Lanai Weekly: Mar 9, 2015

Principal’s Message:

Spring testing is here!  Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will test over the next nine weeks.  Beginning next week, students in 3rd grade will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) formerly known as the California Standards Test (CST).  Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will be tested in English Language Arts and Math.  Students will take the Computer Adaptive Test and Performance Task for both areas.  In addition, 5th grade students will take the California Standards Test for Science.  While results will not be counted for API purposes we want our students to do well.  It is important that students be in school and on time during testing days.  In addition, here are some specific things you can do to help your child perform well on the tests:

·         Be sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before each test date.

·         Be sure your child eats breakfast each morning before the test.

·         Do not schedule any doctor or dental appointments for the morning hours.

·         Keep a regular schedule so that your child is not rushed in the morning.  

The calmer your child is when he/she comes to school, the better he/she will perform on the test.

Testing dates are listed below:

Grade 3: March 9, 11, 12, 16, 18

Grade 4: March 23, 25 and  April 13, 16

Grade 5: April 27, 29, 30, and May 1

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr. Hansen

THIS WEEK - MARCH 9 - MARCH 14, 2015

Pick-a-Tickets Sales everyday after dismissal this week!  Tickets only $2!

Lost and Found Extended until Friday the 13th! - Please check the Lost and Found this week.

Annual Gala on Saturday!  Buy you tickets today!!


TLC and Subway Fundraiser for Fight Child Hunger Project - Sandwiches sold after school, $4.00

Smarter Balance Testing begins - testing starts for 3rd graders, see testing schedule above for details.


Pali Camp Meeting, 1:00-2:00, Dakarmen Girls Auditorium

LAUSD (ESC North) Community Meeting, Monroe High School, 6:00-7:30, see below for more information


Team Lanai General Meeting, 8:30, Parent Center

Character Day - Fairness, Wear Orange!

Grade 1 Field Trip - Theater West


Parenting Workshop - Healthy Meals&Snacks for Kids, 8:20, Parent Center, Presented by Whole Foods

Grade 2 Theater Demo, See schedule for your class time


School Tour, 9:00, Parent Center


ANNUAL GALA! Beyond the Velvet Rope, 6:00, Sportsmens Lodge


Mar 16 - Grade 1 Theater Demo, See schedule for your class time

Mar 16-20 - 3rd Annual Cans Across the Schoolyard Contest, see below

Mar 17 - 2nd Grade OLSAT testing, make-ups on Mar 18th.  See the Lanai Website for practice test.

Mar 19 - Persian New Year Celebration

Mar 19 - ELAC Meeting, 8:20, Parents Center

Mar 20 - SSC Meeting, 1:30, Library

Mar 30-Apr 5 - Spring Break

Apr 6 - Cesar Chavez Day - SCHOOL CLOSED  

Apr 7 - School Resumes


Parent Workshop - Healthy Meals and Snacks for Kids - Come get some new ideas for healthy snacks and lunches for your kids! Presented by Whole Foods. Thursday, March 12 at 8:20, Parent Center

Please RSVP to

The Cans Across The Schoolyard contest will run Mar 16 to 20. The class who brings in the most weight in canned food will win a class pizza party! This year, in addition to Sova, we will be giving a portion of the donations to support 5th Grader Adam Dery in his "End Childhood Hunger" campaign. Adam will be using the money raised by his Subway sales to purchase backpacks which will be filled with the donated food!

Get your Gala Tickets! Follow the call to the disco ball! Tickets are selling fast to Beyond the Velvet Rope, Lanai’s annual auction and gala. Join us on Saturday, March 14, from 6 PM - midnight at The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City for dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions benefitting our school.  Get your individual tickets now for $90. Tickets can be purchased online at Questions? Contact Michelle Siembieda

Start Bidding Today!: The online portion of the Beyond the Velvet Rope auction is open now! Please visit and start your bidding today!  The online auction closes on Tuesday, March 10th at 8:00 p.m.

Pick-a-Tickets Sales:  The pick-a-ticket baskets will be displayed in front of school everyday after dismissal until March 13th.  Tickets are $2 and all the proceeds go to benefit Lanai Road Elementary.  

ESC North Community Briefing - ESC (Educational Service Center) North hosts an informational session for parents and community on various programs and services of the LAUSD.  An opportunity to learn about: The local control funding formula, local control and accountability plan and district goals, programs and services. At Monroe High School, 9229 Haskell Avenue, North Hills, March 10th at 6:00 p.m.

Lanai’s Earth Day Museum & Recycled Art Contest! - All students are invited to enter Lanai’s Recycled Art Contest and have their art displayed in Lanai’s Earth Day Museum.  Here is a great opportunity for your child to express their creativity! Simply have your child make any art project using recyclable or re-purposed materials. Fill out the entry form, and drop off the art and form in the auditorium on Thursday, April 23rd by 8:15 a.m. Click here for the Entry Form and for all the details!

CALLING ALL 2015 KINDERS!  If you have or know of a 2015-16 kinder or new family, please send us your info!  Sara Dakarmen & Alisa Lippman are Incoming New Family and Incoming Kinder Coordinators for next year.  We are compiling a list to send communication as well as provide to the office for tracking applications and available space.

Israeli Cultural Day! - Come and support Israeli Culture Day on Friday, April 17th by wearing blue jeans and white shirts!  Your kids can learn to write their name in Hebrew, put a note with a wish in the crevice of the Western Wall and see Israeli dancing.  There will be challah and pitas with hummus at snack time and Coach PJ will teach them how to play Ga Ga.  If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email Sharona Saltzman at:

Lanai in LA Parent Magazine - Part 2 of Lanai’s story is in this months LA Parent magazine. Copies are available at the Main office or at your local market.

SEEDS After School Care is open for Spring Break Fun at Lanai! - Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3. They will be open 8 am to 5 pm. Bring a lunch they’ll supply the fun. Flyers under Afterschool Care tab on the Lanai website.

SEEDS is offering Summer Camp at Lanai - Seeds After school Care will be offering Summer Care from June 8th through July 3rd, daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Sports, games, arts and crafts, computer lab and more.  Field trips to parks, beaches, museums and sky zone!  Morning and afternoon snacks provided daily.  Students are required to bring a lunch.  Call or email Seeds after school care to secure your placement., 818.963.1646.  See the Lanai Website for more information.  

SEEDS is also offering Summer Bridge Enrichment Classes - Have your child get a jump on the fall! SEEDS has some of Lanai's best teachers lined up to facilitate learning in a fun atmosphere. Improv with Ms. Miller, Publishing with Mr. Snyder and Creative Writing with Ms.Taylor are just a few of the classes offered.  Check out the full schedule and sign your child up today on the Lanai Website.   

Editor: Parent Center Director