Lanai Weekly: May 27 - 31, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

This has been a super week for students and staff!  On Tuesday we had our annual Laps for Lanai run and it was incredible!  All our students ran with enthusiasm and pride as they were cheered on by their buddies, staff and parents!  Our fifth graders and Coach were surprised during the last lap of the day when the entire school came out to cheer them on - honoring their last Laps for Lanai run!  Student Council President, Nicole, gave Coach a box filled with cards from students letting him know how much they’ve enjoyed PE, and all the other cool stuff he does with them!

The entire week, during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, everyone at Lanai has been celebrated and thanked for all they do each day!  Flowers on Monday, cards on Tuesday, fruit on Wednesday, a super-yummy lunch on Thursday and custom, Lanai socks on Friday, made for an amazing week!  Our entire staff thanks you for your support and love - Lanai wouldn’t be the wonderful place it is without you!

I want to commend all our candidates who ran for Student Council.  They worked hard on their creative posters and speeches! Congratulations to our new student council reps: Sasha, Kiki, Sam, Addison, Mila, Georgie, Sol, Sam, Isabella, Sienna, Hannah, and Jonathan.   President Gabby and V.P. Lili. We know they will serve Lanai well. In addition, there are opportunities for ALL students to participate in many other committees and we welcome every student’s participation at school!

On a final note, many of you know that we are in the midst of arranging the new classes for next year. Please know that your child’s teacher knows your child best and will make every attempt to place him/her in the class that is best.  Some of the things considered when building the classes each year include: English Language status, Special Education, GATE status, friendships, behavior concerns and academic balance.  If there is additional information that is helpful for your child’s current teacher, please contact him/her. Otherwise please know, each teacher puts much consideration into the placement of their students.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Lisa Elan

Monday, May 27

  • Memorial Day - No School

Tuesday, May 28

  • Early Dismissal Today - 1:40 pm

  • Persian 101 class today

  • No Hut (closed for the year)

Wednesday, May 29

Thursday, May 30

  • Principal’s Awards, 8:15 auditorium

  • Local School Leadership Committee (LSLC) Meeting, 3pm

Friday, May 31

  • Student Council Spirit Day - Decades Day

  • Spirit Wear sales in front of the school, AM

  • Lunch with the Principal

  • Persian Make-up Class (room 22) Session #1 will run 3:00 - 3:50 pm, Session #2 will run 4:00 - 4:40 pm

  • Incoming Kinder Playdate, 3pm Kinder yard

  • 5th Grade Parent/Child Dance, 7 - 9 pm, auditorium


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

June 3            Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal

June 3            5th vs Staff Basketball

June 4            5th Grade Culmination Ceremony, 9am

June 4            Special Election, Polling in the auditorium - 7am - 8pm

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


A huge thanks to all students and families for an amazing job raising money for Lanai. It was a record breaking year for Laps 4 Lanai!

  • Top earning grade winning a pizza party is 1st Grade!

  • Top earning class winning an ice cream party and their name on the Wall of Champions is Mrs. Manolos!

  • The student in 1st Place raising the most money is Hayden Fandrich in Ms Verdin’s class

  • Kayden Navarro in Mrs Manolos wins 2nd Place

  • Olivia Abelson in Ms Kim’s class wins 3rd Place

Way to go Lions!!


Editor and Advertising Manager Needed for the Lanai Leader, our school newsletter.

Are you interested or you do you know someone that might be interested?  We are looking for 2 people to help – a Co-Editor and Advertising Manager.

Heather Bernstein, our Lanai Leader Editor, would love to tag team with another parent to help her with the Leader. The Lanai Leader publishes 5 issues per year and as role as Editor you reach out to committee chairs for articles and compile / layout the articles. Heather is currently prepping the final issue of the school year so this is an ideal time to shadow her and see what’s really involved.  

Katie Elinoff, our Leader Advertising Manager, has kids that will be graduating out next school year.  As the Advertising Manager, you reach out to previous advertisers and respond to inquiries that Lanai may get for the Leader. The new person will be able to shadow Katie for a year to learn the ropes.

If you have any questions for Heather or Katie regarding the positions, you can email them at:

Heather - lanaileadersuggestions@gmail.comKatie -

You can also leave a comment below and someone will get back to you.


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!

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.


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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Buddy Families Needed for Incoming Families.  It's that time of year when we start recruiting new buddy families for next school year. It's nice to have someone to reach out to for advice and questions when starting at a new school, and this is a great way to make a new family's transition easier. We hope that you will return the favor for a new family this year!

Please follow this link to fill out the buddy family form:



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.