Lanai Weekly: November 26 - 30, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Prime, composite, prepositions, character and lots of turkey talk!  For a short week, our students sure did a lot!  This week our fourth graders were working on arrays, factors, and prime and composite numbers.  I watched as our students worked in groups using color counters to form different arrays of 36 - 1 row of 36; 2 rows of 18; 3 rows of 12; 4 rows of 9; and 6 rows of 6.  They then spoke of the factors of 36 and that when determining factors, 4 x 9 is the same as 9 x 4; thus, reverse ordered pairs are counted only once.  The fourth graders went on to discussing prime and composite numbers.  They came up with definitions of prime and composite numbers based on the rules they discovered: composite numbers have at least 3 factors; the number 2 is prime; the number 1 is neither prime nor composite.  They used those rules to determine the prime numbers 1-20.  Ask your fourth grader to list them for you!

On Wednesday, our Student Council presented a “Family Feud” on the character trait of Responsibility.  The students with the help Ali P., wrote, rehearsed and performed a skit which asked the contestants about what responsibility looks like at home and school.  Please take a few minutes to discuss with your child ways they can show responsibility - clear the table; make their own bed; feed the animals; check that their backpack is ready; etc.  Having your child be responsible for his/her own things as well as helping the family provides your child the confidence that he/she is self-reliant.  This is very important as he/she matures and needs to assume greater independence and responsibilities.  

Over, under, behind, between, next to, on, by….and the prepositions go on!  Our kindergarteners were learning many prepositions through turkey talk!  They were completing booklets that have a turkey placed in different locations to highlight prepositions.   In addition, our kindergarteners and their parents enjoyed participating in the classroom celebrations honoring the Thanksgiving holiday.

I’d also like to introduce our new resource teacher, Mrs. Ilene Miles.  She has worked as a resource teacher and substitute in LAUSD schools as well as in another district.  Mrs. Miles is working in classrooms, the resource room, and at IEP meetings.  If your child receives special education services, Mrs.  Miles as well as Ms.  Freeman will be supporting him/her.  Both teachers are very supportive of all our students, thus, other students, not receiving Special Education services, may still benefit from their support in the classrooms as they work with small groups.

Finally, a reminder that we need to be contentious and respectful to our neighbors - especially during drop off and pick up.  One of our neighbors called and was very concerned because he’d witnessed a driver crossing a double yellow line, driving north on Lanai and making an illegal left turn into his driveway and using it as a drop-off zone.  Let’s all be extra careful and model what responsibility looks like when we drive.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!


Lisa Elan

Monday, November 26

  • Picture Re-takes

  • FOLB Board meeting, 8:30 off campus

Tuesday, November 27

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, November 28

  • Parent Presentation - Be Smart (Kids, Guns and Safety) - 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 29
       •   Holiday Boutique Sales at 4184 Lanai Road (across the street from the school), 8am- 3pm

  • ELAC Meeting @ 8:30

Friday, November 30

  • SSC Meeting, 1:30 in Parent Center

  • Buddy Lunch

  • SEEDS Musical Theater Performance #1, 6 pm - auditorium

Saturday, December 1

  • SEEDS Musical Theater Performance #2, 12 pm - auditorium


December 3 - 7    Book Fair in Library
December 5        PTA Board Meeting
December 5        Talent Show Try-outs (TK/K/1st)
December 5        Holiday Pajama Party and Candle Lighting, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
December 6        Principal’s Awards, 8:15 am
December 6        Holiday Staff LUnch
December 6        Talent Show Try-outs (2nd/3rd)
December 7        Student Council Spirit Day - Ugly Sweater Day
December 7        Spirit Wear Sales
December 7        Dudes & Donuts at the Book Fair, 7:15 - 8:15
December 7        Lunch with the Principal
December 10        3rd Grade Musical Theater Demos
December 12        Spirit Wear Sales
December 12        Holiday Concert at 8:45 and 1:00 pm
December 14        Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm
December 14        Holiday Concert at 8:45 am


BYOB: Bring Your Own Lip Balm - With the changing weather, 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.  With all personal items including jackets, lunchboxes and water bottles,  please label it with your child's first and last name so that it could be returned to them if misplaced.  


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: Flyer has been attached. Refreshments will be served.

Our Annual Holiday Music Shows are coming up!  Please note on your calendars that there will be 3 shows this year:   Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45 am and at 1:30 pm.  Friday, December 14 at 8:45.  Please note that all of the shows are the same.


SEEDS MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE - is coming up on November 30 and December 1st. Written and directed by our wonderful theater instructor, Mr. Jay Winnick.  There will be two shows, one on Friday, November 30 at 6pm and another on Saturday, December 1, 2018. More information to come.
It’s almost time for Talent Show tryouts! Do you like to sing, dance, tumble, juggle, read poetry, act, do magic, play an instrument, etc.? Some things to know:
1.) Each child can sign up for ONE act only.
2.) You MUST come to the tryouts with a prepared 2-minute piece that you plan to perform in the show AND with your entire group.
3.) Please make sure your piece is appropriate for an elementary school production.
4.) Talent Show hosts are reserved for 5th graders and chosen from those already auditioning with an act for the show.
5.) Tryouts will be held on Dec 5 -TK, K & 1st/ Dec 6 – 2nd & 3rd / Dec 7th – 4th & 5th. All tryouts will take place in the auditorium.
6.) Go to for updates and to complete a consent form BEFORE tryouts. 7.) The show is on Saturday, February 9, 2019! Contact the talent show team at with any questions. Flyer is attached.
NEEDED: Talent Show Videographer
Are you willing to donate your time and equipment to record our wonderful kids? Do you know a film student who could use the experience or school credit? Please let us know! The show is Saturday Feb 9th. Email
GET READY FOR THE ANNUAL LANAI BOOK FAIR!  Bring your kids, friends, relatives, and neighbors to shop at the annual Lanai Book Fair December 3-7!  All proceeds go towards library books and supplies.  See the attached flier for more information on this year's special events and be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities!

  • Holiday Pajama Party and Candle Lighting on December 5 from 5:30-7:30pm

  • Dudes and Donuts (all welcome), December 7 from 7:15-8:15 am

Book Fair Hours
Monday 12/3: 7:45am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 12/4: 7:45am - 2:30pm
Wednesday 12/5: 7:45am - 3:30pm
Thursday 12/6: 7:45am-3:30pm
Friday 12/7: 7:15am-1pm


Holiday Boutique! We are trying something new this year...A holiday boutique to benefit our school! We will have vendors selling jewelry, stationary, children and adult clothing, candles, athletic wear, beauty products, healing products, home goods and handbags.  See attached invite.

Please mark your calendar and come by anytime throughout the day.  A perfect spot to buy holiday gifts while supporting your favorite school.  House is located right across the street from Lanai for convenience.

Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 8am - 3pm
Address: 4184 Lanai Road

See you there! Please pass this along and spread the word!


  • New After School Music Classes Are Here! The Musical Playground is now offering Rock Star Guitar Classes (Gr. 2 - 5), Piano (TK - 5) and an additional Ukulele class! More information, please visit

  • SEEDS Winter Enrichment Class Registration is now open! Please visit the website for class descriptions, times and enrollment information.

  • Persian 101 Language and Culture class has begun.  We currently have 2 sessions running:  one from 1:50 - 2:40 (currently full) and the second from 2:55 to 3:45 (limited enrollment)  For more information, please contact


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: 

Lunch Menu for November: 


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

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 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