Final Lanai Weekly: 2018/19 and August 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Families,

This last week of school was filled with celebrations!   Wishing a super-big congratulations to our 5th graders on their Culmination! We know they’ll go onto great experiences in middle school.   They are well-prepared because of all the dedicated teachers and support staff they’ve had at Lanai.  This was also a week of awards - Morning Laps awards, Lexia awards and Perfect Attendance awards. Congratulations to all our students who earned awards this week and at other times too!  

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!


Lisa Elan

Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14 Seeds Summer Care, 8am - 5pm (see below for details)

Monday, June 10 Last Day for Lost and Found Items

Thursday, June 20 School Applications due today

Friday, June 21 Last Day School Office is open

June 24 - July 31 School Office is closed for the summer

2019-20 School Year

Thursday, August 1

  • School Office Opens to Accept Late Applications

Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9

  • SEEDS Bridge Classes (K - 5th), 9am - 12pm (see below for info)

    Monday, August 12 - Monday, August 19

  • SEEDS Summer Care, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm (see below for info)

    Wednesday,  August 14

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

  • English Learner Program Options, TK/Kinder: 3:30 - 4:00 pm,   1st - 5th Grade: 4:00 - 4:30 pm

Thursday, August 15

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

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

Monday, August 19

  • Sparkle Day! Volunteer families welcome to come and get the campus ready for the first day of school!  See below for more information.

  • Classroom placement messages via Parent Square at 6pm

Tuesday, August 20

  • First Day of School!  Warning bell at 8:10, School start bell at 8:15 am

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

  • Early dismissal every Tuesday at 1:40 pm

Wednesday, August 21

  • First PTA Board Meeting, 8:30 in the Parent Center, Room 10B

Thursday, August 22

  • New Parent Orientation, 8:45 in the auditorium

Friday, August 23

  • New Family Buddy Brunch (off campus) 8:30 - 10:30 am, Location TBA

2019-20 School Year Dates to Remember

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

September 5 Room Parent Orientation: TK - 2nd Gr: 8:30 - 9:30,  3rd - 5th Gr: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

September 5 ELC (English Learners Committee) Elections

September 6 School Site Council (SSC) Elections

September 10 Back to School Night (TK - 2nd)

September 11 Back to School Night (3rd - 5th)

September 11 PTA Board Meeting

September 20 Guys and Kids Sports Night

September 30 Rosh Hashanah - No School


ALL PARENTS - Please notify the office immediately if your child will not be returning in the fall. This includes all students who have accepted a call-up from a magnet school waitlist. Please email with any updates or questions.

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.


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.

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.

PERSIAN CULTURE 101 CLASSES AT LANAI - Sign-up for this class will be available on Monday, August 19 at  6pm. A Parent Square message with the sign-up link will be sent out at that time.  Classes begin on Tuesday, August 27 with 2 time slots: 1:50 pm to 2:40 pm and 2:50 pm to 3:40 pm. Sign-ups are first-come, first-serve and there will be a waitlist in case the classes are full. This class is for 2nd - 5th graders only and families must fill out the Beyond The Bell application form and submit it to the office prior to the first day of Persian class. Classes are provided by the Farhang Foundation and there is no charge.

SUMMER PERSIAN CLASSES - Taught by LAUSD Farsi teacher, Maliheh Barazesh and offered by the Cyrus Language Academy.  Classes will be held twice a week on Saturdays and Tuesdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Monica.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.

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:

SEEDS SUMMER CARE - Hurry up and sign up for Seeds Summer Care! Fun activities, water play, sports supervision and Friday field trips. Space still available. Lanai Summer Care Monday, June 10th through Friday, June 14th, 8 am to 5:30 pm. and Monday, August 12th to Monday, August 19th. 8 am to 5:30 pm

SEEDS AFTER SCHOOL CHILDCARE - Fall registration has begun. All new and returning students MUST register for 2019/20 school year.  REGISTER NOW: Fall Seeds Childcare Registration. After school care begins on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 20th.

SEEDS SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM, an academic review and preview. Summer Bridge will begin August 5th through August 9th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm daily. Students will work with Lanai teachers covering multiple subjects. Students entering Kinder through 5th grade. Give your child the edge they need to have a great school year with Summer Bridge @ Lanai. Spaces are filling up, please sign up now if your child wants a jump start after a long summer break. REGISTER ONLINE NOW Lanai Summer Bridge


  • ROCK BAND CAMP (ages 6-7; 8-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO


  • DJ CAMP (ages 7-12) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

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.

SPARKLE DAY IS MONDAY, AUGUST 19 - 4 TO 6PM!  LET’S GET THE CAMPUS READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  Dust away the cobwebs, scrub down those tables!  Families are invited to come from 4 - 6pm to help tidy up the school! Wear cool, comfortable clothing, some sunscreen, a hat and bring some water. We will provide the cleaning gear.