Lanai Weekly: November 28, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

As our teachers wrapped-up their Parent/Teacher conferences this week and many of our classes celebrated Thanksgiving it’s hard to believe we have completed the first trimester of the 2016-17 school year.  It has been a fast, 60 days. But now, during Thanksgiving week, try to find some “slow time” with your family and friends.  The weather is cooler, the days become dark earlier, a breeze is in the air and leaves are scattered on the ground.  It’s definitely time to pick up a book or share a story with your child.  Grab some cookies (or the last slice of pumpkin pie) find that comfy spot on the couch, disconnect the electronics and fall into a great read.  This is the time to relax, recharge, and relate. 

For me, that means sleeping until 8:30 in the morning; indulging in a novel or two; hanging out with my family and friends and playing with my grandson.  Relax, recharge, relate.  Eat.  Enjoy. And be thankful.  


Lisa Elan


Clothing Drive for Homeless Youth Continues - See below for details

Reflections Art displayed in the Library


Reflections Art winners announcement, morning assembly


Parent Workshop at Lanai - “Family Media & Internet Safety”, 8:20, Parent Center, See below

School Picture Make-up Day


Gate Meeting, 8:30, Parent Center

Community Project  Dessert Donations accepted in front of school, see below


Community Project Dessert Donations accepted in front of school, see below

Principal Awards/Lunch with the Principal

SSC Meeting, 1:30

Lanai Liberty” Performance, 7:00 pm - Dakarmen Girls Auditorium


“Lanai Liberty” Performance, 1:00 pm - Dakarmen Girls Auditorium

Hope Gardens Community Volunteer Project, see below for info


Dec 5-9 - Book Fair in Library!

Dec 5 - Lexia Awards, 8:15

Dec 6 - Emergency Drill this week

Dec 8 - Gala and Auction Kick off Meeting - see below for details

Dec 9 - Chinese New Year Planning meeting, 8:20, Parent Center, ALL WELCOME!

Dec 9 - Deadline for student submissions to the Lanai Leader, see below

Dec 9 - Dad & Donuts, 7:15-8:15, Library.  A Lanai Book Fair tradition!  


PARENT WORKSHOP - “FAMILY MEDIA & INTERNET SAFETY” - Please join us for our most widely requested parent workshop of the school year!!  Presented by Parents and Internet Safety experts Clint & Zuzana Byrum.  Join us for an informative discussion on a variety of Internet Safety issues including online threats, inappropriate content, malware & identity threats and available products to protect your family.  Wednesday, November 30th, Parent Center, 8:20.  Please RSVP to Lisa Reeve,

Coffee and baked goods will be served!  

GATE INFORMATION MEETING ON DECEMBER 1 - 8:30, Parent Center.  Join our GATE Coordinator, Mrs. Ayola for an informative meeting to discuss GATE identification procedures, what the different categories are and how we use SBac and Olsat scores to identify for the GATE program.

LANAI ROAD’S AFTER SCHOOL MUSICAL “LANAI LIBERTY” IS COMING TO THE DAKARMEN GIRLS AUDITORIUM! -   Please come and support your classmates as they take a journey to America on Friday December 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday December 3 at 1:00 p.m.. Tickets are $4.00 at the door.

DESSERT AND GIFT CARD DONATIONS NEEDED - Team Lanai Cares (TLC) is hosting its first off-site event benefiting the families of Hope Gardens, a homeless Shelter in Sylmar.  Thanks to those who have volunteered for the day, but we still are in need of donations of store-bought desserts and gift cards. If you would like to sponsor a family, $10.00 gift cards from Target, Walmart or Toys R Us/Babies R Us would be appreciated!  Desserts can be dropped off in front of the school Thursday, December 1 and Friday December 2nd.  Gift cards can be dropped off anytime at the school office.   For more information, please visit

CHINESE NEW YEAR PLANNING MEETING -  Everyone is welcome to help us plan for our next Multicultural Day, Chinese New Year!  We will be meeting in the Parent Center and deciding on activities for this event.  Friday, December 9th at 8:20 after drop off.  RSVP to

THE BOOKFAIR IS COMING UP DECEMBER 5-9. - Mark your calendars for the Lanai School Book Fair!  We will have author Stuart Gibbs, author of the Spy School series visiting on the 5th from 9-11. Dads and a Donuts will be 7:15-8:15 on the morning of the 9th.

REFLECTIONS ART - Thank you to all the talented Lanai artists for the wonderful Reflections Art entries! All participants will be recognized and winners will be announced during the morning assembly on Monday November 28th. Also, please come into the library to view the Reflections Art display between Monday Nov 28th and Friday Dec 9th.

GALA AND AUCTION KICK OFF MEETING: Are you interested in volunteering  for the Gala and Auction? Come to the kick-off meeting on Thursday, December 8th at 8:30 a.m.  The meeting will be held at Katie Elinoff's house.  Please email Michelle Siembieda for the address or if you have any questions at Hope to see you there!

HELP LANAI WHILE BUYING YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS! - If you will be ordering Holiday or New Year’s cards from either Shutterfly or tinyprints please remember to do your shopping using the icons from Lanai’s website.  Go to: or  Shutterfly and tinyprints will donate 13% of purchases made throught the Lanai site back to FOLB.

See the attached flyer for all the details! 

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!

YOUR CHILD CAN BE PUBLISHED IN THE LANAI LEADER! - Kids love to see their writing published!  The theme for student submissions for the January issue of the Lanai Leader  is” My New Year resolution is… ”. Students are invited to write one sentence or more!  The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 9th.  Please email to

THE THIRD GRADE IS PUTTING ON A SHOW! - Third grade musical theater demo/performance is December 12 in Dakarmen Girls Auditorium. Times are: 9:00   Mr. Lavenstein, 10:00 Ms. Rodriguez, 11:20 Mrs. Muffoletto,1:30 Mrs. Miller

FREE ISSUES OF LA PARENT MAGAZINE - Available in the front office.  

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 - LAST CALL TO GET YOUR LOST ITEMS! - Please stop by the Lost and Found and claim you lost items or they will be donated to charity on December 15th!


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.