25 september 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

AL Reopening Update

Dear AL Community,

As you already know, our reopening committee recommended delaying the school reopening to phase II (Hybrid + Online) based on data and the current local situation. The committee will reassess the situation and consider all factors again on October 7th.

Despite all of our classes being online, much work is still happening behind the scenes. Our school has been at the forefront of innovative methods and effective distance learning strategies.  We strive to be supportive of all our students and to be responsive to our disadvantaged families' needs.

Every family should have received today either their child's hybrid cohort assignment or the confirmation that their child will remain online when we switch to phase II. All siblings have been put on the same hybrid days. If you did not receive the mailing or if your children are not on the same days, please contact jwallace@academielafayette.org for Oak, dbalagna@academielafayette.org for Cherry, and lseely@academielafayette.org for Armour. 

The mailing also contained our master reopening plan, made of the AL district plan and each building's plan. You can access those plans at any time on our distance learning page.

Thank you for the encouraging feedback we receive every day and above all for your invaluable support.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

September 28
No School-School Improvement Day

September 29
Diversity Committee virtual conversation about race and racism, 6-7 pm

Access the 2020-21 school calendar by clicking here


Chromebook annual fundChromefund

Académie Lafayette is currently trying to purchase more Chromebooks to accommodate students on our waiting list. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Chromebook fund, click here and choose the first option.


Technology needs surveytechneeds

Dear Parents,

If you did not fill out a technology needs survey to indicate your needs please use this waiting list survey. Click here. You will be automatically entered into a waiting list and will be contacted as we are receiving our devices.

Thank you


Diversity Committee virtual conversation about race and racismDiversity

Click here to view flyer.
The Diversity Committee would like to invite any interested parents to a virtual conversation about race and racism on Sept. 29 from 6-7 pm facilitated by Académie Lafayette parent, Diversity Consultant and author of "Anchored in Bias, Fired Over White Tears", Lisa Benson Cooper.  The Committee has been focused on developing plans to engage teachers, board members, and students in conversations around diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) and would now like to extend the conversation to our broader parent community.

For our first conversation, we will be discussing key terms related to DEI and taking a deeper dive into understanding unconscious bias.  Please RSVP here if you plan to attend so we can plan for the right number of participants.  You will be asked for your e-mail address so we can send you the link for the meeting.

The committee plans to host one discussion each month for the next few months.  Please reach out to Beth McCarthy at bmccarthy@academielafayette.org with any questions.


PTO Virtual Trash Bag SaleTRASH

Trash Bag sales orders are due on Monday, September 28. 

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 are available here so you can keep track of any orders you place for family or friends. Contactless, drive-thru pickup will be at Armour the first two Saturdays in October from 9 am-12 pm.

If you have any questions or cannot order online, please contact: Sara Clark at 816-729-5810 or sarajeanclark@hotmail.com.


Armour discussion sessions for familiesArmour

Dear Families,

On the evening of Tuesday, October 6th, we will hold two discussion sessions for families. These sessions are geared toward the guardians of middle and high school students but elementary guardians are also welcome to attend. 

Here is the link to register for one or both of the sessions.

Understanding the International Baccalaureate Program & Grading System
Facilitator: Katy Wilson, IB Coordinator
Come find out what makes the Academie Lafayette middle and high school experience unique.  AL is the only school offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in the KC Metro.  

Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Facilitators: Liz Seely, Armour Counselor & Adam Nachum, Oak Social Worker
With our students at home right now, it is more important than ever that families understand how to identify and address a mental health crisis.  This discussion will include how to talk to your child about suicide and identfy warning signs.


Order Your 8th Grade SweatshirtsSweatshirts8th

Attention families with 8th grade students! It's time to place your order for the always popular 8th grade sweatshirts.  Please place your order at this link by Friday, September 25th. Make sure to scroll all the way down to view the 8th grade sweatshirt ordering box.  Sizes run from adult S to 3XL. This is a one-time order opportunity to ensure we receive the best pricing. If it is a hardship to afford this sweatshirt for your child at this time, please email the counselor, Mme. Seely, at lseely@academielafayette.org


Art Materials for Oak CampusArt

Hello Oak  and Cherry Parents,

We will be starting projects that will need materials very soon.  Some of the following materials were on the Yubbler list sent home.  Others didn't make it on.  Could you please make sure that your Oak or Cherry student has the following materials for at home art projects and then for when we transition back to school?  We are not allowed to share materials this year.  Thank you for your support of the Art program.
  • crayons
  • white construction paper
  • pencil
  • watercolors
  • paintbrush
  • washable markers
  • Elmer's glue bottle
  • eraser
  • permanent marker
  • colored construction paper
  • ruler ( not necessary for K&1)


Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle Online updates & Weekly WinnerTendollar

The Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle has gone completely online this year! 
The winner will be drawn on Saturday, October 31st. 
Important links: 
-  Click here to view the updated Kick-off video. 
-  The exclusive QR code that directly links anyone to our raffle website
-  The full raffle packet that includes rules, prizes, and deadlines
-  Student optional promotional poster
-  Raffle information slide show
-  Raffle Short url: http://bit.ly/ALRaffle20 (Perfect to share)

Raffle Updates:
  • This Friday's Weekly Winner is kindergartener Edyth Laughlin! The winner was drawn from the students who sold at least 5 tickets over the past week. Edyth won a $25 credit for Académie Lafayette spirit wear! The weekly drawing will be announced every Friday based on tickets sold Friday through Thursday of each week. Remember: it just takes 5 tickets sold each week to be eligible for this weekly drawing! 
  • We currently have 20+ ticket entries that DO NOT have a student listed to receive their credit. The emails registered with the purchase have been contacted frequently to properly update tickets sold. Please tell your friends and family to check their emails if you think that this might have been an issue. Email devintern@academielafayette.org with any questions. 
  • We will continue to email parents each Wednesday with updates on ticket sales for your student(s). As you close in on qualifying deadlines to earn prizes, you can email devintern@academielafayette.org to get an update.
  • We're seeing students ask local businesses if they can put the poster up in their storefronts, which makes it easy for more members in the community to buy tickets. If you need posters printed for this purpose, please contact devintern@academielafayette.org.
  • When someone buys tickets and receives an email receipt from Raffle Creator, be aware that this is generated from "notifications@rafflecreator.com", so if you respond to that email to update any information, that email is not received at the school. If you need to change or add any information related to the tickets bought, please email devintern@academielafayette.org.


Upcoming deadlines:


    • Monday, September 28 is the new Early Bird deadline - sell 20 tickets and earn a T-shirt while raising $100 for the school. 
    • Wednesday, September 30 is the Early Bird drawing for the Nintendo Switch. Everyone who earned a T-Shirt is eligible for this drawing.
    • Friday, October 2 will be the deadline to receive a $50 Amazon Gift card for anyone who has sold a minimum of 40 tickets.
For any questions regarding the raffle, email devintern@academielafayette.org.  Keep up the good work, and Happy Selling!


Drive-up COVID-19 Testing available for symptomatic childrenDriveuptest 

Children's Mercy has some exciting news to share: Drive-up COVID-19 Testing available for symptomatic children at the following Urgent Care sites:
  • Children's Mercy Blue Valley in Overland Park, KS
  • Children's Mercy East in Independence, MO
  • Children's Mercy Northland in Kansas City, MO 
Testing is by appointment only: Monday- Friday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.


Change.org Petition to Support J1 Intern and Teacher ProgramsJ1

Académie Lafayette welcomes dozens of interns and teachers each year through the J-1 Visa program sponsored by the Amity Institute. On June 24, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation which temporarily suspended the J-1 visa for several categories, including teachers and interns. A few weeks ago, the Alliance for International Exchange created a Change.org petition to the White House stating that J-1 Exchange Visitor Programs are important to the U.S. economy, national security, and public diplomacy. The organization then goes on to urge that these vital programs be exempted from the June 22 proclamation. For those of you who are not aware of the Alliance's work, it is an association that represents organizations and companies comprising the educational and cultural exchange community in the United States, serving as this community's public policy voice.

If you feel inclined, please take a moment to sign onto the petition to support J1 programs (linked here).  While this petition does not exclusively address the Teacher and Intern Programs, we believe it is important to support the J-1 exchange program in its entirety. We all know of the enormous benefits of exchange opportunities such as those offered by Amity... however, there is a common misconception as to the actual impact that these exchange programs have in the United States.  Therefore, petitions such as Alliance's are important for raising awareness.


Kinsa FLUency programNurseFlu

Dear elementary AL families, 
It is time to order your free thermometer! Please review the attached flyer and follow the directions to order your free thermometer.  Unfortunately, this program is only available for Cherry and Oak families, as it is exclusive to elementary schools.  


Social Work and Counseling CornerSocialCorner

Food pick up changed to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1:30pm.  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!


Community Outreach CornerOutreach


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. 




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