16 April 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

Great News for Charter School Funding Equity!  

Dear AL Community,

On Thursday, April 15, the Missouri House of Representatives passed HCS HB137 (amended version) by a vote of 86 yes' and 66 no's. 100% of the Kansas City representatives with charter schools in their districts voted in support of HCS HB137. Please place a call and extend our wholehearted thanks for supporting charter school funding equity. 
We really, really appreciate all the amazing actions taken by our school community and we thank each and everyone of you for your efforts in support of equitable funding for charter schools students. As HCS HB137 moves to the Senate we need to keep the momentum to get the bill passed. 

Have a great weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry Principal

Cherry Reopening Updates

Parent drop-off in the morning has been busy-  but we are finishing up by 8:30 when school starts. Thank you for your patience with the lines and construction.

Reminder- you can drop off on either Cherry or Kenwood in the morning, but make sure students are ready to get out immediately when you pull up (masks on, backpacks in hand). Please do not wait for teachers to open the doors.

**If you are pressed for time-  feel free to park in the church parking lot and walk your child to the Kenwood doors.  There is plenty of space in that lot in the mornings, and it will make the line shorter. 

NEW CAR RIDER LINE- 3rd and 4th Graders
3rd and 4th graders car riders and their siblings will be dismissed to the gym at 3:25, just after the bus riders leave.  4th grade teachers and M. Nadal will accompany the students from the gym to the church parking lot on the east side of Kenwood.  We started this routine with our 4th graders this week, and it went well- so we are adding 3rd grade.

3rd-4th grade parents will  form a car rider line in the church parking lot- please have your yellow car rider sign displayed in your car window.  Plan to enter and exit via Armour Rd.  (See the attached map for clear directions on using the entire length of the parking lot to form a large loop. Do not cut between parking spaces.) As parents pull up to  the designated loading zone, their students will get into the car and the parent can then proceed to exit via Armour.

We will be practicing this procedure with 3rd graders and siblings on Thursday morning, so they will be ready for dismissal.  

** Dismissal does not change for bus riders, walkers and Upper Room students.**

Thank you for your patience and flexibility.  We need all parents to be on board with the new plan in order to safely dismiss our large number of students in a timely manner.

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal

from the Cherry Principal

A Word from the Armour Principal
Dear Armour Parents, 

As we are gearing up to welcome more students in the building next week, I encourage each and every one of you to follow our car rider arrival and dismissal protocols. 
  • 7:55 am: Doors open - Parents enter the parking lot on McGee (please go north on McGee to enter) and flow through the parking lot to drop off their children, exiting on Warwick. Students arriving past 8:15 am are considered tardy and will need to report to the front desk for a tardy slip before going to their classroom. 
  • 3:15 pm: Bus riders and walkers are dismissed. Buses line up on Warwick. Parents enter the parking lot on McGee, pick up their children in the gated AL parking lot, and exit on Warwick. 
  • 3:30 pm: Remaining students are brought to the office. 
We know that roadwork around the school can be challenging. Please take a minute to read the diagram of the correct traffic flow as well as detour options to help you navigate the area. 

Maritza Paul
Armour Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

April 19
Picture Day (see article below for details)

April 21
Conseil d'Ecole, Online,

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


GOOD NEWS: House Bill 137 for Funding Equity passed the House of Representatives!
THANK YOU for all your hard work and advocacy. This win is thanks to all of us pulling together to support our charter school children. 

HB137 will now move to the Senate and there's still much to be done, but this is definitely worth celebrating today!

Please take a moment to thank the Representatives in STL and KC who voted YES. A call goes a long way and it takes less than a minute! 

Rep. Rasheen Aldridge Rasheen.Aldridge@house.mo.gov 573-751-2383
Rep. Donna Baringer  Donna.Baringer@house.mo.gov 573-751-4220
Rep. Steve Butz Steve.Butz@house.mo.gov 573-751-0438
Rep. Ian Mackey Ian.Mackey@house.mo.gov 573-751-0100

Rep. Ingrid Burnett Ingrid.Burnett@house.mo.gov 573-751-3310
Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove Ashley.Blandmanlove@house.mo.gov  573-751-2124
Rep. Patty Lewis Patty.Lewis@house.mo.gov 573-751-2437
Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern Maggie.Nurrenbern@house.mo.gov 573-751-4787
Rep. Emily Weber Emily.Weber@house.mo.gov 573-751-4485
Rep. Yolanda Young Yolanda.Young@house.mo.gov 573-751-3129
Rep. Richard Brown Richard.Brown@house.mo.gov 573-751-7639
Rep. Michael Johnson Michael.Johnson@house.mo.gov 573-751-0538


Dear parents,

Please take advantage of the uniform closet!

