Lanai Weekly: January 16, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

This week it was raining, it was pouring, but there was no snoring as 572 pairs of happy, little feet came pitter-pattering (or swish-swashing) back to Lanai!  But by 8:30 a.m. on Monday it was full speed ahead, and onto learning as your children slipped right back into the school-learning mode!   As I walked through the classrooms I learned a mnemonic to remember the placement of numbers when writing a division problem, such as 24/3=8, into a “long division” type problem.  “The dividend goes at the end; the divisor knocks on the door;  while the quotient is the queen and she sits on top!

Remember that on Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of civil rights and nonviolent activism for all people.  His famous speech, “…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…” still resonates today and is a belief that we all uphold.   I hope you take time to talk to your children about things we can do so that all people have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.   

Finally, we are having some issues with parents parking and dropping off their children on the corner and in areas not marked for parking or drop-off.  That creates tremendous traffic for everyone one else and a potentially puts others at risk.  Please, follow all traffic rules, the directions of our car valets, and our crossing guard.

Wishing you a wonderful three-day weekend.


Lisa Elan


Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL


Lexia Awards, 8:15


Character Day - Trustworthiness - Wear Blue!

Chorus Meet and Greet - 2:45, Auditorium, see below for details


Talent Show Rehearsal


Talent Show Rehearsal


Jan 23 - Chorus Meet and Greet - 2:45, Auditorium

Jan 24 - Parent Workshop, “Mindful Parenting” - Parent Center, 8:30

Jan 25 - ALL PARENT TEAM LANAI MEETING/Coffee with the Principal, 8:20, Parent Center

Jan 26 - Multicultural Day - Chinese New Year Celebration, 8:15, Morning Assembly

Jan 26 - ELAC Meeting, 8:30, Parent Center

Jan 26 - Talent Show Rehearsal, after school

Jan 27 - Science Explosion

Jan 27 - SSC meeting, 1:30, Parent Center

Jan 27 - Talent Show Rehearsal, after school

Jan 28 - 5K Run “Encino Runs through the Ages” to benefit local schools, see below for details


PARENT WORKSHOP - ‘MINDFUL PARENTING” - Tuesday, January 25, 8:30, Parent Center. Come learn some new parenting skills for the New Year! - This one hour class will provide parents with an introduction to the practice of Mindful Parenting.  Mindful Parenting emphasizes acceptance, compassion, and living in the present moment as practices that help restore and strengthen the wellbeing of parents and their children, regardless of external conditions.  Presented by the Pepperdine Community Counseling Center, Encino and the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  

2017 Cubs Choir and Super Spectacular Show Choir Meet and Greets Announced! Wednesday 1/18 and Monday 1/23 immediately after school in the auditorium! If you are in Kindergarten or 1st grade and you LOVE TO SING, the Lanai Cubs Choir is for you!  Mr. Haller is meeting with NEW singers to the choir program - ("old" Cub singers are already in!) No need to sign up for an appointment -- just SHOW UP on either day between 2:40p and 3:30p and say "Hello!"

Cubs rehearse on Mondays in the auditorium from 2:45p to 3:30p beginning January 30th!

The NEW Lanai Road Super Spectacular Show Choir combines the singing and dance moves that the kids have been begging for! Yes, Mr. Haller knuckled under the pressure of 2nd through 5th graders wanting to incorporate more movement into the already cool songs they've been doing - so he combined Simba and Aslan, changed the rehearsal days to Mondays from 3:35p to 4:20p, hired a choreographer and is now producing rocking audio tracks that kids can play and practice at home.

Meet and greets for NEW 2nd through 5th grade singers are also on Wednesday 1/18 and Monday 1/23 in the auditorium. Simba and Aslan members from Fall 2016 are automatically accepted into the Show Choir.

New singers grades 2 thru 5 are encouraged to come say hello to Mr. H. Webpage with registration info will be live shortly. Questions/Comments can always be sent to

THE LANAI LEADER NEEDS YOU! - Always wanted to be a magazine editor? Now’s your chance! The Lanai Leader is looking for its next editor! Contact for more info.

KEEP COLLECTING BOX TOPS! - We will have a Box Tops winter drive in late January/early February. Be sure to look for Box Tops on your household item packaging. Ask extended family and neighbors to collect for you as well.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GRANDPARENTS GAME DAY! - Bring your favorite game and your grandparents for a fun afternoon at school! Tuesday, January 31st, 1:40-3:40 at the lunch tables Some games will be provided but please bring more!  Snacks will be sold at The Hut.

LANAI LEADER CORRECTION:  Please note that the correct website address for Lanai Leader advertiser Piano Persona is

DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR ENCINO RUNS THROUGH THE AGES 1st ANNUAL ENCINO 5K TO BENEFIT LOCAL SCHOOLS - January 28, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. 6350 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, 91406

We will have DJs along the way playing music from all ages to help us rock and roll through the run!  All proceeds from this “Run-Raiser” will be divided equally between Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter, Lanai Road Elementary and Encino Charter. The proceeds help provide essential programs such as art, music, technology, science, P.E. and many more! If you have any questions send an email to encino5k@gmail.  To sign up visit the link below:

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.