20 august 2021

Le Journal

From the HEad of School

Great Start to the 21-22 School Year!

Dear AL Community,

What a joy it was to see our students again! The buildings are alive: the students are back to speaking French with each other, the teachers have been planning for an exciting school year, and our staff working tirelessly in the background to smooth the traditional first week of school hiccups. We hope your student's week was as great as ours!  

We are still facing staffing challenges related to the visa appointments of some of our teachers and interns. Fortunately, with the help of the Consulat General of France in Chicago, we were able to expedite the visa appointments for the teachers. We hope they will soon join our team.

As we are starting our third school year in the pandemic, we will be focusing on: 
  • Prioritizing the health and safety of  our students, teachers, and staff
  • Supporting our students' social, emotional, and mental health.
  • Providing adequate support for our teachers and staff
  • Addressing the academic progress for each student based on the learning loss noticed throughout the country.
Thank you all for your strong support.
Have a great weekend!

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

From the Cherry Principal

Cherry Reminders

Hello Parents!

It was great to welcome back kids this week and to meet our new families. A few important reminders:
  • School starts at 8:15 am.  Doors do not open until 8:00 am.  Kids should remain with parents until then. Also starting Monday, please plan to say goodbye at the car or the school door. Kids should walk themselves to class.
  • Students are expected to be in uniform. Please see the policy on our website. I've seen lots of kids in blue pants or jumpers- which are not approved. If you need assistance, we have a uniform closet that is open to all families. Please contact Madame Sheila, our counselor, sbaskin@academielafayette.org.
  • Students need to bring a water bottle every day.  Fountains are disabled for drinking and can only be used to fill water bottles.
We had some challenges at dismissal time and with the buses, but each day has gotten better. In order to improve and provide a safe and efficient dismissal-  we need to ask parents for help:
  1. School officially ends at 3:45 pm. We cannot accommodate parents who arrive early. If you have an appointment, please communicate that in advance and plan to arrive before 3:15 pm.
  2. Please communicate any dismissal changes before noon. Email the teacher AND call the front desk. Last minute changes are very difficult to accommodate. For permanent dismissal changes- please email the teacher and Maaria Riaz, mriaz@academielafayette.org.
  3. Please make sure to have your yellow sign when picking up. If you need a sign-  email Maaria Riaz.
  4. The front door at Cherry is for walkers. If you are arriving by car, please do not park and walk up to avoid the car rider line. It creates more parking and traffic problems- thus slowing down the process for everyone.  
Thank you for your patience and consideration. I'm sure it sounds like a lot of rules and requests- but with 450 students, it is so important to have safe and consistent routines and procedures to make the school day go smoothly.

Have a great weekend!

Madame Royce
Cherry Principal


First Day of School Pictures


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

September 1
Student Success Night, 
6 pm, Oak & Cherry

September 6
 - Labor day
September 2
Student Success Night, 
6 pm, Armour

September 13
Board Meeting,
6:30 pm, virtual
September 3
Casual day

September 21
PTO meeting
6 pm

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


No Charge for Meals 21/22 School Yearmeals

As part of ongoing Covid Relief measures, we are able to continue to provide free meals to all students, regardless of financial status, for the 2021-22 school year.  

Please note: It is extremely important to still fill out the Free/Reduced Meal application form even though there is no charge regardless. We receive funding based on the number of F/R students enrolled so your help with this is very much appreciated. Directions to complete the F/R application are below.

What does this mean?
  • No one will be charged for meals eaten August 18, 2021 - May 25, 2022.
  • Any balance from previous years will be carried over to next school year.
  • If you have a balance due (negative balance) carried over from previous years we encourage you to continue paying that. The lunch payment button will continue to be on the AL website for this purpose.
  • Do not submit payment unless you owe for previous years.
Free/Reduced Application Procedure:
  • Log into your Tyler account https://sdm.sisk12.com/MOAL360x3/login
    • your username is your email address
  • In upper right corner make sure you're in the correct year
  • In upper left corner, click on the three little lines
  • Under School Life, select eforms.
  •  Fill out free & reduced form.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the application. It is a great help to the school.

Please direct any questions to Marcia Berry at mberry@academielafayette.org.


Uniform Closet Offers Free Uniforms!uniformcloset

Welcome all new and returning families! Each campus has a uniform closet stocked full with gently used uniform items that are FREE to all AL families. We invite you to stop in for uniforms or reach out to your Volunteer Uniform Closet Organizers and/or AL Social Workers as well.

Diane Rizzo, diane.rizzo@yahoo.com (Parent)
Sally King, sallyk1975@gmail.com (Parent)
Missy Bailey, melnicley@mac.com (Parent)
Liz Seely, lseely@academielafayette.org (Armour)
Sheila Baskin, sbaskin@academielafayette.org (Cherry)

Oak uniform closet access update: Good news Oak parents! You have access to the Oak uniform closet again! Any day that school is in session parents can be buzzed in between 4:15 pm and 5 pm. Please bring a bag to put clothing into. Our uniform closet volunteers appreciate your help keeping the closet tidy! If you have things to donate (non-stained, non-ripped) you're welcome to drop it at the Oak front office or have your child bring it down to the closet.


