Lanai Weekly: February 27-March 3, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

This week our fifth graders stepped back in time as they experienced life as it was during Colonial times.  Two docents came to Lanai dressed in their colonial best and shared about life in that time period as well as letting the students make crafts and participate with the tools used in their day.  The students stamped, printed, made garlands and other activities that were crucial to colonists’ daily life.  It’s surprising that life in the 1600’s was possible without the technology we use today!

Fast forward to the 21 century, next weekend, Saturday, March 4th there are two very exciting events in which Lanai students are participating.  The first event is Steam Fest  at Cleveland High from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Steam Fest is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math literacy which is the current focus in preparing our students for 21st century learning.  Lanai is highlighting our attention to arts and wellness through chorus and yoga.   Our Chorus will be performing at 10:35 a.m. Some of our Kindergartners and other grade students will be presenting a Yoga demonstration at 10:50 a.m.   Both will be located in the “Thriving in Our World” stage.  Either before or after the performances, stop by the Lanai booth in the Hall of Quality Education.  You will also want to stroll through the other booths and “lands” to learn about all the exciting opportunities offered to students in our Northwest District of LAUSD.  Certainly, you’ll want to visit the Portola, Millikan, and Hesby middle schools as well as Taft High during your visit to Steam Fest.

The other exciting event that is going on March 4th, student teams from Lanai are participating in the Destination Imagination competition.  The teams have dedicated months of preparation in order to participate in challenges through research, cooperation, presentation and creativity! We wish them good luck and can’t wait to hear about their exciting, fun and challenging day!

Finally, we are wishing our Parent Center Community Representative, Lisa Reeve, much luck in her new position working at the UCLA Film School.  She will certainly be missed, but we know once a Lanai Lion, always a Lanai Lion and is always welcome to visit our pride!  We are fortunate to welcome Jody Chow, who will be our new Parent Center Representative, and know that the transition will be smooth and look forward to the talents, creativity, and organization that she possess. 


Lisa Elan


Music Assembly on the Yard, 8:15


5th Grade Pali Camp Mtg, 8:30, Auditorium

5th Grade Picture, 11:00


Olsat Informational  Meeting for Parents of 2nd Graders, 2:45, Room 26

CA Science Center Field Trip - 3rd Grade


Literacy Fair!


Literacy Fair!

Principal Awards, Lunch with the Principal


Steamfest @Cleveland High School, 9:00-3:00

Destination Imagination Competition


MAR 6 - Lexia Awards, 8:15, Morning Assembly

MAR 6 - Gala Ticket Sales all week!

MAR 7 - Election Day!  Auditorium Closed for Election

MAR 8 - Persian New Year Planning Meeting, Parent Center, 8:20

MAR 8 & 9 - 2nd Grade OLSAT testing

MAR 8 - Character Day - Fairness, Wear Orange!!

MAR 9 - 2nd Grade Theater Demonstrations

MAR 10 - Gala Spirit Day

MAR 10  - Buddy Lunch

MAR 11 - Gala!  Sportsmans Lodge


Arrivederci from your Parent Center Director! - Thank you, Thank you to the Parents, Staff and Teachers for a wonderful 2 ½ years here at Lanai!!  This is a wonderful, friendly and stimulating environment to work in and I’ve appreciated your support and friendship!  You will be in great hands with my replacement Jody Chow!  Her email ils xo  Lisa Reeve

Have you taken our annual Friends of Lanai Booster Parent Survey?  Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think.  Survey is completed online and the link to the survey can be found on the Parent Square message sent earlier this week or click on this link:

We want to hear your feedback on how we spend parent donations on all the fabulous positions and programs that FOLB funds at Lanai.  Your feedback helps shape the budget for next school year.  Please take the survey by Friday March 3 and FOLB will give your child a token of our appreciation.  Just print out the last page after you complete survey and have your child bring to their teacher.

Get Your Vegas Nights Tickets Before the Price Goes Up! Tickets are available for Lanai's annual auction and gala which is being held on Saturday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m.    This adults only event includes dinner, dancing, gaming tables and silent and live auctions benefiting our school. Tickets are $80 each through February 28th; $90 from March 1-10 and are $100 on the day of the event. Click here to get your tickets today! Please contact Michelle Siembieda at with any questions.

It's Not Too Late to Donate: If you have any items you would like to donate to the Vegas Nights Auction, please contact Katie Elinoff at

The Pre-Event Online Auction is Coming! Beginning Monday, February 27th, the Vegas Nights pre-event auction with Bidding for Good will open.  This is a great opportunity to start your bidding and preview the teacher packages and party books. Packages will be added daily, so check back often.  This auction will close on Wednesday, March 8th. Click here to access the auction.

Special Discussion on Public Education with Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAUSD District 4 Board Candidates - February 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  LAUSD Board District 4 candidates will join with former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a discussion on public education moderated by UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Professor Pedro Noguera. The event will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center and is co-organized by Vote LAUSD, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Junior State of America. For more information, or to RSVP, please email

CAC (Community Advisory Committee) PARENT SUMMIT - Saturday, March 25, 2017, East Valley High School, 5525 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood.  Participants will have an opportunity to attend interactive workshops, network, and become empowered with strategies needed to be champions for the success of all students. 

COMMUNITY EVENT - Portola Middle School 1st Annual Renaissance Faire, Thursday, March 23, 5:00-7:30Booth Activities, Games, Food Trucks, Dance & Drama performance, Student Project & Art Show

Have you moved? LAUSD policy states you have 30 days to notify the office or forfeit your right to a continuing enrollment permit. Please bring your new address information to the office if you have moved.