21 May 2021

Le Journal

From the HEad of School

KC Metro Conference ChampionshipChamps

Dear AL Community, 

Congratulations to our athletes and coaches for the brilliant results at the KC Metro Conference Championship! (Photos by AL parent Marco Wirz) Despite the short season, everyone gave it their all. The results speak for themselves.  Special thanks to athletic director Mamadou Dieng, head coach Brenda Kumm, assistant coach Dan Bird, specialty coaches Abdoulaye Sy, Denise Hill and Ida Lee. Merci beaucoup to all the high school mentors.

As we enter the last week of the 20-21 school year, please make sure to finish strong! We look forward to seeing you for summer school starting June 16 as an opportunity to support all students in a fun atmosphere. If you plan to attend summer school please make sure to complete your registration in the Tyler system here: https://sdm.sisk12.com/MOAL360x3/login before May 26th. 

Have a great weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

From the Oak and Cherry Principal

Welcome New Students and Parents!

We will have a virtual Parent Orientation Night on June 7, 6 pm for Cherry families and 7 pm for Oak families. These events will be live on Zoom and the link will be provided at a later date. 

Please plan to join us online to be introduced to key people at each building and to hear more about the following topics: Covid and health/safety, kindergarten readiness, first days of school, arrival and dismissal, and transportation.

We will save time at the end to respond to questions.  We will include a link in the newsletter next week for parents to submit questions in advance. 

In addition, for new families who have never had the opportunity to tour the school, we will be sending out a sign-up genius to reserve a time slot to come see the buildings.  Those visits will take place June 8-14. Those visits will not be formal tours, but they will give parents and kids the chance to take a look around and see a kindergarten classroom before summer school starts.

Thank you so much. We look forward to meeting our new parents and to welcoming our new kindergarten students to the building in person on June 16 when summer school starts.

High school orientation will take place at the beginning of August. Communication with more specific information will be sent this summer. 


Jean-Claude Diatta                         Heather Royce
Oak Principal                                  Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

May 28
Last Day of School for students

June 16
First Day of Summer School

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


No Charge for Meals 20/21 School Yearmeals

The AL Business Office has recently learned that as part of the Federal Covid Relief Package, we are able to provide free meals to all students, regardless of financial status, from October 2020 - June 2021. What does this mean?
  • No one will be charged for meals eaten October 1- June 30.
  • All meals eaten for the rest of this school year and session I of summer school will be tracked but nothing will be charged. 
  • Meals eaten between November 1 - May 13 will be credited back to your child's account.  We are still working on the best way to do this so credits will take place in the coming weeks.
  • Any balance from previous years will be carried over to next school year.
  • Any payments made for summer lunch this year will be carried over to next school year. 
  • If you have a balance due (negative balance) carried over from previous years we encourage you to continue paying that. The lunch payment button will continue to be on the AL website for this purpose.
  • If you did make a payment this year, do not have a balance due, and would like a refund, please contact Marcia Berry as soon as possible before the end of May, otherwise everything will carry over to next year.
Please direct any questions to Marcia Berry at mberry@academielafayette.org.
Thanks for your understanding.


8th Grade Graduation Party to celebrate!Party

Hi 8th grade parents!  This is Dan, I'm an AL parent to 8th grader Maja (as well as alumnus Tristan, AL '18).  As we near the end of our Academie Lafayette journey, we're having an 8th Grade Graduation Party to celebrate!  We have some safety precautions with Covid, but it will still be a fun and memorable celebration of all of your amazing kids, I'm sure.
Who:  Families of current 8th graders (who ever attended AL)
When:  Friday, 28 May, 5-10pm (rain or shine)
Where:  Swope Park Bandstand
Bring:  All food and drink for your family, folding chairs, yard games, and smiles :)

Details: The Swope Park Bandstand is on Pavilion Rd in Swope Park (enter at Meyer Blvd), near Starlight and AL's league XC course.  Please note Google maps shows it as "Swope Park Shelter #3", but kcparks.com calls it "Swope Park Bandstand", and lists another shelter as #3.  It has 20 tables seating 200, and sheltered capacity of 400.  There is electricity, lights, a water spigot, playground, and portapotties.

Just to reiterate... because of covid, NO food/drink will be provided.  This is picnic style, please bring all food and drink for your family.  Currently masks are required at Swope when not eating or drinking, and families should plan to social distance.

Contributions welcome!  Even $10/family will help make a fun party even more fun.  We already have enough for the shelter rental and music by DJ Darron Story (father of Josh, AL '21, and Zach, AL '18... thanks again, Darron!).  If possible, we'd love to add a photobooth and more!  The go fund me link is below:


Quotes for GoodQuotes

We're excited to be sponsored by our local State Farm ® agent as this month's Quotes
for Good organization. This month, for every household we send their way and who
completes an auto quote, they'll make a $10 donation to our organization.
For the quote to qualify, the individual cannot be a current State Farm customer, but
please refer friends and family to help support this organization.
When calling in/stopping by for a quote, be sure to mention Quotes for Good and our
organization's name for the quote to qualify. We are excited about the opportunity to
generate donations and create awareness about our cause.
Thank you for supporting us through Quotes for Good. Together, we can make a
difference in our community.

Jim Hallam, CPCU, RICP, State Farm Agent
1225 NE Douglas St.
Lee's Summit MO 64086
(816) 554-2100


Amazing AL AdvocatesAmazing

View the Advocacy in Action communication here. This one marks the end of the 2021 legislative session and wraps up our Funding Equity campaign. You have been incredibly supportive of our kids and their education. Without you, we wouldn't have gotten this far!
Collectively, our outreach to our legislators was outstanding! Through our Phone 2 Action tool, we had 1,688 legislator connections and that doesn't include all the advocacy done outside of the tool, which we know was even greater.
Thank you! 
Bilingual Director of Advocacy
Missouri Charter Public School Association


Fall uniform closet requestsUcloset

You have 1 more week to put your Fall uniform closet requests into the parent volunteers before school is out! (summer school dress code is casual/play clothes).

If you have anything clean and not ripped or stained to donate please send it with your child to be dropped in the Oak or Armour school offices.

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

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. Otherwise it will be left at the entrance of Oak with your name on it to be picked up during school hours before May 28th.

Please also encourage your kids to look through the lost and found area which is near the office or in the uniform closet. Stay tuned for more info on lost and found access for Oak parents the last week of school.

Here to help!

Sally King and Diane Rizzo


Volleyball Tryouts 5th, 6th & 7thVball

Attention all interested, current 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade girls: Volleyball tryouts for the 2021 AL Middle School Girls Volleyball Team will occur May 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th from 6pm to 7pm at the outdoor court at the Armour Campus. You can come to more than one tryout if you wish.


Donations for the 9th grade end of year service projectAService

Armour is currently seeking donations for the 9th grade end of year service project. We are collecting essential items for students to create packs to distribute to the homeless in our community. Please consider donating the following items through May 27th.

Items Needed:
Water bottles
Single dollar bills
Sanitary wipes
Granola bars & other individually packaged non-perishable snacks
Zip lock bags
Miniature toiletries - deodorant, hand sanitizer, facial wipes, mouthwash
Feminine hygiene product


Yearbook Information & Contestyearbook

Thank you to all of the parents that have been sending in pictures. If you have not gotten around to it yet, it's not too late! Email your cute snaps to communication@academielafayette.org

The yearbook will be a bit different this year: 
  • Each classroom will get a page with a class picture and pictures sent in from home as well as the current student list. No Lifetouch pictures will be used, so please make sure to send in some pictures to make your class page look awesome! 
  • Got pictures of your child not related to class? Send them in anyway! Please indicate your child's grade and teacher. 
  • Print Tekk Printing and Mailing, an AL parent business, will be printing out our yearbooks this year. We are excited about this new partnership! 
  • Ordering is open from today until Sunday, May 23rd. Click here to order your yearbook. Each yearbook costs $15. 
Cover page design contest! Calling all AL artists to design the cover page of this year's yearbook! The 8th grade class will vote to select a final design. Rules:
  • The design must include "2020-2021" and "Académie Lafayette" somewhere on the page (with the accent on the e, please).
  • The dimensions must be 8.5 x 11.0 in. (regular piece of printing paper) or 2550 x 3300 pixels if creating a digital file. 
  • The design must be legible vertically. 
  • Limit 2 designs per student. 
  • Designs must either be dropped off at the front desk of your child's campus or emailed to communication@academielafayette.org by 3:30 pm on Monday, May 17th.


Oak Field Day Sign Up GeniusOakFD

We are excited to have a field day this year! It will be different but we hope to have a fun day with the kids. Masks required for all volunteers and bathrooms will be available only when necessary so please plan accordingly! Please bring your own water bottle if desired. We won't be escorting classes this year-volunteers will be working the stations only. Also, no siblings will be allowed to join us this year due to restrictions. Thank you so much for helping us and being flexible with new rules! 
Parents of online students who wish to participate: please email us by Monday (5/24)with your student's name and homeroom teacher and we will let you know how you can join us!
Contact Christy (christypelton@yahoo.com) or Megan (megan.melmer@gmail.com) with questions!
Oak Field Day Sign Up Genius.


Cherry Field Day Sign Up GeniusCherryFD

We are so excited to have field day this year! Cherry field day will be the last day of school 5/28. We need a smaller amount of volunteers this year since we will be following covid related restrictions. See sign up genius for details!


Greetings Académie Lafayette Parents,

Upper Room is happy to announce that we will be providing after-school care for Académie Lafayette's two summer school sessions: June 16 - July 2, 2021 and July 7 - July 23, 2021.

The program will run from the end of the school day until 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  Activities will include music, art, PE and games.  Due to this being a separate program from our school year after-school program, all families will need to complete an application, pay a $25 registration fee through PayPal, and complete and submit the automatic payment form even if you have completed an application earlier in the school year.  Fees will be a flat rate of $60 per week for the first child and $45 per week for each sibling.  Click here for additional information about the Summer After-school Program. Click here to register. 


In order to improve school communication, we have enabled the text feature of our SchoolReach technology. Every family should have received a text as shown here this week. You must respond Y to the text message in order to opt-in and receive further communication. If you did not receive a text, please make sure your contact information is correct in your Tyler parent portal. If it is, please email itdepartment@academielafayette.org



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 will donate 50% of the profits back to the school.

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 information.
*   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. 


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