24 July 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

Re-Opening School Update

Dear AL Community,

Summer school just completed its second and last session. I would like to congratulate the students for a successful learning experience. I appreciate the great job done by our teachers and staff in planning and implementing our first virtual summer school. As usual, we will continue to analyze the feedback from parents and teachers and improve our instructional practices.

Our Reentry Task force has almost completed the 2021 school plan. It will be shared with the parents on Friday July 31. Parents will have until Wednesday, August 5th to change their options. They will have the opportunity to review the school plan before making a final commitment that will be binding for the first semester. We have published Frequently Asked Questions that you can access here and on our school website.

Our goal is to maintain a limited class size to allow for proper social distancing. More information regarding the class schedule and daily routine will be shared in the plan to be published next week. 

Thank you for your patience and support.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

July 30
Diversity Meeting, 
6pm Online

August 10
Board Meeting, 6:30pm Online, AL FB page

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Diversity Meeting Notice Diversity

The Académie Lafayette Diversity Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 6 pm the link will be provided on the calendar. 


9th grade Play: 
The Curse of the Maskless KarenPlay9th

Ms. Hayden's 9th Grade English summer school students collaborated to create a socially distanced play.  The world premiere of The Curse of the Maskless Karen was Friday July 24. After the premiere, the video will be available for viewing any time. Please show your support for these incredibly creative students. They worked together to create every part of the show from scratch: from the script to the score to the effects, and so much more!  To watch click the link: https://youtu.be/g_D8hE4Wx7w 


3rd grade Online Play Play3rd

Mme MacNevin-Pfeiffer and Mme Lyon's Third grade English students at Cherry and Oak spent the summer learning about weather by reading non-fiction books about hurricanes and the novel, I Survived: Hurricane Katrina 2005. The students wrapped up their summer by presenting a play in online class based on the novel. The third graders grew as readers, writers, and "Google Meet" actors. We are so proud of them.



The third floor of Armour is undergoing renovations in preparation for the opening of Académie Lafayette International High School in August. Take a look at some photos of our English and math classrooms. They have been updated with new flexible classroom furniture and beautiful cabinetry. We will share photos of our new multimedia journalism room and maker space later this summer.  We can't wait to get our first freshman class into these spaces!


Social Work and Counseling CornerSocialCorner

Supporting Each Other:
The pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the financial situations of many of our AL families.  The   GoFundMe set up by the PTO is still accepting donations to help them stay on their feet.  Thank you so much to those who have made donations already.  These funds have been used to provide assistance with utilities, rent, food, diapers and other basic necessities.   Our community's commitment to taking care of each other is awe inspiring.

Thank you so much to Meghan Downey for her tireless work to help our AL families.  Since March, she has been coordinating with other parents to gather funds, grocery shop and assemble bags of food for families who utilize our food service.  We have seen kids faces light up at the receipt of these grocery bags. This is because Meghan took care to include special treats like Easter candy in addition to healthy foods for the whole family.  Thank you Meghan.  Your work has helped many during these difficult times.

Did you know that the Counseling and Social Services Department has a website? Click here to check it out. The site has the following resources and much more: financial & employment assistancetools & activities for parents at home with their studentscoronavirus resourceshelp-lines & hotlines. We will be updating the website this Summer with new resources for back to school days in August. Stay tuned for more!

Food Service:
Also, we are offering food deliveries between 11-1:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please email your campus counselor or social worker to sign up for deliveries.  Deliveries currently include sack lunches, family dinners and groceries.
If you would like to pick up food, you may do so between 1-2:00 at Armour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday.  You do not need to sign up in advance.  Just come to the east door on McGee Street. We can provide lunches to all children in your family under the age of 18 even if they do not attend AL.

Mental Health / Parenting Resources:


Diverse Charter Schools Coalition (DCSC): ResourcesDCSC


Fall School Supplies OrdersSupplies

school_supplies_tool.jpg Dear Parents,

Our school is participating in a school supplies program with Yubbler.com this year. When you purchase your school supplies on Yubbler.com, our school will receive 50% of the profits!

* One-click ordering makes back-to-school shopping simple!
* All lists are teacher approved
* Parents can customize orders (buy only what you need)
* Quality, name-brand products you trust
* Low prices and next-day shipping to your home
* The school gets half the profits!

Register for a coupon code here. Visit Yubbler to order today! 


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.


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