Lanai Weekly: February 12 - 16, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Do you realize that your child has been in school for over 100 days?  On Monday our Kindergartners participated in a variety of fun activities, all with the concept of 100 in mind!  They decorated capes, made crazy 100 dot hats, drew what they’d look like in 100 years and were visited by Princess Zero the Hero!  Ask your child how many days left we have of school (180 total).  

February is also Black History Month. At our Monday morning assembly fourth grade student Nicole, read a selection from Dr.  Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech.  We will continue having students share highlights from other important African-Americans throughout the month.  

When is the answer to 3 + 7 x 2, twenty?  When is it seventeen?  Ask your third grader to explain why we use parentheses and its importance.  They are also illustrating and writing equations with parentheses for word problems such as:  Jack has 2 cartons of 6 eggs each.  2 eggs broke.  How many eggs are left? Math questions such as these prepare our students for real-world applications.  After the lesson a student remarked, “I can’t believe how fast math goes!”  

Our fourth graders were involved in awesome language arts activities this week!  Each class focused on a unique way to demonstrate their understanding.   Mrs. Besser’s class was playing student-created board games based on the book, Island of the Blue Dolphins.  Mr. Snyder’s class was busy building slideshows on their Chromebooks about endangered animals based on the book, Hoot.  Mrs.  Bryan’s class was working in pairs designing utopian society posters after reading about them in the book, City of Ember.  There was so much critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in those fun projects!

Finally, is your child missing a blue sweatshirt, green jacket, or pink hoodie?  How about a cool, Spiderman lunchbox?  If so, you should check out our Lost and Found.  It’s amazing how many lost or forgotten items we have.  We are donating the items at the end of each month as we cannot keep up with the amount of clothes and lunchboxes.  Also, lunchboxes are discarded more frequently as the food scraps bring all kinds of unwanted pests.  Having your child’s name boldly on the items will also help.  

I hope to see you at the 5K Run on Saturday!

Lisa Elan

Monday, February 12
4th Gr. Girl Scout cookies sales after school until 3:30pm

Tuesday, February 13
The Hut (snack bar) is open

Wednesday, February 14
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Character Day Assemblies- wear red for Caring
2nd Gr. Girl Scout cookies sales after school until 3:30

Thursday, February 15
Lunar New Year Celebration at morning assembly
1st Grade Assembly - Kid’s World Theater

Friday, February 16
School Tour at 8:45 am
Buddy Event at lunchtime

Enjoy your long weekend!


February 19       No School - Presidents Day
February 20       2nd Grade Parent Olsat Test Info - 8:30 am Parent Center
February 22       Harvest of The Month - Avocados!
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              Parent/Teacher Conferences, dismissal at 1:30
March 1              2nd Grade Theater Demos
March 2             Parent/Teacher Conferences, dismissal at 1:30
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      


2ND GRADE PARENT OLSAT-8 INFORMATION MEETING - In March, 2nd grade students will be participating in the OLSAT Test. 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!

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;

PROM THROUGH THE DECADES - AUCTION AND GALA:  Saturday, March 17 - 6:30 pm to midnight at the Sportsmen's Lodge. Please join us for dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction benefiting Lanai Road Elementary. We will also have blackjack, roulette and craps tables following the silent auction.  Purchase your chips in advance to avoid the lines!  All proceeds benefit Lanai Road Elementary.  Prom attire encouraged!   The link to buy tickets is

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

LANAI GALA NEEDS SILENT AUCTION ITEMS!  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

(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.


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.