Lanai Weekly: January 15 - 19, 2018

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

Downpours, puddles, and raincoats, oh my! The stormy weather couldn’t keep our first week back at school so much fun to visit again with our friends! Our students immersed themselves in reading, math, science, computers, art, music, dance, P.E., theater, and library as the second half of the school year begins.

Technology plays a very big role in our lives. Many of our older students have their own cell phones and bring them to school. As a reminder, student cell phone use during the school day, is prohibited. The phones are to remain in their backpacks with the sound turned off. If, after school, parents need to be contacted, students may use their phones to call home. Texting friends and games on the phone are not permitted at school.

Parents please remember that working the line for morning drop-off is a very serious responsibility. All parents are expected to volunteer when it is their child’s class’ weeks. Even if you do not use the carpool lane, your child is still benefiting from our valet system. All children must cross the parking lot to enter school and need to be protected from vehicle traffic. As a additional reminder, your own children are not allowed to help, nor are they able to come visit you while you’re working the carpool line. These procedures are in place in ensure the safety of all our students as they begin their school day.

Please remember that school is closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Dr. King advanced the civil rights movement and espoused nonviolence as he illuminated the racial inequalities that persisted in our country in the early 1960s. His words still ring true today. Though we have taken many strides in ensuring the rights of all citizens, there is still a lot to be done. I hope you have a chance to discuss with your families the growth we’ve made, as well as the road still ahead.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Tuesday, January 16
No events

Wednesday, January 17
Character Assembly - Wear blue for trustworthiness

Thursday, January 18
No events

Friday, January 19
Principal’s Awards & Lunch with the Principal  


January 24      All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee with The Principal
January 24      Anti-Bullying Presentation for 4th/5th grade Parents/Kids by CHP
January 25      Buddy Event at Lunchtime
January 26      Science Explosion
January 29      4th Grade Catalina Trip Parent Informational
February 2      Principal's Awards/Lunch with the Principal
February 3      Lanai Road Talent Show
February 10    Encino 5K Community Run
February 12    Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly
February 14    Character Assembly - Wear Red for Caring
February 15    Lunar New Year Celebration at Morning Assembly
February 19    No School - Presidents Day



Morning Drop Off Line - The morning traffic line occasionally needs extra help.  So, for the rest of the year if you are walking your kids to up to school and willing to help out for a few minutes, all you have to do is ask the crossing guard – “Do you need an extra volunteer?”.  This is also an excellent way to transition young kids toward independence by saying goodbye at the gate and then volunteering on the traffic line.   Thanks again for helping to keep our kids safe.

Talent Show - Casting Call For Behind The Scenes!
1.)    Looking for a Live Sound Mixer! This person will need to setup the equipment, mic, and mix the talent show participants. You will need to be able to attend tech directly after school on Friday, February 2nd and the show is all day on February  3rd.  We can walk you through the process.
2.)    Looking for a Sound Assistant! This person will be attaching the mics to the kids backstage and working directly with the sound mixer.
3.)    General Helpers! We need help the day of the talent show on February 3rd to help with the bake sale, work backstage and to assist with various needs throughout the day.
Please contact Patricia Agos at for more information.

We hope to see you Saturday, March 17th at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City for Lanai Road Prom Through the Decades. Tickets go on sale in early February! Our live and silent auction fundraiser needs your help! Do you or your family or friends have goods or services that would be great additions to the auction? Do you have personal connections at local restaurants and businesses? Did you receive something over the holidays that you want to re-gift? We are looking for:

Restaurant Gift Certificates
Tickets to sporting events, concerts and TV shows
Hotels, timeshares, miles or hotel points and other travel related items
Autographed memorabilia
Gift certificates for classes, spas and salons
Certificates and merchandise for kids
Meet and greets and set visits

If you would like to make a donation, please fill out the attached form (also available on or pick up copies in the office or Family Center) and return it to us with your donation. If you would like us to pick up the item, please call and schedule a pickup anytime. We will also accept donations before and after school Tuesday, February 13th and Wednesday, February 14th . A receipt will be mailed for all donations received. We kindly request that donations are received on or before February 28, to ensure you are recognized in the event program. A copy of the Solicitation Letter is attached.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Auction Solicitation Chair Katie Elinoff at 818-720- 6670 or

MR. HALLER'S AFTER-SCHOOL CHOIR - We had a FANTASTIC first day of choir classes with Mr. Haller this week! Because the classes were so successful, The Musical Playground has decided to keep registration for BOTH choirs open for just a little while longer! It’s not too late to sign your child up!  Rehearsals run for 14 Wednesdays : January 10th through April 25th (no rehearsals on half days). SIBLING DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Cub Choir (Grades K-1): Wed., 2:45-3:30 pm
Super Spectacular Show Choir (Grades 2-5): Wed., 3:40-4:30pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DIVERSITY EVENTS! - Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the Russian Culture Day and Persian New Year, Israeli Independence Day, Cinco De Mayo and Black History Month events.  Please contact for more information.  The Persian New Year Planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 23.

CHP CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN - Please join us for a dynamic, honest and eye-opening Social Media & Internet Safety presentation led by CHP Public Information Officer Leland Tang on Wednesday, January 24th at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. *** Since officer Tang’s presentation is designed specifically for 4th & 5th grade students, it is not intended for younger siblings to attend.  Thanks for your cooperation.***. Please see Parent Square for the flyer.

2018 ENCINO COMMUNITY 5K RUN - February 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m at Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue.  Come out and RUN FOR YOUR HEART to support our local Encino elementary schools! DJs will be playing music along the course to get your heart pumping during the race. Whether you are running or walking, fast or slow, join the community and participate in this amazing event!  All proceeds from this “Run-Raiser” will be divided equally among Lanai Road, Hesby Oaks Charter, and Encino Charter. The proceeds will provide essential programs such as art, music, technology, science, P.E. and many more! Questions? Email:  To sign up visit following link: