Lanai Weekly: October 1 - 5, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

One of the most important things children learn at school is how to get along with others.  They learn self-control, self-regulation, taking turns, wait-time, keeping hands to yourself, problem solving, sharing, not always getting what you want, using appropriate language, and being respectful to others - even if they are not your friend.   We have many ways that these social principles are learned.  Many occur naturally in the classroom and on the playground—waiting your turn, sharing materials and using play equipment fairly in games. Other times, children need support in learning how to interact appropriately with their peers.  It can be as simple as a kindergartner giving the ultimate offense - I’m not inviting you to my birthday party - to the more sophisticated actions which include excluding classmates from activities or groups.  These are normal and a common part of growing up and learning how to be a respectful, caring and considerate person.

Our Character Counts program is headed by one of our parents, Alison Perdigao, with support from teachers.  She will be visiting classrooms along with Ms. Freeman as they present scenarios, books, and discussions based on the character trait of the month.  October is yellow for Respect.  I know our students will enjoy the visits and put to use the positive tools they will learn from these visits.

We also have a PSW (psychiatric social worker), Mrs.  Johanna Johnson, who visits our school every Thursday and works in classrooms and helps students develop positive relationships with peers.  At times, she will work with individual children as well as groups of students dealing with similar issues.  If Mrs.  Johnson is working with a child on a consistent basis, she will contact the parent for permission.

Being in public school is the best place for children to meet all kinds of people—some like us, some not.  When students are with diverse people they learn tolerance, understanding, and awareness of another’s feelings.  Whether the issue is not allowing other children to go down the slide, becoming physical, or saying hurtful things, by opening up conversations through the support of teachers, staff, and parents, we can all learn better ways to get along with each other—it all begins in elementary school.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 1

  • Box Tops Donation drive continues!

  • 11th Annual Halloween Costume Drive begins! Collection box outside the office.

Tuesday, October 2

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

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

  • Author Visit for 1st/2nd Grades - Jesse Sima, 11 - 11:45 am, auditorium

  • Meet Chaminade Middle School, 7pm auditorium

Wednesday, October 3

  • Character Day - Wear yellow for respect.

Thursday, October 4

  • Box Tops donation drive ends today.

Friday, October 5

  • No events


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, 11am - 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


Label Lunch Boxes and Personal Items - Please remember to put your name on all personal items, particularly lunch boxes being dropped off in the office after the school day starts. If they are not claimed by the student, the office will be unable to identify who it goes to.

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)

  • 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**

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.

Meet Portola Middle School - Tuesday, October 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Lanai Auditorium. This event is for parents and students. Portola Principal Jennifer Yoo will present on the variety of programming options available to students. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions.

LAUSD Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) - Tuesday, October 23 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Parent Center.  Given by Lanai’s GATE coordinator, Brittany Motodani and Robbie Solomon, Community Representative. Topics to be discussed include the recommendation and identification process in various GATE categories, how GATE instruction is handled at Lanai and what to expect at other LAUSD schools and how Lanai’s School for Advanced Studies is part of the overall GATE program.  For more information on LAUSD’s GATE program, please visit    

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


  • Box Top Collection Drive is almost over! You can drop off Box Tops in the Parent Center or in the school office. There will be Spook prizes for the student who brings in the most Box Tops!  You can use the attached form or just put them in a baggie with your child’s name and class information.

  • 11th Annual Halloween Costume drive is now beginning and will run all month!  Bring in your new or gently used Halloween costume and drop it in the donation bin outside of the office.  Make sure you put it in a bag to keep it clean! Nothing dirty or damaged please.  All donations will be given to Hope Gardens, a transitional living shelter for families in Sylmar. 


The SpOOktacular Halloween Carnival is just around the corner on Sunday, October 14th, from 11 AM to 4 PM!   Presale ticket order forms are due by Friday, October 5th. Get your tickets early for a great deal, prices go up the day of the carnival. All proceeds go to Lanai to support our school.  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 October:

Lunch Menu for October:

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


Enrollment information for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) and Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnet Schools/Centers (GATE) can be found in the attached LAUSD newsletter. The newsletter is also available on the Gifted/Talented Programs website.


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.

31st Annual Encino Family Festival - Sunday, October 7 from 10am - 4pm. Ventura Blvd between Balboa and Amestoy. Live music, dance, food trucks, kid’s fun zone, arts and crafts, beverage garden.  Free admission.

Adopt-A-Pet and Meet your Local Station 83 Firefighters - Sunday, November 4th from 1pm to 2pm. Fire Station 83, 4960 Balboa Blvd. Take a tour of the fire station, meet your local fire fighter and find your new best friend while you’re there! Hosted by LA Animal Services, Councilmember Paul Koretz and LAFD Operations.

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

LAUSD Facilities Forum in the Valley - Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills. Join LAUSD Board VP Nick Melvoin, the Facilities Services Division and the Local District Northwest in a  forum to discuss the facilities challenges and opportunities in the northwest SFV to ensure our school facilities are 21st century spaces where learning thrives. RSVP at