Lanai Weeky: January 22 - 26, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

True blue--Trustworthiness is the word this week at Lanai as our students went to Character Assemblies that demonstrated why keeping your word is important.  Our very talented Character Committee (Ali, Deidre, and Amy) performed 3 skits: the importance of being a responsible pet owner; how you need to be truthful with babysitters when parents are out; and the difference between “tattle-telling” and when to report an issue to an adult. Our students related to the scenarios and participated in the lively discussion after the performances.

If you created a new candy, what would it be:  Rainbow Candies, Taffy Tree, Flying Cake, Twirls?  The third graders were busy selling their candy confections after reading Charlie and Chocolate Factory.  Our students wrote persuasive essays about why you should buy their candy and then presented it as a commercial.  I heard lots of convincing reasons to purchase those new candies—makes you fast and hyper, a favorite of many celebrities, you turn the colors of the rainbow, and they taste great—now if they can develop a calorie-free chocolate bar, I’m sold!

Finally, I saw number sense in action in second grade this week!  Our students were adding two-digit numbers while decomposing one of the two numbers to help the other addend make a 10.  In simpler terms:  If you add 53 + 18 our students decomposed the number 53 to be 51 +2 and gave the 2 to 18 to make 20.  Thus, the new problem is written as 51 + 20 = 71. This understanding and flexibility with numbers is crucial in gaining fluency and later with more complex problems.  

Wishing you a weekend filled with candy, trust and lots of decomposing numbers!  

Lisa Elan

Monday, January 22

No events


Tuesday, January 23

Persian New Year Event Planning Meeting @ 8:30, Parent Center

The Hut (snack bar) is open


Wednesday, January 24

All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee With The Principal @ 8:30, Parent Center

CHP Cyber Safety Presentation for 4th/5th Grade Parents & Children, 6:30 pm Auditorium


Thursday, January 25

1st Buddy Event at Lunch


Friday, January 26

Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

Science Explosion Day

SSC Meeting at 1:30  



January 29       4th Grade Catalina Trip Parent Informational

February 2        Principal's Awards/Lunch with the Principal

February 3        Lanai Road Talent Show - Shows at 11am and 3pm

February 10      Encino 5K Community Run

February 12       Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

February 14       Valentine’s Day

February 14       Character Assembly - Wear Red for Caring

February 15       Lunar New Year Celebration at Morning Assembly

February 19        No School - Presidents Day


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.  Please RSVP to

WANT TO HELP THE HOMELESS???  The third grade Destination Imagination group at Lanai (Anya F, Beyla P, Daniel F, Emily S, Ethan K, Jordyn M, and Seri Y) is working on a project to help the homeless. You can help by donating items.

  • non-used hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)

  • new or gently used clothing and/or shoes.

The donation drive will run January 17 and go until January 31. There will be labeled boxes for the donation items near the office. All the items will be given to LA Family Housing.

There will also be two lemonade stands to raise money. The lemonade stands will be down the hill by the crossing guards on January 19th and the 24th.

LANAI’S 10TH ANNUAL STUFFED TOY DRIVE STARTS NEXT WEEK!  Beginning next week and running until February 9, we will be collecting NEW and NEW-LOOKING stuffed toys for children at Hope Gardens, a transitional living shelter in Sylmar. If possible, please place the toys in a plastic bag to keep them clean and drop them off in the large donation bin outside the office.  

4th GRADE CATALINA TRIP PARENT INFORMATION MEETING - Monday, January 29 at 1:40 pm in the Parent Center. The 4th Grade teachers will be available to discuss and answer any questions parents may have regarding the April 25 - 27 field trip to Catalina Island.  


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.

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 - 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

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:

WHAT IS THE CAFETERIA SERVING THIS WEEK?  Take a look here (menu is subject to change)

NEED TO ADD TO YOUR CHILD’S CAFETERIA FUND?   You can do it online here:


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 - GENERAL HELPER NEEDED! 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.

DIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - We’re looking for a few awesome volunteers to help with Black History Month (February) and Cinco De Mayo (May) events.  Please contact for more information.  


TAFT CHEER SQUAD CHEER CLINIC for Grades K-8.  The Taft Charter High Cheer Squad is holding its 1st annual Cheer Clinic on Saturday, January 27th from 9am to 12pm at Taft High School. All participants will be invited to perform at a Varsity Basketball game halftime show on Wednesday, January 31 (game time is 5:00 pm). Participants will receive a t-shirt and learn a routine. The Clinic is free but space is limited. Applications can be picked up in the Lanai office.