15 january 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

Re-Opening Updates

Dear AL Families, 

We are so excited to be planning for more grade levels to return to the buildings and in-person instruction. Just a reminder of our current return dates (shared in the 1/12 mailing):
  • January 19th for 9th grade (4 days)
  • January 25th for K-1 (hybrid- 2 days)
  • February 1st for 2nd-6th (hybrid- 2 days)
  • 7th-8th grade: the online program continues as we keep on assessing the situation. We hope to welcome back our 7th and 8th graders soon as we continue phasing in middle school students.
If you selected virtual learning through spring break on the last parent survey, your student will remain virtual until then.
More families have chosen in-person instruction this semester and we are working to balance classes and cohort sizes. Some cohorts may be bigger than in the Fall but we are confident that we can still practice the recommended safety measures of hand-washing, cohorting, and social distancing.
We ask parents to review the reopening document that was shared earlier this year, as we need your partnership- especially in doing daily self-assessments with your kids and communicating with the school in case of illness or exposure.
We will closely monitor the evolution of the pandemic and will strictly follow all mitigation guidelines. The school may revert back to online learning if the situation worsens. As stated before, reopening our schools and keeping them open safely will depend on the collective responsibility of our staff, students, and families by committing to the strict observance of the Covid-19 recommendations issued by health professionals. 
Thank you very much for your patience and your support.
Have a great 3-day weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

January 18

February 3rd
No School-Improvement Day
January 27
PTO Meeting, virtual, link sent by email, 6-7pm

February 8th 
Board Meeting, 6:30pm, AL Youtube & FB Page
January 29
ALIHS Friday: Wear your ALIHS Spirit Wear

February 15
No School- Presidents' Day

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Upper Room After School CareUR

The Upper Room is offering after school care at the Oak and Cherry Campuses beginning on January 25th for those who have completed the Upper Room registration form on the AL website.  If you want after school care and have not completed the form, please go to the website and do so by Tuesday, January 19th.  

Please know that if, after February 5th, we do not have enough students signed up to make it feasible for the Upper Room to continue the program (Oak and Cherry), the program will reluctantly be ended for the present time. This does not mean that we cannot bring it back into the school, but enrollment numbers must be at a minimum of at least 5 at each location for them to feasibly continue offering the program at our school.


Homeless/Foster LiaisonHome

Dear AL Families,
As part of DESE protocol, here is the letter of introduction as the Homeless/Foster Liaison from your school counselor/social worker.


Teachers, students, staff, and parents wear your ALIHS Spirit Wear Friday, Jan. 29th. Post your selfies online with the #ALIHS. Order your ALIHS Spirit Wear today!

This is a make up celebration day for the opening of our high school thanks to the PTO!  There will be another ALIHS Friday in February the date coming soon. 


Library Bragging!Library

I am Trisha Sinkhorn, your Media Specialist at the Cherry location. I just love the library and not just my school library.

Did you know that you can have a library card as far as Johnson County? You do not even have to set foot in the library. These libraries all share the same tax monies, so you can have a card at each location. I have ⅘ library cards at these libraries. Be sure to check out the reading programs for adults and children. KCK library has by far the best summer reading program for students and adults. 
Currently there is an adult winter reading program at the KC, KS and Mid-Continent Public Library. *You don't need a library card to earn the prizes.

Mid-Continent Public Library: www.mymcpl.org
Kansas City Public Library: www.kclibrary.org
North Kansas City Public Library: www.nkcpl.org
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library: www.kckpl.org
Johnson County Public Library: www.jocolibrary.org


Doorstep Donations at ALDoorDonations

The middle school student council is starting a chapter of Doorstep Donations at AL. 
More information can be found on the flyer


ALIHS Incoming 9th & 1oth gradealihszoom

Dear current 9th and 8th grade parents,
The timeline of enrollment for Académie Lafayette International High School has changed to ensure we have the appropriate staffing and course offering available for our students. As of 2020-2021 the intent to return form is required to be submitted between December 2020 and February 22nd 2021. This will allow your student to participate in choosing their class schedule for the 2021-2022 school year in the spring. It will still be required to complete full re-enrollment during the summer. This requirement and other changes we may implement will continue as we grow our ALIHS student population. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Click here to hear from the ALIHS teachers. 
Video created by the ALIHS Journalism class. 
Click here to view the ALIHS brochure. Click here for the ALIHS student interviews video. If you weren't able to make the 8th grade ALIHS Mtg click here to view and click here for the slides. 

