21 february 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

2020-2021 School Calendar 

Dear Academie Lafayette Community,

The Conseil d'Ecole has been very busy working on the 2020-2021 School calendar. The calendar has 170 student attendance days and 1,183 instructional hours. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires only 1,044 instructional hours. The start of the school year is later than usual due to the new Missouri law setting the first day of school no earlier than 14 days before Labor day. 

Please find attached the 2020-2021 School Calendar adopted by the AL Board of Directors.

Thank you for your trust and support.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the principals

AL Black History Month Celebrations

Dear AL Families,
All three campuses will be or have been
celebrating Black History Month in their own unique way. Armour will be celebrating during the school day on February 28  using the Oak auditorium. Due to space restrictions, this will be a student-only event. They will feature dances, poetry, singing,  and a guest speaker. 

Cherry celebrated on February 21 with a jazz concert
featuring a local jazz
artist. He taught the students about jazz history in KC.

Oak's celebration of Black History Month will take place on March 10th. There will be dances, songs, poems, stories and skits. Due to space restrictions, this will be a student-only event, however some Oak's parentswill get a chance to see their kids perform at the end of the school year for the Journée Culturelle.

Thank you, 


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

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

March 6
NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

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


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Girls

Académie Lafayette Girls -- grab your special VIP and your dancing shoes for a night filled with awesome 80s fun!

The K-3rd Grade dance is TONIGHT from 7-9 p.m. at the Cherry campus. The 4th-8th Grade dance is Friday, March 6 at the Armour campus. 

Tickets are $25 for a couple, which includes one student and one adult VIP. Additional tickets are $5. Purchase tickets online at ALPTSO.com


Armour Campus Assembly:
Black History Month ProgramABHM

Armour Campus Assembly
Black History Month Program 
Friday, February 28th

Will take place at the Oak Campus Auditorium
*This program is an Armour Campus assembly for 6-8th grade students only.


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



running-track.jpg Registration is now open  for the 2020 Academie Lafayette Track & Field (T&F) season for 2 nd - 8 th Graders!  We cannot wait to get started!

Online Registration link:  https://goo.gl/forms/s6geZHNEKbZbt7WH2

Registration CLOSES on March 6 for the Middle School Team! March 13 for 4 th /5 th and March 20 for 2 nd /3 rd .

No previous Track & Field experience needed to participate AND we work well with other sports, providing conditioning and transferable skill development.

Cool Facts
Last season an 8 th grader joined Track for the first time. She had to be talked into it.  She set 4 school records and won 2 City Championship titles! She had no idea she could do any of it until she tried!  

The Middle School (MS)Team is coming off another great year in the IL-KC Metro League. Both the Boys' and Girls' were League Runners-Up at the City Championships against 14 other city teams!

Last year, 220 AL student/athletes participated in our Track & Field Programs, nearly quarter of our student population!

Track & Field: Not Just for Runners
MS Team will train for competition in: Sprints, Middle and Long Distance, Hurdles, Relays, Jumping and Throwing.  While there are no try-outs, you MUST come with a good attitude, willing to learn and earn your chance to compete. Event entries in track meets are limited. We need sprinters, jumpers and throwers ASAP!  In addition, we seek DIVERSITY within our team! 8 th graders this is your last chance to make your mark! Let's do this! 

Important Dates:
MS Team starts on Wednesday, February 26  
4th-5th Grade Track starts Tuesday,March 24 
We need 2 parent volunteers for each practice
2nd-3rd Grade Track (TENTATIVE PENDING VOLUNTEER RESPONSE) practices will be on Tuesdays starting April 7. We will alternate campuses. 

On the AL Website:
For more detailed information about the season visit our Track Page

Brenda Hayes-Kumm, M.S.
Head Coach, Track & Field/Cross Country


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. 


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.


Clara Manor ProjectCMP

Dear A.L. Families,

The 8th graders would like to thank you for your participation and generosity for the
Clara Manor Project. Your many donations allowed us to prepare 80 hygiene kits with at least 7 items in each.  Doing the math, we had over 560 items given out, not counting chocolates. The students also wrote Valentine's Day card.

Please read the comments from our 8th graders after delivering the packages:
  • I learned that even the most simple things in life can make someone happy. I learned that I need to be more grateful to the little things in life.
  • I have it pretty well off, most people there are suffering from memory loss, some are blind, some can't hear well. And here I am.... With all of those......
  • The unfortunate disadvantage that we were expose to at the Clara Manor were more than enough to make my dramatic middle school problems seem so small and unnecessary. I am very grateful to have the things and opportunities in my life.
  • After today's experience, I saw some people who were very sad, but also some people who were making the best of what they had. I now see that with all the things I complain about, people who have it a lot worse, are still happy.



Lovely group in a stunning placeKauff

Dorothée Werner's 5th grade class visited  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday February 18 to reflect on how humans affect biodiversity in our planet's ecosystems, one of our science standards. It was a great experience! For more info click here.


Help us #FixTheGlitch!Fix


Oak Street Campus
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109