Lanai Weekly: March 11 - 15, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

What is faster than a hop, skip and a jump through an obstacle course? More powerful than vivid adjectives? Able to leap tall buildings using onomatopoeia words? Our Superhero Literacy Fair of course! On Thursday and Friday this week our students visited the library for our annual Literacy Fair. The students attended different stations as they explored many facets of literacy. Before embarking on their journey through superhero adventures, the younger students heard snippets from a book by Kamala Harris called Superheroes are Everywhere. All classes were introduced to the superhero inside us. Those values include how kindness, sharing, helpfulness, courage, fairness and curiosity are within us. Then they visited stations as they explored a variety of literacy games, writings and crafts. At one station, they spun a story-starter wheel and used the selection to write a story. At another station, the students practiced the physical skills necessary to be a superhero. They hopped, jumped, crawled, side-stepped and high-fived as they ran through an onomatopoeia workout course—Kapow!!! Our students also became superheroes themselves! They listed their super powers, gave themselves a superhero name, defined how they’d help others and decorated their own superhero masks. Finally, our students explored an the respiratory system, an underwater world, and a dairy farm through VR glasses. A superhero thank-you to Juliet Biederman and Rachael Barg and their superhero-volunteer parents who put on the “super-est” Literacy Fair yet! 

Also, as a reminder, this weekend begins daylight savings time. Clocks are moved ahead an hour at 2:00 am on Sunday. That means less sleep, but more daylight for Lanai’s student-superheroes and their amazing powers!

Kapow, zonk, wham!!!

Lisa Elan

Monday, March 11

Tuesday, March 12

  • Early dismissal at 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

Wednesday, March 13

  • Character Day - wear orange for fairness

  • ELAC Meeting, 8:30 Parent Center

Thursday, March 14

  • OLSAT8 - Parent Presentation, 8:30 Parent Center

Friday, March 15

  • Harvest of the Month - Cauliflower

  • SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm - Parent Center


Harvest of the Month - Cauliflower! Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetables family, along with broccoli, cabbage, kale and brussels sprouts. Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on Earth because of its ability to ward off cancer, heart disease, brain disease and even weight gain. This month, we will be featuring pickled cauliflower so our kids are able to double down on the health benefits of cauliflower in fermented form with tons of probiotic value! Here is a great, sugar-free recipe for you to try at home: Refrigerator Pickles: Cauliflower, Carrots, Cukes, You Name It

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**

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. 


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 TBA. 


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.


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.



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.