Lanai Weekly: October 17, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Fall is definitely in the air—it’s crisper in the morning and afternoon; time for sweaters and sweatshirts!  Ghosts and goblins are busy scampering around our campus in preparation for Sunday’s Spooktacular!  I know it’s going to be a great event!

This week I have been visiting fourth grade and saw some wonderful activities going on.  In Science, the fourth graders were learning about the Grand Canyon and how erosion occurs in cooperative groups using sand bins and water.  The art docent program was busy teaching students about Diego Rivera and the students were recreating his famous 1942 piece, Vendedora de Flores --you’ll find some of them in our main office. Many fourth grade students are reading the book, Esperanza Rising which deals with civil and labor rights.  Finally, in Social Studies students were making relief maps of California as they learn all about our great state. 

Hoping to see you at Spooktacular!

Lisa Elan

THIS WEEK - Oct 17  - Oct 21, 2016


PTA Reflections National Art Contest Continues - See below



Picture Day!

Spirit Wear Sales - After school

Parent Workshop: Navigating  LAUSD School Choice, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Auditorium see below for details


SSC Meeting, 1:30, Parent Center ** Note Date Change***

Great American Shakeout - Earthquake Drill

Reflections Art Contest Workshop - 2:40-3:30, Parent Center, See below for details


Lanai Leader Article Submissions Due, see below, Topic


Oct 24 - Morning Laps, 8:15

Oct 27 - Reflections Art Contest Workshop, 2:40-3:30

Oct 28 - Science Explosion

Oct 31 - Halloween Parade, 8:15

Nov 1  - Bullying Assembly

Nov 2   - Diwali, Indian New Year Multicultural Day

Nov 3 - ELAC Meeting, 8:30, Parent Center


Our Spooktacular Halloween carnival is this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11 AM-4 PM! Please make sure that you sign a waiver for each child attending the carnival, waivers can be found at the Spook table all week and at the ticket tables during the carnival. This waiver form is a new request from Lanai’s insurance carrier and is not requested by the school or Friends of Lanai Booster.  Also, make sure that you visit our "Volunteer Table" in the upper yard when you arrive for your shift and you will be directed to your shift location. Bake sale items can be turned in on Sunday morning at the bake sale table. We hope to see you this Sunday!

NAVIGATING LAUSD SCHOOL CHOICE PARENT WORKSHOP - Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dakarmen Girls Auditorium  - Join us for an enlightening session about school choice within LAUSD.  Learn the difference between neighborhood, magnet and charter schools and how to move between them.  Get clarity on why, when and how to apply for magnet schools and work with the priority point system.  RSVP via Parent Square or to Lisa Reeve at

PTA's Reflections National Art Contest is going on now! Attend a "Reflections Workshop" in the Family Center Thursday Oct 20th or 27th from 240-330pm to learn more about the contest. The theme this year is "What is Your Story?" Submit an original work in one of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography or Visual Arts. Pick up your entry form in the Family Center or the office. All entries are due to the office by Wednesday November 2nd. Prizes will be awarded for all entries meeting the official contest rules! For more details, contact or visit the Reflections website at

BOXTOP UPDATE! - Thank you to all Lanai students and families that participated in the Boxtops for Education drive. Altogether you collected Boxtops worth about $300 (final count pending) in rewards for Lanai Roads EL. Every contribution - small or large - matters and is greatly appreciated. Continue collecting until February. We will have another Boxtops drive.

A Spook ticket prize will go to the following students with the highest counts of valid Boxtops:

1st Prize: Dante S. - 326 Boxtops

2nd Prize: Chapin R. - 311 Boxtops

3rd Prize: Viola A. - 175 Boxtops

HALLOWEEN COSTUME DRIVE CONTINUES!!  Team Lanai Cares is holding their 8th (yes 8th!) Annual Costume Drive! Bring in your clean, pre-loved Halloween Costumes and place them in the bin outside the office. All donations will be forwarded to children at a local shelter who arrive with little to no possessions.  Thank you in advance.  

LA PARENT MAGAZINE - Did you know that Lanai gets LA Parent Magazine?  Copies are available at the Main office and this month’s issue features a Pull Out Education Guide.

KIDS LOVE TO SEE THEIR WRITING PUBLISHED!  The theme for student submissions for the November issue of the Lanai Leader  is” What I am Thankful for”. Students are invited to write one sentence or more!  The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 21st.  Please email to

EVERYONE WHO VOLUNTEERS AT LANAI NEEDS A NEW BADGE EACH SCHOOL YEAR - Please be aware that you now need to apply for a new volunteer badge each school year, although your TB test results are still good for 4 years.  Please pick up an application in the Parent Center or front office.  When your new badge comes in, I will email you and you can pick it up in the Parent Center.  Questions?  Email Lisa Reeve, Parent Center Director at

LOST AND FOUND - Need a new lunch box or jacket for your child?  Not if you find the old one in the lost and found!  There are tons of jackets, water bottles and lunch boxes so please take a look!!  


Have you moved? LAUSD policy states you have 30 days to notify the office or forfeit your right to a continuing enrollment permit. Please bring your new address information to the office if you have moved.