19 february 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Community,

February is usually the most active winter weather month in Kansas City. The past few weeks have been tough but the forecast is looking much warmer as soon as next week. It won't be long before summer is here! We know that families need to make plans and would like to share our Summer School dates with you: 
  • First session: Wed, June 16 - Friday, July 2
  • Second session: Wed, July 7 - Friday, July 23 
School will be closed July 5th and 6th (4th of July Break) as well as from July 26th to August 17th. At this time, we plan to offer bus service and after-school care through Upper Room. Summer school will be an opportunity to make up learning loss related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to attend both sessions. The delayed Summer School start will allow teachers and students to rest after a very taxing year. 

You can click here to view the 2021-2022 school calendar that was approved at the February board meeting. 

We are excited to have our 7th and 8th graders back in the building next week! As always, please take a few minutes to review our safety protocols before heading back. 

Last but not least, I would like to announce that AL has hired Celia Liptak as our development director. Please join me in welcoming her to our wonderful school community.

Have a restful weekend. 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

March 3
NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences

March 15-19
No School Spring Break

March 8
Board Meeting, Online, 6:30pm

March 27
Virtual STEAM Day, 
Pre-K thru 6th grade, 9a-12p

March 10
Diversity Committee Mtg, online, 6pm

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Dear families, 

If your child participated in the HealtheKids health screenings in November, please be sure to check their backpacks for a bright pink envelope that contains their screening results.  

If your child had a health issue listed as a referral, please fill out the BLUE FORM and return that to the nurse as soon as possible. In the event that you have misplaced that form, please email the nurse.  

If you have any questions, please contact your child's school nurse for more information. 

Thank you!
Alexis Cook RN, BSN
Oak School Nurse


With many grades returning to campus it's time to sport your school spirit! Sweatshirts and pullovers that can be worn over a collared shirt any day. Check out our new vendor who will ship to homes or arrange a pick up in Lenexa. 


Upper Room After School CareUR

The Upper Room is offering after school care at the Oak and Cherry Campuses for those who have completed the Upper Room registration form on the AL website. If you want after school care and have not completed the form, please go to the website.


Volunteer Opportunity for OutreachVolunteer

  • If you would like to display a Fix the Glitch Yard sign at your residence please stop by the Armour campus to pick one up MTRF 9a-3pm. 
For more information contact Robyn King, rking@academielafayette.org


Doorstep Donations at ALDoorDonations

The middle school student council is starting a chapter of Doorstep Donations at AL. 
More information can be found on the flyer


Last Weekend to reserve seat for 
ALIHS returning 9th & 1oth gradeNG

If your student is interested in having a google meet with current 9th graders or coming in person to shadow for a period of the day, please email lseely@academielafayette.org.

Please 8th & 9th grade parents, please complete the survey for your student's plans for high school sent in your email from Liz Seely. 

This will help the school in planning for March course offering selections. 

Last weekend to reserve your ALIHS spot.

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 by 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. 

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


Last Weekend to Reserve Your Incoming Child's Seat: K, Pre-K, 1, & 9 gradeApply

Last week to reserve your child's spot. 

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 in SchoolMint 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 Due Monday, February 22nd, 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!


Food Delivery SocialCorner

Starting Wednesday, January 13th, food service will be offered through delivery only.  If you would like to be added to our delivery list, please contact your school counselor or social worker.
Check out our AL Counseling and Social Services Department website!


Technology Cornertechneeds

As online learning continues, we are constantly working to improve the ways we support you! That includes changing our protocols to better keep up with requests and improve our response time. Please note:

1. All non-emergency requests must be made by sending an email to itdepartment@academielafayette.org or by filling out the contact form on our distance learning page

2. Emergency requests: please call directly one of these two phone numbers: 816-743-4973 or 816-550-8170. Please leave a message with your information and we will call you back. Our hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday (only on days when school is in session). 

3. Chromebook request: fill out this Chromebook waitlist form. That form is also available on our website on the distance learning page.

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


Children's Mercy Testing for ChildrenDriveuptest 

Children's Mercy COVID-19 Testing available for symptomatic children. 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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