If you have anything clean and not ripped or stained to donate please send it with your child to be dropped in the school office. Donations can also be dropped in the clear plastic bin on my front porch: 4235 Kenwood Avenue.

I am a parent volunteer and organize the Oak closet (which is quite full right now) so if you have any particular needs (Cherry or Oak) I'm happy to look for you, sizes K-5.          
 sallyk1975@gmail.com 816-699-3109.

For 6th grade and up uniform needs, please contact Diane Rizzo who handles Armour. 
816-729-7087 diane.rizzo@yahoo.com

Please be as specific as possible as to what you're wanting (size, color) and we will try to pack you a bag. If your child is at Oak on Thursdays let me know and I will deliver it to your child directly.

Here to help!

Sally King and Diane Rizzo


Picture day is coming this Monday, April 19th. All students must be in uniform. No class pictures will be taken due to social distancing requirements. Students who are in virtual mode can come to their campus to have their picture taken. Virtual students: please let us know you're coming! At Oak, email jwallace@academielafayette.org, Cherry, email mriaz@academielafayette.org, Armour, email jwilliams@academielafayette.org. Thank you! 

The schedule & ordering codes for pictures are as follows:
- Cherry: 1 pm to 3 pm, code: EVTTH2H29 
- Armour: 1 pm to 3 pm, code: EVTBFNTZD 
- Oak: 11 am to 3 pm, code: EVT4C3J9J 

Click here to order online. Click to view the Lifetouch flyer: Armour - Oak - Cherry.


Click here to view flyer. 


The Diversity Committee convened the 4th parent discussion series focused on how to talk to kids about race last week.  Feel free to check out this recording on AL's Facebook page from the discussion if you're interested in learning more. There were two clips used during the discussion that parents may find helpful in talking with kids about race: Jane Elliott's Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes experiment on Anti Racism & "Because I'm Latino, I can't have money?" Kids on Race. The committee also recommends families are reading books that represent diverse backgrounds and by diverse authors. Here are some great book list suggestions as a good place to start: The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Childrens Books  & KC Library

The next parent discussion will take place on Apr. 29 from 6:00-7:00 and will focus on the recent Kansas City's Star series being transparent about their own racist history. Parents who have signed up for previous sessions will continue to receive the Zoom link for our next discussion. But any new parents interested in participating, please RSVP here .

Reach out to Beth McCarthy with additional questions at bmccarthy@academielafayette.org.


In order to improve school communication, we will be enabling the text feature of our SchoolReach technology. Look for a text message next week from the school. We hope this will provide a quick and effective tool for disseminating information. Thank you!


Summer School enrollment and Fall Re-enrollment will start soon in our new Tyler system.
  • If any family has not yet signed-in to Tyler, they will not be able to complete enrollment.
  • If you have not yet signed in and set up your account please contact itdepartment@academielafayette.org at this time for a temporary password.


Students testing cell respiration and budding using yeast and sugar.

Student dissecting flower for reproductive parts.


We are excited to offer Yubbler's school supplies program which will help the school and make it a breeze for parents to get school supplies for next year. Yubbler.com is making our supply lists available for online purchasing at discounted prices. The best part is that Yubbler will donate 50% of the profits back to the school.

Click here to register for a 20% coupon code valid for 30 days.

What you need to do:
*   Find the supply list for your child's grade on our website. 
*   Click on the purchase button ("Add Full List") then enter your shipping and billing information1
*   You can customize your cart in checkout by removing or adding items
*   You're done!

Supplies are shipped "Next Day" to your home. One click and you're done. It's that simple! There is no deadline to purchase supplies. 

Please email orders@yubbler.com for any questions or concerns regarding your order. If possible, please include your order number which can be found in your confirmation email.


Children's Mercy Forum in EspañolMercy

Missouri Charter Public School Association will have a forum for parents in Español with Children's Mercy on Tuesday, April 27, 5-6pm. Nationwide, information and open conversations with physicians about the COVID-19 vaccine in Spanish have been limited, so providing this opportunity for our families and our Spanish speaking communities means a lot. 
See flyer below for details.

We're encouraging parents to register here:
 (and by doing so they enter a chance to win a prize!)

This event will be streamed live on our MCPSA facebook account as well: https://www.facebook.com/mocharterschools
Any questions: Christy Moreno cmoreno@mocharterschools.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