This week in MS Town Hall the eighth grade Drama students put on a staged reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for the rest of the Middle School. In order to learn the adaptation process, the drama students have been working on their own version of this holiday classic; and this fun performance was a culmination of their playwriting experience this year.



to the Boys and Girls

Intermediate Tennis Teams


  The boys placed 1st in Division II  and the girls placed 2nd despite only having 5 players on their team. 


Way to go Bulldogs! 


Reminders and Updates from the Principal


Happy Holidays and Winter Break Everyone!

I'm pretty sure you all, like us, are ready for a bit of a break to spend time with family, friends and fun activities over the next couple of weeks. I would like to thank everyone for a great semester of collaboration and community efforts from the classroom, to the dance floor, to the athletic fields, to the stages, to the courtyard and to the dining room & car ride conversations. Life in the Middle is inevitably filled with highs and lows as we adults help support students as they support each other through all the many changes, challenges and events experienced during these three, albeit short, very important years.


This time of year is also a great time to reflect on the many gifts we receive every day throughout the year. I know for myself one of the greatest parts of being here in The Middle at LJA is working with an amazing team of teachers and staff members with the special abilities needed to work with our unique age groups ;) The other even more amazing part that I believe the teachers would agree with too, is getting to work with LJA students who dare to take risks to achieve their goals and who are kind-spirited community members that regularly try to be positive, inclusive classmates to one another. Thus creating a safe place, for students to learn and be themselves. Life in The Middle is not perfect, nor should it be, but by far no place I'd rather be.


Happy Winter Break & A Happy New Year!
Love, Ms. Do


MYP Minute


This week I want to celebrate some of the awesome culminating project-based assessments students are working on as we near the end of the semester. From Mars Rovers in Design, to synchronized swimming choreography in PE, to "Invisible Cultures" Presentations in I & S, to student-created plays in Drama…. Our students are certainly given a wide variety of creative and expressive ways to show their learning!

Wishing everyone a happy, restful, and FUN Winter Break.


Krista Quint, Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator


After-School Opportunities


Spring Robotics FTC Season

Many of you might have heard we won States. Whooo! But our Middle School robotics club isn't over yet, we are continually building and programming. We are looking for new members to grow and learn with us. So this is a subtle reminder that you can join the robotics team too. You don't have to have experienced in either building or programming, we are always learning together. To join you can email Mrs.Handy or even just show up (for schedule click HERE)!

Please consider us,


MS Robotics Team


Coding (Grades 3 - 8):

In this 21st-century skills class, students will learn how to create their own video games and animations. Students work at their own pace using a free online Program from MIT Labs. Students learn logical and problem-solving skills that can lead to great things. Beginners to advanced students welcome. The instructor monitors student work and provides personalized instruction for each class. Students may use LJA supplied laptops. For more information and sample program, visit  No class on 2/15 (PDD), 3/15 (Family Fun Night), 3/29 (Spring Break), and 4/19 (Good Friday).


Additional Equipment: N/A 

Dates/Day/Time: January 25 - May 31, Fridays, 3 - 4 p.m.

Location: Media

# of Classes: 15

Cost: $315

Payment Policy: Cash, Check, or Online Payment. Cash payments can be arranged by contacting the Instructor. Please make checks out to: Scott Bowling and mail to 1291 Ulupuni Street, Kailua, HI 96734. Paypal or Venmo payments are accepted (username is Your child's spot will be reserved when tuition is received. The Instructor will email you with a confirmation. No payment = no saved spot.

Refund Policy: See for refund policy.

Terms & Agreements: 18 coders (spots) available (space is limited). *Middle schoolers are invited to stay until 4:45 p.m. every other week. 

