Lanai Weekly: January 14 - 18, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! This first week back at school has been filled with lots of twists and turns with the negotiations between LAUSD and UTLA. Hopefully it will be resolved quickly. At this time, the teachers’ strike will begin on Monday, but I am still hopeful that the parties will come to terms. In the meantime, parents have asked, “How do I explain this to my child?” This is an opportunity to explain to students that this is the heart of American democracy and workers’ rights. We are fortunate to live in a country that allows people to voice their opinions and dissatisfaction and try to make things better. Our students can understand that teachers are passionate about finding ways to improve education for all children in LAUSD.

Onto more exciting stuff! Our kindergartners were very busy in music class learning how to read notes, making fruit salad music with boom-whackers, and identifying the musical scale with points on their body! In science, our second graders were learning about force, axis and balance as they explored and designed spinners using straws and discs. Ask your second grader what he/she did to make the spinner work. In addition, at our school assembly, students with perfect attendance for December were awarded their tags and our Lexia students were provided their certificates!

I know 2019 is going to be a great year. On Monday, I visited every classroom to say welcome back to all our students. In a first-grade class, as we were talking about their holidays and how nice it is to be back at school; one boy said, “I love school. It’s like a big playdate!” That’s the energy and enthusiasm that our students have and why the teachers and staff love Lanai.

Please join me in sending lots of good energy to the folks who have important decisions to make.


Lisa Elan

In the event of a STRIKE:

  • The school and office will be open as usual.

  • No Intervention, Lexia Lions

  • No After School Enrichment Classes (SEEDS, Musical Playground, Persian 101)

  • No Talent Show rehearsals

  • YS and Beyond the Bell will be operating as usual

  • SEEDS After school care will be operating as usual

In the event that there is NO STRIKE:

Monday, January 14

  • After school enrichment classes are on (Hip Hop, Science, Ukulele, Creative Tech, Basketball)

Tuesday, January 15

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open

  • After school enrichment classes are on (Orchestra, Movies by Kids, Piano, Viridian Art, Basketball, Persian 101)

Wednesday, January 16

  • All Parent Team Meeting/Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 am Parent Center

  • After school enrichment classes on (Little Med School, Pottery, Skateboarding, Baseball, Guitar, Choir)

Thursday, January 17

  • ELAC Meeting at 8:30 am, Parent Center

  • SSC Meeting at 1:30 pm, Parent Center

  • After school enrichment classes on (Sewing, Tennis, Creative Tech, Soccer)

  • Talent Show rehearsals after school

Friday, January 18

  • After school enrichment classes on (Culinary Kids, Chess, DJ University, Skateboarding)

  • Talent Show rehearsals after school


January 21        Martin Luther King Day - No School

January 22        Go For The Gold Begins (4th/5th Gr)

January 24        Science Explosion and Engineering Day

January 25        Student Council Spirit Day - Pajama Day

Jan 28 - Feb 8     Stuffed Toy Donation Drive

January 31        Principal’s Awards, 8:15 Auditorium

February 1        Field Trip to Placerita Canyon (2nd Gr: Bell/Stephans)

February 1        Lunch with the Principal

February 4        FOLB Board Meeting

February 5        Lunar New Year Celebration at morning assembly

February 7        Jazz In Schools Assembly

February 7        Parent Presentation:, 8:30 am Parent Center

February 7        Parent Presentation:, 6:30 pm Auditorium

February 8        School Tour #2

February 9        Talent Show at 11am and 3pm

February 14        Valentine’s Day Class Parties

February 14        Field Trip to Placerita Canyon (2nd Gr: Fulford/Colon)

February 18        President’s Day - No School

February 19        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

February 19        Grandparent’s Game Day after school

February 21        ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

February 22        SSC Meeting, 1:30 Parent Center

February 23        Lanai’s Annual Gala Party - 6:30 pm, Sportsmen’s Lodge

February 25 - Mar 1    Parent/Teacher Conference Week

February 28 -Mar 1    Literacy Fair in the Library

February 28        Principal’s Awards

March 1        Lunch with the Principal

March 1        Spirit Wear Sales in the front of the school


The rainy season is here! Please send your child with a warm jacket and long pants!  If your child is coming to school with rain boots, please also pack a pair of athletic shoes for them to change into. Extra socks and pants come in handy for those kids who like to jump into puddles. Always put your child’s name on their items, particularly jackets and sweaters!  Our Lost and Found is a busy place!

BYOB: Bring Your Own Lip Balm - With the changing weather, we've had an influx of children coming into the office requesting lip balm for chapped lips.  While we are happy to offer a swab of petroleum jelly from a jar, it is most ideal for those with frequent dry lips to come to school with their own lip balm/chapstick/vaseline.  With all personal items including jackets, lunchboxes and water bottles, please label it with your child's first and last name so that it could be returned to them if misplaced.  

Please tie back your hair (girls) - Jane in the office would like to remind parents of girls to tie their hair back when sending them to school.


POST-PONED - Understanding the US Educational System -  Were you educated outside of the United States?  Are you confused about how the U.S. school system works and how to best support your student?  Please join Robbie Solomon for an information session and discussion to help enlighten you on the American school system structure.  We will discuss public and private primary, secondary and university paths. We will also discuss standardized testing and the impact of honors/Advanced Placement classes in applying to university.


 Our yearly Stuffed Animal Drive is coming up! Hang on to your stuffies that you plan on discarding!  We will be accepting, new and like-new (clean) stuffed toys at the end of January.  Donations will be brought to a local transitional shelter for children.


Donations Needed - pre-owned leggings (girls) and sweat pants (boys/girls) in all sizes!  Accidents happen! We also need plastic hangers (for lost and found!)



Save the date!! Our annual gala is around the corner! Lanai Road Havana Nights Gala and Auction will be held at Sportsmen's Lodge on February 23, 2019.

Donations needed! We need donations of all kinds for our auctions. Restaurant and beauty gift cards! Kids stuff! Travel and sports experiences! Contact Katie Halligan any time to arrange a pick up. | 818 720 6670.

Party books needed! Interested in hosting an adult or kid-oriented party? Contact us at or speak to Michelle Douek.

Book your babysitter now for this February 23rd event and get ready for a super fun Cuban-themed night of silent and live auctions, casino tables, dinner, dancing and more all benefitting our amazing neighborhood school!


Sign-ups for Mr. Jay Winnick’s popular Spring Musical will be up very soon!  Rehearsals will begin in mid-February and the shows will be on May 17 and 18th. Sign ups will be done via the SEEDS website.


You can add credit, pay your balance and see your child's cafeteria history online by going to:  You will need your child's school ID (found on their report card or call the school office). Alternately, you can visit the cafeteria in person between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm to pay by cash.  If you have any questions about your child's cafeteria account, please call Aida at (818) 788-4025.

Snack Menu for January:

Lunch Menu for January:


Preparing for a Potential Strike: LAUSD Family Resource Guide - LAUSD has prepared this informational guide for all families.  Guide has been attached.

Free Online Tutoring via LA Public Library and

Connecting with an online tutor is easy and free. You just need a library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Help is available everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for K-12 students and adult learners.  For more information, please visit: