24 April 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

AL Updates  

Dear AL Community,

I hope you all will join us for this year's virtual EIP on Saturday, May 9 starting at 8am and ending at 9pm. This will be a great opportunity for our community to come together quite differently than previous EIP events, but it will also allow you to invite friends and family from outside of the community, outside of the city and even outside of the country to join and see what makes AL a great school.

As in previous years, there will be live and silent auction items for attendees to bid on, as well as a fund-a-need donation opportunity. Along with the adjustments to teaching and learning we have made since mid-March, we must also consider the financial implications of the virus and the potentially damaging impact on the funding for the school, and in particular on our families facing financial hardship.

COVID-19 precautions have led to the cancellation of a number of important fundraising events which in normal year s have provided much of the funding needed for school activities and operations. The need for that funding still exists, and at the same time, many of our families are facing financial insecurities.

At a time when we all have so much to worry about, I am determined that we do all that we can to meet the needs of our students, teachers and families. For those of you in a position to give, the virtual EIP event will be a great opportunity to do so, and I am grateful to all of those individuals and businesses that have maintained their sponsorships, and equally those who have donated the items for our auctions.

Whether or not you are able to give or bid, our EIP committee has a night of fun planned for everyone. I am enormously proud of our community's sense of togetherness and determination to look out for each other and am looking forward to seeing all of you on May 9.

Have a great weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry Principal

Bonjour de Cherry

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

May 22
Last Day of School for students online classes

May 26-29
Teachers online PD days

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.


The ABC's of Online Classroom EtiquetteABC



Yearbook Pictures Neededyearbook

Do you have pictures of our students in groups at school or field trips before the quarantine? Please email them to communication@academielafayette.org so they can be included in this year's edition of the yearbook. 

Please include the grade and homeroom teacher of the students in your email. 

Online ordering is not yet open, we will let all families know when the system is ready. 


20-21 Intent to Return 
& Summer Enrollmentsummerenroll

Parents will be receiving the "Intent to Return" form Monday, April 27th. 

Due to the fact that we do not have information on the date schools will be allowed to safely re-open, we are initially preparing a virtual, online session for summer school.  The details and dates will be sent to you as soon as they are established.

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.


Grading Practices during Covid-19grades

We want to communicate clearly our grading policy for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We have monitored what other schools/districts are doing and listened to feedback from staff and parents.

Our goal with grades during this time is to keep parents informed of their child's progress and to keep students motivated to work till the end, while not penalizing families who are struggling at this time.

To that end, we will adopt a "hold harmless" approach. Grades will be set where they were at the end of Trimester 2, so students can maintain that grade or improve their grade/ level of proficiency if they demonstrate progress. We expect students to be consistently engaged in learning, and teachers will continue to assess student work and communicate with parents. If you have questions about grades, please contact your child's teacher directly. 
You can check your child's grade on eSchoolCore (click here to access it). If you need your login information, please email M. Addoh, eaddoh@academielafayette.org

Thank you for your partnership during this challenging time. 


AL in the CommunitycommunityAL

Lucinda VandenVelde's drawing got 2nd place at 
" the nature in your neighborhood" contest.


From the PTO PTO

Trash bags!  Are you cleaning up your basement or doing yard work? There are limited trash bags (white kitchen or 39 gal in yellow or pink) and leaf sacks. $11/roll and $11 for 15 leaf sacks. First come, first serve. Email Becky,  Smith.RebeccaBogen@gmail.com,  to arrange payment via Venmo or PayPal and arrange for no-contact pick up near Oak campus. 

Get Local... really local! In our Académie Lafayette community there are several food and beverage options doing pick up and carry out. These businesses have sustained many of us and our school over the years. Please use https://www.curbsidekc.com/ to confirm days/hours and how-to order.

Komatsu Ramen
Happy Apple Cafe
Milwaukee Deli
You Say Tomato
Tagline House
Bier Station
Burger State
Brookside Poultry
Stockyard Brewing
Underdog Wine
Waldo Thai
Flying Horse


K-5 Survey Insights K-5

Thank you to all of the parents who took our survey to provide us feedback on your experience with the first weeks of online school. We had more than 50% of parents respond and a variety of changes, including a revamp of the 5th-grade program have already been implemented as a result of your input. A summary of your responses are as follows:
  • 86.5% of respondents ranked the first few weeks of school at a rating of 3 or higher on a scale of 1-5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). 
  • When asked about issues encountered, most issues encountered were related to technology and hotspots. We have provided 287 Chromebooks and 47 hotspots and provided technical support assistance to address these issues. The second most common issue was with communication in the first two weeks. The issues have been reducing as parents adjust the number of notifications received and as teachers adjust the number of notifications sent.
  • 92% of respondents rated their comfort in using Google classroom at a rating of 3 or higher on a scale of 1-5.
  • 89% of respondents indicated the schedule allows them to follow live sessions and complete the schoolwork.
  • 57% of respondents are satisfied that the students are being given the right amount of work, 30% feel there is too much work given, while 13% feel there is not enough.
We will still modify and improve as we go along and continue to encourage feedback on how we can continue to provide the best educational experience for our students and families.


Host a French Intern for the 20-21 School Year

Would your family consider hosting  an intern for the upcoming school year?

Académie Lafayette, French Immersion Charter School, is pleased to announce that we will again be welcoming interns for the 2020-21 school year. However, we still need host families. This year AL will save approximately $260,000 by using the intern program. If you are able to welcome an intern into your home, it's almost like you're donating $20,000! 
Interns are university students from French speaking countries who spend a year working in the classrooms of our youngest students. Host families open their homes and welcome an intern for a semester or for a year. They provide a private 
bedroom and meals when you are together as a family. The school provides a generous monthly stipend to the intern and a monthly city bus pass. 

Hosting an intern is a great way for your children to speak French at home, to discover more about francophone culture, and to have someone to visit when your family goes to France in the future! 
If you would like more information about hosting, please contact Diane Balagna, intern coordinator at Académie Lafayette, at 816-888 7400 or  dbalagna@academielafayette.org.


Food Service: Time ChangeFood

  • 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 11:00 - 1:00 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. The meals will feed 12 people. They will be available first come, first served.


Teaching and LearningTeaching


Technology and EquipmentTech

  • If you need a Chromebook and/or hotspot, please contact M. Goudiaby, rgoudiaby@academielafayette.org
  • 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.


Oak Street Campus
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109