12 March 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Families,

On March 12, 2020, Académie Lafayette canceled in-person school and switched to online learning due to the spread of COVID19 in the region. Little did we know at that time about the rollercoaster of challenges that our students, families, staff, and teachers were about to embark on and the many tests of patience and resiliency ahead. 

A year later, we are very happy that our teachers and staff will finally be able to get vaccinated on March 22, thanks to SchoolAppKC and our nurses. In order to accommodate this vaccination event, March 22nd will be a pre-recorded virtual learning day for all students. Teachers will post their lessons on their Google Classrooms (or website for K) and students will be able to work at their own pace to watch the videos and do the assessments. 

We will still be operating under Phase II of our reopening plan, hybrid model (2 days a week) or online learning when we return. We are actively planning to switch to Phase III (4 days a week for all in-person students or online) sometime after Spring Break. We do not have a set date for moving to Phase III at this time but will keep you informed of any new development. 

As announced last week, the Conseil d'Ecole will be coordinating the election process for parents who would like to join the AL board of directors. The online election will take place in early May. More information will be shared next week and parents who wish to participate in the election will be invited to send their candidatures. 

Thank you all for your continued support.

Have a great Spring Break! Bonnes vacances! 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the cherry Principal

Cherry Reminders

K-5 Parents and Guardians:

We are so excited to welcome more students back after Spring Break. Here are some specific details for those families who are in-person for the first time this year.

ArrivalDoors open on Kenwood (the east side of the building) at 8:15 and school starts at 8:30. If you wish to park and walk your child to the doors, please use the church parking lot on Kenwood. You may also use the drop off lane and remain in your car while your child exits the vehicle.

DismissalDismissal begins at 3:30. Bus riders and Upper Room students are dismissed first, then we start the car rider line. If you are using the car rider line, please follow the line of cars around the school towards Kenwood. Again, please be patient with the construction on Cherry and consider accessing drop off and pick up on Kenwood via Gillham Road. Need a car rider sign? Please call ahead (816-888-7400) and come by the office.

After-School CareAfter-school care will be provided by the Upper Room in the cafeteria at the Cherry building. For more information, please contact the Upper Room directly at 816-363-3819.

UniformsStudents should be in uniform on in-person days. Our school's uniform policy can be found hereIf you need help obtaining uniforms or would like to access the uniform closet, please contact Ms. Sheila Baskin, sbaskin@academielafayette.org.

Health and SafetyIf you have questions, please contact the school nurse- Alexis Russell at Cherry and Alexis Cook at Oak.

SAFETY ALERTMorning parents- if the line is too long for drop-off, or your child needs a little more time and help to get out of the car, you are welcome to park in the church parking lot on the east side of Kenwood and escort your child across the street there. Please do NOT park on the street and cross between cars in the drop-off line.    Anyone walking up needs to cross by the church parking lot.

Thank you for your support as we work to safely reopen school.

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal

from the Oak Principal

Oak Reminders

Dear Oak parents,

We are so excited to welcome back more students in person on March 22. For a safe return to the Oak campus, here are below a few important reminders:
  • Schedule: Expect, if you have not received it yet; communication from your child's homeroom teacher with specific information about in-person schedule.
  • School starts at 8:00 am. Doors will open for arrival at 7:45 am 
ArrivalLate arrivals: Please stay in your car until 8:20 am and a staff member will help you. After 8:20 am, please walk your child to the door. Parents, in the morning please do not drop your child from 69th Ter. but instead use the circle drive inside our parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.
DismissalParents of car riders, if you need a car rider sign, you may want to call the office 816 361 7735. Please call also this number for any other information related to school matters.

Early dismissalIf you need to pick up your child before the end of the day, please remain in your car and call the office when you arrive at 816-361-7735. Your child will only be called out of class once you are at the main door entrance.

Food Service: Individually prepared breakfasts and lunches will be available from our food service provider for students whose parents want them to eat at school: 
● Breakfast will be grab-and-go bags available at each entrance
● Lunches will be delivered to classrooms
● Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classrooms
● All students will wash hands before and after eating
● Desks will be cleaned before and after lunch
● All students will stay at their desks socially distanced to eat.
● When possible, teachers may take students outside for lunch.

UniformsStudents should be in uniform on in-person days. Our school's uniform policy can be found here

Thank you so much for your support. We can't wait to welcome more students in-person!

Jean-Claude Diatta,
Oak Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

March 15-19
Spring Break

March 27
Virtual STEAM Day, 
Pre-K thru 6th grade, 
9 am to 12 pm.  
March 22
NO SCHOOL - Virtual Learning Day for All Students

March 24
Conseil d'Ecole, Online,

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here



On Saturday, March 27th, the school will organize its annual STEAM day, online. We look forward to seeing you all, your child and your entire family is invited. To participate, please register here

We will share the Zoom link for STEAM Day with you on Friday March 26. Please have paper, scissors, tape and colored pencils ready! This will be an interactive online event, we look forward to seeing you!


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. 


Click here to view the 9th grade team of convergent journalist show 
"Good Morning Lafayette" 


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


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


Technology Cornertechneeds

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.


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