Lanai Weekly: March 4 - 8, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

“The important thing about school is that you learn.
It’s true that you play with your friends at recess and lunch.
You get to go on field trips and write stories.
But the important thing about school is that you learn.”

That’s the poem second graders in Ms. Stephans’ class collaborated on after the read-aloud of The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s true, that it’s an “older” book, but the second graders loved finding the pattern and then applying it to a class poem! By the way, for those of you familiar with “older classics” she’s also the author of Goodnight Moon.

Speaking of classics, the fourth graders have been busy preparing and presenting skits and projects based on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. I saw several different presentations in Ms. Bryan’s class. The students used a part of the story and then changed something about it. In addition to dialogue, narration and props, the students’ illustrated backgrounds which were projected onto the whiteboard to enhance their scene. The audience then gave positive feedback to the presenters. In one skit, Karana’s story turns out to be just a “bad dream” and she wakes up to find out that she was not abandoned on the island for 18 years. I know everyone loves that book - another classic!

Many of you had the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher this week during our second
parent/teacher conferences. This round of conferences was optional if your child is at grade-level in all academic courses. If not, and you haven’t met with your child’s teacher, please make sure you contact him/her to discuss plans and progress for the remainder of the school year.

Finally, there is a creepy hoax on social media going around called the Momo Challenge. What happens is children go to YouTube and click on a regular video.  At some point during the video a scary image with a frightening message appears and tells kids to do dangerous things. At this point I am recommending parents supervise their children while watching YouTube videos.


Lisa Elan

Monday, March 4

  • FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus

  • 4th Grade Ocean Institute Parent Info Meeting, 1:50 - 2:40 in Parent Center

Tuesday, March 5

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • 5th Grade Pali Camp Info Meeting, 8:30 - 9:30 in the auditorium

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, March 6

  • Character Day - wear orange for fairness

  • PTA Board meeting, 8:30am

  • FOLB Budget Meeting, 6:30pm in the auditorium

Thursday, March 7

  • Literacy Fair in the library

Friday, March 8

  • Literacy Fair in the library

Saturday, March 9

  • Daylight Savings - Spring Forward 1 hr tonight!


March 14        OLSAT8 - Parent Presentation, 8:30 in Parent Center

March 15        Harvest of the Month - Cauliflower

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 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


Thanks to all who came out and supported Lanai at the Havana Nights Gala & Auction! The Post-Auction is live at  Bid on kids stuff, beauty, tickets and services! Grab a spot at a fun Party Book for adults or kids.  Let's keep supporting Lanai in the Post-Auction!


Literacy Fair - Our school wide Literacy Fair Event, The Superhero Inside You, is Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8!  Each class will come to the library for approximately 40 minutes to rotate through exciting Reading, Writing and Movement Centers as well as a Virtual Reality Experience!  Please look out for the Sign-Up Genius (with the class visitation schedule) coming soon if you can come volunteer and check out the fun!

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.


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


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

OLSAT8 - Parent Presentation - given by 1st Grade Teacher and GATE coordinator, Brittany Motodani and Robbie Solomon, Community Representative. Thursday, March 14 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.  The OLSAT-8 (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition) is a nationally standardized, test of verbal and non-verbal school abilities given to all second grade students to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds.

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.


SEEDS Afterschool Enrichment - The New Spring Enrichment Registration will open on Monday, February 25th at 9:00 p.m. Classes begin on Monday, March 18th.  More info here:

Registration is NOW OPEN for Spring Ukulele & Rock Star Guitar After-School with The Musical Playground!  SIGN UP FOR CLASSES BY MAR. 6, 2019 & RECEIVE YOUR EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ($15 OFF!!).  Classes begin as early as Mon., Mar. 11, 2019.

  • Beginner Ukulele (K-5th) – Mondays, 2:45-3:30 pm  (Click Here for Info)

  • Rock Star Guitar (2nd-5th) – Wednesdays, 2:45-3:30p m (Click Here for Info)

 Persian 101 - Make-up classes will be scheduled for Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 5 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 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.


2nd Annual Clean Up Encino Day - Help us clean up Encino! Spend the morning with us as we pick up trash and clean-up around our community. Bring your work/garden gloves. We’ll provide water for volunteers, trash bags, brooms, rakes & shovels! *If we have to cancel due to rain on March 2nd, we will reschedule for Sunday, March 3rd. See attached flyer.

Nowruz Costume Bazaar - Pick up your costume for the Spring Walk at this event!  10 - 4pm. At the Bazaar you may rent out costumes for yourselves and your children from Farhang’s costume library as well as purchase your own costumes. To attend this event this private event (held in Pacific Palisades) on March 3rd, please rsvp to: or by calling (310) 666-1546. Flyer is attached.

Celebrating the Iranian New Year - Please join us at the upcoming Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA on March 10th. Come dressed in your favorite colorful costume. Royce Hall and Dickson Court from 12 - 5pm. The Spring Walk will start at 3pm. Flyer is attached.