27 March 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Merci! AL Community

Dear AL Community,

Thank you to all of the teachers, students and families as we've tested our Google Classrooms this week. We know we've faced challenges but also had much success and let's remember all of the things for which we are thankful, which for me includes our staff's dedication and commitment to new teaching strategies. I would like to thank Meghan Downey and the team of parents helping her put together over 100 grocery bags with really nice food items for families. Thank you to all the generous donors to the Go Fund Me campaign initiated by the PTO.
As COVID-19 spreads, members of our school community may be diagnosed with the virus. While the campuses are closed, we will not share information about any occurrence within our school community as we balance an individual's desire for privacy with our community's need to take appropriate containment measures.
The next few weeks will have some bumps, but know our goals during this time are to provide quality learning opportunities, create opportunities for students to stay connected with their teachers and each other, and to have fun and lower the general anxiety of the situation when we can. As we go along, if you have ideas to help improve this experience, or if there is anything that you think we can do for your child or family, please do not hesitate to reach out. My virtual office is always open.

Click this Link for the FaceBook Live message from our Head of School. 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the principalS

A message from the AL Principals

A message from the Armour principal
A message from the Armour principal

A Message from the Cherry Principal
A Message from the Cherry Principal

A message from the Oak Principal
A message from the Oak Principal

Maritza Paul, Heather Royce, & Leslie Houfaidi


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

March 30
Parent Meeting,  6-7pm
Will be live streamed more info coming soon.
April 6th
Conseil d'école,  6-7:30 pm
Virtual Meeting

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


School ClosedClosed

Académie Lafayette will remain closed until Friday, April 24.


Food ServiceFood

Free sack lunches and additional groceries and supplies will be provided to families as they become available for pick up at the Armour Campus, 201 E. Armour Blvd, KCMO 64111, at the east door on McGee Street, from 10:00 - 12:00 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Families are also welcome to deliver grocery, toiletry and cleaning supplies for donation at that time.


Teaching and LearningTeaching

  • Middle School classes started with English, math and French as a pilot program to assess the quality of our platform.  K-5 will start on Monday, March 30.
  • The live curriculum will be first French, math and English and will be later extended to science and social studies. 
  • Académie Lafayette is currently partnering with the Springfield school district through their LAUNCH program to access their online courses for our middle school students. 
  • As of now, the buildings will be closed and all school events canceled until April 24. As this is an ongoing and quickly changing situation, we will update you on any changes well in advance of that date.
  • Click here for a parent tutorial guide to access the virtual classrooms.
AL Online Schedules


Technology and EquipmentTech

  • The Chromebook and hotspot distribution has started with Middle school, 5th grade next and we will work down to 2nd grade.
  • Click here for internet options for families.



  • To help answer your questions, we have created our Covid-19 webpage, which will be updated as we have more information to share.  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.
  • We will continue to communicate with families and students through emails, all-calls, website and social media updates. We are also exploring the possibility of text messages with families.


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


Cancelled: Parent Meeting 
2020 France TripFrancemtg

The April 2 France 2020 Parent Trip meeting at Oak has been cancelled


Cancelled: PTO MeetingPTO

The PTO meeting scheduled for April 1 has been cancelled. 


Evening in Paris PostponedEIP

Due to the Stay At Home order, 
Evening in Paris has been postponed to a later date. We will provide updates as soon as we have more details.
If you have any questions please email eipchair@academielafayette.org.


Young Rembrandts' Online Spring classYB

Click here for more info.
Académie Lafayette Families:
Thank you for supporting Young Rembrandts.
During this unfortunate health crisis, we have been working hard to determine strategies that will keep kids engaged and allow them to continue to grow their creative minds each and every day.

To this end, we are now in position to begin offering online (video) classes to families in place of our in-person classroom instruction.

1. Families  that are already registered will automatically receive these online lessons. You don't need to do anything.
2. Families that are NOT registered can ENROLL NOW and you will receive these online lessons once registered.
Our incredible CEO & Founder, Bette Fetter, has made this all possible and is actually doing the videos herself. I reviewed the first one, and it is fantastic!
At Académie Lafayette (both campuses)  we are offering our families six online spring classes. The benefits are as follows:
  1. We are able to keep kids engaged in creative growth through drawing while staying safe in the comfort of their own homes
  2. Families (moms, dads, other relatives and siblings) can share this experience by also participating in the lesson if they are able. Drawing is fortunately an activity that ALL ages can participate in and enjoy.
  3. Families can schedule the online lessons at their convenience with the ability to replay it up to five times
We are planning to email the lessons out on Mondays with Lesson One scheduled for March 30th.

If you are already enrolled in our spring classes, you do not need to do anything. 
If you haven't enrolled, registered now in our online Virtual spring class - 6-lesson package on our website.
We truly hope your family is able to enjoy these lessons from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Sincerely, Sarah Hirtzel


Oak Street Campus
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109