MS Students Participate in the Sustainability Fair 

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MYP Minute

Krista Quint, MYP Coordinator & MS Dean of Academics

 


At last Friday's Sustainability Fair 7th graders showcased their learning in the "Environmental Journalism" unit, an Interdisciplinary unit between Science and Language & Literature. Interdisciplinary units are a key component of the MYP framework. Students should be making connections between the subject areas, and all of our teachers work really hard to make those connections explicit in their curriculum planning.


In the environmental journalism unit, students research and gather data on a local environmental issue in Science class, and learn journalism writing techniques in Language & Literature. They synthesize their knowledge in a final report submitted to the 'Young Journalists for the Environment' contest. The Sustainability Fair is a showcase of the solutions students developed as a result of their research.


A huge shout out to Joe Krueger and Erin Tseu for their collaboration efforts during this unit. Planning and teaching for interdisciplinary learning is challenging and time-consuming, yet oh-so-rewarding for students and teachers alike.
Some other examples of interdisciplinary learning in our middle school curriculum at LJA are the Solar Boats unit in 8th grade (Science & Design); the Dystopian Worlds unit in 6th grade (Language & Literature and Science), the Puppet Show unit in 7th grade (Visual Arts & Drama); the Model Shelter unit in 8th grade (Math & Science).


MYP Learning rocks!

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Dear LJA Family

Last Day This Friday, March 8


Did you know that 500 million straws are thrown out every day in the US alone? We can do something about it! I'm having a fundraiser for Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. I'm selling glass straws on Strawesome.com. If you want to donate to my cause use the code ALOHA and you also get 10% off!

 

Arwen R.,

LJA MS Student

 Reminders and Updates from the Principal

 

  • Please note we are already in the process of working on next year's schedule. To help start the process, we will be sending out next week a PRELIMINARY Selection and Interest Survey for each grade level about possible offerings and section counts. This is NOT a registration form, but rather a means for us to gauge interest and/or any subject "change requests" prior to the construction of our master schedule.

 

  • Make sure you re-enroll your child by March 15th as after this time, we send out decision letters to candidates who are on our waiting list. You should have received an email regarding re-enrollment and if you need help, please contact jennifer.souza@lejardinacademy.org.

 

  • The 8th Grade trip has been rescheduled to May 8 - 10. Students will be headed to the Big Island! More information regarding the location, costs and itinerary coming soon in a separate detailed email.

MS SGA Bake Sale

 

Hey Middle School!

The Student Government Association is holding a bake sale this Friday!

 

We will be having an assortment of baked goods and this money will be donated back to the middle school, for dances, trips, etc!

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Congratulations to Jude H. (7th grade) for advancing to the State Tournament of the Geography Bee!

PFA Parent Forum

 

Mark your calendars for the PFA's Parent Forum happening March 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Wang. The forum will cover questions such as, How do we know whether or not our students are successful? Are standardized test scores and GPA's as important as they seem to be? Explore these topics and more with your fellow parents and Head of School D.J. Condon.

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Science Happenings

 

8th Grade Student, Jeffrey M. made a board game about the political and economic implications of missile defense systems

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Family Promise Hawai'i

 

For her Service as Action project, sixth grader Hannah C. is conducting a gift card and diaper drive for Family Promise Hawai'i. The mission of Family Promise of Hawai'i is to help families with children experiencing homelessness and help them transition to sustainable independence.

 

Gift Cards - Donations of gift cards to stores and restaurants like Walmart, Longs, Zippy's, Safeway, Ross, and gas stations, etc. will help the families enrolled in Family Promise Hawaii's shelter and diversion program to go shopping, get something to eat, or grab a meal. Gift cards of any amounts will be accepted but Family Promise suggests $30 as an amount that can really make a difference!

 

Diapers and Wipes - Help keep the babies and toddlers in Family Promise Hawaii's programs clean, dry and healthy. While all sizes of diapers are needed, sizes 4, 5, and 6 are in the highest demand. Baby wipes are also appreciated.

 

Please drop off your gift cards, diapers or wipes at LJA's front office. A secure box for the gift cards and a box for diaper and wipes donations is available. Donations will be accepted from Monday, February 25th through Friday, March 18th.


Sign-Up Now for the LJA Blood Drive March 21, 2019

 

Donate to help those in need (and their families), or even to find out what type of blood you have. Even if you don't feel comfortable or can't donate, tell a family member or friend who can! It is super easy to sign up and save up to 3 lives! Snacks and drinks will also be provided to those who participate!

 

To apply please (1) add your name to the Blood Drive 2019 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE and (2) have the parental consent form (attached below) signed if you are under the age of 18 and give it to me.

Note: If you went to Laos for I-term you cannot donate


HS/MS Play Breaks Record

"Look Before You Leap" is a two-part epic original comedy about spies, set in 1962

 

In spite of the fact that the drama department is doing a two-part, four-hour play and eight performances instead of the traditional five this year, the play is completely sold out. It sold out faster than any play in the twenty-nine year history of the drama department at LJA. Mr. St. John would know because he's been the director of all forty seven plays. Congratulations to the cast and crew!

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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 

www.lejardinacademy.org/athletics or click HERE.

 

Reminder LJA Winter Sports Athletics Banquet tonight in the Wang beginning at 5:30

SPRING BREAK EXTENDED DAY

 

View the Spring Break Extended Day calendar HERE for grades 1-8. Please sign up with the Extended Day Program on our website.

CALENDAR 2019-2020

 

You can find our calendar for the upcoming school year HERE.

SUMMER SCHOOL

 

Our Summer School registration  is open for LJA families! 

Summer School dates are June 17 - July 19, 2019.  


Please check the Le Jardin Academy website for the course catalog and registration for classes from Kindergarten to 12th grade. 

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

If you have any questions, please email summer.school@ lejardinacacademy.org.

MAP Testing

Change of Date

 

MAP Math testing, April 2 - 5

MAP Reading testing, April 9-12

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Spring 2019 Scholastic Book Fair

Volunteers Needed (4/9 - 4/12)

 

You can help foster our kids' love of reading by volunteering at the Spring Book Fair! Proceeds will benefit the library and Project Grad.

 

Experience is not essential, but Book Fair mentors are greatly appreciated to help carry on the tradition and train new volunteers. New partial shifts available! All help appreciated and no contribution is too small. 

 

For more information or to sign-up click HERE.

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8th Grade Trip 

New Location and Dates

May 8 - May 10

 

Students return to the Big Island! More information regarding the location, costs and itinerary coming in a detailed separate email soon.

Lost and Found

 

This week's item of interest is a chain necklace. If your child has lost one please contact the MS Office to identify. Many other items are waiting to be claimed as well including water bottles, jackets, hats and more! All items not claimed after two weeks will be donated or properly disposed. 

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:   

  

March 25 - 29, Spring Break

 

April 2 - 12, MAP Testing 

 

April 4, MS Coffee with the Principal

 

April 18, Poetry Slam

 

April 27, LJA Gala

 

May 1, May Day - all K - 8 released after program

 

May TBD, Young Playwrights play readings

 

May 8 - 10, 8th Grade Trip 

 

May TBD - Band Concert

 

May 18, Artsfest

 

May 21, Chorus Concert

 

May 24, Farewell Dance

 

May 27, Memorial Day Holiday - No school

 

May 30, 8th Grade Move-Up Ceremony

 

May 31, Probability Fair

 

June 4, MS Awards Night

 

June 5, Last Day of School & Waterpark Trip

 

  

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONTACTS

 

 

Attendance Hotline

261-0707 x7004

 

Lizbeth Smith

MS/HS Registrar

261-0707 x3070

Lizbeth.smith@lejardinacademy.org

 

Kim McDonald

MS Admin Assistant

kim.mcdonald@lejardinacademy.org

  

Juniper Krog

Learning Support Coordinator

juniper.krog@lejardinacademy.org 

 

Sean Landau

MS/HS Counselor

sean.landau@lejardinacademy.org

 

Jessica Osborne
MS/HS Counselor
jessica.osborne@lejardinacademy.org

 

Krista Quint

Dean of Academics, MYP Coordinator

Krista.Quint@lejardinacademy.org

 

Julie Do

Middle School Principal

julie.do@lejardinacademy.org

 

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Project Grad Jamba Juice Fundraiser


Only $5  - Variety of flavors

Portion of proceeds benefit Project Grad

 

At the Gym & Middle School Courtyard

1st Fridays of the month 12:30 to 1:15pm:  

 

In the Loop & Middle School Courtyard

3rd Fridays of the month 2:30-3:30 pm 

 
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California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

 

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

Upcoming CPK dates: 

March 13April 10, May 8

Click HERE for the March 13th flyer

 
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 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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