Lanai Weekly: May 21 - 25, 2018

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents,

What an exciting week!  It begun Lexia awards and CPK night on Monday and then onto Tuesday with our wildly, successful Laps for Lanai Fun Run!  The weather was perfect and everyone had a great afternoon! I know this was a different experience for many of our students and families, but the word around school is two thumbs-up!  

Looking forward to next week, all our classrooms are buzzing in preparation for Open House on Tuesday night.  Come for a pizza dinner from 5:00-6:00 and then classroom visits from 6:00-7:00! It is a time to see the terrific work your children have completed throughout the year and a preview of what’s to come.  A fun night for all!

Our State Champions, the 5th Grade DIY (Do It Yo) Destination Imagination team is holding a fundraiser this Saturday, May 19 at Chipotle at 18700 Ventura Blvd from 5pm to 9pm. 50% of the proceeds will go towards the costs associated with traveling to Texas next week for the Global Finals! Lanai is the only LAUSD school attending and will be competing against teams from 45 states and 14 countries.

If you have a chance, please join us for the SEEDs musical theater presentation of “Life After Lanai”--(Is that even possible?)!  There are two shows—Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Lisa Elan

Monday, May 21

  • First Grade Dance Demos (see below for times)


Tuesday, May 22

  • No Hut today

  • Open House 5 - 7pm. Food/Spirit Wear sales 5-6pm, Classrooms open 6-7pm


Wednesday, May 23

  • Student Council Presentations


Thursday, May 24

  • Middle School Prep 101 - Parent/Child Presentation - 6:30 pm Auditorium


Friday, May 25

  • Student Council Spirit Day - Patriot Day (wear red, white and blue!)

  • Teacher/Staff Luncheon 11:30 in Auditorium

  • Student Council Results announced at 2pm

  • Incoming Kinder Playdate, 3pm


May 28         Memorial Day - No School

May 31         Lunch with The Principal

May 31         Kinder Theater Demos

June 1         Principal’s Awards/Lunch with The Principal

June 1         5th Grade Parent/Child Dance, 7pm

June 2         PTA Movie Night, outside on the upper yard

June 4         Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal (no snack at cafeteria, lunch only)

June 4         Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

June 4         5th Gr. vs Staff Basketball at 9am

June 5         Shortened Day - 1:40 pm dismissal

June 5         5th Grade Culmination at 9am

June 6         Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal (no snack at cafeteria, lunch only)

June 6         Perfect Attendance and Presidential Fitness Awards

June 6         5th vs Staff Kickball at 9am

June 7         Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal (no snack at cafeteria, lunch only)

June 7         Last Day of School!

June 7         TK and Kinder Summer Celebration

June 7         5th Grade Bash at 11am

June 7         5th Grade Walk of Honor, 12:55pm


“LIFE AFTER LANAI”- An Original Musical Performance written and directed by Jay Winnick (Mr. Jay). Friday, May 18 at 6pm and Saturday, May 19 at 11 am in the Lanai Auditorium.  Tickets are $4 at the door. Featuring over 40 of your Lanai friends! Presented through Y.E.S. Youth Enrichment Services. Please see Parent Square for the flyer.

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER FOR 5TH GRADE DESTINATION IMAGINATION - Our amazing 5th Grade team, the DIY (Do It Yo) is having a fundraiser at Chipotle at 18700 Ventura Blvd on Saturday, May 19th from 5 - 9pm. 50% of the proceeds will go to help the team travel to Global Finals in Texas next week!  Please see Parent Square for the flyer.

OPEN HOUSE IS TUESDAY, MAY 22 - Doors open at 5pm with food/spirit wear sales for the first hour. Classes open at 6pm. The upper yard will be open for vehicles to drive up and park.  

LAPS 4 LANAI PLEDGE DRIVE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! What a super fun Laps 4 Lanai we had this week! The kids did amazing! And because we met our goal of 95% participation on Coach PJ’s honoring his promise of shaving his head after morning laps on Monday!  Don’t miss it!

Also, the pledge drive has been extended to next Wednesday, May 23rd for those family and friends who didn’t get a chance to make their donations.  We will have our final results then and will post them. The students who are owed prizes will be getting them on Wednesday as well.

Thank you again for your support of Laps 4 Lanai!

