Lanai Weekly: March 5 - 9, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

As we’ve begun the last trimester of the 2017-2018 school year, now is the time to reflect with your child the goals we hope they achieve by the end of the school year.  In Kindergarten, is it completing their rainbow words?  First grade, working on mastering long vowel word patterns? Second grade, answering a question in a complete sentence and using details to explain your answer?  Third grade, delving into chapter books and using evidence to explain the story?  Fourth grade, learning the growth of California from multiple points of view? And finally, in fifth grade, investigating abstract concepts and giving voice to our deepest concerns and dreams?  All of these are essential in the education of your child.  But there’s also something else.  

In addition to helping and supporting your child in his/her academic endeavors, please take time to just “be” with your child.  It is crucial for positive growth and development that all children have time with their families.  Whether it be the evening dinner, or just sitting on the couch, please take time each day to devote to just your children and family.  No T.V., no phone, no computers.  Just parent/child/family together. It’s truly the best time!  

Enjoy your weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, March 5


Tuesday, March 6

5th Grade Pali Camp Parent Info - 8:30 in Auditorium

5th Grade Culmination Volunteer Meeting - 9:30 in Parent Center

Harvest of the Month - Avocados

The Hut is open


Wednesday, March 7


Thursday, March 8

Literacy Fair in the Library (TK, Kinder, 1st Gr.)


Friday, March 9

Literacy Fair in the Library (2nd - 5th Gr.)

Persian New Year Event - Final Planning Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

Last day to check Lost and Found items before they are donated

**Remember To Spring Ahead One Hour On Sunday!**


March 11              Spring Forward 1hr

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

March 12             Lexia Awards at morning assembly

March 12             1st Grade Theater Demos

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

March 14             Character Day Assemblies - Wear Orange for Fairness

March 15             Parent Workshop - “Yes” Brain “ How to Cultivate Courage,  Curiosity and      

                            Resilience In Your Child, 8:30 in the Parent Center

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 at Morning Assembly

March 21            3rd Grade Field Trip to California Science Center

March 21            All Parents Team Meeting/Coffee With The Principal, 8:30 Parent Center

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


COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT- Tuesday, March 6.  9am - 11am at Valley Academy of Arts & Science HS (VAAS) 10445 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills. All parents and caregivers are invited to join LDNW Superintendent, Mr. Joseph Nacorda in an informal coffee discussion. Parking is available in the adjacent structure.

PARENT WORKSHOP: THE “YES” BRAIN: HOW TO CULTIVATE COURAGE, CURIOSITY AND RESILIENCE IN YOUR CHILD - Thursday, March 15 at 8:30 am in the Parent Center. When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a “Yes Brain”. Based on the new book by Dr. Dan Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson. Workshop will be given by Johanna Johnston, Lanai’s PSW (Psychiatric Social Work AKA the “Wellness Counselor”). Please RSVP to Refreshments will be provided.

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 March 6!

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.

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!

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!   You can donate online at or drop off your donation in the Main Office.

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:


LITERACY FAIR - TK, Kinder and 1st will be attending on Thursday, March 8. 2nd through 5th Grade will attend on Friday, March 9. If you would like to help out at the event, please sign up using the following link,   

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.

PARENT EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT - “Soundtrack To My Success” United to Support Academic Excellence for African American Students. Taft Charter High School - March 10 from 8:30 - 2:00 pm, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills. Special guest: Shawn Stockman from Boys II Men and Grammy winner will share his experiences with the arts, academics and community. There will be student speakers, performers and parent and student workshops.

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.