Lanai Weekly:  September 24 - 28, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Did you know that every school which receives federal money needs to provide curriculum based on the Constitution every year?   All schools in LAUSD receive money and thus all schools must provide lessons on our fundamental principles. This week, our Kindergarteners became experts on the Constitution!  They visited all the Kinder and TK classrooms for different lessons on the Constitution in each class. In one, they made USA medallions, another tricolor hats, a third completed booklets, another drew American symbols, and finally, they recited their own classroom charter.   In room 4 as one of the student groups were looking at a drawing of the Statue of Liberty, Mrs. Altman asked the students who they thought she was. One girl said a “princess,” another said, “the Little Mermaid,” and another said a “fairy godmother.” The teacher then gave the students some clues—she’s green, a gift from France, and is a welcoming symbol to all.   Finally, when she showed a photograph of Liberty, several students knew it was the Statue of Liberty!

On Thursday, our third and fourth graders attended an assembly presented by LAUSD School Police on being safe and getting along with others.  One of the ideas presented was that threats matter and are taken seriously—thus, children should not make idle threats.  Also, they were told to tell an adult if they hear someone else make a threat.  Other topics covered included line and cafeteria etiquette as well as what to do in a “lockdown” and earthquake.  It was evident during the assembly that Lanai students really know and practice good citizenship and what to do in the event of an emergency.  The highlight for the students was a visit from PC—an animated, talking police car!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and help your child prepare for a COMPLETE week of school!  We have many 5-day full weeks of school until Veterans’ Day. Your child should be at school each of those days (unless he/she is ill).  Every day counts, and perfect attendance will be recognized during our assemblies on a monthly basis! More information to follow.

Our students rise, they attend, they matter!  


Lisa Elan

Monday, September 24

  • Box Tops Donation drive continues!

  • FOLB Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 25

  • Parent Presentation - Navigating LAUSD/Magnets & Charters, 8:30 Parent Center

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The “Hut” (after school snack stand) opens at 1:40 pm

Wednesday, September 26

  • Coffee with Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Member, 8am auditorium

Thursday, September 27

  • Spirit Wear sales in the AM

  • Harvest of the Month - Apples and Pomegranates

**Please let the office know if you do not want your child to sample apples and pomegranates**                

Friday, September 28

  • Student Council Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day!

  • Principal’s Awards at 8:15, auditorium, Lunch with the Principal

  • Spirit Wear sales in the PM


October 1 - 31        11th Annual Halloween Costume Drive

October 2        Author Visit - Jesse Sima

October 2        Meet Chaminade Middle School, 7pm in Auditorium, kids welcome

October 3        Character Day - Wear yellow for Respect

October 3        PTA Board Meeting, 8:30

October 4        Box Tops Donation Drive ends today

October 8 - 12        Spooktacular ticket sales in front of school

October 8        Lexia Awards

October 11        Picture Day

October 11        Parent Presentation: Student Wellness and the Yes Brain

October 14        Spooktacular Carnival, 11 am - 4pm

October 17        All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With The Principal, 8:30 Parent Center

October 18        Great California Shake-out Earthquake Drill

October 19        School Tour for Prospective Families, 8:45 Parent Center

October 22        FOLB Board Meeting

October 23        Parent Presentation: LAUSD Gifted and Talented Program (GATE), 8:30

October 24        Author Visit:  Betty Birney

October 25        ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meeting

October 25        Science Explosion & Engineering Day, Gr. 2nd - 5th

October 25        4th Gr. On-site Field Trip - Chumash Visit

October 26        Science Explosion & Engineering Day, TK/K/1

October 26        SSC (School Site Council) meeting

October 31        Halloween Costume Parade, 8:30


Please remember  Lanai’s Traffic Code: PAWS (Park and Walk Safely)

  • Obey all traffic signs (including the no left and no U-turn signs in front of the school)

  • Do not double park or park in red zones

  • Do not block driveways or move trash/recycling cans

  • THERE IS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO PARKING ON MARBRO UNLESS YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PERMIT (this includes just “pulling over to drop off children”)

For Those Using The Drop Off Line:

  • Put your car in park

  • Kids must exit from the passenger side

  • School bags should be in the vehicle with the child and not in the trunk.

