31 July 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

District Reopening Plan

Dear AL Community, 

As we prepare for a successful opening of the 2020-21 school year, Académie Lafayette has developed a school reopening plan to address the needs of all learners, while keeping our students and staff safe and healthy. I would like to thank the teams and individuals that collaborated on this district reopening plan, including staff, parents, students, reopening taskforce, Board of Education, our Board of Directors, school leaders, Missouri Charter Public School Association, Children's Mercy Hospital, and local health authorities. 

Click here to read our district reopening plan. The first day of school will be on Tuesday, August 25th. All students will start online (Phase I). 

It is important to note that circumstances can, and likely will, change. Consequently, this plan is fluid and will change and adapt to respond to new information as it becomes available. To access our most current reopening plan and frequently asked questions document, please visit the Académie Lafayette website ( www.academielafayette.org ). 

We will be hosting a town hall on our Académie Lafayette Facebook page on Monday, August 3rd at 6 pm. You can submit questions in advance here

I would like to invite each and every member of our school community to fully participate in making this school year a safe and successful learning experience for our children.  We thank you for your continued support of our school and this reopening plan. 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


The deadline to change your student's Fall Schooling Preferences is August 5th. If we do not have a response by the deadline you will automatically be placed in the online schooling model. Please contact  communication@academielafayette.org with any changes or updates.


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

August 3
Parent Town Hall, 
6 pm Online, AL FB page

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

August 25
First day of online classes Phase I

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Uniform ClosetUC

Hello AL Families, We have some information and a plan to help you access the Uniform Closet during this time of social distancing. Next Wednesday, August 5th, if you have any uniform items to Donate to the closets, we will be at Cherry  Campus on the East/Kenwood side of the building between 6-8 pm. Simply place your donations on the ground outside the car and the volunteers (wearing masks/gloves) will retrieve the items from a distance. 

And to our new AL Kindergarten families, Welcome!  We have a Uniform Closet at all three campuses stocked with gently used items that are Free and available to all AL families.  Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or concerns. The social workers at all three campuses are also available to help you with your needs.

Your Uniform Team,
Diane Rizzo, Armour (Mom to 2 AL students) 816 729-7087
Missy Bailey, Cherry (Mom to 4 AL students)816 721-7125
Sally King, Oak (Mom to 2 AL students) 816 699-3109

Armour Social Worker Liz Seely,  lseely@academielafayette.org
Cherry Social Worker Sheila Baskin,  sbaskin@academielafayette.org
Oak Social Worker Adam Nachum,  anachum@academielafayette.org


Social Work and Counseling CornerSocialCorner

It is with heavy hearts that we share that Randal Chestnut, father of Lauren and Madison Chestnut, passed away on July 20th.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to help support the family through this extremely difficult time, please visit his  memorial website and make a donation.  

When school was first canceled for COVID 19, we set up a food service program for all families in our community.  Since March, we have served over 1,800 sack lunches and over 280 family dinners.  With the help of Meghan Downey, her donors and volunteers and the Harvesters Back Snack Program, we have given out over 500 bags of groceries.  We have had AL staff members volunteer to help with food pick up and delivery.  Thank you to Chris Neher, Liz O'Flaherty, Marilyn Hynes, Michele Markham, Jean Pasqualini, Laurent Payelle, Jessica Wallace, Carlos McClain, Roger Goudiaby, Gustavo Diaz and others for helping out.  We appreciate you!

When COVID 19 caused school to close, our community responded immediately.  The PSTO set up a Gofundme to support families in need. So far, this fund has enabled us to help over 60 families with expenses such as rent, mortgage and utility payments.  We have been able to provide basic necessities for their homes, grocery gift cards and Uber cards enabling them to get to work and doctor's appointments.   Thank you so much to those who have donated to this fund.  You have made a profound impact on the lives of others.

Both the food service and financial assistance programs continue throughout the summer.  Please come to the east door of the Armour camps on McGee Street between 1-2:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for lunch, dinner and grocery pick up.  You do not need to sign up ahead of time.  Contact your campus counselor or social worker if you need deliveries.  Please also contact us if you would like to apply for financial assistance.  

Check out our AL Counseling and Social Services Department  website!


Helping Parents Navigate Back-to-SchoolSession

Monday, August 3rd, 7:00PM
Facebook Live Event
St. Louis Children's Hospital Facebook Page


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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Kansas City, MO 64113

Cherry Street Campus
3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109