Lanai Weekly: October 16 -20, 2017

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

Spooky stuff is going on at Lanai! There are countless ghosts and witches (the good kind) who have been super busy preparing our school for the best Spooktacular ever!

Our morning traffic and drop off has been running smoothly, thanks to the volunteers and parents following the safety rules. As a reminder, please DO NOT PARK or SIT IN YOUR CAR in the RED ZONES.  They are painted red for a reason. Also, we are having a problem with parents dropping their children off in front of the gate instead of going through the driveway. That is not permitted and dangerous. If you don’t want to use the drop-off, please park your car and walk!

Looking forward to seeing you at Spooktacular!

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 16

Harvest of the Month - Figs


Tuesday, October 17

The Hut is closed today


Wednesday, October 18

Diwali Event at Morning Assembly

All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee With The Principal at 8:30, Parent Center


Thursday, October 19

Earthquake drill from 8:55 - 10:30 (no one can enter or leave campus during this time)


Friday, October 20

School Tour at 8:45, Parent Center

Last day to check Lost & Found!


October 23       Morning Laps Awards

October 25          Parent Presentation in Parent Center: The Pre-Adolescent Brain

October 27          Science Explosion Day

October 27          School Site Council (SSC) Meeting at 1:30

October 27       Student Council Spirit Day - Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 28          Lanai Leader Articles are due

October 31          Halloween Parade

November 2        GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program Presentation at 8:30 am

November 3        Parent Teacher Conferences Begin, early dismissal at 1:30

November 3        Principal’s Awards & Coffee With The Principal


SpOoktacular Is Sunday, October 15! Get ready for a hauntingly good time at our SpOoktacular Halloween Carnival this Sunday, October 15th from 11am to 4pm.  

Last Minute Spooktacular Volunteer Sign-ups. Thank you to the families that have already signed up to volunteer at our upcoming Spooktacular event!   We still have openings for the late shift (2:45-5:00) as well as Tear Down.  Please email Alisa Lippman at  Thank you again for all of your hard work in supporting our community.

While you're here for Spooktacular on Sunday, please take a moment to check the Lost & Found racks outside the Kinder yard.  All items will be donated next Friday, October 20.

All Parent TEAM Meeting and Coffee With The Principal - Our first TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) meeting will be on Wednesday, October 18 at 8:30 in the Parent Center. This meeting is for any Lanai parent or guardian who wants to stay updated on the issues on and around campus. Representatives from PTA and FOLB will be on hand to discuss the current agenda and Principal Elan will be there as well. Refreshments will be served.

Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 19 - From 8:55 to 10:30 (approximate) our school will be partaking in the Great California Shake-out.  All persons on campus must participate including any parent volunteers. No one will be able to enter or leave the campus at that time so please plan accordingly.

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program Presentation - Lanai’s GATE coordinator, Miss Motodani will discuss the program on Thursday, November 2 from 8:30 to 9:15 am in the Parent Center, Room 3. Topics to be discussed include the recommendation and identification process in various GATE categories, how GATE instruction is handled at Lanai and what to expect at other LAUSD schools and how Lanai’s School for Advanced Studies is part of the overall GATE program. Please RSVP to For more information on LAUSD’s GATE program, please visit    

The PreAdolescent Brain - A Parent Presentation.  October 25 at 8:30 in the Parent Center, room 3.  A free parent presentation given by Dr. Catherine Hegarty with the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Please RSVP at Refreshments will be served.

PTA's Reflections National Art Contest is still taking submissions!  The theme for 2017-2018 is "Within Reach." Submit an original work in one of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography or Visual Arts. Pick up your entry forms in the office, or at All entries are due to the office by Friday October 27th. For more details, contact or

Kids love to see their writing published!  The theme for student submissions for the November issue of the Lanai Leader  is "What are YOU thankful for?”. Students are invited to write one sentence or more!  The deadline for submissions is Saturday, October 28th.  Please email to

Is There A Veteran In Your Family?  On November 9 we are having a simple ceremony to celebrate Veterans Day on the upper yard. If there is a veteran in your family who would like to attend, please contact Jody Chow at

The PTA Membership Drive has been extended through the end of this week.  The goal is 100% participation and the classroom with the highest membership will win an ice cream party.  ANYONE can be a PTA member (grandparents, siblings, relatives), and your membership is tax deductible. Thank you to all of those who have already signed up!  Questions, please contact Emily Plishner, the PTA Membership Chair, at

Our 8th Annual Halloween Costume Drive is still accepting donations.  Don’t throw away your old costume, donate it!  There will be a donation bin outside of the office  All proceeds will be given to a local homeless shelter for kids who cannot afford to buy their own.

Want to know what your child is learning in Computer Lab this week?  Click on the Planet Bravo Link -  The link is also available on the Lanai website under Enrichment/Computer (Planet Bravo)

Lip Balm - Due to the dry weather, many students are coming to the nurse for lip balm/Chapstick. For sanitary reasons, we are asking students to provide their own if they are regular users.

The September issue of The Lanai Leader is now live!

Volunteers Needed!

  • Lost & Found - We are looking for a few kind volunteers who would like to take home a bag of items to be laundered and then dropped off at the charity in Van Nuys.  Please contact Shauna Greene for more information  

  • The Library is in need of some more volunteers to help re-shelf books and organize the library every Friday.Please contact Nicole Darway (310)601-6953 or for more information.