Lanai Weekly: April 9 - 13, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Spring…a time for jump ropes, counting coins, illustrating Earth Day pictures and boat races! Did you know that there is a proper form in handling and turning the rope when jumping? Coach PJ was busy teaching our primary students and they can show you! They also played a fun running game called “Islands” whereby if an island has 3 people on it, the third child has to run to another safe island with only 2 people. It’s a fast and fun game that the students loved! Our first graders are busy counting and learning coins. Even though we don’t use them as often, I know our students will use them wisely! Our second graders were busy illustrating their drawings with our art docents for Earth Day. Fish, land, sea, mountains and sky enveloped in the earth and painted in vibrant watercolors. The art is lovely!

Finally, what can you do with origami boats, rain gutters and fourth graders? Have a Rain Gutter Regatta of course! That’s what many of our fourth graders experienced this week. Each student made an origami boat and then raced it against other classmates down a rain gutter! During the lesson, students talked about the variables including: water variance, the differences in the boat folds, wind force, and gutter placement. Surprisingly, the copy paper we used was fairly water resistant and the boats held up nicely even in repeated contests. Our fourth graders are great mariners and hopefully will come and show-off their boat-making skills at the Taft Explo next Thursday, April 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition to a Rain Gutter Regatta, there will be sports activities, rocket launching, a fashion and art show, drum circles, make-it booths, food trucks and much more! Our chorus will be performing at 6:15 p.m.! Please join us -- wear your Lanai shirts -- have fun -- prizes for all students who attend!

Finally, wishing our Destination Imagination Teams:  3rd grade--DI Diamonds and 5th grade team--DIY’s the best of luck at State in Fresno this weekend!  


Lisa Elan

Monday, April 9
Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

Tuesday, April 10
The Hut is Open

Wednesday, April 11

Thursday, April 12
Recycled Art Submissions due at drop off
2nd Grade Field Trip - Tree People
4th Grade On-site Field Trip - Gold Rush in Mission Garden
Taft Explo-fest, 5pm at Taft High School


Friday, April 13                                                                                                                          Buddy Event at Lunch
Earth Day Museum/ Recycled Art Contest in Auditorium


April 16           Recycled Art Contest Winners announced at morning assembly
April 16           Laps Awards
April 17           Israeli Independence Day Event
April 18          TK/Kinder Field Trip - Underwood Farms
April 18          5th Grade Panoramic Photo
April 19          Magic Music Days - Informance - Kinder, 1st, 2nd, Orchestra, Chorale
April 20         Magic Music Days - Informance - TK, 3rd, 4th, 5th
April 25 - 27      4th Grade Catalina Trip
April 27         Lanai Leader articles due
April 27         SSC Meeting at 1:30, Parent Center
April 30 -      Teacher/Staff appreciation week and Mitzvah Week of Giving
May 4
May 1             School Applications now available
May 1             Volunteer Tea, 11:30 - 1:30 in Auditorium
May 2            Character Assemblies - wear purple for citizenship
May 3            Buddy Event at lunch
May 4            Cinco De Mayo Celebration at morning assembly
May 4            Staff Lunch, auditorium 11:30 - 2:30
May 7-9         5th Grade Goes To Pali Camp
May 10           Student Council Interviews
May 11            Principals Awards
May 14           CPK Fundraiser All Day
May 14           Lexia Awards at Morning Recess
May 16           All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With The Principal


POST AUCTION BIDDING - Don¹t forget to check out Lanai¹s Post Auction offerings at www.biddingforgood/lanairoad. This is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for fun products and services, and so much more are still available! Bidding closes at 5:30pm, Monday, April 9th. Buy your party slots and get your bids in!

TAFT EXPLO-FEST IS THIS WEEK! Lanai Road will be a featured school at this showcase hosted by Taft High School in Woodland Hills.  Come and watch our talented Chorale group perform or take part in our “Raingutter Regatta”!  Other featured schools include 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. Bring back proof of your visit and receive a prize! Please see the attached flyer.

EARTH DAY RECYCLED ART CONTEST - Our annual Recycled Art Contest is coming up on Friday, April 13.  All students are invited to participate and have their art displayed in Lanai's Earth Day Museum!  Art pieces should be dropped off by Thursday, April 12 by 8:15 am.  The museum is open on Friday, April 13 from 8:15 - 3:00 pm. Application form is attached.

MAGIC MUSIC DAYS ARE COMING UP! - Next week, all parents and caregivers are invited to observe an “informance” of our music classes, orchestra and chorale groups.  Led by our amazing teachers, Ms. Nicole Rivera (Music & Movement), Mr. Bill Haller (Chorale) and Ms. Mary Ruth Schuler (Orchestra) , this will give you a glimpse of what our music department has been working on this year. Complete class times will be posted next week. Save the date!

Thursday, April 19 - Orchestra, chorus, Kinder, 1st and 2nd Grades
Friday, April 20 - TK, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

BACK FOR 4 DAYS AND LOST AND FOUND HAS HOW MANY ITEMS ALREADY? We’ve already collected 34 jackets/sweatshirts. That’s 8.5 items a day! Missing your child’s new spring jacket? It might be here!

THE APRIL ISSUE OF THE LANAI LEADER IS ALMOST HERE! See attached PDF. Paper issues will be distributed into backpacks shortly.

(Kid’s favorite: Coffee cake day is April 27!)

(Kid’s favorite: Oven Fried Chicken Drumstick is on April 10 & 18)

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


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.


WHOLE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXPO - Be Prepared To Be Prepared! Hands on Trainings with Preparations, earn FREE emergency preparedness supplies.    United Methodist Church, North Hills on Saturday, April 14th.  REGISTER online:

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.