Lanai Weekly: September 25 - 29, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

I have some exciting news!  Assemblymember Matt Dababneh will be visiting our campus next Thursday, September 28th at 8:00 a.m.   He has selected Lanai because September is Pedestrian Safety month and we have many students and families walking safely into school with the help of our crossing guards. Assemblymember Dababneh will be meeting and greeting our families on the sidewalk as they enter school.  There will probably be media with him as well.  If you do not want you or your child(ren) potentially photographed, please do not plan on walking into school—use the car drop-off line.  After the morning event, Assemblymember Dababneh will join us in the auditorium for a community chat and coffee.  All our families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

I know our families are extra cautious regarding driving, drop-off, and pedestrian safety as well as following the parking and traffic rules.  The CHP, school police and LAPD will be showing their presence quite a bit  in the coming days.  As a reminder, please be courteous to our crossing guards and neighbors.  

Lanai’s spirit and pride is strong in our community and I know our warmth, kindness and positive energy will shine forth as we welcome Assemblymember Dababneh.


Lisa Elan

Monday, September 25                                                                                     PTA Membership Drive continues until Friday!

Tuesday, September 26                                                                                    Spirit Wear sales after school                                                                            Meet Portola Middle School - 7 to 8:30 pm in the auditorium

Wednesday, September 27                                                                          Mastering Homework Struggles - 8:30 am in the Parent Center                       Wear Lanai Spirit Wear tomorrow!

Thursday, September 28                                                                            Assemblyman Matt Dababneh visit at morning drop off followed by meet & greet in auditorium

Friday, September 29                                                                                   *(Date Change)* Coffee with The Principal 8:30 in the Parent Center


October 2              LAUSD E-Choices Program Window begins (ends

October 2 - 13       9th Annual Halloween Costume Drive

October 4             *(Date Change)* Meet Chaminade College Preparatory School - 7 to 8pm in   Auditorium

October 4             Picture Day

October 5             Parent Presentation: Navigating LAUSD E-Choices (Magnet Applications)

October 6             Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal

October 9 - 13      Spooktacular ticket sales in front of the school

October 11            Character Day Assemblies - “Respect” wear yellow

October 15           Spooktacular Carnival on Campus!


Lanai Weekly Going Paperless Next Week! This will be our last Lanai Weekly sent home in your child’s backpack. Please read the weekly via Parent Square or on the website. Copies will be available in the office should you need one.

PTA Membership Drive Ends This week! The PTA membership drive ends Sept 29th. Please return the membership form to your teacher or the office. The class with the highest number of members will win an ICE CREAM PARTY! Membership is only $8 per person. Any questions please email Emily Plishner

Meet Portola Middle School - Tuesday, September 26 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Lanai Auditorium. This event is for parents and students. Portola Principal Jennifer Yoo will present on the variety of programming options available to students. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions. Please RSVP to

Mastering Homework Struggles - Wednesday, September 27 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Parent Center.  Are you tired of homework hassles? Come hear Coach Katherine talk about the ABC’s of mastering homework hassles and discover how to give your child the gift of academic motivation.

*(Date Change)* Coffee With The Principal has been moved to Friday, September 29 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.

*(Date Change)* Meet Chaminade College Preparatory - Wednesday, October 4* from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Lanai Auditorium. This event is for parents and students. Principal Mike Valentine and Associate Director of Admissions will be presenting. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions. Please RSVP to

Navigating LAUSD Presentation - Thursday, October 5 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Parent Center (Room 3).  We’ll discuss the magnet school application process, permits and affiliated charters. Please attend if you are planning to apply through E-Choices or if you are not familiar with the magnet point system. RSVP to 

LAUSD School Calendar Survey for Parents and Guardians - Calendar surveys were distributed last week. It is essential that every family participate.  Please send the completed survey back to school or complete the online survey at  Due by September 28.

Spooktacular Is Coming Up! Get ready for a hauntingly good time at our Spooktacular Halloween Carnival on Sunday, October 15th from 11am to 4pm.  Presale/discounted ticket order forms will go out on Monday, October 9. Prices go up the day of the carnival. As a reminder, parents are required to volunteer for this event, 2 hrs per child attending the school. Your kids will love seeing you work the booths!

Our 8th Annual Halloween Costume Drive is coming up!  Don’t throw away your old costume, donate it!  There will be a donation bin outside of the office beginning Monday, October 9. All proceeds will be given to a local homeless shelter for kids who cannot afford to buy their own.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection - Thank you to all of the families who have donated to our Hurricane Relief Fund. We were able to raise $550 to help those who were affected. Great work Lanai!

The fall Box Tops drive is coming up soon!  Start clipping and sorting your Box Tops. There will be prizes!This is an easy way to earn money for our school. Any questions, please contact Miriam Green at  Two files have been attached in Parent Square (Box Tops Collection sheet and Information sheet)

Want to know what your child is learning in Computer Lab this week?  Click on the Planet Bravo Link -  The link is also available on the Lanai website under Enrichment/Computer (Planet Bravo)


Feria De Education - hosted by Cal State Northridge - A free family oriented education fair with activities for the entire family. Free admission, free books, experts in the financial field. Please see the flier in Parent Square.

Meet The Magnets Middle School Magnet Information Night - Thursday, September 28 at Sepulveda Middle School 15330 Plummer St. North Hill, 6 - 8pm. Important opening session in Evans Hall from 6 - 6:20 pm followed by four 20-minute sessions to learn about individual school programs of interest to your student. More than 20 schools will be represented. For more information, please see or