Lanai Weekly: April 29 - May 3, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Parents,

What a week this has been! Earth Day; visitors from the Revolutionary War, and Teacher of the Year! So many creative entries (as always) by our students using recycled materials. I saw games, dog and doll houses, a homework producer, and even an igloo that could provide protection during a snowstorm! Each student explained the project, materials selected, and use for their item. Second graders had quite a diverse set of creations: Ronel constructed a Laser Tag Park using old moldings, plastic food containers and extra LED lights; Liam took us to a beach in Hawaii complete with tongue depressor trees, water bottles and a peanut butter lid that provided a shaded area; and Blair’s twin, LOL Surprise, stood watch while students perused the exhibit! There were lots of other Earth Day events going on as well! Kindergarten had their students participate in a center day with visits to each classroom for a made flowers out of tissue paper, made tie-dyed Earths different activity. In one class, they made necklaces, another wrote a flip book, made flowers out of tissue paper, made tie-dyed Earths, and read stories about what we can do to protect our Earth. The week ended with the office serenaded by a Kindergarten class singing, The Earth is Our Planet! Yeah!!

Our fifth grade continues to have visitors from the past with Heroes from the Revolutionary War! Benjamin Franklin, Frances Marion, James Otis, Benedict Arnold (traitor), Abigail Adams, and many others. The students put so much effort and research into their reports that their presentations are truly amazing! Every year the bar is raised - the videos - super adorable; costumes - thank you Amazon; and the live presentations - so much fun! Truly a highlight in fifth grade!

Finally, Lanai presented our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Erika Altman, at the 25th Annual Teacher of the Year event at the Woodland Hills Hilton on Thursday night! Mrs. Altman was honored along with 19 other teachers throughout the valley for their dedication to their students and education. This is Mrs. Altman’s Sweet-Sixteen year as a teacher! Mrs. Altman is National Board Certified and presents Professional Development to our teachers in writing and Steam education. In addition, she is loved by her students and well-respected by her colleagues. If you walk into her classroom, (as well as all our other Kinder classrooms) you might think you’re in first grade because the level of instruction and student work far exceeds kindergarten standards! Lanai is truly lucky to have Mrs. Altman here, as well as all our other exceptional teachers.


Lisa Elan

Monday, April 29

  • Mother’s Day Boutique, 4184 Lanai Road (across from the school) 8am - 4pm

  • Yearbook orders in front of the school, PM

Tuesday, April 30

  • Dismissal today is 1:40 pm

  • ELAC Meeting, 8:30 am Parent Center

  • The Hut is open

Wednesday, May 1

  • Character Day - Citizenship, wear purple

  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - 8:30 - 10:00 in the auditorium

  • Buddy Picnic at lunch (volunteers needed, see sign-up below)

Thursday, May 2

  • Principal’s Awards 

  • Gold Rush - 4th Grade on site Field Trip

  • McDonald’s Fundraiser Night - 4:30 - 7:30 pm, 15700 Ventura Blvd (at Haskell)

Friday, May 3

  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration at morning assembly and at recess  **churros will be sampled, please let the office know if your child is unable to eat this**

  • Spirit Wear sales in front of the school

  • Lunch with the Principal

  • SSC Meeting, 1:30 pm Parent Center

Saturday, May 4

  • Family Movie Night, presented by PTA, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the auditorium. Movie TBA


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 13 Parent Presentation: How to Raise a Healthy Eater, 8:30 am
May 14 Spirit Wear Sales during open house hours
May 14 Open House , 5 - 7pm
May 15 Final 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, 10:30 am
May 20 - 24 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
May 20 - 31 SBAC Testing Window - 3rd to 5th Grade
May 21 Laps 4 Lanai 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 27 Memorial Day - No School
May 29 Final PTA Board Meeting
May 30 Lunch With the Principal, 12pm
May 30 Local School Leadership Committee (LSLC) Meeting, 3pm
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, 7pm
June 3 Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal
June 3 5th vs Staff Basketball
June 4 5th Grade Culmination Ceremony, 9am
June 5 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm
June 5 Kinder Celebration, 8:30 am
June 5 5th Gr. vs Staff Kickball
June 5 EL Program Options, 2pm
June 6 Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1pm
June 6 TK Celebration, 8:30 am
June 6 Perfect Attendance Awards at morning assembly
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


Mother’s Day Boutique - Monday, April 29 at 4184 Lanai Road (private residence across from Lanai).  We locked in AMAZING companies that'll make Mother's Day, teacher's/graduation gifts and even Father's Day a little easier!  So come by anytime between 8am-4pm and continue your generous support of our school!!!  Every dollar counts!! Open to the public so tell your friends!  

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. Flyer is attached.  


The Yearbook Committee will be in front of the school one final day on Monday, April 29 in the afternoon to take orders. They will have order forms available at the table but a copy will be sent home in your child’s backpack as well.

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.

Family Movie Night is almost here! Put on your PJs, grab a blanket/sleeping bag and a pillow and chill out with the rest of your friends in the auditorium as Lanai's PTA presents our annual Spring Family Movie Night! The kids will be voting between Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Secret Life of Pets 2. Saturday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30.  Popcorn and licorice will be provided. Flyer is attached.


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.


Textbook Help Needed! - To help box up old textbooks, put them onto pallets and put the new textbooks on the shelf! Wear some comfy clothes and shoes! Monday, April 29 at 8:30. Stay as long as you like. Meet at the garden near the upper playground (outside the Science Lab or room 27). Please make a comment below if you are able to help.

Buddy Lunch Helpers - Our final Buddy Lunch is on Wednesday, May 1 from 12 to 1pm and we need help. For more information about this event, contact Suzy Robbins at or Andrea Pearlman at Leave a comment below if you are able to help.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration - Friday, May 3 during recess: 10 - 11 am. The multicultural committee is looking for parent volunteers to help us celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Lanai. We will be doing a special arts/crafts activity and serving Mexican snacks to the kids on Friday, May 3rd during recess. Volunteers would be on campus from approximately 9:30am - 11:15am. Please email Veronica Sabbaghi if you’re available to help. 

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.


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 May:

Lunch Menu for May:


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


Cinco De Mayo Celebration - Friday, May 3 at morning assembly and at recess (10 - 11am). Parents are welcome to join us on the upper yard to recognize this important, historical day in the Mexican culture when the Mexican army defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla.

How To Raise A Healthy Eater - Parent Presentation - Monday, May 13 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.  Join Lanai parent and Nutritional Consultant, Sharon Benzvi as she discusses the importance of the family meal and offers tips/tricks on how to feed your child healthy foods without having to hiding it!. Visit Sharon's website at: 

Open House Is Quickly Approaching! - Save the date! Tuesday, May 14. From 5 - 6pm there will be pizza and spirit wear sales, from 6 - 7pm the classrooms will be open for touring. The upper yard will be open to allow for parent’s to park.



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.