23 October 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

School Updates

Dear AL Families,
Starting Monday, October 26, the Fall NWEA test will be administered to our students from 2nd to 9th grade. The NWEA MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is an independent assessment used by many school districts around the country to measure student growth in math, reading, language usage and science. 

Because of the pandemic, our students took neither the annual Missouri Assessment Program nor the NWEA spring test last school year. This Fall online session will be proctored by our AL teachers and is an opportunity to provide them with accurate and actionable data that will help to better meet the instructional needs of each and every student. Besides, the administration of the test is part of the AL charter agreement and is used by the University of Central Missouri - our charter sponsor, in their annual academic review.

To help your child do her/his best, please:
  • Give your child a quiet place to work at a desk or table. Provide them with headphones if available.
  • Make sure your child is on time for their testing sessions.
  • Make sure your child has a pencil and scratch paper for the math assessment.
You can make sure your child's device meets testing requirements using the Device Readiness Check and you can practice the test at practice.mapnwea.org (Username: grow, Password: grow). 

Please do not assist your child with the assessments. We will be using the data from the assessments to plan instruction for each child based on their needs. These assessments do not count towards a grade.

Thank you for your continued support.
Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the armour principal

Armour Updates

Dear Armour Families,
Monday-Wednesday (October 26-28) will be NWEA testing from 9:00 am to 12 pm. Schedules have been sent to parents by homeroom teachers with instructions on how to prepare and support their child through this virtual testing experience. Click here for the schedule overview. There will be Musketeer time as usual and since it's also Spirit Week, students are free to participate in a variety of fun activities planned by the Student Council. The week culminates with an online Halloween costume contest sponsored by the PTO and judged by a panel of teachers and STUCO members on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm.

Have a great weekend! 
Maritza Paul
Armour Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

October 30
Fall parties

November 16
NO SCHOOL - School Improvement Day

November 4
Development Committee Meeting

November 25-27
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
November 9
Board Meeting

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Chromebook Annual FundChromefund

Académie Lafayette is currently trying to purchase more Chromebooks to accommodate students on our waiting list. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Chromebook fund, click here and choose the first option.


Special Board Meeting Noticeboardmeeting

The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet virtually on Oct.12, 2020 at 6:30 pm on the AL Facebook pageClick here  to read the agenda.


Armour Online Costume ContestSavethedate

Armour Student Council is hosting an online costume contest for middle school and high school Musketeers on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm. To join the contest, with chances to win gift cards, sign up here


Spirit Week Spiritweek

AL will be having a Spirit Week next week (Oct. 26-30), culminating in Fall parties Friday afternoon. Look for more detailed information from your child's teacher, but here are the themes for each day.
Cherry and Oak



Technology Needs surveytechneeds

If you did not fill out a technology needs survey to indicate your needs please use this waiting list survey. Click here. You will be automatically entered into a waiting list and will be contacted as we are receiving our devices.


Tips & Tricks for Online LearningTiptrickonlinelearning

If you are wondering "How can I find out what my student did this week?" or "What are they missing?", please click here. It will tell you step by step how to set up a guardian summary that can send you a summary each week of what your student/students did or are still missing during their week of online school.


AL in the Communitycommunity

Noa, Avital, and Tamara Falicov, Fred Thompson of ShelterKC, and Kelly Berry of the Kansas City Public Library.
Avital and Noa Falicov (4th and 3rd graders at Cherry campus) organized a new and used book donation event in partnership with the KC public library to donate books to Shelter KC, a homeless shelter downtown. They delivered books to the shelter and Avital's girl scout troop (AL Troop 4350) made homemade bookmarks for the residents.

The girls learned that a big need for the shelter is for computer thumb drives so people can carry their personal documents with them. If you are interested in donating USB flash drives to ShelterKC, please contact Tamara Falicov tfalicov@ku.edu and we will pick them up.  

India Jane Walker, class of 2016, is participating in a very special event tonight as part of the Ameri'Kana music festival with the band Making Movies. India has been paired with a national artist and they have created a song for the event on 10/23. Click here to read the full press release. 


Adopt-a-Family for the HolidaysAdopt

The holidays are still two months away but it is never too early to start organizing our annual adopt-a-family program.  Please complete this form to let the social workers know how many family members you are willing to adopt. Typically, each family member is given presents or a gift card amounting to $50. In a few weeks, we will follow up with the process for sending gifts or monetary donations. Thank you for supporting our community!


Second Chance Trash Bag Sale!trashbag

Now through November 9th you can place an order for our famous fundraiser trash bags! More options: in addition to the 15 gal White kitchen sized, Yellow or Pink 39 gal, Blue 55 gal super sized bags and Paper Yard Waste/Leaf bags, you can now order NEW RED 39 gal bags that say "Happy Holidays." These bags are perfect for storing holiday decorations, wrapping odd sized gifts, and more! Order here by November 9th!

Pick up of orders will be Saturday, November 14 from 9-noon at the Armour campus (201 E Armour Boulevard, Kansas City, MO). 


Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle Online updates & Weekly WinnerTendollar

The Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle has gone completely online this year! The winner will be drawn on Saturday, October 31st. Important links: Click here to view the updated Kick-off video. The exclusive QR code that directly links anyone to our raffle website. The full raffle packet that includes rules, prizes, and deadlines. Student optional promotional poster. Raffle information slide show. Raffle Short url: http://bit.ly/ALRaffle20 

Raffle Updates:

Congratulations to James Bland for winning the Patrick Mahomes jersey! Our daily winners this week were: Caroline Dye ($25 Target gift card), Gretta Parker ($25 WalMart gift card), and Wesley Reed ($25 GameStop gift card). Congratulations!

The daily prize for today, Friday 10/23, is the Chiefs puff hat from Rally House! The winner will be announced tomorrow. Tomorrow's prize is a $25 Amazon gift card and Sunday's is a $25 gift card to Andy's Frozen Custard! The tickets that go towards the daily prizes are purchased from 12 am to 11:59 pm that day. The winner will be announced the following day in the private Académie Lafayette Facebook group. But remember, it has to be a minimum of five tickets sold that counts for a single entry, with unlimited entries available! 

If you need posters printed to put around the community, please contact devintern@academielafayette.org. If you need to change or add any information related to the tickets bought, need an update for your child, or you believe that your student(s) earned a raffle t-shirt or the $50 Amazon gift card but have not heard from Janessa (DevIntern), please email devintern@academielafayette.org

Upcoming deadlines:
Interested in more chances to win prizes in these final two weeks? Make sure to follow along on Facebook and to read your weekly classroom update for more information! 


Don't forget that the top seller deadline is on Friday, October 30th at 4 pm. To be eligible for the top three best sellers prizes, you must sell a minimum of 120 tickets. To be eligible for the top seller per grade level prize, you must sell at least 80 tickets. 


Art Materials for Oak & Cherry CampusArt

Oak and Cherry students will be starting projects that will need materials very soon. Some of the following materials were on the Yubbler list sent home. Others didn't make it on. Could you please make sure that your Oak or Cherry student has the following materials for at home art projects and then for when we transition back to school? We are not allowed to share materials this year. Thank you for your support of the Art program.
  • crayons
  • white construction paper
  • pencil
  • watercolors
  • paintbrush
  • washable markers
  • Elmer's glue bottle
  • eraser
  • permanent marker
  • colored construction paper
  • ruler ( not necessary for K&1)


Drive-up COVID-19 Testing available for symptomatic 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: Children's Mercy Blue Valley in Overland Park, KS, Children's Mercy East in Independence, MO, Children's Mercy Northland in Kansas City, MO. Testing is by appointment only: Monday- Friday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.
For more information on scheduling and criteria please click here


Kinsa FLUency program for K-5NurseFlu

If you are a K-5 family, it is time to order your free thermometer! Please review the attached flyer and follow the directions to order your free thermometer. Unfortunately, this program is only available for Cherry and Oak families, as it is exclusive to elementary schools. FLYER HERE


Social Work and Counseling CornerSocialCorner

Dear middle and high school parents, Children's Mercy is holding a virtual information session called "Prepped and Ready: Parenting into the Teen Years". This presentation includes information on eating disorder prevention, home safety, screen time, self-care, substance abuse (including vaping) and suicide prevention. Click on this link  to access the list of times and dates that this session will be held and the registration information.  

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Family Night was held on Tuesday, October 6th. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who attended this discussion. 
Here is a link to the counseling and social work website where you can find the video of the event.

Food pick up is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1:30pm. The location is the east door of the Armour campus on McGee Street. Deliveries will also take place on that day. Please contact your school counselor or social worker if you need deliveries. This is available to all families. We want to say a special thank you to our community volunteers for helping us with deliveries.

Check out our AL Counseling and Social Services Department website!


Community Outreach CornerOutreach


Technology and EquipmentTech



  • To help answer your questions, we have created our distance learning page, which will be updated as we have more information to share. 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.
  • We will continue to communicate with families and students through emails, all-calls, website and social media updates. We are also exploring the possibility of text messages with families.
  • Looking to build your community? Get going today by joining our private Facebook group here. You will need to answer the three security questions.



Young Rembrandts is offering Online LIVE art classes and our new sessions are starting in November. These are FUN and Interactive. Sign up with your friends and you can draw together-virtually! Click here to read the flyer. 

In addition to the new class sessions, we are having an ARTastic Halloween Party online LIVE event on Saturday, October 31. It's fun for the whole family. Dancing, games, and yes, we will draw too. Click here to read the flyer. 

Details are on the flyers, or visit our website www.youngrembrandts.com/kcmo.
For scholarship inquiries, contact Sarah Hirtzel at (816)944-9064 or sarah.hirtzel@youngrembrandts.com.



Oak Street Campus
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
Armour Campus,
201 E. Armour Blvd, 
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109