17 January 2020

Le Journal

from the Head of school

Summer School Dates

Dear AL Community,

The 2020 Summer school will run from Monday, June 8th to Friday, July 24th. It will be organized in two sessions:
  • Session 1: Monday, June 8th - Friday, June 26th,
  • Off Week ( No School ): Monday, June 29th - Friday, July 3rd 
  • Session 2:  Monday, July 6th - Friday, July 24th
We will share more information about the enrollment process and class organization.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the principal's coffees at Oak, Cherry and Armour.

Stay warm!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day
January 22
Armour Choir Concert,
Oak, 6-7 pm
January 27
Conseil d'école
Armour 6-7:30 pm

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


MPCSA Sponsored Jefferson City TripJeff 

The Missouri Public Charter School Association is sponsoring a bus trip to Jefferson City on January 22 to meet with state legislators about equitable charter school funding.  In preparation for the trip, there will be a pre-trip meeting on Monday January 20, 6:30 pm at the Amour Campus cafeteria.  We will be going over talking points and organizing parents into groups by their representative.  For anyone wanting to go on the trip, if you have not already signed up, please sign up here

Day at the Capitol Schedule:
10:30 AM - Arrive in Jefferson City ( 201 W. Capitol Ave. Jefferson City, MO 65101)
11:00 AM - Parents Meet with Legislators
12:00 PM - National School Choice Week Program Starts
1:00 PM - Parents Meet with Legislators
2:00 PM - Leave Jefferson City
4:30 PM - Arrive in St. Louis or Kansas City

Kansas City Pick-Up Point:  2015 E. 72nd St. Kansas City, MO 64132


2020 Summer School DatesSS

2020 Summer School Dates: 
Session 1: 
Monday, June 8th, 2020 - Friday, June 26th, 2020 
Off Week No School: 
Monday, June 29th, 2020 - Friday, July 3rd, 2020  Session 2: 
Monday, July 6th, 2020 - Friday, July 24th, 2020


Armour Construction ImpactConstruction

There is some construction happening on the south side of Armour between Warwick and Gillham road. For safety reasons, we are asking students to avoid using the sidewalk and grass area as equipment and mud occupy that space. We will have staff supervising road crossing at Armour and Warwick so that students can get to the other side safely. Please help us enforce this safety measure. 


MS Concert InformationConcert

All middle school students should report to the Oak gym between 5:30 and 5:45 pm on 1/22/20. The concert will start at 6 pm. 8th graders should wear their class hoodies and uniform bottoms. 6th and 7th graders should be in uniform as well. When parking around the Oak campus, please be mindful of neighbor driveways and only use marked parking spots. 


8th Grade DanceDance8th

The 8th grade student council is hosting a dance on Friday, February 7th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Armour cafeteria.   In order to attend, 8th graders must bring a permission slip and $10 to their homeroom teacher by Wednesday, February 5th. We will use the $10 contributions to pay our DJs, and to purchase food and decorations. 

Please be aware that only current Académie Lafayette 8th grade students are allowed to attend. Guests, including former AL students will not be admitted. 

We are looking for parent chaperones. If you are available and willing to help that evening, please contact Jessica McDowell at  jmcdowell@academielafayette.org to let her know you are able to help. We are looking forward to a great night! 


6th Grade Student Council DanceDance

The 6th grade student council is hosting their annual dance on Friday, January 31st from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Armour cafeteria.  The theme is "Once Upon a Sixth Grade Dance" and will feature Disney decorations and music. Costumes are optional.  If you are interested in chaperoning, please sign up here.

In order to attend, sixth graders need to bring a permission slip and $5 to their homeroom teacher by Friday, January 24th.  If this is a hardship for your family in anyway, email Mme. Seely at lseely@academielafayette.org. Your student is still more than welcome to attend the dance.  We will use the $5 contributions to purchase food and decorations. However, more food and decorations only make things more fun so feel free to sign up below to donate extras.  If you decide to contribute food, just send it directly to the dance. Please send decorations with your students to school in advance of the dance. Have them bring it to Ms. Seely's office. 


