28 february 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Health Precautions

Dear AL Families,

The Center for Disease Control has stated that schools should begin preparing for a "nationwide surge" of cases of the Coronavirus.

We wanted to share with you that we are monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 and that we are following the precautions that have been set forth by the CDC to disinfect our three schools. We have chosen to use a green product. Teachers will soon have their own disinfectant cleaner to use during the day as needed. 

We are also encouraging all students to thoroughly wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds. If no soap is available, an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer is used instead. Please remind your children at home of the "cough in your elbow" technique to prevent the spread of illness and encourage them to practice good hand-washing. We will be closely working with our school nurses to assess the situation and take necessary measures.

Have a great, warm weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the principals

Honoring Black History Month 

Dear AL Families,
The month of February ends on a note of high praise and celebration in honor of Black History Month. Students from all three campuses displayed their diverse talents and skills and demonstrated their awareness of and appreciation for the lives and contributions of African Americans. We are grateful to the faculty and staff who organized the events and continue to appreciate the support of our parents as our students lead the charge in accepting and celebrating diversity and inclusivity.
And now, we roll into March and get ready to embrace the winds of Spring testing, final projects, trips abroad, graduation and all the whirlwind activities that 3rd Trimester brings. Help us keep your child focused and engaged in order for them to close the year on a successful note. Our desire is to keep them always trending upward and towards excellence and beyond.
Friday, March 6 is Parent/Teacher Conference Day, and we are inviting all parents to meet with your child's teacher to get direct feedback about her/his progress. It is not too late to make changes for improvement. Teachers will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to make this conference, schedule a visit with your child's teacher during her/his plan.
Beginning Monday, March 2, Cherry Campus will host its Reading Week and Scholastic Book Fair. The Common Assessment window is open, so remind your child to work hard and make their success a high priority.
As principals, we appreciate all you do to support our work with students.


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 14-22
Spring Break
March 6
NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

March 23
School Improvement Day

March 9
Cherry Spring and Classroom pictures (in uniform)

Board Meeting
6:30 pm, Armour

March 25
STEAM Night  K-8, 
5-7 pm, Cherry Campus

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


AL Note From the AL Nurses:FluFLU

AL Families, 
The nurses are still seeing quite a few flu-like illnesses, as well as confirmed flu cases within our student population. 

Flu is a viral respiratory illness that is easily spread from person-to-person. 
Symptoms appear 1-4 days after someone has been exposed to the virus. An infected person is contagious starting about 1 day before symptoms develop and remain contagious for 5-7 days after symptoms begin. Flu symptoms have an abrupt onset, as opposed to the more gradual onset of Cold symptoms. 

Flu symptoms include: 
  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills, though not everyone with flu will have a fever.
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
If your student has the above symptoms, it is very important that they stay home from school for the entire duration of their illness.  In order to return to school, students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications. 

If your child has been diagnosed with the Flu, please notify your campus' nurse. 
If your child has been sent home from school with a flu-like illness, please keep your student home from school the following day and be sure they stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 


Upper Room & Spring BreakURSB

Dear Parents,

Upper Room will provide all day programming during Spring Break, March 16 - 20, 2020 from 7:30am - 6:00pm.  At the request of Académie Lafayette leadership, all programming will take place at the Cherry Campus.  Please note, if your child currently attends the Oak Campus, they will need to be dropped off at the Cherry Campus during the week of Spring Break.  If you are currently enrolled in Upper Room's After-School Program, you may sign up for Spring Break week at your site.  If not, please go to Upper Room's website and complete the Special Days application and email it to  afterschool@scr-upperroom.org.  You will be entered into our EZ Care system where you can pay for the week. If you have already completed a Special Days application this school year, you do not have to complete another one.  

Programming will include enrichment classes such as art, music, PE and games.  We will also go on one field trip that week.  Fee for the week is a flat rate of $150.00 per child.  If your child will not be attending the entire week, but you want them to attend a few days, the rate will be $45 per day.  When you sign up at the site, please let the Site Director know if you will be attending the full week or just specific days.  If you are already enrolled in the After-School Program, you will pay this amount for the week instead of your normal rate.  If you do not plan on utilizing Upper Room services for the week of Spring Break, you will not be charged for that week.  

Please contact Kristina Collins, Director of Educational Programs, at (816) 363-3819 Ext. 114 or email at   kcollins@upperroomkc.org or contact the Site Director at your site with any additional questions.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Girls

Académie Lafayette Girls in 4th-8th grades, it's your turn to grab your special VIP and your dancing shoes for a night filled with awesome 80s fun! 
Come join us on March 6 at the Armour Campus from 7-9 p.m. The evening includes a picture wall, snacks, a raffle, lots of fun dance music and more!

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


Cherry Campus: Annual Read WeekCRead

magic_ribbons_book.jpg To celebrate Read Across America Week, we have a fun-filled week of reading planned for the week of March 2!  This year we are adding a new twist. We will be doing fables and folktales that are similar in French and English. Click here to view the weeks schedule. 


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


STEAM Night at Cherry for K-8th STEAM

STEAM night will be March 25th, 5-7 pm at the Cherry Campus for grades k-8th. STEAM Night is an afternoon of explorations and interactive demonstration stations at the Cherry campus of Académie Lafayette. The main goal of the event is to expose students to interesting hands on science, technology and mathematics related explorations. 


All current fifth grade students and their families are invited to a Middle School Family Preview on Thursday, March 26th from 6-7:15 pm in the Armour cafeteria.  This event will include a student-led tour with a Jeopardy style information session to follow.  You do not need to RSVP. 


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. 


Note: SchoolAppKC is only for new students and new siblings at AL. Current AL students will re-enroll in the Spring. 

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.


Championship Spelling Bee FinalistALBEE

Académie Lafayette's spelling bee winner, Amelia Kalahurka, competed in the Jackson-Clay Bee's semifinal bee this weekend. Amelia successfully moved on to the final bee. The Championship Spelling Bee will take place at the Midwest Genealogy Center on March 7th. Congratulations, Amelia and good luck!  


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