13 November 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Important AL Updates

Dear AL Community,

As we now have four grade levels back two days a week, it is more important than ever for every single family to follow our reopening plan protocols so that our staff and students can continue to come safely to school. If you have not yet read this week's COVID-19 protocol mailing, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

I would also like to let you know that the school improvement day scheduled for Monday, November 16th has been moved to Wednesday, November 18th. This will allow for less teaching disruption to our Monday-Tuesday hybrid students. 

Thank you for your support and understanding. Have a great weekend! 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

From the Oak and Cherry Principals

2nd Week Down... 

We've completed our 2nd week of in-person learning. It has been great to see the students and to hear French in the classrooms and hallways again. 

We want to compliment our students on wearing their masks and following safety guidelines.  They're doing great! Please make sure that your kids have an extra mask in their backpack.  

For parents of our youngest students- please continue to practice the following life skills with your students:  putting on their masks, washing hands, zipping or buttoning pants, coats, etc, and getting into and out of their booster seats in the car.

Cherry Info
Due to construction, Cherry Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic November 19 through Thanksgiving. For drop off and pickup on Kenwood, parents should plan to enter from the west via Gillham.  Please be considerate of merging lanes- especially at dismissal, as we all cope with construction traffic.

Heather Royce, Cherry Principal
Jean Claude Diatta, Oak Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

November 16
Power of Conversation: Let's Talk about Race, 6 pm

November 25-27
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break
November 16
SCHOOL OPEN - Classes as usual (follow your regular hybrid/online schedule)

November 18
NO SCHOOL - School Improvement Day

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Pick Up Your Trash Bagstrash

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


Thankful Luncheon for Teachers

This year especially, we are extremely thankful for our wonderful teachers and staff! Traditionally, the PTO organizes a bountiful potluck buffet in November for teachers and staff to enjoy as a way to show our appreciation. To celebrate more safely, the PTO will provide box lunches from Thelma's Kitchen this year. 

Additionally, the PTO organizes a gift card drive to provide each staff member a $5 gift card with funds generously donated by AL families. We would love to increase the amount to $10 this year. Please consider donating as you are able, taking into consideration the cost you might have otherwise spent to provide an item for the buffet. Payments can be sent digitally to Kelly Garr, chair of the PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee, at @Brett-Garr on Venmo or bk_garr@yahoo.com on PayPal. Please send contributions by Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

Thank you for your support! Questions can be fielded through the contact form on the PTO website


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.
  • Make sure your 8th grader is in attendance for Musketeer Time Nov. 19th & 20th to hear from our current ALIHS students.
  • 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. 
Any questions please contact Robyn King, Admissions Director, at rking@academielafayette.org


Apply to Reserve Your Child's Seat: 
Kindergarten, Pre-K, 1, 9, & 10th gradeApply

Dear Current AL Parents

Applications for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year will open on November 14th.
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! 
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 2nd, 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.
Please note this only applies to new siblings not currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette. All current K-8 students will re-enroll in the Spring and current 9th-10th grades will re-enroll starting December 2020. 


Diversity Conversation IIIdiversityconvo3

The Diversity Committee would like to invite any interested parents to our third virtual conversation about race and racism on Nov. 16 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend so we can plan for the right number of participants. You will be asked for your email address so we can send you the link for the meeting. Reach out to Beth McCarthy at bmccarthy@academielafayette.org with any questions.


New Spiritwearnewspiritwear

We are pleased to launch a new spiritwear assortment with our new partner, PTL Outfitters. Based in Lenexa, Dave and his team will print and embroider items on demand. While school is still in remote and hybrid mode, items can be picked up in Lenexa or shipped at nominal costs.  

Check out the new items with new logos for both the core school and high school... the ALSpirit website is now live and ready to take your orders!   

"As a local embroidery and printing company, we are excited to partner with Académie Lafayette to serve you in all your spiritwear needs." 


Scholastic Book Fair Coming Soonbookfair

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:
  •  Académie Lafayette's own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points
  •  A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
  •  Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)
Save the dates: November 16, 2020 - November 29, 2020! Click here to view the website. 


PTO Budget Votingvotingpto

All AL families received a digital ballot for the 2020-21 PTO budget earlier this week. Voting takes just a few clicks! Please take a moment to submit your response by 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Not seeing the email? Search your inbox for the sender invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com or the subject "Vote now: Academie Lafayette - 2020 PTSO Budget vote."
Please use the contact form on the PTO website with any questions or feedback. 


Armour Spirit Dayarmourspirit

Middle schoolers and high schoolers are invited to participate in Armour's November Spirit Day (presented by StuCo) on Tuesday, November 24 with clothing or props representing something they are thankful for. If you have questions, please reach out to Mme. Hayden at phayden@academielafayette.org. 


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.  

Food distribution changes: Starting next week, food delivery and pick up will change to Wednesdays only. If you would like deliveries please contact your campus counselor or social worker. If you would like to pick up food, please come to the parking lot door of Armour between 11:00 and 1:30 and ring the buzzer. You do not need to sign up ahead of time.  
Check out our AL Counseling and Social Services Department website!


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.


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.


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


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


Community Outreach CornerOutreach


Technology and EquipmentTech



  • 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 three security questions.


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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