Lanai Weekly: November 27 - December 1, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This has been a full week and a great lead-off to Thanksgiving vacation.  As I walked through the classrooms this week, I got to see wonderful learning in our Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget the simple things that are full of enjoyment: Singing!  It’s going on in full-force in our TK class!  Our students were leading songs and body movements to each letter of the alphabet.  Thursday’s letter was “Z.”  Ask your TK’er what Zelda does and if there are any students in the class with the letter “Z” in their first name.  In kindergarten, our students were reading a big book and using the story elements of plot and characters as they read about barn animals hiding in a shed.  They were fully engaged in the Common Core standards of citing evidence in the text and visual text (illustrations) as they discovered what the animals were doing.  Later, the students illustrated and wrote stories explaining their predictions about what happens next in the story.  

Today was also a very BIG day at Lanai!  Our kindergartners had a Thanksgiving celebration; our 5th graders participated in super, high-energy drumming circles lead by noted percussionist Mona Tavakoli; and our parents had an opportunity to meet School Board Vice President, Nick Melvoin.  He shared his ideas and initiatives for LAUSD.  In addition, our parents asked questions to seek ways that Mr.  Melvoin can assist us as we continue to make improvements to our school.

Finally, good wishes to everyone this Thanksgiving vacation.  I know at my table, we will share all the things we are thankful for:  family, friends, food, shelter—and this year, we’ll sing!  

Have a safe holiday week,

Lisa Elan

Monday, November 27

Reflections Art Contest Awards  at morning assembly


Tuesday, November 28

Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

The Hut is open


Wednesday, November 29

Character Day - wear green for Responsibility


Thursday, November 30

No events


Friday, December 1

Lanai Leader Articles Due

Principal’s Awards at 8:20, Lunch with the Principal

SSC Meeting at 1:30 in Parent Center

SEEDS Musical Performance #1 at 6pm


Saturday, December 2

SEEDS Musical Performance #2 at 2pm


December 4 - 8     Book Fair in the Library 

December 4         Laps Awards at Morning Assembly

December 4         Lunar New Year Event Planning Meeting - 8:30 in library

December 5         The “Grand” Event at the Book Fair 1:40 - 3:30 pm in library

December 5         Talent Show Tryouts for TK/Kinder/1st Grade (Location TBA)

December 6         Talent Show Tryouts for 2nd & 3rd Grade (Location TBA)

December 7          Talent Show Tryouts for 4th & 5th Grade (Location TBA)

December 8         Dads & Donuts at the Book Fair, 7:15 - 8:15 am

December 8         Talent Show Tryouts for Piano Auditions (in Auditorium)

December 8          PTA Movie Night at 6pm in the Auditorium

December 11          Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

December 14         Holiday Concert at 8:45 AM and again at 1:00 PM

December 15          Holiday Concert at 8:45 AM

December 15          Early Dismissal Day at 1:30 pm

Dec. 18 - Jan. 7      Winter Recess - no school

January 8              School resumes


REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST - We are going to acknowledge all participants and announce the winners of the Reflections art contest on Monday,  November 27 at morning assembly. The artwork will be displayed in the library that week (November 27 to December 1).

SEEDS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE - Performed by our very own Lanai students and written and directed by Jay Winnick, former Lanai parent and talent extraordinaire. Mark your calendars as there will be only two shows: Friday, December 1st at 6pm and again on Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm. More information to follow shortly.

GET READY FOR THE ANNUAL LANAI BOOK FAIR!  The fair will run from Monday, December 4 - Friday, December 8 in the library.  We have two great events this year! The “GRAND” Event, invite Grandparents, Relatives, Aunts/Uncles, Neighbors and/or Devoted Caretakers for an afternoon of shopping on Tuesday and Dads & Donuts on Friday morning. Mark your calendars and come for some early holiday shopping! Please see the flyer in Parent Square.

GET READY for TALENT SHOW TRYOUTS!  Dec 5th - 8th                                        It’s almost time for Talent Show tryouts! Do you like to sing, dance, tumble, juggle, read poetry, act, do magic, play an instrument, etc.? Some things to know:

1.) Each child can sign up for ONE act only.                                                             2.) You MUST come to the tryouts with a prepared 2 minute piece that you plan to perform in the show AND with your entire group.                                                 3.) Please make sure your piece is appropriate for an elementary school production.                                                                                                          4.) Talent Show hosts are reserved for 5th graders and chosen from those already auditioning with an act for the show.                                                                  5.) Tryouts will be held on Dec 5 -TK, K & 1st/ Dec 6 – 2nd & 3rd / Dec 7th – 4th & 5th / Dec 8th – ALL piano auditions on this day. Locations will be announced the week before.                                                                                                     6.) Go to for updates and to complete a consent form BEFORE tryouts. 7.) The show is on Saturday, February 3, 2018!

Email Patricia Agos with any questions at

WANTED: VACATION HOME FOR THE OFFICE MOUSE.  Mr. Lucky the little white mouse is looking for an Airbnb with a loving family for the Thanksgiving and also Winter Break. He comes with his own cage and shavings. He does ask that his bed be changed every few days, some fresh water and table scraps daily. Mr. Lucky would prefer a home that does not have large snakes :).  Please see Nurse Jane in the office for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE ANNUAL LANAI BOOK FAIR!  The fair will run from Monday, December 4 - Friday, December 8 in the library, and we need your help to make the Fair a success!  Please sign up for a volunteer slot (or several) here:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MULTICULTURAL DAYS - Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the Russian/Ukrainian Celebration and Lunar New Year Celebration in Jan/Feb 2018.  Please contact for more information.  Our first planning meeting for the Lunar New Year Celebration will be held on Monday, December 4 at 8:30 am in the library. Russian/Ukrainian Celebration meeting date is TBA.

THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE LANAI LEADER IS NOW LIVE ON THE WEBSITE! Click on the homepage and it will lead you to the pdf (in color!)

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)

Community News

PEPPERDINE COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER ENCINO - Run by the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the counseling center offers therapy services by GSEP marriage and family therapy and doctoral-level trainees under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists. They offer individual, child, teen, couples and family therapy with flexible day and evening appointments. As a service to the community, Lanai families can expect a low flat rate of $20 per session. Please call Pepperdine Community Counseling at (818) 501-1600 for more information.

THE NUTCRACKER - LOS ANGELES YOUTH BALLET will be performing The Nutcracker at the Alex Theater in Glendale.  Many Lanai students will be performing. Three shows only:  Friday, Dec 22 @ 7pm;  Sat, Dec 23 @ 2pm & 7pm. For more information please see the attached flyer or visit

L.A. Unified Board Vice President Nick Melvoin needs YOU!                                  LAUSD Board Vice President Nick Melvoin is working on a smartphone app to transform district communications with students’ families and would like your input as the parent or caretaker of a district student. This app will:

Be an easy and quick two-way communications between the district and families   Engage and empower parents and caregivers                                                          Provide instant, up-to-date notifications of emergency situations, school closures, and other relevant information.                                                      Parents (and community members) can click here to participate in a brief survey (y haz clic aquí para participar en español).

For more information, call our office at 213-241-6387 or email