Lanai Weekly: November 5 -9, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Halloween week is so exciting for children and our students looked so adorable on Wednesday as they paraded around our campus in the morning! Dorothy, Scarecrow, Unicorns, Zombies, aliens, the Incredibles, Superheroes, athletes, scary creatures, werewolves, and princesses were all here, having fun. Thank you for making sure that they left their candy at home - too much sugar gets in the way of learning!

As of today, your child has completed the first of three grading periods for this year. Next Friday Parent/Teacher conferences will begin. That’s when you will discuss with your child’s teacher how your child is doing academically, work habits/college and career readiness and social/emotional maturity. During the conference, be sure to ask your child’s teacher his/her areas of strength and ways that you can continue support of his/her learning at home.

On Tuesday, November 6th, Lanai’s auditorium will be an official polling place. We anticipate there will be a nice turn out due to the numerous issues on the ballot. We are reserving a few parking spots for voters and so there will be even less spaces available than usual.

Also, you are invited to attend our Veterans Day assembly on the yard on Friday, November 9th at 8:15 a.m. We will be honoring veterans from the Lanai family with a song, a presentation from Student Council and some stories. I know everyone will be moved as we celebrate the men and women who have served our country.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” This is the time of year when freshness and cooler breezes takes hold. The leaves on the tree in front of Lanai boasts lovely red-orange hues while others simply let go of their leaves. This is the start of shorter days, and soup. So remember that we gain an hour on Sunday morning (turn your clocks back one hour); send your child with a sweater or jacket each day (it’s cold in the mornings and afternoons) and put on a big pot of soup (chicken noodle or a hearty vegetable), because it’s fall!  Also, make time to take a walk with your child and search for pinecones and step on the leaves!

Step, crunch, step, crunch!

Lisa Elan

Monday, November 5

  • SEEDS Winter Enrichment class registration opens at 9pm

Tuesday, November 6

  • Midterm Elections - Community Polling Station in Lanai auditorium, please do not park in spots labeled “Voter Parking”.

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, November 7

  • PTA Board meeting (off campus)

Thursday, November 8

  • Harvest of the Month - Pumpkin  **please let the office or your child’s teacher know if your child cannot have pumpkin

  • Principal’s Awards at 8:15 am, auditorium

  • Multicultural Committee Meeting - 2pm, Parent Center

Friday, November 9

  • Early Dismissal today - 1:30 pm

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences begin

  • Veterans Day Event - 8:15 - 8:30 am, Upper Yard followed by coffee reception in library

  • PTA Fall Indoor Movie Night, 6:30 pm in auditorium - wear your PJs, bring your pillow/blanket and a drink


November 1 - 7       Halloween Candy Drive for Operation Gratitude, box inside the office
November 1 - 9      Homeless Veterans Donation Drive - used blankets, pillows, new socks
November 9 - 15    Parent/Teacher conferences
November 12         No School - Veterans Day
November 13         Early Dismissal Tuesday - 1:40 pm
November 14         Character Day - Wear green for responsibility
November 14         Early Dismissal - 1:30 pm
November 15         Student Council Spirit Day - Superhero Day!
November 15         Early Dismissal - 1:30 pm
November 16         Kinder Thanksgiving Event
November 16         Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
November 19 - 23  No School - Thanksgiving Break
November 26        Picture Re-takes
November 26        FOLB Board meeting, 8:30 off campus
November 28        Parent Presentation - Be Smart (Kids, Guns and Safety) - 6:30 pm
November 29        ELAC Meeting, 8:30 in Parent Center
November 30        Buddy Lunch
November 30        SSC Meeting, 1:30 in Parent Center
November 30        SEEDS Musical Theater Performance #1, 6 pm - auditorium
December 1           SEEDS Musical Theater Performance #2, 12 pm - auditorium


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


 The kids have voted and the winner is…….Hotel Transylvania 3!
Get cozy in your PJs, grab your pillow and blanket and bring a drink!  It’s time for our PTA Fall Movie Night. Licorice and popcorn will be provided. Friday, November 9 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Flyer has been attached. 
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. Please let the office know if your child cannot have pumpkin. Below is a recipe for some delicious and healthy pumpkin muffins.

Thank you to those who’ve donated Halloween Costumes! We were able to collect 60 costumes for children living in a local transitional living shelter.

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.

Veterans Day Ceremony -  On Friday, November 9th we will be holding a simple ceremony to celebrate Veterans Day at Lanai from 8:15 - 8:30 in the Upper Yard., followed by a coffee reception for their families in the library. All parents are invited to stay and honor those who have served our country. In addition, we have a collection box outside the office for used blankets, pillows and new socks for homeless vets.


Lanai Leader article submissions wanted!  The November issue of the Lanai Leader is already upon us --- deadline for all photos and submissions is currently November 16.  Suggestions include interviews with staff and teachers, events that have happened in the last month, “behind the scenes” look at events and programs and of course, the “Kids Korner”.


  • New After School Music Classes Coming Soon! The Musical Playground will be offering Rock Star Guitar Classes (Gr. 2 - 5), Piano (TK - 5) and an additional Ukulele class! More information will be posted next week! Stay tuned….

  • SEEDS Winter Enrichment Class Registration will open on Monday, November 5 at 9pm. 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


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 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 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:


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