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This month starts our May Day rehearsals as we prepare for our program on May 1st for students in Kindergarten – grade 8. This is a beautiful event you do not want to miss. All students in grades K-8 are dismissed after the program concludes as we allow this to be a family day, while teachers will be on campus working on lesson planning. If your child is remaining on campus for Extended Day, please let your teacher know.



Unfortunately, I have lost my voice from being a bit ill over break. I will send a new date next week for this coffee on sex ed curriculum!


I LOVE KAILUA – town party

April 28th is the annual I Love Kailua town party. We will have a sign up for those who would like to come volunteer to set up the event in collaboration with Outdoor Circle. Reserve the morning if you would like to help!



On Saturdays, there is Keiki Water Polo practice at Le Jardin. Cost is $180 for 12 sessions from 9:00 – 10:30. Please email for registration.



The book fair is retuning next week; hours are open before, during and after school. All students will have a chance to visit during the school day as well with their class.



Students in the current grade 3 will be split into three classes again in grade 4 as we have many new students joining us next school year. As we look at the students in grade 1 (going into grade 2 next year), we will assess whether they will remain as two classes or split into three. At this time, it is too early to evaluate. Most likely, we will only have 2 kindergarten classes next year.



If you are not returning to LJA next school year, please notify us as soon as possible. Some grade levels are full and it's important for us to know if we have spots for incoming applicants. Email me directly at



One last week to get your ticket to this super fun, social evening full of great laughs! Tickets due April 10th – HERE!





Project Grad is selling lei for anyone who would like to purchase. There is quite a nice selection available. Order deadline is April 23 at noon. Click this lei sales link to order. May Day lei requirements for each grade level (as know at this time) is below. Check with your child's teacher as April progresses.

  • Gr 1: students WILL need a lei brought to school
  • Gr 2: NO lei is needed




Do you have summer plans yet? Summer School is filling up fast.  To keep up on skills during summer, your child may want to take courses such as Math Mayhem or Math in the Middle (gr 5).


Any LS students interested in participating in the waste audit with their parent, send me an email! It will take place on April 6th from 8:00 – 3:00pm.




Volunteers are needed at the Spring Scholastic Book Fair. Please consider working a shift. The volunteer sign up is here.


CALENDAR 2019-2020

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

My door is always open and I welcome parent communication. Please feel free to contact me at any time.


Lower School Principal

Girls from LJA's CSAL Basketball Team pause to take a group photo after a scrimmage game this week. front row:  Ava, Riley, Seana, Skylar and Chloe; back row:  Coach KJ (HS), Josie, Jaycee, Maila, Oda and Coach Kalani. Check here for game schedule (as of 4.4.19).


Already hard at work after break, Grade 5 visited the state capitol and Iolani Palace to see ways of How We Organize Ourselves."


Tooting my own horn! Last year's yearbook cover made it into Josten's annual Look Book. From over 2,000 yearbook submissions, Josten's featured the top 80 covers (among many other things) to showcase. Congratulations to the HS Yearbook staff and designer Maiya H! Hmmm. . .wonder what this year's book will look like. . .

 Important Dates

Jan 22-Jun 5               

Second Term of Extracurricular Activities


Apr 5 Rescheduled

Principal Coffee


Apr 6

Waste Audit



Apr 9-12 

Scholastic Book Fair



Apr 10

Kindergarten Field Trip



April 10



Apr 19

Good Friday Holiday (no school)


Apr 22 

Earth Day activities

Field trips: Kindergarten, Gr 2, 3, 5


Apr 27

LJA Gala


Apr 28

I Love Kailua Town Party


May 1

May Day Performance



Aug 14

First day back for 2019-2020


Future CPK Dates

May 8


Future Jamba Juice Dates (in the loop)

May 17

LS Administration

Attendance hotline

261-0707, select option 0 then option 1


Majken Johansson

LS Principal

261-0707 x1030


Lori Shigehara

LS Vice Principal

PYP Coordinator


Lisa Ventura

LS Admin Assistant

261-0707 x1130

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