13 March 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

School Updates

Dear AL Community,

As you know, the coronavirus pandemic continues to create a very challenging situation. For the safety of our community, we decided to close school today. We will keep you informed of any future development.  

As an educational institution, we are preparing to adjust to the novel situation by continuing to offer quality teaching and learning for our students. To that end, we have been working with our teachers to prepare for a prolonged school closure in case the pandemic situation demands such a measure. We spent the day today training our teachers on how to use online classes through Google Education. We will continue this training on March 23 when school resumes after the spring break. A detailed plan will be shared with you about the schedule and how to access the platform if we need to close. 

The online technology survey results showed that some of our families will need computers and internet access. AL has a limited number of Chromebooks to lend to our students. The priority will be given to families that do not have access to technology or the internet. The school will make available necessary resources for all our students. 

This initiative is obviously not perfect and will certainly lead to some frustration as we put it in place. That is why I urge each and every member of our community to be patient and flexible, and to help us navigate the complexity of this crisis.

Have a safe spring break with the children.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Oak principal

Oak Events

Dear families,

Oak campus has had a few wonderful programs over the past two weeks. We had a 4 th grade Greek plays last week. The plays were highly entertaining and extremely well done. Thank you Mme Rowan and the 4 th grade students!


This week we had our Black History program for all our students. We had skits, plays, readings, songs, & dances. We had a representation from all grades! Wonderful!!


We would like to wish all of you a restful, healthy spring break!

Maritza Paul, Heather Royce, Leslie Houfaidi


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

March 14-22
Spring Break
No Upper Room Camp

March 30
Oak Spring and Classroom pictures (in uniform)

Conseil d'école
Armour, 6-7:30 pm
March 23
School Improvement Day

March 25 and 26

All Events Below are Postponed
STEAM Night K-8, 5-7 pm, Cherry Campus

5th Grade Meet and Greet at Armour

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


Armour Closet Items Needed closet

The uniform closet at Armour is in need of clothing in adult sizes. Many of our students are growing up fast and cannot fit into the youth sized items currently in the closet. If you are able to donate adult sized pants, shorts, polos or hoodies, it would be greatly appreciated. Students can bring donations to the front desk, nurse's office or counselor's office. THANK YOU!


Oak Picture Day RescheduledOPic

Oak Picture Day Rescheduled to Monday, March 30th
Due to a conflict with our first Friday casual day on March 13th, we have postponed picture day to Monday, March 30th.  Students will be taking class pictures and therefore should be in full uniform on this day. 

Questions?  Please contact Jessica Wallace, Oak Office Manager, at  jwallace@academielafayette.org or (816) 361-7735.


Armour Green Club GC

This week, seventh grade students at Armour worked with Kansas City Community Gardens to construct two raised garden beds on campus. After spring break, Armour's new Green Club, led by M. Payelle, will use these beds to grow fresh vegetables. If you are a middle school student interested in joining this after-school program, please email  lpayelle@academielafayette.org .


POSTPONED: STEAM Night at Cherry for K-8th STEAM

POSTPONED: STEAM night 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. 


Cancelled: Upper Room Break CampURSB

Dear Parents,

Upper Room for Spring Break has been cancelled. 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.


POSTPONED: All current fifth grade students and their families are invited to a Middle School Family Preview at 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. 


AL Note From the AL Nurses: HandwashingHW

Handwashing Education
The nursing staff at AL is in the process of increasing handwashing education to our students. Each of our Middle School classrooms was visited my Mme Carlson for handwashing education this week. The nurses at Oak and Cherry shared  this video with our teachers to show to their students and will do reinforcement teaching to the students next week. 

Please follow the link to watch the above 5 minute video with your children and help them practice hand hygiene at home this weekend.  This video teaches techniques for both soap and water as well as hand sanitizer use.  

Please help your children to remember that hand hygiene is mandatory: 
* Before eating
* After using the bathroom
* After coughing or sneezing
* Any time hands are visibly soiled soap and water must be used. 

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
When to stay home from school
Academie Lafayette asks that all students who are ill or who have flu-like symptoms  stay home from school at least until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication!  Flu like symptoms include: 
  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills (It's important to note that 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.

Thank you for helping keep Academie Lafayette students and staff healthy!


Young Rembrandts' Spring classYB

Young Rembrandts is offering spring class sessions at both Académie Lafayette Cherry Street and Oak Street locations. Our spring classes will have all new curriculum and drawing projects. No prior art experience is necessary and no lesson is repeated so you can continue to learn and build skills through multiple sessions. All materials provided.

Cherry Street Campus: Tuesdays April 7 - May 12. 4:15-5:25pm
Oak Street Campus: Thursdays April 9 - May 14. 3:45-4:50 pm

Registration is open now. Enroll online at  www.youngrembrandts.com/kcmo  
or call us at (816)944-9064. Sibling discounts offered. 
Scholarship applications available upon request.
Questions? contact Sarah Hirtzel, Young Rembrandts-KCMO

A message from Young Rembrandts

With the COVID-19 concerns impacting and influencing critical decisions to keep or cancel schools and related activities, I want you to know that Young Rembrandts is preparing an alternative online video drawing class option that can be shared with you for your enrolled child if Academie Lafayette closes.


This means that currently enrolled students will get the Young Rembrandts class instruction that you have paid for. It also means that our upcoming spring class sessions can be delivered as an online video option if the school continues to be closed in April -- so if you are enrolled or plan to enroll, you will get the spring lessons. No matter what, our program will be accessible to all enrolled students.


Our interim program will provide all currently enrolled students with an online video option so that you can continue to develop fundamental art literacy skills and academic knowledge.Founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts, Bette Fetter, will record weekly lessons to be shared exclusively with families who are currently enrolled at Young Rembrandts-KCMO area.


These lessons will provide fresh, interactive and fun content for your children while your school is closed. Therefore, if Académie Lafayette does close, I will send you another email providing you with this option and the instructions on how to access these lessons.

Registration for our upcoming spring class is open and spaces are available.
You can contact Sarah Hirtzel with any questions at (816)944-9064.


Oak Campus: Annual Reading WeekCRead

Oak Reading Week Events:
  • Tuesday, March 24: Rock those Socks! Long socks, short socks, polka dots, or stripes. The crazier the better! You can wear all types! (Fox in Socks)
  • Wednesday, March 25: Wacky Wednesday! Wear your polka dot leopard with your Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. Wear them inside-out or backwards, or wear some checkers with some fuzz!
  • Thursday, March 26: Tie and Top Hat Thursday! Put something silly on your collar or on top of your head. "Wear a crazy tie, hat, or wig," the Cat said.
  • Friday, March 27: Fan Friday! Use your imagination to step into a book character's shoes. Dress up as your favorite. I wonder which you'll choose!
Reading Challenge (Bingo): Students have received a Reading Challenge sheet that they will fill out between in-home activities as well as at school. An activity such as "Read in the bathtub without water" can be done at home and parents will put their initials in the corresponding box thus affirming that their child did do that particular activity. Other parts of the challenge will be done in school and will correspond with one of the wacky things that we have programmed for the week of March 24th. At the end of the challenge, those who would have gotten 5 in a row will win stickers from the Literary Team. 


Time To Get Back On TRACK!Track

running-track.jpg Registration is now open  for the 2020 Académie Lafayette Track & Field (T&F) season for 2 nd - 8 th Graders!  We cannot wait to get started! Click here for Online Registration. Registration CLOSES on March 6 for the Middle School Team! March 13 for 4th/5th and March 20 for 2nd/3rd.

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


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. 


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6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109