5 february 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Families, 

Our reopening committee will meet on Monday to once again look at the data and make recommendations for 7th and 8th graders. Those parents will be informed on any decision made on Tuesday, February 9. 

The Armour building celebrated its fantastic counselor this week. We're so lucky to have such a passionate staff, family, and student advocate on board. Thank you for all that you do, Mme Seely!

With all of our students being online and/or hybrid, the learning never stops. Because of this, snow days don't have a reason to be. The Student Council requested that the AL administration bring the snow days back. We met virtually and settled on cancelling school the first snow day and doing online learning the subsequent snow days. 

As the Chiefs play in the Super Bowl this weekend, we trust that every family whose child will be going to school in person next week will abide by our Healthy Community Social Contract discussed in the 10/31 newsletter

Have a great weekend! GO CHIEFS! 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

From the cherry principal

Cherry will be celebrating Black History Month with several activities in the coming weeks. Our 4th graders will be taking the lead in reading quotes on the morning announcements from famous African-Americans. In addition, we'll be showing video clips from the History Channel- highlighting their accomplishments.

We are also going to invite parent readers to join us on virtual Wednesdays to read a book to their child's classroom. Specific information will be sent out from individual teachers, but parents can choose a book by an African-American author or a book with an African-American protagonist. For suggestions, see https://kclibrary.org/or check with Mme Sinkhorn, the Cherry librarian, about books available at school. Scholastic or a quick Google search will also yield great ideas.

Finally, we are having a Black History Month "Poster Palooza" for students who want to participate. They can choose a famous African-American (past or present) to make a poster and receive a free book. 

Thank you for your support in making this important celebration meaningful to all our students and families.


Reminders for a safe arrival and dismissal at Cherry:
  • In the drop-off lane (mornings)- please pull all the way forward and have your child ready to exit the car on the right side as soon as you stop. We have staff to assist, but if your child is old enough to get themselves out of the car-  do not wait for us to open the door.  We are happy to help the little ones. Parents should stay in the car.
  • If your child is not on the bus, in Upper Room, or a walker, you must participate in the car rider line at Cherry. Traffic has been difficult due to occasional road closures on Cherry-  so please be patient and stay in line. If Cherry is closed-  please access from Gillham on the west. We will not be able to accommodate parents who park and walk up on Kenwood.
Thank you for your patience as we help all our students and families get used to our in-person routines.


A few quick traffic reminders:
  • If you are dropping off your k-5 student by car, you must use the circle drive. Please practice unbuckling and putting on backpacks/masks at home as all parents should remain inside their vehicle during drop-off and pick-up. If your child needs more time, feel free to find a parking spot and walk them to their designated entrance.
  • If you want to park and walk your child to the correct door, please remember to pick a spot that is not blocking a driveway or in a "no parking" or bus loading zone. 
  • Please, do not park and block the corner of 69th Street and Oak. Our buses need the room to maneuver and safely bring students in the building. Please continue around the building to the circle drive to drop-off your student. 



In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

February 8th 
Board Meeting, 6:30pm, AL Youtube & FB Page

March 15-19
No School Spring Break
February 15
No School- Presidents' Day

March 3
No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Board Meeting NoticeBDMtg


Calendar UpdatesCalendar

Here are a few calendar updates: 
  • Wednesday, February 10: K-5 Valentine Parties: K-5 classes will be doing virtual Valentine Parties this year so that all students can participate together. Your child's teacher will communicate the details.
  • Wednesday, March 3: Parent Teacher conferences, no school.


Change in Birthday CelebrationsBDay
Dear Families, 

We want to make you aware of an important change regarding birthday celebrations for our students. At this time we will not be allowing birthday treats to be sent to school with your child.  Our goal with this decision is to provide the safest possible environment for our students and staff by decreasing the amount of time students are without masks due to eating or drinking. 
Thank you for your understanding of our efforts to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. 

Alexis Cook RN, BSN
School Nurse


Oak Uniform Closet Updatecloset

I am the Oak uniform closet organizer. I am working closely with the school admin and social worker on getting you uniforms that you need. Please don't go out and buy them. The uniform closet is currently packed and is a service to any and all families (any campus). Here are some things you need to know:

1) We are over-run by short sleeve polos and sweaters/hoodies. If you think your kid can put up with wearing short sleeves+a sweater this winter than let me pack you a bag and send it home with your kid or drop on your porch! We also have lots of skirts, pants, shorts, and jumpers right now... even some leggings in good shape. 

2) We need kid and adult plastic hangers.  

3) The nurse and social worker are also requesting donations of underwear (XS, S, M) as well as kid socks. 

As always any (non-stained, non-ripped) donations can be dropped off at Oak or leave them on my South Hyde Park front porch in the clear plastic bin. 4235 Kenwood Avenue, Kansas City Missouri 64110. Purplish blue house.

Feel free to direct message me for what you need, (or email or text)! Thank you!

Sally King, sallyk1975@gmail.com, 816-699-3109


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. 


Honor an AL TeacherHonor

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education invites parents and students to honor and celebrate a teacher who has gone above and beyond for them. Participation involves doing a virtual video-interview with DESE. We want to ensure that our amazing charter public school teachers in KC are recognized by DESE. Please submit to Christy Moreno, cmoreno@mocharterschools.org


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 Recruitment & 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. 
  • Volunteers needed to place Show Me KC Schools Door hangers in your neighborhood for AL recruitment efforts. Click here to sign up. Pick up door hangers at the Armour campus MTRF 9a-3pm. Please take as many as you need to canvas your neighborhood. 
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


ALIHS Incoming 9th & 1oth gradealihszoom

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.

Dear current 9th and 8th grade parents,
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 between December 2020 and 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. This requirement and other changes we may implement will continue as we grow our ALIHS student population. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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


Apply to Reserve Your incoming Child's Seat: K, Pre-K, 1, 9, & 10th gradeApply

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 from November 14th, 2020 to 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.


Drive-up Testing for ChildrenDriveuptest 

Children's Mercy has some exciting news to share: Drive-up COVID-19 Testing available for symptomatic children at the following Urgent Care sites: Overland Park, KS, Independence, MO, Kansas City, MO. Testing is by appointment only: Monday- Friday 12 pm- 6 pm. For more information on scheduling and criteria please click here


Community Outreach CornerCommoutreach

Community Outreach Corner
Click below for Community Outreach resources:
For more information contact Robyn King, rking@academielafayette.org



  • 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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Kansas City, MO 64113
Armour Campus,
201 E. Armour Blvd, 
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109