Lanai Weekly: January 8 - 12, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Families,

Our last week of school before Winter Vacation was filled with books, smiles, lovely holiday decorations and lots of music!  I’m sure you were able to attend one of our Winter Concert - what a treat!  Every grade sang two delightful holiday songs led by Nicole Rivera, our incredible music teacher and accompanied by Bill Haller, our chorus teacher.   The Thursday afternoon show had the added treat of a violin performance from our enrichment class led by Mary Schuler.  Also, I hope you had a chance to view all the beautiful cards displayed in the auditorium made by each student to be given to children in need.  Thank you Art Docents, for the incredible art you inspire in our students!  The Winter Concert is such a lovely way to begin the holidays!

On a safety note, if you pick up your child after 4:00 p.m. you may have noticed that our front gate is secured.  At that time, we have another Youth Services coach standing outside monitoring parents coming onto the campus to pick up their child(ren).  This person is provided by LAUSD and will be supporting our after-school pick-up, helping Coach Wendy on the playground, and watching the front gate from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  He also will contact SEEDs when parents come to pick up their children.  This measure was put in place because many parents voiced their concern about our campus being vulnerable in the afternoon.

Finally, as we say goodbye to 2017 and post good wishes for everyone in 2018, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and wish you peace.


Lisa Elan

Welcome Back To School and Happy New Year!

Monday, January 8
Mr. Haller (Chorale) Meet & Greet after school

Tuesday, January 9
Russian/Ukrainian Event Planning Meeting @ 8:30 in Parent Center

Wednesday, January 10
After-school Choir begins today
Cub Choir (Grades K-1)  2:45 - 3:30 pm
Super Spectacular Show Choir (Grades 2-5): 3:40-4:30 pm

Thursday, January 11
No Events

Friday, January 12
Staff New Year Lunch (rescheduled from December)


January 15      Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 16      Lexia Awards
January 17      Character Assembly - Wear blue for trustworthiness
January 18      1st Buddy Event at Lunchtime
January 19      Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal  
January 24     All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee with The Principal
January 24     Anti-Bullying Presentation for 4th/5th grade Parents/Kids by CHP
January 26     Science Explosion
February 2     Principal's Awards/Lunch with the Principal
February 12    Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly
February 14    Character Assembly - Wear Red for Caring
February 15    Lunar New Year Celebration at Morning Assembly
February 19    No School - President's Day


MR. HALLER'S AFTER-SCHOOL CHOIR - Mr. Haller is coming back to Lanai in January and he wants YOU to join his after-school choir!  Sign ups are open now with a $60 early registration discount available until December 28.  There will be 2 separate groups: Cub Choir (Kinder & 1st Grade) from 2:45 - 3:30 pm and also the Super Spectacular Show Choir (2nd - 5th Grades) from 3:40 - 4:30 pm. Visit for more information. Sibling discounts also available. 

CHP CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN - Please join us for a dynamic, honest and eye-opening Social Media & Internet Safety presentation led by CHP Public Information Officer Leland Tang on Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium. *** Since officer Tang’s presentation is designed specifically for 4th & 5th grade students, it is not intended for younger siblings to attend.  Thanks for your cooperation.***

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PERSIAN NEW YEAR EVENT PLANNING - Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the Russian/Ukrainian Celebration and Persian New Year Celebration.  Please contact for more information.  Russian/Ukrainian Celebration meeting date is Tuesday, January 9 at 8:30 and the Persian New Year Planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 23.

A HUGE THANK YOU FROM THE BOOK FAIR CHAIRS! The annual Lanai Book Fair was a great success despite the difficult circumstances we faced last week! Thanks to the support of our amazing Lanai community, we will receive close to $6000 for our library this year.  It's a testament to the Lanai families that we were able to fundraise so successfully in the face of so much chaos.  A heartfelt thank you to all of those who came and shopped, volunteered and otherwise supported the fair.  

We especially want to thank Jody Chow and Mary Mirolla, who made Dads & Donuts happen with their Starbucks and donut pick ups, and all of those volunteers who stepped up on Monday and Tuesday to allow us to extend the Fair after our shortened week.  We truly wouldn't have been able to do it without you!  Please make sure to check out the Lanai Leader in January for a more detailed rundown of the Book Fair, including pictures and a shout out to all of our dedicated volunteers.

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!)

2018 ENCINO COMMUNITY 5K RUN - February 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m at Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue.  Come out and RUN FOR YOUR HEART to support our local Encino elementary schools! DJs will be playing music along the course to get your heart pumping during the race. Whether you are running or walking, fast or slow, join the community and participate in this amazing event!  All proceeds from this “Run-Raiser” will be divided equally among Lanai Road, Hesby Oaks Charter, and Encino Charter. The proceeds will provide essential programs such as art, music, technology, science, P.E. and many more! Questions? Email:  To sign up visit following link: 

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)


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.