25 October 2019

Le Journal

From the head of school

Conseil d'Ecole, Conferences

Dear AL community,

I am thrilled to inform you that Académie Lafayette has received a $1.34 million federal grant to start our International Baccalaureate high school! This is a testimony to the quality and the credibility of our program. We plan to offer a strong STEM program at our Armour campus (both middle and high school) and have visited Blue Valley North High School and the Johnson County public library to see how their Makerspaces are set up. As the high school planning continues for August 2020, we are gathering feedback from a committee made of educators, parents, and students. 

Thank you to the eighth grade parents who attended the high school meeting this week. We will be holding another high school meeting for 5th-7th grade parents on Tuesday, November 19, at 6 pm at the Armour campus. 

Thanks for your support and have a wonderful weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

From the Oak Principal

From the Oak Principal

Dear families,

This past week was a busy one. Between parent/teacher conferences and then a full day of a charter school conference with many of our teachers able to attend a variety of workshops. If they didn't attend the conference some of our teachers observed in other schools. 

Last Saturday, some of our families along with a partnership with the Y, cleaned up the patio in order to have more space for our students. We are so grateful for the help! Check out the photos! 

I apologize for once again begging for stuff for our PBIS store. Please go through drawers or old toys that are in good shape, or go to garage sales and buy inexpensive items so that we can sell them back to your children! We are trying to reinforce positive behavior.

Thank you families for all you do!!

Mme Houfaidi
Oak Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

October 26
Boo Bayou, Armour:
  • 2-5 pm: K-5th Grade Carnival
  • 5-6 pm: Haunted Hallway 
  • 7-9 pm: MS Dance
November 1
NO SCHOOL - School Improvement Day
October 28
Conseil d'Ecole,
6-7:30 pm, Armour
Picture Retakes, Cherry (casual wear for ALL students)

November 8
Casual Day
October 31
Fall parties. Contact your child's homeroom teacher for details. 

November 11

Board Meeting
6:30 pm, Armour

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


Boo Bayou is tomorrow, Saturday, October 26 at the Armour Campus! Join the AL community for this day of family fun hosted by the PTO! The fun begins with the K-5th Grade Carnival from 2-5 p.m., followed by the Haunted Hallway from 5-6 p.m. and the Middle School Dance from 7-9 p.m.

Click here for a detailed schedule of Boo Bayou events. Please note that students participating in the K-5th Costume Contest must check-in and sign up for the contest if they want to participate. All Costume Contest entries must be checked in by 3:15 and the winners will be announced at 3:30.  

Volunteers are needed to make Boo Bayou a success! Please consider signing up for a shift or to bring an item for the Cake Walk.  Click here to sign up. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered! We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!


Oak Crossing Guards NeededCrossing

We're looking for volunteer crossing guards at Oak, here's the link. We need a LOT of help!


Meeting Noticedevmeetingnotice

The Académie Lafayette Development Committee will meet on October 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the board room at 2029 Wyandotte, Suite 101, KCMO 64108. 
Click here to read the agenda.


Join in the fun on April 18, 2020 as The Mulberry Room is transformed into the French Riviera for our annual gala, An Evening in Paris. You won't want to miss this!  
If you are interested in helping or have questions please reach out to 
Nicole Kube nkube519@gmail.com


Athletic Shorts for Saleshortsforsale

Have you ever needed to bring a forgotten Case-It or Lunch Box to your campus because it was accidentally left on the kitchen table? We get it, sometimes life moves fast and some of the smaller details can be overlooked! To keep your middle schoolers moving fast, if they forget their athletic shorts for gym or an extracurricular activity, they can purchase a pair of plain, pocketless, athletic shorts for $10 in the Front Office!


Armour Dance Team Informationdanceteam

Attention to all Armour students who enjoy dancing: Académie Lafayette is starting an official dance team! Clinics will be hosted from Monday, Nov. 4th to Thursday, Nov. 7th with tryouts on Friday, Nov. 8th, all at Armour from 4 to 5:30 pm. 

At clinics, we will warm up together, practice basic technique down the room, and then you will learn two combinations that you will later perform for tryouts. It is required that you come to at least two afterschool clinics to tryout on Friday. 

You do not need to have any previous dance experience to audition, so please come and bring your friends! Just make sure to have comfortable clothes to wear, either tennis shoes or dance shoes, and a positive attitude. 

Please email Janessa Riehle at  devintern@academielafayette.org with any questions about AL Dance Team. 


Raffle Winnersrafflewinners

First off, I want to thank everyone that participated in the raffle. By coming together, we beat our goal and raised $80,357 for the Academie Lafayette Annual Fund! And now for the list of winners:

Top selling classes that will get a pizza party every month until the end of school are:
  • Oak- Mme Coulibaly's class with 650 tickets sold
  • Cherry- Mme Lery-Petito's class with 502 tickets sold
  • Armour- Mme Desbleds' class with 2341 tickets sold!
6th grader Elizabeth Breshears and 8th grader Callie Pollmeier won $200 trip scholarships! Bon voyage!