  • Do not exit the vehicle while in the drop off lane


  • NO CELLPHONE USE IN THE LINE (that includes texting while driving through)

  • Have you moved out of the Lanai Road school boundaries (temporarily or permanently)?  If so, please contact the Main Office and with your new temporary or permanent address ASAP.  LAUSD policy requires parents to notify the school within 30 days of moving out of the school’s boundaries.  Lanai strives to keep students enrolled at the school, however, failure to report a change of address may result in forfeiting a Continuing Enrollment permit.

  • Any student with stitches, staples, casts, crutches, etc must visit the school nurse as soon as they return to school.  A doctor’s note is required in order to return to the classroom.


**Refreshments will be provided at all events**

  • Navigating LAUSD’s Magnet School Process-Tuesday, September 25  8:30 -9:30 This event is for parents only. We will discuss the magnet school application process, permits and affiliated charters. Parents should attend this session if you are planning to apply for a school through eChoices or if you are not yet familiar with the magnet point system. Given by Robbie Solomon, Lanai’s Community Representative.

  • Coffee Meet and Greet with LAUSD District 4 Board Member, Nick Melvoin - Wednesday, September 26 from 8 - 9am, Auditorium. Mr. Melvoin will discuss the latest LAUSD news and take questions from our parents.

  • Meet Chaminade Middle School - Tuesday, October 2 at 7pm in the auditorium.  This event is for parents and students. Principal Mike Valentine and Associate Director of Admissions will be presenting. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions.

  • Student Wellness and the “Yes” Brain Concepts, Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 am, Parent Center - When facing challenges  and unpleasant tasks, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity, otherwise known as a “No Brain” response. When kids work from a “Yes” Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore.  Given by Johanna Johnston,  Lanai’s PSW (Psychiatric Social Work AKA the “Wellness Counselor”). She is on campus every Thursday working with our students to promote wellness and a balanced mind-set so that the students can succeed at school and at home.

Please RSVP by commenting below if you plan to attend any of the Lanai hosted presentations.


  • It's time to collect Box Tops and earn cash for Lanai!  Please see the attached flyer for details.  There will be Spook prizes!

  • For our first Harvest of the Month for this year we will be featuring two fabulous Fall fruits:  pomegranates and apples. We've all heard "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" and in fact apples do have so many nutrients including fiber and Vitamin C. Pomegranates are also super healthy for us because they have high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and healing properties which make it ideal for cleansing the body. We can't wait for you all to try these delicious fruits in a tangy and sweet salad that we made for our Lanai Lions!


Get ready for a hauntingly good time at our annual SpOOktacular Halloween Carnival, coming up on Sunday, October 14th, from 11 AM to 4 PM! Presale ticket order forms will go out on Monday 9/24, and the winner of this year's Spook shirt design will be announced at the morning assembly. Get your tickets early for a great deal, prices go up the day of the carnival. And just as a reminder, parents are required to sign up to volunteer for this event, 1 shift per child attending the school. Your kids will love seeing you work the booths to help raise funds for Lanai!


  • PTA Campus Beautification/Garden- co chair needed

  • PTA EAC Education Action Committee - chair needed

  • PTA Multicultural Days- chair needed

  • PTA Open House- chair needed

  • PTA Traffic and Safety - scheduler needed

  • Lanai Graphic Design Artist- Help Needed! Experience is a must!

If you are interested in chairing any of committees, please contact Alisa Lippman at or Vanessa Carpenter at


Snack Menu for September:  

Lunch Menu for September:  

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


LAUSD Unified Enrollment Fair - Learn about the Choices Program! Saturday, October 6, 9am - 12pm.. Mulholland Middle School, 17120 Vanowen St. Lake Balboa. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Magnet, Permits with Transportation, Dual Language Education, Schools for Advanced Studies, and Admission Criteria Schools.  Join us for a day of information, schools of choice, on-site application, entertainment and food sales! Flyer is attached.

JDRF One Walk - Sunday, November 4th at 8am - Rose Bowl, Pasadena JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for everyone living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This fun, family–friendly event gives people with T1D, their loved ones, companies and the local community the opportunity to come together, create change and positively impact lives of those living with T1D. Here at Lanai, we have 3 students with T1D who are creating a team to support this cause.  For more information on joining the walk, please visit Pledge envelopes are available to pick up in the office/

Does your child like to dance? Taft is inviting students to be a Taft Dance Team member for a day! Kids in K-8 are invited to join Taft’s first annual dance clinic and performance.  The clinic is on Sunday, September 23 from 9am - 1pm and all participants will perform at the varsity football game halftime on Friday, September 28th.  For more information, please see the attached flyer. Free to all participants and a t-shirt will be provided.