26 february 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Community,

All our K-9 students that opted for in-person learning are finally back in the classroom almost a year since the beginning of the pandemic. The 7th and 8th graders were very excited to reconnect with their friends face to face this week. As you already know, a survey has been sent to parents so that those who would like to change their learning model for the rest of the school year starting after Spring Break can do so. They have until Wednesday, March 3, at 4 pm to fill it in. Nothing is needed from parents if they want to continue in the same learning model. Their students will either stay online or be moved to 4 days a week once we get to phase 3.

After Spring Break, students will most likely remain either online or in the current hybrid mode (phase 2) as the Reopening Committee continues to monitor the situation. We plan on moving to phase 3 as soon as the conditions allow. Only two options will be available then: all students will be either online or come to school 4 days a week. We will no longer offer the hybrid (2 day a week) option in phase 3. Click here to read our reopening plan. Governor Parson deciding to move teachers' vaccination to mid-March may potentially be a game changer in our reopening process. As always, we will keep you informed as decisions are made. 

Have a great 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


Next week is Read Across America Week at Oak Campus! We are hoping to have some of you wonderful parents/grandparents read to our students from your homes. Our students will enjoy any stories that you would like to read to them. We are asking for Parent/Grandparent Volunteers to sign-up to read online to our K-5 students when they are at home as well. 

If you want to volunteer you may want to sign up through this Reading Volunteer SignUpGenius.

Also we invite your child to dress up for the reading week event: 


In person students creating a model of the lunar cycle.


Did you remember to Reserve Your Incoming Child's Seat?Apply

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 click here to apply Due Monday, February 22nd, 2021. Sibling applications received after this deadline will be placed on the waiting list. 

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.

For additional information click here. Questions? Email Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org


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


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.



Oak Street Campus
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
Armour Campus,
201 E. Armour Blvd, 
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109