Lanai Weekly: February 11 - 15, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

February is the month for love and kindness and we certainly had good vibes this week! On Wednesday, we celebrated the Lunar New Year with a lion dance, music, martial arts demonstration, oodles of noodles and fortune cookies! Ask you child what countries celebrate the Lunar New Year (China, Vietnam and Korea) and what animal year this is. Hint: Usually pink, known as a character named “Wilbur” and says “Oink!”

On Thursday, musicians from the Los Angeles Jazz Society performed for our students. The five-member band introduced instruments, sounds, and varieties of jazz music. They heard “boogie-woogie,” blues, and even the Charlie Brown theme! Top it off with some of our students playing the drums and other percussion instruments and we had the whole auditorium rocking in their seats!

In addition, this week we had the Pacer organization provide a parent workshop on “Creating a World Without Bullying.” We are using the support of this organization to help us change the lens on bullying. Our PSW, Johanna Johnston, is working with students (as well as our teachers and staff) to create a world filled with “intentional kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Ms. Johanna provided professional development to our teachers and also presented an evening parent/child workshop. This issue is a focus at our school. Our Positive Behavior and Safety Committee and Local School Leadership Committee are working together with teachers and staff to articulate our school-wide message and plan. This is in conjunction with the policies and procedures put forth by LAUSD. Please look to the upcoming Lanai Leader for more information.

Finally, Lanai’s Got Talent—and you should see it! Please come tomorrow, Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. and/or 3:00 p.m. to see our students perform skits, songs, dances, music and more!  Special thanks to our parent volunteers who worked so hard to see this through.

With Kindness,

Lisa Elan

Monday, February 11

  • Bring in your Boxtops this week!

  • 5th Grade Colonial Visit in auditorium

  • Scout Cookie Sales (5th grade) after school, 2:40 - 3:30

Tuesday, February 12

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open

Wednesday, February 13

  • Girl Scout Cookie Sales (1st Grade) - 2:40 - 3:30 pm

Thursday, February 14

  • Gala Pick-A-Ticket sales in front of the school, AM & PM

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Placerita Canyon (Fulford/Colon)

  • Valentine’s Day classroom parties

Friday, February 15

  • Last day for Boxtop collection!

  • Gala Pick-A-Ticket sales in front of the school, AM & PM


February 18        President’s Day - No School

February 14 - 22    Gala Pick-A-Ticket Sales in front of 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, Skirball Center

February 25 - Mar 1    Parent/Teacher Conference Week

February 25        Shortened Day - 1:30 pm Dismissal

February 26        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

February 26        Grandparent’s Game Day after school

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        Girl Scout Cookie Sales (2nd Grade) - 2:40 - 3:30 pm

March 4        FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 am

March 4        4th Grade Ocean Institute Parent Info Meeting, 1:50 pm, Parent Center

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 19        Persian New Year Celebration at morning assembly

March 20        All Parent/TEAM Meeting

March 20        5th Grader Portola Articulation Trip, 10am

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


Breaking Gala News!!!

Lanai Road Havana Nights Auction & Gala is moving venues right around the corner to....the Skirball Center!!

Due to ongoing remediation from a January fire, Sportsmen's Lodge was unable to host this year. We were able to secure this amazing new venue conveniently located minutes away from the Lanai neighborhood.

Purchase your tickets now at

We are extending early bird ticket pricing - get your tickets this weekend before the base ticket price increases to $120,  and the VIP Reserved ticket price increases to $200!  (Ticket prices will increase this Monday, February 11th.)  Have a guaranteed prime seat with friends with our new VIP seating, and check out sponsorship opportunities, including Staff Ticket Sponsorship for beloved TAs, office and janitorial staff, and extra-curricular teachers!  Questions? Contact Heather Goodfried,

Pick-A-Ticket Baskets will be available for viewing in front of the school next week, both before and after school! We will have 6 amazing baskets: Silly Fun, Pampered Fashionistas, Hot Wheels, American Girl, Girl Super Heroes, Superman vs Batman. Order forms for Pick-A-Tickets will be sent home via backpacks next week for those who cannot come to campus to purchase them.

Check out Havana styles & inspo on our Pinterest page: “Havana Nights – Lanai Gala 2019”. See you at the Skirball Center February 23rd for Havana Nights! #Lanairocks

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,


 The Talent Show is on Saturday!  Have you reserved your tickets yet?

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.

 We Need Volunteers! We need help the day of the talent show 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.

 Last week for Boxtops!  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.


Please remember that no dogs are allowed on campus and in the parking lot (even little ones that you carry in your hands).


It’s Girl Scout Cookie season and all 5 of our Lanai troops will take turns selling in front of the school.  Come and support your grade by buying a box of Thin Mints (#2 best selling cookie in the US!) or S’mores (Whole Foods approved, “clean” cookie!).  Boxes are $5 each ($6 for S’mores and Toffee-Tastic (gluten-free)). Sales time: 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm. Bring cash.

Monday, February 11 - 5th Grade Troop

Wednesday, February 13 - 1st Grade Troop

Monday, February 25    - 3rd Grade Troop

Friday, March 1 - 1st Grade Troop.

Grandparents Game Day is now Tuesday, February 26!  Make sure you tell Nonna, Poppa, Savta, Saba, Babushka, Deduska, Maman Bozorg, and Baba Bozorg about the new date! Gather around the lunch tables from 1:40 to 3:40 pm and play one of the games provided, or bring your own board games to play!  Spirit Wear will be available and the Hut will have snacks for sale.


Persian 101 - Make-up classes will be scheduled for Friday, February 15 and 22 after school.


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 forumt 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