If your student is interested in having a google meet with current 9th graders or coming in person to shadow for a period of the day, please email lseely@academielafayette.org.

Questions? Contact Robyn King, Admissions Director, at rking@academielafayette.org


Apply to Reserve Your incoming Child's Seat: K, Pre-K, 1, 9, & 10th gradeApply

Dear Current AL Parents,

Please note this only applies to new siblings not currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette. All current K-9th grade students will re-enroll in the Spring and current 8th-9th grades will submit intent to return forms in SchoolMint starting December 2020. 
Kindergarten/1st grade Siblings Seats: If you have a child entering kindergarten or 1st grade in the fall of 2021, please apply starting Nov. 14th. The process will take you less than one minute! (Only applies to new siblings not currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette.)
To be fair and transparent with all prospective families, we want to be able to tell them how many seats are available and how many seats will be taken by siblings. Your help is essential. Please fill out an application for your kindergarten sibling today. 
Pre-K Siblings Seats: We are also continuing our partnership through the Kansas City Pre-K Cooperative to offer Académie Lafayette families that qualify for free and reduced lunch the opportunity to apply for a limited amount of free pre-K seats for 2021-2022 school year. All current AL siblings will not be guaranteed a seat. The child must be age 4 prior to September 1st, 2021. This classroom will be off site at the newly constructed Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center 4736 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64130.
9th/10th grade seats: If you have an upcoming 9th or 10th grader that is not currently enrolled as an AL student you can also apply on the link below. 
Click here to apply from November 14th, 2020 to Monday, February 22nd, 2021. 
Sibling applications received after this deadline will be placed on the waiting list. 
 For additional information click here.
 Questions? Email Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org
After you fill out your child's application, tell your friends and neighbors 
with an incoming kindergartener to do the same!


Food Delivery SocialCorner

Starting Wednesday, January 13th, food service will be offered through delivery only.  If you would like to be added to our delivery list, please contact your school counselor or social worker.
Check out our AL Counseling and Social Services Department website!


Technology Cornertechneeds

As online learning continues, we are constantly working to improve the ways we support you! That includes changing our protocols to better keep up with requests and improve our response time. Please note:

1. All non-emergency requests must be made by sending an email to itdepartment@academielafayette.org or by filling out the contact form on our distance learning page

2. Emergency requests: please call directly one of these two phone numbers: 816-743-4973 or 816-550-8170. If we do not answer, we may be talking with another parent. Please leave a message with your information and we will call you back. Our hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday (only on days when school is in session). 

3. Chromebook request: fill out this Chromebook waitlist form. That form is also available on our website on the distance learning page.

If you have technical difficulties with a Chromebook or Google Classroom contact Roger Goudiaby, itdepartment@academielafayette.org.

To protect our children from scammers, we made the decision to block student emails from receiving or sending emails out of our domain. Students can send email and receive email from anyone who has an Académie Lafayette email but will not receive an email if you do not have an AL email address. Thank you for your understanding. 


Drive-up Testing for ChildrenDriveuptest 

Children's Mercy has some exciting news to share: Drive-up COVID-19 Testing available for symptomatic children at the following Urgent Care sites: Overland Park, KS, Independence, MO, Kansas City, MO. Testing is by appointment only: Monday- Friday 12 pm- 6 pm. For more information on scheduling and criteria please click here



  • To help answer your questions, we have created our distance learning page. If, at any time, you have a question, concern or information to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, counselors, principals or Mr. Mbengue.
  • Looking to build your community? Get going today by joining our private Facebook group here. You will need to answer the security questions.



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