Lanai Weekly: October 22 - 26, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a chance to attend our biggest and best Spooktacular ever! Super-fun games, spooky decor, slick rides, spectacular prizes and sumptuous snacks all made for a great day for the whole family. Special thanks to the Spook Chairs: Shanna, Faye and Ali! I know they are still tired from the months of preparation, but I can’t wait until next year!

Speaking of Halloween, our second graders were treated to an art docent lesson on pumpkins! First the art docents read a story called The Big Pumpkin, which is actually a retelling of an old folktale. Next, they drew pumpkins, leaves and vines and then added lots of colorful detail. Their artwork sure gets us all in the mood for fall fun!  

Our first graders were busy writing non-fiction pieces on the life cycle of frogs, butterflies and bats. They used graphic organizers to help them plan and prepare their writing. Then they used time-order words to explain what happens first, next, then, later and finally. Those fundamental skills follow our students throughout their writing experiences.

By now I’m sure you’ve had a chance to read the green notice on our attendance policy. You must send a note to school following an illness. If you must take your child to a medical appointment during the day, please bring a doctor’s note upon returning. Please remember that students are expected to attend the entire day of school and that the school day begins at 8:15 each morning. At that time, students are in-class and working. Please make sure that your child is at school by the 8:10 bell so he/she won’t be late. We are promptly closing the gates and not allowing parents onto campus after 8:10 unless they are volunteering.  

Finally, we are happy to announce that Beyond the Bell (our after-school program) is offering a class on Tuesdays for students in grades 2-5 who are interested in learning about Persian culture and how to speak Farsi. A flyer will go home next week with more information. Any Lanai student in grades 2-5 is invited to participate.

Have a lovely weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 22

  • Halloween Costume drive continues this week

  • FOLB Board Meeting

  • Change to cafeteria menu today: Snack is dry cereal served with milk. Lunch is turkey and cheese sandwich.

Tuesday, October 23

  • Parent Presentation - Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) at 8:30, Parent Center

  • TK/Kinder Character Assembly in auditorium, 12:45 - 1:30 pm

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, October 24

  • Gala Committee Kick-Off Meeting, 8:30 - 9:30 Parent Center

  • Betty Birney Author Visit for 3rd/4th Grade, 11 - 11:45 in Auditorium

Thursday, October 25

  • ELAC Meeting at 8:30, Parent Center

  • Science Explosion and Engineering Day for Gr. 2nd - 3rd, auditorium

  • 4th Gr. On-site Field Trip - Chumash Indian, 8:30 - 12:00 Mission Garden


Friday, October 26

  • Student Council Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

  • Science Explosion and Engineering Day for TK/Kinder/1st in classrooms

  • SSC meeting in Parent Center, 1:30 pm


October 31        Halloween Costume Parade, 8:30

November 2        Lunch with the Principal

November 4        Daylight Savings Time - Fall back 1 hr

November 6        Midterm Elections, Community Polling Station in Lanai auditorium

November 8        Principal’s Awards at 8:15, auditorium

November 9        Veterans Day event at morning assembly, followed by coffee reception

November 9 - 16    Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 12        No School - Veterans Day

November 14        Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm   

November 14        Character Day - Wear green for responsibility

November 15        Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm

November 15        Student Council Spirit Day -  Superhero Day!

November 16        Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm

November 16        Kinder Thanksgiving Celebration

November 19 - 23    Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School

November 26        Picture Make-up Day

November 26        FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus

November 28        Be SMART Presentation - Kids, Guns & Safety


  • Bring your own lip balm (BYOLB) - With the varying weather we've had this week, we've had an influx of children coming into the office requesting lip balm for chapped lips.  While we are happy to offer a swab of petroleum jelly from a jar, it is most ideal for those with frequent dry lips to come to school with their own lip balm/chapstick/vaseline.

  • Lunch Boxes and Personal Items - Please remember to put your name on all personal items, particularly lunch boxes being dropped off in the office after the school day starts. If they are not claimed by the student, the office will be unable to identify who it goes to.


**Refreshments will be provided at all events**

LAUSD Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) - Tuesday, October 23 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Parent Center.  Given by Lanai’s GATE coordinator, Brittany Motodani and Robbie Solomon, Community Representative. Topics to be discussed include the recommendation and identification process in various GATE categories, how GATE instruction is handled at Lanai and what to expect at other LAUSD schools and how Lanai’s School for Advanced Studies is part of the overall GATE program.  For more information on LAUSD’s GATE program, please visit    

Be SMART - A Conversation About Kids, Guns and Safety. Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm in the Lanai auditorium - For adults only.  The Be SMART campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks all adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm. For more information visit:

Please RSVP by commenting below if you plan to attend any of the Lanai hosted presentations.


