6 March 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Uniform Policy

Dear AL community,

Last November, the Conseil d'Ecole set up a task force composed of two teachers, two parents and one administrator to propose revisions of the Student Uniform Policy. The New Student Uniform Policy is attached here It will be implemented after the spring break. Please take the time to read it and discuss it with your child.

If you have any questions, contact your building principal or school counselor.

Have a great, warm weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry principal

Reading Week at the Cherry campus

Dear AL Families,
We had a wonderful Reading Week at the Cherry campus- with special spirit days each day.  The building looked great with classroom door decorations and a student book cover contest.  We enjoyed a puppet show by Paul Messner Puppets and students and staff dressed up one day as their favorite book character. 
Thank you so much to the parents who volunteered and helped with the book fair, or decorated classroom doors, or came to school to read to students. We couldn't have done it without you. 
Heather Royce
Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

March 9
Cherry Spring and Classroom pictures (in uniform)

Board Meeting 6:30 pm, Armour

March 23
School Improvement Day
March 12
Cherry 1st Concert 6pm

March 25
STEAM Night  K-8, 
5-7 pm, Cherry Campus

March 14-22
Spring Break

March 30
Oak Spring and Classroom pictures (in uniform)

Conseil d'école
Armour, 6-7:30 pm

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


Board Meeting Notice Bdmtg

The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet on March 9, 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


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.


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


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!


Upper Room & Spring BreakURSB

Dear Parents,

Upper Room will provide all day programming during Spring Break, March 16 - 20, 2020 from 7:30am - 6:00pm.  At the request of Académie Lafayette leadership, all programming will take place at the Cherry Campus.  Please note, if your child currently attends the Oak Campus, they will need to be dropped off at the Cherry Campus during the week of Spring Break.  If you are currently enrolled in Upper Room's After-School Program, you may sign up for Spring Break week at your site.  If not, please go to Upper Room's website and complete the Special Days application and email it to  afterschool@scr-upperroom.org.  You will be entered into our EZ Care system where you can pay for the week. If you have already completed a Special Days application this school year, you do not have to complete another one.  

Programming will include enrichment classes such as art, music, PE and games.  We will also go on one field trip that week.  Fee for the week is a flat rate of $150.00 per child.  If your child will not be attending the entire week, but you want them to attend a few days, the rate will be $45 per day.  When you sign up at the site, please let the Site Director know if you will be attending the full week or just specific days.  If you are already enrolled in the After-School Program, you will pay this amount for the week instead of your normal rate.  If you do not plan on utilizing Upper Room services for the week of Spring Break, you will not be charged for that week.  

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.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Girls

See you TONIGHT from 7-9 p.m. 
at the Armour Campus for the 4th-8th grade Girls Just Wanna Have Fun dance. Grab your special VIP and your dancing shoes for a night filled with awesome 80s fun!

Tickets are $25 for a couple, which includes one student and one adult VIP. Additional tickets are $5. Purchase tickets online at ALPTSO.com


Oak Campus: Annual Read WeekCRead

Oak Reading Week
  • Tuesday, March 23
o    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 24
o    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 25
o    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 26
o    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. 



running-track.jpg Registration is now open  for the 2020 Academie Lafayette Track & Field (T&F) season for 2 nd - 8 th Graders!  We cannot wait to get started!

Online Registration link:  https://goo.gl/forms/s6geZHNEKbZbt7WH2

Registration CLOSES on March 6 for the Middle School Team! March 13 for 4 th /5 th and March 20 for 2 nd /3 rd .

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



STEAM Night at Cherry for K-8th STEAM

STEAM night will be March 25th, 5-7 pm 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. 


All current fifth grade students and their families are invited to a Middle School Family Preview on Thursday, March 26th from 6-7:15 pm in 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. 


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. 


AL Bee QualifiersALBEE

National Geographic Society announced their state bee qualifiers. Our middle school bee winner, Micah Bartel, made the cut! He will be the only public or charter school student to represent Kansas City at the state bee on March 27 at the University of Missouri. Click here to view.

Our Oak spelling bee winner, Amelia Kalahurka (4th grade) made it through the first round of the Jackson-Clay Spelling Bee. She will compete this Saturday in the final round of the regional spelling bee for a chance to attend the Scripps National Bee. 


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