Blessed. On November 16, special guest Kumu Ka'anohi Aipa and a small group gathered for a traditional Hawaiian blessing of our new athletic field. After many months of meticulous planning and care, this is the final stage in readying our field for years of concentrated play. We are so grateful to everyone who worked hard to make this long awaited addition to our campus possible, and to Kumu Ka'anohi Aipa, for gracing us with such a powerful and moving initiation. We can't wait to welcome all of you to the new field soon!
GOING THE DISTANCE:
THREE LJA FACULTY TRAIN
FOR THE DECEMBER WAIKIKI MARATHON
They are the Champions, my friends! Think running a preschool classroom or coaching Physical Education for an entire elementary school sounds tiring? How about training for a marathon? Well, these rock stars are doing both! Meet LJA's beloved Brandy Buijten, Katie Brooks, and Becky Zienkiewicz, who together are training to run in a marathon on December 11. LJA Director of Communications Maria Frostic asked about their experience. Read the full interview.
Artwork by 6 Grade student Teagan Jamrog
NEW PUBLICATION BY JANICE CORSINO AND NANI NASH EXPLORES EXPRESSION AND EXPERIENCE
On November 10, Davis Publications published an article authored by LJA teachers Janice Corsino and Nani Nash: "Connecting with Chromosthesia," which explores how one sensory experience can inform and inspire another. "Students in their music class tapped into their synesthetic minds by listening to two compositions containing very different musical elements such as dynamics, rhythm, form, and tonality. Students sketched or wrote whatever entered their minds while listening to the different musical pieces. Colors, shapes, emotions, stories, memories, and even numbers flowed onto the paper. Next, students took their sketches and ideas to art class and chose which sketch to develop into a finished artwork." Read the full article.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Two students are in need of host families. Start dates are December 15 and January 3rd. If you would like to host a student, please contact the admissions office.
PK/JK enjoyed malassadas brought in by PFA Rep Caitlin McOmish. K-5 Rep Kristy Scherman went door to door delivering breakfast goodies to faculty and staff from her coffee cart. Mahalo for your wonderful support, PFA Team!
PFA GENERAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 | 8:15 A.M.
All parents are welcome to attend our upcoming PFA General Meeting.
TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 15
It's time once again for the annual Toys for Tots collection drive. The PFA, in coordination with the United States Marines, collects NEW and UNWRAPPED toys for O'ahu's children in need. We hope to fill 10 boxes this year. As you begin your holiday shopping, mahalo for considering a contribution to the collection drive.
PROJECT GRAD MARKETPLACE PURCHASE PICKUP
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
LJA LOWER SCHOOL LOOP
Thank you for supporting Project Grad! Please pick up your purchases on December 3. If you haven't placed an order yet, fear not! Poinsettias and coffee are still available for purchase.
Please remember to notify the school nurse about positive COVID cases, and wear a well-fitting mask on campus if a member of your household tests positive.
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.
COVID VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC
VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
The FDA and CDC have approved an updated COVID-19 booster. The bivalent booster, which is being produced by both Pfizer and Moderna, targets the original strain of the coronavirus as well as the highly contagious omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5., which represent 90% of cases in Hawai'i. LJA has partnered once again with Kaiser Permanente to host a vaccine clinic to make boosters available to the LJA community. If you have recently contracted COVID, please consult your physician regarding eligibility.