4 september 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

School Updates  

Dear AL Community,

We had a great turnout at our Student Success Nights this week. It was so nice to see everyone, albeit virtually. We are thankful every day for your strong support of our teachers and staff. If you were unable to attend and have not yet received by email the recordings of the three sessions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. 
As the AL Reopening Task Force continues its work, we would like to share a few important dates with you. The taskforce will meet to make a recommendation on whether AL will remain in phase I (all online) or move on to phase II of our reopening plan (hybrid + online) on Monday, September 21. The decision will depend on the situation of the pandemic in Kansas City. This gives us enough time to better assess the impact of the Labor Day weekend on the evolution of the Covid-19. 

If the decision is made to go to phase II, AL will hold town halls to present the individual building plans on the following days: 
  • September 22: Virtual Cherry meeting, 6 pm 
  • September 23: Virtual Oak meeting, 6 pm
  • September 24: Virtual Armour meeting, 6 pm
In any case, please note that October 1 will be the earliest possible date for switching to phase II if adopted after recommendation by the reopening taskforce and if the reopening conditions in Kansas City are still favorable. Families will be notified of the September 21 decision through all-call, email, and social media by the next day. 

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend! 

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

September 7
No School-Labor Day

September 14
Board Meeting online AL FB Page
September 8
First Day of AL Pre-K, Emmanuel Family Child and Development Center

September 28
No School-School Improvement Day
September 9
Diversity Meeting online 6 pm link on calendar

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


Agenda CorrectionAgenda

*Please note that kindergarten and 9th grade students will not receive an agenda so therefore, do not need to purchase one.  If payment has already been made through paypal for a kindergarten student, you will receive a refund through paypal.


Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle OnlineTendollar

The Annual $10,000 Cash Raffle has gone completely online this year! Please click here for all the information on the 2020 Raffle.

Kick-off will be Friday, September 4th, and the winner will be drawn on Saturday, October 31st. Click here to view the Kick-off video. 


Kinsa FLUency programNurseFlu

Dear AL families, 

As we approach the school year, the nursing and social work teams would like to help support your families as much as possible.  This program is only available for our K-5 families. 

Académie Lafayette has once again been granted a spot in the Kinsa FLUency program for the 20-21 school year. This program, which normally starts in late September, has added a waitlist feature this year due to COVID-19 which allows families to sign up for the program early.  The FLUency program gives one free Kinsa thermometer to interested families in the community and provides a community illness tracker in their app so families can see what illnesses are going around the school community.  All personal information is kept completely private while notifying the broader AL community of communicable illnesses. 


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. Please contact Emmanuel immediately to complete your registration if you have not.  
For questions contact Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org.


19-20 Yearbook Delivery DelayYB

Our yearbooks have been ordered but like all businesses in the world, LifeTouch is experiencing some delays in production. This is due to their factories being affected by COVID. Click here to read the letter from LifeTouch. 


Textbook ReturnBookreturn

If you have any textbooks or novels from last school year at home, please drop them off at Armour between 12-1pm on Tuesdays or Thursday.  Come to the east door on McGree Street.


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!


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. 


Community Outreach CornerOutreach



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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