Top sellers by grade who will receive a $100 Visa gift card
  • Kindergarten- Aurea McMillen 233 tickets!
  • First- Sofia Romero 107 tickets!
  • Second- no winner
  • Third- Sophie Messick 92 tickets!
  • Fourth- no winner
  • Fifth- Inara Chewning 123 tickets!
  • Sixth- no winner
  • Seventh- Preston Lee 195 tickets!
  • Eighth- no winner
And our top three sellers who combined sold an ASTOUNDING 2,449 tickets are...
  • 3rd place: Gideon McMillen with 245 tickets!
  • 2nd place: Georgeanne Rocha with 951 tickets!
  • 1st place: reigning raffle champ Vladimir Crouch with 1253 tickets!
Thank you all once again for all of your hard work. Fundraising is truly a community effort and once again, you have all pulled together to bring out the best in each other and the school.

The $10,000 raffle ticket will be drawn tomorrow during Boo Bayou at 4:30. I look forward to seeing you then!


*Prizes will be delivered by the end of next week.


School Improvement Day Childcare 11/1URoom

  • Upper Room program hours for these days are 7:30 am to 6 pm.
  • $45 for students not currently enrolled plus a one time $25 registration fee.
  • $20 for students already enrolled in our after-school program
  • For families already enrolled in the after-school program and on free/reduced lunch, their charge is an extra $10 for the full day.
  • Students NOT already enrolled who wish to attend on these special days off must sign up for these days at the site and fill out the Special Days enrollment form. 
For more information, visit the Upper Room website herecall 816-363-3819, or email Kris Collins,  kcollins@upperroomkc.org.


The Académie Lafayette Spirit Store is open for preorders through Sunday, November 3. Visit  ALSpirit.com to preorder your items. Help ensure timely delivery and indicate your campus during the online checkout process. Pre-orders will be available for pick up at Holiday Art Mart on Saturday, November 23 or at Generations Day, Tuesday, November 26. 

Why should you pre-order items? First, you get $2 off each non-clearance item. Second, it helps to determine our inventory needs and deliver more net profits to the PTO budget, which funds school and community-building activities.


Open Books VolunteersBooks

Dear AL parents,  

Do you love to read? The Title I team is looking for parent volunteers to help mentor
student participants and their families at the
Open Books workshop. Commit to being a literacy mentor just one Tuesday evening a month October through March, and make a BIG difference in our AL community! 

Sessions are in the Armour Campus
Cafeteria from 5:45 pm to 7 pm:
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 
If you are interested in being a literacy mentor, please contact Keith Christensen for more information at kchristensen@academielafayette.org   .


old_hard_cover_books.jpg Oak needs volunteers to read with small groups of 3rd/4th/5th grades during a dedicated daily reading time 10:15-10:45 am. If you are available once a week or more that would be great. We will begin the program October 21st. If available please contact Jean Claude Diatta at:  jdiatta@academielafayette.org  
Thank you!!!


Painless Fundraisingpainless

It's that time again! The Painless Fundraising Committee will be collecting labels on November 15. Please send in all Box Tops and Best Choice labels for collection. Collection bins are available at all three campuses. 

If you have a lot of labels, it would speed up counting if you could separate into different baggies by label type. If you have any questions about all the various Painless Fundraising opportunities, please visit the AL website  or send an email to  lynneporthouse@hotmail.com.


Young Rembrandts is excited to offer our after school art classes at both the Cherry Street and Oak Street campuses.  Our Cherry Campus class will meet on Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm and starts October 29th.  Our Oak Campus class will meet on Thursdays, 3:45-4:45pm and starts on November 7th.
Class cost: $60 (6-week session)

About Young Rembrandts: 
Our elementary-aged curriculum is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary. We believe that drawing is the bedrock skill required for all visual arts. We teach them skills to express their creativity and we believe that all children can - and should - learn to draw. We provide all supplies and teach new lessons each week in a positive and nurturing environment, bringing out the best in each child.

Enroll online:  www.youngrembrandts.com/kcmo . Click on enroll banner, click on "late fall" icon.  Follow instructions to create your account, add class session purchase for the class at your school location.

For scholarship applications, contact us at (816)944-9064 or   sarah.hirtzel@youngrembrandts.com


Get your groove on with 20 years of music to celebrate 20 years of a fantastic school. Join us on Friday, November 15 at River Market Event Place for The Get Down. Your all-inclusive $30 ticket includes a night of great songs meant for dancing, light appetizers, a photo booth and open bar. All proceeds support the Académie Lafayette PTO. Tickets are available online now hereDon't miss out on this great night for a great cause!  


Holiday Art MarketArt

We're less than a month away from Holiday Art Market! Join us on Saturday, November 23 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Cherry Campus for a day of shopping that supports local artists and our wonderful school! New this year: an extended area for AL student vendors.  



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Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109