8th Graders Launch Their Rockets for Science Class!



Valentine's Dance Tomorrow


Friday, February 8th 6pm - 9pm

in the LJA - Wang Auditorium

$5 for LJA MS students

$7 for Guests and Alumni


Click HERE for the Permission Form or stop by the MS OFFICE to pick one up!


**Fall Dance Guests - Guests not approved already to attend the dance will not be admitted. Please do not bring anyone to the dance who has not received prior approval.


Important: students must be picked up no later than 9:15 p.m. to be eligible to attend future dances. Drop off and pick up 6th graders at the loop and drop off and pick up 7th and 8th grade at the regular MS drop off location.


It's time to DANCE!!!

Items Still Needed


Friday, February 8, 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 4, 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.


Reminders and Updates from the Principal


  • Coffee with the Principal will be next Thursday, February 14 in the MS Library. Please feel free to stop by the MS Library any time between 8:30 am and 9:30 am to visit, hear updates, enjoy a snack, and ask any questions. Topics to include: Spring Events, re-enrollment, next MB updates and Interim Report, Summer School and After School planning.


  • A reminder that financial aid and scholarship applications are due on February 15! For a list of scholarship opportunities, visit the tuition page of our website:

MYP Minute

Krista Quint, MYP Coordinator & MS Dean of Academics


Aloha LJA families,


As we launch into our ATL sessions this week, students will be engaged in a variety of activities in multi-age groupings, to focus on ATL (Approaches to Learning) Skills. ATL skills are a fundamental building block of the MYP program and are organized into 5 categories: Social, Self-Management, Research, Thinking, and Communication. Students practice these daily in their classrooms, but we have selected a few to highlight that we feel are especially relevant to our students right now. Here are a few of the things your kids will be engaged in on A day mornings:


-Thinking skills: Online identity and safety
-Communication skills: Communication 101: everything from email etiquette to handwriting!
-Sef-management skills: Organizing yourself, Mindfulness and Reflection
-Research skills: Selecting & Evaluating sources
-Social skills: Peer mediation strategies


Talk to your kids about these skills. Which ones are they good at? Which ones can they work on? Which ones are they practicing in class? On the playground? In the lunch-room? Use this as a framework to make a goal.


ATL skills are a life-long process… which ones are you still working on?


IB Learners all the way!

Service as Action News

Juniper Krog, SA & Learning Support Coordinator



Requirement and Progress Expectations: Students in the MYP should have 4 activities logged on Managebac by the end of the year. This means that if you are on track right now, you will have 2 activities completed and at least one more in the planning stages.


Need an idea? Here's this week's highlighted SA opportunity: Help Count the Whales! This actually takes place in two weeks time, but registration closes one week prior to the count, so please register by this Saturday!!


What is it?
"The Sanctuary Ocean Count is a community citizen science project hosted every year by Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities on O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i Island."


When is it?
"The count is held the last Saturday of January, February, and March (during peak whale season) of each year. The 2019 Ocean Count event dates are January 26, February 23, and March 30. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey."


Where is it?
The Pavilion at Turtle Bay Resort (or one of 20 other Oahu sites, find out more when you register!).


How do I register?
Register at this link:


MS and LS Students Performed During the Cultural Sharing Assembly


Students from the MS and LS Japanese classes performed an Israeli folk dance, Mayim Mayim (Hebrew for water) which is well-known as it is done by all Japanese students at school cultural fairs, sports days, and campfire type gatherings. Mayim Mayim is a perfect example of how inquiring and open-minded Japanese people are in embracing different cultures.


Yoga Sign Up Session 2

General Information:

- Session 2 will run from Feb 7 - May 23 (15 sessions) - ALL levels welcome!

- Thursdays, 4-5pm - Cost: $150 for the session- Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes!
- Venue: Lower School Library
- 8th grade and up only


* No class on March 28th
* If you are not able to make it for certain days, please indicate that on the form below and I will prorate the cost.
* If you are a returning student, no need to fill the form; just email me to let me know!


Click HERE for more information and to sign-up


PDD #4  Staff Appreciation Italian Style

Suzy Mitchell, PFA

Friday, February 15


"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's Amore!"


Aloha LJA Ohana!


Can you hear Dean Martin's voice singing that song?  Let's show our awesome LJA Staff some LOVE the day AFTER Valentine's Day with the tastes of Italy. You know how it is when you have a day of work, it's nice to have lunch brought in that is tasty and fun! Let's do that for our Teachers, Principals, Administrators, Blue Crew and all of the Support Staff at LJA as they do what they do and prepare for the final months of the school year with our children! For more information and to sign-up click HERE.

Science Symposium 4 Girls

Sacred Hearts Academy

Saturday, February 16, 2019


Students will have the opportunity to participate in two STEM based workshops choosing from 20+ exciting options, while their parents attend a Parents' Only session presented by the keynote speaker, Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, and a panel of teachers.  Click HERE for more information and to sign-up.


Lost and Found


 Is your household missing a lunchbox or maybe three?  Did you send yummy chicken noodle soup off to school in a fancy Hydro Flask that never came home? If so, PLEASE stop by the school lost and found. Items that appear to be of higher value will be held in the MS Office (e.g. the soup transporter).  Please note: we will be donating or discarding items left over two months.


LJA Athletics


Check out upcoming athletic events as well as find out more information on  tryouts, sports schedules, and more by visiting the LJA Athletics webpage at or click HERE.

LJA Fun Run


The PFA hosts their annual LJA Fun Run on Feb. 24 on campus from 8:00 - 11:00 AM.  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 (This is a great opportunity for students to get some service hours).









February 8, MS Spring Dance


February 14, Coffee with the Principal 8:30 - 9:30


February 15, PDD #4 no school


February 18, President' Day Holiday No school


March 25 - 29 - Spring Break


April 18, Poetry Slam


April 27, LJA Gala







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 


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


 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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