Lanai Weekly: March 19 - 23, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Area, Hoot, oviparous animals, and a chain of caring was the theme this week.  As I visited classrooms, I witnessed amazing units of study.  Do you know which animals are oviparous?   If not, just ask a TK student.  From the tiniest fish eggs to the largest ostrich egg, our TK’s know so much!  In third grade math, students were determining the area of rectangles that were divided into parts with missing addends.   They used problem solving skills to determine the total length of the sides and then figured the area of each section.  They then added the two sections to find the total area of the rectangle.  It was awesome to see their energy level, understanding and engagement in solving these complex problems.

Does outside appearance determine a person’s character?  Can people be misjudged when others don’t know certain things about their peers?    That’s a question our fourth graders were grappling with as they were discussing the book, Hoot.  In addition to fourth graders talking about the “perception” of others, all our students had the opportunity to create and link a paper chain.  As a symbol of solidarity and show of every student’s commitment to being safe, feeling safe, and caring for others, each child wrote a sentence of affirmation on a colored paper link.  At our assembly on Thursday morning, all the links were connected into a large chain of caring. It was displayed on our fence and then moved to the front of the school for all to see.  I hope you have a chance to view it—it’s wonderful. 

Finally, I hope to see you at the Gala!  The theme, Prom through the Decades, is fantastic. Dress-check; shoes-check; hair appointment-check; corsage-check!

Let’s dance!

Lisa Elan

Monday, March 19
Persian New Year Celebration at Morning Assembly

Tuesday, March 20
The Hut is open
Spirit Wear Sales after school
Grandparents Game Day 1:40 - 3:40 pm at the lunch tables

Wednesday, March 21
3rd Grade Field Trip to California Science Center
All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With The Principal, 8:30 Parent Center

Thursday, March 22
Last day for Lost and Found before it gets packed and donated. 12pm deadline

Friday, March 23
Early Dismissal Day - 1:30 pm
Student Council Spirit Day - College Day!
Go For The Gold Run at 8:30
Go For The Gold Awards at 9:00
Buddy Event at Lunch (rescheduled from March 16)

Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30          Spring Recess - No School


April 2          Cesar Chavez Day - No School
April 3          School Resumes
April 3          CA Special Election/Community Voting Station at Lanai Auditorium, 7am - 8pm
April 5          1st Grade Field Trip - Storybook Theater
April 6          Principal’s Awards/Lunch with the Principal
April 9          Lexia Awards at morning assembly
April 12        2nd Grade Field Trip - Tree People
April 12        4th Grade On-site Field Trip - Gold Rush
April 12        Recycled Art Contest submissions due
April 12        Taft Explo-fest, 5pm
April 13        Earth Day Museum and Recycled Art Contest in Auditorium
April 16        Recycled Art Contest Winners announced at morning assembly
April 16        Laps Awards at morning assembly
April 17        Israeli Independence Day Celebration
April 18        TK/Kinder Field Trip to Underwood Farms
April 18        5th Gr. Panoramic Photo
April 19        Magic Music Days Infor-mance (Orchestra, chorus, K, 1, 2)
April 20       Magic Music Days Infor-mance (TK, 3, 4, 5)


GRANDPARENTS GAME DAY - Game Day with your grandparents or special family friend. Join us on Tuesday, March 20th 1:40 - 3:40 at the Lunch Tables by the Cafeteria. Bring your favorite game, or play with one of the many we have. The Hut will remain open for snacks while you play, and Spirit Wear will be available for sale. We’ll see you there! Flyer is attached.

SPECIAL ELECTION POLLING STATION IN THE LANAI AUDITORIUM - Tuesday, April 3 - Lanai’s auditorium will be used as the community polling station for the Special Election for the 45th Assembly District.  The polling station will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. Please note that there will be reserved parking spaces for the voters in the staff lot and we are asking parents to not park there during polling hours.

LANAI’S EARTH DAY MUSEUM AND RECYCLED ART CONTEST - All students are invited to enter Lanai’s Recycled Art Contest and have their art displayed in Lanai’s Earth Day Museum! Students will have the opportunity to tour the museum on Friday, April 13 and vote for their favorite art.  Prizes will be awarded at morning assembly, Monday, April 16.

WHAT’S FOR SNACK AT THE CAFETERIA THIS WEEK? (Coffee cake day is Wednesday, March 21!)

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH AT THE CAFETERIA THIS WEEK? (Everyone’s favorite, the oven fried chicken drumstick is on Tuesday, March 13!)

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

CINCO DE MAYO  - 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.


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.

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.