Lanai Weekly: May 13 - 17, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Lanai Road Families,

This week has been jam-packed with all kinds of fun for our students! On Monday, our fifth graders went to Pali Camp for a great end-of-year experience! They did a high ropes course, Variety Show, Balloon Rescue and “bonding” experiences. The weather was cooler than usual but seeing the mist among the mountains was amazing! This will be a trip they will always remember.

Friday was such a busy day, that three principals were needed to run the school! Luckily, Principal Sophie and Principal Shiva were here to help. They helped out with the inclement weather and made the decision to postpone our Israeli Independence Day celebration until Monday when the weather will be better. In addition, Principal Shiva and Principal Sophie visited with some of our prospective parents on our school tour. Their advice to the incoming families is for children to walk in the halls, listen to the teachers, and when it’s raining everyone should walk under the awnings. They both took time out from their busy day to visit the classrooms and tell the students what a good job of learning they are doing and how much they appreciate the hard work the teachers, TAs and staff are doing. Finally, as all principals know, taking time for lunch is super important, (this job requires lots of energy)! To that end, Principal Sophie and Principal Shiva had lunch with their friends in the Principal’s office! It’s a great day to be a principal!

Finally, I wish all the moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! This is one of my favorite holidays—handmade cards, runny eggs, and flowers made out of tissue paper—what can be better?


Principal Shiva, Principal Sophie, and Principal Elan

Monday, May 13

  • FOLB Board Meeting, 8:30 off campus

Tuesday, May 14

  • Open House!  5 - 6 pm - Spirit Wear/ Food Sales, 6 to 7pm - Classrooms Visits                              

  • Dismissal today is 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is closed today.

Wednesday, May 15

  • Final All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With the Principal, 8:30

Thursday, May 16

  • Harvest of the Month - Kiwi  **please let your teacher/office know if your child is allergic

  • Incoming Family Meet & Greet, off campus, 7 - 9pm

Friday, May 17

  • SEEDS Musical Performance, 6:30 pm (flyer attached)

Saturday, May 18

  • SEEDS Musical Performance, 10:30 am (flyer attached)


May 16 - 31 SBAC Testing Window - 3rd to 5th Grade

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 Teacher/Staff Luncheon

May 24 Student Council Results Announced, 2pm

May 27 Memorial Day - No School

May 29 Final PTA Board Meeting

May 30 Principal’s Awards

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 Lunch with the Principal

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 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


We are so excited to announce that Laps 4 Lanai is coming up!  On May 21st, students will run laps on the upper yard. It is a very special day filled with music, exercise, dancing and good healthy fun! The students will put their fitness knowledge to the test, as well as celebrate school pride for Lanai Road Elementary. Donations are coming in! Thank you! If you haven’t yet donated please login, donate to and get your child the free t-shirt!  Any questions please email Informational flyer is attached.

CPK Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 22 - All Day!  All sales (including take-out) are counted towards our fundraising.  Come and grab lunch and dinner for your and the kids! Make your reservations now as it can get crowded!  Flyer is attached.


Our final All Parents Team Meeting and Coffee with the Principal will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 in the Parent Center.  All are welcome to participate.  Refreshments will be served.


Important: If your child has crutches/cast/stitches/staples, please  make sure that your child hands in a doctor’s note to Jane in the office!

Classroom messages during SBAC testing - Due to state testing in classrooms May 16 - 31, phone messages will not be forwarded to students in class in 3rd through 5th grade.   Please communicate your arrangements with your child (lunch/snack delivery, playdates, pick-up times, etc.) prior to the school day beginning.

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.


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:


Measure EE - What is it? On June 4, voters living in LAUSD boundaries will cast ballots on Measure EE, Quality Schools for All — a per-square-foot parcel tax on habitable structures. Passing Measure EE is a critical step in our 20 by 20 campaign to reach $20,000 in per-pupil funding by the year 2020. Homeowners would pay 16 cents per square foot on buildings (the taxable square footage listed on property tax bills) located on taxable parcels within Los Angeles Unified boundaries. The tax does not apply to land. Measure EE will not interfere with existing or new rent stabilization ordinances. Measure EE includes exemptions for property owners over 65 and certain disability recipients.

By law, Measure EE funds are dedicated to:

  • Lowering class sizes

  • Attracting and retaining high quality teachers and school employees

  • Providing equitable school nursing, library and counseling services

  • Providing safe, secure, clean, well-maintained, supportive and welcoming schools

  • Supporting special needs, homeless, foster, & other underserved and disadvantaged students

For more information on Measure EE you can visit:

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How To Raise A Healthy Eater - Parent Presentation, Monday, May 13 at 8:30 am - given by Sharon Benzvi, Lanai parent and Nutritional Consultant.  Why should you ditch the term “Picky eater”? Why is the family meal important and how will it help you raise healthier kids? Learn tips on how to make your family dinner really happen! What are some healthy snacks that your child will like? Learn ways to feed our kids more fruit and vegetables without hiding them in their food!   Healthy refreshments will be available. Please RSVP by commenting below.

Open House Is Here! -  Tuesday, May 14. From 5 - 6pm there will be pizza, Kona Ice, Spirit Wear and bake sales! From 6 - 7pm the classrooms will be open for touring. Raffle tickets to the Magic Castle.  The upper yard will be open to allow for parent’s to park at 4:30 pm. Flyer is attached.

SEEDS Musical Theater Performance! - Friday, May 17th at 6pm and Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 am.  Over 40 Lanai students will be performing!  You won’t want to miss this! See attached flyer for details.

Teacher Appreciation Week is around the corner!

  • Monday, May 20th - Bring a flower for your teacher and/or your favorite staff member.

  • Tuesday, May 21st - Make a homemade card for your teacher and any other staff member, thanking them for all that they do.

  • Wednesday, May 22nd - Bring a piece of fruit or a favorite vegetable to help make a healthy basket for your teacher or staff member.



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.