate, 3 - 5pm

May 27        Memorial Day - No School

May 29        Final PTA Board Meeting

May 30        Lunch With the Principal, 12pm

May 31        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 31         Student Council Spirit Day - Decades Day

May 31        Principal’s Awards

May 31        5th Grade Parent/Child dance


PTA NEWS

Thank you Lanai Families!  Team Lanai Cares Toiletry Drive was a success!  With your generous donations, we were able to create 100 toiletry kits for the homeless.  Every Monday, a mobile shower truck provides showers at the West Valley Food Pantry. Our toiletry kits will be given to the patrons who access the showers.

Spring Music Concert Update -  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. Choir will be featured in the Wednesday 1:30 pm show and the Friday show only.  Please note that Kindergarten will not be participating in the Spring Music Concert.

FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE:

Message to all parents regarding phone calls to the office - The office would like to remind parents that they are not a messaging service for the children.  Please make your playdate, pick-up and meet-up arrangements prior to dropping off your children at school and make sure that they are aware of what to do if you are running late. Students in TK - 1st Grade will be sent up to SEEDS and students in 2nd - 5th grade can go to YS/Beyond The Bell to wait for their pick-up.

PARENT PRESENTATIONS

**Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to jody.chow@lanairoad.net**

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

Persian 101 - Make-up classes will be scheduled for Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 5 after school.   Session #1 will start at 2:50 pm and go until 3:30 pm in room TBC.   Session #2 will start at 3:55 and go until 4:45 pm in room TBC.

CAFETERIA NEWS

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

FROM LAUSD

DCFS is actively recruiting potential foster and adoptive parents: there simply aren't enough to fill the need. Join us for an information event to jump start your path to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. This is a community effort designed to make the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent easier and more inclusive for all families. Childcare for kids ages 3+ is limited and available only with advance reservation. Refreshments will be provided. Se habla español. Saturday, May 4 from 10am to 1pm. New Seasons Downey  9001 Paramount Blvd | Downey, CA 90240

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Hesby Oaks Elementary and Generosity Feeds - The students of the Hesby Leadership class are working to make the community around us better.  This year, we are working with Generosity Feeds to make 10,000 meals for hungry children in LA on March 30th.  

We need help in 2 areas:

1.  Volunteers to help make the meals (stuff backpacks) on March 30th

2.  Hesby has committed $10,000 to cover the cost of supplies and OUR STUDENTS have been reaching out to businesses to partner in this to cover the cost.  The children have raised $7,500 of this already.

For more information visit  Hesbyfeedsla.org  and a YouTube video by our kids https://youtu.be/JOrtzz5-Bc8

SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ON THE LANAI CAMPUS:

Musical Playground Summer Camp at Lanai - Registration is now open!

  • ROCK BAND CAMP (ages 6-7; 8-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

  • MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOPS (ages 5-7; 8-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

  • DJ CAMP (ages 7-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Sign Up For Camp By Apr. 5, 2019 & Receive Your Early Registration Discount ($25 Off!!). Multi-Week & Sibling Discounts Available.  Camp Weeks: July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, & July 29-Aug. 2. www.themusicalplayground.org/summer-camp-registration

For questions or more info: contact@themusicalplayground.org

 

NOT ON THE LANAI CAMPUS:

CSUN Summer Academic Program for Elementary School Students (SAPESS) - Incoming Grades 1 - 5, June 17 - July 19.  Early bird fee: $755 (after April 7, $775).  Language Arts, Math, Science, Arts and Crafts taught by credential teachers.  Camp is located at California State University Northridge campus. For more info visit: www.csun.edu/education/sapess. Flyer is attached.

Peter Pan Jr. - Musical Theater and Training Summer Camp with Mr. Jay Winnick (former Lanai parent and one of our current Theater instructors). For kids entering 4th grade - 10th grade.. June 10th - 28th, 9am to 3:30pm with Peter Pan performance on June 28th.  Location: Portola Middle School. Cost: $695 plus $25 costume fee. For more information, contact Jay at jbwinnick@aol.com. Flyer is attached.

 





Lanai Weekly: March 18 - 22, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Bragging rights, being kind, and butterflies! This week Lanai (as always) had brilliant stuff going on.  First, on Monday, District staff from Beaudry visited our school to see how we implement technology in classrooms. They were impressed with the high level of differentiated activities going on in fifth grade.  During Independent Study Time (IST) the District team saw students working on Zearn for math practice;  Edulastic for assessments; and Power School for resources, homework and study projects. One of the visitors asked Evelyn to show how she uses her Chromebook in Social Studies. She demonstrated how students go to the platform, find the map of the United States, and then complete information on a specific state. Next, the officials visited a third-grade classroom and saw students integrate persuasive and informational writing to produce a video on healthy foods. They watched a yummy strawberry infomercial produced by Mason! The District team was amazed by the innovation, sophistication, and excitement our students and teachers have for using technology. At the end of their tour, they told us that they visit different LAUSD schools each Monday. They raved that Lanai, by far, was one of the best they’ve seen. The ideas and suggestions learned from their visit to Lanai will help them advance and improve technology at our school and throughout the District.

On Wednesday, students were seeing orange for the character trait, fairness. They enjoyed a presentation by our student council with vignettes on ways of showing kindness. One tableau demonstrated thoughtfulness to our teachers by providing food and support during the strike; another, on how important it is to share toys with siblings and friends; and lastly, what it means to be responsible in caring for pets and keeping your word. Our students love seeing their peers perform. A special thanks to Ali for working with our students and helping them write and bring their ideas to life!

