Service as Action News

 Juniper Krog, SA and Learning Support Coordinator

This week we want to highlight a special Service as Action project!  Our own Le Jardin 7th Grader, Lily Lyman, was recently selected to be the Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network Champion for this year by the Kapiolani Health Foundation.


This means she will be working hard alongside her family at some of the fundraising events and meeting with children who receive care at Kapiolani Hospital. She will be documenting and reflecting on this experience for her Service as Action activities this year, as she will be participating in many additional activities for the benefit of the children who receive support from the Kapiolani Health Foundation.


This is just one example of how Service as Action can be an opportunity to personalize learning here at LJA. It is inspiring to see that it's possible to combine personal interests and passions with service learning! Thank you, Lily!


LJA Open House


February 2nd marks our final Open House this school year for those interested in learning about LJA. Please share this link with friends!

Invite friends, family, and prospective students to the LJA Open House on Saturday, February 2nd from 10 a.m. - noon for all grade levels. Come and see what it is like to be a part of our community! Click HERE for more information.

MYP Minute


Aloha LJA families,


This Friday, January 25th, you will be receiving your child's Semester 1 report card. You will receive an email notification which will direct you to Managebac to view the report. Please read through this Guide to Understanding your Child's Report Card


Also, please take the time (as you're going through your child's report card) to support them in entering any SA activities they have recently completed or plan to complete. Students must complete a minimum of 4 activities throughout the year. Please see this link for a step-by-step guide on adding Service as Action activities to Managebac.


Service as Action is a requirement of the MYP program, and all students' participation will be noted on the end of year report card.

Students are encouraged to discuss any questions they have about grades or comments directly with their teachers. My door is also always open and I welcome your questions, thoughts and suggestions.


Have a wonderful evening,
Krista Quint, Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator



Reminders and Updates from the Principal


Hello Parents,

As many of you know tomorrow we will be releasing report cards for first semester. As Krista Quint our Dean of Academics mentions in her MYP Minute article, this is a good opportunity to have a discussion with your child about their classes, school goals, learning experiences, etc. Please also note that our teachers are more than willing to answer any questions or provide more feedback to you about your child's achievements and goals for second semester. I encourage you, if you have a question or concern, to please first reach out via email or phone call to your child's teacher with any assessment and/or course content questions you may have. If your questions are more general about MS or about access/navigation of ManageBac please contact Kim in the MS Office for assistance. Please also don't hesitate to contact me too if you have any questions or concerns.


While on the subject of MS academics, I have been asked by the teachers to please remind students and parents about our policies around academic honesty as they have, unfortunately, seen a rise in students crossing boundaries related to plagiarism and/or submitting another students work as their own. As MS educators we know it is paramount we teach and re-teach to students how to use research information properly, about proper citations, and overall academic honesty as they continue to move forward in school - to where the consequences become much more severe. We ask that you support us at home with discussions about your child doing their best work and when they encounter difficulties completing a task or preparing for an assessment, that your child communicate right away with his/her teacher for help rather than making a poor choice by taking short-cuts that will result not only in a class or school consequence but also ultimately takes away from his/her own learning. Below find the excerpt out of the Parent/Student Handbook regarding academic honesty rules in the MS/HS for your review with your child.


Lastly, I'd like to thank our MS students for their efforts recently to try to make our MS community a safe, fun, welcoming place to be. I know we have areas of growth as any school does, but we are very fortunate that we get to start solving problems together with conscientious, "kind hearted" students who are passionate about their roles as community members, their responsibilities and being open-minded, critical thinkers. As we finish out our second full week of classes, we look forward to many exciting things this semester like today's National Geographic GeoBee, the Spring Dance, along with the upcoming spring sports and re-enrollment season.


 2018-2019 Parent and Student Handbook  Excerpt on Cheating and Plagiarism


Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Using notes, books, or any other unauthorized sources of information during a quiz or test.
  2. Using information technology in a way which is intended to replace the student's own work or knowledge (i.e. programming formulas into a graphing calculator)
  3. Altering answers or grades on a test or assignment after it has been submitted for grading.
  4. Submitting the same written or oral material for more than one class without authorization.
  5. Receiving help from, or giving help to, another student during any quiz or test.
  6. Obtaining, without authorization, any parts of a quiz or test prior to their administration.


Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another person as one's own.
  2. Using another person's material without crediting the source.
  3. Presenting as new and original, an idea or product derived from an existing source.

Note: For cheating and plagiarism:

1st offense: In-school suspension and conference with parents

2nd offense: Out-of-school suspension

3rd offense: Counseled out



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:


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),



LJA Fun Run


The PFA hosts their annual LJA Fun Run on Feb. 24 on campus.  All LJA families and friends are welcome.  The race is a one- or two-lap run around LJA with great music, a fun climbing wall and more!  Registration is online this year.  A limited number of t-shirts are available, so sign up now.  If you'd like to help with coordination and set-up please click here or email


It's time to DANCE!!!


Friday, February 8th, 2019 6-9 p.m.


For this dance, we are asking the parents of 7th graders to assist with refreshments and volunteer. Of course, anyone is welcome to contribute or volunteer, but we are hoping to give each grade a "turn".  

Sign Up HERE


PFA will provide pizza, water, and ice.  


There's no need to chill beverages in advance. Non-perishable items can be delivered to Ms. Omori's office or Mrs. McDonalds's desk in the Middle School Office beginning Monday, February 4th, 2019.  


Perishable items may be brought in the morning of the dance, or to the dance with your child. 


Mahalo for your support!

PFA MS Reps.


Boys CSAL Volleyball


Volleyball started this week for our boys in grades 4-6. If you have a child who is interested in joining but did not go to the first practice, email directly.





January 25, Report Cards Released 


February 1, Screenagers: Parent & Child Learning 5:30-8:00


February 2, LJA's Open House 10:00 - Noon


February 8, MS Spring Dance


February 15, PDD #4 no school


February 18, President' Day Holiday No school


March 25 - 29 - Spring 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


Screenagers: Parent & Child Learning 


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 


California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser


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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