Lanai Weekly: March 6 - 10, 2017


Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

This has been a week full of exciting things at Lanai!  We began our Monday morning assembly with fifth graders leading us in a school-wide Call and Response song as a culmination of Black History month.  Each grade learned about many important Arts contributions of African-Americans through music, visual arts, and literature.  On Wednesday our third graders visited the California Science Center and got to interact with many fun “hands-on” exhibits!  Finally, on Thursday and Friday our entire school participated in our Literacy Fair!  The theme was SPACE and the library was transformed into our solar system with giant planets, activities, books, and more for students to learn and experience!

Saturday is going to be a very big day for many Lanai students!  Four groups of students in grades first-fifth will be participating in the Destination Imagination competition!  I watched the Rising Stars group (first and second graders), rehearse their presentation, “Behold the Stopper Whopper!”  Their challenge was to research, design, create, and present a simple machine that will save the day.  They decided that creating a stop sign with a lever and pulley would be a tool that is especially needed at Lanai (think morning drop-off)!  In addition, they wrote a humorous script with developed characters, and colorful props.   I’m sure we will find a way to use these clever young peoples’ invention to improve our car drop procedure!  We wish them lots of luck as well as our other Destination Imagination teams on Saturday.  

Also on Saturday, many of our Chorus students and our Yogis will be performing on the “Thriving in our World” stage at Steam Fest!  The day is sure to be informative, as over 100 schools in Northwest will be there highlighting their unique programs.  Lanai will be there with a booth, so stop by and show your Lion pride!  

Finally, we are always looking at ways to improve safety at our school.  We are in the planning stage of having a buzzer and camera installed by our front office to monitor people entering the campus.  We are also refining our morning protocol for students and parents entering school.  Students coming to school before the yard is open will still wait in the auditorium until 7:45 a.m.  Once the yard opens everyone will enter through the gates and go directly to the playground.  School personnel will be at the gate monitoring people entering the campus.   At the 8:15 a.m bell,  students will go to their classrooms with their teachers.  Parents need to leave the campus quickly through the gates.   If you are staying on campus as a volunteer, attending a workshop/meeting etc. you must sign-in and wear your volunteer badge or get a yellow guest sticker from the office.  When you leave, you must sign out.  We feel this is a way to more effectively monitor those entering the school.  

As always, we appreciate your support and adherence to our procedures—the safety of our students is always our first concern.  

Go Lions!

Lisa Elan


Lexia Awards, 8:15, Morning Assembly

Gala Ticket sales and Pick A Ticket sales in front of the school all week!

Harvest of The Month - Yummy Dates !


Election Day! - Don’t forget to vote!


Character Day - Fairness - wear orange!

Persian New Year Planning Meeting, Parent Center 8:20 am

2nd Grade OLSAT Testing


2nd Grade OLSAT testing

Portola Visit - 5th Grade


Gala Spirit Day

Buddy Picnic at Lunch

Report cards go home


Viva Las Vegas Gala! Sportsmans Lodge @ 6:30

Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight! Lose one hour.


Mar 13-17  Parent/Teacher Conferences - M,W,Th & Fri dismissal @ 1:27 pm. Tues dismissal @ 1:40 pm

Mar. 13  First Grade Theater Demonstrations (see schedule below)

Mar. 16  Persian New Year Celebration

Mar. 16  2nd Grade Theater Demonstrations (see schedule below)

Mar. 17 School Tour

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day - wear green!

Mar. 21 Parent Workshop in the Family Center - “Bullying Strategies”

Mar. 21-April 7  Laps for Lanai Pledge Drive

Mar. 23  ELAC meeting @ 8:30 am

Mar. 23  Kinder Theater begins

Mar. 24  Go For The Gold Run @ 8:30 am

Mar. 24  SSC Meeting @ 1:30 pm


GET YOUR VEGAS NIGHTS TICKETS TODAY!  Get your tickets for $90 thru March 10th and $100 on the day of the event (March 11). Don't forget to pre-purchase your gambling chips as well! For $50, you receive $500 to use at the blackjack, roulette and craps tables.

THE PRE-EVENT AUCTION IS NOW OPEN! The Vegas Nights pre-event auction with Bidding for Good is 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 at 9:00 am. Click here

PICK-A-TICKET SALES -  Tickets will be on sale for the children's themed raffle baskets in front of school March 6-10 at dismissal. Tickets are $2 each. The drawing will be held at the March 11th gala but winner need not be present.

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

BOXTOPS WINNER! Thank you to everyone who submitted Boxtops this month! Every single one counts. The classroom with the most valid Boxtops (309) collected is Room 12 - Mrs. Bryan.  Congratulations! A Jamba Juice treat is coming your way.

PARENT WORKSHOP ON MARCH 21 - Bullying: What Parents Need To Know and How They Can Help.  A parent-focused seminar given by Pepperdine University in the Parent Center at 8:30 AM. Please RSVP to

1ST GRADE THEATER DEMONSTRATIONS:  Monday, March 13 in the Auditorium

Penuela - 9 am, Motodani 10:10 am, Verdin 11:30 am, Bell 1:20 pm.

2ND GRADE THEATER DEMONSTRATIONS:  Thursday, March 16 in the Auditorium. Colon/Muffoletto 8:50 am, Ayola 10 am, Fulford 11:30 am, Stephans 1:10 pm.

COMMUNITY EVENT - Portola Middle School 1st Annual Renaissance Faire,

Thursday, March 23, 5:00-7:30  Booth Activities, Games, Food Trucks, Dance & Drama performance, Student Project & Art Show

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.  

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.