Lanai Weekly: September 10 - 14, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Such a busy week!  Five days packed into four--CPK Night, ELAC and SSC elections, LOVE Fund, Safety and Positive Behavior Committee, after-school enrichment—everything going full force!  Lanai is jumping!

In addition to all those activities, I had the opportunity to visit with first graders and see them working on a writing assignment about community helpers.  First the teachers modeled a brainstorming activity using a circle map as a graphic organizer.  Then the students used the ideas from the class discussion and circle map to generate their first draft of the assignment.  I can’t wait to read their final copy!  As students experience the entire writing process they become confident and effective writers; able to communicate thoughts and ideas to their audience.

I also saw our fifth graders in action in the computer lab.  They were busy developing an “All About Me” page using the tool called Padlet.  The students selected backgrounds and 3-4 cards with text and images that displayed information about themselves.  Then they shared their page with classmates.  I learned that we have some camo-loving, guitar-playing, sprinkle donut-eating, and Mark Twain-reading fifth graders!  Our students are gaining so many skills from the computer lab use and classroom.

Finally, I need to mention again that traffic is a serious problem for our neighbors.  I was contacted several times this week due to complaints that some drivers are not following traffic rules.  One neighbor, who is a doctor told me that his driveway was blocked by a parked car while he was on call and he couldn’t leave for work.  Another neighbor sent me a photograph of a broken mailbox that was hit by a car between 8:00 and 8:40 a.m. and no note was left.  I sincerely hope that our families are gracious and considerate to our neighbors. Lanai has a wonderful reputation in terms of community, academics, arts, activities, enrichment, and character.  Let’s please extend that to our neighbors—especially during drop-off!

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Lisa Elan

Monday, September 10

  • Rosh Hashanah - No School

Tuesday, September 11

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm
  • After School Classes beginning:     Basketball (TK-1st) at the Basketball  Court                                             Viridian Art (all grades), Room 18 & 19                                                       Hip Hop Dance (all Auditorium                                                          Movies by Kids (1st - 5th), Room 24

Wednesday, September 12

  • After School Classes beginning:    Pottery (all grades), lunch                                                                             Creative Tech (K-2nd), Computer Lab                                                     Skateboarding, (TK-2nd) Small Yard                                                     Little Medical School, (1st-5th) Room 24

Thursday, September 13

  • Parent Presentation - Revolution Math & Growth Mindset, 8:30 am in Parent Center
  • After School Classes beginning:     Soccer (TK-3), baseball field                                              Tennis (all grades), small yard                                              Sewing (K-5th), Room 24

Friday, September 14

  • Art Docent Orientation in Parent Center, 8:15 - 10:00
  • After School Classes beginning:     Culinary Kids (all grades), Room 2                                                          Chess (all grades), Science Lab                                                 Skateboarding (3rd-5th), small yard                                                DJ University, (3rd-5th), Room TBC


September 17      Coffee with the Principal/All Parents Team Meeting- 8:30 in the PC
September 18     The “Hut” (after school snack sales) opens for business
September 19      Yom Kippur - No School
September 21      Guys & Kids Sports Night, 5:30 -7pm Upper Yard
September 24      FOLB Board Meeting at 8:30
September 25      Parent Presentation:  Navigating LAUSD’s Magnet School Process
September 26      Character Day - Respect, wear yellow
September 27      Principal’s Awards at 8:15, Auditorium
September 28      Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school
September 28      Lunch with the Principal
October 1 - 31    11th Annual Halloween Costume Drive
October 3             PTA Board Meeting, 8:30
October 8             Lexia Awards
October 8 - 12      Spooktacular ticket sales in front of school
October 11            Picture Day
October 11            Parent Presentation: Student Wellness and the Yes Brain
October 14            Spooktacular Carnival


  • 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.
  • The Lanai Weekly Bulletin will be posted on Parent Square and the Lanai website only from here on. Paper copies will no longer be sent home in backpacks.  Be green and save a tree!

        PARENT PRESENTATIONS (in Parent Center, Room 3)

Thursday, September 13 - Revolution Math & The Growth Mindset, 8:30 - 9:30 am
Growth Mindset provides a framework to help kids get excited about learning math, and get comfortable with the inevitable struggles that are a part of this process.  In this presentation, we’ll discuss why making mistakes is a crucial part of the learning process and how you can provide your child with key experiences to make them more resilient.  Given by Jake Neuberg, Co-Founder of Revolution Prep:

Tuesday, September 25 - Navigating LAUSD’s Magnet School Process, 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.

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


  • LoVE is in the air! Our LoVE drive will be extended for one more week! This will be the last week for you to get the incentives with your donation. Don’t miss out on incentives such as the Paw magnet, Spirit Wear credit, auditorium seats for our winter and spring concerts, reserved seating for kindergarten and/or 5th grade culmination, Gala tickets, and even a V.I.P. reception with Ms. Elan and other staff! We are striving for 100% participation. We spend about $1275 per child at Lanai and are asking for $850 per child donation, however we sincerely appreciate donations of any amount. All kids at Lanai benefit from the curricular enhancements funded by your LoVE donation. 100% of donations are tax deductible and many employers offer corporate matching. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!
  • FOLB Annual Report -


  • The rumors are true…..the Tuesday “HUT” (Snack Sales) will begin on September 18!



  • Help beautification chair address campus needs; communicate with gardener, help institute new projects, weekly garden maintenance (spring kinder families especially)
  • If you have gardening expertise, we need you to get our garden growing!
  • Please email Brad Jensen at for more info.


  • Students participate in this national PTA arts program where they submit works of art based on a set theme and compete for awards at the school level and then PTA national level.
  • Help publicize the contest, collect and assess submissions, judge submissions, set up a gallery at Lanai and ensure that works of art that make it to each round are tracked and submitted properly. Volunteer for several weeks in September-November on your own schedule.
  • Please contact Del at for more info.


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.



  • If you have a 2nd to 5th grader, you can sign them up for Beyond The Bell (after school supervised playground) which will allow you to pick them up later to avoid the traffic/parking congestion. For more information visit: