Lanai Weekly: October 8 - 12, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

We had unicorns and penguins this week when author Jesse Sima came and shared her books with our first and second graders!  During the presentation, she showed some of the illustrations that she drew as a child and talked about the things that inspired her. I know our budding authors loved seeing how books that Jesse read, motivated her to redraw some of the picture - something that all children do!

Our Character theme this month is “Respect”,  and student council put on a very clever skit with judges and respect vignettes. As well as being informative, the skit was super-funny as the four judges were none other than students playing Coach PJ, TA’s: Hannah and Isiah, and Principal Elan!  They were even wearing the proper hats! I know the entire school enjoyed the presentation and will show respect to their peers.

Just a reminder, that birthday parties are lots of fun and everyone loves to attend.  Invitations are not to be delivered at school unless every child in the class is invited.  Also, please remind your child not to discuss parties/events if not everyone was invited.

In addition, if you have a concern regarding how your child is doing academically or socially please contact his/her teacher.  They know your child well and can provide a lot of information as to how he/she is doing. It’s best to let the teacher know you need to meet them through an email or note.  Please know, that teachers are unable to discuss issues or concerns at morning line ups. If after discussing with the teacher, you feel the issue has not been resolved, then please contact me for further support.

Finally, a sad note, Floyd Meyers, a well-loved substitute who worked almost every week at Lanai for over 11 years has passed away. We send our heartfelt love to his family.   

Wishing you a weekend of peace,

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 8

  • Spooktacular ticket sales in front of the school

  • Lexia Awards

Tuesday, October 9

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, October 10

  • PTA Board Meeting at 8:30, Parent Center

Thursday, October 11

  • Picture Day - Please check your child’s folder for the order forms

  • Parent Presentation: Digital Citizenship: Cyber-bullying, Online Predators and more

**Please note the change in topic from Student Wellness and The “Yes” Brain   


Friday, October 12

  • Bring in your Spooktacular bake sale items today!

Sunday, October 14

  • Spooktacular Carnival, 11am - 4pm


October 17        All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With The Principal, 8:30 Parent Center

October 18        Great California Shake-out Earthquake Drill

October 19        School Tour for Prospective Families, 8:45 Parent Center

October 22        FOLB Board Meeting

October 23        Parent Presentation: LAUSD Gifted & Talented Program (GATE), 8:30am

October 24        Author Visit:  Betty Birney

October 25        ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meeting

October 25        Science Explosion & Engineering Day, Gr. 2nd - 5th

October 25        4th Gr. On-site Field Trip - Chumash Visit

October 26        Science Explosion & Engineering Day, TK/K/1

October 26        SSC (School Site Council) meeting

October 31        Halloween Costume Parade, 8:30


  • 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**

*Please note the topic change for Thursday, October 11 Presentation**

Digital Citizenship: Helping Kids Navigate Through Cyber-bullying, Online Privacy and Finding A Media Balance. Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 in the Parent Center. Drawing from the program, Lanai’s PSW (Psychiatric Social Worker) will be presenting information on how to discuss with our children the digital citizenship skills needed to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life.  Some topics covered will be cyberbullying and online privacy. Given by Johanna Johnston, LAUSD Mental Health. For more information on the Common Sense curriculum, please visit

Meet Portola Middle School - Tuesday, October 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Lanai Auditorium. This event is for parents and students. Portola Principal Jennifer Yoo will present on the variety of programming options available to students. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions.

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    

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


11th Annual Halloween Costume Drive is now 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. Our first drop off to Hope Gardens will be on October 13, just in time for their Fall Harvest party. If possible, make a donation by that day.

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 starting this Monday, October 8 and submissions 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


Lanai’s Annual Spooktacular Bake Sale is right around the corner! Please check the flyer sent home today for the items requested by class. Please, NO NUTS! If you can, all items except cakes should be individually wrapped in a clear plastic bag (if you’re feeling fancy you and the kids can turn this into a fun art project and decorate the bags!  Drop off your donation at school on Friday Oct 12th, or bring to Spooktacular on Sunday Oct 14th. Store bought items only - no home-made goods allowed.

SpOOktacular pre-sale ticket and T-shirt orders will be available for pickup all week before and after school at the table in front. It's not too late to order your tickets and shirts for a discount! Please stop by the table for great deals, and the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a PS4 and other great prizes!!! Prices go up the day of the carnival, Sunday, October 14th, from 11 AM to 4 PM. All proceeds go to Lanai to support our school. And just as a reminder, parents are required to sign up to volunteer for this event, 1 shift per child attending the school. Your kids will love seeing you work the booths to help raise funds for Lanai!

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 hard copy will be sent home to each family next week but you can preview the whole newsletter (in color!) right here (see attached file).


Snack Menu for October:

Lunch Menu for October:

Need to add to your child’s cafeteria fund?   You can do it online here:


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:

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.


LAUSD Unified Enrollment Fair - Learn about the Choices Program! Saturday, October 6, 9am - 12pm. Mulholland Middle School, 17120 Vanowen St. Lake Balboa. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Magnet, Permits with Transportation, Dual Language Education, Schools for Advanced Studies, and Admission Criteria Schools.  Join us for a day of information, schools of choice, on-site application, entertainment and food sales! Flyer is attached.

31st Annual Encino Family Festival - Sunday, October 7 from 10am - 4pm. Ventura Blvd between Balboa and Amestoy. Live music, dance, food trucks, kid’s fun zone, arts and crafts, beverage garden.  Free admission.

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, November 7, 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