26 March 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

Reopening Phase Update

Dear AL Community,

We will be moving to Phase III of our reopening plan on Thursday, April 15th. We are glad that our teachers and staff took the first Covid-19 vaccine last Monday and that the second dose is scheduled for Monday April 12th. Please read the following information carefully so you are aware of the multiple changes coming up.
  • Monday, April 12th and Tuesday April 13th: online, pre-recorded days for all students
  • Wednesday, April 13th: regular schedule, virtual classes for all students.
  • On Thursday, April 15th, and Friday, April 16th, all students that chose in-person instruction will report to the buildings. Students that chose the online option will remain online. 
  • Starting the following week (Monday, April 19th), all in-person students will start coming to school 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). All students will remain online on Wednesdays until further notice. 
  • The Spring NWEA test will start on Monday April 05th and the state MAP test on Monday, April 26th. 
As more students will be in our buildings soon, we encourage every parent to respect the safety protocols in place as well as the traffic and pick-up/drop-off rules around each campus. 

Have a great weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


We are excited to introduce the new building manager at Cherry- Maaria Riaz. She comes to us with school experience and a master's degree in educational technology. She is a native of France but has lived in the US for several years. She is replacing Mme Diane, who left in January, and will be taking over those responsibilities. You can contact her at 888-7400 or at mriaz@academielafayette.org. Please join me in welcoming her to the A.L. school community. 

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal


In order to keep everyone safe, and to ensure a smooth and efficient process:
  • Please follow this traffic flow map for dropping off your child in the morning and picking up your child in the car pickup line. 
  • Please do not come out of your car to help your child, we have staff members that are there to assist your child in and out of the car.
  • If you drive your child to school, do not let them out anywhere except at the main entrance after entering the traffic circle. 
  • If you choose to walk your child to school, please first park in a safe and legal area and use the crosswalks
  • Do not block traffic anywhere along the pick-up/drop-off route ( Oak street, 69th Terrace, 69 Street, Cherry) 
Thank you for your help keeping everyone safe!


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

March 27
Virtual STEAM Day, 
Pre-K thru 6th grade, 
9 am to 12 pm.  

April 21
Conseil d'Ecole, Online,

April 8
DEI parent discussion series, Online, 6-7pm

April 14
Diversity Committee, Online, 6pm

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Dear parents/guardians,

Summer School planning has officially started! We will send you a quick survey in the near future so we can have an idea on the number of students we will have. 

Summer School 2021 will be in person, 5 days a week. Online options will be offered if authorized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It will last 6 weeks broken down as follows:
  • Session 1 (Wed June 16 - Fri July 2)
  • Session 2: (Wed July 7 - Fri July 23)
The summer school registration form will be sent to you at a later time. 

M. Baldé
Summer School Director



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 in email 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! Click here to view schedule. 


As announced in previous mailings, parents interested in serving on the board of directors can submit their resume and letter of candidacy to Mme McClain (cmcclain@academielafayette.org) until April 16th. Click here to read the full email that went out to families yesterday. 


The Diversity Committee would like to invite all interested individuals to attend our next DEI parent discussion series: How to talk with kids about race on Apr. 8 from 6-7pm.  Please complete this RSVP form if you are interested in participating and reach out to Beth McCarthy bmccarthy@academielafayette.org for more information.


ALIHS Community Families,

I am excited to finally share this survey with you. We have been waiting anxiously for the opportunity to start planning for organized sports, and it appears the Covid-19 pandemic conditions are finally improving enough to move forward.

This survey is being sent to all current 9th grade families, as well as those who will be joining the high school in the 2021-2022 school year. It is a survey and is no way a commitment to join a team.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible so that we can start our planning process. Even if your child does not plan on participating in any organized sports program, we would appreciate it if you would complete the survey so that we have a record of all students' interest levels as we plan. That being said, if your family does not intend to attend our high school in the 2021-2022 school year, we would appreciate it if you opt out of the survey for most accurate data.

Thank you so much for your continued support of our school as we grow. We are very excited about this new part of our planning process!


Armour 8th grade ScienceScience

8th grade students testing various characteristics of a cell membrane using a soap solution.


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. 


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