EMBRACE OUR PLACE! Giving Day 2022 is in full swing! Please give what you can and support a range of initiatives to enhance LJA's offerings. Your generous gifts will help grow our scholarship fund, enhance our I-Term program, establish a mobile kitchen, refresh our theater, and more!
A NOTE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
A mālama nō kēia ʻāina momona
I ka hana pono o kākou
--excerpt from No Kapa'a i Uka, LJA school 'oli
Something that I learned growing up was that all things in Hawai'i have a genealogy--people, clearly, but also ideas, places, and the like--and genealogy is not something that one can easily shake. For example, for better or for worse, where one "comes from" and what "school" (high school) one attended means something to people.
The genealogy of our place conveys that students and staff, while each wonderfully unique, are unified in caring for each other and, by extension, making their world a better place. The sentiment is captured in our school 'oli which connects us to the origin stories surrounding Kawainui, the current work of our teachers and students and the future work of those who will follow. In one of my favorite passages, the composer intones "...and this rich land is cared for/in the good works of us all." This was known about the occupants who predated us in this place, it is embraced by the current inhabitants, and it will be that by which our graduates are known in the many years ahead: caring for this place through the good works of us all.
When we ask you to "embrace this place," we invite you to care for the place and its people. We invite you to build relationships with other families and with staff. We invite you to mālama the land and resources for which we have kuleana (responsibility).
From this place of caring for others and our world--from this connection to LJA--we hope that you feel the desire to perpetuate the "good work of us all" through annual giving. Through your gifts, we are able:
- To provide access to others who seek, but cannot afford, an LJA experience
- To enhance facilities that address the space and program needs of our school-community--from improved kitchen facilities to outdoor commons spaces and seating areas to specialized facilities for design, visual and performing arts programs
- To continue to create innovative and impactful programs
This is a vibrant and deserving place that thrives because of its community: people like you who care for others as one 'ohana. Mahalo for being a part of our 'ohana and supporting the joyful work of raising up incredible human beings who brighten our world and make it a better place!
E mālama pono,
We Need 150 More Donors to Unlock The Match!
Mahalo to the more than 300 donors that have already made a generous, tax-deductible gift today! As of 4:00 p.m., we still need 150 more donors to make a gift before midnight to unlock $100k in matching funds. The LJA Fund provides funding essential to our continued growth in scholarship, program innovation, and campus improvement.
Any gift that is meaningful to you, is meaningful to LJA!
Please help sustain the momentum with a special gift today.
IMPORTANT TRAFFIC ADVISORY!
CAMPUS WILL BE CLOSED ON OCTOBER 23
EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS ON OCTOBER 27
A production company will be filming scenes for an upcoming movie on Kapa'a Quarry Road. Campus will be closed on Sunday, October 23.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Morning Entry via Mokapu Boulevard:
On Thursday, Kapa'a Quarry Road from Kalaniana'ole Highway will be closed to all traffic from 6:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Vehicles must enter from Mokapu Boulevard to access the campus. Campus traffic will be one-way only for morning drop-off. Please drop-off your children promptly at their normal drop-off time with the exception of grades 9-12, who will begin the day 10 minutes later than normal to mitigate congestion. On Thursday morning, there will be no city bus service. Please consider carpooling to and from school.
Afternoon Entry via Kalaniana'ole Highway:
After 12:30 p.m. Kapa'a Quarry Road from Mokapu Boulevard will be closed to all traffic. Vehicles must enter from Kalaniana'ole Highway to access the campus. Should you experience a traffic delay at pick up time, rest assured that staff are prepared to supervise your student until you can arrive safely.
Hawai'i Police Department will be helping to direct traffic in the area. Photography is strictly prohibited. We appreciate your patience and cooperation in the week ahead!
WILD KIDS COMMUNITY WORK DAY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
The Wild Kids Academy will join Uncle Lehuakona for a Nā Pōhaku Community Work Day this Saturday, and community members are welcome to attend. Sign up here. Anyone who has not yet worked at Nā Pōhaku this year must complete the State Parks Annual Release and bring the completed waiver to the work day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Who: Wild Kids Executive and General Council and any interested community members
What: Restoration and conservation work at Nā Pōhaku
When: Meet on campus at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Shuttles will begin transporting students at 8:45 a.m. and will begin returning students to campus at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Park in the high school parking lot and wait by the blue tables adjacent the gym for a shuttle. Community members interested in driving directly to the site should contact email@example.com.
Long sleeve shirt (recommended)
Refillable water bottle
Home lunch and snacks
BLOOD DRIVE NOVEMBER 2
SECONDARY DIVISON LIBRARY 8:00 A.M- 2:00 P.M.
On November 2, LJA is partnering with Blood Bank of Hawaii to host a Blood Drive. Student Blood Drive Leaders Leah Webb, Catherine Hesse, Arwen Revere, Gio Oliva, Hanalei Agamite, and Massimo Flumian want to share the many benefits of giving blood in the lead up to the drive. This week, Massimo Flumian shares, "According to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States requires a blood transfusion." Join this important cause by signing up here. Questions about eligibility? Call 808-848-4745. Special thanks to our PFA for supporting this effort!
BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Come support the book fair October 26-28. Proceeds benefit the Primary Playground Fund.
Preschool sign up link: Preschool Sign Up Link
Main Campus Sign Up: email to sign up
LJA HOSTS FILM SCREENING & COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2022 | 5:00-8:00 P.M.
A partnership between Josh Reppun Productions and Waianae Searider Productions, The Innovation Playlist tells the pre-COVID stories of several Hawai'i schools that are imaginatively and creatively bringing "small steps" innovations to their campuses. Join us October 22 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for a "Windward Side" in-person screening of this film, which will include a community conversation about the future of education in Hawai'i. The event will be hosted and facilitated by current high school students, and special guests will include Josh Reppun, Producer and Co-Editor; Ed Noh, Castle-Kahuku Complex Area Superintendent; and Ted Dintersmith, the founder of WhatSchoolCouldBe.org, the author of the best seller, What School Could Be, and the Executive Producer of the acclaimed film, Most Likely to Succeed.
OPEN HOUSE AND CALL FOR AMBASSADORS
Our Open House will be on November 5, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and both campuses will be open for in-person visitors! We are in need of current parents to serve as ambassadors for prospective families to answer questions, give tours, point them in the right direction, and welcome them to our LJA community! If you are able to help, please sign up HERE!
WE LOVE LJA REFERRAL PROGRAM
Love your school? Help us keep growing our wonderful community! The We Love LJA Student Referral Program will provide two rewards: a $1,000 tuition credit for referring families and a $1,000 tuition credit for the new families referred and enrolled in LJA's Primary (PK-12) Division. Download the form and learn more.
REPORT COVID CASES
Parents are expected to notify the Health Room about positive cases in the household. Anyone testing positive should consult the nurse about proper return to school protocols. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.