Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal

Please be on the lookout tomorrow for an email from ManageBac informing you that your child's report card is ready for viewing. We have initiated a new process in which all Middle School and High School advisors have reviewed the reports for the students in their advisory. As one of our main goals this year is to build stronger relationships, we believe this change helps each advisor have a better overall understanding of their advisees and informs conversations we have with them to offer support when needed. It also helps us in celebrating their accomplishments in appreciating their efforts to meet their goals. We encourage you to talk with your child about their goals for second semester and to contact teachers if you have any questions regarding the marks or the comments.


Just a reminder to Sophomore parents that the DP information night is this Tuesday beginning at 5:30 in the Wang. We hope you are able to join us to learn more about that program and the choices students will be making in the next few weeks that impact their Junior and Senior year!


Finally congratulations to Madame Pualoa who became a first time Grandma this week to twins, Isabelle and Joaquin



Impact Term was a HUGE success and was held on island, off island, and internationally in the beginning of January.  Students will begin presenting their I-term reflections and experiences to the entire High School student body starting January 25th-January 31st in the afternoons.


Here are a few of the highlights... We cannot wait unti next year!


HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

Aloha All,


Further to Ms.McNeill's newsletter article last week, I wanted to emphasize and discuss again our current considerations of the work students are completing after school. Of note, we are not just looking at a narrow version of "homework", but rather, any work that is completed at home by our students (projects, studying, group work).


As mentioned last week, we are conducting an informal audit across different platforms: teachers are directly noting all work they assign in one document, we have a group of students tracking their own work on a nightly basis, and we are looking at classroom time and expectations. As with any complex academic activity, there are likely multiple conclusions that can be drawn, as well as multiple potential solutions to any issues that do arise. We will keep parents and students updated while we move forward.


As a final reminder- students and parents in 10th grade should be attending the DP Information evening on Tuesday, January 29th. If you would like additional information- please do not hesitate to reach out.


Thank you!


by Scott Liedtke, College Counselor



Scholarship season is in full swing for the Class of 2019. Below you will find some helpful scholarship information and opportunities. All scholarship information will continue to be sent via your LJA email. Every year I have at least one senior come to me in March/April to ask about scholarships, I politely tell them to check their email. In other words, do not wait as deadlines vary.


 Hawaii Community Foundation - a scholarship database strictly for students graduating from Hawaii high schools.SUBMIT your HCF application online by Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm, HST, with all supporting materials. 


Scholars App-  Scholar's App, another locally based search engine, connects students to scholarships that they qualify for, and then helps them apply! I received a report yesterday indicating only 5 seniors from Le Jardin are currently using Scholars App

The Takitani Scholarship applications are now ONLINE! Apply HERE

An outstanding graduating senior will be selected from Kaiser to receive a $2,000 scholarship. From this group, finalists from each school district, the Hawaii Catholic Schools, and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools will be selected to receive an additional $3,000 scholarship.


Three outstanding scholars will be selected from among the  finalists for the top awards.

Karen Uno Distinguished Student Award $ 8,000

Aiko Takitani Outstanding Student Award $10,000

Mamoru Takitani Outstanding Student Award $10,000

Deadline to submit a hard copy of completed application and accompanying forms to Mr. Liedtke by FEB 1


Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation's goal is to provide scholarships for Hawaii youth to further their education after high school, Award: $5,000 - $10,000-DEADLINE Feb 6

Application available in Mr. Liedtke's office


Pauahi Foundation- The Pauahi Foundation's policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Award amounts will vary, Deadline Feb 8 Apply HERE


The Na Ho'okama a Pauahi Scholarship- Award amounts vary, Deadline Feb.14

Apply HERE


Hawaii Self Storage- This program is designed to help and support students financially to develop into future leaders in our community. Deadline Feb.15 Apply HERE


Vegetarian Resource Scholarship- Have you promoted vegetarianism in your high school or community? Award $10,000, Deadline Feb. 20  Apply HERE


Fukunaga Scholarship- Encouraging Hawaii's young people by offering four-year college scholarships to pursue an undergraduate degree in Business Administration or related area at any accredited four-year college or university. Award $20,000 over 4 years Deadline March 1 

