27 august 2021

Le Journal



From the HEad of School

Great Start to the 21-22 School Year!

Dear AL Community,

We are writing to update you on the work of our Covid Task Force and to inform parents of important procedures and changes for this school year. Please know that our task force is still meeting regularly to look at data, trends and best practices and to monitor our plan and its implementation. The task force is made up of board members, parents, administration, health care professionals, our school nurses, teachers, and counselors.We want to reiterate our firm belief that kids, in general, learn best in person and that our nation's health care professionals support this position on in-person learning.

Our main focus is to provide an effective instruction while protecting the health and safety of our whole school community with the mitigation strategies (handwashing, cohorting, physical distancing) outlined in our plan.  As we learn more from our health care partners and the KC Health Department, we are updating and improving our procedures. To that end, we have made changes to how we organize lunch in order to maximize distance between students while unmasked. In addition, we will be implementing a testing program for any unvaccinated staff members and for students whose parents choose for them to participate. More information to follow. 

We want to be clear about how we will communicate confirmed cases of Covid-19. Individual classrooms impacted will receive notification (a general notice to all parents), and specific information to students who are considered a "close contact." We will not send all-school notices, but new cases will be posted on our website dashboard- to be updated daily. Please know that we will not share identifying information, specific classrooms, or grade levels with parents of students who are not impacted. 

We will work with families to help those students required by their physician or the school to quarantine so they can continue learning at home. Students will remain with their homeroom teacher (K-5), and that teacher will utilize Google Classroom to post content and assignments and will check in "live" regularly with quarantining students at a designated time. Middle school and high school students will keep their regular schedule and use Google Classroom Meet links to attend their classes virtually. Click here to read the Armour virtual student guidelines. We kindly ask that parents refrain from engaging with teachers during online instruction. Please email the teacher directly if you would like to set up a time to discuss questions or concerns. 

To keep our school community safe, we need the help of all our families. Here's what you can do:
  1. Make sure to send your child to school with a mask (and a spare). Emphasize the importance of proper masking.
  2. Keep your student home if she/he is sick and while you await covid test results. 
  3. Inform the school nurse of confirmed cases.
  4. Call the principal or nurse if you have any questions.
  5. Please refrain from speculation or spreading misinformation or confidential information via social media. 
Thank you for your support and flexibility. 
Have a great weekend!

The AL Administration

From the Cherry campus

Cherry Student Success Night

Hello Cherry Families! We are looking forward to seeing you online for Student Success Night on September 1. This is a time for teachers to share information with parents about curriculum, classroom expectations, schedules, and more!  Remember it will be virtual again this year. Please look for Meet links to be shared by your child's homeroom teacher.

We will have 2 identical sessions- to allow for families with multiple kids to see at least 2 teachers. Session #1 will be at 6:00 and Session #2 will be at 6:45. Each session will include a presentation by the teacher and time for Q & A. English and Specials teachers are recording a short video that will be shared by the homeroom teacher.

We look forward to connecting with you on September 1st.

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal
hroyce@academielafayette.org
Moulaye Seydi
Cherry Vice-Principal
mseydi@academielafayette.org

From the Oak Campus

Oak Student Success Night

Dear Oak Families,

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 1st for our virtual Student Success Night. We encourage you to come connect with our teachers and learn more about them and this year's curriculum, communication, homework, and more! We'll have two sessions, at 6 pm and 6:45 pm. We hope you can make one of them! Your child's teacher will send you the Google Meet link. 

Jean-Claude Diatta
Oak Principal
jdiatta@academielafayette.org
Dorothée Werner
Oak Vice-Principal
dwerner@academielafayette.org

From the Armour Campus

Armour Student Success Night

Dear Armour Parents,

Our Student Success Night is Thursday, September 2nd. Please attend the virtual general session from 6 to 6:40 pm if you are able. You will hear messages from the principal as well as our IB coordinator, counselor, nurse, and title I coordinator. 6th and 9th grade parents will then have the opportunity to go to their child's grade level virtual meeting until 7:30 pm. 7th, 8th, and 10th grade parents will be sent pre-recorded videos and curriculum information for all subjects. All links will be sent next week. We look forward to "seeing you" on Thursday! 

Maritza Paul
Armour Principal
mpaul@academielafayette.org


  

In This Edition:


calendar

Upcoming Events

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

September 6
NO SCHOOL
 - Labor day
September 2
Student Success Night, 
6 pm, Armour

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


September 14
Armour IB Meeting, 
6 pm, virtual

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here

INFO SHARING

Masking GuidelinesMasking

According to the CDC's COVID-19 k-12 guidance, proper masking is crucial to keep kids in school. This is the case now more than ever with the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 delta variant cases in Kansas City. We are asking all parents to join us in encouraging proper mask wearing, as well as provide a clean and proper fitting mask for their students each day. A properly fitting mask should cover the nose, mouth and chin; It should not gape on the sides, and should remain on the bridge of the nose at all times, even when the wearer is speaking. Students should change masks daily if possible, but should not be worn for longer than 2-3 days without washing. If a mask is visibly soiled, has tears or holes, or has a vent or valve it will be placed in the students backpack and a paper mask will be supplied to the child to complete the school day.

Our school nursing team is working closely with teachers and administration to identify where improvements can be made for the safety of our students, and we will be contacting parents of students who have been identified as having concerns with consistent masking or poorly fitting masks.

Click here for the CDC guidance on masking. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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!

Visit the PTO website for the order details and link to the online portal. If you have any questions or cannot order online, please contact: Sara Clark at 816-729-5810 or sarajeanclark@hotmail.com


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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).

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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

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CommunicationCommunication

  • Check out our COVID and distance learning page here
  • Changing emails? Let us know at communication@academielafayette.org.
  • Looking to build your community? Get going today by joining our private Facebook group here. You will need to answer the security questions.

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Kansas City, MO 64113
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