Students Enjoying the New MS Courtyard


Middle School PFA Hosting

The Annual MS Flashback Movie Night


When:  This Friday, January 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

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. Forms may be turned in Friday morning or before the event.


*Students not picked up by 8:15 will not be allowed to attend the next event.

MYP Minute


Aloha LJA families,


It has been a whirlwind of a week and all MS students are back in full action after I-Term. If you didn't get a chance to fill in the survey, please do so HERE.


Many classes have started new units this week, so it's a great time to check in and talk about what they're learning in their classes. You can use Managebac as a guide to your discussion, by logging into your account, then going to Progress - Classes - Click on the Class and scroll down. You'll be able to see an overview of all units this year.


On Friday January 25, you will be receiving your child's Semester 1 report card. Please read through this Guide to Understanding your Child's Report Card and feel free to email me with any questions.


Krista Quint, Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator




Reminders and Updates from the Principal


Dear Parents and Students,

We hope you all had great experiences and fun during last week's first I-Term session. The student, parent and faculty I-Term surveys have gone out, and I encourage you all to please take some time to give us your feedback about your I-Term week experience. This is valuable information for us as we start to plan ahead for next year.


As classes resume this week, I do need to send out to parents a couple of reminders about MS rules we have reiterated with your children this week. The first one is to please note that students failing to attend the Get-It-Done homework clinic during lunch when assigned, will receive one warning for the first missed session and then a "Level 1" infraction for not following a teacher's directions for any other subsequent incidences. A form will be sent home for your review and acknowledgement.


The second rule reminder is about student possession of cell phones during the school day. Students should not have their cell phones on them (e.g. in pockets or backpacks) and that they are kept locked up in their lockers. We ask you to help us with supporting this MS policy as it helps with your child's learning experiences in many ways especially with lessening the possible issues that can arise with social media misuse during the school day (e.g. lack of focus in class, cyber bullying, disruptions in class, and other inappropriate use situations). I encourage you to re-review below the cell phone and electronic devices policy from our handbook with your child. I also encourage you all to attend our upcoming special school screening of "Screenagers" on Friday, February 1 in the Wang; please see the announcement regarding this important opportunity in this week's school newsletters.


From the MS Parent & Student Handbook:

CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES We encourage students to use their time at school during lunch and breaks for face-to-face communication. For this reason we ask that students use their cell phones before school and after school only. Electronic devices including smart/computer watches may be used, with teacher approval, during the school day for school-related purposes only. Students must keep their cell phones in their lockers during the school day. Students needing to contact their parents must see a teacher or the MS Office to use a school phone. We ask parents to refrain from texting students during class time. Important, time sensitive messages can be relayed to your child via contacting the MS Office. Cell phones that ring or vibrate during class time will be confiscated and turned in to the MS office and may be picked up at the end of the day by the student's parent/adult guardian. Students may use their cell phones for personal use before school, and after school. Students who exhibit an inappropriate use of cell phone usage will be required to turn in their phones/watches into the middle school principal before first period every day, to be picked up after last period every day


Thank you all for your support and I hope to see many of the MS students tomorrow night at our annual Movie Night event. Have a safe and fun three-day weekend!

Julie Do, MS Principal

More I-Term Fun


Date Night Event

Hosted by LJA Athletics



When: Saturday, January 26th. 4:30 - 7:30 pm.

What: Boys Varsity Basketball Game & Pizza Dinner

Who: All Le Jardin Academy Grades Kindergarten - MS

Where: Le Jardin Academy Gym


Dear Parents:

The LJA Athletics Department invites you to drop your children off so they can cheer on our Boys Varsity Basketball Team!

Simply make at least one purchase of any amount from our school spirit store which will be located directly in front of the gym where you will be dropping your child off and the rest of the evening is on us!

Students will be supervised by Athletics Manager Kyle Nakayama and a group of chaperones. Postgame pizza dinner is sponsored by Boston's Pizza Aikahi. (Students will eat at approximately 6:30 pm)


In the meantime, go out and enjoy an early dinner and don't worry about picking up your kids until 7:30 pm! That's 3 hours, so enjoy your freedom!  RSVP required by Friday, January 25th. Go Bulldogs!


Contact Kyle Nakayama, Athletics Manager with questions


 After-School Opportunities

Still Accepting Students:



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),




MS/HS Spring Chorus Concert


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





January 18, Movie Night


January 24 , Geography Bee


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


January 25, Report Cards Released 


February 1, Screenagers: Parent & Child Learning







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




LJA's February parent learning will focus on ethical use of technology. This event includes the showing of the film "Screenagers" which explores how teens interact with each other using electronic devices and whether parents should limit or control this behavior. The film will be followed by breakout sessions to facilitate communication between you and your child about screen time. This event is for students in 5th grade and up.


Friday, February 1st, 2019
Wang Auditorium
5:30-8 p.m.

View the trailer HERE


Film runs 60 minutes so you're invited to bring your own chair or mat, water bottle, snacks or dinner (Pizza will be sold at the event). Child care will not be provided. 



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 




Get 20% of your check donated to LJA's PFA Upcoming CPK dates:


February 13
March 13
April 10
May 8

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