Lanai Weekly: February 5 - 9, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Lanai’s got talent!  I hope you’re able to come to our annual talent show this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to see a great show!  A little bit of song, a little bit of dance and a lot of fun!  Many thanks to our parents who worked so hard to provide a wonderful experience for our students!

If you walked by the auditorium this week, you would have heard the the magical notes of jazz icon Duke Ellington on the piano, and the scat-tat-tat of vocal giant Ella Fitzgerald. Our music teacher Nicole Rivera, has been hard at work exploring the different musical genres which evolved from African American influence. Our students learned about the formation of “The Blues” in the Deep South to the “Jazz” ensembles of modern day musicians.  Music class is always a treat for our ears (and bodies!)

Traffic was an issue on several days this week and I would like to remind you that drivers may not use the church across the street or Garvin as a means to make a u-turn and enter the drop-off lane.  By doing that, you are putting yourself and others at risk.   Please plan on leaving 5 minutes earlier, or park and walk your children up to school.   In addition, as a reminder, there is no supervision at school until 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop your child off earlier.

Congratulations to our students who earned a Principal, Character, or Lunch with the Principal award at our assembly today!

Have a nice weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, February 5

Donation drives continue (Stuffed Toys, Used Books, Used Clothes, New Toiletries, Box Tops)


Tuesday, February 6

The Hut (snack bar) is open

Go For The Gold Begins


Wednesday, February 7


Thursday, February 8

Homework, Tests &  Stress - Parent & Child Presentation at 6:30 pm, Auditorium\


Friday, February 9

3rd Grade Girl Scout Cookie Sales after school until 3:30pm


Saturday, February 10

Encino Community 5K Run


February 12       Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

February 14       Valentine’s Day

February 14       Character Assembly - Wear Red for Caring

February 15       Lunar New Year Celebration at Morning Assembly

February 19       No School - Presidents Day

February 20      2nd Grade Parent Olsat Test Information Session

February 23      Student Council Spirit Day

February 23       SSC Meeting at 1:30

February 26      5th Grade Colonial New England - Onsite Field Trip

February 27      5th Grade Culmination Photos

March 1              2nd Grade Theater Demos


TALENT SHOW TICKETS ON SALE NOW!  The 13th Annual Lanai Talent Show is on Saturday, February 3rd. There are two shows at 11am and 3pm. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the show. Seating is first come, first serve.

Please email your ticket reservations to

Please email with any other questions.

HOMEWORK, TESTS AND STRESS: HELPING PARENTS AND KIDS DE-STRESS - Join Dr. Salvatore Plasencia, MD from UCLA Health on Thursday, February 8 at 6pm in the Lanai Auditorium to discuss homework and school related stress and anxiety.  This presentation is for both parents and children, particularly families with upper grade children.  Dr. Plasencia is a former school teacher and a pediatrician with an office in Encino.  Please RSVP to

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;

HOST A GALA PARTY!  -  Hosting a party is a great way to make a significant contribution to the school, meet other parents and have a great time while doing so!  Here’s how it works...You pick the type of party you’d like to host.  We have party suggestions on the form, but feel free to use your own ideas!  Feel good about helping the school raise needed funds!  Tip: Get a few parents to co-host with you and share the expense and the fun! Flyer is attached. Fill out the HOST A PARTY SIGN UP SHEET or email Alisa Lippman at

GIVE YOUR LOVE TO LANAI - From January 29 to February 9, give your love for Lanai this Valentine’s Day by donating to Lanai’s annual LoVE (Lanai Values Education) drive.  One more week for our Valentine’s LoVE participation drive and so many classes are close to the 95% participation!  If you haven’t donated to LoVE this school year yet, please show your love for Lanai by donating today!  You can also donate online by going to  Classes with at least 95% participation will get a pizza party and a Valentine treat with Principal Elan and Coach PJ .

DONATIONS OF CANNED DOG FOOD NEEDED - The 5th Grade Destination Imagination Team (DIYs) would like to request donations of canned dog food to benefit homeless pets. Collection date 1/22-1/31

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.

10TH ANNUAL STUFFED TOY DRIVE HAS BEGUN! From now until February 9, we will be collecting NEW and NEW-LOOKING stuffed toys for children at Hope Gardens, a transitional living shelter in Sylmar. If possible, please place the toys in a plastic bag to keep them clean and drop them off in the large donation bin outside the office.  

WE’RE STILL COLLECTING BOX TOPS!  There will be a prize for the class that collects the most!

  • Collect 25 Box Tops per collection sheet (attached) or put them in a small plastic bag or  box.   Be sure to write the classroom number on the sheet or bag. Make sure they’re still valid!
  • Submit classroom collections in one of the collection boxes in the front office or parent center

  • Deadline: Thursday, February 8th, 2018

  • We will deliver Jamba Juice treats to the classroom that collects the most valid Box Tops!

  • There will be a general box in the front office for collections that don’t count towards specific classrooms.

LANAI’S GALA PARTY IS COMING UP!  We hope to see you Saturday, March 17th at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City for Lanai Road Prom Through the Decades. Tickets go on sale in early February! Our live and silent auction fundraiser needs your help! Do you or your family or friends have goods or services that would be great additions to the auction? Do you have personal connections at local restaurants and businesses? Did you receive something over the holidays that you want to re-gift? We are looking for:

Restaurant Gift Certificates

Tickets to sporting events, concerts and TV shows

Hotels, timeshares, miles or hotel points and other travel related items



Autographed memorabilia

Gift certificates for classes, spas and salons

Certificates and merchandise for kids

Meet and greets and set visits


If you would like to make a donation, please fill out the attached form (also available on or pick up copies in the office or Family Center) and return it to us with your donation. If you would like us to pick up the item, please call and schedule a pickup anytime. We will also accept donations before and after school Tuesday, February 13th and Wednesday, February 14th . A receipt will be mailed for all donations received. We kindly request that donations are received on or before February 28, to ensure you are recognized in the event program. Information attached.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Auction Solicitation Chair Katie Elinoff at 818-720- 6670 or

2018 ENCINO COMMUNITY 5K RUN - February 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m at Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue.  Come out and RUN FOR YOUR HEART to support our local Encino elementary schools! DJs will be playing music along the course to get your heart pumping during the race. Whether you are running or walking, fast or slow, join the community and participate in this amazing event!  All proceeds from this “Run-Raiser” will be divided equally among Lanai Road, Hesby Oaks Charter, and Encino Charter. The proceeds will provide essential programs such as art, music, technology, science, P.E. and many more! Questions? Email:  To sign up visit following link:

WHAT IS THE CAFETERIA SERVING THIS WEEK?  Take a look here (menu is subject to change) for the lunch menu

This is what we are serving at recess for snack:

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


ENCINO 5K - Julie Weinstein needs some volunteers to help with the 5K run on February 10. Volunteer times are approximately from 7am to 11am. Please email for information.

BUDDY PROGRAM - Our first Buddy Brunch will take place on February 16th during lunch time.  We need 10 parent volunteers to help with the Buddy Brunch.  Please contact Stacey Luchs at or Suzy Robbins if you would like to help.

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.


A THANK YOU TO ALL - A big thank you to all of our Lanai students for making the holidays brighter for many hospitalized children this year!  Please see the attached thank you note we received from Cards for Hospitalized Kids to see the impact that the cards from your holiday banners made all over the U.S.  The  holiday banners were very impressive this year thanks to our talented kids and the Art Docent Teams that bring them to life.  A big thank you also to the room parents who helped with the display and take down process! (attach card)


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.