Valentine's Day Care PackagesVDAY

Dear  Families,

hearts-icon.jpg The eighth graders will be busy collecting toiletries items for the residents at the Clara Manor Nursing Home for the next 3 weeks. This retirement home is a block from the Armour campus.

Our goal is to prepare a care package with basic items, chocolates, and a personal card for each resident. Students will deliver them on Valentine's Day.

This service project will open the door to starting a reading program as well as other activities to connect the two generations.


      6 th grade      
7 th grade    
8 th grade
Shaving cream
Face wipes
Hand sanitizer
Body wash

You can drop off items at the Armour front office from January 15 th to February 10 th .

Thank you for your generosity, support, and willingness to put a smile on the faces of the elderly.

Mme Desbleds


AL Scripps Bee WinnersSpellingB

The winners of the Oak campus school-wide spelling bee are First place,  Amelia Kalahurka, 4th grade;  Second place, Evely Tribitt, 5th grade;
Third place, Garrett Webster, 4th grade.

The guest pronouncer was AL parent and KCUR's Chief of Broadcast Operations, Stephen Steigman.

The winning word: dropsonde

The winner Amelia Kalahurka, 4th grade, will represent Académie Lafayette in the regional Jackson/Clay county bee. The winner of the Jackson/Clay bee represents the KC metro area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


AL Pre-K Seats available for 2020-2021 PreK

AL Parents and students with Emmanuel staff volunteering for the AL Day of Service on July, 20th, 2019.
We are excited to announce a new 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 number of free pre-K seats for 2020-2021 school year. This classroom will be off site at the newly constructed Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center. 

The Kansas City Pre-K Cooperative seeks to:
* Maximize access to high quality free pre-K slots for children and families, positioning all students for success throughout their educational journeys.
* Improve the vertical alignment between early education and elementary schooling.
* Collaborate with a broad array of community organizations and service providers currently operating in Kansas City to provide comprehensive services for students and families.

Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center has been serving the urban core community of Kansas City, MO since 1986. Located at 2416 Swope Parkway KCMO 64130. Transportation is available for pick up and drop off. Our partnership with Emmanuel includes weekly French classes with AL French Preschool teacher on site. The new facilities will be opening February 1st, 2020. Click here to see the new construction from the start.

The AL pre-K requirements are: child must be age 4 prior to September 1st, 2020, live within the KCPS school district boundaries, and qualify for free and reduced lunch . If you do not qualify for free and reduced lunch or do not meet age requirements and are still interested please contact Robyn King for more information on other seats available at Emmanuel including reduced rates.

To apply for an AL pre-K seat fill out an application on the site SchooAppKC. Please note there are a limited amount of seats available and all current AL siblings will not be guaranteed a seat. If there are more sibling applicants than there are seats available, seats will be given in accordance with our lottery process.  You will be asked to provide Free and Reduced Lunch verification to be included in the lottery. 

For more information, if you would like to apply, or interested in any pre-K seat at Emmanuel please contact Robyn King ( rking@academielafayette.org , 816-702-9221) to fill out required documents and set up an orientation. Pre-K students can start as soon as the application process is complete. 


Dear Parents: If you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020, now is the  time to apply. The process will take you less than one minute! 

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. 

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 2nd, 2020. Sibling applications received after this deadline will be placed on the waiting list. 

Questions? Call Robyn King at  816-888-8934.

After you fill out your child's application, tell your friends and neighbors 
with an incoming kindergartener to do the same.


Trivia NightTriviaNight

Get your trivia on at the PTO's annual AL Trivia Night on Saturday, January 25 at the Foundation Event Space. This year's theme is children's literature. Prizes will be awarded for the best-themed table! Individual tickets and tables for 8 available are on sale now. Get all the details and your tickets at  ALTriviaNight.com .


Student Art Competition Art 

The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center is excited about the Nature in Your Neighborhood Art Competition coming up at the Discovery Center!
Please click here for the upcoming event flyer, including all the rules for participants and details regarding submission of artwork. This is an activity for classroom teachers, students and families. It would make a great after-Christmas activity! Artwork must be submitted by Feb. 15.  All artwork will be on display March 3 through April 25 at the Discovery Center. The top three winners in each age category of the art competition will be announced at a special evening event at the Discovery Center on April 7th!  


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