Lanai Weekly: October 31, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

I don’t know if you’ve heard all the chatter, and seen the yellow caution tape, but a crime occurred at Lanai!   Apparently, Coach P.J.’s hat was missing and our students’ scrutinized clues (just like actual investigators) and determined the culprit.  They engaged in studying handwriting samples, foot-to-height ratio, hair analysis and fingerprint patterns. It was CSI Lanai--designed and presented by our Science Explosion parents!  Ask your child, “Who done it?”!  

Halloween is on Monday and we are all looking forward to a fun, safe parade and day.  Please remember that as per the District, we are not allowed to have any student, parent, or staff member dressed as a clown, have a clown mask, or wear any face paint.  Of course, no weapon accessories, and masks may only be worn around the neck; not obscure the child’s face.  

Rumor has it that Mrs. Elan and her big, striped hat won’t be at the parade on Monday—it’ll probably be someone else!   Looking forward to seeing lots of happy faces on Monday in adorable, scary, and funny costumes!

Lisa Elan


Halloween Parade, 8:15, Upper Yard, See below for details

TLC Clothing Drive for Homeless Youth Begins - See below


Conflict Management Assembly, Grades 3-5


Diwali, Indian New Year Multicultural Day

Reflections Art Contest Art is due in the front office

Lanai Spirit Wear Sales - After School


ELAC Meeting, 8:30, Parent Center

Parent Workshop - Impulsivity, Inattention, Hyperactivity, Portola Middle School, 8:30 am & 6:30 pm


PTA Fall Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - see below for details


Nov 7 - Lexia Awards, 8:15

Nov 7 - Principal Awards, 8:30, Lunch with the Principal

Nov 7 - LAUSD Parent Workshop, “How to be a Super Parent” WH Academy, 8:15 a.m.

Nov 8 - GATE Meeting, 8:20, Parent Center

Nov 8 - Election Day! - Auditorium closed for Voting

Nov 9 - Character Day - Responsibility

Nov 10 - Deadline for LAUSD Magnet (Choices) Application, See below

Nov 10 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal 1:27

Nov 11 - Veteran’s Day - NO SCHOOL


HALLOWEEN PARADE IS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 31ST! - You are welcome to join us on Monday, October 31, at 8:15 a.m. on the upper playground for our annual Halloween Costume Parade.  Participation is optional.  Costumes should be appropriate and safe to wear.  No weapons of any kind are allowed at school.  This would include but is not limited to lightsabers, swords, ninja nunchucks,  etc.  It is best to leave all items that need to be carried at home for the actual night of Halloween.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT IS COMING ON NOVEMBER 4TH! - Wear your pajamas, bring a blanket and drinks and get ready for some fun!  Friday, November 4th 6:30-8:30 pm in the Auditorium. The movie is Angry Birds!  Popcorn and licorice will be provided.  

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN OUT YOUR KIDS DRAWERS! - TLC IS SPONSORING A CLOTHING DRIVE TO HELP HOMELESS CHILDREN IN LAUSD. Did you know there are hundreds of homeless youth that are currently enrolled in LAUSD?  We can help!  Please bring in clean, gently used clothes to the bin outside the front office.  Please nothing with stains or rips.  All sizes welcome.  We will donate the clothes to Clothing Corner in Van Nuys which provides free clothing to LAUSD students all over the district.  Thanks in advance!  

CHOICES APPLICATION 2017-2018 DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 10TH BY 5:00 - There are only two weeks left to turn in your 2017-2018 CHOICES application.  The CHOICES application allows parents and legal guardians to apply for the Magnet and Permits With Transportation Programs. It is highly recommended that you submit your application prior to November 10th, due to technical difficulties that could arise.  

To find out more information or to submit an online application, visit  You may also pick up a 2017-2018 CHOICES brochure at all LAUSD schools, Local Districts, Parent Community Student Services Branch, Los Angeles City Public Libraries or at the LAUSD Administrative Building, Student Integration Services, 333 South Beaudry Avenue, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.  For more information, please call (213) 241-4177 or visit

PTA's Reflections National Art Contest deadline is Wednesday!  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

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.