Lanai Weekly: September 5, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

It has been a wonderful first week here at Lanai! Your children are so lovely, curious, and kind; so many came up to me and introduced themselves at lunch and on the yard. I have visited all the classrooms and saw wonderful instruction and student engagement in writing, language arts, science and math. Tuesday and Wednesday Back to School Nights were a great opportunity to meet many of you and I look forward to seeing you at all the exciting events that are going on at Lanai beginning with CPK night on this Thursday.


Lisa Elan

THIS WEEK - Sep 5  - Sep 9, 2016

LoVE Fund Drive Continues!

Emergency Drill this week




Early Dismissal every Tuesday, 1:40


Chorus Auditions, 2:30, Auditorium, see below for info

THURSDAY, September 8

CPK Restaurant Night - All day fundraiser!  Come have dinner with our new Principal, 5:00-7:30

FRIDAY, September 9

ELAC meeting and elections, 8:30, Parent Center

SSC meeting and elections, 1:30, Parent Center


Sep 12 - Chorus Auditions, 2:30, Auditorium

Sep 12 - YES  after school enrichment classes begin, see below for signup information

Sep 13 - Destination Imagination - Info meeting and sign ups, 6:00, Auditorium, see below

Sep 14 - Chorus Auditions, 2:30 Auditorium

Sep 16 - PTA Dads & Kids Sports Night, 5:30-7:00

Sep 19 - Chorus Classes Begin, 2:45, Auditorium, see below for sign-up info

Sep 21 - ALL PARENTS TEAM LANAI MEETING, 8:30, Parent Center


DON’T MISS OUT!  LANAI’S NEW COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IS HERE! - If you have not yet received an email invitation to join parent square, please email your name, preferred email and children’s name to  This new system will give you access to the complete school calendar, homework assignments for some classes, volunteer opportunities, and much more!  Sign up today!

WE HAVE A FEW ART DOCENT OPENINGS -  Kim (TK) Thursdays-time TBD, Motodani (1) Wednesdays 1-2, Stephans (2) Wednesdays 1:30-2:30, colon (2) Fridays 1:30-2:30, Muffaletto (3) Mondays 1-2, and Tew (5). Thursdays 9:30-10:30) Very limited spots available. If you are available for any of these classes, please email ASAP.

CPK RESTAURANT NIGHT IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH -  All day fundraising. You can come for lunch, dinner or take-out!  Principal Elan, Coach PJ and teachers will be at CPK Encino from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  CPK donates 20% back to Lanai.  We hope you'll join us!

DESTINATION IMAGINATION INFO MEETING AND SIGN UPS - September 13 at 6:00 pm in the Dakarmen Girls auditorium.  Please come and learn about Destination Imagination! Last year we piloted this after-school program at Lanai and the team made it to global competition in Tennessee! This wonderful program offers children an opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to problem-solve and critically think within a team format. We would like to open this program to all Lanai students who are interested. A parent and child must be present for the information session to sign up!

LANAI AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR! - Lanai Lion Singers, let us hear you ROAR! There's still time to sign up on the Lanai/SEEDS website for our fantastic after school choir program! Join Mr. Haller and all of your fun friends in one of three choirs: Cubs - 1st graders on Monday at 2:45, Team Simba (entry level singers) - grades 2 thru 5 on Wednesdays at 2:45p, and Team Aslan (most experienced singers) grades 2 thru 5 on Wednesdays at 3:35p. Rehearsals begin in mid-September!

LoVE FUND DRIVE CONTINUES! -  Thank you to all the families that have donated to FOLB annual giving drive called LoVE which stands for Lanai Values Education.  If you haven’t donated to LoVE yet, we will be in front of the school before and after school to accept your donations.  Your donations help pay for all the extra staff and enrichment which are no longer paid for by LAUSD, that we have at our great school because of your donations.  Checks and credit cards are gladly accepted, including installments.  We need everyone’s support so please show your love for Lanai.  For more info and to donate online, go to

THE  LANAI LEADER - Our Lanai community newsletter, the Lanai Leader, is published in print and online formats by Lanai parents five times a year in September, November, January, March and May. Leader articles provide detailed information about events at Lanai and feature interviews and thoughts from teachers, staff and students. If you have article ideas, comments or great photos, please contact us! We welcome your feedback and submissions, especially work by and about Lanai students! Kids love to see their writing published!  The theme for student submissions for the September issue of the Lanai Leader is "What I love about Lanai". Students are invited to write one sentence or more!  Contact Leader Editor, Sharon Benzvi, via email at  For Leader advertising opportunities, contact Katie Elinoff at

DO YOU STILL HAVE LAST YEARS BACKPACKS AND LUNCH BOXES...DONATE THEM!  There will be a donation box outside of the school office to collect gently used school bags and lunch boxes.  All donations will be used for a future Team Lanai Cares community project this coming school year.

SEEDS AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES - Enrollment is now exclusively online!  See the Lanai website for all the information on great after school classes.  Classes begin September 12th.  

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.