Lanai Weekly: April 22 - 26, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

If you happened upon the campus, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you probably noticed that it was quieter than usual.  That’s because most of the 4th graders were on their three-day field trip to the Ocean Institute! They learned about the ocean ecosystem; dissected a fish and saw its heart, stomach and liver; went on awesome hikes; caught frogs and a newt in a creek; performed skits by the campfire; played Uno; hung out with friends; and even ate Subway for lunch!  Back at school, Thursday, was pajama day for the 4th graders and they had so many interesting stories to share.  I know their trip to the Ocean Institute will be a fond memory, always!  

There was still much going on at school with our Kindergartners sharing their daily, morning calendar.  On the 143rd day of school they demonstrated that they can run the class on their own.  Mikail led the class in patterns, numbers, and place value as part of the morning routine.  Dylan reported that the weather was sunny but cool. Later, the students found ways to name the number 9.  Ella suggested 11-2; Cyrus mentioned 4 x 2 +1; Kayla said 4 ½ + 4 ½; Nicole told us 1 x 9; Gavin replied 2 + 2 +2 + 2 + 1; and Kiana stated 3 +3 + 3 is a way to make nine!  Our kindergartners have incredible number sense!

Do you know the difference between Declarative and Explanatory sentences?  Just ask a first grader to tell you. They also discussed the elements of a “good” sentence.  One example I saw was, “Timur can’t wait!” The students added detail by enhancing the sentence to: “Our sweet student Timur, can’t wait for summer break!”  Me too!

Wishing you a wonderful Spring Holiday filled with sweetness!

Lisa Elan

Monday, April 14 - Friday, April 19

  • Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 22

  • School Resumes

Tuesday, April 23

  • No Hut Today

Wednesday, April 24

  • Underwood Farm Field Trip - TK/Kindergarten

  • Drop off your Recycled Art Contest submissions by today!

  • Final day for After School Choir

Thursday, April 25

  • Earth Day Museum and Recycled Art Contest

Friday, 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 1 Buddy Lunch

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 Cinco De Mayo Celebration

May 3 Spirit Wear Sales in front of the school

May 3 Lunch with the Principal

May 6-8 5th Grade Pali Camp

May 7 Theater West Field Trip - 1st Grade

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 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 20 - 31 SBAC Testing Window - 3rd to 5th Grade

May 21 Laps 4 Lanai 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 Incoming Kinder Playdate, 3pm

May 31 5th Grade Parent/Child dance

June 1 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm

June 1 5th Gr. vs Staff Basketball

June 4 5th Grade Culmination Ceremony

June 5 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm

June 5 Kinder Celebration

June 5 5th Gr. vs Staff Kickball

June 5 EL Program Options

June 6 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm

June 6 TK Celebration

June 6 Perfect Attendance Awards

June 7 Last Day of School

June 7 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1:00 pm

June 7 5th Grade Bash 11 am - 12:30 pm


Recycled Art Contest: On Thursday April 25th, all students are invited to enter Lanai’s Recycled Art Contest and have their art displayed in Lanai’s Earth Day Museum!  Students will have the opportunity to tour the Museum and vote for their favorite art. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day and have fun creating art!  Prizes will be awarded to top winners in each grade and for the best group project! Please see the attached flyer for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Weinstein,  


Parent Portal Sign-up - What is Parent Portal and why do I need to sign up? The Parent Portal is your one-stop online system that connects parents/guardians to their student’s essential data.  You will be able to view their attendance, assignments and grades and other important information. For families with 3rd to 5th graders, all state testing scores will be posted in your child’s online account as LAUSD has eliminated the mailing of results. To sign up for Parent Portal, visit  Individual PIN numbers were sent home via mail by LAUSD to each legal parent/guardian. You can also contact Jody Chow in the Parent Center at for access to your PIN and child’s student ID number (found on their report card).  Feel free to drop into the Parent Center from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm daily for assistance in enrolling.

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.


Calling All Volunteers! - If you donated your time and energy to support our school this year in any capacity, we want to honor you!  Please come to our Volunteer Breakfast on Wednesday, May 1 from 8:30 to 10:00 am in the auditorium. You can RSVP to or leave a comment below.  Flyer is attached.

CANCELED - Family Volunteering Opportunity! Due to the lack of ripe oranges this spring, the annual CSUN Orange Picking Event has been canceled.   For addition volunteer opportunities with Food Forward, please view the Volunteer calendar at:

2nd Grade PE Volunteers Needed - In an effort to help Coach PJ, we have created ONE sign-up sheet for all 2nd grade PE volunteers. Coach PJ realizes this time slot is very tough for some parents, but it is very difficult for him to properly instruct the grade when there aren't volunteers. The hope is to make sure that all 5 slots are filled across the grade, as opposed to each class doing an individual push. If you regularly help with PE, please sign up here!  If you haven't helped with PE but are able to on occasion, please also sign up! Much thanks in advance! LINK:


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 April:

Lunch Menu for April:


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


McDonald’s Night Fundraiser - Our annual McDonald’s Night Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 4:30 to 7:30 at the McDonalds on Ventura and Haskell (17500 Ventura, across from the IHOP).  Come out and support a local business while helping to raise money for our 5th Graders!  A portion of the evening’s sales will go towards their culmination expenses.



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.