Lanai Weekly: February 19 - 23, 2018

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

This was red week at school:  Valentine’s Day, Character Assembly, Lunar New Year Celebration, a theater visit from Portola, and our Buddy Lunch!   Lanai students were immersed in caring and sharing with others.  We welcomed the Lunar New Year on Thursday.  Our students were treated to a wonderful assembly that included a Taekwondo demonstration and the exciting lion dance performed with two of our students, Evan and Aiden.  During recess, students made fans, tasted yummy noodle dishes, enjoyed a fortune cookie and were treated to a “red envelope” with a candy coin for good luck!  Ask your child which animal year we ushered in.   We truly appreciate our many families who took part in honoring and presenting the Lunar New Year to our students.

Sharing warm and fun experiences with other children was part of our theme this week. On Thursday, our first graders had a special treat.  Theater students from Portola Middle School came and led our first graders in plays that included our students. There were lions, and tigers and trolls, oh my!  Ask your first grader what animal or character they portrayed in the presentation.  And Friday, was all about our Buddies!  Our students met with their buddies for lunch, play time on the yard, and cookies!!! What can be better than hanging out with our terrific Lanai buds?  

On a very serious note, I would like to reaffirm that we practice a safety drill each month:  fire, lockdown, or earthquake.  Our staff is well-prepared and follow our School Safety Plan. Our students practice each month how they need to react in the event of an emergency.  We are mindful of the current climate and are always reviewing and updating procedures.  As always, parents are our partners and are encouraged to participate in our Safety Committee and School Site Council meetings.  And of course, please, if you notice something amiss—let us know!  

Finally, I would like to remind all parents that your child’s attendance at school is crucial for student success.  Please plan trips and appointments during non-school time, as each day absent from school is time away from learning—miss a day, miss a lot.  
Wishing you a wonderful President’s Day weekend.  

Goodbye rooster, hello dog!

Lisa Elan

Monday, February 19
No School - President’s Day

Tuesday, February 20
Olsat-8 2nd Grade Parent Info Meeting - 8:30 Parent Center
Early Dismissal at 1:30
The Hut is open

Wednesday, February 21

Thursday, February 22
Harvest of the Month - Avocados!

Friday, February 23
Student Council Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite Superhero/Supervillain!
SSC Meeting at 1:30 pm

Saturday, February 24
Destination Imagination Regional Tournament


Feb 26 - Mar 2   Parent/Teacher Conference Week
February 26       Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
February 26       5th Grade Colonial New England - Onsite Field Trip
February 27       5th Grade Culmination Photos
February 28       Parent/Teacher Conferences, dismissal at 1:30 pm
March 1              Parent/Teacher Conferences, dismissal at 1:30 pm
March 1              2nd Grade Theater Demos
March 2             Parent/Teacher Conferences, dismissal at 1:30 pm
March 2             Principal’s Awards/Lunch with the Principal
March 2             1st Grade Girl Scout Cookie sales after school until 2:15pm
March 3             Encino Clean-up Day
March 6             5th Grade Pali Camp Parent Info Meeting at 8:30 am, Auditorium


2ND GRADE PARENT OLSAT-8 INFORMATION MEETING - All 2nd grade students will be participating in the OLSAT-8 test in mid-March. Teacher Brittany Motodani will be available to answer questions the parents may have regarding this test. Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 am in the Parent Center. For more information on the test, visit

HARVEST OF THE MONTH:  AVOCADOS! You may be inclined to call it a vegetable, thanks to its green hue and savory taste, but the avocado is technically a fruit. With its delicious and creamy texture, the avocado provides numerous nutritional benefits including improved heart health and healthy skin, eyes and hair. We can’t wait for our kids to enjoy this healthy treat on February 22nd!

CLEAN-UP ENCINO DAY - Saturday, March 3 from 8:00 - 11:00 am. Spend the morning  helping to clean up our community!  Bring your work/garden gloves and wear closed toe shoes. The Encino Chamber of Commerce will provide water for volunteers, trash bags, brooms, rakes and shovels!.  You can organize a group or bring your family and friends. Check in at the Encino Chamber of Commerce at 4933 Balboa Blvd. Students can earn volunteer service hours too! To sign up, follow this link:  Clean-Up Encino sign up page. Flyer is attached.

