August/September/October 2017






My name is Autumn Woods and I am delighted to serve as the PFA President for the 2017-18 school year. I am the mother of a 6th grade daughter and we are looking forward to the exciting world of Middle School! Our family is beginning our third year at Le Jardin Academy, and we couldn't be more thrilled to be actively involved in this vibrant community of parents and faculty.
The PFA meets monthly to plan the fun family activities we have throughout the school year. There are three General Meetings that are open to all families (September, December and May). We have a great attendance and I encourage you to join us – it's a great opportunity to meet with fellow parents and the administration. Coffee, tea and breakfast treats are involved, in case you need added incentive to join us!


As you may have noticed, the PFA information has move to the Community section of the LJA website. I think this is a particularly good move, as the PFA provides an opportunity to enrich the community of students, parents and faculty at the school. It's easy to get involved in this community – whether you'd like to be a room parent, help with the fun events coming up this school year, or just know what programs the PFA provides for the students. You can also easily show your support for LJA through the Amazon Smile Rewards program and CPK days.

There are several exciting programs back for the school year, including the return of nationally-recognized science show by Professor Smart. Many thanks to outgoing president Morgan Larue for coordinating this effort. The PFA is also pleased to announce that a donation was made to the Annual Fund to support the ongoing efforts of the school's leadership in funding faculty professional development, facility improvements, scholarships – all resulting in a powerful, positive impact on our students.


I invite you to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information about volunteering with the PFA. I am excited to share the projects we have planned and welcome the opportunity to hear your ideas about new ones:

Looking forward to another great school as part of the LJA ohana!


Autumn Woods
PFA President



2017-2018 PFA Board
Secretary - Mercedes Fagundes
Treasurer - Dawn Suitor
VP New Families - Kaleo Ahina
VP Communications - Cris Johnson and Lisa Webster
High School Representatives - Blair Morrison and Katey Edwards
Middle School Representatives - Barney Brennan and Lara Wilcox
Lower School Representatives - Sarah Smyth and Jennifer Yu
Junior School Representatives - Kristy Scherman

Past President:  Morgan LaRue


Bienvenue 2017


This year's Bienvenue, a yearly LJA tradition, welcomed new families with breakfast, tours of the campus and school orientations.  New families also had the opportunity to learn about the various after school activities at LJA, then had fun at the photo booth and hat decorating station!  It was a great start to the new school year.


Meet the Teacher Day


Students, parents, and teachers were greeted with sunny skies, bright smiles and warm malasadas at Meet the Teacher Day, August 26th. The fantastic brunch, provided by the PFA, has become a fun tradition to welcome back families after the summer break.


A big thanks to the PFA and especially to the PFA parent with the "mad skills" (you know who you are) for coordinating Agnes' Bakery to provide fresh fruit, pastries, and "made-to-order" malasadas.  We had a great turnout.



LJA family pictured: Shane Jackson with wife Michelle and children Ethan and Bryce 


Middle School Family Pizza Night


Over 100 Middle School students and their families enjoyed Boston Pizza, lemonade, ice cream sundaes, and a fun opportunity for catching up with old friends and welcoming new families.


pictured left: Brad & Lara Wilcox, Barney Brennan

pictured right: Jon & Heather Wallenstrom, Melissa Malahoff-Kamei, Jennifer Yu


It's that time of year again for the annual PFA Holiday Craft Fair!  This year's fair will be held on December 9th from 10am-2pm at the Le Jardin Academy Main Campus.

Foot traffic from our Parent Faculty Association Winter Wonderland Event and various sports gatherings on campus are sure to attract customers.

To reserve your vendor space, pick up an application at the Schuler Administration Building or visit our website here.  Applications are due December 4th.  For more information, call 261-0707 x1310 or email Jennifer Souza here.


Just a reminder that a revised high school calendar was emailed to parents a couple weeks ago.  Changes include dates for coffee meeting events and exam dates to name a few. If you need another copy, please click here.

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