Lanai Weekly: January 30-February 3, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

This week our students celebrated Chinese New Year on Thursday and were treated to red lanterns, a Lion dance, yummy treats, and red envelopes (for good luck)!  This is the year of the Rooster and those born in the year of the Rooster are believed to be hardworking, confident, courageous, loyal and enjoy being with others. A big thank you goes to all the parents who planned this spectacular multicultural day for our students!  We also had our second Science Explosion this year and learned all about marine life and habitats and a special visit from Heal the Bay!  We hope today’s experience will encourage your family to continue learning about our marine ecosystems and ways that we can help preserve and maintain the environment. 

Thanks so much to those families who have completed their School Experience Survey!  We use the data provided by all our stakeholders to continually improve our school.  If you haven’t filled it out yet, you may do so online at  If you take the survey online, please input the 10-digit parent code found on the top right corner of your parent letter, then print the “Thank you” form and have your child return it to school.  Please be assured that your survey is confidential.   We are hoping to have 100% participation. 

The School Report Card for 2015/2016 is being sent home.  In it you will see how Lanai Road Elementary School compares to the entire LAUSD in terms of:  Proficiency in English Language Arts, Math, and Science; Graduation Rate; Attendance; School Safety; and Parent, Student and Community Engagement.  It is going to the oldest child in each family.  If you need another copy, please notify the office.

Finally, I hope to see many of you at our first annual community Encino 5K Run at Woodley Park.  Though I will not be racing, I’ll be walking and enjoying the sunny (hopefully) morning with Lanai, Encino, and Hesby families. 


Lisa Elan



4th Grade Catalina Trip Information Meeting, 1:45, Parent Center

Harvest of the Month - Pomegranates! 


Grandparents Gameday, 1:45, see below for info


Kids World Drama Production, 2nd Grade only

Talent Show Rehearsal, After School


Principal Awards, Lunch with the Principal

Talent Show Rehearsal, After School


TALENT SHOW! - 11:00 and 3:00, see below for details and to volunteer!


Feb 6 - Lexia Awards

Feb 7 - DEADLINE - School Experience survey

Feb 8 - Persian New Year Planning Meeting, 8:20, Parent Center

Feb 10 - Morning Laps Awards

Feb 10 - 4th Grade Shakespeare Demonstration

Feb 14 - Parenting Workshop, “Ending Power Struggles with Your Child,” 8:30, Parent Center


TUESDAY IS 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. See flyer attached in Parent Square.   

The 12th Annual Lanai Talent Show is this Saturday,  February 4th. There are two shows at 11am and 3pm. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the show. Seating is first come, first serve. Parents of children in the show, please email your final ticket reservations to Tickets will be open to the general public for reservations next Wednesday, Feb 1st. If you do not have a child in the show, you can email your ticket reservation after next Wednesday, Feb 1st. Please email with any questions.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 9 – Give your love for Lanai this Valentine’s Day by donating to Lanai’s annual LoVE (Lanai Values Education) drive.  If you haven’t donated to LoVE this school year yet, your child will receive a letter in their backpack.  You can also donate online by going to  Classes with at least 95% participation will get a pizza party and a Valentine treat with Principal Elan and Coach PJ on Monday, Feb. 13.

BOOK DRIVE! - Taft High School students are collecting gently used books for elementary, middle and high school students to help build libraries for less fortunate LAUSD students and they need our help!  Please bring your gently used books to the collection box outside the front office until February 24th.  Thank you!!  

PERSIAN NEW YEAR PLANNING MEETING - Please join us on Wednesday, February 8th for a meeting to plan our annual Persian New Year Multicultural Day!  8:20 in the Parent Center. Please RSVP to

VIVA LAS VEGAS!  Enjoy the sights, sounds and excitement of the Vegas Nights Auction and Gala on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.  The night will include a silent and live auction featuring over 400 packages up for bid. Also enjoy dinner, dancing your favorite Vegas tables. Tickets will be available for purchase in February. Don't wait ... book your babysitter today!  If you would like to help in the planning of this exciting event or have any items to donate to the auction, please email Michelle Siembieda at or Katie Elinoff at We hope to see you there!

LAUSD SCHOOL CALENDAR 2017-2018 - The Board of Education approved a new instructional calendar for Los Angeles Unified School District students for the 2017-18 year, with classes starting in August 15, 2017 and ending on June 7, 2018. The board’s decision, approved by a 5-2 vote, maintains a one-week Thanksgiving break, and a three-week winter break, like the current school year. Overall, the new calendar includes 180 instructional days, as required by state law.

IT’S TIME FOR THE WINTER BOX TOPS DRIVE! Last fall your collections earned $321 for Lanai. Let's try to top that this time around! Collection boxes will be placed in the office and family center next week. Please use the collection sheets attached. There will be a class prize for the classroom collecting the most valid Box Tops. See details in Flyer attached. Deadline: Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

HOST A GALA PARTY! - Hosting a party is a great way to make a significant contribution to the school, meet other parents and have a great time while doing so!  Here’s how it works...You pick the type of party you’d like to host.  We have party suggestions on the form, but feel free to use your own ideas!  Feel good about helping the school raise needed funds!  Tip: Get a few parents to co-host with you and share the expense and the fun!

Fill out the HOST A PARTY SIGN UP SHEET (Forms are available at or attached to this message on Parent Square.

LOW COST HEALTH INSURANCE INFO FROM LAUSD - Medi-Cal and CHIP offer free for low-cost health insurance for children and teens up to age 19. Children in a family of four earning up to $48,600 a year or more may qualify.  To learn more about affordable health care of your family visit or call 1-866-742-2273

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.