7 february 2020

Le Journal

from the principals

A 'Super' February Beginning

Dear families,

We have had a 'super' start to February. The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl and we got a Red snow day to celebrate at the parade. 

We also hosted our first Diversity Forum at the Armour campus with parents, administration, and teachers. We are grateful for the insights of our parents and staff and will utilize this information to continue making AL stronger. This is an ongoing discussion on creating an inclusive, equitable and supportive environment for all learners.

Last week I was able to attend our first Diverse Charter School Coalition Convening in Washington DC. AL became new members of the coalition early this year. We were able to collaborate and discuss with other schools on the issue of diversity and visit member schools in DC. This membership and partnership will strengthen our continued strategic plan focused on successfully educating diverse learners. 

Académie Lafayette's diversity statement, adopted by the Board of Directors in 2018, embraces "the differences in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, gender identity/expression, and sexual orientation in all of our staff, scholars, and families".

As we continue this 'Super' February our campuses are preparing for the Black History Month celebrations. We will share more information with you later this month. 

Thank you all for your trust and support.

Go Chiefs!!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry principal

The Online Challenge


I had a conversation with a parent the other day, talking about how difficult it can be to monitor kids with electronics and social media.

This article ( click here) was shared with me today by a colleague at the University of Central Missouri, our university sponsor.  It gives good information for those of us (like me) who may be "technologically challenged" and practical advice to help navigate the sometimes scary online world. 

Have a great weekend!

Mme Royce
Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

February 10
Board Meeting
Armour, 6:30 - 9:30pm

February 17

February 13 
Cherry 3rd grade Concert
6pm, Cherry Auditorium, in uniform

February 21
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
K-3 Girls Dance
7-9 pm, Cherry Campus
February 14

March 6
NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


Board of Directors MeetingBdmtg

The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet on February 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Armour. Click  here  to read the agenda.


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


Valentine's Day Parties 
Thursday, February 13VDay

Valentine's Day classroom parties will be held during the afternoon on Thursday, February 13 (because there is no school on February 14). Room parents should have shared details about each classroom's celebration for K-5th grades. Parents may be able to attend K-5th grade parties, check with your party coordinator for details. 6th grade classes will have parties in the afternoon, but no parents please. 7th and 8th grades will not have parties, but students can bring candy and Valentine cards if they would like to pass them out. 


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. 


MS Girls Soccer Team Registration MSsoccerteam

The 4-time Champion Middle School Girls' Soccer team will be forming soon! If your middle school daughter is interested please complete the Google Form and read through all of the dates in the document to understand when and where we will be practicing. 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to Coach Meghan Downey via email:  meghkflavin@gmail.com

We will start conditioning on Tuesday, February 18th! Thank you all for supporting our tradition!


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-
Save the Dates Girls

It's dance time! Girls, grab your special VIP and your dancing shoes for a night filled with awesome 80's fun! The evening includes a picture wall, snacks, a raffle and lots of fun dance music! Two events are planned:
  • Kindergarten-3rd Grade Girls: February 21, 7-9 p.m. at the Cherry Campus
  • 4th-8th Grade Girls: Friday, March 6, 7-9 p.m. at the Armour Campus
More details and tickets coming soon! 


Cherry Campus Book FairCBookfair

The Cherry Campus Book Fair is coming up March 4-6. We need volunteers to help with setting up and running the fair. Please sign up here if you're able to help!


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. 


Valentine's Day Care PackagesVDAY

Dear Families,

Thank you to the families who already made donations to help brighten Valentine's day for the residents at Clara Manor these past 2 weeks, Monday is our last for dropping off donations by the Armour office.

We are still in need of the following:
Chocolate Treats/ Sugar free candies, snacks, mints
Men/ women deodorant
Combs and brushes
Shampoo and body lotions

Thank you for caring,
The 8th graders


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.

info sharing

AL in the Community: MLK DayMLK

AL first grader Theory Bryant was pictured in The Call Paper reciting an excerpt from Dr. King's 'I have a Dream' speech. The event was part of the 
Southern  Christian  Leadership Conference Kansas City  Chapter's Martin Luther King Day Mass Celebration.


AL in the Community: KC RepKCREP

AL first grader Patrick McGee made his KC Rep debut in the show "Fun Home." Check here for show dates and times. 

info sharing

6th grade Coterie Theater Field TripFtrip

Sixth grade went to the Coterie Theater today to see the play The White Rose: We Defied Hitler . It was a very powerful performance. We would highly recommend it. 


Student Art Competition Art 

The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center is excited about the Nature in Your Neighborhood Art Competition coming up at the Discovery Center!
Please click here for the upcoming event flyer, including all the rules for participants and details regarding submission of artwork. This is an activity for classroom teachers, students and families. It would make a great after-Christmas activity! Artwork must be submitted by Feb. 15.  All artwork will be on display March 3 through April 25 at the Discovery Center. The top three winners in each age category of the art competition will be announced at a special evening event at the Discovery Center on April 7th!  


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