4 december 2020

Le Journal

from the administration

AL 2nd Semester Information

Dear AL Families,

We appreciate the feedback and support of the school community as we work to be safe in the building and to improve our online and in-person instruction. We want to recognize again the 20+ people who serve on our reopening task force: parents, board members, teachers, administrators, and healthcare professionals. Thank you for the time and energy you've invested.

As we prepare for the 2nd semester, we want to communicate well about our plans. At the end of this email is a survey link for parents to choose the best option for their children when we return from Winter Break (December 19- January 4) and the first two weeks of virtual instruction.

We will return to school on January 5 in virtual instruction K-8 for the first 2 weeks. 9th grade will be in person. We hope to be able to open up for in-person instruction on January 19.  

Some important details about the 2nd semester:
  1. We are offering two options: online and in-person. We expect to start in-person instruction with the phase 2 hybrid model. When it is safe to be in school full-time, we will expect in-person students to attend all days. (We will discontinue hybrid at that time. It is problematic for staffing, attendance, and instruction to have students attending different numbers of days.)
  2. We are asking parents on the survey to commit to their choice until Spring Break (March 13). We will of course consider extenuating circumstances in case of emergencies, but moving back and forth from in-person to online or vice-versa has become a logistical problem this semester.
  3. In addition, we are asking for feedback on how both online and in-person learning has gone this first semester. We appreciate your suggestions and input on how to best serve our students.
Again, thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this challenging time.  Please click here to complete the survey for your child's choice for January 19- March 12. The survey will close at 4:00 pm on December 13.

Thank you!


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

December 9
Early Release Day 
1pm for all campuses: Oak, Cherry, and Armour

December 19-January 3
NO SCHOOL - Winter break

December 10
ALIHS Middle School Interest Meeting, 6pm

January 18

December 14
Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 4
NO SCHOOL - School Improvement

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Seeking Diversity Committee MembersDMembers

The Diversity Committee is seeking to add 3 additional committee members to support the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion work the committee is focused on supporting at Academie Lafayette.  As the Diversity Committee, we encourage parents from all backgrounds to apply to be a member.  We strongly believe in the power of having diverse voices at the table to ensure the work we do creates an inclusive environment for all.

To express your interest, please submit a letter of interest by Dec. 18 to Kelly Baker at kbaker@academielafayette.org and include: 1. Why do you want to join the Diversity Committee, 2. What areas would you like to engage to help create a more inclusive culture, and 3. Describe your views on diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI).


Check out ALTownsquare.comTownsquare

Check out ALTownsquare.com, Academie Lafayette's online French book fair.  Order through this site to take advantage of the school's discounts and grouped orders.  No shipping costs; during virtual learning, books are delivered to the Oak campus for pick-up.
Current sales :
  • Lire C'est Partir books at $2 each
    Lire C'est Partir book orders placed by December 14th will be available for pick-up from the Oak campus before Winter Break.
  • Lectures de France Support Your School Program
    New "Painless Fundraising" opportunity; 2% return to Academie Lafayette of purchases made at Lectures de France
  • Ecoles des Max Book Subscriptions
    Place your order anytime, you will receive a collection of 8 French books, available in a variety of levels & delivered to the Oak Campus for pick-up
Questions?  Contact Jessica Wallace at jwallace@academielafayette.org


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.

Click here to hear from the ALIHS teachers. 
Video created by the ALIHS Journalism class. 
  • 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


ALIHS All Middle School MeetingALIHSMSmtg

Dear AL MS families, 

Wondering about your child attending ALIHS in the coming years? Still have questions about ALIHS?  

All MS parents are invited to attend an online information session for Académie Lafayette International High School Thursday, December 10th, 2020 from 6 to 7pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions you may have about ALIHS in the areas of teaching staff, curriculum, student numbers, or extra curricular activities. The zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting in email. 

Any questions please contact Robyn King, Admissions Director, at rking@academielafayette.org


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

Dear Current AL Parents

Please note this only applies to new siblings not currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette. All current K-9th grade students will re-enroll in the Spring and current 8th-9th grades will submit intent to return forms starting December 2020. 
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! (Only applies to new siblings not currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette.)
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-9th grade students will re-enroll in the Spring and current 8th and 9th grades will submit intent to return forms starting December 2020. 


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." 


Social Work and Counseling CornerSocialCorner

Food distribution:
Food delivery and pick up is on 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 am and 1 pm 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


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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