Lanai Weekly: September 11 - 15, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

What’s cooking this week at Lanai?  Compassion, cuisine, conservation and kudos!  Our student council kicked-off this week’s assembly by announcing a coin and dollar drive to support people in need as a result of the devastating Hurricane Harvey.  The drive continues through next week.   Cuisine, better known as yummy pizza and pasta, was a super fun at CPK on Thursday night.   It was great seeing so many Lanai families!  On a conservation note, Lanai is forward thinking and seriously concerned about reducing our carbon footprint.   To that end, beginning in October, our weekly letter will not be printed and sent home.  You will receive it electronically, as you always do, through Parent Square.   Should you need a paper copy, you can print it at home or there will be some available in the office.

Finally, a huge kudos to all the families who have shown their Lanai LoVE!   Lanai families can do anything!

Happy Weekend!

Lisa Elan

Monday, September 11

No Events

Tuesday, September 12

Diwali Event Planning Meeting at 8:30 in Parent Center

The Hut Begins!

Wednesday, September 13

No events

Thursday, September 14

Parent Workshop - Harmony at Home Through Better Communication 8:30 Parent Center

Friday, September 15

No Events


September 18 - 29    PTA Membership Drive Begins

September 21           No School - Rosh Hashanah

September 22         *Guys & Kids Night on the Upper Yard 5:30 - 7:00 pm (date change)

September 27          Parent Workshop - Homework Hassles & How to Master Them

September 28        *Coffee With The Principal at 8:30 am in the Parent Center (date change)

October 4                Picture Day

October 6                Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal


The Hut opens on Tuesday!  The Hut is Lanai’s own weekly snack bar with proceeds benefiting the school. Snacks sold include frozen treats, hot pizza, fruit bars, crackers and assorted drinks. The Hut is located outside the office by the lunch tables beginning at 1:40 pm on Tuesdays only.

Lanai Weekly Going Paperless in October - Beginning next month, paper copies of the weekly will no longer be sent home with every student. We encourage everyone to read the weekly via Parent Square or on the website. Copies will be available in the office should you need one.

LoVE Week Has Been Extended!   Thank you to all the families that have already donated to our annual LoVE (Lanai Values Education) drive.  Great news!  LoVE incentive week has been extended to Sept. 15th.  Please donate to our annual LoVE (Lanai Values Education) drive and help keep Lanai on the path to success.  For more info and to donate online, go to

Parent Center Presentations - The Parent Center is excited to host two informative sessions which we hope you will find helpful. Presentations are free and refreshments are served. Please RSVP to Please see Parent Square for more information.

How to Create Harmony at Home through Better Communication by Michele Warner and Carol Nalin of The Parenting Pros. - Thursday, September 14 from 8:30 - 9:30. Many of our Lanai families may be familiar with Michele as she was the Early Childhood Education Director at Valley Beth Shalom.

Mastering Homework Struggles - by Katherine Saltzberg of Love and Leadership Parenting.Wednesday, September 27 from 8:30 - 9:30. Katherine is the first and only certified John Rosemond Leadership Parenting Coach in the Los Angeles Area.

Guys and Kids Night - Calling all fathers and father figures to join your kids for fun games, sports and popsicles with Coach PJ on the upper yard on Friday, September 22nd from 5:30-7:00PM.  This Lanai tradition is a simple and fun way to connect with your kids and their friends at school.

All Volunteers - if you plan on spending any time on campus (in or outside the classroom), a LAUSD Volunteer badge is mandatory.  Please fill out a volunteer application along with your TB results (new volunteers only) or email to roll over last year’s badge (returning volunteers only). Badges take a few weeks to arrive so please use a yellow “visitor” sticker in the meantime and don’t forget to sign in at the office.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection - Lanai’s Student Council is collecting change in support of the the survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Children are encouraged to bring in any loose change which will be collected in each classroom. There is also a collection jar in the school office.  Donations of any amount are appreciated with 100% of the proceeds forwarded to relief efforts.

LAUSD and the DACA Program - LAUSD would like to reaffirm the District’s commitment to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student, in light of the federal government’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  While this program primarily impacts young adults ages 18 - 25, we understand the uncertainty and anxiety that many families, students, and educators may feel.  It remains District policy not to inquire about a student’s or family member’s immigration status for enrollment or educational purposes, and we do not release student records without parental consent or a judicial warrant.  We will continue to create safe spaces where students can flourish and engage in conversations about these critical issues. Please see Parent Square for the link to the official LAUSD Policy letter.