Lanai Weekly: May 1 - 5, 2017

Dear Families,

What a full week at Lanai: Marathons, Testing, Catalina, Volunteers, Recycled Art!  We started off Monday morning with so many awesome runners earning their Morning Laps awards: marathons, double-marathons, 75 miles, 100 miles…and beyond!  

For our third graders, it was SBAC testing in English Language Arts.  Next week they’ll be working on the Math component.   Our third graders proved to be very comfortable accessing the testing platform and using the Chrome books.  Thank you for having your children well-rested, on time, and with full tummies!  

On Tuesday, our teachers and staff honored our fabulous volunteers at our Volunteer Tea!  The vast enrichment in the arts and depth of parent support through funding, events, classroom support, and lessons are unsurpassed; Lanai just wouldn’t be as awesome without them. The following volunteers were recognized for their contributions to our school: Volunteer of the Year Awards went to Elham Emrani, Katie Elinoff and Ali Perdigao. The Jeannie Kamm Leadership Award went to Julie Weinstein and President’s Volunteer Service Awards to Farnaz Simantob and Jennifer Wexler.

Our fourth graders set sail on Wednesday for Catalina and had an awesome time!  They snorkeled, hiked, kayaked, dissected a squid and studied the adaptations of fish, invertebrates and algae along the rocky reef of Catalina.  All good!  All fun!  All amazing!  

Today, Friday, our students displayed and presented their own recycled art and toured the entries in our annual Recycled Art Contest!  There were so many creative projects including a chandelier, a Jeep, a dinosaur, coffee maker,  Pac Man game,  jewelry, a pet adoption booth, bird feeder, a recycling student, a Memory Tree, the Eiffel Tower and even our Lanai Lion mascot wearing spirit wear!  So many clever, creative uses for common, everyday items—it’s DIY at Lanai!

Finally, please remember that if your child is injured and has a cast, sling, brace, bandage, etc. when he/she returns to school, a note is provided by your doctor permitting his/her re-admittance and includes any physical restrictions.  

Wishing you a great weekend!

Lisa Elan

MONDAY, May 1                                                                                          Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week begins                                                    Recycle The Vote takes place all week  - bring in your plastic recyclables            5th Grade Panoramic Photo - 8:30 am

TUESDAY, MAY 2                                                                                            Bring a flower for your favorite teachers                                                          Israeli Culture Day - wear white tops and blue bottoms

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3                                                                                        Make a card for your favorite Lanai staff members. This includes TA’s, office staff, nurse, librarian, cafeteria, and custodial staff                                              Character Day - Citizenship - wear purple!

THURSDAY, May 4                                                                                           Bring a piece of fruit or vegetable for your Teachers AND bring a sweet treat to any Lanai Staff members.                                                                                 Laps 4 Lanai - Grades 3 - 5: 5th Grade from  8:30-9:15, 4th Grade from 9:30-10:15 and 3rd Grade from 11-11:45

FRIDAY, MAY 5                                                                                               Make a card for your teachers                                                                          Laps 4 Lanai - Grades K - 2:  Kinder from 8:30-9:15, 1st Grade from 9:30-10:15, 2nd Grade from 11-11:45

SATURDAY, MAY 6                                                                                         Spring Movie night on upper yard - doors open at 6:45 pm (bring a towel or chair)


May 8-19          4th Grade SBAC Testing Window, Rooms 13 & 20

May 8               5th Grade Trip to Pali Camp (returning May 10)

May 11             Principal’s Awards and Lunch with the Principal

May 11             Incoming Family Meet & Greet - 7 to 8pm (off-site)

May 14             Mother’s Day

May 15             CPK Restaurant Fundraiser (all day with staff participating from 5 - 7:30pm)

May 17 - June 2      5th Grade SBAC Testing Window, Rooms 12, 21, 28

May 17            All Parent Team Meeting/Coffee with the Principal @ 8:30

May 18            ELAC Meeting @ 8:30, Parent Center

May 18            SEEDS Musical Theater Performance, “Lanai Lessons”, 3 & 4th

                       Grades @ 6pm

May 19            SSC Meeting @ 1:30, Parent Center

May 19            Incoming Kinder Play Date in Room 2, 3 - 4:15 pm

May 19            SEEDS Musical Theater Performance, “Leavin’ Lanai”, 5th Grade @

                       6:30 pm

May 20            SEEDS Musical Theater Performance, 3rd Grade @ 11am, 4th & 5th

                       Grade @ 2pm

May 22            Student Council Speeches

May 23            Open House from 5 to 7pm

May 26            Student Council Spirit Day - Patriot Day, wear red, white and blue

May 26            Student Council Election Results


ALL PARENTS - Please notify the office immediately if your child will not be returning in the fall. This includes all students who have accepted a call-up from a magnet school wait list.  We want to make sure that your child’s academic records are forwarded to their new school in a timely manner. Please email with any updates or questions.

Laps For Lanai Class Participation Results -  Congratulations to these classes with 100% fundraising participation:  Ms. Manolos’ class, Ms. Verdin’s class, Ms. Penuela’s class, Ms. Stephan’s class,  Ms. Colon’s class, Ms. Rodriguez’s class, Ms. Bryan’s class, Mr. Snyder’s class and Ms. Besser’s class.  And, a special congratulations to Mrs. Bryan’s class for raising the most funds!

Recycle the Vote - For our spring movie night on Saturday, May 6th, the kids will be voting through the recycling program.  Please bring in all your plastic bottle recyclables to school starting Monday, May 1 until Friday, May 5th. The films they will vote on are: SING, MOANA and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS.

Spring Movie Night - Lanai PTA presents Spring Movie Night sponsored by Camp Keystone, Saturday, May 6th at Sundown (approximately 7:40 p.m.)  Doors open at 6:45 p.m and food & treats will be sold.  Students will vote on the movie through our recycling program (see above)

Team Lanai Care’s Seniors Tea Event Thank You - Last Saturday, a group of Lanai families hosted a special event at a homeless shelter in Sylmar for 24 senior ladies.  We would like to thank the following families for their contributions: the Asher family, Gezerseh family, Luchs Struber family, Kotch family, Greenstone family, Kahn family, Elie family, Schwartz family, Urban family, Carpenter family, Nargizyan family and the Alinaghian family. Special thanks to Principal Elan and Vina Penuela for their yearlong support of TLC.

Party Books are still available! Wasn't able to attend the Lanai's Vegas Nights Gala? Forgot to check the online auction before it closed? Lady Luck is on your side! Party books are still available for all grade levels, moms and parents!  We've got everything from scavenger hunts, sports and videogames to baking and cupcake wars! Moms can sign up for a Hip Hop Funk class  or Yoga and Mimosas and for the couples who like to do things together, we've got a Cocktail Class, Margaritas, a Night at the Roxy and more! See Parent Square for a complete list.