Lanai Weekly: June 3 - 7, 2019

Principal’s Message:

There is so much going on at school in preparation for the close of school next week! SBAC testing has concluded for our 3-5 graders—their results will be available to you on the Parent Portal over the summer. Our fifth graders have been preparing for their culmination which promises to be an inspiring and wonderful celebration of their years at Lanai—bring tissue, tears are a guarantee! The fifth graders also came decked-out and dressed-up for their annual 5th grade Dance! Big thanks to Marcos who spun the best music and Jill with her “red-carpet” team who worked so hard to make the VIP evening an adventure worthy of a Hollywood debut!

Our kindergartners are also warming up their voices for their celebration which is guaranteed to be adorable! We also had our incoming Kinder playdate Friday afternoon. Our soon-to-be Kinders have jumping feet, bright smiles and made some new friends - the start of a wonderful school experience.

Finally, today was the last Lunch with the Principal for this year. It’s always a nice time when the students, selected by their teachers, join me during lunch and we talk and eat a yummy dessert (usually Ding Dongs). I always ask the students questions and find out what’s new at the movies and what cool things the children have planned for the weekend. Today I asked what they felt was the best part of this school year. The consensus was: PE with Coach—who always makes playtime fun; all our Teachers who make learning interesting every day; and Laps for Lanai—yea! The running, the cheering, the tee-shirts, the spirit, the popsicles, the fun!

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Lisa Elan


Monday, June 3

  • Minimum Day - 1pm dismissal

  • Lexia and Reflections Art Awards at Morning Assembly

  • No snack for sale at the cafeteria, only lunch for sale

  • 5th vs Staff Basketball, 9am

  • TK/Kinder English Learner Options Meeting, 1:30 - 2:00 pm, Room 2

Tuesday, June 4

  • Special Election (Measure EE) Polling in the auditorium, 7am - 8pm

  • **Please do not park in “Reserved for Voters” spots!

  • 5th Grade Culmination, 9am start. Upper yard will open at 8:30 am for parking.

  • Kinder Water Play Day!

  • Both snack and lunch will be for sale in the cafeteria

  • Early Dismissal Today - 1:40 pm

  • Persian 101 class after school (last class)

  • No Hut (closed for the year)

Wednesday, June 5

  • Kinder Celebration - 8:30 in the auditorium.

  • 5th vs Staff Kickball at 9am

  • Minimum Day - 1:00 pm Dismissal

  • No snack for sale in the cafeteria, only lunch for sale

Thursday, June 6

  • Minimum Day - 1:00 pm dismissal

  • Perfect Attendance awards at 8:15, upper yard

  • TK Celebration, 8:30 in the classroom

  • No snack for sale in the cafeteria, only lunch for sale

Friday, June 7

  • Last Day of School - Dismissal at 1:00 pm

  • 2nd Grade (Bell/Stephans) Mad Scientist in auditorium (10 - 11am)

  • 5th Grade Bash 11 am - 12:30 pm

  • No snack for sale in the cafeteria, only lunch for sale

  • 5th Grade Goodbye Walk  - 12:50 pm

Monday, June 10

  • Last Day to check Lost & Found before it’s packed up at 4pm!

Thursday, June 20

  • School Applications are due today!

Friday, June 21

  • School Office Closes for the 2018-19 School Year

2019-2020 School Year Dates to Remember

August 1         School Office to accept applications

August 5 - 9         SEEDS Bridge Classes (K - 5)

August 14        Cub Corral (Incoming Kinder Only), 8am to 3pm

August 14        English Learner Program Options, TK/Kinder: 3:30pm - 4:00 pm,

                                                                                     1st - 5th Grade  4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

August 15        Cub Corral, 8am to 3pm

August 15        English Learner Program Options, TK/Kinder 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

August 19        Sparkle Day!

August 19        Classroom Placement Messages via Parent Square, 6pm

August 20        First Day of School, warning bell at 8:10, school start bell 8:15 am

August 20        TK/Kinder Classroom Placements in the auditorium, 8:15 am

August 21        First PTA Board Meeting, 8:30 in the Parent Center

August 22        New Parent Orientation, 8:45 in the auditorium

August 23        New Family Buddy Brunch (off campus) 8:30 - 10:30 am

August 28        Volunteer Sign-up Day, 8:30 - 10:30 in the auditorium

August 29        Guys Walk The Kids To School Day

August 30         No School - Admission Day

September 2        No School - Labor Day


Calling all Lanai Families!   Next year, Spirit Wear is starting an awesome new Vintage sales line, selling old styles from years before!!  These shirts are second-hand but are very cool styles from as far as 8-10 years ago!  Many shirts will be original and "one of a kind"!

Shirts will start being sold next year but here's where your help comes in.....we're asking families to please donate back old shirts that no longer fit your children for resale!  Items can be gently used and must not have holes or stains. Please bring in to the office.

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 -

Katie -

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


Medication in the Office - Please pick up your child’s medications in the office before Friday, June 7.

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 June:

Lunch Menu for June:


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:

Neutral Position:

Pro Position:

Against Position:


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.