Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal

Thanks to all the parents who attended last Friday's HS coffee with the Principal!

Special thanks to Melissa Handy who shared extremely important information regarding cyber safety and phishing scams. Also mahalo to our panel of seniors, Berkana, Gianna, Luciano, Sean, Sidney and Kennedy, who spoke with the parents about their experiences at LJA, some going all the way back to Junior School! The group talked about their wide ranging variety of extracurricular activities and how they have learned to balance them with their rigorous academic classes. They spoke to questions from the parents about how they manage their time, the distractions of social media and gaming, and how they came to find the interests and passions they are now pursuing.


When asked about what advice they would give to younger students, several students said they would encourage them to always ask their teachers for help and to not believe the "hype" about how hard the Diploma Programme can be. They all agreed that their experiences in the DP were well worth the effort and hard work because it has prepared them so well for college and the future.


 I was reminded for the thousandth time about how special our kids are and how blessed we are to work with them.  I was also reminded how much I appreciate the faculty and staff who give so selflessly of themselves to help our kids. We look forward to providing this experience again in the future and encourage any of you who could not attend last week to come ask your questions and get to know our amazing students better!     



The results of the 17th Annual Bento Competition for MYP4 Japanese Students:


Bento of the Year: Larissa Polendey
Looks most appetizing: Alessa Pescatore
Tastiest:   Alishya Roman
Healthiest: Alexis Lau
Best Value for money: Larissa Polendey


Here are the honorable judges having a hard time deciding which Bento is the best!

HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

 Aloha All,


The past week seems to have been smooth sailing with academics in the HS--certainly many students have been extra busy with the Spring Play and "Hell Week" rehearsals.


One big upcoming item is the DP 2 final exams which will take place in May. With the exception of the very first day, all testing will take place again this year at Saint Stephen Diocesan Centre. This facility was used last year and was a wonderful environment giving our students the best chance to perform well. Of course, we are keeping a close eye on the traffic situation in relation to the closure of the Pali tunnel. Additional information will be provided to seniors and parents of seniors in the coming weeks.


As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

LJA Spring Play- Needs your help!
Everyone in the LJA Theatre department has been working very hard on this year's original play "Look Before You Leap." Because the play is at 6:30pm, we would like to have some dinner options available for our guests to purchase (on the final night, Part One starts at 4:30, with a 6:30 dinner break before Part Two starts at 7:00). We will also offer the usual drinks, snacks and desserts. We will have candy/snack leis that will be available for family and friends to purchase for their student actor or crew member.

We can only make this happen with your SUPPORT.

 Please sign up to VOLUNTEER OR DONATE.

Thank you in advance for your help! 
Sign up here: Concession Sign Up
Please contact Jen Chong at or 282-4857 if you have any questions.


Middle School/High School Spring Play



Mark your calendars - the Spring play is happening NOW!

'Look Before You Leap' is a

HS/MS two-part epic original comedy about spies, set in 1962.


The dates are:

Feb. 28 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part Two

March 1 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part One

March 2 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part Two

March 6 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part One

March 8 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part Two

March 9 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. - Part One and Two 


Date-specific tickets are available from Robert St. John for $5 for either part or $7 when both parts are purchased at the same time. All performances will be in the Harold Theater



March lunch orders are now being taken. Sign up for lunch HERE. Check out the new Meatless Monday menu!


Note: In response to a 10th grade student's Personal Project, the Concession has modified it menu to improve students' diets, help raise awareness on issues such as making healthy choices and the environmental impact our decisions make, and improve sustainability efforts by helping conserve land, water and fossil fuels.


Kaylee Gustafson '21 met with Food Service Manager Kyle Nakayama about her personal project idea, which involves enacting positive change for the LJA community by raising awareness about personal diets.


As a result, Mr. Kyle and Kaylee will partner to have Meatless Mondays beginning March 4th.




Congratulations to 9th grader Aya Lewis for taking 1st place in the non-heritage high school division at the 7th Chinese Speech Contest for Hawaii Students at UH Manoa. This contest is open to all middle school and high school students in the state of Hawaii. Immediately following the competition, Aya was invited to represent Hawaii in the regional finals in San Diego, CA. This is only the third time a student from Hawaii has been asked to represent Hawaii in the regional finals!


Congratulations to 10th grader Maggie Odom who won the state competition of Poetry Out Loud--this in addition to her appearance in numerous local theater productions, competing next weekend at the state level in the Shakespeare monologue competition, and having another one of her own plays accepted into the PlayBuilders Festival!




Registration is open for Grades Kindergarten to 12th grade!

Summer School dates are June 17th-July 19th.

Please check the Le Jardin Academy website for the course catalog and registration for classes from 9th to 12th grade (Driver's Ed)

Students register for courses for the grade they will be entering in the 2019-2020 School Year.

If you have any questions, please email


HS Classes offered: Integrated Algebra/Geometry; Woodworking; Dance; Research Writing; Driver's Ed.




LJA is co-sponsoring the HONOLULU Family Fun Run once again on March 2 from 7-9 a.m at Ala Moana Beach Park. We will have a booth at the finish line and we need volunteers! If you would like to come down to help at the booth, pass out bananas, and cheer on the runners, please email



The We Love LJA student referral program is back! The program is designed to thank our families for their valued investment in the LJA community. We want to honor current  families who actively share their impressions and stories of our amazing school. For the 2019-20 school year, the We Love LJA program will provide two rewards; a $1,000 tuition credit for referring families and a $1,000 tuition credit for new families who were referred and then enrolls in LJA.


Click here to find out more and to download the form.


California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser


Get 20% of your check donated to LJA's PFA

Upcoming CPK dates: 

March 13, April 10, May 8

Announcements & Reminders

Jamba Juice Sales- March 1 

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



Spring Play- March 1st, March 2nd, March 6th, 8th-9th

'Look Before You Leap' is a two-part epic original comedy about spies, set in 1962. Showtimes vary. Please see Robert St. John to purchase tickets.


Books and Bagels/Kapuna Day(Lower School)-March 1st

Please make sure your student arrives to school early on Friday, March 1st. There will be a lot of visitors on our campus that morning!


DP Parents Survival Training - Book Club and Support Group
Tuesday, March 12th 5:30-7 PM
Join other DP Parents as we voyage this adventure together. Learn strategies to support your DP student through this two year IB programme. SIGN UP HERE PURCHASE THE BOOK



Spring Break-March 25-29

 Main Campus will be open on March 25,March 27th-March   29th for Lower School Extended Day Programs only!


 Le Jardin 2019 Gala- April 27 from 5:30-10:00pm

 The Pacific Club in Honolulu.

  Ticket Deadline:  April 10th

  Purchase tickets online at 













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


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