Lanai Weekly: December 10 - 14, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

The electricity of the holidays are evident at Lanai this week!  Our students made beautiful cards with the help of our art docents.  Those cards will be sent to children and folks in hospitals to make their holidays bright.  I know you will love seeing the cards which will be displayed in the auditorium during the Winter Concerts next week.   Our students have also been rehearsing their songs during music and I know our families will truly enjoy it. In addition, our students had an opportunity to visit an amazing book fair this week!  Books of all types were there - sure to please every child in your family! Reading books to children is one of my favorite things to do - story time here we come!

On another note, I’d like to share some information about bullying with you.  The word, bully, has a lot of weight and emotion tied to it. For good reason.  A child who has been bullied can be fearful of attending school; afraid to use the restroom or eat at lunchtime; avoid playing in areas the “bully” frequents; may not be able to tell others; or feel embarrassed or ashamed. Bullies employ many different types of harassment on his/her targets:  name calling, shaming, laughing, embarrassing, teasing, shunning, or it can be physical such as hitting and kicking. One thing that bullying isn’t, is a one-time event. Thus, if your child comes home and tells you that a child called someone a name; said something mean to your child; or even was physical with your child, that does not usually amount to bullying.  It does mean that “bad behavior or poor choices” ensued and that the matter needs to be dealt with, but not necessarily reached the level of “bullying.”

When a child or parent tells us of a matter they consider bullying or even if it’s just a single, serious issue, we investigate them in the same manner.  All students involved, as well as witnesses and adults who may have seen or heard it are interviewed and statements are taken. Older students often write their own statements.  The statements are reviewed to determine what actually happened. Parents are informed and often meet with administration. Then the students may be brought together to work on repairing the “issue” if that’s possible.  Appropriate consequences and/or resolutions are determined and enacted. Students involved are monitored for a period of time to make sure the situation has settled. If similar issues arise again, the same process begins, with harsher consequences - progressive discipline.  

Certainly, every incident is unique and there is never a one size fits all, cause and effect scenario.  The point I want to drive home is this: We take all issues of student harm seriously - whether it’s physical or emotional.  All students should feel safe at school. Our staff works very hard every day to provide that for your child. There are times when students have conflict with each other - just like adults.  Our job is to help them find appropriate ways to resolve conflict and frustration. And when students do “slip-up” we need to support them, the harmed and the harmer, to understand the effects and the consequences for the choices they made.

As always, I am available to speak with you regarding issues of concern.  Simply email me or call the school. Usually you can expect a reply within 24 hours.  


Lisa Elan

Monday, December 10

  • 3rd Grade Musical Demos:  9:05 AM  Mr. Lavenstein, 10:00 AM  Ms. Rodriguez, 11:30 AM Mrs. Miller, 1:30 PM  Ms. Muffoletto

Tuesday, December 11

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, December 12

  • Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school in the AM

  • Holiday Concert at 8:45 am

  • Holiday Concert at 1:15 pm including Choir and Orchestra

Thursday, December 13

  • Parent Presentation: Understanding the US Education System, 8:30 am Parent Center

Friday, December 14

  • Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm

  • Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school in the morning

  • Holiday Concert at 8:45 am including Choir Performance


Dec 17 - Jan 4 Winter Break - No School

January 7 Back to School from Winter Break

January 7 FOLB Board meeting, 8:30 off campus

January 9 PTA Board Meeting, 8;30 Parent Center

January 16 Character Day - Trustworthiness, wear blue

January 16 TEAM Meeting/Volunteer Sign Up/Coffee With the Principal, 8:30

January 17 ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

January 18 SSC Meeting, 1:30 Parent Center

January 21 Martin Luther King Day - No School

January 24 Parent Presentation: Stress Reduction for Kids

January 25 Student Council Spirit Day - Pajama Day

January 25 Science Explosion and Engineering Day

Jan 28 - Feb 8 Stuffed Toy Donation Drive

January 31 Principal’s Awards, 8:15 Auditorium

February 7 Jazz In Schools Assembly

February 8 School Tour #2

February 9 Talent Show at 11am and 3pm

February 14 Valentine’s Day Class Parties

February 18 President’s Day - No School

February 19 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

February 19 Grandparent’s Game Day

February 21 ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

February 22 SSC Meeting, 1:30 Parent Center

February 23 Lanai’s Annual Gala Party - 6:30 pm, Sportsmen’s Lodge


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.  

Please tie back your hair (girls) - Jane in the office would like to remind parents of girls to tie their hair back when sending them to school.


Understanding the US Educational System - Thursday, December 13 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.  Were you educated outside of the United States?  Are you confused about how the U.S. school system works and how to best support your student?  Please join Robbie Solomon for an information session and discussion to help enlighten you on the American school system structure.  We will discuss public and private primary, secondary and university paths. We will also discuss standardized testing and the impact of honors/Advanced Placement classes in applying to university.

Save the date:  Stress Reduction for Kids - Thursday, January 24 at 8:30. Presented by Johanna Johnston, Lanai’s Wellness Counselor and Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW). More info to follow.


 Our yearly Stuffed Animal Drive is coming up! Hang on to your stuffies that you plan on discarding!  We will be accepting, new and like-new (clean) stuffed toys at the end of January.  Donations will be brought to a local transitional shelter for children.


Save the date!! Our annual gala is around the corner! Lanai Road Havana Nights Gala and Auction will be held at Sportsmen's Lodge on February 23, 2019.

Donations needed! We need donations of all kinds for our auctions. Restaurant and beauty gift cards! Kids stuff! Travel and sports experiences! Contact Katie Halligan any time to arrange a pick up. | 818 720 6670.

Party books needed! Interested in hosting an adult or kid-oriented party? Contact us at or speak to Michelle Douek.

Book your babysitter now for this February 23rd event and get ready for a super fun Cuban-themed night of silent and live auctions, casino tables, dinner, dancing and more all benefitting our amazing neighborhood school!


  • Persian 101 Class - if you have not filled out a Beyond The Bell application form, please do so right away.


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 December:

Lunch Menu for December:


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:


Portola Middle School’s Performing Arts Program Presents:  Beauty & The Beast - directed by Jay Winnick (one of Lanai’s Theater instructors and After School Musical Instructor). Tickets $10, Students (14 & under) $5. Reserved Seating $15.  At Portola Middle School, 19720 Linnet Street, Tarzana. Flyer is attached.

Friday, December 7 at 7pm

Saturday, December 8 at 2pm

Saturday, December 8 at 7pm

Sunday, December 9 at 2pm

Granada Hills Charter - The lottery applications for Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Sixth Grades are now open for the 2019-20 school year. Please click on the link below to apply: Remember to submit your lottery application by 4 p.m. on January 15, 2019!