Lanai Weekly: May 6 - 10, 2019

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Parents,

So much going on this week! On Wednesday, our Volunteers were treated to a lovely breakfast hosted by our teachers and staff as a way to say thank you for all you do! Later, on Wednesday, our students got to hang out with their buddies at the final Buddy Lunch! It was a lovely spring day with games, bookmarks and popsicles. Top it off with butterflies soaring across the yard and it was a perfect buddy lunch! On Friday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with music, dance and yummy snacks - ole!

On another note, our TAs, staff and I met and are working to improve yard safety. We made changes which include students in grades 1 & 2 will “freeze” when the bell rings. Kindergarten students will also practice “freezing.” Then, selected students will gather the balls to be returned. No PAW tickets will be given for returning the balls. Students will only be allowed to play in their dedicated “areas.” This will curtail the after-bell rush to get to the ball box and in line. We hope these steps will improve safety on the yard.

Looking forward, remember we have movie night on Saturday; Laps for Lanai on the 21st and CPK Night on the 22nd this month. Lot’s of fun things going on!

Wishing you a nice weekend!

Lisa Elan

Monday, May 6

  • 5th Grade Pali Camp (returns Wed. May 8)

Tuesday, May 7

  • 1st Grade Field Trip to Theater West

  • Dismissal today is 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open

Wednesday, May 8

  • 5th Grade Returns from Pali Camp

  • Student Council Interviews (4th Grade)

Thursday, May 9

  • Parent Presentation - 5th Grade Growth and Development, 8:30am Parent Center

            (more info listed below)

Friday, May 10

  • Israeli Independence Day Event at morning assembly

  • School Tour #3, 8:45 Parent Center

Sunday, 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 Parent Center
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 - 31 SBAC Testing Window - 3rd to 5th Grade
May 16 Incoming Family Meet & Greet, off campus, evening
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 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 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


Laps for Lanai is just around the corner! Save the Date May 21st!  Be on the lookout for the flyer coming home with more information. It’s one of the last fundraisers of the year!

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! More info to follow.


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, May 6 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.

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. Please see the attached flyer for FAQs.

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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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


 5th Grade Growth and Development - Parent Presentation, Thursday, May 9 at 8:30 am - given by Johanna Johnston, Lanai’s PSW (Psychiatric Social Worker). We will be showing the Always Changing/Growing Up video that your child will be watching (with your consent). Following the video will be a presentation for parents on how to prepare you and your child for middle school and what to expect during the transition from elementary school to middle school. Please RSVP at or leave a comment below.

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

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



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.