11 december 2020

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Families, 

You may be aware of a few studies about how the Covid 19 situation has negatively impacted student learning nationwide. We are happy to report that the Fall NWEA tests taken by our students earlier this semester show that AL students have grown in ELA and science but lost the equivalent of a week of instruction in math. All these growths are a fall-to-fall measure and are compared to historical/typical growth across the country and not to growth of others in this past year with a lot of virtual instruction. This showed us that our online learning program is effective and that our summer school make-up session was helpful.
However, we did notice a gap between students based on socioeconomic status and ethnicity. We are working with each building and grade level team to provide necessary support for each student. I strongly urge parents to fully support the school's efforts by making sure students attend their regularly scheduled classes as well as utilize office hours to benefit from the academic support provided by the teachers. If you need help, please contact your campus social worker. 

Last, our new Student Information System, Tyler, launched today! Each parent should have received an email with instructions on how to log in and set up their password. You can access the portal from the front page of our website. Please note that we switched from trimesters to semesters. The first semester will end on January 15 and report cards are set to be sent home on January 22. If you need an update on how your child is doing before then, please email your child's teacher directly. 

Have a great weekend, 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

December 14
Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 4
NO SCHOOL - School Improvement Day
December 17
Conseil d'Ecole meeting, 
6 pm

January 18
December 19-January 3
NO SCHOOL - Winter break

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Board Meeting NoticeBrdmtg


PTO Staff Gift Collection

The PTO is organizing a single digital collection to provide gifts for our wonderful AL staff. All families should have received an email with details earlier this week. Click here to view this email online. 


ALIHS Journalism Broadcast #1Jnews

Click here to view the first ever Académie Lafayette International High School journalism broadcast.


19-20 Yearbooks Pick-UpYB

The 2019-2020 yearbooks can be picked up at the Oak Campus from 9 am to 3:30 pm every weekday except Wednesdays. If you did not order a yearbook, we have a few extras. They are $15 each. You can either head to the Oak Campus with cash or check or pay online on our website. Those are on a first come first serve basis. 


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 Académie 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, Académie 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 Académie 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. 

Questions? Contact Robyn King, Admissions Director, at rking@academielafayette.org


ALIHS All Middle School MeetingALIHSMSmtg

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

If you weren't able to make the ALIHS Mtg click here to view and click  here for the slides. 

Click here for FAQ form. Any questions please contact Robyn King, Admissions Director, at rking@academielafayette.org


Apply to Reserve Your incoming Child's Seat: K, 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.


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 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 Cornertechneeds

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. 

If you have technical difficulties with a Chromebook or Google Classroom contact Roger Goudiaby, rgoudiaby@academielafayette.org.

To protect our children from scammers, we made the decision to block student emails from receiving or sending emails out of our domain. This is the only way we can protect our vulnerable students from those unwanted scammers and also others. Students can send email and receive email from anyone who has an Académie Lafayette email but will not receive an email if you do not have an AL email address. Thank you for your understanding. 


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



  • 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 security questions.



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