31 January 2020

Le Journal

from the principals

A few Words from the Principals

Dear families,

So many exciting things happening in Kansas City! We have had a wonderful, fun week with the variety of Chiefs/KC clothing, sunglasses, hats and headgear the students and staff wore! After all the excitement of this week and especially this weekend we will get back to the business of school and uniforms on Monday (unless of course, we have something special on Wednesday!).

From the nurse: the health offices have seen a spike in the number of students presenting with flu-like symptoms, and have been notified of a number of confirmed cases of the flu. Flu-like symptoms commonly include fever, chills, dry cough, loss of appetite, body aches, and nausea, typically in connection with a sudden onset of illness; if your child has these symptoms, please keep them home from school. All students must stay out of school until they are free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, without the use of medications, for at least 24 hours. Please help reinforce correct coughing and sneezing behavior with your child (always cover, and cough into the elbow) as well as appropriate hand washing techniques: wet hands first, scrub with soap, then rinse clean.
Enjoy the weekend! Go Chiefs!

Maritza Paul, Heather Royce, Leslie Houfaidi


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

February 10
Board Meeting
Armour, 6:30 - 9:30pm

February 17

February 13 
Cherry 3rd grade Concert
6pm, Cherry Auditorium, in uniform

February 21
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
K-3 Girls Dance
7-9 pm, Cherry Campus
February 14

March 6
NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
4-8 Girls Dance
7-9 pm, Armour Campus

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


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


Spirit Wear Sale Tomorrow spirit

Looking for Spirit Wear? Come shop Spirit Wear this Saturday, February 1 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Armour Campus. Park in the back lot and follow the signs. 


Girls Basketball Championship Game girlsBB

Our girls' Basketball team will play the Championship game tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 1st, at Southeast Fieldhouse (located at 3500 East Meyer Blvd -- Meyer Blvd & Swope Parkway). We will play the semi-final vs. Lincoln. Girls semi-final start at 9:00 am. Our cheerleaders team and dance team will perform as well. Click here to see a detailed schedule of the day including when the cheerleaders and dance team will perform. 


Trivia Night Recap Trivia

Thank you Xavier Campbell and team for making this year's Trivia Night a success. We appreciate your hard work and dedication! 


Valentine's Day Parties parties

heart-paper-icon.jpg Valentine's Day classroom parties will be held on Thursday, February 13. Room parents should be sharing details about each classroom's celebration soon, if they haven't done so already. Parents may be able to attend parties, check with your party coordinator for details. 


Oak Crossing Guards Needed OakCrossing

We are in need of crossing guards at the Oak campus. Click here to view all slots available and sign up for one (or a few!). We appreciate your help keeping our students safe. 


MS Girls Soccer Team Registration MSsoccerteam

The 4-time Champion Middle School Girls' Soccer team will be forming soon! If your middle school daughter is interested please complete the Google Form and read through all of the dates in the document to understand when and where we will be practicing. 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to Coach Meghan Downey via email:  meghkflavin@gmail.com

We will start conditioning on Tuesday, February 18th! Thank you all for supporting our tradition!


Nat Geo Bee Winner beewinner

The middle school held the final round of the National Geographic Bee on Monday the 27th. Micah Bartel, 7th grade, was the school champion for the second year in the row. Micah will have the opportunity to compete in the State Nat Geo Bee. 

Pictured (left to right): Izzy Parr (3rd place, 8th grade), Fischer Krull (2nd place, 7th grade), and Micah Bartel (1st place, 7th grade). 


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-
Save the Dates Girls

It's dance time! Girls, grab your special VIP and your dancing shoes for a night filled with awesome 80's fun! The evening includes a picture wall, snacks, a raffle and lots of fun dance music! Two events are planned:
  • Kindergarten-3rd Grade Girls: February 21, 7-9 p.m. at the Cherry Campus
  • 4th-8th Grade Girls: Friday, March 6, 7-9 p.m. at the Armour Campus
More details and tickets coming soon! 


Cherry Campus Book FairCBookfair

The Cherry Campus Book Fair is coming up March 4-6. We need volunteers to help with setting up and running the fair. Please sign up here if you're able to help!


Evening in ParisEIP

Join in the fun on Saturday, April 18 as The Mulberry Room is transformed into the French Riviera for our annual gala, An Evening in Paris. This is Académie Lafayette's Parent Teacher Organization's biggest annual fundraiser, and event of the season! Don't miss this great time for a great cause. Get more information and purchase tickets at  EveningInParisKC.com .


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. 


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. 

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! 


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 for 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.

ITEMS NEEDED: (dollar items are fine)

      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 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.

info sharing

Piano for SalePiano

I have a tall upright Whitney (Chicago) piano for sale (48"H x 80"L x 32"W). It's been tuned regularly throughout the years and plays very well. It would be the perfect piano for a new student, young or old. (It's the piano I learned to play on.)

We haven't yet set a price, so all offers are welcome. Please email me (Mme Diane),  dbalagna@academielafayette.org


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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