1 November 2019

Le Journal

From the head of school

Great Ending to the Cross Country Season! 

Dear AL community,

Please join me in congratulating both the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams for winning the Championships! It was a fantastic race. Our runners were phenomenal and we all should be really proud of their efforts despite the freezing weather.  

Stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

November 8
Casual Day

November 19
ALHS 5th-7th Grade Parent Meeting, Armour 6-7:30 pm
November 11
Board Meeting
6:30 pm, Armour

November 26
Generations Day
Armour, 8:15-10:15 am
Cherry, 9-11 am
Oak, 12:30-2:30 pm
November 13
Oak picture retakes

November 27-29
No School
Thanksgiving break

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


Oak Crossing Guards NeededCrossing

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


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.


Robocalls for AbsencesRobo

Starting Monday, November 4th, 2019, parents will receive a robocall confirming that your child is absent for the day or has missed a class for the day. The robocall will go out everyday at 10 am and will reach parents between 10 am - 11 am.


5th/6th Co-Ed BasketballBBALL

basketball_macro.jpg 5th and 6th grade boys and girls have an opportunity to play basketball for Academie Lafayette this winter in the city league. The season will take place in February. If your student is interested, please have them attend one or both gym times next week with Coach Golec. Wednesday and Friday, November 6 and 8 from 5:45-6:45 at the Cherry  gym. 


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 in the cafeteria from 4-5:30pm. 

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 after school 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. 

Dance practice will be held on Tuesdays after school at Armour. 

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


Poisoned Creation Live PerformanceLive

Poisoned Creation live at the KC Downtown Library on the 9th of Nov, at 12 pm. Come as you are! 
Click here to view past performances.


Restaurant Giveback Event: YogurtiniYougutini

Visit Yogurtini on the Plaza (4853 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112) any time on Tuesday, November 12 for our next restaurant giveback event. Part of your purchase goes back to support the PTO. Plus. tt's a great chance to spend your gift card awards from the raffle! 


Oak uniform closetOAKUC

Attention Oak parents,

Dig through those closets and drawers and please bring in any winter uniforms, sweaters or cardigans that you're not using anymore if they are decently clean and not stained or ripped. The closet really got cleaned out of winter stuff this week! You can drop them off at the Oak office or on the designated shelf in the Oak uniform closet. 


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!


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.


Generations Day 2019Gday

Click here for more information


Facebook voting for Lillian James Creative  #50KGIVEAWAY has officially begun! 
Here are the official rules:
1. The Lillian James Creative team will choose two winners. You pick the other three!
2. Simply like or love the organizations you want to win - and don't forget to share the post so other people can vote for them, too.
3. Vote for as many organizations as you want (or not).
4. The last day to vote is December 30 and the winners will be announced 
on New Year's Eve.
5. Services will be rewarded in 2020.
Click to vote for AL here on Facebook! 


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


Evening In Paris Auction Items and Art Projects EIPART

Evening In Paris Auction Items and Art Projects
The Evening in Paris Planning committee is looking for your help!  We are currently recruiting individuals to help secure items for our silent auction. Please email  AUCTION@academielafayette.org to get involved.

Over 200 parents voted and by an overwhelming 95.6% percent majority the budget for the PTO for the 2019-20 school year was approved. Thank you for taking the time to vote a have your voice heard.

Evening in Paris is also looking for Art Project Coordinators! Room parents, the Evening in Paris auction committee needs you to find volunteers to head up your classroom project. Each classroom creates a one-of-a-kind art project that is sold to the highest bidder in our auction! 

While Evening in Paris isn't until April, we want you to have plenty of time to gather ideas and arrange the help needed to make an unforgettable art project. Check out our  Pinterest board for inspiration. 

Please have your classroom art project coordinator contact Lynne Yarnevich ( lynneporthouse@hotmail.com) and Julie Brongo ( juliebrogno@gmail.com) by Friday, December 20.


PTO Budget Voting ResultsPTOVOTE

Over 200 parents voted and by an overwhelming 95.6% percent majority the budget for the PTO for the 2019-20 school year was approved. Thank you for taking the time to vote a have your voice heard.


Boo Ba(Thank)YouBOO

The PTO wants to send a BIG thank you to the many volunteers who made this year's Boo Bayou festivities a smashing success! We hope everyone enjoyed this fantastic day of fun for our entire student body. 

A special thanks goes out to Beth Harlow, her husband Joel Lucas and their two daughters for taking the lead on the K-5th Carnival. The event wouldn't have happened without them! 

And another special thanks to Diane Rizzo for leading the Haunted Hallway and the Middle School Dance! The 6th grade-sponsored Haunted Hallway was a great success thanks to the student's clever costumes, ideas and commitment!  These hard-working kids raised $265 for their France Trip Fund! And thank you to all our chaperones at the Middle School Dance. Our kids had a great time dancing and singing along to a DJ. Many of our kids were in costume and standouts won gift cards to Mother Earth Coffee. And a plus, we didn't run out of snacks or drinks!

Once again, THANK YOU to the 6th graders who worked so hard, Mme. Paula Hayden for judging the costume contest, Caroline Knecht for doing the communications, the chaperones, clean up crew and all PTO members who stepped up to make Boo Bayou 2019 such a success!  


Oak Journalism's First IssueIssue

Click here to view Oak journalism's first issue. 


Global Ties visits ALGlobalTies

Global Ties visiting Academie Lafayette!


It's almost time to get down at The Get Down, a rockin' dance party just for parents! Whether you're a first-time Kindergarten parent or an experienced AL veteran, the Get Down is a great way to connect with others in our vibrant community for a night of adults-only fun. Tickets are an excellent value at just $30 and include drinks, appetizers, DJ and so much more. 

Purchase your Get Down tickets online today!  


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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