LANAI ROAD PROM THROUGH THE DECADES is quickly approaching! Ticketing links are on Parent Square, the Us/Auction tab and here: Purchase today!

WE STILL NEED DONATIONS! Do you have a great bottle of $25+ wine collecting dust? We would love to include it in a new “Wine Pull” feature. Restaurants, kid’s stuff, hotels, experiences too, we want it! Contact Katie Elinoff (; 818 720 6670).


Let's celebrate Lanai with live and silent auctions, casino tables, wine pull, dinner, dancing and FUN on March 17th!

MID-SESSION ENROLLMENT FOR CHORALE - Due to overwhelming demand, The Musical Playground and Mr. Haller are opening a mid-session enrollment for Lanai's After-School Choirs! In class, your child will get to sing a little, dance a little, learn a little music theory and have a LOT of fun! Join now and still get 10 weeks of the BEST choir program in town!

10 Wednesdays: Feb. 7-Apr. 25th (no rehearsals on half-days)
Cub Choir (Grades K-1) - Wednesdays, 2:45 - 3:30 pm
**Kindergartners will be picked up from their classrooms and brought to the auditorium for rehearsal.  
Super Spectacular Show Choir (Grades 2-5) - Wednesdays, 3:40 - 4:30 pm
Space is limited and is first-come, first-served!   SIBLING DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Visit for more info and register your child today!
Contact: (818) 383-1025;

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES/I.E.P FAMILIES - LAUSD Division of Special Education will be holding training sessions for parents with children receiving or have been referred to Special Education Services. There will be 2 sessions: Thursday, March 8 and Thursday, March 15 from 9am - 12pm. Although the flyer indicates that the sessions are for those new to the IEP, we encourage all families to attend. Flyer is attached.

BOX TOPS WINTER COLLECTION WINNERS! Thank you to all Lanai families and students for collecting and submitting Box Tops. The final count is still pending. But we have determined the classroom that submitted the most valid Box Tops. Congratulations to room 4 (Mrs. Altman)! They collected a total of 563 Box Tops. Arrangements will be made with the room parent to deliver Jamba Juice treats to the students and teachers of room 4.  There will be another Box Tops drive in October. Keep clipping Box Tops!

(Coffee cake day is Tuesday, February 20!)


NEED TO ADD TO YOUR CHILD’S CAFETERIA FUND?   You can do it online here:

USED BOOK COLLECTION - January 24 - February 23.  Lanai is Joining Taft High School in collecting gently used books for elementary, middle and high schools in need. Collection box is outside the office.


MORNING DROP OFF LINE - The morning traffic line occasionally needs extra help. All you do is ask the crossing guard – “Do you need an extra volunteer?”.  This is also an excellent way to transition young kids toward independence by saying goodbye at the gate and then volunteering on the traffic line.   Thanks again for helping to keep our kids safe.

DIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - We’re looking for a few awesome volunteers to help with Black History Month (February) and Cinco De Mayo (May) events.  Please contact for more information.  

LOST AND FOUND - Please contact Shauna Green at if you have a few extra minutes while on campus to help organize or donate items.


2ND ANNUAL PORTOLA RENAISSANCE FAIRE - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Join us for some enjoyable student centered and family fun events including booth activities and experiments, games and food trucks.   We will be showcasing student performances, student artwork, and interactive educational games and activities. Activities will be 1-5 tickets at each booth, tickets cost $1 each or you can purchase an unlimited activities wristband for $40. Flyer is attached.

SUMMER CAMP FAIR/EXPO EVENT will take place Sunday, April 22 at AC Stelle Middle School in Calabasas. This is a free event where Lanai Road and other San Fernando Valley kids and families can meet representatives from over 50 day camps, overnight camps, art camps, sports camps, acting camps, and every other kind of camp imaginable to ask questions, get brochures and other information, and learn about so many wonderful camp program opportunities for their kids available in L.A. There will also be food, fun, raffles and drawings for free camp sessions, sample activities and demonstrations from participating camps and more. Flyer is attached.