1th Annual Halloween Costume Drive is underway! Do you have an outgrown, pre-owned Halloween costume that you’d like to get rid of?  We are collecting new or gently used costumes for the children of Hope Gardens, a transitional living shelter in Sylmar.  Undamaged costumes and accessories only please. You can put them in a plastic bag to keep them clean. Donation box is located outside the office.

Halloween Candy Give-Back for Operation Gratitude - Need to get rid of the “extra” candy your child brought home after trick or treating?  Lanai is a designated collection center for Halloween Candy which will be given to Operation Gratitude and shipped to military families overseas. The donation bin will be inside the office November 1 - 7.

Is there a military veteran in your family? On Friday, November 9th we will be holding a simple ceremony to celebrate Veterans Day at Lanai. As part of the presentation, we would like to introduce some veterans from the 5 branches of the Armed Services.  If you have a family member who would like to participate, please contact Jody Chow at or leave a comment below.

The Reflections Art Contest will be due to the office by Monday, October 29. The application will be in the Office.  The theme of this year’s contest is “Heroes Around Me”.  The categories for submission are: Dance choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.  For more information the Reflections program, visit


The first issue of the Lanai Leader is here!  Published 5 times a year by Lanai parents, articles and photos are provided by our school community along with information about our corporate  sponsors. One copy of the Lanai Leader was sent home with each family (check your eldest child’s backpack). You can also see the entire issue in color on our website:


Changes to the menu for Monday, October 22 only:  

  • Snack will be dry cereal and milk.

  • Lunch will be turkey and cheese sandwiches.

Outstanding Cafeteria Balance notices have been sent out to families who have negative credit in their child's account.  These notices will be sent out three times a week until the account has been settled.

You can add credit, pay your balance and see your child's cafeteria history online by going to:  You will need your child's school ID (found on their report card or call the school office). Alternately, you can visit the cafeteria in person between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm to pay by cash.

If you have any questions about your child's cafeteria account, please call Aida at (818) 788-4025.  

Snack Menu for October:

Lunch Menu for October:


Preparing for a Potential Strike: LAUSD Family Resource Guide - LAUSD has prepared this informational guide for all families.  Guide has been attached.

Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus - Summer and fall not only bring hot weather to Los Angeles but also mosquitoes. Mosquitoes may carry the West Nile Virus which can cause severe diseases like meningitis (brain infection), encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and limb paralysis. The LA County of Public Health would like you to get more information on the West Nile Virus by visiting:

Free Online Tutoring via LA Public Library and

Connecting with an online tutor is easy and free. You just need a library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Help is available everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for K-12 students and adult learners.  For more information, please visit:

LAUSD E-Choices Brochures are now in! If you’re planning on applying to a magnet school, dual language program or a school for advanced studies (SAS), physical copies of the brochures have arrived in the school office.  You can also download the brochures online at: The due date to submit your E-choices application is November 9.

Enrollment information for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) and Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnet Schools/Centers (GATE) can be found in the attached LAUSD newsletter. The newsletter is also available on the Gifted/Talented Programs website.


Adopt-A-Pet and Meet your Local Station 83 Firefighters - Sunday, November 4th from 1am to 2pm. Fire Station 83, 4960 Balboa Blvd. Take a tour of the fire station, meet your local fire fighter and find your new best friend while you’re there! Hosted by LA Animal Services, Councilmember Paul Koretz and LAFD Operations.

JDRF One Walk - Sunday, November 4th at 8am - Rose Bowl, Pasadena

JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for everyone living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This fun, family–friendly event gives people with T1D, their loved ones, companies and the local community the opportunity to come together, create change and positively impact lives of those living with T1D. Here at Lanai, we have 3 students with T1D who are creating a team to support this cause.  For more information on joining the walk, please visit

LAUSD Facilities Forum in the Valley - Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills. Join LAUSD Board VP Nick Melvoin, the Facilities Services Division and the Local District Northwest in a  forum to discuss the facilities challenges and opportunities in the northwest SFV to ensure our school facilities are 21st century spaces where learning thrives. RSVP at