Principal's Message

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

Somehow we are only a few days away from Thanksgiving. As this week was short and Thanksgiving week is short there have not been many developments in the HS.


Of course this would be another great week to list more people I need to thank - however, instead, I thought I would give every parent a homework assignment: to send a thank you note to someone involved with LJA. Perhaps your student's favorite teacher or coach, a member of our PFA or anyone else in our community who helps make this place so wonderful. While an email is great, consider taking a moment to write a handwritten note to that person. Academic studies have shown how powerful this act can be!


Thank you to everyone in our community for all you do!


As the Fleur Turns

The coconut wireless reports that medieval catapults were seen up on the soccer field flinging tomatoes on Wednesday.


True! Nicole Daurio and her classes completed an epic catapult competition.


Parent Sessions with HS Principal Candidates

Parents are invited to attend the upcoming Parent Sessions with our three finalists for the HS Principal search. Below are the dates with each candidate:


November 19th, 9am-10am, Dahl

November 20th, 9am-10am, Dahl

November 26th, 2pm-3pm, Dahl


We hope to see you there!


Chunkin Contest


Yesterday our sophomores and juniors in physics engaged in their "Chunkin Contest" on the soccer field. This project was modeled after the Punkin Chunkin event in Delware. The students built catapult projectile tossing machines, while learning about the concepts and testing their machines on that day. They used tomatoes as their projectile object, and some tomatoes flew very far across the field! Great work, students!



Seeking Elf Volunteers


Project Grad is looking for volunteers for the December 1st Tree and Greenery Pick Up Day. Feel free to dress the part! Sign up here.


First HASA High School Surf Team Competition this Weekend!

The LJA Surf team will be competing this Saturday, November 17th, at Turtle Bay Resort, oceanside of the pool area, at 8:00am-9:30am (vs Kamehameha) and again at 11:00pm-12:30pm (vs Punahou). Before driving out, be sure to check the HASA Surf Series hotline at 808-242-2488 for cancellations or changes due to weather. Bring lawn chairs (resort chairs are for resort guests only), snacks, water bottles, and plenty of school spirit! Looking forward to seeing you there to cheer on our athletes!


Service as Action News: More about ManageBac!

by Juniper Krog, MS Learning Support Coordinator


Documenting your Service as Action (SA) Activities on ManageBac is an important part of the SA process. Most students have already begun to tackle this step - if you haven't done so yet, make sure to get started ASAP!!! (Please see the 11/1/18 Newsletter for a tutorial on entering your SA on ManageBac, or click here to go straight to the tutorial.)


Brin Jaffe, a 10th grader in her last year of the IB/MYP SA requirement, attended the recent Blue Planet Foundation Student Energy Summit as part of a Service as Action Activity. She chose Challenge and New Skills, and Awareness as her target Learning Outcomes. Here is her exemplary documentation of the event, from ManageBac:

"I served the entire community of Hawaii by educating myself and contributing ideas on how to save energy in Hawaii. Hawaii struggles with maintaining low energy, such as with solar power and LED light bulbs. It's important to address these problems because the main source of energy we use now (fossil fuels) is not limitless and is hazardous to the planet. This activity was from 9am to 4pm at the Hawaii Convention Center. Multiple groups from schools all throughout the Hawaiian islands attended. I attended with a group from Le Jardin Academy, specifically members that work alongside me in the General Council. During the summit we listened to educational talks, thought of ideas on how to help Hawaii with its energy, worked with our school groups to create realistic action plans, and also learned about many other organizations in Hawaii working towards a similar goal. I utilized the new skill I learned during this summit to create our action plan, and this summit increased my awareness of how much this problem is affecting Hawaii, and also what is being done to stop it."

For her reflection, Brin included photos from the event with captions explaining her involvement (see photo above). She did this by clicking "add + reflections and evidence" in ManageBac - the final step.


Thank you, Brin, for your service!


Toys for Tots


Help brighten the holiday season for a child in need by donating a new and unwrapped toy for all ages (birth to 18) at any of our drop-off areas: Main Office, High School (Room 402), and Junior School. Collection dates are now until December 6th. All donations stay on Oahu.


Last year we filled NINE boxes. We are going for TEN! 


For questions, please contact Ann Medeiros at (808) 382-6271.


Announcements & Reminders

Junior Camp - November 15-16

This year the 11th grade students are offered a one-night experience at Camp Erdman in the North Shore.


Jamba Juice Sales - November 16, December 7 & 21

Jamba Juice smoothies will be available every first and third Fridays of the month. The first Friday will be during Middle and High School Lunch. $5.00 per juice. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2019 Project Grad.


The dates are as follows:


November 16

December 7 and 21


Open House - November 17

Please join us in welcoming prospective families to LJA! If your family would like to give tours at Open House on November 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m., please sign up here. For questions, contact the Admissions Office.


Thanksgiving Break - November 21-23

Campus will be closed for Thanksgiving Break.


HS Coffee with Principal - November 29

The HS Coffee with the Principal will be held on Thursday, November 29th from 6pm-7pm in the Wang Auditorium. A topic will be coming soon!


CPK Day - December 12

Please stop by the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Kailua Town location on December 12th and 20% of the check will be donated to LJA's PFA.


Holiday Craft and Gift Fair - December 15

Our annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair will be held on December 15th from 10am-2pm. There will be over 70 craft and gift vendors! All items purchased at the food booths will go towards the Class of 2019 Project Grad! If you are interested in being a vendor, download an application here. If you have any

questions, please contact Jennifer Souza at



Attendance Hotline

261-0707 x7004

Vicki McNeill

HS Principal

261-0707 x1020 

Office #1 on the second floor of the HS Building

Lizbeth Smith

MS/HS Registrar

261-0707 x3070

Office #5/6 on the second floor of the Gym

Alex Ramsvig

HS Dean of Academics & DP Coordinator

261-0707 x2325

Room 407A on the second floor of the HS Building

Krista Quint

MS Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator

261-0707 x2050

Room 310 in the MS Building

Leah Magana

Director of Learning

261-0707 x1070

Office in the Main Admin Building

Christina Hoe

Experiential Education Coordinator

261-0707 x2110

Loft office in the Gym

Scott Liedtke

Director of College Counseling

261-0707 x2220

Room 407A on the second floor of the HS Building

Tammy Thomas

HS Admin Assistant

261-0707 x1120

Office 2 on the second floor of the HS Building


November - 2018
All day
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Junior School and Main Campuses
December - 2018
All day
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