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PLEASE NOTE: NO LJA WEEKLY WILL BE SENT NEXT WEEK DURING FALL BREAK

HEAD OF SCHOOL SYMPOSIUM

The next Head of School Symposium is scheduled for Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wang Auditorium. As part of the school's strategic planning process, this series is aimed at fostering community dialogue on future trends in such areas as education, globalization, and science and technology.  The November 30 symposium will focus on Hawaii socio-economic trends, asking such questions as:

1.  What Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) do you see regarding Hawaii's economy regarding its social structure?

2.  A lot has been written about Hawaii's desire to become more globally oriented.  To what extent is this likely to happen?

3.  Even more has been written about Hawaii's embrace of traditional Hawaiian culture.  To what extent should LJA consider adopting this embrace as well?

4.  How might LJA's demographics change, if at all, and what effects of that change do you foresee?

5.  What is/could be LJA's niche in the local private school market?

6.  How will Hawaii's economy, as well as tuition pressures, affect LJA's enrollment?


The event features a mix of panel member discussion followed by audience participation.  Panel members currently confirmed include State Senator Jill Tokuda, former State Senator and member of the Hawaii House of Representatives Fred Hemmings, and lawyer and futurist Jesse Souki.  All LJA community members are invited to attend.

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GIVING TUESDAY

Nov. 29 is Giving Tuesday, a day to celebrate generosity and give back! Join LJA in this world-wide movement

  • Make a gift or pledge to the LJA Annual Fund. To donate, click here.
  • Visit LJA's Facebook and share your giving story. Tag it with #LJAGivingTuesday
  • Spread the word. Encourage family and friends to give to a cause close to their heart.

We also need volunteers to help us celebrate Giving Tuesday by greeting families at drop-off and pick-up and collect donations. If you would like to help, sign up here.

 

Also on Giving Tuesday Only: giving to LJA will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $30,000). Every gift at every amount makes a difference!

KANEOHE CHRISTMAS PARADE 

Mark your calendars! We're participating in the 55th Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:00 a.m. We will be doing a beach/surf Christmas theme and we welcome everyone to come out and to ride our trolley, march, and pass out candy! We also need volunteers to help with decorations! If you're interested in any of the above, please click here to fill out the sign up form.

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SCHOOL VIDEO

A really big mahalo to the teachers, parents, and students who opened up their classrooms and also volunteered to be interviewed for our school video. Everyone did such a great job and the video truly highlights what makes our school and our students so special. The video was shown at our recent Open House and is also now on the home page of our website. Take a look!

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

Our robotics teams participated in and hosted the First LEGO League District Tournament held in our LJA Gymnasium last weekend. 20 First Lego League (FLL) teams (typically elementary and middle school) and 14 First Technology Challenge (FTC) teams (typically high school) competed. Students presented their Robot Design, Core Values, and Project.  We also had 18 LJA students volunteering to earn CAS and S&A hours.

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EARN MONEY WHILE YOU SHOP

If you plan to shop on Amazon this holiday season, you can effortlessly earn money for LJA. There is no sign up involved and no special codes to enter. Just use our unique school shopping link to get to Amazon.com and then shop as you normally do. Each month Amazon pays the school up to 10% of all purchases.

Share the link with friends and family and they can earn for us too. It's easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Click here.

2. Bookmark the page in your browser

3. Use your bookmark to link to Amazon every time you shop on Amazon. (You have 24 hours to purchase the items in your cart, or you will need to re-link before checking out.)

For questions contact Suchi Psarakos.

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JINGLE ROCK RUN

There are currently 134 LJA families signed up for the Jingle Rock Run! Last year we were the second largest group and we hope to beat that this year! Please join us for this festive 5K run/walk in beautiful downtown Honolulu on Sunday, Dec. 18. You will be able to pick up your race packet here at LJA and the registration fees are waived (due to a sponsor) for LJA families; however, we do encourage all to make a donation to Make-A-Wish. Click here to confirm your registration by Dec. 1.

MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE

Be on the lookout for our band students who will be traveling with Na Koa Ali'i Hawaii All State Marching Band (HASMB) to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Huge congrats to our students Morgan Schaefer, Shaye Higa, Teneal Togami, Liv Peralta, Sophie Moser, Ashley Marxsen, Grant Schaefer, Austin Mays, Morgan Alexich, Kainoa Gnos, and Miah Tapper.

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KAWACHI STUDENTS VISIT LJA

Middle School students from Kawachi school in Japan visited our campus this week. They were greeted with tours of our campus provided by our Grade 8 students. They also learned ukulele and calligraphy from our Middle School students. Our students were then treated with two Japanese songs performed by the Kawachi students. 

BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS

The Blood Drive was a great success! The Blood Bank of Hawaii set a goal of collecting 36 units of blood for our Drive and the LJA community - staff, students, parents, family - answered the call of those in dire need across Hawaii by collecting 37 units of blood. Thank you to everyone for your support!

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NICE TO MEET YOU

When Melissa Handy was in the first grade her dad taught her how to type code from a spiral bound book into her computer to make games. That very well could have been the start of our Education Technology Director's love for all things tech.  

 

Melissa is the proud mom of LJA senior Ethan. She is also the sister of our K-2 art teacher Jordan Dodson and aunty of Jordan's daughter's Norah and Willah who attend our Lower School. Melissa says her favorite part of her job is seeing the kids excited to learn and she wants the technology that students use to empower them and to never get in the way of learning.

 

"My hope is that girls specifically, who often self-select out of technology fields early, can be inspired at LJA and realize what a great impact they can have through computer science skills," says Melissa. "Also, I want the LJA robotics programs to grow and include a greater number of students."

 

As a kid Melissa skateboarded, played volleyball, basketball, and was a high jumper. She says she was a real tomboy who liked to climb trees. These days she enjoys a game of golf and hopes to start riding her bike more often. A fun fact about Melissa is that before getting her degree in Computer Science, Melissa double majored in Ceramics and Glassblowing.

 

Pictured is Melissa with a few of her favorites; her son Ethan and nieces Norah and Willah.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Nov. 18 - Turkey Trot

Nov. 21-25 - Fall/Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 3 - Kaneohe Christmas Parade

Dec. 10 - Holiday Craft Fair

Dec. 18 - Jingle Rock Run 

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