Uniforms, Snacks, and School SuppliesCounselorsurvey

Bonjour from the counselors and social workers at AL! Please take a moment to complete the following surveys if you would like assistance for your child(ren). **Note there is a different survey for each campus** For additional questions or support, contact your campus counselor or social worker. 


MS Girls' Volleyballvolleyball

We are so delighted to get the girls back on the court this year! Our philosophy is to give each participant the chance to play and grow. Overall, it is our hope that each girl gains:
  • general volleyball knowledge and comfort on the court
  • increased wellness and strength
  • a sense of belonging
  • skills of working together and of collaborating through grace and encouragement
  • skills of personal goal setting and goal achieving
  • encouragement and increased self-confidence
  • increased school spirit
Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 to 4:45pm, starting Tuesday, August 24th. Due to the pandemic and to ensure safety, we will be holding practices outdoors at Armour on the basketball courts. Girls will be asked to bring a mask, a water bottle, and knee pads.  

If your daughter tried out this spring OR if your daughter is interested in joining the goodness yet was unable to try out this spring, please CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE AN INTEREST FORM at your very earliest convenience. Once received, a coach will be in touch (through email).

Further information, including the practice and game schedules, is posted here.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Kelly Lee at kelltebblee@gmail.com.


MS Boys' Soccerboysoccer

Attention all Middle School boys interested in playing soccer for the school team this fall, we are ready to start practice. We are excited to get back on the field after a long break.

Practice will start Tuesday, August 24th from 3:45 to 5:30 pm. All practice will be held at the Armour Soccer Field.Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:30 pm.
We may also need to add a few practices the day before the first game. Those times will be announced at a later time. Click here to sign up

Questions? Please contact Coach Mamadou Dieng, Athletic Director, mdieng@academielafayette.org or head coach Collin Arians, carians@academielafayette.org.


20-21 Yearbook Updateyearbook

The winner of the cover page contest for last year's yearbook is Lakelie Lang, Cherry student! Félicitations, Lakelie! 

The 20-21 yearbooks should arrive to school by the end of September and will be distributed directly to students.

Thank you for your patience! 


Bus Company ContactBus

If you need to contact the bus company to make changes to your current bus schedule/enrollment status, please email info@citywidetransportationinc.com


Welcome Back from AL PTOPTO

As you check items off your back-to-school checklist, please take a few minutes to engage with AL PTO. Visit the AL PTO website to learn more about our organization and how to get involved. Then, like the  AL PTO Facebook page to stay informed about upcoming meetings, fundraisers and events. A PTO newsletter will be coming soon and our first meeting is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 21 with more information to follow. 


Spirit Wearspiritwear

Show your AL spirit when you're out in the community while supporting the school. Visit the Spirit Wear store for t-shirts, sweatshirts and more.


Virtual Trash Bag Saletrashbag

It's time to order the best bags in town! Trash bags and paper yard bags are on sale starting Monday, Aug. 23 and go through Sept. 24. These are quality bags suitable in size and strength for your KCMO trash needs and never-ending yard work. As always, proceeds benefit our PTO!

Sales for 2021 are completely online! Orders can be placed and paid for online at buybags.trashbagfundraiser.com.  Enter ACADE as the Group ID and your student's name on the checkout page. More information and an order form will be available on the PTO website so you can keep track of any orders you place for family or friends. Bag pickup will be the first Saturday in October.

A variety of sizes and colors are available. Each roll or pack is $12. 
  • White - 15 gallon (tall kitchen), 65 bags per roll
  • Yellow - 39 gallon, 25 bags per roll                  
  • Pink - 39 gallon, 25 bags per roll                        
  • Blue - 55 gallon (super size), 16 bags per roll     
  • Red Holiday - 39 gallon, 25 bags per roll           
  • Paper Yard Bags - 5 bags per pack (3 packs per order)  
If you have any questions or cannot order online, please contact: Sara Clark at 816-729-5810 or sarajeanclark@hotmail.com.  


Student Agenda Updateagenda

Due to COVID-19, the student agenda shipment has been delayed. We are now expecting them at the beginning of October. We will keep you updated. 


Painless Fundraising: U.S. Toyustoy

Shop Local and Support Académie Lafayette! Our organization has registered with the U.S. Toy Community Partners Program! Head over to U.S. Toy to earn 10% back for our organization. Each quarter, our organization will receive a gift card with the accumulated credit for us to use in-store for supplies and school events! You can shop for learning supplies, fun activity kids, toys, or even celebration balloons and decor! Simply use this code at checkout: SPALCS20 (Some exclusions apply.) Please pass this code along to friends and family in the community.

Although the code can be used online, much more is available in-store, which is connected to Magic and Costume Shop as well as Pump It Up. It is located at 12070 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66213 (off of 119th and Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas, next to Burlington Coat Factory and Golf Galaxy).


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