Lanai Weekly: February 26 - March 2, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

What has segments, a head, a tail, a saddle and 5 pairs of hearts?  If you’re unsure, ask your kindergartner!  They have been studying red worms and nightcrawlers in science lab.  The kindergartners had a lot of fun finding the worms in dirt cups and giving them a bath!  Your children are also learning the scientific inquiry and recording process as they enter their observations and sketches in science journals.

Our second graders had a lot of fun in theater this week with Ms. Devon and Oreo cookies! They presented quick commercials in groups of three as to the best way to eat an Oreo.  Some eat the cookie first, others go for the middle, and the rest just pop the whole cookie in their mouth!  No matter your Oreo preference, these theater experiences provide confidence and self-expression for our students while having fun.

Next week is Parent/Teacher conferences and school dismissal is at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Tuesday is regular dismissal at 1:40 p.m.  These conferences are for parents and teachers to discuss the progress of your child.  If your child is earning a “2” in any content area, please make sure you meet and talk about the steps being taken at school and home to support your child’s progress.   

Finally, if you are here after school, you may have noticed Monique from Youth Services.  She is here every day from 2:30-6:00 p.m. (1:30 on Tuesdays) at the gate monitoring folks as they come and pick up their children.  Be sure to say hello to her as she is learning all our families!   

Wishing our third grade and fifth grade Destination Imagination teams good-luck on Saturday at the regional competitions in Redlands, CA.

Enjoy your weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, February 26

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Early dismissal at 1:30 pm

5th Grade On-site Field Trip - Colonial New England


Tuesday, February 27

Parent/Teacher Conferences - dismissal at 1:40 pm

5th Grade Culmination Photos

The Hut is open


Wednesday, February 28

Parent/Teacher Conferences - early dismissal at 1:30 pm


Thursday, March 1

Parent/Teacher Conferences - early dismissal at 1:30 pm

2nd Grade Theater Demos (see below for schedule)


Friday, March 2

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Early dismissal at 1:30

Principal’s Awards/Lunch with the Principal

Girl Scout cookie sales after school until 2:15 pm - 1st Grade


Saturday, March 3

Clean-up Encino (flyer attached)



March 6         5th Grade Pali Camp Parent Info Meeting at 8:30 am, Auditorium

March 8-9      Literacy Fair in the Library

March 9         Persian New Year  - final planning meeting, 8:30 in Parent Center

March 11         Spring Forward 1hr

March 12 - 16  Gala Pick-A-Ticket Sales in front of the school

March 12         Lexia Awards at assembly

March 14-15    Olsat-8 Testing for 2nd Grade

March 14        Character Day Assemblies

March 16        Buddy Event at Lunch

March 16        CA Physical Fitness Testing

March 16        Gala Spirit Day

March 17        Lanai Gala - Prom Through The Decades, 6:30 pm Sportsman’s Lodge

March 19        Persian New Year Celebration

March 21        3rd Grade Field Trip to California Science Center

March 21        All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee With The Principal

March 23       Early Dismissal day - 1:30 pm

March 23       Student Council Spirit Day

March 23       Go For The Gold Run & Awards

March 26 - 30     Spring Break - No School

April 3          School Resumes


2ND GRADE THEATER DEMOS - Thursday, March 1 in auditorium

9:00 - 9:20 am - Mrs. Bell

10:00 - 10:20 am  -  Mrs. Colon

11:40 - 12:00 pm - Mrs. Fulford

1:10 - 1:30 pm - Mrs. Stephans

For more information, contact Devon Odessa at

FOLB LOVE DRIVE - Thank you to all our families who have donated to FOLB’s annual LoVE (Lanai Values Education) drive.  Congratulations to Mrs. Alas, Mrs. Kim, and Mrs. Royal’s classes that achieved 95% participation!  Way to go!  And congratulations to our two runner up classes at 92% participation – Mrs. Penuela and Mrs. Rodriguez’s classes!  For those that haven’t donated to LoVE this school year, there’s still time to donate before the Feb. 28 deadline to have your name on our annual banner.   You can donate online at or drop off your donation in the Main Office.

ANNUAL BUDGET SURVEY - Thank you to everyone who has completed FOLB’s annual budget survey.  We are extending the deadline to Wednesday March 1 so that we can hear from all our families at Lanai.  Your input is important to us because your feedback will help us set an amazing budget for next school year!  It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey.

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.

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 9 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!



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


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.

ISRAELI CULTURE DAY - Volunteers Needed For The Planning Committee. Please email

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.

TAFT EXPLO-COMPLEX - April 12 from 5 - 8pm, at Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills.  A showcase of our community of schools including Lanai Road, Calvert, Encino, Nestle, Wilbur, Serrania and Woodland Hills Elementary.  Middle schools will include Portola, Woodland Hills Academy. High schools will be Taft and Thoreau Continuation School. Flyer 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.