Lanai Weekly: February 4 - 8, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This week was back to all things wonderful at Lanai! In music, our students listened to the glorious sounds of famous African-American musicians in preparation for jazz assemblies next week. Ask your child the names of artists, the instruments they played, and the origins of the music. I know our students are ready to hear some great, live jazz!

In science, our second graders continued to explore force, axis, and balance as they created wheels out of straws and discs and then tested its speed on a sloped surface. I know we have some budding engineers! Second graders also are adept at decomposing, unbundling and subtracting 3-digit numbers in both the standard algorithm and conceptually. They drew place value charts and discs and then illustrated how numbers are unbundled and then redistributed to subtract. Finally, students wrote and solved the problems using the standard form. It’s incredible to see the level of understanding our second graders have with place value and number sense!
What do you get when you combine an expository and persuasive essay? A pineapple, green screen movie of course! That’s what the third graders in one of our classes were doing this week. They researched healthy foods, wrote an expository essay and then “amped” it up to persuade their audience to try the healthy foods. The students were so excited to present their writing to classmates and also have it filmed! I definitely think those PSAs are You-Tube worthy!

Additionally, a few reminders: Please no dogs (even cute ones) on campus or in the parking lot. We have students who are allergic and/or afraid. Also, if you are parking in the Handicapped spaces in our parking lot at pick-up time, please remember that you will not be allowed to leave until the pedestrian traffic has cleared. Our afternoon TAs will guide you as to when it is safe to exit.

Finally, I hope you’ll be able to attend one of our parent workshops on anti-bullying provided by the Pacer organization on Thursday, February 7th at 8:30 a.m. or at 6:30 p.m. This is the kick-off to our Kindness month organized by our PSW, Mrs. Johanna Johnston. Anti-bullying professional development will also be provided to our teachers on Tuesday as well as classroom support for our students. Pacer’s message is Prevent Bullying, Promote Kindness. It’s an important message for us all.

Enjoy your weekend,

Lisa Elan

Monday, February 4

  • Stuffed Toy Drive continues (ends February 8)

  • FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30

Tuesday, February 5

  • Lunar New Year Celebration at morning assembly

  • Persian New Year Event Planning Meeting - 8:30, Parent Center

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open

Wednesday, February 6

  • PTA Board meeting, 8:30 am

Thursday, February 7

  • Parent Presentation: Bullying 101, 8:30 am and 6:30 pm

Friday, February 8

  • Last day to donate a new/like-new stuffed toy

  • School Tour #2, 8:45 in Parent Center

Saturday, February 9

  • Lanai’s Annual Talent Show - 11 am 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 - 22     Gala Pick-A-Ticket Sales in front of 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           Student Council Spirit Day - Sport/Team/College Day
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            Principal’s Awards at 8:15
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, 8:30 am Auditorium
March 6                    PTA Board Meeting, 8:30 am
March 6                    FOLB Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
March 7 & 8             Literacy Fair in the Library
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
March 28                 Student Council Spirit Day - Person you Look Up to Day
March 28                 ELAC Meeting, 8:30 am
March 28/29           Spirit Sales in front of the School
March 29                 SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm Parent Center
April 1                      Cesar Chavez Day - No 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 -  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 - Bullying 101 - 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 Counselor” and Judy French from Pacer’s national Bullying Prevention Center.


 We're collecting Boxtops again! During our fall collection drive Lanai families collected Boxtops worth $390 for our school. Let's try to beat that this time around. Please see the attached flyer and collection sheets for details. Deadline is February 14th, 2019.

Persian New Year Planning Meeting - is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.  Any parent who is interested in participating in the planning should attend. The event is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 19.
The 14th Annual Lanai Talent Show is on Saturday, February 9th. There are two shows at 11am and 3pm in the school auditorium. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the show. Seating is first come, first serve. Please email your ticket reservations to All tickets are $5 and you can claim and pay for them at Will Call the day of the show. CASH ONLY. Please email with any other questions.
1.)    Looking for a Live Sound Mixer! This person will need to setup the equipment, mic, and mix the talent show participants. The show is on Saturday, February 9th. We can walk you through the process.
2.)    Looking for a Sound Assistant! This person will be attaching the mics to the kids backstage and working directly with the sound mixer.
3.)    Volunteers! We need help the day of the talent show on February 9th  to help with the bake sale, work backstage and to assist with various needs throughout the day.
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.
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!)


Lanai Road Havana Nights Auction & Gala is less than a month away! Book your babysitter for February 23rd! Purchase your tickets at Any questions about our new VIP seating, contact Heather Goodfried,

We still need donations! Beauty gift certificates! Lakers and other sports tickets! Hotel vouchers! Do you have any coupons from hosting birthday parties that you can donate for bowling, Color Me Mine, skating?? We need them!  Drop off donations before or after school this Tuesday February 5th and Wednesday February 6th! Any questions, contact Katie Elinoff,

Plan a Party Book party for kids or adults! Contact Michelle Douek,

Find style inspo on our Pinterest page: “Havana Nights – Lanai Gala 2019”. See you at Sportsmen’s Lodge February 23rd at 6:30pm for Havana Nights! #Lanairocks


Spring Musical Sign-ups are happening on Monday, February 4th! That’s right, Mr. Jay Winnick’s annual Spring Musical show is scheduled for May 17 and 18th and spaces are limited to just 40 kids in 3rd through 5th grade.  The sign-up link and updated web information will be live at 8am Monday morning.  Please visit


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:

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:


Facilities Forum in the Valley - Ever wonder why it costs so much to build anything on a school campus? Ever experienced any obstacles addressing repairs? Join LA Unified Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, the Facilities Services Division and the Local District Northwest for a forum to address questions and concerns regarding facilities improvements.  Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. RSVP at  Flyer is attached.

Do you want to run for Neighborhood Council?   There are 99 Neighborhood Council’s in the City of Los Angeles, each advising the City on how City policy impacts local communities. It is highly likely that your organization and/or service delivery area sits within the boundaries of a Neighborhood Council.  Click here to find out which Neighborhood Council that is.

How can your organization benefit from Neighborhood Councils?  
Neighborhood Purpose Grants – Are you a 501(c)3 or a Public School planning an event that benefits the community? If so, Neighborhood Councils can help with funding through a Neighborhood Purpose Grant.

Community Impact Statements – Neighborhood Council’s use this tool to advise City departments and officials on matters under consideration by the City’s elected officials.  Is there a current issue that affects your organization? Let your Neighborhood Council know, ask for them to support you.

Request for Action – Is there an issue of importance that needs to be address but no one is talking about it?  Neighborhood Councils can help get the ball rolling.  
Collaborate on Community Events – Do you have a great event idea, need partners, volunteers, or need to get the word out? Neighborhood Council’s hold monthly meetings open to the public where you can sign up to announce upcoming events, recruit participants/volunteers, advertise – for free!

Connect with Neighborhood Council’s to reach a greater community audience.

Run for 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections:
Neighborhood Councils are having elections this year and you may qualify to run as a candidate. Do you live, work, own property, attend school, declare a substantial stake in a community with the City of Los Angeles? There is a seat for you.  Click here to file your application today!