Lanai Weekly: January 28 - February 1, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school! We have 573 lovely pairs of little feet bouncing into school! Lot’s of laughing, smiling, and high fives were shared these past few days! Those are the sounds that echo through Lanai each day and give us joy. We’re all so happy that everyone is back at school!

Even though this was a short week, there was still so much fun and learning going on! Thursday and Friday our students took flight and learned about thrust, lift, drag, and gravity in our Stem & Engineering Science Explosion Day! They had a lesson on the elements necessary that allows gliders to fly. Our students planned, designed, and tested the distance their gliders flew. Then they re-designed, re-built and re-tested the gliders based on the “improvements” made to their machines. The materials used were straws, strips of paper, tape, and aluminum foil. Ask your child if there is a difference between using “loops” or flat strips as wings. You may be surprised! Special thanks to our lead engineering captains, Julie and Juliet, and their amazing crew!

Also, a reminder, if your child was not here during the strike, please send in a note by Monday explaining why your child didn’t attend. The absence will be excused, and it will not affect his/her perfect attendance.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Lisa Elan

Monday, January 28

  • Stuffed Toy Drive begins (ends February 8)

  • All Staff Appreciation Lunch by PTA/FOLB, 11:30 - 1:30

Tuesday, January 29

  • Go For The Gold Run begins (8 wks)

  • ELAC meeting at 8:30, Parent Center

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open

Wednesday, January 30

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

Thursday, January 31

  • Principal’s Awards in Auditorium, 8:15 am

Friday, February 1

  • 2nd Gr. Field Trip to Placerita Canyon (Bell/Stephans)

  • Lunch with the Principal

  • SSC Meeting at 1:30 pm


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 25        Shortened Day - 1:30 pm Dismissal

February 27        Shortened Day - 1:30 pm Dismissal

February 28        Shortened Day - 1:30 pm Dismissal

February 28 -Mar 1    Literacy Fair in the Library

February 28        Principal’s Awards

March 1        Shortened Day - 1:30 pm Dismissal

March 1        Lunch with the Principal

March 1        Spirit Wear Sales in the front of the school

March 4        FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 am

March 5        5th Grade Pali Camp Parent Info Meeting

March 6        PTA Board Meeting, 8:30 am

March 6        FOLB Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

March 10        Daylight Savings - Spring Forward 1 hr

March 20        All Parent/TEAM Meeting

March 21        5th Grade Panoramic Photo, 1pm

March 22        Go For The Gold Run and Awards, 8:30 - 9am

March 22        Buddy Picnic at Lunch


Strike Absences - Strike absences will be recorded if your child did not attend school during the strike. The absence is unexcused. You may, however, provide a note with your child stating that he/she was absent on the dates…. and the reason why. The absence will then be excused. Also, many students and families were concerned about losing perfect attendance. If you send a note explaining the absence, your child will still qualify for perfect attendance.

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 -  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.  

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.


The Judgement Free Generation - A Pro-Kindness, Anti-bullying Movement - Thursday, February 7 at 8:30 am and again at 6:30 pm. Bullying can negatively impact educational performance, erode self-esteem and self-worth, cause anxiety and depression, and lead to thought of self-harm.  PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) is making a difference for students, parents, and educators. The call to action is that we can all help create a world without bullying.  They encourage thinking of their "world" not in the literal sense, but as a place, group, or activity that has meaning to them. Help them grasp the concept that their actions are important and what do in their "world" matters for them and for others. For more information, visit: Presentation will be given by Johanna Johnston, Lanai’s Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW)and “Wellness Counsellor”.


Asian Lunar New Year Celebration - join us on the upper yard on Tuesday, February 5 at 8:15 for our annual Asian New Year Celebration.

 Save The Date!  Lanai’s Annual Talent show is scheduled for Saturday, February 9 at 11am and  3pm. Each show is unique and will feature different performing acts.  More information to follow. Volunteer Videographer Needed! Please contact Patricia Agos at for more information.

 Volunteers needed for Lost & Found - Our lost and found area is in constant need of service.  If you can spare a few minutes a week to assist in hanging and sorting the items, we would be so grateful. This can be done anytime and does not need to be during school hours.

 Our annual Stuffed Animal Drive is here! We will be accepting, new and like-new (clean) stuffed toys until February 8.  Donations will be brought to a local transitional shelter for children. Please put the stuffed toys in a plastic bag to keep them clean. Donation box will be outside the office.

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


Our annual gala is around the corner!  Buy your tickets or sponsorships today at before the price increases!!  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.

Our after-school choir classes with Ms. Wichmann are off to a GREAT start! It's not too late to sign up!     Choir (TK-1st; 2nd-5th) – Wednesdays, beginning at 2:45pm (Click Here for Info)


Don't miss your chance to take this FUN music class after school!

Space is limited. Reserve your spot NOW:

For questions or for more info:


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 February:

Lunch Menu for February: (not available online yet).


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