7 May 2021

Le Journal

from the Head of School

School Updates

Dear AL Families,

We want to finish the year strong so please make sure to bring students to school every day up to the last day of school. It is critical for both in-person and online students to utilize this time to keep on learning new things! 

This is the last weekend to enroll for summer school. We have extended the deadline to May 9th. Please log into Tyler to complete the Summer Application Forms to register for summer school. If this step is not completed you are not registered. Contact itdepartment@academielafayette.org for any technical Tyler questions. The two summer school sessions will include regular school classes such as math and French as well as fun activities and field trips. We cannot wait to see everyone there! 

The board member election has officially begun and will end on May 12th. Each family received an email titled "Vote now: Academie Lafayette - 2021 online parent-elect board member election" today. If you did not receive this email please check your spam or junk mail. If you still do not find it, please contact itdepartment@academielafayette.org. We will not offer paper ballots this year due to COVID19. Click here to find out more information about the candidates. Results will be announced next Friday so get your votes in. We hope that every family takes the time to learn more about each candidate and vote to make their voice heard. 

Have a great weekend.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry Principal

A shout out from Cherry!

I know it is Teacher Appreciation Week, but I also want to shout out our great parents.  We appreciate the notes and kind words and gifts that you have given to make our teachers feel special.

I'd also like to recognize a few parents who volunteered to pick up coffee and smoothies for our teachers on Thursday: Kelly Chesley, Shilo Foster, Nicole Kube, and Beth McCarthy.

And finally-  thank you to the Bollier and Sciara families for donating gifts for the Cherry daily prize drawings. Let's be sure to support these and other A.L. businesses!

In little and big ways, our parent community has shown support of our teachers all year during this crazy time.  

Thank you!
Madame Royce


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

May 10
Board Meeting
6:30 pm, Online
May 12
Diversity Committee, 6pm online

May 28
Last Day of School for students

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Board Meeting NoticeBDMtg


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! 
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!


Join Beautify AL! OakBeauty Join the Beautify AL! parent group for this family-friendly "spring clean" at Oak Campus. We'll do a bit of weeding, picking up fallen limbs, and mulching. Bring your gardening gloves and tools - together we'll make light and fun work of sprucing up the grounds! See attached flyer for all the details!


Incoming and returning AL families (pre-k to 9th grade): Summer School registration/enrollment is now open in the Tyler portal.

This is the last weekend to enroll for summer school. We have extended the deadline to May 9th. Please log into Tyler to complete the Summer Application Forms to register for summer school. If this step is not completed you are not registered. 

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 setup your account please contact itdepartment@academielafayette.org for a temporary password.


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. 


Dear parents,

Please take advantage of the uniform closet! 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. Contact 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


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.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.


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