10 April 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Update: School Closure and Last Day

Dear AL Community,

While Governor Parson's announcement closing Missouri public schools for the rest of the school year isn't a surprise, this is not the outcome any of us wanted, and that we all hoped to be back to end the school year together. We know there are many questions that you have that our task force discussed today and we will have answers to these and more beginning next week. In the meantime, the calendar through the end of this school year is as follows:

* The last day of school for students will move from May 28 to May 22, 2020.  Live classrooms and online learning will continue through this date of May 22.
* The only exception is next Friday, April 17 will be half a day with only live sessions and no office hours so teachers can attend Professional Development.

I want you to know that I empathize with parents and what you and your families are going through during this time. It's difficult to balance all of the aspects of our lives with the uncertainties of this pandemic. We are all in this together and you have our commitment that we will continue to work tirelessly with you during this time with the goal to successfully educate students in a culture that is caring, inclusive and equitable.

I am impressed with how students and parents have taken on this new challenge. While I am pleased with the progress, we do know there have been some areas of improvements  and encourage you to take the survey we sent to each of you to help us identify what can be improved. 

As always, if we can offer any additional support to you or your children through this experience, please let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry Principal

Bonjour de Cherry

Cherry Principal Message April 10
Cherry Principal Message April 10

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

April 13
Board Meeting
6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting on

April 17
Half Day: Only live online classes with no office hours
May 22
Last Day of School for students online classes

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


School ClosedClosed

Académie Lafayette is closed for the rest of the 19-20 school year 
with May 22nd the last day of online classes.

Teachers online PD days will be May 26-29 to review curriculum for next year.


Board Meeting NoticeBdmtg

The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet virtually on April 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm on the AL Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteKC/). Click  here  to read the agenda.


20-21 Intent to Return 
& Summer EnrollmentSSE

Part 1 of the re-enrollment process: Please watch your emails for the SchoolMint link for your 'Intent to Return' and 'Summer School Applications'. These will start going out on April 15th. You will receive a separate email for each of your children. Please use each child's individual email to register them to avoid confusion on which school they will attend. Summer Apps will be due on May 4th.

Part 2 of the 'Re-enrollment Forms' will begin roll-out the last week of June and will be due the middle of July.

Please log-in to SchoolMint right away to make sure your email contacts are correct so you will receive your re-enrollment information in a timely manner.


2020 Summer School DatesSS

If dates change due to closures 
we will notify as soon as possible.
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


2-5 Parent SurveysSurveys

The surveys will close on Monday, April 13th at 8 am. 
K-1 survey link: 

2-5 survey link: 


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. 
  • Meals for families will be available next week. The meals will feed 12 people. They will be available first come, first served.


Teaching and LearningTeaching

  • The live curriculum includes: French, math and English, science and social studies. Next week will extend to teacher office hours. Please email the teacher for assistance. 
  • 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 through the end of the school year. 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.
    As an immediate solution to connectivity, a consortium of community partners (Connecting for Good, KC Library, and KCPS) are organizing Connectivity BusesBuses that serve as wifi towers will be positioned in the parking lot of the Southeast Library Branch and the Bluford Library branch starting Wednesday of next week. All Kansas City Public Library locations will also have free wifi access in all of their parking lots. 
  • Technical issues: 



  • 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.


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.


Oak Street Campus
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109