Lanai Weekly: October 29 - November 2, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

What can you do with 60 popsicle sticks, painters’ tape and teams of students?  Build a bridge of course!  That’s what all our students did on Thursday and Friday as they experienced our first STEAM/Engineering Design Day with the help of our Science Explosion moms! The lesson actually began last week during library when the students were presented a lesson on engineering.  This week during Science Explosion, the student-teams were told that they must design a bridge that can allow a toy car to pass through as well as support weight. Each group determined the type and supports they needed to build their bridge.  Structural information sheets were given to teams as a reference for potential designs.  It was electric seeing the students work together building their bridges!  At completion, each team tested the bridge’s integrity.  It was amazing to see how well our students worked together, shared ideas and then executed their vision.  I know we have some future engineers and all our students gained insight from this amazing STEAM experience! I can’t wait to see the next amazing event our moms Julie and Juliet have planned for Science Explosion - it’s always a gas!  

Our third and fourth graders were treated to author Betty Birney who has written many books including the Humphrey series.  During her presentation, she told our students that she imagines how the world looks through the character’s eyes.  Thus, when she began writing her Humphrey The Hamster books, she thought about what it would be like to live in a cage in a classroom.  She told the students that she felt that a hamster wouldn’t like being confined, which is why she left the cage unlocked in her books!   Special thanks to Nicole and Katie for bringing another super author to our school!  

On another note, thank you parents for adapting to our concerted effort to clear the campus and begin school promptly at 8:15.  I know a few mornings have been a bit hectic, but a smoother and timely start of the school day sets the tone for learning the whole day!  

Finally, congratulations to the students who earned their first Perfect Attendance hang tag for the month of August at our morning assembly!  This Monday, perfect attendance awards for the month of September will be presented.  Each month features a different design and I know our students will love collecting them!  
Wishing you a weekend of exploring bridges and books!

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 29

  • Last week for Halloween Costume Drive!

Tuesday, October 30

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, October 31

  • Halloween Costume Parade

Thursday, November 1

  • Halloween Candy Donations for Operation Gratitude until November 7

  • Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

Friday, November 2

  • Lunch with the Principal

Sunday, November 4

  • Fall back one hour today!


October 1 - 31        Halloween Costume Drive - donation box outside the office
October 31            Halloween Costume Parade, 8:30
November 1 - 7     Halloween Candy Drive for Operation Gratitude, box inside the office
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 8        Harvest of the Month - Pumpkin
November 9        Veterans Day event at morning assembly, followed by coffee reception
November 12       No School - Veterans Day
November 14       Character Day - Wear green for responsibility


  • 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.

  • Any student with stitches, staples, casts, crutches, etc must visit the school nurse as soon as they return to school.  A doctor’s note is required in order to return to the classroom.


**Refreshments will be provided at all events**

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 to if you plan to attend any of the Lanai hosted presentations.


Firefighter Donations - Lanai Student Council is organizing a drive to collect treats & drinks for the local firefighters at Station 83 on Balboa Blvd.  Let’s show our firefighters how much the Lanai Lions appreciate everything they do!!!!!!!  Donation suggestions include Gatorade, water, store purchased baked goods & nuts. (No home baked). All donations must be dropped off in Mrs. Tew’s class in Room 15.  Drop off October 29 - November 2nd.  Student Council will be delivering the donations on behalf of Lanai.
Harvest of the Month - Pumpkin! Rust colored leaves, chilly mornings and Thanksgiving right around the corner can only mean one thing… Fall is here!  With Fall season in effect we are featuring a quintessential fall fruit, the pumpkin, for Harvest of the Month. Your kids will love a tasting of pumpkin pie during their recess on November 8th. Also below is a recipe for some delicious and healthy pumpkin muffins.

The final Boxtops count is in! During the fall collection drive, Lanai students and families collected Box tops worth $389! Thank you to everyone who participated. This cash for our school will help us fund wonderful programs like Music and PE Teacher, Computer Lab, Art and Drama Programs and much more. Please continue to collect Box tops. There will be another collection drive in February.

11th Annual Halloween Costume Drive is still collecting donations!  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

The Reflections Art Contest is still taking submissions. They are due to the office by Monday, October 29. Applications can be found 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:


Persian 101 Language and Culture Class - Beginning Tuesday, October 30, Lanai will be offering Persian 101 Language and Culture classes after school from 1:50 to 2:50 pm until the end of the school year.  This is a collaboration between LAUSD, Beyond The Bell and the Farhang Foundation.  Class is free and open to all students in grades 2 to 5.  To register, please fill out and drop off the Beyond The Bell application form in the office. Form is attached on Parent Square or can be found in the school office


  • 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 November: (coffee cake day is on November 9!)

    Lunch Menu for November: (oven fried chicken drumstick day is November 6!)


  • Preparing for a Potential Strike: LAUSD Family Resource Guide - LAUSD has prepared this informational guide for all families.  Guide can be found on Parent Square (MIPR Family Resource Guide).

  • 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 due date is November 9.  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:

  • 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