20 december 2019

Le Journal

from the Head of school

AL K-12 Expansion Update

Dear Académie Lafayette Community
As you know, Académie Lafayette is committed to providing an excellent education in a diverse and supportive environment that promotes inclusion and equity for all learners.
I am pleased to announce that Académie Lafayette has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by SchoolSmartKC to support our K-12 expansion and our intentional effort to increase the school's socio-economic diversity by serving more disadvantaged students.
Adopted by the AL board of directors in November 2016, our K-12 growth plan is the product of five years of thoughtful planning and is comprised of three phases:
-       Phase 1: Increase the number of quality seats in kindergarten from 120 to 198, while aggressively recruiting minority and free and reduced lunch eligible students;
-       Phase 2: Open an International Baccalaureate Program high school with a strong STEAM and language component; and
-       Phase 3: Build a gymnasium and an auditorium to complete our vision of a world-class educational institution in Kansas City.
Over the last two years, AL has raised $6 million from local and national philanthropic organizations and the federal government to help fund the K-12 growth plan. With this plan, Académie Lafayette will become the largest French immersion school in the country, successfully educating around 1,900 students.
Please join me in extending our gratitude to SchoolSmartKC and to all philanthropic organizations that have generously invested in the future of Académie Lafayette and its mission to educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers.
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

December 21-January 6
Winter Break

January 14
Oak Parent-Principal Coffee
7:30-8:30 am
January 10
ALIHS Intent forms due from 8th grade, Armour front desk

January 15
Cherry Parent-Principal Coffee, 8-9 am
January 13
Board Meeting,
Armour 6 pm

January 16
Armour Parent-Principal Coffee, 7:30-8:30 am

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Dear Parents: If you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020, now is the  time to apply. 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. 

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 2nd, 2020. Sibling applications received after this deadline will be placed on the waiting list. 

Questions? Call Robyn King at  816-888-8934.

After you fill out your child's application, tell your friends and neighbors 
with an incoming kindergartener to do the same.


Trivia NightTriviaNight

Get your trivia on at the PTO's annual AL Trivia Night on Saturday, January 25 at the Foundation Event Space. This year's theme is children's literature. Prizes will be awarded for the best-themed table! Individual tickets and tables for 8 available are on sale now. Get all the details and your tickets at  ALTriviaNight.com .


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