Le Journal
AL News & Updates
10 September 2021
From the Head of School
Dear AL Community,

Every school year since 2012, a new Conseil d’Ecole is formed. This advisory board to the Head of School is composed of parents, teachers, administrators representatives. Now that we have a high school, we are considering adding a student representative this year to give them more voice. The CE is an opportunity to encourage shared decision-making, to get cross-constituency feedback, and to promote collaboration and partnership between the administration, the faculty, the parents and the students. Some of the topics discussed are the school yearly calendar, school activities, meals, uniform, school environment and student well-being and safety, as well as school improvement. CE members also help screen parent-elect board candidates.

Representatives from each school building meet five times throughout the year to help improve the management of the school. They are chosen by teachers, room parents, and by the head of school. They typically serve a one-year term. If you are a room parent and would like to represent the parents in your building, please contact your building principal.

On another note, we want to reiterate the need for sick students and students with pending COVID-19 tests to stay home. Sending those children to our school during this pandemic is a direct threat to AL staying open and providing our students critical in-person learning. Other outside-of-school behaviors that directly impact us at school are indoor, unmasked activities around Kansas City, sleepovers and unmasked parties, as well as participation in outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible.

We need your help more than ever to keep our doors open. The decisions your family makes outside of school directly impacts our AL family: students, teachers, staff members.

Thank you for supporting our school.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School
Upcoming Events
September 10:
Annual $10,000 Raffle Kick-Off
September 13:
Board Meeting, 6:30pm, virtual
September 14:
Armour IB Parent Info Night, 6 pm, virtual
September 21:
AL PTO Meeting, 6 pm
September 23:
Armour HS MYP Personal Project Parent Info Night, 6 pm, virtual

September 24:
Oak Garden Party, 4:30 - 6 pm. See flyer below for details.

September 27:
No School - School Improvement Day

October 1:
Casual Day
Access our live calendar here.
Safety at Cherry
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me, or to others in our school community, about safety and traffic at Cherry. We are lucky to have parents (and grandparents, and city officials) who are working to improve the conditions around Cherry so that our kids and families can walk or bike to school. I live in the neighborhood too!

One of our parents, Trevor Acorn, has initiated a request for a PIAC (Public Improvement Advisory Committee) to the city. We are requesting the addition of a raised mid-block crosswalk on Armour at Kenwood. Public support is very important. Please take a minute to read and sign this petition in support of our safety efforts.

We are putting together a small group to discuss this initiative and other improvements needed. In addition- we are continuing to look at our internal dismissal procedures and will be reaching out to a few parents to help. Please know that we are regularly discussing it here at Cherry and trying to find solutions. Please also understand that with the increased number of students this year and the reduced lanes on Armour- we have an incredibly challenging situation on our hands. Your patience and support are appreciated.

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal
Table of Contents
  • Board Meeting Notice
  • A Message from Our Nurses
  • MS Cheer Team Registration Open
  • Picture Day Information
  • Oak Garden Party
  • ALIHS Journalism in Action
  • The Oak Uniform Closet Needs You
  • Change in K-5 Celebrations
  • From the Oak Librarian
  • Annual $10,000 Raffle Kick-Off
  • Become this Year's Raffle Sponsor
  • Transportation Updates
  • Masking Guidelines
  • PTO Meeting
  • Virtual Trash Bag Sale
  • Communication
  • Ad: Monarch Mania 9/11
  • Ad: Franck's Real Estate Tip
  • Ad: Alliance Française Kansas City
AL Insights
Board Meeting Notice
The Académie Lafayette Board of Directors will meet virtually at 6:30 pm on September 13, 2021. You can view the meeting live on our YouTube channel. Click here to read the agenda and previous board meeting minutes.
A Message from Our Nurses
Dear families,
In the last week we have had multiple parents offer to purchase air filters or replacement parts for their child's classroom. We deeply appreciate your generosity and are grateful for your support. If you have offered to make this type of donation to the school, please contact your school nurse prior to sending any units or replacement filters to the school.
MS Cheer Team Registration Open
Practice is typically once a week, any additional practices or workshops will be announced in advance. At this time, practice for the 21/22 Cheer Team will be on Wednesdays in the Armour gym or outside, weather permitting. No experience necessary, but commitment to the team, events, and regular attendance is required. Click here to sign up.

To join the team, students should attend at least one practice in September (15th, 22nd, 29th). Starting in October, any student not attending regularly/weekly will be cut from the team. All students must have the required Athletic forms submitted, they can be found here. *Students will not be able to participate in any Cheer events without these forms.

