Lanai Weekly: August 20 - 24, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Our first week of school was full of smiles!  It is wonderful seeing 585 happy students hanging out with their friends and loving their new classes and teachers!   They also grew over the summer—it must be the sunshine!  Every year at the opening the school is totally “abuzz” with activity!  I must say this year was very smooth—  all our new students adjusted quickly and there were very few tears in kindergarten!  It takes a village to raise a child and the Lanai village spreads so much love, caring and warmth, that our students thrive from the very first day!

In addition to our new students, we have some new staff you’ll see on campus.  We have a new first grade teacher, Mrs. Byrne, two new music teachers, and six new TAs!  Your child is sure to tell you how awesome they all are!  You’ll learn more about them in upcoming issues of the Lanai Leader.

Just some reminders:  Please follow all parking and driving rules on and around campus—our students’ safety is number one.  Please remember that the parking lot is ONLY for staff during school hours.  It’s always fun to review the Car Safety Video.  You’ll find it on our website, along with additional Lanai information.

I’m looking forward to another great year at Lanai—sharing learning, curiosity and exploration with our students.


Lisa Elan

Monday, August 20
Welcome Week Begins!

Tuesday, August 21
Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

Wednesday, August 22
Volunteer Info and All Parents Team Meeting at 8:30 am, Auditorium
Destination Imagination Information Meeting for Parent and Child - 6pm, Auditorium

Thursday, August 23
Room Parent Orientation for TK, 1st and 2nd - 8:30-10am, Parent Center
Room Parent Orientation for 3rd, 4th and 5th - 1:30 - 2:30, Parent Center

Friday, August 24
Guys Walk Your Kids to School Day!
Spirit Wear sales in front of the school in the morning
English Learner  Advisory Council (ELAC) Orientation Meeting - 1:30 pm, Parent Center
School Site Council (SSC) Orientation Meeting - 1:30 pm, Parent Center

Sunday, August 26
Kinder Picnic - Los Encino State Historic Park (with the duck pond next to Lakeside Cafe)
                         16756 Moorpark St - 9:30 am


August 27 - Sept 7    LoVE Week and Fundraising Drive outside the school gate
August 28                  Back To School Night 5:30 - 7pm - TK, K-2
August 29                  Back to School Night 5:30 - 7pm - Gr. 3 - 5
August 31                   No School - Admissions Day
September 3              No School - Labor Day
September 6              English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) Elections - 8:30 in the PC
September 7              School Site Council (SSC) Elections - 1:30 pm in the Parent Center
September 10            Rosh Hashanah - No School
September 13            Parent Presentation - Revolution Math, 8:30 am in the Parent Center
September 19            Yom Kippur - No School
September 21           Guys & Kids Sports Night, 5:30 -7pm Upper Yard


FOLB is proud to present our first ever Annual Report! Thank you to our prior FOLB President, Diana Struhl, for having the vision and efforts to bring this to fruition! We hope that you will take the time to look through it and read it and see how your donations fund the many different programs, staff, enrichment classes, educational materials and more for our children at Lanai Road Elementary.

Volunteer Sign-Up Day and All Parents TEAM Meeting! - Wednesday, August 22 at 8:30 in the Auditorium.  Lanai LOVES Volunteers!  Please join us at our first TEAM meeting to hear about and sign up for all of the volunteer opportunities available at Lanai. In addition to volunteering inside the classroom, there are many other opportunities that can be done from home or on your own time.  Lanai provides so many wonderful programs to our children, but we cannot do it without your help!

Destination Imagination Information Meeting - Wednesday, August 22 at 6pm in the Auditorium.  Is your child interested in working on a team to come up with creative solutions to challenges? If so, they may be interested in joining Destination Imagination. This fun, hands-on YEAR-LONG program fosters students’ creativity, courage, curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM, fine arts, and service learning. Interested parents and students should attend the info session together as it is a year-long commitment. For more information visit

Guys Walk Your Kids to School Day - Friday, August 24.  Please have a dad or father figure walk your children to school and join our highly successful morning laps program.  Research shows when a father gets involved in a child’s education they perform better, have better grades and have less disciplinary issues.  Flyer is attached.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) members participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the school’s program for English Language Learners.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please attend the ELAC Orientation on Friday, August 24 at 1:30 in the Parent Center.

School Site Council Committee (SSC) - This dynamic group, comprised of parents, teachers and administrators, meets monthly and specifically discusses curriculum and school improvement programs.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please attend the SSC Orientation on Friday, August 24 at 1:30 in the Parent Center.

New Volunteers - You can apply online at: If applying online, you must print out the form, sign and hand it into the office along with your TB results (if a new applicant). Fill only the pertinent info (name, address, emergency contacts). No need to fill in student ID #s.

Returning Volunteers - if you have volunteered in the past, please contact Jody Chow at to roll over your previous application. You may need to update your TB results if it is expiring.  

What’s for snack at the cafeteria this week? View the menu here: (coffee cake is on Friday, August 24!). Please note that the menu is subject to change!

What’s for lunch at the cafeteria this week? View the menu here: (kid’s favorite Oven Fried Drumstick is on Friday, August 24!). Please note that the menu is subject to change.

Need to add to your child’s cafeteria fund?  You can do it online here: