LJA Will Observe Spring Break March 25th - March 29th


Service as Action News

Juniper Krog, SA & Learning Support Coordinator


 A few weeks ago, the Newsletter highlighted some local volunteer SA opportunities and got a lot of appreciations and positive feedback. Glad we could help! Back by popular demand, here is another list brought to you by our very own LJA Middle School Students! Our Middle School Tribe group, "The Chickadees", investigated and compiled a list of upcoming student-friendly service opportunities that you can volunteer for in the next few weeks and even one for summer. Please note that parents are needed to join their children as supervisors for most of these opportunities.  Click HERE to view the list of SA opportunities.


Students at Work Researching New Opportunities for Service as Action!


MYP Minute

Krista Quint, MYP Coordinator & MS Dean of Academics

Dear Parents,


On Friday March 15th you received your child's interim report card for Semester 2. This is aimed at giving you a snapshot of where your child's grades are in the criteria that have been assessed so far this semester.


Please do set aside some time to sit down with your child and let them explain what they're doing in their classes and what their grades mean. Teachers work hard to help students understand what they're learning and why, as well as the criteria and the expectations for each task they're given. Discussing these things at home will help to support what we're doing in our classes.


For more information on MYP assessment, here is a refresher:
Assessment in the MYP


*To see the rubric descriptors for the different levels on Managebac: Go to the 'progress' tab and go to the little 'i' next to his/her grades, you will see descriptions of the criteria at the different levels from 0-8.


If you have questions about specific classes, please encourage your son/daughter to speak to teachers directly. The interim report is actually for just this purpose: to give students a 'snapshot' of where they currently are in each class, and to give them a chance to improve in difficulty areas before the final semester report in June.


Please let me know if you have further questions. I am more than happy to sit down and talk it over with you!


Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Reminders and Updates from the Principal


Happy "Spring Is Here" Everyone!

I hope you all have a restful, adventurous and safe Spring Break! During this time, I will be starting the annual "jigsaw project" of scheduling for next school year. Thank you for all the feedback we collected in the recent "interest survey" along with the responses earlier this semester about our first I-Term endeavors. This information goes a long way in helping us plan for next school year.


I also would like to thank everyone for their timely responses regarding re-enrollment for next year. We had a record number of students apply to join our MS Ohana this year! To add to that great news, as a school we have 200 more re-enrollment contracts submitted then we did at this same time a year ago. Your commitment and confidence in our faculty and programs are a great honor and truly appreciated by our MS Team!


If you did not get a chance to complete the interest survey for your current 6th & 7th grade child, please see the link in this newsletter or the recent emails sent directly to parents. Also, if you have any concerns regarding enrollment for your child for next school year, please do contact me as soon as possible so we have any necessary updated information to better assist you.


Again I hope you all have a great Spring Break and remember to rest up as April & May in "The Middle" will be a VERY BUSY but a VERY FUN time!

- Julie

Preliminary Selection and Interest Survey

Last week we emailed a short survey attempting to gauge interest about possible subject offerings for next year.Please if you have not had the opportunity to complete this survey would you mind doing so by March 22. To help start the process, we are sending out this PRELIMINARY Selection and Interest Survey for each grade level about possible offerings and interest. This is NOT a registration form, but rather a means for us to gauge interest prior to the construction of our master schedule. These possible new courses come from ideas and feedback by current middle school students. The classes would be non-MYP elective courses. Please note at this stage these are classes we hope to offer at some point in the school day if there is interest as well if the Master Schedule will allow for them. Also, at this time we would like to confirm language course preferences as well as survey your child's MYP arts class interest for next year.Thank you for your feedback and please contact the MS Office with any questions. Click HERE to go to the survey

Mark your calendars for Le Jardin Academy's May Day 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:30am at the George L.T. Kerr Lookout 


Note to 8th grade families: 

Each year at Le Jardin Academy the 8th grade class holds the high honor of portraying the May Day Court. 

This year there will be the King and Queen, Princesses, Princes, ladies-in-waiting, escorts, as well as, pu blowers,kahili bearers, and ho'okupu presenters. 

Each 8th grader will represent the Court in one of these roles. 


Important Information for the May Day Court:


The 8th grade boys will need :

Plain white pants

Plain white button up dress shirt (collared, long-sleeved).  

These items need to be brought to school by Friday, April 26th (ironed and on a hanger).


8th grade girls will need:

Skin tone color (and strapless) undergarments

Long elastic waist slip (white or beige) 

Bobby pins (which match hair color)  


Lei will be provided for all the 8th graders. 


On May Day, 8th grade girls need to arrive at school by 7:00am and 8th grade boys need to arrive at school by 7:45am


Student Highlight


MS Student Maya M (7th Grade) has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She took basic art classes for 4 or 5 years and then began to explore digital art and sketching. She is still trying to figure out her own original style but has started experimenting with circle-head creations. You can see one of her first drawings in this style on the right titled "Friends." In the future, Maya would like to be a Digital Artist or an Animator. She is certainly off to a good start. See more of her work below including an early painting (left) and a later circle-head design.


Project Grad May Day Lei Sale  

Pre-order lei for friends, family and faculty.

Pay online now for easy stress free
pick up on campus at May Day program.

Noon, Wed., 4/22!

Click HERE


"Look Before You Leap"

T-Shirt Order Form


This year's souvenir T-shirt will be available in a regular male cut as well as a female cut. The art is by senior Jameson Yamamura. The shirt will be all red, as it was on the banner and playbill, with black ink (and a little white, for the eyes in the center of the picture).  The picture (to the left) will be much larger, on the back of the shirt.


The front pocket-area of the shirt will feature artwork, in black ink, with white ink for the eyes


Underneath the  artwork on the front will be a line from the play:

"The truth can't be this stupid!"

And the LJA logo will be on the sleeve


Click HERE for order information


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.


CALENDAR 2019-2020


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



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


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.

Big Island Camp

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 we have two items of interest. The first is a Williams-Sonoma baking pan. The second is a Hawaii Curling Club lightweight jacket.  If your family is missing one of these items please call the MS Office. Many other items are waiting to be claimed as well including water bottles, jackets, hats and more! All items not claimed by this Friday will be donated or properly disposed. 





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 20 - Band Concert (tentative date)


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






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 of the month 12:30 to 1:15pm:  


In the Loop & Middle School Courtyard

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


California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser


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

Upcoming CPK dates: 

April 10, May 8

Click HERE for the March 13th flyer


 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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