FIRST GRADE DANCE DEMOS ON MONDAY, MAY 21 - Schedule is as follows:                   Manolos 8:50 - 9:10, Altman 9:30 - 9:50, Alas 1:25 - 1:45, Royal 2:10 - 2:30

MIDDLE SCHOOL PREP 101 - For Parents and Kids, Thursday, May 24th at 6:30pm.  Come join Parenting with Love Expert, Yvonne Brooks as she discusses the necessary skills that will help your child prepare for and succeed in middle school.  Yvonne will introduce simple and child friendly tools to help them take full responsibility of their time, homework, decisions, friendships and healthy self care.  This presentation is an introduction to Brooks’ summer parenting series which will be held on Saturdays at Pierce College. (More info to follow).  Please RSVP to Jody Chow at Refreshments will be served.

SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT!  Saturday, June 2 outside on the big yard. Fun, new and exciting details to follow.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CAFETERIA:  The last week of school we have 4 minimum days with an early dismissal at 1pm.  Those days are: Monday, June 4, Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7. On those days the cafeteria will not be serving snack at recess.  Only lunch will be available for purchase. Tuesday, June 5 is regular dismissal at 1:40pm. Both snack and lunch will be available for sale on that day.

OFFICE PHONE USE IS FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY: The office would like to remind all parents and students that use of the office phone is for emergencies only.  It is not to be used to arrange playdates, order lunches, or make homework requests. Please secure after school pick-up arrangements with your children before the school day.

SUMMER BRIDGE CLASSES FOR INCOMING TK, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH                       This is a jump start opportunity for students returning to school after a long summer break to review and preview Language Arts and Mathematics for the new school year with a Lanai Educational Staff member.

Classes begin Monday July 30th - Friday August 3rd, $285                                                    Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

SEEDS SUMMER CARE - Seeds Care will be open Monday, June 11th through Friday, June 29th.

SEEDS FALL AFTER SCHOOL  REGISTRATION 2018/19                                                          Seeds will begin registration for the new school year on May 1st.  Space is limited. Please sign up early. There will be a $25.00 early bird registration discount for those who register before July 14th. Register online now.

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE NOW $40 - Yearbook quantities are limited so get your orders in now in case they sell out!  Order forms are in the office. Checks should be made out to “Lanai Student Body”.

OPEN HOUSE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:  On Tuesday, May 22, Lanai will be having our annual Open House from 5-7pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help with food sales. Please contact Sharon Benzvi at

SEEDS SUMMER CARE: Seeds Care will be open Monday, June 11th through Friday, June 29th. Register online now. Summer Care

SEEDS SUMMER BRIDGE CLASSES: 2018/19 Incoming Kinder to 5th Grade at Lanai July 30th through August 3rd. Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm daily. Students will work with a Lanai teacher from each grade level to review/preview Language Arts and Mathematics. Register online now SummerBridge.

SEEDS FALL AFTER SCHOOL:  Seeds will begin registration for the new school year on May 1st. Space is limited. Please sign up early. There will be a $25.00 early bird registration discount for those who register before July 14th. Register online now Annual Registration.

THE APRIL ISSUE OF THE LANAI LEADER IS HERE! See attached PDF or visit our website at:

WHAT’S FOR SNACK AT THE CAFETERIA THIS WEEK? View the menu here :  (Coffee cake is being served 3 times this month! May 11, 15, and 29). Please note that the menu is subject to change! A copy has been attached as well.

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH AT THE CAFETERIA THIS WEEK?  View the menu here:  Please note that the menu is subject to change! A copy has been attached as well.

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


LAPS 4 LANAI - Volunteers needed Tuesday, May 15 after school. Please contact Melissa, Suzy or Kira at

OPEN HOUSE - May 22, 5 -7 pm. Volunteers needed with the food. Please contact Sharon Benzvi at

LOST AND FOUND - Please contact Shauna Green at if you have a few extra minutes while on campus to help organize or donate items.


SUMMER ACADEMIC PROGRAM FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (SAPESS) - June 18 - July 20 at Cal State Northridge. Taught by credentialed teachers, with TAs for every class, this summer program reinforces the Common Core State Standards Creative curriculum touching on Language Arts, Math, Science and Arts and Crafts. $740 for 4 weeks.