Contact: Scott Bowling (Instructor),



Crafty Bath & Body Make & Take (Grades 3 - 6)     

Calling all crafty kids! Have a blast making your own bath and body products like BATH BOMBS, BUBBLE BATH BARS, WHIPPED SOAP, LIP BALMS, BIODEGRADABLE BODY GLITTER GEL, TOY SOAP, LOTION BARS, ROOM SPRAY, SQUISHY SOAP, and more! Participants will reinforce skills like weighing, measuring, assembling recipes, packaging, and labeling as well as setting up and cleaning up their workspace. Crafters will bring home a make-and-take product almost every class to use or give as a gift. No class on 2/18 (President's Day), 2/25 (Instructor's Request), 3/11 (Professional Development Day), 3/25 (Spring Break), and 5/27 (Memorial Day).


Additional Equipment: Cost includes all crafting supplies and ingredients.

Dates/Day/Time: Jan 28 - June 3, Mondays, 3 - 4 p.m.

Location: E8

# of Classes: 14

Cost: $460

Payment Policy: Cash, Check, or Online Payment. Please make checks out to: Courtney Ching Borden and mail to 440 Akoakoa Place, Kailua, HI 96734. If you plan to pay online via PAYPAL, VENMO, OR CASH APP, please contact Instructor for payment information. Your child's spot will be reserved when tuition is received. Returned checks have a $25.00 penalty fee.

Refund Policy: No refunds after the first day of class. Credit is not given for missed classes.

Late Pick Up Policy: Pick Up time is at 4 pm in the drop off/pick up loop. Children who are picked up over 10 minutes late will incur a $10 late fee/every 10 minutes (i.e.: 10 mins late = $10, 20 mins late = $20, and so on).

Terms & Agreements: 12 spots available (first come, first serve). After school care is provided from 2:45 – 3 pm. Allergen Alert: some products may contain nut butters and/or nut oils. For more information, please contact Instructor.

Contact: Courtney Ching (Instructor),




Glee Club (Grades 3 - 6)


Glee Club is a fun way for students to learn healthy vocal technique, singing multiple parts in an ensemble, sight-singing, and to develop performance skills. Past performances include ArtsFest, Winter Concert, and a Spring Sharing Event. No Class on 3/26 (Prince Kuhio Day).


Additional Equipment: N/A

Dates/Day/Time: Jan 223 - June 4, Tuesdays, 7:10 - 7:45 a.m.

Location: B3

# of Classes: 19

Cost: $150

Payment Policy: Cash or Check. Make checks payable to Laura Raff-Tierney and mail (or deliver to LJA's Main Campus Front Desk) LJA, ATTN: Laura Raff-Tierney, 917 Kalanianaole Highway, Kailua, HI 96734. Or have your child deliver the check to the Instructor. 

Refund Policy: No refunds given after the first Glee Club practice.

Terms & Agreements: 30 spots available. *6th Graders may come at 7:20 AM and stay until 8 AM if that works better with their school schedule.

Contact: Laura Raff-Tierney (Instructor) at laura.raff-tierney@



Martial Arts (Grades K - 6)


You are invited to join Martial Arts Company at LJA. We have classes for our Phase I beginner class (ages 7 – 12) and our Tiger Club class (ages 4 – 6). Student will be learning ITF Taekwondo, Respect, Discipline, Teamwork, and much more. For more information about our program, please visit No class on 2/15 (PDD), 3/15 (Family Fun Night), 3/29 (Spring Break), 4/19 (Good Friday), and TBD for ArtsFest & Fifth Grade Exhibition in May.


Additional Equipment: Cost includes Martial Arts uniform, and a graduation ceremony. 

Dates/Day/Time: Jan 25 - May 24, Fridays, 3 - 3:45 p.m.

Location: Dahl

# of Classes: 14

Cost: $255

Payment Policy:  Cash, Check, or Credit Card. Checks are written out to Martial Arts Company. For Credit Card payments, please contact Martial Arts Company. Your child's spot will be saved once a payment is received. Payments can be made by mail, phone, or at our front desk located at Martial Arts Company in Kailua.

Refund Policy: Please contact Martial Arts Company.

Terms & Agreements: 20 spots available (space is limited).

