Reminders and Updates from the Principal


Welcome Back to Life In The Middle Everyone!

I hope everyone had a fun, restful and safe Winter Break. This week we start 2019 with our long-awaited I-Term Session. The students and teachers seem to be truly enjoying the many diverse learning experiences presented. I hope students are sharing with you what exciting activities they are doing. 


This Friday marks the end of the 1st semester. Next week on Monday we will resume our regular class schedule, starting on letter day "A." Report cards will be released on Friday, January 25.  More information regarding report cards will be in next week's Weekly. 

This week students are participating in LJA's first-ever Interdisciplinary Session.  Below are descriptions of the many opportunities students had to pick from for their exciting week!


Do you like Sherlock Holmes? Do you like to play Clue? This is your course! You stumble upon a scene of a crime and it's your job to collect and analyze all of the evidence to identify the perpetrator.


Always wanted to make that costume for Cosplay and LARPing?  Come join us in an all-day workshop on character creation, costume & prop design, and preparation for "role play" as  your own fantasy character!


Students will inquire into the culinary cuisine of Mexico and Italy as they learn how to cook traditional food from these countries. The day will end with a banquet of delicious Mexican and Italian food.


In this spaceship-themed simulation, you will adopt various TV space character roles to "explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!"


Have you ever had a crazy idea for a new sport that would sweep the country? Ever wanted access to all the equipment needed to bring your idea to life? FrankenSports is the crazy way of combining all you love about your favorite sports into one weird and wild activity.

Through this exploration of the Broadway musical "Hamilton," students will engage in the historical background to this play, the process of creating a modern musical, and the inspiration behind the music!


Robots are all around us and they are changing the way the world works and plays. Flex your creative muscles to design interesting robots that meet the goals your team sets.


Interested in surfboard shaping? Get a behind the scenes tour of the life of surfboard shapers. Learn how surfboards are designed and shaped for different waves and conditions. In this course you will be learning from experts, NOT shaping your own boards.


Join us in this immersion experience of Hawaiian culture and place-based education. As we explore our beautiful island, you will gain a recognition and awareness of vital aspects of Hawaii that will enable you to further your independent and continued exploration, and inquiry of Oahu's unique character.



You will learn to make a simple ring, bracelet, or pendant from sheet metal in session one with the option of adding a bezel set stone in session two. In session one we will learn to use basic metal-smithing tools, along with drilling, filing, cold jointed riveting, and sawing.  In session two we will learn the basics of soldering and stone setting techniques.


Want to join a rock band? In this 2.5 day camp you'll learn songwriting and music skills. Collaborate with members of your band, reflect and refine and finally perform and record original songs!


Create and produce your very own video clips @lejardinacademy starring you and other LJA students, faculty, and staff!  Take over LJA's Instagram account and tell your story! Create an LJA Snapchat filter!  Work with our Admission and Communication Departments to like and share with the community! You will be #grateful that you did!


Want to get into the real estate market? Jump in with us as we apply math concepts to the housing market. Thursday "realtor's open" of Impact Term!


Do you talk to your TV when you watch important games? ("How could you miss that shot?!!", "That was almost as good of a diving catch as I made at the beach last weekend!!", etc...) Do you have witty, snarky, wacky, weird, and wonderful comments to make while you watch movies and shows? (i.e. "Why would you DO that?! DON'T go in there!!!")


A mindful experience for girls, where you will learn to self appreciate, manage stress and work through difficult experiences.


Spend the day hiking  and - as you go - journal, draw, sketch and observe. Leave with a beautiful journal to remember this day forever! This mindful, sensory experience will take your brain on a wild adventure.



Baking requires a balance of time, temperature, ingredients, and temperament. It also brings people together! Are you up to finding that balance and uplifting spirits?


In this exploration of ancient beliefs about the mind, body, spirit connection, you will inquire into techniques such as meditation, intuition, and crystal healing and discuss the connection between wellness and alternative practice.


Do you love the ocean? This course will give you the life skills related to ocean safety and beach rescue.


Students will explore the world of SLAM poetry and other creative forms of communication with the help of of our in house Poet Laureate, Ittai Wong.


Ever wonder what it's like to be in college? Spend the day with our very own college counselor, tour a college campus, and take a personalized inquiry exploration to find what colleges might be right for you!

MYP Minute


Families, welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the break as much as I did and are feeling refreshed and inspired for 2019.


It has been so exciting wandering around and talking to the kids about their "I-Term" experiences. Here are just a few snippets of conversation from the lunch room:

"I am learning real skills that I can use in my future."
"I didn't realize there was so much math in surfboard shaping."
"I feel like I've learned so much and we didn't even sit down today."
"I'm getting to work on my passions and work with kids from other grades. It's so fun!"


More pictures, stories, reflections to come, but so far we are seeing great value in this experience. A huge thanks go to the teachers who have put so much effort and hard work into preparing their courses.


Please do pass on your feedback as a parent to Leah Magana and/or myself when you get a chance. We hope to get lots of feedback this year so we can improve and tweak things for next year and beyond.


Thank you,

Krista Quint, Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator


Middle School PFA Hosting

The Annual MS Flashback Movie Night


When: Friday Jan 18 from 6:00-8:00

Where: Wang Auditorium


  • Please bring a beach chair, blanket, pillow, beanbag or whatever will keep you comfortable on the floor.


  • Please note that this event is only for LJA students. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 


  • Permission slips are required as this is a drop off event. Please fill out and return the permission form by Thursday January 12 to Mrs. McDonald.

 After-School Opportunities

Starting Now and Still Accepting Registration


New Class:  Volleyball Clinic


Sign up to learn the basic fundamentals of volleyball.  The clinic will include instruction and drills on passing, serving and receiving.  In addition, students will be taught the basic rules of the game and how to properly set up volleyball equipment.


Additional Equipment: 

Dates/Day/Time: please click HERE for schedule

Location: Coach will pick up students near the bathrooms in the E Bldg. Extended day students will be escorted back to their appropriate classrooms.


Cost: $125 for 10 sessions

Payment Policy: Cash payment or checks payable to Daniella Miranda-Johnson are due on the date of the first clinic (1/10/19)


Terms & Agreements: Minimum of 6 students & maximum of 12 students. Enrollment is first come, first served. Makeup sessions will be held for clinics cancelled due weather and no gym availability. No refunds or makeup dates for sessions if student is absent from school.


Contact:Daniella Miranda-Johnson



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 


Spring Robotics (Grades 6 - 12)


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. 


Additional Equipment: none required

Dates/Day/Time: For schedule information click HERE



Cost: Free of charge

Terms & Agreements: Students should let Julia Harding know what days a week they will commit to attending. Students can participate on the team as long as they can come on at least one regular week day.

Middle School students may be invited to continue with FRC once the FTC Mock TOURNEY is over.



Contact:Ms. Handy




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),



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@

Website: lauraraff-tierney.wixsite.comgg



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),




MS/HS Spring Chorus Concert


Please note that the date for the Spring Chorus Concert has been changed to Tuesday, May 21




January 8 - 11, I-Term Sessions


January 11, End of Semester 1


January 15, Geography Bee


January 18, Movie Night


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




Project Grad Jamba Juice Fundraiser

Only $5  - Variety of flavors

Portion of proceeds benefit Project Grad


At the Gym & Middle School Courtyard

1st Fridays 12:30 to 1:15pm: 



In the Loop & Middle School Courtyard

3rd Fridays 2:30-3:30 pm 





 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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