Questions? Contact Jessica Wallace, jwallace@academielafayette.org
Picture Day Information
Picture day information for this school year is as follows:
  • Fall Individuals: Monday, September 20, 2021
  • Retakes & Classroom Groups: Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Spring Individuals: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Oak Garden Party: You are Invited!
Bonjour Oak Families! We will be hosting a Fall Gardening Party on 9/24 from 4:30-6:00 pm. Please join us to pick veggies and flowers, help in the garden, and celebrate the Fall season. If you have any questions you can contact Adam Nachum, the Oak social worker at anachum@academielafayette.org.
ALIHS Journalism in Action
ALIHS students started doing morning announcements this week. The announcements are 3-4 minutes long and full of useful information! Want to see more "behind the scenes" action? Check out @alihs_journalism on Instagram!
The Oak Uniform Closet Needs You!
Please feel free to donate anything that's not stained or ripped. Your child can drop it at the Oak front office or feel free to donate or shop on school days between 4:30 pm and 5 pm. You will need to be buzzed in.

If you are not able to make it in due to work schedule or life and need uniforms feel free to contact:

One of us will pack a bag for you at Oak and send home with your kiddo. Cherry will need to contact the social worker Sheila B. sbaskin@academielafayette.org and Armour Diane M Rizzo, diane.rizzo@yahoo.com.

The Uniform Closet Fairies (Sally, Missy, Diane)
Change in K-5 Birthday Celebrations
Dear Families,
We want to make you aware of an important change regarding birthday celebrations for our students. At this time we will not be allowing birthday treats to be sent to school with your child. We will celebrate the student in class and with a birthday announcement and pencil from the principal. Our goal with this decision is to provide the safest possible environment for our students and staff by decreasing the amount of time students are without masks due to eating or drinking. Parents are welcome to send other, non-food treats to share (erasers, stickers, glow sticks, etc.).

Thank you for your understanding of our efforts to keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

Alexis Cook RN, BSN
School Nurse
From the Oak Librarian
Bonjour Oak Families!

This week, your child checked out a book from the library. We need your help to make sure all the books make it back every week. Please refer to the note from your homeroom teacher about when your child has library class to help remind them the night before to bring it with them to school to return it. Merci!

Annual $10,000 Raffle Kick-Off
We are very excited for this year’s Annual $10,000 Raffle Fundraising Event! Each year, this fundraiser becomes the most popular event with our students, parents and our community with opportunities for our students to win prizes while generating excitement for one lucky ticket-holder to win a $10,000 cash prize! Please look at the general guidelines for the raffle. Register your student here today! Students cannot be given credit and win prizes until registered by a parent/guardian.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Celia Liptak, Director of Development at cliptak@academielafayette.org.
Become this Year's Raffle Sponsor
Académie Lafayette is dedicated and committed to educate, graduate and inspire our diverse student population. Académie Lafayette makes certain that all students have access to the highest caliber staff and services available. Académie Lafayette also guarantees that our families are actively and meaningfully involved. Each & every individual at Académie Lafayette plays an important role in meeting the academic, social-emotional and physical needs of our students.

If you have a business or simply would like to consider sponsoring and/or donating for the Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle Fundraising Event, please click here.

Your sponsorship and/or donation will help provide financial assistance to our annual raffle and will help achieve promotional advantages for your business or organization!

For additional information please contact, Celia Liptak at cliptak@academielafayette.org.
Transportation Updates
Académie Lafayette's bus service is at capacity and we are currently unable to add any additional riders. All new bus rider requests will be waitlisted and added as space becomes available. We know that this will be an inconvenience for many of you and want to stress that we are doing what we can to try to continue transportation to our students.

Also, if your child is only riding one or two days a week, we are asking that you please consider other options that you might have in order to allow students who require daily transportation in order to attend school. We thank you all for your patience as we work through this bus shortage.
Masking Guidelines
According to the CDC's COVID-19 k-12 guidance, "When teachers, staff, and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves." Correct mask usage is more important now 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.
PTO Meeting
Join us on Sept. 21 at 6 pm for the first PTO meeting of the year. Come learn more about the work of the PTO and our goals for the year. This is a great way for new families to connect with other AL families! Please watch the PTO website and Facebook page for more information, including format (in-person or online) details.
Virtual Trash Bag Sale
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.
Bus Drivers Needed
Nationally, there is a critical shortage of bus drivers and Kansas City is experiencing the shortage of drivers as well and our current bus company (CityWide) is seeking qualified bus drivers. Académie Lafayette's buses are currently at capacity and in order to continue adding new riders, we need to add more buses, but there are no drivers available. Bus driver requirement - CDL with P&S endorsement.

If you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact:
Laurie Brewer, CityWide Transportation, 816-241-8822
Armour MS & ALIHS
201 E. Armour Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Cherry K-5
3421 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64111
Oak K-5
6903 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64113