Did you know that Lanai is part of the flight pattern for “painted lady” butterflies? Several days this week students witnessed countless butterflies flying swiftly across the playground and parking lot. These butterflies are on the first leg in their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. The insects seen will journey to Northern California, breed, and then the next generation of butterflies will continue their trek to the Pacific Northwest. This is happening because of the tremendous amount of rain experienced this winter. How lucky we are to witness this lovely, unusual occurrence of so many painted ladies at one time!

I hope you weekend is filled with good things to brag about, fairness to others and lots of BUTTERFLIES!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 11 - 15, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

What is faster than a hop, skip and a jump through an obstacle course? More powerful than vivid adjectives? Able to leap tall buildings using onomatopoeia words? Our Superhero Literacy Fair of course! On Thursday and Friday this week our students visited the library for our annual Literacy Fair. The students attended different stations as they explored many facets of literacy. Before embarking on their journey through superhero adventures, the younger students heard snippets from a book by Kamala Harris called Superheroes are Everywhere. All classes were introduced to the superhero inside us. Those values include how kindness, sharing, helpfulness, courage, fairness and curiosity are within us. Then they visited stations as they explored a variety of literacy games, writings and crafts. At one station, they spun a story-starter wheel and used the selection to write a story. At another station, the students practiced the physical skills necessary to be a superhero. They hopped, jumped, crawled, side-stepped and high-fived as they ran through an onomatopoeia workout course—Kapow!!! Our students also became superheroes themselves! They listed their super powers, gave themselves a superhero name, defined how they’d help others and decorated their own superhero masks. Finally, our students explored an the respiratory system, an underwater world, and a dairy farm through VR glasses. A superhero thank-you to Juliet Biederman and Rachael Barg and their superhero-volunteer parents who put on the “super-est” Literacy Fair yet! 

Also, as a reminder, this weekend begins daylight savings time. Clocks are moved ahead an hour at 2:00 am on Sunday. That means less sleep, but more daylight for Lanai’s student-superheroes and their amazing powers!

Kapow, zonk, wham!!!

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: March 4 - 8, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

“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.

Sincerely,

Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: Feb 25 - March 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

This week has been super-cold and we still have a few more weeks of this weather. Please make sure your child(ren) come to school dressed in warm layers and jackets. In the morning, my car’s thermometer registered 36 degrees. Yikes! That’s cold!  

Even though it’s cold in the morning, by the time kindergartners were outside with Coach PJ on Wednesday, it was comfortable PE weather and they played a running and tossing game called “Money in the Bank.” The objective was to “guard” the “bank” money, while at the same time, tossing bean bags into a bin and running to catch any that didn’t make it into the container. The kindergartners were running and jumping and tossing and yelling to their partners. In the end, I’m not sure who won, but they all had fun playing and getting good exercise!

In science, our second graders are investigating force and magnetism. They were given magnets, paper clips, string, straws and popsicle sticks to determine which has magnetic properties. They also discovered that a magnet can exert a lot of force on paper clips and lift several at a time in  “clump” or a line. Finally, they explored how magnets attract and repel - all cool stuff!

On Tuesday our fourth graders were busy reading music, singing a Portuguese song and making percussion sounds with their bodies. They counted beats with peanut butter, grapes and tacos and then clapped, slapped, and stomped their feet all in beat. Then they divided into two groups and played different beats and patterns according to the notes they were following. It was a cool sight to see and an awesome sound!

In computers, our 5th graders are developing a PSA (Public Service Announcement) on cyberbullying. Ms. Leon, our Planet Bravo teacher, is having them research their topics, collect data and then overlay information on images. Ms. Leon reminded the students about plagiarism and collecting and citing information obtained from the internet appropriately. The students will then present their project. These projects and curriculum fill their technology toolbox and enable our students to be comfortable and adept in using multiple platforms and applications.

Even though it’s cold outside, Saturday night will be hot! The Gala team has been working ‘round the clock putting together an amazing Havana Night! I hope to see you sporting Panama hats, Cuban cigars, and flouncy dresses as we support the wonderful programs, specialists, and enhancements that are uniquely Lanai.

Let’s Dance!


Lisa Elan

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Lanai Weekly: February 18 - 22, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

What do you get when you combine rain, a school bus, Valentine’s Day and second graders?  A great field trip to Placerita Canyon Nature Center! This is a new field trip for our second graders’ and they loved it!  They learned about the life cycle and ecosystem of the area. They saw an owl and reptiles that inhabit the canyon. The students also learned that the first gold sighting was discovered there, which sparked the California Gold Rush.  Unfortunately, the students attending the trip on Thursday couldn’t go on the hike, but it’s a short drive and a wonderful day-trip for the family - make plans to visit!

Do you remember the formula and how to figure out the perimeter and area of a geometric shape?  Ask a third grader! Our third graders were busy this week using measurement, counting length and width units, and using area models and arrays to determine the area and perimeter of different shapes.  They even went beyond by exploring non-standard shapes composed of two different-sized rectangles. The students also were discussing why multiplying a 6” by 4” rectangle is 24 either way it’s multiplied.  “The reason why is because of the commutative property!” Our students are awesome mathematicians!

Finally in first grade, our students were learning about the contributions of our presidents in reading and writing.  The students were reading expository text to learn how we honor President George Washington and the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.  Next, they wrote how this links to the past, present and future. Big ideas for little folks!

I hope you all have a wonderful three-day weekend as we honor the contributions of our presidents. In the words of John F.  Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."


Warmly,

Lisa Elan

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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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