2 April 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

A Unique Privilege and Responsibility

Dear AL Families,

Following the AL Board of Directors' bylaws, the Conseil d'Ecole will start the candidate selection process for the parent-elect board member. The Conseil d'Ecole is an advisory body composed of teachers, parents, principals, and administrative leaders. The CE will interview all the candidates and select the top two to be submitted to the parents for election. This is an important and rewarding role that impacts the education of every child. The strength of our school is in part because of our committed and experienced Board of Directors. See here the role and responsibilities of the AL board of directors.
According to our bylaws, parents at our school have the opportunity to elect two members of the board for a three-year term. These elections are staggered so that the two parent-elected directors have overlapping terms. There will be an election for one position in May 2021. If you would like to be considered for candidacy, please send your resume and a letter to the Conseil d'Ecole that:
  • Tell them about yourself.
  • Share why you would be a good candidate for the Board of Directors.
  • What do you bring to the table that is unique to you?
The deadline for submitting letters is Friday, April 16, at 4:00 pm. Please email them to: Carlos McClain at cmcclain@academielafayette.org.

The process and schedule for election can be found here.

Please remember, all board members serve on behalf of the school. Parent-elected board members do not represent the parents or any other constituency. They have the full privilege and responsibility of governing our school.

Thank you for your strong support of our school.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

April 8
DEI parent discussion series, Online, 6-7pm
April 14
Diversity Committee, Online, 6pm
April 21
Conseil d'Ecole, Online,

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 next week 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


Armour MS parents/guardians please check your email for the NWEA testing schedule. 


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.



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.


Good Morning LafayetteGML

From the 9th grade journalism students, enjoy!
It contains a rad interview with two soccer players from Sporting KC and it's even in French! oh la la, mais quoi alors.
Click here to view.


Dear parents,

Please take advantage of the uniform closets at all AL campuses. If you have an imminent uniform needs  please contact your school social worker or nurse who can look for you.

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


This Saturday!SWSat

Tomorrow! Saturday, April 3rd from 9am to Noon.
Stop by the Armour campus parking lot for a big clearance sale! Vintage spiritwear, gear and extra trash bags will be available, first come first serve.

New spirit wear designs are available to order on our partner website: https://ptloutfitters.com/affiliation/ALspirit


AL STEAM Day: Resources and FeedbackSTEAM

We hope you enjoyed STEAM Day last weekend!
We would love your feedback and have a 5 question survey, we would love your answers too.
To  access the survey, a recording of the day and additional resources please visit

The additional resources will be available until April 27th.
Thank you!


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!


Oak school gardenOG

The Oak school garden is on its way!  We taught the students to use descriptive words during English to study the soil and then we added fertilizer and tilled. During recess we planted potatoes and onions. We are excited to start the growing season here.


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.



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Kansas City, MO 64113
Armour Campus,
201 E. Armour Blvd, 
Kansas City, MO 64111 

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3421 Cherry Street
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