Lanai Weekly: March 25 - 29, 2019

Principal’s Message:

What happens when you have crazy weather on the first day of spring; Nowruz (Persian New Year); Go for the Gold 4th and 5th grade run; and a buddy lunch? You have a “normal” week at Lanai! On Tuesday, our students were treated to a Nowruz celebration which marks the first day of spring. Several of our students shared information about the origins of the holiday and how it’s celebrated. We also saw dancing, drumming, faux-fire jumping, Amu Nowruz (Father Nowruz) and tasted yummy treats! We love learning about the different cultures at Lanai and sharing in the lovely traditions. In addition, as we welcomed the first day of spring on Thursday, the heavens opened up and we experienced a downpouring of rain and hail! It was an amazing lunch for our 3rd - 5th graders as they sat in the pavilion and witnessed this rare and awesome precipitation! As fourth grader Tate said, “This rain has turned Lanai into Lake Lanai!”

Continuing in the celestial realm, our first graders have been proudly presenting their dioramas on the planets. I saw several presentations and learned much from our students. Jack shared that Uranus is composed of methane, it’s temperature is negative 280 degrees and has 27 moons; Beatrice explained that Neptune has an invisible ring, is 17 times the mass of Earth, rains every day and has 14 moons; and Fletcher told his classmates that Mars is named for the Roman God of War, composed of iron and rock, and has a volcano 3 times taller than Mount Everest! Their classmates listened attentively, asked questions, and provided positive feedback. It was wonderful to see the confidence and pride that the students displayed as they presented their reports.

Friday was high energy and fun for all our students. It began with our fourth and fifth graders running in the “Go for the Gold” fitness event. This is an event in which they have been preparing for the past 8 weeks. Twice a week, the participants practiced running and fitness drills with Coach before school. Today, they ran their personal best time. All runners completed the mile in under 9 minutes! Amazing! The runners were cheered on by their classmates and parents. I’m sure we have future marathoners thanks to the fitness and enthusiasm Coach PJ provides. Lastly, our buddies are the best! Sharing lunch and playtime on Friday makes for a great end, to an awesome week!

Wishing you a weekend filled with puddles to jump in; clear night skies to see the stars and planets; and for anyone participating in the LA Marathon, an easy run.


Lisa Elan


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

May 6-8        5th Grade Pali Camp

May 8            Student Council Interviews

May 10        Israeli Independence Day Celebration

May 10        School Tour #3, 8:45 am

May 12        Mother’s Day

May 13        FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus

May 14        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 14 - 24        SBAC Testing Window - 5th Grade

May 14        Open House , 5 - 7pm

May 15        All Parents TEAM Meeting/ Coffee With the Principal

May 16        Incoming Family Meet & Greet, off campus

May 17        SEEDS Musical Performance , 6pm

May 18        SEEDS Musical Performance, 11:30 am

May 20 - 24        Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

May 21        Laps 4 Lanai Fun Run

May 21        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 22        CPK Fundraiser, All day

May 22        Student Council Presentations

May 23        ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

May 23        Teacher/Staff Luncheon

May 24        SSC Meeting, 1:30 Parent Center

May 24        Student Council Results Announced, 2pm

May 24        Incoming Kinder Playdate, 3 - 5pm

May 27        Memorial Day - No School

May 29        Final PTA Board Meeting

May 30        Lunch With the Principal, 12pm

May 31        Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 31         Student Council Spirit Day - Decades Day

May 31        Principal’s Awards

May 31        5th Grade Parent/Child dance


Thank you Lanai Families!  Team Lanai Cares Toiletry Drive was a success!  With your generous donations, we were able to create 100 toiletry kits for the homeless.  Every Monday, a mobile shower truck provides showers at the West Valley Food Pantry. Our toiletry kits will be given to the patrons who access the showers.

Spring Music Concert Update -  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. Choir will be featured in the Wednesday 1:30 pm show and the Friday show only.  Please note that Kindergarten will not be participating in the Spring Music Concert.


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 3:30 pm in room TBC.   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:


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


Hesby Oaks Elementary and Generosity Feeds - The students of the Hesby Leadership class are working to make the community around us better.  This year, we are working with Generosity Feeds to make 10,000 meals for hungry children in LA on March 30th.  

We need help in 2 areas:

1.  Volunteers to help make the meals (stuff backpacks) on March 30th

2.  Hesby has committed $10,000 to cover the cost of supplies and OUR STUDENTS have been reaching out to businesses to partner in this to cover the cost.  The children have raised $7,500 of this already.

For more information visit  and a YouTube video by our kids



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.