14 August 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

New School Year Updates

Dear AL Community,

As we are getting closer to the start of school year, here are a few notable updates:

Our remodeled website is now live! We hope that you will enjoy the new streamlined design that also includes a section for our international high school. Please be aware that there might be some times where the site is unavailable this weekend while our content loads. Along with the website, we also got a new logo that reflects all of AL: the oak and cherry leaves, the armor, our global mission and our mascot the musketeer. Thank you to AL parent Marianne Eppelheimer for designing the logo and to AL alumna parent Angela Michka and her team for the beautiful website overhaul.

New teachers and staff officially joined our team and started their onboarding last Monday. We are thrilled to welcome them to the AL family! Our returning teachers will start back this Monday. Over the summer, we said goodbye to development director Chris Neher. We wish him well in his new adventures. 

We are working on fulfilling the demand for Chromebooks. Please understand that there might be a waiting period until you can get a device. 

The schedule outlines for 2nd-9th grade are ready and shared below. The K-1 schedule outline will be released early next week and emailed directly to K-1 families. 

Mark your calendars for our Meet the Teacher events next week: 8/18 for ALIHS and 8/20 for our elementary and middle schools. 

We love our AL family! Join our private Facebook group to get news, updates and questions answered by other parents and staff.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work together to make this a great school year!
Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

August 18
ALIHS Online Meet the Teacher Night
August 20
Online Meet the Teacher Night, 
Armour MS 4-5pm, 
Cherry & Oak 4:30-5pm & 6-6:30pm
August 25
First day of online classes, Phase I

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Grade Level Online General Schedulesschedules

General online schedules for grade levels are below. Detailed class schedules and teacher assignments will be sent to parent emails next week.  


Virtual Meet the Teacher NightsMeetnight

  • Académie Lafayette International High School will hold its virtual Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, 8/18.  High school students, look for an email from Mme. Seely with a link to the google meet.
  • Armour Middle School: August 20, 4-5pm
  • Cherry and Oak:  August 20, 4:30-5pm or 6-6:30pm


Kinsa FLUency programNurseFlu

Dear AL families, 

As we approach the school year, the nursing and social work teams would like to help support your families as much as possible.  This program is only available for our K-5 families. 

Académie Lafayette has once again been granted a spot in the Kinsa FLUency program for the 20-21 school year. This program, which normally starts in late September, has added a waitlist feature this year due to COVID-19 which allows families to sign up for the program early.  The FLUency program gives one free Kinsa thermometer to interested families in the community and provides a community illness tracker in their app so families can see what illnesses are going around the school community.  All personal information is kept completely private while notifying the broader AL community of communicable illnesses. 


AL Pre-K new start date Sept. 8thPreK

AL Pre-K parents,
The new start date for the Pre-K seats at Emmanuel has changed to Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Due to the current circumstances, this date is subject to change. Please contact Emmanuel immediately to complete your registration if you have not.  
For questions contact Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org.


19-20 Yearbook Delivery DelayYB

Our yearbooks have been ordered but like all businesses in the world, LifeTouch is experiencing some delays in production. This is due to their factories being affected by COVID. Click here to read the letter from LifeTouch. 


Textbook ReturnBookreturn

If you have any textbooks or novels from last school year at home, please drop them off at Armour between 12-1pm on Tuesdays or Thursday.  Come to the east door on McGree Street.



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.  


Social Work and Counseling CornerSocialCorner

Starting the week of August 17, food pick up will change to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30.  The location is the east door of the Armour campus on McGee Street. Deliveries will also take place on that day. Please contact your school counselor or social worker if you need deliveries. This is available to all families.  We want to say a special thank you to the volunteers from St. John's Methodist Church for helping us with deliveries.

Check out our AL Counseling and Social Services Department website!


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.
  • Looking to build your community? 
    Get going today by joining our private Facebook group here. You will need to answer the three security questions before being granted access. 


Diverse Charter Schools Coalition (DCSC): ResourcesDCSC


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