October 18, 2018



October 22 - 25:

Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 25:  

Parents Turn to Learn 

October 27:  

Family Promise Run

October  29: 

Class Photos & Picture Makeup Day

October 31:

Halloween Parade



 Signing Students In/Out

 New Procedure effective October 22nd as we continuously try to improve our practices we have decided to update our safety procedures by asking you to come to the office and let Mrs. McKillop know your child is present at school if you arrive after 8:15 a.m.  We will still ask you to sign your child in on the sign-in sheet in the classroom; but in the event that your child is with a specialist and the homeroom teacher is not in her room, this will provide an extra layer of safety for your child.  Mrs. McKillop will also inform the homeroom teacher that your child is in. We thank you for your cooperation with this new procedure.  


Early Care

Starting on Monday, October 22nd Early Care will be in the Art and Music Rooms.


Intruder Alert Drill

The Junior School conducted a successful intruder alert drill the morning of October 17th. These drills are triggered by a loud sounding alarm that can be heard throughout the campus. During the process, which we call "Safety Drill," doors are locked, lights are turned off and students and adults find a place of refuge where it's more difficult to see them (against the wall, in lofts, behind lofts, etc.) Madame Akina then turns off the alarm and goes to each door to release the classrooms. The alert drill and a fire drill will be conducted during Extended Day in the near future.


Parents Turn to Learn – October 25th

Various sessions offered at the main campus from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for PK-12 families.  Click HERE for more information.


  • A special session on how to communicate with your Preschool Child will be included and conducted by Mrs. McDermott.


Family Promise Run – October 27th

Third-grade student, Patrick Thielen, and his seventh-grade sister, Anna Thielen are encouraging all LJA families to join them at the Family Promise Run. This is a 5K run on October 27th  in Kailua with proceeds helping families in need.

  • To register: Click HERE.
  • To volunteer at the event: Click HERE


Class photos & Picture Makeup Day - October 29th 

Mrs. McDermott's, Mrs. Brooks', Ms. Bingham's, and Ms. Robello's classes will take their class picture on October 29th. 

  • Please send students to school dressed in their outfit for photos.
  • You may bring a change of clothes for afterward.
  • Students who were absent on picture day will also have an opportunity to have their individual portraits taken.


Halloween Decorations Help Needed - October 26th - 29th 

If you can assist students as they create crafts in the art room, help is needed Friday, October 26th and Monday, October 29th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Help is also needed with hanging the decorations on Monday, October 29th at 2:45 p.m. to decorate the campus. Come for all or just part of the time, extra help is appreciated. Sign-Up Sheet is on the front courtyard table. Unfortunately, due to the high number of students in extended day, we are not able to have non-extended day students on the playground.


Halloween Parade – Oct. 31st

The Junior School Halloween Parade will take place at 8:15 a.m. on October 31st on the playground field. Students come to school dressed in costume and bring a change of clothes in a labeled bag. As you plan for your child's costume remember that weapon accessories may not be brought to school. Celebrations will follow in each class with a special snack and activity. We thank you for following the no goodies bag policy, including candies, and for checking food allergies when planning snacks. We appreciate your cooperation.

Please note: The two churches up the road will not allow parking for this event; parents will have to be responsible for solving parking issue on their own if the parking lot at the Junior School is full. We encourage car pooling and appreciate your understanding.



If you have a child or know a child eligible for our program next year, please note the application deadline is December 15th.

  • PK girls must be three by August 31st
  • PK boys must be three by June 30th
  • JK girls must be four by August 31st
  • JK boys must be four by June 30th

For more information please visit our admissions page HERE.


Parent/Teacher Conferences – October 22-25

Please be sure to sign up for your parent/teacher conference. Sign-up sheets are in the classrooms now.


 Accessing Parent Contact Information

You can access parent contact information in your My Backpack account. The link is also located on our website under the Parent Portal. After logging in, select "parent/student contact."


Technology Resource

Many families will have a new iPad or tablet during the holiday season.  Here are seven must do, but easy steps for parents to set up the new iPad to be kids safe and kids friendly. See article HERE.


New Student

The LJA Junior School would like to welcome Emma Serra who joined Mrs. Yoshida's class on Monday, October 15th.


Baby News

Congratulations Elkins Family! Levi Elkins in Mrs. Yoshida's class has a new baby brother Caleb.


Check out DJ's latest blog titled Getting Kids Ready HERE




Junior School Students Playing with the Big Blue Blocks.

Contact Us:


 Francoise Akina                                                  

Junior School Principal                                       


(808) 261-0707 x 1040                                      

 Aimy McKillop

Administrative Assistant


(808) 261-0707 x 1150


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