Lanai Weekly: May 15 - 19, 2017

Lanai Weekly: May 15 - 19, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Families,

This has been an exciting week of hands-on Science learning at Lanai with lots of cool activities!  On Monday, our 5th graders headed off to Pali Camp and had a wonderful 3 days! One of the activities in which they participated was designing and building rockets out of plastic 1-liter bottles. Then, they launched and measured the height achieved before the rocket fell to the ground. Another inquiry-based activity in which they shared was designing a container or shell that enabled a balloon to withstand a 25-foot drop!  Splash!! Finally, the fifth graders engaged in physical, mental and social challenges with the support of their classmates as they went on different ropes, height, and balance courses.  They returned Wednesday afternoon with lots of fun experiences to share!

More fun science for the second graders as they went on a walking field trip to our neighbor across the street and picnicked on their lovely grounds.  They also were treated to a visit by Matt the Reptile Guy who shared some very interesting friends—lizards, snakes, tarantulas, a tortoise, and a few other crawly creatures!  Ask your second grader the difference between viviparous, oviparous and ovoviviparous—Matt explained it all to them.   You might also ask your child about the two ducks who have taken up their annual residence at Lanai.  Which category do they belong?   Those ducks feel just as comfortable here as our students!  It begs the question:  Who came first, our students or the ducks?   

We have good news!  The District has approved our request for security cameras and buzzers on the front office door and by the faculty lounge entrance.  This was a collaboration among all our stakeholders--School Site Council, parents, staff and the support of School Board President, Steve Zimmer.   We appreciate the efforts and concern of all who were instrumental in helping make Lanai as safe as possible.

On another note, our fourth graders in rooms 13 and 20 took the English Language Arts section of the SBAC this week and will complete the Math portion next week.  Thank you for making sure your child is well-rested, has eaten a good breakfast, and is reminded not to rush.  The SBAC is untimed and students are given the time they need.

And finally, our students know what to do during an emergency drill!  On Tuesday, we had a “Drop, Cover and Hold” drill.  The students took cover in the event of a real earthquake or other emergency.  Parents, if you find yourself on campus during one of our monthly drills, please participate.  You never know when a real emergency will occur and our students are watching!

Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Mother’s’ Day!

Lisa Elan


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



All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee with the Principal @ 8:30, Parent Center


ELAC Meeting @ 8:30, Parent Center

SEEDS Musical Theater Performance, “Lanai Lessons”, 3rd & 4th Grades @ 6pm


5th Grade One Person Play Demonstrations, 9 - 10:30am, 1:10 - 2:40 pm

SSC Meeting @ 1:30, Parent Center

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

SEEDS Musical Theater Performance, “Leavin’ Lanai”, 5th Grade @ 6:30 pm


SEEDS Musical Theater Performance, 3rd Grade @ 11am, 4th & 5th Grade @ 2pm


May 22            Student Council Speeches in auditorium ( 1 - 2:30 pm)

May 22`    `    5th Grade SBAC Testing begins (ends June 2)

May 22            Harvest of the Month: Sweet Strawberries & Whipped Cream

May 22            1st Grade Dance Demos (9:00 - 1:40 pm)

May 23            Open House from 5 to 7pm

May 25            Kinder Theater Demos (8:45 - 2:30)

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

May 26            Student Council Election Results

May 26            Staff Luncheon

May 29            Memorial Day - No School

May 30            1st Grade Spelling Bee  (10:50 - 12)

May 31            Buddy Picnic from 12 - 1pm

June 2            Principals Awards at 8:20 and Lunch with the Principal at 12:00

June 2            5th Grade Parent/Child Dance - 7 to 9pm

June 5            Lexia Awards and Morning Laps Awards

June 5            5th Grade vs Staff Basketball

June 5            Shortened Day, 1:27pm Dismissal

June 6            5th Grade Culmination @ 9:00

June 7            Shortened Day - 1:27 pm Dismissal

June 7            Presidential Fitness Awards at Morning Assembly

June 8             Minimum Day - 1:00 pm Dismissal


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 waitlist.  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.


Monday     LAST CLASS 05/08/17 Science, Basketball 2/3, Art

Tuesday    LAST CLASS 05/09/17 Time2Dance (performance)

                 LAST CLASS 05/16/17 LEGOS, Basketball TK1

Wednesday    LAST CLASS 05/10/17 Coding, Pottery

                     LAST CLASS 05/17/17 Soccer, Skateboard TK2

Thursday       LAST CLASS 05/11/17 Sewing and Tennis

Friday            LAST CLASS 05/19/17 Chess, Skateboarding ⅗

                     LAST CLASS 05/26/17 Culinary Kids

CPK FUNDRAISER - On Monday, May 15, CPK at Encino Place (16101 Ventura Blvd) will be donating 20% of your restaurant check to Lanai! Purchases include dine in, take out, catering and all beverages.  The event is all day with Principal Elan, Coach PJ and teachers participating from 5 to 7:30 pm. Remember to bring in the CPK flyer or mention “Lanai” at the time of ordering.

SEEDS MUSICAL THEATER SHOW - “Broadway, watch out, here we come!”  Come see your amazing Lanai friends sing and dance their heart out on stage in two separate shows written just for Lanai and directed by Mr. Jay. Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 and Saturday, May 20 at 11 am for "Lanai Lessons" starring third and fourth grade and Friday May 19 at 6:30 and Saturday May 20 at 2:00 for "Leavin' Lanai" starring fifth grade. Tickets are 4$ at the door.

OUR FINAL HARVEST OF THE MONTH IS HERE! On May 22nd, we will end the year with a classic summer sweet treat - strawberries and whipped cream! Strawberries have a high antioxidant content and are rich in essential vitamins such as Vitamin C. Delicious and nutritious, strawberries are a win for everyone!

1st GRADE DANCE DEMOS - Monday, May 22: Penuela @ 9:00, Motodani @ 10:00, Verdin @ 11:30, and Bell at 1:10 pm

KINDER THEATER DEMOS - Thursday, May 25: Manolos @ 8:45, Altman @ 9:30, Hughes @ 1:10 pm and Royal @ 2:00 pm

THE LANAI LEADER NEEDS YOU! -  Have you always wanted to be a magazine editor?  The Lanai Leader is looking for a Co - editor! This position is a "work from home" commitment, and is perfect for someone that wants to get involved but can't volunteer during school hours.  You'll be working with another parent, an ideal way to contribute to our awesome school.   Contact for more info.

SEEDS SUMMER CARE STARTING MONDAY JUNE 12TH - Seeds Care will offer full day childcare from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 12th through Friday, June 30th. Daily and Weekly rates offered.  Fun daily activities, sports, arts & crafts, water play and field trips. Students must bring a lunch. AM and PM snacks will be provided. Jr High and HS students volunteer hours available.