Contact: Martin Day (Instructor); 808-263-1911




Shine on Stage (Grades 3 - 6)


Get out there and SHINE! In this class, students will be introduced to the exciting world of performing arts through acting exercises and games, movement and dance, as well as singing. Come join in the imaginative fun, and gain creative confidence! All levels welcomed. Shine on Stage will be offering two classes (determined by grade level: K – 2 and 3 – 6) on Mondays. We invite parents to our "Final Class Showcase" on May 20th (time and location will be announced at a later date). No class on 01/21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 2/18 (President's Day), 3/11 (PDD), 3/25 (Spring Break), 5/13 (Instructor's Request), and 5/27 (Memorial Day).


Additional Equipment: Please bring a water bottle.

Dates/Day/Time: Jan 28 - May 20, Mondays, 4:05 - 5:05 pm.

Location: B3

# of Classes: 13

Cost: $250

Payment Policy: Cash, Check, or Online Payment. Cash payments can be arranged by contacting the Instructor. Please make checks out to: Sarah Halford and mail to PO BOX 1397, Kailua, HI 96734. Online payments can be done on the Instructor's website. Your child's spot will be confirmed when tuition is received. The Instructor will email you with a confirmation.

Refund Policy: No refunds after the first day of class. Classes are not pro-rated and credit is not given for missed classes.

Terms & Agreements: 11 spots available for K – 2, and 11 spots available for 3 – 6.

Contact: Sarah Halford (Instructor),




Mindfulness and More (Grades 6 - 8)


In this after-school activity, students will learn techniques for calming anxiety through breath, art-making, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and other activities. Students will also learn how mindfulness affects the brain, specific techniques, and strategies to help remember how and when to use these techniques. So much more than simply sitting quietly, mindfulness can help students self-manage the challenges and stressors in their lives. There will be two 8-week sessions. For Session I, there is no class on 2/7 (Instructor's Request). For Session II, there is no blackout dates.


Additional Equipment: None. All the materials will be provided.

Dates/Day/Time: Session I (Jan 10 - March 7) & Session II (April 4 - May 23), Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.

Location: 409A

# of Classes (per session): 8

Cost: $0 (please see "No Show Policy")

No Show Policy: This activity is free of charge; however, there will be a $25.00 "No Show" fee if a student misses a session without prior parental contact.

Payment Policy: Credit Card Payment only. The "No Show" fee invoice will be sent via email.

Refund Policy: No refund is offered for this activity and the "No Show" fee. 

Terms & Agreements: 8 spots available. Space is limited and will be determined by parental contract, signed release and student commitment. Please see "No Show Policy".

Contact & to Register: Catherine Ventura (Instructor),





So Much Talent (Grades 2 - 6)


Back by popular demand an after-school performing arts experience. Come join the fun in this fast-paced exciting class where students develop singing, acting, and dancing techniques, as well as, their on-stage performance skills.The experience culminates in a fully staged '80's inspired production of 'Cinderella' titled, "DUST-BUSTERS!" In the Spring of 2019. Songs include: Take on Me, Ghost Busters, Footloose, 9-5, Purple Rain, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Uptown Girl, Another One Bites the Dust, and more!!


After-school performing arts experience

Fridays - 3:30 – 4:30pm

Chorus Room: B-1


Spring Session: January 18th – May 31st, 2019

Tuition:  $400– due in advance of the start of session


Ms. Louie Vinsonhaler: Playwright, musical director, choreographer

Mr. Walt Gaines: Playwright, director, acting coach


For more information call Ms. Louie at 799-9490

Click HERE to sign-up 






December 24 - January 4, Winter Break


January 7, PDD #3 No school for students


January 8, Students return from Winter Break


January 8 - 11, I-Term Sessions


January 11, End of Semester 1


January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No school


January 25, Report Cards Released 






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



Please click HERE to enjoy the December 12th MS/HS Winter Concert video.


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.


Last day before Winter Break

December 21


 Box Tops

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


 Keep them coming.


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

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