Apply HERE


Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union- Scholarships will be awarded based on Academic Standing, Leadership, Honors and Awards, Community Service, Merit, Recommendations, and Financial Need. Twelve (12) awards at $2,000 for graduating high school seniors planning to attend any two- or four-year accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants must be a HawaiiUSA member for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to applying, Deadline Feb. 13  Apply HERE


University of Hawaii System Scholarships- The University of Hawaiʻi offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and grants to regular students attending any of the ten UH campuses. UH as a whole awards more than $37 million in scholarship assistance. Apply HERE


Friends of St. Patrick Hawaii- And you don't need to be Irish to qualify... Deadline Jan 30  Apply HERE


Kaimana Awards- HMSA- The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program honors high school seniors and their schools for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship. Deadline Feb 8   Apply HERE


The Gallery Collection- Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card. $10,000 Deadline March 1

Apply  HERE


BBB Students of Integrity Scholarships- Both Video and essay scholarships.  Deadline March 11    Apply HERE

If you made it to the end of this email....GOLD STAR for YOU!



Tenth grade students will be participating in a Lock-in Event on Thursday, February 21st from

5pm until Friday, February 22nd at 1:30pm.

Camp Forms will be coming soon from Mrs. Omori.

Stay Tuned!


Sign up HERE for Yoga Session 2 and enjoy the amazing benefits of this practice.

ALL levels welcome!   


Session 2: February 7th to May 23rd

THURSDAYS 4:00-5:15pm in the Lower School Library
Grades 9 and up

Announcements & Reminders


Report Cards- January 25

Student Report Cards can be viewed on Friday,January 25th.

Click HERE to access Parent Portal and ManageBac on Friday.


HS Winter Ball- January 25

The Winter Ball will be held on Friday, January 25th from 6:30-10:00pm at Pomaika'i Ballrooms.

*All guests must have Photo ID to be admitted. No exceptions!*


Grade 10 Parent and Student DP Night - January 29

Tenth grade parents are invited to an information session on January 29th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that covers the Diploma Programme. The evening will provide an opportunity to hear about the course offerings, how the program works, and to ask questions. Please RSVP to Mrs. Broussard at in the High School office no later than TODAY January 24th at 7pm 


Jamba Juice Sales- February 1   

Jamba Juice smoothies will be available Friday, February 1st   during Middle and High School Lunch. $5.00 per juice. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2019 Project Grad.


Open House- February 2

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.


Shakespeare Competition-February 6

Students will choose a monologue from a list of the works of Shakespeare and perform it from memory.The Competition will be here at LJA on Wednesday, February 6th from 2:30-3:30pm in the Wang Auditorium.

The winner of the school competition proceeds to the state competition, which will be held (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Luke Auditorium in the Punahou School's Wo Center. At the state level, students perform both a monologue and a sonnet. The winner of that proceeds to the national competition in New York City, all expenses paid. Hawaii has had three national champions since 2011 (from Punahou, Mid-Pac, and home school). This will be the fourth year that Le Jardin has participated.


HS Coffee with the Principal- February 8

The HS Coffee with the Principal will be held on Friday morning, February 8th. More details to come soon!


CPK Fundraiser Day-February 13

The PFA-hosted California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Day is coming up on February 13th at the Kailua Town location. You can have 20% of your check donated to LJA's PFA. 


 Professional Development Day# 4 - February 15

 No school for students


Attendance Hotline

261-0707 x7004

Vicki McNeill

HS Principal

261-0707 x1020 

Office #1 on the second floor of the HS Building

Lizbeth Smith

MS/HS Registrar

261-0707 x3070

Office #5/6 on the second floor of the Gym

Alex Ramsvig

HS Dean of Academics & DP Coordinator

261-0707 x2325

Room 407A on the second floor of the HS Building

Krista Quint

MS Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator

261-0707 x2050

Room 310 in the MS Building

Leah Magana

Director of Learning

261-0707 x1070

Office in the Main Admin Building

Christina Hoe

Experiential Education Coordinator

261-0707 x2110

Loft office in the Gym

Scott Liedtke

Director of College Counseling

261-0707 x2220

Room 407A on the second floor of the HS Building

Alessandra Broussard

HS Admin Assistant

261-0707 x1120

Office 2 on the second floor of the HS Building


January - 2019
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