29 january 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

AL Reopening & IB updates

Dear AL Families, 

It was a real pleasure seeing the Kindergarten and 1st grade students back into their classrooms and engaged in learning activities. They were so excited! We look forward to having the 2nd to 6th graders back next week. We hope to have all the grade levels in hybrid mode sometime in February once the situation allows it. Some of the challenges we are currently facing are student transportation and finding enough substitute teachers to replace sick or quarantined teachers, and those on FMLA leave.

As you know, both the British and the South African variants of the Covid-19 have been detected in the country. Consequently, I will strongly urge our community to support a safe, healthy and sustained reopening of our school by continuing to strictly follow the recommendations of the national and local health authorities.

On a different note, I would like to inform you that, this week, our IB (International Baccalaureate) consultant interviewed a few board members, high school students, teachers and parents. The virtual visit is part of our IB Diploma Program authorization process. He was very impressed with our school vision and program. AL's IB Middle Years Program has been authorized since 2017. I would like to extend a special thank you to all the high school leadership team and particularly to Katy Wilson, our IB coordinator.

I thank you very much for your amazing support and wish you all a great weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Oak Principals

Oak 2-5 Reopening

Dear Oak parents,

We are so excited to welcome back our 2-5 students on Monday, February 1st.
For a safe return to the Oak campus, here below are a few important reminders:
  • Schedule: Expect, if you have 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 2-4 Reopening 

Dear 2nd-4th Grade Cherry Parents!

We are excited to see our 2nd-4th grade in person students next week.  By this point, you should've received confirmation of your hybrid cohort assignment and the dismissal plan for your child.  Please call the office and ask for Sarah LaGrece if there is an error.

Click here for a few important reminders for our "big kids" and their parents, especially our families who are returning in person for the first time:

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


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

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

February 15
No School- Presidents' Day

February 3rd
No School-Improvement Day

March 3
No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 
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


Calendar UpdatesCalendar

Here are a few calendar updates: 
  • Friday, February 5 changed to Wednesday, February 3: No School-School improvement day
  • Wednesday, February 10: K-5 Valentine Parties: K-5 classes will be doing virtual Valentine Parties this year so that all students can participate together.  Your child's teacher will communicate the details
  • Friday, March 5 changed to Wednesday, March 3: Parent Teacher conferences-no school


Uniform UpdatesUniform

As we welcome more students back to the building next week, we want to start off on the right foot with expectations about uniforms.  Students are required to be uniform on in-person school days. The uniform policy can be found on the AL website here

For anyone who needs assistance with uniform clothes, or if parents have gently used pieces they would like to donate, please contact your school counselor/social worker. We know how fast kids grow, so we want to utilize our uniform closets to help families.

PE Uniforms:  We will not require PE uniforms in K-5 this year.  Students are expected to wear appropriate athletic shoes on their scheduled PE days.

For students who sold raffle tickets and earned a raffle t-shirt, those shirts can be worn on the first Tuesday or Thursday of the month, depending on your cohort assignment.  We will not be observing the first Friday as a casual day each month- due to the different attendance days.

The coming week is a special week in KC, however, so we want to celebrate the Chiefs with a Spirit Week.


AL Chiefs Spirit Week: Go Chiefs!Chiefs

Let's celebrate the Chiefs heading to the Super Bowl again! Back-to-Back! Now Run it back Chiefs! 
Monday-  "We're Going to Tampa"-  wear sunglasses
Tuesday-  "Hats Off to the Chiefs"-  wear hats or headbands like Mahomes
Wednesday No School- "Resting Up to Cheer for the Chiefs"-  wear pajamas
Thursday-  "Sock it to the Buccaneers"-  wear crazy socks
Friday-  "Red Friday"- wear red or any Chiefs or KC shirts


With many grades returning to campus it's time to sport your school spirit! Sweatshirts and pullovers that can be worn over a collared shirt any day. Check out our new vendor who will ship to homes or arrange a pick up in Lenexa. 


Library Bragging #3Library

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.

Fun Facts:
Johnson County library they have an amazing makerspace area with 3D printers.

KC library at the Southeast location near the zoo they have robots.

Southeast & Bluford branches have kids cafes, where anyone under age 18 can receive a free meal from 3pm-4pm. They may resume when school is back in session. This is put on by Harvester. Check your location or www.KClibrary.org.

Mid-Continent Public Library does have about 200 physical books in French and a large Spanish collection. They have 3 locations that house the majority of those books are at the Antioch, North Independence, and the Grandview locations. You can place them on hold and they can be sent to any Mid-Continent library. KCK library has an abundance of Spanish books, too.

Don't forget you can also pick up actual books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and many media choices from any library locations mentioned. 

Feel free to reach out to me if you need assistance with anything library related tsinkhorn@academielafayette.org


Honor an AL TeacherHonor

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education invites parents and students to honor and celebrate a teacher who has gone above and beyond for them. Participation involves doing a virtual video-interview with DESE. We want to ensure that our amazing charter public school teachers in KC are recognized by DESE. Please submit to Christy Moreno, cmoreno@mocharterschools.org


Children's Mercy community-wide Webinar on COVID-19 vaccineCM

Children's Mercy will be hosting a community-wide Webinar on COVID-19 vaccines. 
Click here for more info and to sign up. You must register for this event to attend. 
A community-wide forum in conjunction with Black History Month
THURSDAY, FEB. 4 | 6 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M. 


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


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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Kansas City, MO 64113
Armour Campus,
201 E. Armour Blvd, 
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109