8 May 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

We are AL!  

Dear AL Community,

We are a Community - in every sense of the word!
We've asked for a lot from our students, parents and teachers this year, and especially these past two months. And while we have asked a lot from ourselves as well, I want to remind you to continue to ask us for what you need.
Importantly, I don't want anyone to hesitate to reach out to our social workers if you need help. We are raising money and dedicating resources to helping our families impacted by the pandemic and we are committed to doing this to the extent that is possible. 
We also continue to ask more of people through giving, as we are continually working to raise money to help our community. If you're able, join our EIP online auction tomorrow and bid on some of the amazing items donated from the Kansas City and AL community, or simply donate to our Fund-A-Need which will go towards the Académie Lafayette Families Fund.  We know the demand on food banks and other community resources continue to increase and our Families Fund is an effort to help our school provide for our families in need.  Consider making a donation to help us get to the finish line. Saturday is crucial in helping us meet the goal of supporting our school and families.

On behalf of all our staff, I would like to say Merci Beaucoup to the Liberda family, owner of the Waldo Thai Place, for generously showing their appreciation of our teachers with a delicious meal.
Thank you all so much for your support; your efforts will make a difference and your support helps create a strong and vital community.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

May 9
EIP 2020 Online, 
8 am - 9 pm

May 22 
Last Day of School for students online classes

May 11
Board meeting, 6:30 pm 
AL Facebook page

May 26-29
Teachers online PD days

May 13
ALIHS online information session for 8th grade parents and students, 5pm

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.


Board Meeting NoticeBmtg

The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet virtually on May 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm on the AL Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteKC/). Click  here  to read the agenda.


2020 Girls Middle School VolleyballVball

Update for the Academie Lafayette Girls Middle School Volleyball Team: 

Because of the current restrictions and safety guidelines, we will not be having tryouts this spring. If your incoming 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade daughter(s) is/are interested in playing volleyball for the 2020 fall season, please email  rodneyriffle@gmail.com. Please include your name, your contact information [email address(es) and phone number(s)], your daughter's name and her grade in the fall.  He will create a contact list to get information directly to those interested in playing as this extremely fluid situation unfolds.
Thank you,

Mamadou Dieng
Middle school P.E teacher /  Athletic Director


ALIHS Online Information Session for 8th grade parents & studentsALIHS

Dear Incoming 9th grade parents and students, 

We would like to provide a virtual information session about Académie Lafayette International High School to answer your questions on Wednesday, May 13th at a new start time of 5 pm.
Please sign up for the session that was sent to your email so you can receive the access code to enter the online session the day of the presentation. ( Please note if saved to Google calendar the Google Meet link will not be used only the Zoom link.)

To send in questions email Marilyn Hynes at mhynes@academielafayette.org.
If you have questions on how to view the online session email Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org.

Thanks for your patience and flexibility during this time. 


EIP 2020 OnlineEIP

Tomorrow our biggest event of the year, Evening In Paris, is going online. Historically, this event has been a chance for members of the Académie Lafayette family to gather together and raise a glass as we raised money for the school. 

This year is different. 

Academie Lafayette has moved to online learning, hugs and handshakes are a thing of the past and our families are struggling. In our 20 years, AL has never wavered in our commitment to our community. As we move through this, we will continue to deliver the best education to each student that steps through our doors. 

While EIP will have a much different feel this year, the mission is still the same; to educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures. So if you are able, consider joining us online and making a donation to help us get to the finish line. Saturday is crucial in helping us meet the goal of supporting our school and families.
We're excited to invite each and every one of you to join us for EIP virtually this year on May 9, from the comfort of your home, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Live Auction 6 pm-8 pm
All donations to this year's Fund A Need at EIP will go toward the Académie Lafayette Families  GoFundMe which is an effort to help our school provide for our families in need. 

Check the EIP Facebook Page here.


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 for incoming 1st thru 9th graders & Summer Enrollment summerenroll

AL parents please check your email for the intent to return forms link for 1st thru 9th grades. If you did not see the email with the link please check your spam folder. If it is not there please contact Peggy Arians at parians@academielafayeete.orgPlease log-in to SchoolMint right away to complete these forms so you will receive your re-enrollment information in a timely manner. 
The intent to return form sent to incoming 9th graders is considered as the application to the AL high school.
Step 1 of the re-enrollment process is open and the deadline has been extended to Monday May 11th  for submitting these forms. If you only answered "Yes we are Returning" but did not complete any forms, please login at this time, hit the continue button, and complete the forms that are showing.

In-person summer school will not be permitted until August at the earliest. This is based on mandates that school buildings remain closed going into summer. Online learning options will be provided prior to August. Please bear with us as we work through the logistics based on your summer school responses on your intent to return forms. We will communicate the summer program with everyone once it is finalized.

The details and dates will be sent to you as soon as they are established.


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. 


From the PTO PTO

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.

Burger State
Bier Station
Andre's Chocolates & Confiserie Suisse
Underdog Wine Co.
Waldo Thai
Komatsu Ramen KC
Unbakery and Juicery
Happy Apple Cafe
Pot Pie
Splitlog Coffee!
Anousone at Strang Hall
The Granfalloon
Brookside Poultry Company
Stockyards Brewing Company
You Say Tomato
Le Fou Frog
Extra Virgin
Blip Roasters Coffee
Stockyard Brewing
The Flying Horse
Milwaukee Deli
Il Lazzerone Neapolitan


Supporting the AL Intern ProgramIntern

Dear AL Families,

I would like to invite you to sign a letter to Secretary Pompeo in support of our intern program. J-1 visas are under scrutiny in Washington, and we urgently need your help. Our interns provide crucial support to our youngest students and their teachers. I'm sure you agree it is in the best interest of our children and our school as a whole for this program to continue.

Click here to complete a form with the letter already typed. All you have to do is add your name, address and email, and click send. 

Thank you for your time, and I hope you are well.

Diane  Balagna


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.


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