Lanai Weekly: April 11, 2016

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to announce that Lanai’s status as a School for Advanced Studies (SAS) has been renewed by LAUSD.  This renewal is for the next five years and allows ALL of our teachers to continue with gifted and talented professional development.  We are thrilled to be one of the only “whole school” SAS schools, where every classroom benefits from gifted and talented level instruction. Congratulations!  Thank you to Mrs. Ayola, Mrs. Besser and Mrs. Solomon for writing Lanai’s application!

Below is a link to the LAUSD Gifted/Talented Programs Parent Newsletter for SAS and GATE Students:

Mr. Hansen

THIS WEEK - April 11 - April 15th

4th Grade Smarter Balance Testing - All week

Emergency Drill


Math Acceleration Overview meeting for 5th Grade Parents, Portola Middle School, see below


Character Day - Caring, Wear Red


Israeli Cultural Day Celebration - Morning Assembly, Parents Welcome!  

School Wide Positive Behavior Support Team Mtg., 12:20


5th Grade Panoramic Picture


April 18-27 - 5th Grade Smarter Balance Testing

April 20 - Team Lanai Meeting, 8:20, Parent Center, EVERYONE WELCOME!

April 20 - McDonald’s Night, 4:30-7:30, McDonald’s on Ventura Blvd. at Haskell.

April 21 - ELAC Meeting, 8:20, Parent Center

April 21 - Art drop off for Earth Day Museum, by 8:15

April 21 - SSC Meeting, 1:30, Parent Center *NOTE DATE CHANGE*

April 22 - Lanai’s Earth Day Museum Open, 8:15-3:00

April 22 - Parent Workshop - Impulsivity, Inattention, Hyperactivity & Self Control, 8:20, Parent Center

April 22 - Science Explosion Day

April 25 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:20, Parent Center

April 28-29 - 5th Grade CST Testing, Science

April 29 - Student Council Spirit Day

April 30  - Spring Movie Night, begins at sundown!  More details to come…


MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MATH ACCELERATION OVERVIEW MEETING FOR 5TH GRADE PARENTS AT PORTOLA: April 12, 6:30-8:00, Portola Middle School, 18720 Linnet Street, Tarzana, CA 91356.  Does your child have an aptitude and love of math?  Are you interested in accelerating in math beyond the traditional path?  If the answers to those questions are yes, then you must attend an information meeting for your child to be eligible to accelerate in 6th grade.  You must RSVP to attend.  Please RSVP by April 8th via email to Robbie Solomon at If you cannot attend this meeting, you may attend an accelerated math overview meeting at the following schools:

April 14, 2016, Sepulveda Middle School, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

April 26, 2016, Columbus Middle School, 5:30 pm -6:30 pm

Contact Susan Sim-Kim for additional info on these two meetings, susan.simkim@lausd

ISRAELI CULTURE DAY - Join us in celebrating Israeli Culture Day on April 14th! Festivities will include dancing, singing, Israeli food, Krav Maga, GaGa and lots more!  Parents are welcome to participate.  To make the celebration complete, kids are encouraged to wear a white shirt and blue pants/jeans.  If you would like to volunteer the day of the event, please email your contact information to Ronit Shapira at or Hadas Propper at

PARENTING WORKSHOP - “Impulsivity, Inattention, Hyperactivity & Self Control” - April 22, 8:30, Parent Center.  Impulsivity in young children is fairly common.  But when is it a sign of a problem?  When is it developmentally appropriate?  This workshop is designed to help parents understand the signs of a potential problem and learn about tools to help children learn self control.  Please RSVP to lisa.reeve@lanairoad.netPresented by Farnaz Kerendi Simantob, Ph.D.

READ THE LANAI LEADER ONLINE! - Just click here for the online version!

LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY FOR YOUR STUDENT TO EXPRESS THEIR INNER ARTIST?- Enter Lanai’s Earth Day Recycled Art Contest!  All students are invited to enter! Student art will be displayed on April 22nd in Lanai’s Earth Day Museum.  Students may tour the museum on Friday the 22nd and vote for their favorite art.  Prizes will be awarded at morning assembly on Monday, April 25th.  The flyer with the contest entry form is available on the Lanai website.  

SEEDS AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT IS OPEN FOR SUMMER! - Seeds Summer Camp and Summer bridge enrollment now available online now.  See the Lanai website for all the details!

Click on the Summer Bridge tab to see our line up of teachers. Seeds Summer Camp enrollment is located at the bottom of the Childcare tab. YES Enrichment will offer classes during the summer.  Some of  the offerings:

Theater Camp for grades 2nd through 5th

Basketball Camp for all ages

Art with Ms. Murray ages 2nd through 5th

LOST AND FOUND - It’s filling up again!  Please stop by and check for jackets, water bottles and lunch boxes.  It’s faster than another trip to Target for a new one!

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.