7th Grade Campers Having Fun "Through Challenge By Choice"


Reminders and Updates from the Principal



As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we have "clarified" the language in the dress code policy for MS to help with concerns and to make it easier for students to understand and follow. The revisions in the dress code's language essentially keeps the policies the same, which is also the same as the High School's. During TOWN yesterday, we had two members of the MS Student Government Association help us clarify with a fun demonstration. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns;  these updates should not significantly impact your child's clothing option for school (although they may assist you the next time you are asked to buy for school an overly expensive pair of designer jeans in which there are more tears & holes than pant fabric ;)


On behalf of the MS Faculty & Staff, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!


Dress Code "Clarifying Revisions"


Under the section TOPS (second item)

  • Garments should cover the torso from the top of the armpit down to the top of student's waistline

Under the section BOTTOMS (first & second items)

  • Added to clarify "excessive" is "more than 5 holes, tears, rips"
  • Shorts must reach down to the student's fingertip in length (as it is for skirts & dresses already)


MYP Minute


Friday, November 16th is our 2nd Managebac 'check-in' of the school year, when you are able to log in to see how your son/daughter is progressing so far this year. Please see below some quick helpful links that show you how to access your son/daughter's grades and feedback.

Signing in to Managebac

Navigating Managebac

Viewing your Child's Calendar

Viewing your Child's Academic Progress

Switching between Children

Please do set aside some time to sit down with your child and let them explain what they're doing in their classes and what their grades mean. Teachers work hard to help students understand what they're learning and why, as well as the criteria and the expectations for each task they're given. Discussing these things at home will help to support what we're doing in our classes.

If you missed the article on assessment a couple weeks back, here is a refresher:  


Assessment in the MYP


*To see the rubric descriptors for the different levels on Managebac: Go to the 'progress' tab and go to the little 'i' next to his/her grades, you will see descriptions of the criteria at the different levels from 0-8.

Any questions, please send them my way!


Thank You

 Krist Quinty, Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator  


Schools of the Future Conference


8th graders, Sydney W., Hannah R., Lulu H., and Jordan N. presented at the SOTF Conference this past week. They shared their Disaster Relief Shelter Project with over 1,700 attendees!


Service as Action News: More about Managebac!!!!


Documenting your 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.

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 a 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."

Brin will now need to enter her reflection as a final step. This could be a photo from the event with a caption explaining her involvement in the photo, or it could be a "takeaway" from the event, such as a new idea she has for further service, or a greater understanding of what the service activity meant to her.


Thank You Brin for your service!!

Juniper Krog, SA and Learning Support Coordinator


LJA Open House


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 at 261-0707 x1310


6th Graders in the Winter Concert

HS/MS Winter Concert

December 12th


First and second quarter MYP 1 chorus 6th graders will be performing with the MYP 2/3 and SEA chorus ensemble and the High School Choir for this year's Winter Concert. Please be on the lookout for an email from Ms. Louie with more details and an RSVP link for their opportunity to participate. (Again this is only for the 1st & 2nd quarter MYP 1 chorus students; for the Spring Concert, 6th graders from the 3rd & 4th quarter chorus classes will be invited to perform in that event).

Fall Sports Awards



Girls Intermediate Cross Country:

Most Improved - Hannah M.

Most Inspirational - Kelsey C.

Grit Award - Elena P.


Boys Intermediate Cross Country:

Most Improved - Evan B.

Most Inspirational - John M.


Boys Intermediate Water Polo:

Most Improved - Ethan R.

Most Inspirational - Shane K.

Grit Award - Kameron W.




Girls Intermediate Volleyball:

Most Improved - Kahiau P.

Most Inspirational - Sydnee W.

Grit Award - Gennezia H.


CSAL Boys Basketball:

Grit Award: Hayden K. 

Grit Award: Cooper K.


First HASA High School Surf Team Competition

This Weekend!


The LJA Surf Team will be competing this weekend Saturday, November 17th, at Turtle Bay Resort, oceanside of the pool area, at 8:00 am (vs Kamehameha) and again at 11:00am (vs. Punahou). Please come out and cheer on our athletes! Bring lawn chairs (resort chairs are for resort guests only), snacks, water bottle, and plenty of school spirit! Call the HASA hotline before you start the long drive (1+ hours from Kailua) to be sure the contest is not cancelled due to high surf or other weather conditions: 262 2488. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Blood Drive a Huge Success!


Thank you to everyone who helped support the LJA Blood Drive! There will be another one next semester...
Of the 42 donors who registered, 15 were first-time donors. In total, 30 units of blood were collected! Since each unit of blood can be divided into three different components, the blood drive may have touched the lives of up to 90 patients!


Thanks for all your help!


The Blood Drive Squad

Le Jardin Academy PFA Craft Fair


Saturday, December 15, 2018
l0:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Le Jardin Academy Lower School Campus
917 Kalanianaole Hwy


If you are interested in being a vendor at the fair

you can find out more information and fill out an application HERE


Thanksgiving Holiday


Thanksgiving is next Thursday, November 22.  Please note that there will be no school starting Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23 in observance of the Holiday.  There will not be a MS Weekly over the Holiday but we will have another issue November 29! 

Missing Any Lunch Boxes???


Please have your child check out the items in the MS Lost and Found.  It is located right outside the MS office.  We have a mountain of lunch boxes and drinking bottles waiting to be found.  All items will be disposed of next Tuesday if not reunited with their owner.






November 21 - 23, Thanksgiving Holiday


Wednesday, December 12, Winter Concerts


December 24 - January 4, Winter Break







Attendance Hotline

261-0707 x7004


Lizbeth Smith

MS/HS Registrar

261-0707 x3070


Kim McDonald

MS Admin Assistant


Juniper Krog

Learning Support Coordinator 


Sean Landau

MS/HS Counselor


Jessica Osborne
MS/HS Counselor


Krista Quint

Dean of Academics, MYP Coordinator


Julie Do

Middle School Principal





Help brighten the holiday season for a child in need by donating a new and unwrapped toy at any of our drop-off areas: Main Office, High School, and Junior school. Collection dates are Nov. 7 - Dec. 6.


Together we can make a difference and also teach our children the value of compassion, empathy, and the gift of giving back. 


All donations stay on Oahu.


For questions, please contact Ann Medeiros at 382-2771.

Jamba Juice available every first and third Fridays of the month. The first Friday will be during Middle and High School Lunch. $5.00 per juice.


The dates are as follows: 

December 7 and 21


 Box Tops

We are collecting Box Tops for Education again this year (a purple label on various household items)


So far this year 457 boxtops collected! Keep them coming.


The box is located near Mrs. McDonald's desk. in the MS office.

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