Lanai Weekly: May 22-26, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

What’s the letter of the day?  What’s the countdown till summer?   Just ask the Kindergartners!  Monday was “H” for hat day—so I fit right in; Tuesday “I” for ice cream, very yummy; Wednesday “J” for jokes—What did the witch put on her bagel—scream cheese!  Thursday, “K” for Kindness and Kooky hair; and Friday “L” for luau—I guess summer vacation is on everyone’s mind!  

What’s 4 boxes of 10 crayons each?  How do we solve that problem?  Can it be drawn?  Can we count by 10’s?  Can we  group the numbers?  Are there multiple entry points to that question?  Ask your first grader how they solved that problem.  Definitely high level thinking for our first graders.  As an extension, you might ask your child how much money does he/she need if each box costs 20 cents…25 cents…one dollar….

What’s the musical instrument family of the week?  Just ask the second and third graders!  They are studying the violinist, Niccolo Paganini, who took the world by storm with his amazing dexterity and sting-popping virtuosos in the 1800’s.  Ask them about other interesting facts regarding Paganini and how he garnered so much attention.  Your child may also be able to share with you some other members in the “string” family and their choice of style preference.  

What’s a community to do?  How should they build a park that meets the needs of current families and still make sure that the elements of the park are safe?  What considerations need to be addressed regarding lighting, soil amendments and recreation structures?  Should the history of the community be memorialized?  Ask your fourth grader to explain the Interdisciplinary Unit of Study in which they are incorporating Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.  

What is a One Person Play?  A monologue?  A narrative?  What ways can a storyteller use space, their body, intonation, and props to help the audience experience the event?  Our fifth graders wrote, rehearsed and performed their own story in theater using their own experience.  Ski school, cell phones, a new puppy, moving, a cluttered kitchen, and meeting a movie star were just some of the plays they wrote about.  I know our fifth graders are confident and well-prepared to make any presentation middle school asks!

What’s on your agenda for entertainment?  If you want to see two great shows, please come and enjoy great Musical Theater presented by our own talented Lanai students in Lanai Lessons and Leavin’ Lanai!  The final two shows will be on Saturday so please check our website for all the info!

What’s left?  Have a great weekend!

Lisa Elan

MONDAY, MAY 22                                                                                      Student Council Speeches in auditorium ( 1 - 2:30 pm)                                       5th Grade SBAC Testing begins (ends June 2)                                                     Harvest of the Month: Sweet Strawberries & Whipped Cream                                1st Grade Dance Demos in auditorium (9:00 - 1:40 pm)

TUESDAY, MAY 23                                                                                           Open House from 5 to 7pm (Food/Spirit Wear sales from 5 - 6pm,                         Classrooms open 6 - 7pm)


THURSDAY, MAY 25                                                                                     Kinder Theater Demos (8:45 - 2:30)

FRIDAY, MAY 26                                                                                             Student Council Spirit Day - Patriot Day, wear red, white and blue                     Student Council Election Results                                                                       Staff Luncheon


May 29            Memorial Day - No School

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

June 8            Perfect Attendance Awards

June 8            TK Summer Celebration

June 9            Last Day of School 1:00 Dismissal

June 9            Kinder Summer Celebration @ 8:45

June 9             5th Grade Bash @ 11:00, Walk of Honor @ 12:55


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.

FORGET THE COOKING AND EAT AT SCHOOL! - On Open House Tuesday, don’t bother making dinner and just purchase your dinner at school. We will have pizza from Big Mama’s & Papa’s for $2/slice or $20/pie,  Chop Stop salads for $5/plate, sodas and water for $1/ea and a bake sale sponsored by our 5th grade families. Don’t forget it’s CASH ONLY. Spirit Wear will be having their “Spring Cleaning” sale so stock up on some bargains!

CORPORATE SPONSORS AT OPEN HOUSE - Our corporate sponsors have been invited to join us at Open House. Please come and say hello! It’s a great opportunity to find out more about their business and the services they offer. The Lanai community is grateful for their continued support which enables us to run many of our programs. For more information, please contact Neha Callis ( or Brooke Slavik Jung (

SEEDS ENRICHMENT END DATES:                                             Friday        LAST CLASS 05/26/17 Culinary Kids

OUR FINAL HARVEST OF THE MONTH IS HERE! On Monday, 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!

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.

2017-18 VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS - Volunteer applications need to be reapplied for each year. Let’s get a head start on the 2017-18 school year by submitting them before the year is over! Applications can be picked up in the Parent Center or in the Office.  Contact for more information or to check on your TB expiration date.

THE 2017 READING BY 9 HOW TO RAISE A READER GUIDE IS LIVE! This year, The Los Angeles Times partnered with Common Sense Media to produce a 24-page full color bilingual guide.  This guide provides tips for parents, book recommendations and local resources.

See the Lanai Leader IN COLOR and before it’s in print, visit the Lanai Road website -