Lanai Weekly: December 4 - 8, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Lanai Families,

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving holiday. I heard about wonderful trips; yummy dinners spent with friends and family; and some full-on “TV marathons” in jammies! Very fun! It’s beginning to feel a little like fall; 70-80 degree days, and fairly cool nights. Although it warms up by noon, please make sure your child brings a jacket or sweatshirt to school, as our mornings are quite cold.

Responsibility is the buzz word for the month of December. We learned about it in our morning, student presentation and later Character assembly on Wednesday. Everyone participated and showed spirit by wearing green! As always, our school message is the 3 B’s—Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. On Friday, we highlighted students demonstrating good character and growth at our Principal’s Awards and Lunch with the Principal.

Creativity is the word in our computer lab this week! If you ever need a room plan drawn on a computer, just ask our third graders how to do it. This week they were busy using Google Draw to make models of their classroom, homes, and our playground in the computer lab. I saw many of our students changing arrangements, size, shape and scale as they were reconfiguring the plans. I know I can certainly get some great student suggestions for “rearranging” my living room over the vacation. Our second graders were busy coding with scratch animation! They made butterflies fly, birds flap their wings, carrots dance, and even robots perform somersaults! It’s awesome to see how skilled and confident our young students are as they produce colorful and fun animations.

Finally, our Musical Theater is presenting two shows: one tonight and the second on Saturday. It’s sure to be a hit! Looking forward to seeing you there!


Lisa Elan

Monday, December 4

Book Fair all week

Lunar New Year Planning Meeting - 8:30 in library


Tuesday, December 5

Book Fair The “Grand” Event 1:40 - 3:30 PM (see below for details)

Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

The Hut is open


Wednesday, December 6

Talent Show Try-outs for TK/K/1st Grade - 3pm in auditorium (see below for details)


Thursday, December 7

Talent Show Try-outs for 2nd/3rd Grade - 3pm in auditorium (see below for details)


Friday, December 8

Book Fair - “Dads and Donuts” - 7:15 - 8:15 am (see below for details)

Holiday Staff Lunch - 11:30 am

Talent Show Try-outs for 4th/5th Grade - 3pm in auditorium   (see below for details)

PTA Movie Night - 6pm (Movie TBA)


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

January 15            No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day   

January 16            Lexia Awards

January 17            Character Assembly - Wear blue for trustworthiness

January 19            Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal   


“LANAI LOTTERY” ONLY ONE SHOW LEFT! - An original musical performed by our very own Lanai students and written and directed by Jay Winnick, former Lanai parent and talent extraordinaire. Saturday, December 2nd at 12pm. Please see flyer for more details.

THE ANNUAL LANAI BOOK FAIR IS ALMOST HERE! 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 attached flyer.

PTA FALL MOVIE NIGHT IS DECEMBER 8TH! Doors open at 5:30 pm and the movie will start at 6pm. The kids can bring a towel or blanket if they want to sit on the floor. The movie will be determined by ballots cast by the kids. The choices are: Despicable Me 3 and The Emoji Movie.  Ballot boxes will be outside the office.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR THE ANNUAL LANAI BOOK FAIR!  We need your help to make the Fair a success!  Please sign up for a volunteer slot (or several) here:

GET READY for TALENT SHOW TRYOUTS!  Dec 6 -8TH.  Talent Show tryouts are next week!  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 in the auditorium on these dates:                                   Dec 6 - TK, K & 1st             Dec 7 – 2nd & 3rd                       Dec 8th – 4th & 5th   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

LANAI'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT IS COMING UP! There will be 3 shows and each of them will be the same.  Due to limited space in the Lanai Auditorium, we are asking parents to pick one show to attend.  Showtimes are: Thursday, December 14 at 8:45 am and again at 1:00pm.  Friday, December 15 at 8:45 am.

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 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.

ALL LOST AND FOUND WILL BE DONATED AT THE END OF DAY, DECEMBER 15.  Please take a moment to check the ramp or the racks outside the Kinder yard.   

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 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

TAFT CHEER SQUAD CHEER CLINIC for Grades K-8.  The Taft Charter High Cheer Squad is holding its 1st annual Cheer Clinic on Saturday, January 27th from 9am to 12pm at Taft High School. All participants will be invited to perform at a Varsity Basketball game halftime show on Wednesday, January 31 (game time is 5:00 pm). Participants will receive a t-shirt and learn a routine. The Clinic is free but space is limited. Applications can be picked up in the Lanai office.