Lanai Weekly: March 18 - 22, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Bragging rights, being kind, and butterflies! This week Lanai (as always) had brilliant stuff going on.  First, on Monday, District staff from Beaudry visited our school to see how we implement technology in classrooms. They were impressed with the high level of differentiated activities going on in fifth grade.  During Independent Study Time (IST) the District team saw students working on Zearn for math practice;  Edulastic for assessments; and Power School for resources, homework and study projects. One of the visitors asked Evelyn to show how she uses her Chromebook in Social Studies. She demonstrated how students go to the platform, find the map of the United States, and then complete information on a specific state. Next, the officials visited a third-grade classroom and saw students integrate persuasive and informational writing to produce a video on healthy foods. They watched a yummy strawberry infomercial produced by Mason! The District team was amazed by the innovation, sophistication, and excitement our students and teachers have for using technology. At the end of their tour, they told us that they visit different LAUSD schools each Monday. They raved that Lanai, by far, was one of the best they’ve seen. The ideas and suggestions learned from their visit to Lanai will help them advance and improve technology at our school and throughout the District.

On Wednesday, students were seeing orange for the character trait, fairness. They enjoyed a presentation by our student council with vignettes on ways of showing kindness. One tableau demonstrated thoughtfulness to our teachers by providing food and support during the strike; another, on how important it is to share toys with siblings and friends; and lastly, what it means to be responsible in caring for pets and keeping your word. Our students love seeing their peers perform. A special thanks to Ali for working with our students and helping them write and bring their ideas to life!

Did you know that Lanai is part of the flight pattern for “painted lady” butterflies? Several days this week students witnessed countless butterflies flying swiftly across the playground and parking lot. These butterflies are on the first leg in their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. The insects seen will journey to Northern California, breed, and then the next generation of butterflies will continue their trek to the Pacific Northwest. This is happening because of the tremendous amount of rain experienced this winter. How lucky we are to witness this lovely, unusual occurrence of so many painted ladies at one time!

I hope you weekend is filled with good things to brag about, fairness to others and lots of BUTTERFLIES!

Lisa Elan

Monday, March 18

  • Lexia Awards at Morning Assembly

  • Local School Leadership Council (LSLC) Meeting at 3pm

Tuesday, March 19

  • Persian New Year Celebration at Morning Assembly

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, March 20

  • All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With The Principal, 8:30 am Parent Center

  • 5th Grade Portola Articulation Trip - 10am departure

Thursday, March 21

  • 5th Grade Panoramic Photo - 1pm

Friday, March 22

  • Go For The Gold Run, 8:30 am, awards at 9:00 am

  • Buddy Picnic at Lunchtime

  • Toiletry Kit Packing Party - 3 - 4:00 pm, auditorium


March 1 - 21 Toiletry Collection Drive

March 28 Student Council Spirit Day - Person you Look Up to Day

March 27 Parent Presentation - US Education System

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

April 3 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

April 3 Spring Musical Concert, 8:45 and 1:30 pm

April 4 Principal’s Awards at 8:15, Auditorium

April 5 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

April 5 Spring Musical Concert, 8:45 am

April 5 Lunch with the Principal, 12 - 1pm

April 8 - 10 4th Grade Trip to Ocean Institute

April 8 5th Grade Culmination Photo, 8:30 am

April 8 FOLB Board Meeting

April 10 3rd Grade California Science Center Field Trip

April 10 PTA Board Meeting

April 12 Minimum Day - dismissal at 1pm

April 15 - 19 Spring Recess - No School

April 25 Earth Day/Recycled Art Contest

April 26 Student Council Spirit Day - Disney Day

May 1 Character Day - Citizenship, wear purple

May 1 School Applications Available

May 1 Volunteer Breakfast

May 2 Principal’s Awards, 8;15

May 2 Gold Rush On-site Field Trip - 4th Grade

May 2 McDonald’s Fundraiser Night, 4:30 pm

May 3 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 3 Lunch with the Principal


Toiletry Drive - Team Lanai Cares is collecting new, travel sized toiletries with a goal of creating 100 toiletry kits for the patrons of the West Valley Food Pantry.  We will be collecting from March 1 to 21 and assembling the packages on Friday, March 22 on campus.  Items can be dropped off in the collection bin outside the office or in the Parent Center.  Check this link for the donation and assembly party sign-ups:

SAVE THE DATE!  Our Spring Music Concerts will be on Wednesday, April 3 and Friday, April 5.  There will be 2 shows on Wednesday (8:45 am and 1:30 pm). The Friday show will be at 8:45 am only.


Message to all parents regarding phone calls to the office - The office would like to remind parents that they are not a messaging service for the children.  Please make your playdate, pick-up and meet-up arrangements prior to dropping off your children at school and make sure that they are aware of what to do if you are running late. Students in TK - 1st Grade will be sent up to SEEDS and students in 2nd - 5th grade can go to YS/Beyond The Bell to wait for their pick-up.


**Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to**

Understanding the US Educational System - Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30 am. 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? 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.


Persian 101 - Make-up classes will be scheduled for Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 5 after school. Session #1 will start at 2:50 pm and go until 3:40 pm in the Parent Center. Session #2 will start at 3:55 and go until 4:45 pm in room TBC.


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 March:

Lunch Menu for March:


College Palooza - A gathering of college and career experts, educators, families and community partners. Over 20 workshops such as financial aid, college admissions and career pathways. Meet college and community representatives and learn about community resources.  Childcare provided for LA Unified students in TK-5th Grade. March 16 from 8am - 2pm at LA Trade Tech College, 400 W. Washington Blvd, LA.  See the attached flyer.

Family Resource Festival at Mulholland Middle School, presented by Board Member Scott Schmerelson.  This festival is an opportunity for families to learn about district resources available to them.  Along with resource booths, dinner will be provided, and school music and dance groups from Local District Northwest and Northeast will perform.  Thursday, March 21 from 4 - 8pm.  RSPV at Flyer is attached.

DCFS is actively recruiting potential foster and adoptive parents: there simply aren't enough to fill the need. Join us for an information event to jump start your path to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. This is a community effort designed to make the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent easier and more inclusive for all families. Childcare for kids ages 3+ is limited and available only with advance reservation. Refreshments will be provided. Se habla español. Saturday, May 4 from 10am to 1pm. New Seasons Downey  9001 Paramount Blvd | Downey, CA 90240



Musical Playground Summer Camp at Lanai - Registration is now open!

  • ROCK BAND CAMP (ages 6-7; 8-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO


  • DJ CAMP (ages 7-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Sign Up For Camp By Apr. 5, 2019 & Receive Your Early Registration Discount ($25 Off!!). Multi-Week & Sibling Discounts Available.  Camp Weeks: July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, & July 29-Aug. 2.

For questions or more info:


CSUN Summer Academic Program for Elementary School Students (SAPESS) - Incoming Grades 1 - 5, June 17 - July 19.  Early bird fee: $755 (after April 7, $775).  Language Arts, Math, Science, Arts and Crafts taught by credential teachers.  Camp is located at California State University Northridge campus. For more info visit: Flyer is attached.

Peter Pan Jr. - Musical Theater and Training Summer Camp with Mr. Jay Winnick (former Lanai parent and one of our current Theater instructors). For kids entering 4th grade - 10th grade.. June 10th - 28th, 9am to 3:30pm with Peter Pan performance on June 28th.  Location: Portola Middle School. Cost: $695 plus $25 costume fee. For more information, contact Jay at Flyer is attached.