9 April 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Community,

We are ready to see all of our in-person students at once on Thursday, April, 15th. Remember that this upcoming Monday and Tuesday are virtual learning days with prerecorded classes due to the second Covid19 vaccine clinic for our teachers and staff. Wednesday is online with live classes, regular schedule.

On Tuesday, April 27th, we will begin administering the Missouri State Assessment (MAP) required by DESE. We hope that all our students will participate so that we can measure their progress and develop a comprehensive plan to address any learning gap. The test will be onsite only. Therefore, we strongly urge parents who chose the online only model to coordinate with the school so that all our students are given the opportunity to take the state test.

Have a great weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry Principal

Cherry Reopening Updates

We are excited to welcome all our in-person students back to the building for 4 days beginning April 15. Remember school starts at 8:30 am! Here are the important changes and updates. Please read carefully. Parent cooperation is the key to a successful return and safe arrival and dismissal.

1. Supplies- Student supplies can now be kept at school. Kids no longer have to carry the 20 pound backpacks back and forth every day. Your child's teacher will share more information about how backpacks, cubbies and desks will be organized-  but it's great to know that supplies can stay at school. (Chromebooks for 3rd-4th grade should still go home and return to school each day.)

2. Arrival- We will open both sets of doors (Cherry and Kenwood) in the morning at 8:15 am in order to accommodate the extra cars. IMPORTANT-  Make sure your child is ready to exit the car before you pull up-  have backpacks and masks ready. Please do not wait for staff to open the car door.

If you plan to drop off on Cherry-  you must pull up and wait behind the buses until they depart at approximately 8:15. Stay in a single file line and be patient. When you pull away from the curb-  please continue straight onto Cherry or turn left to return to Gillham. (Do not join the line of cars waiting to drop off on Kenwood.)

** For parents whose kids need more time, or for parents who do not want to wait in the drop off line-  you are welcome to park in the church parking lot and walk your child across the street to enter at the Kenwood doors. PLEASE enter and exit the parking lot from Armour to avoid contributing to the congestion. 

3. Dismissal- We strongly encourage families who live close to Cherry to be walkers. The fewer cars, the better.

Buses will be dismissed first, then K-3 car riders will continue with the current car rider line on Kenwood. Please have your car rider sign visible for our team and make sure your child knows her/his number.

IMPORTANT NEW PROCEDURE FOR 4TH GRADERS AND SIBLINGS-  We are instituting a new car rider line in the Church Parking Lot. 4th graders (and younger siblings) will be dismissed to the gym and then escorted to the church parking lot to wait for parents in a designated area. Those parents need to enter and exit from Armour. **Stay tuned for further instructions and a diagram or video for 4th grade parents.**

With extra cars and the continued construction on Cherry-  we expect arrival and dismissal to take a little extra time the first few days. Please be patient and help us keep kids safe. If we need to make adjustments to our process-  we will do that.

Thanks for your support. 

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 12
Board of Directors meeting, Online, 6:30pm

April 21
Conseil d'Ecole, Online,

April 12-13
No in-person school -- All classes virtual & prerecorded

April 14
Diversity Committee, Online, 6pm

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here



All families are invited to participate the last PTO meeting of the school year on Tuesday, April. 13 at 6 p.m. The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom at  this link (passcode: 287476). Need a reminder? Add the calendar event to your calendar or mark yourself as interested on the Facebook event. Questions? Please use the contact form on the PTO website.


As announced in previous mailings, parents interested in serving on the board of directors can submit their resume and letter of candidacy to Mme McClain (cmcclain@academielafayette.org) until April 16th. Click here to read the full email that went out to families.


Dear Académie Lafayette Family,

We have been fortunate enough to schedule a vaccine clinic for school staff which will include appointments available for a limited number of Académie Lafayette parents next Wednesday April 14th. The second dose will be given on May 12th. These appointments would be in the morning. Please only sign up if you can make both appointments. The clinic will be held at our Armour campus. Appointments for this event will not be given to more than 2 people per family. Patients must be 18 or over, and be a Missouri resident to receive this vaccine. In order to secure an appointment please:

1) Register on the Missouri Vaccine Navigator website. No event code is needed.
2) Submit your patient ID number, given on the Missouri Vaccine Navigator, on this Google FormYou will not be scheduled for an appointment if you do not do this.
3) Watch for a confirmation email that will be sent to you with your specific appointment time.

This event is limited to the first 100 participants to register. You are not guaranteed an appointment until you have received an email confirming an appointment time. If you need help registering please contact your campus nurse, social worker, or counselor.

In Health,

Alexis Cook, RN, BSN Oak Nurse acook@academielafayette.org
Kristen Carlson, LPN Armour Nurse kcarlson@academielafayette.org
Alexis Russell, LPN Cherry Nurse arussell@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!


Dear parents/guardians,

Summer School planning has officially started! Summer School 2021 will be in person, 5 days a week. We are planning lots of fun activities! 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)
Please click here to access the Summer School & Fall Intent to Attend form. We kindly ask that every family fill out the survey regardless of them attending this summer or next year. Please submit one form for each child by Sunday, April 11 so we have a better idea of our staffing needs for summer school. 

M. Baldé
Summer School Director


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.


Mme Delerue's 5D class learned about different trails
(Gold rush-Oregon trail-Trail of tears) and she had students go back in the past to write a letter from that time. They used coffee to make the letters look older.


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.





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Kansas City, MO 64113
Armour Campus,
201 E. Armour Blvd, 
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Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
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