7 August 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

District Reopening Plan

Dear AL Community, 
Thank you to all that followed the Reopening Town Hall meeting on Facebook. If you were unable to attend click here to view. The next steps in the planning of the reopening, after the release of our district plan last week, is to make available grade level schedules next Friday, Aug 14th. Then, the following week, we will send out teacher assignments before the first day of school online on Tuesday, August 25th.
As we gear up to open our new high school, we are also excited to unveil our new website and logo next Monday, Aug. 17th! We have worked hard to streamline our content and make it easier for parents and visitors to find the information they need. Please note that the website may be unavailable at times as we transition. 
Have a fantastic weekend! 
Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

August 10
August 13
Diversity Committee Meeting, online (link in calendar)
August 25
First day of online classes, Phase I

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Board Meeting Noticebrd

The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet virtually on Aug. 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm on the AL Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteKC/). Click here to read the agenda.


Diversity Meeting Minutesdiversity

The Académie Lafayette Diversity Committee met virtually on Thursday, July 30. Please view the minutes here


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. Emmanuel is planning to offer virtual pre-k and will provide those details when available. Please contact Emmanuel immediately to complete your registration if you have not.  
For questions contact Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org.


Technology and Supplies Needstechneeds

As we gear up to start the new school year online, we have put together a survey to gage our families' technology and school supplies needs. We would appreciate you taking a few minutes to take this survey. We ask that you only submit this survey once per family. 
The survey will be emailed directly to the guardian 1 on file for re-enrollment on Monday 8/10. 

If you have any questions or do not receive the survey by Monday evening, please email IT Director Roger Goudiaby, rgoudiaby@academielafayette.org.

If you would like to take advantage of Missouri's tax-free weekend on 8/7 and 8/8 to buy your own Chromebook, all new models currently on the market support our digital learning model. Due to the great number of Chromebook versions available on the market, we are not currently able to vouch and provide specs for any used/refurbished Chromebooks.



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

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!


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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