3 April 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Merci! AL Community

Dear AL Community,

We have completed with success our first week of distance teaching and learning. I am very proud of the amazing work done by our teachers and students. In a very short time our teachers were able to completely change schedules and to embrace online teaching and learning. As we adjust to this difficult situation, I would like to thank our faculty and staff for helping solve some of the challenges we have faced. 

Big thank you to:
  • Teachers that helped students get their things from the lockers: Alix, Liz, Marilyn, Armand, Ousseynou, Ousmane, Nebil, Muriel, Arthur, Ashley, Travis, Laurent, Sekou.
  • The teachers that handed out work for our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes. 
  • Liz and staff for helping distribute lunch and breakfast to our students.
  • Roger for handing out chromebooks and hotspots so students can learn and for assisting the parents with technology support.
  • Custodian crew for keeping our building clean for when we return.
I would also like to thank the parents who joined our very first online meeting via zoom to discuss the distance learning guidelines for students. Besides, I would like to invite all parents to closely partner with the teachers to successfully support our students.
MS parents that missed Tuesday's videoconference can view it here .

We are sending a huge farewell to Jazz Lane as he moves on to a new position.  Thank you to Jazz for his continued support at the Armour Campus and all of Académie Lafayette. We will miss him dearly but we wish him the best!

Have a great weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

April 6th
Conseil d'école,
6-7:30 pm
Virtual Meeting

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


School ClosedClosed

Académie Lafayette will remain closed until Friday, April 24.


AL Counselor & Social Work NoteCSW

Please contact your campus' counselor or social worker if you need assistance with things such as sack lunches, groceries, toiletries, school supplies, financial assistance and online counseling sessions for students. 
P lease find more information by visiting the 
AL Counseling & Social Services website  here.
If you would like to contribute please support the AL  Go Fund Me page

Counseling & Social Work Department Video - Academie Lafayette
Counseling & Social Work Department Video - Academie Lafayette 


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 until April 24. 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



  • 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.


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


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.


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