22 january 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

Re-Opening Updates

Dear AL Families, 

It was great to have our 9th graders back in the building this week. We continue planning for other grade levels to return to the buildings and in-person instruction. Please note that we have invited a few students, identified by our instructional team, to attend school 4 days a week. We understand that every parent wants their own child back full-time but ask that you respect those students' privacy and the professional judgment of our team at this time. 

Oak and Cherry parents: see below to read the principals' articles pertaining to campus reopening. If you have not yet received your child's cohort and schedule information, please email your child's teacher. 

The Armour administration will provide an online meeting on Tuesday, 1/26, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for 6th grade families entering Armour campus for the first time this year. More details will be emailed to those families. 

As we enter the season of inclement weather, we want to remind you that snow days will be replaced with virtual learning snow days. Those days will be announced on our website, social media, and news stations. 

Last, we were not able to send out grade cards as planned today due to a series of glitches. We hope to have the system back up and running soon and send them next week. Remember that you can check your child's grade online here. If you need help with login information, please contact itdepartment@academielafayette.org

We look forward to seeing our K-1 students next week!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Oak Principals

Oak Re-Opening Updates

Oak parents,
We are so excited to welcome back our K-1 students on January 25 and 2nd-5th graders on February 1.
For a safe return to the Oak campus, here are below a few important reminders:
  • Schedule: Expect, if you haven't received yet; communication from your child's homeroom teacher with specific schedule information.
  • School starts at 8:00 am. Doors will open for arrival at 7:45 am
Click here for additional information on arrival, dismissal, uniforms and lunch. 

Thank you so much for your support. We can't wait to see our students!
Jean-Claude Diatta, Oak Principal

from the Principals

Cherry Re-Opening Updates

Cherry Parents,

We are excited to welcome students back to in-person learning: K-1 students on January 25 and 2nd-4th graders on February 1. Here are some important details for our 2nd opening of the school year, especially for anyone coming in person for the first time. 

Doors open on Kenwood (the east side of the building) at 8:15 and school starts at 8:30.  If you wish to park and walk your child to the doors, please use the church parking lot on Kenwood. You may also use the drop off lane and remain in your car while your child exits the vehicle. Please be patient with the construction on Cherry and consider accessing drop off and pick up on Kenwood via Gillham Road.

Dismissal begins at 3:30. We have sent individual dismissal plans to parents in a separate email. If this information is not correct, please contact Sarah LaGrece-slagrece@academielafayette.org.

If you are using the car rider line, please follow the line of cars around the school towards Kenwood. Need a car rider sign? Please call ahead and come by the office.

Early Dismissal:
If you need to pick up your child before the end of the day, please remain in your car and call the office when you arrive at 816-888-7400. Your child will only be called out of class when you are outside.

Students should be in uniform on in-person days. Our school's uniform policy can be found here: https://academielafayette.org/families/dress-code/ If you need help obtaining uniforms or would like to access the uniform closet, please contact Mme Sheila- sbaskin@academielafayette.org.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We look forward to a safe return.
Mme Royce
Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

January 25
K-1st grade return Hybrid (2 days)

February 1st
2-6th grade return Hybrid (2 days)

February 15
No School- Presidents' Day

January 27
PTO Meeting, virtual, link sent by email, 6-7pm

February 3rd
No School-Improvement Day

March 3
No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 
January 29
ALIHS Friday: Wear your ALIHS Spirit Wear

February 8th 
Board Meeting, 6:30pm, AL Youtube & FB Page

March 15-19
No School Spring Break

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.

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.


Volunteer Opportunity for Recruitment & OutreachVolunteer

  • If you would like to display a Fix the Glitch Yard sign at your residence please stop by the Armour campus to pick one up MTRF 9a-3pm. 
  • Volunteers needed to place Show Me KC Schools Door hangers in your neighborhood for AL recruitment efforts. Click here to sign up. Pick up door hangers at the Armour campus MTRF 9a-3pm. Please take as many as you need to canvas your neighborhood. 
For more information contact Robyn King, rking@academielafayette.org


6th Grade Family School Re-entry MeetingSixth

On Tuesday, January 26th, the Armour administration will host a meeting to help 6th-grade students and families prepare to come back to our building.  This will take place from 5:30-6:30pm.  A google meet link will be emailed to all 6th-grade families on Monday.  If you have any questions, please email lseely@academielafayette.org.


PTO MeetingPTO

Join the Académie Lafayette Parent Teacher Organization (AL PTO) for our second meeting of the year. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. Check your email early next week for a link to the Zoom meeting. Need a reminder? The event is on the AL school calendar and Facebook. Please direct all inquiries to the Contact Form on the PTO website


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 and send your selfies to 

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


Library Bragging #2Library

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

Want More from your Library?
Mid-Continent Public Library has some excellent e-content (electronic resources) for your French speaker. I am impressed by the French and Spanish resources like Tumblebooks (both Mid-Continent & KClibrary). 
Mid-Continent has Flipster and RBG Digital magazines in French plus other languages. 
KC Library has Overdrive or Libby to use e-books and e-audiobooks and I love Hoopla. 
Mid-Continent has both Overdrive and Libby. 
Freegal is a free way to download e-music. Both Mid-Continent and KC Library have access to this. You can download 5 free songs a week. This is where I was introduced to WIll Stroet, a French Canadian children singer.

Mid-Continent has Access Video and I located over 400 French speaking films. I am constantly looking for French items to enhance our student and teacher experiences. Feel free to reach out to me if you need assistance with anything library related. tsinkhorn@academielafayette.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


Community Outreach CornerCommoutreach

Community Outreach Corner
Click below for Community Outreach resources:
For more information contact Robyn King, rking@academielafayette.org



  • 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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