Lanai Weekly: October 2 - 6, 2017

Principal's Message:

Wow!  What a week!  What excitement!  Portola Middle School…Parent Workshops...Pedestrian Safety…Assemblymember…School Board Member… …Coffee with the Principal!  So many terrific informational events at Lanai!  On Tuesday night, Principal Jennifer Yoo came to Lanai and shared the variety of wonderful programs and opportunities Portola Middle School offers.  A special treat was hearing about the Portola experience from Lanai alums!  On Wednesday, our Parent Center invited Katherine Saltzberg who spoke about “Homework Struggles.”  It was insightful and helpful in aiding parents with ways of dealing with homework issues!  On Thursday morning, Lanai hosted Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, School Board Member Nick Melvoin, our Director Dr. Stephanie McClay, CHP, the press, and all our families as we participated in Pedestrian Safety!  Additionally, parents chatted with Mr.  Dababneh and Nick Melvoin as they spoke in the auditorium. Many issues were covered, and of course, the traffic along our corridor was highlighted with suggestions as to contacting other officials for support.    Thank you to all our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to help this event run smoothly, and also parents who stayed for the “chat” with Mr.  Dababneh.   It surely shows that Lanai families are action-oriented.  I believe that positive change will happen!    And finally, Friday, Coffee with the Principal… a nice way to discuss the latest at Lanai:  past, present, and future…

Happy weekend!

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 2

LAUSD E-Choices Program Begins 

8th Annual Halloween Costume Drive Begins


Tuesday, October 3

The Hut is open


Wednesday, October 4

Picture Day

Meet Chaminade College Preparatory School - 7 to 8pm in Auditorium


Thursday, October 5

Parent Presentation: Navigating LAUSD E-Choices (Magnet Applications)


Friday, October 6

Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal


October 9            Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

October 9 - 13      Spooktacular ticket sales in front of the school

October 11            Character Day Assemblies - “Respect” wear yellow

October 15           Spooktacular Carnival on Campus from 11 am to 4 pm

October 18           Diwali Event at Morning Assembly

October 18           All Parents Team Meeting & Coffee With The Principal at 8:30 in the Parent Center (Room 3)

October 20          School Tour for incoming families 8:45

October 20          Lanai Leader Articles are due

October 25          Parent Presentation in Parent Center: The Pre-Adolescent Brain - Given by the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 

October 27          Science Explosion Day

October 27          School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

October 31           Halloween Parade


Meet Chaminade College Preparatory - Wednesday, October 4* from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Lanai Auditorium. This event is for parents and students. Principal Mike Valentine and Associate Director of Admissions will be presenting. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions. Please RSVP to

Navigating LAUSD Presentation - Thursday, October 5 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Parent Center (Room 3).  We’ll discuss the magnet school application process, permits and affiliated charters. Please attend if you are planning to apply through E-Choices or if you are not familiar with the magnet point system. RSVP to 

Spooktacular Is Coming Up! Get ready for a hauntingly good time at our Spooktacular Halloween Carnival on Sunday, October 15th from 11am to 4pm.  Presale/discounted ticket order forms will go out on Monday, October 9. Prices go up the day of the carnival. As a reminder, parents are required to volunteer for this event, 2 hrs per child attending the school. Your kids will love seeing you work the booths!

PTA Membership has been extended through next week. Please support PTA - Believe In Our Children, Believe In PTA!  The winning class wins an ice cream party!  So far the top three classes are Fulford (200%!), Prentice (183%) and Lavenstein (170%).  Please see the attached chart for the rest of the class standings. 

Our 8th Annual Halloween Costume Drive now happening! Don’t throw away your old costume, donate it!  There will be a donation bin outside of the office beginning Monday, October 9. All proceeds will be given to a local homeless shelter for kids who cannot afford to buy their own.

The fall Box Tops drive is on!  Start clipping and sorting your Box Tops. There will be prizes!This is an easy way to earn money for our school. Any questions, please contact Miriam Green at  Two files have been attached (Box Tops Collection sheet and Information sheet)

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)

Get ready to kick off our first Fall Harvest with figs!  Figs are an easily transportable and delicious fruit with many health benefits including fiber and potassium. Taste one at this October's Harvest of the Month and you'll be hooked. 

Friday Library Volunteers Needed!  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.

Volunteers Needed to Hang Up Lost and Found!  Please contact Shauna Green at if you've got 10-15 minutes to help out this week. 

PTA's Reflections National Art Contest begins Monday October 2nd!   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

Lip Balm - Due to the dry weather, many students are coming to the nurse for lip balm/Chapstick. We can provide some vaseline from a jar but we would prefer if students who are regular users of lip balm to provide their own for sanitary reasons. 

The September issue of The Lanai Leader is now live!  Please click on the below link to read the September color issue online. Paper copies will be sent home in your child's backpack shortly.

Community Events

The 30th Annual Encino Family Festival (Formerly A Taste of Encino) on Sunday, October 8 from 10 am - 4 pm.  This event will be filled with business booths, craft vendors, kids activities & FUN Zone, school booths, food, and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy!  Visit the event website at This event is free for the community.