Lanai Weekly: November 16, 2015

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Last week I attended a parent meeting held at Kennedy High School on Monday evening about the 2016-2019 Instructional Calendar Planning Process.  The purpose of the meeting was to share with parents the planning process for adopting the instructional calendars for the next three years and the upcoming stakeholder survey.  There are five calendar scenarios that have different starting and ending dates.  The start dates range from early August to after Labor Day and the end dates range from June 5 to June 29.  In addition, the winter breaks vary between 2 weeks, 3 weeks and 7 weeks.  LAUSD is conducting a survey for both parents and school based employees.

Please visit for more information and to see the five calendar scenarios.

Large Scale Stakeholder Survey for Parents/Guardians:  Parents will receive a Blackboard Connect message asking their preferred survey method on November 16 and 17.  Parents must select an option for the survey (phone or online).  Parents have the following options on completing the survey:

  • Complete a Blackboard Connect phone survey

  • Fill out an online survey

  • Not interested in completing the survey

Phone Survey for Parents on November 18, 19, and December 1

  • Phone survey calls will be made only to families on November 18, 19, and December 1 who selected this option.  Once a parent completes the survey, the phone number will be removed from subsequent survey calls.

Online Survey for Parents from November 18 through December 6

  • Parents may complete the online survey from November 18 through December 6 only.

Thank you for your input and for completing the parent survey.


Mr. Hansen


Parent/Teacher conferences this week

Early Dismissal, 1:39 Monday-Thursday, 12:59 Friday


Early Dismissal, 1:39

Talent Show Tryouts - TK, K, 1st, 1:45, Parent Center

No vocal music classes today- due to conferences


No Hut this week due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

Talent Show Tryouts - 2nd & 3rd Grade, 1:45, Parent Center

School Picture Make-up Day - IN THE PARENT CENTER

Environmental Defenders Assembly, Dakarmen Girls Auditorium

Early Dismissal, 1:39


Team Lanai Meeting, 8:20, Parent Center

Character Day - Trustworthiness - Wear Blue!

Talent Show Tryouts 4th & 5th Grade, 1:45, Room 10

No vocal music classes today -  due to conferences

Early Dismissal, 1:39


Early Dismissal, 1:39


Student Council Spirit Day - Wear your Pajamas to School!!!

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Celebration, 11:00, In classrooms

Minimum Day - 12:59



November 30 - School Resumes

November 30-December 4 - Book Fair - See below for details

December 2 - Character Day - Respect, wear yellow!

December 4 - Dads & Donuts, 7:00-8:15 a.m. at Book Fair

December 4 - Principal Awards/Lunch with the Principal

December 4 - Musical Performance - “Once Upon A Lanai” 6:00, Dakarmen Girls Auditorium

December 5 - Musical Performance - “Once Upon A Lanai” 1:00, Dakarmen Girls Auditorium

December 8 - Orchestra Performance - 4:00-5:00, Dakarmen Girls Auditorium


Choral Students!!  There will be no vocal music  Mon, Nov. 16th and Wed., Nov. 18th, due to early dismissals.   

Talent Show Tryouts schedule has changed due to conferences!  -  Tryouts are now in the Parent Center at 1:45 on Monday and Tuesday and Room 10 on Wednesday with the following schedule:

TK, K, 1st - November 16, 2nd & 3rd Grade - November 17, 4th & 5th Grade - November 18

Please visit the Lanai Website & click on “After School” then scroll down to Talent Show & all the info is there! Questions? please email Anita & Trish

CALLING ALL BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS!  Volunteers needed November 20th, and November 30th- December 4th for Lanai's fabulous book fair!  Please sign up to volunteer using the following link:!/showSignUp/10c054aa4ae29aafa7-book  Contact Shani Amen at with any questions.

Please join us from November 30 through December 4 for Lanai's Annual Book Fair. The book fair will be open from Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:45am - 3:30pm, Tuesday from 7:45am - 2:30pm and Friday from 7:00am - 3:00. There will also be evening hours on Wednesday, December 2 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with a book signing from our own Genene Turndorf, co-author of Sammy Spider's First Taste of Hanukkah: A Cookbook. And on Friday, December 4 from 7:00am - 8:15am its Dads and Donuts! Dads, come browse the book fair with your kid(s) and enjoy donuts and coffee!

LA PARENT MAGAZINE - Did you know that Lanai gets copies of LA Parent Magazine?  Pick up your free copy in the Main Office.

Are you looking for a pediatric dentist?  Encino Pediatric Dental Group, one of Lanai’s Corporate Donors, is having an Open House on Wed. Nov. 18 from 4pm to 7pm.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served.  16550 Ventura Blvd, Suite 322.  Click here for flyer

SEEDS is offering child care during Thanksgiving Break! - they will be open daily Monday November 23rd through Wednesday November 25th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35.00 per day. Morning and afternoon snacks provided. Students must bring a lunch. Fun activities, arts & crafts, computer lab and free play. All grades welcome. Middle school and High school student volunteer help wanted. Graduate volunteer credit will be awarded. Contact or 

Musical Theater Performance coming up! - Friday, December 4 at 6:00pm and Saturday, December 5 at 1:00pm are performances of the Seeds after school performing arts musical ONCE UPON LANAI ( directed by Mr. Jay) in the Dakarmen Girls auditorium. All tickets at the door are $2.

Mark your calendar for the third grade musical theater demonstration!  Monday, December 14.  Specific class times to follow.

Parent Education Opportunity – Come hear world renowned psychologist Dr. Wendy Mogel,  author of the best-selling book “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee”, speak at Palisades High School on Tues, Nov 17th. She focuses on encouraging the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability and exuberance in children. Registration is at 6:30pm and talk begins at 7:00pm.  

Here is the link to more info and tickets:


The New Lanai Leader is Here!  Click here for online version