Lanai Weekly: May 8 - 12, 2017

Principal’s Message:

“I am a citizen of Lanai…because people care about each other…. because I have good friends….because I have a great buddy…because the staff cares about me…because I’ve been here for 6 years….” That’s what our Student Council representatives shared during the morning assembly on Wednesday as a kickoff to our final Character Assembly of this school year on Citizenship.  Throughout the day, classes came to the auditorium for a friendly game of Family Feud based on Citizenship. Ask your child, “What are students most likely to forget?” and “Who do you respect most?”. You’ll find great insight from our students!

Wednesday was also a beautiful day for our 4th and 5th graders to practice drumming during music class on the playground.  Drum, drum, drum, switch. Drum, drum, drum, switch. At the same time, another 5th grade class was learning tennis skills during P.E. The picturesque mountains and trees in the background made for an awesome morning: Citizenship, drumming, tennis-- a wonderful Wednesday morning!

“Laps for Lanai” walk/run on Thursday and Friday was a sea of blue success! Every grade participated and ran or walked to help support our school and keep our bodies healthy. Students were treated to popsicles, photos, foam fingers and fun! Thank you to all our students for their steps, our staff for their support, and our parent volunteers for all the work required to make this such a successful event! Other highlights this week include an Israeli Independence Day celebration which showcased music, dance, flags, and yummy foods! In addition this week, our third graders completed their SBAC tests. Yes!

Finally, parents please remind your child that students are not allowed to sell anything (erasers, pencils, candy, games, cards, etc.) to other students at school. We have some budding entrepreneurs but this is not allowed on school grounds. Also, there is a new, “fidget toy” called “finger-spinners.” Some students are claiming that finger-spinners are helpful to keep them focused in class. These finger-spinners are only permissible if approved by their teacher for classroom use only. They will be confiscated if used outside of the classroom.

Next week our fourth graders in rooms 13 and 20 will be taking their SBAC tests. Please make sure your child get is well-rested, on time, and has eaten a healthy breakfast. Remind your child that the test is untimed, thus he/she can take the time needed to do his/her best.

Hoping to see you at our Spring Movie Night on Saturday!

Lisa Elan

MONDAY,  MAY 8                                                                                               4th Grade SBAC Testing begins, Rooms 13 & 20                                                 5th Grade leaves for Pali Camp                                                                         Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly


WEDNESDAY, MAY 10                                                                                        5th Grade returns from Pali Camp

THURSDAY, MAY 11                                                                                       Lunch with the Principal                                                                             Incoming Family Meet & Greet 7 - 9pm (off-site)

FRIDAY, MAY 12                                                                                        Principal Awards @ 8:20


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”, 3rd & 4th Grades @ 6pm

May 19            5th Grade One Person Play Demonstrations,

                       9-10:30am, 1:10 - 2:40 pm

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 in auditorium (1 - 2:40 pm)

May 22            1st Grade Dance Demos (8:30 - 11:45)

May 23            Open House from 5 to 7pm

May 25            Kinder Theater Demos (8:30 - 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

May 31           Buddy Picnic from 12 - 1pm

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

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


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.

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.

THE LANAI LEADER NEEDS YOU! - Have you always wanted to be a magazine editor? Now’s your chance! The Lanai Leader is looking for a new 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!  Contact for more info.

9 TO 10 YR OLD PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR NATIONWIDE BRAIN STUDY AT UCLA.  Lanai Road Elementary, has been specially selected to participate in the national ABCD study by the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is the largest, national study, to date, on adolescent health to help us better understand how various childhood experiences affect brain development. All of the interactions with the participating families will be done at UCLA. Interested families can contact them directly at or call (310) 794-0089. For more information, visit Compensation and meals will be provided.

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!

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 video games 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.