Lanai Weekly: November 13 - 17, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Parent/Teacher Conferences, Island of the Blue Dolphins and Veterans Day.  This has been a full week in only four days!  Most likely, you’ve had a conference with your child’s teacher and reviewed the new report card.  Hopefully, the expanded information in the new report card, which is aligned to the Common Core, provides you with a fuller picture of how your child is doing in school.  Many teachers expressed that the new report card delineates more specific information and allows them to give students grades that are more reflective of achievement.  

This week I had the opportunity to see fourth graders digging into the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. They were finding evidence that supports the themes of survival, loneliness, and nature.  The students wrote journal entries from Karana’s (the main character) perspective, illustrated survival, and cited evidence of how nature impacts Karana’s decisions.  The students then charted their findings in cooperative groups and discussed the theme.  Finally, each group shared their learning with the class. It was powerful for the students to see that even though the groups investigated different aspects of the story, the theme is the universal.  It’s been so many years since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins, but after that lesson, it’s on my list for this weekend!

Finally, today we honored nine veterans who are family members of our students and staff at Lanai!  The whole school sang songs, saw flags from the 5 branches of service, heard a veteran speak, and learned about the meaning of Veterans Day.  There were many pauses for applause (and a few tears) as our students and families showed how much we appreciate their service to our country.   A particular highlight for our students was seeing our TA, Isiah Smith, sitting among the veterans.  We tip our hat as we show our appreciation to these veterans’ dedication and service.  

So, enjoy your weekend, and thank a veteran!

Lisa Elan

Monday, November 13

Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly


Tuesday, November 14

The Hut is open


Wednesday, November 15

Picture Retakes

All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee With The Principal - 8:30 in the Parent Center, Room 3


Thursday, November 16

*(date change) SSC Meeting now rescheduled to December 1


Friday, November 17

Student Council Spirit Day - Pajama Day

Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm

Coffee with Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Vice President - 8:30 in the library (flyer attached)

Kinder Thanksgiving Event

Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Break!


November 20-24       No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 29            Character Day - Responsibility, wear green

December 1              Lanai Leader Articles Due

December 1             Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal

December 1               SEEDS Musical Performance at 6pm

December 1               SSC (School Site Council) Meeting at 1:30

December 2             SEEDS Musical Performance at 2pm

December 4 - 8     Book Fair in the Library (flyer attached)

December 4         Laps Awards

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

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 (in Parent Center)

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

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

December 8         Student Council Spirit Day


COME AND MEET NICK MELVOIN! Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Vice President and his staff will be at Lanai on Friday, November 17 for coffee and conversation with Lanai parents and guardians.  This will take place in the library at 8:30 am.  Refreshments will be served.

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!  Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities. Please see the flyer in Parent Square.

THE FALL BOX TOPS COLLECTION WAS A SUCCESS! Thank you to all students and families who submitted Box Tops. Even the smallest amount helps earn money for our school.  We collected Box tops worth approximately $300 (final count pending). This makes a great contribution to pay for our schools wonderful programs like Music, Science Lab, P.E. and others. We will have another collection drive in February. Please keep clipping those Box Tops!  For questions contact Miriam Green at

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 see the attached flyer 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

CARE FAIR L.A. - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - 11AM - 3PM.  Our goal is to teach kindness, compassion and inclusion. Interactive booths, games, performances, food trucks and fun!  Tarzana Community & Cultural Center 19130 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356. Flyer attached.

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY - Recently there have been several sizeable earthquakes in different parts of the world that caused damages, injuries, and deaths. Attached is a list to of tips and resources to help you and your family get ready for the next earthquake in Los Angeles, which coulde anytime and anywhere.

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