14 february 2020

Le Journal

from the principals

Calendar and Staff Updates

Dear AL Families,
Thanks for your understanding and support up to this point in the school year. We trust that you are keeping warm, healthy and safe during these wintry months.
Today, all our teachers and administrators engaged in a very productive and engaging professional learning session on the subject of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. Mrs. Addie Hawkins was the facilitator and will be continuing to work with our AL staff to strengthen our daily practices in those areas.
Due to the recent school cancellations, we have to make some adjustments to our calendar in order to better serve our students and staff. Please be advised of the following changes:
  • Thursday, Feb 20-Cherry 3rd grade concert rescheduled
  • Friday, Feb 21-Valentine's day parties rescheduled
  • Feb 28-March 5-Common Assessment
  • Thursday, March 5-End of 2nd Trimester 
Armour Middle School is excited to announce its new part-time music teacher, Mr. Luis Portillo. He starts the position Tuesday, February 18 and will complete the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Portillo has more than twenty years of experience teaching music and is heavily invested in the community. We welcome him to the AL family.
Have a safe and relaxing weekend.


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

February 17

March 4-5-6
Cherry Book Fair
March 4-5: 7:30-8:30am & 4:00-5:00pm
March 6 (during conferences)

February 20
Cherry 3rd Grade Concert Rescheduled 
6 pm, Cherry

March 6
NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
4-8 Girls Dance
7-9 pm, Armour Campus

February 21
Rescheduled Valentine's day parties

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
K-3 Girls Dance
7-9 pm, Cherry Campus

March 9
Cherry Spring and Classroom pictures (in uniform)

Board Meeting
6:30 pm, Armour

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


2020 Summer School DatesSS

2020 Summer School Dates: 
Session 1: 
Monday, June 8th, 2020 - Friday, June 26th, 2020 
Off Week No School: 
Monday, June 29th, 2020 - Friday, July 3rd, 2020  Session 2: 
Monday, July 6th, 2020 - Friday, July 24th, 2020


Cherry Book Fair bookfair

Come visit our fair at the Cherry campus auditorium, March 4 & 5: 7:30-8:30 am & 4:00-5:00 pm and March 6 (during conferences) from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. 

We need you to help run the fair! Volunteers receive a $5 credit towards purchases. Sign up here


Oak Crossing Guards Needed OakCrossing

We are in need of crossing guards at the Oak campus. Click here to view all slots available and sign up for one (or a few!). We appreciate your help keeping our students safe. 


MS Girls Soccer Team Registration MSsoccerteam

The 4-time Champion Middle School Girls' Soccer team will be forming soon! If your middle school daughter is interested please complete the Google Form and read through all of the dates in the document to understand when and where we will be practicing. 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to Coach Meghan Downey via email:  meghkflavin@gmail.com

We will start conditioning on Tuesday, February 18th! Thank you all for supporting our tradition!


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-
Save the Dates Girls

It's dance time! Girls, grab your special VIP and your dancing shoes for a night filled with awesome 80's fun! The evening includes a picture wall, snacks, a raffle and lots of fun dance music! Two events are planned:
  • Kindergarten-3rd Grade Girls: February 21, 7-9 p.m. at the Cherry Campus
  • 4th-8th Grade Girls: Friday, March 6, 7-9 p.m. at the Armour Campus
More details and tickets coming soon! 


Call for VolunteersVolunteers

Volunteers are needed to help make sure our Evening in Paris is a success! 
Please signup for one of the many roles via  Sign Up Genius.


Evening in ParisEIP

Join in the fun on Saturday, April 18 as The Mulberry Room is transformed into the French Riviera for our annual gala, An Evening in Paris. This is Académie Lafayette's Parent Teacher Organization's biggest annual fundraiser, and event of the season! Don't miss this great time for a great cause. Get more information and purchase tickets at  EveningInParisKC.com .


Armour Construction ImpactConstruction

There is some construction happening on the south side of Armour between Warwick and Gillham road. For safety reasons, we are asking students to avoid using the sidewalk and grass area as equipment and mud occupy that space. We will have staff supervising road crossing at Armour and Warwick so that students can get to the other side safely. Please help us enforce this safety measure. 


AL Pre-K Seats available for 2020-2021 PreK

AL Parents and students with Emmanuel staff volunteering for the AL Day of Service on July, 20th, 2019.
We are excited to announce a new 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 number of free pre-K seats for 2020-2021 school year. This classroom will be off site at the newly constructed Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center. 

The Kansas City Pre-K Cooperative seeks to:
* Maximize access to high quality free pre-K slots for children and families, positioning all students for success throughout their educational journeys.
* Improve the vertical alignment between early education and elementary schooling.
* Collaborate with a broad array of community organizations and service providers currently operating in Kansas City to provide comprehensive services for students and families.

Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center has been serving the urban core community of Kansas City, MO since 1986. Located at 2416 Swope Parkway KCMO 64130. Transportation is available for pick up and drop off. Our partnership with Emmanuel includes weekly French classes with AL French Preschool teacher on site. The new facilities will be opening February 1st, 2020. Click here to see the new construction from the start.

The AL pre-K requirements are: child must be age 4 prior to September 1st, 2020, live within the KCPS school district boundaries, and qualify for free and reduced lunch . If you do not qualify for free and reduced lunch or do not meet age requirements and are still interested please contact Robyn King for more information on other seats available at Emmanuel including reduced rates.

To apply for an AL pre-K seat fill out an application on the site SchooAppKC. Please note there are a limited amount of seats available and all current AL siblings will not be guaranteed a seat. If there are more sibling applicants than there are seats available, seats will be given in accordance with our lottery process.  You will be asked to provide Free and Reduced Lunch verification to be included in the lottery. 

For more information, if you would like to apply, or interested in any pre-K seat at Emmanuel please contact Robyn King ( rking@academielafayette.org , 816-702-9221) to fill out required documents and set up an orientation. Pre-K students can start as soon as the application process is complete. 


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.


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